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The San Pedro Sun

Regular Gasoline and Kerosene prices go down
The Ministry of Finance is pleased to announce that, as of midnight July 9th, the pump prices for Regular Gasoline and Kerosene decreased. Regular Gasoline declined by 13 cents per gallon at the pump in Belize City to a new price of $10.89 per gallon. The pump price for Kerosene decreased by 43 cents per gallon in Belize City to a new price of $8.21 per gallon.

Presenting Miss Costa Rica for Reina de la Costa Maya 2018-19!
The Costa Maya International Festival is pleased to introduce the next contestant vying for Reina De La Costa Maya 2018-19, Miss Costa Rica! Adriana Moya Alvarado is 24 years old and hails from San José, the capital city of Costa Rica. Adriana joins Guatemala’s Hilary Dhianette Castillo Cumings in awaiting the announcement of the remaining contestants for this year’s pageant. The grand event will be held at the festival grounds inside the Hon. Louis Sylvester Sporting Complex in “La Isla Bonita”, San Pedro Ambergris Caye, Belize.

Christian Espat, Nigel Williams and a minor arrested and charged in shooting robbery of Cliff Kirk
On Monday, July 9th, 22-year-old Christian Espat, 25-year-old Nigel Williams, along with a 16-year-old minor were formally arraigned at the San Pedro Magistrate Court in connection with the robbery and shooting of retired American National Cliff Kirk. The trio was denied bail and remanded to the Belize Central Prison until their next court date set for September 12, 2018. Kirk was shot in the head when four robbers allegedly stormed his house located off the coast of north-west Ambergris Caye on Thursday, July 5th. During the home invasion, the assailants stole a 9mm pistol, a 12- gauge shotgun and a briefcase with valuables. Two days after, Espat, Williams and the minor were arrested and jointly charged with Aggravated Burglary, Attempted Murder, Dangerous Harm and use of deadly means of harm.

Belmopan youth plan book festival to give away over 3,500 fun books to children and teens
The members of Belmopan Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program (BJYSEP) have decided to take on the goal of encouraging a love for reading in Belizean children and teens. They call the project “Tek Time fi Read”. Their first event for the project is a big book festival planned for August 4th at the Belmopan Civic Center. The festival will feature exciting free reading related games and activities that the participants can play to win tickets. The tickets can then be used to “purchase” some of the thousands of books that will be on display. All children will go home with some free fun new books. The approach that the youth are taking is that if children have fun books, they will start to think that reading is fun. By creating an exciting event where children not only play fun games, but also get to choose from beautiful books, their hope is that the perception that “reading is boring” can diminish.

SPJC commencement ceremonies closes 2018 graduation season
The 2018 graduation season ended on Saturday, July 7th, as the San Pedro Junior College (SPJC) held their 17th Commencement Exercise under the theme: “The only impossible journey is the one you never begin.” A total of 71 students marched to the tune of Pomp and Circumstance at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium. Master of Ceremonies Alex Nuñez welcomed all the Parents, family members, friends, and special guests to the graduation ceremony. This was followed by the singing of the National Anthem and a short invocation by Abel Guerrero Sr. The Salutatory Address was then delivered by Nancy Paola Navarijo Ortega (3.82).

Cliff Kirk, retired LT Colonel, succumbs to gunshot injuries
After five days of fighting for his life, 66-year-old island resident Cliff Kirk passed away at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. He had been undergoing treatment for a gunshot to the head. Kirk was surrounded by family members, including his beloved wife Linda. Kirk was shot during a home invasion on July 5th, after four masked robbers assaulted his property situated off the coast of north-west Ambergris Caye. The assailants stole several items from the house before making good their escape in jet skis. After days of police investigation, on Monday, July 9th, Christian Espat (22), Nigel Williams (25) and a 16-year-old minor were formally charged with the charges of Aggravated Burglary, Attempted Murder, Dangerous Harm and use of deadly means of harm.

Ambergris Today

First Ever - No-Plastic, No-Styrofoam Kids Summer Camp In Belize
Hon. Dr. Omar Figueroa, Minister of State with responsibility for Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development, joined villagers from Bullet Tree Falls in the Cayo District for the launch of the first 'No-Plastic No-Styrofoam Kids Summer Camp'. 50 children from the community will participate in the camp which will be hosted from the July 9th to 29th. At the end of each week, the children will be taken on field trips to different protected areas in Belize.

Taste Of Belize 2018 To Feature The Best Of Belizean Cuisine
A dazzling display of Belizean culinary ingenuity and mixology will be the apogee of this year’s Taste of Belize, the BTB’s signature culinary competition, to be held this year on Saturday, July 21st at the Ramada Belize City Princess. The event will feature Belize’s finest chefs and bartenders vying for trophies and cash prizes in four main categories, including Pastry Chef of the Year, Junior Chef of the Year, and Bartender of the Year and the Master Chef of the Year.

Celebrity Spotting: More Reina Del Sur Actors Join Kate Del Castillo In Belize
Confirmation of more Mexican actors arriving in Belize has come to our news desk as filming fo Reina del Sur 2 commenced yesterday, July 10, 2018 at the Xunantunich Maya Archaeological Site in the Cayo District, Belize. Joining Kate del Castillo in Belize for the filming of scenes of the second part of the immensely popular telenovela Reina del Sur, are supporting actors Humberto Zurita and Mark Tacher, two well-known actors in Mexico.

Over 16K Already Re-Registered In Belize Electors Exercise 2018
The Elections and Boundaries Department is pleased to inform the public that the 2018 Re-registration of Electors Exercise continues to proceed on target. A Preliminary Report on the exercise is hereby provided as follows for the period 2nd to 7th July 2018:

Popular Island Figure Loses Home In Fire
We all know and love him - Coconut Leo, most famously known on the island of Ambergris Caye for his Bob Marley interpretations and his awesome skills of tree climbing and getting down those delicious coconuts for tourists. Sadly, Coconut Leo lost his home on Sunday, July 8, 2018, in a blaze that totally destroyed the building located in the San Pedrito Area. Coconut Leo lost everything in the fire and was not at home at the time of the incident. It is said that the fire began shortly after 11p.m., and neighbors and the fire department were quick in extinguishing the blaze before it spread to nearby homes. Police and Fire Department are currently investigating as to what caused the fire since the home was not electrically wired and there was no one at the house when the fire started.

More Landmarks For San Pedro Junior College
With only 18 years since its founding, San Pedro Junior College and is sister organizations (SPHS and SPACE) continue to set new records and landmarks in their operations. This year marks its 17th graduation and a record number of 71 graduates marched out the aisle of the R. Angel Núñez Auditorium with their Associate Degrees on Saturday, July 7, 2018. Another notable achievement is that Galen University has accepted accreditation of the institution for the easy transfer of credits for transfer students.

Caye International Bank Receives Top Award For Financial Services
Each year, London located Wealth & Finance International recognizes outstanding achievement, game-changing innovation, and stellar performance among companies and individuals across financial services, funds and investment landscape through the presentation of awards.

Celebrity Spotting: Kate Del Castillo "La Reyna Del Sur" In Belize
Attention all novela lovers, A-List Mexican Actress, Kate del Castillo, “La Reyna del Sur” is presently in the Jewel, Belize. According to sources she is in the country to film scenes for 'La Reyna del Sur Part 2'. Kate arrived in Belize today, Monday, July 9, 2018, and filming is set to commence soon at Xunantunich Maya Site in San Jose Succotz. Pictured here is Kate as she arrived at the Phillip Goldson International Airport taking a picture with Belize customs officer. Welcome to Belize Kate!

Misc Belizean Sources

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La Reina del Sur 2 films in Belize!
Scenes of La Reina del Sur 2 are currently being filmed at the Xunantunich Archaeological Reserve in the Cayo District. The popular soap opera, star by famous Mexican actress Kate Del Castillo, airs on Telemundo. Castillo, was met by many Belizean fans upon her arrival to Belize earlier today.

Coconut Leo's house burns
The San Pedro Police and Fire Department are investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed 1 building and left another partially destroyed in the San Pedrito Area. Reports are that a wooden building caught fire sometime around 11PM on Sunday, July 8th. The building was home to islander Coconut Leo, who says he was not home at the time of the fire. He suspects that the fire was deliberately set, as his dwelling is without electricity. ... Coconut Leo is grateful for the quick response from the Fire Department and the kind neighbors who quickly contained the blaze and prevented it from spreading.

Free dermatology clinic at the Lions Den this week in San Pedro!

Cliff Kirk Passes Away
Mayor Daniel Guerrero, the San Pedro Town Council and Staff would like to extend its sincere condolences to the Kirk friends and family on the tragic passing of Mr. Cliff Kirk. Mr. Kirk was surrounded by family until his passing, as he had wished. May there be comfort in knowing that someone so special will never be forgotten and may his soul rest in peace.

Belizean Traditional & Folklore Music Workshop
Come out to our Belize City office on 55 Regent St. for a Belizean Traditional & Folklore Music Workshop! This will take place on July 17th or 24th, and the aim is to explore the theory and production concept of Brukdown and Kongo Music. See you there!

Paint N Splash
See you this week at from 2-4pm Thursday. It’s a long week so let’s sit back and paint “A Relaxing View”!

CARICOM COMMUNIQUE
The Thirty-Ninth Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was held at Montego Bay, Jamaica, 4-6 July, 2018. CARICOM issued a communique at the conclusion of the meeting and stated the following in relation to the Belize-Guatemala border dispute: "Heads of Government received an update on the most recent developments between Belize and Guatemala. Heads of Government expressed concern that the undertaking by both countries and the Organization of American States (OAS) to engage in the design and development of a mechanism of co-operation for the Sarstoon River remains outstanding and urged both countries and the OAS to reinvigorate their efforts to this end.

The significance of “legal” hustling and the fate of the nation-state of Belize
For approximately the past ten (10) years I have pondered the question, “Why would those who are elected to ensure that Belize’s best interest is served, enter into such an obviously skewed agreement like the Special Agreement/Compromis, thus inevitably and unnecessarily placing the sheer existence of our nation (both geographic and otherwise) in jeopardy of being irreplaceably altered?” I trust this has indeed proven a pressing question, among others, as well. Admittedly, I reached some preliminary conclusions, particularly based on the lacklustre and outright ill-logic and essential cowardice demonstrated by the powers that be, by way of the continued application of their FAILED, bi-partisan PUDP “4A Policy” of: APPEASEMENT, ACQUIESCENCE, ADHERENCE and ACCOMMODATION to Guatemala’s every demand. Such instances are many, ranging from the lack of conviction the GOB showed following the murder of Tourism Police Constable Danny Connorquie, to the unbridled and illegal actions of the Guatemalan Armed Force (GAF)’s unprovoked and unsolicited intrusion into our sovereign territory along the Sarstoon River.

BELTRAIDE and CEDA Collaborate to Host Market Intelligence Training Workshop
The Caribbean Export Development Agency (CEDA) in partnership with the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) will be conducting a two-day Market Intelligence Training Workshop for local business owners who are currently exporting or interested in exporting to international markets. This training falls in line with BELTRAIDE’s National Export Strategy 2015-2019 which aims to address export development issues by facilitating capacity building exercises that promote exporters penetrating new and diversified markets in an effort to involve the country in the global added supply chains.

Indigenous Fellowship Programme
The Indigenous Fellowship Programme is an essential vehicle for bringing visibility to the struggles of Indigenous Peoples especially those that are on the margins and suffering in silence. It allows for indigenous peoples to gain knowledge of the UN systems which can allow for strategic participation within the complex system. In part, the Maya Leaders Alliance's strategic advocacy within the UN system is a testimony to the impact that the Fellowship creates. During the 11th Session of EMRIP the MLA has Mr. Pablo Mis participating. With knowledge gained from the Fellowship he has been able to utilize the support of the Belize Desk Officer at the Human Rights office in Geneva to organize side meetings with CERD, the special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, and the UPR secretariat in preparation for the upcoming UPR review of Belize in November 2018.

2018 Youth Summer Volleyball Tournament Closing Ceremonies
The Benque Viejo 2018 Youth Summer Volleyball Tournament has finally come to an end on July 5th after ten weeks of volleyball games full of excitement where total of 108 young persons participated in the tournament through their teams. The purpose of the Youth Summer Volleyball Tournament is to provide youth with the opportunity to play recreational and competitive volleyball in a controlled environment that provides entertainment and enjoyment keeping our in and out of school youth actively involved in community sporting activities. The 2018 Benque Viejo Volleyball Summer Tournament was organized by the Belize National Sports Council – Benque; The Department of Youth Services – Benque Center, and Benque Viejo Town Council.

For the month of July, we are excited to feature Kendra Griffith as our Young Belizean Entrepreneur!
Kendra Griffith holds a Bachelor of Science in History from the University of Belize. Born and raised in Central Farm, Cayo District, surrounded by family, farmland and nature, Kendra’s love for nature and organic living became an intrinsic part of her life from a very young age. Whether it was climbing trees, going to the river, or riding horses, Kendra spent most of her childhood outdoors. In 2012, she was introduced to the History department at the University of Belize which ignited her passion for history and has led her become the coordinator of the The Goldson House for Democracy and Patriotism-NICH in Belmopan. Kendra is also the founder of Hello Body Belize, a family owned company founded on sustainable principles to provide natural & organic skincare and aromatherapy products which nurture and promote holistic health and beauty.

Agriculture: The Foundation of Belize’s Economy/a>
Historically, Belize is known for the production and export of traditional crops primarily: Sugar, Citrus and Bananas. These major crops have been the foundation of the Belizean economy since the 1800’s. According to the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB), the export of these major crops contributed 6.2% to Belize’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) generating BZD $309 million/USD $154.5 million in export revenues in 2017. This robust and growing sector is also responsible for employing an estimated 11,000 person’s equivalent to 16% of Belize’s total labor force (Source: Statistical Institute of Belize). The main export markets for these products include the European Union, USA, UK, and CARICOM markets. As global markets grow more competitive and demand trends shift, the Belizean productive sector has diversified into the production and export of non-traditional crops such as grains (including rice and corn), a variety of beans, cacao, cotton, coconut, turmeric, and a variety of spices.

Improving Community Livelihoods Through Access to Protected Areas for Cacao and Honey Production
The Toledo District is comprised of a mosaic of protected areas, communities and state lands. It is the least developed region in the country of Belize but features the most pristine forests, remarkable rivers, extensive cave networks and offshore cayes. Toledo is home to diverse cultures – from Mopan and Q’eqchi’ Maya, to Creole, the Garifuna, East Indian, Mennonite and Mestizo.

Ancient World Week
Space is still available for this great opportunity with Archaeology and the Maya. Register by messaging,call 422-0071 or visit the House of Culture. An excellent opportunity for educators, tour guide operators, students and interested community members. This event is free of cost.

A Stage for Champions!
The Belize Body Building & Fitness Federation is hosting the 2018 SPARTAN CLASSIC 5th ANNUAL BODYBUILDING COMPETITION in Corozal Town on Saturday, July 14th from 7:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. at the Corozal Community College (CCC) Auditorium. Entrance Fee: Adults $10 - Children $5. For more info please call 623-1984.

Sugar Fest 2018!
Orange Walk - Join us for Sugar Fest 2018! Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 14th 2018!

BELIZE FISHING REPORT: Weeks of July 2nd thru July 8th, 2018
The weather improved this week, and so did the fishing. We had a great group of folks with lots of returning guests. It is always good to see familiar faces in beautiful places. The bonefish, due to the weather, were also familiar faces. Evan and his dad landed almost fifty bonefish between the two of them, Art and Kass did as well.

Taste of Belize 2018 to feature the best of Belizean Cuisine
A dazzling display of Belizean culinary ingenuity and mixology will be the apogee of this year’s Taste of Belize, the BTB’s signature culinary competition, to be held this year on Saturday, July 21st at the Ramada Belize City Princess. The event will feature Belize’s finest chefs and bartenders vying for trophies and cash prizes in four main categories, including Pastry Chef of the Year, Junior Chef of the Year, Bartender of the Year and the Master Chef of the Year. Taste of Belize is organized by the BTB every two years with the aim to recognize and promote Belizean culinary creativity where chefs are able to entice a panel of judges with delicious cuisines. The last Taste of Belize was in 2016.

Taiwan Foreign Minister to visit El Salvador and Belize
Foreign Minister Joseph Wu will leave Thursday on a five-day visit to Central American allies El Salvador and Belize, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA). Taiwan has been facing a diplomatic offensive from China, which has taken away four of its official allies over the past few years, including Panama and the Dominican Republic in the region. Taiwan has only 18 allies left, most of them in Latin American, the Caribbean and the Pacific.

2nd Annual Grand Caribe Belize Deep Sea Classic
Register Now! Call +501-280-4726 or email: guestrelations@grandcaribebelize.com to Register now or for more information!

Channel 7

The Aftermath Of The Big Bang
Last night we brought you footage from the Mahogany Street blast. It happened around 4:20 on the east side of Mahogany Street. 3 persons were injured. Two have been treated and released, but police say one person, 21 year old Grayson Cadle is critical - he was in the apartment where the butane ignited. We will get to all the details of exactly what happened yesterday and what the fire departments says caused the blast, but first to the aftermath. Courtney Weatherburne has that story from the firsthand accounts of neighbors.

The Butane Blast, Minute By Minute
Indeed, the tank was intact, and that's because it's a butane leak that caused the explosion, not a ruptured tank. Now, we'll be revisiting the timeline of events from the explosion, to the quick response of the fire department and to the successful extinguishing the flames - that could have jumped to the LPG Depot across the street, but didn't. As we told you last night, 7 news happened to be at the fire department when the explosion happened and Emanuel Pech picks up the timeline right there:...

In 2009, There Was A Blast Across The Street
Of course, this butane explosion takes us back to 2009 when a tank ruptured and exploded right across the street from yesterday's explosion - at the opposite corner of Mopan and Mahogany Streets. In that tragic event, the tank popped open and blew a Brown's Butane employee to pieces. Here's a small snippet of the 7News report from September of 2009:.. The ruptured tank turned rocket was found two blocks away and across a canal after it crashed through a verandah. While that was a tank that ruptured - it's very different from what happened across the street yesterday. There was no fire in 2009 - only a rocket like explosion.

American Shooting Victim Cliff Kirk Dies
Last night two adults and a minor were charged for robbery, attempted murder, aggravated assault, aggravated burglary, use of deadly means of harm and deadly means of harm. But, tonight, 3 San Pedranos, Nigel Williams, Christian Espat and a 16 year old minor are likely facing a charge of murder. That's because the man they are accused of shooting, 60 year old American Cliff Kirk has died at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore Maryland while receiving treatment for a gunshot to the head. This morning, their local contact John Wassen posted this on his Facebook page: "Cliff passed away this morning. He was with his family and passed on peacefully."

A Stabbing in San Pedro
And, the violence continued on San Pedro today with a stabbing. Information is sketchy thus far, but the victim is 26 year old Adrian Suarez of the San Juan area. According to police, at 4:00 pm, Suarez stumbled into the town polyclinic suffering from a stab wound to the left side of his chest. He was treated at the clinic but due to the seriousness of his injury he was transported to KHMH in Belize City, where he is currently undergoing treatment.

CCJ Scolds Appeals Court For Judicial Flip Flop
In June of last year, we reported on the very unusual decision coming out of the Court of Appeal. The appellant, Gilbert Henry, spent 5 years in jail after being convicted of dangerous harm, only to have the Appeal Court rule that he should not have been convicted in the first place. Well, the Director of Public Prosecutions has successfully appealed that decision all the way to the Caribbean Court of Justice, which ruled today that indeed Henry was guilty. In 2012 Henry stood trial in the Supreme Court for attempted murder. He was accused of stabbing Ellis Taibo in a bar in 2008. Taibo ended up hospitalized for 6 weeks due to a collapsed lung.

No Proof Of Arson At Coconut Leo
In yesterday's news we told you about the fire that burnt down the house of a San Pedro resident commonly known as "Coconut" Leo. It occurred on Sunday night in the San Pedrito Area. The islander said he left his home to go and socialize with some friends and on his way back he found his house engulfed in flames. As we mentioned in yesterday's report, the islander insists that someone set his house on fire. Today the fire department responded to those claims and gave more details based on their preliminary investigation. Orin Smith- Station Officer, Bz City Fire Department: "On arrival at the scene, a 12 by 8 plywood structure that was elevated 3 feet above ground was on fire. A second plywood structure situated about 3 feet from the wooden structure, the west face was also on fire. Following a brief size up, the fire service went into operation, extinguishing the fire. As a result of the fire, the 12 by 8 structure was destroyed and the west face of the adjacent structure was damaged by fire. The fire originated at the center of the building; the cause is still under investigation."

Fuel Prices Dip, But Brace For An Increase
For a few weeks now, the price of regular gasoline has hovered at 11 dollars and 2 cents per gallon. Well, as of midnight last night, it broke the eleven dollar mark. Regular gasoline went down by 13 cents, and is now $10 dollars and 89 cents per gallon. The pump price for kerosene also went down by 43 cents from 8 dollars and 64 cents per gallon to 8 dollars and 21 per gallon. It is certainly a welcomed relief - but it will only be a temporary respite from punishing fuel prices.

Bradley Concerned About Sluggish Re-Registration In Shores
Yesterday, the Elections and Boundaries Department sent out a press release informing the general public that in the first week of voter re-registration, from July 2 to July 7, sixteen thousand, six hundred and seventy applications were accepted. It's not a bad start, but the last voters list had more than 200,000 registered voters - and they expect to reach near to that mark again. The Re-registration exercise lasts for 8 weeks - so that would only amount to 135 thousand new voters at the end of the exercise.

Verris Gets Off One Charge, Murder Still Pending
Three men got off a robbery and an aggravated assault charge in court today. They are 25 year old Trevor Guy, 24 year old Verris Ventura and 19 year old Steve Ferrell. They were able walk free because the complainant in this case, Chun Mei Lui is out of the country and will not return. The incident occurred on August 7, 2017 at Brother's Store in Lord's Bank. Lui reported to the police that she was behind the counter when three men entered, one of them armed with a 9 millimeter pistol. She said the gunman struck her on her head with the handle of the gun then pointed it at one of her employees. His accomplices then stole the cash pan with $350 and two cellular phones.

Kate Comes To Belize
Many Belizean fans of telenovelas have been on star search since yesterday after megastar of the genre, Kate del Castillo appeared in Belize. Del Castillo is known particularly for her lead role in the telenovela "La Reina del Sur". Well this week the team of producers and actors are in Belize to film a few scenes for La Reina del Sur part 2 scheduled to air in 2019. Yesterday she was spotted at the Belize International Airport. Some immigration officers and other's present that recognized the star didn't pass up the opportunity to take pictures with her. That was yesterday, and today she was spotted filming at the Xunantunich archaeological reserve in the Cayo district.

A Gateway For Summer Fun
School's out, but the Gateway Youth Center is keeping kids engaged with its second annual summer camp program in Belize City. This year 75 to 100 kids are participating in 3 week summer program focused on two main disciplines- volleyball and martial arts. We learned more today when we spoke to the coordinators: This is the second week of the summer camp, so there is still time for kids to get involved. The Gateway Youth Center is also making a call to fathers who wish to participate in the father and son football tournament scheduled for this Sunday at the Gwen Lizargaga High School.

Cops Low Key About Campos Bust On Pedro
Police didn't publicize it, but we have learnt that on Saturday a joint police operation at dawn on San Pedro resulted in the arrest of a prominent figure on the island. They raided the property of Pedro Moses Campos, in the San Juan Area. More than two dozen people, and possibly as many as 30 persons were in the house and various apartments - including Verris Ventura - who had been wanted for murder.

Belize And Mexico, Friends for Over a Century
Belize has at least one neighbor with which it can celebrate friendly relations going back centuries. That is, of course, Mexico, and on Sunday, a handful of officials from both countries got together to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the Mariscal - Spencer Treaty signed on July 8th 1893. It was the first ever public commemoration of the treaty. The event was jointly organized with the Mayor and City Council of Chetumal. The one hour ceremony was held in the centre of on the old historical border bridge on the northern border between Mexico and Belize.

Channel 5

One Man Critical; Leaking Butane Tank Caused Explosion
Two women and a man were sent to the hospital on Monday evening after an explosion at an apartment building in Belize City.  A faulty butane cylinder in one of [...]

How to handle a leaking butane cylinder
There are questions on whether the explosion could have been avoided? Well, according to the fire officials, having a butane cylinder inside a house is a hazard and even more [...]

Gas Depots in Residential Areas Are Risky
The location of the fire at the corner of Mopan and Mahogany Streets sits directly across from Brown’s Gas Depot.  Had the fire not been contained, it could have proven [...]

American Expat Clifford Kirk Dies; Charges to be Upgraded to Murder for 3 Accused
Five days after he was shot to the head in a home invasion, American expat Clifford Kirk, died this morning in a Baltimore hospital in the United States. Kirk and [...]

All Confiscated Assets Released to BSWAMA Says SolGen Hawke
The Belize Solid Waste Management Authority, a statutory body, has recovered all of its assets that were crow-footed during a writ of execution carried out on behalf of Vision Architects [...]

Government Files Appeal Challenging Decision Against BSWMA
According to the Solicitor General, an appeal has since been filed, challenging the outcome of a lawsuit in which the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Vision Architects.  Despite the [...]

Has the UDP Boxed Philloughby Out of Port Loyola Convention?
Former four-time U.D.P. city councilor Phillip Willoughby is one of four candidates running in Port Loyola to represent the ruling party as standard bearer in the 2020 general elections.  Along [...]

Price for Regular Gasoline Sees a Nominal Decrease; Consumers are not Happy
The price for regular fuel decreased at midnight, but some motorists are not too happy with the reduction of thirteen cents.  Regular gas still sells above the ten dollars mark, [...]

CCJ Restores Gilbert Henry Conviction, But No Additional Jail Time is Given
The Caribbean Court of Justice has handed down a decision ordering that a conviction and subsequent five-year sentence imposed on Gilbert Henry for causing dangerous harm, be restored.  The judgment [...]

CCJ Chides Court of Appeal for Procedural Flaws in Henry’s Case
Henry challenged his conviction, as well the sentence, before the Court of Appeal of Belize, making a case that the substantial delays in the trial and appellate processes violated his [...]

Small Drug Bust in the West
Following a massive drug and firearm bust in northern Belize, police operations led to a smaller, but significant seizure of drugs in the west.  This morning, police conducted a search [...]

Fire Officials Are Yet to Determine Cause of Recent Fire in San Pedro
Today, fire officials say they are yet to ascertain the cause of the fire that wiped out the house of Leo Martinez in San Pedro. On Monday, Martinez told us [...]

Ministry of Health Looking Elsewhere for Cheaper Dialysis Treatment
The Ministry of Health is currently spending two million dollars to assist persons with renal failure. The assistance comes in the form of dialysis treatment which is costly and unaffordable [...]

After Months of Delay, Cycling Elections to be Held on July 14th, 2018
After months of delay, the Cycling Federation of Belize is holding elections at the University of the West Indies Open Campus in Belize City this Saturday. Two teams are in [...]

UNCAC Consultations Begin with Round of Meetings in Belize City
A team from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, as well as representatives from Haiti and Tuvalu, began a round of consultations this morning with local officials from [...]

SolGen Says Extradition Laws are Fairly Antiquated
While there are areas in which Belize’s laws are consistent with the expectations of the UNCAC treaty, Solicitor General Nigel Hawke says that there is also work that needs to [...]

Creating Synergies between the Agriculture and Tourism Industries
Day-two of the fifty-fourth annual Meeting of the Caribbean Food Crops Society got underway today in Belize.  Representatives of fifteen Caribbean States are engaging in discussions on how to successfully [...]

First Ever ‘No-Plastic No-Styrofoam Kids Summer Camp’ Begins
In March, Cabinet approved a proposal to phase out single-use plastic shopping bags, styrofoam and plastic food utensils by April 2019. The goal is to reduce plastic and styrofoam pollution. [...]

KTV the Remix: The Top 13 Take on Inspirational Songs
KTV, the Remix gets underway at eight-thirty live from the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts.  Tonight, inspirational music will fill the auditorium as the competition enters round two with [...]

CTV3

Ambassadors Present Credentials To Governor General
Four ambassadors presented their Letters of Credence today to the Governor General of Belize His Excellency Sir Colville Young at the Belize House in Belmopan. Her Excellency Rut Krüger Giverin, Ambassador of Norway; Her Excellency Rommanee Kananurak, Ambassador of Thailand; His Excellency José Vladimir Crespo Fernández, Ambassador of Bolivia; and His Excellency Suleyman Gokce, Ambassador of Turkey; all presented their credentials to the Governor General.

Preliminary Figures For Re-Registration Released
Today marks the start of week two in the mass re-registration exercise here in the Jewel. As the process continues across the country today the Elections and Boundaries Department released preliminary figures of total applications received across the country so far which shows that the 2018 Re-registration of Electors Exercise continues to proceed on target. According to the release preliminary figures for the period 2nd to 7th July 2018 shows that across the country a total a total of sixteen thousand, six hundred and seventy applications have been accepted.

Well Known City Figure Charged For Courts Robbery In Corozal
Also arraigned at the Magistrate’s Court today was known city figure Samuel Halliday, who turned 26 years old just three days ago. Halliday is the second man to be charged for the brazen armed robbery of Courts store located on 5th Avenue, which occurred on June 1st in Corozal Town. Halliday, who told the court that he works as a construction worker, pleaded not guilty to the charge. Magistrate Patricia Arana indicated that she would deny bail at this first instance, and remanded Halliday to the Kolbe Correctional Facility until July 23rd when he and the 17 year old who has already been arraigned for the same crime on June 8th, will return to Court.

Price for Regular Gasoline and Kerosene Reduce
As of mid-night tonight, prices for Regular Gasoline and Kerosene will see reductions at the pumps. Regular Gasoline will fall 13 cents per gallon across the country, here in Orange Walk Town that reduction will drive the price for regular gasoline from eleven dollars and ten cents to ten dollars and ninety-seven cents. The pump price for Kerosene will decrease by 43 cents per gallon going from eight dollars and seventy-two cents eight dollars and twenty-nine cents here in Orange Walk.

Xate Blooming In The Forest Reserve
Tonight, there is some good news coming out of the Chiquibul National Park as the Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD) are reporting positive growth of Xate stocks in the Forest Reserve. According to a release issued by FCD over the weekend, for the third time in history, a field research was conducted of the Xate stocks in the Chiquibul with the purpose of evaluating the population of the valuable plant and to compare this year’s average results with results obtained back in 2012.


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Cause of house fire on San Pedro still unknown
San Pedro fire personnel are still investigating what caused a house fire on the island. The fire happened on Sunday, July eighth, shortly before nine p.m. in the San Pedrito area on the island. A small elevated plywood house caught fire, which then spread to a second plywood structure located three feet away. Station Officer …

Diane Finnegan enters race for Lake I Division in the UDP camp
Youth advocate Dianne Finnegan has placed her name in the race for Standard Bearer for the United Democratic Party in the Lake Independence Division in Belize City. Finnegan is also the coordinator of the Youth Apprenticeship Program and she has been a leading figure in the mediation process with Belize City gangs that began in …

A leaking butane tank triggers explosion in two apartments
Three persons were injured late Monday evening in Belize City during a blast that blew off a portion of wall from a house. Grayson Cadle is in a critical condition after he sustained severe burns to his body during that late evening explosion. The 25-year-old was inside his apartment located at the lower flat of …

Belize & Mexico commemorate Mariscal Spencer Treaty
They say lightning doesn’t strike the same place twice, but it’s quite normal to visit the same place even if it’s a commemoration over one hundred years later. On Sunday, the Belize Peace Movement marked the one hundred and twenty-fifth anniversary of the Mariscal Spencer Treaty. The treaty signed in 1893, established the northern border. …

Regular gas and Kerosene prices fall
The cost of fuel at the pump is always a concern for motorists and the new rates offer pennies of savings that may not provide as much relief as drivers would have preferred. At midnight new gas prices came into effect; however, only regular gas and kerosene were affected. Regular gas decreased by thirteen cents …

Victim of gun violence succumbs to injuries
But while Coco lives to see another day, another resident on the island did not share the same fate. The escalating gun violence has cast an international black eye on the country’s tourism product and also on the island that’s proud of its integration of expats, locals and visitors. 66-year-old Cliff Kirk was one such …

Government supports Belize sugar industry on international market hunt
The 2017/2018 Sugar crop closed on June 27 and the preliminary report is that the industry performed well. One of the key and biggest changes in this crop has been the expansions at the mill to accommodate an increased production of Direct Consumption Sugar. The project is aimed at minimizing the impact of the low …

Minister of Immigration chimes in on the Guatemalans on voters list debate
The re-registration of naturalized Belizeans of Guatemalan origin continues to be the subject of debate as the voter registration process continues. Last week, Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte said that those citizens who have renounced their Guatemalan nationality should be allowed to re-register. Minister of Immigration Godwin Hulse spoke with Love News and he too echoes …

Caribbean Food Crops Society holds its 54th annual meeting in Belize
Agriculture and Tourism have the ability to promote economic growth when they work in sync with each other. In this regard, the Caribbean Food Crops Society is looking to develop this synergy at its 54th annual meeting under the theme “Multi-functionality of Agriculture in the Caribbean Basin in Countries with Predominant Tourist Industries”. Love News …

Local sugar market too small to accommodate two sugar producing companies
Sugar is also being exported from Western Belize by the Santander Sugar Group. Very recently, however, the company attempted to sell sugar on the local market, a clear violation of its Export Processing License and landed a fine of nine thousand US dollars from the government. Following an apology, the company maintained its interest in …

Police have one detained for the murder of Jason Sutherland
Police have been able to make an arrest concerning the murder of Jason Sutherland which took place in May. Sutherland came under fire while in his yard and was hit several times. Sutherland was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries. Today, police provided the media with an …

Emerson Talbert gunned down in old capital
Emerson Talbert is the latest murder victim. Talbert came under fire early this morning at 12:15 while he was socializing with friends. As a result, he was wounded in the neck and rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. At today’s press brief, ASP Alejandro Cowo, Head of Crime Investigation Branch, (CIB) provided the media …

Police have detained two persons in connection with Kirk’s case
Last week, 60-year-old Cliff Kirk, an American businessman, who owns Casa Brisas in San Pedro was shot to the right side of his head. After shooting Kirk, the culprits went inside his home and stole an undisclosed amount of cash, a 9mm pistol and a 12 gauge pump-action shotgun. Police have since made progress in …

New Fortune Restaurant robbed of $700
New Fortune Restaurant was the scene of a robbery which took place last Thursday night. 54-year-old Xinhui Zhang reported to police that three men entered the restaurant and one of them pointed a firearm at him while the other two men opened the cash register and stole seven hundred dollars. Police have since detained two …

Man loses eye in chopping incident
On Thursday, 25 year-old Arnulfo Munoz, a Guatemalan national, was driving Santander’s bus transporting workers from Santander Cane Factory to Armenia Village on the Hummingbird Highway. Munoz told police that a stranger asked to exit the bus. However, he instead of leaving peacefully, he chopped Munoz before exiting the bus. ACP Joseph Myvette, Head of …

Two rival gangs seek peace in Lake Independence Division
Youth advocate and coordinator of the Youth Apprenticeship Program in Belize City, Dianne Finnegan is mediating peace between two rival gangs in the Lake Independence Area. Finnegan, who has made a bid to contest the position of Standard Bearer for that division for the United Democratic Party says the she has started work with gang …

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American Cliff Kirk succumbs to gunshot injuries
66 year old Cliff Kirk passed away this morning after fighting for his life over the past 5 days. The retired LT Colonel was shot to his head in San Pedro on July 5th after four masked robbers invaded his property situated off the coast of north-west Ambergris Caye. On Monday, police formally arrest...

LIGHTING STRIKES HOME IN GEORGEVILLE
A family of five, including three minors and a pregnant mother, is grateful to be alive after a lightning bolt struck their home in George Ville, Cayo last night. The entire bedroom wall on the wooden structure came toppling down after the lightning struck. The family told us that they gathered insi...

SolGen speaks on GOB Crowfooting
Last night we told you that the court ordered Vision Architects & Contractors to return seized vehicles and office equipment to Belize Waste Management in Belmopan and the Government of Belize by noon yesterday. Several vehicles and office furniture were Crowfooted on behalf of VISION ARCHITECTS...

DECREASED PRICES AT FUEL PUMP
As of midnight lastnight, pump pruces for regular gasoline and kersone saw a decrease. The Ministry of Finance issued a release stating that regular gasoline has declined by 13 cents per gallon at the pump in Belize City to a new price of $10.89 per gallon. The pump price for Kerosene has seen a dec...

UNCAC Representatives in Belize
Personnel representing the United Nations Convention against Corruption arrived in Belize over the past two days. The representatives from regional group Haiti and international group Tuvula are in Belize to conduct a gap analysis in order to initiate the implementation of UNCAC in Belize. The analy...

Re Registration Exercise on Track
The Elections and Boundaries Department says that the 2018 Re-registration of Electors Exercise continues to proceed on target.A release from the Department revealed that a total of sixteen thousand, six hundred and seventy (16,670) applications have been accepted during the first week of the exerci...

Arthur Saldivar’s application re-submitted
Arthur Saldivar re-submitted his application for PUP Standard Bearer in Belmopan. Yesterday, we told you that Saldivar had opted to re-submit his application after the party suspended their Belmopan convention until August, and extended their application deadline to July 13th. Plus News has been rel...

Emerson Talbert shot while playing video games
Another Belize City man is dead as a result of gun violence. 22 year old Emerson Talbert was at a friend’s house on Cemetery Lane on Sunday sometime around midnight. They were playing video games when a male person showed up and shot Talbert in the neck. Police told us more. ASP Alejandro Cowo, Head...

Two injured in home invasion in Belize City
Two persons received injuries in a home invasion in Belize City. 37 year old Kenrick Sanchez, a Belizean carpenter of a Lakeview Street address, was at home on Saturday afternoon with friends. According to police reports, two male persons, one of whom was armed with a firearm, entered Sanchez’z hom...

Home invasion and robbery in PG
There was also an aggravated burglary in Punta Gorda on Sunday. Police told us more. Joseph Myvette, National Crimes Investigation Branch: On yesterday’s date shortly after 10:30am police responded to the home of Garrely Caps, a 77 year old retired American, at 4 miles on the water hole road. Upon a...

Bus driver maimed; passengers mum
A resident of Armenia village lost his right eye when an unknown passenger in his bus chopped him. Police told us more. Joseph Myvette, National Crimes Investigation Branch: Yes, on Thursday 5th July shortly after 4pm, police responded to an information in Armenia village. Where their investigation ...

Huge stash of weed and guns found in Chan Chen Village
During an operation in Chan Chen Village in the Corozal district,on Sunday evening, police made a huge discovery of over 35 thousand grams of cannabis and enough gun power to light up a city. ASP Joseph Myvette told us more. Joseph Myvette, National Crimes Investigation Branch: On yesterday’s date, ...

CROWFOOTED ASSETS RETURNS TO SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT IN BELMOPAN
This afternoon a small fleet of vehicles headed from Belize City and rolled into Belmopan… but this was not a delivery of brand new vehicles to government… this was the court returning Crowfooted vehicles , office furniture and computers to Belize Waste management, after a day in court. ...

Explosion at Belize City house
Information is still sketchy at this time but reports of an explosion at a home in Belize City have been received. The explosion happened sometime before 5 o’clock this evening at a residence located at the corner of Mahogany and Mopan Streets in Belize City. We do not know the cause of the explosio...

Three arrested for San Pedro shooting and robbery
Last week Thursday we told you of the shooting and robbery of retired American national Cliff Kirk. The 60 year old lives at a remote home at10 and a half miles north of San Pedro Town. On Thursday morning at around 11:30, Kirk was walking down the stairs of his secluded home...

Jason Sutherland’s murder suspect arrested
Police have also made an arrest in the shooting death of 29 year old Jason Sutherland who was killed at the corner of Fabers Road and Central American Boulevard on May 3rd. ASP Alejandro Cowo, Head of N.C.I.B.: Yesterday, police arrested and charged a male person by the name of...

Amandala

Massive weed, ammo and guns bust in Chan Chen
Yesterday around 5 p.m. in the village of Chan Chen, police who were conducting an anti-drug operation made a massive discovery of marijuana, ammunition, and firearms. The items were found in a white sack in what police described as a bushy area that is frequented by persons handling illicit items. Included in the items that were collected during the bust were 35,740 grams of cannabis (or over 78 pounds); and several types of ammunition — 300 Eagle .223 rounds; 281 Remington .223 rounds; 100 Aguila .223 rounds; 1,000 Luger brand 9mm rounds; 53 Aguila 9mm rounds, 13 Aguila 12-gauge cartridges; 40 silver-colored .38 rounds; 1 SLR round and 104 A-K 47 rounds.

Butane tank explosion injures 5 persons
Just before 4:30 p.m. this evening, a massive explosion rocked a two-storey concrete house located at the corner of Mahogany and Mopan Streets, opposite Brown’s Butane Depot. Many buildings, even cement buildings in the area, shook because of the power of the blast. Many people in the area, in the seconds after the blast, believed that the explosion had occurred at Brown’s Butane Depot, but when they rushed into the street, as Belizeans normally do when such things happen, they found out, as thick, black smoke began to blanket the area around the building, that the explosion had occurred in a house in front of the butane depot.

Emmerson Talbert, 25, shot dead in friend’s house
Around midnight, 25-year-old Emmerson Talbert was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital with a gunshot wound in the neck. Later, around 10:00 this morning, he succumbed to his injuries. Talbert, who is a resident of #67 Racecourse Street, was at a friend’s house on #33 Cemetery Lane playing video games when a man armed with a gun entered the house through the front door and fired one shot in his direction.

Two UNCAC experts on country visit to Belize
The Belize government of Prime Minister Dean Barrow, under pressure from the Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU), signed the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) on December 9, 2016. One part of the procedures for signing unto UNCAC is a country visit from its experts. A visit from a two-member team was scheduled for earlier this year, but it had to be postponed, reportedly, due to logistical difficulties.

FM Wilfred Elrington: “If you don’t say yes to the ICJ, you’re crazy.”
Since Belize received its independence in September 1981, there has been little effort on the part of successive Belize governments to properly educate the country on the Guatemalan claim, and now with less than a year to go before the International Court of Justice referendum, Belizeans will be subjected to the government’s pro-ICJ position. This was made manifestly clear last Thursday by the remarks made to the media by Foreign Minister Wilfred “Sedi” Elrington following a ceremony at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Laing Building, during which there was the handing over of a US $250,000 grant from the United States and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to finance the ICJ education program.

Rodwell Williams: “I’ll take over the matter.”
Last Wednesday, July 4, I received a phone call from the Chairman of the United Democratic Party, Alberto August, complaining about our publication of a statement that had been made by BUFERAD chairman Derek Aikman, during his presentation at the launch of a “NO ICJ MOVEMENT” on Monday, July 2, 2018, at the Belize Institute of Management (BIM). Aikman’s organization was one of six that took part in the event. August’s beef to me was based on his assertion that the following statement that was made in an article in the Tuesday, July 3, 2018 issue of Amandala:

No referee! No game!!
The poor accommodations and terrible playing surface was not enough to dampen the spirits of some “die hard” football fans who showed up at the MCC Grounds yesterday afternoon, hell bent on witnessing the Over-40 match between playoff contenders Kulture Yabra and defending champions San Pedro Veterans; but their spirits were certainly not lifted by the disappointment at being “stood up” by “no show” game officials. With playoffs a couple weeks away, four North Group teams are in contention for two playoff spots; and the two front-runners, longtime rivals Kulture Yabra and San Pedro Veterans were in full force for this important match. Kulture had called on the services of Mervin “Rugged” Flores and Aaron “Wiley” Locario/Ciego from Dangriga.

Firms Basketball League Week 3 games move to Swift Hall
After two weeks of Firms Basketball League (FBL) action at the Belize Civic Center, Week 3 games scheduled last week for Thursday, Friday and Sunday were all put on hold. And on Saturday, July 7, a revised tournament schedule was released, with the games going forward, starting with Week 3, being played at Swift Hall, where last year’s Interoffice basketball games were also played. We suspected that high rental costs at the Civic may have prompted the move to Swift Hall; but a league spokesperson today offered the following explanation:

Stann Creek FA Smart Mundialito U-13 Week 4 results and standings
The Stann Creek Football Association (SCFA) Smart Mundialito U-13 tournament continued on Saturday, July 7, with Week 4 games at the Carl Ramos Stadium. In game 1, Monument Strikers dropped Harlem Warriors, 2-1, with a goal each from Shamar Thomas and Devin Marshall; while Danny Gabourel got the goal for Harlem Warriors. It was the same score in game 2, as Dorian Pabon and Harrison Roches, Jr. led Pomona Warriors to the 2-1 win over Hopkins Bay Esanigu, whose only goal was by Fritz Coleman, Jr.

Orange Walk FA U-13 Week 8 results and standings
The Orange Walk Football Association (OWFA) U-13 Division Tournament continued today, Sunday, with Week 8 games at the Technical Field. In the opener, Minions clipped San Estevan, 1-0, with a goal from Didier Gill. And in the nightcap, it was Predators demolishing La Inmaculada, 7-0, with goals from Jan Carlo Urbina (2), Alexander Urbina, Mark Bainton (2), Yasser Tzi and Adam Novelo.

Editorial: ICJ “no” vote crazy, says Hon. Sedi
On Thursday afternoon, July 5, 2018, at a ceremony in Belize City where a representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Chargé d’affaires of the United States Embassy in Belize handed over a US $250,000 grant to assist Belize in the education campaign for the International Court of Justice (ICJ) referendum on April 10, 2019, Belize Foreign Minister, Hon. Wilfred P. Elrington, stunningly, dropped all pretence that said education campaign would be doing anything other than promoting a “yes” vote. A little more than nine months before the aforementioned referendum, Mr. Elrington declared that any Belizean who decided to vote “no” to taking the Guatemalan claim issue to the ICJ, would be “crazy.”

From The Publisher
I’d like to use today’s column to feature some history of the birth and rise of Rastafarianism, a socio-religious movement which began around 1930 in Jamaica, shortly after Marcus Mosiah Garvey, the Jamaican founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), had been framed and incarcerated in the United States, then deported. The internationally acclaimed reggay music, incidentally, had its roots in Rastafarianism. The histories of Jamaica and the Settlement of Belize (British Honduras) had been very much entwined, as far back as the Battle of St. George’s Caye in 1798. Even before that, the fact is that the majority of African slaves in Belize had first landed in Jamaica following their voyage across the Atlantic in the bowels of British slave ships. The British used Jamaica, which they captured from the Spanish in 1655, as their administrative base for the British Caribbean.

The only PG trash used to be natural!
Dear Editor, When we came to British Honduras in 1972 we came to the most undeveloped district—Toledo, where there was no plastic and no trash. The place was truly pristine. In Punta Gorda only the most basic foodstuffs were available and there was little packaging except for tea, matches, and toilet paper and of course tin cans. Everything we bought required that we bring our containers or bottles to the store to have them filled. Most women used brown cotton cloth to make bags for flour, sugar, beans and corn. If we paid we could get a brown paper bag. Most everyone used large carrying bags or baskets. And, of course there was the ever faithful tin wash-pan or pig-tail bucket.

NO ICJ MOVEMENT WRITES PM BARROW
Dear Prime Minister, Greetings from the recently formed, NO ICJ MOVEMENT! We represent Diaspora Belizeans as well as Homeland Belizeans committed to advocating the NO ICJ vote in direct contrast to the YES position you have indicated that you and the United Democratic Party Government will champion and campaign for! This we believe is a sacred duty that must be fulfilled against all odds to give voice to the more than 70 percent of Belizeans, whose NO position is being ignored and whom your Foreign Minister dismisses and categorizes as “crazy”!

http://amandala.com.bz/news/john-s-briggs-writes-national-fire-service/
Dear Editor, I read with interest the article on equipment for the National Fire Service and would like to make a few comments. Every firefighting operation requires three things – equipment, trained personnel and most importantly an adequate supply of water. That is what is lacking in Belize. The water carried in the fire truck is intended only to start putting water on a fire whilst hoses are run to the nearest water source / hydrant. As you are aware, a single hose uses 100 to 150 gallons per minute. Thus even the largest capacity truck of 1,000 gallons will supply less than ten hose minutes! The NFS is frequently castigated for rapidly running out of water when the municipalities/BWS should be castigated for not providing an adequate supply of water.

Allan Wade, an ex-policeman, was at the border during the 1977 Guatemalan invasion scare
In the decade of the 1970s, before Belize attained independence from Britain on September 21, 1981, there were three serious invasion scares that the British Ministry of Defense took so seriously that it beefed up its security forces inside the country with a massive show of force that discouraged the Guatemalan invasion plans. On the last occasion of a serious Guatemalan invasion plan, in 1977, Britain sent a squadron of its vertical takeoff and landing Harrier jet fighters screaming into Belize airspace, and the British governor assured Belizeans that they could sleep easy and rest well.

Haven’t smoked any decrim weed yet
Weed being decriminalized, I should have gone down by the riverside, or the lagoon side, or the seaside, and smoked myself happy, or silly, or sleepy. Seriously, I don’t know what to expect from smoking weed. I’ve had a couple skirmishes, but brief exposures are not conclusive. I had expected that when it was no longer against the law to smoke weed that I would, to an approved area, take my few grams of weed, which would have been in an appropriate packet with an appropriate warning which explained that the product is not only potentially harmful to your health, but that it is also definitely injurious to a not so bad name.

Elections and Boundaries Commission members appointed
At a Special Sitting of the Senate last Thursday, the members of the Elections and Boundaries Commission were named. Two of the four appointed persons were named by the Prime Minister, and the other two by the Leader of the Opposition. Prime Minister Dean Barrow selected Philippa Griffith-Bailey and Naima Barrow, while Leader of the Opposition, John Briceño selected Orlando Espat and Magali Marin-Young.

Thieves break into Corozal Free Zone store by burrowing hole in wall
Sometime between the night of Tuesday, July 3, and the morning of Wednesday, July 4, Yassin International Company in Free Zone was broken into and robbed. According to the manager, Ali Ahmad Mourad, 37, he had locked up at 7 p.m. on the 3rd of July and when he arrived at the business on Wednesday morning, he noticed a hole in the zinc wall. The hole, which measured 3 feet in height and 2 feet wide, was used by thieves to get into the store. They stole 55,000 in pesos; $500US; BZ$100; and assorted clothing, which had a total value of 60,000 pesos.

Two men and a minor charged for shooting American Cliff Kirk, 60
In Friday’s Amandala, we reported on a robbery that took place at the home of businessman Cliff Kirk, 60. Around 11 a.m., four masked men entered his home, which is located ten miles away from San Pedro Town and is only accessible by boat, and shot Kirk in the right side of the head. The thieves escaped on jet skis after stealing an undisclosed amount of money, a 9mm pistol, and a 12-gauge pump-action shotgun from Cliff’s home.

Murder on Wagners Lane
Construction worker Akeem Vargas, 25, was walking on Wagners Lane on Friday, July 6, at around 7:30 p.m. when he was ruthlessly gunned down. Neighbors said they heard about 12 shots being blasted, and up to Friday, blood could still be seen on the gravel where Vargas died. Vargas had left his home to borrow a bicycle in order to run an errand when an armed man appeared at the entrance of Simmons Alley, a short distance from his house, and shot at him repeatedly.

The Reporter

Arthur Saldivar has resubmitted application to become Standard Bearer of Belmopan.
Attorney Arthur Saldivar has resubmitted his application to become Standard Bearer of Belmopan. Saldivar, who was previously disqualified by the National Executive of the PUP, filed an injunction in Court...

LARGE DRUG BUST IN CHAN-CHEN, Corozal
The Belize Police Department showed the media a large cache of drugs, guns and ammo. that was discovered by the police during recent anti-drug operations...

Hon. John Briceño comments about education system
Leader of the Opposition Hon. John Briceño says that there is something seriously wrong with our education system. He says that our teachers have not been given the tools to...

Fire in Belize City
Reporter. Marion Ali A fire was reported a short while ago in Belize City. The blaze was reported in the vicinity of Brown’s Butane Gas Service in the Mopan Street ...

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...

Editorial – July 8
Mr. Shoman continues in his own words: “We cannot let the matter ride. We cannot surrender. We must continue to struggle!”Today the need to struggle is more...

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Belize city cops find live bullets in an abandoned lot
Yesterday around 4:00 p.m., Belize city police conducting mobile patrol searched an abandoned lot on Lavender street […]

Police find almost 15 lbs of weed in San Ignacio
Yesterday around 10:15 a.m., a joint police operation in San Ignacio led to the discovery of an […]

Hands & Heart Foundation, BNE donate to feeding program
Today, the Hands and Heart Foundation and Belize Natural Energy (BNE) staff donated over $2000 worth […]

CARICOM joins ‘Celebrate Bahamas’ Independence festivities
The Caribbean Community joined the Bahamians in celebrating the country’s 45th anniversary of Independence today. […]

‘No Plastic, No Styrofoam Kids Summer Camp’ in Bullet Tree Village, Cayo
The Minister of State with responsibility for Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development, Omar […]

Loma Luz Hospital in Santa Elena launches summer discounts on medical services
La Loma Luz Adventist Hospital in Santa Elena, Cayo is offering several medical promotional packages for […]

Pump Prices for Regular Gasoline and Kerosene decrease
The Ministry of Finance announced today that as of midnight last night, the pump prices for Regular Gasoline […]

American retiree shot in home invasion dies
An American retiree and victim of a home invasion in San Pedro last week died today. […]

Market Intelligence training workshop being held in Belize
The Caribbean Export Development Agency (CEDA), in partnership with the Belize Trade and Investment Development […]

More than 16,000 Belizeans have already re-registered
The Elections and Boundaries Department yesterday issued a preliminary report on the national re-registration exercise […]

Blogs

WHY BELIZE’S CAYE CAULKER IS THE DEFINITION OF PARADISE
There are some things people generally assume about Belize. They assume it’s sunny, that the vibes are always good, and that the ceviche is the best ceviche ever. Take it from me, all of the above applies, but tenfold in Caye Caulker. This island is the beachy paradise in Belize where the vibes are REAL good, and even if a temporary storm decides to make it rain, you have so many reasons to smile.

2018 Belize Summer To-Do List: I Need To Get Better at This!
The last few summers started with a Belize Check-List. Nothing too crazy or off the wall – just a very do-able wish list as the tourism season slowed in Belize. A chance to step back and explore Ambergris Caye as a tourist and maybe see a bit more of the country. And over the last few years, I’ve been absolutely CRAP at getting things done. Perhaps I reached just a bit too high? Here’s the 2016 list (14 items) and the TWO PART Slow Season Do’s for 2017.

Turkish Ambassador to Belize Presents Letters of Credence
Turkey’s Ambassador-designate to Belize H.E. Suleyman Gokce presented his Letters of Credence to the Governor General of Belize H.E. Sir Colville Young at the Belize House in Belmopan. During his visit to Belize, Ambassador Gökçe held several bilateral meetings with high-level government officials, including the Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Patrick Faber, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Wilfred Elrington, and other senior officers of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In his meeting with Minister Elrington, Ambassador Gökçe reaffirmed Turkey’s commitment to strengthening bilateral ties with Belize in all fields.

Tour Guide Licensing Advisory

Artist Toolkit Sensitization Session
EXPORT Belize, a unit of BELTRAIDE, in collaboration with the Music Industry Association of Belize (MIAB) would like to invite musicians to the Artist Toolkit Sensitization Session on July 26, 2018, at 6 pm. The session will provide participants with relevant information (Contracts, Visa Requirements, Promotional Documents) every artist needs in order to perform at a professional level in local and international markets.

Hon. Dr. Omar Figueroa joins villagers from Bullet Tree Falls
Hon. Dr. Omar Figueroa, Minister of State with responsibility for Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development, joined villagers from Bullet Tree Falls in the Cayo District for the launch of the first 'No-Plastic No-Styrofoam Kids Summer Camp'. 50 children from the community will participate in the camp which will be hosted from the July 9th to 29th. At the end of each week, the children will be taken on field trips to different protected areas in Belize.

Decrease in Pump Prices for Regular Gasoline and Kerosene
The Ministry of Finance is pleased to announce that, as of midnight last night, the pump prices for Regular Gasoline and Kerosene decreased. Regular Gasoline declined by 13 cents per gallon at the pump in Belize City to a new price of $10.89 per gallon. The pump price for Kerosene decreased by 43 cents per gallon in Belize City to a new price of $8.21 per gallon. The price decreases have come about because the batch of products from a recent shipment was procured by PUMA earlier last month when global oil prices were on the tail-end of a sharp decline triggered by OPEC pumping more oil to ease global supply concerns.

Preliminary Report- Re-registration of Electors Exercise 2018
The Elections and Boundaries Department is pleased to inform the public that the 2018 Re-registration of Electors Exercise continues to proceed on target. A Preliminary Report on the exercise is hereby provided as follows for the period 2nd to 7th July 2018: Registration Centers were opened to the public effective 2nd July 2018 in all thirty-one (31) electoral divisions countrywide to facilitate the acceptance of applications for the registration of electors. Political parties’ scrutineers were present at most of these centers to observe the registration process.

2018 OAS Scholarship for Professional Development for a Diploma Course in Water Resource Management
This course is intended for public service officers, hydroelectric companies, companies related to the services of supply and sanitation, members of local agencies, managers of water resources, non-governmental organizations and professionals interested in the training of best practices in water management.

What to Expect on a Medicinal Trail Tour in Belize
Calling all alternative medicine enthusiasts! Journey into Belize’s verdant jungle on a Medicinal Trail Tour to learn about the plants and herbs which have been used to cure various ailments for centuries. While modern medicine has come a long way in the past 100 years, there are many who swear by these age old remedies which can easily be found throughout Belize. Take a hike through the jungle and you’ll find that there is a use for pretty much everything you see. But first things first, what do you bring? Well, make sure you’re wearing comfortable attire. Chances are you’ll probably break a sweat and might get a little dirty. Most tours will take place under the jungle canopy, but a hat and sunscreen are good to bring along regardless. Since the trails wind through the jungle, it’s safe to assume that you’ll encounter a few bugs. Bug repellant, long pants, and closed shoes will go a long way in averting their unwanted attention. Last, but not least, bring along water to avoid dehydration.

International Sourcesizz

CCJ restores conviction and sentence but criticises procedural flaws in Belize case
The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on Tuesday ordered that a conviction and sentence of five years for causing dangerous harm imposed on Gilbert Henry be restored but noted that, as Henry had already served his time, he would not be imprisoned or face any other sanction. Henry’s previous conviction had been quashed by Belize’s Court of Appeal in a written judgment delivered on 16 June 2017, reversing an oral judgment it had given earlier in this case.

Tropical fruits of Guatemala, Mexico, Belize, Honduras, and El Salvador used by the Maya for thousands of years
Fruits and nuts have always been part of Mayan diet. Most Mayan house gardens have fruit and nut trees surrounding the homes. And in many Mayan milpas the fruit and nut trees are not cut down when the rest of the forest is slashed and burned. So fruits, nuts, and the soft flesh of seed pods such as Inga species have been a part of Mayan diet for millennium. Most studies of Maya diet and agriculture focuses on maize, beans, squash, and root crops. So our www.maya-ethnobotany.org will have plenty of discussion of those seeds and vegetables. But we do not want to forget fruits and nuts either. So on this page, rather than devoting an entire page exclusively to one single plant or flower, I will introduce several groups of related fruits.

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