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Today's Belize News: August 29, 2018 #532049
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The San Pedro Sun

Brian and Percival Armstrong charged for drug trafficking in San Pedro Town
On Friday, August 24th, around 8:30AM, an operation consisting of members of the San Pedro Police Department, the Gang Suppression Unit, and the Quick Response Team resulted in the discovery of three bags of suspected cannabis. The drugs were found in a room occupied by 44-year-old Percival Armstrong and Brian Armstrong, both out of the San Mateo Area. Both were detained and subsequently charged with two counts of drug trafficking and one count of possession. The search took place in a yellow wooden house elevated about 20 feet off the ground in San Mateo. The house is split between two rooms. The first room was searched and nothing illegal was found.

Captain Shark’s is testing a machine to combat Sargassum on Ambergris Caye
The Sargassum epidemic that continues to plague the coast of Belize has prompted islanders to find a solution to contain the never-ending influx of the brown seaweed. A team at Captain Shark’s Boatyard south of San Pedro Town has built a prototype of a Sargasso skimmer to remove the seaweed from the water more easily and efficiently. The skimmer was put to the test on Saturday, August 25th, and according to its builder, it performed fairly well on its first trial. James Ritchie of Captain Shark’s shared with The San Pedro Sun that after discussing the Sargassum issue with a friend from the United States, they built a model, which is smaller than what the actual machine should be. Ritchie explained that the machine would include a set of rubber floating booms which will guide the Sargassum to the skimmer’s tooth conveyor belt.

9 Belizeans awarded prestigious Chevening Scholarships
Nine young people from Belize have been awarded a prestigious Chevening Scholarship by the British government to study a one-year postgraduate course in the UK. Each scholarship is valued at approximately BZ$100,000. Funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), the Chevening scholarships enable outstanding emerging leaders and influencers to pursue a one-year Post Graduate degree in their field of expertise at any UK university. The programme provides individuals with a unique opportunity to develop professionally and academically, build networks, and to explore and experience the UK culture through fully-funded scholarships.

Iguana Juan’s Restaurant holds fundraiser dinner for Boca del Rio fire victims
A fundraising dinner along with a silent auction was held at Iguana Juan’s Restaurant and Bar on Saturday, August 25th, resulting in over $2,000 collected for the continued relief efforts of the Boca del Rio fire victims. The donation will go to the island’s children home and community center Hope Haven, which was one of the main institutions on the island that assisted by providing meals and lodging to some of those affected by the tragedy after the fire. The donation is expected to assist the center with the much-needed funds so they can continue providing their services. The fire left 109 residents of the Boca del Rio area homeless on the early hours of Saturday, August 4th, and since then, a large amount of humanitarian support has come from the island community, like the business sector and the local Red Cross branch as well.

Ambergris Today

Elvi’s Kitchen Hosts Garifuna Flava Of Chicago
Chef Jennie Staines of Elvi’s Kitchen says she met Rhodel and Yolanda Castillo of Gariuna Flava at the See N Taste Belize Festival in Miami back in 2015. This weekend the couple was visiting Belize and when they arrived to San Pedro, Chef Jennie had to host them for lunch at Elvi’s Kitchen. Ambergris Today first wrote about Garifuna Flava when the Chicago restaurant was featured in an episode on Food Network’s popular “Diners, Drive Ins and Dives” (Triple Ds) show which aired on May 23, 2011. A week later, a special reporter for Ambergris Today visited the restaurant and sent in his reviews. (Read Here) Originally from the culture capital Dangriga Town, Stann Creek, Belize, Rhodel and Yolanda Castillo had decided to give Chicago a taste of their Belizean culinary roots and as a result opened Garifuna Flava in June 2008. Since its inception, this cultural oasis has been attracting its fair share of attention in the windy city.

9 Belizeans Awarded Prestigious Chevening Scholarships
Nine young people from Belize have been awarded a prestigious Chevening Scholarship by the British government to study a one-year postgraduate course in the UK. Each scholarship is valued at approximately BZ$100,000. This year’s Chevening awardees who will travel to the UK in the next few weeks to begin their studies are: Mr Hero Balani (MSc in International Development (Globalisation, Trade and Industry)), Miss Ashley Jones (MSc in Structural Geology with Geophysics), Ms Kendra Butler (MA in Social Policy), Miss Robin Quilter (MSc in Economics, Accounting and Finance), Ms Yusleidy Chan (MA in Principles of Conservation), Miss Jacinta Gomez (MSc in Environment and Development), Miss Robin Schaffer (MSc in Education (Comparative and International Education)), Miss Sarita Bejerano (MA in Globalisation, Business and Sustainable Development) and Miss Zamira Leiva (MSc in Finance and Investment).

Misc Belizean Sources


Yabra Community Policing Headquarders receives musical instruments
On August 27, 2018, Yabra Community Policing Headquarders, Eastern Police division received musical instruments from the Youth and Community Transformation for the development of a Police and Community band.

Fraudulent Social Media Account
It has come to the attention of the Ministry of Natural Resources that a fraudulent Instagram account was created to impersonate the Minister, Hon. Hugo Patt. The public is advised that this account does not belong to Minister Patt and is in no way associated with the Ministry. Any activities or information originating from this fake profile constitutes fraud. The Ministry does not support this and hereby advises the public to not accept any request from the page and to report the account.

9 Belizeans awarded prestigious Chevening Scholarships
Nine young people from Belize have been awarded a prestigious Chevening Scholarship by the British government to study a one-year postgraduate course in the UK. Each scholarship is valued at approximately BZ$100,000. Funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), the Chevening scholarships enable outstanding emerging leaders and influencers to pursue a one-year Post Graduate degree in their field of expertise at any UK university. The programme provides individuals with a unique opportunity to develop professionally and academically, build networks, and to explore and experience the UK culture through fully-funded scholarships.

Caye Caulker Model Sailboat Battle Regatta
And they are off to the first ever official model sailboats regatta 2008. Who will win the 2018 Model sailboat 'Battle Regatta'? Monday 10th September, Palapa Gardens, 9am-12noon.

Corozal September Celebrations Flag Raising Ceremony
The grand inauguration of the September Celebrations taking place Saturday 1st September 2018. Special performance by Local Artists the Selection of Carnival Queen 2018 and much more. Come out and support our Carnival Groups. Updates on performing artist will be posted....

Maya Heroes Day
Sept. 1, 2018. 9am @ Marcos Canul Monument, Orange Walk

6th Cayo Cancer Walk
The Cayo Cancer Society will be having their 6th annual Cancer Awareness Walk On Saturday, October 27th. It'll go from Running W to Macal River Park. They're in the process of making the t-shirts now.

6th annual Belize Bash
The U.S. Embassy congratulates Gary P. Nunn on the success of his 6th annual Belize Bash last weekend in San Pedro. “Music knows no borders. It was great to run into a Texas legend in San Pedro” – Chargé d’Affaires, Keith Gilges with Gary P. Nunn, a celebrated singer/songwriter, at the San Pedro airport.

Caye Caulker activities for September Celebration
Caye Caulker Village Council presents calendar of activities for September Celebration. Join us this Saturday September 1st as we commence the month of activities with a small parade and a few cultural presentations at the Central Park.

Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Donates to the Governor General's Music in the Schools Programme
The Belize House announces that this morning the Governor-General, His Excellency Sir Colville Young received a monetary donation for the Governor-General’s Music in the Schools Programme to purchase a small consignment of musical instruments. His Excellency also received a donation of souvenir pins for use at his Annual State Reception in September. This generous donation was made by the Ambassador of Taiwan, His Excellency Mr. Charles Liu. In making his donation Ambassador Liu, pledged to continue to encourage and support musical programs in schools throughout Belize, and to renew his commitment to assist in developing and promoting the love of music and the practice of the arts.

Fake Social Media Accounts Under the Governor General's Name
The Office of the Governor-General (OGG) is aware that Facebook accounts and an email under the name “Colville Young” and [email protected] have been created and are active. The OGG informs the public that any pages and email address [email protected] purporting to be the personal or official account of, or bearing photos or personal information of the Governor-General, His Excellency Sir Colville Young, are fake and unauthorized. Users are advised to disregard any requests or communication from such pages and email and especially refrain from sharing any personal information with said accounts.

The Belize Agriculture Census 2018
The Ministry of Agriculture would like to inform the public, especially farmers residing in the Cayo District, that the Agriculture Census has commenced in their area and is scheduled to end on September 20th, 2018. Farmers who have not yet registered are advised to visit their Agriculture Station in Central Farm to be counted. What is the Agriculture Census? The Belize Agriculture Census is a count of all the farmers and farm activities in Belize. It will present the state of agriculture in the country on who, what, and how much is being produced.

Fun future events in Corozal

Swimsuit photo session, Queen Of The Bay Corozal 2018
Saturday September 1,2018 Make it a date at the Andres Campos Civic Center 7p.m. Sharp And witness who will be The new Queen of The Bay

2nd Annual Maya Heroe's Recognition Day
We are gearing up for the 2nd Annual Maya Heroe's Recognition Day in Orange Walk Town, Belize on Saturday September 1st 2018 at 9:00 a.m. at The Marcos Canul Monument to the Orange Walk Battle of 1872. We will be honoring our past and present Heroes who have done exemplary work in the promotion and preservation of The Maya Heritage. To'one Masehualoon and The Northern Maya Association of Belize are most grateful to the sponsorship of The Saint Francis Xavier Credit Union in Corozal Town and Rapidito Loans in Corozal Town. We are also grateful to all the other sponsors who support and celebrate our efforts with us as we continue to preserve and promote our Maya heritage in Northern Belize.

Rotaract Backpack Project Helps 89 Students
The Rotaract Club of Benque and their partners were able to supply 89 students with backpacks and school supplies in San Jose Succotz. Here's to a great school year. Thanks, Rotaract! "An education starts with the right equipment! The Rotaract Club of Benque Viejo In collaboration with Central TV and Internet joined forces in equipping 50 children ages 5-10 with a back pack to ensure they can pursue their formation as eager and inspirational learners in their upcoming academic school year.

Counter-narcotics equipment transferred to Belize Coast Guard
Today at a ceremony held at the Belize Coast Guard Headquarters, the U.S. Government transferred counter-narcotics equipment to the Belize Coast Guard and counter-narcotics equipment and a secondary entry control point to the Belize Defense Force. The U.S. Embassy’s Senior Defense Official Lieutenant/Defense Attaché Colonel Eldridge Singleton, Belize Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Johnny Borland, and Deputy Commander Belize Defense Force Colonel Azariel Loria were on hand to formalize the handing over. This equipment reinforces the U.S. Government’s continued commitment to the stability and security of Belize, the region, and the Western Hemisphere as a whole. The equipment is part of a continued effort from the U.S. Southern Command and was funded by the U.S. counter-narcotics program office at a cost of US$612K. This equipment donation will enhance the readiness posture of Belize’s defense forces by keeping previously donated equipment upgraded, updated and effectively functional, and also enhance capabilities in the fight to counter the activities of transnational criminal organizations.

Channel 7

Cabinet Thunderclap! Sapnah Suspended
Tonight, there is big news coming out of Cabinet. At its meeting today, Cabinet members reportedly decided to place President of NICH, Sapnah Budrani on leave pending an external audit. Basically it is a suspension, and this would seem to be a major putdown for the Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber - who has publicly vouched for her integrity and fitness for the office. Last week he took it further when he said, quote, "whatever it is they accuse Ms. Budrani of they really should be accusing me of." End quote. Well, the accusation seems to be of financial impropriety - which is a charge advanced by the Prime Minister's son, Music Ambassador Shyne Barrow.

Universal Award Goes Back To House, Will UDP Pay?
There's a Special Sitting of the House of Representatives scheduled for Friday - and 7News has confirmed that the appropriations bill to pay the Universal Health guarantee will be brought back to the House. Our sources say a new bill for 95 million dollars will be tabled, to replace the last one which was for 92 million dollars. Since then, 17% interest has been running accounting for the 3 million dollar difference. And while the original bill was tabled in January - no vote was taken. But, the news is that, this time, a vote will be taken. It is expected that the Government majority will vote against paying it, leaving this rather weighty matter very much in the air.

Camalote Man Killed
A 23 year old Camalote man was executed last night in the Valley of Peace area. Roshane Jones left his friends Belmopan house last night and never returned. They found his body this morning on Farmers Road in the Valley of Peace area. He was shot to the face. Courtney Weatherburne has the story. Courtney Weatherburne reporting: Blood stained gravel and stray pieces of caution tape were all that was left on the scene of the Farmers Road murder in the Valley of Peace Area. The murder victim is 24 year old Roshane Jones. He was shot to the face and information is that he was also badly beaten before he was executed.

American Woman Missing In Hopkins
Tonight there are concerns for the safety and wellbeing of American, Sherris Stringham - who is a resident of Hopkins Village. The 67-year-old - who is originally from the US state of Missouri, was last seen on Saturday, and was reported missing yesterday. Her vehicle, a green Nissan Xterra is also missing. The X-Terra has Stann Creek license plates, C - 14628. We understand that police presently have the identity of a male person of interest who they believe may know her whereabouts. He is also nowhere to be found in the village - and, tonight, Police believe he may be in the Belmopan area.

PG Teen Missing
A teenager from Punta Gorda is also missing - and his family is pleading for his return tonight. 16-year-old Robert Jacobs left home last Friday morning. Today, his mother, Martha Jacobs made her emotional plea to him and to anyone knowing his whereabouts. Mother: "Hi Robert, wherever you are, I am begging to God for you to come back home. Vicky needs you, she can't play without you. Please Robert get back home. I love you. I am right here waiting on you. I need you so much. Anyone who see this, remember I love him and tell him that I really need him and tell you to return back home and I will know how to make it work out."

Police Knew Coordinates of Drug Plane Movements And Did Nothing?
A stir was created on Facebook today when a page attributed to someone who claims to know a whole lot about the movements of drug planes in northern Belize - posted some interesting pictures. Included in the postings are pictures from a notebook - which are supposedly the handwritten notes that the pilot of one of the drug planes - which hadn't been burned - left behind in the cockpit. The post-er claims the book contains flight plans and plane routes for each illegal drug plane along with flight coordinates of flights - and that police confiscated it and kept it as evidence but did nothing.

Ministry of Health Explains Brodies Blockade
Last night we told you about the complaints from one of Belize's biggest pharmaceutical importers, Brodies. The company has had a shipment of medicines from Turkey stuck at the airport for 9 weeks. They cannot get clearance because they don't have the certificates required under new regulations implemented by the Ministry of Health in November of last year. Today, we got a response from the Ministry of Health which says that Brodies knew the rules well enough, but didn't do what was required at their end. Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services: "They have a shipment from 5 different pharmaceutical companies. None of the companies that they had brought in met the requirements which means GMP, CPP, labels need to be in English and Spanish. Notwithstanding that, we managed to give them permission for four out of the five companies under the understanding that they are going to bring in the necessary documentation. That's two, three months ago; they still haven't brought it in..."

New Programme Will Look For Early Signs of Diabetes
We met the DHS at THE Western Regional Hospital for the launch of a National Diabetes Self-Care Programme. The idea behind the three years, 185 thousand US dollar program is to make early interventions for persons who have diabetes, before they show up at public clinics and hospitals already in a dire state. The DHS explained: Today, equipment was handed over to the persons who will be implementing the program starting the end of September. The manuals are presently being completed.

Lemoth Gets 15 Years For Taking Teen’s Life
For weeks now, we've been reporting on the case of 29 year old Justin Lemoth, who was found not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter one month ago in a trial without jury. Well, he was sentenced today after Justice Adolph Lucas heard pleas for mitigation from Lemoth, his attorney, Leslie Hamilton and two character witnesses. He also listened to an victim impact assessment report that was read by Crown Counsel Shanice Lovell, which was provided by Richard Waight Sr, the father of the deceased. Having considered all that, he sentenced Lemoth to 15 years today, and after subtracting 4 years and 5 months from his sentence for time spent on remand, he will only serve 10 years and 7 months.

Chevening’s Choice Students
Nine young Belizeans have been selected for Chevening scholarships to pursue Master's degrees in the UK. They are Hero Balani who will pursue a postgraduate degree in International Development, Ashley Jones who will seek a master's in Structural Geology with Geophysics, Kendra Butler who will earn her Master's in Social Policy, while Robin Quilter will get her Masters in in Economics, Accounting and Finance, Yusleidy Chan will get her M.A. in Principles of Conservation, Jacinta Gomez will get her postgraduate in Environment and Development, Sarita Bejerano will pursue an M.A. in Globalisation, Business and Sustainable Development, while Zamira Leiva will get her Masters in Finance and Investment, and our Robin Schaffer will pursue a Masters of Science in Comparative and International Education at Oxford.

Restoration For A History-soaked Cathedral
St. John's Cathedral is one of the major landmarks and main tourist attractions in Belize City - but the old church - which goes back to the 1800's is looking its age. That's why it's now part of a restoration project. Now, it's not a repair project, it's far more involved than that. We found out more when we went to mass this morning at 9:00:... St. John's Cathedral is historic - we all know that, but at over two centuries, its age is showing in crumbling masonry work and broken windows.

Capital Cops & Kids
Last week you saw Eastern Division Region 1 Commander Sr. Supt Howell Gillett along with Central TV and Internet handing out school bags and supplies to needy kids. Well, Belmopan OC Supt. Henry Jemmoth is doing the same. Scotia Bank gifted $2,000 to the Belmopan police department for them to buy school supplies for kids in the surrounding communities in Belmopan. Here's more. About 25 kids from Las Flores, Salvapan and Maya Mopan will benefit from this initiative. The cheque was made out directly to Dibary and A&R.

Jemmoth Keeping Capital Calm
And Supt. Jemmoth plans on keeping these positive initiatives going as the new Belmopan OC. He has taken up office in Belmopan for 2 months now and today he told us how it has been going so far. As you heard, Jemmoth is doing in house cleaning within the Belmopan police department and he is increasing police presence on the roads.

Sargussum floating Into Haulover Creek
For years, we've reported on the sargassum along Belize's coast in the islands, but today, those passing the swing bridge saw a whole lot coming in form the sea and floating into the mouth of the Haulover Creek. Large threads of it flowed past the swing bridge heading down-river. Boatmen say that they were able to just steer past it. Massive rafts of sargassum can be seen floating all along the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula.

McFarlane’s Bees Still Buzzing
Last night we showed you Walter McFarlane - A Belize City resident whose roof has been infested by killer bees. On Saturday night, those bees killed tow of his neighbor's pit bulls. He's been asking the agriculture department to come and deal with the problem before someone gets hurt, and he made a public plea last night. But when we we spoke to him today they still hadn't come. The office said the staff for that were dealing with other situations including an urgent one at Wesley College - which is across form his house. Police also visited and pledged to help. We'll see if he gets that help tomorrow.

Hugo Patt, Not Me On Insta-G
He's been acting Prime Minister a few times so it might not surprise you to learn that Hugo Patt has a fancy Instagram Page and whats ot be your friend. Well, it turns out, he doesn't. A government press release says, quote, "a fraudulent Instagram account was created to impersonate the Minister, Hon. Hugo Patt." The public is advised that this account does not belong to Minister Patt and is in no way associated with the Ministry. Any activities or information originating from this fake profile constitutes fraud."

Channel 5

Murder in the West: Roshane Jones Shot Twice in the Face
A Camalote resident, Roshane Jones was found brutally murdered this morning. The body of the twenty-four-year-old was discarded in a bushy area near the Valley of Peace Village in Cayo. [...]

Sapna Budhrani Suspended; More on the Damning NICH Audits
The news tonight is that after days of inaction, the president of NICH, Sapna Budhrani has been suspended from her post. On Monday night, News Five revealed the contents of [...]

A Challenge to the Police Department on Drug Plane Landings
The transshipment of narcotics through northern Belize, particularly via unregistered aircrafts landing on clandestine runways in the far reaches of the Orange Walk and Corozal Districts, continues unabated.  In most, [...]

Why Containers of Pharmaceuticals Remain Stuck at Port
Earlier this year, we reported on a shortage of medical supplies as well as medicines. The Ministry of Health had given assurances that the shortage was been taken care of, [...]

Streamlining of Teachers to Commence at Gwen Liz
Gwen Lizarraga High School formally reopened its classrooms to approximately three hundred and thirty-five students across all forms on Monday morning, officially kicking off the academic calendar for 2018.  The [...]

Number of Teachers to Be Sent Home From Gwen Liz Still Undetermined
Aside from a reduction of teachers, resources allocated for the development of students will also be reduced considerably, since funding is set aside based on the size of its enrollment.  [...]

Guilty of Manslaughter, Justin Lemott Sentenced to 15 Years Behind Bars
Guilty of manslaughter…today, twenty-nine-year-old Justin Lemott was sentenced to fifteen years behind bars. But Lemott, who was found guilty of fatally stabbing of seventeen-year-old Richard Waight Junior in April 2014, [...]

Justice Williams Denies No Case Submission in Richard and Maria Stuart Murder Trial
The criminal trial against Milton Maza and Eli Lopez Avila continued today in the court room of Justice Colin Williams today. The two men stand accused of butchering Attorney Richard [...]

American National Missing in Southern Belize
American national Sherris Stringhan is missing. The sixty-seven-year-old who lives in Hopkins Village was last seen on Saturday, August twenty-fifth. According to police, Stringham and her vehicle, a green Nissan [...]

16-year-old Boy Goes Missing in PG
There is another missing person to report on tonight; he is a sixteen-year-old young man also from the south. Robert Jacobs has been missing since Friday morning. His parents Robert [...]

Allegations of Mismanagement at Sugar Industry Control Board
Chairman of the Sugar Cane Production Committee, Doctor Carlos Itza, is speaking out against what he describes as mismanagement at the Sugar Industry Control Board.  Doctor Itza is calling into [...]

Dr. Carlos Itza Says S.I.C.B. Should be Audited
According to Doctor Carlos Itza, S.I.C.B. manages millions of dollars every year. He says that for the cane farmers to understand the gravity of the alleged mismanagement, an audit should [...]

9 Belizeans are Awarded Chevening Scholarships
Nine Belizeans have been awarded scholarship to pursue a one-year post-graduate study in the U.K.  The Chevening Scholarship awarded by the British government offers outstanding emerging leaders and influencers to [...]

U.S. Donates $1.2 Million of Equipment to the Coastguard and the B.D.F.
About one point two million dollars in equipment was handed over today to the Belize Coast Guard and the Belize Defence Force by the U.S. government. The Coast Guard received [...]

Taiwan Donates Musical Instruments and Souvenir Pins to the G.G.
Taiwan today made a less controversial donation than rice. The Governor General, Colville Young, has received a monetary donation for his Music in the Schools Programme to purchase a small [...]

National Diabetes Self-Care Programme Launched
Today, the Ministry of Health launched the National Diabetes Self-Care Programme. It will be rolled out in the six districts for community health workers to be trained in diabetes prevention, nutrition and [...]

OSPESCA Trains for Regional Spiny Lobster Stock Assessment
The Organization of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector of the Central American Isthmus (OSPESCA) is hosting a four-day workshop in Belize to train regional fisheries technicians to do an assessment [...]


Killed along the Valley of Peace Road
The area is called Valley of Peace, but the Valley of Peace Road was anything but peaceful. A man was violently killed and dumped on the road and his body was discovered today. Correspondent Fem Cruz followed the trail which led to the deceased man’s home in Camalote Village. Fem Cruz: “Based on information received some …

YWCA speaks on AHRMED project within Belize
Known for providing many impactful courses and projects for over the past sixty years being in Belize, the Young Women’s Christian Association, YWCA, in May of this year, launched their new project, Addressing Human Rights for More Equitable Development, ARHMED. Today, Kiri Lizama, the project coordinator of YWCA’s AHRMED, explained what the project’s mission is …

AHRMED speaks on Gender Based Violence within Belize
The Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) has a project called Addressing Human Rights for More Equitable Development or (AHRMED). And with the widespread cases of gender based violence in Belize, Kira Lizama, the project coordinator for AHRMED told Love News, the project will cover the different aspects of gender based violence among women within the …

Classes officially start next week for Gwen Liz but will all teachers be there?
While most high schools have opened this week, the situation of Gwen Lizarraga High School remains fluid tonight. Low enrollment is affecting the finances and the school will not be able to balance its expenses with a full staff for all four forms without making adjustments to the number of faculty or to the programs …

Javier Canul creates his own business, ABC Life Support
In times of crises, calling to report a medical emergency and having the urgent need for an ambulance, is the number one priority for many. At times we fail to identify, or even appreciate these first responders, who arrive to our aid, providing medical assistance. For Javier Canul, he dedicated seventeen years to the pre-hospital …

Family and friends of a 67-year-old woman from Missouri, USA are concerned for her safety. Sherris Stringham has been reported missing in southern Belize. Correspondent Harry Arzu spoke with the officer commanding Dangriga about the missing woman. Harry Arzu: Police here in the South have organized an intensive hunt for 67 year old American national …

Tips to keep you safe during a thunderstorm
Occasionally, thunder and lightning are known to accompany the rain. During these thunderstorms, children are usually afraid of the lightning and they have good reason to be, after all, it can be deadly. There are two recent cases that prove this point which took place within a span of two months. 22-year-old Jacob Weibe was …

Janelli Frazer speaks on winning Miss Universe Belize
Since nineteen seventy-five, pageantry has been a part of Belize’s history as many vied for the title of being Miss Belize Universe. After a ten year hiatus, the pageant resumed two years ago. Last Saturday night Janelli Fraser was crowned the new Miss Belize Universe. Fraser shared with us the preparations she undertook and her …

Court rejected no case submission
Eli Lopez Avila and Milton Maza’s case continued today before Justice Colin Williams. The duo is accused of the double murder of Richard Stuart and his wife, Maria. In today’s proceedings, Leeroy Banner, who is representing Eli Lopez Avila, presented a no case submission. Banner told the court that the evidence did not support a …

Shooting Victim Recovering
Lascelle Jeffords was shot to the right shoulder and the right abdomen area a few days ago. He was injured while two men attempted to steal his gun while he was on duty as a security guard at the law firm of Courtenay Coye LLP on A Street in Kings Park. His wife, Elaine Jeffords …

Cinderella Taxi Mad Men
The Cinderella Plaza Taxi Association in Belize City is in a bit of turmoil over fees owed to the Belize City Council. The fees have not been paid for years and the cab drivers are worried that they could lose their licenses or access to the Plaza area. Philip Martinez, one of the area taxi men said they tried to dialogue with City Hall, but got no results.

Mother Speaks about Slain Son
Carol Bevans told Love News she received the heartbreaking news about the murder from one of her other sons. She said the last time she saw Roshane was when he visited two weeks ago, but she spoke with him on the phone only a few days ago.

2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season not very active
This year’s hurricane season was off to an early start with Subtropical Storm Alberto forming outside the official season. We are now in the middle of the season and there is not any storm currently forming in this region. However, Ronald Gordon, the Climatologist for the MET Service advises the public to be on the alert and keep monitoring the situation.

Music and Instruments in Schools
This morning the Governor-General, His Excellency Sir Colville Young received a donation for his Governor-General’s Music in the Schools Programme. The Ambassador of Taiwan, His Excellency Mr. Charles Liu made the donation (VO STARTS) for the program to purchase a small consignment of musical instruments. Ambassador Liu also gave the Governor General Souvenir pins to use at his Annual State Reception in September.

King and Queen Move to new Venue
The National Celebrations Commission has changed the venue for the September first Carnival King and Queen Competition. According to a press release from the National Institute of Culture and History, this year’s display of vibrant colors and melodious movement was previously slated to be held at the Belize Civic Centre. The competition will now be held at the Marion Jones Sporting Complex on Saturday, September first at 7:00 p.m.

Fake GG and Minister Profiles
The Ministry of Natural resources says a fraudulent Instagram account was created to impersonate (VO 1 STARTS) Minister Hugo Patt. The release says this account is in no way associated with the Ministry and any activities or information originating from this fake profile constitutes fraud. As in these cases, the Ministry is advising the public to not accept any request from the page and to report the account.


Sapna Budhrani mismanaging NICH
An audit report at the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) leaked to the media highlights a disturbing catalogue of financial abuse that calls into question the administrative competency of the NICH president, Sapna Budhrani, who was appointed to fill the post only last month. Budhrani, who was appointed as NICH administrator, was also its director before she was appointed president of NICH. The audit report, dated August 11, 2018, was written in memorandum format by Roberto Matus, an auditor, and addressed to Edwin Alvarado, the Financial Officer for NICH, with the subject being: “Audit note concerns.”

Weekend rains cause flooding in Southern Belize
Several streets in Belize City underwent overnight flooding yesterday due to incessant rains brought by a tropical wave passing over the country, but the roads in Jacintoville, which is about 8 miles outside of Punta Gorda, were impassable. The Ministry of Transport and National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) issued a press release yesterday declaring the highway at Jacintoville, near the bridge, impassable. Motorists were cautioned against attempting to travel along the road. Fortunately, as the day went on, the flood waters slowly receded and by 10 a.m. motorists were being allowed to pass again, but with caution, since there was still some flooding on the highway and the forecast predicted more showers over the course of the day.

Oscar Mira is new PUP Belmopan standard bearer
If the applications for candidacy of all the political aspirants who wanted to run in the People’s United Party (PUP) Belmopan constituency convention yesterday, Sunday, had been accepted, it would have been a 5-way race, but the party did not accept the applications of two other aspirants, Arthur Saldivar and Jason Patrick Andrews. So in the end, it was a three-way race between three first-time political aspirants: Oscar Mira, Wiezsman Pat and Michelle Rodriguez. Despite inclement weather which blanketed Belize, almost one thousand voters showed up on the Belmopan Comprehensive High School campus to cast votes in the convention to decide who would be PUP standard bearer for the next general election.

Jenelli Fraser, 27, wins Miss Universe Belize
On Saturday night, 11 beautiful young ladies competed for the title of Miss Universe Belize at the Biltmore Plaza Hotel. At the end of the night, Jenelli Fraser, 27, was given the crown and the opportunity to represent Belize in Bangkok, Thailand for the Miss Universe Pageant. The pageant began with all 11 girls introducing themselves. Then, they were all asked the first round of questions. When asked why changing the standard of pageants was important to Fraser, she replied by saying that she didn’t have what is considered the standard body size for a pageant contestant, but she worked hard and changed her diet to become more fit. She said that she became mentally and emotionally prepared and she encouraged everyone to believe in themselves likewise.

Nicoli Rhys, 27, sentenced to 3 years for firearm and ammo offences
Nicoli Rhys, 27, was sentenced to 3 years imprisonment today by Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser after she found him guilty of keeping a firearm and ammunition without a gun license. She had given him the minimum sentence of 3 years for each offence, but he will only serve 3 years in prison because she stipulated that the sentences are to run concurrently. Three police officers testified that on May 7, 2015, while they were on mobile patrol on Dean Street, they approached Rhys and when Rhys ran, he tripped over a cement block and they saw a gun fall from the waist of his pants.

Taiwan donates money to CitCo for traffic lights
The Republic of China (Taiwan) has just made a donation to the Belize City Council. This donation comes in the wake of the recent rice donation that Taiwan has given Belize, which stirred controversy in the country. A number of persons accused Taiwan of “dumping” its surplus on Belize. Mayor Bernard Wagner received the check on Friday morning from First Secretary David Cheng-Wei Wu, on behalf of H.E. Ambassador Charles K.Y. Liu. According to CitCo’s website, the check was given to the council to assist the Traffic Department in buying traffic lights.

Firms Basketball quarterfinals results
The Firms Basketball League (FBL) held its knockout quarterfinals on Thursday and Friday last week, August 23-24, at Swift Hall. In the opener on Thursday, Dragons defeated DigiNet, 71-59. Dragons were led by Andrew Vasquez 15 pts 8 rebs 4 assts, Auburn Rivero 13 pts 6 assts 5 stls, Eyan Rene 12 pts 11 rebs 4 assts 5 stls, and Sydney “Buck-it” Bradley 11 pts; while DigiNet had Lupita Acosta with 18 pts 3 rebs, Travis Lennan 13 pts 9 rebs 3 assts, Edward Thompson 10 pts 10 rebs, and Herman Ramos 8 pts 9 rebs. In the nightcap game, Belize Bank Bulldogs got the 88-82 win over Police.

Belize U-19 gains 1 victory at UNCAF U-19 Tournament in Honduras
Belize male U-19 football selection played their final game yesterday at the UNCAF U-19 Tournament in Honduras, losing by a 1-nil score to Guatemala. The one victory for Belize U-19 was a 1-nil win over Nicaragua on Tuesday, August 21. Belize lost to Honduras, 6-1, on Sunday, August 19; and 3-1 to El Salvador on Monday, August 20. After resting on Wednesday and Thursday, Belize lost on Friday, August 24, to Costa Rica, by a 5-1 score. On Saturday, Panama beat us, 2-0. And in our final game on Sunday, our boys battled gamely, but lost 1-nil to Guatemala.

Bandits drop Police, lead standings at Week 4 of PLB Opening Season
We are yet to receive the official scoring details of the 4 games played over the weekend in Week 4 of the Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2018-2019 Opening Season. Despite the rainy weather from a passing tropical wave, all four scheduled games were completed, and defending champions, Belmopan Bandits SC now stand alone at the top of the standings, after their 3-0 win over Police United FC on Saturday night. (See standings below) The weekend started out at Ambergris Stadium on Saturday night, where visiting BDF FC recorded their first win of the tournament, as they clipped San Pedro Pirates, 1-nil.

Kulture clips San Pedro, 3-2, in game 1 of National Over-40 Finals
Kulture Yabra travelled to Ambergris Caye yesterday evening and registered a 3-2 win over San Pedro Veterans in game 1 of the National Over-40 Football Championship Finals. Shaking the net for Kulture were Rudolph “Bolo” McKoy (17’), Albert “Allie” Thurton (27’ PK) and Albert “Chicken” Arnold (58’); while San Pedro goals were by Oliver Hendricks (4’) and Jacinto Pinelo (76’). The championship will be decided in game 2 of the Finals this Saturday at the MCC:

If not “the Tenth,” then what!!??
A good friend and compadre posed the above question to me, when, after reading some revealing history on the whole “Anglo-Guatemalan dispute,” I concurred with the suggestion that we had all been set up by the English colonial masters, to erase the idea of emancipation celebrations, and instead focus on an event that had previously been of little consequence in the collective memory of our forebears – the Battle of St. George’s Caye, which reportedly climaxed on September 10, 1798. In the 1950s and 1960s in Belize City when I was growing up, “the Tenth” was the biggest thing for those of us who considered ourselves “Belize Creoles.” “Tenth” was special. It was jubilation and bramming. As primary school children, however, I can recall dreading the afternoon schools parade that had us “punishing” in the long march through the city streets under “boiling sun hot,” dressed in our white shirts and pants. The most enjoyable aspect for me was the prize that awaited us at the end of the ordeal – a “bottle of lemonade” and a “bag a ting,” which would contain some locally made pastries and sweets.

A desperate decision to save the 10th
If Sedi Elrington is worth the beard on his face he will do something to Mr. Sidley Leslie. There are a number of civilized ways for our embattled foreign minister to give the sense to this very fresh Leslie cat. That man just can’t be allowed to go free with his monstrous provocation in the Friday Amandala. All of us, from the Sarstoon to the Hondo, from Halfmoon to Benque Viejo to America, are studying the 1859 treaty, and Guatemala’s claims from Spain, and Brother Leslie ran the gamut too, but he went a step further, one giant step further, which led him to the scientology, the horoscope behind the date chosen for the referendum, and his sensational revelation that Sedi got the date ALL WRONG.

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Some Quick-Footed International tricksters have tried to impersonate the Government Of Belize’s Ministry Of Natural Resources and Minister Hugo Patt. The Government of Belize is making a valiant effort, and today they notified the public that a fraudulent Instagram account was recently set up to impersonate the Hon. Hugo Patt. G.O.B further indicates that “Any activities or information originating from this fake profile constitutes fraud” and seeks the publics assistance and vigilance in reporting the fraudulent account.

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BNE and Galen University sign Memo of Understanding
Today, the Belize Natural Energy Charitable Trust, (BNECT) and Galen University signed an MOU and agreement […]

GOB warns of fake Facebook pages using Governor General’s name
The Office of the Governor-General (OGG) today informed that fake Facebook accounts and an email under […]

U.S. Government donates Counter Narcotics Equipment to Ministry of National Security
At a ceremony held at the Belize Coast Guard Headquarters today, the United States Government transferred […]

Taiwan contributes to Governor General’s Music Program
The Belize House announces that this morning Governor-General, Colville Young received a monetary donation for the Governor-General’s […]

GOB warns of fake Hugo Patt Instagram page
Today, the Ministry of Natural Resources informed that they have been informed of a fraudulent […]

Body found in Valley of Peace, Cayo
According to reports, a body was found this morning on the Valley of Peace road, […]

American woman reported missing in Hopkins
An American woman has been reported missing in Hopkins, Stann Creek. According to reports, Sherris […]

Nine Belizeans awarded prestigious Chevening Scholarships
Nine Belizeans have been awarded a prestigious Chevening Scholarship by the British government to study […]

San Pedro businessman remanded to prison
San Pedro business man, William James Mulligan, 40, spent last night at the Hattieville prison. That […]

Minor takes rap for robbery at gas station in Caye Caulker
Yesterday we reported that a minor and Belize City resident, Daniel Hughes were charged with the […]

Street figure jailed for three years for unlicensed gun and ammunition
Notorious street figure, Nicoli Rhys, 27, is back in prison. He will spend the next three […]

Accused drug traffickers walk free after police a no show in court
In court yesterday, Peter Schmidt, 37, and Carlos Lopez, 33, walked free from firearm and drug […]

Mental patient remanded to prison for chopping police man
Mental patient, Zebidee Morter, is currently at the Hattieville prison. He will remain there until November […]


Cahal Pech, a Quick Overview
Nine Belize has a short and sweet article about Cahal Pech on their website. Such a nice, and important, Maya archaeological site. Worth a read. On a ridge inside the town of San Ignacio there is a small ancient Maya space known as Cahal Pech. Its physical space may seem small to the visitor today but its political and social reaches may have been all throughout the downtown and the heart of San Ignacio Town. Excavations at this site started in the early 1950’s and consistently from them all the way to today. Each summer the Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance (BVAR) still comes in to do the very important research at the site. Satterwaite, Gordon Wiley, Joseph Ball, James Garber, and Jaime Awe are names of archaeologists and specialists who have done research at the site.

International Sourcesizz

Is there a correlation between lack of Atlantic hurricanes, significant weather elsewhere?
There may be a correlation between a lack of hurricanes in the Atlantic and above-average storminess elsewhere in North America and the Pacific Ocean off of the West Coast. While the Atlantic Basin has been relatively quiet so far this summer, the eastern part of the United States was struck with historic rain and Hurricane Lane was part of a flurry of tropical activity in the eastern Pacific Ocean, including Hawaii. Dr. Joel N. Myers, president and founder of AccuWeather and former professor at the Pennsylvania State University, has studied global weather patterns for decades and speculates that these events may be interconnected.

The face of Pacal the Great: Archaeologists unearth rare 7th century mask showing Mayan ruler in his old age
Known as Pakal the great, K'inich Janaab Pakal I was the ruler of the Maya city state of Palenque over 68 years until he died in 683AD. Archaeologists have discovered an ancient stucco mask thought to depict the face of the Mayan ruler ‘Pacal the Great.’ The remarkable 7th century artifact is unlike most such treasures as it represents the king in his old age, with visible wrinkle lines. Pacal ruled from the time he was just 12 years old, until his death at the age of 80. Researchers unearthed the mask during excavations at the Palenque archaeological site in the Mexican jungle.

Sapodilla or Chicle tree
It is #TreeTuesday and we are highlighting the Sapodilla or Chicle tree (Manilkara chicle)! Sapodilla belongs to the family Sapotaceae. Besides M. chicle, two other Manilkara species are found in Belize. All have edible fruits (sapodilla), produce a lot of sap, and are otherwise very similar to each other with minor differences in the flower shapes. All three are referred to as chicle and/or sapodilla. Mature trees can be recognized by tall, straight trunks and machete scars.

2 to 3 tropical threats may form in Atlantic during 1st part of September
With the peak of hurricane season close at hand, there are signs that the tropical Atlantic may soon spring to life with the potential for direct impact on the coastal United States in the days ahead. People along the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts, as well as the Caribbean, have enjoyed an extended period with no great concern for tropical activity during August. However, things are likely to change, and that change may be rapid. "There are signs now that wind shear may drop over a significant part of the Atlantic basin over the next couple of weeks," according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Bernie Rayno.

CIMH says C'bean wet season won't be very wet
The Barbados-based Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) says as the region transitions from the dry into the wet season it is not forecast to be excessively wet in countries like Belize and several other Caribbean countries. CIMH, which coordinates the Caribbean Climate Outlook Forum (CariCOF), said with September to November usually being the wettest part of the year “there is a forecast for slightly lower potential for long-term flooding than usual at this time, however, flash flood concern is expected to peak in the coming months”. “Usually out of 91 days in September, October, November, there are about 35 to 50 wet days. Some rainfall may be drier than usual throughout the region except Bahamas and Cayman Islands, with fewer wet days across the region except for a small increase in in the Guianas,” the CIMH said.

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UNESCO launches the website for the International Year of Indigenous Languages (IYIL2019)
The International Day of the World's Indigenous People's is well-timed for UNESCO to launch a special website dedicated to the International Year of Indigenous languages (IY2019) which will be commemorated by UNESCO’s members and partners throughout 2019. The website will contribute to raising the awareness about this International Year and about the urgent need to preserve, revitalize and promote indigenous languages around the world. There are some 6.000-7.000 languages in the world today. About 97% of the world’s population speaks only 4 % of these languages, while only 3 % of the world speak 96% of all remaining languages. A great majority of those languages, spoken mainly by indigenous peoples, will continue to disappear at an alarming rate. Without appropriate measure to address this issue, the further loss of languages and their associated history, traditions and memory would considerably reduce the rich tapestry of linguistic diversity worldwide.

Jacinta Gomez and Celeshia Guy off to earn Master’s Degrees in natural resource management Oceana in Belize is proud to announce that two of its employees have been awarded academic scholarships to study natural resource management in the United Kingdom and the United States respectively. Jacinta Gomez, Outreach Program Director, has been awarded a Chevening Scholarship to pursue a Master’s Degree in Environment and Development at the London School of Economics in the United Kingdom. Simultaneously, Belize District Field Representative Celeshia Guy will be studying towards a Master’s Degree in Coastal Science and Policy at the University of California, Santa Cruz in the United States.

Carnival King and Queen Competition venue changed to the Marion Jones Sporting Complex
The National Celebrations Commission would like to alert the members of the media and the public of the change of venue for the September 1st Carnival King and Queen Competition. This years display of vibrant colors and melodious movement was previously slated to be held at the Belize Civic Centre. The competition will instead be held at the Marion Jones Sporting Complex on Saturday September 1st at 7:00 PM.


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