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Today's Belize News: September 29, 2018 #532529
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The San Pedro Sun

One person detained following the murder of Caye Caulker resident Christopher Meighan in San Pedro Town
Police have detained one suspect in connection with the discovery of the lifeless body of 21-year-old Caye Caulker resident Christopher Meighan in a hotel in San Pedro Town on Friday, September 28th. Meighan was found by an employee shortly after 11AM in a sitting position between two beds in a pool of blood with what appeared to be a large cut wound to the throat area, a stab wound to the left lower abdomen and one stab wound to the left foot. Police transported the body to the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II where Meighan was pronounced dead on arrival and later transferred to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital’s morgue in Belize City.

ICJ and the State of Emergency highlighted during Independence Day Ceremony
On Friday, September 21st, the official ceremonies that commemorated Belize’s 37th Independence anniversary were held as customary at Independence Hill in Belmopan City. The patriotic event saw the attendance of Belize Diplomatic Corp and foreign dignitaries among other invited guests. During this year’s address to the nation, Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber delivered the speech on behalf of Prime Minister Dean Barrow who was not available for the event. He spoke on various projects that the government has embarked on as well as on issues of service delivery, national security, the economy, infrastructure and the future of Belize as a country. As per tradition, the Leader of the Opposition John Briceńo also had the opportunity to address the Belizean public, highlighting the many national issues the country is confronting.

New fly-fishing guides in San Pedro Town receive their licenses
A short ceremony was held at the Hol Chan Marine Reserve Office in San Pedro Town on Wednesday, September 26th, to officially issue licenses to the newest fly-fishing guides of the island. They are Cesar Hernandez, Luis Rodriguez, Rojel Sanchez, Anthony Espat, Kirian Espat, Gilberto Espat, Brian Espat, Delmar Rodriguez, Jerry Espat, Jose Lopez and Francisco Morales. President of the San Pedro Tour Guide Association, Philip Leslie, spoke shortly after 4PM, congratulating the new fly-fishing guides and sharing the importance and responsibility of their new job. “Our tourists will now be in your hands, so we hope that you guys take good care of them,” he said. Leslie further reminded the new guides to always renew their license on time in order to avoid any problems with the Belize Port Authority.

Qualified Belizean Voters once again encouraged to Re-register
With only a few days remaining in the Elections and Boundaries Department’s 2018 Re-registration of Electors Exercise campaign, the turnout continuous to be inadequate. Under the theme “Your Right to Vote Depends on It”, the Department is making one last call for qualified persons to visit their nearest Elections and Boundaries Registration Office. The campaign is set to end on Sunday, September 30th, after which the Department will no longer be actively advocating for persons to register. As of Saturday, September 22nd, a total of 124,416 application had been received, 38% shy of the Department’s targeted goal of 200,000. In the last Election Exercise, there were a total of 196,587 eligible voters, number not believed to accurately depict Belize’s voting population.

Iris Salguero’s Miss American Latina del Mundo journey has begun!
Island beauty queen Iris Salguero has departed the country to participate in the 2018 Miss America Latina del Mundo Pageant to be held in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. From Monday, September 23rd to Saturday, September 29th, Salguero will proudly represent Belize among 22 other participants. Being hosted at the Barcelo Bavaro Grand Resort, Miss America Latina del Mundo is one of the first and oldest pageants specifically for women of Latina descent. Previous to her departure, Salguero expressed her excitement and enthusiasm at once again representing Belize at the international level. No stranger to the world of pageantry, she has held several titles, including Miss San Pedro 2015, Miss World Belize 2016 and Miss Earth Belize 2017.

Ambergris Today

Caye Caulker Resident Murdered In San Pedro Town
Police are investigating the murder of 21-year-old Christopher Meighan, resident of Caye Caulker Village who was found dead in a hotel room in San Pedro Town. According to reports San Pedro Police visited the Central Park Hotel on Barrier Reef Drive shortly after 11:30a.m., where they found the body of a male person with multiple stab wounds to the body. Reports stated that police caught the suspect attempting to board a flight to leave the country and is now in police custody. More on this as it becomes available.

Misc Belizean Sources

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Inspection of existing fire hydrants in Orange Walk
An joint inspection of existing fire hydrants was done today by personnel of the Fire Department, BWS and Town Council. This is based on one of the first recommendations from Today's meeting. We will share the findings later, but as a Council, we will be another voice for the People in demanding that better maintenance, servicing and equipment be provided to the department and hydrants.

27th Anniversary of the National Coastal & Riverways Cleanup
Happening at Miami Beach this Saturday, September 29th - It is the 27th Anniversary of the National Coastal & Riverways Cleanup by Oceana Belize in collaboration with the Scout Association of Belize. Join us in Corozal this Saturday, September 29th, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. Miami Beach. Bring rakes and gloves.

Corozal: Prevent Zika
REMINDER - Prevent Zika - Community Cleanup! Sunday September 30th, 2018. Please support this wonderful community activity sponsored by the Red Cross. Everyone is invited.

Trio Farmers Cacao Growers Association capacity building workshops
Trio Farmers Cacao Growers Association continues to participate in a series of capacity building workshops in leadership and governance for effective management. This session, being the second, focused on decision making and leadership types to increase the association’s transparency and accountability. The organized forest community group maintains its commitment to improve their good governance. Furthermore, our capacity building program is contributing to a longlasting stewardship for the protection of the Maya Mountain North Forest Reserve – where the farmers have access to grow cacao in Belize’s first agroforestry concession.

Fisheries Department Skills Training Graduate Receives Opportunity in Anguilla
The Fisheries Department in collaboration with the Belize Marine Conservation and Climate Adaptation Project congratulates Mr. Noe Verde, an Electrical Installation graduate from Sarteneja Fishing Village, who was selected to work with other Belize City ITVET graduates with DCK Worldwide company in Anguilla. Mr. Verde left the country on September 28, 2018 and will work in Anguilla for 2-3 months, all expenses paid. Mr. Verde was one of 15 Trainees who completed the Electrical Installation (Level 1 and 2) course at Orange Walk ITVET. This eight-month customized skills training programme included internship. Mr. Verde holds an Associate Degree in Environmental Science and worked part time with the Sarteneja Fisherman Association.

Caye Caulker YARD SALE!!
Bondi Bar this Sunday 30th Sept 9:30 am-ish till 4 pm. Lots of stuff for sale...clothes, kids stuff, electronics, kitchen wares, Halloween costumes, general household goods, artwork etc...We are several vendors...so there'll be a lot items and great deals!!

This is How We Keep Breathing Book Launch
The launch of This is How We Keep Breathing will be Saturday night at the Soul Project. You can meet some of the authors, and get your book signed...and try some new artisan wines at the same time. It's part of the HYP weekend, and tonight they are having a 'poetry face-off' at the Soul Project, and tomorrow morning a 'write-o-thon' at Hode's.

No Styrofoam Summer Camp Exhibit Launch
The SISE HoC will be Launching the No Styrofoam Kids Summer Camp exhibit on Thursday, October 4th. Everyone is invited to see the exhibit, and hear about the story behind the unique Summer Camp. "As promised, we will be exhibiting the results of our '1st No-plastic, No-styrofoam Kids Summer Camp, 2018,' which we held in Bullet Tree Falls, for 50 kids, during July. Please see the invitation below for details on the opening ceremony. Also, take note that the exhibit will be displayed at the NICH House Of Culture in San Ignacio Town, from the 4th to 18th of October. Feel free to visit anytime!"

Interruption in the Belmopan water supply, Tuesday, October 2, 2018, starting at 12:00am midnight
The areas to be affected are Birds area, Trees area, San Martin area, Salvapan area, Piccini area, Rio Grande Street, Fuits area, Constitution Drive, West Belmopan, Las Flores, Lomas de Las Flores, Rivera area, and Districts area. This interruption is the result of a broken water main. Customers may experience low water pressure and/or discoloration when water is restored. Businesses to be affected include Belmopan Market Square, Social Security Board – Belmopan, and Capital Investment.

Big congratulations to the CARSI ESF 2018 grant recipients!

Building the Alumni Network. Improving Literacy in the Jewel
The U.S. Embassy and the Belize Alumni Association hosted an event under the theme "Building the Alumni Network. Improving Literacy in the Jewel." Alumni, government officials, teachers and librarians discussed the challenges and opportunities Belize faces in regards to literacy. Many ideas were suggested including a book club, using technology positively, more literacy programs, peer helpers and to encourage parents to read along with their children.

Calypso Belize City and Museum Tour
Today the Downtown Rejuvenation Project conducted its Calypso Belize City and Museum Tour for all of the schools participating in the Belize City History and Social Studies Competition on October 17 and 18. The initiative is part of the festivities leading up to the annual competition. The aim is to immerse the competitors in our history and culture. Fifty five students and teachers participated.

Channel 7

GOB Has To Pay Another Multi-Million Dollar Settlement
Government has to pay out another multi-million dollar award. This time it's to NEWCO - a company of international consultants that was set up to privatize the Phillip Goldson International Airport during the Musa administration. The settlement is for 6 million US dollars - to be paid in two three million US dollar installments - the first of which is due in 30 days. The NEWCO deal goes back to 2002, during the Musa years, when they entered an agreement with Government to privatize the Phillip Goldson International Airport. The Musa government terminated the agreement which led to arbitration - which ultimately led to successive losses for Belize. Eventually the matter ended up at a US Federal Court which found in NEWCO's favour.

Parliamentary Debate Rages Over Fire That Killed Four
And while the NEWCO settlement is a sovereign matter - today's house meeting wound down on a much more local note. Orange Walk Central area representative John Briceno spoke on the adjournment about the devastating fire which happened in his constituency, claiming four lives. Hon. John Briceño - Leader of the Opposition: "That fire strikes close to home. I knew this young family. They lived about two blocks away from where I live. My son goes to the barber shop; my youngest son would go there to the barber shop. My wife Rosanna taught these three children at St. Peter's Anglican School and on Sunday the most regrettable thing is that there was a fire hydrant right in front of the Petillo family and the fire hydrant was sealed, it was disconnected from the WASA mainline. I have to say, $500 million of Petrocaribe was wasted..."

A Dozen Amendments to The Criminal Code
And, the other heated debate focussed on the Crime Control and Criminal Justice Amendment bill. PUP National Deputy Cordel Hyde said there has been a dozen or so amendments to this law in 10 years of UDP rule, with no effect:... Hon. Cordel Hyde- Lake I Area Rep, PUP: "I believe this must be the tenth or eleventh time we are here since 2008; bringing amendments to either the Crime Control or Criminal Justice Act or the Criminal Code. I think we first had amendments in 2008, twice in 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017 and this is the second time in the last five months we are having amendments and not much has changed really. Every time we come here you get the impression that well, okay, these are some stringent measures to be tough on crime and to be tough on the criminals and in fact it was, I believe, in April of this year that we passed some sweeping legislation..."

Stabbing Murder In San Pedro
There was a murder on La Isla Bonita. According to reports, this afternoon around midday police found the body of 21 year old Caye Caulker resident Christopher Meighan in a room at Hotel Central Park. He had multiple stab wounds to his body. Reports are that police have a suspect. We will have more on this murder on Monday.

Belmopan’s Alleged Attempted Abductor Positively ID’d, Police will Charge
Belmopan police are preparing charges for the attempted kidnapper who they caught yesterday. An ID parade was conducted today, where, we are told, the suspect was positively identified by all witnesses. Now, the police are about to charge him for attempted child abduction. Charges could be laid by later tonight. As we reported, on Tuesday in the area of Egoli Estate - a man in a white van tried to abduct an 8 year old - who was accompanied by his siblings. They fought off the attacker - who drove off. But, the kids, aged 14, 12, and 8 identified the brightly coloured van - and this is the vehicle police impounded yesterday. It has Belmopan plates and bears a resemblance to an ice cream truck. We'll keep following this story.

Girl Sexually Assaulted At Church
And, so, while that very disturbing attack looks like it will result in prompt criminal charges, the community is also hoping for a quick arrest in a deviant attack on a girl in Belize City. The ugly report of child molestation allegedly happened at a church in Belize City. A 12 year-old girl from Belize City visited the police station accompanied her parents, and she said that on last Sunday, at around 9:55 a.m., she went to a church service with her family. About an hour or so later, she went to use the bathroom, and when she exited, she was stopped by a man who was standing in front of the door.

Teachers Union Right Back At MOE
Last night, you saw the press conference that Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber and other officials of the Ministry of Education held to discuss the latest dispute with the BNTU over hardship allowances for teachers, and the cutting of time off for certain teachers to collect their end-of-month salaries. It all stems from a revised list of schools in rural and urban areas that qualify for the hardship allowance. That's where teachers who face challenges to commute to the remote schools are given a monthly stipend of between $100 and $200 a month to assist with those expenses. Some schools were added, which neither side takes issue with. But also, some schools were removed from the list of those approved for allowances, which the BNTU disagrees with.

The Reality of Teacher Hardships
Several of the Branch presidents of the BNTU also stepped forward today to say that whoever came up with the Education Ministry's formula for assessing which schools qualify for hardship allowances, and which don't clearly didn't do on-site visits and proper research. They say that these policy makers should go out to see the lengths that some teachers really have to go through to do their jobs, only to find out that their allowances have been cut, or taken away completely. Here's what the treasurer of the BNTU Stann Creek Branch, who the Deputy Prime Minister focused on yesterday, had to say about what her members deal with on a daily basis during the school days:

BWSL Will Take Over San Pedro’s Failing Water Supply
In our coverage of today's House Meeting - you've already seen all the stuff the members argued about - but one thing they did agree on was the 17 million dollar loan guarantee for the South Ambergris Caye Water and Sewerage Expansion project. If you don't live on the island - you might now know it, but San Pedro has serious water shortages - especially during peak visitor periods such as Easter. The loan fund from the CDB will be for BWSL to buy over the island's water company - Consolidated Water Belize Limited and upgrade the water supply.

Lawless Robbers In North
There were two daring armed robberies this week in Corozal. The first happened last night at around 9:00 at a 7th Avenue and 5th Street Chinese store. But what is interesting in this case is that based on the report, the police showed up as the four robbers dressed in black came out of the store. One of the men pointed the gun at police and the men just scrambled off with the money they jacked. But police may have a lead in this case as they have detained a suspect who was found with a homemade gun. Then the night before, on Wednesday at 7:00, two men robbed G Street's Aqua Fina Purified Water. Businessman Roy Reyes was standing outside the store when two men approached him. One of them had what appeared to be a sawed-off shotgun.

NAC, HIV and an APP
The National Aids Commission is trying creative ways to spread awareness on HIV. They launched their second app today at the Biltmore. I found out how it works: Courtney Weatherburne reporting There are tons of phone apps to choose from. Some of the most universally popular ones are of course whatsapp, Facebook messenger and Instagram. Well, the National Aids Commission hopes that their new app will be on everyone's list of top picks.

The Field of Dreams, Or Is It A Fantasy?
The Belize Visionary Foundation of Baseball and Softball have a renewed vision for youth in baseball. Now, when it comes to sports in Belize, basketball and football are more celebrated - and even softball comes before baseball. But, the President of the foundation wants to shed some spotlight on baseball. They want to build a state of the art field. Now, we know, the old movie mantra goes, "if you build it, they will come…" But, first, they need the land to make it happen. We found out more at their press conference today.

BEL Teaches About Electricity Safety
Today BEL held its 4th annual Open Day for the public. It's an exhibition that the company organizes mostly for school children, so that they can learn about some of the benefits and hazards of electricity. They invited several primary schools to stop by for their educational, but fun demonstration. We found out more today:

UNICEF Encourages Kids To Give Input Via Social Media
And while BEL was educating school children about electricity, UNICEF was signing several hundred of them up for their U-Report project. It's a social media platform designed by the NGO to give young people a collective voice to influence policy in their country. The U-Report has been launched in over 30 countries worldwide, and today, UNICEF brought it to Belize. Today, the country representative told us that policy makers will be able to sample public opinion of the young Belizean subscribers on issues that affect them if they make use of the U-Report Platform:

Belizean American Suspect in Island Murder
And before we close tonight we have more information on the murder we told you about earlier. This morning at 11:18 police found 21 year old Caye Caulker chef, Christopher Meighan dead inside Central Park Hotel. He was sitting between two beds in a pool of blood with a large cut wound to the throat. He had 1 apparent stab wound to the left lower abdomen and 1 apparent stab wound to the left foot apparently dead.

Channel 5

Murder in San Pedro; American Man Stabbed to Death in Hotel Room
There is a murder in San Pedro that police are investigating.  The body of a young man was retrieved from a hotel room on Barrier Reef Drive around midday today.  [...]

A British National is Detained in Connection with Attempted Kidnapping of Boy in Belmopan
A sixty-three-year-old British national is in custody at the Belmopan police station. It is believed that he was the perpetrator of a foiled kidnapping of an eight-year-old boy on George [...]

Government Seeks to Settle NEWCO Debt
Prime Minister Dean Barrow returned to the country on Thursday, but he was unable to attend today’s House Meeting since he is still recovering from surgery.  So, Acting Prime Minister [...]

Opposition Lambastes GOB for Attempting to Settle NEWCO Debt
The Opposition hotly debated the six million U.S.-dollar settlement agreement. John Briceńo led the charge questioning why government wants to settle a U.S.-based judgment when it had ignored a judgement [...]

A 3-way Dispute Over Ownership of Belize Airports Concession Company
When the NEWCO deal collapsed, the Belize Airport Concession group was granted an agreement to manage the P.G.I.A.  The Belmopan Area rep John Saldivar raised the issue of who was [...]

More than 50% of B.N.T.U. Membership Affected by M.O.E.’s Re-Categorization
The Belize National Teachers Union called a press conference today to share its position on the Ministry of Education’s finalized list which was released at the start of the new [...]

B.N.T.U. Will Meet with M.O.E.
On Thursday, the Ministry of Education made a number of claims against the B.N.T.U., including that the union didn’t respond to information made available to them nor did they raise [...]

B.N.T.U. Says Wheel and Come Again, Minister Faber
And so the B.N.T.U. says that it will be participating in the meetings scheduled for the categorization list. But in the mean time, they want to make their point loud [...]

BWSL to Purchase Consolidated Water Belize in San Pedro
A loan for roughly seventeen million Belize dollars is being guaranteed by government for Belize Water Services Limited to acquire shares in Consolidated Water Belize Limited in San Pedro.  The [...]

Clear the Land Responds to Criticism of the National Fire Service
The tragic fire that claimed the lives of four members of the Petillo family in Orange Walk Town on Sunday morning remains a talking point in light of numerous criticisms [...]

Crime Control and Criminal Justice Act Amended for the Umpteenth Time
The state of emergency for two south side neighborhoods is presumably nearing its end.  That notwithstanding, another amendment was tabled before parliament today.  The Crime Control and Criminal Justice Act [...]

Armed Robberies at Corozal Businesses
Two businesses in Corozal were hit by robbers in just over twenty-four hours. The most recent occurred on Thursday night just before nine p.m. at Gao Tai Store at the [...]

U.S. Chargé on I.C.J.
The referendum is set for April tenth. 2019. It is the day when Belizeans will go to the polls to decide if the Belize-Guatemalan territorial dispute should be taken before [...]

National AIDS Commission Launches User Friendly App to Encourage HIV Testing
The National AIDS Commission is introducing an innovative way to get more people tested. They have developed an app which they are making available for free and can be downloaded [...]

U-Report Launches in Belize
Today, the U-Report was launched at the B.T.L. Park in Belize City. It is a free SMS social monitoring tool designed to gather information to address issues that affect youth.  [...]

Which Audit at Office of Music Ambassador? Faber Says There’s None
It has been reported across the media that an audit was to be conducted on the office of the music ambassador, Shyne Barrow. It was Barrow who first spoke out [...]

Faber Sanctioned Audit at Sports Council; Results Pending
There is also an ongoing audit at the National Sports Council. While it comes on the heels of the NICH external audit ordered by cabinet, Deputy PM Patrick Faber says [...]

Where Did High-Powered Rifle Come From?
Investigators are trying to figure out where a high-powered rifle retrieved in Orange Walk originated from.  As we reported on Wednesday, Orange Walk Police discovered an AR-Fifteen, five-point five-six rifle [...]

B.E.L. Hosts Health and Safety Open Day
The Belize Electricity Limited hosted an open day to share information on health and safety tips when using electricity and working or playing near power lines. The fair included several [...]

B.T.B. Takes the Local Media on Tour
The Belize Tourism Board is hosting its annual familiarization trip. It is an opportunity for the local media to experience Belize’s tourism offerings and tell you all about the exciting [...]


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ITVET sends 15 students to work electrical in Anguilla
The Institute of Technical Vocational and Educational Training (ITVET) is proud to announce that fifteen of its electrical students have been offered an employment opportunity to work as electricians at the DCK Company in Anguilla, Puerto Rico. Elvis Franklin, the Manager of ITVET spoke to Love News about the first time opportunity that has been …

Have BNTU and MOE reached an impasse?
The Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU) and the Ministry of Education (MOE) remain in disagreement over the re-categorization of hardship and rural allowances for teachers.The BNTU says that even though it serves on the Joint Education Staff Relations Council, the Ministry of Education failed to consult them on the final list. Meanwhile, the Ministry of …

Belize Visionary Foundation of Baseball and Softball speaks on creating a change via sports in Belize
With a goal towards transforming the socioeconomic status of Belize’s citizenry with the creation of jobs, promoting positivity within the society and eradicating crime and poverty especially for the marginalized of the country, the Belize Visionary Foundation of Baseball and Softball, held a press conference today, to express their goals and vision for the sport …

BEL hosts its annual Safety and Health Open Day
The Belize Electricity Limited held its annual open day today. Reporter Stinah Blease stopped by and has the story. Sitnah Blease: “Striving to create a culture of safety and security for all citizens the Belize Electricity Limited hosted its fourth Safety and Health Open Day. The event featured a variety of organizations showcasing different ways …

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 fundamental role of these grants are to provide economic sustainability and support to key organizations whose main goals and objectives are …

8 million dollar US loan approved for Climate Resilience in Rural Development
Climate change involves rising temperature in the ocean, harsh and shifting weather conditions and changes to ecosystems that affect fisheries and eventually economies and cultural lifestyles. Droughts can be tougher and hurricanes can be stronger. This is why adaptation measures are significant for countries like Belize. Perhaps that is why the Government has procured a …

NEWCO 6 Million US Debt to be Paid and Politicians “Ketch” Feelings
That was the beginning of the House Meeting and that was also the end of the niceties. The honorable gentlemen got into a bit of professional mudslinging by referring to nepotism in one family followed by the member from Cayo South Julius Espat referring to John Saldivar as Danny Mason, the man in whose vehicle …

8.5 million US dollars for San Pedro WASA
The next loan motion was in the sum of 8.5 million US dollars. If you’re keeping count, the NEWCO settlement is for 6 million US, the Climate Resilient loan is for 8 million US and the Caribbean Development Bank Third Water (South Ambergris Caye Water and Sewerage Expansion) Project is costing 8.5 million US dollars. …

National AIDS Commission launches app
This morning the National AIDS Commission (NAC) launched its NAC HIV Testing Services app in the hopes of encouraging more people to get tested and know their HIV Status. Love News spoke with Enrique Romero, Executive Director of the National AIDS Commission, who said that the app will allow users to identify testing locations countrywide. …

U-Report allowing youths to be heard
A number of young persons gathered at the BTL Park to witness the launch of the U-Report. The U Report is a platform that youths can access to voice their opinions on issues that pertain to them. Dr. Susan Kasedde, the UNICEF Representative in Belize told Love News that the U Report is a mobile …

Amandala

Protect your children! Predator/abductor at large!
Today, three brave young Belizean children are safe at home after they were almost abducted on Monday at around 3:30 p.m. while walking home from school. This was near Egoli Estate in the Piccini Area of Belmopan. The children, ages 8, 14, and 12, who are all students of United Evergreen Primary School, said that they fought off the kidnapper and so they were able to escape unharmed. We spoke to the principal of United Evergreen Primary School, Mrs. Witty, but she declined an interview. She said that the matter was being handled by the police, and she preferred we communicate with them to find out what all they had learned about the matter. She did tell us that the children had told her what had happened and she had made the report.

IMF prescribes bitter medicine for Belize
A Belize Press Office release says a recent International Monetary Fund (IMF) report shows “positive economic growth in Belize”, but that amounts to finding a silver lining in what is really a rather gloomy report card. The IMF report, which was done by an IMF delegation led by Daniel Leigh, followed a consultative process in the country from Sept. 11 to Sept. 24. Leigh and his delegation met with Acting Prime Minister Hon. Patrick Faber, H.E. Joy Grant, Governor of the Central Bank of Belize; Joseph Waight, Financial Secretary; senior government officials, representatives of the opposition, private sector and public sector unions, before concluding their exercise. In its release, the IMF describes the report as preliminary findings of its staff, and stresses that the “views expressed in this statement are those of the IMF staff and do not necessarily represent the views of the IMF’s Executive Board.”

Forced to steal electricity despite the frightening danger …..
Most people would not compromise their safety, and the safety of their family and neighbors, for anything. However, for some people, the choice is between their safety and having electricity in their homes – something that is considered a necessity today. The illegal act of attaching wires to lampposts in order to steal electricity is not something new in Belize but rather something that has been happening for years. Though many people do it, there are specific areas around the city, where it is more ubiquitous. Today, we visited one of those areas.

Hon. Jose Abelardo Mai hit with precedent-setting $200,000 fine in traffic fatality case
Hon. Jose Abelardo Mai, the People’s United Party (PUP) area representative for the Orange Walk South constituency, was slapped with a precedent-setting fine yesterday at the conclusion of a civil suit that was brought against him by relatives of a woman whose death he caused in a traffic accident in April 2016. Mai was driving his Toyota Hilux pickup truck through Trial Farm Village on April 1, 2016, when he knocked down Julia Arana. The 59-year-old Arana, who was a resident of Trial Farm, was left comatose. After she was released from the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, she showed signs of improvement, but two months after her release, she died.

Claver College Extension fires 9 out of 11 teachers
Nine of the eleven teachers of St. Peter Claver College Extension, an adult night school for continuing education, were fired for refusing to sign a contract that would allow the school’s management to pay them quarterly for the year, instead of every month. Due to this, the school has suspended classes until October 1. The issue began in August when the idea of paying the teachers every 2 months (rather than the usual 15th of every month) was proposed by the school’s board, which is chaired by Lisel Alamilla. The teachers immediately rejected the idea.

Security forces’ leaders face Mose and Nuri on KREM WUB
Leaders from three different branches of Belize’s national security apparatus — the Belize Defence Force, Belize Police Department and Belize Coast Guard, along with their Chief Executive Officer from Hon. John Saldivar’s Ministry of National Security, took to the airwaves to explain their yes to the International Court of Justice ICJ referendum process, and to insist that the result of next year’s April 10 national referendum on whether to submit the Guatemalan claim to the International Court of Justice for settlement has major implications for the national security of Belize. Representing the BDF was Brigadier General Stephen Ortega; Assistant Commissioner of Police Chester Williams appeared for the Belize Police Department; Rear Admiral John Borland spoke for the Belize Coast Guard.

Corozal FA update on U-10, U-15, U-17 and Female U-17 tournaments
The Corozal Football Association (CFA) continued its U-10, U-15, U-17 and Female U-17 tournaments with games played on Sunday, September 23, at the Carolina Village Football Field. Below are the weekend games results, club standings in the different tournaments, and upcoming weekend schedule.

BFA U-21, and Saldivar Kids, Youth & Female Cup 2018 tournaments in Belmopan
The Belmopan Football Association (BFA) was busy this past weekend hosting games in its U-21 Football Tournament, as well as in the Hon. John Saldivar Kids, Youth & Female Cup 2018 Tournament at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium.

Orange Walk football highlights
Week 3 games of the Orange Walk Football Association (OWFA) Amateur Football Tournament 2018 were played over the weekend, 2 on Saturday and 4 on Sunday, at the Louisiana Football Field. In game 1 on Saturday, D-GYM FC dropped August Pine Ridge Sinbads, 1-0, on a goal by Elias Canas (57’). And in game 2, it was Galacticos FC, 5-2, over Sinbads San Estevan FC. Shaking the net for Galacticos were Berthier Correa (50’), Jose Alberto Cassanova (52’, 73’ & 86’) and Luis Witz (66’); while for Sinbads San Estevan it was Jesse Sedacey (1’) and Axel Alamilla (45’).

Weekend Warriors’ Race 1 of Series 2 on Sunday in ‘Landing
Weekend Warriors (WW) Cycling Club would like to invite all WW club members to participate in Race 1 of the Second Series for 2018 on Sunday, September 30. Starting location is the Bermudian Landing Field. The “Class A” race starts at 8:30 a.m. and goes 4 laps/48 miles around the Bermudian Landing Circuit; while the “Class B” starts at 8:45 a.m. and goes 3 laps/38 miles.

Editorial: Referendum 2019 – existential or political?
We have expressed the opinion to you before that between 60 to 70 percent of the adult population of Belize consistently vote for the ruling United Democratic Party (UDP) or the Opposition People’s United Party (PUP) in elections. We have said, to break it down a little, that 30 to 35 percent of Belizeans will usually vote UDP and 30 to 35 percent of Belizeans will usually vote PUP. Close elections are sometimes decided by one party’s superior ability to bring out its committed voters on election day, or the other party’s inability to do the same for its pledges. We speak of the election day machinery of each party, and these machines require financial fuel, increasingly sophisticated organization, computer analysis, and ultra-modern communications systems. But when there is a big disparity in the voting totals of the two major parties, it is because the independent voters, as much as 30 percent of the registered Belizean adults, decided, for whatever the reason(s), to swing overwhelmingly to one of the two parties on election day.

From The Publisher
To be a high-ranking “civil servant” (as public officers were called back in my youth) was to be a member of a privileged native elite back in the colonial 1950s and 1960s in the old capital, which we now call Belize City. By the time of Hurricane Hattie in 1961, my father had become the Postmaster General. His associates included Telford Vernon, my dad’s close friend and the Commissioner of Income Tax; Alfred “Jack” Campbell and Cornelius “Pat” Cacho, who were highly placed in the Ministry of Finance; Bernard “Barney” Mahler, the Principal Auditor; Fred “Bado” Moody, who ran the Marketing Board; and Arthur “Artie” Barrow, who would probably have been the chief pharmacist at the old Belize City Hospital. Except for Mr. Pat Cacho, a Garifuna, these men were all Creoles, and brown-skinned ones at that, with the exception of Jack Campbell, who was dark-skinned. Of these men, only my dad and Mr. Cacho, who lives in Florida, are still alive.

Cracks in the façade
I listened with interest to the departing British High Commissioner’s Monday morning interview on Love FM and must say that I am in total agreement with his position on the benefits that an ICJ decision on the validity of the international border established by the 1859 Treaty would confer on Belize. However, I consider it disingenuous of him to purport that this is what the Special Agreement seeks to accomplish. I also take exception to his contention that a “No” vote in the upcoming referendum would necessarily make us lose the moral high ground with the international community. Let me be clear, I am positively convinced that Belize should eventually take the border dispute to the ICJ for judgment on the validity of the 1859 Treaty, but definitely not under the present circumstances, and categorically not by using this 2008 Special Agreement with Guatemala as the terms of reference.

What, no risk in status quo?
We keep hearing from the “No to ICJ” bloc about a thing called litigation risk. The way they sound, there is no risk in status quo. Well, I have a little story about why status quo is not always a good state. I see a man in a dory, and he is leaning over and looking through a water glass at a rock. There are “feelers” by the “hundreds”; wow, the rock is loaded with big fat lobsters. Inside the man’s dory is a pair of fins, a diving mask, and a hook stick. Seems like a no-brainer that he will gear up and go get those juicy bohgaz. But at that moment he wavers. He wavers because the night before he was watching one of those JAWS movies and that has him thinking bad things.

Belize ambassador to the United States, Francisco Guiterrez, addresses Belizeans in Los Angeles!
The feature highlights the Belize Ambassador to the United States, Francisco Guiterrez’s special address to the Belizean diaspora through a special visit to the Los Angeles Belizean community on Friday September 8, 2018 at the FAME Building Hall in Los Angeles, California. The ambassador presented a sort of olive branch to the Belizean diaspora in that his government, the Barrow administration, recognizes the contributions of Belizeans abroad to the Belizean economy and is making a call for Belizean investments from abroad. He stressed the security of the Belizean economy despite all the problems that the three-time Barrow administration has faced since it came to power in 2008.

Beware of ciguatera fish poisoning
Today, the Ministry of Health issued a press release warning against the consumption of fish which might contain ciguatera, a poison found in some fish. According to the release, ten persons have already been affected by the poison after buying barracuda fish from an unnamed vendor at the Vernon Street Fish Market.

2 Guatemalans busted with contraband pesticides
Two Guatemalans who were busted with 40 cases of contraband Respekt 25WG insecticide, have been arrested and handed over to the Customs and Excise Department. Information to us is that at about 11:30 Saturday morning, police were conducting operations in Calla Creek, Cayo District, when they stopped a red pickup and found the insecticide inside. Police requested the permits for the insecticide from two men who were in the pickup, but they weren’t able to show the permits or any Customs documents. The two men in the vehicle were identified as Humberto Monroy, 33, and Ervin Garcia, 35, both Guatemalans from Melchor De Mencos in Guatemala. They were both arrested and handed over to the Customs Department, and the contraband goods were confiscated.

8 lawmen walk from murder and attempted murder charges
Eight lawmen charged with the February 2018 murder of Ariel Audinette and the attempted murder of Oscar Payes were released yesterday when they appeared in the Orange Walk Magistrate’s Court for a preliminary inquiry. Senior Magistrate Michelle Arana struck out the case against the eight accused lawmen because police had not yet completed the directives that were given to them from the office of the Director of Prosecutions.

UB president Clement Sankat’s son jailed in US for allegedly attempting to steal airplane
The 22-year-old son of University of Belize president Clement Sankat appeared in the Brevard County Court in Florida last Friday. Nishal Sankat allegedly attempted to steal a passenger plane from the Melbourne International Airport in Orlando, Florida, last Thursday morning, September 20. Reports out of the US indicated that Clement Sankat issued a statement on Thursday night saying that the family was standing in support of his son. When the hearing ended, Sankat, who has been charged with three offences in connection with his alleged attempt to steal a passenger plane, was ordered to be held without bond. At the hearing, Sankat did not have an attorney.

The Reporter

ARREST MADE IN ATTEMPTED KIDNAPPING OF CHILDREN IN BELMOPAN
The Reporter has now been able to confirm that British National Roger Wallis, 63, has been arrested and charged for two counts of Attempted Kidnapping. He was positively identified this evening. Wallis has allegedly been living in Belmopan for close to 15 years. He will be held in lock-down over the weekend and arraigned on Monday.

Jahangir Abadi CONVICTED OF ABATEMENT TO MURDER
Today Belmopan businessman Jahangir Abadi was convicted of the crime of Abatement to Murder in the Belmopan Supreme Court. Abadi had been charged in 2016 along with Bradley Paumen and others after they allegedly conspired to orchestrate a ‘hit’ on landowner Michael Modiri. Abadi will be sentenced on October 29, but could face up to life in prison.

UPDATE: IDENTIFIED – BODY FOUND AT SAN PEDRO HOTEL
The body found in the Hotel Central Park in San Pedro has been identified as Christopher Meighan, 21. Meighan was a resident of Caye Caulker. He was found in a hotel room dead with multiple stab wounds to the body. Sources say that Police have a suspect detained. That suspect was caught attempting to board a flight to leave the country.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Man found guilty for putting a “hit” on businessman
Belmopan businessman, Jahangir Abadi, has been found guilty of the crime of abetment of murder. He […]

Robbers point weapon at police and escape
Just before 9 o’clock last night, Gao Tai store on 7th Avenue and 5th Street in Corozal Town […]

British National in white van charged with attempted kidnapping!
British National, Roger Wallis, 63, has been arrested and charged in connection with an attempted kidnapping […]

Man shot in buttocks at a bar
St. Matthews resident, Roni Diaz, 29, continues to be hospitalized after he was shot in his […]

Armed robbery in Corozal
Corozal police are investigating a case of robbery in that municipality. According to reports, on Tuesday night, […]

Child, 12, raped in Ladyville
A twelve-year-old child from Ladyville was raped on the night of September 18th. The child had […]

Thirteen Belizean electricians are off to Anguilla via ITVET
Thirteen certified electricians who received their education through the ITVET departed the country today. They are […]

Two men arrested in attempted robbery
Dangriga police have arrested two men in connection with an attempted robbery in that municipality. The […]

Man stabbed dead in hotel in San Pedro
BBN has confirmed that a man was murdered in San Pedro Town today. He has been […]

CARIFORUM-EU to host EPA Workshop and Business to Business Strategic Networking Event
The European Union (EU) Delegation in collaboration with the Caribbean Export Development Agency (CEDA) and the […]

Student assaulted in a church bathroom
Police are investigating an assault report in Belize City. Authorities say that a 12-year-old student accompanied by […]

Dispute between neighbors lead to shooting incident
No one was injured but there was a shooting on Belize City’s south side on Wednesday night. […]

Belize makes ‘moderate advancement’ in combating child labor violations
Belize is among a list of several countries which has made ‘moderate advancements’ and meaningful effort […]

Blogs

The Bountiful Bliss of Belize
The small Caribbean country of Belize boasts an amazing bounty of natural wonders, including the wealth of the world’s second largest barrier reef, a snorkel and diving mecca with nearly 200 islands and a protected ecosystem of diverse tropical wonders, stunning coral gardens, abundant colorful fish and sea life, grazing manatees, playful dolphins, rays and sharks. The beauty extends to the rich diversity of the Belize people, the treasures of the once thriving Mayan culture in archaeological sites and discoveries of temples and palaces still being reclaimed from the lush tropical rainforest. Canoeing and tubing, caves and caverns are closely monitored, revealing amazing formations, sinkholes, and waterfalls. A birder’s wonderland, the rainforest is also a source of medicinal plants. The Belize interior landscape is dotted with large and small villages, rolling wooded hills, farms and ranches, and rich agricultural valleys prized by Mennonite communities.

The Museum of Belize
The Museum of Belize is one of Belize’s most unique places for you to learn about our nation’s rich history and cultural heritage. In the facility, you can see many interesting artifacts, including authentic jade pieces, preserved insects, and souvenirs that date back to the days of British Honduras. The Museum is located in the same compound as The Central Bank of Belize on St. Gabourel Lane in Belize City. It is the only museum in Belize of its kind that focuses on enhancing Belize’s cultural and historic heritage. Interestingly, the museum is a former Her Majesty’s prison and is built from bricks, known as “London Stocks,” that were brought from England.

5 Popular Maya Sites in Belize You Must Visit
Belize is literally littered with Maya Archaeology Sites! Whether it has been excavated or not, you can climb up a Maya Site in any district of Belize. Most of these sites are just a few miles away from any major town or city. They can also be located in a village. Although you can visit these sites on your own, it is recommended that you take along a guide or ask for a guide to get the most out of your tour. The guides, which can be requested for at the site, are equipped with all the facts and stories about the Maya Ruin that will make your trip worthwhile. Tip: Belizeans get to enter for free on Sundays and Public and Bank Holidays. Just make sure you have an official document to show your nationality. Here are 5 popular Maya Sites in Belize that you MUST visit:

International Sourcesizz

Taiwan donates to Belize Police Department to help upgrade equipment
To demonstrate Taiwan’s staunch commitment to diplomatic ally Belize, Taipei has provided a donation to the Belize Police Department to assist in the procurement of new law enforcement equipment, reports local media. Taiwan has delivered over US$500 thousand dollars to Belize Police over the past year, which has allowed for significant upgrade for the department. A ceremony to dedicate the new equipment and express gratitude to the Taiwanese government was held at police headquarters in Belize City on Sept. 28.

25 of the world's most magical jungle adventures
Jungles can be magical places. Unforgettable memories come instantly to mind. Sifaka lemurs dancing across the forest floor in Madagascar; a giant silverback gorilla cradling his infant offspring in the mountains of Uganda; shafts of sunlight, like spotlights on a stage, piercing the rainforest canopy in Costa Rica; gazing out over the jungle-covered Sierra Nevada mountains from the Ciudad Perdida (Lost City) in northern Colombia. The Mayan temples of Belize provide the perfect destination for many a frustrated Indiana Jones while the jungle wildlife of the Orange Walk District includes caiman, howler monkeys and toucans. Excursions include canoeing, horse riding and exploring remote cave systems. The white sand beaches and turquoise seas of Ambergris Caye off the Caribbean coast make the perfect finale.

Hidden kingdoms of the ancient Maya revealed in a 3-D laser map
Hidden pyramids and massive fortresses in the jungle. Farms and canals scattered across swamplands. Highways traversing thickets of rain forest. These are among more than 61,000 ancient Mayan structures swallowed by overgrowth in the tropical lowlands of Guatemala that archaeologists have finally uncovered using a laser mapping technology called lidar. The discoveries, published Thursday in Science, provide a snapshot of how the ancient Maya altered the landscape around them for more than 2,500 years from about 1000 B.C. to 1500 A.D., and may change what archaeologists thought they knew about aspects of the ancient society’s population size, agricultural practices and conflicts between warring dynasties.

Videos

  • Sitting of The House of Representatives September 28,

  • The World Race - Belize Month 8 [Chloe Clendinning], 3min. Hi! My name is Chloe and I am currently a missionary with The World Race, an 11 month 11 country mission trip. I do not come from a video/photography background but I wanted to challenge myself to make videos this year, so that I could always look back on the footage and remember a year of incredible experiences with the Lord.

  • Belize Adventure Part 3 - Welcome to the Jungle, 5.5min. We traveled from Teakettle to the Belize Zoo! Such a cool place and so many amazing animals.

  • BNTU President Luke Palacio: Stand Up For Belize, 4min. President Palacio calls on teachers and all Belizeans to stand up for Belize or run the risk of losing it.

  • Audrey Matura Sheppard at BNTU's Stand Up For Belize campaign, 6min. Attorney Audrey Matura speaks to the teachers assembled at the Belmopan Civic Centre May 2016

  • The Museum of Belize, 4min. Check out our trip to the Museum of Belize. This is one of Belize’s most unique places for you to learn about our nation’s rich history and cultural heritage. In the facility, you can see many interesting artifacts, including authentic jade pieces, preserved insects, and souvenirs that date back to the days of British Honduras. The museum is housed in an old prison building, and you can still see remnants of the facility's past purpose. This is a convenient stop to make whether you are here on a cruise call, or perhaps have some time on shore before heading out to the islands.


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