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The San Pedro Sun

Residents join in the fight against Sargassum after SPTC declares the situation a natural disaster
The non-stop influx of Sargassum to the coasts of Belize, including Ambergris Caye, is threatening not only the tourism industry but human health as well. The supernatural phenomenon, which for months has been affecting La Isla Bonita, was declared a natural disaster by The San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) on Wednesday, September 26th via a press release. As such, the local authorities invited the entire island community to join their collective efforts in addressing the issue in the short and long term. The first step took place early in the morning on Thursday, September 27th and Friday, September 28th with a massive community clean up from the Boca del Rio Area to the Mosquito Coast area south of San Pedro Town, in an attempt to remove as much of the invasive seaweed from the beaches as possible.

Belize benefits from the Republic of Korea’s Development Assistance Programme
The Government of Belize received a donation of computers and equipment valued at US$90,000 from the Government of the Republic of Korea through an official Development Assistance Programme for the fiscal year 2018 on Thursday, September 20th. Presenting the donation on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Korea was His Excellency Lee In-ho, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Belize, and receiving the equipment on behalf of the Government of Belize was Mrs. Deborah Domingo, Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Education.

Belize joining other Central American countries in Fisheries Research Project
A Fisheries Research project was launched across the Central American countries on Monday, September 19th. Led by 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, the project is aimed at evaluating the fishery resources in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama. Under the title, “Prospecting and Evaluation of Fisheries Resources in Central America” the Fishing and Oceanographic Research Vessel “Dr. Jorge Carranza Fraser” will travel approximately 13,890 kilometers of coastline of the listed Central American countries and evaluate the state of their fishing resources.

Ambergris Today

San Pedro Fights Back Against The Smelly Sargassum
San Pedro Mayor, Daniel Guerrero said that he was impressed with the turnout this morning. With the looks of the amount of sargassum on the beach, it will take more man power and a larger community effort to make an impact on the cleanup efforts. It’s a daunting task, but one that needs to be tackled head strong. Already the smell of the decomposing sargassum is affecting the tourism industry and the lack of beautiful beaches and crystal blue sea by the shore is driving visitors away. Residents are suffering from breathing complications, itchy skin, problematic breathing and sensitive eyes. The sargassum’s hydrogen sulfide byproduct as it rots is also affecting electronics, mostly televisions that have gone bad in the past months plus is corroding silver and other metals.

International Monetary Fund Reports Positive Economic Growth In Belize
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has concluded its annual Article IV consultative visit to Belize. A report published by IMF on September 24, 2018, has stated that Belize’s economic recovery has grown by an estimated 5.4 percent during the second quarter of this year and the real Gross Domestic Product grew by 1.4 percent since last year.

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San Pedro residents, local authorities and private sector respond to emergency call for help by the San Pedro Town Council.
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US Embassy Needs Plumber
Join the Embassy team! We are seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the following position of Plumber! Starting salary of BZ $20,662.00 per year plus benefits. Interested applicants must submit their application via the Electronic Recruitment Application (ERA) system, an internet-based system.

Hanal Pixan October 27th
Hanal Pixan is a tradition still done today by the Northern Maya of Belize . This is a invitation from the Corozal House of Culture .We invite you to learn about Hanal Pixan, the ancient Maya tradition of honouring the dearly departed. We are kindly inviting the community to create altars as part of the activities happening at this year's Hanal Pixan event at the Corozal Central Park Saturday October 27th. Altars can be whimsical, modern or traditional. It is all about raising awareness of this ancient tradition which is still practiced in our villages today. Message, call 422-0071 or visit the House of Culture for more information.

Gerardo Miquel Vasquez of Orange Walk missing
Kindly be on the lookout for Gerardo Miguel Vasquez 17-year-old, Belizean Labourer of Ontario Village,Cayo District, who was reported missing. He left home on 25.9.2018 sometimes between 11:00 a.m., and 12:00 p.m., to an unknown destination. He was last seen wearing a blue/white polo shirt, white short pants. If seen kindly call 911,922 or 0800-away-out.

PM returns on UDP’s 45th anniversary
Please join us in welcoming home our Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow. The Prime Minister returned to the country today after undergoing surgery in Cuba. Welcome home and well wishes to Prime Minister Barrow!

STATEMENT OF CAPABILITY TECHNICAL EXPERT
Sustainable Forest Management Specialist

SMART Big Deals on Caye Caulker
Expo deals coming to Caye Caulker this weekend! SMART's phone deals and Double Up ONLY at the Central Park at La Isla Cariñosa from 9am to 4pm! Check out the phone line up below!! Sign up for SMART'S INTERNET SERVICES! Contact me for more information at 6707030. Location MAY change depending on the weather.

Courts Belize invites you to the most EPIC launch of the Season!
Visit Courts Belize City Store on Saturday September 29th for a day of events, in-store suppliers, giveaways, LIVE music entertainment, discounts, demos, wine tasting, meet and greet with Miss Universe Belize 2018 and an opportunity to WIN amazing prizes in our Catch the Prize booth! Also look out for a motorcade in the main streets of Belize City starting at 10:30am!

OFFICIAL HANDOVER OF BASE RADIO SYSTEM & RAIN GAUGES IN TOLEDO
Minister of Transport and National Emergency Management Honorable Edmond Castro was in the village of Santa Teresa, Toledo, for the official handover of a Base Radio (Communication) System and Rain Gauges which constitute one of several projects to assist in disaster risk reduction and disaster management, build capacity and resilience to Climate Change in a number of villages in the Toledo District. The project is being executed through a partnership between the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO), Humana People to People Belize and various local groups and organizations.

What a great turnout for the first day of the clean up!
A total of approximately 70 truck/vehicle loads were recorded. It represents approximately 649 yards of sargassum; 146 people donated thier time, averaging to approximately 1090.5 hours. Note that he figures may increase since group 5 (Escalante Area) only provided data up until midday; however, they were still out until after 4:00 p.m. Group 2’s data(Palapa Bar area) was up until 3:00 p.m. and trips were still leaving at 4:30 p.m.

Movie Night at KoKo King
FRIDAY FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT IS BACK ON!! WE ARE SHOWING: HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION (PG) - Count Dracula and company participate in a cruise for sea-loving monsters, unaware that their boat is being commandeered by the monster-hating Van Helsing family. SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (PG13) - During an adventure into the criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his future co-pilot Chewbacca and encounters Lando Calrissian years before joining the Rebellion. MOVIES START AFTER DARK

Power outage scheduled for entire Orange Walk District on Sunday
September 30 from 6:00am to 7:00am. BEL to replace a transmission pole that was broken by a lightning strike.

Mahogany seedlings planted by children
With support from the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives , a youth environmental group has been formed in Melchor, Peten. Yesterday 300 mahogany seedlings were planted by children and parents in the village of Pichelito II as part of the youth movement.

Paradise Theater playing this weekend:
Cruise, Hold the Dark, The First Purge, Hotel Transylvania 3.

Our Urban Garden nears completion
Only a few things remain to be completed such as the installation of the two water tanks, filling the tires and plant boxes with top soil and having the students use their creativity to paint the entire structure, plant boxes and tires. The next big step is to install the 2500 litre tanks on top of the Soup Kitchen building. The water tanks will play dual roles: one is to provide the garden with fresh rain water and the second is to provide the community with fresh water in the event there is a hurricane and the municipality's water system has been contaminated.

Belize Film Commission Opens New York Office
The Belize Film Commission now has an office in New York, New York, United States of America. The office has been established under the concerted efforts of the Consul General of Belize in New York, Mr. Herman R. Longsworth, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The National Institute of Culture and History (NICH), The Belize Film Commission (BFC) & The Office of The Minister of Education, Youth, Sports & Culture, Min. Patrick Faber. The office was officially established on September 20th, 2018 through a request of Consul General Longsworth to assist the Belize Film Commission in expanding its reach in attracting film production and investment to Belize.

Raegan Denise Memorial Food Drive
Due to the recent fire, the kitchen at Hope Haven has been maxed out. Currently, about 150 people are being fed weekly in the shelter kitchen. Although I am no longer with the San Pedro Red Cross, when I was recently asked to do a food drive I could not say no. As many of you know, longtime island Immigrant Gaylynn Kapri recently lost one of her beloved daughters in an unfortunate Colorado Boating accident. She was crushed and asked on facebook to help her heart heal by honoring her daughter and keeping her memory alive by doing something good for someone in need like feeding the hungry. During her too short time on earth, Raegan made many trips to the island and fell in love with Ambergris and it's residents. I decided to join the two (with permission from all sides of course) and I give you the Raegan Denise Memorial Online Food Drive for Hope Haven Shelter. Thank you for doing the right thing.

Channel 7

Capital Cops Catch Alleged Kidnapper’s Van
Tonight’s headline is about story is about an attempted child abduction in Belmopan - and the most up to the minute news is that Belmopan police say they have caught the alleged kidnapper. More on that later, but first to the background of this very sensational story… For weeks, we’ve been hearing anecdotal reports of a white van trying to abduct children.  But, while there has been public confirmation of this in the north - up until last night - no one had made a police report.   Well, now they have. A mother in the Egoli Estates area of Belmopan told police that persons in a white van tried to abduct her children on Monday.  Here’s the account she gave to police:..

Belmopan School Reacted To Abduction Attempt
Now our news team was in Belmopan today and found out more details in this failed kidnapping case. The 8 year old child who the man in the van tried to kidnap attends United Evergreen Primary School. Now as the police stated, the 8 year old and 2 older siblings were heading to their Egoli area home after school when the incident happened. Well, the United Evergreen School is taking this case very seriously and issued a note to all parents advising them to be “alert and vigilant in taking extra precaution when it comes to the safety of your children.”  And many Belmopan parents are taking precaution by enlisting the services of Belmopan resident Julie Smith who is a professional child care and transport service provider.

By Cabinet Decree, NICH President Reinstated
Cabinet has directed that NICH President Sapnah Budhrani should be re-instated.  This is exactly one month after Cabinet directed that she should be placed on administrative leave.  That’s after the wind of a scandal blew all the way to Belmopan - when portions of an internal audit leaked into the media.   Well, today Cabinet voted to re-instate Budhrani after reviewing the findings of the external auditor, Baker Tilly Hulse.   They found that the internal auditor did not apply sufficient due diligence.  With that, the NICH Board of Directors voted yesterday to re-instate Budhrani and terminate the internal auditor.  Today, Cabinet - led by Faber as acting Prime Minister voted to do the same.  Faber explained:…

The Mis-Audit Explained
So while Matus has been made to endure extraordinary public humiliation, and Budhrani will be re-instated as president - it is an interesting outturn because in an ideal world, when a whistleblower speaks up about misfeasance, that whistleblower is rewarded. But in Matus’ case, it backfired and he now looks like the boy who cried wolf. We asked Interim President Dr. John Morris about the results of the audit and how it underscores, as Dr. Morris puts it, Matus’s incompetence. Reporter: "Did you support the decision made yesterday then, that the internal auditor Roberto Matus be terminated because we understand that was one of the decisions made yesterday."

PM Returns Bearded, Better
Prime Minister Dean Barrow returned from Havana, Cuba today after back surgery three weeks ago. He arrived from Miami this morning, fully bearded and a few pounds lighter, kind of looking like he was returning from a hermitage. In this video from the Guardian newspaper, he was greeted by his party chairman, and a number of well wishers on the airport road. The Prime Minister seemed to walk well enough for a man who’d just had two parts of his spine fused. We’re told he expects to be back in office by Monday - on a limited basis. He will not be at tomorrow’s House Meeting, but hopes to chair next week’s Cabinet meeting.

MOE Says BNTU Consulted Every Step Of The Way
Two nights ago we told you about the sabre-rattling release from the Belize National Teachers Union.   The union threatened to mobilise its members because of a re-categorization of hardship allowances and a change in which teachers qualified for time off to collect their salaries. The union concedes that as part of the Joint Education Staff Relations Council it was a part of the consultation on the changes, but says the Ministry then went off and finalized the list on its own - without the union signing off on it. Well today the Ministry struck back with an hour long press conference led by the senior policy makers. They said the consultation lasted form April to September with the Union involved in every meeting and and communication every step of the way.

Claver College Not A Matter For MOE
And while the Ministry’s clash with the union will probably reverberate for days, the one at Claver College Extension still has legs. 
As we reported, 9 out of 11 teachers were terminated after they protested a new stipend system presented by the board. The bord and teachers could not settle on this issue.  Well, we asked Education Minister Patrick Faber about it today and he didn’t provide much of a solution at all. He said that the school is private, so the ministry will observe from the sidelines and allow the board the handle this situation. But Faber also said the school better get it together quick because if not he can cut their special funding grant. Here is how he put it.

Cops Get New Toys
Tonight, the Police department is in possession of a million dollars’ worth of equipment and motorcycles, courtesy Taiwan.  The island nation has been consistently kind to it allies, like Belize, who support its independence.  And while it’s impolite to refer to dollar diplomacy, facts are, they need support on the world stage, and Belize need financial support right here at home.    So, the generous aid packages keep coming, and, sure as the sun rises in the east, you’ll hear Belize put in a plug for Taiwan at the ongoing UN General Assembly.  Today, those close diplomatic ties resulted in a donation of equipment to the police department. 7News was there when the police got to take ownership of its newest toys, and Daniel Ortiz has that story:

Hon. Aragon Disagrees With Judge
Last night, we told you about how the 8 lawmen from the Belize Special Assignment Group were freed of murder and attempted murder charges for the killing of Orange Resident Ariel Salazar, and the assault on Oscar Payes. These 8, seven BDF soldiers, and 1 police officer, got off without having to face a criminal trial because police were not ready with the case file yesterday, when the Magistrate called for a preliminary inquiry to be held. As we told you, the officers 21 year-old Bladimir Escaraga, 23 year-old Francis Sho, 31 year-old Patrick Villagran Sr., 26 year-old Edmar Petillo, 26 year-old Patrick Diego, 28 year-old Mateo Bolon 33 year-old Elvis Cobb, and 29 year-old Lennart Cajun were all accused of having a hand in the the very bizarre incident at Salazar’s and Payes’ home in Orange Walk. These law men allegedly barged into their house, and they beat Salazar so badly that he died from the injuries he suffered, all in a dispute over a cellular phone. 

Cops Trying To Find Source Of Big Gun
Police have to wait and see what ballistics tests show about an assault rifle that was found in a corn field in the Orange Walk District.  As we told you last night, the loaded AR15 Rifle was found in a rice field, 2 miles west of an airstrip in the Tres Leguas area.  We asked police if it was one of theirs: Reporter: "Are you able to speak about the intelligence that led to finding literally a needle in a haystack, finding a machine gun in a corn field?" ACP Joseph Myvette - Head, NCIB: "Well, ahm, the police was responding to information."

Delivery Men’s Strange Story
A trio of delivery men from Vega’s Imports are detained by Cayo Police after some suspected funny money business. It started with the report of an armed robbery in san Ignacio Town on Tuesday - and from there it got stranger and stranger:… ACP Joseph Myvette - Head, NCIB: "He was approached by a dark skinned male person wearing a helmet, and dark sunglasses who pointed a weapon towards him and demanded money.  As a result one of his co-workers handed over a little over seven thousand dollars in cash to the person who then made good his escape.  The area was canvassed by police officers, surveillance footage viewed within the area..."

Convicted Killer Will Get New Sentence
60 year-old Salvadoran Nicolas Guevara has been on a life sentence at the Belize Central Prison after he was convicted murder. But on Tuesday, October 2, Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin will have to decide a a new sentence that is more appropriate. That’s because the Caribbean Court of Justice has scrapped mandatory life sentences, in the appeal of Belizean Gregory August.  Guevara was remanded for the murder of Marcos Antonio Tzul, which happened on November 4th, 1992. He was tried and convicted in Supreme Court of Tzul’s murder on December 16th, 1993, and he was sentenced death. He spent 7 years on death row before his sentence was later commuted to life imprisonment.

CARSI Grants for Four Organizations
Four organizations were awarded grants under the US Embassy’s 2018 Central American Regional Security Initiative. They include Humana People to People, the Love Foundation, Research Triangle Institute International and the University of Florida which works closely with Belize. We were at the Chief of Residence in Belmopan for the handing over.

World Of Opportunity Opens At WOMEX
The Garifuna Collective is going to Spain next month for the World Music Expo, WOMEX. It was finalized today after NICH handed over a check of $30,000 Belize dollars to the band to foot the remaining trip expenses. The band has been rallying for support since June and they are finally set to go. But it goes beyond the cash, the Garifuna Collectives and NICH signed an MOU in Belmopan that will extend this WOMEX experience to other Belizean artists who are craving an opportunity like this. NICH also signed an MOU with the Belize Music Agency. We were there for the signing. Dr. John Morris - Interim President, NICH: "NICH has as one of its goal as an enabling environment, we want to work with the creative  industry, provide funds, provide expertise, provide research, provide documentation all those kinds of things and I think too often we don’t collaborate or create these MOU’s so we can know exactly where we are going."

Hon. Saldivar Skipping Cabinet When Faber Presides
As we told you at the top of the news tonight, Cabinet today approved the re-instatement of NICH President Sapnah Budhrani. That was with Acting Prime Minister Patrick Faber charing the Cabinet meeting. His chief rival for UDP Leadership John Saldivar wasn’t there today to oppose it.  In fact, he hasn’t been there a whole lot for events where Faber is acting as Prime Minister. The Press asked Faber about it today:… Reporter: "Was Minister John Saldivar at the Cabinet meeting today?" Hon. Patrick Faber - Deputy Prime Minister: "No he wasn't."

On Security Chiefs Making The ICJ Pitch
If you follow the morning shows this week, you’d have definitely seen the commanders of Belize’s security forces, the BDF, the Police, and the Coast Guard, making the media rounds to promote a “Yes” vote to taking Guatemala’s territorial claim over Belize to the ICJ. The opponents of the pro ICJ push interpret their public stances as a propaganda tactic from the Government, and organizations such as the Belize Progressive Party are already condemning it as inappropriate.  The Police Minister of State was asked about it today at the Taiwanese donation ceremony, and he said that these security leaders’ opinions should be respected, just like any other Belizeans, especially since they are on the front lines of the territorial dispute:

The Case of Kenrick
As we showed you two nights ago, the man wanted for shooting at police, Kenrick Longsworth turned himself in with the presence of the media.  He has been charged for three counts of Aggravated Assault.   He was arraigned today before Magistrate Emerson Banner, and he pleaded not guilty to the offenses.  Since they are alleged to have been committed with a firearm, he couldn’t be granted bail, and he was remanded to the Belize Central Prison. Now, his family argues that the police pulled up on him in an unmarked vehicle - which is why he fled.  Today, the head of the CIB said it was unmarked but clearly a police Wingle:..

Bar Brawl Leads to Shooting
A 59 year old man shot a 29 year old - apparently after he didn’t want to pay a bar tab.  Two night ago Roni Diaz and Miguel Funez had a fight at a bar at the entrance of Armenia village.  After the altercation the 59 year old Funez followed Diaz and fired a shot with his licensed weapon.  Police told us more:..

Rape In Pomona
A 52 year old woman was raped and beaten in Pomona village. Police told us it started with an attempted robbery:…

Cops Keeping Peace On Faber’s
Shots were fired last night on Faber’s Road between warring neighbors with underworld connections. Fortunately, no one was hurt - but police have had to intervene to defuse what could become a deadly situation. Here’s more:…

Fundraising For Grieving Cop
Earlier this week, we brought you extensive coverage of the tragedy which happened in Orange Walk last Sunday morning, when a father and 3 of his children died in a fire which destroyed their home. Alfredo Petillo and his 3 children, Kevawn Clarke, Jayda Petillo, and Mia Petillo, ages 10 to 14, were trapped in the blaze and they lost their lives. The Petillo family continues to mourn their untimely passing, and 11 other family members are trying to rebuild their lives after they lost everything in the blaze. Among the victims devastated by the fire is Corporal Wilfredo Petillo, who works at Eastern Division Region 1. Today, in a strong showing of fraternity, his police colleagues all across the country held barbecue sales to raise money to provide him with small relief aid. 

Channel 5

PM Barrow Returns to Belize
Prime Minister Dean Barrow is back in the country. He was in Cuba for spinal surgery which he underwent on September fourth.  The PM arrived at the Philip Goldson International [...]

8-Year-Old Belmopan Student Almost Kidnapped
There is a report of the alleged kidnapping of an eight-year-old student on Monday. It happened in Belmopan while the boy was heading home from school along with his older [...]

BSAG Eight to be Rearrested Says Police Minister
A policeman and seven B.D.F. soldiers, who were jointly charged for the crime of murder but had the charge dismissed on Wednesday, will be re-arrested and the charge levied against [...]

NICH Internal Auditor Terminated for Incompetence
Since embattled President Sapna Budhrani was placed on administrative leave, Doctor John Morris, the Director of the Institute of Archaeology has been at the helm of the statutory body. It [...]

Sapna Budhrani to be Reinstated as NICH Prez
There was a parliamentary caucus and a cabinet meeting held today in Belmopan prior to Friday’s House meeting.  Cabinet agreed to the reinstatement, with immediate effect, of Sapna Budhrani. The [...]

MoE Says B.N.T.U. Was Included in Re-categorizing Hardship
The Belize National Teachers Union and the Ministry of Education are at odds again.  The B.N.T.U. says a number of its members will be disenfranchised by the “finalized” listing of [...]

What About the Time Off for Teachers to Collect Salaries?
The Council also looked at the issue of day offs, half day or a full day, granted to teachers only at the end of the month to collect salaries at [...]

Minister of Education Comes Down Hard on B.N.T.U.
The Minister of Education Patrick Faber, however, came down hard on the B.N.T.U. saying that they had been part of the process to finalise the list of hardship posts. Faber [...]

Ministry of Education Will Monitor Situation at Claver College Extension
Nine of eleven teachers at the Claver College Extension on Punta Gorda were fired earlier this week on Tuesday. The teachers were let go when they could not agree on [...]

Elodio Aragon Jr.: “I stand with them on that decision”
On Monday morning, the top brass at the Ministry of National Security appeared on Open Your Eyes, the first stop in a media round speaking in support of a ‘YES’ [...]

Pomona Villager Attacked and Raped in Broad Daylight
A fifty-two-year-old woman was violently attacked and raped in broad daylight while at her house. On Wednesday, Dangriga police were called to the Southern Regional Hospital where they saw the [...]

Neighborly Feud Leads to Shooting
Shots were fired on Wednesday night on Faber’s road in the Old Capital. Residents of the area say that they heard the sound of gunshots at around seven o’clock. When [...]

Bar Brawl Leads to Shooting in Armenia Village
A fight between two men who were supposed to be friends led to a shooting incident in Armenia Village, Cayo. Twenty-nine-year-old Roni Diaz and fifty-nine-year-old Miguel Funez were at a [...]

San Ignacio Police Investigate Armed Robbery
San Ignacio Police are investigating an armed robbery which occurred on Wednesday afternoon. Delivery man and driver for Vega’s Imports, Ellsworth Martinez told police that he and the two coworkers [...]

Taiwan Gifts Belize a Million Dollars in Crime Fighting Equipment
The Taiwanese Government has gifted the Police Department one million dollars in motorcycles and crime fighting equipment.  Last year, the then Minister of Home Affairs Wilfred Ellington lobbied for the [...]

$1 Million in CARSI-ESF Grants for Belize
The U.S. Government has awarded over a million U.S. dollars to the four organizations through the CARSI-ESF programme. Since 2008, over seven million U.S. dollars been awarded to various N.G.O.s. [...]

August Was 1% More Expensive
The cost of living went up in the month of August. Data from the Statistical Institute of Belize shows that the cost of living inched up by one percent due [...]

NICH Comes Up with Assistance to Get Garifuna Collective to WOMEX 2018
The Garifuna Collective is heading to Spain for the famed World Expo of Music, having secured the necessary funding. As you know, the Collective has performed on international stages, but [...]

LOVE FM

EXTERNAL AUDIT COMPLETED: NICH PRESIDENT REINSTATED
Music Ambassador Shyne Barrow and Internal Auditor Roberto Matus have been two of the driving forces against the President of NICH, Sapna Budhrani. The leaked document from Matus was ignited by Shyne Barrow and resulted in Cabinet suspending Budhrani while an external audit was underway. During that time it was revealed that the internal auditor …

TAIWAN DONATES TO POLICE
Taiwan has been a stanch ally of Belize. Earlier in August we had a state visit from Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-Wen who promised to continue assisting with the development of the nation by investing in education infrastructure, scholarships and hospitals. To date five hundred thousand US dollars worth have of equipment has been donated to …

POLICE MINISTER SUPPORTS MILITARY’S YES TO THE ICJ
The Ministry of National Security is promoting the case for taking Guatemala’s unfounded claim to the International Court of Justice. Admiral John Borland, Commandant of the Belize National Coast Guard, Deputy Commissioner of Police Chester Williams and Brigadier General Steven Ortega have been making the media rounds. Love News spoke to the Minister of Police, …

Ministry of Education Says BNTU did not object to changes
BNTU The question being asked by many teachers across the country tonight is “Will the union organize a strike action?”The Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU) and the Ministry of Education (MOE) area at loggerheads over the re-categorization of hardship and rural allowances for teachers. The BNTU indicates alleges the final list of schools was done …

Minister says BSAG will go back to court to face charges
Seven BDF soldiers and one police officer, members of the Belize Special Assignment Group BSAG were charged for the murder of Ariel Salazar and the attempted murder of Oscar Payes. They busted into the men’s home for a cell phone in February. 21 year-old Bladimir Escaraga; 23 year-old Francis Sho; 31 year-old Patrick Villagran Sr.; …

Mariannie Cadle speaks about her son’s recovery
In July, Grayson Cadle suffered burns to over seventy percent of his body in an explosion at his apartment on Mahogany Street in Belize. With the support of the Burn Victims Fund, Grayson was taken to Doctors Hospital in Augusta, Georgia. Earlier this week we spoke with Grayson;’s mother, Mariannie Cadle who gave us an …

San Pedro community unite to combat sargassum
The invasion of sargassum in our coastal communities continues to be a problem. We understand that the massive amount of sargassum is negatively impacting tourism, which these communities strive on. A two-day clean-up campaign is taking place in San Pedro Town in an effort to get the problem under control. Love News spoke with the …

Garifuna Collective speaks about donations received and their road to WOMEX 2018
The Garifuna Collective has now received the needed funds to participate in WOMEX 2018. Al Ovando, the Collective’s Road Manager and bass player spoke on their experience trying to raise the funds. Al Obando Road Manager Member of Garifuna Collective: “We kept form from the beginning, all what was happening we just look through that and we …

Garifuna Collective receives thirty thousand dollar cheque from NICH towards WOMEX and signs MOU
The World Music Expo, WOMEX will take place next month in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain. Today, the Garifuna Collective received some much needed funds to ensure that they will be a part of the event. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Culture, Patrick Faber handed over a cheque to the group. As part …

NICH Interim President speaks on termination of internal auditor
It has been a month since Sapna Budhrani was placed on suspension. The interim President Dr. John Morris, told the media that there were many discrepancies that led to the current state of affairs which could have been avoided if correct auditing procedures were used. The interim President Dr. John Morris: “You have to remember …

Keith Gilges, Charge d’ Affaires for the US Embassy Belmopan speaks on the importance of voting
The referendum on April 10th, 2019 is one of the most important decisions Belizean’s will have to make. Keith Gilges, Charge d’ Affaires for the US Embassy in Belmopan also believes it is important it is for Belizean’s to vote. …

US Embassy provides CARSI ESF grants to four organizations
Over the years the US Embassy in Belize has played an integral role in contributing to the country’s overall development through their Central American Regional Security Initiative Economic Support Fund (CARSI ESF) Grants. …

The Reporter

MAN ATTEMPTS TO ABDUCT CHILDREN IN BELMOPAN
This is the van which Police believe was used in an attempt to abduct three children walking home from school in Belmopan on Monday. Police also have one man in custody, and we are told he is being questioned at this time. We have been unable to confirm whether he has been identified by the children.

SEPTEMBER CELEBRATIONS HIGH-LIGHTS
The GRAND FINALE of the September Celebrations was the Independence Day Parade. The students of many high schools were the stars, they came out by the thousands, sporting their uniforms and sashes. Waaayy Coool to be in school . . . . . .

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

White man in white van fails kidnapping attempt in Belmopan
Belmopan police are investigating a case of attempted kidnapping in that municipality. On Monday just before […]

Woman, 52, raped while doing laundry in her backyard
A 52-year-old woman was raped in southern Belize. Yesterday police were called to the Southern Regional […]

Strange case of robbery out west
Yesterday shortly after midday San Ignacio police received reports of an armed robbery. Delivery man, Elsworth […]

Mayor Wagner learns from previous fire tragedies and adopts new measures
Various municipalities across the country have experienced the loss of human life in massive fires. Belize […]

The drama at NICH continues
There is new information coming out of the embattled National Institute of Culture and History (NICH). […]

Jose Mai fined almost quarter million for causing death in traffic accident
Jose Aberlardo Mai, the People’s United Party (PUP) Area Representative in Orange Walk South, has been […]

Suspected Pen Road shooter spends first night in prison
Suspected gunman, Steve Crawford, 22, spent his first night behind bars last night. That is after […]

PG school terminates 9 of 11 teachers!
The Peter Claver College Extension in Punta Gorda has terminated the services of nine of its eleven teachers after they […]

Ontario teen reported missing!
Police in western Belize are asking for public assistance in locating Gerardo Miguel Vasquez, 17. […]

Blogs

Cayo Rosario Development Update – WHY THIS PROJECT?
I haven’t posted here about Cayo Rosario in a while – but that does not mean it has not been on my mind…or my computer screen or in the 2 inch binder I now have of press releases, documentation, GOB regulations and guidelines, meeting minutes and more. So let me give you a summary of what has been happening over the last few months since this development plan was APPROVED by the NEAC board and our Department of the Environment. And why this tiny 6 acre caye on the west side of Ambergris Caye is something you should care about. And why I think this development flies in the face of many laws, regulations and guidelines set up by the Government of Belize. And why this development plan would be OVER THE TOP anywhere in Belize – in fact, it would be the largest over-the-water development (by cabana #) in the Caribbean.

International Sourcesizz

Vampire bats found to carry infectious bacteria at high rates
Bartonella are bacteria that cause endocarditis, a potentially life-threatening illness in humans and domestic animals. In Latin America, common vampire bats (Desmodus rotundus) are frequently infected by Bartonella, and their subsistence on blood creates a risk for bacterial transmission from bats to humans and livestock. A study published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases by Daniel Becker at Montana State University in Bozeman, found Bartonella infections in vampire bats are highly prevalent in Peru and Belize, and that Bartonella genotypes are distributed widely, rather than clustered geographically.

The CCJ must protect the court from subversive agents
Belizean High Court Justice, Colin Williams, a Vincentian, could someday be named to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). Up to last year, Justice Williams was the autocratic director of public prosecution (DPP) in the Ralph Gonsalves government of St Vincent and the Grenadines. The CCJ and its watchers – and all Caribbean people – should sit up and take no comfort: Such an appointment is not peculiar to SVG. No one should take comfort from the possibility. Indeed, they should be afraid. Very afraid. No court, high or low, should be a political trophy or a haven for damaged interlopers. With the recent CCJ sales blitz, you’d be in better stead if you look at these old facts afresh. This should be read like a mournful dirge with the chorus: The man is a judge, Lordy.

Maya Civilization: Unprecedented Survey Reveals More Than 60,000 Ancient Features Hidden in Guatemalan Jungle
Unprecedented new research involving jungle-penetrating imaging technology is revealing fascinating new details about the ancient Maya civilization—which dominated the region covering what is now southeastern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador and Honduras—for more than 2,500 years. An international team of researchers spearheaded by the non-profit consortium PACUNAM (Foundation for Maya Cultural and Natural Heritage) employed a revolutionary technique known as LiDAR to survey more than 2,000 square kilometers (772 square miles) of northern Guatemala—an area rich in tropical forest known as the Maya Lowlands. The technique makes use of instruments fitted on planes that fire pulses of laser light towards the ground, enabling the creation of detailed 3D maps that reveal the topography of the land and ancient features.

Wondrous whale sharks! The magic of swimming alongside the world's largest fish
Looming out of the turquoise blue a whale shark measuring around 26 feet long silently swam towards me. I wasn't sure how I would feel meeting the world's largest fish - especially growing up with a fear of the sea - but I felt completely at ease as the gentle giant glided alongside me with its spotted skin shimmering in the sun. Earlier that day I'd asked Richard Somerset, a territory director for the diver training organisation Padi, to sum up the whale shark in three words, and I could now see how his reply - 'big, mysterious and beautiful' - fits the bill perfectly. During the week-long event, I'd learned how little we know about the whale shark and how the species is currently listed as 'endangered' by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (Icun), due to human threat.

Tropical Storm Kirk to aim for Caribbean as other Atlantic tropical threats brew
Kirk will cruise through the Caribbean Sea with gusty winds, rough seas and the risk of flash flooding to some of the islands into this weekend. After becoming unhinged earlier this week, Kirk recently regained tropical storm status on Wednesday. The storm passed over St. Lucia on Thursday night. Rain and wind will decrease over the Lesser Antilles by Friday afternoon as Kirk moves away. As Kirk tracks westward through the Caribbean Sea into this weekend, clusters of showers and thunderstorms have the potential to bring localized flash flooding to the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

Videos

  • Sargassum cleaning campaign in San Pedro Town!, 10sec.

  • Sargassum cleaning campaign in San Pedro Town! part2, 15sec.

  • San Pedro Town Council’s action plan against Sargassum kicks off today with a 2-day community beach cleanup!, 1min.

  • Sargassum cleaning campaign in San Pedro Town! part3, 5min.

  • We are Panerrifx!, min. If you've ever wondered about the story behind Panerrifix, this awesome video will tell you all about it. Great video, and you will understand the mission and vision of the group. Worth a watch. "Our story. Come take a peek."

  • Eating Termites in Belize, 1min. They taste like carrots, I promise you I'm not kidding.