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The San Pedro Sun

San Pedro schools and students honored for outstanding PSE performance
Belize Rural South (BRS) Area Representative Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr. awarded the top two students from Belize Rural South for their outstanding performance in this year's Primary School Examinations (PSE) on Thursday, June 21st. 12-year-old Bryan Roca from San Pedro Roman Catholic School (SPRCS) scored the highest marks (92%) in San Pedro Town and 12-year-old Enrique Navarrette from Caye Caulker Roman Catholic School who scored the highest in Caye Caulker (82%). Both students received a check for $500 to assist them in their school expenses as they further their education.

Caye Caulker Lobster Festival is coming; meet the Miss Lobster Fest 2018 contestants
Lobster Season is open for 2018, and with it comes a lot of fun and traditional lobster festivals around the country. All is ready in the neighboring island of Caye Caulker, where the festivities for their 24th Annual Lobster Festival will take place from Friday, June 29th through to Sunday, July 1st. The anticipated event will tip off with the Miss Lobster Fest 2018-2019 pageant on the 29th, which will see four lovely young ladies vying for the coveted crown and some fabulous prizes. Meloney Arnold, Normari Blanco, Valerie Arnold, and Yammira Rosado will compete to become Caye Caulker's next beauty ambassador in a talent, costume, and question and answer segment.

Ambergris Today

Hon. Manuel Heredia Awards Top PSE Scorers Of San Pedro And Caye Caulker
Minister of Tourism, Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr. presented checks to the Top PSE scorers of San Pedro and Caye Caulker as recognition for their excellent results on the examination. In a short, yet meaningful, ceremony Minister Heredia congratulated the students for their hard work and dedication. He stated that the money given to them was a form of acknowledgment for their excellent work in the Primary School Examination. Enrique Navarrette of Caye Caulker RC School received 82% on the Primary School Examinations and received $500 from the Belize Tourism Board and will be attending St. John's College in Belize City. Bryan Roca of San Pedro RC School achieved the highest score for the school with a 92% and placed 14th highest countrywide. Bryan received $500 from the Belize Tourism Board and will be attending San Pedro High School.

Misc Belizean Sources


Hon. John Saldivar visits Dolores Village
Hon. John Saldivar visits Dolores Village in Southern Belize, to meet with Mayan Leaders to discuss Border incursion concerns. Accompanying the Minister on the trip was CEO Felix Enriquez, Amb. Alexis Rosado, and Deputy Commander (BDF) Colonel Loria.

Calling all Solar people on Ambergris
If you have or have interest in going solar BEL is having a meeting at Sunbreeze conference room tomorrow, Friday, June 22 from 9:00 am - 11:00 am. They will be discussing solar on their agenda and asked me to invite a few solar people to the meeting if you are interested please RSVP at Leon Westby [email protected] Danielle Jones [email protected]

Ride Across Belize 2018
The Social Security Board is having their annual Ride Across Belize fundraiser the first week of July. The riders will get into Cayo on Thrusday, July 5th, and ride to Dangriga on Friday, July 6th. All proceeds will go towards helping with dialysis treatment. Thanks, SSB! "It's that time of the year! SSB's staff initiative, Ride Across Belize is back!! Contact us to sign up or donate."

Movie Night at KoKo King
Showing this Friday we have: SHERLOCK GNOMES (PG) - Garden gnomes, Gnomeo & Juliet, recruit renowned detective Sherlock Gnomes to investigate the mysterious disappearance of other garden ornaments. RAMPAGE (PG13) - When three different animals become infected with a dangerous pathogen, a primatologist and a geneticist team up to stop them from destroying Chicago. Popcorn and other snacks available for the kids - dinner menu available

The Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) made a donation of BZ$24,000.00 to the Department of Agriculture under the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration, to support the renovation of a building used as an office and conference room at the Research, Development & Innovation Center located in Central Farm, Cayo District. The renovation project will improve the working environment of the employees, which will further strengthen the delivery of service to the farmers and stakeholders in the country under bilateral cooperation programs with the Republic of China (Taiwan).

22 Youths Graduate from Belize Youth Challenge Programme
The Belize Youth Challenge Programme (BYC) today, June 21st, marked the closure of its first intake with a passing out ceremony for the 22 cadets who successfully completed the residential phase of the programme. Since the start of the programme in October 2017, young men ages 15-17 have learnt discipline, leadership, and teamwork; taking academic and vocational classes and keeping fit with physical training and military drills. In his remarks, Minister of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation (MHDSTPA), Hon. Anthony Martinez applauded the cadets on completing the course: "You took up the challenge to create a new path for your lives and have successfully completed this Belize Youth Challenge journey, and for that, we are very proud of you, and you should also be proud of yourselves."

New Mangroves Regulations to Take Effect on June 23, 2018
The public is advised that on June 15th, 2018, the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development, and Immigration Senator Hon. Godwin Hulse signed the Forests (Protection of Mangroves) Regulations 2018, which replaces the regulations in force at the time of signing. The new Mangroves Regulations, which went through an arduous process of discussion and consultation, come into effect on June 23rd, 2018 upon publication in the Gazette.

Study Tour of Energy Efficiency Labelling and Testing Programme
This week, Lennox Nicholson, Consumer Protection Inspector is participating in a Study Tour of Energy Efficiency Labelling and Testing Programme at Intertek in New York, USA. This activity is being hosted under the Organisation of American States (OAS) Project, "Advancing Metrology for Sustainable Energy Technologies and the Environment (M4SET)" and is aimed at supporting CARICOM's energy efficiency goals of developing a harmonised energy efficiency labelling scheme for lighting, refrigerators and air conditioners coupled with the required metrology and testing services.

Paradise Theater playing this weekend
We do have movies this weekend. Screen 1, Isle of dogs at 7, Rampage at 9. Screen 2, Escape plan 2 at 7, Ready player one at 9. The theater is closed Saturday night .. No movies Saturday (lobster fest)

Crooked Tree Museum
The Crooked Tree Museum has as part of its collection a series of 3D-printed artifacts. We see these replicas as an important part of object conservation and teaching. Created using elaborate models based on hundreds of photos of each object, these models of ancient Maya shell, jade, and ceramic are high-quality documents of originals that require sophisticated conservation, storage, and display to prevent deterioration. After the objects are printed, they must be finished, painted, and polished to create final products that are true to the original in every way. Here you see Ellie, Lori, Sara, and Katie sand, finish, paint, and polish some of the objects we will feature in our June 30th opening.

Channel 7

Mob Metes Out Terminal Justice To Machete Wielding Marauder
A village mob in Silk Grass killed a man after he chopped two residents and tried to sexually assault a woman. It happened at around 1:00 this morning in that southern village. Salvadorean and resident of the village, Rene Godoy barged into a home and started chopping the male residents, while sexually assaulting a 32 year old female. That mayhem woke up the neighborhood and that's when the mob went for the machete wielding marauder. Police told us more today about the violent, ultimately, deadly standoff:...

Family Of Hostage Hasn't Heard From Him In Two Days
San Narciso businessman Omero Campos has been missing for four days and counting - and tonight, his family is gravely concerned because they haven't heard from him for two days. Today, Police told us he is being held captive - but wouldn't say much more:... DCP Chester Williams, Commander - Operations: "Mr. Campos remains missing and from all indications he have been kidnapped. We have police officers still on the ground, canvassing to see what can be picked up to be able to assist us in that investigation. Hopefully that may be able to lead us to his return safely home. There are several things that we are doing on the ground, which I will not say to the media, because we don't want to be able to give our full operational strategy to those who may have him captive. But we are on the grounds and we are doing several things to be able to assist in returning his safely home to his family."

Two Men Killed When Truck Fails To Put On Hazards
Two men were killed in a fatal traffic accident last night. It happened between miles one and two on the Placencia Road where a Mack dump truck had shut down on the road. But, the truck wasn't unto the shoulder, half of it was still across the road - and the driver allegedly didn't have on any lights, nor had he put any warnings on the highway. 20 year old Alex Duncan, and 28 year old Mauricio Palma came riding along on two separate small motorbikes and didn't see the Mack truck occupying half of the land of oncoming traffic. They collided into the truck and the result was fatal, double fatal:

Still No Charges For Cop Who Killed Bike Rider In PG
And while charges were brought within less than 24 hours in that case, the pace of the investigation is far slower in the case of a police officer who knocked down and killed a man in Punta Gorda. 40 year old Corporal Alexander Salam knocked down Selvin Bahadur on Tuesday morning. The 69 year old died form his injuries a short time after. But, police seem to be taking their time with this case - and they told us why:... DCP Chester Williams, Commander - Operations "We have since obtained blood and urine sample from Mr. Salam which has been sent to the lab as is the case with every traffic accident. I must say that we have no indication that he was drinking or was under the influence, but those are just the practice that we normally do with traffic accidents and the matter is currently under investigation..."

Robbers Wore School Uniforms
There are reports of another robbery on the Northside today. This one happened at Tony's store on Daly Street. Police have not provided any details but according to preliminary information, the robbers were dressed in high school uniforms. We'll have more on this tomorrow.

Defence Minister Goes To Southwest Border Communities
Earlier this week, Prime Minister Dean Barrow expressed his and Cabinet's support for providing the border villages in Southern Belize with additional BDF protection. This is after complaints from those border communities that - after the referendum in that country - Guatemalan's have been pushing into their land. Well, yesterday Minister of Defense, Hon. John Saldivar, flew down to Dolores on BDF Helicopter to meet with several Maya and village leaders about their concerns and where they need assistance. Maya Leaders Alliance representative, Cristina Coc, presented a list of recommendations to Saldivar. Here's Coc speaking about some of those recommendations as well as Saldivar's thoughts on the meeting...

From At-Risk to Standing At-Attention
We met Saldivar at an event for the Belize Youth Challenge program. It's a collaborative effort between the Ministries of Human Development and Defence to take at risk youths off the streets and give them some structure and military style discipline. The initiative celebrated its first Passing Out Ceremony today as 22 young men between the ages 15 and 17 successfully completed the residential phase of the program. During that time, they lived together and were taught military principles such as discipline and teamwork as well as vocational and academic skills. We spoke to both Ministers as well as a parent about the success of the program...

Moving Forward With Forward Operating Base
After several delays, the Coast Guard's forward operating base on Hunting Caye is ready to be officially opened. While we had him today, we asked Saldivar about the importance of the base... "We know that the forward Operating Base in Hunting Caye is scheduled to be officially opened later this month. Can you talk to us about the delays that we've seen in the development of the operation base, how it will help us now that it is actually open."

Seawell Suit
2 weeks ago, we told you how Mark Seawell, one of the 2 Seawell brothers who successfully fought his extradition to the United States, is suing the Government for unlawful imprisonment for the 6 and a half years he spent in jail. His case was called up for a hearing before Justice Shona Griffith today. Seawell and his attorney, Anthony Sylvestre, presented themselves before the court, along with the government's attorney, for what was scheduled as a hearing of the case. The two sides already made written submissions and so the judge adjourned it while she compiles their submissions. The date of the next hearing is July 5.

Key Witness Appears In Re-Trial of Three Accused Killers
Last night, we told you how the prosecution was having difficulty getting its main witness to appear and testify in the murder retrial of Orel Leslie, Tyrone Meighan, and Brandon Baptist. Well, he presented himself before the court today, and provided evidence which implies a link between all 3 accused and the November 2012 murder of James Noralez. Due to new witness protection laws, we can't tell you his name, but we can say that he had a police escort arriving at and leaving the court. He took the stand and testified that 3 days before Noralez was killed, he and Noralez - met Orel Leslie and he heard when Leslie accused Norales of working with the police, and warned him that if he is working for the police he will die.

UB Endowment Gives Education
5 students were awarded scholarships to pursue their Bachelor's degree at the University of Belize. Now as we have reported, the University is facing some serious financial challenges but President Sankat says he has found a way to source some extra funds and help the students out through an Endowment Fund that he launched last year. We found out more at the awards ceremony at the Princess. Clement Sankat, President, University of Belize: "It is really the award of bursaries out of a fund that was launched last year. Last year when I came in we launched the endowment fund and many good Universities have that. It is a pot of money outside of the normal government subventions and tuition fees..."

Two Decades of Coastal Zone
Today the Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute celebrated its 20th anniversary. The staff held a ceremony at their training room and the Chief Executive Officer explained that it is a time to reflect on their important accomplishments and also what they need to achieve going forward. And in line with their mandate to protect the coast and marine life from plastic pollution, the CZMAI has designed a new cell phone case made out of bamboo to replace those plastic phone cases. Interesting right ? Samuels told us more about this initiative and how the proceeds will go to an endowment fund for students.

PUP City Council Marks 100 Days
It's been exactly 112 days since the PUP City Council slate were elected to City Hall. Since then, they've been thrust head on into the hurly burly of public administration, running a council that's often in the red, and juggling scarce resources while facing a tide of rising expectations. Today, the Deputy Mayor, Oscar Arnold discussed those first 100 days - which has been like jumping into a moving car that's barreling downhill. He told us that this administration met unresolved issues from the last Council, and they've had to make those challenges a priority for immediate resolution.

CITCO Spending To Fix concrete Streets
As you heard, the council has had to focus its attention on some of the 200+ streets that the Bradley Administration had cemented using the Municipal Bond proceeds. We've seen a few of them, including a section of Orange Street, that certainly have not withstood the test of time. The wear and tear has caused some of these concrete streets to deteriorate a lot faster than was expected, and so, the council has been trying to mitigate, and - where possible - reverse the damage. The Deputy Mayor said that this unforeseen task will keep the council busy for a while more:

Why, Why, Whine?
Of course, no one cares when politicians whine - they asked - matter of fact, they begged for the job - so they shouldn't complain about doing it. But, the practical reality is that the Council has to find money to fix streets and pay the sanitation company in the midst of the revenue slow season. Well, any one who's been in that seat before might say "Welcome to City Hall" - since that revenue feast and famine is chronic. But it's his first slow season, so we forgave the Deputy Mayor when he started lamenting about how "no money noh deh." We asked him if the current "empty pocket syndrome" at City Hall is due to electioneering from the past administration. He carefully stayed away from saying just that:

CITCO Says It's Not Jacking APEX For Civic Trade License
But while the Council is strapped for cash, the Deputy Mayor says that City Hall is not attempting to gouge Apex Belize Limited on its trade license fees. We told you last week of the reports that had emerged that the City's Trade License Board was considering billing Apex a half a million dollars for its trade license to manage the Civic Center. We asked the Deputy Mayor about it 8 day ago, and, today, when we brought it up again, he said that he has done checks with the Board, and the final assessment that Apex has been given is nowhere near that figure:

Commercial Center Project Delayed By Leaky Roof
One other topic that the media brought up was the progress on the renovation of the Downtown Commercial Center. The contractors have been working on it for about 6 months, and the estimated completion time was December of this year or early January, 2019. Well, the Mayor says that the contractors encountered an unforeseen problem that they need to address, and it will delay the completion. Here's how he explained how a leaky roof is getting in the way of the works:

Artists Against Israel
Next week the Police Academy will hold a course titled "Police and Community". While the name sounds harmless, the course has generated a wave of backlash because it is being facilitated by the Israeli state - which, critics say, is a practitioner and exporter of violence. The jewish state recently made headlines for its brutal crackdown on Palestinian protestors. In fact, Belize was one of 120 UN countries who publicly condemned Israel's actions against Palestine. Now, in order to protest the police's involvement with the controversial Israel military, a group of artists, lead by Katie Usher, has penned a letter to the Prime Minister and Cabinet to voice their concerns. Usher came by our studio today to explain more...

The Business Side Of Music
If you work in the Belize music industry and want to learn more about the business side of things, you can sign up for an online course entitled "The Business of Music for Caribbean Practitioners". The Belize Coalition of Service Providers along with its partners launched the program today and they are calling on all artists to sign up. We dropped by the B-SCAP office to find out how this course can provide artists with very useful information in their career.

Channel 5

A Chopping Spree in Silk Grass Ends With the Deadly Beating of Alleged Attacker
Did vigilante justice end the life of a Silk Grass resident? Or did authorities go overboard restraining a seemingly high and angry man? Tonight the family of Rene Godoy says [...]

Police Launch Internal and Criminal Probe into Fatal Beat Down
Police, meanwhile, say that after one a.m. they responded to reports that a man had chopped three persons in Silk Grass Village on the Southern Highway. The chopping victims had [...]

Land Feud in Lemonal; ComPol's Wife Takes on Relatives for Choice Property
Hell broke loose in the village of Lemonal, Belize District, early this morning between relatives over a problem that had been brewing for some time. �It has to do with [...]

Orel Leslie, et al. Back in Court for Murder Retrial
The main witnesses in the murder retrial of three men, accused with the murder of B.D.F. soldier James Norales, testified today before Justice Colin Williams. He is Aron Paquiul, a [...]

2 Motorists Perish in Road Traffic Accident on Placencia Road
Since the beginning of the week, three persons have lost their lives in separate traffic accidents in southern Belize. On Tuesday morning, sixty-nine-year-old Selvin Bahadur was knocked off his bicycle [...]

Is Abducted Businessman Omero Campos Still Alive?
San Narciso businessman, Omero Campos is still nowhere to be found after having been reportedly kidnapped ninety-six hours ago. The proprietor of Henry's Store in the village left his house [...]

A Hundred-day Report Card for P.U.P. CitCo
Mayor Bernard Wagner and his P.U.P, this week marked their first hundred days at City Hall. After a decade of U.D.P. rule, the first order of business was a look [...]

Are Cemented City Streets Still Holding Up?
One of the primary responsibilities of the City Council is streets, and although over one hundred and sixty were cemented under the previous U.D.P. administration, many are in dire need [...]

Dire Straits at City Hall, Deputy Mayor Arnold Explains Financial Crunch
Deputy Mayor Oscar Arnold also spoke on the financial crunch City Hall is experiencing. It is well known that December through March is the period during which the council's revenue [...]

The Latest on Former City Admin's Suspension Challenge
Five persons have been terminated from City Hall for various reasons since Mayor Bernard Wagner and his P.U.P. team took office; primarily due to redundancy. But the most notable termination [...]

22 Young Graduates from Belize Youth Challenge Program
Twenty-two young men graduated this morning as cadets of the Belize Youth Challenge Programme. They represent the first intakes of the programme which started last October.� The young men honed [...]

Accepting Government's Errors in Present Crime Situation
It was a happy occasion for the graduating cadets but also a time of reflection for the Minister of National Security. John Saldivar admitted today that the government has failed [...]

Maya Leaders Question Effectiveness of the B.D.F. in Keeping Guatemalan Farmers Away in the South
The village of Otoxha in Toledo has become a hot spot for illegal incursions by farmers from Guatemala who have been clearing of tracts of land for farming purposes. Other [...]

B.D.F. Minister John Saldivar Takes a Trip to Otoxha
Coc continued that in Dolores, Guatemalan farmers had first put markers and then replaced them with posts even as trespassing and incursions continued in the San Benito Poite and San [...]

UB Launches an Endowment Fund
The University of Belize handed out five bursaries today through its Endowment Fund Bursary. The fund was officially launched today. President Clement Sankat announced that its first fundraising effort held [...]

Happy 20th Anniversary Coastal Zone!!
The Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute is celebrating its twentieth anniversary of promoting the sustainable use and management of Belize's coastal zone.� To mark the occasion, the organization has [...]

A Manual for Youth Leadership is Presented to MOE
An official ceremony to deliver the Youth Leadership Resource Manual to the Ministry of Education was held today in Belize City.� The instruction booklet has been successfully implemented in eleven [...]

Yasser Musa Leads Anti-Israeli Protest
The state of Israel is celebrating seventy years and to mark that occasion, Alon Levi, their Deputy Chief of Staff, at their embassy in Mexico will be in Belize. Part [...]

Healthy Living Looks at the Effects of Sleep Deprivation
Are you getting enough sleep? If you manage to get anywhere between seven to nine hours a night then you're doing great. If it is less than that, then, you [...]


Coastal Zone celebrates 20 years
The Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute is celebrating twenty years of existence. The occasion is being celebrated under the theme "Celebrating 20 years of Promoting the Sustainable Use and Management of Belize's Coastal Zone. The Coastal Zone Management Authority & Institute was birthed out of a need to protect Belize's natural resources which became �

Efforts made for a safer environment
Earlier this year, Cabinet approved a proposal to phase out single-use plastic shopping bags, Styrofoam and plastic products by April 22, 2019. The tasked is huge since the public has not fully grasped the dangers of these products, neither are they willing to let go of the convenience. Chantalle Samuels, the Chief Executive Officer for �

1,147 students graduate from UB
A total of one thousand one hundred and forty-seven students graduated from the University of Belize. Graduation exercises were held in Punta Gorda and in Belize City. In Belize City, the ceremony was held at the Civic Center where Minister of Education, Patrick Faber, was the guest speaker. Meanwhile, the Mayor of Punta Gorda, Ashton �

Robber targets ICB office in San Pedro Town
On Wednesday morning a man robbed the ICB office on Pescador Drive in San Pedro Ambergris Caye making off with an undisclosed amount of money. Police have launched an investigation and are looking for the suspect. Following the incident, ICB issued a statement in which it said that police had made an arrest and was �

Police Corporal investigated for fatal traffic incident in Toledo
Meanwhile, a Police Corporal is being investigated for another road traffic incident that happened on the Southern Highway in the Toledo District. It happened on Tuesday when Selvin Bahadur was hit and died shortly after. DCP Williams spoke of the investigation. DCP Chester Williams: They saw one Selvin Bajador suffering from injuries, he was taken �

BSI targets CARICOM market for DC Sugars, faces challenges
On Wednesday the BSI/ASR group hosted the media for a tour of the expansions that have been made to the factory to enhance the production of Direct Consumption Sugars. The work began in September of last year and will see the investment of 22 million dollars. As the work progresses, the factory has begun producing �

Man is charged for slamming his vehicle into police mobile
Police have charged Asuncion Rash for crashing his private vehicle into a parked police vehicle over the weekend. Reports are that on Saturday, Rash slammed into the police vehicle allegedly over a previous altercation with officers who were in the police mobile. Today, while police did not confirm that such altercation happened, DCP Chester Williams �

Two men die after colliding into parked vehicle on the Southern Highway
Two men, travelling on separate motorcycles, have died in a road traffic incident. It happened last night between eight and eight-thirty last night. According to reports, both men were traveling from Santa Cruz Village to Placencia when they collided into a parked vehicle. The men, 20-year-old Alex Duncan and 28-year-old Mauricio Palma were severely injured �

Businessman who was kidnapped on Sunday still captive; police believe he is still alive
The search for businessman Omero Campos continues. The San Narciso Village resident was last seen on Sunday when he left his house and headed to his farm. After being missing for some hours, his family received a call in which persons who allegedly took him asked for ransom money. Police continues to investigate the case �

"This is Belize and we will defend every inch, every centimeter, of our country"- John Saldivar
Minister of National Security, John Saldivar says he is sending Guatemalan encroachers and poachers a clear message that quote "this is Belize and we will defend every inch, every centimeter, of our country". End of quote. Those were the words of Saldivar who along with other government officials met with Maya leaders in Dolores Village �

The first intake of the Belize Youth Challenge
Twenty two young men became the first intake to successfully complete the Belize Youth Challenge. The young men were recognized during a passing out ceremony this morning at the ITVET compound in Belize City. The Belize Youth Challenge Program is an alternative program for males 15-17 years who are at-risk of coming in contact with the law and/or have behavioral problems.

Man subdued after chopping two others sustains facial injuries and dies
A man who allegedly inflicted chop wounds to two other men in Silk Grass Village is dead tonight after he sustained a number of injuries while being subdued.

Charg� d'Affaires concerned over Trump's Zero Tolerance Policy on Immigration
As we mentioned, US President, Donald J Trump and his administration have come under heavy heat after footage of immigrant children detained in cages surfaced. His Zero Tolerance policy on immigration has been widely criticized even by members of his own party.

RET hands over Youth Leadership Manual to MOE
RET International is a global organization which focuses on protecting at risk youths through education. Here in Belize, the RET Youth Leadership Manual has been successfully implemented in eleven high schools. This has allowed the program to touch the lives of about five thousand persons.

UB helping its students to achieve their goals
Five students received scholarships from the UB Endowment Fund Bursary. The funds were made possible from the first President's all inclusive fete which took place in September 2017. President of the University of Belize, Professor Clement Sankat told Love News about this first of a kind initiative.


Jermaine Moody guilty of Manslaughter
Jermaine Moody was found guilty of manslaughter today and not guilty of murder. His murder trial got on the way 15 days ago in a trial by judge without jury. He was accused of the murder of 31-year-old Moses Coc who was beaten and hit in the head with a piece of stick, causing Coc's death. That inc...

14 years for killing doctor
37 year old Dwayne Davis has been sentenced to 14 years for strangling Doctor Ivan Garcia inside his bedroom. That is 14 years less 6 years for remand time and less an additional year for pleading guilty to manslaughter. Davis was also charged with murder but on Thursday, May 24, , the trial kicked...

BISL vs GOB case concludes
The Supreme Court, in 2016, dismissed claims made by Belize International Service Limited , BISL, against the Government of Belize to the tune of 90 million dollars for breach of contract. Those claims arose after the compulsory acquisition of IMMARBE and IBCR in June of 2013 by the government of Be...

Accused murderer suing Belize Central Prison
Accused murderer Orel Leslie is taking the Belize Central Prison to court. Leslie is accusing the prison of violating his constitutional rights by treating him inhumanely and not affording him the right to a fair trial. Leslie was to appear in Court today before Justice Abel, but, according to repor...

Economic concerns
As most are aware by now, Belize's external and domestic debts have an all-time high of over three billion dollars. Externally, debts stand at two point three billion dollars, which is approximately seventy percent of Gross Domestic Product. Most of it is owed to international development banks and ...

Nationwide Cash Express robbed
There was an armed robbery in San Pedro this morning. According to police reports, sometime around eight this morning, the Insurance Corporation of Belize and Nation Wide Cash Express at the Corner of Tarpon Street and Pescador Drive, San Pedro Town was opening up for business for the day. That is w...

Drug Trafficking charges for 23 pounds of weed
Police have arrested and charged a Belize City man for Drug Trafficking after he was busted with over 23 pounds of Cannabis. Reports are that 29 year old Cordell Flores was spotted by patrolling officers on Arlington Drive in Belize City. Flores was reportedly throwing a black plastic bag from the d...

PM responds to criticisms of CARICOM secretariat
The Caribbean Single Market Economy's aim is to integrate CARICOM member states into a single unit in order to make the region a more powerful presence on the global stage. Earlier this month, Caribbean officials convened in Guyana ...

Special Envoy urges parents' vigilance over children
Over the past two weeks, we reported on three incidents of harm upon children, allegedly due to negligence. A months sold baby was shot in his back whenthe pellet gun in his father's hand went off. The child has survived. ...

PSE award for Special Needs student
An Ephesus S.D.A Adventist School Student in Belize City received special recognition at yesterday's Primary School Examination Awards. In spite of his physical limitations, Asher Leslie was able to sit the Primary School Examinations ...

Public Service Week 2018
Public Service week was officially opened on Sunday with a National Day of prayer for Public servants. This year's public service week is being celebrated under the theme: Moving towards the future with innovation ...

Taiwan donates half million US dollars to Belize
Today, Belize received a grant of five hundred and ten thousand US dollars from the Republic of China (Taiwan). The monies have been donated to support Belize's upcoming Presidency ...

The Reporter

Motorcyclist reportedly killed in traffic accident
A motorcyclist was reportedly killed in a traffic accident a short while ago. The accident happened near Santa Cruz village on the Southern highway. The Reporter will have more on this fatality on Friday.

Two motorcyclists on separate bikes crash into truck and die
Two men driving separate motorcycles, reportedly died on Wednesday night when they crashed into a truck that was parked on the road. The incident happened in Placencia village and the truck was said to have not had on any light to indicate its presence on [�]

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Businessman's palapa reportedly set on fire in Progresso
Yesterday around 11:25 a.m., Sunil Talreja, 52, of Progresso Village reported to authorities that around 2:30 a.m., his [�]

Drunk man goes 'bananas' in Silk Grass; Chops several villagers with machete
Today around 1 a.m., police officers were deployed to Silk Grass Village after reports were made that [�]

Robber takes $8000 from Nation Wide Cash Express; Police are investigating
BBN previously reported on a robbery that occurred at the Insurance Corporation of Belize (ICB) located [�]

Police: San Narciso businessman was kidnapped
Police have now officially ruled the missing case of San Narciso businessman, Homero Campus, as kidnapping [�]

Taiwan donates $24,000 to the Ministry of Agriculture
Today, the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) made a donation of BZ$24,000.00 to the [�]

New Mangroves Regulations come into effect on June 23, 2018
On June 15, 2018, the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development, and Immigration, [�]

13-year-old minor raped
Police are investigating the rape of a thirteen-year-old minor in the Belize District. On June 16, [�]

BBN Person of the Week- Denise Garcia
Denise Garcia, originally from Punta Gorda, Toledo recently completed a Masters in Environmental Science and [�]

National HIV testing day 2018
The National AIDS Commission (NAC), in collaboration with Atlantic Bank Ltd, the Ministry of Health [�]

2 dead in fatal road traffic accident on the Placencia Road
This morning after 1:00, police responded to a road traffic accident on the Placencia Road [�]

Re-Registration: Getting it right
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BEL reports $17 million in earnings in 2017
Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) yesterday reported on its 2017 performance to shareholders at the company's [�]

San Pedro business robbed of $8,000
Yesterday morning, just as the office of the Insurance Corporation of Belize in San Pedro [�]

Police officer to be charged for fatal traffic accident
A police corporal has been served with a notice of intended prosecution for knocking down [�]

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Issue #40 - May 2018 of The BELIZE AG REPORT is online here!
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ICDF/TTM Improvement in Sheep
The cattle and poultry industries in Belize just had a boost: sheep. The Genetic Improvement in Sheep and Goat Project, which began in December, 2015, was to be a 3 year project but due to problems acquiring purebred Barbados Black Belly and Dorper sheep, the project has been extended to December, 2019. Now having acquired 45 local Dorper from breeder/farmer, Amando Carillo in Orange Walk and 29 Dorper and 16 Barbados Black Belly from the U.S., the breeding program began in earnest in the past month. The inauguration ceremony took place on 15 March 2018 at the site of the project at Central Farm with the background baaing of the 125 sheep that were currently housed there.

Carbon Farming
Carbon Farming�what is it? The organization Drawdown ( identifies some of the practices that small holders in Belize traditionally practiced as being excellent ways to drawdown carbon. In his book, Carbon Farming, Eric Toeinsmeier identifies some of these practices as "carbon farming". The use of trees, regenerative agriculture, food forests and tropical staple foods are ways farmers can repair damaged soils while reducing vulnerability to climate variability and obtain significant yields over time.

Hierba Mora
Hierba mora, Solanum nigrum (night shade), is a species in the Solanum genus that refers collectively to a wide-ranging group of plants, including poisonous, medicinal, and edible species such as three major crops of global importance: tomato, potato, and eggplant. Hierba mora is not native to Belize but has been in the Americas long enough that it is now naturalized. It is native to Eurasia and was introduced in the Americas, Australasia, and South Africa.

To the Editor
Dear Editors, I was completely unprepared for the swift destruction of rainforest and its rapid conversion to mile after mile of what will soon be irrigated sugarcane fields here in the Cayo district. Within a few short weeks the devastation was complete: GONE! Rainforest� GONE! Animal habitats� GONE! Birds� and as soon as the giant rolls of plastic tubing can be distributed around the fields, gallons and gallons of water from the Belize River will be GONE! The sugar industry will add some jobs to the economy of Belize. However, at what cost? Consider the loss to future generations of the biodiversity of Belize, the additional costs in healthcare due to heavy consumption of sugar and sugar sweetened products, and�

Belize National Citrus Conference
The 105 year old citrus industry had its first-ever national citrus conference held on 18 April 2018 at the host Belagro's Belmopan warehouse of the Big Creek Group of Companies. Belagro's Manager Wilbert Ramclam moderated the very successful event. The forum was attended by 100 or so participants, that included citrus growers, GOB officials, representatives of the processing company, and other stakeholders.

Coconut Water Standards
by Dottie Feucht. In issue 38 of the Belize Ag Report we included a report on the CARICOM regional standards for coconut oil. This is a summary of the standards for natural coconut water which is defined as undiluted, natural, untreated clear liquid endosperm of the coconut without additives. If you buy commercially prepared coconut water labeled Packaged Natural Coconut Water according to these standards you can be sure that the coconuts used were harvested seven to nine months after pollination; that no fallen coconuts were used; that the composition in terms of sugars, acids, fats and ash are within specified range; that the quality in terms of physiochemical and microbiological limits is met; that it is free of contaminants�

Beyond the Backyard
The Humblest of Roots by Jenny Wildman. I have eaten many a root vegetable in soup, stews, boil up, mashed, fried and every which way, some more flavorful than others. In this category I would include beets, carrots, parsnips, salsify, potatoes, yams, turnips, swedes, manglewurzels, taro, cassava and coco yams. Although we may include bulbs, corms, rhizomes and root stems, the true definition of a root vegetable is a taproot or tuberous root. Most of these are considered by many to be the staple foods of the poor not fit for much else than livestock. The humblest of these is the turnip. They grow all over the world but having never seen any in Belize, I was pleasantly surprised to�

Caribbean Food Crops Society to Meet in Belize
The Caribbean Food Crops Society (CFCS) will celebrate its 54th Annual Meeting from July 8 to 13, 2018 at the Ramada Princess Hotel and Casino in Belize City. The theme of this year's meeting is "Multi-functionality of Agriculture in the Caribbean Basin in Countries with Predominant Tourist Industries". Hosting the annual meeting of CFCS in Belize was brought about by a January 2018 meeting between Dr. Wilfredo Colon, Chair and CEO of the CFCS and the Honorable Godwin Hulse and his staff of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration. The weeklong annual meeting will consist of keynote speeches, scientific presentations, technical sessions, farmers' forums, field trips, and social and cultural activities.

by Marquito Stanko. With fruits weighing from 10 pounds to over 70 pounds growing from its trunk and lower branches, this tree begs for a second look and in more ways than one! Not only is the jackfruit an amazing fruit to behold, it's also a highly versatile, resilient and nutritious tree crop that is suitable for growing in many areas of Belize. Jackfruit is known scientifically as Artocarpus heterophyllus. There are many common names like jakfruit, jak, jaca, chakka, nangka, langka, khanun, khnor, mak mi and jaqueira to name quite a few. It is in the Moraceae family along with breadfruit (Artocarpus altilis), champedak (Artocarpus integer), mulberry (Morus sp.), and fig (Ficus sp.). Native to India, Malaysia and other�

Our Vanishing Wetlands
Roughly half of the world's wetlands are lost, mostly occurring within the past 150 years. Making up only 1.5% of the Earth's surface, wetlands provide about 40% of global ecosystem services. Recent Google Earth© images and drone flights over the Belize River valley reveal very high wetland losses from agriculture, mostly occurring within the past 30 years. We are losing wetlands so rapidly around the world and in Belize because most people do not know what wetlands are, considering them wastelands rather than valuable ecosystems critical to our survival.

2018 National Agriculture & Trade Show
Belize's National Agriculture & Trade Show (NATS) officially opened in Belmopan on Friday 27th April, 2018 under the theme "Let's Get Growing". The Governor General, Sir Colville N. Young, inspected the BDF Guard of Honor, followed by the welcoming address by The Mayor of Belmopan, Mr. Khalid Belisle. Guest speaker Mrs. Sandra Bedran, Managing Director of the Atlantic Bank Ltd., spoke about the many opportunities in agriculture, including many servicing our tourism industry. Keynote speaker Honourable Godwin Hulse, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, The Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration, discussed the improvements in the show, including many infrastructure improvements of buildings and gardens, creating a more functional venue not only for the NATS but for other events throughout the year. �

Spanish Lookout Expo
Every other year Spanish Lookout hosts its Expo at Countryside Park with an increasing number of attendees, exhibitors and activities. Held this year on March 2nd and 3rd, the Expo drew 17,500 attendees from all over the country, a 10% increase over Expo 2016. The well-organized parking accommodated the increased number of buses of school students, attendees and exhibitor vehicles.

Industrial Hemp Production in Belize
On Tuesday, 13th March 2018 Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, The Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration (MAFFESDI), the Attorney General's office, Caribbean Agriculture Research & Development Institute (CARDI), Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA), Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) and other GOB concerned parties invited stakeholders to join them in a packed NATS Conference Room for a full day of presentations and discussions about the potential of an industrial hemp industry for Belize.

Albrecht's Soil Fertility Work
by Neal Kinsey. Some fifty years ago, when first becoming acquainted with Dr. William Albrecht and his work, and perhaps even far longer than that, it was felt by many in agricultural education (but Dr. Albrecht was not one of them) that those doing the farming were not smart enough to understand the basic "science" of agriculture. If that were ever true, such times are far gone based on what farmers need to know and understand to farm in this day and age. Now there seems to be a much different push to discourage farmers from learning the basics of soil fertility. The claim is that farmers don't have enough time to learn all the facts for themselves. Teach them�

Homemade Health
In a quest to detoxify home and body, I discovered a remedy for fleas and ticks for animals that was non-toxic, and, it turns out, even beneficial for humans: diatomaceous earth (DE); it is basically fossilized aquatic algae that has been compressed over millions of years and now can be found at various mines around the world and in fresh and salt-water. Food-grade DE comes from freshwater deposits. It is the purest kind and is safe for human consumption in small amounts. Like all good things, it must be taken with care and understanding.

Regeneration International Works with Belizeans
RI Works with Belizeans to Scale Up Regenerative Agriculture Early in June 2015, about 60 people-farmers, scientists, activists, media, business leaders-representing 21 countries convened in Costa Rica to launch Regeneration International (RI), a new nonprofit organization with a global mission: to promote and facilitate the global transition to regenerative agriculture and land-use practices and systems that provide abundant, nutritious food; revitalize local economies; regenerate soil fertility and water-retention capacity; nurture biodiversity; promote social justice and fair trade; and restore climate stability. In 2015 the word "regeneration," in the context of food and farming, was relatively new. So in the early days RI focused heavily on education and movement-building-but always with an eye toward igniting an on-the-ground regenerative agriculture revolution. What�

From Cane to Cattle Pastures�
Froghoppers Identify New Habitat by Beth Roberson. Sugar cane, Sacharum officinarum, is a member of the Poaceae or grass family; froghoppers, Aeneolamia varia and Aneolaomia albofaceata have been recognized as a notable pest for Belizean cane farmers since the first severe infestation in cane of 2007. Cattle ranchers were advised in the 90's to improve their pastures with monocultures of imported grass varieties which are known for their higher nutrition profile, drought resistance and other positive features. Froghoppers gradually recognized these improved pastures (fellow Poaceae) as very suitable habitat for themselves and expanded their turf. According to the report made at the March 2017 BLPA AGM, by meteorologist Fermin Blanco, froghoppers are spreading thru Central America; weather services hope to�

BLPA's 40th Annual AGM
On 24 March the BLPA held its 40th Annual General Meeting at their headquarters with members attending from all 6 districts. After welcoming protocol and remarks, several speakers updated members with exciting happenings within the industry.

The Other Cowfoot
by Deborah Harder. The "cowfoot soup", popular among Belizeans, is not made from this herb, but from the actual feet of cows. The herb is named for its resemblance to a cow's hoof print and is a useful native plant. It grows wild and is found all over Belize. Look around your land for a plant with large leaves (up to 16 inches by 12 inches or more) that smells like anise and has a white spike at the base of the leaf during its blossom time. All you have to do is let it stand. However, young plants can also be transplanted in desired locations. It is often very prolific. Tea made from the leaves is reminiscent of sassafras�

Turmeric / Yellow Ginger
A New Export Crop for Belize by Umeeda Swiltlo Turmeric (Curcuma longa), also known as yellow ginger or golden root, was brought to Belize by Indian indentured servants when they came to southern and northern Belize districts. It is an essential spice used in many Indian foods. The traditional way of using it in Belize was to grind it with a mortar and pestle, add salt, black pepper, garlic, ginger and culantro and make it into round balls. When cooking a curry, people fried onions, added tomatoes and some of the premade turmeric ball. People would also wash, then boil the freshly harvested turmeric root and dry it in the sun followed by the tedious process of mortaring to make�

Limes of Belize
by Mary Susan Loan Lime is citrus genus of the family Rutaceae. Common species growing in Belize include Tahitian or Persian (Citrus latifolia), key lime (Citrus aurantifolia) and Rangpur or Jamaica lime (Citrus limonata). Belizean open-air market places are the best places to find favorites: (1) classic Tahitian and Persian green limes with pale green interior and with few-to-no seeds which grow to be from about one and a half to two and a half inch ovoid fruits, (2) smaller paler key limes and (3) the variety known as Jamaican limes: juicy, seedy, and sour with orange skin and orange interior. Jamaicas can be used as a substitute when green limes are not available. All are tart, juicy and aromatic�

A Book Review: Tuning Into Nature
This book, subtitled, "Infrared Radiation and the Insect Communication System", might seem a bit of a handful at first glance. Full and complete understanding of its contents may come only with a degree in physics and perhaps degrees in electronics and biology thrown in. That said this is a very interesting read even for the lesser mortals amongst us, and even gives the reader a couple of surprises along the way. The latter, I would submit, is a sign of a useful and important book.

Ag Briefs
UBCF - The University of Belize College of Agriculture will host a 4-day Soil Fertility Course� Caribbean Food Crops SocietyThe Caribbean Food Crop Society (CFCS) will hold its 54th Annual Meeting� Regeneration International and Regeneration Belize present Transforming Tropical Agriculture: Conference for All Belizean Farmers� The 2018 ACRES USA Eco-Ag Conference & Trade Show is scheduled for December 4th -7th, in Louisville, Kentucky. Richard and Sandra McLeish recognized opportunity when they realized Jamaica's 5th most produced crop, pumpkins, were also very much under-utilized. The General Court of the European Union upheld "restrictions introduced at the EU level in 2013 against the insecticides�" Vanilla prices: Madagascar provides 79% of the world's vanilla. Shortages there have a wide ripple� The Ministry of National Development's Rural Water Supply Unit hosted a Well Drillers' Workshop� BIOCHAR: Commercial chicken farms produce an impressive amount of poultry litter� Substitutables: The Directorate General for Foreign Trade reports that the seasonality of locally produced fruits and vegetables is reflected in the import data of agricultural products. And much more�

Agriculture Prices At A Glance

Ag Calendar


Hopkins Mangu Fest Turnt Up
Hopkins Mangu (mango in Garifuna) Fest-Fruit, Family, & Fun and now home of the "raffle cup" was held June 2nd and June 3rd. Next year's date is already set for June 8th and 9th. Hopkins, often referred to as the friendliest village in Belize, celebrates the beginning of mango season with a free two-day family-friendly festival that showcases unique culinary delights and Hopkins' culture, music, and community spirit. Madisco sponsored a prize for the "best food." Chef Sean Kuylen's mango pulled pork on tostones won, with Miss Deb's "mango tango burger" a close second. Honorable mentions went to Almira and Desmond Augustine with their chocolate dipped mangos and to Rose Lopez and her spicy chicken wings in mango sauce.

It's the Kind of Place Where You Lose Your Shoes
Don't be surprised to find picking up your shoes on your Ambergris Caye Belize to do list. So far in my travels, I have never encountered a place where it is so common to "lose" your shoes. This occurred to me the other day as I was explaining to my personal trainer that I was not hiding a guy somewhere in my apartment and that a visiting friend had walked out the door without his shoes. I was pretty sure she would notice the foreign footwear and I was right, she did. Sarah also made a comment that she often leaves her shoes at the beach when working out with the Wayo's gang in Boca Del Rio and has to call Wayo's wife Dee to collect them for her. This does not only apply to locals and expats. I have known many a traveler that got so comfortable, it was only natural they forgot they wore shoes to the bar.

Thursday Photos Around San Pedro
MAN! has it been windy. Hot hazy and windy on Ambergris Caye as a festival weekend approaches. Gray skies cleared yesterday afternoon and things are looking absolutely gorgeous today. I headed to town for a meeting and took lots of photos. Here are a bunch of them. Events over the next few days: San Pedro Lobster Festival culminates with the BLOCK PARTY on Saturday night starting at 6pm.

International Sourcesizz

Belizean police testimony needed to advance alleged child abduction case
The case of a 33-year-old woman accused of abducting her child and fleeing the country remains stalled, as the Crown and defence seek assistance on the matter from police officials in Belize. The woman cannot be named to protect the identity of her child. The defence had intended to launch an application under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in May, arguing that the accused was denied fundamental justice by Canadian officials, saying they had no right to have her arrested on foreign soil and sent back to Canada. For the application to proceed however, they require testimony from several police officers in the South American country who were involved in the woman's arrest and detention within their borders.


  • WE WENT TO BELIZE!! 2018 MOM/DAUGHTER SENIOR TRIP, 17min. jewelyy was stolen, jellyfish sting, almost missed our flight, but somehow managed to have the time of our lives

  • Carrie Bow Cay Belize - CERMES Student Field Trip 2018, 3min. The Climate Change and Water Resources Management students at CERMES head off to Belize to build their knowledge of field skills. Watch as the students recount their experiences at Carrie Bow Cay, Middlesex Bridge and Williams Beach.

  • Belize May 2018, 6min. Tradewinds Cruising. Snorkeling in Belize 2018.

  • Talk Ah Di Town June 21, 2018, 37min. Catch Ya'axch� Conservation Trust on Talk Ah Di Town, a local tv show, on Thursday, 21st of June 2018 on the PGTV network. In Punta Gorda, the show is aired after the news at 6pm. Tune in to learn about our work here in southern Belize. On the show are Julio Chub, Marchilio Ack, Said Gutierrez, and Maximiliano Caal. We also invited 2015 MGL Farmer of the Year Martin Chiquin to share his experiences working with us.

  • Maya Bees, 1/2min. We've been told these are 'Maya Bees" and they are good luck. We have two nests of them, so we are doubly blessed! They are teeny-tiny, and stingless (or so we've been told).

  • A Day in San Antonio, Cayo, 3min. The San Antonio-Cayo fair has been celebrated since the early 1900s. Despite its long tradition, its vitality had waned a bit. To revitalize this important cultural event, we organised 'A Day in San Antonio' by connecting culture, nature, and sports. In 2018, we believe that the fair cannot remain as "purely cultural". While culture is fundamental to the vibrancy of our community, our care for our natural environment is key to sustain the services this provides. In this regard, we aimed to connect the importance of the Elijio Panti National Park (the Park) to the quality of life of the people of San Antonio. The Park provides water for our community, along with other services-services that need to be protected. Here's a recap of the event with special highlight on the Dr. Elijio Panti Cycle Race. Enjoy!

  • Belize Adventure!, 3min. Journey through- Caye Caulker, Belize. Ambergris Caye, Belize. San Ignacio, Belize. Peten, Guatemala

  • Turneffe Flats Belize 2013, 6min.

  • 2013 Flyfishing Belize, 23min.

  • Interview with Dr. Correa in Belize, 3min.

  • Crystal Cave Belize (Mountain Cow Cave), 2.5min. A Visit to Crystal Cave with Belize Caving Expeditions, so see the famous Wonderland

  • Belize Zoo night tour, 5min.

  • Belize Mek We Go in the Maya Museum in San Lazaro,Orange Walk, 18min. Have you ever visited a Maya & Mestizo Museum in Belize? Check the video to know more of our Yucatec Maya ethnicity or as some call it "Maya Mestizo" culture of Northern Belize . Please Note that the Yucatec Maya in Northern Belize may use different terms to identify themselves as Maya, Maya Mestizo , Masewal , Maya Masewal or Mayero all are the same .

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