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The San Pedro Sun

Environmentalists weigh in on the Belize Barrier Reef removal from UNESCO’S In-Danger list
After nine years of being ‘in-danger’ listed, the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System (BBRRS) was 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 in Manama, Bahrain. Belize is being praised locally and worldwide for this monumental achievement in saving its coral reef. However, the real task begins now, as the country needs to put measures in place to avoid the reef system from being re-listed. A few Belizean environmentalists have voiced their recommendations on what they believe can help to keep the BBRRS off the In-Danger list.

Stabbing incident leaves 1 man injured
On Friday, June 29th at around 5:30AM the San Pedro Police responded to a stabbing incident involving 35-year-old Marlon Escobar. The resident of Tarpon Street, San Pedro Town, received two stab wounds to the left side of his back, two to the right side of his back and one to his left chest. According to the police report, Escobar arrived at the San Pedro Dr. Otto Rodriguez Polyclinic II at around 12:43am. He was treated and later air lifted to KHMH about around 2AM. The attending doctor informed the Police that he forgot to alert officers on the matter prior to and after air lift.

Dia de San Pedro 2018 celebrations are officially underway
The traditional ‘Dia de San Pedro,’ festivities were officially declared by Mayor Daniel Guerrero during an opening ceremony on Thursday, June 28th, at the Honourable Louis Sylvestre sporting complex. The event was attended by both island residents and a delegation from the Mexican State of Quintana Roo, who are joining the festivities this year at the invitation of The San Pedro Town Council. The annual festival is held in honour of St. Peter (San Pedro) the Patron Saint of fishermen on the island. The official ceremonies included speeches, live entertainment and a spectacular display of fireworks. On Friday, June 29th, a traditional fishermen’s mass and breakfast took place starting at 4AM at the San Pedro Roman Catholic Church.

Four island students invited to join 15th NABS Youth Summit in Roatan, Honduras
Four island students: Alyssa Martin, Liandra Bowden, Ixchel Mejia, and Joshua Requena are traveling to Roatan, Honduras on Friday, June 29th, representing the Ramon’s Village Resort Dive Shop and Ambergris Caye at the 15th annual National Association of Black Divers Youth Education Summit (NABSYES). The students are being accompanied by two chaperones, Senior Dive instructor at Ramon’s Adolfo Ayuso and Chairman of the San Pedro Tour Operators Association (SPTOA) Everette Anderson. During the summit, which runs from Saturday, June 30th to Saturday, July 7th, participants will take part in scuba classes, orientation on lionfish, a mangrove project and coral restoration among other activities.

Ambergris Today

Ramon's Village Mourns The Death Of Ramon Nunez
The Ramon’s Village Family Celebrates the Homegoing of Belize’s Greatest Legend Ramon Núñez. For 40 years, Ramon was the vibrant host of our resort, the highlight for visitors and celebrities from around the world, and the trademark of Belize. He won the hearts of everyone he met with his radiant smile, genuine hugs and contagious laugh. Thanks for all the wonderful memories, Ramon! We will cherish them forever in our hearts. 1940-2018

Belize To Promote National Campaign For Renewable Energy In Tourism Sector
On June 20, 2018, The Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation (MTCA) and the Development Finance Corporation (DFC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote the uptake of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RE/EE) technologies in the Tourism Sector.

Closure Of Conch Season 2018
The Fisheries Department hereby reminds fishermen and the public that the Conch Season will be closed from July 01, 2018 to September 30, 2018. This is in accordance with Regulation 6 of the Subsidiary Regulations (Chapter 210’s of the Laws of Belize – Revised Edition 2003).

Tropic Air Adds Flight Between Belize City International And Placencia
Tropic Air announced on Thursday, June 28, 2018, a substantial increase in flights for visitors to, and residents of, Placencia. The increase is effective November 15th, 2018 and represents the company’s confidence in the growth of tourism to Placencia, Maya Beach, Seine Bight and the surrounding communities.

Misc Belizean Sources

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SOUTH AMBERGRIS CAYE NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH CLEANUP
SATURDAY July 14th, 2018. Please come out and join the South AC Neighborhood Watch on Saturday, July 14th to help clean our community in the south. We will start the day by meeting at the Sub-Station at 7:00am for groups and areas to be assigned. Kids are also welcome to join the beach cleanup! The cleanup should take no more than 2 hours as long as enough people participate.

Tern Nesting In Placencia Inner Lagoon
Look what I found in the Lagoon, A Big Happy Family 150-300 strong Least Terns, over 30 nest

CPBL & CWU sign new 4-years CBA
“Although we would have liked to do this earlier, we are indeed pleased we are doing this today, and that our Members will be collecting their back pay in July for the period December 23rd, 2017 to July 2nd, 2018. Christian Workers Union (CWU) also wants to thank the Citrus Products of Belize Limited’s (CPBL’s) Negotiating Team comprising Mr. Nikita Usher, Mr. William Popper Jr. and Ms. Shannon Castillo, for what I understand was not a contentious process.” These were the comments of CWU President Evan Mose Hyde following this morning’s signing of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between CPBL and CWU at CPBL’s Pomona Compound. For CPBL, Chief Financial Officer, Kent Herrera, also applauded the negotiations leading up to today’s CBA signing, noting that the CWU has engaged with CPBL in a fashion cognizant of the ongoing challenges facing the Citrus Industry over recent years, and into the future. Mr. Herrera also thanked CPBL Board of Directors for granting approval, despite the challenging times the industry is currently facing.

Miss Caye Caulker Lobster Fest 2018-2019 Meloney Arnold!
Congratulations Meloney Arnold, Miss Caye Caulker Lobster Fest 2018-2019!

CITO Successfully Earns ISO 27001 Re-certification
On June 5, 2018, the Central Information Technology Office (CITO) was successfully re-certified as being compliant with ISO 27001:2013 standards. The ISO 27001 standards provisions provide an effective way for CITO to reduce the risk of any information security breach through the implementation of a set of procedures, processes, reports, and documents that define how it manages its information security. Through team effort and the generous support of the Taiwan International Cooperation and Development Fund (Taiwan ICDF), CITO was able to earn its re-certification.

CARICOM Youth Ambassador Corp to host annual session with Secretary General of CARICOM
On Monday, July 2, 2018, the CARICOM Youth Ambassador Corp will be hosting its annual session with Secretary General of CARICOM, Mr. Irwin LaRoque, to discuss pertinent issues affecting youth in the region and the role they play. Persons who want to be a part of the forum via Facebook can do so through the Caribbean Community Youth Ambassadors Facebook page. Monday's interaction is scheduled for 3:30 pm Belize time. — with CARICOM YOUTH AMBASSADOR PROGRAM (Belize).

HIV testing at public places today June 29th
Come out and be informed, get tested! Our efforts in HIV prevention are as a collective!

Caye Caulker Liquor Licensing
The Caye Caulker Village Council hereby reminds the General Public that in order to sell liquor they must be in possession of a liquor license issued by the Caye Caulker Liquor License Board. If you are not in possession of one, we regret to inform that you are operating in contravention of the law. All vendors setting up stalls for vending purposes need to have had previous arrangements with the Caye Caulker Lobster Fest Committee. Vendors without prior arrangements will be charged additional vending fees. Absolutely no vendors will be allowed in the assigned no vending areas. Thank you Caye Caulker Village Council

Summer splash 2018

Caye Caulker Lobster Fest 2018

Channel 7

Teenager Shot Down In City
Belize City has been enjoying a break from the gun murders for the last few weeks, but that peace was disturbed last night with the cruel killing of 17 year-old Warren Rudon. It happened at 7:40 last night, when the teenager was walking on Lovely Lane. Reports to 7News are that Rudon was his way back from a shop, and he was going towards the "Jungle" area when a man ambushed him and shot him in the chin. This happened right down the street from a police checkpoint on Pickstock Street, but the cops could only rush him to the KHMH. Today, we found his grieving family at his Oleander Street home, and his cousin spoke with us off-camera. She told us that the family doesn't know much about his killing:

Did Public Park End Up In The Hands of Minister’s Side-man?
Our next story is about a man known as Professor Chumba, the Fire Eater. But, it's not about his pyrotechnic prowess, it's actually about a park. Chumba's legal name is Ronald Reneau - and the City Council has learned that he is the leaseholder for what they thought was a public park. It's Louise Bevans Park on Central American Boulevard. Looking at it today - it's no more than a rundown and overgrown lot - but residents say that up until 10 years ago - it was an active park. But it's also parcel 1801, which, according to an internal city Council memo it is no longer public; it's private property leased to Reneau. The discovery has raised eyebrows because Reneau is the side-man for Area Representative Anthony Boots Martinez. Today we went to Chumba's home on Pen Road to ask him if he's the leaseholder - and what we got was no less than an advanced course in bush lawyer argumentation. Sound confusing? You will be too after you hear from the Professor:..

Central Bank Revokes Choice Bank’s License
Last night we told you about the press release from Choice Bank - saying it would allow depositors to make an orderly withdrawal of their monies. This, after two months of putting all funds on lockdown. It sounded so good - and was no doubt a relief for depositors - who had been worried since April that their money may have been in serious peril. Well, it turns out that Choice Bank was playing games with that release. All that stuff about orderly and incremental withdrawals? Not going to happen! And here's why: The Central Bank revoked the Offshore Bank's license today: Choice Bank can no longer conduct business in Belize. It's a stunner after last night's release which made it seem that the bank's affairs had normalised. But, apparently, that was just a front. In a statement that will air as an ad later in this newscast, the Governor of the Central Bank Joy Grant explains why:

PUP Set New Date For Belmopan Convention
Last night, we told you how the PUP politician, Arthur Saldivar, managed to stop his party's standard bearer convention for Belmopan with a Supreme Court lawsuit. Well, tonight, the Party released a statement giving an undertaking to the court that the convention will be put off until Sunday, July 8. The injunction hearing is set for next week Friday - so the PUP seems confident that they will succeed - and be able to proceed with the convention. For his part, though, Saldivar is asking the court to reverse the decision of the party's vetting committee which disqualified as a candidate.

Hon. Julius, Deputy No More?
And in other news out of the PUP, tonight there are credible reports that the party's Deputy Leader For The West, Julius Espat has resigned that executive post. When we reached Espat for comment he would not confirm and only said, quote, "No comment at this moment." We won't look too deeply into that curt remark - only to say that if it wasn't so, and if all was well - Espat would have issued a clear denial - his "no comment" is far from that and clearly suggests the opposite of a denial. We do know that Espat has never been an ardent supporter of Leader John Briceno's - and has been keeping himself on the sideline for some time - away from the center of the action.

Second Accident Victim Dies
She was in a terrible accident on the Western Highway 12 days ago - and, yesterday, 32 year old Sandra Maribel Garcia died from her injuries. Her friend, 26 year old Neidy Cifuentes who was driving died shortly after the accident. Now, the only survivor is Sandra Garcia's 9 year old daughter - who was with them in the vehicle as it ran off the road between miles 71 and 72. Alcohol is said to have been a factor in causing the accident.

Sunday Showdown Between Cycling Federation and “B-Cat”
A showdown is brewing in the cycling community over the suspension of elite rider Brandon Cattouse - and it will come to a head in 36 hours. Cattouse has tested positive for a banned substance and been suspended by NADO, the National Anti Doping Organization. He's serving a provisional suspension for that. But, as we told you last night, his attorney Hector Guerra has gotten a Supreme Court injunction against the Cycling Federation and the National Anti Doping Organization of Belize forcing them to allow Cattouse to ride in Sunday's National Road Championship. The ex parte injunction reads, quote, "the defendants are restrained…from preventing… (Cattouse's) registration or participation (in the)…the National Road Championship."

Light Bill Gwen Up
If you've been looking on with concern about the rising cost of living, tonight, you may want to think about ways to cut down on your electricity consumption. That's because the Public Utilities Commission has approved an increase in your electricity rates. Those mean electricity rates will increase from 36.9 cents per kilo-watt hour, to 39.3 cents per kilowatt-hour effective Sunday - and it will remain in effect for two years. That's a 6.24% increase, still less than the 7.1% increase that BEL was requesting. At the initial stage, the PUC was only prepared to increase it by 4.4%, but BEL objected, and an independent expert had to be brought in. After the review by this expert, it was decided that the PUC would lean more towards BEL's initial request. Today, the PUC held a press conference to announce the final decision, and here's how the Chairman described the back and forth to arrive at the final figure:

Re-Registration Starts On Monday
It's 11 years late, but re-registration is finally here. The last time the government cleaned up the voter's list was 1997, over two decades ago. The Elections and Boundaries Office has been preparing for the two month long operation which starts on Monday, July second. They have budgeted about $8 million to get it done and today Chief Elections Officer, Josephine Tamai, told the media how they plan to get it done ... Josephine Tamai - Chief Elections Officer: "From the Elections and Boundaries standpoint we are prepared for the mass re-registration commencing this Monday the 2nd of July, 2018. As persons know this exercise commences on Monday and the mass registration at the various registration centers will close on the 31st of August 2018. After the 31st, which starts on the 1st of September then persons will be required to visit our regular registration offices throughout the country to do their registration."

To Catch a Thief…
Tonight, a Belmopan homeowner is asking your help in finding this man, Claudio Gongora - who he says broke into his home yesterday evening. This security footage captures Gongora peering over the homeowner's back verandah and then hopping over the balccony and slipping through the yard. Best part? He was wearing the homeowner's plaid shirt - which he put on after taking a shower. That's right - this burglar seemed to have been looking for some kind of makeover - because he stole 4 fancy watches, including an Omega and 3 Movado's valued in the thousands. Outrageous! - and that's because this seasoned burglar allegedly did all this after ripping the home alarm off the wall.

Another Alleged Murderer Gets Bail
Today the last of three men charged with the murder of 61 year old George Blanco is out on bail. In 2013, Roque Middleton, along with Alton Bailey and Roger Hernandez, were accused of shooting Blanco while he was behind the wheel of a meat delivery truck, and stealing about $10,000 from his employer, Abraham Penner. Middleton appeared before Justice Adolph Lucas who offered him bail at $25,000. Justice Lucas granted the bail under the conditions that Middleton appeared before Justice Williams on September 26th and any other day she requests. Middleton must also check in at the Queen Street Police Station every Friday starting next week. As we have reported, bail for murder had been unheard of for decades, but it is becoming more common these past few months.

Israel To Belize: “Your Time To Decide”
Last night we shoed you part one of our interview with the Deputy Chief of Mission for the Israeli Embassy in Mexico, Alon Lavi. He discussed the protest over the Israeli sponsored community policing course - dismissing it as misconceived. But, in our quite short interview we also pressed him to speak about the history of Israeli Guatemala relations which have been very cozy for decades - so much so that Israeli supplied arms to Guatemala's military during its genocidal civil war. That's also the period when Guatemala was threatening an invasion of Belize. But this diplomat wanted to leave the past in the past:... Alon Lavi, Israeli Deputy Chief of Mission - Mexico: "And we keep hearing about the past, whether it was or not, whether it was accurate or not, how you describe it, but we would like to move forward."

UDP AG Fills PUP Bookshelves
Many times on this newscast we've shown you press conferences from the PUP Party Leader's Office out at the Charter House building on the northern highway. And everytime we go into their conference room, we can't help but notice those big empty bookshelves - which seem to suggest that reading is not a favorite pastime of those who gather there. But they will be empty no more. Today, in a rare show of bi-partisanship, Attorney General Mike Peyreffite went to the Party Leader's Office to hand over a full set of the Laws of Belize. He explained why:…

Downtown Rejuvenation Project Starts In Yabra
Today, the Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project inaugurated Phase One of the Yaborough Green Restoration Project with the opening of the new basketball court. Albert Division Area Rep. Tracey Taegar-Panton and her team were there to celebrate the first step in restoring not only the Yabra area, but the constituency's historical sites as well. Here's what Panton told us about the project and it's future... Hon. Tracey Taegar Panton - Area Rep., Albert: "Well this project was envisioned quite some time again, maybe as far back as 2009 in which we wanted to preserve the green spaces in our community and also the colonial buildings in our community, which serves to tell. Allows us to congregate and also helps to share our history."

The Santander Situation, Part IV
We also got a chance to speak with Minister of State Taegar-Panton about the fine assessed on the Santander Sugar Group. They've been in hot water with the Ministry of Trade for selling sugar on the local market without proper permissions. The EPZ Committee has suggested the maximum fine - which isn't all that much, really. Here's what Taegar-Panton had to say about the fines... Hon. Tracey Taegar-Panton - Minister of Trade: "There were 5 infractions that the EPZ Committee found and they applied the 5 to the fullest extent of the law. They are required to settle an amount of US $9000 with the government of Belize for the infractions. And of course they have been properly advised and warned even that if such infractions should occur in the future they run the risk of losing their EPZ certification."

Fisherfolk Heroes
The Wildlife Conservation Society held it's 4th annual Outstanding Fisher of the Year Award today. The WCS recognized the fisherfolk who have gone above and beyond to positively represent the often under-appreciated fishing community. We spoke to the WCS's Country Director, Ralna Lewis, as well as one of the awardees. Here's what they had to say... Ralna Lewis - Asst. Country Director, WCS: "So this is the fourth year that we're having the FIsher of the Year Award ceremony. It's a means for us to recognize our outstanding fishers in the Belize fishing community. Some of the criteria we use for selecting these individuals are: Those that contribute actively to the fishing industry. That means they're active fishers and as a result of that they're contributing to the production as well as contributing to the economy of our country. In addition to that we also look at fishers who are involved in organizing fisher associations actively involved in the fishing cooperative as well. SO that they can provide a united voice on behalf of the fishing community."

Titan Case to CCJ
4 months ago, we told you that Bahamians Rohn Knowles and Kelvin Leach, the owners of Titan International Securities, were going all the way to the Caribbean Court of Justice. They've been out of business now for almost 4 years, and they still insist that the Government was at fault for shutting them down. That's because, back in September 2014, the Anti-Drug Unit cleaned out their offices at the Matalon Building. The ADU was acting for the Financial Intelligence Unit, which was working with the US Government based a Federal indictment against the Bahamians. They sued the Government for that excessive search and seizure, and Justice Courtney Abel ruled in their favor, awarding them 8.8 million dollars in compensatory damages. The Government disagreed with the ruling and appealed it.

KHMH Has a New Boss
And, finally tonight, the KHMH has a new CEO. She is Michelle Cox Hoare, a career registered Nurse Administrator with 33 years of experience in the Belizean Healthcare System. She holds a Master's Degree in Public Health, a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing Administration and was previously the Director of Nursing Services at the KHMH. She was not considered among the frontrunners to take the job at the KHMH after Dr. Adrian Coye left in May but, she had been holding over since then, and is as a choice which will ensure continuity.

Channel 5

Teenager Warren Rudon Murdered in Belize City
The last murder in Belize City took place on June fourteenth, but that spell was broken on Thursday night when seventeen-year old Warren Rudon was executed on Lovely Lane. The [...]

PUC Talks Mean Electricity Rate Increase
Brace up because beginning on Sunday, your light bill is going up for the next two years. This follows a decision taken on Tuesday by the Public Utilities Commission as [...]

PUC Outlines Expert Findings
When B.E.L. objected to an initial decision by the commission, an independent expert was appointed to review that conclusion and make recommendations to determine regulated values, tariffs, fees and charges [...]

Choice Bank’s Licensed Revoked
There are new developments tonight in respect of Choice Bank following an announcement on Thursday that the institution would be allowing its customers to withdraw funds in three tranches leading [...]

Central Bank appoints a liquidator for Choice Bank
The problems of the bank started months ago when it started experiencing a liquidity crisis and was forced to suspend all withdrawals from deposit accounts.  By May, the central bank [...]

Titans International Seeks Redress at the CCJ
The Caribbean Court of Justice presided over a matter earlier today in which the principals of Titan International Securities are suing the Government of Belize.  The lawsuit arises from the [...]

Sol Gen explains why Titans International Securities Folded
Solicitor General Nigel Hawke appears on behalf of the Attorney General.  During his turn before the bench, the Sol Gen argued that Titan International Securities folded as a result of [...]

Man Accused of Murder Granted Bail
From the CCJ in Trinidad to the Supreme Court in Belize, a third and last person accused with the 2013 murder of sixty-one year old truck driver George Blanco was [...]

Elections and Boundaries Department is Ready for Re-registration
Chief Elections Officer Josephine Tamai says that her department is fully prepared to carry out a successful re-registration exercise. Beginning on Monday, dozens of centers spread across all thirty-one constituencies [...]

Senate to confirm electoral commission next week
A special sitting of the Senate has been scheduled for Thursday, July fifth. News Five has learnt that four resolutions will be tabled, one relating to the appointment of members [...]

Elections and Boundaries: No political interference in the Re-registration
Three weeks ago the Office of the Prime Minister announced major cabinet changes. Among the adjustments was the transfer of the Elections and Boundaries Department from Minister Hugo Patt to [...]

Local TV & Radio Stations to comply with copyright regulations
Copyright compliance remains an issue for the local broadcast media to bring television and radio stations into conformity with existing regulations.  Today, licensees from across the country met with the [...]

Local Media must comply by end of the year
Broadcasters have six months to get in line with local content. Burns says she considers that timeline is adequate.   Francine Burns, Chair, Belize Broadcasting Authority “Really, this is not [...]

Employer Stabs Employee in San Pedro
A San Pedro man was stabbed multiple times this morning. Police say that thirty-five-year-old bartender Marlon Escobar had a misunderstanding with his employer Ahmad Mousa, owner of Marlins Bar in [...]

Teens Report on how Crime and Violence is affecting their generation
The first six months of this year, has been bloody especially in the City where on Thursday night the murder of another teenager was recorded. There are more patrols on [...]

Will Belizeans Abroad be allowed in the re-registration?
The organization, Belizeans United for Equal Rights at Home and Abroad, says that it is being disenfranchised from re-registering. Any eligible Belizean living oversees who wants to re-register, must first [...]

OAS Observers are not need for re-registration
In a letter dated May thirtieth, Leader of the Opposition, John Briceño wrote to the Prime Minister Dean Barrow, calling on the Government to invite O.A.S. observers to oversee the [...]

David Flores of Copper Bank is Belize’s Fisher of the Year
The celebration of fisherfolk month culminated today in Belize City with the Fisher of the Year Award. As a part of the celebrating and recognizing the contributions of fisherfolk to [...]

Opposition Leader receives Law Books from Attorney General
The Attorney General’s Ministry donated five thousand dollars worth of law books to the Opposition today. Michael Peyrefitte dropped off the law books at the Leader of the Opposition’s Office, [...]

National Testing Day held across the country of Belize
National H.I.V. Testing Day was observed today in Belize. The National AIDS Commission conducted testing around the country aiming to test about twelve hundred persons. The day was first observed [...]

Yabra Basketball Court Gets a makeover
Today the renovated Yabra basketball court in Belize City was officially opened. The refurbished facility now features a covered structure and additional upgrades. The project is a part of the [...]


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Electricity rates go up once more
As of July 1, Belizeans will see an increase in their electricity bills. The Public Utilities Commission has approved a 6.24 percent average increase in the Mean Electricity Rate, an increase from its initial decision made some weeks ago. This translates to just under forty cents per kilowatt-hour. This is the PUC’s final decision in …

Caregivers learn child stimulation through art
The Department of Human Services’ Roving Caregivers Program is hosting Raquel Robles Pacheco as she trains members of the Roving Caregivers Program. Kim Vasquez Youth development Officer at NICH told us more. Kim Vasquez Youth development Officer at NICH: The Roving caregivers program is a program that is under the Department of human services, it …

PUC accepts Independent Expert’s recommendation for BEL interconnecting Caye Caulker to the national grid
Another matter that was subject to review by the Independent Expert was the matter of BEL interconnecting Caye Caulker to the national grid. The PUC believes it will be more cost effective for the company. Presently Caye Caulker runs on a diesel generator and is considered BEL’s most expensive cost of supply. The PUC had …

Basketball court in the Yabra community sees upgrade
The governments of Belize and the Republic of China Taiwan today inaugurated the Yarborough Court facility in Belize City. Our intern, Malique Mariano was there to report on the event. Reporter: The residents of Yabra now have access to a newly renovated basketball court. The initiative falls under Belize City House of Culture and Downtown …

National Testing Day sees shift in public response
The National Aids Commission held the annual National HIV testing Day. It was held simultaneously across the country. In Belize City it was held at the Battlefield Park. Arthur Usher Communications and Programs Officer at the National Aids Commission told us more. Arthur Usher, Communications and Programs Office, NAC: “Again the idea is to bring …

Government of Belize fines Santander Sugar Limited
Santander Sugar Limited has been fined by the Government of Belize for infractions that the Export Processing Zone Committee defined following meetings earlier this month. Minister of State of Trade and Investment Tracey Panton explains. Minister of State of Trade and Investment Tracey Panton: There were five infractions that the EPZ comity found and they applied the fine to the fullest extent …

San Pedro resident allegedly stabbed by his boss
San Pedro resident Marlon Escobar is recovering from stab wounds after he was attacked last night on the island. Police report that Escobar had a misunderstanding with his employer, Ahmad Musa, owner of Marlins Bar in San Pedro who is believed to have stabbed him four times in his back and once in his chest. …

Criminal and internal investigations ongoing in Camalote Police shooting
Police Corporal Luis Matute of Camalote Village remains on duty as the police department continues to investigate the incident in which the officer shot 44-year-old Truman Parham. As reported before, the incident happened around 6:30 on Monday evening. Today ACP Joseph Myvett explained what they understood happened after Parham reportedly entered Matute’s yard wielding a …

Shooting victim recovers, police seek three suspects
Police are looking for three persons in connection with the shooting of nineteen-year-old Valentino Ack. He was shot while walking in Bella Vista Village in the Toledo District on Tuesday night sometime after nine o’clock. ACP Myvette: Valerio back 19 years laborer of Bella Vista village was seen with serval gunshot injuries, one to his …

Foward Operating Base opened on Hunting Caye
A Strategic Forward Operating Base was opened on Hunting Caye on Wednesday. The facility, was completed with the assistance of the US Southern Command. Minister of National Security, John Saldivar says the base is a critical point for deterring illicit activities. Minister of National Security, John Saldivar: Hunting Caye has been an integral part of …

Still no leads on whereabouts of Kidnapped Omero Campos
The search for businessman Omero Campos is ongoing, but police say they are unable to say whether he is still alive. Campos …

Did a dispute lead Sabino Domiguez to his death?
Earlier this week Police charged two persons, 40-year-old Arnulfo Nunez and 39-year-old Hilcia Cano Arevalo, for the murder …

Police joins search for Clarence Brown
Police have also launched a search for 25-year-old Clarence Lorenzo Brown Junior who has been missing since June 13. He was …

Police are still looking for gunman who shot and injured four persons in Orange Walk
Police continue to work on establishing a motive for the shooting of four persons in Trial Farm Village in the Orange Walk D…

US Sanctions affect Belize’s ties with Venezuela
Under the PetroCaribe program, Belize received fuel from Venezuela through a special arrangement. The program was also able …

Waight: no plans in place to lower fuel prices
Motorists continue to lament the high price of fuel in Belize. A couple organizations have called on the Prime Minister to …

Amandala

Murder, then suicide in Tacoma, Washington
A report from the Associated Press (AP) out of Tacoma, Washington, on Sunday confirmed that an American man, Malcolm Tucker, 49, killed his Belizean wife, Rushan Tucker, 35, and then killed himself. According to news reports, Tucker took his two daughters, ages 19 and 8, to have breakfast on Sunday morning, June 24, and left them at a coffee shop, telling them that he was going to buy groceries. When Tucker did not return after an hour had passed, his oldest daughter texted him.

Heritage Bank investigating fake emails
On Tuesday, the Amandala editor received an email, purportedly from Heritage Bank, which addressed a “dear user,” and stated that funds had been deducted from his account, and advised him to “login here” to see the amount deducted. The most concerning part? The editor does not have an account at that bank. There has been evidence on Facebook that suggests that others are receiving this email as well. When we called Heritage Bank, front desk personnel told us to “just disregard the email.” They also assured us that they were investigating to find the person or persons behind this scam.

Tonight, Warren Rudon, 17, shot dead on Lovely Lane
Just before 8:00 p.m. tonight, gunfire claimed the life of Warren Rudon, a 17-year-old minor who, according to street sources, was shot in the face on Lovely Lane and died. When we arrived on the scene around 8:30 tonight, police confirmed that Rudon had already been taken to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH). When we checked with hospital workers at the KHMH Emergency Room, we were directed to the morgue, where, they told us, the body had already been taken.

PUP battles PUP in court
In Belmopan, five persons had applied to contest the People’s United Party’s Belmopan constituency convention, but the applications of two of the applicants, Patrick Andrews and attorney Arthur Saldivar, were rejected by the PUP’s vetting committee. The vetting committee gave the nod to retired military officer Oscar Mira, who is reportedly a favorite of PUP leader, Hon. John Briceño, and two other candidates, Weizsman Pat, a former public officer and Michelle Rodriguez, a newcomer to the PUP’s camp who has been rumored to be the “significant other” of Melvin “Flippin” Hulse, the former UDP Stann Creek West area representative.

Clarence Brown, 25, missing in San Pedro
Clarence Lorenzo Brown, 25, a tour guide of the DFC area of San Pedro, was reported missing on Thursday, June 21, by his mother, who has not seen him since June 13. Brown’s motorcycle was found abandoned on an unnamed street in the town. Police said that on the morning of June 13, Brown called his mother and told her that he was leaving his job for employment at another resort. However, people at the resort where he said he had found work, said he did not come there and had not been seen.

Mothering a space to the next level: Margaret Reynolds and Spoken Word 501
For the past five years poet Margaret Reynolds has created a safe space of freedom for poets of all origins to share their poetry and the light of their voices and as she says “release it as it flows”. Margaret, with this simple and genius formula, has with the help of fellow poet Kyraan Gabourel, himself a sustaining force of this poetry night, and the contributions of over thirty poets, generated a space ripe with creative fire and the meaningful exchange of ideas. Through her respect for the word, the human imagination and her fellow artists, Margaret has mothered us poets into a family of creative sharing and listening and now publication.

FFB calls female players to begin training for Belize Girls’ U-15 National Team
The Belize Girls’ U-15 National Team will begin training to compete in the CONCACAF U-15 Girls’ Championship which will be held at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, USA from August 6-13, 2018. The Football Federation of Belize (FFB) is calling the following players to camp on Saturday, June 30 to Monday, July 2. All players should be at the FFB HQ at 8:30 a.m.

Holy Family RC girls and Independence Primary boys win National Primary Schools Football Championship 2018
The female and male primary school champions from the six districts of the country converged on the capital city, Belmopan, last Friday, June 22, where they competed for the national primary school football championship of Belize. The female games were played at the FFB Stadium, while the boys played all except their championship finals at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium. The champion teams representing their respective districts were:

Cricket update
Greetings once again from the Belize National Cricket Association (BNCA)! As was reported last week, the playoffs for the Sir Barry Bowen Harrison Parks Cricket Competition 2018 has commenced. The first games of the three-game series of the first round was played on Saturday, June 23. The results are as follows: Easy Does It won over Sunrise with a score of 189 to 67. For Easy Does It, Cyril Banner III was the Man of the Match, as he top scored with 31 runs and also took 4 wickets. For Sunrise, Jevon Wade top scored with 16 runs, and Mr. Edison Parks took 5 wickets.

Firms Basketball League 2018 tournament tips off with 6 weekend games at Civic
Here is a recap from the Firms Basketball League (FBL) Opening Night, June 22, games at the Belize Civic Center: Leading Tuff E Nuff to an 85-65 victory over Gladiators was Douglas Valley with 25 points and 18 rebounds. For the Gladiators, Keith Pollard, Jr. came up with 14 pts and 14 rebs. In the second game of the night, defending champs Dragons controlled the game from start to finish against Providers, to secure the 80-66 victory. Andrew Vasquez led the way for the Dragons, with an efficient 14 pts, 8 rebs and 4 assts. High man for Providers was Justin Bailey with 19 pts and 11 rebs.

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., where he has resided the past few decades, and plans to soon return to retire permanently at his new home in Corozal.

Editorial: Belize or Israel: country or God?
There is a saying that there are no atheists in trenches, trenches being holes in the ground men dig during war to shelter themselves from bullets, artillery shells, bombs, and so on. (Atheists are people who don’t believe in God.) Scared to death as men are in these trenches during battle, everybody is praying to God, even those who may be non-believers or skeptical about His existence. They say that religion is faith-based. There is a point where religious people have to embrace faith totally, and, in effect, abandon reason, or reasonable argument. In World War I, Christian England and Christian France were fighting against Christian Germany. Whose side was God on? In World War II, Christian England and Christian France were fighting against Christian Germany and Christian Italy, which is the home of the Vatican, incidentally. Whose side was God on? When Sunni Muslims and Shiite Muslims fight against each other, whom does Allah favor?

From the Publisher
This is a column I’ve wanted to write for a long time, but always kept putting off. In Belize, we are having a very difficult time educating all of our children. That is because the education system in Belize was designed, from the very beginning in the early nineteenth century, to prioritize the education of the children of the local elite, so as to enable them to compete at regional and international levels. If you look at the hype following the recent primary school examinations (PSE), the media focus is on the student performances at the very top, such students being a small minority. Without demeaning the top students’ performances in any way, I would say their successes are reflective of the socio-economic comfort zone in which most of them were operating. The matter of all those children at the base who may be described as being rejected by the education system as it is presently structured, and as our society is presently structured, is not a matter on which Belizeans want to focus.

Boycott Israel, say George and Candy
Dear Editor, We join with those who are protesting the decision of the government to allow for the Israeli police to train the Belize Police Department. Belize voted to condemn the recent killings by Israeli Armed Forces of Palestinians who were non-violently protesting. Belize needs to stand firmly on the side of justice. That involves condemning Israel for all their atrocities. Not only training by Israeli police and military must be banned; we also need to rescind the decision that allows Israelis to freely come and go through Belize without the need of a visa.

Why Guat oligarchy praying for a NO vote
This gentleman, Dean Wayland (see his letter to the editor last Friday), was pretty harsh on the YES to the ICJ vote. Hn, those of us who don’t have the ledda skin kud-a-get tochiz. Anyway, let’s skip cruelty and jump to his suggestion that we populate the border. The idea of populating the border is not a new one. I get the sense that most Belizeans are with the idea of us setting down some real roots along that border line. For sure it would deter our aggressive neighbors. But the environmentalists say we need full “tree” protection in the critical watersheds in the Chiquibul and the Columbia forests. They have prevailed.

Looking back at pitbull attacks
In Tuesday’s Amandala, we reported that a 2-year-old boy, Kyle Carter, was viciously attacked by a pitbull that belonged to a family member who lives in a separate house in the yard in which the boy resides. Kyle’s grandmother expressed surprise about what happened, because, she said, the dogs in the yard were “used to” all the persons who lived there. Around 7 p.m. on Saturday night, after Carter entered the yard with his mom, the pitbull suddenly rushed at Carter, sunk his teeth into his face, and dragged him around the yard. When the family finally pried the dog off of him, he was bleeding profusely. Later, at the hospital, Carter had to receive over 100 stitches in his face, and treatment for other injuries he suffered.

Pregnant woman and 3 others shot in Trial Farm
A mass shooting at Trial Farm left four persons, including a pregnant woman, injured, but thankfully, alive. The incident occurred on San Narciso Street at around 7:48 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26, at the home of one of the victims, Nazario Herrera, 25. An initial investigation revealed that Herrera, his pregnant common-law-wife, Diana Ack, 26, and his two friends, Victor Ku, 19, and Monico Gomez, 20, were socializing in front of Herrera’s house, inside the yard, when a man opened the front gate, entered the yard, and started shooting.

Artists for Peace and Common Sense demonstrate against Israeli community police training
An unusual group of protesters, consisting of artists, musicians, writers, poets, historians and thinkers, went to Belmopan this afternoon and unfurled a large red banner with white lettering marked “Artists for Peace and Common Sense” in the vicinity of the National Assembly building, where they made a call to government ministers as they launched their protest against the training of a number of police officers by the Israeli state as part of a “Police and Community” course. Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security, Hon. Elodio Aragon, told 7News that the training being offered by the Israelis will last two weeks and is focused on community policing.

Accused killers of Santos Dominguez, 52, arrested 48 hours later
Police announced today that the suspected killers of Santos Sabrino Guerra Dominguez, 52, have been arrested. They are Arnulfo Nunez Gonzalez, 40, a farmer of the village, and his common-law wife, Hilcia Cano Arevalo, a domestic of the village. Forty-eight hours after Dominguez’ death, Gonzalez and Arevalo were jointly charged with murder and were detained pending arraignment at the Belmopan Magistrate’s Court for the capital offense. Dominguez, a Salvadoran who was visiting Franks Eddy, was hacked to death while walking home alone on a road in the village at about 1:30 Sunday morning.

Machete-man shot by cop
Thurman Parham, 44, a laborer of Camalote, is recovering at the Western Regional Hospital after being shot by Corporal Luis Matute of the Belmopan police. Matute told police that he was at home at about 6:30 Monday evening, in his yard along with his family members, when Parham, armed with a machete, advanced towards him, uttering threatening words. Matute, 43, said that when Parham, who lives in the village, came into the yard and advanced towards him, he identified himself as a police officer and ordered Parham to put down the machete.

The Reporter

Toddler, aged 2, recuperates from pitbull attack; dog put to death
A baby boy, aged two, is recuperating from wounds he suffered when a pitbull dog attacked him as he reached his house at #168 Raccoon Street Extension in Belize City on Saturday night. The baby and his mother, Briana Kelly, had just arrived at their […]

Family disputes police claim that man committed suicide at police station
Police say Lindberg Anthony, 56, a mechanic of Crooked Tree village, Belize district, used his own shirt to hang himself with while he was detained alone inside the holding cell at the Crooked Tree police station where one policeman was stationed on Saturday night. Ladyville […]

Teenager shot with pellet gun in Bella Vista village
Independence police are searching for three suspects, one of whome reportedly shot a 19-year-old Bella Vista resident with a pellet gun on Tuesday night. Valentino Ack was reportedly shot to his right leg, left foot and left arm while he was walking along an unnamed street in […]

Russel Hyde Jr. charged for shooting farmhand in Camalote
Russel Hyde Jr., son of the notorious late Russel Hyde, was charged by police on Tuesday for the Sunday evening shooting of Jose Gonzales, a farmhand who works on Hyde’s farm in Camalote village. Hyde Jr. was arraigned in the Belmopan Magistrate Court on charges of ‘aggravated […]

New book revisits rocky road to passage of Belize’s Domestic Violence Act
At one point in Belize’s history, marital rape was not deemed to be a crime and there were no laws to specifically protect domestic violence victims from vicious attacks perpetrated against them in the home. Today, though, thanks to lobbying efforts of groups like the […]

Gas price goes down following global trend
As promised by the Government of Belize, the price in the cost of fuel saw its first reduction this week, with diesel being the only fuel type to experience a change. On Monday the Belize Bureau of Standards announced that the price per gallon of Diesel would […]

Humans rescue manatee calf from sure death
Often times the sad news is that one or more manatees have been killed because of human recklessness with water crafts, but this week, it was a human in a boat who saved a baby manatee from sure death when the calf came under attack […]

Bad batch of Kellogg’s Smacks cereal in Belize?
As a matter of public safety, the Ministry of Health is warning Belizeans not to eat Kellogg’s Honey Smacks Cereal Products, because it has been linked to an outbreak of salmonella infections in the US. The Ministry sounded the alarm after the Centre for Disease Control and […]

Remittance inflow dips, according to latest World Bank estimates
Remittances to Belize were projected to reach a record US$100 million in 2017, according to an earlier estimate published online by the World Bank, but more recent reports indicate that remittance inflows to Belize may have fallen last year from a reported US$97 million to […]

Prime Minister is okay with CSME’s progress
Amidst criticism from that the Caribbean Community’s Single Market Economy (CSME) has not accomplished enough, Prime Minister Dean Barrow has come to the organization’s defense, saying that he feels it has done “reasonably well.” Barrow acknowledged that the progress has been slow, but noted that integration movements, […]

It’s the truth that hurts
Evan X Hyde, in his “Publisher” column in the Amandala of June 19/18, chose to answer my article “Amandala putting fear into Belizeans” of June 17 in the Reporter. But instead of answering my seven points in going to the ICJ and a call to educate the […]

The Cost of Crime
In last week’s Business Perspective, we spoke about the importance of “buying local”. As an avid reader would recall in that discussion, BCCI’s President Nikita Usher had underscored the importance of supporting our local businesses. Usher, speaking at the recent Made in Belize Expo, reminded: “There is such a thing […]

Editorial
Two weeks ago Mr. Assad Shoman,widely regarded as the foremost authority on the Belize Guatemala territorial dispute, released his latest book: “Guatemala’s Claim to Belize, the Definitive History”. The book is selling in hard-cover in Belize. The price is $70.00. Mr. Shoman, a British-trained lawyer and former Foreign Minister of […]

Unemployment & Cost of Living rise!
Belize’s Gross Domestic Product is up 1.8 percent, but so are unemployment figures – 0.4 percent and the cost of living: the Consumer Price Index is up 0.3 perent, officials of the Statistics Institute of Belize (SIB) reported in a media briefing at the Central […]

Belize Barrier Reef removed from World Heritage sites ‘in-danger’ list
The Belize Barrier Reef system was officially removed from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) list of World Heritage in Danger Sites on Tuesday in Bahrain, during the 42nd meeting of the World Heritage Committee. The Committee deemed that the barrier reef […]

Four shot, including pregnant mother, in Trial Farm
A Trial Farm family in Orange Walk is shaken after a gunman terrorized their yard on Tuesday night, leaving a pregnant woman and three other people wounded. One of the four victims remains in ciritcal condition. According to police, after 7:30 p.m., residents living on […]

Team Belize wins silver in Taste of Caribbean competition
The Belizean delegation that participated in the Taste of the Caribbean culinary competition in Miami, Florida, came home this week with the silver medal in the overall competition. The team comprised of Chef Robertus “Rob” Pronk, as the team manager; two senior chefs, Eva Longsworth […]

Artists protest Israeli training of Belize police
A small group of local artists, on Tuesday, organized a protest in Belmopan under the name, Artists for Peace and Common Sense against the training of Belize police by law enforcement officials from Israel. According to the group, led by artist, Yasser Musa, their discontent […]

CCJ reserves judgment in Justice Awich case
The Caribbean Court of Justice has deferred its judgment in the appeal lodged by Dean Boyce and the British Caribbean Bank Limited in an attempt to have Justice Samuel Awich removed from the Court of Appeal. After a full hearing on Tuesday, the court decided […]

Murder on Pickstock Street!
A minor was reportedly murdered a short while ago in Belize City. The Reporter understands that the victim is a 15 year-old boy of the Lake Independence area and that he was shot dead on Pickstock Street on the north side of the city. The […]

Belize and Taiwan conduct study on flooding in Belize
Belize’s vulnerable flood-prone areas will, over the next three years, be addressed with a view to minimizing the hazards and vulnerabilities in these areas, especially with the effects that climate change can have on a community. The first collaborative effort to address the problem came […]

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

National AIDS Commission: “National Testing Day” was an encouraging success
The National AIDS Commission (NAC)said today that the first installment of its new initiative “National Testing […]

The enigmatic Mark King wants to be UDP Fort George standard bearer now
Former Lake Independence Area Representative, Mark King, has just announced his candidacy for the United […]

Central Information Technology Office Earns ISO Re-certification
On June 5, 2018, the Central Information Technology Office (CITO) was successfully re-certified as being compliant […]

Three outstanding Belizean Fishers Recognized
Three Belizean fishers – two men and a woman – were this morning recognized in […]

San Ignacio woman dies after fatal traffic accident
On Sunday, June 17, 2018, BBN reported of a traffic accident that claimed the life […]

PUP: Court did not grant injunction for Belmopan Convention
The People’s United Party (PUP) today issued a statement informing that the convention to elect a Standard Bearer […]

Electricity rates going up on July 1
The Belizean public, which has been saddled with months of constant increases in the price […]

Teen boy shot and killed in Belize city
Police are investigating the murder of a 17-year-old Belize city boy. According to police, Warren […]

U.S. Embassy in Belize celebrates 242nd anniversary of U.S. Independence
Last night, the United States Embassy in Belize celebrated the 242nd anniversary of Independence of […]

International Sourcesizz

Petrocaribe: 13 Years On, Still Going Strong
Petrocaribe signaled a change in the direction of Venezuela's relations with its neighbors, guided by a vision of solidarity and cooperation. June 29 marks 13 years of Petrocaribe: the strategic oil alliance between Venezuela and Caribbean countries created by former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on this day in 2005. The multi-member nation agreement for energy cooperation is a political initiative to facilitate the access of hydrocarbons for Caribbean nations without the adverse consequences of inter-mediation, prevailing market prices and speculation.

ARCHAEOLOGISTS IN MEXICO CITY SAID THE SIZE OF THE TOWER OF HUMAN SKULLS
Archaeologists are trying to figure out where these people were and when they were sacrificed. About the tower of human skulls in Tenochtitlan, the Foundation of which was built in Mexico city, wrote the Spanish conquistadors in the 16th century. However, despite the written evidence, scientists have long doubted the real existence of tzompantli. Conquistadors destroyed the sanctuary in 1521. But until that time local residents regularly gathered at the Templo Mayor (Great Temple) where the priests tore beating heart and a masterful one accurate shot between two cervical vertebrae were obuslavlivaet body. They removed the scalp, and only then did the holes in the base of the skull to impose it on a pole, like thousands of other bones in the accounts of Huitzilopochtli.

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