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The San Pedro Sun

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.

Independence Day Message from the Prime Minister of Belize, Rt. Hon. Dean Oliver Barrow
As we prepare to celebrate the anniversary of our Independence, I have been reflecting on just how glorious an achievement it was. Consider the circumstances. We were confronted by twin, seemingly insurmountable odds: a large, militarized neighbour with an unjust and illegal claim to our country, threatening our extinction; and a colonial power reluctant to do what was necessary to help finalize our secure freedom. But we would not be deterred. And history records the tremendous persistence and skill with which Belize persevered and overcame. The nations of the world all remarked the force of our campaign. No one doubted that its triumph stamped our small country as one destined for greatness.

Island authorities in Caye Caulker and Ambergris Caye seek more autonomy for better decision-making
The authorities on the islands of Caye Caulker and Ambergris Caye are concerned over the lack of autonomy in their respective jurisdictions. Some problems include the assignation of personnel to run the islands’ Transport Department and the approval of high-rise buildings. Island leaders take issue with the assignations, as they include members from the mainland, making the decision process on important island matters frustrating. Ambergris Caye’s local authorities have long voiced concern over this system, and the Caye Caulker Village Council has recently disclosed their challenges as well.

Misc Belizean Sources

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Letter: My Independence Day reflections, by Charles Leslie Jr.
Whereas the people of Belize- (b) respect the principles of social justice and therefore believe that the operation of the economic system must result in the material resources of the community being so distributed as to subserve the common good, that there should be adequate means of livelihood for all,… that labour should not be exploited or forced by economic necessity to operate in inhumane conditions but that there should be opportunity for advancement on the basis of recognition of merit, ability and integrity,… that equal protection should be given to children regardless of their social status, and that a just system should be ensured to provide for education and health on the basis of equality; What we need to do is reflect and ask ourselves if this system is doing what it should be doing. More and more youths have very little opportunity to pursue happiness and upward mobility…

Caye Caulker Independence Day celebration

Happy Independence Day, Belize!
The Caye Caulker Village Council put on a spectacular show Thursday night, and the 20+ minutes of fireworks were superb. Thank you.

Belize booth is set at the American Birding Expo

September 21st in Orange Walk

Paradise Theater playing this weekend
Mandy, Solo, Purge, Uncle Drew

The Reporter

School Children’s Parade, Independence Day Sept. 21st. 2018
Belize’s Independence Day celebrations kicked off this morning with simultaneous celebrations in Belmopan and Belize City. The official ceremonies in Belmopan featured formalities such as the Governor General, Sir Colville Young, inspecting the Guard of Honour of the Belize Defense Force, an address by Leader of the Opposition John Briceño and Acting Prime Minister Patrick Faber.

INDEPENDENCE DAY ACCIDENT REPORTED ON THE PHILLIP GOLDSON HWY.
There was a road traffic accident sometime this afternoon near Crooked Tree on the Phillip Goldson Highway. There are no details at this time. It appears two vehicles were involved and two persons injured.

NGO NETWORK LAUNCHES ONLINE ICJ SURVEY
The Belize Network of NGOs (BNN) has launched an online survey geared towards understanding Belizeans’ perspective on Guatemala’s territorial claim. The BNN explained that the survey aims to produce data that will give a sense of Belizeans’ willingness to take the territorial dispute to the International Court if Justice.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Three guns stolen from home in Belize city
Police are investigating a burglary report in Belize city. On September 20, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., the home of Reginald Welch on Jones street, Belize city was burglarized. […]

Gas Tomza in Belize city robbed
Police are investigating a burglary that occurred this morning. Police reports say that around 12:20 a.m. today, two men with their faces covered entered the Gas Tomza limited located at mile 4 ½ on the Philip Goldson highway and held up the watchman. […]

Woman killed in hit and run accident
Police are investigating a hit and run accident that occurred around 9:30 last night. Caroline Riverol, 22, was walking across the Philip Goldson highway when a truck hit her. The driver of the vehicle did not stop to render any assistance. […]

CARICOM congratulates Belize on 37th anniversary of Independence
he Caribbean Community (CARICOM) today issued a statement expressing its wholehearted support for Belize’s stance on its sovereignty as the country celebrates 37 years of independence. CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, in a congratulatory message to Prime Minister Dean Barrow noted that the theme of the celebrations, “Belize Da Fi Wi – Now and Forever 8867!” […]

United States Department of State wishes Belize a Happy Independence Day
Today, the Secretary of State of the United States of America, Michael Pompeo issued a statement on behalf of the Government of the United States congratulating the people of Belize on the 37th anniversary of Independence. […]

Santa Elena Primary School hosts patriotic competition
Yesterday, the Santa Elena Primary School in Santa Elena town hosted a classroom patriotic competition. Teachers, students and parents were tasked with decorating the primary school in patriotic, red, white and blue colors, incorporating this year’s Independence day theme and depict student patriotism in Belize. […]

BPP demand transparency on Government’s referendum campaign
The Belize Progressive Party (BPP), yesterday, issued a release demanding transparency from the Government in regards to the national referendum education campaign. The BPP says that the issue is of paramount importance and warrants the full attention of all Belizeans and friends of Belize who understand the true depth of its gravity. […]

Thief gets away with $6,000 in Belize City
Police are investigating a robbery that occurred yesterday in Belize City. Around 12:33 pm yesterday, Pedro Gudiel,33, a salesman for Fiesta Chicken told police that when he entered his delivery truck and was about to close the door, he was approached by a man. […]

Belize celebrates 37th Independence anniversary
Belizeans at home and abroad are today celebrating the 37th anniversary of Belize’s Independence from Great Britain. This year, Belize celebrates under the theme, “ Belize da fi wi, Now and Forever, 8867.” Belize, formerly British Honduras, obtained its Independence on September 21, 1981. […]

Cotton Tree man shot in buttocks in Belize City
Police are investigating a shooting incident that occurred yesterday morning in Belize City. Around 10:30 am, police went to the KHMH and saw Michael Arnold,25, of Cotton Tree Village with a gunshot wound to his buttocks. […]

Blogs

Beautiful Belize Turns 37 Today: The 2018 Jump Up Celebration Parade
You might think I’m crazy but September 21st is my favorite day of the year. Yes, it’s INCREDIBLY HOT. Always. And it’s slow season. But Belize celebrates Independence Day is such a ridiculously joyous way, I can hardly get enough. I may have missed the ceremonies in town last night – but here is a gorgeous photo taken by Danny Medina of the fireworks. I have SO many photos…so I’ll try to keep this reasonable. This was my 12th parade and one of my favorites yet. Each year I consider going to the biggest parade in the country – in Orange Walk…but I just can’t NOT go to San Pedro’s Jump Up Parade. It’s so ridiculously fun seeing all the people you know celebrating Belize. It is most DEFINITELY my favorite September motto – each year on a national level a competition is held and one chosen.

International Sourcesizz

For this Christian sect in Belize, community is everything
Mennonites reject cars for personal use – not because they're bad for the environment, but because travel by horse and cart stops settlements growing too far apart. When Mennonites began moving to Belize in the late 1950s, they did so for the same reason their ancestors have migrated for centuries: to live in line with their religious beliefs, including the separation of church and state, pacifism and sustainability, without interference. That means apart from the government, with limited technology and surrounded by farmable land. Mennonites, a traditionally sectarian Christian denomination, trace their roots to the Anabaptist wing of the Protestant Reformation. Today they number approximately one million worldwide, with most living in parts of the developing world, including Paraguay, India and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Those in Belize, called Old Colony Mennonites, descend from the settlers of Chortitza, the earliest Mennonite colony in Russia. Their ancestors moved from the Netherlands and what is now Poland to Russia in the 1780s, then to Canada in the 1870s, Mexico in the 1920s and, a few decades later, Belize.

All Eyes on Belize: The Tiny Country Hits Double-Digit Tourism Growth
For decades, Belize has remained a mostly quaint, laid-back destination viewed by many travelers as an alluring alternative to some of the Caribbean’s more upscale and fully developed tourist stops. For those who prefer flip-flops as their go-to footwear, and the opportunity participate serious diving (a la the Great Blue Hole and the Belize Barrier Reef), low-key Belize has been the go-to destination for decades. “As the rest of the Caribbean was growing up, we were still a fishing village,” developer Andrew Ashcroft, whose family has lived in Belize for three generations, told TravelPulse during a recent interview. And while the charm that keeps the tourists coming is not changing, what is changing is the numbers of tourists who have discovered Belize and who are spending time there.

5 popular folklore from Belize still told till date
Belize is a country with a very diverse society and fascinating history. The main ethnic groups that make up the Caribbean nation include the Creoles, the Maya, the Mestizos and the Garifuna. The Creoles are mostly made up of descendants of African slaves imported into the country between the 18th and 19th centuries. The Maya, though a part of the minority in the country constitute its indigenous population with records showing their inhabitance on the Caribbean nation dating back to 2500 B.C. There are three Maya groups in Belize namely the Yucatec, Mopan, and Q’eqchi’ Maya. The Mestizos, on the other hand constitute people of mixed Spanish and Maya descent who originally came to Belize in 1847 to escape the Caste War.

Wholehearted Caribbean Community support for Belize on its 37th Independence Anniversary
The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has restated its wholehearted support for Belize’s stance on its sovereignty as the country celebrates 37 years of independence. CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque in a congratulatory message to Prime Minister Dean Barrow noted that the theme of the celebrations, “Belize Da Fi Wi – Now and Forever 8867!”, highlights the staunch position of Belizeans that their country unequivocally belongs to them, a position the Caribbean Community wholeheartedly supports. The Secretary-General also praised, as being of great value to the Community, the Prime Minister’s role as lead Head of Government for Justice and Governance in the CARICOM quasi-cabinet. “Your leadership in this area is aptly demonstrated by the fact that Belize is among the four countries which have accepted the Caribbean Court of Justice in its Appellate jurisdiction.”

Videos

  • Official Independence Day Ceremony - City Of Belmopan, 2.5hr

  • A look back at Belize's Independence Day, September 21st, 1981, 5min.

  • Happy Independence Day Belize!, 1hr. We're watching from the sidelines as students and service members march in today's uniform parade.

  • Independence Day Ceremony, Memorial Park - Belize City, 45min.

  • Independence Celebration in San Pedro, Jump Up Parade, 75min.

  • San Pedro Independence Day Parade 2018, 18min.

  • Belize Independence Day Carnival Parade, San Pedro, La Isla Bonita, 28min.

  • The Police band Thursday night in Belize City, min.

  • Independence Day Parade - San Ignacio / Santa Elena | Cayo, 1hr45min.

  • Uniform parade in Corozal, 3min.

  • San Pedro Mayor’s Independence Day Remarks, 6min.

  • Los Hijos del West at Culture of Peace, 8min. The Los Hijos del West played at the OAS Culture of Peace celebration at the border on Wednesday. They are fast becoming experts on the marimbas. "A little snippet of yesterdays Belize Culture of Peace Celebration by the OAS at the Adjacency Zone, Western Border."

  • Independence day in Belize 2018. San-Ignacio., 8min.

  • Belize Independence Day 2018, School Children's Parade, 3min. Belize Independence Day September 21st. 2018, School Children's Parade. Belize City.

  • BELIZE INDEPENDENCE DAY, 5min. Benque Viejo Del Carmen School Parade.

  • Shark Ray Alley - Belize, 2min.

  • Belize 2018 Ambergris caye jump up, 6min. la Isla bonita jump up parade on Ambergris Caye Belize 2018 nice time on the island.

  • President Reagan Meeting Prime Minister George Cadle Price of Belize on May 12, 1983, 7min. President Reagan Meeting Prime Minister George Cadle Price of Belize during his Working Visit with Meeting in the Oval Office and Cabinet Room with Lunch in the State Dining Room and then their Departure Remarks at the Diplomatic Entrance on May 12, 1983

  • Belize | Swimming With Sharks, 4.5min. Part 2 of our time in Caye Caulker sees us swimming with sharks. Our snorkelling tour with EZ Boy tours was one the best (alongside Black Tours of course). Snorkellng sharks, turtles, sting rays, dolphins and more! Lobster ceviche with nachos and rum punch was th perfect way to enjoy Caye Caulker.

  • Belize 2018, 3.5min. Dive trip to Belize in Central America June 2018 Footage from Go Pro and Canon underwater camera.

  • Independence Day 1981, 7min.

  • Independence Day 2018 Memorial Park, Belize City, 5min.