I will be unable to do the daily news tomorrow, Monday July 2. I will return on Tuesday morning.


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Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, and CTV 3. Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, and other specials


The San Pedro Sun

Wolfe's Woofers: The Last Word
Vernon, we missed you at the darts tournament practice this week," I said. "Yeah. I was on the mainland trying to keep peace in my family." "How did it go?" "It was pretty bad. My old uncle is probably gonna be arrested. See, Uncle Selwynn and Auntie Zee are real poor. They don't even have electricity where they live over by Roaring Creek so all they have to do for fun is to argue with each other." "What do they argue about?" "Anything. But it's usually about who gets the last word in an argument. My old Auntie just can't help getting in that last word."

Letter to the Editor: San Pedro Lobster Festival says thank you!
To our lovely community: The San Pedro Business Association and the San Pedro Lobster Festival Committee would like to give a heartfelt thanks to each and every person and business that helped make the 12th annual San Pedro Lobster Fest a huge success!! This event would not be possible without the many volunteered hours and generous donations from the community.

Despite opposition, GOB accepts Israeli Police Training
Even though there was strong opposition against training provided by the Israeli police to members of the Belize Police Department, the Government of Belize (GOB) has proceeded with the program. Training began on Tuesday, June 26th and will culminate on July 4th. A group of Belizean protesters wrote to Prime Minister Dean Barrow and spoke to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrignton in an attempt to stop the training from taking place. They denounced the State of Israel for its atrocities against the Palestinians and their strong alliance to Guatemala and even led a protest outside of the Police Academy in Belmopan City on the same day the training was launched.

Graduation season continues on Ambergris Caye
Several schools have been celebrating their graduation ceremonies in the primary and pre-school levels. Standard Six students bade goodbye to their elementary studies gearing up for high school, while pre-schoolers joined the celebration as they prepare to enter primary school.

Misc Belizean Sources

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Crocodile Nest beds on Caye Caulker
Thank you Tim B. Smith & belizean mangrove conservation network our breeding saltys , at the northshore crocodile sanctuary, we have maintained secret locations, and have successfully hatched at least two more croc nest beds this year!!

San Pablo Day/Cultural Day 2018 was a total success!!!
San Pablo Village Council would like to thank all those who made this day a memorable and enjoyable day!!! Especially thanks to Flor de Yucatan from Tekax, Yucatan, for the impressive presentations. Our very own Lool'ha Cultural Group from San Pablo Village Council for doing wonderful presentations!!! Members of the Belize Northern Yucatec Maya and To' One Masewalon, Ms. Felicita Cantun, Ms. Adela Paterson, Mr. Faustino Yam, Mr. Hugo Carrillo, and Mr. Andy Chuc for all those useful information about our Maya Mestizo culture!!! Thanks to our Mistress of Ceremony Mrs. Cira Novelo and Master of Ceremonies Mr. Jose Arcurio. Thanks to Mr. Ramon " Monchie" Cervantes and Mr. Amir Carrillo for always supporting and contributing.

Sarteneja Village Fishermen Fair
Here are more photo's of the event.

SAN PABLO CULTURAL DAY
Orange Walk) celebrates their Yucatec Maya culture. In the event there were dances,stories and history of the village. Flor Yucatan(Dance group Tecax Yucatan), Lool'ha(San Pablo Dance group), Felicita Cantun(Yucatec Maya from Yo Creek,OW), Andy Chuc(Yucatec Maya from San Pablo,OW), Hugo Carrillo Cocom(Yucatec Maya from San Lazaro,OW), To'one Masehualo'on(Faustino Yam & Adela Pederson Yucatec Maya from Corozal). Especial thanks for the hard work in organizing this event the San Pablo Village council and Chairman Javier Sabido.

Photos of Caye Caulker Lobster Fest 2018

The Reporter

Falling tree crushes man to death
A man was reportedly crushed to death by a falling tree this afternoon. The incident happened in the Cayo district. The Reporter is following up for more details on the incident.

Man shot in PG
A man was shot in Punta Gorda last night. The incident happened in the Hollywood area sometime before midnight. The victim is Bryan Jacobs. The Reporter will have more about the incident as well as Jacobs' condition when the police releases the details.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Gun belonging to murdered man found
Orange Walk police are investigating the discovery of a gun belonging to a man who was killed in April. According to police reports, yesterday around 7:28 am, police conducted a search on an abandoned house in San Jose village, Orange Walk. [�]

Fireman detained for stabbing in Georgeville, Cayo
Marvin Givarra, 29, a Georgville resident, was stabbed multiple times to his back during an altercation at HideAway Bar in the village. According to police, Leryl Smith, 23, a fireman from the village, is responsible for the stabbing. Following the incident, Givarra was rushed to the Western Regional Hospital for treatment. [�]

American girl reports rape in Belmopan
Belmopan police are investigating the rape of an American student. On Thursday, June 28, a 15-year-old American student of Hummingbird highway reported to police that she was raped by a man she knew. [�]

Attorney General donates full Laws of Belize set to PUP
Belize's Attorney General, Micheal Peyrefitte, donated a set of the Substantive Laws of Belize to the leader of the Opposition, John Briceno yesterday. In an interview with News 5, Peyrefitte explained that the books are the latest version and that the Government of Belize is currently working on making it more accessible to the public with an online version. [�]

Man reportedly stabbed in Georgeville last night
Reports to BBN indicate that a man was stabbed multiple times last night at a local bar in Georgeville village, Cayo. The condition of the man is unknown at this time. [�]

Julius Espat resigns from PUP Executive
The Opposition, People's United Party has been in the spotlight recently due to the many endorsed and contested Standard Bearer conventions being held for the party. Now, the latest news regarding the PUP is that the party's Deputy Leader for the West, firebrand politician Julius Espat, has resigned from the Executive of the Party. [�]

After 5 days, teenage female from Belmopan remains missing
It's been 5 days now since 17 year old Alyka Coye left her home and has not been seen or heard from since. Coye left her home on Monday, June 25th about 4 p.m. Despite searching for her and posting on social media, no concrete information has been received about her whereabouts. [�]

Yarborough Basketball court inaugurated
Yesterday at 10 AM, the Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project, a project funded by Taiwan ICDF and the Government of Belize inaugurated the Yarborough Basketball Court Facility on Yarborough Road. [�]

Faith Nazarene School celebrates Silver Jubilee
On Wednesday, June 27, 2018, founders of San Ignacio's Faith Nazarene School John and Anita Tzib were recognized at the school's silver jubilee (a celebration held to mark the 25th anniversary) for their contribution to the institution. San Ignacio's Faith Nazarene School was established on September 6, 1993, and the school opened its doors to just over one hundred and sixty students and five trained teachers: [�]

Belize to host Central American Championship for FIBA Americup
Today, the Belize Basketball Federation (BBF) announced that Belize has been selected to host the Central American Championship qualifiers for the FIBA Americup tournament. The FIBA AmeriCup (previously known as the FIBA Americas Championship) is the American Basketball Championship that takes place every two years between national teams of the Western Hemisphere continents. [�]

Blogs

July Rainy Weather? Events and Mariachied on My Way Home
The forecast for the first week in July is calling for partly sunny skies with temperatures reaching 87. 8°F (3 1°C) with lows overnight down to a nice 75.2°F (2 4°C). According to NOAA's cool satellite image I used above for the feature, there doesn't look like there is much on its way from the east (which is usually the direction hurricanes come from). I have heard from a few people in planning stages of their vacation being concerned about what the weather is like in July as the forecast shows a lot of rain. If you are one of these people and want some reassurance - click through to see some wise vacation weather thoughts from Destination Expert Jean H.

International Sourcesizz

What It Costs to Be Smuggled Across the U.S. Border
Bribes and shakedowns. Days in hideaways without food. For many fleeing violence in Central America, this is what thousands of dollars gets them on the journey to the United States. Shortly before dawn one Sunday last August, a driver in an S.U.V. picked up Christopher Cruz at a stash house in this border city near the Gulf of Mexico. The 22-year-old from El Salvador was glad to leave the one-story building, where smugglers kept bundles of cocaine and marijuana alongside their human cargo, but he was anxious about what lay ahead. The nearly 2,000-mile trip had already cost Mr. Cruz's family more than $6,000 and brought him within sight of Brownsville, Tex. The remaining 500 miles to Houston - terrain prowled by the United States Border Patrol as well as the state and local police - would set them back another $6,500.

Videos

  • Caye Caulker Lobsterfest bartending competition featuring some great drinks!, 1/2min. The fun continues today!

  • Ascenthium performs live at Dia de San Pedro, 11min.

  • Sarteneja Village Fishermen Fair, 8min.

  • Belize Through Our Eyes | VIP TOUR 2018, 4min. Going to Belize with these wonderful people has been one of the most incredible experiences of my life.

  • Eating noni fruit in Belize!, 1min.

  • Belize Kids Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2018 Highlights, 2min. Highlights of the 2018 Belize Kids Jiu-Jitsu Championship. Hosted by ths Sports Jiu-Jitsu Belize Federation. Working with our kids to get ready for the next tournament!

  • San Pedro & Caye Caulker, Belize - Solo Female Travel Vlog, 11min. I love spontaneous trips! Welcome to the relaxing islands of Belize. I flew to San Pedro to check out the bigger island, but quickly traded it up for smaller, slower Caye Caulker. Some of the most amazing snorkeling I've ever done and my first time seeing a manatee!

  • Scuba Diving Belize, Caye Caulker: Lighthouse Reef, 9min. Caye Caulker, Belize; Lighthouse Reef: Location: Aquarium- Frenchies Style. Would you like to Scuba with Sharks? `