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Today's Belize News: August 22, 2018 #531930
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The San Pedro Sun

San Pedro Pirates dominate Altitude Assassins 4-0
For their second match of the Premiere League of Belize’s (PLB) 2018 Opening Season, the San Pedro Pirates F.C travelled to Independence Village, Stann Creek District, to face the Altitude Assassins F.C (Placencia Assassins) at the Michael Ashcroft Stadium on Saturday, August 18th. The island team was in control of the ball throughout the match, and at the end of the game time, it was a clear 4-0 victory for the Pirates. For their next match, the San Pedro Pirates will be playing at home at the Ambergris Stadium on Saturday, August 25th against Belize Defense Force. The game is scheduled to start at 7:30PM. All islanders are invited to come out and support the home team. Food and drinks will be on sale during the game.

Huston Alvarez, Cocono Bwai and Ernestine Carballo win at the National Song Competition 2018 and Corozal wins as Host Municipality for 2019
The Santa Elena Sports Complex was the venue for the National Song Competition 2018 where twenty-two (22) competing performances backed by the Gilharry Seven Band excited the audience on Saturday, August 18th. Three (3) performers vied for first place in the Junior Belize Song Category, six (6) competed in the Senior Carnival Song Division and thirteen (13) entrants challenged each other in the Belize Song Category. This year saw the crowning of two new Champions and the re-crowning of the Senior Carnival Song Champion!

12-year-old Jeffrey rescues and releases tangled Olive Ridley turtle
On August 17th, a family outing turned into a heroic rescue when 12-year-old Jeffrey McPherson realized that a ‘lump’ floating at sea was actually an Olive Ridley turtle in distress. Jeffrey and his family were enjoying a drive up north just before Rocky Point on northern Ambergris Caye when they saw the floating mass. Jeffrey told his stepfather Ezekiel Larios that he was sure he saw a flipper, and worried that it was a large animal in despair. They both decided to take a closer look and realized that it was a turtle tangled in a web of ropes. Jeffrey’s mother Debbie shared the incredible news on her social media page, sharing how thankful the family was that they chose to look closer. She says that the turtle was tired, its shell cracked, but it was still feisty, fighting his rescuers for a little bit while the ropes were removed from around it. Thankfully, once liberated, the turtle swam quickly away to freedom. “The ropes alone weighed about 12 – 15 pounds,” said Debbie.

Ambergris Today

Kyrone Vasquez Represents Belize At Mr. Quintana Roo Physique Competition
Ninteen-year-old Kyrone Rene Vasquez has a lot to be proud of today. He only started a serious regimen for bodybuilding training eight months ago and this past week he traveled to Cancun, Mexico to participate in his first competition. He came back to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize with a 5th place trophy and plenty of experience to keep him going. Kyrone Vasquez was in competition on Saturday, August 18, in Cancun at the Mr. Quintana Roo 2018 where he competed in the Men’s Physique category. He was the youngest among 21 other competitors, and the only Belizean, might we add. Kyrone said he pushed and worked even harder these past few months to improve his physique in preparation for the competition.

12-Year-Old Jeffrey Rescues Entangled Sea Turtle
Jeffery McPherson and his family were on a fun picnic trip in North Ambergris Caye near Rocky Point when they spotted something trapped in a big net on the beach. He said he saw some flippers and decided to rush over the area to see what it was. To Jeffery’s surprise they encountered a sea turtle entangled in a thick and heavy net. Jeffery immediately helped the struggling sea creature that looked so scared and kept fighting them, he commented. After a bit of struggling to remove the net, they were successful in setting it free and back out at sea. Jeffery says he was extremely happy that he was able to save the life of such a beautiful animal.

Misc Belizean Sources


CRC update about tragic croc incident in Orange Walk last week
This past weekend the CRC assisted Belize Forest Department (FD) in addressing an incident involving a crocodile that was filmed attacking and killing a dog from a river's bank even though there were people close to the dog (American and Morelet's crocs in Belize are relatively timid and shy, and would rather stay away or hid from people, as well as not show themselves when they are about to attack). We are a resource and do assist FD in the removal of truly problematic or habituated crocodiles, and part of our relocation/removal process it to take the time with community members to determine why the incident happened (find the root of the problem) in order to mitigate future human-crocodile conflict. The behavior displayed by the croc in the video was uncharacteristic of American and Morelet's crocs, and indicative of an animal habituated to people. The CRC and FD discovered the crocodile had been fed by people every afternoon (same time as the incident). And after further investigation we also found that some businesses and residents were both feeding and handling other crocs throughout the area.

On this #TreeTuesday, we are featuring the Strangler Fig (Ficus popenoei)!
Strangler Figs belong in the Moraceae family, the same as mulberry, breadnut, breadfruit, and jackfruit. If you’re familiar with any of these plants, you know they have a lot of sap – this is a characteristic of the family. Strangler Figs are unique. They start off their lives as epiphytes, growing on the surface of another plant but getting water and nutrients from the air, water, and debris. The seeds are dropped by fruit-eating bats, birds, or monkeys into the canopy of a host tree. The young fig sends long roots down to the ground. Some of these enter the soil, and others wrap around the host's trunk. The fig begins growing very quickly after its roots touch the soil. After several years, the roots that are wrapped around the trunk fuse, and begin to "strangle" the host tree. The fig becomes a strong competitor for sunlight and nutrients, eventually killing its host and leaving the fig with a hollow trunk.

Updates on the 2018 Re-registration of Electors Exercise
The Elections and Boundaries Department continues to update the public on the ongoing 2018 Re-registration of Electors Exercise. An update is hereby provided as follows for the period 12th to 18th August, 2018. Registration Centers continue to be opened in all thirty-one (31) electoral divisions country-wide to facilitate the acceptance of applications for the registration of electors. During the period a total of Ten Thousand, One Hundred and Forty-One (10,141) applications have been accepted, therefore the total number of applications received as at 18th August 2018 is One Hundred and One Thousand, and Fourteen (101, 014). The public is hereby reminded that the present Registration Centers will be opened up to 31st August 2018.

Decorated trash bins installed in Corozal
This past Saturday August 18th, we installed three more decorated trash bins in front of the round house and the mini football field along Miami Beach. We need about 4 more drums to complete the entire 1st Avenue from Rainbow Beach to the end of Miami Beach. These three drums were donated courtesy of your humble servant in conjunction with Corozal Bayside Realty, Corozal Daily and support from the Corozal Town Council. If you are interested in donating a drum, please inbox us or call us at 602-2126.

Power outage in San Pedro on Sunday
Power outage scheduled for 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 26 to affect entire San Pedro, Ambergris Caye and Bomba Village. BEL to replace poles for transmission lines, install lightning arresters, conduct maintenance and testing of equipment, install a circuit breaker at the Maskall Substation, conduct line maintenance on the distribution system and remove hazardous vegetation near distribution lines in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye.

Los Hijos del West Farewell Taiwan Concert
Pictures and videos from the last concert the Los Hijos del West played in Taiwan. They had a great time representing Belize at the '2018 Appropriate International Child Play Art Festival.'

Corozal Inauguration Ceremonies of the September Celebrations
All are invited to the inauguration Ceremonies of the September Celebrations in front of the Corozal Town Hall. Soca Fete, Carnival Queen, DJ Face Off, live performance by Local Artist and other invited guests. Dance to the vibrant sounds of Dynamics of Belize and much more. Food and Drinks will be on sale, support our local Carnival Groups. All are invited!

11th Zone 4 Neighbourhood Watch Program
The 11th Zone 4 Neighbourhood Watch Summer Program in Benque has started. This year’s Summer Program theme is “Empowering youths, through safe spaces”. Our officers from our DYS Benque Center are facilitating session and helping with the summer program along with our volunteers from the Benque Volunteers Youth Group. The Summer Program is free of cost for attendees where they are engaged through activities; including arts & crafts, sports, educational lectures, and implementing community policing programs such as the GREAT program. Youths enjoyed a full week of free activities, materials, snacks, juice, games with prizes and daily engagement of discussion of life skills for the youths.

GOB's Controlled Pump Prices (Belize City)
Effective Date: 22nd August 2018

Queen of the Bay Sashing Ceremony
Sunday, August 26 at 6:30 PM, Belize Biltmore Plaza. 3½ Miles Northern Highway, Belize City.

Burial of Deceased in Approved Cemeteries
The Ministry of Health would like to remind the public that the burial of deceased family members on private premises is prohibited by the Public Health Act. Every undertaker conducting burials on behalf of a family is also expected to adhere and only ensure services provided for approved cemeteries, in compliance with Public Health Act Chapter 40 Section 30 (1) of Laws of Belize. The public is also being reminded, that where families have interest in establishing a private/family cemetery outside service areas, an application must be submitted to the Ministry of Health for review and approval by the Director of Health Services. The Ministry advises the public that anyone found in violation of the Act will be prosecuted under the Public Health Act Chapter 40, and anyone guilty of the offence is liable to a fine of $1000.

Feasibility Study and Detailed Designs of the Philip Goldson Highway Miles 24.5 – 92
The Ministry of Works (MOW) takes this opportunity to inform the public that a Feasibility Study and Detailed Designs of the Philip Goldson Highway Miles 24.5 – 92 is currently ongoing. In an effort to ensure timely and successful implementation of this study, topographical surveys will be conducted along the above-mentioned route; requiring access to your property. With the authority vested in the Chief Engineer under Chapter 232, Section 12 and 19 of PART III of the Laws of Belize (Revised Edition 2000), let this serve as notice of entry to your property to conduct the aforementioned survey. This survey is proposed to commence after seven (7) days of service of Notice and continue thereafter until completed. The Ministry of Works (MOW) thanks you in advance for your cooperation.

2nd Annual Corozal Bay Bikers Fest
November 17, 2018. Pin this date and get those Bikes RRRReady!!!

Corozal - Flea Market!
Flea Market at Farmer's Market! Saturday, August 25th, starting at 6:00 a.m. Get the best bargains and deals!

Cappello's Art Gallery Grand Opening
San Ignacio has a new art gallery, and they have some really nice artwork there. It's the new blue building on West street. "San Ignacio's newest art gallery, Cappello's ART Gallery Belize, had its grand opening on Sunday. They have some incredible pieces of art in there. Way more than just paintings, although many of those are displayed. The gallery will highlight 4 Belizean artists, and has separate studios for each of them. The gallery is located next to the Tia Maria Hotel on West street, and was built specifically to be a gallery. Revolution Artistry was there showing off her skills as a makeup artist."

Virtuoso Travel Week
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Paradise Theater playing this weekend
Oceans 8, Hereditary, Adrift, Little Mermaid

Old Harley's Warehouse on Regents Street to be torn down
Whether you think the old Harley's Warehouse on Regents Street near Brodies is a piece of history or an eyesore, take a good look at it because it will soon be gone. As we understand, the owner has decided to remove the dilapidated building. Something new will replace the old building, but the owner is not sure what it is yet. The Harley's Store, which was situated on the property where Scotia Bank is currently, was one of the major department stores in downtown along with Brodies in the early to mid 1900's. It was destroyed by fire in 1953 and was rebuilt; however, was destroyed again by Hurricane Hattie in 1961 and never reopened.

Gillnets: Are we drowning our future?
If we fish sustainably, we can always depend on the sea as a source of food and livelihoods!

Channel 7

Ambassador Shyne Slams President Sapnah
About 5 weeks ago, we showed you our interview with Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber, who was discussing the appointment of Sapnah Budrani who is now the president and administrator of NICH. There have been quite a number of complaints about her management style, and there are those who have suggested that she is not qualified to hold two of the most senior posts in that organization. Her critics were complaining that it was improper for her to be the acting president of NICH, while still holding the post of administrator, because she would be accounting to herself for decisions which also included finances. Her ministerial boss, Deputy PM Faber, attempted to put those concerns to rest when he came out in full support of her leadership. He even suggested that part of the grumbling about her also included personalities who were attempting to undermine her leadership.

OW Braces For A Gangster’s Funeral
Tomorrow security will be high in Orange Walk as the town prepares for the funeral of slain gang figure Juniour Triminio. The 34 year old was killed along with an affiliate, 19 year old student, Enrique Calderon in a dramatic and terrifying street execution on Sunday evening in Orange Walk Town. It happened across the street from a kids football tournament and has shaken town residents. Footage circulated on social media shows that the 34 year old will be buried in a gangster's coffin, full blue to reflect his gang affiliation - of which, the coffin describes him as a general. Many Orange Walkenos may shake their heads at the sight of that, not knowing how to contextualize such symbols - since these are Belize City gang affiliations imported into that Northern town.

Police Puzzle Over Drug Planes
And while Aragon says he cannot discuss police intelligence, he also couldn't say much about the eight drug planes that have been found abandoned or burnt in the north since November of last year. It's a troubling public security issue, but police haven't been able to share any coherent public information about what's driving the narco-traffic this way and how it is fueling local drug related violence. Most of it has been centered on the Orange Walk District, but Aragon would only refer elliptically to drug organizations, shying away from using the word cartels:..

Pickup Flips While Dodging Cyclist
There was an accident early this evening at mile eight on the George Price Highway. A Ford Ranger extended cab, veered off the road and flipped at mile eight. Fortunately, no one was hurt. Around 4:00, the driver was traveling from Punta Gorda to Belize City. He says he was only driving thirty miles an hour when a bicycle rider tried to dash across the road to avoid his pickup and an oncoming vehicle. To avoid a collision with either the bike or the oncoming vehicle - he swerved away and ended up off the road where he hit a lamppost which snapped. From there his vehicle rolled over a few times and ended up on its cab. The driver told us he had no injury. He blames it on the bicycle rider.

Belizean Boran Darnelle Murdered In Chicago Killing Spree
A 17 year old who spent his childhood in Belize has been brutally murdered in Chicago's killing spree. Darnelle Flowers - who is the son of Melanie Reneau - was found shot to death in a wooded area on the Far South Side of Chicago on Sunday at midnight. Flowers - who was known as "Bibby" - had gone missing on Friday night along with 16 year old Raysaun Turner - who was also found dead. The double murder is said to be gang related, and could have been a robbery. The Chicago Tribune reports that "Darnelle Flowers had been arrested by Chicago Police seven times before his death on charges related to weapons, carjacking and battery.

Bus Fuss Leads To Belizeans Stranded At Chetumal Border
Fewer Belizeans are traveling to Chetumal - and it's because of a bus situation which has emerged ever since a Mexican bus driver for ADO was arrested in Belize earlier this month. As a result of that, since last Wednesday, Belizean buses have no longer been allowed into Chetumal without insurance coverage from a Mexican insurance company. None of them have that, so no bus has been able to take Belizean passengers directly into Chetumal. Those travelling to Chetumal by bus must now disembark in the Free Zone area, and hire a taxi into Chetumal. It's a frustrating and costly process which has discouraged Belizeans from the travelling. And it has begun to show in the numbers.

Week 7 Re-Registration Numbers Ticked Upwards
The Elections and Boundaries Department says that up to Saturday, One Hundred and One Thousand, and Fourteen (101,014) persons had applied to re-register. That's after Ten Thousand, One Hundred and Forty-One (10,141) applicants showed up to register in week 7, which ran from August 12th to the 18th. Week 7's numbers were a little better than week 6's which - at nine thousand, three hundred and twenty (9,320) applicants - was the lowest so far. And week 8 started out a little bumpy in the Mesopotamia division where at the Grace Primary registration center - the exercise had to be taken outside. Seems the school administration needed to start cleaning in time for the new semester - so they were pushed out.

A Month’s Marimba Music-Making in Taiwan
'Los Hijos Del West' Marimba band are back from their 1 month visit to Taiwan. They along with performers from all over the world took the stage at this year's Yilan International Children's Folklore and Folkgame Festival. Courtney Weatherburne went to welcome them at the airport and the band leader told her how life changing this experience was for them. "Los Hijos del West" are the most celebrated Marimba band in Belize. The group has been together for 5 years and have performed all over country. But there is nothing like performing on a grand international stage. That's exactly what the group did at the Yilan International Children's Folklore and Folkgame Festival in Taiwan.

A Belizean In America’s Orchestra
For many of you, the first things that come to mind when you hear the word orchestra are classical music and the sharp and animated moves the conductor makes with his baton as he is directing. It is more of a European thing. Well, the Orchestra of the Americas adds a delightful flavor of music from Mexico, Argentina, Chile and Belize among many other countries in the Americas. Violin Coach from the National Youth Orchestra of Belize represented Belize on this year's European tour. We met up with her today. Cindy Burgos, Violin Coach, National Youth Orchestra of Belize: "So we did a two week residency in Poland at the Penderecki Music Center. So that is a place where it was custom built just for musicians and orchestra's so we spent two weeks there working with the best conductors and coaches for an orchestra..."

Saldivar Family Swipes Back At Saldivar
"Even the devil has his followers" - that's what Opposition Leader John Briceno had to say about Arthur Saldivar on Friday. He confirmed that his party's national executive has rejected Arthur Saldivar's application to run in the upcoming Belmopan standard bearer convention. Well, an open letter written in the name of the Saldivar family is directed to Briceño to complain that he has been unfair in his remarks. Their letter begins with an immediate condemnation of what they see as Briceño failing to demonstrate that he has, quote, "the character of an individual with the skills to lead a nation".

Another PUP Against The ICJ
Last week, we told you how the members of PUP's Southern Caucus have strongly declared that they are against Belize going to the ICJ to resolve Guatemala's territorial claim over Belize. That's in stark contrast to Opposition Leader John Briceño's personal view that the ICJ is the best option that Belize has at this time, to resolve the dispute once and for all. Well, PUP Cayo South Area Rep Julius Espat has posted his opinion on Facebook, and he agrees with the Southern Caucus that Belizeans should say "no" to the ICJ.

Taiwan Loses Another Ally
Last week, Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen was in Belize as part of a tour of South and Central America. But, while she was shoring up support with friendly nations, her country continues to lose its precious few allies. It was reported last night that El Salvador has broken relations with Taiwan and established ties with mainland China. It is the fifth diplomatic ally that Taiwan has lost to China since President Tsai, came to power in 2016. Taiwan is now left with only 17 allies, or countries that recognize its Independence.

Shyne Comes Thru With Corporate Cash For Collective
At the top of news, we showed you our interview with Music Ambassador Shyne Barrow, who was discussing his disapproval of the new NICH President. That opportunity to speak with Shyne presented itself when he, and representatives from BTL and BTB hosted a joint press conference to announce that they've raised $30,000 to donate to the Garifuna Collective. Two months ago, the Music Ambassador and the Garifuna Collective announced that the group was selected to perform at WOMEX, the World Music Expo which will be held in the last week of October in Spain.

Shooting Victim Shaphan to Virginia For Care
As we told you in mid-July, shooting victim Shaphan Domingo needed to raise funds to get 3 very important surgeries. He was shot in 2007 and his legs had to be amputated. It has been a struggle for him since then but an organization out of Richmond Virginia called Global Surgical Expedition has committed to pay for the 3 procedures once Domingo comes up with the money for his ticket. Well, it looks like he did raise the money he needed because he flew out this weekend to Virginia. His family and friends from the ONE STRUGGLE Group wish him well. We will keep following his progress.

A Helping Hug
The local charity organization, known as Group Hug, distributed backpacks with school supplies to 240 deserving students on Saturday. It's their 4th annual Back-to-School Backpack Drive, and the distribution took place at the Memorial Park in Belize City and at the community basketball court in Hattieville. Group Hug The organization was aiming to distribute 200 backpacks, and they were well over their target, making this year's drive a success. Group has been doing its community work since 2015, and in that time 840 children have benefited from the backpack drives.

Police Say City Robbery Spree Deeper Than September Money
As we've been reporting - robberies have been on the rise - and they seem to be getting more and more brazen. Yesterday we saw an armed robber methodically track a 79 year old man who was coming for the bank with 15 thousand dollars- and pounce on him as the elderly man pulled into his driveway. Yesterday, the press asked police if the need for school money and September money is driving the robbery spree. The head of CIB said it's bigger than that:...

The Sound Boys and Girls
And finally, tonight, here are the winners of Saturday's National Song Competition. In the Junior Belize Song Category, Huston Alvarez Jr., from Stann Creek, won first place with his song "Our Belize". Brishel Magdaleno and Shakira Welcome, representing the Cayo District, won second place with "Belize Da Fu We", while Toledo's Amiri "Prince" Gentle's "Soca Warrior" was awarded a special cash prize for his contribution.

Channel 5

Tings Dread Da Gwen, Are Teachers Going Home?
It is not the first time that we have covered the administrative woes at Gwen Liz High School. Tonight, there are reports that a number of teachers are to be [...]

Belizean Teen Murdered in Chicago
A Belizean teenager was killed over the weekend in Chicago. Seventeen-year-old Darnelle Flowers, left Belize seven years ago, but he and his sixteen-year-old classmate, Raysuan Turner went missing on Friday. [...]

Orange Walk Police continue investigate Double Homicide
Police in Orange Walk continue their investigation into the double homicide of Junior Triminio and Christopher Calderon. The duo was gunned down on Zericote Street in Orange Walk Town on [...]

No Arrests in Copycat Robberies
The armed robbery of seventy-nine-year-old retired educator, Harold Williams, on Monday afternoon downstairs of his home at the corners of Dunn and Landivar streets is presumably the result of the [...]

More Suspected Drug Planes Landing in Northern Belize
The unauthorized landings of private aircrafts in northern Belize, primarily in the Orange Walk District pose a grave national security threat to the country.  Since the beginning of the year, [...]

Intercepting Drug Planes are a Matter of Intelligence Gathering
According to Elodio Aragon Junior, the efforts of the police department are compounded by the fact that criminal networks are often in cahoots with other members of law enforcement.  There [...]

Belizean Licensed Vehicle Involved in Accident in Mexico
A Belizean woman was among four persons injured in a traffic accident near Playa del Carmen. According to reports from the area, she was travelling in a van that was [...]

Is Sapna Budhrani qualified to be President of NICH?
Is Sapna Budhrani qualified to be the President of NICH? That’s what most people were asking when she was swiftly elevated to president of the National Institute of Culture and [...]

NICH slow in support of Garifuna Collective’s WOMEX showcase – Music Ambassador disappointed!
And according to Shyne Barrow, Budhrani has not been cooperative with him. Barrow says he is disappointed that the president has dragged her feet on securing funds for the Garifuna [...]

Garifuna Collective off to Spain for WOMEX 2018
Back in June, we shared the good news that the Garifuna Collective was selected to perform at the WOMEX Showcase to be held at Grand Canary Islands, Spain, in October [...]

But They Need Your Help In Getting There
And so to get to Spain, the Garifuna Collective needs more funds. Al Obando, the long time road manager of the band, says that while they have not been back [...]

Salvador cuts ties with Taiwan
Taiwan’s President, Doctor Tsai Ing-wen concluded a visit to Latin America which included a three-day stop in Belize. She headed back to Taipei on Saturday, but first stopped over in [...]

Who Will Win KTV the Remix, Season II?
All is in place over at the Bliss Centre for the Performing Arts where the grand finale of KTV, the Remix, gets underway at eighty-thirty with a red carpet segment. [...]

PUP’s Julius Espat says NO to the ICJ
P.U.P.’s Cayo South Area Representative, Julius Espat, has taken a firm ‘NO’ to the I.C.J.  Espat announced his position on the matter on Saturday via his Facebook page. Having considered [...]

BTV Re-installs Belize Plaque on Gracias Adios Border Monument
Two years ago, in 2015, a plaque with the name ‘Belize’ which had been installed on the Gracias Adios Border Monument down south was reportedly stolen. The plaque was installed [...]

Ten More Days Until Mass Re-registration Concludes
Ten thousand, one hundred and forty-one registration applications were received by the Election and Boundaries Department between August twelfth and eighteen. This is a slight increase when compared to the [...]

Los Hijos Del West Return from Taiwan International Folkloric Festival
Marimba musical group, Los Hijos del West, returned to the Jewel today after a spending a month in Taiwan. The group, including Ian Yacab, Christian Archila, Emil Hernandez, Luis Quiroz [...]


Garifuna Collective provided with monetary support for the trip to WOMEX
As the Garifuna Collective prepares for their trip to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, for the World Music Expo (WOMEX), several organizations have stepped out in garnering support for the group. Today Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL), Belize Tourism Board (BTB) and the Office of the Music Ambassador announced that they have donated a sum …

A vacation nightmare
Bridgette Boegner will be turning forty this month and she decided to celebrate by taking a vacation in Belize. Boegner and her girlfriend came to Belize on Saturday looking forward to an amazing time, but instead their vacation turned into a nightmare. Love News spoke with Boegner who said that they had a minor accident …

Workshop to strengthen Belize’s ECD Data Management
Research has shown that what transpires in a child’s early childhood has the possibility of influencing that child for the rest of his or her life. As a result, UNICEF is working to ensure that children receive a good start in life. In this regard, UNICEF in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, the Ministry …

Retired Belizean held at gunpoint was robbed of $15,000
Retired Belizean, Harold Williams, had an unforgettable experience yesterday, when he we was approached and held up at gun point in his vehicle by three men who robbed him of an envelope containing around fifteen thousand in cash. ASP Alejandro Cowo explains more. Asp Alejandro Cowo: He handed over the envelope containing $15,000. Thereafter the …

Three year old drowns in Bella Vista, Toledo
Twenty-five year old Arturo Mas and his family are mourning the tragic loss of three year old, Benjamin Mas. On Sunday the child fell in a well in Bella Vista Village in the Toledo District. The child was transported to the Independence Poly Clinic; however by the time they arrived, he had already died.

Hijos del West Marimba group back from Taiwan
After spending an entire month performing at the Yilan International Children’s Folklore and Folkgame Festival in Taiwan, the Hijos del West Marimba group returned today, where they were greeted by family and friends. The founder of the group, Ian Yacab spoke to the media about his experience. Founder of Group Ian Yacab: It was a …

Shyne speaks on NICH presidency
The Music Ambassador also spoke to the media about a letter he sent ot the then Director of the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH), Sapna Budhrani. In the letter Barrow recorded his discontent in her leadership and the various positions that she was in control of. He states that he still stands firm …

A Song Competition for the ICJ
The re-registration exercise is the first step towards securing a vote in the 2019 referendum about whether or not Belizeans want to forward the case of Guatemala’s unfounded claim to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Though there is no unifying voice as the PUP and the UDP are expressing different views. However the education …

Why do so many love relationships turn violent?
Domestic violence occurs within a number of homes in Belize and while women are usually the victims, that is not always the case. It is sad that one who loves another so intimately can then commit such violence acts against that person. In Belize we have seen it happen far too often. Just this month …

Police Minister says we all need to do our part to stop crime
A double homicide occurred in Orange Walk Town on Sunday evening. At the end of a football event for teens, a group of men walked outside the Louisiana Government School stadium and a masked man pulled up in a white vehicle and fired at least a dozen shots which killed 34-year-old Junior Triminio and 19-year-old …

Regular Narco Planes on Clandestine Airstrips
Belize is one of several points along the narco-trafficking routes from South America to the United States. The creative drug traffickers employ every method to conceal the drugs into various household items like tiles and stuffed toys. However, when passing through Belize, they tend to use planes because our airspace, like the ground, isn’t well protected...

A $1,000 fine if you bury your dead in unapproved spaces
Burying the dead can be costly and the Ministry of Health intends to tax anyone who violates its health codes. Anyone who violates those codes will be prosecuted under the Public Health Act and can be charged one thousand dollars if a court finds them guilty. According to a press release sent from the Ministry, burial of family members on private residences, is against the law...

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Jealousy leads to murder
Early this morning, a woman lost her life after she was choked to death by her common-law husband while they were staying at a hotel in Independence. Mariela Alpuche, 34, and Arturo Rodriguez, 48, both residents of Trial Farm in Orange Walk, were in their hotel room around 2 a.m. when they got into a dispute. Although the nature of the dispute is unknown, the disagreement led Rodriguez to choke Alpuche until she stopped breathing. After the incident occurred, Rodriguez informed Alpuche’s family members, who were in the adjacent room, of what had happened.

Two executed in Sugar City
At about 5:30 yesterday evening, Junior Treminio, 34, and Christopher Enrique Calderon, 19, two friends who both resided in Orange Walk Town, were socializing with others in front of a house on Zericote Street, not far from the Louisiana Football Field in Orange Walk Town, where the Mundialito football competition was being played, when a vehicle drove up and stopped, and a man wearing a ski mask on his face came out of the vehicle, armed with a pistol, and fired shots in the direction of Treminio and his friends. There was confusion as the men scrambled for cover, and Treminio and Calderon ran into the nearby yard, but the gunman ran after them and shot them several times. The gunman then ran back into his vehicle, and it sped away.

Candice Miller, former City Administrator, files wrongful termination claim for $498,135
When the Supreme Court re-opens for its September session, one of the cases that will go into case management early in the session is the claim against Belize City Mayor, Bernard Wagner, and the Belize City Council, by Candice Miller for wrongful termination. Mayor Bernard Wagner is named in Miller’s lawsuit as the first defendant and the Belize City Council is named as the second defendant. Miller’s court paper is dated July 11, 2018. In their response to Miller’s claim, however, the Belize City Council filed a counterclaim on August 10, 2018 for one million dollars, because CitCo is alleging that she failed in her duty to file a defense in a sanitation company claim against the Council that resulted in a million-dollar default judgment against the Council.

John Woods passes at 75
John Charnley Woods was a 27-year-old pilot who came to Belize and made himself at home, carving out his own unique place in his new home and leaving an impressive legacy of his life’s work when he passed away on Saturday, August 18, 2018 in the United States. Woods, the son of Anne and William Woods of Houston, Texas, was 75 at the time of his death. When he first came to Belize, he was the manager of a spice farm that was located in St. Ann’s Village, located on the old Northern Highway, in the vicinity of Maskall Village. On the day he arrived in Belize, Woods met Martha Ordonez at Barclays Bank, and six months later, they were married.

A good name is better than money
I have seen the Belize Press Office’s response to Amandala’s article regarding the arrival of Republic of China (Taiwan) president Tsai Ing-wen, and I do not intend to waste my time responding in toto. There are a few points, however, that need clarification. The release said that “An information officer in the Press Office contacted every major media house in Belize in an effort to provide [Mr. Hoare] with the aforementioned list. A representative from the Amandala could not be reached.” Really? Our offices were open all that day, Thursday. Our office phones were not malfunctioning. My phone was not malfunctioning. Our reporter’s two phones weren’t malfunctioning. So, how could we not be reached?

8-Ball Billiards in Belize – a veteran reflects
I remember coming back home in 1984, trying to find a pool room where I could play some billiards; and Mike’s Club was recommended to me, only to find out that Mike’s Club was only for carom. So I took it upon myself, bought a billiards table, and put it downstairs of my home; and, to my surprise, the guys started showing up; and I started having weekend tournaments for individuals. Then, Mr. Isaac Ranguy from Punta Gorda got in touch with me. He brought a team of seven players to compete against seven players from Catt’s Place, Belize City. This was history in the making. (P.G.’s team was named Challengers.)

Undefeated at Week 3, Police and Bandits clash this weekend in Week 4 of PLB 2018-19 Opening Season
Already, three weeks have gone by in the Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2018-2019 Opening Season, and Police United FC is on top of the standings with a 3 and 0 record, followed closely by defending champions, Belmopan Bandits SC, who have 2 wins along with a season-opening draw (0-0) against the now struggling BDF FC. (See standings below.) Week 3 games began with a Thursday night affair, followed by one game on Saturday and two on Sunday. At the Isidoro Beaton Stadium on Thursday night, it was the Belmopan Bandits SC, 5-nil, over winless Wagiya FC, with goals coming from Georgie Welcome (3’ & 68’), Luis “Baaka” Torres (6’), Rony Sanchez (38’) and Norman Anderson (88’).

Belize selection to Honduras for UNCAF U19 Tournament
Today, the U19 selection left to Honduras to represent Belize in the UNCAF U19 Tournament. They will be playing a total of 6 games, the first being on August 19 against Honduras, and the last on August 26 against Guatemala. They are scheduled to return on Monday, August 27. List of players: #14 Alexander Darren Scott; #5 Allan Escott Barillas; #2 Andir Zamir Chi; #7 Davis Myrick Marshall; #22 Devin John Nunez; #8 Donell Eric Arzu; #4 Enfield Nelson Nunez; #10 Gabriel Fitzgerald Ramos; #18 Horace Cyril Avila; #17 Izon Ainsley Gill; #16 Jarrel Jamaal Young; #3 Jefton Raymond Hubert Apolonio; #11 Jesse Amin August; #9 Jonard Dillon Castillo; #4 Joseph Anthony Ramirez; #1 Kerry James Gonzales; #12 Tyreek Tyrone Muschamp; #1 Warren.

Over-40 Finals game 1 this Sunday in San Pedro
In the National Over-40 veterans league semifinals return matches over the weekend, at the MCC Grounds on Saturday, Kulture Yabra won once again over Benque, 7 goals to 3. Goal scorers for Kulture Yabra were Kevin Roland with 5 goals (he also leads this tournament with goals), and Edward “Lilly White” Rubio and Albert “Chicken” Arnold got one apiece; while all 3 Benque goals were by Julio Ayala. This victory automatically takes Kulture Yabra to the finals. (They had won game 1 by a 4-1 margin, for an aggregate score of 11-4.) Today at the M.A. Stadium in Independence, San Pedro Vets won over Mango Creek Vets, 2 goals to nil, both goals by Oliver Hendricks. (San Pedro had taken game 1, 3-0, so the aggregate score is 5-0.)

Softball Federation announces Women’s National Championship next weekend, August 31 – September 2
The Belize Softball Federation is hosting the XXVIII Women’s National Championship from Friday, August 31 to Sunday, September 2 at Rogers Stadium. The following teams (from the respective associations) have qualified for the 2018 National Championship: Stann Creek Association – Independence United and Silk Grass Royale Girlz. Cayo Association – Belmopan Bandits and Unitedville Rebels United. Belize Rural Association – Double Head Cabbage Unity and Burrell Boom Orchid Girls. Belize City Association – Digicell and Belize Bank Bulldogs.

Editorial: From red or blue, to yes or no
Opposition People’s United Party (PUP) Leader, Hon. John Briceño, suddenly finds himself in a bit of a pickle. The PUP has 12 area representatives sitting in the House of Representatives, and 6 of these are now on record as advocating a “no” vote where the International Court of Justice (ICJ) referendum next April is concerned. Mr. Briceño has been on record as supporting a “yes” vote. On the KREM Radio/TV Sunday Review on Sunday morning, August 19, PUP executive official, Bill Lindo, claimed that it was actually 8 of the 12 PUP House members who have gone “no.” If that were so, it would increase Mr. Briceño’s discomfiture immeasurably, because it would mean that he could theoretically be replaced by as Leader of the Opposition by a majority vote of the PUP representatives, which would be very embarrassing for Mr. Briceño. Even if we discount Mr. Lindo’s claim and stick with 6 as the number of those in the “no” camp, Mr. Briceño is in an unenviable position, because 3 of the 5 PUP area representatives who are not in the “no” camp are in the Said Musa camp, which is known to be consistently unhappy with Mr. John.

From The Publisher
One of my wife’s friends has a saying that goes like this, “There’s a wheel within a wheel.” In other words, at any given time there are various levels of intrigue taking place with respect to any subject or situation. The game is not simple or straightforward. One of the reasons the UBAD movement lasted so long, relatively speaking, was because, as leader, I had spent three years in the United States and had been exposed to the wheels within the wheels. I had serious appreciation for how skilful and sophisticated the enemies of the people were, and I never, ever underestimated them. Even in the United States itself, you know, it was many years after various black and activist movements had been infiltrated, sabotaged, and tricked into fighting against each other that the details of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Counter Intelligence Program (COINTELPRO) began to emerge.

Long school holidays in April and May/Johnny Woods, RIP
Greetings, Mr. Editor, Please allow me to respond to Mr Hyde’s “From The Publisher” column of Aug 18, 2018. Mr. Hyde, I would like to refute your statement that no one but your dad paid attention to your lamentations about the changing of Belize’s long school holidays from April/May to July/August. Unless by “no one,” you mean those in a position to do something about it, I beg to differ. Although I am about a decade your junior, I was fortunate enough to catch the last couple of years of the April/May holidays. Growing up in rural Belize, I distinctly remember the difference when the July/Aug summer break kicked in.

Dimas D. Sansorez writes
Dear Editor, People are saying that the Sarstoon incidents are just the beginning of the breaking up of Belize as we know it. That the government of Belize pushing for the International Court of Justice is a clear indication of this. People are suspecting a deal between the leaders of Guatemala and Belize. The argument being circulated is that the ICJ never declares 100% for the winner and will look for a way to appease the loser. Government wants a yes vote but is not stating clearly what is being sought and what is to be expected. Stating that a no vote would mean losing our international support is bull.

San Antonio Road good: Smithsonian Street bad
Dear Editor, The residents of San Antonio Road in Orange Walk Town are very grateful to GOB for the paving of this road, so we can breathe freely without inhaling tons of dust in the dry season, or carrying pounds of mud on footwear when rainy. Smithsonian Street connects unto this thoroughfare, and because this street is not paved, each time a vehicle comes onto the road from this street, it brings lots of dust and debris along with it, deteriorating the beautifully paved road. This road should serve us for many years, but with this problem, its pavement existence will be cut drastically.

A united Canada without the Monarchy
For half a millennium the hands of destiny were at work subjecting the natives of the Caribbean region to the harshest acid test of endurance and survival. The great Belizean people weathered all difficulties. It has been a long journey for Belize. The nation is in the final leg of this journey and at the cusp of the choice to slough off the last vestiges of colonial legacy to become a great republic. These facts can very well become part of the preamble to the new constitution of the Republic of Belize, further stating that Belizean people, without harbouring any bitterness and resentment of the past, hereby set forth the new constitution that requires at all times a Belizean national be the president and head of state of the Republic of Belize.

Too much tourism brings problems
It would turn one’s stomach if one were to imagine what’s inside the belly of those floating beasts, those bilges filled with water contaminated with oils and lubricants and spilled diesel and detergents and soap, and waste from people. Squeamish isn’t always good because on some matters you can’t play the ostrich. We have to know that there is effective monitoring of those massive ships, these floating towns with 2,3,4,5 thousand people on board. We need to make sure that the waste on those ships stays on those ships, not leak into our waters. How does Harvest Caye handle the load? Those little cayes weren’t made for that quantity of traffic. Are Placencia and Seine Bight safe from the toxins and the algal blooms that result from effluent, liquid waste that is dumped (or seep) into the sea?

The rise and fall of the chicle industry
Production multiplied, from 45,000 kilograms in 1917 to over one million by 1925, reaching a peak of roughly two million in 1929. During this period, a Cruzob worker could earn more than three hundred pesos a month for the seven-month season; furthermore, he did not live a hard life of exile like the foreign chicleros, but simply worked the trees in his neighborhood in time left over from the cornfield. His had been a moneyless barter society, practically speaking; there were no pockets in his baggy white pants, his people had no tradition of saving, and the money was not long in his hands. By word of mouth the good news spread, and those ubiquitous merchants to Latin America, the Lebanese and the Chinese, loaded their pack mules and headed into the forest. At first they offered traditional goods, including shotguns, pistols, and ammunition; then luxuries, like whiskey, canned goods, cigarettes, silk shirts, and jewelry; and then novelties of the new age — sewing machines, flashlights, phonographs, anything that would catch the native imagination, at any price.

Jermaine “Horse” Garnett, 33, charged with murder, released on $40,000 bail
Jermaine Garnett, 33, aka “Horse”, one of three men charged with the murder of Raheem Requeña, 19, was released on a bail of $40,000 that was offered to him by Justice Herbert Lord on Friday, August 17. The bail was granted on the condition that Garnett is not to be seen on the streets between the hours of 8:30 p.m. and 6 a.m. on each day until the matter is disposed of. Garnett also has to report to Mahogany Street Police Station every Monday, Wednesday and Friday until the case has concluded.

Yuri Moralez, 23, dies in traffic accident
Yuri Moralez, 23, of Bullet Tree, Cayo District, died on Friday night, five days after being admitted into the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH), with massive head and body injuries that he suffered at about 8:30 last Sunday night, when he ran into the rear of a parked vehicle while he was driving his motorcycle on Joseph Andrews Drive, in San Ignacio. Assistant Commissioner of Police, Joseph Myvette told us today that the vehicle is owned by Edgar Garcia of San Ignacio. Moralez was thrown off the motorbike after it hit the vehicle, and he landed on the pavement, as a result of which he became unconscious and suffered massive injuries.

Armed robbers wait for man near his home after bank withdrawal; seize $15,000
A broad daylight robbery occurred today sometime before 1:30 p.m., and the robbers got away with a whopping $15,000. According to Assistant Superintendent of Police, Alejandro Cowo, retired Belizean Harold Williams, age unknown, was driving into his yard at the corner of Dunn and Landivar Streets when three men approached his vehicle. One of the men, who had a firearm, hit the window of the car, shattering the glass.

Daniel Howard, 33, accused pedophile, remanded to prison
Daniel Howard, 33, a man who his mother, Doris Child, said is mentally challenged, was denied bail when he appeared today before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford and was arraigned on two counts of sexual assault for alleged acts he committed on the same day against two female victims, both of whom were 8 years old. Howard pleaded not guilty to the charges. He was remanded into custody until November 1. Because Child said in court that her son has a mental problem, Magistrate Ford ordered that he be given a psychiatric evaluation while he is in prison.

The Reporter

Offshore Banking in Belize is Dead, Says Panamanian Offshore Expert
“The whole Belize financial system is dead for offshore operations. Nobody will trust a bank in Belize after this,” Panamanian offshore banking specialist, Dr. Giovanni Caporaso Gottlieb told the Reporter this week. Gottlieb represents several account holders of Choice Bank, whose banking license was terminated by the Central Bank in June. Choice Bank filed a lawsuit against the Central Bank last week via its attorney in Belize, Eamon Courtenay. The suit also named Minister of Finance, Dean Barrow and Attorney General, Michael Peyrefitte as defendants.

EARTHQUAKE – USGS 7.3 Yaguaraparo, Venezuela, NEAR TRINIDAD
An earthquake measuring 7.3 by U.S.G.S at Yaguaraparo, Venezuela, and approximately 130 miles west of Port Of Spain, TRINIDAD occurred at 3.31pm Today. Details of this BREAKING NEWS will be

The Path to Glory
Belizean fans delighted in the Central American volleyball silver medallists’ victories at the Civic Center last week, but few saw the many years of painful hard work, dedication, discipline and sacrifice that made their success possible. The girls’ mental toughness, their will to win, was molded in the crucible of pain and defeat. Assistant Coach Lupita Quan, owner of the Stars Volleyball Club, has been involved in the training of many of the girls on the team, and she described the not so easy path to their victory.

President of the BNTU Elena Smith says they are currently in the process of gathering information on a situation brewing at Gwen Liz High School in Belize City, although officials are being tight-lipped. There is confirmation that the Board has recommended the termination of teachers based on drastically reduced enrollment, but Smith says they will have to get more specifics before deciding on a plan of action. We’ll have more information as this story develops.

Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security Elodio Aragon Jr. told the Reporter on Monday that the recent trend of suspected drug planes landing in northern Belize is an issue that needs to be seriously addressed before it becomes something of an even bigger nature in the near future. Since the beginning of the year, while numerous wrecked aircraft have been found abandoned on private airstrips and on deserted roads, Police have never been able to make any arrests or offer any direct intelligence on what they suspect were the cargoes on the aircraft prior to their unauthorized and suspicious landings in Belize.

BTV Installs Plaque at Gracias a Dios Despite Guatemalan Shadow
The Belize Territorial Volunteers (BTV) successfully installed a plaque at the Gracias a Dios border marker in Southern Belize, despite the presence of the Guatemalan Armed Forces on their way to the site. The expedition left Punta Gorda at 7:30 Saturday morning and got clearance from the Belize Defense Force (BDF) stationed at the Forward Operating Post along the Sarstoon River. About a minute into their boat ride down the Sarstoon, the Guatemalan Armed Force (GAF) pursued them and followed closely behind the Belizeans, but they did not stop.

Wounded Referee Needs Specialist Treatment
Wounded football referee Yuri Daniels needs advanced dental-related treatment following an assault last week Sunday by a male football player during a game she was officiating. Daniels told the Reporter on Monday that she discovered upon her dentist visit that she needs to see a Maxillofacial Specialist, who is someone that specializes in injuries in the head, neck, face, jaws and the hard and soft tissues of the mouth, jaws and face. Daniels shared that she needs to undergo a panoramic X-ray that would determine if she has suffered any damage to the Palatine nerves, which run across the roof of the mouth and line the membrane of the nasal cavity.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Premium gas inches up
Today, the Belize Bureau of Standards issued a release on new gas prices which take effect […]

Tropical wave to affect Belize tonight
The National Meteorological Service of Belize is reporting that a weak tropical wave is crossing the […]

PUP to hold convention in Belmopan, Saldivar denied again
. After much delay and controversy, the People’s United Party (PUP) will hold its standard-bearer convention […]

7.3 magnitude earthquake shakes Venezuela; also felt in several surrounding countries
This afternoon, a massive 7.3 magnitude earthquake shook Venezuela. According to reports, the quake was also […]

Music Ambassador and private sector donate to Garifuna Collective
The Office of the Music Ambassador, the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) and Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) […]

Hijos del West Marimba group back from Taiwan
The Benque Viejo-based Marimba cultural group, Hijos del West, returned to Belize today, following a […]

Health ministry warns of unauthorized private cemeteries
The Ministry of health today issued a statement to remind the public that the burial of […]

Ministry of Works issues notice on on-going feasibility study on the Philip Goldson Highway
. The Ministry of Works (MOW) today informed that a Feasibility Study and Detailed Designs of […]

No need to hide, Mexican city legalizes outdoor sex
People in Guadalajara Mexico can now legally engage in sexual acts and exhibitionism in public, […]

Over 100,000 Belizeans have now re-registered
The Elections and Boundaries Department today issued an update on the ongoing 2018 Re-registration of […]

El Salvador drops Taiwan for China
Taiwan, the small island nation whose president, Dr. Tsai Ing-Wen, made a diplomatic visit to Belize last […]


Caribbean Culture and Lifestyle, the official in-flight magazine of Maya Island Air, releases its Fall Issue
Earlier this year we announced our partnership with McNab Publishing to bring you our first official inflight magazine entitled, Caribbean Culture & Lifestyle: The Belize Edition. The publication was developed with the aim of being a leading authority on Belize and Caribbean travel news. Inciting curiosity and excitement in the hearts of readers by curating an outstanding collection of print and web media, the content focuses on people, places and culture, sharing the most inspiring narratives. To be found in the back seat pockets of our planes, at our terminals, as well as in hotel rooms country wide, it is a finely crafted magazine that is published four times a year. Expect to read the very best in travel news, tourism industry trends and an array of interesting lifestyle articles.

Living an “Unplugged” Life
Simply put, living an unplugged life means living a life disconnected from technology such as Television, Internet, Netflix etc.and from devices such as smartphones, laptops, tablets and video games. The potential of addiction and loss of human interaction due to digital communication is by far more evident now than before. People have developed addictions to all types of technology – with smartphones being the most common. With the addiction to smartphones comes further addiction to Social Media sites. When access to either is unavailable, it leads to reactive depression and anxiety. We need to let go of our dependence on technology; hence, practicing to live an unplugged life.

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

San Joaquin Fiesta: a religious and social celebration in Belize
The San Joaquin Fiesta is one of the prized manifestations of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Belize. Its celebration highlights the community history of San Joaquin Village, Corozal and features both a religious and social component. The fiesta celebrates the patron saint of the community, San Joaquin, and the village’s origins which is strongly tied to the Caste War. San Joaquin Village was established in the 1850s by refugees escaping the war. Their safe journey from Mexico to Belize was attributed to saint San Joaquin. The San Joaquin Fiesta comprises of a torch run from Bacalar to San Joaquin, novenas, a mass, and culminates with a grand fair. During the fiesta, persons from all over Belize make pilgrimage to the San Joaquin Catholic Church where they visit the saint to offer adoration. The fiesta also features traditional dances, music and food.

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Powerful earthquake in Venezuela sends shock waves to Trinidad and Tobago
Buildings in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas were evacuated Tuesday after a powerful earthquake was recorded off the northeast coast of the country, sending shock waves as far west as Bogotá, Colombia, and as far east as Trinidad and Tobago. The U.S. Geological Survey said a 7.3-magnitude quake struck 12 miles northwest of Yaguaraparo, Venezuela. The U.S.G.S. recorded its depth to be 76 miles. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said at 6 p.m. there was no threat of a tsunami as a result of the earthquake, after a preliminary report that “hazardous tsunami waves are possible for coasts located within 300 km of the earthquake epicenter.” The earthquake was also felt strongly in Trinidad and Tobago, and much of the eastern Caribbean including Grenada, Guyana, Barbados and as far north as St. Lucia. There were no reports of damages in Grenada and Guyana, where people ran out into the streets in pandemonium to see utility poles shaking. In Grenada, there was a report of a landslide.

Beijing scores win as El Salvador cuts diplomatic ties with Taiwan
China’s “dollar diplomacy” campaign to win over the handful of small countries that still offer diplomatic recognition to self-ruled Taiwan has scored another victory with El Salvador’s decision to switch its allegiance to China. After the Communists won the Chinese civil war in 1949, the losing Kuomintang (KMT) under Chiang Kai-shek fled to Taiwan. China claims Taiwan as its sovereign territory and says as a breakaway province it has no right to formal diplomatic ties with any other country. The vast majority of the world’s nations recognise mainland China and these are tough times for Taiwan’s international profile. Taipei can currently claim Belize and Nauru among the 17 countries with which it has formal diplomatic ties.

On the causes of decline of ancient civilization archaeologists and historians still argue. Researchers at McGill University believe that the ancient Maya contributed to the erosion and impoverishment of soils in the tropical forests of the Yucatan Peninsula. This was the cause of death of civilization. It is known that in the ninth century ad the Mayans experienced a strong decline. The sharp decline in the population, the outflow of population from the cities and the destruction of water supply systems… Scientists suggest that the Mayan civilization disappeared as a result of environmental disasters caused by deforestation, spread of agriculture and building of cities.


  • The Winners of the National Song Competition are Revealed, 4min. Over the weekend, on Saturday, the 2018 National Song Competition was held at the Santa Elena Sports Complex in the west. There were as many as twenty artists who competed in the junior and senior categories in national and carnival songs. After hours of patriotic and cultural performances and the bass of the bacchanal jams, the winners were announced. And as in many instances, the results are being questioned by musicians and artists in the music industry. Today, Communications and Marketing Officer of the National Institute of Culture, Neil Hall, sets the record straight. Here are the highlights and winners of the national song competition.

  • VIP Political Party - Perspectives on the ICJ Referendum, 44min. Hubert Enriquez - VIP, Paul Morgan - VIP

  • The Belize Cancer Society and the Non Communicable Disease- Childhood Obesity Prevention Alliance, 30min. The Belize Cancer Society and the Non Communicable Disease- Childhood Obesity Prevention Alliance is partnering with the Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC) and over 100 Civil Society organizations across the region to raise public awareness and support around the growing challenge of Childhood Obesity in the region. Currently 1 out of every 3 Caribbean children are overweight and obese (due mainly to a poor diet and a lack of exercise), putting them at serious risk for cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Our guests spoke to us about the launch of the campaign to help families make healthier choices and prevent Childhood Obesity.

  • The Annual National Song Competition 2018, 19min. Neil Hall - Communications & Marketing Officer, NICH. Ernestine Carballo- 1st Place , Carnival Song Category. Cecil "Cocono Bwai" Jenkins Jr.- 1st Place, Belize Song Category

  • Accion Deportiva, 60min.

  • Intro to [#%!] Talkshow, 2hr. :Best Beauty tips, Relationship advice, Boledo Numbers.... Yuh wah know who di cheat? Ask Juan the OBEAH Man

  • Yochi Trailer, 1.5min. "Yochi", a 9-year old selectively mute Mayan boy, guards a nest of endangered Yellow-Headed Parrots in the opine Savannah of Belize. When his beloved brother, Itza returns from the city, "Yochi" discovers that he is in debt, and has turned to poaching-setting the brothers on a collision course. "Yochi" is a film about wildlife conservation and trust, finding your voice, and protecting that which is most sacred to you. "Yochi" is used by wildlife organizations to raise awareness about poaching in Central America and to inform the audience about the illegal wildlife trade.

  • Travel Belize - Ambergris Caye, 1min.

  • Belize, 3min. Caye Caulker & San Pedro

  • DIA 4 EN BELIZE!, 23min.

  • A vocational program using EM at Belize Central Prison, 2.5min. At Belize Central Prison in Belize, they use EM to grow vegetables and animals within the prison. The inmates learn how to use EM under a vocational program.

  • Saiba tudo sobre Caye Caulker no Caribe!, 11min. Esse Vlog está especial! Fomos de Belize City para uma ilha chamada Caye Caulker, mergulhamos, vimos o segundo maior coral do mundo, nadamos com peixes, tartarugas e até tubarão!

  • Belize Barton Creek Rustic Retreat, 4min.

  • Hey Belizean Travellers! The General Supa G has a message for you:, 1min.

  • Ya'axché Conservation Trust - 20th Anniversary Video, 1min. Belize, a land of beauty and incredible wildlife. For 20 years, Ya’axché Conservation Trust with partner Fauna & Flora International has been helping to protect this beautiful country, safeguarding the 770,000-acre Maya Golden Landscape, and empowering communities who depend on the landscape both now and long into the future.

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