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The San Pedro Sun

Meeting to addresses the use of Fish Aggregating Devices
On Thursday 18th October 2018 at the San Pedro High School conference room, the Hol Chan Marine Reserve [“Hol Chan”] held a meeting along with the Fisheries Department, Department of the Environment, and the San Pedro Tourist Guide Association to address the creation of fish aggregating device (FAD) around Ambergris Caye. Traditional FADs are known as “Rama”. Fishermen have for many years created Rama’s on the leeward side of Ambergris Caye, where the benthic habitat is different from the reef, and there is not much shelter for fishes. Rama’s are intended to attract fish by providing shelter in an environment that does not have much areas for fish to hide from bigger predators. As fish aggregate to these structures it then becomes a good fishing site for fishermen. Rama’s were traditionally made from natural organic material, palmetto sticks, old tree trunk, and the like. However, the practice has turned to using old stoves, washing machines, vehicles, essentially anything that can sink to the bottom of the sea to create a FAD or Rama.

BTIA launches 2018 Destination Belize
Half Moon Caye and Sak Xikin pok-ta-pok team were the natural and cultural attractions featured on the alternate covers of the 20th edition of the Destination Belize magazine unveiled by the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) at the Radisson Fort George Hotel in Belize City on Wednesday afternoon, October 24. The BTIA has hired various multi-media agencies to produce previous editions of the magazine, but opted to produce this year’s edition in-house, and so they enlisted the services of travel blogger and guide-book writer Lebawit Lily Garma, who has been visiting Belize for the past eight years. As Garma produced and edited articles on the theme, “Find our roots and Feel our rhythms”, Jamil Loskot of Loskot Studios was charged with capturing the photographs and designing the layout of the magazine.

Sea Wolves win the first round of U-15 football championship match
The Sea Wolves nabbed a 5-0 victory against the San Pedro Pirates in their first round of the Under-15 (U-15) football tournament championship match held on Sunday, October 21st. The aim of the Under-15 tournament is to promote professional football training sessions and develop the technical abilities of young players to lead them to a successful football career. The second round of the U-15 football championship match will be held on Saturday, October 27th at 6PM at the Ambergris Stadium. Everyone is invited to come out and support the youngsters in their last match of the season. Food and drinks will be on sale during the game.

Recent CCJ judgements order GOB to pay compensations to Belize based companies and vindicates convicted murderer
The Government of Belize (GOB) has been ordered to pay up monies to two Belize based companies after losing a legal battle at the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). The ruling verdicts, which took place on October 12th and 17th, will see GOB making payments of more than half a million in reimbursements and vindicatory damages. The CCJ also made an additional judgement, in which it overturned the conviction of Belizean Japhet Bennett, who had been serving time at the Belize Central Prison for a 2009 murder. Bennett was accused of killing Ellis Meighan Sr. in Belize City and was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2013.

Ambergris Today

PACT Becomes The First Green Climate Fund-Accredited Entity In Belize
At its 21st meeting held from 17-20 October 2018 on Bahrain, the Green Climate Fund approved the accreditation of the Protected Areas Conservation Trust making PACT the first GFC Direct Access Entity in Belize and the second in the Caribbean. As an accredited entity to the GDF, PACT will be able to access and distribute GCF grant resources in Belize to support climate mitigation or adaption actions through micro prjects of up to USD$10M in the category of minimal to no environmental or social risk. PACT succeeded in its application for accreditation to the GCF after undergoing a detailed assessment against GCF standards to assess the strength of its financial management and its capacity to safeguard projects against environmental and social risks.

Misc Belizean Sources

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Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures Training
EXPORTBelize, unit of BELTRAIDE is offering Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SSOP) training to be held on 1st November 2018, from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm at the Banquitas House of Culture, Orange Walk Town. The objective of the training is for companies to better understand the quality system regulations and sanitation standard operating procedures.The training will be facilitated by Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) representative.

Request for Expression of Interest For the Design and Construction of a “Green” Office Building Facility
Help us reduce our carbon footprint!

Corozal Princess Casino will be having a there Halloween event
Halloween is hear and it is that time of the year where everyone are excited for halloween around Belize. Haĺloween costumes are created by there own creativity, style, scariest, funniest, cuttiest costumes. Its a month of Halloween where each District celebrates Halloween in there own way. Kids do enjoy coming out to trick or treat around town. Scotty's will be having there halloween bash tonight Friday commencing at 8pm until 2am. Corozal Princess Casino will be having a there halloween event. Princess Hotel and Casino Free Zone invites everyone to its Costume and Spooky Night Halloween Competition on Friday, November 2nd, 2018. Come and enjoy our very friendly and safe atmosphere and get a chance to win.

Corozal Dental Health Week
Theme: Visit the dentist today to prevent tooth decay. Question nd answer session with patients, staff nd students.

Water Interruption in Santa Elena Town and Esperanza October 31
Belize Water Services informs its customers in parts of Santa Elena and surrounding areas that there will be an interruption in the water supply, Wednesday, October 31, 2018, starting at 1:00pm. The areas to be affected are Santa Elena Town and Esperanza. This interruption is necessary for the installation of new water mains. Due to the upgrades, customers may experience low pressure and/or discoloration when water is restored. Residents of these or nearby areas are advised that water supply should return to normal by 11:00pm.

Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation
The Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) supports the preservation of cultural sites, cultural objects, and forms of traditional cultural expression in more than 100 countries around the world. Call for AFCP proposal is now open! Deadline for submission of proposals is December 3, 2018. APPLY NOW!

You Are Invited to SSB Connect
The Social Security Board is hosting the organization`s first annual information sharing event, SSB Connect. This forum promises to be an interactive and engaging session highlighting how the Social Security Board served its valued stakeholders in 2017. On November 8, join SSB at the Best Western Biltmore Plaza from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. to receive important information and updates about SSB operations and the Fund. The purpose of SSB Connect is to interact with stakeholders and to detail the current status of the fund by providing reports on collections and expenditures of your contributions and investments. The organization will also celebrate the service enhancements made in 2017 such as the Online Contribution Portal and the Direct Deposit services.

Koko King Costume Competition
VERY IMPORTANT!! All entrants to the costume competition here at Koko King today Sat 27th Oct need to be registered BEFORE 11pm. Competition starts 11.30pm SHARP!!!! To follow will be a live performance by Supa G, DJ Odyssey, DJ Julian and hosted by DJ Dalla!!

Diabetes Awareness
Interested in lending your support to Diabetes Awareness but unable to attend our World Diabetes Day Event? Or are you living in another district and want to know about events closer to you? Then take note of these events being offered by other Branches of the Belize Diabetes Association.

Dental Health Week on Caye Caulker
Dr. Irma Zuniga and her assistant Carmen Medina and Stacey Coberly hop over from the Dr. Otto Rodriguez Poly Clinic in San Pedro to celebrate dental health week under the theme, " Visit the dentist today to prevent tooth decay" with us here on Caye Caulker for the first time ever. The week was one filled with a wealth of information on dental hygiene, proper brushing technique, importance of flossing and healthy snacks. The children were all treated to teeth cleaning at their respective primary schools.The week was closed off today with presentations from both L.I.C.A and C.C.R.C. School. The winners of the poster competition were also announced : 1st place - Sophie Sandoval, 2nd place- Jordi Intellano, 3rd place - Breannie Chub.

Hanal Pixan today in Corozal
The Corozal House of Culture in collaboration with T’oone Masehualo’on is honoured to present the ancient Maya tradition of Hanal Pixan today Saturday October 27, 2018. You are kindly invited to immerse yourself in this showcase of Maya culture by way of music, dance, cuisine, homage and ancient sport. Please join us for the opening ceremony beginning at 7pm at the Corozal Town Central Park.

Destination Belize 20th Edition (Roots)
Destination Belize's 20th edition is out.

3rd Anniversary of Open Mic Night
Come out to the 3rd Anniversary of Open Mic Night at Ignacia Cacho Library in Dangriga Town on Saturday 27th October, 2018 at 7pm. Special appearance by Belmopan very own Panerrifix Steelband!

Digital video conference on international adoptions
This morning the U.S. Embassy was proud to host a digital video conference on international adoptions and international parental child abductions with officers of Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation & Poverty Alleviation, judiciary, Belize Police Department, Belize - Department of Immigration and Nationality Services, and experts from the U.S. Departments of State and Health and Human Services. This important discussion helps to further understanding and strengthen the partnership between child welfare professionals in Belize and the United States for the benefit of children and parents in both countries.

WÁAY- BELIZEAN MAYA LEGEND
The wáay also spelled as Huay is a Sorcerer who can transform into an animal while asleep in order to do harm,or else the resulting animal transformation . The plural of Wáay is Wáayo'ob . Between the Yucatec Maya of Belize the most common are the Huay K'eek'en and the Huay Peek' . The Huay K'eek'en is a sorcerer who transforms into a large pig to do mischievous acts like destroy properties and harm people . Another common Huay is the Huay Peek' which is sorcerer who transforms into a large black dog to destroy property,eat livestock and profanate tombs in the cemetery . Many of us grew up hearing this stories of the Huay K'eek'een and Huay Peek' in Northern Belize . Already in Classic Maya belief, wáay animals, identifiable by a special hieroglyph, had an important role to play.

Channel 7

Abusive Babysitter Fined 6k For Causing Toddler’s Death
Justice Colin Williams today fined - but did not confine - Dana Banner for her manslaughter conviction in the death of a toddler. Last week Wednesday, she pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of causing death by careless conduct, instead of standing trial for manslaughter. As we told you, Banner was the babysitter who was taking care of 2 year-old Vernice Rodriguez back in May of 2008. The toddler died due to severe head trauma, and it was determined that she had been beaten in the head with a blunt object. On May 18, 2008, Ladyville police received reports that a child was being ill-treated at a home in the village.

Parole For Mother Who Drowned Three Of Her Kids
And, in a related story, the Reporter Newspaper is reporting that Felicia Chen - convicted of killing three of her children in 2014 - is out on parole. In 2013, the then 22 year old mother took her babies, 4 year old Triana, 3 year old Thomas, and 1 year old Trinaya out to Belizean beach and drowned three of them, while one managed to escape.

Suspicious Range Rover Stolen From OW Police
Orange Walk Police are looking for this Range Rover after it disappeared from police custody. Last week, a resident of the Louisiana area called the cops because the ominous looking, all black, heavily tinted Range Rover had been parked on Sapodilla Street for two days. Nobody knew who owned it, so Police had to tow it in to the station. But, there wasn't enough space in the station compound - so the tow truck left it on the street in front of the station. But it was only there for a few hours before it disappeared. Presumably, someone with the key came and stealthily moved it.

Carlos Lopez, Again!?
Carlos Lopez from Ladyville made big news in 2017 when he was caught with 5 bricks of cocaine weighing one kilo each. In August, that case quickly fell apart when a police witness failed to appear in court. So, he's out and a free man, pending a re-arrest that police have been talking about since August. But that didn't stop him from getting in big trouble with the law again. Yesterday evening, Lopez and Kenrick Gentle were caught in this Toyota Four-Runner, allegedly trying to smuggle marijuana across the border. We note it's the same Four Runner he was caught in last time! Customs say they caught the pair at the northern border checkpoint attempting to smuggle two and a half pounds of weed into Belize in a pillow case.

Cops Catch Jewelry Store Robber, Iced Up
It's a jewelry store that was recently the scene of a murder - and while the proprietor, Manuel Pacheco is on remand for murder - his store, Pacheco Jewelry on East Collet Canal was robbed today. It happened around 12:20, when two men, one of them armed, held up 26 year old jeweler Brittney Myers. The man with the gun held her at gunpoint while the other helped himself to all the gold and silver he could put his hands on in the showcase and snatched it all up. Police say he grabbed $35,000 dollars' worth of jewelry.

Three Convicted Of Murder
Justice Colin Williams has convicted 3 men for the June 2012 murder of Joseph Myers. They are Andy Forbes, Clinton Harris and William Vasquez, and tonight, they are in jail awaiting a sentencing hearing. We've told you about their trial without jury which started a month ago on September 25th. Prosecutor Killeru Awich outlined the case where in June of 2012, several friends, including Joseph Myers, were all hanging out on the verandah of the Living Hope Preparatory School, on Maskall Street in Belize City.

10 Years For Man Who Shot Female Cousin
Justice Williams also handed down his sentence for 21 year-old Kevaughan Staine, who he convicted of attempted murder. The judge has ruled that he will spend 10 years in jail for attempting to kill his own cousin, Taisha Staine. As we reported, the incident happened on the night of New Years Eve 2013. Staine was walking on Gladden Street, heading home, when Kevaughan rode up on a bicycle and shot her in the neck. She tried to escape, but he pursued her, firing more shots, which injured her to her left leg, her left hand, her back, and her chest. Fortunately, she survived the attack.

The Mayor’s Real Krooman Plan
Last night you heard the UDP's Collet Area Rep Patrick Faber warn PUP Mayor Bernard Wagner not to wade into the Krooman Lagoon. This is after a post on the City Council Facebook showing the mayor and a team of British Engineeers in the Krooman area. The post said, quote, "The first step in providing affordable housing for Gungulung and Krooman Lagoon." That seemed clear enough: housing-for-Krooman-Lagoon…but the City Council today issued a release saying we got it all wrong. The release says, quote, "The Belize City Council refutes the headlines and statements made by several media houses and our Deputy Prime Minister regarding the purpose of the Mayor's visit to Krooman Lagoon…"

Darrell, Did He Or Didn’t He?
In other news relating to the city council - former Mayor Darrell Bradley has gone on record to say that the his council never considered Moe's Pizza project on the Sandlighter's Promenade seafront. But, developer and Moe's Pizza owner Haisam Diab says differently; he says he raised it with Darell Bradley, his father, Joe, and Councillor Michael Theus as far back as 2015. And, now there is documentary evidence that in 2015, the Bradley-led council approved just such a project for Lauren Jones - who happens to be immediate family of a former councilor. A council resolution allowed Jones to lease, quote, the deck area extending into the Caribbean Sea along promenade park with the purpose of building…a Coffee house and Grill."

What Is the State of The World’s Population?
The United Nations Population Fund has released its 2018 State of the World Population Report, and this year, the report is titled "the Power of Choice". The UNFPA focuses on sexual and reproductive health and rights for citizens all over the world, and their State of the World Population Report takes a look at global trends in the growth of the population. This year's report, as the name suggests, seeks to examine how the demographic in most countries has changed from couples having an average of 5 children in the past, to the present day, where most households want significantly smaller families.

Legalize It, But Who Would Run the Marijuana Trade?
This week all the talk in the news has been about PUP Leader, John Briceno's controversial suggestion to legalize marijuana, tax it, and export it. The discussion on the topic has been lively - but the idea - as it has been presented - has raised some concern amongst an under-represented portion of the population. We're talking about the "Dur's". They are the middlemen who control the supply and sale of weed in neighborhoods, supplying rich and poor, working and unemployed. They liaise with the major dealers to source a steady supply of different grades of marijuana. It's an illicit product, so there are constant risks - but in his proposals Briceno suggested that the marijuana trade would be taken, quote, "out of the hands of criminals and put it in a place where it would benefit others." Indeed, the Dur's are engaging in drug trafficking, but they are also indigenous Belizean businessmen and women whose trade has been outlawed by the state. If it is legalized - they fear that - under Briceno's proposal the trade would be taken out of their hands - and possibly put in the hands of the big money interests - including Chinese, Indians and the Mennonites who control much of the the retail market and agribusiness in Belize.

Red Ribbons For Drug Awareness
And marijuana is mostly what Wesley High School Students were talking about today in their 20th annual Red Ribbon march. The March - and a full week of activities - is all about sending a message that these students can and want to live free from drugs, mostly marijuana and alcohol. Wesley is in our neighborhood, so, we've probably covered most of those 20 Red Ribbon days. And today, as ever, we heard the students talking about why they have to say no to weed:.. Mariseli Soberanis, School Counselor: "Today, our big day, wear red day, we started with a church service and now we are having a bicycle competition and then a parade. We have lunch and then we go on Yabra court for a poetry slam and a guest artist."

PM Makes First Official Public Appearance At Monday Press Conference
Prime Minister Dean Barrow returned to the country after back surgery exactly one month ago - and on Monday, he will make his first official public appearance. The PM will hold a press conference at the Biltmore - his first since May. He is expected to address a wide range of issues including the latest on the Belize - Guatemala referendum. We'll have full coverage on Monday night's news.

How The Standard Is Set
Today, the Belize Bureau of Standards joined the rest of the world in observing World Standards Day. Now, you may not think too much about how standards in the goods and services you depend on has improved, but, the Bureau makes it their business. They police quality control to ensure greater reliability and safer practices for the general public. The theme of World Standards Day is "International Standards and the Fourth Industrial Revolution". We stopped by, and asked the Bureau's Director to explain what that means: Jose Trejo - Director, Belize Bureau of Standards: "World Standards Day is a day that we commemorate the development of standards at the international level..."

Leading By Example
Most of us would like to be better leaders, but today about 100 or so Belizeans attended a conference to actually learn how to do that. It was hosted by certified trainer and coach Andrew Usher, and the conference was titled "Live2Lead". This morning, we got a chance to speak with Usher, to get a sort of cliff notes version of his lesson for the participants. Here's what he had to say about what the topics that the conference focused on: Andrew Usher - Certified Coach, Speaker & Trainer: "Live to lead is a leader development experience that's re-broadcasted by John Maxwell Certified coaches, speakers and trainers. What Live 2 Lead is is a leadership development experience that really speaks into leadership and growth in personal and professional development."

Best Social Studies Class Ever
Today students from 15 primary school probably had the most fun and entertaining social studies class ever. They competed in the finals of the 3rd annual History and Social Studies Competition and the kids were excited and engaged. We dropped by to meet the top finishers who were equally excited about their prizes. Albert Avila, Community Liaison Officer, Belize City House of Culture "This is one of our key initiatives, the soft component for the project. It is the 3rd year we are holding the history and social studies competition."

A True Cause For True Life
True Life ministries needs your help to raise money to build a new youth center. They have a center located on Estella Street behind the Martin's area but they want a bigger and better equipped one to cater to more kids and keep them off the streets. The director Anthony Martinez told us more about the center and the tomorrow's fundraising event. https://youtu.be/ This is the 1st fundraising event. They need to raise $50,000 in total.

Channel 5

Belize City Trio Found Guilty of 2012 Murder
After spending more than six years in jail, today three Belize City men learned that they will spend many more years behind bars. Andy Forbes, William Vasquez, and Clinton Harris [...]

Babysitter Who Caused Death of Child Ordered to Pay Family $4K in Compensation
A woman has been ordered to pay the family of two-year-old Vernice Rodriguez Gonzalez four thousand dollars for causing her death. Thirty-one-year-old Danna Banner appeared before Justice Colin Williams who [...]

Shooter Sentenced to Ten Years After Trying to Kill Cousin
A third case before Supreme Court Justice Collin Williams was that of twenty-one-year-old Kevaughan Staine, who was sentenced to ten years behind bars for the attempted murder of his nineteen-year-old [...]

Police Nabs Robber and Recovers $35,000 in Jewelry in Minutes
There was a brazen armed robbery this afternoon in Belize City at Pacheco’s Jewelry Shop. Two thieves almost netted thirty-five grand – we say almost because quick police action led [...]

Repeat Offender Carlos Lopez is Busted in Corozal with Two Pounds of Weed
Thirty-four-year-old Carlos Lopez is back in the news tonight for another drug offense. In late August, he was acquitted of drug trafficking and firearm offenses when a case brought against [...]

Severed Head is not Missing Businessman’s; Still No Traces of Omero Campos
Since his abduction from a cattle ranch on Father’s Day, there has been no sign or trace of businessman Omero Campos.  The San Narciso resident was taken from his farm [...]

Finally – Some Help for Graham Creek: Teachers’ Quarters under Construction
There is some good news coming out of Graham Creek tonight. We’re happy to report that since our last coverage of the teachers’ hardships in the southern village, there’s been [...]

Chamber Takes No Side on the I.C.J. Referendum
The pros and cons of taking the territorial dispute between Belize and Guatemala to the I.C.J. are being discussed at the Chamber of Commerce.  Ahead of the 2019 referendum, the [...]

Chamber Weighs In on IMF Country Report on Belize
The annual report compiled by the International Monetary Fund which focuses on Belize’s economic performance includes recommendations for the growth and strengthening of certain areas of production, distribution and trade, [...]

How Far Along is Government in Implementing UNCAC?
The implementation of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption, UNCAC, is moving along at a snail’s pace and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry which has been the primary driver [...]

Chamber Concerned About Chetumal Free Zone and Crime in the Old Capital
The designation of Chetumal as a commercial free zone to be established in early 2019 is good news for Belizean consumers, but is raising serious concerns in the local business [...]

FM Elrington Comments on ‘Caravan De Honduras’
Over four thousand migrants mostly from Honduras are in Mexico, en route to the United States. Aside from Honduras, the group includes men, women and children from El Salvador and [...]

The Power of Choice to Determine the Size and Spacing of Families
A report on the State of the World Population was released today. Globally, the report finds that the size of families is reducing. This is because individuals exercise the power [...]

Early Unions – A Roadmap in the Making to Address Issue
The United Nations Population Fund has been working hand in hand with its partner agency UNICEF in the development of a roadmap to address child marriages and early unions in [...]

Holy Redeemer Wins History & Social Studies Competition
The Belize City Primary School History and Social Studies Competition ended today at the Bliss. Eight students from schools across the city competed to answer from a list of eight [...]

Downtown Rejuvenation Project Transforming Downtown Belize City
The fifteen million-dollar Downtown Rejuvenation Project in Belize City is moving full steam ahead since it was launched in 2015.  The project, which intends to revitalize and open up cultural, [...]

Powerful Testimonials from Persons Who Have Not Limited Their Success
Live 2 Lead is a concept created by leadership expert John Maxwell to grow leadership in a community and expand network with relationships that produce tangible results. Maxwell believes that [...]

“Visit the Dentist Today and Prevent Tooth Decay”
This week, the Ministry of Health embarked in its annual awareness campaign on the importance of practicing dental hygiene. After a week of celebration, Dental Health Week culminated with a [...]

LOVE FM

Celebrating Dental Health Week with a Smile
The Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital is celebrating Dental Health Week. The Dental Department held a mini fair as one of the final activities to cap off the week. Dr. Raphael Samos, a senior dental surgeon says that there are many different services that dentists offer. Dr. Raphael Samos Senior Dental Surgeon: “We have been having …

World Pediatric clinic for Kids
The World Pediatric Project has been in operation in Belize for over a decade. The Belize mission has partnered with the Ministry of Health, the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital and the Gastroenterology Center to have a clinic to assess children who are suffering from various illness. Khandice Tillett, Project Manager, World Pediatric Project Belize says …

Dwight Gillett: winner of History & Social Studies Competition
Dwight Gillett of Holy Redeemer Primary School is the winner of the Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project’s History and Social Studies competition. Second place went to Tyrone McKoy of St. Ignatius School and third place went to Essence Anderson of Bernice Yorke Institute. A total of fifteen schools participated in the …

BHS offering their students unlimited choices
Belize High School is observing college awareness month and through this initiative the students are getting exposed to colleges and universities in Belize and abroad. Love News spoke with Jennylee Francisco, Academic Counselor; she says that some of the universities the students are learning about are University of Toronto in Canada, University of Stanford in …

“The Power of Choice Reproductive Rights and the Demographic Transition”,
Belize does not limit its citizenry to a one-child policy which has pretty much translated to freedom and power of choice. The Ministry of Health and United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, say that the power of choice is not only about making a choice but it is more about being equipped with the correct information …

World Standards Day celebrated with the inclusion of Youth
World Standards Day 2018 (PKG) The Belize Bureau of Standards (BBS) is the national standards body responsible for promoting efficiency and competitive production in goods and services. BBS has been promoting high standards and has used the month to engage the youth about the importance of keeping and utilizing current and available standards. Love News …

Trio found guilty of the murder of Joseph Myers
Three men who were on trial for killing 21-year-old, Joseph Myers in June 2012 will be sentenced on December 7, 2018 after they were found guilty of murder this morning. The three men, Andy Forbes, Clinton Fitzgibbon Harris and William Vasquez went to trial before Justice Colin Williams in the Belize Supreme Court on September …

Amandala

Surprise, surprise – another plane …
Last month a drug plane landed in the Orange Walk District and two police officers, a Belizean resident of Blue Creek (where the plane landed) and two Mexican nationals, were all arrested and charged in connection with its landing. Authorities said that they had been tracking that plane from when it left Venezuela. There had been no tracking, however, of a twin-engine suspected drug plane which landed in Progresso, Corozal District, in the early hours of this morning. By the time police made their way to the illegal landing site, 3 miles northeast of Progresso on the Copper Bank road, all that they were able to find were the smoldering remains of the plane. There were no drugs to be found, and there was no one in the area.

Southern Regional Hospital under fire after two recent deaths
Two recent deaths at the Southern Regional Hospital (SRH) have sparked concerns and allegations of negligence on the hospital’s part. These claims have already led to a protest, and may very well lead to an investigation. The first death occurred on October 7. Twenty-year-old first-time mother, Jayeisha Parchue, sought medical attention at SRH after she felt acute pain in her stomach. Parchue’s mother, Marsha Romero, took her to the hospital twice on Friday, October 5, and she was sent back home after being given intravenous fluids (drips) and an injection. On Saturday morning, October 7, Parchue and her mother went back to the hospital a third time, and she was admitted into the hospital after medical staff diagnosed that she was suffering from gastritis.

State and Church blast Hon. Johnny for weed statement
The Leader of the Opposition People’s United Party (PUP), Hon. John Briceño, has come under the twin fires of the state and the church for his call to legalize marijuana so that Belize could reap the economic benefits from exports of the substance. Hon. Briceño, area representative for the Orange Walk Central constituency, made the remarks during his weekly address that was aired on the PUP radio and television station Positive Vibes last weekend. In his remarks, he said, “Canada just legalized marijuana for recreational use. 32 countries worldwide already have some legalized form of marijuana use. This is big news, for it provides an opportunity for the creation of a new industry in Belize.”

More ruction at Hostel — six girls escape
Just before 4 o’clock yesterday morning, October 24, six girls escaped from the Princess Royal Youth Hostel at Mile 21 (Rockville) on the George Price Highway. Reportedly, these girls were some of the same girls who had recently been charged for damage to the Hostel’s property. The girls had allegedly been seen running in the direction of Belmopan, but when police went to search for them, they found no signs of the girls. At press time tonight, however, a report has surfaced that the girls have been found, but we were unable to verify the report . On October 2, ten girls had broken through some loose sheets of zinc in order to gain access to the roof. The girls were protesting a change in routine with which they did not agree.

CWU, Port of Belize end waterfront impasse
On Tuesday afternoon representatives of the Christian Workers Union (CWU) met with representatives of the Port of Belize Limited (PBL) in an effort to hammer out an agreement regarding conditions of work for Belize’s stevedores. The meeting resulted in a breakthrough of the impasse between the two sides that had prompted the CWU to issue a 21-days’ notice of intended industrial action. With the breakthrough, the CWU has withdrawn its 21-days’ notice as both sides inch closer to a collective bargaining agreement, and the Ministry of Labour announced today that it is satisfied with the results and has withdrawn itself as an observer with immediate effect.

A police assault on press freedom inside the Supreme Court
The imposing woman police corporal stood outside the courtroom door and signaled for me to go outside. Freelance court reporter, Roy Davis, was standing next to her. I figured Davis wanted to see me, so I signaled with my hand, not now! The corporal then entered the courtroom and came and stood beside me, as I continued my note taking. Supreme Court Justice Colin Williams had just begun pronouncing his sentence on a Dangriga man who had pleaded guilty to an indictment of causing death by carless conduct. “You have to go outside. No standing in the courtroom,” the corporal whispered to me.

Corozal football weekly update; U-15 and U-17 Finals this Sunday
This week marked the 11th week of the Corozal Football Association’s (CFA) ongoing U-15 Male and U-17 Male Tournaments. Semifinals were played this past weekend, and it all was a success. We are pleased to report that all games have been a success.Our office takes this opportunity to express a big thanks to all the stakeholders who gave their utmost best to make this tournament a success. This Sunday, October 28, we will be playing our Finals, and it will happen at the Ricalde Stadium.

Maskall’s Our Lady of Lourdes RC girls and Ladyville Evangelical boys are Rural Football Champions
On Tuesday of this week, October 23, it was a one-day affair at the Ladyville Football Field, as the Belize Rural Primary Schools Football Tournament for Zones 1, 2, 3 & 4 was played with 2 female teams and 5 male teams participating. With only 2 female teams, they advanced directly to the championship; but the boys had to play a preliminary round, then semifinals, and then the championship match. In the male game 1, (M) Our Lady of the Way RC (Ladyville) defeated Our Lady of Lourdes RC (Maskall), 3-0; and in game 2, it was (M) St. Agnes Anglican (La Democracia/Mahogany Heights) with the 2-0 win over Zion Park Methodist (Santana Village).

Belize participates in Junior Table Tennis event in Mexico
The Belize Table Tennis Association was represented in Merida, Mexico over the weekend, where they participated in the Merida Junior Circuit Championships. The tournament was held from October 20 to 22. Countries participating were Mexico, Guatemala, Belize and Cuba. This event features participation of players in categories from U-11 to U-18, including Doubles and Mixed Doubles. A full delegation of 13 junior athletes, 2 coaches and 2 chaperones represented Belize in this event.

First ever Joseph Carr Road Race in Belize City
PROTO Sports, in collaboration with Body 2000 Health & Fitness Gym, presents the first Monthly Road Races, slated to begin on Sunday, November 4, 2018, in Belize City. Races will begin at 7:00 a.m. from the BTL Park, through Belize City streets, and end at the BTL Park. Proof of age must be presented by all Infant/Junior participants prior to commencement of races.

Editorial: How cynical is that?
We have said to you that the problem in the American West which came to a genocidal head in the nineteenth century was that the Plains Indians who were native to the land were committed to being hunter/gatherers on the open range. The various free-roaming tribes did not want to become farmers and ranchers. So the native tribes were forced to defend lands they considered their own from inexorably encroaching European immigrants, who wanted to farm, ranch, and yes, mine for valuable metals and precious minerals. As a consequence of the Indians being defeated, the United States of America, a white supremacist entity, was able to exploit all the resources of the American West inside of an economic system which is sometimes described as a military/industrial complex. One way of life, that of the European immigrants, triumphed over another way of life, that of the Plains Indians.

200 meetings and conferences re: Guatemalan dispute
The Editor, The Amandala: Many years ago the late Hon. Philip S.W. Goldson gave me list of conferences and other meetings relative to the Anglo-Guatemala dispute which he had compiled for the period 1961 until our Independence in 1981. I have decided to update and expand that list, which of course may have several omissions. Belizean should realize that there have been at least 200 meetings and conferences held in various parts of the world with the net result of a total failure of arriving at the intended goal of reaching an honorable solution regarding the territorial dispute between Belize and the Republic of Guatemala.

Guatemalan invasion pending?
Dear Editor, The most common argument against going to the ICJ is that we have nothing to gain. After all, we are a sovereign nation with a government functioning for hundreds of years. That same argument was used, not too long ago in the past. The country of Palestine thought the same, a sovereign nation for hundreds of years. They were furthermore, surrounded by friendly countries, willing to come to their aid in times of distress. Their country was invaded and now most of their land is occupied, whilst the international community looked on.

Pass it on, Nova or Sunny City?
A month doesn’t go by, (it used to be a week, ten years ago), that I don’t come across someone, man or woman, who throws that question out to me, as happened this morning when the Waste Control truck passed by my home in Buttonwood Bay. It’s a question that continues to bother me, because it signifies that a number of our people are living with a fond memory that becomes a painful regret, and the memory has now become a dream that seems farther and farther away from reality. “When dehn wahn bring back Nova, bass?”, the Waste Control worker threw at me this morning as he picked up my garbage bags, recognizing me as one of the managers at the Nova company he used to work with at Mile 12 ¾ on the Northern Highway.

One victory for Guatemala
When British and Guatemalan businessmen put in Article Seven, the cart road in the Boundary Convention of 1859, the story is that the road would reach the Caribbean Sea through the Amatique region in Guatemala. But this piece of land was disputed by Honduras, and it was not actually won by Guatemala until the countries went to arbitration in1930, and the award was handed down in 1933. The case was argued on vague directives from Spain, but it was also argued on effective occupation. The fact is that Guatemala did have effective control of the area, and much of their thanks for that must go to British interests which had supported a number of business ventures (British and Belgian) in the area.

Musings by the Curious Non-Conformist
These words were first published in Evan X Hyde’s FEELINGS of 1975, but I came across them for the first time in my regular perusal of the Amandala earlier this year. On my visit to 3304 Partridge Street to the Library of African and Indian Studies, a book named “X Communication,” published in 1995, was proudly displayed on the center table. I opened it and began to read and again these words struck me as if it was the first time my eyes and mind had gazed at them. A nostalgic visit I must say. I remember going up and down those stairs in my St. Martin De Porres uniform, but back to the reflection. Those words of “Honesty is usually the worst policy” stuck with me because it is often a consideration of mine as I try to understand political science within the Belizean landscape and my own ambitions.

Ministry of National Security wants to impact ICJ referendum with Sarstoon River tours
The Government of Belize has been showing desperation in its quest to secure a “yes” vote so that the Guatemalan claim to Belize can be submitted to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for adjudication, in next April’s national referendum. With a little over six months remaining before referendum day, the education campaign that was promised by the government has failed to resonate across the country, and Belizeans, through social media, continue to express their sentiments against going to the ICJ. Several polls that were conducted, continue to suggest an overwhelming opposition to the ICJ vote among the population.

DPP’s appeal of Calaney Flowers’ murder acquittal on hold until she returns to Belize
In March 2017, in a trial without jury, Supreme Court Justice John “Troadio” Gonzalez delivered a not guilty of murder and attempted murder verdict in the case of the Queen v. Calaney Flowers. Flowers, 31, was indicted for the August 2012 murder of Lyndon Morrison, 29, her baby’s father, and the attempted murder of Morrison’s new girlfriend, Sochyl Sosa, who was pregnant at the time and suffered a miscarriage as a result of the incident. Flowers waited an additional nine months in prison, after her trial had concluded, before the not-guilty verdict was delivered.

Leela Vernon honored; music center inaugurated at Stella Maris School in her honor
Popular entertainer, Leela Vernon, the Brukdown Queen of Belize, has been honored by the Music Ambassador, Shyne Barrow, and Stella Maris School. On Monday, October 22, 2018, the Leela Vernon Music Center at Stella Maris School was inaugurated in her memory. In an interview with us today at the school, the principal, Kareema Arnold Oshon, said that their aim was to inaugurate the music center on Vernon’s birthday on October 21, but since that day was a Sunday the inauguration was held on Monday. Oshon said that most of the musical instruments for the school were donated to the center by the Music Ambassador, Shyne Barrow. She said that music will be a subject in the curriculum at the school, and it will be taught to all students. A musician from the Belize Defence Force Band has agreed to teach the students twice per week.

Suspected scraps of Felina James’ car found
Fragments of the red Kia Sorrento that is suspected to have belonged to Felina James, 37, who was missing for 7 days before her body was found, has been located. Although James’s body was found half-naked on the Coastal Road, her car might have somehow ended up in the Steadfast Community at Mile 17 on the Hummingbird Highway. The vehicle was found Tuesday, October 23, around 10 a.m. at a mechanic shop; however, it had been reduced to scrap. According to police, they found the car already dismantled and burned. The only parts that could have been salvaged were the four doors and a part of the front of the vehicle.

FBI in Belize investigating death of American woman
Members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are currently in Belize investigating the death of American national Claire Rigdon, 49, who was found naked and dead in her pool. Her husband, Robley Rigdon, Jr., 50, told police that they had been socializing earlier in the day prior to her death. According to the results of a post-mortem examination conducted on Claire’s body, Claire died from asphyxiation by drowning. While this conclusion is not out of the ordinary, considering the fact that her body was found in the pool, what is concerning is that there were multiple signs of trauma in the left and right shoulders of Claire’s body — injuries which would not be consistent with an accidental drowning.

The Reporter

Felicia Chen, CONVICTED OF 3 COUNTS OF MANSLAUGHTER
The Reporter today confirmed that Felicia Chen, convicted of three counts of manslaughter in 2014, is out on parole. In 2013 Felicia Chen walked into the sea at Belizean Beach and drowned three of her children, while a fourth managed to escape.

THE BODY OF A MALE HAS BEEN FOUND IN THE MOPAN RIVER
The body retrieved from the Mopan River has been identified as that of Jose Rivas, 64. Rivas went swimming on Wednesday and did not return home. Sources say that there were no signs on the body indicating foul play, but Police will reserve a final determination pending a post-mortem examination.

Blogs

The 13 Best Places to Visit in Belize
Bathed by the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea, Belize is in Central America, south of Mexico, and east of Guatemala. Although it is a small country, about the size of New Jersey, there is a wealth of “must see” natural resources and wonders. Here are some of the top places to visit in Belize: 1. Blue Hole: The Blue Hole is a marine “sinkhole” about a three-hour boat ride from Ambergris Caye. It is a major part of the second biggest barrier reef system in the world. In fact, Jacques Cousteau even called it one of the top dive spots in the world. It is known as a very challenging dive site due to the depth, but you also have the option to parasail over it, fly over it, or take a boat tour through it. 2. Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Cave Tour: This is a real “can’t be missed” tour. Visitors come from all over the world, and it is well worth the journey. The tour involves hiking deep into the jungle, then entering a small pond and pulling yourself up into the cave. You venture far into the cave for about two hours until you come to an area where the Maya’s sacrificed their people, in fact, the remains can still be seen today. Overall, it is a challenging and truly awe-inspiring experience.

International Sourcesizz

A Baby Fly Burrowed into a Woman's Skin During Belize Honeymoon. She Noticed It 2 Months Later
A Florida woman will probably never forget her honeymoon in Belize, but not for the usual reasons. Instead, her trip was memorable because of a small souvenir she unknowingly brought back with her: a baby fly growing in her skin (botfly). But it wasn't until the 36-year-old woman had been back home for two months that she noticed something was amiss. According to a recent report of her case, it was at this point that she saw what looked like a pimple on the left side of her groin. The skin lesion was itchy, but not painful. So, thinking she may have been bitten by an insect in Belize, the woman went to see her doctor, who suspected it was an infected spider bite and prescribed antibiotics.

Belize: Police investigate latest illegal plane landing
Police are continuing their investigations into the discovery of a twin-engine aircraft that had been deliberately set on fire after making an illegal landing on the Progresso Road, situated northeast of Progresso Village in the Corozal District on Thursday. Head of the National Crimes Investigation Branch, ACP Joseph Myvett said that law enforcement authorities found the aircraft after it had been discovered by a villager during the early hours on Thursday. “Obviously it was an illegal landing because that is not an authorize aerodrome so that was an illegal landing,” he said, noting that searches had been carried within the entire area. No other items have been found so far aside from the remains of the burnt aircraft,” he added. Police believe that the aircraft intentionally set on fire to destroy any and all evidence of its illicit cargo. This is the second suspected drug plane to land on that very stretch of road.

Videos

  • Battle between the army ants and guinea fowl..., .5min. not sure who won!

  • Technical scholarships for Bachelor Degree study in any University of the West Indies, 7.5min. Each year, the Government of Belize provides Professional and Technical scholarships for Bachelor Degree study in any University of the West Indies (UWI) campus in the Caribbean or any Commonwealth country. Over the years, several professionals have benefited from this opportunity. Our Belize now team spoke to some of them.

  • Sailing to Belize, 11min. Sailing from Cozumel, Mexico to Belize, Margarida was battling nausea while we were dodging small storm cells. Finally we make it to Belize but then had to deal with random and suspect Belizean fees in our first encounter. Let the fun begin.

  • AQ Belize Car Rental, 1min. The best car rental company in Belize with the lowest rates, hundreds of choices, and the most professional guest services.

  • Mexican ICJ Expert Weighs in on Belize Guatemala Territorial Dispute, 5min. Media personnel from Belize had an opportunity to sit and chat with an ICJ Expert from Mexico.

  • Belize’s exchange of experiences with School Feeding Programs in Guatemala, 8.5min. The implementation of the model of “Sustainable Schools” in Belize has resulted from a good and exemplar collaboration of the two cooperation (Brazilian and Mexican) with the ultimate goal of supporting the strengthening of the national school feeding program of the country.

  • Lost in Belize looking for Secret Beach!, 13min.

  • 2018 Belize Construction Trip, 3min. Germantown Baptist Church

  • Belize 2018 Poem and Slideshow, 1.5min. LakePoint Community Church mission trip to Belize, October 2018

  • Belize Zoo 2018, 5min. Video of our interesting visit to the Belize Zoo.

  • Paradise Canyon Belize, 10min. Feeding some nurse sharks in Paradise Canyon, Belize.

  • Belize 2018, 5min. Footage from San Ignacio & Caye Caulker - October 2018.

  • Boxing In The Park, 2hr45min.