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The San Pedro Sun

Kids in Action tackle Boca del Rio during National Coastal and River waterways clean-up campaign
On Saturday, October 6th, Oceana in Belize hosted their 27th National Coastal and River Waterways Clean Up campaign across the country. This year, the clean-up reached Ambergris Caye, where the organization teamed up with a group of environmental advocates known as Kids in Action (KIA). They concentrated along the Boca del Rio beach area, and at the end of the day, the group collected eight 100-pound garbage bags of trash from the beach. Leading the group was Everette Anderson, Chairperson of the San Pedro Tour Operators Association and an active mentor for KIA. Anderson stated that after being contacted by Oceana, KIA kids were more than happy to be part of this year’s clean-up. He added that the experience was quite educational, as the kids learned about collecting garbage data.

William Godoy’s family insist he’s innocent and continues the legal battle for his exoneration
Family and friends continue to fight for the freedom of 33-year-old San Pedro resident William Godoy, who was charged for the murder of Alfredo Cowo. On, Wednesday, October 10th the fifth court hearing took place inside the courtroom in San Pedro Town. However, due to the Magistrate not being provided with a copy of the disclosure document by the San Pedro Police Department, the case was adjourned to Thursday, October 25th.

Mental Health Services available for San Pedro Town Residents
Mental health services are now accessible for island residents, as a professional mental health counselor Christa Courtenay is offering sessions in San Pedro Town every Friday. Mental health therapy, is a way to help people with a broad variety of emotional and mental difficulties. It can help to eliminate or control troubling symptoms so a person can function better, and can increase well-being and healing. Courtenay holds a Master’s Degree in Mental Health & Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of South Florida, Tampa, USA. She has had the opportunity to work with persons with addictions, depression, anxiety, stress management, sexual abuse, grief/loss, couples therapy, and disability adjustment counseling, among others.

Julian Trapp killed and his brother Armando injured in San Pedro Town shooting
Police have launched an investigation into a late-night shooting at a beach bar and grill located in Boca Del Rio in San Pedro Town on Thursday, October 11th, which led to the death of 21-year-old Julian Trapp and his 27-year-old brother Armando injured. While socializing at the beach bar, Julian, a mechanic of the DFC Area, received fatal gunshots wound to the left side of the chest, two to the left lower abdomen entrance and exit, two to the upper left leg entrance and exit, one to the left upper leg, one to the right lower back, one to the left buttock and one to the right buttock. Meanwhile, Armando received one gunshot wound to the right forearm.

ACES rescues Crocodile Thomas on Ambergris Caye
On Monday, October 8th the American Crocodile Education Sanctuary (ACES) rescued a 10-foot-long American Crocodile north of San Pedro Town named Thomas, who was found with a fishing line wrapped around his snout and leading down his throat. The crocodile was discovered by someone who was taking a photograph of him. The person noticed that something was wrong with the crocodile and called ACES for further assistance. According to ACES, they were unable to remove the line by hand, as the end seemed caught deeper inside his body where they could not reach. Therefore, crocodile Thomas was carried by boat to the mainland thanks to the generosity of Quality Products where the Belize Forest Department then transported him to Belize Wildlife and Referral Clinic in Unitedville, Cayo for X-rays and examination. The assessment did not show a hook in Thomas’ stomach, which was great news as he will not need any risky surgery.

Ambergris Today

Family Prepares To Say Farewell To Milo Paz

Gunman Murders One And Injures Another Socializing In Local Bar
On Thursday, October 11, 2018, the San Pedro Police Department reports acting on information received of a gunshots in the Boca del Rio Area. They visited the San Pedro Poly Clinic where they encountered the lifeless body of 21-year-old Julian Trapp, a mechanic of the DFC Area of San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye. Trapp had one apparent gunshot wound on the left side of the chest, two apparent gunshot wounds to the left lower abdomen entrance and exit, two apparent gunshot wounds to the upper left leg entrance and exit, one gunshot wound to the left upper leg, one apparent gunshot wound to the right lower back, one apparent gunshot wound to the left buttock and one apparent gunshot wound to the right buttock.

Scouts Pay Courtesy Visit To Belize Governor General
The Scouts Association of Belize made a courtesy visit to the Scout Patron of the Scout Association, His Excellency, Sir Colville N Young, Governor General of Belize on Wednesday, October 10, 2018. The Scout Association’s delegation was headed by Mr. Armando Aban, President of the Association, where he introduced himself to the Scout Patron, The Governor General Sir Colville N. Young. During his visit at Belize House, the President informed the Governor General of the status of the Association, plans for Membership Expansion, the Association’s finances, and the plans to improve Camp Oakley, the national camping and training grounds of The Scout Association of Belize.

Misc Belizean Sources


Caye Caulker coastal baseline studies
A total of 9 residents attended this consultation Thursday night (poor turnout). This is under the Local Tourism Committee through the STP 2 Project. Hold the line action plan has 4 options. We are awaiting official word from the ministry to conduct an official poll. Let’s put our heads together for a brighter Caye Caulker.

Illegal Wildlife Conference
affecting species such as macaws. Thanks to the British High Commission Office in Belize, FCD is participating on the Illegal Wildlife Conference taking place In London.

Paradise Theater playing this weekend:
Had a tons of messages to replay these 2 movies .. so for those .. ENJOY! Teen Titans Go To The Movies, Dark Web, Mamma Mia!, Antman vs. Wasp.

Ancient monuments moved inside the Uchb'enka Visitors Center
Ancient monuments were moved and placed inside the Uchb'enka Visitors Center and Museum by staff of the Institute of Archaeology as well as by members of the Uchbenk'kaj Kin Ajaw Association and the Santa Cruz Village Council.

Belize Indigenous Resistance Day
Belize Día de la Resistencia Indigena . 500 years later the resistance continues ...

PUP Endorsement Convention in Saca Chispas
Come out to Mr Andre Perez Endorsement Convention. as the Standard Bearer for PUP Belize Rural South on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 7pm until 3am at the Saca Chispas. $2 Beer and Rum & Coke | Lots of Food | Entertainment by Electro Sounds. Note: There will be a boat coming from Caye Caulker kindly contact Celina Novelo 607-1440. Boat leaves 6:30pm sharp and returns back to CC at 11pm.

CCBTIA Upgrades and Innovation in Services. Nov 1 at 12 AM – Nov 15, Caye Caulker, Belize

Unveiling of the Architectural Design of the Proposed Ministry of Foreign Affairs Headquarters Building in Belmopan
On Monday, October 8th, 2018, the comprehensive architectural drawings for the construction of the headquarters building of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which will be located in Belmopan, were unveiled. The drawings were unveiled to the Minister and staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Ambassador and staff of the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan). The drawings call for a two-level, 20,000 gross square footage, modern and sustainable facility. The design makes use of the natural landscape for outdoor amenities to serve the staff and enhance the architectural designs of nearby buildings. The building will be constructed to be fully-accessible and will have the ability for future expansion in its structural design. The structure should withstand hurricane force winds in excess of 150 miles per hour and will serve as a shelter for staff and foreign diplomatic agents in times of emergency.

John Stanley presents donation to Hope Haven
Local favorite singer and songwriter John Stanley presented an $852.72 donation to Hope Haven after performing a series of shows at local eateries. "I got a message from Hope Haven that they really needed food and supplies, so I donated a box of food myself then decided to go one step further and put on a few performances in San Pedro and see if I could do even more for this great organization." John Stanley performed at five local restaurants over the past week and replaced his usual tip jar with a donation box instead. "I knew it was slow season, so I wasn't sure how much I could raise. I thought I had a lofty goal of $500, but when we counted the money at the end of the week it was over $850! I was ecstatic.” “I want to thank The Dive Bar, Crocs, Crazy Canuks, Average Joe’s, and Sandy Toes for hosting this fund drive and supporting me in my efforts.” John Stanley has been performing in San Pedro for the past two years. He plays a variety of music that includes rock and roll, reggae, and country music. He also performed many songs from his upcoming CD, “Rivers, Rocks, and Rain” which is scheduled for release later this year.

Miss Divali Nagar Queen Pageant
COEICH would like to thank the many supporters who helped us today in our fundraising drive to help prepare Miss Irianna Leiva, Miss East Indian 2018, to participate in the Miss Divali Nagar Queen Pageant in Trinidad and Tobago. Special thanks to Mrs. Esther McField, Mrs Louisa Jacobs, Ms Brenda Hall, Miss Deborah Innis, Mr. Froylan Gilharry, Ms Bernadine Emanuel, Ms Carolyn Charley, Ms Consy Lopez, Mrs Arlett Swasey, and Mr Vincent Charley

Do You Want to Learn Women's Self-Defense in Corozal?
Self-Defense Classes for women and young girls in Corozal. Great opportunity. October 20th, 2018 at the Tortuga Grill at Rainbow Beach. Sign up with Renee Wentz.

Water outage along the George Price Highway Oct. 17th
Belize Water Services informs customers along the George Price Highway that there will be an interruption in the water supply, Wednesday, October 17, 2018, starting at 1:00pm. The areas to be affected are Barton Bridge at Mile 5 (on the George Price Highway), West Lake, and Sunset Park to Mile 10 on the George Price Highway. This interruption is necessary for ongoing works. 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 6:00pm.

Channel 7

Bar Brawl Shoot ‘Em Up In San Pedro Leaves One Dead
A San Pedro father was gunned down at a bar on San Pedro. This is the second murder on the island in two weeks. Last night around 10:30, 21 year old Julian Trapp was hanging out with his brother and fiancé at La Choza Bar when a brazen gunman fired at them. This was not the first time the family has been targeted. Courtney Weatherburne has more details. Courtney Weatherburne reporting Every Friday morning Julian Trapp would bring his 10 year old niece Deanna to Manelly's ice cream shop - an outing she always looked forward to. Today, her mother had to take her instead, but for little Deanna, it wasn't the same and it never will be. Julian Trapp was shot and killed last night at La Choza Bar and Grill - his favorite chill spot.

Court Denies Bail to Attempted Abductor
One week ago, we told you about 63 year-old British National Roger Wallis. He's the man who police have charged with 2 counts of attempted kidnapping of an 8 year-old boy in Belmopan. Last Friday, he went before Justice Adolph Lucas to apply for Supreme Court bail. The crown counsel from the DPP's Office did not object, and trying to be extra careful, the judge adjourned the hearing until today, so that he could get a chance to review the police report, the affidavits, and the witness statements in this case. This afternoon, the bail application resumed, and now that he was properly informed, Justice Lucas invited Wallis' attorney, Hurl Hamilton, to finish presenting his case as to why Wallis deserves bail.

OW Murder Suspect Turns Himself Into Police
Last night, you saw the news on yesterday's brazen, daylight execution of 21 year-old Jose Medina. He was shot and killed a short distance from his home. He was a wanted man in the streets who was trying to lay low, but at around 11 o'clock yesterday morning, a gunman ambushed him while he was walking home with his girlfriend. He was shot multiple times to the head and chest, and died on the scene. Luna was injured to the abdomen and was rushed to the Northern Regional Hospital for emergency treatment. A post-mortem examination was conducted on Medina, and it certified that he died due to those multiple gunshots to the head and chest.

Teachers’ Union Warns Ministry
The war of words over hardship allowances is escalating between the Ministry of Education and the Belize National Teachers Union. Today the Union sent out a release warning the Ministry not to take it lightly. The release is headlined, "MOE's Disrespect Will No Longer Be Tolerated". It explains that the Union's email's to the Ministry asking for a meeting have gone unanswered for the past few weeks. Hon. Elena Smith, President - BNTU: "We've written to them on this matter, specifically on this matter of the re-categorization of schools and we've said to them that the matter is too large for us to discuss via correspondence. It has to be that we have a face to face discussion and I will give them their due. Normally they respond to us very quickly when it comes to emails."

Tension Mounts Over ICJ Position In The Opposition
So, the big meeting between the PUP's Southern Caucus and the Party Leader didn't happen today after all. Seems the word of the meeting got out - and the party leader didn't want to deal with an internal matter as a media circus, so he called it off. Our information suggests that the Southern Caucus forging ahead with a strident anti-ICJ position has rankled some in the PUP executive who would support a "yes" vote, and would prefer a more conservative public profile for the party. Also, the party leader - who has indicated he supports that yes vote - cannot hold a minority position. So, there's definitely inter-party tension over this issue, but on Wednesday, the Toledo West Representative said no way to that:

Guate Man Got Fake ID’s, Police Reluctant To Charge
Tonight a Guatemalan man is being held by Immigration Authorities in San Pedro - on suspicion of having multiple false Belize identity documents: from a social security card, to a voter's registration, to a passport with a US Visa. The 37 year old has been accumulating all of them for the last two decades during which time he's been living under a relative's name. He hasn't been charged, and it appears he might not be - because the relative whose identity he's stolen doesn't live in Belize. Police say that without that complaint, they can't do anything.

Chamber Applauds CITCO, Scolds GOB
All this week, we've been reporting on the special gift that the city council returned to a Belmopan businesswoman. She left an envelope stuffed with fifty $50 dollar bills on the City Administrator's desk. Shortly after that, the Mayor wrote her explaining why they cannot accept what he called a gift. City Hall doesn't want there to be any suggestion that financial gifts are welcome in exchange for special considerations, and yesterday, the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry released a statement applauding them.

Airline President Says Local Investors Need Incentives
And keeping it on the business climate, earlier this week at the Mirab opening, the President of Tropic Air told us that for big local investors like his company or Mirab, there's no government incentive for those Belizeans who put tens of millions of dollars in the ground to re-invest in Belize. John Grief III- President, Tropic Air: "I think there should be a ministerial level job that does nothing but promote people like Mirab. What roadblocks are you hitting with government - how can we help? Because these people don't have to invest here. They can take their money elsewhere."

Hicatee’s Survived The Dinosaurs But Not Modern Belize
You probably didn't know that October is Hicatee Awareness Month - and hearing it now, you're might be thinking of how nice some Hicatee soup would be. Indeed, it's one of the most prized and rare local dishes. And that's because Hicatee cannot legally be bought or sold, it can only be caught for personal consumption. Those laws were enacted about 20 years ago when it became apparent that Belize's Hicatee population was being eaten out. Indeed, the Central American Fresh Water turtle as it is properly known is actually on the verge of extinction!

Bad News For Corozal Free Zone
Chetumal is that Mexican City that Belizeans just love traveling to for shopping and recreation - and by January of next year it may be getting cheaper. That's because it will have it's own commercial free zone. Mexico's President Elect, Andrés Manuel López Obrador yesterday hosted a press conference to announce that as of January 1, 2019, he will start a free zone program in border cities and towns. He also announced that Mexico's value added tax, VAT, will be reduced from 16% to 8% in those zones.

Post Office Into The Future
On Wednesday we showed you the donation of two new delivery vans to the Post Office. Now, you're probably saying - who still even sends mail? But, many people do, and it's a must for business communications. That's why the post office says it is stepping up its game with electronic mail tracking:

Taiwan Lining Up to Pay for Another MOFA Bldg.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs team will get a brand new office building in Belmopan courtesy the Taiwanese Embassy. Minister Wilfred Elrington got to see the drawings today . In a release it describes the building as "20,000 gross square footage. It continues by saying "The building will be constructed to be fully-accessible and will have the ability for future expansion in its structural design. The structure should withstand hurricane force winds in excess of 150 miles per hour and will serve as a shelter for staff and foreign diplomatic agents in times of emergency." The building is expected to be completed between six to nine months.

Channel 5

A Deadly Assault on the Brothers Trapp in Boca del Rio
There was a fatal shooting in San Pedro on Thursday night. Two brothers Julian and Armando Trapp were among a group of friends when they came under fire.  The Trapp [...]

OW Police Makes Progress in Murder Investigation
Orange Walk Police have made some progress in the murder investigation of twenty-one-year-old Jose “Duffy” Medina. Accompanied by an attorney, one of the persons wanted for questioning handed himself over [...]

C.C.J. Orders G.O.B. to Pay David Gegg More than Half-a-Mil
The Caribbean Court of Justice has ordered the Government of Belize to repay businessman David Gegg more than four hundred thousand dollars plus six percent simple interest per annum which [...]

Will C.C.J. Ruling Set Precedent?
The C.C.J.’s ruling sets a precedent which other tour operators may want to rely on. Of note is that operators such as Yhony Rosado, who operates, also had troubles [...]

Alleged Kidnapper Roger Wallis Denied Supreme Court Bail
British national, Roger Wallis, appeared before Justice Adolph Lucas this afternoon on a bail application.  The sixty-three-year-old businessman is accused of the attempted kidnapping of an eight-year old Belmopan boy [...]

Charged for Unlawful Sexual Assault, Magdiel Ceas, Granted Bail
Also appearing before Justice Lucas was thirty-year-old Magdiel Ceas, charged for the unlawful sexual assault of a missing girl half his age. Ceas is originally from San Jose Village, Orange [...]

B.N.T.U. Says M.O.E. has Disrespected the Teachers!
The Belize National Teachers Union and the Ministry of Education are at a crossroads once again. Their latest disagreement involves the re-categorization of hardship allowances and time-off to collect salary. [...]

B.N.T.U. Says M.O.E. Sluggish with Proposal 22 Progress
The Belize National Teachers Union also points out that Minister of Education, Patrick Faber, has failed to attend two scheduled meetings to discuss Proposal twenty-two in respect of retiring teachers [...]

B.N.T.U. Reps Comment on Claver College Issue
Down south in Punta Gorda, the dust has settled with the reinstatement of teachers at Claver College Extension. Classes have resumed, but not after students protested against the decision by [...]

Chetumal to Become Free Zone
Mexico’s President-elect, Andrés Manuel López Obrador stated earlier this week that Chetumal will return to a ‘free zone’ status. While visiting Cancun, the president-elect announced that on January first, 2019, [...]

Audubon Tackles Illegal Fishing and Empowers Fisherfolk through Entrepreneurship
On October first, the fishing season of the Queen Conch officially opened. Conch represents a significant source of revenue for traditional fishermen across Belize, and generates millions of dollars for [...]

B.N.T.U. Hopes C.W.U./Port Impasse is Resolved
On Thursday, the Belize National Teachers Union expressed its support for the Christian Workers Union which is currently at a standoff with the Port of Belize Limited over working hours [...]

UWI Ranks as 1 of the Best Universities in the World
There is good news for the hundreds of Belizeans studying at the University of the West Indies. That’s because it is in the top five percent of best universities in [...]

The Annual TIDE Conservation Festival
The Toledo Institute for Development and Education is hosting its annual conservation festival. In the past, it was called the TIDE Fish Festival, but this year, it has been renamed [...]

15 Artists to Take the Stage in the I.C.J. Song Competition
The I.C.J. Song Competition is being held tonight inside the Civic Center. Music Ambassador Shyne Barrow says the event will see the participation of mostly new artists who will perform [...]


“Finding Your Platinum Lining in Credit Unions”
This year marks the seventieth year of celebrating the International Credit Union Day, which will be observed on Thursday, October 18. This year, the credit unions are celebrating under the theme “Finding Your Platinum Lining in Credit Unions”. One of several activities scheduled for this month was held yesterday. The Belize District financial literacy quiz …

Roger Wallis denied bail
63-year-old Roger Victor Wallis, British national, who was arrested and charged with two counts of attempted kidnapping in Belmopan, Cayo District, was denied bail. Wallis appeared with his attorney, Hurl Hamilton, this afternoon. Attorney Hamilgont submitted for bail on his behalf before Justice Adolph Lucas but bail was denied. Justice Lucas noted that bail would …

Mental Health Week concludes with “Homeless for a night” event
Mental Health week is coming to a close but the fight remains to spread awareness on the issues. In its final effort to allow individuals the opportunity to understand and relate, the Welcome Resource Centre along with the Mental Health Organization and the Ministry of Health have organized an event, “Homeless for a Night,” inviting …

Belize celebrates Hicatee Awareness Month
Hicatee turtles are becoming more extinct as a result of being over hunted, every year. The month of October is observed as Hicatee Awareness Month where NGOs such as the Belize Foundation for Research and Environmental Education, BFREE, has made it their goal to spread awareness on the critically endangered specie. Jaren Serano, BFREE’s Science …

IPCC’s report on global warming
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released their report which calls on government to move swiftly to ensure that global warming remains at 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The report noted that exceeding 1.5 degrees Celsius could prove to be catastrophic especially for small island states, which are already experiencing the effects …


Cahal Pech murder involved “EMO” cult ritual
The murder of Bobby Garcia, 19, made headlines in the Belize media because of the strange way he was killed. Garcia’s body was found on Monday, October 8, on an altar inside a Mayan temple in “Plaza E” at Cahal Pech, and many people speculated that it was some sort of ritualistic sacrifice. It now appears these speculations may be accurate. To give some background, about 7 or 8 years ago there was a string of suicides in Benque Viejo Del Carmen. Several girls had taken their own lives in connection with the cult. One of these girls, Daisy Cerda, 19, had actually spoken about her attempted suicide in February 2011, two months before successfully taking her own life.

Attorney General Peyrefitte offers solution to waterfront dispute
Senator Michael Peyrefitte, Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, has offered Dr. Carla Barnett, the Minister of Labour, an enlightened solution for the ongoing dispute between the Christian Workers Union (CWU) and Port of Belize Limited (PBL). Port of Belize is presently attempting to reduce stevedores’ take home pay by preventing extended shifts on legal grounds. PBL is arguing on the basis of Sections 115 to 118 of the Labour Act. The stevedores are resisting because a status quo exists in this matter from time immemorial, and they will lose money because of PBL’s “humanitarian” demands.

The ICJ Referendum question that no one in our informal survey knows
In the next six months Belizeans will go to the polls to vote in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) referendum on whether or not to take the Guatemalan claim to the ICJ for a final settlement. Despite the government’s so-called ICJ Education Campaign on which millions of dollars are being spent, the message appears not to be reaching many Belizeans in Belize City. Today we took to the streets to ask an important question: Do you know what the question is that will be asked in the ICJ referendum next year? We asked about 50 persons from various walks of life that one question, and not even one person said that he or she knew exactly what the answer to our question was, even though most of them gave a “yes” or “no” response on whether we should go to the ICJ.

Jose Medina, 23, shot dead in Orange Walk Town
A 23-year-old laborer of Orange Walk Town, Jose Medina, a.k.a. “Doofy,” was shot and killed in Backa-town in the Louisiana area of Orange Walk Town at about 11:00 this morning. Our information is that Medina was walking with his girlfriend, Lucia Luna, 28, in the Louisiana area when an unknown gunman came up and fired at him. The gunman then ran off into the surrounding area and disappeared. Medina was struck in the head and body, and Luna was struck in the chest.

Belize Peace Movement calls meeting with “No to the ICJ” proponents
An unusual gathering of politicians representing different political parties, along with representatives of activist organizations, all heeded the call of the Belize Peace Movement this morning, when they arrived in Belmopan for a meeting to join forces in the one thing which they all have in common — their opposition to taking the Guatemalan claim to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Leader of the Belize Peace Movement, Robert “Bobby” Lopez, opened the meeting with a prayer, after which he spoke briefly about his experience with his “No ICJ” float in the citizens’ parade on Independence Day in Belmopan, when he was harassed and threatened by law enforcement and traffic officers.

BEL’s CHIL program is here to help
In the issue of Amandala dated Friday, September, 29, there was an article entitled “Forced to steal electricity despite the frightening danger,” which described the perils faced by residents in certain areas of the city, primarily the Gungulung area, who, because they were unable to pay to have electricity installed in their homes, were using dangerous connections to steal electricity. Today, we visited the Belize Electricity Limited’s (BEL) office, where we learned more about how their Connecting Homes Improving Lives (“CHIL”) program is helping those same people.

San Ignacio/Santa Elena Basketball Association tournament weekend scores
The San Ignacio/Santa Elena Basketball Association (SSBA) Tournament, sponsored by Diginet and BECOL, had games this past weekend on Friday and Saturday at the Sacred Heart College Auditorium in San Ignacio Town. In the opener on Friday night, (Females) Mount Carmel High School won, 26-22, over Sacred Heart High School. Mount Carmel was led by Christine Rice with 11 points and Clarissa Cheda 6 pts; while Sacred Heart had Bayvin Aldana (“Queen of the West”) 12 pts and Zandra Whittaker 6 pts. And in the nightcap, (U-21) One Love blew out World Thing, 105-46, behind Kyron “Tut” Molina 28 pts, Umelo “Goodness” Henderson 15 pts, Jaylen Lennan 13 pts, Aaron “Curry” Allison 11 pts, and Ryan “Mentes” Carbajal 11 pts; while World Thing was led by Ulric Meighan 21 pts and Darnell Melendez 9 pts.

Bernard 7-A-Side semifinals on Friday in O.W.
Postponed from last week due to inclement weather, the Kevin Bernard 7-A-Side Football Tournament semifinals will now take place this Friday night at the Chan Pine Ridge football field: Friday, October 12. 7:00 p.m. – Los Tercos vs Celtics. 8:00 p.m. – Young Stars vs San Lazaro.

Belmopan F.A. U-21, and Hon. John Saldivar Kids, Youth & Female Cup 2018 Tournament games
The Belmopan Football Association (BFA) had another action-packed weekend of football, with games in the BFA U-21 Tournament as well as in the Hon. John Saldivar Kids, Youth & Female Cup 2018 Tournament, all at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium. In the opener on Friday night, (U-21) Club Atletico won, 5-3, over Ramon United. Shaking the net for Club Atletico were Jashua Salazar (37’ & 62’), Alence Ayala (73’ & 88’) and Ariel Maldonado (82’); while Ramon’s United got a goal each from Carlysie Wallace (58’), Damion Valdez (72’) and Jacinto Vasquez (80’). And in the nightcap, it was Spanish Lookout with the 5-1 victory over Real Juventud. Spanish Lookout got 4 goals from Kelvin Dueck (5’, 45’, 60’ & 67’) and the other from Carlos Sanchez (18’); while Hiram Carrillo (21’) scored for Real Juventud.

Digi Puppy Leslie Youth Basketball League Week 2 games
We still have to catch up on the scores from last weekend’s tip-off of the Digi Puppy Leslie Youth Basketball League U-14 and U-18 Tournament at Swift Hall on the St. Martin’s compound on Vernon Street. However, we managed to get hold of a copy of the tournament schedule, and here are the upcoming Week 2 games:

Editorial: Pow-wow in Belmopan
A momentous, historic meeting took place in Belmopan on Tuesday morning which brought together the most prominent of Belize’s personalities who have been saying that Belize should not go to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for final and binding arbitration on the Guatemalan claim to Belize. With just six months to go before Belizeans vote in the ICJ referendum, it is reasonable to assume, we submit, that there will be more such gatherings. But this conference in Belmopan was momentous and historic, unprecedented, because there was discernible movement across party political and organizational lines. Interestingly enough, we did not see Derek Aikman, a former United Democratic Party (UDP) Cabinet Minister, who had unsuccessfully attempted to get this kind of ball rolling two or three months ago, and we did not see Richard Harrison, a well-known businessman and unsuccessful PUP Cayo North by-election candidate in January of 2015, who had tried, unsuccessfully, to organize a demonstration against the ICJ option for Independence Day three weeks ago.

From The Publisher
Los jesuitas toman tres votos cuando entran la Sociedad de Jesús. Se trata de la pobreza, la castidad, y obediencia. Si recuerdo el libro de Jim Carney, él era un veterano de la Segunda Guerra Mundial cuando se unió a los jesuitas. (Antes de que uno se convierte en un sacerdote jesuita hasta un cierto punto se le llama un “escolástico.” Carney sirvió como un escolástico en el Colegio San Juan (SJC por sus siglas en inglés) a mediados/finales de la década de 1950. Después de que se convirtió en un sacerdote, fue enviado a la República de Honduras, donde se convirtió en un revolucionario – “padre Guadalupe,” y fue asesinado por el ejército hondureño). Mi comprensión es que un jesuita haría entre 12 a 15 años de estudios universitarios en latín, griego, filosofía, teología, y así sucesivamente, antes de ser ordenado como sacerdote católico romano.

From proud Rio Hondo to old Sarstoon …
Dear Editor, In any democratic country, where there are two opposing views on an important national issue such as this Compromise Referendum, since the Government’s Yes Vote position to the ICJ is represented by the Government, the No Vote position to the ICJ by right needs to be represented by a National Umbrella Committee – this is democracy. As the Compromise Referendum date is coming closer, I have had the opportunity to read and hear on the media that many more Belizeans are expressing publicly their sentiments against the Compromise Referendum and are encouraging more Belizeans to reject this Compromise by voting no to the ICJ on the 10th April 2019.

BECOL-Fortis just don’t care about the people
Dear Editor, It is outrageous that BECOL-Fortis (a Canadian-owned corporation), the owner and operator of the Macal River dams, portray themselves as “sharing information” and getting feedback from the public, a fantasy they continue to perpetuate. BECOL is required to inform the people and respond to our concerns about the problems that directly affect our lives and health. BECOL is required to test the levels of mercury in the fish in the Macal River and inform the public on the dangers of eating fish high in mercury; BECOL is required to test the water of the river and inform the people of the test results; BECOL is required to have a workable Dam Break Early Warning System in place – something they were to do when the Chalillo Dam went online, 13 years ago, but have still failed to do.

Musings by the Curious Non-Conformist
I’ll take the opportunity this space offers me with being a time capsule for my thoughts, feelings, and opinions in this, the early stage of my third decade of life. I’ve been getting the vibe and even some commentary on my disposition, the way I carry myself, and my demeanor. Now, I’ve been known to not hold any bars with my opinions in any fora. This is not because my immediate mission is to be belligerent and bombastic, but because I honestly feel that some people have a really skewed perspective on the realities that impact people, especially in regards to young people of color. If I am accused of some sarcasm I’ll take those charges but still reluctant to make apologies for it. It could also be that they are honestly ignorant to said reality, but when duty bearers are clueless or choose to remain as such then that leaves us with more questions than answers. As such, I’ve gained the reputation of being a bit more of the outspoken attendee at meetings, to say the least. A trouble-maker.

America is really TWO countries
The recent fight in the USA between senators of their Democratic party and senators of their Republican party over the confirmation of a judge to their supreme court, exposed the extent of the divide between the two political parties that run that country. The confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh, a judge who was favored by the party in power, the Republicans, was fought up to the very last day by the Democrats. The Democrats latched on to an accusation by a lady that Judge Kavanaugh had, when he was a young man, committed a gross act of aggression against her. The accusation was substantial, of itself. Apparently the fact that the alleged crime was committed a number of years ago worried a lot of people. It seems a lot of men in high places in America are in desperate need of a “statute of limitations.”

NO to the ICJ: 101
Prior to 1859 Great Britain did not own or had any title to Belize. There was no such thing as “no man’s land” or “vacant land” (terra nullius) between Mexico and Guatemala that the British occupied and owned. All lands in this area were under Spanish rule and the British accepted and respected that. If this was not the case there would have been no need for Great Britain to enter into the 1783 and 1786 treaties with Spain to cut logwood and mahogany between the Rio Hondo and Sibun Rivers. Spain, however, granted to Britain only usufruct rights (the legal right of using and enjoying the fruits and profit of something belonging to another) but sovereignty remained with Spain.

Maurice Bishop was murdered because of his thoughts …
While time is running, we are getting closer to the referendum that is expected to take place on April 10, 2019. We have been listening to several Belizeans who have brought up the Anglo- Guatemala/Belize issue; each one with their own point of view, others have been trying to get more in-depth with the subject. Together they’ve offered a very interesting pool of information. Unfortunately, none of us will be the judges at The Hague. There are those who have full confidence in the magistrates that represent the International Court of Justice. They believe that these persons are honorable, impeccable, irreproachable, etc. but regrettably, we were not taught of the things that took place in history, much less those few thinkers who sought an idea to form a method that could have been put in place to balance between the communist and capitalist system.

Brave homeowner chases burglars out of his house
At about 11:00 Friday morning, Ivor Mendez, 45, went home to warm food for his daughter, who would have been coming from school at about 12:00 midday, but on his arrival, he saw his back door open. He went into his house and saw his groceries scattered on the floor; his electronic items packed in his daughter’s school bag, on the table; his 42-inch flat screen television, among other items, packed in blankets and sheets; and his tools packed in a box. He then went towards his room, and saw a man coming towards him from out of his room, with a stocking on his head, but with no covering on his face, and he recognized him as someone he knew.

Tropic Air pilot Jose Milo Paz, 49, dies in Panama plane crash
Tropic Air lost one of its veteran pilots yesterday when Jose Milo Paz reportedly died in a plane crash in Panama. Paz, a senior pilot at Tropic Air, was a resident of San Pedro and former People’s United Party politician. He celebrated his 49th birthday last month. Local reports say that Paz had taken a week from his regular job at Tropic Air to fly a private charter plane out of Panama. Tropic Air president John Grief, told 7News that he was moved to tears. Grief added, “Milo and I grew up together as little kids, playing in the sand streets of San Pedro. He is an aviation pioneer. He owned his own airplane and was one of the pioneers in the San Pedro/Tikal Day Tour.

Man injured in explosion at gas depot
Last night, October 10, Jose Rosales, 65, was filling his van’s fuel tank with butane when an explosion caused him to suffer minor burn injuries to his face. Police say the explosion was caused by a lit cigarette, but the Fire Department says they cannot confirm this. Rosales, a taxi driver, visited Garcia’s Butane Gas Depot sometime after 6 p.m. and was filling his 2014 Ford 350 van, which is adapted to use butane instead of gas or diesel, when an explosion caused the Independence Village police to rush over. Rosales, who was sitting in the driver’s seat of the van, was the only person injured in this incident. A passenger in the van, who was seated beside him, was unharmed.

Contractor charged for drowning deaths of Succotz sisters, released on bail
Carlos Martin Martinez, 53, a contractor of Belmopan, has been arrested and charged with two counts of causing death by careless conduct, two counts of manslaughter by negligence, and driving with alcohol level above the legal limit. Police said that at about 4:00 Saturday morning, Martinez was driving his vehicle on the George Price Highway, from Benque Viejo Del Carmen to San Jose, Succotz. Along with him were two sisters, Cindy Cowo, 26, and Jarinet Cowo, 16, both of Succotz. Between Miles 71 and 72 he lost control of the RAV4 and it ran off the road, down the south bank of the Mopan River, and into the river.

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Cycling Federation Belize will be competing in the 18th Elite Caribbean Cycling Championships in the Dominican Republic on October 13 and 14th ITT & Road Race. The National Team will include: Giovanni Lovell – Elite, Keion Robateau – U23, Robert Stewart – Elite, Oscar Quiros – Elite, Alicia Thompson – Elite/Women, Kaya Cattouse – Elite/Women. The Mens Elite race starts on Sunday at 8.30am Belize time and is 90 miles.

The Mary Hall R.C. School in Corozal has released a notice to parents after an incident at the school yesterday. The man in the pictures above is said to have gone on the school compound asking questions and eventually asking for financial assistance. He reportedly got aggressive when denied and was escorted off campus and shortly after, detained by Police.

Just after 10:00pm last night Julian Trapp, 21, was murdered in San Pedro. According to reports, Trapp and three others were hanging out at La Choza Bar when a gunman with a fishing mask on his face came out of the mangroves and fired at them. Trapp was reportedly hit seven times to the chest, abdomen, legs and back and died on the spot. Another man, Armando Trapp, was hit once to the forearm.

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Architectural design of Proposed Ministry of Foreign Affairs headquarters unveiled
On Monday, October 8, 2018, the comprehensive architectural drawings for the construction of the headquarters […]

‘Litigation risk’ is the single issue most harmful to saying ‘Yes’ to the ICJ
Minister of National Security, John Saldivar, has been using social media in the last few weeks […]

BNTU accuses the Ministry of Education of blatant disrespect!
The Belize National Teachers’ Union (BNTU) issued a stern press release today documenting its frustrations with […]

Police: One dead, one injured in San Pedro shooting
Police have just released an official report on the latest shooting incident in San Pedro, Ambergris […]

Lucia Luna in critical condition after Orange Walk shooting
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US Vice President warns Central America on ties with China
Yesterday, United States Vice President, Mike Pence warned Central American nations to be cautious when building […]


Belizean Folktales: El Cadejo
Belizean villagers, describe the Cadejo as a hairy, goat-like animal or a large, shaggy dog, hence its name, which translates from the Spanish as “tangled hair”. The Cadejo is said to have the hooves of a goat, the horns of a bull, and the tail of a puma or lion, and its flaming eyes and foaming mouth give it an aura of evil. The stories vary, some claiming it is dragging around a long chain behind it, while some say the rattle is actually that of the bones of its victims. In classic good versus evil, the white cadejo is often declared protective of drunken revelers – perhaps an unexpected night out with friends leading to more than one extra Belikin. The black cadejo on the other hand, is believed to be intent on causing repeat drunkards (alcoholics) to fall terribly ill. The black Cadejo is said to hungrily lick their mouths and follows them for nine days until there is no longer a chance that they will get well. (There seems to be a theme against drinking in our tales…hmmmm)

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Explore these pristine, little-known Maya ruins
Dozens of swallowtail butterflies are dancing in the air, and we pull the car over to watch. We’ve been on the road in Belize for nearly three hours with no shortage of sightseeing along the way. The drive from San Ignacio winds through San Antonio, a Maya town that is also the home of my tour guide, Israel Canto. We drive through the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, and the deserted sustainable logging town next door. We take a pit stop to stretch our legs in a massive tunnel system–the Rio Frío Cave. Alas, we are on the final stretch, a few miles of dirt road leading to the largest Maya site in Belize–larger than its famous neighbor, Tikal in Guatemala. We are arriving at Caracol.

What Americans And Canadians Find Attractive About Moving To Belize
The response I hear most often when mentioning the country of Belize is something along the lines of, “Belize. I’ve heard of it. No, no, don’t tell me…” And then, after some squirming and a suitable pause, “Where is it again?” Here are some of the reasons Americans and Canadians like Belize. “Visitors might need to adjust to hearing the charming Caribbean accent, but the official language of Belize is English,” reports Rachel Jensen, a US expat now living in Belize. “Along with English, you'll also find Belizean Creole, Garifuna, Mandarin, Spanish, and Maya. Belize is an incredibly diverse country.” From an American and Canadian perspective, when compared with the rest of Central and South America (which uses Civil Law), Belize has another huge advantage as a result of being a former British colony: it uses British Common law, which makes it more comfortable for Americans to purchase in Belize. Also, unlike the nearby Spanish-speaking countries, all binding contracts in Belize are in English.

Call for more data on trans-experience, lesbian and bisexual women
Women from around the Caribbean explored opportunities to fill existing gaps in research on lesbian and bisexual women and transgender people in the Caribbean, as they met over five-days in Belize. The occasion of the 6th annual Caribbean Women and Sexual Diversity conference (CWSDC), was utilised to focus on meeting the need for more data to inform advocacy for this marginalised group. As lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex women’s rights defenders seek to amplify their voice on thelocal, regional and international stage, the need for statistical basis for advocacy becomes increasingly evident. Under the theme, “Building the Case: Strengthening Caribbean LBT Research for Advocacy”, the CWSDC-6 was held from October 4 – 8 in the Cayo District, Belize. CWSDC-6 brought activists together to transfer knowledge on leadership, advocacy, data accumulation and data sharing to enhance LBTQI advocacy.

Port of Spain, Trinidad. In the case of Cruise Solutions Ltd and Discovery Expeditions Ltd v The Commissioner of General Sales Tax and the Attorney General of Belize, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) today held that two companies were entitled to be repaid all general sales tax (GST) assessed, charged and collected by the relevant tax authority, from February 2007 to present, plus interest of 6% per annum. Cruise Solutions Ltd and Discovery Expeditions Ltd are Belize tour operators that entered into contracts with international cruise lines that visit Belize to provide tours for their passengers. Previously, the cruise lines would have contracted with their passengers to supply the service of arranging tours for them with local tour operators. Passengers were not charged the GST for this service as part of their package holiday since it was considered part of the supply of the “international transport” of the passengers and therefore exempt under the GST Act.

CCJ orders refund of taxes to tour operators in Belize
In the case of Cruise Solutions Ltd and Discovery Expeditions Ltd v The Commissioner of General Sales Tax and the Attorney General of Belize, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has held that two companies were entitled to be repaid all general sales tax (GST) assessed, charged and collected by the relevant tax authority, from February 2007 to present, plus interest of six percent per annum. Cruise Solutions Ltd and Discovery Expeditions Ltd are Belize tour operators that entered into contracts with international cruise lines that visit Belize to provide tours for their passengers. Previously, the cruise lines would have contracted with their passengers to supply the service of arranging tours for them with local tour operators. Passengers were not charged the GST for this service as part of their package holiday since it was considered part of the supply of the “international transport” of the passengers and therefore exempt under the GST Act.

The Maya Kept Jaguar Zoos for Centuries
By analyzing the chemicals within the buried cat bones, she and her colleagues showed that jaguars and pumas likely came to Copán from distant regions and were kept in captivity for most of their lives. The city effectively had its own zoo, which was part of a wide trade network that sucked in wildlife from a larger area. For three centuries, wild animals—including the most formidable carnivores around—were brought in, housed, fed, and eventually used in ritual ceremonies. “These people were interacting head on with some of the most powerful predators in the landscape—and that’s a feat we don’t see in many civilizations,” says Sugiyama. “We’ve always assumed that people in Mesoamerica only had the dog and the turkey—and camels and guinea pigs further south. But I think the dynamics between humans and animals [in the region] were much deeper.” “We think of zoos and captive animals as a very modern thing, and also tend to think that animals in the past are merely food sources or beasts of burden,” adds Kelly Knudson, an anthropologist from Arizona State University. “This study helps us rethink both of these assumptions.”


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  • ACES Rescues Crocodile on Ambergris Caye, 1min. American Crocodile, Thomas, was found with fishing line wrapped around his snout and leading into his throat. We were unable to remove the line by hand, as whatever it was caught on went deeper into his body than we could reach, so he was transported for X-rays and assessment to Belize Wildlife & Referral Clinic. It has been a very long day for this 10-foot male croc - he was loaded into our golf cart on San Pedro, driven to the boat provided by Quality Poultry Products and shipped to the mainland where Belize Forest Department officers met him and drove him to the vet's office.

  • Caracol, Belize, 4min. Deep in the jungles of Belize you'll find the largest Maya city in the region.

  • 2007-09 Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and Belize, 60min. We start our journey at Cancun in Mexico. On our way to Merida we visit Chichen Itza with its the famous tempels and the Kukulcan pyramid. We als see here the so called Cenotes, big natural water holes. In Merida we attended a big street party. ... On our way to Rio Dulce we visit the ruines of Copan in the neighbouring Honduras. Now we are heading for the famous ruines in the jungle of Tikal. Here also we hear the frightening sound of the howler monkeys and we also will see them. From Tikal travel via Belize back to Cancun where we started our journey. Here we make an excursion to Xcaret that shows us the Mexican nature and culture.

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  • Ambergris Caye Citizens for Sustainable Development (ACCSD) - views on Cayo Rosario Project, 34min. Ambergris Caye Citizens for Sustainable Development (ACCSD) is speaking out against the Cayo Rosario Project. Their representatives outlined their position on why the project is unsustainable. On our couch: Billie Leslie - Past Chair, ACCSD. Elito Arceo - Past Chair, ACCSD. Miguel Alamilla - Past Chair, ACCSD.

  • Karl H. Menzies is marking 49 years of service to Belize, 26min. Karl H. Menzies is marking 49 years of service to Belize. They are celebrating the milestone with a grand sale this weekend. Representatives walked us through a few of the great deals available for customers. On set: Michael Fuller - Marketing Manager, Karl H. Menzies. Carolyn Wade - Sales Manager, Karl H. Menzies.

  • UNICEF Belize and UNFPA - International Day of the Girl Child, 31min. UNICEF Belize and UNFPA are celebrating the International Day of the Girl Child. October 11th is the day designated to champion the importance of empowering girls to transform our communities. This year's theme is “With Her: A Skilled Girl Force.” On our couch: Khadija Duncan - Mechanical Engineer, Shanea Young - Meteorologist, Tisa Grant – Liaison Officer – UNFPA.

  • Cayo West Fest Video, 7min. A great recap of the first annual Cayo West Fest. This will be one of the many yearly cultural events here in Cayo. Thanks to everyone that made this fun event happen. "West Fest 2018, celebrating 3000 years of culture, food and music. It was a huge success! It was a pleasure seeing everyone come and enjoy this eco-friendly and family-friendly event. We enjoyed every minute of West Fest 2018 and we look forward to celebrating and enjoying West Fest 2019 with you too!"

  • Belize Dream, 3.5min. Day 7 of our 10 day Aggressor 4 LiveAboard dive vacation.

  • Hand feeding Tarpons in Belize September 2018, 6min.

  • Biking Caye Caulker + Chinese Food in Belize, 4.5min. We are biking around Caye Caulker and discovered Chinatown.... in Belize! WHAT?! So we had to try it because we were craving some Asian cuisine!

  • BELIZE: Small country, BIG birding!, 1min.

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