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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.

Ambergris Today

"Protecting Our Future" – Kids In Action And Oceana Belize Partner For Beach Clean Up
Oceana Belize celebrated its 27th Anniversary of National Coastal and Riverways Clean Up and on Saturday, October 6, 2018, the organization partnered up with the Kids in Action group of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye and cleaned from Palapa Bar all the way up to Boca del Rio Park. Belize's participation is part of the largest global volunteer effort to help protect our seas, lakes, lagoons, rivers & creeks. Each year volunteers spend a few hours removing debris and trash from beaches and the banks of waterways, recording the refuse removed. To help with cleanup year round, the best way to tackle garbage is not to create it. Oceana encourages the public to reduce, reuse & recycle through steps such as these:

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Belize International Film Festival's "BELIZEIFF 2018" Official Selection Announced
Thirty films representing 21 countries made the cut to become the OFFICIAL SELECTION of the 13th Edition of the Belize International Film Festival according to Festival Founder & Director, Suzette Zayden. The films were named during the Media Launch kicking off promotional activities for the 2018 Belize International Film Festival (BelizeIFF) held at the University of Belize’s Jaguar Auditorium in Belmopan on Thursday, Oct. 4th. (Please see entire list below.) All 30 films plus the OPENING NIGHT FILMS (a Short & a Feature which will be announced closer to the Opening of BelizeIFF scheduled for Nov. 8th – 11th in Belize City) will compete for the Best Film award in their respective categories.

San Ignacio water interruption Thursday
Belize Water Services informs customers in parts of San Ignacio that there will be an interruption in the water supply on Thursday, October 11, 2018, starting at 1:00pm. The areas to be affected are the Simpson and Oscar Sabido areas. This interruption is necessary for the installation of a new water main. Due to the upgrade, customers may experience low water pressure and/or discoloration when water is restored. Residents of these or nearby areas are advised that water is expected to be fully restored by 5:30pm.

Philip Goldson Highway area water interruption Wednesday
Belize Water Services informs customers in parts along the Philip Goldson Highway that there will be an interruption in the water supply, Wednesday, October 10, 2018, starting at 2:00pm. The area to be affected is from Gardenia on the Philip Goldson Highway to Princess Margaret Drive in Belize City. This interruption is necessary for electrical maintenance at the Double Run Water Treatment Plant. Due to upgrades, customers may experience low pressure and/or discoloration in the water supply when water is fully restored. Customers are being advised that water is expected to be fully restored by 3:00pm.

Friends of Swallow Caye Calendar of Events
Friends of Swallow Caye invite you to the Manatee Awareness, Monitoring & Protection Activities this week!

Consultation for Upgraded health clinic on Caye Caulker
Caye Caulker Village Council, cordially ask for you to please come out and lobby support for a new upgraded health clinic.

International Archaeology Day Slogan and Poem Competition!
Are you in high school or junior college and want to win a tour of Actun Tunichil Muknal, AKA ATM? Here's how you can do that!

World Standards Day 2018 Contest!
Time to get creative... Take part in the World Standards Day 2018 design competition! Hosted by the Belize Bureau of Standards. If you had a magnificent piece of technology at your disposal, what problems could it solve in Belize and how can you use standards with it? It's time to use your creativity at its best and draw a unique short comic to win some amazing prizes.

Allan D Real McCoy at Corozal Art in the Park
Support our Belizean Artists and Musicians. Here is a reminder that "Allan D Real McCoy" will be entertaining everyone with his saxophone instrument at ArT In ThE ParK this Saturday, October 13th. He will have his latest CDs on sale for only $5. Come out this Saturday, October 13th and support our monthly ArT In ThE ParK.

TreeTuesday: Guava tree (Psidium guajava)
It is #TreeTuesday and we are featuring the Guava tree (Psidium guajava)! Guava is a small tree and it is quickly identified by most people by its bark, the outer layer of which peels away to reveal a smooth, gray inner layer. The round, sweet and yellow guava fruit is also easily recognizable throughout the tropical Americas, where the tree is thought to have originated. Due to the popularity of the fruit in raw and cooked form, varieties of guava are now cultivated and naturalized in tropical and sub tropical areas around the world.

Hanal Pixan in Corozal
While many of us Northern Maya celebrate Hanal Pixan in our homes. You can also see it and participate on it this October in Corozal Central Park event hosted by Corozal House of Culture. It's a special day dedicated to remember our loved ones and ancestors who have left the material world and now are in the Spiritual one.

Channel 7

PUP Southern Caucus Goes Its Own Way With “Peace Movement”
There's a new unified movement to say "no" to the ICJ. It's called the Belize Peace Movement led by the territorial volunteers and other like-minded groups. That kind of push is to be expected from them - but what we didn't expect was a meeting that group held today in Belmopan with the PUP Southern Caucus. They want to take a common stand. It's news because the PUP Southern Caucus had already forged out on its own two months ago - when it took the position that it will say NO to the ICJ. The caucus did this in advance of the PUP executive taking a position, which was seen as slightly defiant. Well, today those referendum rebels took it one step further by finding common cause with others who oppose the ICJ - including, even, a political rival. That would be Wil Maheia, the lead organizer of the Peace Movement - who invited his political rival, the PUP's Mike Espat to the table. Espat heads the southern caucus. Will Maheia - who has run against him as an independent said he welcomes the area Rep who he campaigned to unseat:

Police Got Murder Weapon, Wait To Charge Bobby Garcia’s Teenaged Killers
Cayo Police still have two teenaged boys, aged 14 and 15, held for the murder of Bobby Garcia. The 17 year old San Ignacio resident was found dead at the Cahal Pech Mayan Temple on Sunday morning. His throat had been slit - but a post mortem found that he died from a stab wound to the chest. Investigators suspect that his killers chose to kill him at a Mayan temple for some occult reason. So far, sources tell us Cayo police have put together a thorough investigation, including recovering the murder weapon - along with other evidence, and getting a caution statement from one of the youths.

Woman Constable To Stand Trial For Killing Muslim Barber
At the end of December 2017, into early January 2018, Fareed Ahmad's murder dominated the headlines. The well known barber, from a prominent Muslim family was shot and killed inside his vehicle in his home village of Hattieville. Police charged his passenger, 24 year-old Police Constable Michelle Brown, who was attached to police's Special Assignment Team for murder. It was a very controversial case because some in the Muslim community suggested that it was a hit on a Muslim executed by the S-A-T.

Busted For Four Mahogany Logs
Three men were caught with 4 mahogany logs, or about 500 feet of lumber for which they had no permit. They are Contractor, 53-year-old Gilroy Ciego from Jane Usher Boulevard, 53-year-old Santos Garcia, a naturalized Belizean and Carpenter from Lord's Bank and 55-year-old Alvin Robinson, a Fisherman from mile nine and a half, George Price Highway. They were all arraigned late this evening in the Belize City Magistrate's Court before Magistrate Michelle Trapp in Court #4. The trio were read a single charge of unlawful possession of forest produce. They all pleaded not guilty. Magistrate Michelle Trapp granted them all bail of $5,000 dollars which they were all able to meet by 4:30 this evening.

Claver College Reaches Resolution
The teachers at Claver College Extension have been re-instated and their evening classes resume as per normal. That is the outcome from yesterday's board meeting. We have been following this story closely since nine out of eleven teachers were fired in late September. This is because the teachers did not sign a new stipend system contract presented by the board. The new contract states that the teachers be paid every two months and the teachers were not in agreement with that - they want to get paid every month. So that difference led to a teacher sick out, the hiring of new teachers, and to days of protest where the students refused to attend classes with the new teachers. This has been ongoing for two weeks - with the board and teachers not being able to come to a resolution. Well, some individual members of the board - who were silent or inactive throughout this entire ordeal, showed up last night to put this matter away. Courtney Weatherburne was in Punta Gorda and has more on what happened at the school.

Rapist’s Appeal Denied
This evening, the Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal of Harrim Perez, a convicted rapist and upheld his 8-year sentence. Perez was found guilty of the offence on July 30th, 2012. The victim, who was 25 years-old at the time, testified that Perez volunteered to give her a ride from Blackman Eddy to Cayo, which is when he started to demand sex. He turned off the highway, and threatened shoot her if she didn't give him what he wanted. Fearing for her life, she removed her clothing, and that's when Perez raped her. She only escaped by telling him that a vehicle was coming, and when he looked to see for himself, she opened the door and dashed off. She was picked up by a truck driver who took her to Santa Elena.

Dialysis Patients Still Need Support
Last night we told you about the groundbreaking agreement that the Ministry of Health signed with four hemo-dialysis providers. Under the terms of the agreement, every patient currently receiving dialysis at any of those facilities, will now get two sessions per week free, courtesy the Ministry of Health. It's a great help and relief for many who are struggling to pay for dialysis which they need to stay alive, but the fact is, for persons with end stage renal failure, three sessions weekly are required.

Ban on Soft Drinks In Schools Taking Shape
And, on the prevention side of the equation, the Minister of Health and The Minister of Education today agreed that they will work on the soft drink ban in all schools. The first meeting is scheduled for Friday. As we reported yesterday, the Ministry wants to take soft drinks out of schools - so that students will be made to drink water. This is to battle the diabetes epidemic in Belize.

No Bikini’s For This Beauty queen, How About A Wet Suit?
You may know all about the Miss World, the Miss Universe, the Miss International, and the Miss Earth pageants that all make up the 4 major beauty contests in the world. But, have you heard about a Miss Scuba International pageant? It was started back in 2011 to promote the world's oceans, sustainable development, and scuba diving best practices, and it is slowly generating its audience around the world. A Belizean hasn't competed in this pageant, but next month, 18 year-old Joswanie Hall from Corozal Town will travel to Malaysia to join the rest of contestants as they try to become Miss Scuba International 2018.

Anticipation Mounts, Belize’s Biggest Dept Store Gets Ready To Open Doors
After months of anticipation, the new Mirab opens tomorrow. Now, such things rarely make the news, but the store is probably the largest investment ever in a commercial space in Belize's history. It covers just about a hundred thousand square feet and was completed after three years of planning. The media is being invited for a preview at 8:00 am and doors open at 9:00. You can see what it looks like on Tomorrow's news.

The Rage Over Rosario
Over the past 2 months, we've been telling you all about the Ambergris Caye Citizens for Sustainable Development. That's the grassroots organization made up of conservation minded residents of San Pedro who are doing everything they can to resist the planned development on Cayo Rosario. That's a 10-acre island off the northwest coast of San Pedro. The pressure group is joined by environmentalists and tourism industry stakeholders who all believe that a big development planned at the island will destroy the rich natural habitat for the wildlife that call Cayo Rosario home.

Channel 5

A Rare Occasion: Mutual Cause Unites P.U.P. and B.P.P. against I.C.J. Vote
It is known that there are many in the leadership of the People’s United Party, excluding its leader John Briceño, who are opposed to taking Guatemala’s territorial claim to the [...]

A Move That is to Be Welcomed
The decision for members of the country’s oldest political organization to join forces with the B.P.P. is unconventional.  It’s a move that Cayo South Area Representative Julius Espat says people [...]

Where Does the P.U.P. Stand on I.C.J.?
The People’s United Party does not have consensus on the I.C.J. matter so was the attendance of several of its elected members and standard bearers sanctioned by its leadership?  It [...]

Landy Habet says Cayo Northeast Constituents are Uninformed of ICJ Vote
Area Representative Orlando Habet represents Cayo Northeast, which is one of the areas close to the western border with Guatemala. Habet also weighed in on the I.C.J. discussion, speaking on [...]

2 Minors Detained for Murder of Bobby Garcia
Two minors, ages fourteen and fifteen, remain in police custody in San Ignacio tonight. They are held in connection with the strange murder of nineteen-year-old Bobby Garcia, whose body was [...]

Unity Presbyterian School Targeted by Burglars
Unity Presbyterian School in Belize City has been targeted by burglars more than once. Last month, the school was burglarized twice and standard-three teacher; Stephanie Wade says she has had [...]

Classes at Claver College Resumes; Is Board Chair Lisel Alamilla Out?
Classes at Claver College Extension in Punta Gorda resumed at seven o’clock on Monday night, following a meeting of its board of directors.  Earlier that evening, students gathered peacefully at [...]

WPC Michelle Brown Committed to Stand Trial for Fareed Ahmad’s Murder
Charged for the murder of thirty-nine-year-old Fareed Ahmad, police constable twenty-four-year-old Michelle Brown was committed to stand trial by Chief Magistrate, Sharon Fraser. Brown’s trial has been scheduled to take [...]

Zenaida Moya Says She Will Contest Upcoming General Elections
Former U.D.P. Belize City Mayor Zenaida Moya has her eyes set on central government. Moya initially had the support of Mesopotamia Area Rep Michael Finnegan, but all that changed when [...]

2018 Cancer Survivors Photo Unveiling
Breast and cervical cancers are the two prevalent forms of the disease that affect women; prostate cancer is common among men. This morning at the Biltmore Plaza, tribute was paid [...]

Meet the First Ever Miss Scuba Belize
There are pageants such as Miss Universe, Miss Costa Maya, Miss World, Miss Earth and now there is Miss Scuba International at which Belize will compete for the first time.  [...]

Will This Pageant Too Be Fraught with Controversy?
Pageants are often times fraught with controversy. Just last year, Zenaida Moya, who was the then national coordinator of the Queen of the Bay pageant, was fired on national television [...]

IPCC Reports Bad News for Coral Reefs
There is bad news for coral reefs all over the world. Earlier this week, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued a stern warning for governments and businesses [...]

Poaching and Illegal Farming by Guatemalans in Toledo District
In the face of incursions into the Columbia Forest Reserve and the village of San Benito Poite by poachers from neighboring Guatemala, concerns have been raised about the ongoing encroachment [...]

Chiquibul Remains Under Threat of Poaching
Poaching is a similar issue that is being faced in the Chiquibul Forest where gold panners and illegal farmers enter into the expanse of wilderness.  According to Julius Espat whose [...]

Belize Audubon Society Goes Boat-to-Boat
On Monday night we reported on the Belize Audubon Society’s work with the Managed Access Programme. That programme was first piloted in one site and after seeing some positive results, [...]

OSPESCA Reps in Belize for Regional Workshop
The first regional meeting of the fisheries and aquaculture communicators network of OSPECA commenced today in Belize City. OPESCA is a regional body attached to SICA and is in charge [...]

Plastic Free Summer Camp in the West
An exhibition showcasing the creative and plastic free work of Bullet Tree children is open at the House of Culture in San Ignacio. Over the summer, the children participated in [...]

LOVE FM

From Summer Camp to No Styrofoam Art Exhibit
The “No Plastics, No Styrofoam Kids Summer Camp” was a unique summer activity in the Cayo district that had the patronage of Minister Omar Figueroa. In July, over 50 kids learned about conservation and participated in clean-up activities. Though school is now open for the kids, they got together to put their artworks on display. …

Tips to keep your child safe
Last week there was the story of a minor from Orange Walk who had gone missing. She stayed away from home up until a few days ago when the authorities reunited her with her father. As a result, 30-year-old, Magdeal Ceas of San Luis Village, Orange Walk District was charged after it was discovered that …

Belize honors World Hospice and Palliative Care Day
As World Hospice and Palliative Care Day is celebrated internationally on October thirteenth of this year, the Belize Hospice and Palliative Care Foundation commemorates the day by sharing with Love News what the non-profit organization is all about and how prosperous the foundation has become due the the love, compassion and humility that it’s volunteers …

Fifth Cancer Awareness Photo Campaign
A cancer diagnosis is not always a death sentence as many people are now beating cancer via early detection. The leading cancers found in Belize are breast and cervical cancers with prostate being the most common among the men. Belize Cancer Society continues its education and awareness efforts, pushing for women to get screened. A …

Belize International Film Festival promises to be spectacular
The Belize International Film Festival has become an annual event. Suzette Zayden, Director of the Belize International Film Festival, said that this year’s film festival will highlight some of the trials people are faced with on a daily basis. Suzzette Zaden Director of Belize International Film Festival: “The festival has developed over time and we …

Government Institutions aren’t reporting to Contractor General
Prior to last week’s sitting of the Senate, the Senators were given reports from the Contractor General spanning from April 2012 to March 2017. During the sitting, the senators were muzzled and were not allowed to debate the reports since they were ordered to lie on the table. Several government spending has gone unchecked and …

Senator speaks about Corruption
Senator Lizaragga also spoke about corruption. He believes if the current laws such as the Finance and Reform Act were being respected, it would lead to a change in institutional corruption and some of the issues facing the country today. Jose Sanchez: “Some institutions need to work on legitimacy and trust funds, how is that …

Prison breaks down the data on the number of Inmates, former detainee says jobs are needed
With over one thousand inmates at the Belize Central Prison, the Chief Executive Officer, Virgilio Murillo, gave a breakdown of the statistics at the institution. Virgilio Murillo CEO Kolbe Foundation: “We will have roughly 1200 other inmates, regular inmates, either remaded or convicted.” Jose Sanchez: “and the difference between the regular inmates and those on …

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Tourists discover slain teenager in Cahal Pech temple
Bobby Garcia, 19, a laborer of San Ignacio, was found dead at about 8:00 Sunday morning, with his throat slashed and with multiple stab wounds in his abdomen, in a room of a temple in Plaza E at the Cahal Pech archaeological site in San Ignacio. Garcia’s body was found by two tourists who were visiting the Maya site and who had entered the temple room in Plaza E where the body was lying. Police were called to the scene, and they found the body with the aforementioned wounds in the throat and in the abdomen. There were also cuts on Garcia’s arm. His body had been stabbed all over. An “X” had been carved on his face and abdomen.

Succotz sisters, 16 and 26, drown in Mopan
Cindy, 26, and Jarinet Cowo, 16, sisters who resided in San Jose, Succotz, died after the RAV4 they were riding in from Benque Viejo Town to Succotz ran off the road and plunged into the Mopan River at about 4:00 yesterday morning between Miles 71 and 72 on the George Price Highway in San Jose Succotz. The vehicle went under, and the sisters became trapped and drowned inside. The driver, Carlos Martin Martinez, 53, a contractor of Belmopan, however, was able to escape from the vehicle. He said that he was able to kick out the front windshield and escape. He told police that he was not able to go back to help the sisters because the river eddies were strong, and he passed out on the river bank.

Dr. Barnett predicts tribunal if waterfront dispute continues
The impasse between the Christian Workers Union (CWU), which represents stevedores, and the Port of Belize Limited (PBL) continues while the clock for the 21-day notice of industrial action that the union has served continues to run. The Ministry of Labor has been meeting with the two sides in the hope of avoiding a stevedore strike. Dr. Carla Barnett, the Minister of State in the Ministry of Labor, continues to hold discussions with the CWU and the PBL. On Friday morning Dr. Barnett held another round of discussions with the two sides in the government’s continuing effort to resolve the labor dispute. The stevedores have been working without a collective bargaining agreement with the PBL for some time now.

Local tour operators resist move to relocate to Marion Jones Sports Complex
A move by the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) and the Belize City Council to relocate small, local tour operators from the area around the tourism village has been met with resistance from FECTAB, which called a press conference on Friday to rail against the proposed move to relocate their business to the Marion Jones Sports Complex. The FECTAB press conference was attended by Belize City Deputy Mayor Oscar Arnold, who said at the press conference that more consultations are needed before the relocation plans go forward. Today, the BTB issued a press release that it captioned: “The restructuring of Fort George Tourism Zone aims to improve guest experience.”

Belizean-American soldier’s funeral to be held in Belize
Private First Class Adrienne Barillas, 22, who served in the US military, will be laid to rest in Belize tomorrow, October 9. PFC Barillas, a Belizean-American national, was found unresponsive on Sunday, September 23, in Seoul, South Korea, where she was based since November 2017. She was later pronounced dead; however, the results of her autopsy have not been released. The Stars and Stripes website mentions a service held at the Camp Humphreys’ Warrior Chapel on Monday, October 1, in South Korea where more than 100 soldiers went to honor PFC Barillas.

13 Kolbe inmates prepare to re-enter society by sitting and passing PSE
Some inmates at the Belize Central Prison, managed by the Kolbe Foundation, have shown promising signs that they are capable of being reformed and are preparing to re-enter society in a better state of mind than when they were first imprisoned, because while paying their debt to society, they are also making preparations to gain an education that they missed out on. Thirteen of the inmates sat and passed the Primary School Examination (PSE). A certificate ceremony was held on the prison compound this past Friday for the inmates who passed the PSE and for a number of prisoners who received andragogy instructions.

Bandits drop Verdes again by same 1-0 score; now undefeated standings leader at Week 9 of PLB 2018-2019 Opening Season
Still undefeated at Week 9 of the Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2018-2019 Opening Season, defending champions Belmopan Bandits turned back their strongest challenger, Verdes FC, for the second time this season by a 1-nil margin, this time on Verdes’ home field at the Santa Elena Sporting Complex. At the 28th minute, leading goal scorer Georgie Welcome served a center from the left wing for Bandits’ striker Trimayne Harris to guide the header past Verdes keeper Zeron Sagastume, who was a bit late in coming out to challenge the air ball, and it cost him and Verdes, the goal and the victory.

Milpros football family farewell to Ms. Desiree Miguel
Milpros football team members of the 1980s and beyond shared the mourning of teammate Wilhelm “Short Boy” Miguel, now PLB executive and manager of the Belize National “A” Team, on the sudden passing of his sister Desiree, whom we all fondly called “Short Gial.” She was a real die-hard Milpros fan, and often travelled to out-district games with the team. Recently, up to just over a month ago, Desiree would be in the ticket booth at BDF FC home games at the MCC, and her vibes were always positive.

Stann Creek FA First Division Cup 2018 Week 2 results
The Stann Creek Football Association (SCFA) First Division Cup 2018 was undeterred by the weekend weather, and completed its schedule of games on Friday and Sunday at the Carl Ramos Stadium. In the opener on Friday night, Pomona Warriors won, 4-2, over Silk Grass SG Ballers. Pomona got a goal apiece from Darwin Logan (25’), Harrison “Cafu” Roches, Sr. (35’), Corey Haynes (49’) and Eluvigez Andrews (63’); while Kenyon Lewis (11’ & 39’) scored both goals for Silk Grass.

Dangriga weekend billiards tournament
Yesterday, Sunday, Green Hills Bar in Middlesex Village, Stann Creek Valley, hosted a great match-up of players from across Stann Creek District and Dangriga Town. The winners of this billiards tournament are: 1st Place – Edwin Vargas; 2nd Jose Moralez, and 3rd Carlos Molina.

The fence against the octopus
Most of the families which are prominent in the party political life of Belize are monolithic. That is to say, almost all the members of families which are involved at leadership levels with the ruling United Democratic Party (UDP) and the Opposition People’s United Party (PUP) are loyal to that one particular party, come what may and no matter what. In the case of the modern version of the Hyde family, which controls the Kremandala media system and which began with the marriage in 1946 of Charles B. Hyde, a Roman Catholic, to Elinor W. Belisle, a Methodist, the family has never been monolithic. Cordel Hyde, the grandson of Charles B. and Elinor W., entered party politics in 1994 when he won a PUP convention to decide who would lead the party’s Lake Independence constituency. He was a very young man at the time. Cordel went on to win the Lake I seat in the August 1998 general election and became a Cabinet Minister in the ruling PUP’s Cabinet.

Morass of “mediocracy” prevails in perpetuity …
Sir, Those who live in darkness cannot see, so we are counseled. Strike a match, banish the blindness, let all pervasive light encompass the world. Yet, blinded by the light, we still cannot see … There are those who believe that what is happening in the real world is a consequence of events in that other world beyond night and day, a world where evil lives on, while good is oft interred with the best intentions of the prophets. For should the enlightened be granted dominance, so says the word, then man’s free will would be constrained by regard for the plight of his brother, and progress be restrained by the harness of fair play.

THE REALITY ON THE STREETS & ISSUES
I sometimes don’t want to write any more, say any more, or participate any more, because I see a vicious cycle of destruction and self-hate in a little country that does not even have half of a million people. The issues are so many and the discourses are so divisive that it becomes too much negative energy to deal with, at a time when I seek a peace of mind and want to measure life in terms of positive steps. There are those positive steps I can celebrate, but the wave of problems and madness has increased to the point that the ratio of positive versus negative is diminishing by sheer increase in the negative. I will address two key issues just to show the nature of what we are dealing with and to hopefully spark a desire by the collective masses to try and change this culture of violence and abuse we have now considered the norm.

Cold fronts signal end of hurricane season
Folk in Belize who don’t have weather credentials know that the hurricane season ends when the cold fronts start coming in from the north. Google says that a “cold front is defined as the transition zone where a cold air mass is replacing a warmer air mass. Cold fronts generally move from northwest to southeast. The air behind a cold front is noticeably colder and drier than the air ahead of it.” Fall begins in North America around the end of September, somewhere between the longest day, June 21, and the shortest day, December 21. Fall is a cool period which falls between the hot days of summer and the cold days of winter. Sometime during the fall up north, the cool winds start blowing into our area. The cold fronts are spawns of winter, which starts in late December up north, but we can get them as early as November. When the cold fronts come, we know we can start to breathe easier.

Bail hearing for Roger Wallis, 63, charged with attempted kidnapping, adjourned until October 12
On Friday, October 5, after he heard submissions from Hurl Hamilton, the attorney for British national, Roger Victor Robert Wallis, 63, charged for an attempted kidnapping, and Senior Crown Counsel Sheiniza Smith, Justice Adolph Lucas adjourned the hearing until Friday, October 12, in order to give the Crown time to provide statements and affidavits containing the facts of the case. Wallis, a businessman who was residing on Commissioner Street in Belmopan, is accused of attempting to kidnap a 12-year-old boy, an American national, on Monday, September 24, between the hours of 11:30 a.m. and 12:18 p.m.

Opportunities for graduates of ITVET to work in the Caribbean
The DCK Worldwide Company on the Caribbean island, Anguilla, has collaborated with the Institute of Technical and Vocational Education and Training Belize (ITVET) to make it possible for graduates who received certification in ITVET’s Electrical Installation Skills training course to work with the company for an initial period of 2 to 3 months. So far, some certified graduates have been sent to that country to work in the electrical installations field. Apart from their salaries, the company also pays all their expenses.

School in Dangriga closed for 4 days due to sewage problems
Sacred Heart Primary School, which provides instruction to 500 students, has been shut down for 4 days due to malfunctions in its sewage system. The school’s principal, Phillipa Hulett, made the decision after she realized that the conditions were not suitable for the students and staff. Reportedly, none of the school’s toilets were flushing, and some of them were backing up. The school, which has 480 students and 23 staff members, could not continue its operations until the problem was addressed. Classes were therefore called off from Wednesday, October 3, and are to resume tomorrow, October 9.

Human bones found in Belmopan sewage
Human remains were found Friday at the Belize Water Services (BWS) sewage plant in Belmopan near the Agricultural Show Grounds. Police have no idea whose bones they are. The remains, which are simply a jawbone and two shoulder bones, were found around 9:45 a.m., and they are said to belong to a male who died 2 to 3 months ago. That is all the information that is available at this time. It should be noted that it is possible that the bones could have come from another location and drifted until they reached the sewage plant. According to the police, all the manholes are connected at the specific area where the bones were found. Police have conducted searches in the area, but no more bones have as yet been discovered.

The Reporter

STRANGE MURDER AT CAHAL PECH, – ANCIENT MAYA SITE
Tonight we can confirm that at least two minors are currently in Police custody and may soon be charged for the gruesome murder of Bobby Garcia, 19 on Saturday night. Garcia’s neck was cut and his killers laid him out on an altar in a temple at the Cahal Pech Mayan site where he bled out.

EARLY MORNING ROAD TRAFFIC ACCIDENT ON THE GEORGE PRICE HWY KILLS 2
Based on further investigation, Police have today levied additional charges against Carlos Martinez, the driver in the incident which resulted in the deaths of San Jose Succotz residents Cindy Cowo, 26 and Jarinet Cowo, 16.

ORANGE WALK MAN CHARGED WITH UNLAWFUL SEXUAL INTERCOURSE
Magdiel Ceas, 30, has been charged for Unlawful Sexual Intercourse in connection with a girl, 14, who was found with him after she was reported missing for almost a week.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

NICH House of Culture in San Ignacio hosts ‘No-plastic No-styrofoam Exhibit’
On Thursday October 4th, Minister of the Environment and Sustainable Development, Dr. Omar Figueroa, in collaboration […]

Fourth binational seminar between Mexico-Belize concludes
After two days of interesting exchanges and intense academic activity featuring discussion panels on environmental protection, […]

Reputed gang boss walks free from charges of death threat
Reputed gang boss and career criminal, Brian Brown, 41, walked free from charges of threatening words in […]

Man jailed for unlawful sexual intercourse with girl half his age
A thirty year old man has been jailed for unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl almost half his age. He […]

Taiwan appoints new ambassador to Belize
Taiwan has appointed Remus Chen as its new ambassador to Belize, according to a release issued […]

Police: Bobby Garcia murdered during occult activity
Cayo police have detained two boys ages 14 and 15 in connection with the murder of […]

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Bird Watching with Ian Anderson’s Caves Branch Adventure and Jungle Lodge | A Day in a Birder's Life: Caves Branch, Cayo, Belize
It was my first time bird watching; and, to my surprise, it was an invigorating experience. We were invited over by Ian Anderson’s Caves Branch Adventure Company and Jungle Lodge, also known as “Caves Branch,” to go bird watching with all their birding guides. Getting to experience birding with a group of passionate and engaging tour guides was a pleasure. It was Luis, Derrick and I that accompanied a group of at least five or six birding guides. Everyone was so enthusiastic and quick to spot their next flying friend. Jason, one of the guides, showed us two useful apps that expert and amateur birders use. These were the eBird App and the Merlin App. If you didn’t know, the eBird App, that is available for both Android and Apple, is a data entry app that allows you to record the bird that you encounter and submit them to your eBird account. The Merlin app, which is also available for Android and Apple devices, is one that is most useful for me who is a beginner birder. It allows you to identify birds in your area. You can simply take a picture or upload a picture of the bird. It will then give you the name of the bird along with more pictures and additional information.

What Is Glover’s Reef Atoll? And Why Is It So Special?
Today, Glover’s Reef Atoll is an oval ring of coral measuring some 54 miles (87 km) in circumference around what was once an island. Inside Glover’s reef, there are more than 700 “patch” reefs or isolated stands of coral, including delicate fan corals and squat brain corals. These corals are why Glover’s Reef is such a biodiverse region. Everything from spiny urchins to huge schools of curious parrotfish uses the coral to hide from predators, lay eggs, and search for food. Divers have spotted stingrays, sharks, sea turtles, and rays in the reef, but it is the springtime visitors that get the most attention. Every year between March and June during the full moon, schools of whale sharks, the largest non-mammalian creatures in the world, visit the waters off of Glover’s Reef to feed on plankton and fish spawn. Despite their enormous size, whale sharks have no teeth. Instead, whale sharks have a complex system of filters that strain out their microscopic food.

Getting to Belize From Europe
Due to Belize’s location in Central America, there are no non-stop flights to the country from Europe. The good news, however, is that it is now easier than ever for people in Europe to enjoy an unforgettable vacation in Belize. As a former British colony, Belize has always been a popular destination for Britons. American Airlines now offers direct flights to Belize that depart from London’s Heathrow Airport and make a stop in Miami, Florida before continuing on to Belize. Flights to Belize depart four times per week from Heathrow and have only a short layover in Miami before continuing directly to Belize City.

Altun Ha – An Iconic Ancient Maya City in Belize
During its heyday over 1,000 years ago, Altun Ha was home to more than 10,000 people and covered approximately 25 square miles (65 square km). Only a fraction of the city has been excavated, but visitors today can explore the ceremonial center which includes two big squares (plazas) containing 13 impressive temples and buildings. The most iconic structure on the site is the so-called Temple of the Masonry Altars. A drawing of this temple is the official logo of Belikin Beers, the biggest domestic brewery in Belize. The name of the temple is derived from certain carvings and it sits adjacent to the equally impressive Temple of the Sun God. This temple has several carved “masks” on its exterior, including that of the Sun God and a so-called “Jester” God pictured wearing a pointy hat.

Caye Caulker Belize
Caye Caulker is a small island located five miles (eight kilometers) off the coast of the Belizean mainland. Often described as Ambergris Caye’s hipper, younger sibling, Caye Caulker’s unofficial motto is “No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problem.” Far less built up and crowded than Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker has managed to successfully hang onto its roots as a laid-back destination popular with backpackers and budget travelers. Caye Caulker is home to one of the liveliest Lobsterfests in the country where locals and visitors alike spend three days every summer celebrating the opening of the lobster fishing season with music, dance, drinks, and lots of savory lobster dishes.

The Ultimate Belize Sailing Vacation
With more than 400 offshore Caribbean islands located along the Belize Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, there’s no better place to enjoy some sailing than Belize. Whether you’re an experienced sailor or a lifelong landlubber, sailing vacations are rapidly becoming popular with families, adventure travelers, and couples. Here are some great reasons why you should choose a sailing vacation: There’s just something magical about looking out over the water and knowing that you can go wherever you like. No roads, no lanes, and no deadlines mean that you are truly free to decide where you want to go, what you want to do, and how you want to get there.

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Consolidated Water looking to close Belize operations
Local utility company Consolidated Water may be selling its operations in Belize due in major part to difficulties the company has experienced in repatriating profits from there, according to filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. Consolidated Water – which is headquartered in Cayman and also operates in Belize, the British Virgin Islands, the Bahamas and Indonesia – has explained in public filings that repatriating profits requires the approval of the Central Bank of Belize, and is dependent on the amount of U.S. dollars available to Belize banks to execute such transfers. “Weakness in the Belize economy and other factors have reduced the amount of U.S. dollars that Belize banks have available for transfer, which has limited the amount of funds we are presently able to transfer from CW-Belize,” Consolidated Water explained in its second-quarter report for this year. “Our repatriations of funds from CW-Belize to our parent company amounted to $458,000 and $400,000 for the years ended Dec. 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively, significantly less than the net income and net cash flows CW-Belize generated for those years.”

Videos

  • Bruk it Down Jenny - important to teach children how to protect themselves from stranger danger, 27min. Jenny Lovell - Mental Health professional

  • The Belize Brewing Company - Belikin Black & Tan, 20min. Jason Badillo - Account Coordinator, Belize Brewing Company. Luis Riverol - Trade Marketing Coordinator, Belize Brewing Company.

  • Beautiful flight over my home town and one of the worlds most beautiful reef., 1.5min. Marlena Gomez Photography on Tropic Air.

  • Belize Audubon Society – a Partner in Managed Access, 7min. Over the past decade or so, you may have heard fishermen report that there are dwindling fish stocks. They say that they have to go farther and their catch is smaller. So to ensure that the livelihoods of thousand of Belizeans and the industry are secured, resource managers have implemented a programme called managed access. The management tool is being used to recover and strengthen vital fisheries resources. The Belize Fisheries Department has been working along with the fishing community and N.G.O. partners – including the Environmental Defense Fund and Wildlife Conservation Society – to implement rights-based fishing in Belize. One of the N.G.O. partners in the managed access programme is the Belize Audubon Society which has been working to ensure the sustainability of the industry. Reporter Andrea Polanco tells us more.

  • The Japanese Community in Belize & Animeniacs Belize is hosting Japan Day 2018, 20min. The Japanese Community in Belize & Animeniacs Belize is hosting Japan Day 2018. The event takes place on Saturday October 13th at the Belize City Ramada Princess Hotel and Casino. This year they will have the Cosplay Competition and the 2nd Annual Comic Book Competition. It is a family friendly event and there will be lots of prizes and giveaways. On set: Yumi Guild – Executive, Japanese Association of Belize. Eden Cruz - President, Animeniacs Belize.

  • Baby White-lipped peccary, 1/2min. Oh that delight this baby walking in Mae!!!!!! Baby Peccaries walking on mama too cute! (Jawbone / White)

  • The truth of Columbus, 6.5min.

  • Roots Rock Culture, 2min. Love the lyrics in this great Song-- Mohobub a great Garifuna Legend in music and arts

  • State of Emergency Proclamation - experience s and Impacted, 47min. OYE has extensively covered the state of public emergency by providing opportunities for all aspects to be discussed by key stakeholders. We have discussed the legal implications with representatives of the legal fraternity. Human rights advocates talked about the civil and human rights violations of the detainees. We even talked about the systemic challenges that prevent social and human development initiatives from impacting on the lives of persons in these communities. Today we spoke with those who were directly affected by the proclamation. They shared their experience s and how the time detained impacted on them. We also took the opportunity to speak to them about their potential to change and why reform measures have not been effective for their communities. Their attorney spoke about possible grounds for legal recourse. On our couch: Dickie Bradley - Attorney-at-law, Tyrone Meighan - Southside Resident, Eugene Tillett - Southside Resident.

  • Mirab & Company Department Store grand opening on October 10th at 9:00 am, 25min. The wait is over! Mirab & Company Department Store holds its grand opening on October 10th at 9:00 am. We got a sneak peek at the store's new layout and new features. The team says that the store has been upgraded to provide Belizeans with the ultimate shopping experience at reasonable prices. On our couch: Dionne Chamberlain - PR & Creative Director, Mirab & Co., Ashton Usher - Sales Supervisor, Mirab & Co., Khyla Banner - Customer Service, Mirab & Co., Sheena Thomas - Sales Consultant, Mirab & Co.

  • Vegetarian Group Mixer - How to Session on Plant Based Lifestyle, 28min.

  • Maya Communal Land & Guatemala Claim, 32min.

  • BELIZE IN 4K (Travel Film), 3min.

  • Belize/Paradise/Vacation/Trip 2018, 12min.

  • You Better Belize It!!, 14min. Join us as we explore the beautiful country, or should we say jungle, of Belize! Watch as we visit Sweet Songs Jungle Lodge (formally known as duPlooy's Jungle Lodge) in San Ignacio, Belize.

  • BELIZE TRAVEL VIDEO HD (Sharks, Crocodiles, Independence Day, Ambergris Caye, and MORE...), 4min. Thank you to everyone who made the trip possible and so incredibly fun! (including but not limited to ACES -American Crocodile Education Sanctuary, Brittany and the rest of The Sandbar staff, Chris and Christina, Lucinda, Mina, and Kate!!)

  • Nurse Shark Charges Spearfisher!! Freediving and Spearfishing, Belize 2018, 2.5min.

  • Accion Deportiva, 60min.

  • Environmentalists Discuss Pending Fisheries Act, 2.5min. A major concern brought up at the Reef Scorecard forum hosted by relevant stakeholders on Thursday was the issue of the Fisheries Act which has not yet been passed. And a major aspect of that Act will be strict guidelines and policies on fishing in Belizean waters. There is some impatience on the part of entities like Healthy Reefs who are concerned about the depletion of fish stocks while the critical legislation gathers dust on somebody’s desk. Country Coordinator Roberto Pott told News Five that it’s about much more than just prohibition of gillnets or the like, but about an overarching policy which covers that and more.

  • Police Check Point, 60min.