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The San Pedro Sun

SPTC teams with BTB and Ministry of works to improve Secret Beach road
San Pedro's most popular beach area, Secret Beach is situated north-west of town, and now driving there will be easier and quicker after the Belize Tourism Board (BTB), in collaboration with The San Pedro Town Council and Ministry of Works, enhanced the 3.5 miles of road leading there. The combined effort saw the BTB providing the fill material, the SPTC providing fuel, and the Ministry of Works supplying machinery and labor. The resurfacing of the road also included the installation of road signs to better guide the hundreds of visitors that access the area on a daily basis. Prior to the project, a trip to the Secret Beach area would take close to an hour due to the deteriorated roads. After improvements, the time of travel has been cut by half, allowing and encouraging more visitors to drive to that beach area dotted with restaurants and beach bars.

The Belize Barrier Reef is officially off UNESCO'S In-Danger list
After being danger-listed in 2009, the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System (BBRRS) has been removed from the UNESCO World Heritage Center list of World Heritage in Danger on Tuesday, June 26th. This decision was made by the World Heritage Committee (WHC) during their 42nd annual meeting, currently taking place in Manama, Bahrain. The BBRRS was inscribed on the list in danger due to a number of threats, including unsustainable tourism development on many islands and cayes within the site. The news of possible oil and gas activities further loomed as threats to the site's fragile ecosystem, due to concessions granted within the marine ecosystem.

78 students graduate from San Pedro Roman Catholic School
A total of 78 students received their primary school certificates at the 2018 San Pedro Roman Catholic School (SPRCS) graduation ceremony held at the Angel Nu�ez Auditorium in San Pedro Town on Friday, June 24th at 5PM. The commencement exercise saw the attendance of family and friends who proudly watched the graduates accomplish another educational milestone. Mistress of Ceremonies Diana Uh welcomed everyone to the event at 5PM, and after the singing of the National Anthem, a short invocation was given by SPRCS Acting Principal Patricia Lopez.

Sandbar shines at San Pedro Lobster Festival 2018
After eight days of lobster crawl parties at various participating businesses on the island, the highly anticipated San Pedro Lobster Festival Block Party capped off the tasty celebration on Saturday, June 23rd at Central Park. Thousands of residents and visitors alike enjoyed an evening filled with the glorious sounds of the Pannerifix Steel Band, beautifully decorated booths and the best of lobster-themed dishes and drinks. The festival also saw a group of local restaurants competing in the annual food and drink competition. Taking the top prize this year for best food and drink was Sandbar Restaurant with their 'Candy Crush' drink and their divine lobster dish: a sweet potato ravioli in champagne cream sauce complemented with delicious chunks of lobster.

San Pedro's GREAT programme graduates 102 students
102 students proudly received certificates marking their completion of the Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT) Program in a ceremony held at the Lions Den in San Pedro Town on Friday, June 22nd. The program was led by Police Constable (PC) Juan Chuc and is part of a countrywide police initiative to educate children on the consequences of gang violence. With the singing of the National Anthem by New Horizon Seventh Day Adventist School, the ceremony began shortly after 2PM. A short invocation by Pastor Clive Welsh followed, after which Mistress of Ceremonies Odilia Caliz invited PC to deliver a brief welcome.

Island MMA fighters prepare to compete in Mexico
Island resident and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) coach Martin Dawson has been busy over the past months training and preparing four MMA fighters from his Pit Fighters school to compete at the next Chetumal Xtreme Cage tournament in Chetumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico on July 7th. The team representing the island and the country consists of Gavin Duffy, Allen Cawich, Joseph 'Tyson' Alvarez and Juan Hernandez aka 'Mighty Mouse.' Hernandez is the only fighter that will be competing for a championship title in the juvenile category. The San Pedro Sun caught up with three of the fighters during their training camp on Tuesday, June 19th to learn more about their preparation process.

Ambergris Today

Assad Shoman's Book Launch In San Pedro
Belizean writer, historian and former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Assad Shoman, was in San Pedro on Monday, June 25, 2017 for his book launch of "Guatemala's Claim to Belize: The Definitive History", at the Angel Nunez Auditorium. Mistress of Ceremony, Ms. Nathalie Arceo, enthusiastically introduced Mr. Shoman to those present after which Mr. Andre Perez, Chairman of the Board of Directors of San Pedro High proudly announced that the book was being sought to be added to the curriculum at the school.

Belize Celebrates Unesco's Removal From List Of World Heritage Sites In Danger
The World Heritage Committee, meeting in Manama since 24 June, decided Tuesday to remove the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System from the List of World Heritage in Danger.

Secret Beach Road Enhancement Project
BTB Joins San Pedro Town Council and Ministry of Works to enhance Secret Beach Access Road In an effort to further develop and promote the sun and beach tourism product and increasing visitors' experience, the Belize Tourism Board in collaboration with San Pedro Town Council and Ministry of Works, has implemented a project resulting in the resurfacing of 3.5 miles of road leading to Secret Beach in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye.

Chukka Belize Delivers Backpacks To Schools In Rural Belize
On June 19 & 21, 2018, Chukka Belize delivered 75 backpacks with basic school supplies to three primary schools in rural Belize and the Belize City are a through its CHUKKA CARES initiative. The initiative is now in its 5th year and is supported by tour guides, management and staff of Chukka Belize.

Misc Belizean Sources


Vacancy at BEL
A vacancy exists at Belize Electricity Limited for the post of Senior Technician in the Transmission and Substation Department (Belize City).

Public Service Day
The theme for this year's Public Service Day is "The Belize Public Service- Moving Towards the future with Innovation, Dedication and Perseverance", the day is set aside on June 23rd to recognize and celebrate all those diligent public servants on which our work hinges. In health, we had Officers being recognized for 25 + years of services last week and earlier today, a ceremony for those having 10-20 years of service was organized at the Civic Center in Belize city. We salute you all as the day to day work may not be noticeable but all the good work hinges on your shoulders and the tasks we take on daily!

Decrease in Pump Prices for Diesel Oil
The Ministry of Finance is pleased to announce that, as of midnight last night, the price for Diesel Oil decreased by 22 cents per gallon at the pump in Belize City. The new price for Diesel Oil is now $10.75 per gallon. This decrease in the price of Diesel was preceded by a sharp fall in the price of Regular Gasoline of 33 cents which took effect on June 18, 2018. The current price of Regular Gasoline now stands at $11.02 per gallon. It is expected that the pump price of Premium Gasoline and Kerosene will decrease by a similar extent with the arrival of the next shipment which is due at the end of this week.

Belize Natural Energy Charitable Trust donates to Belize Police Dept.
The Belize Natural Energy (BNE) Charitable Trust today, June 26th, made a donation of BZ$8,000 to the Belize Police Department Eastern Division One. The funds will be used for the Division's summer activities for youths. The activities include swimming lessons, a Youth Engaged in Agriculture Program, and a summer camp to be held in the Corozal District. BNE Trust Chairman Mr. John August Jr. said that the institution is excited to partner with Sr. Supt. Gillett and Eastern Division One in an effort to empower the youths of Belize and unlock their potential. It is expected that around 200 young people will benefit from the activities.

Tour Guide Licensing Advisory
Please be reminded that tour guide licenses expire July 31, 2018. Applications are now available at the BTB's Belize City Office and San Pedro office and your respective Associations.

Here's a great opportunity for young people!
Bigg Chatz is looking for dynamic new hosts for its upcoming season and are opening a call for audition tapes to be submitted by July 31st 2018. They are looking for youth 24 years and younger who are articulate, fun, energetic and are comfortable discussing the issues affecting young people in Belize!

Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System Officially Comes Off the UNESCO In Danger List
The Ministry of Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development is pleased to announce that the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System has officially been removed from the UNESCO World Heritage Center List of World Heritage in Danger. The decision came after Belize's dossier was tabled and the matter was heard by the World Heritage Committee in Bahrain today, June 26th. Belize's delegation to the World Heritage Committee Meeting is led by the Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Patrick Faber and the Minister of Environment, Hon. Dr. Omar Figueroa. The Ministry takes this opportunity to thank all those who have played a role in working to satisfy the conditions for removal.

National AIDS Testing Day
Don't forget to Get Tested on Friday!

Looking for something to do in the Summer
The Belize Defence Force will host a Youth Summer Challenge!

Dia de San Pedro Calendar of Events
Here you have the Calendar of Events for this weekend! We have a great line up for you all starting on Thursday night with the Opening Ceremonies which will include entertainment by Wil & Dale, Mariachi Tierra Maya and more! On Friday the festivities continue with entertainment by the Quintana Roo Folkloric Ballet Group, and all the way from the USA, we have Dawn, Drake & Zapote and lots more. And closing with a bang on Saturday we have dances by the San Pedro Dance Academywith Mexican comedian, MACTA and Belizean Band, ASCENTHIUM!

Fundraiser for Corozal's Shooting Stars Dance Academy!!
You are invited this Saturday night June 30th to enjoy music and dance by our talented children and youths; featuring Manuel Tzul on saxophone, Courtney Gillette on keyboard, William Marin, Libertad Methodist School Dance Group, C.C.C. Dance Company, Mary Hill School Dancing Angels and of course the Shooting Stars! Please support our young performing artists who are involved in positive, healthy activities.

Corozal Public Library Summer Program
Your Child has nothing to do this Summer? Come and register them for a week filled with educational Activities!

Sarteneja Fisher Fair 2018
Saturday at 10 AM - 10 PM, Sarteneja Alliance for Conservation and Development - Belize North Front Street, Sarteneja, Corozal. As part of the final activity for the Fisherfolk Month, SACD and its partner organizations would like to invite the general public to the This year event which will be full of activities: 1. Informational Booths 2. Games 3. Food 4. Drinks 5. Contests 6. Race (swimming/ Kayak) 7. Music all Day 8. Fishing Tournament (Trap Fishers 5am-8am) 9. Fresh Fish for Sale (Get your Icebox ready) 9. Water Taxi Transports (Czl-Sart book your seat at # 669-8267) 10. Dance Featuring "Dynamics of Belize" (7-10pm) This event is celebrated under the Theme, "Working towards zero hunger with sustainable small-scale fisheries!"

Caye Caulker Lobster Fest Lobster Competition

Corozal Summer Art Wave

Belize Defence Force RECRUTING DRIVE
The Belize Defence Force will be conducting a RECRUTING DRIVE, Countrywide; in Corozal Town at the Corozal Drill Hall up the Santa Rita Hill on San Antonio Road on Saturday, July 28th, 2018 from 7:00 a.m. Applicants must bring along copies of photo identification card, proof of citizenship, educational qualification and a recent police record. Applicants must be a Belizean Citizen, physically and mentally fit, be between the ages of 18 and 23 years, and hold a minimum of a primary school certificate. Adequate clothing is also required for the physical assessment. COME JOIN THE BELIZE DEFENCE FORCE.

Apply to University of Belize and Continue Your Education in August 2018
You still have time to apply! Over 40 programs to choose from - Associate's and Bachelor's Degrees.

Swirly Head Wine Tasting
Swirly Head is having a special wine tasting on Saturday, July 7th, at Casa Sofia. They'll have 10 different wines, and Lamanai Chocolate, to sample. There will be a raffle, and specials on the wines. The fun starts at 4:00pm, and goes until midnight. "Come taste Belize's first $100 dollar produced sparkling wine. All wines from the back of the cellar are coming out for a one of a kind tasting. Dry sparkling wines. Sweet sparkling wines. All natural made with rainwater and organic fruit. No sulfites!

Daniel Choc and Derwin Garcia Receive Heroic Act Award
Congratulations, Police Constables Daniel Choc and Derwin Garcia! They both received the Heroic Act Award for their rescue of three kids from a capsized canoe. Definitely deserved. "Heroic Act Award Recipient: Police Constables Daniel Choc and Derwin Garcia Despite flooded and ranging currents of the Christo Rey River in the Cayo District, PC Choc and PC Garcia, risked their own lives as they collectively rescued three teenage boys from a capsized canoe. Though the dangers were blaring as the officers were with nothing more than a piece of rope, located on the edge of a cliff and witnessing scared youths shouting for help, one being injured and unable to swim, the officers came to their rescue and were successful in saving the lives of the three teenage boys. Their bravery was also recognized by the San Ignacio Formation which is to be applauded."

Channel 7

Creatives Against Israeli Security Training
Today the protest of Belize's diplomatic relationship with the Israeli state came to a climax in Belmopan. For the last week or so we've told you about the Artists for Peace and Common Sense and their opposition to the police's Israeli facilitated "Police and Community" course. Today the group of artists took to the streets of Belmopan, protesting just in front of where the Police and Community course was being inaugurated. We went to Belmopan and spoke to the Minister of State for National Security, Elodio Aragon about this controversial training. Here's what he had to say, and how the protesters responded to his remarks...

Couple Charged For Killing Man
Belmopan cops have charged a Franks Eddy couple for the murder of Santos Guerra Dominguez. They are Guatemalan nationals 40 year old Arnulfo Nunez Gonzalez and his common law wife 39 year old Hilcia Cano Arevalo. As we told you, Dominguez was hanging out and drinking at their house in the village when there was some misunderstanding and Gonzalez allegedly grabbed a machete and chopped Dominguez to death. His body was found on the street side around 4:00 Sunday morning. Arevalo also had an as yet unspecified role to play in this murder.

Russell Hyde Jr - Cops Say He Shot Neighbor To Chest
In another case out west, Belmopan police charged Russell Hyde Jr. for the shooting at his house in Camalote. He has been charged with aggravated assault with a firearm and wounding. As you heard in Jose Gonzalez's account, Gonzalez went to Hyde's house and he and another man got into a fight. That is when Hyde allegedly pulled out his gun and shot Gonzalez to the chest.

Lemonal Land Dispute Goes Legal
On last week Friday's news, we told you about that high-profile land dispute in Lemonal village. Two residents, Tony Anthony, and Sharon Mae Whylie, wife of Police Commissioner Allen Whylie, are claiming ownership of the same piece of land, and neither of the 2 sides are backing down. Things came to a head last week when police arrived on scene to secure the land and keep the peace on behalf of Sharon Whylie. But, because she is married to the police boss, Anthony asserts that the police have been biased, and these agents of the state are being used to take advantage of him. Well, Sharon Whylie and her attorney, Bryan Neal, turned up the heat on Anthony yesterday with a lawyer letter telling him to vacate the property, remove the structures his built on it, and stay off, or else, they will take legal action against him.

Belize Barrier Reef Redeemed
Tonight, it's official, the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System has officially been removed from the UNESCO World Heritage Center List of World Heritage in Danger. The matter was heard today in Bahrain by the World Heritage Committee. Belize first went on the list in 2009 when there were myriad concerns including offshore oil concession blocks granted for areas adjacent to the reef system. But, since then Belize had made smart state-level decisions to protect the reef. Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber heads the delegation to Bahrain, and courtesy the Ambergris Today crew, here are his remarks when the decision was made:..

Health Ministry Looking For A Dialysis Solution
End stage renal failure - it's a condition affecting an increasing number of Belizeans - often a product of diabetes and hypertension. It results in patients needing dialysis two or three times a week to do what their kidneys can no longer do: clean their blood of impurities. It's very costly, and for those who cannot afford it - they must turn to the government - which can only treat a limited number of patients at Loma Luz and the KHMH. Privately, treatment for a year will cost a minimum of twenty five thousand dollars. Government is under constant pressure to subsidize this service and yesterday in Corozal the Health Minister hinted that they might be looking at a new solution:...

GREAT Graduates At Wagner's
The GREAT Program: the police started it to keep youth productively engaged and off the streets. It was primarily designed for kids still in school, but it was extended to the youth at the Wagner's Facility - in an initiative between the police department and the Belize Central Prison. Today Courtney Weatherburne stopped by the graduation ceremony to find out how these kids benefitted from this program. A tribute to the GREAT Program, but more importantly, a strong message for these young inmates from the Wagner's Youth Facility. After about 8 weeks, 22 of them graduated:

Dr. Carla Talks Sexism In Cabinet
For the past two newscasts we've featured our extended interview with Dr. Carla Barnett. We spoke to her on her last day as the Minister of State with responsibility for Natural Resources. On Monday, she took over as the Minister Of State in Labour, Local Government, and Rural Development. We asked her how she feels taking over a far less powerful ministry: Jules Vasquez, reporter: "But you are taking a significant demotion. You are moving to a ministry that is distinctly not as high profile as natural resources." Dr. Carla Barnett: "And that's okay. First of all ministries are on par. People assume power and privilege with certain ministries, because power and privilege is the objective. That's never been my objective."

The Ashcroft Alliance, Once More Unto The CCJ
It's been almost exactly 6 years Lord Michael Ashcroft and his group of companies have been trying to move Justice of Appeal Samuel Awich as a Court of appeal judge. They were unsuccessful in convincing the Judicial and Legal Services Commission to forward their complaint against Awich to the Belize Advisory Council in 2012. This dispute ended up in the Supreme Court, then the Court of Appeal, and now, the case is before the Caribbean Court of Justice for a final appeal. The Ashcroft Alliance's complaint against Awich started as far back as July of 2012, when Ashcroft himself, Dean Boyce, and the director of the British Caribbean Bank, wrote a letter to the JLSC.

Timber Truck Toppled
No one was hurt today when a timber truck toppled on the Boom road. It happened sometime this afternoon near the Burrell Boom Bridge. The 18 wheeler, which was strapped down with dozens of Pine Trees was top heavy and tipped over around a corner. It slid into the bushes, but the driver was not hurt - according to reports.

Diesel Drops Slightly
Fuel prices are inching down. Last night at midnight, the price for a gallon of diesel went down by 22 cents to $10.75 in the city. And, 8 days ago, Regular fuel went down by 33 cents a gallon - leaving it at a still prohibitive $11.02 per gallon. The good news is that the Ministry of Finance says this is the start of a trend. The technocrats promise that the pump price of Premium and Kerosene will decrease by a similar extent with the arrival of the next shipment at the end of this week. A release notes, that fuel prices are stabilizing as OPEC has stepped up production to meet demand.

BELTRAIDE Looking Out For The Lady Entrepreneurs
Today, BELTRAIDE and the Small Business Development Centre launched a workshop focused on women entrepreneurs. The idea is that they should receive equal access to opportunities and services when it comes to growing and developing their businesses. We spoke to a representative from the SBDC about the workshop... The course, which was originally designed to be taught in 5 days has been condensed into a 3 day, intensive course taking place this week.

BNE Plays Big Brother To Region 1
Just before our commercial break, you saw Senior Superintendent Howell Gillett interacting with the youths from the Wagner's Youth facility after they graduated from the Police Department's Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT). Well, later today, Gillett received a cheque for $8,000 from the BNE Charitable Trust. The money will be used to fund summer programs for at-risk youths in Belize City. By now, you'll know very well that Gillett, with the backing of his police bosses, pushes very hard to provide outreach programs for the kids in his Region 1. At the handing over event, the Chairman of the BNE Charitable Trust said that saying yes to this donation was very easy:

Belmopan Cops Found City Men With Gun
Belmopan cops busted two men with a weapon and ammunition. This afternoon around 2:40, police stopped a black Kia sportage between miles 48 and 49 on the George Price Highway. They searched the vehicle and found a .38 revolver and one live round of ammunition. Police arrested and charged the driver Deon Flowers of Belama Phase 1 and his passenger 35 year old Godwin Strawn of Sandhill village for kept unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

The Real Tarzan In Town
Whenever the late Australian Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin's show would come on - you can't say that you didn't watch in awe as he wrestled with those huge reptiles. Well, one big fan, American Michael Holston did more than just watch in amazement - he grew up to be bold just like Irwin - getting cozy with tigers, jaguars, poisonous snakes among a long list of animals. Holston is well known as the "the Real Tarzan" and he is in Belize to see what new experiences he can have with all the animals here. Courtney Weatherburne was there to welcome him at the airport. Here's her story one this brave, one of a kind guy.

Channel 5

Belize Barrier Reserve System Officially Delisted from UNESCO's "in Danger" List
The Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System is finally off the List of World Heritage in Danger. �The precious ecosystem was inscribed as a World Heritage Site in 1996, but in [...]

Guatemalans Respond to the Delisting Saying the Reef System is under Dispute
Taking in the announcement, Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber reminded the international community that Belize's ecosystems are under attack due to continued incursions, including illegal fishing and the pillaging of [...]

Protesters Descends on Belmopan to Object to Israeli Training of Police
Artists converged in Belmopan today for a protest against the state of Israel. It was prompted by the decision of the government to allow for the Israeli police to offer [...]

Protesters Not Fazed by National Evangelical Association of Belize
Just before the protest got underway, the National Evangelical Association of Belize offered its support. NEAB went on the offensive to say that Palestinians, funded and backed by terrorists, recently [...]

CCJ Hears Case about Justice Samuel Awich in the Belize Judiciary
The Caribbean Court of Justice today heard arguments concerning a judge in the Belize judiciary. In 2012, Dean Boyce and the British Caribbean Bank Limited, as well as Lord Michael [...]

Investigation Should Determine Whether Justice Awich Remains on Bench
Given the evidence that is presently before the court, as well as the Judicial and Legal Services Commission, Courtenay says that an investigation should be undertaken to determine whether Justice [...]

Attorney Leona Duncan Defends the Decision of the Judicial & Legal Services Commission
Attorney Leona Duncan, who appeared on behalf of the Solicitor General's Office, submitted that the decision by the Judicial and Legal Services Commission not to forward the complaint against Justice [...]

CCJ Hears Dangerous Harm Case Against Gilbert Henry
The Caribbean Court of Justice also heard from Director of Public Prosecutions, Cheryl Lyn Vidal. �The D.P.P. is seeking the CCJ to re-instate an oral ruling delivered on twenty-second March [...]

Guatemalan Nationals Charged for Murder of Salvadoran Man in Franks Eddy Village
Belmopan Police have arrested and charged a man and a woman in the brutal chopping death of fifty-two-year-old Santos Guerra Dominguez. Guatemalan nationals' forty-year-old Arnulfo Nunez Gonzalez and thirty-nine-year-old Hilcia [...]

Fire Destroys an Abandoned Building in Corozal Town
While residents of Corozal Town were in deep slumber, a fire erupted in the Rainbow Town area. Sometime before three this morning, the fire engulfed an abandoned building located across [...]

Mo's Supermarket Targeted by Armed Thieves in Corozal
Just before the close of business on Monday night, a robbery occurred in the heart of Corozal Town on Fifth Avenue. Shan He, the proprietor of Mo's Supermarket, was targeted [...]

9-Year-Old Drowns in Corozal
Also up north, a nine-year-old student from Halls Layout drowned after a swim at the beach in Corozal Bay. Around midday on Monday, thirty-year-old Hector Kelly took his son, Mathew [...]

2 Men Busted with Gun in Belmopan
Police made a bust today in Belmopan in which two men were arrested.� During a joint operation before three o'clock this afternoon, a vehicle was searched between miles forty-eight and [...]

Is Jane Doe Leanne Gagliardi?
On Monday, we reported that one of our viewers from Hopkins in southern Belize reached out to our newsroom saying that she recognized Jane Doe, a Caucasian woman, whose body [...]

First Group of Inmates Graduates from the GREAT Programme
The GREAT programme of the Police Department has been going on for some time involving youths from primary schools who are encouraged to participate to keep them away from the [...]

Diesel Takes a Dip at the Pumps
The price for diesel decreased by twenty-two cents per gallon at the pump in Belize City and is selling at ten dollars and seventy-five cents.� A release from the government [...]

The Real Tarzan in Belize for 5-day Tour
Michael Holsten, known on social media across the world as the Real Tarzan, is in Belize for a five-day tour of the country. The twenty-four-year-old is an exotic animal specialist, [...]

SBDC Training Empowers Women Entrepreneurs
BELTRAIDE, through its Small Business Development Center Unit, with funding support from a regional organization that assists micro, small and medium enterprises and United States of America, is implementing a [...]

It's Back!! KTV the Remix Season 2
Gather up the family and stay tuned to Channel Five because coming up at eight-thirty tonight is the premier of this season's audition show of your all-time favourite KTV the [...]


BELTRAIDE to help women entrepreneurs gain economic autonomy
BELTRIADE, through its SBDC Belize Unit is holding a workshop to assist women entrepreneurs to gain economic autonomy through a specialized methodology of services. Nilda Riverol, Manager of the SBDC Belize tells us more about the work. Nilda Riverol, Manager of the SBDC Belize: We have representatives from the Commission for the promotion of Micro Small �

Outdoor gym is opened in Corozal Town
A wellness park was opened in Corozal Town on Sunday. The project is a collaboration between the Republic of China Taiwan and the Belize Government. Minister of Health Pablo Marin and Taiwan Ambassador to Belize Charles Liu spoke of the initiative. Minister of Health Pablo Marin: Even in the Ministry of health we are looking �

Belize Barrier Reef no longer on World Heritage in Danger list
The Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System has officially been removed from the UNESCO World Heritage Center List of World Heritage in Danger. The decision came after Belize's dossier was tabled and the matter was heard by the World Heritage Committee in Bahrain today. Fanny Douvere, Coordinator of the Marine Program at the World Heritage Centre �

BNE donates to police department to help children
The Belize Natural Energy Trust handed a check for eight thousand dollars to the Belize Police Department in a short ceremony today in Belmopan. Commander for Region One in Belize City, Senior Superintendent Howell Gillett accepted the check on behalf of the Police Department. The funds will be used to support three summer programs for �

Ministry of Agriculture personnel learn more on coconut nursery management
The Ministry of Agriculture held a training workshop on coconut nursery establishment and management with its personnel in Dangriga. It was facilitated by the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute, CARDI, under the Caribbean Coconut Industry Development Project. In an over the phone interview, District Agriculture Coordinator for the Stann Creek District, Marvin Blades spoke �

Nine-year-old boy drown in sea in Corozal Town
A nine year old child has drowned in Corozal Town. Police report that on Monday, shortly after midday, 30-year-old Hector Kelly and his son Mathew Andrew Gonzalez went to the beach for a swim. Reports are that around 1:45 that afternoon, the nine year old boy was found floating unconscious in the sea. He was �

69-year-old woman goes missing
Police are looking for a 69-year-old woman who has been reported missing. Gerald Robinson, a resident of the Cayo District told police that his wife, 69-year-old Thelma Hoare Robinson left their house on a Santa Familia bus to an unknown destination. She has not returned home since. She was last seen carrying a pink hand �

Businessman still missing as police make no progress in search
Police say they continue to comb the northern districts in search of businessman Omero Campos who went missing on June 17. While police say there is nothing new to report to the press, they continue their search in hopes of finding him alive. Acp Joseph Myvett Head C.I.B.: They are still conducting an intensive investigation, �

Woman who washed up on Hopkins been remains unidentified
Police are still trying to identify the woman who was found dead on a beach in Hopkins Village last week. The woman's body washed up in an advanced state of decomposition. Today police say that they have been able to trace her final steps at least two days before she was found dead. Acp Joseph �

Israel training of Belize police is met with opposition
A group called Artists for Peace and Common Sense is outraged over the Government of Belize accepting an invitation from the Israelis to train Belize's police officers. The group received one hundred and seventy signatures from persons who also condemn the move by the Government of Belize. Love News spoke with Yasser Musa, who explains �

Attorney OJ Elrington places bid for the Freetown Division in the UDP Camp
There is a new bid for the Freetown Division in the United Democratic Party Camp. Today attorney, O. J. Elrington made the a�

School Security Guard stabbed by mob
Police are still looking for a group of about six men who ambushed and stabbed 56-year-old Samuel Welch on Sunday morning. T�

Seafarer Day celebrated under the theme "seafarers' well-being"
Today is being celebrated as Seafarer Day under the theme "seafarers' well-being". In 2010, the day of the seafarer was est�

Businesswoman robbed at gunpoint in her house; police charge one man
A businesswoman from St. Matthew's Village in the Cayo District, Bibiana Cus was targeted by robbers on Friday night. The 45�

18-year-old shot while walking with his family
Eighteen-year-old Tyrese Smith is recovering from gunshot wounds he sustained in La Democracia Village. The incident happene�

Man hangs himself in police cell block; police does not suspect foul play
Police do not suspect foul play in the death of 56-year old Lindberg Anthony who is believed to have hung himself while in p�

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Suicide in Crooked Tree Police Station holding cell
Lindberg Anthony, 56, a mechanic of Crooked Tree who was being held in a detention cell at the Crooked Tree Police Station last night, was found hanging by a cloth that was tied around his neck and tied to a window inside the cell block about two hours after he was detained. Apparently, said police, Anthony tore his shirt and used the cloth to hang himself. Anthony was pronounced dead on arrival at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.

BZ$251,000 in 48 hours for Omero Campos' life
Omero Campos, 43, a businessman of San Narciso, Corozal District, whose family learned that he had been kidnapped on Father's Day after he had gone missing, apparently is still being held by his kidnappers. This kidnapping case has had police baffled to the point where they have been reluctant to make comments to the media. The Campos kidnapping saga took on a new, dangerous twist when the purported kidnappers made a bold demand today via an email that they sent to two media houses, News5 and Breaking Belize News, demanding 20 bitcoins (about BZ$251,103.16 at current rates) for Campus' release.

The Bliss in terrible shape
The Bliss Institute was built in 1954 at a cost of a little over a quarter million dollars and was a one-of-a-kind facility in Belize City, with the upper part housing the Belize Library National Collection and reading room, while the lower flat doubled as an auditorium and exhibition area. With the passage of time, the Bliss, as the venerable institute is known, was transformed into the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts when the building was restructured and refurbished by a Mexican construction company in 2003. Today, fifteen years after the Bliss opened its doors, Amandala visited the Bliss, and sadly, observed that time and the elements have wreaked havoc on the structure. The roof is leaking from several different areas and is in urgent need of repairs or replacement.

Israel's training of Belize police causes uproar
Tomorrow, Tuesday, a protest is scheduled to take place at a most unlikely place, when members from Belize's artistic and literary community descend on the space in front of the National Police Training Academy in Belmopan to register their rejection of the "community police training" that is being offered to the Belize Police Department by the state of Israel in commemoration of Israel's 70th anniversary of independence. A permit to hold the protest from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. was issued last Thursday from the police headquarters in Belmopan.

Unknown Caucasian woman drowns in Hopkins
aucasian woman on the beach in southern Hopkins. The identity of the woman is unknown, but a police report said that she had long, blonde hair and was wearing a khaki blouse and short, green pants. The body was found by a diver, but there is no evidence that the deceased woman had been a guest at any hotel in the area. News5, which visited Hopkins, reported that Wednesday was the last time she was seen.

Belizean teacher graduates from US university with 4.0
Dawn Wade, an administrative vice principal who has been working at St. Martin De Porres School for the past 26 years, recently returned to Belize after graduating with her Master's Degree from St. Louis University. Wade, who is a wife and mother of four boys, told Amandala that she decided to further her education after receiving a scholarship through the partnership of the Belize 2020 project and St. Louis University. According to the Belize 2020 website, it is a "non-profit volunteer organization focused on improving the quality of life in Belize by supporting Jesuit ministries in that country."

The Ripper visits
A prominent figure in Belize City 1st Division football from the glory days of the 1970s, Phillip "The Ripper" Coye spent over an hour chatting with a couple of his former Charger teammates, yours truly, Chilor and Russell Vellos, and manager, The X, "back a di zinc fence" this morning. Of course, we happily reminisced on those football days and memorable events, and shared updates on the situation with some of our veteran 'ballers, some of whom have passed, in recent days. An original Plaza 'baller who grew up just across the street from Cinderella Plaza at the Coye family residence on Freetown Road, The Ripper has been making regular visits from the U.S...

FC Elite, 3-1, over Progresso FC in game 1 of Inter-District Finals at MCC; game 2 for the championship this Sunday in Orange Walk
Belize City's FC Elite prevailed, 3-1, yesterday at the MCC Grounds in Game 1 of the FFB's Amateur Inter-District Club Tournament Finals against Progresso FC from Orange Walk. After a home-and-away round-robin with 16 teams countrywide had dwindled to just these two, it was the first visit of the Progresso team to the MCC Grounds; and before they could adjust to the uneven and dusty turf, they found themselves down, 2-0, to the hosts, courtesy of an opening minute strike by Tyriq "Hamma" Ciego (1'), followed a few minutes later by free kick blast from 35 yards out by Naim "Long Range" Wilson (6').

Pedal by Pedal - Weekend Warriors Race of Sunday, June 24, 2018
Having not raced for a few weeks, the Warriors were itching to rumble; so, 53 total riders showed up for this 53-mile race from Leslie's to Mile 30 and back to Old Belize for the finish. So, remember, 53 is your lucky number this week. From the very start, the attacks were furious; and, although a few breaks got away, none succeeded until Daniel Cano of Team Santino's made his move and took in tow his teammate, Sherman Thomas and Vallan Symns of Kulture.

Over-40 football tournament nearing playoffs
The FFB National Over-40 Football Tournament 2018 had a full schedule of games over the past weekend, as the tournament nears the top-4 playoffs, which will include the top 2 teams from each group - North and South. Only 3 weeks of regular season remain in the double round-robin for each group.

Editorial: The swamp that became The Jewel
At this newspaper, we feel the most important thing you have to know about Belizeans who left here for the United States, if you would begin to understand their psyche, is that the vast majority of us were leaving here with an inferiority complex where our country of origin was concerned. It appears that fairly significant migration began after 1950 when middle class Belizeans, many of whom were civil servants (as public officers were known back then), became uncomfortable with the anti- colonial agitation of the young People's United Party (PUP). The PUP was threatening to disrupt the traditional British order of things, so some families decided to leave.

From The Publisher
Early this month, a couple weeks before the World Cup began in Russia, I was sitting with my younger sister's husband at a birthday celebration for my father. My brother-in-law is from Dominica, and he is very much a music aficionado. It never occurred to me that he would not have been acquainted with a song by the one Lord Melody (Fitzroy Alexander) of Trinidad, a song my siblings and I spent many years listening to while it was being played loudly on the jukebox in Rick's Bar across the canal/Bolton Bridge from our home. As I have written in this column before, my parents moved with us children from Church Street to West Canal near Regent Street West in 1954. At that time, the two-storey building which later housed the said Rick's Bar downstairs and Rick's Club upstairs, was owned by a famous, wealthy mahogany contractor named Ben Stuart, and it was clearly one of his offices. Mr. Stuart's beautiful, white Jaguar automobile would be parked outside, while logging trucks (camiones) would come and go periodically.

Attacks the Public Service Workers Trust
Dear Editor, I write to express my frustration with the arrogant and disrespectful behavior of the trustees of the Public Service Workers Trust. I understand that the issue is before the courts and that a prolonged mediation process is underway. However, we the beneficiaries of the trust are frustrated and demand a positive outcome as soon as possible. We, the victims, lost our increments from 1995-1997. Some pensioners have passed away and many others are ill and struggling to survive. We are not interested in loans or projects - we demand our lost income.

Pen Cayetano and Andy Palacio honored
On Friday 22nd June at the Institute of Creative Arts, the Belize International Jazz Festival, organized by the National Institute of Culture and History, held a tribute concert to honor Andy Palacio and Pen Cayetano for their contributions to Belizean music and culture. The festival, now in its fourth year, was dedicated to these two icons and lights of Belizean music and Garifuna culture. Omolewa Ossain, Guayayo and Coco Bar, and The Garifuna Collective delivered three scintillating sets of music and original compositions worthy of these great men and their stellar and enduring contributions to Belizean life and music.

Israel Jews still not seeking peace
We are told that the Jews' claim on Israel is rooted in a promise God made to Abraham. God so loved the Jews, He wanted them to have that land. But God wasn't about sullying His hands to get the job done. He could have smitten their neighbors with deadly diseases or something else really bad, so His people could just walk right in and put in the cement pillars with the "crow foot". He didn't. The Jews had to fight for the land. Those bohgaz, with the belief in a decree from above to bolster their courage, have become very good at this war business.

2-year-old child badly bitten by pitbull
On Saturday, June 23, a 2-year-old boy, Kyle Carter, was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital after he was badly bitten in the face by a pitbull. Carter and his mother, Brianna Kelly, were walking through the gate of their home on #168 Raccoon Street Extension after coming from the store when Kelly turned her back and the dog, which was one of the family's dogs, suddenly attacked Carter. The dog reportedly dragged him across the yard, and the family had to beat it with a stick in order to force it to release the child. Carter suffered severe facial injuries, that required over 100 facial stitches, but is now in a stable condition.

Clifford Welch, 56, school watchman, beaten and stabbed at work
Clifford Samuel Welch, 56, a watchman for the Lake Independence Methodist School located on Mahogany Street, is presently recovering in a stable condition in the surgical ward at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH). Information to us is that at about 3:30 yesterday morning, Welch was conducting routine security checks of the school and was on the verandah of the second floor of the school building when he was approached by about 6 or 7 men. Welch was then attacked and stabbed 16 times in his chest, abdomen and shoulders and beaten by the men, who then fled the scene empty handed. Welch was left to die of his injuries on the verandah, where he was bleeding profusely.

Dr. Louis Zabaneh elected PUP standard bearer for Dangriga, Sarawee and Hope Creek
The Opposition People's United Party (PUP) continues to conduct conventions in a number of the 31 existing electoral constituencies to select standard bearers to face the incumbent United Democratic Party (UDP) in the next general elections in 2020, and on Sunday a crowded field of 5 candidates offered themselves as standard bearer for the Dangriga, Sarawee and Hope Creek constituency. The convention was held at Sacred Heart Primary School. The polling for the convention closed at 4:00 p.m. and immediately, workers from the PUP Secretariat and representatives of the candidates began the counting.

5 motorcyclists die in traffic accidents within 36 hours
Within 48 hours, 5 men died in three separate road traffic collisions while riding motorcycles. The men were identified as Alex Duncan, a laborer of Placencia; Maurice Palma, 28, a boat captain of Placencia; Victor Manuel Martinez, 56, a laborer of Steadfast, Stann Creek District; Roland Dyck, 19, and Franz Martin, 17, both laborers of Spanish Lookout. The first collision occurred at about 1:00 yesterday morning, Thursday, June 21.

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Student reportedly drowns in Corozal
A student of Halls Layout, Corozal, reportedly drowned this afternoon in that town. Information reaching the Reporter is that the boy, aged 9, went with his parents in the Miami Beach area and was swimming when one of the parents realized he was not around. [�]

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BNE donates $8000 to Police Department for summer activities
The Belize Natural Energy (BNE) Charitable Trust today made a donation of $8,000 to the [�]

World Wildlife Fund celebrates Belize Barrier Reef's de-listing
Belizeans and environmentalists worldwide are celebrating the removal of the Belize Barrier Reef, one of the [�]

Evangelical churches support Israeli-Police training
The National Evangelical Association of Belize (NEAB) issued a release today expressing deep concern about the [�]

PUP expels Rocio Quiroz from party
She was a councilor candidate on the People's United Party (PUP) Belmopan slate which lost [�]

Fair weather to continue
The 24-hour forecast is for mostly fair weather to continue. Sunny skies with a few [�]

Money Gram employee held at gunpoint in Ladyville
Yesterday morning, 26-year-old Nekeshia Martinez, the front desk clerk for Travel Conceirge and also an [�]

Hopkins business owner robbed and assaulted
On Sunday, June 24, Yanliu Zheng, 46, and owner of Best Choice Supermarket in Hopkins [�]

Camalote resident stabbed while socializing
On Sunday, Cresencio Olgaldez, 23, a construction worker of Camalote village reported to police that he [�]

Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System officially de-listed from UNESCO's danger list
Today, the Ministry of Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development announced that the Belize [�]

Two minors detained for illegal firearm
Yesterday around 8:36 a.m., while police were patrolling the Mayflower Area, cops confiscated a .9mm [�]


Columbia Kids Project re-purposes produce bags to help fund extracurricular activities
Parents in the village of San Pedro, Columbia in the Toledo District of Southern Belize have initialed a project to raise funds to support extracurricular activities for their children while recycling produce bags. The Columbia Kids Project takes heavy-duty bags, originally used for large quantities of rice brands, rabbit feed and even dog food, and fashions them into unique market bags that are not only functional but colorfully portray the Belizean culture. The village is made up of many artisans: weavers, stone carvers, artists and chocolate makers! Many artists and artisans have joined the project and a percentage of their sales go towards helping the kids project. Every item is tagged, and each tag informs exactly how much money paid contributes to the project. These strong and pretty bags sell for $5, with $2 going directly to the person who sews it, $2 directly towards the projects, .75 cents for materials and transport and .25 cents to the student who brings in the original bag.

Sea of People - The San Pedro Lobster Fest Block Party 2018
After a week-long Lobster Crawl the big day finally arrived - The San Pedro Lobster Fest Block Party 2018. This year marked the 12th annual Lobster Festival and it is still going stronger than ever. Right from the get-go on Saturday morning messages were flying back and forth about meeting up, who was going to get Rotary seating which included food service, and general party anticipation. My friend Debbie and I arrived just after 5:00 and already it was a steady sea of people. We still managed to connect with our other friend Denise. All night long I kept losing them and finding them again due to my wandering off to take pics which lead to ebb and flow with the crowd.

Gorgeous Sparkly Sargasso-Free Monday on Both Sides of Ambergris Caye
It has been no secret - especially to those that live in Belize and much of the Caribbean - that there has been a serious sargasso bloom this season. Starting in mid-February, it's been coming and going but mostly�coming. Until now� Yesterday I took a boat ride from San Pedro town to Cayo Frances Farm & Fly and back again. What a gorgeous gorgeous super duper gorgeous day. Here's a map with the basic route and then lots of pics.

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An Indulgent Escape at Turneffe Island Resort
The gentle breeze that washes over the brilliant white sands at Turneffe Island Resort is omnipresent. It cools, keeps the island free of bugs and combined with the gentle sounds of surf and island fauna creates a sort of tropical white noise that cocoons guests in intimate tranquility. And that's before they even step foot inside their accommodations. The first thing I noticed about the resort upon arrival from Belize City on the resort's twice-weekly shuttle boat, right after the pleasant vista of the bungalows and towering palms swaying in all their golden hour technicolor. The breeze and surf drown out all but intimate conversation, allowing guests to focus their attentions entirely on their closest traveling companions, accentuated by the backdrop of this fantastical natural environment.

Chetumal is booming with substantial migration from other parts of Mexico
Quintana Roo's state capital is trying to evolve into a world-class travel destination, and all the tourism activity of the city gravitates around Chetumal Bay. If you want to admire its natural attractions, you can visit the north part of the Bay, Punta Estrella and Catal�n, Calderitas Bay, or Tamalcab Island. If you enjoy water sports, you can sail one of the canals all the way to Guerrero Lake, almost 2 hours away from the state capital. If you drive along Chetumal's boulevard you can get to Calderitas, a fishermen's cove where you can find exquisite gastronomy based on the fruits of the sea.

The water in the tropical Atlantic is the coldest in decades. That may stymie hurricane season
Temperatures at the surface of the tropical Atlantic Ocean have become remarkably colder than normal. The cold water could have profound impacts on this year's hurricane season, since warm water is the fuel source for tropical storms. Prospects for a second straight busy hurricane season have diminished markedly. Coastal residents on edge after the horrible 2017 season may be relieved by this news but should remain vigilant. It can take just one storm to make even a quiet season memorable. Currently, sea surface temperatures averaged over the tropical Atlantic (shown in the black box in the image below) are the coldest that they have been in the middle of June since at least the early 1980s. Colder water means less fuel for storms, and it also tends to be associated with higher pressure and a more stable atmosphere - both of which suppress strong thunderstorms that are the building blocks of hurricanes.


  • Wildlife Tourism contributes significantly to our national economy, 2min. Attracting thousands here to experience seeing our wildlife in the wild. More profoundly, wildlife tourism can help all of us to gain a deeper appreciation for our diverse wildlife and rich ecosystems. Have you visited a Wildlife Tourism destination lately? You might want to visit: The Belize Zoo, Spanish Creek Wildlife Sanctuary, Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary and others�

  • Primary Education in Belize - Interpreting the results / Identifying the Challenges 2018 Results, 60min.

  • The Institute of Archaeology - Annual Belize Archaeology Symposium, 25min.

  • SPOKENWORD 501- importance of writing as a creative outlet, 42min.

  • POSH Hair Studio, 24min.

  • 2018 Summer Creative Programming, 3min. The Government of Belize's Central Information Technology Office (CITO) will host its 2018 Summer Creative Programming from July 9th to August 3rd.

  • Meeting with Alcaldes in Dolores Village, 3.5min. On Thursday, June 20th, the Minister of National Security Hon. John Saldivar, along with members from the Belize Defence Force, CEO Felix Enriquez, and Belize's Ambassador to Guatemala H.E. Alexis Rosado, held a meeting with Alcaldes in Dolores Village in the Toledo District, on issues regarding encroachments by Guatemalan farmers on Mayan communal lands.

  • New Conservation Post in the South Cebada, 5min. The Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT), along with the Ministry of Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development, the Ministry of National Security, and the Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD), inaugurated a new Conservation Post in the South Cebada area of the Chiquibul National Park on June 14th.

  • FIRE DESTROYS ABANDONED HOUSE, 2min. An abandoned brick house with zinc roof located on 7th Street North, in-front of Rainbow Town Park, which was completely gutted inside by an early fire this morning which allegedly broke out around 3:00 a.m., re-ignites just before 5:00 p.m. this evening. Corozal Fire Department were immediately dispatched to the scene to contain the blaze. Witnesses in the neighbourhood said that a homeless person was calling for a fire extinguisher early this morning right after the fire started. Apparently, he was living inside the abandoned building. No one has been reported injured.

  • Belize Recap Video, 25min.

  • Tapir - Sittee River, Belize, 1.5min.

  • Agronomist Gasper Martinez Jr., 28min.

  • Project Belize 2018, 31min. NDSU Nursing

  • Iguanas everywhere while visiting in Belize, 1min.

  • Swimming in Belize river back flips front flips and more must watch, 11min.

  • Scuba Dive Belize, 2015, Gopro Hero 4, 5min.

  • The Octopus and the Puffer, Belize Reefs, 1/2min.

  • Accion Deportiva, 60min.

  • Police Check Point, 60min.

  • CHTA 2018 Taste of the Caribbean Awards Dinner, 5min.

  • Taste of the Caribbean - Master Chef Competition!, 3.5min.

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