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The San Pedro Sun

Island players drafted for Belize’s U-15 Female National Team
On Monday, July 23rd, the Football Federation of Belize issued the names of players that will form Belize’s Under-15 Female National Team to participate in the upcoming Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) U-15 tournament. Among the selected players are San Pedro’s Dennisa Mairena and Tanya Teul (no image available). The FFB selected the players from various football tournaments held across the country. The other players on the team include Georgelli Acosta, Shenda Casimiro, Shadette Lino, Rhea Gordon, Khalydia Velasquez, Jazanni Rodriguez, Aliya Herbert, Alahnie Bainton, Bernadine Zuniga, Roshany Narvaez, Tiana Rowley, Evania Sarceno, Jyselle, Conorque, Keonda Kayaba, Carlene Tillet, Janivi Quiroz, and Sulma Aguilar.

Teams bring intensity in second week of 2018 Copa San Pedro
The 2018 Copa San Pedro Tournament continued this weekend at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town. Eight intense matches took place over three days. The first set of matches were played on Thursday, July 19th starting at 7PM, with Talal F.C going against Boca Bombers. It was a tight match that ended in a 3-4 victory for Boca Bombers. The next match saw Los Catrachos F.C winning against Ambergris Hopes with an 11-1 score. The tournament continued the following day at 7PM, with Ambergris Combined winning 1-0 over Golden Warriors in the female category. In the next match, Young Strikers took an easy 3-0 victory G-Strikers.

Ambergris Today

Blood Pressure And Heart Medication Valsartan Product Recall
Belmopan. July 24th, 2018. The Ministry of Health has been alerted to a precautionary product recall from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Valsartan, a medication used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure. The recall is due to the presence of an impurity, N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), found in the recalled products. Laboratory test results show that the impurity may cause cancer. Not all Valsartan medicines are affected but a few have been identified in Belize.

Rotary Club Of Belize Sunrise To Host Teacher Training Conference
The Rotary Club of Belize Sunrise, the Rotary Club of Seven Springs (USA), and Pathlight International (Belize) this week concluded a series of two-day Teacher Training Conferences (TTC) held in the Cayo, Orange Walk, and Stann Creek Districts. With Belize struggling to improve student literacy and limited formal training for educators, this project was identified as an area where assistance through Rotary could have positive, sustainable, and far-reaching impact with teachers and consequently improved learning capabilities for students.

$10,000 Scholarship For Junior Chef Of The Year At Taste Of Belize
An impressive display of Belizean culinary ingenuity and mixology took place over the weekend as part of this year’s Taste of Belize, the BTB’s signature culinary competition. The event was held on Saturday, July 21, 2018, at the Ramada Belize City Princess. Approximately 20 Master chefs, 5 Junior Chefs, 4 Pastry Chefs and 6 Bartenders from throughout Belize participated in this year’s event. The Master Chef received the signature BTB Taste of Belize Award. All winners received numerous cash prizes.

Misc Belizean Sources


Blood Pressure and Heart Medication Valsartan Product Recall
The Ministry of Health has been alerted to a precautionary product recall from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Valsartan, a medication used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure. The recall is due to the presence of an impurity, N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), found in the recalled products. Laboratory test results show that the impurity may cause cancer. Not all Valsartan medicines are affected but a few have been identified in Belize.

Belize Diabetes Association Corozal Branch Bingo
Do love you bingo? Do love winning thise games and get big pots? Support The Belize Diabetes Association Corozal Branch Bingo day game. Wenesday August 8, 2018 @ 1:00pm at Jam Rock. Come join us for a fun afternoon.

Belize Water Services Limited Annual General Meeting
Belize Water Services Limited will hold its Seventeeth Annual General Meeting at the SCA Multipurpose Mercy Center on Marine Parade, Belize City on Friday, 24th August 2018, commencing at 7:00pm. An AGM pack has been sent to all Shareholders. Those shareholders who cannot attend may, if they wish, appoint a Proxy by completing the Appointment on Proxy Form included in the AGM pack. Shareholders may also submit the enclosed Response and Question Forms by 5:00pm on Wednesday 22nd August, 2018.

Belize's Budding Young Environmentalists Take To The Jungle For A Weeklong Learning Adventure
The health of Belize's environment has received another yearly booster shot with the arrival of 24 young Belizeans for a week of hands-on environmental education at The Lodge at Chaa Creek's annual Eco-Kids Environmental Education Summer Camp. Chaa Creek's founding owners, Mick and Lucy Fleming, said sponsoring the yearly educational adventure at their Macal River Camp is, "an investment in the future." "We started the Eco-Kids summer camp in 2001 with the belief that instilling a sense of wonder and respect for the natural world in young people while giving them the skills and confidence to protect it is the best way to prepare for the environmental challenges of the future," Ms Fleming said.

Belize Tourism Board Hosts Another Successful Digital Marketing Summit
The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) hosted its annual Digital Marketing Summit earlier this month, which featured presentations from TravAllianceMedia executives. Led by TravAllianceMedia presentations from Vice President of Global Sales, Maura Lee Byrne, and Director of Sales for Mexico and Latin America, Maria-Antonieta Aguirre, the fourth annual summit was a huge success for the BTB. During their presentations, Byrne and Aguirre focused on the Travel Trade Trends and the importance of education based on the Travel Belize Specialist Program. As for TravAllianceMedia’s relationship with the BTB, the company currently operates their official Travel Belize Specialist Program in Travel Agent Academy, which launched six months ago.

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 to Friday, and from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Suicide Prevention Training
The Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation has once again teamed up with Galen University to offer another round of Suicide Prevention Training for youth and community workers. The two-day basic workshops will take place in Toledo, Orange Walk and Corozal between August 6-14. See flier for details. Spaces are limited!

Minister of Health visits Valley of Peace health center
Today the Minister of Health, Hon. Pablo Marin along with the Director of Health Services, Dr. Marvin Manzanero visited the Valley of Peace health center to listen to the concerns expressed by Dr. Candy Azueta...and the Community Health Worker, Darline Scott on how the Ministry can assist to improve on the services offered.

Ministry of National Security Issues Statement on the Death of Baby Etana Bennett
he Ministry of National Security records with sadness the death of baby Etana Bennett which occurred in Belize City on July 23, 2018. The Ministry extends its sincere condolences to the family and assures the public that everything will be done to bring the perpetrators of this senseless and callous killing to justice. The murder of any human being is painful, but it is especially painful when a child becomes the innocent victim of rivalry between gangs.

Teen Week 2018
Teen Week 2018 is here, August 6th -10th, bigger and better than ever! Limited spaces are available. Incomplete application forms will not be considered. Deadline for submissions is Thursday, August 2nd. Pick up application forms at our PG Youth Center today!!!

Paint N Splash
See you this week at from 2-4pm Thursday to paint these beautiful Hibiscus!.

It is Tree Tuesday and we are featuring the Cohune tree (Attalea cohune)!
The majestic Cohune palm trees have many uses in Belize. The nuts are loved by many animals including the gibnut and agouti – animals that are helping the dispersal of the seeds. Oil is also extracted from the nuts. The heart of the palm is extracted and cooked. The leaves, growing over 30 feet in length, are used to make roofs for thatch houses. We are monitoring Cohune palm trees to understand how fast they grow and regenerate leaves. Have you eaten the heart of the Cohune palm tree?

Kids enjoying the last day of the Martial Arts Summer Camp, the first of many organized by Sports Coordinator Kent "Bob" Gabourel and Councilor Hector Alamilla.


The Board of Management of Escuela Secundaria Tecnica Mexico (ESTM) announces the following vacancy:- 1) SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHER Qualifications: Minimum Associate's Degree required, but Bachelor's Degree preferred. Pedagogical training and teacher experience required. Knowledge and experience in Secondary Education required. Knowledge of the Education Act and Education Rues required. Good organizational skills needed.

Bullet Tree Community Cleanup
The Bullet Tree Falls Sustainable Summer Camp had a community clean-up campaign this weekend. They also had a clean up yesterday at the Bullet Tree swim spot. Betta No Litta! They are imploring everyone to leave only footprints. "Today was an important day of our “1st No-Plastic, No-Styrofoam Kids Summer Camp, 2018”. We held the community cleanup activity, through which we seek to create awareness in our children and their families, that we are all responsible for keeping our village clean. That we should not expect anyone else to come clean it up for us; and most importantly, so that children can see that most of the garbage being generated in the village and thrown on the streets, in the culverts and drains are SINGLE-USE PLASTIC AND STYROFOAM.

Cayo Corn Festival
The Cayo Corn Festival is finally happening! The first one will be on Saturday, August 11th, and will be on Burns Avenue. It'll be a cultural festival celebrating Cayo. Lots of corn based foods will be on sale. There will be live music, and the New Sensation Band will be performing. "The cultural Maya ‘Mano and Metate’ Presentation along with a variety of corn meals prepared by different women in our community. If you have the best corn food or drink then visit us at the Cayo Welcome Center and enter our Corn Festival competition where First prize is $700 and Second prize: $300. Live music by the most versatile band in the land ‘The New Sensation Band’ and of course Ice cold Belikin Beers, stout, Lighthouse, landshark, Guinness and Coca-Cola.

Great Opportunity! The Rowe Fund program helps you finance your education in the U.S.
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Emancipation Day activities

Channel 7

Baby Etana, Another Casualty of Gang Warfare
3 year old Baby Etana Bennett died yesterday evening after 4:00 - not too long after our interview with her mother, Alva Moody. The family truly believed that baby would make it since she survived the first surgery to remove the bullet from her temple. But her little body could not hold up for the second surgery. We spoke to baby Etana's grandmother about her devastating end. Sharon Faber, Etana's Grandmother: "We got a call from the hospital and they say they want to see the mother, then my daughter call me back and said the baby didn't make it, she passed away."

Taxi-man Dispute Leads To Chopping
There was a taxi-man throw down this afternoon in front of the Ocean Ferry Water taxi terminal - just off the swing bridge. Two taxi-men got into a brawl. One pulled out a machete and chopped the other. It was a big scene and the police came to break up the brawl - reportedly firing warning shots in the downtown area. Eyewitnesses say it all started because of a quarrel over an airport run. Andy Richardson, Chief Security - Ocean Ferry: "I just saw when Buckley went into the terminal." Reporter: "Buckley is a taxi man?" Andy Richardson: "He is a taxi man driving for Ocean Ferry and Mr. Gerald, he is from that side and then when Buckley came inside, I saw Mr. Gerald came behind and start a wrestling inside and I took them outside..."

Guilty of Murder for Killing Customs Officer Common-Law
It made headlines three years ago when Orvin Wade stabbed his common law, 25 year old Keisha Buller, a customs officer, to death. Well, tonight, Wade has been pronounced guilty and is awaiting a sentence from Justice Antionette Moore who delivered her verdict yesterday. The murder happened in July of 2015 in Benque Viejo. The prosecution's main witness Gertrude Humes - Keisha's grandmother - saw it all unfold. She testified that she was in her room when she heard an argument between her granddaughter and Wade. When she came out of her room to see what was the ruckus, she saw her granddaughter dash out of a a room bleeding.

Cosme’s Murder Motivated By Jealousy?
Sometime after five yesterday morning police discovered the lifeless body of 44 year old Samuel Elias Cosme around mile five and a half on the northern highway. In last night's news, police said that they were looking for a female whom they believe was last seen in his company. Cosme, a resident of an address off Holy Emanuel Street, was found yesterday morning with multiple stab wounds to his chest, abdomen and to the back and left side of his hand. His empty red pickup truck was also discovered a short distance away from his body. So, what is the nature of the female suspect's involvement? Well, when we spoke to the family today they declined to comment on camera.

Belizean Died In ADO Accident
Yesterday we told you about the fatal ADO bus collision near Bacalar, Quintana Roo - about 60 miles from Chetumal. As we told you, a Belizean basketball team was traveling on the bus when the collision occurred. According to reports, the bus driver saw a lumber truck on the road but he didn't realize that it wasn't moving. The lumber truck had apparently stopped as a result of mechanical problems. That led to a massive explosive collision. The passengers, including the Belizean team suffered minor injuries. However, the basketball team weren't the only Belizeans that were inside the bus at the time of the incident. A family of four from Corozal was sitting on the left front side of the bus directly on the path of collision. One of them, Alvaro Ascencio, was flung through the window as a result of the impact and his mangled body landed several feet away. CTV-3 heard more from his family today.

Wife Stabbed Him In Chest, Man Tells Court He Deserved It
3 months ago, we told you about 19 year-old Renesha Alvarez, the Belize City resident who was remanded for allegedly stabbing her common-law husband, 19 year-old Herman Solis in the chest. He almost died, but today Solis appeared before Chief Magistrate Sharon Frazer and told the court that he no longer wanted to press charges against her. He dropped a line which left the courtroom stunned. He said, quote, "I want to drop the charge, because I deserve what I got." End quote. Alvarez was taken back before the Magistrate's Court late yesterday evening. The Chief Magistrate intended to examine whether or not she should be granted bail, since she's been on remand for a little over 12 weeks now. But, before that could happen, Solis, approached the bench and asked to address the court - which is when he said he deserved what he got.

Phillip Willoughby, On His Own In Port
Last night we told you about Phillip Willoughby - the aspiring UDP candidate who has been made to resign immediately from NEMO because he's running for politics. So now he faces a four month run-up to a hotly contested convention and doesn't have a job. Today we met him at his Port Loyola Summer Camp and asked him if he was forced to resign:... Jules Vasquez, reporter: "You have resigned basically forthwith, in the next three days you will have officially resigned from NEMO. Explain to me, this is almost three months away from your original date of resignation - of departure - which was October?"

The Fuss over Fiestarama Is Over
Last night, we told you about the business dispute between the Orange Walk Town Council and the National Sports Council over use of the People's Stadium. It's the place where the Town Council has hosted their Annual Fiestarama event for a number of years, but the National Sports Council was attempting to deny them access because they didn't pay their rental bills for last year's use. Both sides agree that the Town Council owed the National Sports Council for the People's Stadium use from last year. But, they couldn't agree on the total figure. On one hand, the Orange Walk Town Council disputed the total charges that the Sports Council calculated as their bill. On the other, there was the Sports Council which maintains that the charges are easily justifiable, and that Mayor Kevin Bernard broke his contractual obligations to pay last year's bill.

Three Involved In Serious Accident Outside PG
Late breaking news is that there was a terrible traffic accident outside of Punta Gorda this evening between Dump and the town. Three persons were flung from this car which was severely mashed up - and appeared to have flipped many times. Initial reports say one person died and two were seriously injured. We'll have more details on this tomorrow.

Woman’s Head Goes Through Windshield
Also today in Ladyville there was a non-fatal head on collision between a Ford Ranger pickup and a Mercedes Sedan. It happened near Marage Road and the female passenger in the Mercedes reportedly ended up with her head through the windshield. She sustained major head injuries and was reportedly carrying a child in her hand. She was taken to the KHMH. The crash occurred because one of the vehicles was swerving to avoid a vehicle which was turning unto the highway.

Praise and Pantry for CITCO Summer
Praise and pantry, that is what the Belize City Council together with S&B Ministries from West Palm Beach, Florida are bringing to children of South Side Belize City. S&B Ministries has been running this back to school praise and worship pantry program for the past 5 years but this year is the first time that they have partnered with the city council to do a more targeted campaign and reach out to deserving children in three city constituencies. We learnt more from City Councillor Dr. Candice Pitts and Founder of S&B Ministries Brenda August. Dr. Candice Pitts- Councillor, Responsible for Women and Children foreign Affairs: "Today the Belize City council is partnering with S&B Ministries, which is a Christian based organization out of Florida, to provide the praise and worship pantry program. Today is the first of the three day program..."

The King Of Rotary Comes Calling
If you watch the news with any regularity, you'll know all about the good humanitarian work that the 10 different Rotary clubs in Belize do for the general public. They are often on the frontlines of some goodwill gesture for needy Belizeans. But, what you may not know is that those Rotary Clubs, Rotaract, and Interact, all make up a part of Rotary International, which has a presence in over 200 countries, in the form of 36 thousand different clubs. The President of Rotary International, Barry Rassin and his wife, Esther, are on a few-days visit to Belize as part of his annual Presidential Tour. And that's a big deal for the Belizean rotarians because it's the first time in 56 years that the highest ranking official in Rotary International has come to visit.

The Deputy Played Sheriff In Hollywood
Today's Rotary International Event gave us an opportunity to ask the Deputy Prime Minister Faber about his recent visit to Hollywood. He went there along with the Belize Film Commission, the National Institute of Culture and History, and the Consulate General of Belize to meet with the major players from Hollywood's film making industry. It's an important marketing tool for Belize where the local industry personalities get to make connections with those major players, and to pitch Belize as a film friendly jurisdiction. The Belize Delegation got a chance to meet with representatives from a number of Hollywood media groups, as well as Belizean dignitaries, and professional athletes.

A Pair of Pistols
This morning around 11:30, police found a pair of pistols. Personnel from the GSU and the Special Patrol Unit did searches in the Reggae Street area of Port Loyola. They found the weapons wedged under a sheet of zinc in a pile of garbage. Police continue to investigate this new case of found property.

Health Warning About Blood Pressure Med
The Ministry of Health today issued a cautionary notice about a potentially harmful product called Valsartan, which is used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure. The release says that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has made a precautionary recall of the product. The recall was made because of the presence of an impurity which is found in the recalled products. According to laboratory tests the impurity may cause cancer. Of course, not all Valsartan medicines are affected. But some, according to the Ministry, have been identified in Belize.

Channel 5

Shooting Victim Alva Moody Opens Up About the Murder of Her Three-year-old Daughter
The life of three-year-old Etana Bennett was cut short just after five o’clock on Monday evening, as we reported in our newscast. The child clung to life for almost forty [...]

Ministry of National Security puts out a release on the death of Etana Bennett
While the police on Monday did not confirm that the murder of three-year-old Etana Bennett was a result of gang rivalry, higher up in the Ministry of National Security, a [...]

Woman Detained for Samuel Cosme’s Murder
News Five has confirmed that a woman is in police custody tonight in connection with the fatal stabbing of forty-three-year-old Samuel Cosme. The woman, believed to be the main suspect, [...]

Corozal Resident Died in Fatal RTA in Quintana Roo
Today, there is confirmation from relatives and friends that the man who perished in a fatal traffic accident in Quintana Roo, Mexico was a resident of Paraiso Village in Corozal. [...]

Second Payment for Sugar Cane is Low; B.S.C.F.A. Says the Industry is in Crisis
The final price for sugar is in and the estimated value for the 2017-2018 crop is not sweet news for farmers who will be paid an estimated forty-five dollars and [...]

B.S.C.F.A. Branch Chair Wants Dialogue with G.O.B. and the Millers
The projected prices for raw sugar sold to the European Union and on the world market have been on a downward trend. A decrease in profits was expected, despite the [...]

Cooler Heads Prevail, Fiestarama Impasse Over
A deal was struck and a contract signed between the Orange Walk Town Council and the National Sports Council this afternoon. Mayor Kevin Bernard along with his deputy mayor and [...]

Fiestarama Will Be Held at the People’s Stadium
According to National Sports Council Director, Ian Jones, the agreement does not allow the Sports Council to collect commissions paid from any other revenues during Fiestarama. Jones says that the [...]

Politics Was Not Involved Says, DPM Patrick Faber
Since news hit the press late last week, Mayor Kevin Bernard claimed that the Sports Council’s decision to revise the prior Fiestarama agreement was politically motivated. Prior to the meeting [...]

Ervin Wade Found Guilty of the Murder of Keisha Buller
Ervin Wade has been found guilty of the murder of twenty-five-year-old Keisha Buller. The verdict was delivered by Supreme Court Justice Antoinette Moore on Monday in Belmopan. Buller, who was [...]

Blood Pressure and Heart Failure Meds Recalled
A common drug used to control hypertension and help prevent heart failure is being voluntarily recalled in more than twenty-two countries because the drug contains a chemical that poses a [...]

Philloughby Explains His Departure from NEMO and his Ambitions for Port Loyola
Former councilor Philip Willoughby is one of four U.D.P. candidates contesting a November convention in Port Loyola to become the party’s standard bearer.  The four-way political race has taken some [...]

Philloughby Says “Check the Stats” on His Election Performance
Willoughby will face-off against Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte, former Deputy Mayor Dean Samuels and Ac. Shane Castillo.  Neither of those names are known for previous door-to-door campaigns within the Port, [...]

CitCo Launches Summer Pantry Program
The Belize City Council, under its ‘social infrastructure’ platform, launched a summer pantry programme today at the Swift Hall in Belize City to assist the neediest families with basic supplies [...]

Diabetes Camp for the Kids!
For the remainder of the week, about thirty-two diabetic patients from several districts will be participating in a camp. The camp is being facilitated by the Belize Diabetes Association with [...]

A Summer Camp for the Children of Port Loyola
His presence in Port Loyola may be purely political, but today, as part of his ongoing campaign, Philip Willoughby hosted a summer camp in the Jane Usher and Cumberbatch Field [...]

DPM Faber attended the fourth annual Belize Film Commission/Hollywood Luncheon
DPM Patrick Faber recently returned to Belize, having attended the fourth annual Belize Film Commission/Hollywood Luncheon. This past Saturday, the Consulate General of Belize in Los Angeles hosted Hollywood executives [...]

Rotary International President, Barry Rassin, Visits Belize
Today, a welcome ceremony was held to commemorate the official visit of Rotary International President Barry Rassin. Rassin arrived in Belize with his wife on Monday as part of his [...]

Rotary, a Serious Partner in Developing Belize
Also at the head table today were Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner and Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber. While he is not a member of Rotary, DPM Faber says that [...]

KTV the Remix: Who Will Make the Cut to the Disco Round?
Tuesday night is finally here and it’s time for the Remix, Season Two.  So get ready to boogie down to the sounds of disco music, the theme for tonight’s show. [...]


Award Winning Radio Drama makes waves in Conservation Messages
Conservation work, whether it’s about marine or terrestrial ecosystems, means finding innovative ways to reach users of those resources. As eco-tourism becomes more attractive as an income earner and climate change adds risk to the fishing sector, the need to manage the use of this invaluable resource becomes significant. Community meetings and focus groups are …

Willoughby speaks about political aspirations
After a defeat at the polls back in March, former City Councilor Philip Willoughby was employed by the National Emergency Management Organization. Willoughby had expressed a desire to seek higher office and submitted his name as a candidate for the United Democratic Party in the Port Loyola Division. On July 11th Willoughby sent in his …

Woman Shot and survives
There was a shooting incident in Toledo over the weekend. The victim was with two friends on the street when she was shot. Quick police work led to the apprehension and arrest of two suspects. Assistant Commissioner of Police Joseph Myvett gave the details to the media. ACP Police Joseph Myvette: One Renita Jackson along …

Fiestarama saga is settled
Orange Walkenos are happy tonight as the annual Fiestarama will proceed as planned. That is the final verdict after Minister of Sports Patrick Faber met with Orange Walk Mayor, Kevin Bernard and the Director of the National Sports Council, Ian Jones this afternoon. Following the rather short meeting, both parties reached an agreement that has …

Minister of Culture Patrick Faber speaks of visit with Hollywood Execs
The Minister of Sports and Culture, Patrick Faber recently returned from the USA where he attended a luncheon with Hollywood executives and investors. The event was the 4th Annual Belize Film Commission/Hollywood Luncheon in Southern California. The Belize Film Commission said the event presented an “opportunity for Belize to show itself in the best light …

Rotary International President begins tour in Belize
Rotary International President, Barry Rassin is on a visit to Belize. Rassin is the first International President to visit Belize in the last 56 years. He is in the Jewel as part of his tour for the Rotary Year that started on July 1st and will end on June 30th, 2019. Rassin and his wife …

Ministry issues alert of blood pressure and heart medication recall
The Ministry of Health has issued an alert on the recall of blood pressure and heart medication. This follows an alert to a precautionary product recall from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Valsartan, a medication used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure. The recall is due to the discovery of an impurity …

Members of basketball team happy to be home
Members of the Belmopan Trojans basketball team are safely back home. The team had participated in the Copa Cancun basketball tournament when the passenger bus they were in collided into a parked truck. Love News caught up with one of the players, Denzel Brown who said he is thankful that no one on the team …

Mission team helps needy families
Sisters and Brothers in Christ Ministry, a Christian organization, based in Florida has been providing Belizean families with food supplies for the past five years. This year the ministry is collaborating with the Belize City Council to provide food supplies and back to school items to families in need. Love News met up the group …

Prisoner on the run
An inmate escaped from the Belize Central Prison sometime around ten o’clock this morning, but his freedom was short-lived as he was recaptured within fifteen minutes. Prison officials at the Kolbe Foundation told Love News that the Guatemalan national who is behind prison walls for illegal fishing was a part of a cleanup crew. He …

Pott walks out of court a free man
Twenty-four-year-old Abimael Pott, who was charged with murder and had pleaded guilty to manslaughter, went home today after Justice Colin Williams, in a lengthy decision commuted his sentence to time served. Justice Williams put the starting point of his sentence to twelve years and he subtracted four years from it because Pott had pleaded guilty …

Re-registration picking up pace
The re-registration process was off to a slow start; however, the number of citizens participating in the re-registration exercise has grown significantly. To date, the number of applications accepted is fifty-four thousand four hundred and fifty-one. During the first week, there was a total of sixteen thousand, six hundred and seventy applications; the second week …


Child, 3, dies after gun attack on Gill Street
This evening, news coming out of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital is that 3-year-old Ethany Bennett had succumbed to her gunshot injury around 5:30 p.m. In the early hours of Sunday morning, a gunman went to #6 Gill Street and fired a barrage of shots at the house. Sleeping inside the plywood house at the time were Roy Bennett, 30; his common-law wife Alva Moody, 28, a clerk at Central American Boulevard Plaza; and their 3-year-old daughter, Ethany Bennett. While Roy Bennett escaped injury, Moody and their daughter were hit. The 3-year-old suffered a gunshot wound to the right side of her forehead and was admitted to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in a critical condition, while Moody was shot in her buttocks, right lower thigh, hand and abdomen.

ADO bus with Belmopan basketball team crashes
The Belmopan Trojans basketball team recently travelled to Cancun in order to defend their title as champions in the 2018 Copa Cancun basketball tournament. Unfortunately, early this morning, their ADO bus with 40 passengers was involved in a collision with a car in Bacalar that left one person dead. Around 5:30 this morning, the ADO bus, which was travelling in a southern direction from Cancun to Veracruz, attempted to overtake another car, but crashed into a green Ford pickup truck that had reportedly broken down on the side of the highway.

Samuel Cosme, 39, found stabbed to death near Haulover Bridge
This morning at around 5:30 police found the body of Samuel Cosme, 39, a resident of Mahogany Street, with stab wounds on a feeder road near Haulover Bridge, just outside Belize City. About 300 yards down the road, police observed blood. They then found gray short pants, a blue cap, and a pair of slippers. About 400 meters further down the road, police found an abandoned red Ford Ranger pickup with Belize City license plates. Opposite the pickup, Cosme’s body was found with stab wounds in the chest, abdomen, back, and left side of his arm.

PUP loses San Pedro municipal election petition case
The People’s United Party (PUP) mayoral candidate for San Pedro Town, Andre Perez, and his team of 7 councilor candidates challenged the results of the March 7 municipal elections in an election petition case that sought a court order to void the entire election results. However, in an oral ruling this afternoon, Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin said that while there were clerical errors in the process, those were not enough to have altered the results of the election. The Chief Justice denied the relief sought by the PUP San Pedro team and affirmed the results of the election of United Democratic Party (UDP) incumbent mayor, Daniel Guerrero, and his team of 7 town councilors for San Pedro Town.

Giovanni Gottlieb confirms “demand” for CB Governor “to go”
Panamanian lawyer Giovanni Caporaso Gottlieb emailed Amandala on Thursday, July 19, 2018, and in that email he stated, “Regarding your article (of Tuesday, July 17, 2018, titled ‘Panamanian attorney wants CB Governor Joy Grant fired’), I am available for an interview in order to confirm our demand to the Prime Minister to fire Governor Joy Grant. — Best Regards, Dr. Giovanni Caporaso, Caporaso & Partners Law Office, OPM Corporation.” Gottlieb was referring to our headline story of the above-mentioned date, which reported on a letter ostensibly written by Gottlieb in which he accused Central Bank governor Joy Grant of “ineptitude,” and asked Prime Minister Dean Barrow for her “immediate dismissal” on behalf of the account holders, who feared that their money, along with the reputation of Belize and its financial center, “is on the line.”

San Pedro-based Edward Aguilar called to the Belize bar
The Supreme Court of Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin convened around 9:00 a.m. today to hear the evidence in the fixed date claim of Edward Aguilar, a young Belizean attorney who has the distinction of having been admitted to practice law at Gray’s Inn, in the UK and also in the CARICOM nation of Trinidad and Tobago, and now at the Belize Bar. The evidence for Aguilar’s claim was presented to Chief Justice Benjamin by attorney Michel Chebat, S.C. Other attorneys who submitted supporting affidavits were Christopher Coye; Lisa Shoman, S.C.; Stacy Grinage; and Ellis Arnold, S.C, all of whom attested to his good character based on their personal knowledge of him.

Costa Rica shuts down Belize in fourth quarter, to win FIBA AmeriCup qualifying triangular
There were high hopes, and great confidence about the possibilities for our Belize National Basketball Team that hosted the FIBA AmeriCup 2021 Central American pre-qualifying triangular this past weekend at the Civic Center in Belize City. Drawing from our foreign based talent along with a healthy mix of youth and experience in our home based players, the Belize team made a great effort to overcome a game, though smaller, El Salvador squad on Friday night, 71-67; but ran into a brick wall in the fourth quarter of the championship match against a tough Costa Rican defense on Sunday night, scoring only 8 points in the fourth, and eventually losing by a 57-52 score.

Over-40 reg. season down to last 2 back matches
Two back matches were played over the weekend, and two more remain to complete the regular season of the 2018 Football Federation of Belize (FFB) National Over-40 competition. At the MCC Grounds on Saturday evening, division leading San Pedro Veterans were held to a 1-1 draw by home standing Lake Medina’s H.J.; and yesterday, Sunday, at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium, it was the visiting Mango Creek Veterans with the 1-nil win over Belmopan Veterans.

FBL games and revised schedule at Swift Hall
Making way for the FIBA AmeriCup qualifying triangular last weekend at the Civic Center in Belize City, the Firms Basketball League had games only on Thursday night at Swift Hall, cancelling their previously scheduled Saturday games. In the FBL opener on Thursday night, July 19, at Swift Hall, it was a blow-out, as Infotel easily disposed of Providers by a 102-52 margin. Top scorers for Infotel were Kirk Burgess 24 pts 24 rebs 7 assts, Andre Martinez 17 pts 8 assts, Russel Humes 13 pts 7 rebs, and Vince Lamb 10 pts; while Providers were led by Justin Bailey 18 pts 16 rebs 5 assts, and Rene Myvett 12 pts 7 rebs. And in the nightcap, it was Tuff E Nuff, 86-74, over BDF.

Premier League Opening Season kickoff, and upcoming international matches
The Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2018-2019 Opening Season kicked off with one Week-1 game only yesterday afternoon at the MCC Grounds in Belize City, where defending champions, Belmopan Bandits SC were held to a scoreless draw by home standing Belize Defence Force FC. There are still the same 8 clubs participating in the PLB Opening Season, but the unusual one-game start of the new season is to accommodate the mid-week CONCACAF League match next Tuesday, when the Bandits will be travelling to Tegucigalpa, Honduras to face FC Motagua. This will allow Belmopan Bandits to rest this coming weekend, while the other six clubs will be active in the other three Week-1 games.

Editorial: Ideology
Today we want to talk to you about a topic which is dangerous in Belize. The topic of ideology is dangerous in Belize, because ideology is a discussion which causes the Guatemalan oligarchy/military to become jumpy. And anything that causes the Guatemalan oligarchy/military to become jumpy, immediately becomes of great concern to the State Department of the mighty United States of America. Sometimes we describe specific people as having a conservative ideology. Conservatives are people who are happy with the way things are, no matter what, the way things are being referred to by scholars as the “status quo.” Conservatives argue that there are good and justifiable reasons why the status quo, at any given time, exists. The status quo is where a society reached after a period of time, conservatives say, and there is something inherently good about the status quo.

From The Publisher
Visiting my parents on Saturday afternoon, I was telling my father about the recent dramas involving Dean Russell Lindo, his law firm, and his business estate. My father and I agreed that there was no Belizean in public life whom we ever knew who was smarter than Dean Lindo, an economist, attorney, and politician who, incidentally, is my mother’s first cousin. For the record, and with respect, it should also be pointed out that, in his prime, Dean Lindo was an excellent sportsman, an accomplished performer in football and cricket, besides being one of the most prominent Belizeans where the financing/equipping of racing sloops and dories was concerned. A week or so ago, I wrote about what I thought were the two most significant game-changing alliances in Belize’s modern political history. The second of these alliances took place in 1973 and involved Dean Lindo in a very big way. In the early months of 1973, Opposition power brokers, organized by the late Rev. Gerald Fairweather, a Belizean who was an Anglican priest who had established residence in Brooklyn , New York, were bringing the pieces together which would form the United Democratic Party (UDP) in September of 1973.

The consequence of the preposterous question
Those who are standing firm on the “No to the ICJ” position, say that Foreign Minister Sedi Elrington was “handed” the compromis, and he was excited, over-eager, when he signed it. Former Prime Minister, Said Musa, was surprised when he learned what Sedi Elrington had signed. Briefly, just for a reminder, Musa, in his book, “With Malice Toward None,” asked: “Since Guatemala is the one that is claiming, why were they not required to define their claim with specificity before the compromis was signed?” Musa said that Guatemala had been given too much room to manoeuver. He said that the PUP had already “boxed in” Guatemala. He said the UN, in 1975, had “already circumscribed the scope of the Guatemalan claim to Belize when it declared that Belize was to become independent with all its territory and with security.”

Chopping in Dangriga leaves one man dead
Around 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, police visited the Southern Regional Hospital, where they saw two men suffering from chop wounds. The men were identified as Anthony Picart, 53, and Calvin Figueroa, 29, both of Dangriga Town. Initial investigations revealed that the men were socializing with others on St. Vincent Street when they got into an altercation. Although the nature of this disagreement is unknown, Picart reportedly took a machete that was attached to his bicycle and chopped Figueroa on his upper left arm.

23-year-old woman shot in Punta Gorda
On Friday, a little before 9 p.m., Renita Jackson, 23, was shot in the right hip while sitting on the corner of Far West Street and Church Street in Punta Gorda Town. According to police, two men whose faces were covered with rags approached Jackson and fired several shots in her direction. One of the bullets hit her in the hip and exited from her inner right thigh. Police don’t know if she was the intended target, as there were two associates of hers who were near her when the shooting occurred.

After 3 years, Troy Hyde, 30, charged with murder, offered bail of $15,000
On Friday, July 20, after she heard that Crown Counsel Janelle Tillett offered no objection to an application for bail for accused murderer Troy Hyde, 30, and having heard Hyde’s case history from his attorney Tricia Pitts Anderson, Madam Justice Antoinette Moore granted him bail of $15,000. Hyde, who has been on remand for the 2015 murder of Kareem Lopez, 28, aka “Robbery”, is to attend the court of Madam Justice Marilyn Williams on September 18 and on any other day on which he is ordered to reappear until the case has concluded.

Raymond Arnold, 34, fatally shot on CA Boulevard
Around 7:15 last night, Raymond Arnold, 34, a stevedore, was on his way home to Rivero Street after work when he was fatally shot. Arnold, in the company of another stevedore, had been riding his bicycle on Central American Boulevard from the direction of Port of Belize, where he is employed, when the shooting occurred. As Arnold was riding, another man on a motorcycle approached from behind them and fired two shots. The two gunshots struck him in the right upper chest and left lower abdomen.

The Reporter

The Reporter Newspaper has been able to confirm that a Corozal resident died in the accident involving the ADO bus, on which members of Belmopan’s Trojan basketball team were travelling. Alvaro Ascencio was flung out of the bus and died on impact.

A man is receiving medical treatment after he was chopped several times on the arm sometime after 3:00 pm in Belize City. The actual chopping happened in front of the Ocean Ferry (formerly the Marine Terminal) at the foot of the Swing Bridge in Belize City.

We are saddened to report that baby Etana Bennett, 3, was pronounced dead at the KHMH shortly after 4:00pm on Monday. The child received a gunshot would to the head in the early hours of Sunday morning ...

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Final cane price estimate very low; cane farmers to receive second payment from BSI-ASR
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At least one confirmed dead in fatal road traffic accident in southern Belize
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NEMO conducts disaster risk reduction training
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Fiestarama is on at the People’s Stadium!
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Taxi man hospitalized after machete attack in Belize City just now
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Alifa Elrington and two others appointed as magistrates
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Orange Walk Town Council calling on Deputy Prime Minister to solve Fiestarama issue
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A tool to assess businesses
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Ministry of National Security Issues Statement on the Murder of Baby Etana Bennett
Today, the Ministry of National Security issued a statement expressing its sadness on the death of […]

After 7 years locked up, man freed of murder charge
Yesterday, Orange Walk resident Abimael Pott, 24, was released a free man after he had served […]

36-year-old woman raped in Caye Caulker
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Medication to treat high blood pressure & heart failure recalled due to cancer-causing ingredient
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BTL requesting shareholders to update contact information
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Belize Vision Center clarifies fake accusations of malpractice
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Phillip Willoughby to contest candidacy for UDP in Port
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4-year-old baby shot on Sunday dies at KHMH while undergoing treatment
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Belize City Police investigating the murder of Samuel Cosme
Police are investigating the murder of Samuel Cosme, a Belize City resident. According to reports, […]

Update to accident in Mexico: Two dead and 13 received minor injuries
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Belize City Council launches pantry for over 300 residents
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Weekend In San Pedro And Then Moving On Up…
It’s been a HOT week in Belize (I can probably repeat this sentence, sometimes adding “wet”, for the next 3 months). With my friend Jamie visiting, I’ve been getting a bit more out and about. Trivia at the Truck Stop Thursday. Lunch and chocolate on Friday. Yoga on Sunday. And then checking in to a brand new rental spot Monday morning. Here are a bunch of pictures that I took so you can tag along. My friend Jamie was with me for my very first visit to Belize. August 2006. And Wild Mango’s was one of our first lunches. It remains a favorite. The food is great. And so is the view. Right next store- I mean you HAVE TO GO IN – is the delicious Belize Chocolate Company.

Tamarinds: a deliciously unexpected surprise
Brown, hollow-sounding, unassuming pods; at a glance, one would probably eye it curiously then grab a more familiar fruit. Those in the know however, will fill as big a bag as they can, already envisioning some tasty snacks, juice, cooking paste or perhaps even medicine! The tamarind fruit is so versatile and a real treat to our taste buds. The tamarind fruit grows on the branches of large, shady trees, turning from green to brown. A seasonal event, children often scale the branches to snip off the pods as soon as they start turning, hoping for some delicious treats. Inside the crackly shells, pulp-coated seeds await extraction. The most popular use – at least in my house growing up – was to soak the pulpy goodness overnight in water, then straining and squeezing. After adding sugar, we’d be drinking a deliciously unique, tart and refreshing juice.

Breakfast and a Deep Fried Dock Day
We were long overdue for a dock day so a few of us decided to do a late Sunday brunch on the beach at Nook. A few more followed by joining us on the lounge chairs on the Sandbar dock. Of course, that led to lots of beverages, hours of crazy conversation, much laughter, and deep fried pickles. I was thankful for our super server setting up shade so two of us did not get deep fried. The other five were doing some full-out tropical tanning bed time. It was a hot sunny day and time felt like it was standing still. The temperature was hovering around 85°F (29°C) with a bit of a breeze from the east. Even though we have had a few showers, the whole island did not get wet and rainy season still has not really “arrived.” My editor says it’s times like this that she misses the cooler summers of Canada. Not worth going back for because of the harsh winters, but cool summer evenings are sometimes such a relief from the “fry an egg on the street” kind of heat.

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East Point firefighter gives back to Belize
A member of the East Point Fire Department returns to America Aug. 5 after a philanthropic effort sparked by a trip to a garage sale. Firefighter Krishna Craig journeyed to his native Belize in northeastern Central America in April. Among his travel expenses was the shipping fee for 200 pounds of clothing and shoes contributed by the East Point community. “It felt amazing to be able to donate so many items,” Craig, of Belize City, said in a statement. “Many of the people in the village remembered me as a child, so for them to see me as a career firefighter and giving back to the community that raised me means everything.”

Fish body shape holds key to make fishery management cheaper, easier
A simple body-shape analysis can reveal what part of the ocean a fish came from, according to a new study from Smithsonian scientists working to develop better tools for managing small-scale fisheries. The researchers found that body-shape analysis reliably discriminated between yellowtail snapper caught at Caribbean fishing grounds just 5 kilometers apart—and it did so more accurately than two more costly and technology-intensive techniques. Small-scale fisheries feed and employ millions of people around the world. Individually, these fisheries remove modest amounts of fish from the ocean, and they are not usually as closely managed as industrial vessels. Cumulatively, however, their impact on the oceans is profound. In 2010, for example, artisanal fisheries in Honduras caught nearly 10,000 metric tons of fish—more than twice the catch of industrial fleets in the same country.


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  • Ambergris Caye, Belize - World’s tropical theme park (Isla Bonita Yacht Club), 3.5min. In a world of polluted air and water and images, a pristine place remains. Belize is a place where fresh air carries the fragrances of pine, flowers and sea. Belize is a place where smog and toxins do not intrude. Belize is small in population but vast in diversity; this English-speaking country specializes in leisure or non-stop environmental adventure. You can have it all–snorkel, dive, fish, explore, or play amateur archaeologist. Consider Belize the world’s tropical theme park!

  • Shark, snook, tuna and bonefish in Belize Fishing Adventurer, 19min.

  • The Magical Blue Hole, 12min. Ich habe meinen Job gekundigt und mich von der Schweiz abgemeldet um meiner Passion vom Reisen nachzugehen und das Leben zu geniessen. Ich mochte die verschiedenen Kulturen kennenlernen und nicht einfach nur Sehenswurdigkeiten abklappern.

  • Snorkeling Laughing Bird Caye, Belize, 6min. We were fortunate enough to experience the amazing turquoise water at Laughing Bird Caye on a really nice day. While it was a long and painful trip to get out to this island, about forty minutes, the experience when we got there made it worth it.

  • Belize City to San Ignacio, 11min. Tropic Air Flight from Belize City to San Ignacio, Belize.

  • Shaaaaaark! Diving Tackle Box, Belize, 3min. And just like that there was a shark…and another… and another. Our first dive in San Pedro, Belize was in a place called Tackle Box. We went with Ecologic Divers and our master diver was amazing. So were the sharks we encountered. There is so much life in this area of Belize, the corals, fish and sharks made our dive in this place amazing.

  • Diving - Nurse Sharks and more - San Pedro - Belize 2016, 6min. Endlich habe ich das Tauchvideo von San Pedro, Belize fertig stellen konnen. Dort findet man jede Menge Ammenhaie, die gar nicht scheu sind. Viel spass bei dem kleinem Video über das Tauchen von San Pedro aus.

  • Kids In Action, confined and open water dive., 2.5min.

  • Confessions from the Northern Maya of Belize, 2min. This little trailer talking about the history of the Yucatec Maya of Orange Walk District and the Maya Social War(Caste War). El Pueblo Maya del Norte de Belize se levanta . This video was done by Saint John's collage to document the Guerra Social Maya(Caste War) in Belize for a exhibit . The testimonies are from the Maya of Orange Walk . The Maya of Orange walk and Corozal belong to the Yucatec Maya group

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