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The San Pedro Sun

EU’s €72 Million Accompanying Measures for Sugar comes to an end
The European Union’s €72 Million euros in Accompanying Measures for Sugar (AMS) programme is coming to an end, EU representative Malgorzata Wasilewska announced at a press conference at the Best Western Biltmore Plaza Hotel in Belize City on the morning of Friday, June 15th. The EU has funded the AMS programme since 2008 to help Belize’s sugar industry become competitive in global markets, even though the World Trade Organization (WTO) had pressured the EU to eliminate its preferential tariffs and quotas for sugar by 2017. Sugar from former European colonies in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) regions had previously enjoyed favorable quotas and prices, which ended last year.

Do The Right Thing Pedestrian Crossing School Safety Program educates Ambergris Caye children
For the past two weeks, the Do The Right Thing Pedestrian Crossing (DTRTPC)-School Safety Program has been educating students of San Pedro Town on road traffic safety rules and regulations. The program is aimed at decreasing road traffic accidents among children. DTRTPC was formed in 2008 by Philip ‘Fawada’ Henry, who is a former traffic officer at the Belize City Council Traffic Department. “I started this program because I noticed most of the traffic accidents involving children were due to the lack of proper education,” he said. In addition to educating students about traffic rules and regulations, the program also targets social issues like human trafficking, cyberbullying and child abuse. In every visit to the schools, a drama play is introduced, entitled, “Family Friend is not your Friend”.

Ambergris Today

New Mangroves Regulations Emphasizes More On Conservation And Management
The new Mangroves Regulations place greater emphasis on the management and conservation of mangroves in critical areas on the mainland and on the cayes. They also recognize the significance of mangroves as an important feature of our coastline and cayes - the role they play in coastline protection, contribution to our economy, and their aesthetic, ecological and environmental values and functions - and incorporate these intrinsic values to inform the decision-making process for alteration requests. The new Regulations also provide for an improved application process for alteration permits, institute a new systematic fee system, and strengthen penalties and fines to deter illegal mangrove alteration.

Misc Belizean Sources

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Ministry Of Public Service, Energy and Public Utilities annual award ceremony
On Thursday June 21st,2018, The Ministry Of Public Service, Energy and Public Utilities held its annual award ceremony. Public Officers who demonstrated a high levil of commitment throughout their career and made outstanding contribution to Government and people of this prestigious country, Belize. Congratulations to Mr. Howell Gillette , Sr. Superintendent of Police for his recognition in attaining the Innovation Award 2018.

Gang Resistance Education And Training (G.R.E.A.T) Graduation, St. Alphonsus Primary School, Seine Bight Village, June 21st 2018

Genetic Improvement in Sheep and Goat Project Facilitates Seed Teaching Workshop for Agriculture Extension Officers and Technicians
The Genetic Improvement in Sheep and Goat Project (Sheep Project) held its second seed teacher workshop from June 20th-22nd, 2018 at Central Farm, Cayo District. The Sheep Project, funded by Republic of China (Taiwan) and in cooperation with Government of Belize, was implemented since December 2015. Some of the main goals of the Sheep Project have been completed including the expansion of the infrastructure for the National Sheep and Goat Breeding Center housing facility and pasture and protein bank expansion at Livestock Section in Central Farm. The introduction of quality breeding stocks from the United States of America is still ongoing.

OUTDOOR WELLNESS PARK TO BE INAUGURATED
On Sunday, June 24, an Outdoor Wellness Park made possible by The Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Embassy of China/Taiwan will be inaugurated near the Round House at 3:00 p.m. The Wellness Park will be accessible to all citizens and is a plus to the many persons who exercise outdoor on a daily basis.

Hubert H Humphrey Fellowship Program
Looking for opportunities? You came to the right place! The Hubert H Humphrey Fellowship Program 2019-2020 is a one-year fellowship offered to mid-career professionals working at the policy level. Fellows are placed at leading American universities for ten-months to purse self-designed programs to include independent study, coursework, and an internship with an organization in their field of expertise. Deadline to submit application is August 10, 2018! Take advantage of this great opportunity!

Keith Prufer presenting the Bladen Paleoindian and Archaic Archaeological Project research to the Ya'axché Conservation Trust
Who co-manage the Balden Nature Reserve and provide rangers to assist with fieldwork.

San Ignacio/Santa Elena House of Culture host "Peini Soul" Art Exhibit
The National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) through the Museum of Belize and the San Ignacio Santa Elena House of Culture is excited to showcase the dynamic and inspiring art of Dr. Ludwig Palacio. "Peini Soul" will feature thirty-three (33) figurative and abstract paintings, sculptures and hand made crafts by Dr. Palacio exploring the universal themes of love, romance, peace, environment, culture and community. The "Peini Soul" exhibit at the San Ignacio Santa Elena House of Culture opens to the public at 7:00 PM on Monday June 25th, 2018.

Ministry of Health Issues Advisory on Consumption of Kellogg’s Cereal
The Ministry of Health advises the public to not consume any Kellogg’s Honey Smacks Cereal Products as it has been linked to a salmonella outbreak in the United States of America. On Friday, 15th June 2018, the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Public Health, US Food and Drug Administration and Regulatory Officials of the United States issued an advisory recommending that people do not eat Kellogg’s Honey Smacks Cereal Products of any size or with any “best if used by” date. The cereal product has been linked to a salmonella outbreak in 31 states across the United States. This announcement came a day after the Kellogg’s Company voluntarily recalled a specific batch as detailed below based on an initial report making the link.

Outstanding service to the Government and people of Belize
On Thursday, June 21st, the Ministry of Public Service honored six individuals for their outstanding service to the Government and people of Belize. Below are the recipients and their respective awards:

Wellness Park Inauguration in Corozal
June 24, 3pm at the Round House

MINISTER OF NATIONAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT HON. EDMOND CASTRO ATTENDS MEETING ON DISASTER RISK MANAGEMENT IN THE AMERICAS
Minister of National Emergency Management Hon. Edmond Castro is currently in Cartagena, Colombia where he attended the Sixth Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas and the Third Meeting of Ministers and Authorities on the Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015 - 2030. Coming out of the meeting, which wrapped up this afternoon, is a declaration which recognizes the need to continue strengthening national and regional platforms organized by the region’s countries with the objective to make progress on disaster risk reduction; emphasizes the importance of increasing knowledge about the phenomena that cause the loss of lives and damage to infrastructure in our territories that do not recognize administrative, economic, social or environmental boundaries..

Belly dance workshop in Corozal
A belly dance workshop in Corozal Town to learn the basics of bellydance from skilled dancer Maryam! Everyone is invited! this event is 25 dollars. clock Monday, June 25 at 4 PM at Core Fitness - Corozal

Placencia Lobster Festival 2018
Placencia Lobster Festival Fishing Tournament kicked off this morning at 5AM!

Taste of the Caribbean 2018

Calling all chefs and bartenders to participate in the Taste of Belize 2018!
For more information about Taste Of Belize 2018 kindly email [email protected]

BTB Border Kiosk Lobster Fest celebration

Come out and enjoy Dawn Drake & ZapOte!
Opening performances by Ras Indio and Stig Da Artist! Wednesday, June 27, 7:00 pm @ Mae Gordon Park in #Belmopan!

Ya'axché Conservation Trust providing financial management training
We are providing financial management training to 15 farmers from 6 Maya Golden Landscape communities. We began yesterday and today, Saturday, we are completing the training for women and men farmers who are supporting the protection of forests. Some of the topics covered in the introductory financial management training include book-keeping, financial control measures and budgeting. So far, we have provided 3 sets of financial management training under the EuropeAid project funded by the European Union.

Channel 7

Dr. Carla Defends Against Nepotism Allegation
Today was Dr. Carla Barnett's last day in office at the Ministry of Natural Resources. On Monday, she swaps out with Minister Hugo Patt - by taking his ministry of Labour, Local Government and Rural Development - while he takes the reigns at Natural Resources. Today, she let us into her office on her last day there - where she told us how she feels on leaving after 18 months, and squarely answered questions about lands parceled out during her tenure to her siblings and to political friends. Here's her sit down with Jules Vasquez:.. Jules Vasquez, reporter: "It's your last day of work in this office." Dr. Carla Barnett, Last day as Min. of Natural Resources: "Yes it is and I am cleaning up." Jules Vasquez, reporter "It's been 16 months. How does it feel today?" Dr. Carla Barnett: "It doesn't feel any way. I am in transition and what I am trying to accomplish with Minister Hugo Patt is a smooth transition."

Another Dies On Motorbike
Last night we told you about two men on motorbike who died when they crashed into a truck on the side of the Placencia road. Well tonight there are three more dead to report - and all of them on motorbikes. The first happened last night at around 9:00 - exactly 24 hours after the double fatal on the Placencia road and less than three miles away just outside of Santa Cruz Village. Victor Manuel Martinez was on a motorbike heading back to his home in Steadfast Village after attending a relative's graduation. Martinez collided with a Toyota 4Runner driven by Can Jian Chen, who was going in the opposite direction.

Motorbike Collision Claims Two Lives
And, by midday today there would be two more dead - also on motorbike. Just before midday in Spanish Lookout, two men collided - one on a Honda Motor bike and the other on a scooter. 20 year old Roland Dyck was on the Honda when he collided with 17 year old Franz Martin on the West Scooter. They ended up 24 feet apart and both succumbed to their injuries.

Jane Doe Found On Hopkins Beach
Early this morning Hopkins Police were called out to the beach after receiving reports of a motionless body washed up on the shore. There they found the body of a clear complexion woman with long blonde hair, wearing a khaki blouse, short green pants and a blue necklace. After initial inspection of the scene the body was moved to an undisclosed location for post mortem. After examination the medical officer concluded that the cause of death was Asphyxiation due to drowning. Police have yet to identify woman and she doesn't match any missing persons report. They are asking for the public's assistance with any information that may lead to her identity. Anyone with information of a missing woman in the Hopkins area is asked to contact police at 543-7884 or 522-2022.

Case Closed For Krismar’s Appeal
The Court of Appeal ended its current 2-week session today by delivering a number of outstanding judgements including those for several criminal appeals. We start first with the their decision to uphold the conviction of Krismar Espinosa, who is currently serving out the rest of his 16 year sentence for manslaughter. Back in June of 2015, He was convicted in the northern Sessions of the Supreme Court for the killing of the 24 year-old mother, Rachel Chun. In September of 2007, Chun was believed to have been taken into an abandoned building in Santa Familia, where she was sexually assaulted, and bludgeoned to death with a cement block. She was found 4 days later, half naked and decomposing, and she was last seen with Espinosa in front of her house.

Sentence For Bruce Reduced: Murder To Manslaughter
The Court of Appeal also delivered a majority verdict for the convicted murderer Jason Bruce Lawrence, who has been serving a life sentence for killing his common-law wife. The Appeal Court has set aside his conviction for murder, and they have entered him into a guilty verdict for manslaughter instead. In May of 2014, Lawrence was convicted of murder for the stabbing death of his common-law wife, 40 year-old Mercedes Carrillo. On December 4, 2009, Carrillo was found dead inside their Burrell Boom home; she had been stabbed 5 times to the body. The couple got into an argument after Carillo received a phone call, and it escalated to the point where Lawrence attacked her.

Sentence Upheld, Appeal Dismissed
And the final appeal case we'll tell you about tonight is that of 30 year-old Tony Pasos, who was charged with murder, but convicted of manslaughter. In August 2016, Pasos stood trial for murder for the brutal stabbing death of 51 year-old Miguel Moses Medina, who was also known as "Chino". On December 31, 2014, at around 6 p.m., Medina was socializing with a group of men at a small house on Fonseca Street in Orange Walk Town. The men had some sort of disagreement which escalated to murder and Medina was stabbed 42 times. He bled to death inside the house. At the original Trial, Pasos was found not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter, and he was sentenced to 17 years in prison, minus the time spent on remand.

Land Clash With Compol and Villager
Tonight, there is a high-profile land dispute that continues play out in the Village of Lemonal, in the Belize River Valley. It involves the wife of the Commissioner of Police and a retired police officer who earns a living from pig farming. Tony Anthony, a lifelong resident of Lemonal, says that for almost 2 decades now, he's been working a half acre of land where he has assorted plants and a pigpen. He says he applied for title to own the land, a push which has not yet seen any measurable success. Enter Sharon Mae Whylie - Banner, the wife of Police Commissioner Allen Whylie, who asserts that she has title to this very same land that Anthony has been occupying. She insists that it belongs to her, and that Anthony has been squatting on it. Things came to a head earlier this week when police arrived to keep the peace. Because of their proximity to the ComPol and his wife, Anthony believes that there is an obvious police bias, and that the officers are being used to unfairly keep him off this land that he has invested on.

Some Background To Mob Murder In Silk Grass
Yesterday we told you about a mob murder in the Stann Creek district. According to reports, Silk Grass resident Rene Godoy sexually assaulted and chopped a father and daughter in their Silk Grass home. The commotion caught the attention of the neighbors who quickly formed a mob and attacked Godoy. In an attempt to escape Godoy climbed to the second floor of the home, but was subdued by the mob, severely beaten and eventually saved by police - only to die at the Southern Regional Hospital. Today Godoy's brother, Moeses - who also lives in Silk Grass, told us about how he found out about the incident and how he responded... Voice of: Moeses Godoy- Brother of the Deceased: "Around 2:30 I saw my phone had like 8 or 10 calls. So, I got frightened and so I told my lady that there was so much call, let's see what happened. Then I answered the last two calls..."

Chamber Challenges Fuel Tax, PM Scoffs
The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry has written to the Prime Minister asking for a meeting to discuss lowering fuel prices. The Prime Minister has written back saying, he's doesn't see a solution, but he is still open to a meeting. In a letter dated June 14, 2018, PM Barrow wrote to Nikita Usher, the Chamber President, responding to their letter. The Prime Minister says, quote, "After asserting that there is room for GOB to reduce its current excise tax on fuel, you end with a request for a meeting to discuss solutions that would 'allow for some relief to the private sector, without eroding the Government's revenue base.'" End quote.

They Stole Tony’s Wallet
Last night we told you about the broad daylight robbery at Tony's Store on Daly Street in Belize City. Tonight, police have shared more details. It happened just before 4:00 pm when four persons dressed in what looked like high school uniforms stormed into the store - and one of then with a gun stole the owner Tony Shen's wallet. It contained five hundred dollars. Police have not made any arrests in this latest holdup of a Northside business.

Senior Citizen Foils “Play-Play” Police Plot
And while those robbers were dressed like students, two robbers who went to jack a 78 year old at his Lord's Bank home were dressed like police! 78-year-old Allan McKoy told police that last Friday night he was at his home on Old Well Road when two men came and knocked on his door pretending to be police officers. One was dressed in the standard police uniform, the other posed as a CIB officer. They told the elderly man that they had a warrant to search his home. But McKoy wasn't born yesterday, and he asked them to see the search warrant, and then told them he will call the Ladyville Police to cross check. That's when both men ran off.

Kellogs Honey Smacks Of Salmonella
If Kellogs Honey Smacks is your breakfast cereal of choice, you need to take a break and throw out whatever amount you have stored up. That's because the Ministry of Health warns that Honey Smacks has been linked to a salmonella outbreak in the US. One week ago, the Centres for Disease Control issued an advisory recommending that people do not eat Kellogg's Honey Smacks Cereal Products of any size or with any "best if used by" date.

Honoring Years Of Service
Working in the Public Service can be thankless job - where public perception stereotypes the government worker as inefficient, or just plain lazy. And then, some Government Department's have developed a reputation for corruption. But, what about those diligent and honest public officers who work with pride and honesty, and go above and beyond the call of duty? Well, the Ministry of Public Service put together 2 separate award ceremonies to honor those Government employees with the longest tenure of service to the country. The second of those 2 ceremonies was held yesterday in San Ignacio, and here's what the main speakers had to say to those public officers being recognized for their stellar performance:

Pair of Southern Robberies
There are two hold-ups to report from the south. 22 year old tour guide Jose Hernandez told police that early last Saturday he was socializing at Whispering Pines Restaurant and Bar in Silk Grass Village. He went into the restroom where he was attacked by two men - one held him up with a gun and stole over a thousand dollars in cash from him. But, he put up a fight and the robber's gun fell on the ground, discharging a live round in the process. No one was hurt, but the robbers ran off and police collected the weapon. In another case - this one in Independence - 65 year old Modesto Bol was at home on Tuesday night at 11:00 when someone called him outside.

Summer Camp For The Studious
The last thing kids want to do or think about is school work on their summer break, but for those super studious kids who can't get enough of studying, you can sign up for the Growing the Future Projects summer camp. Director Peter Lacey told us more yesterday. And you can sign up at those 4 locations starting next Thursday the 28th in Belmopan. Registration for Belize City, San Ignacio and Dangriga opens next Friday the 29th. At all locations it will be from 9 in the morning to 5 in the evening.

Channel 5

Land Grab – Business as Usual at the Ministry of Natural Resources
A trove of documents has been made available to News Five that show that it was business as usual at the Ministry of Natural Resources, famously known as the ‘hot [...]

Body of a Woman Washes Up on a Beach in Hopkins Village
The body of a visitor to the village of Hopkins was found on the beach this morning. There is no identification nor was she a guest at any hotel in [...]

2 Mennonite Motorists Perish in a Head-On Collision in Spanish Lookout
Another deadly collision, this time in the Spanish Lookout community, has claimed the lives of one more pair of motorists.  It is the second fatal pileup within forty-eight hours, involving [...]

Tony’s Store in Belize City Targeted by Robbers Dressed as Students
On Tuesday afternoon, a brazen robber was caught while attempting to flee from the scene of a jacking at DK Supermarket.  The culprit made off with a bottle of top-shelf [...]

Was an Angry Mob Responsible for the Killing of Rene Godoy?
Police say they are still investigating the death of Rene Godoy in Silk Grass Village. So far no one has been detained for the beating that ended Godoy’s life. Godoy, [...]

PM Tells Chamber No Can Do on Lowering High Fuel Taxes
Prime Minister Dean Barrow has written a terse letter to the Chamber of Commerce in response to their concerns on the crippling fuel prices. He tells them that there is [...]

Lemonal Land Dispute, a Case of Squatting
The ongoing land dispute in Lemonal Village, between the Banner and Anthony families, brings into sharp focus the issue of squatting, as well as a need for owners to possess [...]

Village Chairman Trying to Mediate Lemonal Dispute
In speaking with News Five on Thursday, the village chairman emphasized a need for residents to follow the procedures that have been set out for land acquisition.  The feud, he [...]

Court of Appeal Hands Down Decision in 3 Cases
The Belize Court of Appeal concluded its sitting today with a number of judgements.  The appeal of Jason Bruce Lawrence, who was facing a life sentence for a murder conviction, [...]

Meet Erica Jang, P.U.P. Standard Bearer Hopeful for Dangriga
On Sunday, the People’s United Party will be holding its convention to select the standard bearer in Dangriga. The race started out with six persons, but historian Joseph Sampson has [...]

Recommendations to Curb Guatemalan Incursions in the South
On Thursday night you heard Cristina Coc of the Maya Leaders Alliance outline growing Guatemalan incursions and the impacts on the bordering Mayan communities.  On Wednesday, the Ministry of National [...]

U.S. Immigration Strategy under Widespread Condemnation
More than two thousand three hundred children have been separated from their parents after crossing the southern U.S. border since May.  According to the Department of Homeland Security, it is [...]

The Hustle and Bustle of the Entertainment Strip on Newtown Barracks
The Newtown Barracks area in the city has flourished into our own entertainment strip. Restaurants, bars, clubs, casinos, call centres as well as the popular B.T.L. Park can all be [...]

CitCo Deputy Mayor Clarifies Trade License for Apex
There a resolution to a statement between the City and Government for the use of the new Civic Center as the Emergency Operating Center of City Hall in case a [...]

When Completed, Renovated Commercial Center to Become the New City Hall
For some time it has been an eyesore in downtown Albert Street in Belize City, but the commercial centre near Market Square is expected to be the new home of [...]

Belize International Jazz Festival Features Canatus Sax Quintet of Cuba
The Belize International Jazz Festival kicked off last week and will wrap up on Sunday. As a part of the week long festivities, on Thursday visiting artist Carlos Rafael Barban [...]

LOVE FM

Belize commemorates World Refugee Day
At the end of 2017 it is estimated that 68.5 million people were displaced worldwide. Refugees worldwide flee their home countries due to persecution, conflict, or generalized violence. In February, fifteen persons were granted refugee status in Belize. This is the first time in more than twenty years that a group of persons has been …

Immigration Minister updates on department’s split
In March government successfully amended the Immigration, Belizean Nationality, and Passports Acts. The aim was to split the Immigration Department into two, one section will be responsible for granting nationality and passport, while the remaining half will deal with immigration and border management. Since the amendment, the Ministry has been steadily implementing the change. Minister …

Minister Beverly Williams comments on USA’s immigration controversy
On Wednesday US President Donald Trump signed an executive order to stop the separation of migrant families who have attempted to cross the border into the United States of America. The executive order directed the Homeland Security Department to “maintain custody of alien families” while their cases move through the immigration system, “to the extent permitted …

Minister Beverly Williams says ‘yes’ to the ICJ
Cabinet Minister Beverly Williams says she will vote ‘yes’ to take the Belize Guatemala dispute to the International Court of Justice. In less than a year, Minister Williams and other eligible voters will decide whether to take the claim to the ICJ. The Government is expected to ramp up its impartial education campaign with the …

Police investigating immigration officer
Two months ago we told you about the two Nepalese who arrived in Belize through the Phillip Goldson International Airport on a Copa flight. Those two persons were deemed as potential security risk however they still managed to set foot in Belize. An investigation into the matter was immediately launched and three persons from the …

Head on collision kills two motorcyclists in Spanish Lookout
Two persons lost their lives in a head on collision this morning in Spanish Lookout. They are 20-year-old Roland Dyck and 17-year-old Franz Martin, both of Spanish Lookout. Police report that Dyck was on a motorcycle traveling on Bee Lane heading in a southerly direction. Between Routes ten and twenty, Dyck collided head on with …

13-year-old girls report rape and sexual assault
A thirteen year old has reported being raped. The child, along with her mother told police that on Friday June 15, she was at home where, between one and three o’clock in the afternoon, a male person raped her. Meanwhile another thirteen year old girl, this time of Belize City, has reported to police that …

Body of unidentified woman washes up on Hopkins beach
Police have still not identified the body of a woman that was found this morning on a beach in Hopkins Village. The body was in an advanced state of decomposition. A post mortem conducted on the body certified the cause of death as drowning. Due to the state of the body, it was buried following …

Businessman loses property to arsonists
Corozal police are investigating a case of arson that happened this week. On Wednesday, 52-year-old businessman Sunil Talreja told police that he was awakened from his sleep around 2:30 that morning by someone who was calling his name. He got up and saw four men he recognized standing at his front gate. He told police …

PlusTV

Two die in RTA on Placencia Road
Two Motorcyclists lost their lives on the Placencia road early this morning after they both ran into the rear of a parked truck. Reports are that a truck with mechanical issues was parked on the side of the road but it had no lights or caution for motorists. As a result, the two men ran into the par...

Belmopan Police officer served with NIP in Fatal RTA in PG
On Tuesday we told you that a 69 year old Punta Gorda man was knocked down and killed by a Belmopan Police Corporal driving a F150 Police Mobile. Information was still scanty at the time as it relates to the destination of the Police Mobile and what led to the officers knocking down Bahadur. This a...

Land dispute in Lemonal between police families
There is a land dispute issue brewing in the village of Lemonal between two family members. The dispute is between ex-police Corporal Tony Anthony and the Commissioner of Police’s Wife, Sharon Whylie. The dispute is over a one point two acre of land that Anthony claims he has been farming and devel...

No suspects in Cash Express Robbery
Last night we told you about an armed robbery in San Pedro at the Insurance Corporation of Belize and Nation Wide Cash Express at the Corner of Tarpon Street and Pescador Drive. The culprit was able to escape with approximately eight thousand dollars from the business. ASP Myvett gave an official re...

National Security officials meet with Mayan leaders
Hon. John Saldivar, Minister of National Security, visited the Dolores Village in Southern Belize to meet with Mayan Leaders to discuss border incursion concerns. The villages of Otoxha and Dolores have been asking for BDF assistance in clearing the border between Guatemala and Belize. In late May,...

Church leaders speak out against Gay Pride Flag at US Embassy
The United States Embassy in Belize held a flag raising ceremony yesterday in honor of Pride Month. An LGBTQ Flag can now be seen flying below the U.S. flag on the U.S. Embassy in Belmopan. Pride month is not a celebration customary to Belize. However, the flag was raised in honor of the Gay right m...

13 year old alleges rape at her home
A thirteen year old minor says she was raped at her home in the Belize District. According to police reports, on June 16th, the female minor, accompanied by her mother, reported to police that on Friday 15th June, 2018 between 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m., while at home , a male person had sexual inter...

Arson in Corozal
Corozal police are investigating a case of arson. On Wednesday June 20th, 52 year old Sunil Talreja, an Indian Businessman of Progresso Village, was sleeping when he was awakened by someone calling his name. Upon checking, he saw four known male persons standing in front of his gate, and one of the male person lit a thatched structure on fire...

ALLEGED SILK GRASS HOME INVADER BEATEN TO DEATH BY VILLAGERS
An alleged home invader died outside the Southern Regional Hospital after he was beaten by Villagers in Silk Grass Village, Stann Creek 30-year-old Salvadoran National Renee Godoy allegedly tried to break into a home in Silk Grass Village sometime around 1 a.m this morning when villagers caught him and took justice into their own hands...

Anti Drug Operations yield drug and ammunition discoveries
On June 14th, Police conducted an Anti- Drug Operation in Camalote village. They searched an abandoned lot on an unknown street which lead to the discovery of a plastic bag containing 927 grams of cannabis. No one was in the immediate area at thee time of the discovery and so it was deposited as fo...

OC Howell Gillett receives Public Service awards
Superintendent Howell Gillett was awarded today with the Public Service Award of Innovation for his leadership style that he has employed in the Police Department. Gillett uses community based efforts to address the needs of at risk children and youth. He has spearheaded several initiatives aimed at...


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Artists to protest Israeli training of Belize police
A group which calls itself “Artists for Peace and Commonsense” has written to Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow and other Belizean leaders, expressing their shock that government has authorized the Israelis to carry out a course called “Police and Community”. The group is planning to lead a protest in Belmopan on Tuesday morning, June 26, in front of the National Police Academy, and is calling on all like-minded citizens “to register our most energetic protest…” The letter from “Artists for Peace and Commonsense” said, “When even the USA banned the sale of arms to the Guatemalan regimes in 1975, Israel agreed to provide arms, heavy weapons, aircraft and a munitions factory along with training and intelligence-gathering technology.

Fake students rob Tony’s Store on Daly Street
A cashier at Tony’s Store, located on Daly Street, was held up and robbed by three teenagers dressed in what looked like school uniforms at about 3:30 this afternoon. After the teenagers entered the store, one of them pointed a gun at the cashier and demanded money. A worker said that two of the robbers stayed in the aisle and one of them had a gun. No shots were fired, but the thieves got away with an undisclosed sum of money.

Dwayne Davis, 37, gets 14 years for manslaughter
Dwayne Davis, 37, who was initially charged with the June 17, 2012 murder of Guatemalan medical doctor Ivan Garcia, but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter, was sentenced to 14 years in prison this afternoon by Supreme Court Justice, Adolph Lucas. In handing down the sentence, Justice Lucas told the court that he had researched the sentencing range for persons charged with murder, but convicted of manslaughter, and that the general range of prison sentencing is 20 years.

Accused murderer given bail after being remanded for over 7 years
Matthew Moore, 27, has been on remand since March 2011 for the murder of Andrew Moses, 29, which occurred on March 10 of that same year. Reports were that Moses was on his way from work when he was chased by an armed man down Kraal Road, from the direction of Caesar Ridge Road, and that his attacker eventually caught up with him at the corner of Kraal Road and Ross Pen Road and shot him 8 times in the left side of the chest, abdomen, and leg.

Intoxicated man chops two men and tries to sexually assault a woman
An intoxicated man chopped two men in Silk Grass, tried to sexually assault a woman, and then died at the Southern Regional Hospital after being arrested by police. Police said that they were told at around one this morning about an intoxicated machete-man who was causing trouble in the village. When they arrived at the village, they saw Rene Godoy, 30, a Salvadoran construction worker, on the second-story balcony of a building in the village, to which he had ascended after villagers reportedly chased him.

Over 1,000 students graduate from UB
The University of Belize (UB), which opened its doors on August 1, 2000, held its graduation ceremony at the newly built Civic Center in Belize City, on Saturday, June 16. The fully air-conditioned building was reportedly the only air-conditioned structure that could house the 1,059 graduates who successfully completed their academic coursework at the university, as well as their families, faculty of the university and other guests. In the past, UB held graduation ceremonies in February for those who completed their programs in December, and another ceremony in June for those who finished at that time of year. However, this year, they held one massive ceremony for all their graduates.

Cricket update
Greetings from the Belize National Cricket Association (BNCA)! Two tie-breaker matches were played on Saturday, June 16, to determine playoff positions in the Sir Barry Bowen/Harrison Parks National Cricket Competition 2018. I guess it’s true what they say – the third time is the charm, as both Summer Fever and Police were able to win over teams who beat them twice in the regular competition. The results of these matches are as follows: Summer Fever won over Rural Mix with a score of 135 to 133, with 7 spare wickets. For Rural Mix, Alwayne Hendy top scored with 32 runs, and Randy Rhaburn took two wickets.

Belikin 8-Ball Billiards Tournament in Dangriga
The Stann Creek Billiards Association (SCBA) presents the weekend results (June 15–17) for games played in the Belikin 8-Ball Tournament in Dangriga: On Friday, June 15, Team Snipers of Aba Isieni Cool Spot saw their second loss of the tournament against the defending champs, Big Mango Shattaz, 3-2. Santa Cruz Lone Stars defeated Vipers of Aba Isieni Cool Spot, 5–0. And Pomona Intimidators defeated Aqua-Culture Boys, 3-2.

Rural North football Week 3 results, schedule
Burrell Boom Village was the venue for Week 3 games in the Belize Rural North Football Tournament for the Edmond “Clear the Land” Castro Cup 2018. Below are the results: In the U-16 opener, Carlston FC dropped K.C. Strikers, 3-0, on 2 goals by Ceon Augustine (52’ & 60’) and the other by Tasheed Henry (67’). In game 2 (Senior), Sandhill New Site Warriors won by default (3-0) over Lake Rising Stars, who were a no-show.

World Cup 2018 Russia Group Phase results, schedule
World Cup 2018 Russia kicked off on Thursday, June 14. Below are the results of games played so far, and the schedule for another week of upcoming games. Group Phase games results, schedule (local time): Thurs. June 14 – (A) Russia 5:0 Saudi Arabia. Fri. June 15 – (A) Egypt 0:1 Uruguay; (B) Morocco 0:1 IR Iran; (B) Portugal 3:3 Spain. Sat. June 16 – (C) France 2:1 Australia; (D) Argentina 1:1 Iceland; (C) Peru 0:1 Denmark; (D) Croatia 2:0 Nigeria.

The evidence of the gravitas
Apart from his personal feelings and issues, the Prime Minister of Belize, Right Hon. Dean O. Barrow, was under immediate and increasing pressure as Leader of the ruling United Democratic Party (UDP), to do something about Kremandala. The pressure was coming from his area representatives and standard bearers, especially on the Southside of Belize City, in the wake of the Opposition People’s United Party’s (PUP) stunning victory in the Belize City Council election of March this year. Belize City’s Southside had been the UDP’s political stronghold at least from when the UDP took back the City Council from the PUP in 2006. Huge margins of UDP victory in the Queen’s Square, Mesopotamia, Port Loyola, and Collet constituencies set a trend for the next three CitCo elections (2009, 2012, and 2015) where PUP victories in Northside constituencies such as Fort George and Freetown came a long way from neutralizing the UDP’s Southside superiority.

Nattering nabobs of negativity …
Dear Editor, If Belizeans are fool enough to go to the ICJ, they deserve to lose their country. I know Mr. Harry Lawrence of The Reporter is all for appeasing the Guatemalan tyrants; so is the traitorous Foreign Minister, and those “nattering nabobs of negativity” in the Dean Barrow government. That pack of wimps reminds me of Neville Chamberlain, at Munich, 1938, eager to appease Adolf Hitler. If Belize “wins” at court, Guatemala will simply ignore it; if Belize loses, we all know what that means.

Henry Young, Sr., writes
Henry Young, Sr. Bird’s Isle Dear Editor Amandala, The recent book by Jeremy Enriquez on the history of his ancestor’s contribution to education in the early part of the last century should be required reading. Especially for teachers who can now go to school in an air-conditioned SUV.

A GoB blow for PRIVATIZATION
On Wednesday, the PM said that BTL’s decision to stop advertising in the Amandala had nothing to do with his party’s political ambitions, only to do with marketing. What a breath of fresh air the move wasn’t “political sinister”! Fortunately this one, it’s just about a product going to market. But bah, the owners are suspect. Discussing the Guardian and the Amandala in the same breath is like an American shoe company choosing JR Smith’s brand over Lebron’s. Really, why would a business in a COMPETITIVE world decide it does not need the support of the people who support the single business in the country that consistently sacrifices financial gain to give the people a sincere view of the world in which we live?

TURNING YOUR BACK ON YOUR OWN PEOPLE!
It has been a political pattern now in Belize over the last decade that both political parties in Belize have come to the point of turning their backs on their own people, the Belizean immigrant abroad. Both the People’s United Party (PUP) governments under the Price administration and its successor, the Musa administration; as well as the United Democratic (UDP) governments under the Esquivel administration and its successor, the Barrow administration, have turned their backs on their own Belizean people in the diaspora.

Andrew Willoughby, 35, found guilty of the murder of Daniel Matura
A look of disappointment appeared on the face of Andrew Willoughby, 35, when Madam Justice Marilyn Williams ruled today that he was guilty of the murder of Daniel Matura, 11, who was shot and killed between 8 and 8:30 a.m. on May 21, 2012. His sentencing date is July 16. It was a trial without a jury. Matura, a student of St. John Vianney Primary School, was shot while he was running across Central American Boulevard near his home, which is located almost opposite Belizean Drug Store.

No charges for attempt to rob businessman on King Street
Charges will not be brought against a thief who tried to rob a businessman on King Street at about 10:00 last Wednesday morning. The businessman declined to press charges and did not want to give a statement. Police said that they could not charge the thief without a complainant. Therefore, the robber had to be released from custody.

Police vehicle fatally hits Eldridge man on bicycle
Yesterday morning around 7:30 a.m., a 68-year-old man, Selvin Bahadur, was hit by a vehicle while he was riding his bicycle on the San Antonio Road. The vehicle which hit him was a government-issued F-150 pickup, the type driven by the police. Police have confirmed that indeed, Corporal Alexander Salam, 40, from the Belmopan Police Station, was behind the wheel of the pickup which hit Bahadur, a resident of Eldridge in the Toledo District, and killed him.

BDF steps up to ward off incursions into Otoxcha and other villages
Since April, Guatemalan farmers residing along the southern border have been making a series of aggressive incursions into Belize to clear lands in Otoxcha and surrounding villages, to make plantations. Some Guatemalan farmers have threatened to kill the villagers if they reported their activities to the police. However, the alcaldes of the affected villages alerted the authorities, and the soldiers of the Belize Defence Force (BDF) have started to conduct frequent patrols in the villages to discourage other Guatemalans from coming to the area.

The Reporter

Second fatal accident reported in southern Belize
Another traffic accident in southern Belize on Thursday night has claimed a life. It happened sometime after 8:00 in, Santa Cruz village between miles 23 and 24 on the Southern Highway and involved a blue Toyota 4Runner and a blue motorcycle. Police say the vehicle […]

Police charge truck driver for Thursday night’s double fatality in southern Belize
Police have arrested and charged Edwin Rene Montoya, 35, with two counts of ‘causing death by careless conduct’ for last night’s traffic accident that claimed the lives of two motorcyclists in southern Belize. The truck driver of Santa Cruz village, Stann Creek had experienced mechanical […]

Motorcycles crash in Spanish Lookout; both drivers dead
Two young men are dead after the motorcycles they were driving crashed head on into each other this morning in Spanish Lookout, Cayo. Police say the mishap occurred sometime after 11:00 a.m., on Bee Lane, between Route 10 and Route 20 and claimed the lives […]

Price of gas goes up again
Despite the government’s recent promise that gas prices would lower this week, the first price adjustment for the week of June 17-23 saw the price of Premium going even closer towards $12 per gallon. GOB announced, through the Belize Bureau of Standards on Monday, that effective Tuesday […]

Driving to Mexico? Insurance now mandatory
Since last Friday, Belizean drivers entering Mexico have had to take out third party insurance policies for the duration of their trip there. This requirement has been in the making for at least three years, but it has become mandatory and enforceable by Mexican law. […]

Tropic Air and Copa now offering joint service to Panama
Belizeans or tourists who want to travel to Latin America can now do so much more easily through an interline agreement between Tropic Air and Copa Airlines. This agreement allows the airlines to offer their customers connecting flights on one ticket and receive boarding passes […]

NICH hosts collectors workshop
The National Institute of Culture and History (NICH), this week, assembled around 25 history collectors to a workshop geared at teaching them how to properly store their collections and be ready in times of disaster. NICH hosted the three-day training from June 18-20 through the Museum of […]

Police need help in identifying body of woman
Police need assistance in identifying the body of a female that was discovered around 6:00 this morning in Hopkins village, Stann Creek. The corpse was found on the beach dressed in a khaki blouse, green short pants and a waist band. The body is of […]

Price control of fuel puts the ball in GOB’s court
Volatile pump prices have long been a source of economic pain and controversy in a global market where so much is beyond the control of countries that do not produce enough oil to supply their populace. In the case of Belize, the 2005 oil discovery […]

Taiwan’s allies dwindling, but ties with Belize remain strong
Taiwan has lost two more of its diplomatic allies in recent weeks—one in the Caribbean and another in Africa—and Belize’s impeding presidency of the Central American Integration System (SICA), of which Taiwan has been an observer for over a decade, could prove an important juncture […]

Reality Check: Caribbean Public Procurement Systems Reform
By John Primo (independent Procurement Consultant) Caribbean governments spend a significant portion of their GDP (approximately 10 – 15%) on public procurement. Depending on where you are living, this translates into millions or even billions of tax payer dollars and a high degree of oversight is required to be exercised […]

Buy Local, Build Local
Last Saturday, June 16th, 2018, the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) launched its first “Made in Belize Expo”. Unlike the “Made in Belize” Expo’s predecessors, this latest addition’s features are eponymously reflected in its title. That is, only goods or services that are made and provided by local […]

Eldery Toledo resident robbed in home invasion
An elderly missionary living on the San Antonio Road in Toledo was held up and robbed at gunpoint during a home invasion last Thursday night. Tom McKinney, 76, of mile 15 on the San Antonio road reported to police that around 1:30 a.m. on June 14th, while […]

Mother of three killed in Benque road accident
A young woman from Benque Viejo town, Neidy Noeli Cifuentes, 27, died from injuries sustained in a traffic accident which happened between miles 71 and 72 on the Benque Viejo Road around 12:00 p.m. on Sunday. Two other passengers traveling with Cifuentes at the time, including a […]

Cop dies on police compound from heart complications
Police constable Mitchell Cob was found dead behind the Corozal police station on Monday night by officers on duty. His autopsy has since revealed he died of natural causes. According to police, Cob’s autopsy revealed he died due to complications from heart disease. Cob’s motionless body was […]

Police officer to be charged for death of elderly PG man
A police officer attached to the Belmopan police station has been issued a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) for fatally wounding an elderly Elridgevile resident in a traffic accident on Tuesday morning. PC Alexander Salam, 40, will be charged for causing the death of fish vendor, Selvin […]

Editorial
After some fierce and heated debate this week, the Canadian Senate approved legislation which will make it legal for everybody above 19 years to buy and use marijuana. The final vote was 52-29. Under the new law Canadians will be able to own and carry up to 30 grams of […]

Mob beats crazed man to death!
Assault and attempted rape cause uproar Staff Reporter Honduran national and resident of Silk Grass village, Stann Creek, Rene Godoy, is dead following a beating he sustained at the hands of an angry mob early Thursday morning, after he allegedly tried to rape a woman and injured […]

Corozal businessman kidnapped for $1 million ransom
A Corozal businessman from San Narciso village, Omero Campos, 47, was reportedly abducted from his farm near the Mexican border on Sunday and his kidnappers have demanded a $1 million ransom for his return. Police confirmed on Thursday that Campos, who had previously been reported […]

GOB faces another lawsuit
The government of Belize is again faced with a multi-million dollar lawsuit over the nationalization of the International Merchant Marine Registry of Belize (IMMARBE) and the International Business Companies (IBC) registry. GOB headed to the Court of Appeal this week for the second round of […]

Six-year-old girl shot dead in San Pedro; police charge stepfather
Six year-old Daisy Acevedo was in a room at her house in the DFC area of San Pedro town, along with her nine year-old brother and two year-old sister sometime after 7:00 on Monday morning when she was fatally shot. The little girl and her […]

ICB San Pedro branch robbed of $8,000
The Insurance Corporation of Belize branch in San Pedro was robbed of approximately $8,000 cash on Tuesday morning, after an armed bandit entered the office and held up the cashier at gun point. The culprit, who wore a rag on his head to conceal his […]

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Two motorcycle riders collide and die in Spanish Lookout
Police are investigating a road traffic accident that claimed the lives of two men today. Around 11:55 […]

Ministry of Health advises to not eat Kellogg’s Cereal
The Ministry of Health today issued an advisory to the public to not consume any Kellogg’s […]

Beltraide hosts women entrepreneur training
BELTRAIDE, through its SBDC Belize Unit, with funding from the Centro Regional de Promocion de la MIPYME (CENPROMYPE) […]

San Pedro resident arrested and charged for cocaine trafficking
Yesterday around 3:45 p.m. while conducting mobile patrol on Crocodile street in San Pedro Town, police searched John […]

US Embassy announces Dawn Drake & ZapOte tour in Belize
Today, the United States Embassy in Belize announced the visit of the music group Dawn Drake […]

Independence villager attacked and robbed for riffle
A man from Independence village, Modesto Bol, 65, reported to police that on Tuesday he was […]

Man robbed in bathroom at bar in Silk Grass
A tour guide from Franks Eddy village, Jose Hernandez, reported to police that on Saturday while […]

Belize city businessman robbed in broad daylight
Yesterday Belize city businessman Tony Shen, 57, owner of Tony’s Store on Daly Street reported to […]

Man left stranded on highway by car thieves
Akeem Welch, 29, of Belize city, reported that on Monday around 12:10 p.m., while parked in a car near […]

Minor sexually assaulted by adopted brother
On Wednesday, a 13-year old female minor accompanied by her mother, both of a Belize City […]

LGBTI community celebrates OAS resolution
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexuals,Travestis and Intersex (LGBTTTI) community is celebrating the recent resolution passed […]

Woman’s body found in Hopkins
According to reports, this morning a woman’s body was found on the beach in Hopkins […]

San Ignacio/Santa Elena House of Culture host “Peini Soul” Art Exhibit
The National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) through the Museum of Belize and the […]

Mayan leaders and government meet to discuss incursions into Belizean land
On June 20, Mayan leaders of the Belize border villages with Guatemala held a meeting with […]

Five days later, Homero Campos still missing
It has now been five days since San Narciso businessman, Homero Campos, 43, went missing. On […]

5 UB students awarded bursaries
Yesterday, the University of Belize awarded bursaries to 5 students who are currently pursuing their Bachelor […]

Thieves wore high school uniforms to rob Belize City store
Yesterday evening, Tony’s Store was targeted by robbers on the north side of Belize City. According […]

22 Youths graduate from Belize Youth Challenge Programme
The Belize Youth Challenge Programme (BYC) yesterday marked the closure of its first intake with a […]

Blogs

Belize’s 4th International Jazz Festival is Bigger and Better!
The Belize International Jazz Festival has gone from strength to strength with each year’s edition, and this year’s edition has set a new bar, with a total of 575 artists performing over eight days of concerts. From Guantanamo, Cuba came the sax quintet Canatus, which opened the festival with a brunch concert on Father’s Day at the Radisson. Of course they included their interpretation of the popular classic: “Guantanamera”! They featured Randi Dayan Amador Verdecia on the baritone saxophone, group director Rene Alvarez Fonseca and Abel Espinosa Santiesteban on tenor sax, Maikol Armando Maza Brooks on alto sax, and Adonis Fernández Mulen on soprano and Alto sax. Canatus were joined by the Mexican trio los Tres Tristes Tangos in a welcome concert at the Institute of Mexico in Belize City on Monday evening, June 18. The Mexican trio featured Daniel Paz on clarinet, Silvestre Villarruel on accordion and keyboards and Jorge Gonzalez on the double bass.

All You Can Eat and Mexican Wrestling? Count Me in!
That is exactly what I did. I counted myself and a plus 1 in on my friend Aimee’s invitation to join her 6:00 pm reservation at Jyoto Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar. For those who love Toshiya’s masterful culinary skills, this was a bit of a talk of the town moment. Afterall who would not feel like they had died and gone to heaven with an incredible all you can eat a selection of over 20 kinds of Japanese dishes. Regular and Spicy Gyoza Dumplings, Kakuni (Pork Belly), Salmon and Tuna Sashimi, California Rolls, Dragon Rolls, Edamame, a few salad options, fresh mango slices and so much more as you will see in pictures below.

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Guatemala: Natural and political volcanoes erupt
Thousands of Indigenous men and women marched on June 12 to the capital of Guatemala, organizing themselves into four columns to enter Central Park. They came in response to a call by the Committee for Peasant Development (CODECA) for a national strike to demand justice in the deaths of several human rights defenders from that organization. In the last month, five members of CODECA and several other peasant leaders not part of the organization have been murdered. This action took place during a dangerous period in Guatemala, as the volcanoes of Pacaya, Santiago and Fuego are currently active. Fuego has already had several eruptions in recent weeks that devastated nearby villages and exacerbated the country’s political crisis.

Belize Sugar production seen hardly changed
The 2017/18 crushing season is coming to a close, but the end date has yet to be announced, according to local press reports. As of week 27, Belize Sugar Industries' (BSI) factory has milled a little more than 1.2 mln tonnes of sugarcane, slightly ahead...

Videos

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  • Fly Fishing - El Pescador Lodge in Belize - July 2017, 4min. A week with Cesar Acosta at El Pescador.

  • Fly Fishing - Permit, Tarpon & Snook in Belize - June 2018, 3min. Learning from the Permit Whisperer - Scully Garbutt.

  • Mission Trip SD Belize 2018, 13min.

  • WUB Morning Vibes June 22nd 2018, Watch Dr Eleanor Harrison-Buck talk about the opening of the Crooked Tree Museum and Cultural Heritage Center

  • Ocean day clean up 2018, 5min. Punta Gorda

  • Telethon in aid of Escalante Sub-Division Fire Victims, 50min.

  • International Jazz Festival takes place from 17th - 24th June, 20min.

  • Driving down a road in Orange Walk, Belize, 1min.

  • Belize Now | June 22, 2018, 27min. In tonight’s headlines: GOB meets with Belize City business community to address crime, National Security responds to Guatemalan incursions in rural Toledo, and a new conservation post is inaugurated in the most remote part of the Chiquibul National Park. These stories and more on this week’s edition of Belize Now. Thanks for joining us on this Friday, June 22nd, 2018!

  • Belize, Punta Gorda trip to the Cayes, 7min. Fishing and fun trip to the Cayes in southern Belize. Moho Caye Visit and Fishing in the Rio Grande.

  • Fly Fishing - Turneffe Flats Belize 2015, 2min. Chasing Bonefish

  • Model Safari Paradise Scramble , 13min. A scavenger hunt adventure with Mystique Models on location in Belize. Filmed in 2003.


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