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The San Pedro Sun

One case of H1N1 Flu confirmed on Ambergris Caye
The Ministry of Healthy (MOH) has confirmed five cases of H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu) in Belize as of Monday, July 30th. One of the cases is from San Pedro Town, where it was reported that a female has contracted the disease. The other infected persons are within the Belize and Corozal Districts. The cases appear to have an origin in Mexico, as the affected persons stated that they recently travelled to the neighbouring country. According to Gough, all five infected persons are in a stable condition after being treated at their respective health centres. “The treatment included Tamiflu, and then the patients were discharged,” said Gough. “All the patients are fine right now.” No H1N1 epidemic is expected to occur as long as the sick receive treatment.

Tropic Air announces acquisition of two more aircraft
Tropic Air announced today that it expects to take delivery of two Cessna Grand Caravan EX’s. These aircraft are equipped with Garmin avionics, weather radar and air-conditioning. Expected delivery is within the month of August. “These aircraft represent a BZ$14,000,000 vote of confidence in the continued growth of tourism in Belize and in the expansion of Tropic Air,” said John Greif III, President. “The Caravan is the right aircraft for Tropic as it allows us to serve all domestic airstrips within Belize. It also is the most technologically advanced aircraft in its class. We love its performance and passengers love it for the air-conditioning and comfort.”

Ambergris Today

National Garifuna Council Attends Afro Descendant Women’s Encounter In Guatemala
Five National Garifuna Council (NGC) representatives attended the First Afro descendant Women’s Encounter which was held in Guatemala from July 25 – 27, 2018. The Women’s Encounter will be an annual event that seeks to bring together all relevant entities committed to the advancement of Afro descendant women in Central America. The Belize delegation included NGC President, Sandra Miranda; Assistant Secretary and Chair of the NGC Women’s Committee, Melissa Zuniga, NGC Secretariat, Fidelis Mejia; Vice President of NGC Hopkins Branch, Barbara Nunez; and NGC Founding Member, Phyllis Cayetano. The delegation participated in discussions that focused not only on the development of Afro descendant, Afro-Central American, Afro-Caribbean and Garifuna women in Honduras, Guatemala and Belize, but also identified challenges that these women still face in their daily lives.

The Fight Against Gillnet Fishing Continues
Oceana calls for the release of all relevant data on gillnets to support informed decision making On Friday, July 27th, 2018, Oceana wrote to Fisheries Administrator Beverly Wade to request all relevant data related to the use of gillnets in Belizean waters, including the list of licensed gillnetters. It is our position that this data should be available to the public, as it is our collective right as citizens of Belize to be fully informed about who is accessing our shared natural resources and how they are doing so.

Misc Belizean Sources

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International Costa Maya Festival
We are just a few days away from the 2018 International Costa Maya Festival and tickets are already going fast! Don't be left out of this weekend's festival activities! Purchase your seasons pass tickets at only $120BZD adults and $70BZD for children, at one of several outlets on the island today!

SUPPORT $5 PER BAG SALE FUNDRAISER
Good morning everyone! The sun is shining, the birds are singing and we are back at it! This Friday JUSTICE FOR OUR BABIES - COROZAL is having a $5 per bag sale! All clothes for kids, men and women! Full your bag for just $5! Come on out and support this fundraiser to help purchase for the back to school drive!

Tek Time fi Read Book Festival
The Tek Time fi Read Book Festival is this Saturday at the Belmopan Civic Center. Reading is fun, and definitely sets kids up to be great students. They'll have many free books there to choose from. Thanks to everyone that made this happen.

Bullet Tree Environmental Summer Camp Finishes
The 1st No- Plastic, No-Styrofoam Kids Summer Camp finished its 3 weeks run in Bullet Tree. The kids did many clean-ups, learned a lot about sustainability, and made a lot of art. Their mandalas are now on the bleachers at the Bullet Tree football field. "Yesterday was the official closing ceremony of our successful 1st No- Plastic, No-Styrofoam Kids Summer Camp, 2018. These were 3 intensive, learning, enriching weeks for the kids, the parents, our organizing team, our facilitators and off course for myself. I am very, very thankful to all the persons who came together to make this camp a reality.

Paint N Splash
See you this week at from 2-4pm Thursday to paint this fun turtle!

2018 Wedding Salon, New York
Belize well represented at the 2018 Wedding Salon, New York.The Wedding Salon is a consumer expo that attracts thousands of engaged couples, celebrities, socialites and industry professionals who are looking for wedding destinations to get married, renew their vows or to spend their honeymoon.Belize lends itself as a great destination for weddings and honeymoon which was evident when we conducted our first-ever Belize Wedding & Honeymoon Extravaganza and Romance FAM. This show not only attracts thousands of couples, but New York remains a top destination where travelers to Belize originate.

On this #TreeTuesday, we are highlighting the Mortoniella pittieri tree!
This tree belongs to the family Apocynaceae (the same as My Lady), but it is distinct enough to be the only species in the genus Mortoniella. This tree has no common name, and in fact the species is so unusual it was described twice (given 2 scientific names) by the same person in the space of nine years. Later, the two species were realized to be the same. M. pittieri is found in the NE part of Bladen Nature Reserve, central Nicaragua and in a small area on the Costa Rica/Nicaragua border. The large gaps in its distribution are puzzling but could be due to wind dispersal of seeds during hurricane events.

Children of Yucatec Maya descent from San Lazaro,Orange walk reenacting the Caste War
Did you know that during the Maya Social War(Caste War) the Yucatec Maya tribes of Yalbac defeated the British in December 21,1866 . The battle is known as the Battle of San Pedro Yalbac . Panic struck British colonist in Belize City ,causing the Lieutenent Governor to flee offshore . Children of Yucatec Maya descent from San Lazaro,Orange walk reenacting the Caste War during el festival del Pueblo 2015 .

Elections and Boundaries Department Notice: Re-Registration of Electors-Registration Centers
The general 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 31st August 2018, from 9:00am to 7:00pm Monday’s to Friday’s and from 10:00am to 4:00pm on Saturday’s.

Closure of the Shark Fishing Season
The Belize Fisheries Department informs the public that in accordance with the Fisheries Regulations (Chapter 210’s, Revised Edition 2003) and Statutory Instrument 78 of 2011, the shark fishing season is closed from 1st August to 31st October of any year. The public is advised to comply with the stipulated Fisheries Regulation below: 1)No person shall take, buy, sell, possess, or export shark meat or fins during the period 1st August to 31st October in any year.

Luncheon with the delegates vying for the title of Miss Costa Maya Intl
Mayor Daniel Guerrero, Councilors Hector Alamilla, Gary Greif and Gabriel Nuñez had a luncheon with the delegates vying for the title of Miss Costa Maya Intl. 2018 along with the reigning Miss Costa Maya 2017, Michelle Nuñez. They were all graciously hosted by Secret Paradise Beach Bar & Grill, with a buffet of lobster, fish and shrimp fingers just to name a few, and of course delicious frozen drinks to beat the heat!

COROZAL 501 DARTS TOURNAMENT
Jah Mundo cordially invites you to its first Darts Tournament competition starting Saturday, 4th August at 7:00 p.m. (Luck of the Draw) and Sunday, 5th August at 10:00 a.m. (singles/doubles/mix doubles). We are having visitors from all over Belize. Come and meet The Belizean Dart Association and my loyal group of dart players who have helped us in one way or another. Registration fee $10 singles & $20 doubles. Food & beverages will be on sale. For more information you can contact us through our facebook page or email [email protected] Make it a date!

Sir Colville Young graciously received Mr. Keith Gilges
Today, the Governor General of Belize Sir Colville Young graciously received Mr. Keith Gilges, our new Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., and warmly welcomed him to Belize. The U.S. Embassy looks forward to continuing the strong partnership between the United States and Belize.

Ya'axché Open House
We had a blast at the Ya'axché Open House as we celebrate 20 years working within the Maya Golden Landscape in southern Belize! We are forever grateful for the continued support of the communities, partners, donors, friends, staff and board of directors. Thank you! Here are a few shots from the event.

Channel 7

CCJ Scolds JLSC, Says It Should Have Investigated Justice Awich
Samuel Awich is a Justice of the Belize Court of Appeal, but, tonight, he is under scrutiny. This after a ruling handed down by the Caribbean Court of Justice this morning. The CCJ has ruled that his past conduct while he was a judge of the Supreme Court, is to be investigated. That's because the Ashcroft Alliance has argued that he is unfit to be a judge of the Court of Appeal. This is an old dispute that dates back all the way to May 2012. That's when Prime Minister Dean Barrow recommended that Awich should be elevated from the Supreme Court to the Court of Appeal, much to the displeasure of the Bar Association of Belize, and the Ashcroft Alliance.

Eamon To Arthur: You’re Not Wanted In The PUP
Today's press encounter with Courtenay gave the press an opportunity to ask him about the lawsuit that PUP politician Arthur Saldivar has brought against his party. Saldivar is attempting to be accepted as a candidate in the Belmopan Standard Bearer's convention, but his first application was not even considered. He asserts that his party is being unilateral and unfair, and that they aren't following the party's constitution properly. His lawsuit is sort of on pause right now, so that the PUP's vetting committee can review the applications from him and other interested candidates who would want to apply a second time.

Albert Wagner, Charged Under Anti-Gang Law
Today, 23 year old Albert Wagner became the first person charged in the magistrate's court under the new anti-gang laws passed in March. The offense is possession of a firearm for the benefit of a gang. He was read that charge along with two others, namely possession of a firearm without a gun license and discharging a firearm in public before Magistrate Michelle Trapp. Wagner pleaded not guilty to all charges - but there's no bail for a firearm offence, so he was remanded until September 28.

Mother of Shot Minor Responds To DCP Chester
Since Thursday we've been reporting on the two minors - aged 16 and 17 - who were shot by police. But, they weren't accused of a minor crime; police say they chased them down after they stole two guns from a security firm. Deputy Commissioner of Police Chester Williams yesterday said that the minors were shot while police were pursuing them. When asked about the fact that both appeared to have been beaten - DCP Williams said, that, under the circumstances, they are lucky to be alive. However, the mothers of the two minors have a different opinion of how things played out. We spoke to the mother of the 17 year old who explained to us why she firmly believes her son's rights were violated. She asked to appear off camera and to distort her voice:

Gracie Rock Rebounding
The community of Gracie Rock got quite a scare yesterday when they heard a big boom and saw some large rocks being hurled at them from the nearby quarry. As we told you yesterday, some community members were alarmed by the situation because, although explosions are common in the area, due to the work at the quarry, this is the first time that stone debris reached dangerously close to their homes and children. National Aggregates Ltd has been operating at the quarry for five years but blasts have been happening at the site for well over 60 years. Since taking over, from the previous company in 2013, National Aggregates has made over 238 blasts and this is its first incident. But, one can be too much when it comes to human safety, and the company accepts responsibility and has agreed to repair the damages and build two reinforced bunkers in the community for an added layer of protection should their be any future anomalies.

Driver Can Expect Upgraded Charges In Hit & Run Death
Last night we told you how hit and run victim, 31 year old Armando Uitz had died from injuries he sustained in an accident on Saturday evening. Uitz was riding his bicycle on old College Road in Corozal Town, apparently on his way to visit his girlfriend. He was knocked down by an oncoming SUV, a Kia Sorento, which fled the scene. Police found it on Monday morning in Ranchito inside a garage. It was processed and then impounded at the police station. Police have not officially charged the driver but the charges, apart from failing to stop and render aid, would now be expected to include manslaughter by negligence.

Cops Have Suspects For CP Gas Foiled Robbery
Two men have reportedly been detained for questioning in connection with the robbery of CP Gas Station on the Phillip Goldson Highway. The suspects, reportedly from the Antelope Street, were identified when the footage went viral and was circulated on the media and to Whatsapp newsgroups. Police got a tip and detained two men who resemble those in the video. Yesterday morning at 7:40, they entered the gas station unmasked and proceeded to try and rob the owner who put up a heroic fight to try and fend them off. The young robbers ganged up on him, beat him on the head and pistol whipped him - but he didn't give up, and continued to fight them off. They pushed his mother to the ground, and then were forced to run off without taking anything.

Teenager Chopped and Robbed
A teenager was chopped and robbed in the Rivera area of Belmopan. The report is that yesterday evening around 5:30, 18 year old Jose Lopez was heading to his San Martin home on his bicycle when a black man came up to him and chopped him in the temple. The man then snatched Lopez's phone and rode off with his bike. Lopez is in a stable condition. This is just preliminary information, our information is that Lopez hasn't made an official police report as yet.

Getting Used To H1N1 in Belize
There are five confirmed cases of the h1n1 flu virus in Belize - three confirmed in Corozal and now an infant in San Pedro and and adult in Belize City. Today, Dr. Ethan Gough, who is the Head of Epidemiology Unit said that so far the spread is under control. He also told us who need to be on alert: Dr. Ethan Gough, MOH Epidemiologist: "The people who really need to be concerned are people who have any underlying co-morbidities. So, if you have diabetes, that's not controlled, or if you have some cardiovascular illness, if you're immuno- compromised because you have an HIV infection or because you're taking other medications that suppress the immune system, the very old who are already having a weaker immune system because of their age, likewise the very young, so less than 5 years old, less than three years old, pregnant women, those are the categories of people that are at higher risk for complications..."

OCEANA Calls For Accountability On Gillnet fishers
Last week we told you about the first meeting of the Gillnets Task Force. It got off to an unexpected start, after the Fisheries Department put out a position paper saying that gillnets should stay. That goes against the position of the Coast Guard, the Federation of Fishers and Conservationists who hold firmly that gill net fishing is destructive to marine life. Presently, there are still over a hundred fishermen who are licensed conduct gill net fishing. Oceana Belize is now agitating to get all the data on the use of this type of fishing in Belize, and they want the Fisheries Department to release that information publicly.

Jasmine Alert, 6 Years Later
Jasmine Alert: It was launched in 2012 in memory of 16 year old Jasmine Lowe. Lowe was kidnapped and brutally murdered in Cayo. Over these 6 years, the founder Patrick Menzies along with his team have dealt with a number of missing and abducted children cases, the most notable one being the January 2017 case involving Chunox resident Anaseily Gonzalez. Her father allegedly kidnapped her and took her to Mexico. But it's through Menzies' work with the Mexican authorities that they were able to find Gonzalez. Well, Menzies hopes to have more successful cases such as this by bringing on key partners. Today Menzies held a press conference to talk about re-invigorating the program. Patrick Menzies, National Executive Director, Jasmine Alert "Today what we are doing is one recognizing and celebrating our 6th year anniversary and we are also talking about a couple marriages that are occurring.

Senate Special Select Grappling With Mountain of Work
Earlier in the newscast, you saw Eamon Courtenay speaking on the latest judgment coming out of the Caribbean Court of Justice. We also asked him about the final report that the Senate Special Select Committee is trying to prepare following the last year's Senate Hearings on Immigration. You'll remember the 13-month marathon of hearings that dominated the evening news every Wednesday. Allegations and counter allegations of corruption and hustling at the department between 2011 and 2013 were discussed in surprisingly candid detail. But, it appears that the Senate Committee Members underestimated just how much work it would take to review those hundreds of hours of testimony they witnessed.

Progress With Peace In the Park
Restore Belize says that last Saturday's Peace in the Parks family day program at the Yarborough Green was just a start to creating safe spaces for Belize City children. Communications Robin Schaffer told us more about last Saturday's event:.. The event was held under the theme "A Belize That is Safe for Children" and was funded by the Taiwanese Embassy.

The Rush-ians to Belize
The Rush Fest International Youth Soccer Camp is held in Colorado, USA every year around July. Last year, the Warriors FC, the local club associated with Rush International, represented Belize well in the U-13 tournament. However, for a lack of funding Rush Belize didn't go to this year's fest. Nevertheless some members of Rush International did come to Belize to meet with young football enthusiasts. The contingent of 16 persons arrived in Belize yesterday and today they attended the Smart Stars Summer Camp, at the MCC grounds in Belize City. They stopped in for one day to work with kids as part of an ongoing training tour in Belize and Honduras in an effort to reciprocate the cultural exchange.

Karate Kelly Coached Cops In Mexico
Grandmaster Ray Kelly from the House of Shotokan is well-known for his intense karate and kickboxing classes, but he is also a certified defense tactic instructor. This weekend he took those skills to Mexico where he conducted a one day training for one of the police units. Today he told us about the importance of this cross border connection as it relates to improved law enforcement. Shihan Kelly, Defensive Tactic Instructor, House of Shotokan: "It was a one day training an 8 hour training which consist of various different portions of training in defensive tactics."

Chester Looks For The Cure in New Orleans
And while Kelly was in Mexico teaching police there, the #2 Cop Chester Williams is in New Orleans learning how to cure violence. He's attending an event organized by a group named just that, Cure Violence. They treat violence just like doctors treat an outbreak of a disease: they go to the infected person, and try to cure him or her before he spreads it, and before it turns into an epidemic. For a man who manages Belize City's violence epidemic every day - yesterday we asked him what he hopes to learn:..

Channel 5

CCJ Ruling: Court of Appeal Justice Samuel Awich is to be considered for Investigation
The Caribbean Court of Justice today handed down a ruling that can potentially affect the fate of Samuel Awich as a Justice of the Court of Appeal. The ruling is [...]

Hit & Run Victim Dies; Driver to be Charged with Manslaughter
Hit and run victim, Armando Uitz passed away on Monday afternoon at the K.H.M.H, less than forty-eight hours after he was knocked down on College Road in Corozal Town.  The [...]

Injured Teen Gives His Version of Police Arrest for Harpy Security Robbery
Deputy Commissioner of Police Chester Williams confirmed on Monday that two of the three young men who allegedly robbed Harpy Security on Antelope Street Extension were shot while fleeing.  But [...]

Mother of Injured Teen Refutes ACP William’s Statements
The teen’s mother also weighed in on the matter and she was not happy with comments made by Deputy Commissioner Chester Williams.  She says that her son has no reason [...]

Brenda Augustine Says Police On Duty Choked Out Her Son at Queen St. Station
There is another case of alleged police brutality to report on tonight, following an incident on Monday evening at the Queen Street Police Station.  Brenda Augustine, a single mother of [...]

Did Female Officer Add Insult to Physical Injuries After Dustup?
Aside from the officers choking out her sons, Augustine alleges that a female officer, also on duty, assaulted her verbally.   Brenda Augustine, Alleges Police Brutality “Now when time I [...]

70K Re-registration Applications Submitted, So Far
As of Saturday, July twenty-eighth, a total of seventy thousand and nine applications were received by the Elections and Boundaries since the re-registration exercise begun on July second. Fifteen thousand, [...]

Gill Nets: Are they Helping or Hurting the Fishing Industry?
The continued use of gillnets by some fisher folks is stirring controversy in the fishing industry. OCEANA Belize is set against the use of this gear saying it affects the [...]

The PUP Doesn’t Want Arthur Saldivar, Says Eamon Courtenay
Earlier this month, Attorney Arthur Saldivar submitted a second application to the People’s United Party to contest the party’s Belmopan convention at the end of August. This was after the [...]

Senate Select Committee Report Nears Completion
For more than twelve months, the nation tuned in every Wednesday to see and hear what would be revealed during the testimony of dozens of witnesses by the Special Senate [...]

Price of Diesel Fuel Decreases but Not For Long
The new price for a gallon of diesel is ten dollars and fifty-three cents, a decrease of twenty-two cents in Belize City. But while that is good news for motorists, [...]

Tropic Air announces fourteen million dollar investment
Tropic Air announced today that it has made a fourteen-million-dollar investment in two aircrafts. The airline says that it has acquired two Cessna Grand Caravan EX that come equipped with [...]

Jasmine Alert Celebrates Six Years
The brutal killing of Jasmine Lowe in 2012 and the outrage that followed when the sprightly schoolgirl was found dead birthed Belize’s version of the U.S.A’s acclaimed Amber Alert. Named [...]

Security Firms Are Being Targetted for Guns!
There has been a series of attacks on security guards around the city and elsewhere. Well, according to police, the criminals are targeting security personnel to get their hands on [...]

Miss Universe Belize: 11 Delegates, But Only 1 Will Walk Away with the Crown
Preparations are well underway for the upcoming Miss Universe Belize Pageant. Of the eleven young ladies from all over the country one will walk away with the crown and go [...]

Rush International Donates To Young Football Stars
For the past several years, the Smart Football Camp programme has been attracting children between ages four and fourteen to develop their football skills. The camp began on July twenty [...]

KTV the Remix: It’s All About the Performance
Get in the grove for Motown…that’s the genre for tonight’s KTV the Remix, live from the Bliss. The list of singers is now down to seven, who the public have [...]

CTV3

Mexican Lifeless Body Found In Progresso Village
The Police also shared what they know so far of the dead body found in Progresso Village on Saturday. The elderly male Mexican national was found along an off road in the village, but authorities say foul play is not suspected. Joseph Myvette, Head of NCIB: “On Saturday shortly before 8pm police was called to an area in Progresso Village where they observed the lifeless body of an elderly Hispanic male person later identified as Isabel Martinez...”

Slight Decrease In Diesel Fuel At The Pumps
Tonight, there is a bit of good news for Belizean consumers as GOB announced a minimal decrease in the price for Diesel at the pumps. The decrease will come into effect today at midnight and will see a deduction of twenty-two cents. Here in Orange Walk Town the decrease will drive the price for Diesel from ten dollars and eighty-four cents to ten dollars and sixty-two cents.

Elections and Boundaries Releases Its Latest Figures
The Elections and Boundaries Department released its latest figures relating to the number of electors who have made it to re-registration centers across all seven municipalities. According to their figures in the past week, fifteen thousand five hundred and fifty-eight Belizeans applied at thirty-one centers countrywide.

LOVE FM

Gracie Rock villagers survive Quarry explosion, Company says only small rocks
On Monday Blasts sounded in Gracie Rock Village and residents were quite upset as rocks pelted yards, the football field and the Community Resource Center. Some critics say it was just a few rocks and not a big deal but the residents disagree. Several residents are employed by the quarry so they do not want …

UDP Chairman says Reregistering Supporters is going well
Since July 2, both the Peoples United Party and the United Democratic Party have been actively participating in the re-registration process. Yes, it is the responsibility of potential voters to take the time to locate the appropriate documents and register in the constituencies in which they currently live. Some people believe that politicians should not …

New Advocate for Diabetes says time to lower cost of Dialysis Treatment
Diabetes is often referred to as one of the silent killers of people around the world and that is also true in Belize. There are many advocates for awareness and one of the strongest is the Diabetes Association of Belize. While many people are silent about being affected by it, some realize there is a …

Oceana and Shark Fishers Association caught in a battle over gillnets
Oceana Belize is on a mission to phase out the use of gillnets, since it does not lend itself to sustainable fishing. In a letter to the Fisheries Administrator Beverly Wade, Oceana requested a list of licensed gillnetters and related data. Janelle Chanona, Vice President of Oceana Belize explained why gillnets should no longer be …

CARICOM holds workshop in Belize
CARICOM is holding a three-day workshop in preparation for an upcoming United Nations conference that will seek to establish terms of a treaty to preserve biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction. Love News spoke with Lois Young, the Permanent Representative at the Mission of Belize in New York who spoke about the importance of …

Jasmine alert commemorates sixth anniversary
Today, the Jasmine Alert celebrated its sixth anniversary. The Jasmine Alert was launched in 2012, in memory of Jasmine Lowe who was murdered in the Cayo District. Her death made it clear that more measures needed to be put in place to protect our children. Love News attended the launch and spoke with Patrick Menzies, …

PlusTV

Dean Nemhard is Friday night’s murder victim
A 22 year old man is the latest victim of murder in the Old Capital. 22 year old Dean Nemhard was reportedly shot to the head by an unknown male person while he was socializing on Berry Street at about 11:55 p.m. on Friday Night. Nemhard reportedly received one gunshot wound to the left side of the ...

MLA and TAA at CCJ for compliance report
Representatives of the Maya Leaders Alliance and the Toledo Alcaldes Association on the one side and the Government of Belize were back in court today. It has been three years since the April 2015 consent order was given to demarcate and register the boundaries of indigenous lands in the South of Be...

Corozal man critical following hit and run
A hit and run in the Corozal District has left one man in a critical condition at the KHMH. Reports are that around 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 28, 31 year old Arnando Witz was riding a beach cruiser bicycle in the middle of College Road when he was hit by a Kia Sorento from behind. The driver did n...

Omero Campo’s alleged kidnappers send another request for ransom
On Friday we told you that The Reporter newspaper reportedly received an email with a message and a ransom request to be delivered to the family of Omero Campos. The email was from Campos’ alleged kidnappers. Campos has been missing since June 17th, more than a month ago, when he left his home in S...

Woman cut several times by ex- boyfriend
A woman was stabbed in her home in Independence Village. According to police reports, on Saturday July 28, at about 8 p.m., 38 year old Kimberly Bol, a Belizean Secretary of Independence Village, reported that while she was at her home, her ex-common-law-husband entered her home without her permis...

Belizean police clueless about possible Sinaloa Cartel connected incident involving Belizean
A Belizean believed to have strong ties to the Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico was detained by Mexican authorities in Chetumal last week Wednesday. Dioney Rolando, also known as ‘El Nene’, is reportedly an employee of Zurizaday, the alleged operator of the Sinaloa Cartel in Chetumal. ‘El Nene’ and 4 Mexic...

First person to be charged under new gang legislation
A Taylors Alley Gang member caught in the act of firing a gun in the rival neighborhood of Linda’s Alley is the first person to be charged under the new Gang Legislation. Reports are that Belize City police officers were on mobile patrol when they responded to the sound of gunshots on Linda’s Alley....

Mexican national found dead; no foul play suspected
An elderly Mexican national was found dead on a feeder road in Progresso Village. According to reports, sometime around 8 p.m. on Saturday night, police officers visited the area in Progresso Village where they found the lifeless body of Isabelle Martinez. Martinez has been...

Project manager robbed of payroll
Over nineteen thousand dollars were stolen from a Belize City Project Manager while he was on his way to leave pay roll at his work site. 35 year old Jaime Dominquez reportedly left his worksite in Belama Phase 2 around 3 p.m. on Friday en route to Bella Vista to leave pay roll..

Waste Control Compound security guards robbed
There have been several other robberies across the nation this weekend. 41 year old Brian Smith, Belizean Security Guard for SOS Security Firm, reported that on Friday July 27th at about 3:00 a.m., he and a co-worker were on duty at Waste Control Compound located 3 miles on the George Price Highway .

Security guards are high targets of criminals
Last week we told you that two minors and another male person were apprehended by Belize City police officers while trying to escape the scene of a robbery they had allegedly committed. According to reports, sometime around 6:30 last Thursday night, 34 year old security guard Dion Gentle had just arrived at his office at Harpie Security on Antelope Extension when he was approached by two male persons, one of whom placed a firearm to his head and robbed him of several items.

Gas station security guard robbed
In another case of a security guard being targeted, On Friday July 27th, 20 year old security guard Bernard Humes was on duty at Puma Coral Grove Gas Station located at 1 ½ Miles Phillip Goldson Highway. That is when three male persons wearing masks approached him and escorted him to the front of the gas station. The video shows Humes with his hands in the air as the armed men have him lead them to the businesses door.

Robbery in Belize City junk yard
On Friday we told you of a robbery that happened in Belize City when persons were purchasing vehicle parts. Police have since released further information. 32 year old Byron Barrera, a Belizean Body works man, was at Kevin’s Junk yard located on Cedar Street sometime around midday on Friday afternoon.

Woman robbed and punched in the face
A woman was robbed and punched in the face in Hopkins Village. 22 year old Roxanne Crawford, a Belizean waitress of Hopkins Village, Stann Creek District, reported that on Sunday July 29th, at about 8:15 pm, she was walking on the main road of Hopkins Village when she was approached by a Hispanic male person who had his face covered.

Piracy near Long Caye
36 year old Jimel Williams, a Belizean Boat Captain and Tour Guide of Belize River Lodge, reported that on July 12th at about 5:30 p.m., he was fishing onboard Skiff with the name “Belize River Lodge # 5” on the south end of Long Caye. Along with him at the time was American Tourist, Dan Wilcox. The men were approached by two male persons on board a dark brown aluminum skiff...


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Swine flu back in Belize
Earlier in this month, Quintana Roo had confirmed over 20 cases of the H1N1 influenza virus and at least 3 deaths because of it. On Friday, the Ministry of Health (MOH) in Belize issued a press release saying that three cases of H1N1 had been confirmed in the Corozal District. Two of the cases are men who had recently travelled to Merida, Yucatan, and the third case is that of a pregnant woman who resides in Chetumal. According to the release, the cases were confirmed Friday afternoon by the Central Medical Lab in Belize City.

Belize welcomes Professor Bayyimah Bello
For several years now, the United Black Association for Development (UBAD) Education Foundation (UEF) has been sponsoring a guest lecturer to commemorate and honor Belize’s African ancestors on the anniversary of Emancipation Day, when slaves in the English-speaking Caribbean were freed on August 1, 1834. The theme for this year’s Emancipation Day is “Free Your Mind,” and the UEF guest lecturer for this year’s Emancipation Day activities is Professor Bayyimah Bello, a Haitian historian, teacher, writer and humanitarian worker who has traveled extensively in Africa for almost two decades and is also a professor of history at the State University of Haiti.

Lincoln Gomez, 23, ends up with 6 months for manslaughter
After he had heard pleas for mitigation and given an assessment of the aggravating factors, Justice Colin Williams made some deductions which resulted in the prison sentence of Lincoln Gomez, 23, who was charged with murder but had pleaded guilty to manslaughter, being reduced from 15 years to 6 months, effective from today’s date. Gomez’s attorney, Richard “Dickie” Bradley, in his mitigation plea, said that Gomez was 15 years old when he committed the offence, and that he accepted an offer from the Crown to plead guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter and saved the court from what might have been a lengthy trial, because there were 10 to 11 witnesses.

Belizean caught trafficking endangered marine life in Mexico
Reports coming out of Mexico are that a Belizean man was caught trafficking marine life through the international airport of Mexico City. He was attempting to board a flight to China when he was caught. Mexico News Today reported the story, but did not mention the man’s name. However, they did mention that he was at the airport when police detected the smell of fish. When they inspected the man’s suitcase, they found 88 dried seahorses, two bags of sea cucumbers, and two bags of fish bladders.

“El Nene” from Sinaloa Cartel captured in Mexico
The Sinaloa Cartel is an international cartel that is involved in drug trafficking, money laundering, and other forms of organized crime. On Thursday, July 26, reports out of Mexico were that one of the cartel members in the area was captured in Chetumal – and he appears to be a Belizean. According to several online reports, on Wednesday night around 10 p.m., Dioney Rolando, 24, who goes by the alias “El Nene” and who the reports say is a Belizean, was driving a blue Nissan pickup truck with four other persons inside, who were only identified in Mexican reports as Manuel M.P. and Abel “A” from Chetumal, and Oscar Joel F.D. and Ulises “R” from Mexico City. They were headed towards the airport and tried to avoid a police checkpoint. Their suspicious behavior led the police to chase after them.

Oceana vs Shark Fishers Association
For years, there has been talk, especially by Oceana, of banning the use of gill nets in Belize, because protected species of fish, such as bonefish and tarpon, are often included in the catch of fish pulled out the water by such a mechanism. In 2016, even Belize’s Coast Guard agreed with Oceana. Admiral John Borland, Commandant of the Coast Guard, had told the media that using gill nets was a “destructive and indiscriminate practice” and that the results were “more detrimental than they are beneficial.”

Rush International contingent visits the Jewel
Arriving in Belize this evening was a football contingent from Rush International, including 12 youth players and 4 adult coaches/chaperones. Among the adults are reportedly Brian Lux (Director of International affairs), Kris Downs (Global Outreach Director) and Matt Mittlestaedt (National Technical Director). The group will be in country until Saturday, August 4, and will be conducting training sessions in Belize City, Belmopan and Caye Caulker. According to the tentative itinerary provided by Rush Belize Country Director, Daniel Fabro, the group will be conducting football sessions tomorrow, Tuesday, at the MCC Grounds in Belize City from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 no...

Firms basketball games resume at Swift Hall
Following a break the previous weekend for the FIBA AmeriCup pre-qualifying triangular at the Civic Center, the Firms Basketball League tournament resumed action this past weekend with games on Thursday, Friday and Sunday at the Swift Hall court. In the opener on Thursday night, July 26, it was Armed Forces, 72-56, over BWS Pressure. Armed Forces was led by Shaquille Crawford 18 pts 5 rebs, Raheem Zuniga 8 pts 10 rebs, Gregory Buckley 5 pts 10 rebs, and Frank Fuller 5 pts 10 rebs; while for BWS, Karim Thompson had 15 pts 8 rebs, Alejandro Baptist 13 pts 5 rebs, and Robert Jefferies 6 pts 7 rebs.

Belize District youths win FFB’s National U-13 Elite Championship in Belmopan
In a 3-day National U-13 Elite football tournament at the FFB Stadium over the weekend, the Belize District squad won the final in a penalty shootout against Belmopan. Selections from the 10 football “districts” of the country participated in the tournament, namely, in Group A – Belize, Stann Creek, San Pedro, Benque and Belmopan; and in Group B – Independence, Toledo, Cayo, Orange Walk and Corozal. The Belize team was undefeated in the round-robin group phase, before going on to the knockout semifinal and final rounds. We will have a more detailed report in our weekend issue.

Inter-Office football continues at the MCC
The Belize District Football Association’s (BDFA)/McLean Insurance Brokers Inter-Office Football Tournament continues with scheduled games at the MCC Grounds: Wednesday, August 1 7:00 p.m. – City Council vs Belize Bank 8:30 p.m. – MOE Sports & Premium Wines vs BWS Thursday, August 2 7:00 p.m. – Simon Quan vs KHMH

Editorial: Carnival and Centenary in context
About fifteen or twenty years ago, Carnival, introduced around 1975 into Belize City, was becoming bigger than Centenary itself, which is the annual celebration of the Battle of St. George’s Caye fought in September of 1798. Before Carnival became so big, Centenary celebrations began annually with the selection of the Queen of the Bay, around the end of August. A series of events followed, such as singing contests, cultural shows, athletic contests, and so on, which culminated with the Citizens’ Parade on the Tenth of September. Around 1958 or so, the ruling People’s United Party (PUP) began to de-emphasize the Battle of St. George’s Caye (although a copy of the 1959 National Day Celebrations program in our possession, a program organized by the Belize City Council, included a “pilgrimage to the tomb of Simon Lamb”), and de-emphasize the overall Baymen’s Clan atmosphere. The PUP crowned a queen who was called Miss Belize Independence, and their program of events culminated with a march on the Tenth of September, which became known as National Day on the PUP calendar.

From The Publisher
I was the eldest of nine children. My mother did everything right to raise me the “proper” way. She sent me to piano lessons when I was seven. I was forbidden to play ball in the streets or in other people’s yards. I was pretty much a protected child. My first real peek at the real world, the “forbidden” world, took place at Edwards Park. This forbidden world was the Dunlop football team, and where they came from I hadn’t the slightest idea. Mr. Cassian Aspinall (he’s now a proofreader at Amandala), a teacher in the Methodist school system from those days in the 1950’s, has told me that the core of the Dunlop football team came from Ebenezer, a Methodist primary school in the Freetown area of Northside Belize City.

Those who count the votes …
Dear Editor, In reading the Editorial of July 28, two things occurred to me, one being the presidential election that installed con man Trump in the U.S. “White House”— there’s a term ironic by definition! —and the other is the situation with the ICJ and the upcoming vote. I don’t often find myself in agreement with crazy Joe Stalin, but he knew what he was talking about when he said: “The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.”

Pristine going from Haulover Creek and Belize River
The Wikipedia says it is believed the Haulover Creek got its name “from those who had to ‘haul’ their cattle over the creek with ropes prior to the construction of the swing bridge in 1922.” Ordinarily, okay, almost every day, the creek, which divides Belize City north (side) from Belize City south (side), is a dead body of water. There is nothing pretty about it. No one is tempted to drink from it. On the hottest of days you seldom see any kids splashing about in it. I know there was a time when the creek had activity, plenty fish. I don’t know the names of many fresh water fish, but I heard people call some of them – pupsi and tuhba and kraana. I know the one called sheep head (sheepshead). That’s a fish with black and white stripes and the shape of a porgy. And of course there were a lot of a notorious fish that is called kyatoh.

Gungulung resident, recovering from previous gunshot wounds, dies after being shot again
At about 4:30 on the evening of April 10, Dean Nembhard, Jr., 22, an unemployed resident of Holy Emmanuel Street, in the Gungulung area of Lake Independence (Lake I), was walking on Holy Emmanuel Street when a gunman came up and shot him twice in his abdomen. Nembhard was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) and was admitted to ward. He was released last month, June, about 60 days after he was shot. However, at about 11:00 last night, less than a month after he was discharged from the hospital and one week after celebrating his 23rd birthday, Nembhard was shot and died shortly after he was rushed to the KHMH.

CCJ holds compliance report hearing regarding Mayan land rights
The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) held a hearing this morning via teleconference between its Port of Spain, Trinidad, headquarters and the Belize Supreme Court, where representatives of the Mayan Leaders Alliance and the Toledo Alcalde Association squared off with Government of Belize representatives regarding a compliance report. In April 2015, the CCJ gave a consent order to demarcate and register the boundaries of indigenous lands in the southern Maya villages. Coming out of today’s hearing were five actions that must be taken and a dispute mechanism which must be signed within two weeks. The authority that will deal with disputes should be appointed by October 1, 2018.

Leslie, Baptist and Meighan not guilty of James Noralez’s murder
This afternoon, in the Supreme Court of Justice Colin Williams, three men: Tyrone Meighan, 24; Brandon Baptist, 29; and Orel Leslie, 29; were found not guilty of the November 2012 murder of ex-Belize Defence Force soldier James Noralez, 28. The not-guilty-of-murder verdicts came two hours and fifteen minutes after Justice Williams painstakingly read his judgment, highlighting the shortcomings of the prosecution’s circumstantial case against the accused men and characterizing its key witnesses as being “unreliable, unbelievable” and its main witness as having an interest to protect and as someone who clearly “struggled with the truth.”

Police shoot security company robbers – 2 minors
Two of three thieves were shot by police as they tried to escape after robbing a supervisor of Harpie Security Company. The thieves had stolen two .38 Special Smith and Wesson revolvers and a handheld radio. The two wounded robbers, minors, were taken to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where they are being treated under police supervision. The two injured robbers are a 17-year old minor, of Maskall Street, Belize City, who was shot in the right leg; and a 16-year-old minor of an East Collet Canal address, who was shot in the right upper thigh.

The Reporter

SMART TECHNOLOGY – CAN IT WITHSTAND THE TEST OF TIME ?
Six years ago, Marine Protected Areas managers in Belize tested and gave the nod of approval for use of the Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool, SMART in our country. The tool, originally developed for terrestrial monitoring, helps in collecting important Protected Areas enforcement and monitoring data that can steer management and legislative decisions for conservation and environmental sustainability. MPA managers from the Wildlife Conservation Society, and its partners working in the African landscape, began to develop what is now known as SMART, many years ago, to help them track their efforts as they manage the various protected areas.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Jasmine Alert program celebrates 6th-year anniversary
. Today, the Jasmine Alert initiative marked its 6th anniversary with a press conference at the […]

Shark fishing season comes to a close
The Belize Fisheries Department today informed that in accordance with the Fisheries Regulations of Belize (Chapter 210 […]

Re-registration Centers for August, 2018
Today, the Elections and Boundaries department issued a list of Registration centers that will be open to […]

New York Post says Belize is top destination for retirees
In an article from the New York Post, Belize is featured as one of the top […]

China urges US to decline Taiwan President’s stop in Los Angeles
Yesterday, Breaking Belize News reported that Taiwan’s President, Tsai Ing Wen is scheduled to visit Belize […]

Over 70,000 Belizeans have re-registered
Today, the Elections and Boundaries Department issued an update on the national re-registration exercise for the […]

Tropic Air announces acquisition of 2 more aircrafts
Tropic Air announced today that it expects to take delivery of two Cessna Grand Caravan EX’s. […]

Belize~ Unity and Freedom of Choice
The views expressed in this article are those of the writer and not necessarily those of Breaking Belize News. This […]

Hit and run victim dies while receiving treatment
Armando Witz, 31, has succumbed to his injuries received in a case of hit and run. […]

Ministry of Finance: Fuel prices will rise (again)
The Ministry of Finance announced yesterday afternoon that the pump price for Diesel Oil will decrease […]

Blogs

8 out of 10 White People Do Not Do This On Vacation…
According to a recent golf cart joyride study done within a two-mile radius south of San Pedro town by the Madison Group, 8 out of 10 people do not wave at strangers while on vacation. Speaking of friends and being friendly, a couple of girls decided to plan a boat trip for about eight of us. Everyone was ready for some Caribbean sea time and it was also a great opportunity to keep enjoying lobster season. The adventure started with catching lunch – lobster and crab. A few of us reminded the boat crew that we were not interested in anything too small.

A feeling of September Celebration in Belize
Starting on National Day and culminating on Independence Day, two weeks of city-wide patriotic celebrations keep the locals dancing in the streets. The Belize Carnival, a street festival held on the month of September, sees Belizeans doing colorful costumes and dance to Caribbean beats. The September Celebrations are a pair of holidays in Belize only eleven days apart. Battle of St. George's Caye Day (alternatively, National Day), 10 September, celebrated since 1898;Independence Day, 21 September, celebrated since 1981. A calendar of activities has traditionally been held every year centred on both events.

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Change of British High Commissioner to Belize in October 2018
Ms Claire Evans OBE has been appointed British High Commissioner to Belize in succession to Mr Peter Hughes OBE. Ms Evans will take up her appointment in October 2018.

Belize Is Latest Test Ground for Luxury Development and Environment
Belize, a small Central American country with a Caribbean shoreline and dense jungle, is slowly shifting its global reputation from a destination suitable for paradise-seeking backpackers and the occasional celebrity home to a luxury hotspot that provides world-class service with intimate access to nature and indigenous communities. Within the travel industry, the cruise lines have best taken advantage of the destination’s relatively virgin landscapes with nearly three-quarters of Belize’s 1.4 million annual visitors arriving by cruise ship for day excursions. That’s starting to change with a number of hospitality players from global corporations to individual hoteliers investing in the future of the market and luxury consumers’ perception of it.

Belize Supreme Court judge to be considered for investigation
n the case of Dean Boyce, British Caribbean Bank Ltd., and Lord Michael Ashcroft KCMG versus the Judicial and Legal Services Commission, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on Tuesday issued a judgment stating that a 2012 complaint against Justice Awich, now a judge in the Court of Appeal, should be properly considered by the Judicial and Legal Services Commission (JLSC). This paves the way to allow the JLSC to refer the complaint to the Belize Advisory Council, which would then investigate whether the judge should be removed from office.

Living off the forest
The Selva Maya extends across parts of Belize, Guatemala and Mexico. The huge tropical forest has been under threat for years from climate change, illegal logging and clearing for farming. But with the support of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), ever more voluntary protected areas are being established. Nuevo Becal is one of them. The community there now tries to use its 51,000 hectares of land sustainably. Instead of clearing forest to farm and raise livestock, they protect it and make a living by selling honey, nuts and other forest products.

More Americans are fleeing to cheap faraway places
From millennials to baby boomers, more Americans are ditching their jobs or retiring — and then fleeing overseas. A whopping 8.7 million Americans are living in other countries, based on US State Department figures. And that number is only rising. The appeal? An increasing number of places with strong infrastructure, good technology and — a major selling point — a much lower cost of living than in the United States. We tapped the expertise of five people familiar with expat life to find out the best countries to consider. Maybe it’s time to think about making that big move. “Belize has been quickly rising as one of the top destinations for retirees,” says Daniel Wilhelm, publisher of Escape Artist. He believes Belize stands out from other low-cost Latin American locations because it is the only one where English is the national language. His favorite location is Ambergris Caye, which “provides the ideal island life that retirees dream about,” with gorgeous beaches, easy access to the mainland and a vibrant expat community. Here, a couple could live nicely on $2,000 a month, including rent, utilities, going out to dinner two to three times a week and doing day trips like scuba diving once a month.

'Coral Whisperers' Look For Genetic Clues In Their Quest To Save Reefs In Biscayne Bay
They call themselves the coral whisperers: a global band of scientists working together to save the world's coral reefs. Several of the scientists were recently in Miami to study the coral reefs in South Florida over the course of a two-day conference with the Pew Marine Fellows Program. Their research—from labs in Hawaii to Boston and Belize—comes at time when the combined impacts of ocean acidification, water pollution, and climate change, among other stressors, threaten nearly 75 percent of the world's coral reefs. On an expedition last June, seven of the scientists crowded onto a small, open-rib boat as it sped across the waters of Biscayne Bay, part of the third largest coral reef in the world. "My work is Dr. Doolittle meets CSI," says Robert Richmond, an alumni of the Pew Marine Fellows Program and a professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Videos

  • Roan Summer of Service: Belize, 2.5min. Roan Scholar Adam Rosenbalm ’21, fulfilled his Summer of Service internship in San Pedro, Belize, serving with Love Share, an educational nonprofit. He has spent much of his time working to organize and optimize the financial processes of Love Share, while also helping bring all of their financial tracking online.

  • México, Belize & Guatemala, 16min. Three weeks of backpacking through Central America.

  • Barton Creek Cave Tubing and Zip Line, 5min. In this episode we try out two activities at Barton Creek, zip line and cave tubing. Zip lining was very fun but too quick. The cave tube involved a jungle walk and a long leisurely float. Rather than all my caves which are made of lava, these caves are all limestone. There was one exit in the middle of the cave that I really wanted to explore.

  • Marymount University Belize Trip 2018, 3min.

  • Morning Matters with Dianne Finnegan, 58min.

  • Channel 5 Obituaries, 2min.

  • United Nations - SAMOA Pathway scheduled for 6th-9th August in San Pedro, 34min.

  • The 2018 International Costa Maya Festival on La Isla Bonita, 20min.

  • The Mercy Clinic Program continues to restructure to better serve the elderly population, 35min.

  • The Belize Chamber of Commerce & Industry - Armed Robbery Prevention Training, 12min.

  • US Embassy to Belize - Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow program, 23min.

  • Belize Visionary Foundation of Baseball and Softball, 23min.

  • Swine Flu, Cost of Fuel- Rise and Shine 30 July 2018, 1hr46min.

  • Great Blue Wild, Belize, 46min. The Belize Barrier Reef is the second-largest coral reef system in the world. Estimated to be nearly 4,000 years old, its waters are home to an immense marine ecosystem. Explore a deep blue wilderness brimming with rare, exotic fish, sea turtles, sharks, and huge green morays.

  • BELIZE COUNTRY PRESENTATION 2017, 6min.

  • Belize - Grand Tour of Tom Owen's Caye, 2.5min.

  • Orange Walk representative, Irianna Leiva recognized as Miss East Indian Belize 2018 2019, 5min.

  • Belize Scuba Diving - Deep Dive on Coral Wall, 5min.

  • BELIZE 2018, 3.5min. Backpacking 2 weeks around Belize 2018 (San Ignazio, Tikal (Guatemala) Caye Caulker)


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