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The San Pedro Sun

Softball marathon champion to be determined this weekend
A softball marathon held on Sunday, September 30th saw four teams at the Honourable Louis Sylvestre Sporting Complex battling for the top spot. Team Xtreme, Quality Reef, San Pedro High School (SPHS), and Team RCGO, entertained a crowd of softball fans, who from as early as 10AM, filled the sporting arena to support their favorite team. After countless matches, RCGO and Quality Reef won the top team positions, and they will now compete for the grand trophy prize on Sunday, October 7th. The marathon is the official opening to the upcoming San Pedro Town Council’s Co-ed Softball Tournament. The tournament will take place every Sunday, starting right after the marathon championship game this weekend. Fans are encouraged to come out and support their favorite teams.

2018 Copa San Pedro regular season coming to an end
Only two weeks are left in the 2018 Copa San Pedro regular season, and football fanatics are anxious to see which teams will make it to the playoffs. The Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town was the place to be from Thursday, September 27th to Sunday, September 30th, as a variety of games took teams closer to the finale. Copa San Pedro 2018 continues this weekend at the Ambergris Stadium, starting on Thursday, October 4th at 7PM with San Mateo F.C taking on San Pedro Pirates U17 and Talal F.C versus Genesis F.C. On Friday, October 5th Warriors F.C will face Boca Bombers at 7PM, followed by Vince Assassins going against G-Strikers at 9PM. The last day of the football weekend will be on Sunday, October 7th starting at 3PM with Young Strikers versus Ambergris Hopes, San Pedro Pirates U17 against San Mateo F.C and Los Catrachos taking on Peacemakers. Everyone is invited to come out and support their favorite team this weekend. Food and drinks will be on sale during all games.

BTB Media Familiarization Tour highlights the Western Region
The annual Belize Tourism Board (BTB) Media familiarization tour took media house representatives on a whirlwind tour filled with adventure and excitement. Focusing on the Western district of Cayo, the tour featured adrenaline-filled activities, traditional experiences and even a touch of luxury. 11 members of the media spent three days and two nights immersing themselves in the Belizean experience in Cayo, learning more about its tourism attractions to better share with viewers and readers. The weekend of adventure began on Friday, September 28th, in Frank’s Eddy, with a zip line and cave tubing adventure setting the tone for an adrenaline-fueled tour through Vital Nature and Mayan Tours, owned and operated by Belizean Vitalino Reyes.

Ambergris Today

Mirab Launches State Of The Art Department Store
The Bou-Nahra family made a bold move in launching Belize’s first high end shopping experience, located on the Highway to home happiness (yes that’s what discerning shoppers are calling its new location at 1.5 Miles on the Philip Goldson Highway.) The 100,000 plus square foot of exquisite design is a must see and a must shop location that boasts not only the Mirab Department Store in its new plush designer inspired surroundings, but also the renowned Ashley Furniture Home Store which will also share space in this mega shopping experience. The company also launched its new slogan Welcome Home where it caters to pedestrians, bicycle riders, drivers and bus passengers with parking and the designer bus stop known as the Welcome Center.

Misc Belizean Sources

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Movie Night at KoKo King
DUE TO MACHINERY MALFUNCTION LAST WEEKS MOVIES WERE NOT ABLE TO BE SHOWN. WE ARE THEREFORE RE-SCHEDULING THEM FOR THIS FRIDAY. HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION (PG) - Count Dracula and company participate in a cruise for sea-loving monsters, unaware that their boat is being commandeered by the monster-hating Van Helsing family. SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (PG13) - During an adventure into the criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his future co-pilot Chewbacca and encounters Lando Calrissian years before joining the Rebellion. MOVIES START AFTER DARK

Corozal Organization of East Indian Cultural Heritage fund raiser
Curry Time & Curry Chicken will be on sale for $10/plate - Friday, October 12th, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Round House, Miami Beach, Corozal Town. Please support our Corozal Organization of East Indian Cultural Heritage (COEICH) for a fund raiser to send Miss East Indian to represent Belize in Trinidad. Thank you all for your support! Photo credit M. Arnold Copyright 2018.

ONE MALL 1st Anniversary
Happening Tomorrow - The ONE MALL, a Corozal Super store and Supermarket located in Ranchito Village will be celebrating its 1st Anniversary on Friday, October 5th. To honour all our faithful customers and to thank them all for their support, we will have a 5% OFF special on all items tomorrow only. We will also have corporate sponsors and other major companies joining us with different promotions. It will be a great event! There will be lots of give-away, gifts and surprises waiting for you. So come out and join us and celebrate our 1st Anniversary.

"ALLAN "D REAL" McCOY"at ArT In ThE ParK in Corozal
Get a chance to meet and hear the mighty sounds of the great "ALLAN "D REAL" McCOY" on Saturday, October 13th at the ArT In ThE ParK event.

Illegal liquor confiscated in San Pedro
On Thursday, October 4th around 3PM, a joint operation was conducted by members of the Quick Response Team, San Pedro Custom Department and other officers. A search was conducted at a boat dock resulting in the discovery of three Feeny's Irish Cream Liqueur, three Absolut Vokda, six Jack Daniels Whisky, one Bombay Sapphire Dry Gin, one Tanqueray and 16 Dos Equis can beer. No one was found in the area and the items were confiscated.

Sargassum Cleanup in San Pedro Friday and Saturday
Help us clean the beaches from the Sargassum! Sign up now for the clean up on Friday and Saturday at 6:00 a.m.

Urban Bird Watch 2018
The Belize Audubon Society is having their 2018 Urban Bird Watch this Sunday in Cayo. They'll meet at Columbus Park at 6:00am. The one for Belmopan will be on Saturday October 27th. "Updated Urban Bird Watch 2018 Flyer! Please make note of the change to Placencia's date. See you there! For more information, email us at [email protected] or 223-5004"

Garbage cleanup along the Macal River bank
The twin towns of San Ignacio-Santa Elena are members of the Bi-national Watershed Alliance. As part of their conservation activities,over 30 police cadets and scout collected some 15 to 20 bags of garbage along the Macal River bank. This activity was supported by the British High Commission Office in Belize.

2018 Belize City Primary School History and Social Studies Competition
The Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project is gearing up for its 2018 Belize City Primary School History and Social Studies Competition taking place at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts on October 17th and 18th with the Finals on the 26th. Fifteen schools have registered to participate. Salvation Army is the 2017 reigning Champion and they plan to defend their title at all cost. Who will win in 2018? Catch all the action starting at 9:00 a.m. on October 26th on Love FM as history comes alive!

New three-story concrete building on Albert Street
Yesterday the Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project signed a construction contract with Coleman Construction Ltd. to build a new three-story concrete building on Albert Street where the Human Development building once stood. The new building will house the new office of the Women's and Family Support Department. Construction is scheduled to start in a couple of weeks. This new building will be built simultaneously with another building the Downtown Rejuvenation Project is currently building on Cockburn Lane.

NICH VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTS
The National Institute of Culture and History is seeking suitable applicants for the attached vacancies. Please see photos for more information on the four open positions.

Channel 7

Sate of Emergency Prisoners Get Free
When we left you last night, it was with the news that the 64 men detained under the state of emergency were being released after 30 days in jail - held with no charge, other than being gang affiliated.  Government decided not to extend the state of emergency, and so, last night, with hours to go before midnight, police went to the prison to pick them up.  7News was at the prison when they were escorted out, and Daniel Ortiz has the story of what happened next: After a month on lockdown under the emergency measures, these 51 men from Belize City - all of whom police have determined to be a threat to public safety - were removed from the detention area of the Belize Central Prison. Last night was the last night of their 30-day detention by the state.

One Day Out of Jail Rocky Road Detainee Says Police Harassment Persists
Now, supposedly at that mediation session last night, police told the gangsters to keep the peace - just as it has been kept for the past month - or else.   But one of the detainees today told us that the cops also gave them the assurance that police wouldn’t be harassing them if they did keep the peace. Well, one gang affiliate from Rocky Road who just came out of jail last night - says by this afternoon the police were back at his house pointing a gun in his face:… Jules Vasquez: "But they told last night they were not going to arrest you."

CWU Holding Firm On Hours Of Work
Last night you saw Dr. Carla Barnett, the Labour Minister of State, who said that she would attempt to break the impasse between the Port of Belize and the stevedores, represented by the Christian Workers Union. That’s because the clock is ticking down on a possible strike at Belize’s biggest Port.  At this time, there is an impasse where the Port’s management disagrees with the number of hours that the stevedores work on a given shift. CEO Arturo “Tux” Vasquez says that they are breaking the labour law which says that employees should only be working 15 hours a day, with a 9-hour rest. He wants the stevedore gangs to implement a shift system, which the stevedores have rejected outright because they say it would substantially cut into their earnings.

Port Comments On Way Forward with Minister’s Shuttle Diplomacy
This evening, we also got a chance to speak with Port CEO Arturo “Tux” Vasquez, who has been meeting with Minister Barnett, and the Acting Labor Commissioner. He shared his perspective on how the Government’s intervention has been going so far, and we also asked him what it would take for him and the Port’s management to return to the negotiating table: Arturo Vasquez - CEO, Port of Belize: "To be honest we have had two meetings, we had one today at 2 o'clock and we had one yesterday at 6 in the evening and in my view it has been very productive. I think the Minister of Labour is doing what they are supposed to do when it comes to the essential services act..."

Labour Minister Pushes To Break Impasse Tomorrow
And so that’s the view from both sides - and while they may seem far apart, Minister of State in the Ministry of Labour Carla Barnett sees both sides inching closer.  After two days of separate meetings with both sides, she told us, quote, “I believe we have reached a point where they will be able to come back to the table and have one meeting tomorrow morning with the two sides.  She added,  quote, “it feels positive to me, (and) through shuttle diplomacy we feel we have worked it through.  She concluded, quote,  “I expect we will have solved it by tomorrow morning,” end quote.  We’ll keep following it closely, of course.

Trial Farm Abduction Report May Be More Scare Than Real
The attempted child kidnapping report in Orange Walk which we told you about last night, may be just a big misunderstanding. According to police, a 15 year old girl and an 8 year old girl were heading home on Tuesday evening around 4:00, when they saw a man behind them and another in the bushes. The girls thought the men were following them, but so far police say that doesn’t seem to be the case. There was no physical contact nor was there any kind of conversation between the men and the girls. Here is what police had to say. ACP Joseph Myvette - Head of NCIB: "According to the report is that an 8 year old female accompanied by a 15 year old walking in Trial Farm Village on Plum Street towards their home when they observed someone walking behind them, a male person of Hispanic descent was walking behind them..."

Weed Found in Free Zone
Keeping it in the north, from that alleged kidnapping case to a sizeable weed bust near the Corozal free zone….Police have more on this find. ACP Joseph Myvette - Head of NCIB: "Border police were called to an area outside the perimeter fence of the Northern Free Zone yesterday where they retrieved a brown in colour package which when opened contained suspected cannabis and when weighed amounted to some 23 pounds. No one was found in the area and the drugs were deposited as found property."

Camry Con Cannabis
And police made another substantial weed find this morning - this one was apparently coming from the north. A mobile patrol in the Sandhill area stopped this Toyota Camry at mile 19 on the Phillip Goldson Highway.   The driver, a taxi man from Corozal, saw the polcie and tried to speed off.  He also threw a crocus sack out the car window.  But police pursued and caught him and then brought him back to get the sack - which contained 5 parcels of weed.   The driver, Jose Martin Maldonado from Corozal Town  was arrested and charged for drug trafficking. The bundles of weed weighed in at 11.64 pounds or 5.2 kilos.

Contraband Sittin’ On the Dock Of the Sea In San Pedro
And while that weed was being trafficked to the city - a nice stash off contraband was destined for San Pedro.   Today at 3:00 in San Pedro, a joint police and customs operation led them to a boat dock where they found 14 bottles of top shelf liquors and 16 contraband beers.   No one was around so the items were confiscated as uncustomed goods.

Trigger Happy Constable In Commanders’ Crosshairs
A trigger happy Belmopan police constable is on the wrong side of the law. PC Michael Patten was hanging out at an Orange Walk night club early Saturday morning. He was off duty at the time but according to his report, he had to spring into police mode to break up a fight and defend himself by firing shots in the air. It was caught on surveillance camera, and his police colleagues don’t agree with his approach to defuse the situation. Here is what police had to say. ACP Joseph Myvette - Head of NCIB: "Yes the police did receive a video that was circulating where upon one PC Michael Patten who is attached to the special patrol unit in Belmopan according to him he was socializing with others at a night club in Orange Walk on Guadalupe Street..."

US Man Critical After Home Invasion
Turning now to the west - another US national was targeted in a home invasion - and he is critical tonight. It happened in Santa Elena over the weekend.  William Scott Field was at home alone - when he was attacked, and his home was ransacked:.. ACP Joseph Myvette - Head of NCIB: "San Ignacio police was called to the residence of one William Scott Field, 64 years American national of Santa Cruz area Santa Elena Town, where upon arrival it was reported to them by one of his workers that he went to his workplace at Cristo Fields residence where he was calling for him and as a result of him not answering the worker then used his key to enter the building..."

Cops Still Can’t Confirm Identity of Human Remains
Police still can’t confirm if the severed legs found in Teakettle and Camalote belonged to missing teen Gerardo Vasquez. Police are holding off on the post mortem until they can find more body parts. But every passing day gets more difficult for the Vasquez family who need answers. Here is police on this case. ACP Joseph Myvette - Head of NCIB: "It is still a matter that is being investigated; the search continues for him as we speak officers along with villagers are still continuing those searches."

Missing Girl Found Safe
On Tuesday we told you about the missing 15 year old Analeily Chi - whose dad cried for her on TV. Well, thankfully, she’s home tonight. Police report that 2 hours ago they searched a residence in San Luis Village, Orange Walk where she was found alive and well.

One Murder, Two Charged
Two men have now been charged for Christopher Meighan’s San Pedro hotel room murder last Friday. They are Lalman Logan and Rufino Hernandez. According to police, the men had just met a couple days before the incident so police are still trying to piece together the motive in this case. ASP Alejandro Cowo - O.C., C.I.B., Belize City: "Reference the murder of Christopher Meighan that happened on Friday the 28th, police arrested two individuals, the first one was arrested on Sunday 30th of September, that was Mr. Lalman Logan and thereafter on Tuesday Rufino Hernnadez was charged, both were charged jointly for the crime of murder."

The Experts At Exports
Exporting is a measure of success for any major business and Beltraide wants to help business’ break into the European market. Today Beltraide hosted an information sharing session at the Biltmore. We dropped by. There were a number of presentations. Representatives from Caribbean Export and members from the delegation of the European Union to Barbados attended. 

CITCO Gets Cold Feet
A “dry run” - that’s what city hall wanted to do with the small local tour operators by pushing them into the Marion Jones Stadium for two weeks.  It would be a test to ease the congestion outside the Fort Street Tourism Village. City Hall had already planned a press conference along with the BTB to announce this dry run, until today when there was a sharp change of direction. Now this idea has long been proposed by the BTB and when it was floated by the UDP council earlier this year - the local operators shot it down.  And at that time, so did the then candidate for Mayor, Bernard Wagner:

Senator Draws The Line Against Domestic Violence
Earlier on the news, you saw Dr. Carla Barnett as Minister of Labour.  But yesterday in the senate she was crusading to end to systemic violence against women.  Now, it’s a chorus that we’ve heard often, but, yesterday, Barnett used her bully pulpit in the Senate to say the line has to be drawn:… Barnett faces a contested convention on the second Sunday in November.

Vitalino Started From The Bottom…of The Sink
Throughout this week - we’ve been showing you tourist attraction in the west - and one of them was owned by Vitalino Reyes, the owner of cavetubing.bz. His company Vital Nature Mayan Tours is one of the big players in the hugely popular cave tubing attractions at Nohoch Che'en.  But while he heads a large operation, Reyes told us he started from the bottom.  We thought it to be a useful insight into the initiative needed for self-starting:… Reyes offers Belizeans a special rate of $60 BZ for cave tubing, zip line and lunch.

The Sargassum Struggle
Last week Tuesday, the San Pedro Town Council declared sargassum beaching on Ambergris Caye a natural disaster. Large quantities of sargassum, that brown seaweed that is usually present near coastal communities, have washed ashore, and it has created a huge eyesore in San Pedro. That’s a major problem for the island which depends on tourism, and since the tourists come to enjoy the San Pedro’s beaches, the sargassum beaching could hurt the industry. The Council acknowledges that sargassum beaching has occurred in the past, but they say that this time, it is the worst it has ever been. They also say that they’ve used all their resources to keep the beaches cleaned to an acceptable level, but this amount of sargassum is just too big for them to handle alone.

Man Poisoned Himself On Water Taxi
A San Pedro man poisoned himself and died on a water taxi. It is a strange suicide case. Police found Umberto Alcoser’s lifeless body on the boat on Caye Caulker on Tuesday afternoon. His family was rushing him to receive treatment in Belize City after he drank the poison. Police told us more. ASP Alejandro Cowo - O.C., C.I.B., Belize City: "Caye Caulker police were called to the pier at the San Pedro Belize Express where the inside of the vessel police saw a male person who was lying down, Mr. Umberto Alcoser, 39 year old Belizean of Tarpon Street San Pedro. He was rushed to the polyclinic in Caye Caulker and about 20 minutes later he was pronounced dead.

Channel 5

State of Emergency Lifted; Detained Inmates Share Their Stories Upon Release
Fifty-one inmates, all presumed to be members of the George Street and Ghost Town gangs, were discharged from the Belize Central Prison on Wednesday night and returned to Belize City.  [...]

Notice of Strike Still in Effect by CWU & Stevedores
Despite an intervention by Labor Minister Dr. Carla Barnett, a notice of strike by stevedores at Port of Belize is still in effect. That’s the message from the president of [...]

CWU Prez Says Other Issues Pending with Port of Belize
According to the CWU president, there are several other issues on the table, outside of the hours of work proposal, that need to be negotiated. Hyde says that among those [...]

The “Mess” at Vital Stats to be Cleaned Out
The Vital Statistics Unit is a ‘mess’ according to Church Senator Ashley Rocke and U.D.P. Senator Macario Coy. The issue of the unit’s inefficiency was debated on Wednesday during the [...]

Amendment to General Registry Act Debated by Senators
Another piece of legislation relating to registration that was debated by the Senator was an amendment to the General Registry Act which seeks to alleviate the administrative burden of the [...]

An Alleged Abduction Attempt is Foiled in Orange Walk District
A pair of minors in Trial Farm Village, Orange Walk District reported an incident to police in which they were being pursued by two unknown individuals.  An eight-year-old girl and [...]

A Marijuana Haul Near the Corozal Free Zone
Twenty-three pounds of marijuana were discovered on Wednesday just outside of the Commercial Free Zone in Corozal.  The quantity was found inside a brown wrapping, away from the outer fence [...]

PC Patten Discharges Firearm Outside of Sugar City Night Club
A police officer is under investigation tonight for discharging a firearm outside of a nightclub in Orange Walk Town.  Michael Patten was captured on video letting loose his service weapon [...]

Still No Signs of Missing Ontario Teenager, Despite Discovery of Severed Human Legs
An intense search effort continues in the Cayo District where seventeen-year-old Gerardo Vasquez vanished without a trace from Ontario Village over a week ago.  Despite the subsequent discovery of a [...]

UNCAC Report Completed, But Minor Corrections to be Made
A team of experts from Tuvalu and Haiti came to conduct an assessment of the country in July as part of Belize’s implementation of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption. [...]

Senator Speaks Out Against Gender Base Violence
Speaking on the adjournment during Wednesday’s Senate meeting, Senator Doctor Carla Barnett touched on the much talked about topic of gender-based violence. In her address, Senator Barnett remembered the tragic [...]

Belize at SOTIC 2018
Tourism Minister Manuel Heredia Junior is in the Bahamas for this year’s State of the Tourism Industry Conference. It commenced on Wednesday under the theme “Rejuvenate. Recreate. Reconnect. New Directions [...]

Commonwealth Secretary General on Guatemala: There is no Lawful Claim
The Secretary General of Commonwealth, Right Honorable Patricia Scotland was in country on an official two day visit. Officially she visited to promote the Commonwealth and its work. However, during [...]

Baroness Scotland on Role of the International Community
Baroness Scotland is recognized as an esteemed international public leader and a former Attorney General of the United Kingdom. In her interview she was also asked to share her perspective [...]

MOH and Mayors Sign MOU
Fifteen million people between the ages of thirty and seventy worldwide die as a result of non-communicable diseases such as cancers and diabetes which are the largest preventable causes of [...]

Economic Partnership Agreement Brings Local Producers and Service Providers Together
A workshop hosted by the CARIFORUM-European Union Economic Partnership Agreement on business to business strategic networking was held today at the Biltmore.  The seminar brought together local producers, as well [...]

The Role of Caribbean Export in Regional Market for Goods and Services
Zamani Moodie, advisor for market intelligence with the Caribbean Export Development Agency discusses the role of the agency in the workshop, as well as the technical assistance provided by the [...]

Belize’s Finest, Chaa Creek: Belize Luxury Resort
As part of this year’s B.T.B. Familiarization Tour, the media was taken to Chaa Creek: Belize Luxury Resort in the Cayo District. The resorts boast top notch accommodations with great [...]

Healthy Living: PG Yogi Studies in India
Tonight we share this story about a young man from Punta Gorda who recently returned from studying across the globe far away in India. He completed his studies through a [...]

LOVE FM

Government concerned about Jalacte
The Sarstoon River is the primary area where friction between Belize and Guatemala is evident; but there is another part of the district that is a growing concern. The Chief Executive Officers for the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Agriculture, National Security along with the Cabinet Secretary met earlier in the week to discuss various national …

Seminar brings neighboring Universities together
A seminar about Sustainable Development in the Maya World is occurring at the University Of Belize (UB). Love Correspondent Pauline Soberanis Tillett spoke to UB Vice President Dr. Marriot Simon about the goals of the seminar. Pauline Soberanis Tillett: “Sustainable development in the Maya world is the theme for the fourth Bi national seminar with …

“Financial Planning for Retirement”
Retirees have contributed significantly to the development of this country. Every year the number of retirees increase and with both men and women living longer, financial stability for our senior citizens is a concern. The National Council on Ageing wants to ensure that more persons get to experience financial security in their golden years. In …

Agriculture Minister discusses 8 Million US Climate Resilient loan
The Government had procured a 16 million Belize dollar loan from the International Fund for Agricultural Development for financial assistance in the execution of the Resilient Rural Belize Project. The education measures, as well as development goals, are geared towards rural areas to fortify our farmers who need to implement measures to offset the effects …

Gang related men released from prison
The State of Emergency declaration saw fifty one men incarcerated in early September as part of police’s efforts to reduce the gun violence and crime wave that were plaguing the city streets. Deputy Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams in his address to the media, noted that the men would be held for 30 days at …

The death penalty question
The last man to die by the death penalty in Belize was Kent Bowers who was hanged at the Belize Central Prison in 1985. “Bring back hanging” is one of the regular phrases that we hear when crime seems to go unabated and the courts are unable to provide justice. When Nicolas Guevara was 34 …

Businesses equipped with tools to access the European Market
Beltraide aims at tackling the problem of poverty by promoting business growth. Beltraide in collaboration with the CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) held a workshop to sensitize potential exporters as to the requirements of the European Union market. Dr. Leroy Almendarez, Executive Director of Beltraide, told the media that when our export expands it can …

Attempted abduction in the North
Tonight there are many reports circulating of kidnappings, attempted kidnappings or abductions. Our reporters have reached out to several law enforcement officials who have denied any truth to those reports. Yet, the messages keep coming in especially from out west of multiple incidents. Recently, there were reports coming out of the north about an attempted …

Police constable under investigation after firing firearm in public
A police constable is currently under scrutiny of the law as an incriminating video has surfaced with him firing several shots outside an Orange Walk nightclub on Guadalupe Street. However, as investigations are being conducted, PC Michael Patten revealed to investigators that his actions were solely a result of an altercation that transpired within the …

CWU: “PBL is not negotiating in good faith”
The Stevedores are disgruntled over the new working hours, which is being proposed by the Port of Belize Limited (PBL). Therefore, the Christian Workers Union (CWU) has sent a letter to the PBL threatening industrial action. Under their present working hours, stevedores may work from fifteen to thirty hours per shift. Meanwhile, under the proposed …

US national becomes victim to home invasion
An American national who investigators say has an active social life out west was the victim of a home invasion. 64-year-old, Juan William Scott Field lives in the Santa Cruz area in Santa Elena Town, Cayo District. He was found in his home unconscious by one of his workers …

The Reporter

ORANGE WALK TEEN FOUND ALIVE, SHE WAS REPORTED MISSING A WEEK AGO
Police are reporting that Analeily Chi, 14, was found alive and well in a home in San Luis Village, Orange Walk at around 5:30pm today. We are told that a man from San Jose Village has been detained as the investigation continues. Chan was reported missing almost a week ago by her father, who told Police he dropped her off near the market in town where she was supposed to meet friends to do a group project.

POLICE OFFICER FACE DISCIPLINARY CHARGES FOR DISCHARGING WEAPON AT OW NIGHTCLUB
Police sources have confirmed that a Police Officer assigned to the Special Patrol Unit is facing disciplinary charges after he fired his gun outside a nightclub in Orange Walk. The video shows a man in a white shirt, allegedly gang affiliate Jose Medina.

EDEN HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT ARRESTED FOR CARNAL KNOWLEDGE
On September 24, Eden High School in Santa Elena was in the news after Police detained two students, and were accused of using excessive force. There was public outcry because family members of one of the students, who is a 16 year old, claimed that he was being harassed simply because he was involved in a relationship with the daughter of the arresting officer; she is a 15 year old.

‘ALLEDGE’ HOME INVASION OF AMERICAN IN SANTA ELENA
According to reliable reports, American architect Scott Field, 64, is at the K.H.M.H. in a medically induced coma. Field appears to have been the victim of a brutal home invasion sometime between Sunday night and early Monday morning at his home in Santa Elena. He was found unconscious by an employee on Monday morning, with serious injuries to his head and face.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Taiwan to celebrate National Day on Oct 10th
Taiwan commemorates October 10 as their National Day. The day is set aside to commemorate the […]

Santa Cruz Primary School renovation project completed
On Friday, September 28, 2018, a closing ceremony was conducted at the Santa Cruz Primary Government […]

Carla Alvarez is US Embassy’s Woman of the Month
Every month, the United States Embassy in Belize honors a Belizean woman for her arduous work […]

More rains coming our way
The 24-hour forecast is for moist and unstable conditions to prevail over the region. Cloudy skies […]

National Hurricane Center monitoring weather system in the Caribbean Sea
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is currently monitoring a broad low pressure area centered near the northeastern coasts […]

San Ignacio police inform that they have not received reports of attempted kidnapping
Today, several residents of San Ignacio and Santa Elena asked the San Ignacio Police Commander to […]

Belize lends help to Canadian authorities to prosecute kidnapping case
Belizean authorities have granted a mutual assistance request from the Canadian prosecutors to assist in a […]

Belizean Writers Invited to Enter The 2019 Commonwealth Short Story Prize
Belizean authors are invited to participate in The 2019 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. The organization is searching for […]

BBN’s Zoila Gonzalez reflects on International Visitor Leadership Program experience, Week 1
Prominent online Belizean journalist, Zoila Gonzalez, a member of our Breaking Belize News is in the […]

Belizeans in the US concerned over Presidential Alert
Yesterday, many American citizens, as well as Belizeans in the USA, got a ‘ Presidential Alert’ text message. According to American media outlets, President Trump’s Administration is testing a never before used texting system.

Blogs

Belikin’s Octobeer Fest 2018 rolls out the Black and Tan!
Boil and bubble, toil and trouble…it looks like Belikin Beer has been brewing up something new! The brewing company of Belize has seasonal hits Sorrel Stout and Chocolate Stout, and this October, they’re running with the Octoberfest idea with their newest creation, the Black and Tan. By definition, a Black and Tan is a combination of a pale beer and a dark beer, with the pale ale poured first in a tall pint glass. The darker beer or stout is then poured carefully using an upside down tablespoon to prevent splashing and mixing of the beers. The end result is a layered drink that goes down quite deliciously! Of course, we’re not expecting a layered drink in the iconic Belikin bottles, but we’re sure the flavor is epic. Pre-sold on October 2nd, the limited-edition beers made their long-awaited arrival to the island’s refrigerators by late Wednesday evening.

Snapshots in San Pedro: Mixed Weather and Good Eats
I was ready to sit down and blog a few hours ago. After a quick walk with the dogs. We hurried out; dark clouds were looming. And as we closed the outside door to the balcony…a gust of wind and SLAM. I didn’t know it until we hurried back in light rain but…the lock broke and we were locked out. UGH. But now…back inside…here are my photos from the day. October weather is here. To me, it’s the stormiest, most changeable time of year. Torrential rains at night…followed by dark clouds early morning… and then BLAZING sun. Followed by clouds and then…you get the picture. This is all before noon. The heat is more intense than any other time of the year. The humidity is always around 100%…

International Sourcesizz

A Quest to Learn More about the Common Man
Archaeologist Eric Fries digs deep into the Maya civilization. Eric Fries’ inspiration stems from his childhood adventures alongside his grandfather. “My grandfather was a hobby archaeologist in Germany. He took me out when I was little into the fields to work with him,” he said. Now, Fries is in his second year of the anthropology doctoral program studying archaeology; only this time, he is working in the fields of Belize. He researches Maya archaeology, focusing in settlement, where he looks at big cities and their outlying areas. Fries will share his research at the third annual Graduate Showcase on Oct. 12.

Videos

  • Rice & Beans 2018, 2.5min. 24h in Mexico, 1 week in Belize and 1 week in Guatemala

  • Belikin Beer September Celebrations Giveaway, 1min. A promotional video created on behalf of Belikin Beer as part of their September celebrations giveaway. The aim of the competition was to collect all six district labels printed on the bottles and stick them in a label book.

  • New River boat ride and Lamanai Belize, 5min.

  • Jungle Rope Swing In Belize, 7min. Take a trip to Belize and does a rope swing! They also do a super cool hike to a cave and get really dirty and messy.

  • This is what the inside of a cacao pod looks like, 1/2min. The beans will be fermented and dried following a specific protocol before they become the base ingredient in our fine flavor chocolate bars!

  • PAHO/WHO Belize and the Ministry of Health, 45min. Dr. Noreen Jack - PAHO/WHO Representative Belize, Dr. Natalia Largaespada Beer - Technical Adviser, Ministry of Health

  • Excelsior High School 2018 academic year, 25min. Excelsior High School is still accepting applications for students for the 2018 academic year. The school currently has 92 students but they are working to increase enrollment. We spoke with their representatives about how the school has improved its programs and services to students. We also met two of their students who talked about the school and student culture at Excelsior. On our couch: Sean Martinez - Head of Department, EHS. Dorie Blanco - Spanish Teacher, EHS. Brian Kelly - 4th Form Student, EHS. Anika Tillett - 4th Form Student, EHS.

  • Coastal Zone Management Authority - PLAY "Tides of Men.", 21min. Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute continues to celebrate its 20th Anniversary. The next activity on their calendar is the premiere of the play "Tides of Men." Written and directed by Joseph Stamp Romero the play hopes to teach the public about sustainable development issues. We spoke with their representatives about the process and how this helps them raise awareness about their work. On our couch: Victor Sho - Sports Fishing Coordinator, CZMAI. Brianne Aldana - Cast Member, TIDES of MEN. Randall Sheppard - Cast Member, TIDES of MEN. Raheem Phillips - Cast Member, TIDES of MEN.

  • The Life Of A Village Teacher, 4.5min.

  • Morning Matters with Shyne Barrow and Beenie Man, 64min.

  • Morning Matters in Caye Caulker, 58min.

  • Belize Vacation, 1min.

  • Landing at Placencia airstrip in Belize, 1min. Final approach and landing at the amazing airstrip in Placencia, Belize. This is one of the most awesome airstrips I've ever landed at.

  • Flight from Ambergris Caye to Belize City, 7min.

  • Scuba Diving in Belize, 15min.