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Today's Belize News: October 6, 2018 #532631
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The San Pedro Sun

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.

The San Pedro Town Council pleased with Sargassum clean-up campaign
A total of 1,700 yards of Sargassum was removed from the beaches of San Pedro Town during a massive clean-up campaign on September 27th and 28th, after the non-stop influx of the seaweed was declared a natural disaster. The San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) spearheaded the initiative, which led to the formation of the San Pedro Sargassum Task Force Group (SPSTFG). This clean-up campaign is part of a short-term plan to ensure that the accumulated Sargassum is removed from the beaches.

Secretary General of the Commonwealth supports Belize’s integrity and weighs in on the upcoming ICJ referendum
Secretary General of the Commonwealth, the Right Honourable Patricia Scotland, reaffirmed the organization’s staunch support of Belize’s sovereignty and territorial integrity during her two-day visit to the country on October 1st and 2nd. The Secretary-General indicated that Belize and the Commonwealth continue to enjoy excellent relations, as the Jewel is very important to the organization. Scotland also spoke of the position of the Commonwealth on the upcoming referendum on whether Belize should head to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to end the Guatemalan territorial claim. While she did not encourage a yes or no vote, Scotland was clear on the Commonwealth’s point of view that there is no legality in the Guatemalan claim.

2018 Mosquito Awareness Week Jingle Competition
The Ministry of Health in collaboration with Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and Belize Red Cross are officially launching a jingle competition for the 2018 Mosquito Awareness Week, which is scheduled to take place from Monday, October 22nd to Friday, October 26th, under the theme: “Fight the Bite. Destroy Mosquito Breeding Sites.” The objective of this week is to sensitize Belizeans about personal protection and the elimination of breeding sites to reduce the prevalence of vector-borne diseases (VBDS). This year’s campaign focuses on increasing community participation in the elimination of breeding sites for Aedes aegypti, the mosquito that transmits dengue, chikungunya, Zika and urban yellow fever. Aedes mosquitos are well adapted to human settlements and tend to breed in stagnant waters in manmade containers such as tires, buckets, barrels, planters, and trash containers. This is why it is so important to get citizens actively involved in mosquito control.

Ambergris Today

New Mental Health Support Group For Family Caregivers In Belize
A new organization has been established that seeks to strengthen and support family members, in their roles as caregivers of persons with mental disabilities through advocacy, networking, education, and public awareness. In 2016, a small group of concerned parents and individuals came together to share experiences of living with a family member suffering from mental illness and identified the need for an advocacy organization. FAITH (Families Advocating for Improvements in the Treatment of Mental Health) was officially registered in February 2018 and has begun working in the Belmopan community. The organization will work in collaboration with mental health professionals and other stakeholders to advocate for the necessary improvements in services.

Misc Belizean Sources

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San Pedro Town Mayor Daniel Guerrero States Opposition to Approved Development at Cayo Rosario
Members of the board of the Ambergris Caye Citizen for Sustainable Development (ACCSD) held a very successful meeting with San Pedro Mayor Daniel Guerrero on Thursday, September 26th to discuss the controversial Cayo Rosario Development. Mayor Guerrero stated that he is “totally against” the Cayo Rosario development as it has been approved within the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Mayor Daniel Guerrero and the San Pedro Town Council stand with the ACCSD recognizing that the Hol Chan Marine Reserve is one of this island’s most important environmental and economic assets.

Hon. Carla Barnett Meets with Christian Workers Union and Port of Belize Limited
On Tuesday, October 2nd, the Ministry of Labour was informed of an impasse in the negotiations for a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) to cover Stevedores via a letter from the Christian Workers Union (CWU) dated September 28th, 2018. The CWU declared notice to institute industrial action against the Port of Belize Limited (PBL) in accordance with Section (15) of the Settlement of Disputes in Essential Services Act, Chapter 298, Laws of Belize. Minister of State in the Ministry of Labour Dr. Carla Barnett, immediately embarked on a fact-finding exercise to determine whether an impasse does exist. On Wednesday and Thursday, October 3rd and 4th, the Minister held two separate meetings each with the CWU and the PBL, respectively, to ascertain what had transpired so far and to encourage both parties to resume negotiations. These meetings revealed that negotiations have been ongoing for over six years and that there are several issues on which agreements have already been reached and implemented through several Memoranda of Understanding which are to be incorporated in the final CBA.

S.O.S Cuisine is now open in Corozal
We are now open from Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Calls at 666-3640.

Tourism Industry Conference 2018 Hosted by Belize Tourism Board
You are cordially invited to the annual Tourism Industry Conference 2018. "Rising Tourism Trends & its Impact on the Belize Market." RSVP Before October 8th to reserve your spot! Friday, October 19, 2018 at 8:30 AM – 4 PM, The Ramada Belize City Princess

Miss and Mister San Pedro High School 2018-2019
Congratulations to the newly elected Miss and Mister San Pedro High School 2018-2019, Aaliyah Pilgrim (Leah J. Pilgrim), and Kurt Cus (Kurt Ayo Çus)! May you both reign well!

MONITORING INVEST 91 L - PREPARING FOR POSSIBLE FLOODING
As we enter the weekend, we advise Belizeans, particularly those living in flood prone areas, to stay alert and informed as our National Met Service and National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) continue to monitor a broad area of disturbance in the Caribbean Sea which the Hurricane Center has named Invest 91L, and which has a high chance of tropical development late this weekend or early next week in the Caribbean Sea or southern Gulf of Mexico. Regardless of development, this will bring torrential rainfall to portions of Central America (including Belize) and the Yucatan Peninsula over the next few days, which can cause flooding. So far NEMO has NOT issued an ADVISORY, but will do so if and when it becomes necessary.

Doña Maria's new location in San Pedro
Doña Maria is happy at her new location on the corner entrance of the Escalante Subdivision. Her fruit/veg stand looks bright and inviting.

Blue Creek river rising
These are the hardship and struggles High school students, primary school teachers and students, commuters face when Blue Creek river goes up.

Injured Tapir
In early March of this year, we reported on our response to an injured tapir in the Lord's Bank area, Belize District. The Vet who responded Dr. Orlando Amir Baptist recommended that "Lordess" be brought in for medical care; she had several lacerations, was very thin, loaded with ticks, she had an upper respiratory infection and was only breathing through her mouth. After consultation with the Forest Department, "Lordess" was taken to the Belize Zoo. During the past seven months, several other veterinarians including Drs.Sarrah Kaye Teri Weronko Adam Denish and George Kollias have provided additional evaluation and treatment for "Lordess." Our hope was to release her back into the wild...however on the advice of the vets this will no longer be an option. She still has a molar infection that needs to be addressed and will require at least 2 hours under general anesthesia. We are happy to report that we are finally seeing a gradual increase in her weight, from 365lbs back in May to 377lbs on her last weigh a few weeks ago. It is hope that "Lordess" will eventually join the "geriatric" tapirs at the Belize Zoo and serve as an ambassador for her species.

Football Workshop
The Corozal Football Association in conjunction with the Corozal Sports Council takes this opportunity to thank each and every participant that took part in today's workshop. We are pleased with the positive outcomes and involvement of each coach/teacher displayed during the session. Our office expresses acknowledgement to: 1. The Football Federation of Belize (host) 2. The Nsc Belize (co-host) 3. Mr. Louis Arcurio (Commissioner) 4. Mr. Frank Sutherland (Instructor/ Technical) 5. Mr. Carlos Net Acosta Sr. (Coordinator) 6. Mr. Ivan Puerto Martinez (Chairman-CSC) 7. Mr. Abimael Yam and Mrs. Daniels (Referee Representative) 8. Ms. Miriam Villamil (HR) This is the beginning of many upcoming training for our District.

His Excellency Mr. Charles K. Y. Liu,visits ATM
His Excellency Mr. Charles K. Y. Liu, the Ambassador of Taiwan (ROC) to Belize recently visited both the Actun Tunichil Muknal and the Benque Viejo Archaeological Reserves.

VACANCY: Massage Therapist/Esthetician in San Pedro

Channel 7

Labour Minister Says Port Players Inching Back Towards Negotiating Table
Last night you saw both sides of the labour dispute between the Christian Workers Union, which is representing the stevedores, and the management of the Port of Belize. The negotiations for a collective bargaining agreement between the waterfront workers and the port's management have reached an impasse. And so the Government, through the Ministry of Labour, has had to step in a try to resolve it as a mediator, so that the stevedores don't strike in 21 days. The dispute is based on hours of work. The Port wants the stevedores to stop working very long shifts - from the Port's perspective, it's against the labor law. The stevedores - on the other hand - welcome the long hours of work, because they earn more. Both sides aren't budging, so the Minister of State for Labour, Dr. Carla Barnett has been doing shuttle diplomacy to break the impasse.

Heavy Weather Rolling In This Weekend
Some heavy weather could be rolling into Belize this weekend and you need to be prepared - especially if you are in flood prone areas. The low pressure area is called Invest 91L, and right now it's sitting near Cabo Gracias a Dios or just north of eastern Honduras. Here's why you need to watch it closely. The National Met Service says the models show that it will move west-northwest towards Belize then turn northward on Sunday. Some models show the low center coming just offshore Belize by Sunday morning.

Alleged Attempted Abductor Asks For Bail, Judge Balks
63 year-old Roger Wallis, the British national who police charged for 2 counts attempted kidnapping, has been on remand at the Belize Central Prison for 5 days. Police say that he tried to kidnap an 8 year-old boy in Belmopan on last week Monday. Well, his attorney, Hurl Hamilton, made an application for Supreme Court bail on his behalf today before Justice Adolph Lucas. Hamilton tried to convince the judge that Wallis is not a flight risk, and that he has been living in Belize for the past 3 years.

FECTAB Fumes And Then Makes Friends
Last night, we told you how the Belize Tourism Board and the Belize City Council pumped the brakes and postponed what they were calling a "dry run" to move the small local tour operators from the FSTV to an area near the Marion Jones Stadium. The idea is to ease the congestion outside of the tourism village. It first came up earlier this year when the former UDP City Council first floated it. At the time, the local tour operators strenuously resisted it - and Mayor-to-be Bernard Wagner sided with the local tour operators. But that's back when he was trying to get elected, and so those same tour operators were outraged when it appeared that he was going back on his word. This morning, FECTAB organized a press conference at the Radisson, to sending a resounding message that they will resist this change, if BTB and the Council tries to push the issue.

School Shut Down For Sewage Problem
Imagine a school of almost 500 students having to shut down for four days - just because the sewerage system is all messed up. It's happening right now in Dangriga at Sacred Heart Primary School. Principal Phillipa Hewlett told us she was forced to shut down school simply because all the school's toilets could not flush and many of them were backing up. A filthy mess, and no way to have 480 students and 23 staff. So, the principal took a decision to call off classes from earlier this week on Wednesday to next week Tuesday. During that time, she has used some donated funds to replace the ancient sewerage system that has been failing for years.

Cabbie Stabbing
A taxi man was stabbed in Belize City last night - fortunately he survived and is in a stable condition. At around 11:00, 51 year old Rockson Odiete was in a van with a male passenger on Gentle Avenue - which happens to be close to the taxi-man;s home. This passenger reportedly attacked him, and stabbed him to the chest and hands. Odiete ran into a drain and his passenger dashed off. Police have made no arrests but do have a suspect.

Bones In Belmopan Yield No Clues
A gathering of bones, believed to be human remains were found in Belmopan today. The discovery was made near the WASA sewage plant, near the agricultural showgrounds on hummingbird Highway. It's far from definitive as there are just a few scattered bones - which is hardly enough for police to form a full picture. They note also that it could have run off form the sewage plant. The Forensic examiner has not yet reached any conclusion on whether the bones are form a male or female or of what age the person was.

Fire on Jimmy Dyer
A 72 year old man was almost burnt alive in his home last night. It happened after 8:00 on Jimmy Dyer Street on Fabers Road Extension. Delvino Vasquez was inside his home sleeping when his house caught on fire. A man alerted him and he was able to get out in time. We spoke to a helpful neighbor off camera. Voice of: Neighbor: "I was in my room already laying down on my bed when I heard my daughter yelled fire. So I came outside. We all ran down the steps, but I went straight to the pipe to get a bucket that was already filled. But when I came to the gate, the fire was already blazing. So I didn't even bother to throw the water. One of the neighbors called the fire service and then we just waited, but during the time when the fire started the neighbor was in the house, but at the same time a BDF soldier was passing and he helped the man out of the house and so he came out and just watch the house go up in flames."

Arenal Sensemilla
Yesterday we told you about major weed discoveries in the north. Well out west, Benque Viejo Police say that they found a sack of weed yesterday.. At around 2:00 in the afternoon, cops searched a bushy area at mile 3 on the Arenal Road. That's where they found a red sack which contained 26 pounds of marijuana. Nobody was in the area, and the drugs were deposited as found property. Arenal is known as a major transit point for weed from Guatemala.

Buckshot in Benque
And the Benuqe cops say that also found an illegal shotgun. At around 7:30 a.m. yesterday, officers searched a bushy lot on Riverside Street in the Town, and after an entire sweep of the property, they found a 12-gauge pump action shotgun. Again, no one was in the area, and so it has been labeled and deposited as found property.

The PSE And Prisoners
Every year we cover the PSE, we interview the kids after they sit the exams and of course evaluate their performance. Well, there is a group of PSE takers that don't get all the publicity, they are the Kolbe Foundation prisoners and they are very much worthy of note. There was a ceremony at the prison today to celebrate 13 inmates who passed the PSE. Also, over 50 inmates received certificates in andragogy training which is a method of teaching adult learners. Here is Chief Executive Officer Virgilio Murillo's message to the inmates.

Claver College Crisis Continues
Today there were reports that the situation at Claver College in Punta Gorda had been resolved. The story we got was that the teachers would be re-instated, and the students - who spent all of last week protesting - would be back in class. That would have been a happily ever after, but it is not to be. Chairman of the Board Lisel Alamilla told us that she is happy to hear the students are coming back to class but the teachers are not being reinstated. She said the new teachers will be the ones showing up to teach. She added that police will be there to ensure their safety since threats have been made.

Jarrell, The Big Baby Ready To Rumble at 317 Lbs.
Tomorrow, Belizean-American Jarrell Miller will fight in Chicago - as the top ranked heavyweight contender makes another step towards his bid for the world heavyweight title. The undefeated 30 year old will face 41 year old Polish fighter, Tomasz Adamek at DePaul University's Wintrust Arena. According to boxingscene.com, Jarrell, or as he is known, Big Baby, weighed in at a career-high 317 pounds, 90 pounds more than Adamek's 227. Big Baby has definitely been doubling up on those salbutes he likes to talk about so much - and he is about 13 pounds heavier then he was for his last fight which was a victory.

Channel 5

FECTAB: We Will Not Be Moved to Marion Jones
The Federation of Cruise Tourism Associations of Belize, FECTAB, is at odds once again with the Belize Tourism Board; this time over a proposal to remove tour operators from the [...]

FECTAB Predicted Shortcomings of Cruise Tourism Industry
FECTAB President, Yhony Rosado broke down how the move has personally affected him and other tour operators, saying that the small tour operators predicted that their fate would be hanging [...]

CitCo to Shelf Proposal until Further Consultations
As we said, Thursday’s press conference was postponed at the request of the City Council because of the outcry by the tour operators. Today, Deputy Mayor Oscar Arnold attended the [...]

Does B.T.B. Have the Best Interest of Small Tour Operators?
FECTAB says that the B.T.B. is appeasing Carnival Cruise Lines at the detriment of the small tour operators and tour guides posted outside of FSTV. According to the umbrella organization, [...]

CEMO Meets to Look at Approaching Weather System
A weather system is looming near Honduras and it is expected that it will become a tropical depression as it passes near Belize over the weekend.  The City Emergency Management [...]

Flood Prone Areas are Identified in the Belize District and the Old Capital
According to Al Westby, Central Regional Coordinator for NEMO, district coordinators have been asked to identify flood prone areas within their respective communities.  River monitors have also been called in [...]

Stevedores and Port Management to Resume Discussions on October Tenth
Will cooler heads prevail between waterfront workers and the management of Port of Belize Limited, as the twenty-one day notice for industrial action inches closer?  Both parties are yet to [...]

Graham Creek Village Forgotten and Neglected?
This week, we showed you the story of Graham Creek Government School, where the commitment of two dedicated teachers to the teaching profession has inspired many across the country. The [...]

MOE Knows About Graham Creek Teachers’ Hardship
The arduous journey that teachers of Graham Creek Government School embark upon in order to carry out their responsibility of teaching children in one of Belize’s most southern villages continues [...]

MOE to Intervene in Claver College Troubles
Some sixty-five students at Saint Peter Claver College Extension in Punta Gorda are demanding that the nine teachers who were terminated by the school’s board be reinstated. The students staged [...]

13 Inmates Successfully Sit P.S.E.
Thirteen inmates of the Belize Central prison today proudly received their certificate of recognition for successfully sitting the Primary School Examinations. Another fifty-six inmates also received recognition for completing training [...]

Fire Destroys Small Home on Jimmy Dyer Street
A fire in vicinity of Faber’s Road on Thursday night completely destroyed a small wooden structure reportedly occupied by an elderly couple.  The blaze happened on Jimmy Dyer Street sometime [...]

OW Police Looking for Juan Quintero
Twenty-eight-year-old Orange Walk resident Juan “Canikas” Quintero is wanted by police. Quintero is a known affiliate of the Back-A-Town Crips gang and from what we understand, he is on the [...]

State of Emergency Affected Tour Operators in the City
The state of emergency on two south side neighbourhoods has expired and as you heard on Thursday night, several persons caught in the dragnet complained of being unlawfully detained. But [...]

Costa Rica Minister Says the Region Must Preserve its Forests to Tackle Climate Change
This week, we bring you another story about the Global Climate Action Summit held two weeks ago. At that summit, a number of cities, businesses and organizations made commitments in [...]

The Mayan Art of Making Chocolate
Situated in San Ignacio Town, Ajaw Chocolate and Crafts attracts thousands of visitors every year, but the family owned and operated company is struggling to get its name out there. [...]

Tea Party at HelpAge
The Help Age Belize District Branch held its annual Tea Party for over one hundred and fifty seniors today in Belize City. This week the organization is observing older persons [...]


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LOVE FM

Grace Primary hosts Math Fair
The Primary School Examination (PSE) reflects the struggle students continue to have with mathematics. For example, half of the students who sat the PSE exam this year scored an E on the math portion of it. The Ministry of Education and schools continue to seek ways to help students better perform at mathematics. Today, Grace …

Low pressure to dump more rains on Belize
The rains have been incessant in the past few days and as the weekend approaches the Belize Weather Bureau is forecasting similar weather conditions. Reporter, Johnelle McKenzie took a drive north to meet with the Deputy Chief Meteorologist, Derrick Rudon. Derrick Rudon Deputy Chief Meteorologist: “There is an area of low pressure located near North …

Prison inmate receives highest score on PSE
Inmates at the Belize Central Prison who sat the Primary School Examination or underwent the Education Andragogy Training were honored today during a ceremony on the compound. Marvin Stephens topped the PSE results among his peers at the prison. According to Stephens he is looking to better his life. Marvin Stephens, Inmate: “I want to …

Prison inmates honored for participation in PSE and MOE A
Cindy Gregg School: it is an education centre for the inmates at the Belize Central Prison. Sitnah Blease reports on how and why the centre exists. Sitnah Blease: 71 inmates of the Belize Central Prison were recognized by the Kolbe Foundation for their efforts made at higher learning. A ceremony took place this morning on …

Couple’s home destroyed by fire
A couple is homeless after fire completely destroyed their home located on Jimmy Dyer Street in Belize City. Delvino Vasquez said he was sound asleep when he was awoken by the smell of smoke. Love News spoke with Berrisford Matura, Assistant Fire Chief, who said that the fire department was alerted to the fire at …

CEMO holds Press Conference since Invest 91L Will Make it Rain
Invest 91L is the name given to a weather system that is expected to bring a lot of rain over Belize this weekend. There is so much downpour expected that it has prompted the City Emergency Management Organization (CEMO) and the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) to have their volunteers across the country on standby. …

Labour Minister meets with PBL and CWU but braces for possible Tribunal
Minister of State in the Ministry of Labour Dr. Carla Barnett met with the Christian Workers Union (CWU) over the impasse it has with the Port of Belize on the collective bargaining agreement for the stevedores who service the ships at the port. The last two days saw Minister Barnett meeting with both the CWU …

Amandala

Stevedores threaten waterfront strike!
In the wake of a 21-day notice for industrial action against the Port of Belize Limited (PBL) that the Christian Workers Union (CWU) served on September 28 on behalf of stevedores employed by PBL, there has been a feverish attempt on the part of the Government of Belize to find an end to the labor impasse. Minister of State in the Ministry of Labor, Dr. Carla Barnett, and the Acting Labor Commissioner, Mrs. Paulette Wagner, have brokered a series of meetings between the two parties — the CWU and the Port of Belize Limited, represented by its Chief Executive Officer, Arturo “Tux” Vasquez. More meetings between the parties are scheduled for tomorrow, Friday.

51 State of Public Emergency detainees released
In the early morning hours of September 4, police units raided the homes of a number of suspected gang affiliates in two Southside neighborhoods — Ghost Town (Banak Street) and George Street, which were declared areas of public emergency, defined by a proclamation that was signed by Governor General, Sir Colville Young. Last night, before the stroke of midnight, several police vehicles went to the Belize Central Prison, on the Hattieville/Burrell Boom Road to collect all the men who had been detained for the one-month period under the state of emergency proclamation.

4 home invasions/burglaries in one week in the Cayo District
News of two worrisome incidents came out of the Cayo District this week concerning two senior citizens who were badly beaten during separate home invasions. The first incident occurred on Monday, October 1, at the home of an American national, William Scott Field, 64. According to police, one of Field’s workers arrived at his home in Santa Elena and began calling out for him. The worker became concerned when Field did not respond, and, having his own keys to the home, he used these to enter. When he did enter, he found Field on the floor in a semi-unconscious state, with serious injuries to his face. Field was taken to the San Ignacio Community Hospital, and later transported to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in Belize City, where today he reportedly was in a coma and was listed in a critical condition.

Belizean-American remanded for hotel murder of Caye Caulker man
A police investigation into the brutal murder of Christopher Meighan, 21, a baker of Caye Caulker, led to the arrest of Belizean-American Lalman Richard Logan, 29. Logan was arrested Friday evening at the Philip Goldson International Airport, while he was waiting to board a plane to fly out of the country. Today, Logan was arraigned on a charge of murder at the San Pedro Magistrate’s Court, and remanded until December 6. A second suspect in Meighan’s murder, Rufino Hernandez, a fisherman of San Mateo, San Pedro, was arrested in Belize City.

UWI signs agreement with UNIBAM for new course
On Tuesday, October 2, the University of the West Indies (UWI) signed an agreement with the United Belize Advocacy Movement (UNIBAM) to start implementing a course to explore different topics regarding sexual orientation and gender identity. The course is titled “Citizen Rights and State Responsibilities for the Sexually Vulnerable and Victimized in Belize” and will commence sometime this month. According to the head of UWI’s Open Campus in Belize, Jane Bennett, UNIBAM had approached them with the idea of this new course. Caleb Orozco, executive director of UNIBAM, worked alongside UWI Belize’s program officer, Sharmayne Saunders, for a few months developing the course.

Check out the free KREM app today!
This year, KREM FM, Belize’s first private radio station, has become more accessible than ever with its new app. Launched in March of this year, the app can be easily downloaded by users either from the Google Play Store or the Apple Store so that they can access the latest news and listen in to select KREM radio programs on the go. The app allows users to listen to KREM Radio live, as well as listen to repeats of the evening newscasts that are aired daily. As mentioned, the programming for the different radio shows can also be found on the app.

Softball great, Claudette Busch passes
As softball fans prepared for the Annual Charles Solis Invitational Tournament this past weekend at Rogers Stadium, news was received of the passing on Friday of softball great, Claudette Busch in Los Angeles, California, USA. Chief umpire at the Charles Solis Tournament on Sunday, Leslie Rogers, who shared a son with Claudette, informed us of her passing. Claudette, who attended All Saints’ Primary and Belize Junior Secondary School No. 1 (later named E.P. Yorke High School) before going on to the Belize Technical College, spent most of her adult years in Belize as an employee at Belize Electricity Limited (BEL), while enjoying an outstanding career in ladies softball, representing Belize in every international tournament between 1978 and 1987, when she migrated to the U.S.

Dangriga bi-monthly pool tournament winners
This past weekend in Dangriga, Hon. Frank Papa Mena’s bi-monthly individual pool tournament at Aba Isieni Cool Spot had 18 players from across Stann Creek District partaking. The defending champ, Enfield Coleman retained his title in this round. The winners are: 1st Place – Enfield Coleman; 2nd Lyndon “Jet P” Parham; and 3rd Carlos Molena.

Belize represented at Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games
The III Summer Youth Olympic Games will take place in Buenos Aires, Argentina from October 6 – 18, 2018, where almost 4,000 athletes will compete in 36 disciplines. The Youth Olympic Games are an elite multi-sport program for athletes ages 15 to 18, and are held every 4 years. Buenos Aires 2018 will be the first gender balanced Olympic event, meaning equal numbers of male and female athletes. Belize will be represented by a contingent of 2 athletes, 2 coaches and a Chief of Mission.

Corozal FA U-15 and U-17 update
This week marked the 8th week of the Corozal Football Association’s (CFA) ongoing U-15 Male and U-17 Male Tournaments, with a total of 5 teams for the U-15, and 10 teams for the U-17. The tournament also includes U-10 Male and U-17 Female categories. We are pleased to report that all games have been a success. We extend a sincere thanks to our Organizing Committee Chairman, Mr. Melhem Williams, for his continued support, commitment and dedication. A big thank you to all the parents, club managers, players and coaches. This past weekend’s games on Saturday and Sunday were all played at the Carolina Football Field.

Belizeans, have we failed?
Bobby Lopez’s Belize Peace Movement honored the late Hon. Philip Goldson this Wednesday in Belmopan on the anniversary of our national hero’s death in the capital city on October 3, 2001. Such honor for Mr. Goldson is good. There is a mystique which surrounds the memory of Mr. Goldson: he has become a saint almost, and the reason is that his patriotism was so pure and unflinching. On the anniversary of Mr. Goldson’s death, this newspaper would like to take a hard look at Belize’s political independence. We have to ask the question: have we failed?

From The Publisher
Casual students of the Mexican Revolution, which may have lasted from 1910 to 1940, will readily recall the names of Emiliano Zapata and Pancho Villa, but it is only serious students of that revolution who are aware of the important revolutionary presidencies in Mexico of Calles in the 1920s and Cardenas in the 1930s. It may be that many of the socio-political gains of the Mexican Revolution have now been reversed. There were some Mexican presidencies in the latter part of the twentieth century, such as that of Carlos Salinas de Gortari, which were practically neoliberal.

Let’s be equitably informed on the referendum
Although some Belizeans have already decided how they will vote in the upcoming referendum next April, there are still many more that are confused by the noise in the market place. I am therefore writing these few lines in the hope that they may, in some small measure, add a little clarity to a crisis which has now become political as well as existential.

Andy Jones cries out from Peini …
Dear Editor, I wonder if you would find it worthy to print this letter. It’s quite late at night as I write this, but I am thinking back on the many articles that Amandala has printed giving the common man on the streets a voice to the world, which has convinced me to go ahead and write this letter. It is only because of the Amandala’s generosity to the people that I write and ask your assistance in helping me show my displeasure towards the Punta Gorda Town Mayor, his administrator and some of his councillors.

Belize can only draw, or lose …
Dear Editor, “To go or not to go to the ICJ;” that is the question. Just borrowing from Shakespeare. For Mr. Elrington to have fought for sixty years to go, and now Belizeans are against it, must be mind-boggling to him and those who believe we should go. Belizeans are already skeptical of courts, and compounded by all of our losses in international cases, we cannot be blamed. Sixty years is very long, and short at the same time; time is relative. Still, many things have happened in Belize since then, including a couple threats of invasion from Guatemala. The British, and a couple natural disasters (God), have helped our little country remain intact.

Revisiting past child abductions in Belize and missing children
It seems as if every other week a child is reported missing. The relief of families when their loved one is found is immense. Far too often, the story ends in grief. Sometimes, the bodies of children who disappeared are discovered, and although the family receives the closure they need, it does little to lessen the grief. Last Monday, September 24, three children narrowly escaped being abducted by a Caucasian man who was driving a white van with painted decorations on the side and front.

Reflections on the Heads of Agreement
In his September 28, 2018, column, the Publisher of Amandala called for more reflection and conversation surrounding the events which happened 37 years ago during the civil uproar that came with the pronouncement of the Heads of Agreement in March of 1981. Indeed, it is important to ask what is the stigma surrounding this momentous period and why it has resulted in a seeming avoidance of any serious public discussion on the subject for the last thirty seven years.

Guats trying to turn back the time
I told one of my nephews that I preferred Judy Boucher to Sade, and I saw his eyebrows go up. I think Sade is super spectacular, a talent for all time. But I measure artists by what they do for my melancholia. If you don’t understand the possessive pronoun there, well, you should – as all the without of a person is theirs, so is all that’s within. The human mind, it’s a crazy labyrinth, and the craziest people to emerge from its corridors are the homosexuals. They have the full patent. They’re quite the study, and that’s why they oftentimes hog up the headlines. Bah, they’re not going to hog up my headlines. This story is not about them.

I got to visit the border this weekend!
As the youth focal point on the National Steering Committee for the Global Environment Facility’s Small Grants Program, I get the amazing opportunity to travel the country conducting pre-site and follow up visits of our grantees, and I took my first official visit to the beautiful Toledo District. We first visited Jalacte Village, which sits along Belize’s western border with our neighbour, Guatemala. The village has no connection to electricity nor does it have running water. Villagers depend on water pumps that run dry during the dry season.

Gas prices up yet again
Yesterday, the price for regular gas went up seemingly for the umpteenth time this year. The price rose by 16 cents per gallon, from $11.04 to $11.20. The last time gas prices increased was very recently, on September 19, when the price of premium gas went up 7 cents per gallon, from $11.70 to $11.77. This time, the price of premium gas remained the same, and so did the price of diesel, which remained at $10.69 per gallon, and the price of kerosene, which remained at $8.34 per gallon.

CCJ rejects appeal of convicted murderer Dionicio “Life” Salazar
The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) heard submissions this morning, via teleconference, between the Supreme Court in Belize City and its Port of Spain, Trinidad headquarters, in the appeal of Dionicio “Life” Salazar, a convicted murderer who is serving a life sentence under the previous sentencing regime for murder. After hearing submissions from Salazar’s attorney, Anthony Sylvestre, and the Crown, represented by Senior Crown Counsel, Sheiniza Smith, Belize’s highest court, the CCJ, denied the appeal and upheld the Court of Appeal decision that Salazar is guilty of the June 13, 2010 murder of Marlon Rivera, which occurred in San Ignacio Town, Cayo District.

Retired immigration officer held up in Corozal; vehicle stolen
Retired immigration officer Eugene Middleton, 65, of Halls Layout, Corozal Town, was held up on Olga Marin Drive in Halls Layout at about 10:00 Saturday night by two armed robbers. He pleaded with them not to kill him; one of them punched him in the face and they sped away in his pickup. Middleton later reported the robbery to the Corozal police at about 7:00 Sunday morning. After making the official report, he and his brother-in-law began to search for his vehicle, and they found it abandoned in San Antonio, Corozal District.

More drama at Youth Hostel: 10 girls break through the ceiling and climb on the roof
Ten adolescent girls who are resident inmates at the Princess Royal Youth Hostel staged a protest around 10:00 a.m. this morning when they broke through the sheetrock ceiling and ended up on top of the roof of one of the buildings at their Mile 21 compound. Authorities had to rely on police and Belize Defence Force soldiers to remove them, said a government press release that was issued today. In the press release, the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation gave their version of what occurred at the girls’ section of the institution.

The Reporter

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE & NEMO, WARN OF HEAVY TURRENTIAL RAINS AND FLOODING
All NEMO District Coordinators met this afternoon to make sure of their state of readiness in the EOC (Emergency Operations Centers) as they monitor the movement of a weather system approaching the Yucatan. NEMO is advising people living in low-lying and flood-prone areas to closely monitor the weather system, which will produce heavy rains as it crosses near northern Belize over the next few days.

HUMAN REMAINS FOUND NEAR BELMOPAN SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT
Police have confirmed that human remains were discovered today in a pond near the Belize Water Services sewage compound behind the Ministry of Works in Belmopan . A pathologist who examined the remains has certifed that they included a human jawbone and shoulder bones. No injuries were detected on the bones retrieved and the pathologist said that the person was male and death occurred about three months ago.

COLA SUPPORTS STEVEDORES
The Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action (COLA) says it supports the stevedores in their plight with the Port of Belize Limited (PBL). In a press release issued today, COLA points out that while stevedores are essential workers just as are teachers, doctors and police, they are not given the same level of courtesy and appreciation. COLA notes the efforts that stevedores have put out over the years to seek a solution to their labour issues with the Port of Belize Limited (PBL).

CLOCK TICKING ON STEVEDORE STRIKE
The Christian Workers Union (CWU) announced this week that despite meetings with the Minister of Labour, it is still prepared to hold industrial action within its 21-day deadline for stevedores working at the Port of Belize Limited (PBL). The CWU held a press conference on Thursday evening, explaining that the Union had two meetings with the Minister of Labour, Dr. Carla Barnett, the Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Labour and the Acting Labour Commissioner.

DPP’s OFFICE BLASTS BPD! – POLICE DROPPED THE BALL
Last Wednesday, September 26th, eight men charged for the murder of Orange Walk resident, Ariel Salazar in February 2018 walked out of the Magistrate’s Court free men after the matter was struck out. In an interview shortly after, Deputy Commissioner of Police Chester Williams explained that they received the case file from the office of the DPP just one day before the case, and because it contained instructions for the Police, it was incomplete and could not be taken to Court.

CLAVER COLLEGE TEACHERS AND BOARD MEET
The teachers of Claver College Extension (CCE), in Punta Gorda, have agreed to a meeting with members of the school’s board to resolve a dispute which has seen the school dismiss 9 of its 11 teachers on staff, sparking a week-long demonstration by students supporting their instructors. That meeting was scheduled for late Thursday evening as the Reporter goes to press. We will have updates following the outcome of the meeting.

THE FOUR STOOGES
All of Belize became alarmed, and rightly so, when on Monday 24th September, the Minister of National Security sent the Chiefs of our security forces to shamelessly push the Yes-to-the-ICJ agenda. Many people were horrified that the Commander of the BDF and the Commandant of the Coast Guard allowed themselves to be placed in such an unholy position.

TASK-FORCE SEEKING ALTERNATIVES TO STYROFOAM AND PLASTICS
Since the government introduced legislation to phase out the use of Styrofoam and single-use plastic utensils by 2019, several government departments, NGOs and industry stakeholders have been engaged in a collaborative effort to draft the standards which will guide the industry under the new law. A working task force comprising various government departments, including the Department of the Environment and the Customs Department, as well as organizations such as Oceana, the Belize Tourism Industry Association and others, has been formed to hash out the details.

TEST OF BELIZE’S BANKING SYSTEM LOOMS
The banking system of Belize is about to be tested in new and historic ways. An urgent application has been made by several companies to the Supreme Court in regards to the liquidation of Choice Bank Limited. A group of claimants comprising several companies who claim that Choice Bank held funds for them as trustee, including Orion Corporate and Trust Services, Glen D. Godfrey & Co LLP, AC Webconnecting BV, XTB International Limited IPC Trade INC and FBS Markets INC filed a claim in the Supreme Court asking that the liquidation of Choice Bank be continued; but under the additional supervision of the Supreme Court of Belize.

NIGERIAN TAXIMAN VICIOUSLY ATTACKED, STABBED
Police have confirmed with the Reporter that the victim, Rockson Odiete, 51, left his house on Gentle Avenue around 10:30pm, in his taxi van along with a passenger when the two got involved in an argument which resulted in the stabbing.

MISSING BOBCAT MYSTERIOUSLY APPEARS
A missing bobcat which was gifted by Central Government two years ago to the previous City Council but went missing before it even landed in the Council’s possession found its way to the Council’s Mile 4 Works compound yesterday, with tires that had been worn to the rim and in deplorable shape overall.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

GOB cautions against fake social media accounts of Minister Erwin Contreras
The Ministry of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade and Commerce notes that fraudulent Instagram and Facebook accounts have […]

National Committee of Families and Children urges parents to keep children safe
Today, the National Committee for Families and Children (NCFC) issued a release expressing its outrage by […]

Carla Barnett meets with Christian Workers Union and Port of Belize Limited
On Tuesday, October 2, the Ministry of Labour was informed of an impasse in the negotiations for a […]

Gang members back on the streets, police give strong warning
Over 50 men who were imprisoned during the Government of Belize’s State of Emergency have been […]

Police find pump action shotgun and 26 lbs of weed in Benque
Yesterday morning around 7:30, police conducted a search in an overgrown lot on Riverside Street, Benque Viejo Town […]

Fire destroys home in Belize City
Authorities in the old capital are investigating a fire that destroyed a home last night. According […]

Belize City police search for suspect after cab driver stabbed
Police in the old Capital are investigating a stabbing incident that left one man injured. According […]

Police need citizen cooperation in investigating Trial Farm attempted kidnapping
Police are calling on the parents of the children involved in the reported attempted kidnapping in […]

“Strike still on,” says CWU
Yesterday, the Christian Workers Union (CWU) announced that the stevedores working at the Port of Belize […]

PC Micheal Patten to face disciplinary charges
Police constable Micheal Patten will face disciplinary charges for an incident that occurred at a club in Orange […]

San Pedro man dies after ingesting poison
A San Pedro man died on Tuesday afternoon after drinking a toxic liquid. Police responded to […]

Corozal taxi driver busted with weed
Police yesterday arrested a Corozal taxi driver for over 11 pounds of weed. Around 11:50 a.m. yesterday, police […]

Police make major rum bust in San Pedro
Police yesterday found an assortment of contraband rum at a boat dock in San Pedro. Around […]

Police locate Analeily Chi in Orange Walk
Five days after 14-year-old Analeily Chi’s father reported her missing, police found her inside a home in San Luis […]

Carlos Canchan returns home 5 days after being reported missing
Earlier this week, Breaking Belize News reported on sixteen-year-old Bullet Tree resident Carlos Canchan who went missing on […]

Guatemala’s new license and Government ad includes Belize in map
A Guatemalan advertisement posted on the country’s official Government page shows the map of Guatemala […]

Blogs

This is How We Shop
For as long as I can remember we have been doing stuff swaps on Ambergris Caye, so I feel qualified to say hands down Coco’s Loco Beach Bar was the best setup ever. Tricia had a tent beside the Caribbean sea, and most the clothes were sorted by size and either nicely folded or hung-up. It was unlike the days of Pedro’s Hotel when first I convinced owner Peter to let us do stuff swaps. He said, “right, just chuck it all on the pool table.” This sip and swap venue was perfect as the popular beachfront bar is Sargasso and smell free due to the seawall. Remember to add this odorless place with a view on your vacation to do list, they do weekly gaming days and you will always fun a fun local crowd. They also have great food made by Island Tung a food cart conveniently set up near the picnic tables.

National Consultation Workshop for the Central American Agriculture Council Regional Agriculture Policy
On Thursday, October 4, 2018, the Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with the Central American Agriculture Council hosted a one-day National Consultation Workshop for the Central American Agriculture Council Regional Agriculture Policy. The event took place at Kiki Witz Resort in Belmopan. The purpose of the workshop was to define the objectives, lines of action and the regional policy measures for the five priority areas that included i) Trade and Agri-Business: ii) Agricultural Health and Food Safety; iii) Technology & Innovation; iv) Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change; v) Institutional Streamlining and Strengthening.

Fraudulent Social Media Accounts
The Ministry of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade and Commerce notes that fraudulent Instagram and Facebook accounts have been created to impersonate the Hon. Erwin Contreras. The public is informed that these accounts do not belong to Minister Contreras and are in no way associated with the Ministry. Any activity or information originating from these fake profiles constitutes fraud. The Ministry does not support this and hereby advises the public to not accept any requests from the pages and to report the accounts.

International Sourcesizz

Tropical storm may aim for Gulf
A broad area of showers and thunderstorms, currently over the Caribbean Sea, will drift into the Gulf of Mexico and may organize into a tropical depression or storm later this weekend and into next week. Slow-moving and repeating downpours will continue the threat of flash flooding and mudslides into this weekend from Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize and southeastern Mexico to Jamaica, Cuba, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico as well as the U.S. and British Virgin Islands. During this weekend, as the mass of downpours begins to drift, an uptick in downpours is likely to spread over the Yucatan, Cuba and perhaps the Bahamas. "This disturbance will move to near the Yucatan Channel between the Yucatan Peninsula and western Cuba by late Sunday, then move into the southern Gulf of Mexico or over the northern Yucatan on Monday," according to AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski.

Caribbean Currents: Tourism aggravates water shortages in islands
The price we have to pay for progress! Tourism is the biggest money-maker in the Caribbean economy and we are all grateful that we have tourists clamoring to come to vacation in the islands. But of course, like with anything else, there is a price to pay. One issue that has come to light is the impact on water in the tourist areas. When there is a drought across the islands, it is the local residents who pay for it. What we mean is, water rationing and water lock-offs can happen at any time of the day in households across the islands, but not so at the hotels that service the hundreds of thousands of tourists. Water is diverted to those areas. If water is diverted from the residents, how does the government expect its people to respond? Climate change is also a factor in this equation. A Drought Bulletin issued in April 2018 by the Caribbean Drought and Precipitation Monitoring Network showed the water levels in waterways and reservoirs all at record lows, especially in Cuba and Antigua. The report also cited that parts of Haiti and Belize should be regularly monitored because of the possibility of “long-term drought.”

Videos

  • World diabetes day walkaton November 14, 2018, 1min. This will be sponsored walk and we ask each participants to raise at least a minimum of 20$. Participants will recieve a sponsorship letter upon registering for the event. Further you will recieve a pin to represent the person (s) whom your sponsor has dedicated their sponsorship. there will be an presentation after the end of the walk. Certificates of participation will be given out at this time and our grand raffle for thiswill be drawn. We are located on Corner 3rd street South and 7th Avenue going towards college road on the corner. The building is painted green. For more details about this event kindly contact us at 624-4476. Or, message our facebook page At Corozal Belize Diabetes Association.

  • DRONE | Maya Beach, Belize, min.

  • Belize Independence Day Parade 2018 Ambergris Caye, 8min. This annual event is Belize's biggest celebration and this year marks 37 years of independence as a country.

  • Sailing Belize - North Long Cocoa Island, 3min. After the first episode in Wippari Caye, we arrive in North Long Cocoa Island. Island visit, drone view, snorkelling, island dog, BBQ, ...

  • Our Adventure Day at the Belize Zoo and St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park :), 5min. We visited the Belize Zoo and the St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park and had such a fun time. Here are some of the beautiful animals we got to see at the zoo. The water was so cool and nice at the cave.

  • COROZAL CONSEJO VILLAGE BELIZE - The place where NATUREBOY stayed & his NEIGHBORS, 7min. Thank you Constance Bailey. She is appreciated y’all...


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