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The San Pedro Sun

San Pedro’s Lobster Fest Crawl in full swing
With the 2018 lobster season officially open since June 15th, San Pedro has been in a celebratory mood, with the San Pedro Lobster Festival’s annual Lobster Crawl being held in various participating businesses on the island. Crawlers are indulging in their favorite lobster-themed dishes, from kebobs, ceviche, eggs benedict, pizza and more. The event ends with a grand block party on Saturday, June 23rd at the Central Park. In the evening, El Divino Restaurant at Banana Beach Resort held a ‘Party like a Lob*Star’ fete, with delicious lobster appetizers and refreshments for a wonderful evening with the family. Serenading the event was Super Furia Band, DJ Patron and DJ Shyfta. Patrons also enjoyed free kamikaze and jello- shots throughout the event. The Lobster Crawl continued on Saturday, June 16th at Pirates-not-so-Secret Beach Bar & Grill during the day. Attendees once again indulged in the freshly caught crustacean prepared by the expert hands of Chef Maresha and staff. For the night crowd, Estel’s by the Sea was the place to be with grilled lobster and drink specials.

SPTC hosts Wrestling Mania for island fathers and families
In honor of Father’s Day, The San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) organized a ‘Wrestling Mania’ show at the Hon. Louis Sylvestre Sporting Complex in San Pedro Town on Saturday, June 16th. The event featured wrestlers from Mexico who delighted the various families in attendance. Prior to the Wrestling Mania, councilor in charge of sports Hector “Tito” Alamilla shared a few words. “Happy father’s day to all the dads out there. I hope you enjoy what we have put together for you all,” he said. “As a child, I used to dream with going to a wrestling match. Today as a father I brought my son to one. This is the best Father’s Day I can have.”

ICB San Pedro Branch robbed in broad daylight
Early on Wednesday, June 20th, this morning, the Insurance Corporation of Belize Ltd (ICB) San Pedro Branch, was held up by a lone gunman who robbed them of an undisclosed amount of money. According to the management at the ICB branch at the end of Pescador Drive, the assailant was of mixed ethnicity and had his face covered at the time of the assault. The San Pedro Police are currently investigating this latest act of crime and unconfirmed reports are that one person has been detained. However, police have not issued an official report on this incident.

June 20, 2018 at 8:00 AM
Many islanders joined the worldwide celebrating the 4th Annual International Day of Yoga (IDY) 2018 under the theme: “Yoga for Harmony and Peace” at Akbol Yoga Retreat and Eco Resort north of San Pedro Town on Sunday, June 17th. The Yoga class was facilitated by Kirsten Miglio, owner of AkBol and Yoga teacher for over 20 years. The class began at 9AM with a short prayer, followed by a general warm up. The class then practiced several techniques being practiced including tree pose (Vrikshasana) and triangle pose (Trikonasana), staff pose (Dandasana) and camel pose (Ustrasana), the cobra (Bhujangasana) and crocodile (Makarasana), and finally the bridge (Setubandasana) and corpse pose (Shavasana).

Ambergris Today

Belizean Delegation Attends The Region’s Premier Culinary Competition In Miami
A Belizean delegation, comprised of senior members of the Belize Tourism Board (BTB), five professional chefs and a bartender, will depart the country on Thursday, June 21 to participate in the Taste of the Caribbean, to be held from June 22nd to 26th, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Miami. The team will include Chef Robertus “Rob” Pronk, as the team manager, two senior chefs, Eva Longsworth and Sean Kuylen, pastry chef, Maria Urbina, bartender, Mark Jacobs and junior chef and winner of BTB’s 2016 Culinary Scholarship, Einar Marin. All except Marin are former winners/judges of BTB’s Taste of Belize in 2016, a flavorsome event that features the best of Belizean cuisine creations through different categories of competitions.

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Book presentation "Guatemala's Claim to Belize" in San Pedro
The entire community of San Pedro is invited to Assad Shoman's book presentation "Guatemala's Claim to Belize, A Definitive History" on Monday June 25th. See you there!

Power outage scheduled for portion of Belize City on Sunday, June 24
From 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to affect Central American Boulevard between Cemetery Road and Freedom St, Daker St, Coffin St, Elston Kerr St, Rosalie St, Antelope St Ext, Iguana St Ext, Pelican St Ext, Raccoon St Ext, Sister Mary Benedict St, Neals Pen Rd Ext, Arlington Dr, Trinity St, Unity St, Louise Bevans St, South Creek Rd, Ramsey St, Muhammed Ali St, Benbow St, Rudan St, Neals Pen Rd, Kraal Rd, Haynes St, Supal St, Boots Crescent, Monroe St, Matura St and Doris Brooks St. BEL to relocate high voltage power lines at the corner of Central American Blvd and Neals Pen Rd.

MALIX PEEK'
Malix or Malix Peek' is a common Maya word used in northern Belize to refer to a street dog or common dog . Malix is a Yucatec Maya word which may refer to "common or ordinary " . The word Peek' means "Dog". So Malix Peek' can be "Common Dog". The plural of Dogs in Maya is "peek’o’ob". Between the Northern Maya communities of Belize some believe that Dogs can see spirits . In ancient times times dogs were associated with death and have the job of leading people into the Underworld . They represent fire and are protectors of the hearth,two components of Maya life . The Malix Peek' are the guardians of our families,milpas and houses . They are good hunters and good friends. So do not disparage the Malix .

Top PSE Performers
This morning, the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture held a ceremony to honor the top 25 students from across the country for their outstanding performance in this year's Primary School Examinations (PSE). Congratulations to all! Students who placed within the top 10 of their district were also honored. Among those who received special recognition was Asher Leslie, an extremely bright, respectful and vibrant student from Ephesus S.D.A Adventist School in Belize City. Despite his physical limitations, with the assistance of the National Resource Center for Inclusive Education (NARCIE), Asher was not only able to sit the PSE, but achieved the highest score among all standard 6 clients who access services provided by NARCIE, and the second highest at his school.

The Republic of China (Taiwan) Grants US$510,000 to Belize for Support to the Presidency Pro Tempore of the Central American Integration System (SICA)
Today, Belize received a grant of US$510,000 from the Republic of China (Taiwan) to support Belize’s upcoming Presidency Pro Tempore (PPT) of the Central American Integration System (SICA) from July to December 2018. The cheque was presented by His Excellency Charles K. Y. Liu, Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to Belize to Honorable Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs. In his remarks, Minister Elrington conveyed the Government of Belize’s gratitude for this support from the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan).

Public Notice from the Ministry of Natural Resources
n recognition of Public Service Day, the Ministry of Natural Resources will be honoring its members of staff who have served the Government of Belize for the past 10 years and beyond. The Ministry hereby informs the general public of the hours of work on Friday 22nd June 2018: 1) Headquarters (Belmopan) - 8:00 am to 12:00 noon. 2) District Offices will be closed for the entire day. Normal working hours will resume countrywide on Monday, June 25th 2018.

Nursing Scholarship applications
The Ministry of Health in partnership with the Ministry of Education has officially open the call for Nursing Scholarship application submission.

FUNDRAISER IS TO HELP BUILD A HOME FOR MRS. JIMENEZ ON CAYE CAULKER
SUPPORT A WORTHY CAUSE! SATURDAY 23.06.18

Miss San Pedro 2018
Want to be the next Miss San Pedro? If you are a single, young lady between the ages of 16 and 25, sign up today for the unique opportunity and experience to be crowned as our island's goodwill ambassador and a chance to win fabulous prizes! Visit the San Pedro Town Council or call 226-2936 for applications and fulfill your destiny! Deadline for submission is July 3, 2018.

International Day of Yoga Celebration Cayo
Sunday, June 24 at 8 AM, Chai Garden Ashram, Cristo Rey Road, San Ignacio. Yoga, Vegan food, kirtan, electronic dance music

BEL to Report on 2017 Performance at Annual General Meeting

YUCATEC MAYA(MASEWAL)
Many Yucatec Maya in Belize and Quintana Roo(Mex) refer to themselves as Masewal or Maya Masewal . This is the spiritual meaning of this term "Masewal". MACEHUAL MEANS "DESERVED" In ancient Mexico, called Anahuac, a philosophical and spiritual proposal was developed aimed at explaining who we are, how we came to exist and what our purpose in life is. Its Nahuatl name is TOLTEKAYOTL, "toltequidad"; in Maya it was called AJ TOLTEKAJ. Toltequity affirms that we are born to increase consciousness. Consciousness develops, practicing spiritual techniques, such as meditation, recapitulation, reverie and stalking. The result is MASEWALISTLI, "merit", that is, an energy surplus that resizes our life.

Channel 7

GOB Vs. Ashcroft Alliance, Again!
You might think the BTL litigation saga between the Barrow Government and the Ashcroft Alliance is over, but when it comes to the Alliance, there’s always more to litigate!  The latest fight is over 2 registries that the Government nationalized on June 11, 2013. You’ll know them as the International Merchant Marine Registry of Belize (IMMARBE) and the International Business Companies (IBC) Registry. Up until June 2013, they were managed by the Belize International Services Limited (BISL), which is an Ashcroft-related company.  IMMARBE, as viewers will remember, sells Belize’s flag as a flag of convenience on international vessels. Back in 2013, Belize was facing serious sanctions from the European Union since some buyers of the flag were engaging in illegal, unregulated, unreported fishing activities on high seas abroad. The situation got so serious that Belize was blacklisted by the EU, and our fisheries products faced trade sanctions because of these illegal vessels.

Daylight Robbery In Downtown San Pedro
There was a robbery this morning in downtown San Pedro.  It happened at the office of the Insurance Corporation of Belize and Nationwide Cash Express.  At 8:00 am sharp, just as the office had opened, an armed robber appeared and held up four staff in the Nation Wide Cash Express area.  He got $8,000.00 dollars from the cashier and ran off.  All told, it lasted two minutes. The branch manager stresses that there were no customers there, and no one was injured.  Police have detained 1 suspect and are reviewing security footage. Management stresses that it is in the process of increasing our security protocols nationally. 

14 Years For Man Who Killed Doctor
He was accused of murder - but eventually convicted of manslaughter, for killing a male doctor who was allegedly demanding sex from him. And tonight, Dwayne Davis should be breathing a sigh of relief.  Today in court he was sentenced to 14 years for manslaughter.  But, he will only serve 7 because Justice Adolph Lucas subtracted the 6 years he has spent on remand and another year because he pleaded guilty. In 2012, thirty-seven year old Davis killed Dr. Ivan Garcia, a Guatemalan at the Doctor’s apartment in Belama Phase 1 - where Davis had spent the night.  He was strangled and bludgeoned the Doctor on his head with a can of beets - after, the Doctor - allegedly - would not relent in his demands for sex. Davis was represented by attorney Bryan Neal while the Crown was represented by Crown Portia Ferguson.

Coc’s Killer Gets Manslaughter, Not Murder
He was accused of killing 31 year old Moses Coc on San Pedro by beating him with a stick - and, tonight, 29 year old Jermaine Moody has been found not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter.  The verdict was handed down today by Justice Adolph Lucas in a trial without jury.  Justice Lucas said that the Crown, from the evidence, was unable to prove that Moody intended to kill Coc.  Moody had given a caution statement to the police in which he admitted he killed Coc but said that it was in self defense. Moody gave a statement from the dock in which he said that he defended himself by using a stick because two men approached him to steal his bicycle. He will be sentenced on July 16th for Moody's attorney, Oswald twist, to prepare pleas for mitigation. Moody has been on remand since September of 2014 - when the killing occurred.

Cops Make Major Weed Bust After Chase
The police Special Branch and the Gang Suppression Unit made a big drug bust yesterday. They got 25 pounds of marijuana off the streets.  At around 10:45 a.m., the Special Branch attempted to intercept a white Isuzu Rodeo, which was parked on Albert Hoy Street. When the driver of the vehicle saw the police, he sped off, and police set chase. While they were tailing the vehicle, the cops saw when he threw a black plastic bag out of the window.  They eventually intercepted the vehicle, and detained the driver, who has since been identified as 29 year-old Cordell Flores. The cops then escorted him back to the location where the plastic bag was thrown, and when they retrieved it, they found marijuana. 

Deepening Panic Over Missing Man
San Narciso businessman Omero Campos remains missing tonight - presumably in the hands of abductors. It’s been more than 72 hours since he left home to go work on his farm in the San Victor area. His tractor was found in the field with the key inside, and he has not been seen since. His family are in a panic because they have gotten a call from persons claiming to be his abductors demanding a ransom of 1 million US dollars. Campos owns and operates a tyre store. Police have been out looking for him, while also providing protection to his family. Investigators have refused to comment on the case because they fear harm could come to Campos.

No Charges Yet For Police Corporal
Police have not brought any charges against 40 year old Police Corporal Alexander Salam.  He knocked down 69 year old Selvin Bahadur at mile 5 1/2 on the San Antonio Road in Toledo on Monday morning at 8:30.  Bahadur was riding a bicycle and died from his injuries at the PG Hospital.   Salam - who is attached to the Belmopan formation - was in a government pickup with other police officers when the accident occurred.  He has been served with a notice of intended prosecution and police say a urine sample was obtained and sent for testing.

Making Tower Hill Ready For Direct Consumption Sugars
Last September the Belize Sugar Industry broke ground on a new project designed to increase the production of high quality, direct consumption sugars. The company invested $22 million new equipment and storage facilities as well as to diversify the types of sugar it produces. Today the first and main phase of this project has been just about completed, so went to the sugar factory in Orange Walk to take a tour of the facility and find out more about these new investments... As one of the country’s largest and most lucrative exports, the sugar industry is integral to the strength of the economy and to the livelihoods of thousands of Belizeans. Traditionally, Belizean sugar has been sent to the European Union to be refined and sold, but this all changed late last year when changes in European regulations sent the global market reeling…

Opposition Deputy Says CARICOM and CARI-Gone
And so while all plans are being made to get these direct consumption sugars into CARICOM, one seasoned observer has serious doubts.  Orange Walk South representative Jose Mai - who is also a cane farmer - worked at the marketing board in his life before politics, and he told us how hard it was trying to sell Belizean RK beans into CARICOM:… Jules Vasquez: "Is there any appetite in that market for sugar produced within the Caribbean?" Hon. Jose Mai - Area Representative, Orange Walk South: "Jules our CARICOM brothers don't have appetite for anything that's produced locally, anything."

Assessing The Sugar Yield For 2017-2018
And, ASR/BSI is moving forward with high hopes - as, indeed, it must.   And a part of  those high hopes is based on increasing sugar yields.  When we spoke to him today McLachlan shared how this year's harvest and sugar production has gone... Mac McLachlan - VP of International Relations, ASR: "The crop is pretty much on par with last, we're grown pretty much the same amount of cane so far from the crop that we had last year. There has been a few delays from the milling side while we bring some of this equipment online, we have to align it with the existing equipment and how we're working with that. We've had one or two of the inevitable delays mainly this crop due to rain, that's an impact...”

Prosecution’s Case In Murder Re-Trial Hanging By a Thin Legal Thread
Last night, we told you how Orel Leslie, one of the men accused of the the 2012 murder of James Noralez, is having difficulty to get his civil suit against the prison heard.  He has complained that his constitutional rights to a fair re-trial were being violated, and his civil case was supposed to start yesterday before Justice Courtney Abel. Unfortunately, that couldn’t happen because he has to wait until the criminal retrial is complete before he can be available to present himself before Justice Abel. Well, it appears that the Crown Counsel prosecuting him and his fellow defendants are having difficulties of their own. The main witnesses who is supposed to testify against them, has not been able to take the stand as yet. The court has granted adjournments to accommodate him,  but he hasn’t been showing up for his court appearances to give evidence.

No Charges For Daylight Robber Caught By Cop On Camera
Last week we showed you how a broad daylight robber was caught red handed by an off duty police officer. The cop acted heroically and ran down the thief, using live fire on a downtown street to get the would be robber to stop running. It should be an open and shut case, right? After all, he was caught on camera, and it was witnessed by a police officer - airtight, you might think. But, this culprit has not been charged! And here’s why. The man who he tried to rob - an Indian businessman has refused to make a complaint. Police say that without an accuser and a sworn complaint, they cannot bring charges. So, the suspect was released.

Taiwan Bankrolls SICA Presidency
The government of Belize is taking over the rotating presidency of SICA next month - and they need some funds to make it happen.   And to the rescue again is the Government of Taiwan, which has come up with another generous donation, and this time, it’s a $510 thousand-US-dollar grant. The cheque was presented by Taiwanese Ambassador to Belize, Charles Liu, to Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington.  That ceremony took place at the Laing Building in Belize City.  This latest donation is addition to many scores of millions more provided over the last 10 years to support the institutional strengthening of the Foreign Affairs Ministry of all the SICA member countries. Belize will hold Pro-tem Presidency of SICA, or the Central American Integrated System, from July to December 2018.

A Fair To Dispel Fear
Don’t take your health for granted. That’s wise advice everyone should follow. That was the message at today’s health fair held at the Central Health Region. We dropped by to find out more about the informational booths Shadract Ariola - Health Educator: "We have a health fair going on that we help coordinate with public service in celebration of public service week. Today we have a few booths from different ministries and different organizations just providing basic information to the public servants and we have a few booths for example the VCT that will be doing HIV testing, we have the maternal and child health that will be doing blood sugar and glucose testing today. Most of the other booths will just be providing information for example vector control, they will be talking about different vector borne diseases especially since we are in the rainy season now and you know we have a lot of vector born disease during this time.” The event is part of public service week.

The Day Of The Refugee
The mis-treatment of refugees is making huge headlines in the US tonight, and in a timely coincidence, the World Day of the Refugees was observed in Belize today with an art exhibition which brings to the forefront the struggles of displaced persons.  We spoke to the representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees: Kelleen Corrigan - UNHCR Protection Officer: "The exhibition that you're seeing here today is the Refugi Arte exhibition and it actually - this exhibition started in 2015 which became some of artist coming together to really talk about what's happening with in their language, artistic language that they know to talk about the crisis of people having to flee their homes and the initial start of the Refugi Arte actually came from 2015 when the young Alan Kurdi the young 3 year old Syrian boy who was washed up and found in Turkey.

El Pilar “Charlar”
"The Maya Forest Garden" it’s a book by Cynthia Ellis Topsey and Dr. Anabel Ford. It was launched at the Image Factory in 2016. Well, they are now bringing the book to life with an exhibit which will be held tomorrow evening in Belmopan. There is also an invitation only tea party this evening at the Governor General’s residence in Belmopan. We spoke to both of the authors via phone and they told us about the importance of the forest and forest gardeners. Cynthia Ellis Topsey - Mentor: "The idea is to really embrace the power of our national anthem which looks at nature blessing us with wealth untold of which El Pilar is a major example of that wealth that has been untold for too long. So the tea is an opportunity where government officials, the diplomatic core.."

Belize Not (Nearly) As Bad As B’dos
As we reported a few weeks ago, a new government was swept into power in Barbados by winning all 31 seats.  The opposition was shut out in parliament and that’s because Barbados is facing serious financial difficulties - including crushing debt and very weak reserves.  Yesterday the press asked the PM if their situation is comparable to Belize’s:.. Reporter: "PM, Barbados is going through its own economic problems at this moment in time. Is there anything that you've seen from their own experience or is there any concern for Belize?"

Channel 5

Belize International Services Limited Appeals Decision of the Supreme Court
This morning before the Court of Appeal, Senior Counsel Eamon Courtenay concluded submissions in an appeal challenging a decision handed down by Justice Michelle Arana, in respect of government’s compulsory [...]

BISL Wants Millions in Damages for IMMARBE and IBC Registry
While he would not disclose the figure that BISL is seeking in damages, Courtenay says that the arguments before the appellate jurisdiction are quite technical and that the case can [...]

G.O.B. says BISL was in Contravention of the Constitution
Notwithstanding the case put forward by BISL, government maintains that the company was in contravention of Section 114 of the constitution which speaks to public monies being deposited into the [...]

Armed Robbery at Nationwide Cash Express inside ICB San Pedro Branch
The spate of armed robberies of late has not been limited to Belize City.  This morning at eight o‘clock, a lone gunman entered a local branch of the Insurance Corporation [...]

DK Supermarket Rum Thief Gets Lucky
Accused rum thief Robert Flores is lucky to have escaped criminal charges after being caught red-handed stealing a bottle of Hennessey from DK Supermarket on Tuesday afternoon.  Footage of the [...]

Dwayne Davis Gets 14 Years for Manslaughter of Doctor Ivan Garcia
Thirty-seven-year-old Dwayne Davis, who pleaded guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter, six years after he was charged with the murder of Doctor Ivan Garcia, learnt his fate today.  After [...]

Jermaine Moody, Guilty of Manslaughter
Justice Adolf Lucas also handed down a ruling in the case of twenty-nine-year-old Jermaine Moody.  In the trial of judge without jury, Moody was found not guilty of murder, but [...]

The LGBT Flag Flies Atop the U.S. Embassy in Belmopan
Today, the U.S. Embassy raised the rainbow flag in Belmopan in commemoration of gay Pride Month in the U.S., but also to put the spotlight on Belize’s L.G.B.T.I. community.  While [...]

O.A.S. General Resolution on Human Rights and Belize
The United Belize Advocacy Movement and the Coalition of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender, Transsexuals, Travestis and Intersex of Latin America and the Caribbean are celebrating the adoption of the General Resolution on [...]

Cordel Flores Remanded for Trafficking over 25 Pounds of Weed
Freedom for twenty-nine-year-old Cordel Flores was short lived after his recent release from jail on a bail from the Supreme Court. Flores was back in court today, this time before [...]

Sheree Gillett is Charged for Burglary
Twenty-four-year-old Sheree Gillett appeared before Magistrate Aretha Ford for a charge of burglary.  The tour guide is also facing charges of common assault and damage to property, but she pleaded [...]

U.S. Chargé d’ Affaires Adrienne Galanek Prepares to Conclude her Mission in Belize
Chargé d’ Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Belmopan, Adrienne Galanek, leaves Belize in mid-July. Galanek first came to Belize back in 2015 as the Deputy Chief of Mission and [...]

PM Barrow on B.T.L. Advertizing Ban on Kremandala
In 2011 after its re-nationalization, Belize Telemedia withdrew all advertising from us here at Great Belize Productions, Channel Five. It took years for the government owned company to resume advertising [...]

$22 Million DC Sugar Expansion Project Ahead of Schedule at B.S.I.
A twenty-two-million-dollar project to expand and enhance production at the sugar mill at Tower Hill, Orange Walk is proceeding ahead of its schedule. The huge project was launched last year, [...]

A.S.R./B.S.I. Wants to Tap into CARICOM Market
According to Vice President of Industrial Relations at ASR/B.S.I., Mac MacLachlan, there are six different types of direct consumption sugars currently produced at the mills in Orange Walk. Now, while [...]

Jamal Galvez, National Geographic Explorer
Sea to Shore Alliance Programme Coordinator, Jamal Galvez visited out studios on Tuesday, but it wasn’t to report on the case of another dead manatee along the Belize City coast; [...]

The Vulnerability of Marine Species to Acidic Sea Condition
A workshop was held today at the Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute focusing on the susceptibility of certain marine species, including the spiny lobster and conch, to the acidification [...]

The Art of Preserving Antiquities
The National Institute of Culture and History through the Museum of Belize, in cooperation with the Science Museum of Minnesota is hosting a three-day workshop that concluded today. The training [...]

LOVE FM

More can needed to meet factory’s milling capacity
As the company expands, so has its milling capacity. However, at least for this crop, the sugar cane produced is not meeting the factory’s milling capacity. Vice President for International Relations at BSI. Mac McLachlan says the hope is that this will be increased. Mac Mclachan VP International Relations ASR/ B.S.I.: We’ve experienced a …

Cervical Cancer leading cause of death in women
Cervical cancer is caused by the High-risk human papilloma virus (HPV), which is sexually transmitted. It is one of the main causes of death amongst women in Belize. At today’s health fair, the Belize Family Life Association was on hand to educate the public about the disease. Love news spoke to Sheena Gentle, the Programme …

2017/2018 Sugar Crop production looking to match previous crop
The 2017/2018 sugar crop is coming to a close. A date is yet to be announced but in the meantime, the factory continues production. At week 27, the factory has milled a little over 1.2 million tons of sugar, slightly above the sugar produced in the last crop for the same time period. McLachlan says …

HECOPAB holds health fair
Today, a health fair was held at Central Health Region as a part of Public Service Week, which is being celebrated under the theme “Moving Towards the Future with Innovation, Dedication, and Perseverance”. Love News spoke with Shadract Ariola, Health Educator at HECOPAB about the event. Shadract Ariola – Health Educator, HECOPAB: This health fair today is …

BSI/ASR makes progress in Direct Consumption Sugar Expansion Project
The Belize Sugar Industry is close to completing phase one of its proposed Direct Consumption Sugar Expansion Project. The project came about following a cut in Belize sugar export to the European market and continuous drop in world market prices. It aims to minimize the impact on Belize’s sugar industry. Work began on the project …

BDF’s presence should bring a sense of calm for villagers
Guatemalans incursions continue to occur, especially in villages along the border such as Otoxha and Dolores. In an effort to reduce the number of incidents, the residents of these villages have requested the BDF’s assistance in patrolling the border between Belize and Guatemala. Prime Minister Dean Barrow spoke to the media about the matter. Prime …

PM Barrow says the economy is not in crisis
Belize’s economy slumped into a recession during the second half of 2016; however, it has now recovered. Nevertheless, the economy has been very sluggish, to say the least, and the superbond, as well as the huge trade deficit, does not help the situation. Barbados whose money is also pegged to the US dollar is facing …

Court of Appeal hears arguments in BISL’s case
Today, the Court of Appeal heard arguments in the Belize International Services Limited’s case (BISL) over the nationalization of IMMARBE and the IBC REGISTRY in June 2013, by the Government of Belize. The Government claimed that Belize International Services Limited took control of the registries as a result of a secret agreement by the then …

President Tsai thanks Belize for support of Taiwan
Taiwanese President, Tsai Ing-wen, welcomed a delegation of Belizean parliamentarians at the Presidential Office. Speaker of the House of Representatives Laura Tucker-Longsworth, Senate President Lee Mark Chang and Senator Stephen Duncan met with the President who sees the visit as an indication of the importance of parliamentary diplomacy between the two countries. President Tsai Ing-wen …

PlusTV

PM explains Cabinet Shuffle
Today the media caught up with Prime Minster Barrow at his daughter’s Primary School Graduation Ceremony. Barrow has not appeared on the media since he left the country several weeks ago to seek medical attention. Several issues of concern have risen since then and so the media took the opportunity ...

Hugo Patt not interested in Party leadership says PM
Over the past several weeks, rumors were circulating that Minister Hugo Patt is interested in becoming the next UDP Party Leader. It was also suggested that the recent Cabinet shift was intended to put Minister Patt in a position that would make him a worthy contender for party leader. Well, Prime M...

Gas Price to Decrease over next Six Months
Another huge national concern is the price of fuel. Gas Prices have increased a number of times over the past two months. The latest increase happened just yesterday when Premium Gasoline was increased by 4 cents. In his last Press conference, P.M. Barrow indicated that Belize would see more increas...

POLICE CONSTABLE KILLS PG MAN IN RTA
A 69 year old Punta Gorda man was knocked down and killed by a Belmopan Police Corporal driving a F150 Police Mobile. Reports are that 69 year old Selvin Bahadur was walking around mile 5 1/2 on the San Antonio Road early this morning when he was knocked down by 40 year old Corporal of Police Alexan...

STEPFATHER CHARGED WITH CAUSING DEATH OF 6 YEAR OLD BY CARELESS CONDUCT
30 year old Shamir O’Neal Myvett, a Belizean Tour Operator of San Pedro Town, was officially charged today with Causing Death by Careless conduct. This is in reference to the death of his 6 year old stepdaughter, Daisy Acevedo. The little girl was accidently shot in the neck with Myvett’s gun ...

CITCO EMPLOYEES STILL NOT PAID?
Is the Belmopan City Council strapped for cash to the extent that they are unable to pay their employees on time, twice in a row? This morning, Plus News received complaints from Belmopan City Council employees about not receiving their bi-weekly salary. According to the complainants, City Council e...

Andrew Willoughby Guilty of 11 year old boy’s murder
There has been a murder conviction in today’s Supreme Court session. 37 year old Andrew Willoughby was found guilty of the murder of 11-year-old David Matura Jr. Convictions are rare in Belize. This June session of the Supreme Court alone has seen more than five persons walk free from murder; but to...

More charges for ATM thieves
After almost five months on remand for an alleged ATM theft in the Orange Walk and Corozal Districts, three Mexicans from the Cancun area remain on remand without bail after they were read additional charges of theft, including as many as 29 counts. This morning, the trio was read their additional charges of theft.

Anke Doehm still not indicted for child cruelty
57 year old Anke Doehm made another appearance in the Supreme Court for June session. Doehm was charged in the sensational case of the death of her a 16-year-old adopted daughter who died while in her care in San Pedro. The child was certified as physically and sexually abused via a post mortem.

More BDF presence in Otoxa, Toledo
When thee media caught up with P.M. Barrow today, he was asked to comment on the request made, by residents of the Otoxa community, for more BDF presence in order to clear areas where Guatemalan encroachment is taking place. According to P.M. Barrow, a meeting was held with Ministry of National Security where it was agreed that consistent BDF presence will be made available in the community.

Roaring Creek Bridge Meeting
Work has already begun in Roaring Creek Village to build a new Bridge. The Bridge is a part of a road rehabilitation project that will see several miles of the George Price highway upgraded. While the new bridge and its flood proof design will seek to better serve residents in the Cayo District, many Roaring Creek Village residents have expressed some concerns. A community meeting was held inside Roaring Creek Village last night w

NO more BTL ads for Kremandala
Earlier this month, we told you that on May 11, 2018, BTL abruptly ended all media advertisements with Kremandala which includes KREM Radio, KREM TV and the AMANDALA Newspaper. KREMANDALA is now subjected to the same advertisement ban that PLUSTV has highhandedly endured since 2013 when the ruling United Democratic Party (UDP) Government took over the reigns of BTL. Undoubtedly, the move by BTL is being interpreted as political punishment to the KREMANDALA Empire as newly elected Mayor Bernard Wagner is the husband of Amandala’s Newspaper Manager, Jacinta Hyde.

BANANAS FOR BELMOPAN SCHOOLS
The Banana Accompanying Measure is a support package for 10 banana-exporting countries including Belize. Belize received a total of 40 Million Euros from BAM to facilitate its adjustment to a new trading system. The Banana Accompanying Management seeks to see improvements in technical areas such as Water Management, increased yield in banana farming, and the improvement of social conditions of workers and their households.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Taiwan gives US $510,000 to Belize for SICA program
Today, Belize received a grant of US $510,000 from the Republic of China (Taiwan) to […]

Kidnappers demand $1 million to return businessman
It has been 72 hours since businessman Homero Campos went missing. His family is gravely […]

Cordell Flores busted with over 11,000 grams of weed in Port Loyola
A Port Loyola resident busted with weed yesterday has been charged with the offense of […]

US Embassy in Belize honors Pride Month
Today, the United States Embassy in Belize held a flag raising ceremony in honor of […]

New US Charge d’ Affairs for Belize coming soon
The United States Embassy’s Charge d’ Affairs, Adrienne Galanek has been the Deputy Chief of […]

Notice from the Ministry of Natural Resources
The Ministry of Natural Resources today issued a notice informing the nation that in recognition […]

Sr. Supt. Howell Gillett to be honored with award for outstanding efforts
The Ministry of Public Service, Energy and Public Utilities will be honoring Senior Superintendent of Police, […]

Ephesus S.D.A student receives special recognition for PSE performance
Yesterday, a ceremony was held by the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture at the […]

Aspiring politician beaten by female student in Dangriga
Aspiring politician and teacher at Delile Academy, Denrick Walton, was beaten by a third form student […]

Sr. Supt. Howell Gillett to be honored with award for outstanding efforts
The Ministry of Public Service, Energy and Public Utilities will be honoring Senior Superintendent of Police, […]

Ephesus S.D.A student receives special recognition for PSE performance
Yesterday, a ceremony was held by the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture at the […]

Aspiring politician beaten by female student in Dangriga
Aspiring politician and teacher at Delile Academy, Denrick Walton, was beaten by a third form student […]

Blogs

Curiosity Almost Killed the Cat Before Iguana Juan’s Comedy Night
I was offered to come experience the food and eclectic vibe at Iguana Juan’s Restaurant and Bar. It was their first professional stand up comedy show with Rob Sherwood. I was not familiar with him so I decided to let it be almost a complete surprise as to what he is like. I say almost as I went old school and messaged two friends to see what they thought of him. I got different reviews, and one knew him right away the other had to Google. Neither mentioned that he was very cute with a lovely looking girlfriend. The only other thing I knew about Rob came from the email invitation from Iguana Juan’s co-owner Shannon Reeder – he is the opening act for Carrot Top in Las Vegas, and he has headlined clubs across the US and abroad. I always liked the end scene of The Hangover movie where the guys are scrolling through all the pictures from their crazy night and they saw they had been partying with carrot top.

Wild Animals in Belize: When and Where To Spot Wildlife
As one of Central America’s most popular tourist destinations, Belize is famed worldwide for its pristine Caribbean waters, lazy days spent sunbathing, and its stunningly gorgeous barrier reef, one of the finest places worldwide for snorkelling and diving. Equally incredible, however, is the richness and abundance of wild animals in Belize, locked away in the acres and acres of impenetrable tropical jungle which dominate the country. Like many tropical countries, Belize’s terra firma is simply teeming with wildlife, exotic and colourful and––oftentimes––passing right under our noses undetected. Belize has drawn animal lovers from all around the world for years, and will continue to do so as long as its wilderness is preserved.

Is This Belize’s Next Big Expat Hot Spot?
Sittee River has a frozen-in-time feel, nestled next to the welcoming Garifuna community of Hopkins in southern Belize. This sleepy, historically Kriol area has seen a slow but steady increase in the expat population enticed by the choice of scenic riverfront homes and housing communities near the resort area that borders Hopkins, and also the opportunity to buy land for farming. What is it that is drawing the crowds? Many describe the area as reminiscent of vintage Alabama, with a jungle feel. People will often use the word “lush” to describe the feel of the surroundings here. And the river soil is extremely good for farming, gardening, and vegetation. Sittee River is described as an old-fashioned, warm, and friendly area. It is becoming less of a secret now that neighbor Hopkins has its first paved road into town—what used to be a pothole-filled adventure is now smooth and accessible. There is a second (charming) dirt access road you can take directly to Sittee River, that has picturesque farms and scenes that could be from 100 years ago, with Hopkins 10 minutes away.

10 things YOU MUST do in San Pedro!
If you’re thinking about visiting Belize and are wondering what are the top things to do in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye–I can help you with that. As a local, I’ve lived all my life in San Pedro and I can steer you on the right path. The activities that I recommend are San Pedro-specific, they range from snorkeling at Hol Chan, to partying at a sandbar, and from eating at the best restaurants, to learning how to cook traditional Belizean foods. By following my suggestions, I guarantee that you’ll have a great time while you’re in San Pedro. Belizeans are very proud of having the second largest barrier reef in the world. Because who wouldn’t? Therefore, if there’s anything you absolutely must do when in San Pedro, it’s to experience the barrier reef. This can be done by snorkeling or diving – whichever you prefer. My favorite spots are Hol Chan Marine Reserve/ Shark Ray Alley and Mexico Rocks! Check out Cari’Bean tours for a fun day of snorkeling, fishing, and BBQ lunch on a secluded island.

International Sourcesizz

Taiwan provides grant to Belize one day after Tsai meets Belizean delegation
On June 19 in Taipei, President Tsai met with a delegation from the Central American nation of Belize, one of Taiwan’s official diplomatic allies. On June 20, immediately following Tsai’s meeting with Laura Tucker-Longsworth, the speaker of Belize’s House of Representatives, and Lee Mark Chang, the president of the Belize’s Senate, Taiwan reportedly gave a grant of US$510,000 (NT$15.4 million) to the Belizean government. During her remarks on June 19, Tsai said that Taiwan “is committed to expanding economic and trade cooperation with Belize as part of overall efforts to deepen bilateral relations” and she also expressed her gratitude to Belize for its continued support of Taiwan in the global community.

Take a week-long chocolate tour in Belize with Enna Grazier
And so Eric and Anthony went off to find the source of this wild cacao from Peru, and thanks to a trip organized by Enna Grazier of Enna Chocolate in Epping, 20 lucky chocolate lovers (or just those of you who like a good adventure) can learn all about where some of the best chocolate in the world comes from in a country a bit easier to get to - Belize. Her Cacao Origins Adventure Trip runs from Feb. 23 to March 2, 2019, and will be held at beautiful Cotton Tree Lodge in the Toledo District, the heart of Belizean cacao farming and production. “I wanted to bring people to a country that’s easy to travel to and Belize is an English-speaking country so we can talk directly to the Mayan farmers and anyone else we meet,” says Grazier. During the week, you’ll visit local cocoa farms, meeting the farmers, learning how cacao is harvested, fermented and processed, and enjoy fresh cacao right out of the pod. You’ll also learn how to make drinking chocolate and tortillas with a Mayan family, in one of the few regions of the world where quality cacao is grown.

Perfect Spot for a Reunion Of a Belize High School
When Sandra Pou Pulliam first contacted Catholic New York about her 50-year high school reunion, she suggested taking out an advertisement. Colleagues in our advertising department felt she might be better served with an Out and About listing, which is how she got in touch with the editorial department. When she and I spoke in March, I learned a couple of things: She was very enthusiastic about her school’s alumnae gathering and she also had a story worth telling, two facts reinforced by her occasional check-ins over the next couple of months. With graduation season winding down, the timing was also right for Ms. Pou Pulliam. Maybe the best part of the story was that the reunion took place at a noon Mass followed by a reception at St. Patrick’s Cathedral June 16. Before you get visions of a large-scale high school reunion, you should know that the number of people attending was a dozen, including seven graduates, one teacher and four other guests, either relatives or friends who accompanied the graduates and teacher.

Caribbean Countries Target 'Resilience Agriculture' Funding
Fourteen countries from the Caribbean Community (Caricom) have agreed to boost their resilience and adaptation of agriculture, food systems and rural communities faced with climate change. In order to secure funds from international organizations to implement their plans, they've also agreed to design a series of rural agricultural projects capable of withstanding increased tropical storms, including hurricanes. The planned projects come amid a new fund established by the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization, or FAO, along with the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation, or Amexcid.

Caribbean chefs get ready to battle in Taste of the Caribbean
A dozen teams are getting ready to participate in the highly anticipated Taste of the Caribbean culinary competition taking place June 22 to 26 at the Hyatt Regency Miami. Hosted by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), Bahamas, Belize, Bonaire, Cayman Islands, Curaçao, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and Turks and Caicos have selected their best chefs and mixologists for this year's Taste of the Caribbean. Barbados, the reigning champs, will be seeking to retain their title. A combined team representing chefs from some of the Caribbean destinations that were impacted by last September's hurricanes will also compete. The team comprises members from Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands.

Videos

  • The Epiphany School of Global Studies, Love in Action - Belize 2018, 14min. This video is about our Love in Action trip to Belize 2018

  • LGBTI Flag Raising Ceremony at the U.S. Embassy!, 10min. Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Adrienne Galanek delivers remarks.

  • Marie Sharp brand got a makeover, 42min.

  • ILO Conventions, 36min.

  • International Merchant Marine Registry of Belize (IMMARBE), 20min.

  • Belize International Jazz Festival takes place from 17th - 24th June, 27min.

  • Destigmatizing Mental Illness, 53min.

  • Copalli Rum Introduction, 3min. Organic Single Estate rum made from three ingredients sourced from our own farm in the heart of the rainforest - Made in Southern Belize.

  • Stratford Belize Trip 2018, 19min. 22 students and 5 faculty members from Stratford Academy embarked on a journey to the Central American gem, Belize. They stayed in the depths of the jungle at Chaa Creek and the outskirts of the country at Dangriga and South Water Caye. Discovering what howler monkeys sound like, how good Belizean tortillas are, and how to survive with minimal WiFi, these 27 Americans went on a trip of a lifetime!

  • Sports Talk Show, 2hr.