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The San Pedro Sun

U.S. Embassy Announces the 2018 Cohort of the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program
The U.S. Embassy is proud to announce the 2018 cohort of the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program from Belize. This program will take place in September-October and will bring 250 young leaders from 36 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean to the United States. Belize’s 2018 YLAI Fellows are: Lorcia Moore, owner and creator of Naturally Belize Coconut Oil Products; Mervin Budram, Jr., founder of TAS Belize Limited; Fatima Chi, founder of L3G’s & Associates; and Kyle Zuniga, Developer, Creative Designer, and Marketer at BK Creative.

2018 Copa San Pedro wraps up week ten of tournament
2018 Copa San Pedro football tournament continued with eight matches at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town from Thursday, September 13th to Sunday, September 16th. The first set of matches began at 7PM on Thursday with the Golden Warriors defeating Ambergris Combined 1-0. The next match saw San Mateo F.C claiming the victory with a 4-3 score against Boca Bombers. The following day, the football tournament saw Island Warriors dominating San Pedro High School (SPHS) Girls with a 5-0 score. The 9PM match saw Los Catrachos taking an easy 5-0 victory over Ambergris Hope’s. Everyone is invited to come out to Ambergris Stadium this weekend and support their favorite team. Food and drinks will be on sale during all games.

Central America and Mexico’s Independence celebrated on Ambergris Caye
With a first of its kind colorful parade through the streets of San Pedro Town, island residents with roots from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Mexico, celebrated the independence of the nations above on Saturday, September 15th at the Honourable Louis Sylvestre Sporting Arena. Organized by members of the island community and The San Pedro Town Council, the annual event showcased each country’s culture, folklore, food and even the artistic talents of some of the countries. Curious islanders convened around 5PM at the Central Park to view the parade, headed by Mayor Daniel Guerrero, Deputy Ruben Gonzalez, Consular Officer from the Honduran Embassy, Fredy Fernandez, along with the island’s beauty queens. The parade featured participants bearing the flags from each country, followed by uniformed performers dancing to the beat of a Guatemalan marching band ‘Ciencia y Technologia.’

‘I got the Voice’ donates $1,000 to San Pedro’s Cancer Society
A $1,000 donation was made to the San Pedro Cancer Society (SPCS) on Friday, September 14th by producers of the annual karaoke competition from San Ignacio, Cayo District, ‘I Got the Voice.’ Funds came from proceeds of the show which closed a successful third season this year. The donation was welcomed by the island’s cancer society, which collects funds to assist patients in getting treatment. SPCS Vice President, Miguel Perez told The San Pedro Sun that the contribution came at a good time, as it is slow season, and thus difficult to fundraise. However, he is glad to know that their work is being noticed across the country. “We are helping to save lives, and people like Elijio Briceño from I Got the Voice, wants to help us do that,” said Perez.

Ambergris Today

US Embassy Announces Fellowship Program For Young Belizean Leaders
Creating Economic Prosperity in the Jewel – U.S. Embassy Announces the 2018 Cohort of the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program Belmopan – The U.S. Embassy is proud to announce the 2018 cohort of the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program from Belize. This program will take place in September-October and will bring 250 young leaders from 36 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean to the United States.

Mexican Research Vessel To Conduct Fisheries Research Work In Belize’s Waters
The Central American Organization for Fisheries and Aquaculture (OSPESCA), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations along with Mexico’s National Fisheries and Aquaculture Institute have embarked on a project entitled “Prospecting and Evaluation of Fisheries Resources in Central America". As a member of OSPESCA, the Belize Fisheries Department is participating in this project and has deployed a Fisheries Officer to assist in field data collection onboard a 195 ft. long research vessel “Dr.

Belize Chocolate Company Wins International Award
Belize Chocolate Company announces that the company is the winner of a silver award for their milk chocolate bar at the International Chocolate Awards for 2018 Americas competition. The 2018 Americas competition saw a record number of entries from North and Latin America and the Caribbean with over 800 products entered by 130 chocolate companies from 16 different countries.

Little Jr Miss Belize 2018 Pageant Held In Belize
Our little country sure loves pageantry and particularly in the month of September many of them take place throughout the country. Concerned Belizean Women organized a pageant which took place on Saturday, September 15, 2018 where 10-year-old Rhea Guity took the title of Little Junior Miss Belize.

Misc Belizean Sources

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Presentation of Credentials
Three ambassadors presented their Letters of Credence today, September 18th, to the Governor General of Belize, H.E. Sir Colville Young, at the Belize House in Belmopan. In their address to the Governor General, H.E. Mr. Eric Mayoraz, Ambassador of Switzerland; H.E. Mr. José Renato Sepúlveda Nebel, Ambassador of Chile; and H.E. Mrs. Ana Elena Moser Cazar, Ambassador of Ecuador, conveyed greetings from their respective countries and their pleasure in being in Belize to celebrate the nation’s independence. They also expressed their countries’ interest in continuing to strengthen diplomatic relationships with Belize.

Mexican Research Vessel “Dr. Jorge Carranza Fraser” to Conduct Fisheries Research Work in Belize’s Waters
The Central American Organization for Fisheries and Aquaculture (OSPESCA), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations along with Mexico’s National Fisheries and Aquaculture Institute have embarked on a project entitled “Prospecting and Evaluation of Fisheries Resources in Central America". As a member of OSPESCA, the Belize Fisheries Department is participating in this project and has deployed a Fisheries Officer to assist in field data collection onboard a 195 ft. long research vessel “Dr. Jorge Carranza Fraser”, which is owned by Mexico’s National Fisheries and Aquaculture Institute. The objectives of the project are to gather field data on the composition of fauna on the continental shelf and continental slope to a depth of 300 meters, produce a list of main species sampled, study the distribution of commercially important fish species, collect biological material for further analysis at research centers in Mexico...

Paint N Splash
See you this week at from 2-4pm Thursday to paint “Flight Over Waterfall Island”.

Ministry of National Security Issues Statement on Recent Incident on the Sarstoon River
The Belize Territorial Volunteers (BTV) conducted their third annual Sarstoon Kayak Challenge on September 15th, 2018. While in the previous two years, there was no resistance from the Guatemalan Armed Forces (GAF) during the races, there was resistance this year. The Belize Forward Observation Base (FOB) Patrol Commander reported that on September 14th, a vessel with five men and two women passed near the FOB. The patrol recognized that one of the men on board was Mr. Wil Maheia of the BTV but noted that the vessel did not stop at the FOB as has been publicly advertised and is advised for all vessels. The commander reported that the persons onboard shouted that they were not going far. The Commander also reported that the seeming intent of Mr. Maheia was to plant a flag on the Sarstoon Island. Checking in at the FOB is required of Belizeans, not in deference to the GAF, but to afford the FOB forewarning to organize properly and to adequately account for the safety of those onboard.

It is TreeTuesday and we are highlighting the Tul Che tree (Cymbopetalum mayanum)!
This endangered tree exists only in Maya forests of Central America, which is where the species name comes from. Habitat loss due to agriculture has fragmented the remaining populations and contributed to its endangered status. The flowers can be as large as up to 6cm across, and the light green, fleshy petals give the tree its Spanish name, “orejuelas” or “ear flower”. Traditionally, the dried petals of Cympopetalum species are used to flavor drinks, including ‘pinol’ as well as chocolate, throughout Central America. The flowers are fragrant and attract both insect and bat pollinators.

Clarendon Scholarships
Introducing the 2019/2020 Masters and PhD Clarendon Scholarships! Interested?

STRAWS the movie on Caye Caulker tonight
@ Community Center, September 19th, 7pm.

BHA launches new interactive Website!
Everything you need to help you plan your next Belize vacation- at your fingertips! belizehotels.org We invite you to visit our new Belize Hotel Association website at wwww.belizehotels.org to help you plan your next vacation to Belize. Here you will find an amazing selection of recommended hotels throughout the country of Belize, to suit your holiday needs, from luxury hotels to economy properties, on the beach or in the jungle.

Jump Up Group Caye Caulker
Additional to our group in Ambergris Caye the PUP Belize Rural South will be joining the Caye Caulker jump up parade at 2pm on Sept 21st. Free Shirt and drinks. Join by calling Celina Jimenez: 607-1440.

Split to Split Ferry on Caye Caulker
Split to Split Ferry Service to the North Island is available anytime during daylight hours. $10BZ each way or $15BZ round trip. Farthest distance North Island Beach or back Lagoon, old Driftwood. If you would just like to cross at split. $5BZ each way. Golf Cart $25BZ. Bicycles $2BZ.

Caye Caulker Independence Day Ceremony
On 20th of September we will be having our annual ceremony to bring in our Independence Day! We will be having a few dance and musical performances starting at 7pm at the Central Park. Raising of the Flag Ceremony Fireworks at Midnight!! FOLLOWED BY A DANCE with DJ Silva until 3am!! We will also use the court as a food court where families can sit down and enjoy food and drinks. Adult Bar Area available -we will be selling drinks all night long!!

National Colors Day Today!
Today is National Colors Day! Wear the national colors proudly and show your patriotism for our country, Belize!

Corozal Carnival Parate Route

Pan Yaad Belmopan
Pictures from the 2018 Belmopan Pan Yaad Steel Band Concert with Panerrifix and Pantempers. "PANYAAD Belmopan Edition 2018 was all about love. Thanks to everyone who came out to witness this unforgettable event. It wasn't without it's glitches that we plan to improve on for the next time. However the music was off the charts. Much gratitude to all our sponsors, families and friends of the band members, all band members and executive committee. Special thanks to our colleagues in the Mile 41 Reggae band, Omolewa Osain Jazz band and the dynamic Pantempters Steel Orchestra for coming on board with Us. It was truly a blessing and we felt the love. Belmopan and beyond, THANK YOU!!!!"

Belize 2018 YLAI Fellows Chosen
A hearty congratulations to the 4 Belizean leaders that were chosen to attend the 2018 YLAI in Detroit. To Mervin, Lorcis, Fatima, and Kyle: Have a great time, and bring some entrepreneurial knowledge back home. Belize’s 2018 YLAI Fellows are: Lorcia Moore, owner and creator of Naturally Belize Coconut Products; Mervin Budram, Jr., founder of TAS Belize Limited; Fatima Chi, founder of L3G's & Associates; and Kyle Kadeem Zuniga, Developer, Creative Designer, and Marketer at BK Creative.

Water Outage today along the Philip Goldson Highway
Belize Water Services informs customers along the Philip Goldson Highway that there will be an interruption in the water supply, tomorrow, Wednesday, September 19, 2018, starting at 1:00pm. The area to be affected is from Driftwood Bay to Budget Rent-A-Car on the Philip Goldson Highway.

Water Outage today in 8 Miles Community
Belize Water Services informs customers in parts of the 8 Miles Community that there will be an interruption in the water supply, tomorrow, Wednesday, September 19, 2018, starting at 1:00pm. The areas to be affected are Sunset area, Western Pines area, and Western Paradise.

Belize Birding Festival
Get excited! Here's a sneak peek at the unique festival experience Belize has to offer. More details to come very soon! Coming to you in October...

JGBB Florida Roadshow
BTB & JG Black Book South Florida Roadshow, meeting with various travel agencies in the Miami, Boca Raton, and Ft. Lauderdale areas. Agencies include those who are members of Tzell Travel Group, Signature Travel Network, Travel Leaders, and Virtuoso.

Congratulations to the Belize Military Forces!
The Belize Air Wing supports the Second Annual Military Parade in Belmopan with a flyover pass from their Defender and two Huey’s.

The U.S. Embassy is proud to announce the 2018 cohort of the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative - YLAI Professional Fellows Program from Belize
This program will take place in September-October and will bring 250 young leaders from 36 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean to the United States. Belize’s 2018 YLAI Fellows are: Lorcia Moore, owner and creator of Naturally Belize Coconut Oil Products; Mervin Budram, Jr., founder of TAS Belize Limited; Fatima Chi, founder of L3G's & Associates; and Kyle Kadeem Zuniga, Developer, Creative Designer, and Marketer at BK Creative. On September 17, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Keith Gilges hosted a networking event, themed “Building the YLAI Network—Creating Economic Prosperity in the Jewel,” introducing the 2018 YLAI cohort to previous participants, as well as representatives of the Government of Belize, local businesses, and non-profit organizations. Acting Prime Minister Patrick Faber delivered keynote remarks and engaged with the Fellows prior to their departure.

Channel 7

Court Orders Retrial For Aracely Cahueque, Vindicates DPP
The Court of Appeal has handed down an important judgment in the October 2010 murder of 18 year-old Raylene Dyer. Aracely Cahueque, the woman who police believed was the mastermind behind Dyer's killing, will have to face a re-trial for abetment to her murder. You may remember the details of this case, one of the most shocking murder stories to ever hit the evening news. Dyer was decapitated, and then, her body was dumped into a river. Police believed that all this was done to steal Dyer's 3-month-old baby, and give the infant to Cahueque, so that she could pass off the newborn as her own to her boyfriend. The infant was actually found at Cahueque's boyfriend's home; she had left the baby there with him.

State Funeral For Dean Lindo, Hon. Finnegan Praises His “Maker”
Former Leader of the Opposition and UDP Party Leader, Dean Lindo will have a state funeral, through the date has not yet been finalized. The 86 year old passed yesterday afternoon at his home here in Belize City after a long bout of illness. Today, we reflected on his legacy with his understudy - Michael Finnegan - who started following Lindo in the late 60's when he was forming the People's Democratic Movement. Finnegan, who is also his eulogist, spoke about the man who made him:...

LINDO VS SAID…
And a lot of Finnegan's political scholarship under Lindo came during the steely political battles waged in the Fort George Division. That's where am ascendant Lindo faced a young Said Musa, who he beat twice, and whom he lost to two times. So, the record shows the two were dead even, and theirs was a true political rivalry of equals, and today Finnegan said he rates them as the best ever:.. Hon. Michael Finnegan- Dean Lindo Disciple "That rivalry was a great rivalry because it was a rivalry between two political giants. In my political life I think they were the greatest..."

PM Says Back Recovering
We'll have that later, but yesterday, we also got to ask the Prime Minister about the state of his recovery from back surgery. He's still in Havana Cuba after spinal fusion surgery on September fourth. As he told us, there is, quote, "still a great degree of pain", but this time it's coming not from his spine, but form what is called "the donor site" - that's an area near the pelvis where the Cuban surgeons harvested bone to use in the spinal fusion. That basically required breaking the bone - which involves a long and painful recovery.

BTV, Ministry Respond To Guat Pushback
Last night, we showed you how the Belize Territorial Volunteers met major resistance from the Guatemalan Armed Forces at the mouth of the Sarstoon River on last Saturday. Wil Maheia and the BTV members were having their third annual Sarstoon Eco Challenge kayak race, but the GAF were simply not having it. They used their vessels to block the Belizeans from going around the Sarstoon Island, as part of their racing course. The Guatemalan gunboats steadily trailed the kayakers, allegedly attempting to cut them off and force them to turn around. And of course, Maheia, the members of his Belize Progressive Party, and all the groups connected to him are condemning the behavior of the Guatemalan Military.

Three Alleged Home Invaders Charged
The three men who police caught after a home invasion in Belize City on Sunday have been charged. They are Tyron Guy, Trevor Guy and Leon Westby. They were today jointly charged with one count of Aggravated Burglary, and one count of Kept Firearm without a gun license, Kept Ammunition without a gun license, while Tyron Guy was additionally charged with a second count of Kept Firearm without a gun license. The group - who are all from the same areas the home and restaurant they climbed into - were caught after one of the residents escaped and called police - who found them fleeing the property, guns in hand.

“Sabe” Pleads For His Son
Tonight, one father whose son was swept up in the southside state of emergency is pleading to have his son released. Gilbert Sebastian Nunez known as Sabe says his 21 year old son Shevon Nunez is being held for no reason. He wants his son out so he can finish the process of joining the BDF:.. Gilbert Sebastian Nunez, Pleas for son's release: "My son is still at prison locked down for something that he didn't do. I have no objection with the police job or what they are doing, but I know and I believe that my son is innocent. He didn't do anything out of the way..."

City Council Back To Court For Giving Bus Run
About 2 months ago, we told you about the dispute between the Belize City Council and the owner of Haylock Bus Service. Attorney Godwin Haylock wrote the Belize City Council demanding that they rescind the "permit" which they gave to bus owner Phillip Jones to run the Belama route. That put Jones' bus company in direct competition with Haylock Bus, which is owned by Godwin Haylock's father, and they contend that City Hall usurped the authority of the Transport Board, which is the only governing body that can grant road service permits to bus operators.

Doctors Huddle At Pre-Medical Congress
Today the Belize Medical and Dental Association along with its partners held its pre- medical congress at the Biltmore. It's an opening session to prepare for the official congress to be held tomorrow and Thursday. It is pretty much an event where doctors and other medical practitioners get to discuss important updates in the field. Here's more from the president. Dr. Jose Moguel, President - BMDA: "Today is a day called a pre-congress. It's the medical event that happens before the congress itself. So this is a lead up to the main event which is the 2 days following - 19th and 20th which will be the congress, the annual BMDA congress. Its 2 basic objective; one is to bring medical education to the physicians and to the healthcare workers of Belize, and second is to allow the accumulation of credit hours which is necessary for the registration and licensing of physicians and perhaps other healthcare professionals like nurses."

Daddy Turned Doctor: Man Delivers Bouncing Baby Boy
Daddy turn doctor: a Corozal man was forced to deliver his 5th child this morning before dawn. Jaime Hernandez says he had to step in because the staff at the Corozal Community Hospital didn't step up to help his pregnant wife. Here is Hernandez's account of what happened. Husband - delivered child: "When we reach at the hospital the doctors there checked my wife. They did what they had to do and the nurse and doctor told her that it's a matter of she is hungry and she wants to eat and it's just a natural pain and then they say you can go home and try to get some food to eat. I was upset, because I wanted to know why they sent my wife back home. I mean she is in pain and this is her 5th child. She knows exactly when the child is going to come or not..."

OW Will Have New Landfill
Orange Walk will have a new landfill. The Solid Waste Management Authority today took charge of 25 acres donated by ASR/BSI. That will mean the end of the dump site in Orange Walk - and now the waste will be send to this new area. Communications Officer Tyronne Chimilio told us more:... Tyronne Chimilio, Communications Officer, Belize Solid Waste Management Authority "We held this event today. It's a land transfer from ASR/BSI to the Belize Solid Waste Management Authority. The land has been entrusted to us to execute the Belize Solid Waste Management Project. It is an extension of project one and we are about to close down the open dumpsite in Orange Walk and construct a transfer station that would be servicing this community..."

Kes and Crew in Belize For 5th Annual Festival
The Soca and Culture Fest 2018 is two days away! Last year the headline act was Machel, this year it's Kes The Band. He will take the Marion Jones stadium stage along with Shal Marshall, Patrice Roberts, Rupee as well as our Belizean artists. Today we met the Soca artists at the Princess and here is what they had to say about this years fest. We also spoke to one of the promoters and Music Ambassador Shyne Barrow about the importance of this big bash.

Saldivar Flexing Like Kim Jong
And while all these Soca artists and their Belizean fans are getting ready for this mega soca party, Belmopan residents were having a celebration of their own. The 2nd annual military parade was held this afternoon. As you can see, the parade featured the Belize Defence Force Infantry, Maritime and Air Wings, the Belize Coast Guard, the Belize Police Department, some elements of the Special Forces and others. It began at 2:00.

So…You Don’t Need Mexican Insurance (Yet)
Last night you heard form the Mayor of Orange Walk, Kevin Bernard. He said he had spoken to the Honorary Consul of Belize in Mexico - who supposedly said that if you don't get that Mexican insurance you can't drive in Chetumal. Well today the Honorary Counsel told Bernard something different:.. Dr. Luis Montero Maldonado- Hon Consul México: "No person in Chetumal or no authority in Chetumal should ask for any insurance because only the institute is the one that has the ability to apply the law. Nobody else can apply the law. No patrol, no police patrol can apply the law as yet. So, if there is any patrol that is asking for the insurance it means that it is not something true. Also, you can continue coming to Chetumal and Quintana Roo without needing the insurance as yet."

Channel 5

Did BTV Intentionally Incite the GAF? BTV Says Not So!
The Belize Territorial Volunteers claim that twice on the weekend, they had a face-off with the Guatemalan Armed Force on the Sarstoon River.  Today, a press conference was held to [...]

Draft Financial Report Presented to NICH Board of Directors
As we told you on Monday night, a draft report prepared by Certified Public Accountant Mark Hulse on the finances of the National Institute of Culture and History, NICH, has [...]

A Public Town Hall Meeting on Taking Territorial Claim to the I.C.J.
At eight-thirty tonight, the third in a series of town hall meetings on taking the territorial claim to the International Court of Justice gets underway at the University of the [...]

A Political Mastermind is Remembered by His Understudies
Preparations are underway for the funeral services of Dean Russel Lindo, who we are told will be offered a state funeral, due to his prominence in political life beginning in [...]

Lindo Versus Musa: A Political Rivalry for the History Books
The political rivalry between Dean Lindo and Said Musa is one for the history books.  Coming from a student of the former and a close friend of the latter, Mesopotamia [...]

CitCo Versus Haylock Bus Limited Back in Court
A scheduled hearing of a suit brought against the Belize City Council and others by Haylock Bus Limited was further adjourned today to October tenth when all parties are to [...]

Ambergris Caye Citizens for Sustainable Development to Sue G.O.B. for Cayo Rosario Project
The Ambergris Caye Citizens for Sustainable Development is heading to court in respect of the proposed mega-tourism development on Cayo Rosario.  The group says that the Government of Belize, particularly [...]

Environment C.E.O. Says Recent Visit Was Made to Cayo Rosario
According to the Ambergris Caye Citizens for Sustainable Development, the Department of Environment has failed to do its proper research, having only consulted once with the residents and stakeholders.  The [...]

Trio Charged for Home Invasion at Fantaxia Restaurant
A trio busted by the police soon after a robbery at Fantaxia Restaurant on Queen Charlotte Street, Belize City has been charged with aggravated burglary and possession of an unlicensed [...]

Premium Gas Goes Up
There is an increase in the price of premium fuel which kicks in at midnight. The Belize Bureau of Standards says premium will now sell for eleven dollars and seventy-seven [...]

A.S.R./B.S.I. Gives G.O.B. 25 Acres of Land for Transfer Station
Twenty-five acres of land was gifted to the Government of Belize by American Sugar Refinery/Belize Sugar Industries this morning during a short land transfer ceremony at Tower Hill.  Located on [...]

Phasing Out Single-Use Plastic and Styrofoam Items
Earlier this year, the government announced a Cabinet decision to reduce the use of single-use plastics and Styrofoam items over a one-year phase-out period. The intent is to decrease plastic [...]

Chetumal Authorities Enforce Insurance Regulation on Belizeans
The flow of traffic has slowed down significantly at the northern border since reports of a mandatory private vehicle insurance surfaced these past few weeks. News Five understands that authorities [...]

The 5th Annual Soca & Culture Festival; Artists Arrive in the Jewel
The fifth annual Soca and Culture Festival takes place on twentieth night as one of the celebration activities used to recognize Belize’s independence. Every year, it sees a line-up of [...]

Highlights of the Second Annual Military Parade
The Minister of National Security held its second annual Military Parade. As a highlight of the national September Celebrations, the parade featured the Belize Defense Force Infantry, Maritime and Air Wings, [...]

LOVE FM

Drunk Cop faces disciplinary measures
A police officer identified as PC Borland was suspected to be drunk outside A & R in the Corozal Free Zone. Borland, who is attached to the Corozal formation was apparently seen moving in and out of consciousness and without his uniform shirt. The Head of the National Criminal Information Branch, Joseph Myvett addressed the …

Belize Medical and Dental Association hosts three day congress
The Belize Medical and Dental Association (BMDA) in collaboration with the Maternal and Childhood Health Program of the Ministry of Health is hosting their ninth pre-congress. President of the BMDA, Dr. Jose Moguel, says the pre-congress will be beneficial for the health practitioners in attendance as well as the general public. Jose Moguel President Belize …

Police arrest man who shot woman 5 times
Dawn Parchue was shot five times while she rode her bicycle home on Croton Lane in late August. And though she was hit so many times, she continued on the journey home where she informed her family and collapsed. The police response was quick and they showed up moments after and transported her to the …

Mega project Cayo Rosario downsized
The Ambergris Caye Citizens for Sustainable Development will be seeking legal action in order to protect the Hol Chan Marine Reserve from damage that may come about as a result of the Cayo Rosario development project. The group stated that about a month ago they sent a letter requesting a meeting with Martin Alegria, the …

BTV ready to take matters into its own hands
Because of the latest Guatemalan Armed Forces aggression against participants in the Eco Challenge kayak race last Saturday in the Sarstoon, the Belize Territorial Volunteers, the Belize Peace Movement, and the Northern Territorial Volunteers are challenging the Government of Belize to take action. In the event that they fail to do so, these organizations will …

Will National Biodiversity Strategy Action Plan address gill nets?
Gillnets are used both legally and illegally as there are mesh size limits and site limitations for proper use. Oceana Belize has called for the ban on the use of gillnets and a ban would have an impact on traditional users. Love News asked the CEO for the Ministry of Fisheries about the plan of …

10 Million US Transfer Station to be built in Orange Walk
One of the most pressing issues facing developing countries is the proper collection and disposal of solid waste. The ASR Group which owns the Belize Sugar Industries is showing a great act as a social partner by handing over two dozen acres of land for the Government to build a transfer station for waste disposal. …

GAF’s aggression: A classic case of deja vu
The Belize Network of NGOs (BNN) has expressed grave concern over the Guatemalan Armed Forces (GAF) latest encroachment and aggression against the participants of the Eco Challenge kayak race, which was held on Saturday. The BNN has issued a statement referring to acts of hostility by the GAF which have become commonplace and threatens the …

Governor General receives letters of credence from ambassadors
Three ambassadors presented their Letters of Credence to Governor General Sir Colville Young. His Excellency Eric Mayoraz, (VO STARTS) Ambassador of Switzerland; His Excellency José Renato Sepúlveda Nebel, Ambassador of Chile and Her Excellency Ana Elena Moser Cazar, Ambassador of Ecuador conveyed greetings from their respective countries. They also expressed their countries’ interest in continuing …

Minister of National Security says crime decreased in August
The Ministry of National Security says crime for the month of August decreased by twenty seven percent compared to July. While July saw one hundred and thirty seven crimes reported, August saw only a hundred such crimes reported. Minister John Saldivar met today (VO STARTS) with the country’s security forces, the Belize Police Department, the …

Fire in Seine Bight leaves home destroyed
A fire in Seine Bight Village has completely destroyed a wooden house. Flames engulfed the twenty by twenty wooden structure around seven thirty Saturday night. Sixty-four year old Ann Flores Castillo, the owner of the house, reported to police that she had a male tenant occupying the house, who at the time of the fire, was not present. According to reports, the house did not have any electricity. The value of the house and its contents was eleven thousand dollars.

Music Ambassador Shyne Barrow met with the Cuban Institute for Music and Agency of Rap
Belize’s Music Ambassador, Shyne Barrow has met with representatives of the Cuban Institute for Music and the Cuban Agency for Rap. (VO STARTS) He held discussions with Directors, Eileen Tegent Melendez and Ruben Marin Manning about the Cuban Government’s stance on the country’s support towards artists and its music industry.

Belize Peace Movement says No to ICJ
Earlier this year, the groups BUFERHD, the Belize Peace Movement and the Belize Territorial Volunteers publicly announced their decision to embark on a campaign against forwarding Guatemala’s unfounded claim on Belize to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Bobby Lopez, a senior member of the Belize Peace Movement gave an update on the ‘Say No to ICJ’ Campaign.

Salvadoran community in Maskall Village celebrates El Salvador’s Independence
To honor El Salvador’s Independence on September fifteenth, the Salvadoran Community, residing within the Maskall Village, along with Minister Edmund Castro, Belize Rural North Area Representative, also a resident of Maskall, gathered together on Sunday to commemorate the country’s one hundred and ninety seventh Anniversary of its Independence.

Elections and Boundaries Dept. issues new update on the re-registration exercise
The Elections and Boundaries Department continues to provide updates on the ongoing re-registration of electors exercise. According to the department, it has received a total of nine hundred and forty three applications between September 9th and 15th.

What will be the region’s response to Climate change at COP24?
Every year government representatives and environmentalists meet to discuss actions to offset the effects of climate change. It’s referred to as the Conference of Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Corozal resident charged for unlicensed ammunition and possessing controlled drug
Thirty-two year old, Rojel Felipe Patt of Chunox Village, Corozal was arrested and charged after a police patrol on Chunox Road found him with four Aguila Brand, sixteen-Gauge cartridges and twenty four grams of cannabis early. According to police, when they encountered him early Sunday morning, Patt was not able to provide a valid license for the ammunition, and as a result he was charged with keeping ammunition without a gun license and also for possessing a controlled drug.

San Pedro police finds drugs and ammunition in the DFC area
A police search in the DFC Area, of San Pedro Town has led police to discover two transparent bags filled with twenty eight grams of cannabis and seven nine millimeter live rounds of ammunition in a bushy lot on Marina Drive. According to police, no one was found near the items, so they were labeled and delivered as found property.

Customs Officers discovers marijuana percels in a sack of flour
Last night customs officers handed over two parcels of marijuana weighing a total of one thousand fifty-four grams. The officers found the two parcels in a sack of flour that had been confiscated. The parcels were labeled and deposited as found property.

Man loses house to fire in Hopkins
A house belonging to forty-one year old, Clifford Augustine was destroyed by fire. According to police, around twelve thirty yesterday morning, they responded to reports of a fire on the Southside of Hopkins, where they witnessed Augustine’s property immersed in flames. The fire was extinguished by fire department personnel. The cost of damages is currently unknown as Augustine is out of the country. Police are investigating.

Young woman reports boyfriend raped her
Cayo police are currently investigating a case of rape after reports were made yesterday by a twenty two-year old woman. The woman told Police that around ten thirty on Sunday night, while at her apartment complex, her ex-boyfriend arrived and had sexual intercourse with her without her consent.

Premium to increase by seven cents
Effective midnight, the price of price of premium will increase by seven cents. The new price will be eleven dollars and seventy seven cents; up from eleven dollars and seventy cents. Regular gasoline remains at eleven dollars and four cents, diesel remains at ten dollars and sixty nine cents and kerosene at eight dollars and thirty four cents a gallon.


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Annual children’s rally held at Civic Center
The Children’s Rally, held annually as part of the September Celebrations, took place this year at the new Civic Center, and thousands of students from 31 schools from across the Belize district, attended the event. Local musicians performed at the event to keep the children entertained. The students were also given the opportunity to show their patriotism by waving their Belize flags and by singing patriotic songs. There were also competitions and raffles that gave the children the chance to win prizes such as laptops and tablets.

NTUCB threatens Mayor Bernard Wagner
The National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB) has written Belize City mayor, His Worship, Mayor Bernard Wagner, a threatening letter dated Sunday, September 16, and signed by its general secretary, Patrick Balan. The NTUCB says that the Christian Workers Union (CWU) has been seeking to represent its members who are employed by the Belize City Council, but its efforts “have been met with disregard and disrespect …” The union went on to state, “the Congress deems such actions as union-busting, and will not stand by and allow one of its affiliates to suffer such actions by any entity.

Dean Russell Lindo, S.C., first UDP leader, dead at 86
Attorney Dean Russell Lindo, S.C., who was the first leader of the now ruling United Democratic Party (UDP), passed away at 3:25 p.m. today at his Buttonwood Bay home. He was 86. Lindo’s family said that he suffered from diabetes and had heart complications. Lindo rose to political significance following the 1973 formation of the UDP when he became the party’s first leader. In 1969, Lindo went up against Philip Stanley Wilberforce Goldson, challenging him for the leadership position of the National Independence Party (NIP), but Goldson defeated him. That defeat was devastating to Lindo and became the catalyst which propelled him to form his own political party, the People’s Development Movement (PDM)

15-year-old escapes rape attempt by kidnapper
On Saturday at about 3 p.m., a 15-year-old girl was walking on Holy Emmanuel Street, going towards La Croix Boulevard, when she was kidnapped and taken to Homeland Memorial Park on the George Price Highway. Fortunately, she eventually was able to escape her attacker. As the girl was walking on Holy Emmanuel Street, a white 4-door car stopped about 4 feet away from her with the back door open. A man who was riding a bike on the same side of the street on which she was walking then pushed her into the car, which then sped off.

At the Supreme Court, Deon Bruce gets permission to apply to the Court of Appeal
This morning, following submissions by his attorney, Anthony Sylvestre, in the Supreme Court of Justice Michelle Arana, Deon Bruce was granted permission by Justice Arana to appeal his case to the Belize Court of Appeal. Last December, Bruce had applied for a writ of habeas corpus, but Justice Arana had ruled against him. Bruce, 32, is a Belizean for whom the United States has sent an extradition request to the Belize government. The US is seeking Bruce’s extradition so that he could be tried in the United States for murder and attempted murder.

Breakdown of the re-registration process
On Friday, the Elections and Boundaries Department held a press conference at which they presented a breakdown of the data collected during the re-registration process. As of August 31, about 59.25%, or 121,496, of the voters who were previously registered, had participated in the re-registration exercise and were on the new voters list, even though the Elections and Boundaries Department had anticipated that at least 70% of those voters would have re-registered at that point. As of September 8, 122,447 Belizeans had re-registered. (The latest update from the department has indicated that between September 9 and 15, an additional 15,943 applications were received — increasing the total number of persons who have re-registered from 122,447 to 123,390).

Diana Alford says NO to GAF on way to Sarstoon Island
Reports from Toledo from Belize Territorial Volunteers leader Wil Meheia are that some 22 paddlers, 18 males (2 per kayak) and 4 females (1 per kayak) participated in the kayak paddling race – the 3rd Annual Sarstoon Eco Challenge, this past Saturday, scheduled to travel from Barranco Village to circle our Sarstoon Island and return back to Barranco, 17 miles, with a stipulation being that each team should touch the mangrove on Sarstoon Island. But Wil reported in his call to Krem WUB this morning that there was massive interference in the race by the Guatemalan Armed Forces (GAF) launches, which obstructed the paddlers and denied all but one of them access to the Sarstoon Island.

Verdes take lead; Bandits still undefeated at Week 6 of PLB 2018-2019 Opening Season
t looks like a two-horse race at Week 6 of the Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2018-2019 Opening Season, as defending champions Belmopan Bandits SC are still undefeated, but after their contested draw with San Pedro Pirates over the weekend, arch-rivals Verdes FC have taken over the standings lead (See standings below). There were two Saturday night clashes and two Sunday afternoon encounters in the PLB Week 6 schedule.

Weekend Billiards Tournament in ‘Griga
This past weekend in Dangriga Town, the Hon. Frank “Papa” Mena Individual Pool Tournament at Aba Isieni Cool Spot had 22 players from across Stann Creek District partaking. The winners are: Enfield Coleman in first place; Cliff Usher took second place; and Edwin Vargas was third.

OWFA 1st Division Amateur Opening Season Week 2 results and standings
The Orange Walk Football Association (OWFA) 1st Division Amateur Opening Season Tournament is under way, with Week 2 games being held on Saturday and Sunday, September 15-16, at the Louisiana Football Field. In the opener on Saturday, San Francisco FC clipped Jam Rock FC, 2-1, with a goal apiece from Armando Chirinos, Jr. (67’) and Rodney Delcid (76’), after Travion Martinez (31’) had given Jam Rock FC the first half lead. The nightcap saw Palmar FC with the 3-1 win over Guinea Grass Survivors FC, courtesy of a goal each from Ivar Canche (25’), Jesus Perez (25’) and Kevin Pol (54’); while Darian Coh (36’) got the sole tally for Guinea Grass Survivors.

Editorial: Belize: a changing Guatemalan problem
Communist Russia was an ally of the United States and Great Britain during World War II (1939-1945), but shortly after the so-called Allies were victorious over the so-called Axis countries – Germany, Japan, and Italy, the foreign policy of the U.S. began to be dominated by the determination to contain the spread of communism, a belief system which had inspired the Russian Revolution in 1917 and then became the core ideology of the Chinese Revolution which triumphed in 1949. The nature of the Guatemalan republic was that it was controlled by a business/industrial and military elite which was anti-communist to the point of being fascist. The uprising in Guatemala which overthrew the military dictatorship of Jorge Ubico in 1944, however, introduced democratic tendencies into Guatemala during the presidency of Juan Jose Arevalo, who was succeeded by Jacobo Arbenz in 1951.

From The Publisher
As much as we cherish life when we are in our youth and in our prime, it is for sure that if we live long enough we begin to lose our relevance. In fact, if we live long enough we begin to lose our dignity, which is a human tragedy, from creation. As a people, the superpower Americans appear to be terrified of aging. They spend a ton of money trying to fight off the inevitabilities of time: Americans, generally speaking, want to look and behave as young as they possibly can. There are other “developed” cultures, such as Japan’s, where age is viewed as more of a blessing than a curse. In fact, most cultures which are not considered “developed,” hold their elders in esteem, for different reasons. One of these reasons is that people usually die younger in populations which are less wealthy: the wisdom of the aged is seen as valuable.

Bembe Vision: Leadership Notes for The Belizean Classroom
Dear Editor, I write this evening to share the excitement of a new publication, Bembe Vision: Leadership Notes for The Belizean Classroom. It is a book that will be free in e-format, downloadable from http://www.imagefactorybelize.com as of 20th September, 2018, the eve of our Independence commemoration. Researched, written and designed by Yasser Musa, Katie Usher and Lito, this e-Book takes a different approach to examining our history, society and cultural landscape though the eyes of radical and revolutionary women across time and space.

A smile in the Belmopan morning …
Dear Editor, Today I met up with a smile. One I hadn’t seen for a while. “Amanda” (I do not know her real name) and I approached each other on the Ring Road, in Belmopan. She had a trash receptacle in one hand, and an easy-grab tool fashioned ”kisskiss” style, in the other. Its jaws were elongated ears. The debris she snatched from the drain verge was dropped into the bag. I was on my way home from an early morning walk. Not many people were about.

With malice toward…
I don’t know that Brother Louis Wade (Plus TV) is one of those kinds of people who need to be told about the good in them. If God sees him as many of us do (me included), that brother will walk through the most important gate without being questioned. Bah, but I don’t like how Wade turns numbers to prove his views about weed. Over and over we have heard from his quarter that decriminalized weed has something to do with an increase in planes landing under cover of night in Belize. (I don’t know wherefrom he gets the numbers that more planes are landing than ever before. It is not impossible that we are in a “lull”, and the burnt planes being found are just a streak of bad luck for the narcotics traffickers)

Anke Doehm, 56, seeking court’s permission to consult doctor in US
American national, Anke Doehm, 56, who has been indicted on a charge of cruelty to a child in connection with the death of her 13-year-old adopted daughter, Faye Lin Cannon, which occurred in July 2017 in San Pedro, was in court yesterday, Thursday, in connection with a variation to her bail that she is seeking. Doehm wants to have a consultation with a doctor in the United States and wants the court to give her permission to leave the country. While applying for and receiving variation to a bail condition is a standard procedure for foreigners who are charged with serious crimes in this jurisdiction, it turned out to be anything but routine for Doehm. That is because the person who signed the surety on behalf of Doehm decided to withdraw his bail when he learned that Doehm wanted to travel to the U.S.

Three men caught after allegedly robbing Fantaxia Restaurant on Queen Charlotte Street
On Saturday afternoon, around 2:30, while the Expo was taking place at the ITVET compound, three masked men robbed Fantaxia Restaurant on Queen Charlotte Street, not far from where they live. The men: Tyrone Guy, 24; Trevon Guy, 25; and Leon Westby, 23; are well-known to police and did not get far before they were apprehended. The armed thieves entered the restaurant from the back of the establishment and tied up the four employees who were inside. They then robbed them of cell phones and other items, as well as an undisclosed amount of money.

Housekeeper busted with over 7 pounds of weed in San Pedro
Dorla Morales, 28, a housekeeper of San Pedrito, San Pedro, is in police custody after she was busted with 3,277 grams (7.22 pounds) of cannabis at about 9:30 this morning during a random search that was conducted on her at a boat dock in San Pedrito. Morales was immediately arrested and charged with drug trafficking. She has been detained pending arraignment at the San Pedro Magistrate’s Court.

Police charge Wayne Welch, 24, with shooting Dawn Parchue, 23
Police have charged Wayne Welch, 24, a plumber residing in Lake Independence, with attempted murder, dangerous harm, and use of deadly means of harm for the shooting of Dawn Parchue, also known as “Dana,”at about 11:30 Friday night, August 25. Parchue was riding from a restaurant on Mahogany Street towards her home on Croton Lane, and had reached Jasmine Street, heading toward Flamboyant Street, when a man walking toward her from Flamboyant Street took out a gun and fired multiple shots at Parchue was struck four times in her abdomen and once in her leg, and she fell off her bicycle. The gunman then ran away.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Philippines issues advisory to citizens over state of emergency in Belize
The Republic of the Philippines has issued an advisory to its citizens who may be traveling […]

Premium gas goes up again
The Belize Bureau of Standards (BBS) has just issued new gas prices that will kick […]

Three ambassadors present credentials to Governor General
Three ambassadors presented their Letters of Credence today to the Governor General of Belize, H.E. Sir Colville […]

U.S. Embassy announces 2018 Belizean Young Leaders for fellowship program
The United States (U.S.) Embassy today announced the 2018 cohort of the Young Leaders of the Americas […]

Ministry of National Security hosting 2nd annual military parade today
The Minister of National Security, John Saldivar is inviting the public to witness the second annual Military […]

Ministry of National Security blames BTV for Guatemalan Armed Forces encounter in Sarstoon
The Belize Territorial Volunteers (BTV) conducted their third annual Sarstoon Kayak Challenge on September 15, 2018. While […]

Fire destroys home in Hopkins Village
Police are investigating a fire that destroyed a house in Hopkins Village, Stann Creek District. Around 12:30 […]

Police find weed and ammo in San Pedro
This morning around 9, police conducted a search in a bushy lot on Marina drive in San […]

Customs Officers find marijuana in a sack of flour
Last night around 8, Customs Officers in northern Belize handed over 2 parcels of marijuana […]

Santa Elena student raped by Ex-boyfriend
Police in Santa Elena Town, Cayo are investigating a rape incident. According to reports, a […]

Girl, 17, almost raped in northern Belize
A 17-year-old female was almost raped on Sunday night in northern Belize. She was reportedly […]

Fifteen-year-old girls escapes kidnapping and rape attempt
A 15-year-old girl was kidnapped and almost raped over the weekend. According to Assistant Superintendent of […]

Music ambassador meets with directors from Cuban Music Institute
Belize’s Music Ambassador, Shyne Barrow, met with representatives of the Cuban Institute for Music and […]

Shooting victim, Darryl Berry, 29, wasn’t the target
Darryl Berry, 29, was shot twice to the legs while riding his bicycle on Fabers […]

PUP extends condolences on passing of Dean Lindo
Leader of the Opposition of the People’s United Party (PUP), John Briceno, and the PUP […]

Half dressed and drunk police officer to face disciplinary action
Police constable, Aldrick Borland, is facing internal disciplinary actions by the Belize Police Department. This […]

International Sourcesizz

Belize under state of emergency; Filipinos warned
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has issued an advisory to overseas Filipino workers in Belize, a country in Central America, following the recent declaration of a state of emergency due to increasing criminal and gang activities. Filipino Ambassador to Mexico Demetrio Tuason said the declaration was due to six murders recorded between August 31 to September 1. The DFA said the measure was intended to ensure the safety of the public during Belize’s National Day celebration this month.

Videos

  • The Acting Prime Minister Hon. Patrick Faber will continue his countrywide tour in the North!, 1min.

  • Travel in BELIZE 3 (Placencia) GoPro, 3min. A trip without planning, we left at 4:30 AM from Flores, Peten, Guatemala for Placencia Belize, arriving at 11:00 AM and enjoyed the beautiful landscapes of this place, highly recommended for a weekend.

  • 2018 Military Parade, 14min.

  • Public Town Hall on the ICJ, 2.5hr.

  • Did you know that there are approximately 700 historic sites in Downtown Belize City?, 39min. Our first guest spoke to us about the work of the Downtown Rejuvenation Project to preserve these sites and to educate the populace about the importance to our history. Albert Avila, Community Liaison Officer, walked us through 27 of the historic sites and spoke a bit about their significance. He update us with the work that will commence in upcoming months to renovate Yarborough, The Human Development Building and ACC grounds.

  • The Scouts Association of Belize and Oceana - Riverways Clean Up, 26min. Ricardo N. Alcoser - Country Coordinator, Coastal and Riverways Cleanup, The Scout Association of Belize. Victor Sho - Sport Fishing Coordinator, Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute. Kleon Coleman - Belize District Outreach Representative, Oceana in Belize.

  • National Service Day - Remembering George Price, 24min. In honor of National Service Day we invited representatives of the The George Price Center to speak on the legacy of the national hero. Saidy Godette, Curator/Coordinator of the Centre, spoke of his early life and how he was able to make an impact in the trajectory of our history. She explains that National Service Day honors a fundamental truth of the Father of the Nation - his commitment to leadership through service.

  • Junior vybzes band at Corozal central park, 1min.

  • Corozal central park battle of the band, 9.5min.

  • Ambergris, Belize, 5.5min. Good time in Belize

  • SVOSH Trip in Belmopan, Belize, 4min.

  • Dolphins Belize, 1min. Two Dolphins join while diving Belize

  • Belize’s military might displayed in parade, 1.5min.

  • Snorkel Belize in Shark & Ray Alley + Hol Chan Reserve, 11min. Welcome back to another adventure in Belize. Brian and Cindy are snorkeling the waters with Caveman Snorkeling Tours.

  • An UnBELIZEable Time in Caye Caulker, Belize, 7min. A great weekend trip in Belize with fresh cheap food. Besides the mosquitoes I have no complaints whatsoever

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