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Today's Belize News: July 18, 2018 #531372
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The San Pedro Sun

Israel Murillos charged for burglary
On Tuesday, July 17th, police formally arrested and charged 33-year-old Israel Murillos for Burglary, after over $16,000 in cash and valuables were stolen from Portofino Resort on Sunday, July 15th. Murillos was offered bail when he appeared at the San Pedro Magistrate Court, however, he was unable to meet it, and was thus remanded to the Belize Central Prison.

ACES educates 2018 Camp Starfish attendees
The American Crocodile Education Sanctuary (ACES) was at the Lions Den on Monday, July 16th, teaching Camp Starfish Campers all about the awesome and cool crocodiles. Children had the opportunity to learn important facts about American Crocodiles in Belize, and more importantly, met “Enchilada”, a rescued baby crocodile that ACES brought to the presentation. Shortly after 9AM, ACES intern and volunteer Ciaran O’Mordha began his presentation. He was accompanied by Chris Summers and Christina Manzi of ACES. O’Mordha explained how crocodiles are important to the environment as they help in keeping the wildlife in balance.

2018 Copa San Pedro is underway!
The tournament is seeing the participation of various teams seeking the championship in two different categories. The male category features Ambergris Hope F.C, Legends F.C, Los Catrachos F.C, San Mateo F.C, Sandy Point F.C, Boca Bombers, Strikers F.C, Peacemakers, Vince Assassins F.C, G-Strikers, Genesis F.C, San Pedro Pirates U17, Talal F.C, and Warriors F.C. The female category has Ambergris Combined, Island Warriors, San Pedro High School (SPHS) Girls, Ocean Warriors and Golden Warriors.

Ambergris Today

PIC OF THE WEEK: Fruits, Veggies, Beer, Seafood And Liquor Is All You Need
One stop convenience at Norman and Lupita's fruit stand. What started as a small liquour shop that got popular for its excellent service and special deliveries, just upgraded to a new location. It got bigger and expanded to offer fruits and veggies for its customers but it's just another quaint shop that adds charm to San Pedro, La Isla Bonita.

Kids In Action – Diving Into Summer Fun!
For the past ten years the San Pedro Tour Guide Association (SPTGA) in collaboration with PADI, the largest diving organization, and the Hol Chan Marine Reserve provide island kids the opportunity to explore the underwater world and learn to scuba dive. Diving is a fulfilling, life-changing and educational experience and 20 students ages 12-15 will be working towards their Junior Open Water Diver certifications so they engage with marine life, build character and self-confidence, and form a greater appreciation for the planet. PADI is proud to support such an enriching experience by supplying Open Water Diver manuals, course completion certificates, and more.

Misc Belizean Sources


Swearing-in of Commissions Members
The Governor General of Belize H.E. Sir Colville Young swore in four Belizeans as Commission Members yesterday, July 16th, at the Belize House in Belmopan. The individuals included Mrs. Deshawn Arzu Torres, Chairperson, Integrity Commission; Ms. Naima Barrow, Member, Elections and Boundaries Commission; Mr. Orlando Espat, Member, Elections and Boundaries Commission; and Ms. Magali Marin, Member, Elections and Boundaries Commission.

Update on Re-registration of Electors Exercise
The Elections and Boundaries Department is pleased to update the public on the ongoing Re-registration of Electors Exercise for the period 8th to 14th July 2018. Registration Centers continue to be open in all thirty-one (31) electoral divisions country-wide to facilitate the acceptance of applications for the registration of electors. During the period, a total of nineteen thousand two hundred and eighty-one (19,281) applications have been accepted, therefore the total number of applications received as of 14th July 2018 is thirty-five thousand nine hundred and fifty-one (35,951). This total shows a slight increase in the number of persons applying to be registered.

Xperimental Theatre+Jazz
Wildfire's one woman show last weekend was fun, and this weekend they'll be doing their own show, which will incorporate live jazz. Always a great time, and their sangria has a kick. "Another week and another great play! Join us in back in time to1955 at Wildfire Artzmosphere as we bring to life Pasha's Boudoir and the Hide-a-wee Home for Unwed Mother's! Tickets are on sale at Kaj Expressions for $10, show starts at 7:15 p.m. this Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday! July 19-22, 18. See you there!'"

Vocal Training, Summer Advance Classes
Bliss Centre, July 16-27. Sing your way through the summer!

Celebrating the delisting of Belize’s World Heritage Site from the Sites In Danger list
The Government and people of Belize continue to celebrate the delisting of Belize’s World Heritage Site from the Sites In Danger list. On Monday, public and private sector representatives were recognized for their contributions in the national effort. Oceana is proud to be part of and to promote the collective leadership that has resulted in this historic milestone.

Paint N Splash
See you this week at from 2-4pm Thursday. Subject is an Octopus

School Calendar 2018/2019

Re-Registration of Electors - Registration Centers
The public is hereby notified that the below-mentioned list of Registration Centers will be opened to facilitate the registration of electors from Monday 2nd July to Friday 31st August 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday’s to Friday’s and from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday’s.

Education campaign to Belizeans in the Diaspora
The International Boundaries Unit of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in collaboration with the Embassy of Belize in Washington and the Consulates in the United States, is embarking on the Education campaign to Belizeans in the Diaspora on whether to take Guatemala's Claim to Belize to the ICJ. The venue and dates for other cities will be shared as soon as they are finalized.

Green Climate Fund Workshop
The Government of Belize, through the Ministry of Economic Development and Petroleum (MEDP), is hosting a Green Climate Fund (GCF) Workshop at the George Price Center in Belmopan from July 16th-18th, 2018. The workshop is being held under the theme “Building Capacities of the National Designated Authority (NDA) for the Green Climate Fund”. During the next three days, approximately thirty (30) stakeholders from the public and private sector will be able to get a better understanding of GCF’s modalities and procedures and environmental and social safeguards. Stakeholders will be able to learn more about the support available for project preparation with the assistance of the GCF’s National Designated Authority (NDA) and other accredited entities. In addition, they will understand the key stages of the GCF accreditation process for Direct Access Entities (DAEs) to access GCF funds.

BIC and Scribe Back to School Tent Sale
Mark your calendar for the BIC and Scribe Back to School Tent sale! We will be in Corozal, Belize City, Orange Walk, Belmopan, San Ignacio , Punta Gorda and Independence Come visit us to get all your stationery supplies for your Back to School 2018

Corozal - Office of The Music Ambassador & Belikin Light Presents - COLOR BEACH FESTIVAL - FOAM + PAINT + WATER - Saturday, July 21st at Corozal Rainbow Beach - Gates Open at 8:00 P.M. $15 Pre-Sold or $20 at the Gate. Fully Powered by No Fear Dee Jays.

Power outage scheduled for portion of Orange Walk District on Friday, July 20 from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
To affect Yo Creek, San Lazaro, Trinidad, August Pine Ridge, San Felipe, Blue Creek, Linda Vista, Tres Leguas, Cuatro Leguas, San Antonio, Santa Cruz, San Lorenzo, San Roman, San Luis, San Pablo, San Jose, San Juan, Douglas, Buena Vista, Caledonia, Progresso, and Progresso Heights. BEL to replace utility poles carrying high voltage power lines and install lightning arresters in the area.

Table Rock Named Boutique Lodge of the Year
Congratulations, Table Rock Jungle Lodge! They were named the Boutique Lodge of the Year at the Travel & Hospitality Awards. Well deserved. "We are honored to receive this year's award for BOUTIQUE LODGE OF THE YEAR in Belize from the prestigious Travel & Hospitality Awards! Congratulations to our entire hardworking and dedicated team."

Vista Del Mar water interruption today
Belize Water Services informs customers in parts of Vista Del Mar that there will be an interruption in the water supply, today, Wednesday, July 18, 2018, starting at 1:00pm. The areas to be affected are all that area found North of Manta Ray Boulevard and Ocean Jack Avenue. This interruption is necessary for the installation of a new water main. Due to the upgrade, customers may experience low pressure and/or discoloration in their water supply when water is fully restored. Customers are being advised that water is expected to be fully restored by 5:30pm.

4th Annual Belize Film Commission/Hollywood Luncheon
The Belize Film Commission along with the National Institute of Culture and History, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture, Honorable Patrick Faber, and the Consulate General of Belize in Los Angeles will host Hollywood executives and international investors, as well as members of the Belizean diaspora involved in the film industry, at a Luncheon on July 21, 2018 in Southern California. This event is an opportunity for Belize to show itself in the best light as a film production friendly jurisdiction while promoting Belizean talent to international partners looking for locations and investment opportunities outside the US. The event has also garnered support from industry standard bearers such as Final Draft, a premiere script writing software, Warner Bros Animation, KJLH Radio Station, The Real Coconut by Daniella Hunter, Meister Watches and international investment entity The NOW Group/RSE Associates Inc. along with a host of other partners. We continue to attract a growing interest from the Hollywood and investment community each year.

Caribbean Pine tree
On this #TreeTuesday, we are highlighting the Caribbean Pine tree (Pinus caribaea)! Caribbean Pine trees grow over 110 feet in height. The seeds are bound together in a cone. The needle and pale-green leaves make a unique sound in the wind. Caribbean Pine trees are found in upland and lowland pine savannas. Well managed fires ensure that Caribbean Pine tree populations are healthy. A small portion of the 100,000 acre Bladen Nature Reserve has Caribbean Pine trees. In Belize, the trees are logged and sawn into commercial timers and boards as in other parts of Central America.

Channel 7

Cabbies Complain
This morning a crowd of disgruntled taxi operators in Orange Walk town gathered to protest at a park in Trial Farm village. They're angry with the Orange Walk Town Council because they feel they are being forced to sign a five year contract with a new foreign owned taxi company. This, according to their allegations, is being done in order to upgrade the taxi service with brand new vehicles, something the taxi operators say they wouldn't mind doing if it didn't cost so much. The alleged decision of the town council to introduce this company in Orange Walk has left the local cabbies feeling cheated out of their humble livelihoods. Here's what a few of them had to say at an impromptu press conference this morning: Disgruntled Taxi operator: "Now we are here, in protest of the things he is doing with those taxis. And we do not agree with painting all our taxis yellow because we don't even have the money to do that."

Big Money Green Light For Stake Bank Cruise Project
News is the The Stake Bank Cruise Docking facility had gone silent for a while - but tonight we can report that it's now going full speed ahead. First, a little bit of background: Developer Mike Feinstein signed a so-called "definitive agreement" with government 11 months ago to develop the Stake Bank Cruise Docking facility. Construction was supposed to start by the end of 2017 - and it was promised to open by January of 2019. But, it seems putting the financing for the mega-project together took a little more time.

US Doctors Optimistic About Burn Victim Grayson Cadle
He survived a butane explosion and received burns to 70% of his body, but Grayson Cadle is reported to be going strong after five rounds of surgery at Doctors Hospital in Augusta, Georgia. Yvette Burks from the Burn Victim Mercy Fund reports that Doctors are optimistic because he is recovering from each successive round of surgery. She says his chances of doing well are excellent and Doctors are really hopeful. And while that is one upside, the Burn Victim fund raised less than a hundred dollars for this mission of mercy. That's right, less than one hundred - when the air ambulance flight alone was 42 thousand dollars.

Court For Croc Meat
Two men went to court today - for trying to sell 25 pounds of crocodile meat - which is illegal. 34 year old Raymond Augustine and 31 year old Fenton Reyes, were charged with "found in possession of wild life" when they appeared today before Magistrate Khadeem Palmer. They pleaded not guilty and were released on bails of $1,000 each and their case was adjourned until September 5.

Resort Burglar Charged
Last night we told you about the burglary at Portofino Beach Resort, on northern Ambergris Caye. Early on Sunday morning, a robber made off with two safes containing about 16 thousand dollars in Belize and US currency. Police caught their suspect not far from the hotel and recovered about nine thousand dollars. Well, today, that suspect was charged. He is Israel Murillos, a 33-year-old, caretaker. He has been charged for Burglary.

Shaphan’s Struggle
To many, life in a wheelchair is not a life at all, but one man has learned to make the best out of it. He is 32 year old Shaphan Domingo. A 2007 shooting incident left him crippled. His legs had to be amputated. But he has been carrying on mostly on his own, never making his situation get the better of him. Today, Phillip Willoughby and the "One struggle" family held a special ceremony for Domingo to give him a number of much needed supplies. But that was not all. Courtney Weatherburne has the story. 32 year old Shaphan Domingo has come a long way. He was shot 4 times in January 2007 on Amara Avenue. That incident changed his life forever - it left him paralyzed. And throughout the years he has developed a number of other life-threatening complications including kidney stones and chronic urinary tract infection. But like he said in a 2007 interview, 8 months after he was shot, despite the daily struggles, nothing can bring him down.

Re-Registration Trend Shows Uptick In Numbers
The second week of re-registration was stronger than the first. In week two nineteen thousand two hundred and eighty-one persons applied for re-registration, about three thousand more than week one. And if you're in an urban area and only see re-registrants trickling in, we've seen photos of places like San Jose, Toledo where villagers lined up for hours on Sunday. Those villagers came from nearby communities to re-register. If you're waiting to do you thing, don't. Registration Centers continue to be open in all thirty-one (31) electoral divisions country-wide. So far 35,951 persons have re-registered to vote.

Benqueno Busted With Weed, Gets Eased on Bail
A Benque Viejo man was arraigned today at the Magistrate's court in Belize City. He is 27 year old Carlitos Valdez. On Sunday July 15th at around 6:00 in the morning, Hattieville Police saw a grey Kia Sportage, driven by Valdez, in a suspicious driving mode as he approached a checkpoint. They searched it and found a bag containing several parcels of weed tightly wrapped in transparent tape. The bundles of ganja weighed about 20 pounds. Valdez was arrested and charged with drug trafficking.

Accused of Murder, Convicted Of Manslaughter
A man got his charges reduced from murder to manslaughter after his case was tried at the Supreme Court in Belmopan. He is Stephen Gomez a resident of the Cayo district. He and Joseph Vacarro were previously arrested and jointly charged for the murder of Victor Vargas. However, today Vacarro testified in court against Gomez after having had his murder charges dropped. Vacarro told the court that Gomez and Vargas got into an altercation that ended in Gomez stabbing Vargas in the neck and head several times.

Belize Bank, 7 Years Of Awarding Scholars
Today the Belize Bank awarded full scholarships to 20 Belizeans to pursue their secondary and tertiary education. Over 168 students applied for the scholarship but only the most deserving- based on criteria of necessity and academic performance- were selected. The scholarship covers school fees, a book grant, tutoring classes and an integrated system of mentorship provided by the Belize Bank staff. We found out more: Dr. Dian Danderson- Chief Inspector of Schools, MOE: "You as the student need to also realize this wonderful opportunity that is being gifted to you today. When you realize it for yourself then you are able to take action. I want this to be a beginning point for you all as well..."

Basketballer Charles Garcia, Big Talent, Big Heart
The Belize Basketball Federation is getting ready for the FIBA Americup Qualifiers for the COCABA region that will be held here in Belize starting this weekend. And, now, the Belize National Basketball Team is shaping up - and one of the main talents is Charles Garcia. The six foot ten professional player who has played in the NBA-D-League, and in leagues all over the world says he is ready to finally play for his parents homeland:..

What is the Green Climate Fund About?
"Building Capacities of the National Designated Authority (NDA) for the Green Climate Fund". That is the theme for a 3 day workshop at the George Price Center. The main objective is discuss and better understand what the Green Climate Fund is all about. Here is more from the workshop. There are about 30 participants. The workshop ends tomorrow.

Chargé Moves On, Still No US Ambassador
She's a US diplomat who's become well known in Belize. But, now, US Embassy Chargé d Affaires, Adrienne Galanek is moving on. She rose to national prominence after the last Ambassador Carlos Moreno left when Donald Trump won the presidency. She's a US public servant, and not a political appointment like Ambassadors - was courteous even in departure: Adrienne Galanek, US Embassy Chargé d Affaires: "I leave Belize with a heartfelt gratitude towards Belizean people and the confidence in what the future holds for our 2 countries. Let the friendship between the United States and Belize move ever upward."

Commissioners Take The Oath
Governor General Sir Colville Young swore in four Commission Members yesterday in Belmopan. They are attorney Deshawn Arzu Torres, who takes the helm of the Integrity Commission; and four members of the Elections And Boundaries Commission, including Naima Barrow appointed by the UDP, and PUP appointees Orlando Espat, and Magali Marin-Young - who also happens to be the GG's daughter - in - law.

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Stake Bank Cruise Port to Break Ground in August
The Stake Bank Cruise Port is finally getting off almost a decade after it was first conceived and introduced by developer Michael Feinstein.  The proposal to construct a cruise ship [...]

Stake Bank to Proceed Without Controversial Causeway
The project will see the employment of hundreds of local laborers in erecting the twin piers, as well as the structures on the island.  Once completed, however, Stake Bank will [...]

Is the Proposed Cayo Rosario Development Massive?
In another tourism development, two months ago we reported on the proposed development at Cayo Rosario in San Pedro. Tourism stakeholders, fishermen and residents are opposed to the development of [...]

David Gegg’s GST Appeal Case Heard by the CCJ
A peculiar case was argued before the Caribbean Court of Justice today. It boils down to whether or not local tour operators must pay GST though cruise lines are exempted.  [...]

S.C. Eamon Courtenay: This is Not a Case of Tax Avoidance
Representing David Gegg and his two companies is Senior Counsel Eamon Courtenay.  Courtenay made the point that this is not a case in which Gegg is avoiding to pay tax, [...]

Week Two of Re-registration: 35,951 More Applications Submitted
There are some hitches in the ongoing mass registration exercise, but indications are that the flow of electors is steady.  In the week of July eighth and fourteenth, nineteen thousand [...]

An Update on Choice Bank’s Crippling Afflictions
Late this evening, the Central Bank of Belize issued a statement with updates to the predicament that Choice Bank finds itself in. According to the Central Bank of Belize, liquidator [...]

Shane Vellos says Cop Broke His Arm!
Shane Vellos says Placencia Police locked him up last Thursday evening because someone named him in a theft. The twenty-one-year-old says that he was wrongly accused and later released without [...]

A Caretaker is Charged for the Predawn Burglary of Portofino on Ambergris Caye
Portofino Resort on northern Ambergris Caye was burglarized in the predawn hours of Sunday, the thief making off with a pair of strong boxes containing sixteen thousand dollars in various [...]

Cayo Central Area Rep. Says Naturalized Guats. Should be Allowed to Re-register
It is likely that the latest re-registration figures released by the Elections and Boundaries Department include applications submitted by naturalized Guatemalans. As the process continues, several groups are opposing the [...]

Rene Montero Says ‘Yes’ To the ICJ
We also asked Cayo Central Area Representative, Rene Montero, whether he supports taking the Belize Guatemalan dispute for resolution by the International Court of Justice. It is no secret that [...]

The Race for UDP Leadership Intensifies
The race for leadership of the United Democratic Party has been ramped up with Belmopan Area Representative John Saldivar putting together a fantasy league of U.D.P. standard bearers ahead of [...]

7th Cohort of Belize Bank Scholarship Recipients are Recognized
A group of twenty students and their families gathered today at the Radisson Fort George Hotel in Belize City. The happy occasion was the award of the Belize Bank scholarships [...]

Gusty Winds Flip Tropic Air’s Plane in Guatemalan Airport
An airplane belonging to Tropic Air was flipped by gusty winds in Guatemala. Reports from Peten are that strong winds caused the plane, which was parked at the Mundo Maya [...]

Shaphan Domingo Needs Your Help!
Shaphan Domingo was only twenty years old when he was shot four times. One of the bullets hit his spine and left him paralyzed and eventually he lost both legs. [...]

K4 Donates Footwear to Liberty Children’s Home
Young children living at Liberty Home will be benefitting from a generous donation from K-Four, a U.S. based organization with roots in Belize.  The facility provides a safe home for [...]

KTV the Remix; What It Takes to Keep Your Favourite Singer
Momentum is building up for tonight’s KTV Remix which gets underway at eight-thirty tonight at the Bliss. Now, the show promises to be a nail-biter because this early in the [...]


35,951 applications received for Re-registration exercise
The Government is trying it’s best to rebuild the lists of people living in constituencies across the country that could have the most significant impact on the results of the next General Elections, as you know people have a tendency to vote in areas where they grew up rather than where they currently live. The …

Stake Bank Cruise Port funding is secured; construction to commence this year
The 50 million US dollar project that was rejected by environmentalists for potential impact on manatees and welcomed by tourism stakeholders in the Belize District is finally getting positive feedback. Funding has been secured for the construction of the Stake Bank Cruise Port. The announcement was made today by developers, Stake Bank Enterprise Limited, a …

Central Bank of Belize says it operated within the laws when dealing with the Choice Bank crisis
The Central Bank of Belize issued a statement late this evening addressing the ongoing Choice Bank crisis. The statement did not directly address the open letter to the Prime Minister Dean Barrow by Panamanian Attorney Giovanni Caporaso Gottlieb. As we last reported, Gottlieb wrote a letter to Prime Minister Barrow on behalf of a “large …

Islander is charged for burglarizing Portofino Resort on San Pedro
San Pedro Police have arrested and charged 33-year-old Israel Murillos for burglary. Murillos was detained following the burglary of Portofino Resort located at six and a half Miles North of San Pedro Town over the weekend. The Manager of the resort, Raul Rodriguez told police that on Sunday morning between one and two o’clock, someone …


Panamanian attorney wants CB Governor, Joy Grant, fired
Choice Bank, an offshore bank located on Marine Parade, has been the subject of media coverage a few times of late due to its liquidation predicament, which prevented the bank’s clients from being able to make withdrawals from the bank. On June 6, we learned that a client had filed a sworn affidavit claiming that Choice Bank was planning to wind down by the end of the month, which would result in the loss of substantial funds for the depositors. However, Central Bank of Belize, which regulates all banks, including Choice Bank, released a statement on June 7, saying that, as of May, it had started executing preventative and corrective actions to ensure that Choice Bank could continue to address its customers’ financial needs and concerns.

Canadian man, 21, charged for Pasadina Bar murder
On Sunday morning, April 15, a female bartender at Pasadina Bar, located in Ranchito, Corozal District, was attempting to close the main entrance to the bar when a man wearing a mask appeared with a sawed-off shotgun. Emmanuel Evan Sosa, 38, intervened on the woman’s behalf. An argument ensued between Sosa and the masked man, before the masked man shot the Good Samaritan dead and then fled. Last week, police’s investigation of the homicide led them to arrest a Canadian man, George Bednarik, 21, who reportedly had been residing in the village. Reportedly, Bednarik’s mother is a resident of Ranchito.

Motorcyclist collides with bus and dies
Another motorcyclist lost his life around 5:10 p.m. on Sunday when he collided with a bus between Miles 20 and 21 on the Hummingbird Highway, in the Valley Community area. Ian Hines, the bus driver, said that he was driving in a south-to-north direction while Albert Idelfonso, 22, a resident of Dangriga Town, was driving his motorcycle in the opposite direction. According to Hines, Idelfonso overtook two vehicles, but then collided with the front of the bus.

Shoshana Moody, 32 fined $15,000 for manslaughter by negligence
Shoshana Moody, 32, an employee of Choice Bank, was fined $5,000 by Madam Justice Marilyn Williams on Friday, July 13, after she pleaded guilty to manslaughter by negligence for the death of Chinese businessman, Liang Sheng Chen, who was knocked down by a silver SUV driven by Moody around 6:27 a.m. on August 11, 2012. Moody was also ordered to pay $10,000 in compensation to Chen’s estate. She was given until January 1, 2019, to pay both the fine and compensation. If she defaults on payment of the fine, she will serve a sentence of 6 months imprisonment. Failure to pay the compensation will result in a case of distress.

Crop-duster crashes in More Tomorrow
Today, sometime after 9:15 a.m., there was an aircraft accident near the More Tomorrow Village. Police and Civil Aviation personnel visited the area, where Henry Plett, the pilot, told them that while flying a crop-duster to spray the rice fields in the area, the crop-duster began to have mechanical problems. Plett said that he then attempted to land the crop-duster, but in the process, it crashed. He immediately exited the aircraft, which then burst into flames.

Diaspora Belizeans providing diabetes education at home
Belizeans in the diaspora have been making incalculable contributions to the development of Belize for a number of years in many areas. In their own way, many of these Belizeans are finding their way back home and are transferring their valuable skills and resources for the benefit of Belize. At a reception Friday night for members of the New York Belize Diabetes Association, (NYBDA) a group made up of mostly qualified healthcare professionals, leaders of the organization told Amandala about the work that they have undertaken to provide education to Belizeans suffering from the often devastating condition of diabetes.

CYDP Sports Summer Camp 2018
The CYDP (Conscious Youth Development Programme) held its two-week Under 15 Summer Camp from July 2 – 13 at the Yarborough Court and Field. The Camp had 100+ kids who participated in life skills through sports and swimming lessons (provided by Belize Defence Force personnel). After daily life-skills training, the youths played football and basketball competitions; and at the end of the Camp, awards and medals were issued for performance along with back-to-school supplies.

Firms Basketball League Week 3 scores
After a week’s break in the tournament, the Firms Basketball League (FBL) bounced back into action last week with games on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Swift Hall court. The first two weeks of the tournament were played at the Civic Center. In the opener on Thursday night, Diginet defeated Police, 64-57. Diginet was led by Lupita Acosta 18 pts 5 rebs, and Jason Vasquez 13 pts 13 rebs; while Police had Marcus Lewis with 25 pts 10 rebs, and Sheldon Williams 9 pts 10 rebs. And in the nightcap, it was Dragons, 75-71, over Belize Bank Bulldogs. Balanced scoring for the Dragons saw Eyan Rene with 18 pts 11 rebs, Sydney Bradley 14 pts 5 rebs, Andrew Vasquez 14 pts 16 rebs, and Kevin Hamilton 12 pts rebs; while the Bulldogs were led by Lincey Lopez 18 pts 4 rebs, Earl Johnson 11 pts 10 rebs, and Jamal Augustine 10 pts 7 rebs.

Anglican Church Criterium winners
The 6th Annual Anglican Church Criterium was originally scheduled for June 15 of this year, but was postponed until yesterday, Sunday, July 15, when the cycle races in different categories were held on the Albert/Regent Streets Circuit, starting at 11:00 a.m. The various race categories, with the exception of kids under 12 years, did different numbers of laps on the Albert/Regent Streets Circuit; the under 12 kids took a shorter route through Dean Street. (Note: CFB – Cycling Federation of Belize; WW – Weekend Warriors)

FFB to appoint normalizing committee for Toledo Football Association
The Executive Committee of the Football Federation of Belize (FFB), at a meeting held on July 10, 2018, passed a motion to appoint a normalization committee to run the affairs of the Toledo Football Association (TFA). The decision was primarily made after the composition of the TFA Executive degenerated to an unacceptably low number of active officers, which contravenes the statutes for the transaction of the association’s business. A (3) three-person normalizing committee will be put in place to administrate the daily affairs of the TFA, work closely with the TFA General Secretary, the Technical Officer and the Administrative officer. The committee is also tasked to organize the process for conducting the elections of a new TFA Executive.

Editorial: Independence, in retrospect
As Belize headed into the critical general election of 1979, the ruling People’s United Party (PUP), under the leadership of Premier George Cadle Price, was calling for political independence as soon as possible, and publicly lamenting that independence had been so long delayed, for more than a decade in fact. On the other hand, the Opposition United Democratic Party (UDP), under the leadership of the attorney Dean Russell Lindo, was saying that Belize should wait ten years before entering independence, because the country was not sufficiently developed economically. It appeared that the Guatemalan oligarchy and military preferred the UDP’s position on independence to the PUP one, because all the indications were that they preferred for the UDP to come to power.

From the Publisher
Several months ago, some people decided that it was in line with their agenda to create a fake news website which declared that yours truly was one of the ten richest men in Belize. The sinister aspect of the website was that it appeared during a period when the Kremandala institutions were actually battling for their financial life, in a collapsing Belizean economy. We have said to you before that by the latter part of 2016 we had become aware that there was some kind of organized, concerted attack on our Southside businesses, an attack which involved the ruling United Democratic Party (UDP). It may have been that these offensives began as early as late 2013 or early 2014 (in the wake of the Elvin Penner passport scandal), but it was not until late 2016 that we became entirely convinced of the existence of an all-out conspiracy against us.

Quo Vadis, Belice?
Dear Editor, All is not well in The Jewel. Inflation fueled by crushing and ever increasing taxation is driving more of us into poverty on a daily basis. Corruption at all levels is the order of the day. Crime of all types including an unprecedented number of homicides and home invasions overwhelms us like a runaway train. This has been especially true since the legalization of cannabis, as was the case in Jamaica until they repealed the law. We suffer under senseless draconian Napoleonic gun laws under which the criminals find it easier to bear arms than the law-abiding citizen, yet this has utterly failed to reduce the killings.

Calumny of a quisling?
Dear Editor, So, our illustrious Foreign Minister refers to Belizean patriots as “crazy.” He should be careful about name calling. This is the same character who violated the trust the Belizean people placed in him to represent their best interests, and instead has bent his efforts toward helping the Guatemalans abscond with land title to Belize. He blathers on about what a great and kind and good neighbor Guatemala has been to us. Has he never viewed the havoc the Guatemalans are wreaking in our national forests?

BCC’s impressive housing initiative
We shouldn’t let it just go by, this initiative by the Belize City Council (BCC) to design a low cost house for people who want to own a home but are not exactly rolling in cash. There’s a Ministry of Housing (national government), and/so the business of getting houses built is not really the territory of municipal government. But the housing situation in Belize being so dire, and there not being much of a national response, someone had to light a candle. The BCC deserves big points for the effort. A signature piece of the PUP manifesto, 1998-2003, was to see the construction of 10,000 houses in the country. I recall that the Cuban government stepped up to assist, with a factory that produced a house we called the Cubel. I never saw the Cubel house “factory” at work, but I know the factories (2?) were here because I read about it. The Cubels couldn’t have caught on though, because after a time there wasn’t much discussion about them.

Belizeans in Los Angeles, California came out to the Belize Diaspora Town Hall that was held on Sunday, July 1, 2018 at the Holy Name of Jesus School in Los Angeles, addressing the Belize Re-registration process by the government of Belize on July 2, 2018 that will shut out thousands of Belizeans living abroad in the United States and across the world in the Belizean diaspora from the Belize electoral process. The critical issue will prepare the Belizean electorate in Belize to vote in the April 10, 2019 Belize referendum that will decide if Belizeans want the Anglo-Guatemalan claim of Belize to go for adjudication to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

The inspirational journey of Kaedhyn Williams
Her eyes twinkled with confidence and her smile enveloped the room as she exclaimed her future goals and intentions. Kaedhyn Williams is an 11-year-old Belizean American who is the oldest child of Belizean parents Marvin Williams and Tamarah Major Williams, who recently became the recipient of the prestigious scholarship of the Carson Scholars Fund. Kaedhyn, a 7th grade student at Fulton & Alsbury Academy of Arts and Engineering in Lancaster, California, has all the reasons to be ecstatic. The remarkable journey of Kaedhyn began with the challenge of being born with Spinal Bifida, which affected her ability to walk. She had to endure several major and delicate surgeries over her childhood to correct the condition. Then she had to learn how to walk independently and use a brace daily that required assistance in putting on and taking off. While this is a lot for any human being to deal with, Kaedhyn Williams not only endured, survived and excelled but went above and beyond.

Long re-registration lines in Buena Vista trigger police presence
A number of stories about various incidents are being spawned on a daily basis since the re-registration exercise began at the start of the month. In Buena Vista village, which lies in the Toledo East constituency, there have been daily long lines that on two occasions, because of the length of the lines, led to police being called in to monitor the situation and keep the peace. The chairman of Buena Vista requested the presence of the police for safety reasons, beginning last Wednesday, a reliable source confirmed to us.

Re-trial of 3 men accused of 2012 murder of ex-BDF concludes
The second murder trial of three men ended today, Monday, and Supreme Court Justice Colin Williams, who heard the case sitting without a jury, has indicated that he will issue his ruling on Wednesday, July 18. The three men, Tyrone Meighan, Brandon Baptist and Orel Leslie, were accused of the November 23, 2012 murder of James Noralez, an ex-Belize Defence Force soldier, whose body was found dumped near the junction of Fabers Road and the George Price Highway, riddled with bullets.

Jermaine Moody, 30, convicted of manslaughter
Today, after hearing pleas for mitigation, Justice Adolph Lucas set Friday, July 27, as the date for the sentencing of Jermaine Moody, 30, who was found not guilty of murder, but guilty of manslaughter for the death of Moses Coc, 31, which occurred on September 13, 2014, in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye. Two character witnesses testified on Moody’s behalf. The first was Leny Jo Garnett, 35, a standard 6 teacher at Hummingbird Primary School, and she said that she has known Moody for over 10 years, and during that time, he was very jovial, quiet and compassionate.

Rudolph Welcome, 18, accused of attempted murder, released on bail
Rudolph Welcome, 18, a resident of Roaring Creek who was remanded into custody on a charge of attempted murder, was released on a bail of $8,000 with 2 sureties that were offered to him by Madam Justice Antoinette Moore on Friday, July 13. The bail was granted on several conditions. One of them was that Welcome is not to interfere with the complainant, Eugene Henderson, 22, in any way. Neither is he to interfere with any of Henderson’s friends or family members.

Belizeans in the diaspora have been making incalculable contributions to the development of Belize for a number of years in many areas. In their own way, many of these Belizeans are finding their way back home and are transferring their valuable skills and resources for the benefit of Belize. At a reception Friday night for members of the New York Belize Diabetes Association, (NYBDA) a group made up of mostly qualified healthcare professionals, leaders of the organization told Amandala about the work that they have undertaken to provide education to Belizeans suffering from the often devastating condition of diabetes.

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Re-Registration of Electors – Registration Centers
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Integrity and Election commission members sworn in
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Mother and son graduate together from Galen University
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Buena Vista man died of natural causes
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The William Mason saga: Two years later
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Two Iconic Islanders Need Your Help – Maria and Coconut Leo
Sometimes life throws a curve ball your way and you have to do what you can to survive. As was the case of Maria the fruit/juice lady, a global favorite. Both my friend Jenna and I were happy to see she and the family fruit stand landed in a new location after both her home and her business were forced to move at the same time. Maria’s new location is a bit farther south from her old one which was across from Isla Bonita Yacht Club. From town, If you go past Banana Beach Resort and just a little more past Royal Palm Villas then look right at the corner of the road leading to Escalante on the west side of the road you will see it. Next came a less happy tour for another iconic San Pedrano as we took the back road to San Pedrito to see the shell of Coconut Leo’s house burned down house. If you do not know, on July 8th Coconut Leo’s house burned to the ground while he (luckily) was not home. Leo had been living rent-free on the property for the last 7 years. Leo’s uncle David has lived on the same property longer than Leo and his house was also damaged and in need of repair. David does pay some rent but up until recently, he was also living there rent-free.

Miraculous Turneffe Atoll: Unparalleled Beauty, A Dream Property and A Massive Hotel
A coral atoll in itself is quite miraculous. A circle of microscopic polyps clinging to each other and rising up on the edges of ancient volcanos or shifting fault blocks – braving winds, deep water waves and storms – over thousands and millions of year. Belize is so blessed. Tiny Belize has three atolls off her shores – Lighthouse (home of possibly the most famous sinkhole in the world), Glover’s Atoll and Turneffe. Sunday I headed out to the largest atoll – over 30 miles from south to the northern lighthouse. An early morning start with the water taxi from San Pedro to Belize City (1.5 hours) and then catching a chartered ride from the city to our final destination.

A jewish wedding at Victoria House Resort by Romantic Travel Belize
Romantic Travel Belize is a company in Belize that organize weddings and private events. Their work is amazing and the owner personally is taking care of every detail. As usual, Danielle’s and Nathan’s wedding was a success… I will let the photos speak for this wedding.

7 Belize Barrier Reef Facts Every Scuba Diver Should Know About
With hundreds of islands and thousands of dive sites, it's no wonder that the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Belize Barrier Reef is a world-class scuba diving destination. belize barrier reef If you are coming to Belize for a fabulous scuba diving vacation, here are seven important facts you should know: It's Really Big: The Belize Barrier Reef is part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, the second-biggest barrier reef in the world after the Great Barrier Reef of Australia. The Belize Barrier Reef forms approximately 35% of the total north-south length of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System but 80% of its total area. It's a Unique Barrier Reef in the Western Hemisphere There are only two barrier reefs in the entire western hemisphere, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Belize Barrier Reef and a small reef located offshore of the island of Providencia in Nicaragua. Although other reefs in the region are sometimes referred to as barrier reefs, only Belize and Nicaragua have true barrier reefs.

The Top Things to Do in Belize 2018- Must-see Attractions in Belize
Whether you seek sun, nature, beaches, or adventure, there is so much to discover in Belize in 2018. Although the country is small (just 8,867 square miles), it offers so many amazing things to do and see that it can be hard deciding which activities to enjoy first. Here is our humble submission for the top things to do in Belize in 2018:

Is Belize Safe
Belize is a small country, but because it isn't well-known by outsiders, a lot of visitors want to know if it is safe to visit. Of course, no country is ever going to be completely safe from crime and other risks, but Belize is an incredibly safe country for foreign visitors. Tourism is an important part of the Belizean economy. With over one million visitors a year to a country smaller than the state of Massachusetts, the government of Belize takes visitor safety extremely seriously. As such, the vast majority of visitors to Belize enjoy a wonderful, safe, and incident-free vacation.

10 Gorgeous Birds You Are Likely To See On Your Belize Vacation
With more than 600 different bird species recorded in Belize, it can be difficult to decide a top 10 list of the most beautiful. Belize's pristine landscapes of mountain forests, wetlands, offshore islands, rainforests, and jungle make it an ideal location for birds to thrive, including several rare and endangered species. Here is our list of the top 10 most gorgeous birds in Belize:

Top 5 Things To Do in Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve
Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve — known as “Pine Ridge” to locals — was established in 1944 to protect and manage the native Belizean pine forest since the area is very different from the other forests in Belize. The landscape features rolling pine forest spread over smooth, granite hillsides. Unfortunately, about two decades ago, Pine Ridge suffered a pine beetle infestation and it is still in the process of fully recovering to its once majestic splendor. However, the area is still pretty spectacular and it is one of the top spots to visit when in Western Belize. So if you’re looking for a fun day trip, go to Pine Ridge! The area offers a variety of things to do such as birdwatching, swimming, caving, and trekking Maya ruins.

Belize Eco-Kids 2018 Summer Camp Takes Off!
Well hello there, if you’re reading this, then you’re probably a concerned parent who’s naturally worried about your child being away from home. That’s totally okay! I hope these blogs can help relieve your stress. You can be assured that your child will be completely taken care of by experienced and caring volunteer counselors. Today was probably the hardest day for everyone (apart from the last day), a mixture of emotions could be felt at each meet up point. Emotions ranging from fear of the unknown all the way up to excitement. However, that fear they had went away rather quickly. You’d be amazed to see how fast and easily the kids began making friends on the bus. At each stop, with more and more children hopping on, the singing of camp songs became louder and louder.

Eco Kids Summer Camp 2018 Day 2: Biodiversity & Conservation
A wet but joyful hello from the banks of the Macal river. Yes, for those of you who didn’t know, Eco Kids camp is held yearly at Chaa Creek’s Macal river camp. I know what you’re thinking, but don’t worry, the kids are never allowed down by the river; all water activities are done in a supervised private pool. The camp provides the perfect environment for children to immerse themselves in nature. If you ask any camper, being surrounded by a variety of plants and animals is definitely the best part of camp. Our second day consisted of learning about all the chirping birdies, bright yellow flowers and creepy crawlers that live around us A.K.A Biodiversity.

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