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The San Pedro Sun

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.

New Year Honours Conferred to Eight Belizeans
The Governor General of Belize H.E. Sir Colville Young conferred New Year Honours to eight Belizeans, on behalf of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, at the Belize House in Belmopan. Receiving the honours were six men and two women. The New Year Honours are conferred to citizens of Commonwealth territories in recognition of their good work and contributions to their home countries.

Ambergris Today

Final Update On The 2018 Re-Registration Of Electors Exercise
A Final update is hereby provided as follows for the period 23rd to 30th September, 2018. During the period a total of Six Thousand, Three Hundred and Seventy-Six (6,376) applications were accepted, therefore the total number of applications received as at 30th September, 2018, is One Hundred and Thirty Thousand, Seven Hundred and Ninety-Two (130,792) or 63.78% of the registered electors, prior to the commencement of the Re-registration of Electors Exercise. The Department wishes to thank all those persons who participated in the 2018 Re-registration of Electors Exercise.

Pic of the Week: Would You Dare Eat Conch Penis?
“It’s the BEST part of Conch Season in Belize!” said Lisette Graniel Chacon as she snapped this pic of a handful of conch penis. She then continued to eat them raw!! Conch season in Belize opened yesterday, October 1. It’s a delicacy; It’s an aphrodisiac; It’s a MUST when the season opens. Conch Soup, Conch Fritters, Conch Ceviche and now Conch Penis. Would you dare?

Wellness Park Coming To San Pedro
Mayors from all municipalities across the country will convene in Belmopan to sign unto a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Ministry of Health for the promotion of Wellness Spaces and Healthy Lifestyles on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018 at the steps of the Independence Plaza starting at 9:00 a.m.

Misc Belizean Sources


Final Update on the 2018 Re-registration of Electors Exercise
The Elections and Boundaries Department is pleased to present its Final update to the public on the 2018 Re-registration of Electors Exercise which concluded on 30th September, 2018. A Final update is hereby provided as follows for the period 23rd to 30th September, 2018.During the period a total of Six Thousand, Three Hundred and Seventy-Six (6,376) applications were accepted, therefore the total number of applications received as at 30th September, 2018, is One Hundred and Thirty Thousand, Seven Hundred and Ninety-Two (130,792) or 63.78% of the registered electors, prior to the commencement of the Re-registration of Electors Exercise.

Halloween BASH at Crazy Canucks
It’s our 2nd Annual Halloween BASH. DJ begins at 8. Prizes for costume categories. Free shots throughout the night. Boo-takular time on the beach!

Statement on Incident at Youth Hostel
The Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation has contained an incident which occurred at the girls’ section of the Princess Royal Youth Hostel residential facility this morning. At around 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 2, 2018, ten (10) female residents gained access to the roof from inside the female dormitory by breaking portions of the sheetrock ceiling and forcefully prying loose sheets of zinc. Upon discovering the breach of the building, the staff, with assistance from the BDF volunteers on site and the Police, worked together and safely removed the residents from the roof.

Paint N Splash
See you this week at from 2-4pm Thursday to paint "Señorita Jeanna" with us.

BINGO by Corozal Animal Program
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 2 PM – 4 PM, Jam Rock Bar & Grill. FUNDRAISER FOR COROZAL ANIMAL PROGRAM (CAP) Please join us for a fun afternoon of Bingo called by our very own Teamous Newberne! DATE: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3. TIME: 2 TO 4 PM. PLACE: JAM ROCK. There will be cash prizes, as well as other great prizes. 100% of the funds we raise goes to CAP!

Belkize Diabetic Association Walkathon Fundraiser
Oct 13th, Elvira's Belizean Cafe, Corozal

International Archaeology Day Poem Competition
The Institute of Archaeology is having a slogan and poem competition for International Archaeology Day. You could win a trip to ATM or Xunantunich. Check out the NICH page for more information.

La Tarde Cultural XXV
The 25th Sacred Heart College La Tarde Cultural will be on Friday, October 26th. This one's going to be bigger and better than ever before. It's fun for the entire family. Last year's was hilariously fun.

International Visitor Leadership Program participants with Author Dan Kennedy
Kennedy is the author of the Book: The Return of the Moguls: How Jeff Bezos and John Henry Are Remaking Newspapers for the Twenty-First Century

Paradise Theater playing this weekend
The Darkest Minds, Dark Web, Hotel Transylvania 3, Ant-Man Wasp

NICH International Archaeology Day Slogan & Poem Competition

On this #TreeTuesday, we are highlighting the Criollo Cacao tree (Theobroma cacao)!
We’re all familiar with the final product derived from this tree, but how familiar are you with the tree itself? The tree that gives us chocolate belongs to the plant family Malvaceae (the same as some other useful plants — hibiscus, okra, and the ceiba tree). Cultivated cacao is generally grouped into 3 types: Criollo, Trinitario, and Forastero. In Belize, trinitario is the most commonly planted variety, whereas criollo exists primarily as “wild” cacao. Commercially, Criollo Cacao is a high quality product with a thin outer pod layer and large, white beans. Theobroma cacao has been cultivated in Central America for more than 2,000 years!

Channel 7

Convicted Killer “Life” Salazar Rejected By CCJ
A convicted killer has appealed his conviction to the highest court in the land, and lost. Today, via teleconference, the Caribbean Court of Justice upheld the decision of the Court of Appeal and rejected the appeal of Dionicio "Life" Salazar. Salazar was convicted for the June 2010 murder of Marlon Rivera in San Ignacio. Now that he has exhausted his final appeal he can only hope that new sentencing guidelines will reduce his time in prison from a life sentence. His Attorney Anthony Sylvestre discussed what's next for him:..

After 26 Years, Killer Freed
And, another convicted killer got his new sentence today. Last Thursday, we told you about 60 year-old Nicolas Guevara, a Salvadoran who has served 26 years in prison after he was convicted of murder. He was sentenced to life in jail, but because the Caribbean Court of Justice has quashed mandatory life sentences for murder, the Supreme Court decided that he need to have a new sentence. Well today, Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin has set him free after consideration. The judge decided that his new sentence should be 25 years in jail for the murder conviction. But, as we told you, he's already served 26 years, and so, his time in jail has amounted to time served. Guevara has indicated that he intends to return to El Salvador after he is released - which should be in a few days.

Port of Belize Won’t Budge on Reducing Stevedores’ Hours of Work
The clock is ticking on industrial action against the Port of Belize. The CWU set that into motion on Friday when it wrote to Prime Minister and Minister of Labour Dean Barrow, informing him that - on behalf of the stevedores - it's giving 21 days notice of industrial action against the Port of Belize. As you probably know, stevedores are the ones who clear off the ships - so without them - the Port of Belize would grind to a halt. It's a serious matter and one that came to a head last week when the Port of Belize simply refused to discuss anything other than the hours of work. That currently stands at 18 hours per shift - which is above the legally allowed 15 hours. The Port CEO says he wanted to force that impasse in negotiations over that point:..

Teachers’ Hardship, The Graham Creek Case Study
On last week Friday's newscast, we showed you the press conference from the Belize National Teachers Union. They were responding to the Deputy Prime Minister and other officials from the Ministry of Education, who were seeking to justify the changes they've made to the hardship allowances that teachers from some schools get. As we told you earlier, the hardship allowance is a stipend of between $100 to $200 a month for teachers who work in the harshest conditions, and who face arduous challenges commuting to remote schools. The Ministry has revised the list of schools who receive this allowance, and some schools have been removed from the list, or they have had the stipend cut because the Ministry has determined that the working conditions have improved.

Re-Registration Exercise Finished With 64% Outturn
The re-registration exercise is finished and, in the last week, a total of Six Thousand, Three Hundred and Seventy-Six (6,376) persons applied to be re-registered. So, the total number of applications received at the end of the exercise is One Hundred and Thirty Thousand, Seven Hundred and Ninety-Two (130,792) or 63.78% of the registered electors, prior to the commencement of the Re-registration of Electors Exercise. All the applications that meet the qualifications for registration will be published in the New Registers of Electors; after which the revision of the Registers will be held.

Father Pleas for Missing Daughter
An Orange Walk father is in the grips of distress tonight as he anxiously awaits his 14 year old daughter's return. On Saturday morning at 8:00, San Luis Village resident Sergio Chi dropped his daughter, Analeily Chi at the market in Orange Walk. She told her father that she had to meet up with friends in Trial Farm village for a group project. Chi told his daughter to call him when she was done. She contacted Chi and told him she would be done by 2:30 but when he went to pick her up, she was nowhere to be found and she was not answering her phone. Chi and other relatives formed a search party and went looking for her all over Orange Walk, until finally they got word that she was with a teenaged boy at Western Diaries in Orange Walk. It has been a mad search for Analiely and her family just want her home. Our colleagues at CTV-3 spoke to her father Sergio Chi today.

Pleads Guilty To Shooting At Cops
He shot at police and today, Twenty-six year old Lloyd Parchue pleaded guilty to 2 counts of aggravated assault when he appeared before Justice Adolph Lucas. Justice Lucas deferred sentencing until Tuesday, October 16th until the Belize Central Prison can submit a report on Parchue's character. The incident occurred on the October 26th, 2012. Two police officers, corporal Renaldo Bruhier and Constable Carmelo Ack, were on mobile patrol when they received information of a robbery at Moon Grocery Store on Coney Drive. When they arrived they saw three men and they recognized one of them as Parchue.

Dawson Charged For Fatal
The driver who knocked down and killed Oscar Coc in Santa Elena has been charged. He is 53 year old George Dawson. He was charged with Manslaughter by negligence, Causing death by careless conduct, and drove motor vehicle without due care and attention.

Guatemalan’s Pushing Into the Southwest
Earlier we took you to Graham Creek on southwestern Belize. But there are also concerns in Jalacte and Palo Grande where the President of the District Association of Village Councils Lawrence Bolon says Guatemalan incursions are becoming more aggressive and sinister. Lawrence Bolon, President - DAVCO Toledo: "The village leaders and people of Jalacte are very much concern about their safety and security in their village. Frequent and systematic incursions into Jalacte lands have been the status quo along the border with Guatemala and continues to happen. Too often their encounters with illegal settlement of Palo Grande and most recently on September 23rd, 2018, the village leaders were threaten and are now fearing for their lives..."

Hon. Elrington Tells UN Belize Needs Sarstoon Protocol
And when he spoke at the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday, Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington discussed the Guatemalan claim at the very top of his speech, pressing for a Sarstoon protocol:... Hon. Wilfred Elrington - Minister of Foreign Affairs: "There is still one pending issue for us to agree upon. In continuing that spirit of good faith we urge our neighbor Guatemala to agree on a procedure or protocol for confidence building measures on the Sarstoon River, our southern boundary with Guatemala, to facilitate the management of incidents of the kind that gave rise to heightened tensions between our two countries in 2015 and 2016."

Pressure Mounts from The Claver-o Kids
Keeping it in the south, The Claver College Extension protest continued tonight but this time the teachers and students marched all around PG. That is because they don't have a permit to protest tonight until Thursday the 4th. This video is from yesterday's protest but they carried on this same energy into this evening's march in PG. As we told you, the teachers and students will continue their protest until the teachers are re-hired and paid every month.

Females Reject New Rules At Hostel
There was an incident today at the girls' section of the Princess Royal Youth Hostel residential facility. At around 10:00 AM, (10) female residents climbed on the roof in protest. They broke through the ceiling and then pried open loose sheets of zinc. The instituion staff reacted by calling in the BDF volunteers and Police to bring them down from the roof. The girls were protesting a change in the educational classes within the dormitory building, instead of the usual classrooms. A release says, "A few staff members had called in sick and so relief staff were being brought in to provide proper supervision...

Talking Adolescent Health
It is hard to get teens to sit an opening talking about their problems much less their sexual urges, well the Ministry of Health is trying to change that through it national adolescent consultation. Here is more from today's session. Dr. Natalia Largaespada Beer, Technical Advisor, MOH Maternal and Child Health Unit: "We are having a national consultation with adolescents from the different districts and we want to get their input because we are working as a team, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Human Development along with other partners providing services to adolescents in developing the national strategic plan for adolescent health so we want to hear from young people what are their perceptions of what are the issues that are affecting adolescents currently in Belize."

Channel 5

A Standoff Between Port of Belize and Stevedores Threatens Industrial Action
The Port of Belize Limited is once again at odds with gangs of stevedores working at the harbor, as well as their representative union.  For years, the company has shared [...]

A 21-Day Notice is Served on Port of Belize Ltd.
According to Arturo ‘Tux’ Vasquez, Chief Executive Officer at the Port of Belize, the labor law mandates that there be a minimum of nine hours of down time for persons [...]

Mose Says Stevedores Will Not be Bulldozed!
Since both parties are at a logjam, it is expected that Prime Minister Dean Barrow, who is also Minister of Labor, will have to intervene in the matter.  Vasquez cites [...]

C.C.J. Dismisses Convicted Killer’s Appeal
The Caribbean Court of Justice today dismissed an appeal brought by convicted murderer Dionicio Salazar. Found guilty of the 2010 murder of Marlon River, Salazar first appealed the decision of [...]

Dionicio Salazar to be Resentenced
Dionicio Salazar was given a life sentence for the murder of Marlon Rivera. River was fatally shot on June thirteenth, 2010 in San Ignacio near the police station. His attorney [...]

Rufino Hernandez is Jointly Charged for Murder of Caye Caulker Resident Christopher Meighan
This afternoon in San Pedro, Rufino Hernandez, one of two persons suspected of the brutal murder of Caye Caulker resident Christopher Meighan, was arraigned in the magistrate’s court.  He joins [...]

Convicted Murder Sentenced to Life Behind Bars is Freed
Sixty-year-old Salvadoran National Nicolas Guevara is a free man tonight. He had been charged, convicted and sentenced for the murder of thirty-six-year-old Marcus Antonio Tzul. He was sentenced to life [...]

Price for Regular Fuel Goes Up
If you are a vehicle owner and if your car runs on regular gasoline, we advise you to visit the nearest gas station after this newscast. That’s because the price [...]

Claver College Extension Students Stage Protest in Support of Fired Teachers
On Monday night, sixty-five of the eighty plus students at the Claver College Extension in Punta Gorda staged a peaceful demonstration at the campus. The adult continuing education institution has [...]

Former Teachers Request Meeting with Board
The teachers were terminated by the board which is chaired by former minister, Lisel Alamilla; the only other active member is the treasurer, Mark Miller. The mass firing was a [...]

What Were Youth Hostel Residents Doing on the Roof?
Just before ten o’clock this morning, news spread like wildfire that resident youths at Princess Royal Youth Hostel were on the roof of one of the buildings. Speculation was fast [...]

A National Consultation on Health of Adolescents
Today, young people from across the country gathered at the Biltmore Plaza for a national consultation spearheaded by the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, the [...]

Re-registration Final Update: 130,792 Applications Received
The mass re-registration is over with a total of one hundred and thirty thousand, seven hundred and ninety-two applications received by the Elections and Boundaries Department over the three month [...]

Coast Guard’s Criminal Past Comes Back to Haunt Him
The criminal past of a current coast guard officer is being brought back to life after it was reported that Belizean-born British soldier Lee Charles Busano is back in Belize [...]

B.T.B. Fam Trip: A Look at Cayo’s Top Resorts
Over the weekend media representatives were taken to Cayo to visit top tourist destinations as part of B.T.B.’s annual familiarization excursion. On Monday showed you the thrilling zip-lining and out [...]


An adolescent’s perspective on health
Today’s breakfast meeting with the Ministry of Health officials was followed by the National Consultation -Adolescent Health event which focused on getting first hand information from young persons. Here is Reporter, Sitnah Blease with a report. Sitnah Blease: “Many young persons throughout Belize gathered today to attend the National consultation for Adolescent Health with its …

Four arrested for Corozal robberies
Police have arrested several persons in connection with a number of robberies, which occurred in Corozal Town. ACP Joseph Myvett, Head of National Crimes Investigation Branch, provided the media with the details. ACP Joseph Myvette: “On Wednesday last the owner of Aquafina water in Corozal Located on G Street reported that sometime after 8pm whilst …

Port of Belize says Mediator needed for discussions with CWU
Arturo Vasquez, President of the Port of Belize has also written to the Labour Minister who happens to be Prime Minister Dean Barrow. Vasquez referred the Labour Minister to the negotiating framework that would then make allowances for the introduction of a mediator into the scenario, not a strike notice as has been done by …

CCJ dismisses appeal
Dionicio Salazar was convicted of murder in May 2016 stemming from an incident that ended the life of Marlon Rivera. Since then he has appealed to the Court of Appeals but his conviction remained. The case made it to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) which rendered its ruling this morning. Anthony Sylvestre represented Salazar …

Ministry of Health hosts meeting to discuss adolescent health
The Ministry of Health invited the media to a breakfast meeting today to look at the current situation on adolescent health. It was an informative session that looked at various perspectives and issues involving young persons ranging from eating habits, sexual activity, among others. Dr. Natalia Largaespada Beer, Technical Advisor and Maternal and Child Health …

Will 51 men be released from the prison?
It started as a dragnet of over a hundred gang-related persons but the effectiveness of the State of Emergency should be tested on Wednesday when the 30 days dry up on the detention of 51 men who are currently awaiting freedom at the Belize Central Prison tonight. The measure was addressed as far back as …

Stevedores Give CWU 21 days notice to Industrial Action
The Christian Workers Union (CWU) had given 21 days’ notice last Friday to the Port of Belize Limited (PBL) and the Labour Minister, Dean Barrow on its intention to institute industrial action against PBL. 150 stevedores are expected to walk away from working on ships in a little over two weeks. CWU’s President, Evan Mose …

Father of missing Orange Walk teen speaks out
It is approaching four days since 14-year-old, Analeily Chi of San Luis Village, Orange Walk District went missing. We had reported that the minor was taken to the market in Orange Walk Town just after eight o’clock on the morning of September 29 with a claim that she would be meeting friends to do a …

Foreign Minister speaks about ICJ at the 73rd UN General Assembly
Belize’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wilfred Elrington addressed the 73rd Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations on Saturday. He spoke about various issues social issues and developments in Belize but he opened his speech speaking about Independence and the most significant threat to the country’s territorial integrity, Guatemala’s unfounded claim. Wilfred Elrington, …

Customers will have to pay more for regular gasoline
Effective midnight, the price of a gallon of regular will increase by sixteen cents. The new price will be eleven dollars and twenty cents up from eleven dollars and four cents. Premium remains at eleven dollars and seventy-seven cents, diesel at ten dollars and sixty-nine cents and kerosene at eight dollars and thirty four cents


The man in the mask
On Friday, September 28, British national Roger Wallis, 63, a resident of Belmopan for about 15 years, was charged with two counts of attempted kidnapping for trying to abduct an 8-year-old boy on Monday, September 24. He was arraigned in Belmopan Magistrate’s Court today in front of Senior Magistrate Merlene Moody. Wallis was remanded without bail until December 3. Friday’s Amandala reported in its headline that an 8-year-old boy was almost kidnapped by a Caucasian man in a white van that bore painted decorations on the sides and front. Because of the child’s bravery, and the bravery of his 12-year-old sister and 14-year-old brother, who all fought off the attacker, all three children managed to escape unharmed.

“I am not going to talk about that!” – Chester
In the next two to three days, the one month period for the southside Belize City state of emergency that was signed on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 by the Governor General, Sir Colville Young, will expire, and the Government of Belize will have to release the 41 young men, considered “gangsters” by Belize’s Police Department, who have been held at the Belize Central Prison in accordance with the emergency measures that came into being under the proclamation. On September 4, a state of public emergency was declared in two areas of the south side of Belize City which are considered the strongholds of the Ghost Town Crips and the George Street group, respectively.

Dismembered legs found floating in river
Since Gerardo Vasquez, 17, a resident of Ontario, a village in the Cayo District, was reported missing on Wednesday, September 26, there have been extensive searches conducted in an effort to locate him. Late last Friday, September 28, a dismembered leg was found floating in the river that flows behind the villages of Ontario, Teakettle, and Blackman Eddy. While there is speculation that the leg could belong to Vasquez, this has so far not been confirmed.

Samuel Castro, 25, shot to death in Orange Walk Town
Samuel Castro, 25, a baker of Trial Farm, Orange Walk District, died after he was shot in a drive-by shooting on Muffles Street at about 12:30 this morning. Castro was rushed to the Northern Regional Hospital, where he died while doctors were trying to treat his injuries. Information we’ve received is that Castro and a friend were walking on Muffles Street when two men on a motorcycle rode by, and one of them fired at Castro and his friend, whose name was not revealed, several times before the motorcycle sped away.

GOB introduces motion to pay NEWCO US $6 million
The government is committed to pay NEWCO Limited six million US dollars in two installments of three million dollars each over a period beginning in the next 30 days when the first payment becomes due, and thereafter, on September 30, 2019, when the final payment is to be made. The NEWCO Limited agreement was negotiated under the People’s United Party government, led by the two-term prime minister Said Musa, and it reportedly came to an end in 2003 when the company was unable to come up with investors to invest in the privatization of the Philip Goldson International Airport.

Hon. Cordel Hyde blasts government’s Crime Control Amendment bill
The Barrow/Faber-led United Democratic Party government has passed a string of legislation to tackle the ever-growing crime problem that Belize has been experiencing for some years now, but one law that the government continually amends is the Crime Control and Criminal Justice Act. Notwithstanding the stiffer penalties under the law, however, the government has been unable to curb crime and that is essentially what the Lake Independence area representative and deputy leader of the Opposition People’s United Party (PUP) Hon. Cordel Hyde took the government to task for at today’s House of Representatives meeting.

Two-horse race; Bandits and Verdes way in front at Week 8 of PLB 2018-2019 Opening Season
There are 4 playoff spots in the Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2018-2019 Opening Season, but at the end of Week 8 it does appear that 6 of the 8 PLB teams will be battling for the 2 remaining playoff spots, because defending champion Belmopan Bandits SC and Verdes FC are apparently having a race of their own, with only 1 point separating them, while the other 6 teams are way, way behind. (See standings below.) And, with both their sights fixed on the other race for a berth in CONCACAF League, the two teams clash this coming weekend in what some fans are dubbing our own “Classico.” (Bandits won, 1-0, in their first round meeting in Belmopan.)

Puppy and Yabra U-14 on Krem’s Press Sports Show
The Press Sports Show on Krem Radio had some surprise guests yesterday morning, as renowned basketball star, Darwin “Puppy” Leslie was accompanied by some members of his Yabra U-14 basketball team that will participate in the upcoming Digi-Puppy Leslie Youth Basketball League which tips off this Friday at Swift Hall on the St. Martin’s compound. The show host, Gilroy “Press” Cadogan invited each of the excited youth to introduce himself “live” to the listening audience, and they all jumped at the opportunity.

Baseball resurrected in the Jewel by Baseball Visionary Foundation
Baseball is being resurrected in the Jewel by the Baseball and Softball Visionary Foundation, comprising of a group of men from Belize City who are excellent baseball players. They are Andrew Tramel, Troy Williams, Carlyon Flores, Sr. (President of the Foundation) and Anthony Smith. The aim of the foundation is to establish and resurrect baseball in Belize, build state of the art baseball stadiums in Belize City and in Belmopan, after which they will incorporate structure, including Minor and Major Leagues, which is hoped to produce excellent baseball players from Belize, who can potentially be drafted by multimillion dollar companies, and that they would be able to earn millions of dollars in contracts, like other players who are drafted from Central America and the Caribbean who are presently playing in the Major Leagues.

BECOL/DIGINET Basketball Tournament tips off in San Ignacio
The San Ignacio & Santa Elena Basketball Association (SSBA) tipped off its twelfth annual basketball tournament on Friday night at the Sacred Heart College Auditorium in San Ignacio Town. This year’s BECOL/DIGINET tournament has teams in 6 divisions, which are: Under 13, Under 17, Under 21, Females, Senior, and Over 35. So far, 26 teams have registered to participate in this year’s tournament, and the deadline to register a new team is this coming Friday, October 5. Interested teams can register with Mark O’Brien (627-8606) or Elvis “Tigre” Usher (605-3390), or they can message us on our San Ignacio and Santa Elena Basketball Association Facebook page.

Editorial: Money talks …
In 1981, the celebrations for Belize’s independence were one-sided, so to speak. Political independence for the country once known as British Honduras had been the Holy Grail for the ruling People’s United Party (PUP) from the party’s foundation in September of 1950. The circumstances of Belize’s independence in September of 1981 had been such, however, that it was really only the PUP section of Belize (and the chronic bacchanals) that celebrated. Three years later, however, the United Democratic Party (UDP) section of our population got the chance to celebrate when the PUP was defeated for the first time in a general election, and Belize experienced its first change of government in our modern political era, since adult suffrage in 1954.

50 years ago – Tlatelolco, Walter Rodney, Tommie Smith …
Tomorrow, October 2, is the fiftieth anniversary of the Tlatelolco murder of hundreds, some believe thousands, of students in Mexico City. The background to the massacre was that the Mexican government of President Gustavo Diaz-Ordaz had invested a lot of money into preparations for the Olympics, which were to begin in Mexico City a couple weeks later. The political turmoil in the capital, however, featuring many thousandsof students, threatened to embarrass the Mexican government by delaying the Olympics, perhaps even forcing the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to move the sports spectacle to somewhere else.

Too much chaos amidst the cock-fight
The testosterone level in Belize is high and the outright grand-standing of John Saldivar and Patrick Faber, both desperate for UDP leadership, cannot go unnoticed. John, taking the hard approach, wants to be the saviour of the crime situation, while Patrick, taking the softer approach to gain visibility and show he is fit to be leader, has been touring and using his September celebrations platform to speak. John only has police press conferences as his means for visibility. Sadly, I don’t think any is worthy of the leadership, an indication that there is either bankruptcy or full foreclosure on the pool of leadership for this country. John knows his skeletons in the closet and why Dean Barrow, in the era after the RECONDEV fiasco, had banished him from the party, vouching never to allow him in the upper ranks… well, he swallowed his vomit!

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.

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.

After almost 26 years in prison, Nicolas Guevara, 60, convicted of murder, to get fixed sentence
The fate of Nicolas Guevara, 60, who was convicted of murder and was sentenced to life imprisonment, will be known on Tuesday, October 2, when the Chief Justice, Hon. Kenneth Benjamin, gives him a fixed sentence. Earlier today, Tuesday was set as the date for announcing the sentence after Chief Justice Benjamin heard submissions from Guevara’s attorney, Iliana Swift, and he listened to two impact assessment statements that were read to him by Crown Counsel Sheringe Rodriguez, that were provided by Alfonso Tzul, who is the father of the victim, Marcus Antonio Tzul; and Marcus Tzul’s wife, Maria Tzul.

Integrity Commission publishes names of 42 persons who did not declare assets
The Integrity Commission of Belize has published a notice in the Government Gazette dated 25 August, 2018, containing the names of various persons in public life who have been delinquent in declaring their assets and liabilities to the commission, in accordance with the Prevention of Corruption in Public Life Act of 2007. Under provision of the Prevention of Corruption in Public Life Act, the Integrity Commission is mandated by law to publish the names of persons in public life who have not declared their assets with the Integrity Commission.

Justin Diaz, 23, shot at corner of Sapodilla and Zericote Streets
Justin Diaz, 23, a laborer of Orange Walk Town, is presently in a critical condition at the Northern Regional Hospital after he was shot in his chest and leg by one of two men on a motorcycle that drove by at about 1:30 this morning. The driver then sped away. The shooting occurred about an hour after Samuel Castro was fatally shot, also in Orange Walk Town, by a gunman who also was on a motorcycle with a companion.

Cayo South Rep says no pathway plans for villagers
The present crowd in government has thrown crumbs for the people. In everything else they are for the rich and famous. What the Cayo South Area Rep, Julius Espat, revealed in the House on Friday about the road rehabilitation/construction taking place in Cayo South is just plain painful. What, all that investment and no pathway for villagers? Please say it ain’t so, Mr. Minister of Works, Rene Montero. Julius Espat is an architect, so he knows how to read plans. But maybe, hopefully, he didn’t see the full sketch. Hmm, I’ve watched the freeway and wondered, not altogether frivolously, how much Guatemala is contributing fu this. You recall the cart road and how we were to “conjointly” pay for the project to enhance business between us. Our little country shouldn’t be footing the entire burden to facilitate.

The Reporter

Just after 4:00pm today Rufino Hernandez, 29, a resident of San Mateo in San Pedro Town, was charged for the murder of Christopher Meighan. Meighan’s body was found in a room at the Hotel Central Park on Friday morning. His throat had allegedly been cut and there were multiple stab wounds to his body. Hernandez joins Lalman Logan who was arraigned Monday for the same murder.

Students of Peter Claver School in Punta Gorda Town, along with teachers who were terminated, have stated that they will protest those terminations again today. On Monday only 3 students of 85 were in class, along with six new teachers hired to replace the nine that were fired.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

While two Taiwanese allies remain silent, Belize vocal in support at UN
Tensions are high in the Republic of China (ROC) Taiwan, after two of its 17 remaining […]

Ministry of Human Development issues statement on Youth Hostel Incident
The Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation has contained an incident which occurred at the […]

Fuel price goes up … again
Today, the Belize Bureau of Standards announced that effective midnight tonight, regular gas is going up by 16 […]

Final Update on the 2018 Re-registration of Electors Exercise
The Elections and Boundaries Department is pleased to present its final update to the public on […]

National Library Hosts 17th Annual Book Fair
The Belize National Library Service & Information System (BNLSIS) issued a statement today thanking all those […]

Government of Mexico offering scholarships to Belizean scholars
The Embassy of Mexico in Belize has just announced the open call for the, “2019 Program for […]

Police investigate burglary in San Ignacio Town
Last night around 7:30, police visited the residence of Melida Diaz, 34, in San Ignacio Town who reported […]

Santa Elena man charged for the death of Oscar Coc
Oscar Javier Coc, 32, a resident of Santa Elena Town in Cayo died on a fatal traffic […]

Guatemala dispute should be settled now!
Should the dispute with Guatemala be left to future generations? The Government of Belize says it is engaged in an “education” campaign to inform Belizeans so that they can make the best decision to vote in the referendum planned for April 10, 2019. […]

Compre principal terminated and escorted off school compound!
The Principal at the Belmopan Comprehensive High School, Maria Hutchinson, was escorted off the compound yesterday […]

Two held for San Pedro murder
Two men, Belizean-American Lalman Loga, and Rufino Hernandez, have both been detained in connection with the San Pedro […]

Body parts discovered on Saturday could be that of missing teen
On Saturday we reported that a search team found human remains floating in the Belize River […]

Commonwealth Secretary General visits Belize
Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland, is currently on a visit to Belize and has met with several […]

18 women from San Victor complete computer training course
Eighteen women from San Victor, Orange Walk yesterday completed a four-month computer training program. The program […]

Conch season reopens
The conch season in Belize officially reopened yesterday. The Wildlife Conservation Society reminds fishers of the […]

John Saldivar congratulates Cayo Police for Crime Reduction
The Minister of National Security, John Saldivar yesterday publicly congratulated the police formations from the Cayo […]

International Sourcesizz

Caribbean National Who Tried To Steal AA Plane Chooses Self-Deportation
The 22-year-old Caribbean national who allegedly tried to steal an American Airlines Airbus 321 at the Orlando Melbourne International Airport on Thursday, September 20th, is set to be deported back to his native land today, Oct. 3, 2018. Trinidad and Tobago national Nishal Sankat, the son of Belize University President and former UWI principal, Professor Clement Sankat, is being deported after prosecutors dropped charges of trespassing and grand theft against him. Trinidad & Tobago Minister of National Security, Stuart Young, was quoted by as saying Sankat will be received and treated like any returning deportee upon arrival.

UNC researchers find coral reefs face additional threat
Many people’s knowledge about coral reefs and climate change stops at coral bleaching — the phenomenon where corals turn white and die in reaction to extreme temperatures. While this is a pivotal part of reef research, it is by no means the only problem that has arisen from the changing climate, said John Rippe, a graduate student and doctoral candidate for marine sciences in UNC's College of Arts and Sciences. In studying coral density and growth rates in the reef system of the Florida Keys, researchers from the UNC Department of Marine Sciences have found another underlying issue with dangerous implications for marine life. By studying CT scans of drilled cores from two different species of reef-building corals across the reef tract, the researchers found some unexpected results. “In a lot of areas — for example, in the Belize region — we see declining growth rates,” said Rippe, who led the study. “In this study, we saw that both extension and calcification have been pretty stable, which is not what we expected. But we found that the density of the coral skeletons is actually declining.”


  • Congratulations to our Sarteneja Community for a successful National Coastal & Riverways Cleanup 2018, min. Keep up the great work for the clean up campaign and waste control in our beautiful

  • GRACE - Flava With A Beat returned with a Grace Curry Coconut Crab recipe, 28min.

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  • 6th edition of Sandy Bradshaw & Friends Love Concert, 24min.

  • The Rotary Club of Belmopan is hosting their 13th Annual Wine and Cheese Party Fundraiser, 23min.

  • The Belize Network of NGOs (BNN) - perspectives of Belizeans on Guatemala's claim to Belize, 45min.

  • UNICEF Belize and the National Committee for Families and Children, 47min.

  • The Fort George Tourism Village & Belize City Council is rolling out a Sensitization Campaign, 22min.

  • UniBAM and partners submitted a stakeholders report to the UN Human Rights Council, 54min.

  • The Belize Electricity Limited is hosting its 17th Annual Safety and Health Week, 37min.

  • The Belize Home Caregivers Association, 27min.

  • REVIVE Belize is a course developed by the Society of Our Lady of the Most High Trinity (SOLT), 24min.

  • The Ministry of National Security representatives shared the Belize-Guatemala dispute to the ICJ, 52min.

  • Book "Superstition - A Belizean Snapshot.", 33min.

  • The Association of Protected Areas Management Organizations (APAMO) - update, 20min.

  • BELTRAIDE - National Entrepreneurship Month, 23min.

  • The state of public emergency proclamation ends on Thursday - Audrey Matura perspective, 55min.

  • CommonWealth Secretary General, 60min.

  • Ready Call Center, 31min.

  • Dukkers Ice Cream are closing its doors in Corozal, min. Dukkers are telling its customers thanks for all the support and visting them. Come visit us this last few days on Second street south. We are sorry for any inconvinence.

  • UBNI 2018 Year in Review, 5min. Short movie depicting UBNI's efforts to aid Belizean students in the US and Belize with school supplies, shoes and scholarships. The movie ends in a slide of award presentations to distinguished guests, US Scholarship recipients, a dance and photo-op. UBNI is a Not For Profit organization headquartered in Waukegan, Illinois.

  • Whale shark, Placencia, Belize, 3min.

  • Belize Day Weekend in Chicago - Interviews, 3min.

  • Interview with Jarrel "Big Baby" Miller by Kendis Gibson, 32min.

  • Accion Deportiva Talk Show, 60min.

  • Police Check Point Talk Show, 60min.