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Today's Belize News: October 31, 2018 #533022
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I will not be doing the news on Nov 1, Thursday morning, I will return Friday morning.... HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!


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The San Pedro Sun

Another spectacular Halloween Party hosted by the Holiday Hotel!
The annual Halloween celebration at the Holiday Hotel was nothing short of spectacular, featuring islanders dressed in elaborately creative costumes. Held on Saturday, October 27th, the highly anticipated event attracted hundreds of spectators near the entrance of the hotel, eager to see the craziest, creepiest, elegant, spectacular and most creative vying for fabulous prizes. Among rockstars and well- known artists such as Frida, the party also had its notorious guests: Hailing from northern Mexico, drug lord Joaquin ‘Chapo’ Guzman took a break from jail and attended the party heavily armed. Other characters that made a pit stop at the biggest party on the island included Death, a few unicorns, Little Red Riding Hood, Beetlejuice and even the Snow Queen from the land of Narnia.

Ambergris Today

Belize Improves Food Safety Laboratory
The Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) is pleased to announce accreditation of its Food Safety Laboratory, the Central Investigation Laboratory (CIL), to ISO/IEC 17025:2005, international standard for Competence of Testing Laboratories. This recognition was conferred by the Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC) effective August 17, 2018. With this achievement BAHA is proud to offer greater assurance to our customers in the quality of their testing services. Their success in this endeavor is a measure of BAHA’s commitment to quality infrastructure and customer satisfaction. Be assured that BAHA and its staff will continue its pursuit of excellence with its ongoing efforts to improve the quality and scope of its laboratory testing services. BAHA remains faithfully committed to fulfilling theirfd mandate to the people of Belize, local producers, exporters, importers, trading partners and collaborators.

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Belize Improves Food Safety Laboratory
The Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) is pleased to announce accreditation of its Food Safety Laboratory, the Central Investigation Laboratory (CIL), to ISO/IEC 17025:2005, international standard for Competence of Testing Laboratories. This recognition was conferred by the Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC) effective August 17, 2018. With this achievement BAHA is proud to offer greater assurance to our customers in the quality of their testing services. Their success in this endeavor is a measure of BAHA’s commitment to quality infrastructure and customer satisfaction. Be assured that BAHA and its staff will continue its pursuit of excellence with its ongoing efforts to improve the quality and scope of its laboratory testing services. BAHA remains faithfully committed to fulfilling theirfd mandate to the people of Belize, local producers, exporters, importers, trading partners and collaborators.

Paint N Splash
See you this week at from 2-4pm Thursday to paint “Stolling Hen”.

Celebrando el Mestizaje
Corozal, Saturday November 3. Games and entertainment for the entire family.

6th Cancer Awareness Walk
The Cayo branch of the Cancer Society had their 6th annual Cancer Walk on Saturday morning. Adma Robinson was there to capture the wonderful event.

Managing Copyright in Audio Visual Productions
Wednesday Oct. 31, 8am-4pm, Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza.

Mayor Kevin Emmanuel Bernard at the International Visitor Leadership Program
Good luck to Mayor Kevin Emmanuel Bernard during his three weeks participation in the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) in the US. Today after our first very interesting discussion and meeting on Federalism and US Political Systems with Dr. Jeremy Mayer, we visited the President Roosevelt Memorial and Martin Luther King Jr Memorial.

Ya'axché Nursery Seedling Sale
Get your plants for BZ $2.75, except Vanilla which is at BZ $4 per seedling, at Ya'axché’s Nursery! Available in stock are Coffee, Balam, Bay Leaf, Bilimbi, Bread nut, Cacao, Cashew, Cedar, Custard Apple, Kinep, Mahogany, Molley Apple, Monkey Cap, Tambran, Yellow Ginger and Vanilla. Call 722-0108 or email marcelia.assi(at) to order. Our nursery is located at the Mile 68 Southern Highway, Golden Stream Corridor Preserve.

Belize’s Speaker of the House of Representatives Visits the Commonwealth Secretariat
The Honourable Laura Tucker-Longsworth, Speaker of the House of Representatives of Belize, met with officers from the various directorates at the Commonwealth Secretariat during her visit to London as a part of the first phase of a Belize-United Kingdom Commonwealth Parliamentarian Association (CPA) Exchange Programme. Officials from the Commonwealth Secretariat discussed ongoing work of the Secretariat in areas pertaining to human rights, health, youth and sports, civil and criminal justice, governance, and gender. Challenges impacting Belize and the rest of the Caribbean region were also discussed. Key initiatives were highlighted that can promote good governance and democracy in Parliaments. Of interest also, was work being done to increase the number of women entering politics.

Attorney General Hon. Michael Peyrefitte's response to the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry regarding the implementation of UNCAC

Belize offers a stable doing business environment in fostering Light Manufacturing development with access to a skilled and vibrant labor force. The Government of Belize is committed to continue its support to the Light Manufacturing industry, such as via the granting of strategic investment incentives to qualified investors. The availability of a skilled and vibrant labour force, of approximately 172,086 individuals, coupled with access to an array of preferential markets, provide the ideal environment to foster investments in Belize. Furthermore, the Government of Belize has in place competitive incentive programs, which cater to the priority sectors, inclusive of Light Manufacturing.

Belize Commercial Manufacturing Industries (BCMI), a local company, has recently established a “State of the Art” cabinetry, kitchen and furniture manufacturing facility in Southern Belize. The facility brings new technology, innovation and manufacturing capabilities to Belize. The BCMI factory fills a much-needed vacuum in the market for producing high quality hospitality finishes, furniture, case goods, cabinetry and kitchens that are required by developers of large-scale real estate and hospitality projects, particularly as the Tourism Industry continues on its progressive path of increasing growth. It is also noteworthy that BCMI is producing Belize’s first MDF (Medium Density Fiber board) interior doors and MDF crown moldings, which will be featured in new development, renovations and hardware stores across Belize in late 2018.

ICJ vote discussion in Corozal
Come out this November 16th, 2018 at 6:30pm, at the Corozal House of Culture to discuss about the ICJ topic. Considering a no vote. So, come on out and support this event. Everyone are invited to attend this event.

Corozal Diabetes Walk
Come out on November 14, 2018 for a Diabetes Walk organized by the Corozal Belize Diabetes Association

BEL To Invest $15 Million
BEL plans to invest $15M to reduce noise and air pollution from diesel generation, eliminate the risks associated with transporting diesel to Caye Caulker and reduce generation cost by $3M to $4M annually. Since 2016, BEL has been engaging with the Department of Environment, the community, environmental and Non-Governmental Organizations to provide information on plans to connect Caye Caulker to the national grid by 2020. For more information, visit to view the Feasibility Study Stakeholder Briefing.

Belize Birding Festival 2018
Congratulations to the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) for organizing the first ever national birding festival and partners Belize Tourism Board and the Belize Audubon Society...of course, thank you to Belize's #BirdingNation network of Birders and companies that offer Belize Birding as activities or packages for vacationers to our beautiful jewel. Avitourism is one of the faster growing subsectors of ecotourism, recognized for its economic value..and Belize should be joining the ranks of Costa Rica, Guatemala and even El Salvador all who have a well established birding market. Birds are incredible. Their power to inspire and amaze brings people together across every imaginable boundary. It is said that the birding market alone is worth over $40 Billion worldwide...even a slight fraction of this would boost our tourism numbers and dollars. We look forward to working with the public and private sectors to develop this tourism segmen

Two day training for journalists on referenda
How does a referenda work? Accurate, fair, and balanced reporting. UNDP Belize organized a two day training for journalists as part of their grant funded by the U.S. Embassy. Conducting the training is media special, Robert Powell from the UK. The workshop will cover best practices for reporting on referendum votes and results, promote informed and peaceful debates, voter education and accurate, fair and balanced reporting for the 2019 Referendum. ICJ Be Informed

It is #TreeTuesday and we are highlighting the Ceiba tree (Ceiba pentandra)!
Ceibas are native to Central and South America, but are cultivated largely throughout tropical Africa and Southeast Asia as well. Mature ceiba trees can reach a show-stopping size of 9 feet in diameter. Trunks are very straight and often prickly with wide buttresses that provide support at the base. The leaves are palmate compound, meaning they are arranged in the form of a hand with 5-9 leaflets, or fingers. In the dry season when the tree is leafless, branches blossom into sprays of white or pink flowers. Flowers bloom at night and are primarily bat-pollinated.

Channel 7

Cops Say Felina Killed By Solider Husband
There is a major and chilling update to Felina James' murder. Her common law husband BDF officer Albert Stephen Morriera has been charged for murder. James had been with him for 3 years and they share a 2 year old son together. According to the family, he abused her repeatedly and that they had a huge fight the day she went missing which may have led to her killing. It is unclear at this time what could have driven Morriera to murder the mother of his son but we understand it may be because of money. Our information is that James left her husband in the US to reunite with Morriera here in Belize. As we have reported James went missing on October 11th after she dropped off her kids at the babysitter on Thurton lane. She never returned. Her decomposed body was found on October 18th, two miles in the coastal road with a cut to the throat.

Pablo, Caruso And Cannabis
PUP Leader John Briceno put the legalization of marijuana on the frontline of public discourse, and the ruling UDP has shot back with widespread condemnation. Last week, Health Minister Pablo Marin held the party line when he said that the Opposition Leader's proposal wasn't properly thought through:... FILE: October 24, 2018: Hon. Pablo Marin, Minister of Health: "You can't just jump and say legalize marijuana, let's start to sell marijuana to different countries. How are going to provide the way forward on selling it? Who will plant it? Where will you put that money? How will you be able to work along? And you the US is always watching everything that we are doing so we have to be very cautious on what we do."

Southern Students Swamped Out of School
Yesterday in the Prime Minister's press conference, you heard him speak about the multi-million dollar road infrastructure works that are on the way for the Caracol and the Coastal Roads. Well, there are residents in the Toledo District who are asking when will the Barrow Administration fix some of the bad roads in Southern Belize. And right now, the Barranco Road is in a severe state of disrepair. It has caused hundreds of school children from San Jose, Dolores, Poite, Santa Teresa, Barranco, Midway, Santana and San Felipe to either miss classes, or they've gotten to school late. Today, a part of the road that's less than a mile away from the Toledo Community College caused one school bus driver to completely break down. The bus ended up stuck in a huge mudhole, and this morning, our colleagues from PGTV spoke with him about this hardship to do his job.

King Takes Sulph To Court For Facebook Beef
5 and a half months ago, we told you about the lawsuit which Mark King, a former UDP Minister, brought against Moses Sulph, the grassroots activist from Belize City. Sulph is well known for his outspoken stances against the government of the day, but King accused him of going too far earlier this year, with a Facebook post. King is the owner of several companies in Belize, and one of them is the security company, Brints, which currently has a contract to provide security for the Magistrate's Court. King alleges in his lawsuit that Sulph unfairly slandered him when Sulph posted that King and his company were taking advantage of several of his employees.

Crushing Gas Prices Inch Down
The last time we reported on the fuel prices was at the end of July, when diesel went down, slightly easing the pockets of motoring public. Well, as of midnight tonight, the price of regular gasoline will be going down from the painful 11 dollars and 20 cents per gallon. At midnight, that price will go down to 10 dollars and 63 cents, a decrease of 57 cents. Premium gasoline will remain the same at 11 dollars and 75 cents, as well as diesel at 10 dollars and 76 cents, and kerosene at 8 dollars and 32 cents.

Stole A Bike, Fined 10x The Value
He stole his sister's friend's bicycle, and tonight, 35 year-old Kenrick Hendricks will have to pay a huge fine for it, and he still has to buy back a replacement bike. Last Friday, at around 2:00, Candy Gabourel was at her home on Fairweather Street in Belize City when she heard someone trying to enter her gate. She got up to go check who that was, and saw Henricks riding off with her bike. She checked with her friend, Kimberly Hendricks, who is Kenrick's sister. She asked Kimberly if she had given Kenrick permission to use the bike, and when his sister said that she didn't, Gabourel reported him to the police for stealing her bike.

Man Shot At High Noon
Yesterday at midday, 21 year old Jamie Williams was walking behind Sadie Vernon School with two men, when he was shot to his right upper arm. Williams has told police that he did not see who shot him or where the shot came from. Police say he is not cooperating in the investigation.

Trying The Open Government Model
Modern Trends and effective tools for open government: that was the topic for day 1 of a 4 day open week. This is just one of a series of activities and workshops held under the project entitled "Promoting an open government ecosystem in Belize". It is a partnership between Trust for the Americas and the OAS. Local project coordinator, Henry Wade told us more about the first ever open week. Henry Wade, Local Coordinator, Trust for the Americas: "So Belize Open week is a four day forum, a four day event starting today. Each day we have different themes and a different activity and event taking place. Today we are having training workshops done by international experts who have come from all over the world, the Caribbean, South and Central America to be here to share their knowledge, skills and expertise."

Waste Control, Another 10 Years?
The Belize City Council has to pay almost sixty thousand dollars weekly to pick up the city's garbage. The private contractor, Belize Waste Control has had the contract - at one fixed price for over a decade - and now, the council has signed up for another decade. Deputy Mayor Oscar Arnold told us more yesterday:... Oscar Arnold, Deputy Mayor: "What our council did was that we passes a resolution to try to bring together everything that was either won or lost in any litigation to try to condensed the contract and the amount of amendments and other side agreements that was signed and that's all we did. There was nothing increased as far as the payments and the value of the contract. There was nothing increase or decrease as far as the scope of work goes and that is the only thing that this council wanted to do."

A Corozal Comeback
Yesterday - at his comeback press conference, Prime Minister Dean Barrow focussed a fair portion of his prepared remarks on dispelling the notion that Chetumal will become a free zone - thus leeching away business from the already sagging Corozal Free Zone. And what will happen to Corozal town and district? Well, the PM says the idea is to pull some reverse marketing magic Quintana Roo, by encouraging residents of that southern Mexican state to come to Belize. He explained the strategy:.. Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister: "Tourism in Corozal. We are planning a massive tourism expansion we are in any event planning for Corozal. Over 50% of Mexicans from Tulum down to Chetumal (4 municipalities, 1.5 million residents) do not have a passport..."

Ned Pitts Passes
He was one of the most enduring figures in all of Belizean sports - and President Emeritus of the Belize Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association, Edward "Ned" Pitts passed away this morning around 2:45 in his Belize City home. He was 91. Pitts was one of the founding members of the Belize Amateur Athletics Association, and served as President of the Olympic Association for close to four decades until 2013. He also served as Chairman of the National Sports Council for many years. It is fair to say that from the late 60's to the early two thousand's every athlete who represented Belize at the National level knew Ned Pitts and depended on the resources he could corral for them to pursue their athletic dreams.

Bartenders For Social Change
25 south-siders are now certified bartenders. As we told you last week, Sr. Supt Howell Gillett partnered with Travelers and Sit and Sip to host a bartending training for persons from his Zone 1. After a full week of training, they graduated yesterday. We dropped by to sample their creations. The participants had a practical session on Saturday where they had to serve guests at sit and sip for an actual event. Within a week or two, Gillett will help the participants get placed for a job.

Orange Walk Police made a big bust of contraband flour that was on the move in the Orange Walk District. On Monday, at around 2:47 p.m., a joint patrol of police officers from the Special Patrol Unit, the Gang Suppression Unit, and the Orange Walk Special Branch acted on a tip they received, and stopped a gold Toyota 4-Runner at the San Martin Gas Station in Trial Farm Village. Three men from Douglas Village were inside. The officers searched the vehicle and found 20 garbage bags filled with 44 kilograms of Bola Roja contraband flour.

BDF Supporting All Agencies
For the past 2 days, the Belize Defense Force has been conducting training for several different agencies, to protect the country's natural reserve areas. It's called the Inter-Agency Patrolling Seminar, and representatives from the Customs Department, the Forestry Department, the Friends for Conservation and Development, and the Belize Defense Force. Instructors from FCD, BDF, and Forestry gave talks to the participating representatives on best practices on the topics of physical fitness, basic first aid, communications, patrolling techniques, map reading and global positioning system (GPS) introduction, laws governing protected areas, evidence gathering, and the rules of engagement and escalation of force.

Dangriga Residents With Two Pounds of Weed
A couple was busted with 2 pounds of weed on Thursday night. They are Dangriga residents Andrew Garcia and Amybelle Perez. They were charged for drug trafficking. Here is police on this case. ACP Joseph Myvette- Head of NCIB: "Dangriga conducted a house search at the home of Andrew Garcia and Amybelle Perez. The search resulted in the discovery of two black plastic bags containing suspected cannabis which when weighed amounted to 2,089 grams. Both persons have since been arrested and charged for drug trafficking." They are well known to police.

Griga Cops Shot Man Who Had Gun
Also in Dangriga, police shot a man in the leg in self-defense. It happened early Saturday morning when police were searching resident John Elijio. Here's more. ACP Joseph Myvette- Head of NCIB: "Dangriga police were on mobile patrol when they observed a dark skin male person on a bicycle. He was approached and informed that a search would be conducted on him. As a result a struggle ensued between this male person later identified as John Elijio, 39 years old of a Dangriga Town address..."

Neighborhood Dispute Led To Arson?
Did an angry tenant torch her landlord's home this weekend? That is what police are investigating in a suspected arson case in Belmopan. Toucan street resident Damian Burns said he had a disagreement with one if his tenants about rent. When things cooled off, Burns left but when he came back, his home was up in flames. Here is more from police. ACP Joseph Myvette - Head of NCIB: "Last night shortly before midnight one Damian Burns of 25 Toucan Avenue, Belmopan City, reported to the police that sometime earlier that night he had an altercation with a female tenant to whom he rents one of his rooms...""

What Happened To Rivas?
What really happened to Jose Rivas ? Police are still not sure. Police found his decomposed body floating in the river in Soccutz village. Here is more from police.

Channel 5

John Saldivar’s Sarstoon Excursion is Batted Down by Cabinet
Cabinet met today in Belmopan; one of the significant decisions taken was in relation to a surprise announcement on social media last week, to the effect that the Ministry of [...]

Ministry of Health’s Position on Proposed Hemp and Cannabis Cultivation
The idea that it may be time to legalize marijuana has taken centre stage in the national discourse.  It was proposed by the Leader of the Opposition, John Briceño, and [...]

Police Charge B.D.F. Soldier for Felina James’ Murder
Police have cracked the case of Felina James, the woman who went missing and was found murdered days later.  Twenty-seven-year-old B.D.F. soldier Albert Stephen Moriera has been charged for the [...]

Accused of Drug Trafficking Carlos Lopez Gets Off, Again
In December 2017, he was criminally charged for allegedly trafficking eleven pounds of cocaine and in August of this year, he was freed of the charge after the case against [...]

A Timeline for I.C.J. Litigation is Set Should There be a ‘YES’ Vote
In the months leading up to the pending I.C.J. referendum, public discourse has been rife with reasons for and against a legal resolution of the Belize/Guatemala issue.  There have been [...]

Assad Shoman to Join Education Campaign on I.C.J. Referendum?
Government also announced that it is beefing up its campaign effort to educate the nation on the territorial dispute, as well as the I.C.J. alternative.  PM Barrow announced that in [...]

Attorney General Castigates Chamber Over UNCAC Implementation
The Office of the Attorney General has finally responded to the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in respect of the UNCAC implementation process.  On October twenty-second, the Chamber wrote [...]

Caleb Orozco Fights G.O.B.’s Partial Appeal on Section 53 Ruling
On Monday Justices of the Court of Appeal heard submissions regarding Government’s appeal to the 2016 Chief Justice ruling to read down section fifty-three from the Criminal Code of Belize. [...]

What’s The Plan for Krooman Lagoon Residents?
Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner recently visited Krooman Lagoon along with Canadian engineers to assess the living conditions of residents and identify alternative housing solutions. Krooman Lagoon is in the [...]

D.O.E.’s Stop Order on Seaside Construction Still in Effect
Two weeks ago, the Department of Environment issued a stop order to businessman Hiasam Diab who has intention to construct a pizza parlour along Sand Lighter’s Promenade, beside the south end [...]

An Invitation to AMLO from PM Barrow: Bienvenido a Belice
An invitation has been extended to Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to visit Belize in December during the upcoming summit of the Central American Integration System, SICA.  AMLO, as [...]

Overnight and Cruise Tourism are Responsible for Economic Turnaround
The travel and leisure industry continues to be the primary source of profit for the country, as well as the number one contributor to its Gross Domestic Product.  Prime Minister [...]

Agriculture – A Mixed Bag
The business of cultivating land, producing crops and raising livestock is also a factor in the improved economic performance, but agriculture continues to experience its share of ups and downs, [...]

Infrastructure Works Will See Construction of Caracol Road and Airport Link Road
Road works and maintenance are a huge part of the infrastructure development taking place across the country.  A number of projects underway and several others are set to commence by [...]

Students Affected by Deplorable Road Conditions in the South
For the past few weeks, students from southern villages like San Jose, Dolores, San Benito Poite, Barranco, just to name a few, have been affected by the terrible road conditions. [...]

A National Disaster Risk Management Training
The Caribbean Tourism Organization today met with stakeholders of the tourism industry in Belize to discuss the organization’s disaster risk management guide for the tourism sector. Participants trained on how [...]

Meet the 2018 Ocean Heroes
Meet the 2018 Ocean Hero Award Winners—they are Captain Earl David Junior and Michael Heusner. The men were recognized over the weekend by OCEANA in Belize for their individual contributions [...]

Study Finds Gap in Graduates to Meet the Demands of the Agriculture and ICT Industries
A skills gap study was officially launched today by the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the International Labour Organization. Due to financing constraints, the study looked particularly at [...]

…MoE May Revisit Curriculum
It is the responsibility of tertiary institutions to have students gravitate to technical and vocational education, which are key to the development of a country. So present at the launch [...]

First Ever Belize Open Week
Open Government in Belmopan? Well, it may not be farfetched. A first activity on the concept of opening up government and freeing up data is taking place.  Belize Open Week [...]


Celebrating Regional Food Safety
The Regional’s Agricultural Health Organization is celebrating its anniversary. Food safety is an issue for the entire region and the CEO for Agriculture, Jose Alpuche told Cayo correspondent Fem Cruz why marking the occasion is significant. Fem Cruz: “The International Regional Organization for Health in Agriculture Oresa in conjunction with Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and …

Open Government and Open Data
The Trust For the Americas has a week of activities scheduled to share about open government and open data. Love News spoke to Rodrigo Irani, the Project manager, Trust of the Americas and the local coordinator about the week’s session and the expectations for the “Belize Open week.” Rodrigo Irani, the Project manager, Trust of …

Thieves ride of with a policeman’s motorcycle
Thieves target anyone, even the cops, in Dangriga. Assistant Superintendent of Police Jesus Cob, the Deputy Commander of the Dangriga Police formation told Dangriga Correspondent Harry Arzu that a motorcycle was stolen from a police officer.ASP Jesus Cobb: “Police motorcycle that occurred on Sunday the 28th of October between the hours of 4 o’clock and 5 …

Continuous Water Quality Assessment for Belize
Water quality monitoring entities from across the country gathered at the Training Room of the Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute to collaborate and share information on the continuous health of our aquifers and rivers. Tennielle Williams, the Principal Hydrologist for the National Hydrological Service believes it’s important for the relevant organizations to identify areas …

Officers from San Ignacio formation honored
Today, a short ceremony was held at the Sacred Heart auditorium where several officers attached to the San Ignacio formation were honored for their exemplary performance on the job. Eric Young received an award for the officer of the month, while Ciriaco Medina and Donald Harris were awarded for their outstanding performance and Jerome Ingram …

Have you seen Zane Ireland?
The family of Zane Ireland is very concerned as no one has heard from him for over a month. The 21-year-old from Black Man Eddy Village left home to find work on Ambergris Caye. Up to news time tonight, Ireland’s sister, Cherise told Love News that the family has lost contact with him and just …

Tourism Industry’s contingency plans to deal with hazards
Today, the workshop is part of an activity by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO). It’s part of the Supporting Climate Smart and Sustainable Tourism Industry Project. It is being implemented by the CTO in collaboration with the Caribbean Development Bank. According to Kennedy Pemberton, the Sustainable Tourism Consultant for the CTO, they are updating a …

Skills Mismatch in the Agriculture and ICT Labor Markets
The Belize Chamber of Commerce (BCCI) is the employer’s representative for Belize. The BCCI is recognized by the ILO. Many employers have often guessed that students leave schools without the necessary skills needed for the workforce. Now a study has shown that there is no need to guess as it is true. Kim Aikman, the …

BDF trains other branches of Government
The Belize Defence Force facilitated an Inter-agency Patrolling Seminar at Price Barracks from 29 to 30 October, 2018. The BDF wanted to highlight the importance of patrolling and the invaluable information they provide to the decision-making process and how decisions they make at that level have important implications at both National and International levels. The …


PM Barrow “blesses” hemp!
In his weekly address on Positive Vibes Radio and TV last week, Leader of the Opposition, Hon. John Briceño, Orange Walk Central area rep, made a bold call for legalizing marijuana. For his call to legalize marijuana in Belize, however, Briceño was soundly criticized in a government press release and from a section of the country’s churches. Prime Minister Dean Barrow was also unsparing in his criticism of the People’s United Party leader today during his first press conference after having surgery on his back in Cuba. Barrow said that the Leader of the Opposition, “…in trying for political advantage, too often goes off the deep end. But this latest googly of his has to be one of his most fantastical ever. To propose legalizing marijuana in Belize, especially for an export market, is patently bizarre in the circumstances.”

Freak accident at the Vernon Street Fish Market
At about 4:20 this evening, a car rolled over the sidewalk, crashed into and broke a guard rail, and landed on a boat owned by Colly Bainton, 74, a fisherman of Belize City, who, along with others, was sitting in his boat that was in the water, moored near the sidewalk at the Vernon Street Fish Market. As a result, the front wheel of the car rested on the leg of a man who was sitting in the boat. He and another friend jumped into the river as an immediate reaction to escape from the car, and as a result, the man suffered minor injuries. A bystander who was buying fish at the time from another fisherman, however, suffered a large cut on his right hand. Bainton said that his friend who was in the boat with him was taken to the hospital.

Babysitter fined $2,000 for causing death of baby, 2
A fine of $2,000 was imposed on Dana Banner, 30, by Justice Colin Williams on Friday, October 26, when she appeared for sentencing for pleading guilty to causing death by careless conduct. She was given until February 1, 2019 to pay. If she defaults on payment she will serve 1 year in prison. Banner was also ordered to pay $4,000 in compensation to the family of the baby, Vernice Rodriguez Gonzalez, 2 years and 9 months old. Banner was charged with manslaughter but on October 16, she pleaded guilty to the lesser charge.

Felicia Chen, mother who drowned 3 of her children, released on parole
Felicia Chen, 27, a young woman who was going through a severe depression that allegedly drove her to kill 3 out of her 4 children when she took them out to sea and drowned them at Belizean Beach on the morning of Saturday, April 27, 2013, was released from the Belize Central Prison on September 7, 2018 on parole after serving 5 years of her 8-year prison sentence. Initially, when Chen was indicted on 3 counts of murder for causing the death of her children, she attempted to plead guilty to murder when the indictment was read to her. Chen had appeared in the Supreme Court of Justice John “Troadio” Gonzalez, on June 20, 2014. Justice Gonzalez explained to her that she needed to retain the services of an attorney and that the court could not accept her guilty of murder plea.

GOB proposing a master tourism plan for Corozal free zone
Ever since the Mexican president-elect, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, made the announcement that he would fight poverty in his country and would convert Chetumal into a commercial free zone, Belizeans in the Corozal Free Zone and elsewhere in the country have noted the announcement with trepidation. The Opposition People’s United Party (PUP) issued a press release lambasting the government for its silence on the matter of the Mexican president-elect’s announcement. This morning, Prime Minister Dean Barrow, at a press conference, outlined government’s intention to set in motion a master plan for the Corozal Free Zone and the wider Corozal District, which government is planning to turn into a tourist destination after putting in place some of the necessary infrastructure.

The 2018 State of the World Population Report
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) held a media launch today at the Belize Best Western Biltmore Plaza to share information on the 2018 State of the World Population Report. The report, which is entitled “The Power of Choice,” focuses on the global trends in the growth of the world’s population, as well as people’s sexual and reproductive rights. “The Power of Choice” reflects the choice that more and more people have in determining how many children they wish to have. The report shows that this power is leading to families having fewer children than in the past, where it was observed that at least 5 children would be born in each household. The power to choose the amount of children one wants to have is directly linked to having the education necessary to make an informed decision, and having access to the necessary services. The decision people make is usually based on their reproductive health and income.

PLB Week 11 results and standings; 3 weeks to playoffs
With the completion of Week 11 games this past weekend, 3 more weeks of regular season remain in the Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2018-2019 Opening Season, and 2 of 4 playoff spots have already been secured by Belmopan Bandits SC and Verdes FC. On Saturday night in Independence, home standing Altitude Assassins FC took an early lead through Rollin Burgess (4’), but Verdes FC rebounded early in second half through Edwin Villedabernal (52’) and an own goal by Assassins’ Miguel Garcia (65’ OG), to secure the 2-1 road victory. Meanwhile, it was a see-saw affair at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium, where undefeated Belmopan Bandits SC had to come from behind to secure a 4-4 draw with Police United FC.

Belize U-20 departs tomorrow for CONCACAF U-20 World Cup Qualifiers in Bradenton, Florida
According to last Thursday’s release from the Football Federation of Belize (FFB), our Belize U-20 National Team should arrive tomorrow in Bradenton, Florida, USA, where the team will play 5 games over a 9-day period against national teams from 5 other Concacaf nations. A release from Concacaf today noted that: “Fans will be able to follow all the action through the Confederation’s partner networks, including Univision Deportes (United States), Fox Sports Latin America (Mexico & Central America), Flow Sports (Caribbean) and other local partners…” There are 6 groups in the initial phase of the 34-team tournament. Belize is in Group C along with Cuba, Antigua & Barbuda, Sint Maarten, Honduras and Dominican Republic.

ATLIB National Volleyball Tournament results
The Association of Tertiary Level Institutions of Belize (ATLIB) held its National Volleyball Tournament last Saturday (October 27) at the SHJC gym in San Ignacio. We would like to thank all athletes, coaches, sports coordinators, staff, administration, medical personnel, referees (BVA), security personnel, media and fans who came out to watch the games. Most certainly, they witnessed athletic performances of the highest quality in a spirit of sportsmanship and fair play. Special thanks goes out to Mr. Magaña (dean of SHJC for being such a great help in the logistics organizing this event) and BVA for officiating our games.

CYDP Peace Cup regular season winding down
After a couple weeks of postponements, the CYDP Peace Cup football tournament resumed at the MCC Grounds with 4 games on Saturday, October 27. In game 1, Ladyville FC bombed BDF FC, 10 to 1, with 3 goals from Tyrone Parchue, 2 each from Leon Sedacey and David Solorzano, and 1 apiece from Julian Casey and Cordell Flores, along with an own goal by BDF’s Avaunt Kelly; while the only goal for BDF was by Brandon Cacho. Game 2 saw Caesar Ridge FC and Caye Caulker Survivors FC playing to a 2-2 draw. Elmore Godoy and Jose Martinez shook the net for Caesar Ridge; while Jamal Ford and Jason Sutherland hit the target for Caye Caulker.

Editorial: Justice, in the context of power
Justice has been presented, symbolically, historically and classically, as a blind (or blindfolded) goddess holding scales which are equally balanced. The construct is supposed to present to us, the people, a vision of a system wherein each human being, regardless of race, religion, color, class, and so on, has the opportunity and right to be judged on the evidential merits of his/her case; in other words, we are all entitled to a fair trial. The reality on the ground, and everyone knows it, is that power/money considerations affect how justice is processed and dispensed. All of us know that individuals who appear before the courts without being represented by an attorney, are far more likely to be convicted by said courts than individuals who are professionally defended. The operative word in the previous sentence is “professionally.” Money plays a role in justice. If you can’t afford to hire an attorney, you will go to jail.

All a we da one
Dear Editor, Hate is the sordid underbelly of the culture that drives the American “dream” to which far too many young Belizeans hitch their aspirational wagons. “America First” is the professed philosophy of the president of the United States who declared that he was a “nationalist”, just falling short of including the prefix “white” to declare his true manifestations. And embracing nationalism over patriotism gives him the option to be selective in his choice of which codes of conduct he embraces.

Why W. Elrington hasn’t delivered on a difficult task
From the get go it was no piece of cake, no stroll in the park to get a yes vote for us to face down Guatemala at the ICJ. How does a nation accept going to court to defend a claim against her entire territory? When Nigeria and Cameroon faced off, it was over a group of islands off their coasts. When Colombia and Nicaragua faced off at the ICJ, it was over a couple islands and some territorial seas. In his “A Compendium of Relevant Documents”, James S. Murphy told us that former Belize Prime Minister, Said Musa, had, in June 2000,pointed out to Gabriel Rojas (Guatemalan foreign minister) that any claim on Belize’s land is an “aberration.” Musa wrote: In technical talks on 7 November, 1997, the Guatemalan officials emphasized that Guatemala was not looking for land cession, and that if Guatemala were to win a legal case on the claim, compensation would not involve the cession of land. Given that history...

PM Barrow says there is no need to change ICJ referendum date
Prime Minister Dean Barrow announced today at his press conference that government sees no need to change the International Court of Justice (ICJ) referendum date that has been set for April 10, 2019, when Belizeans will go to the polls to vote on whether or not to submit Guatemala’s territorial claim to the ICJ for a final judicial settlement. Barrow said, however, that the Foreign Minister and Cabinet have agreed on a number of steps to fortify the ICJ education campaign as Belize prepares to keep its April 10, 2019 date with destiny. “And you heard me correctly: the ICJ Referendum date is April 10, 2019, and we have no intention of changing that date,” Barrow told the country today.

Pacheco Jewelry store robbed; $35,000 worth of jewelry stolen
Pacheco Jewelry Store, located in the Pound Yard area near East Collet Canal, was robbed by two armed men who got away with $35,000 worth of jewelry at about 12:30 this afternoon. Luckily, the manager of the store, Brittney Myers, 26, a jeweler of Belize City, was not hurt during the robbery and no shots were fired. Police conducted a search of the area and found one of the culprits walking on Cemetery Road, carrying a knapsack on his back. Police detained the man and when the bag was opened, jewelry was found inside.

Mysterious Range Rover stolen from police custody
A suspicious black Range Rover that police had towed into the parking lot across from the Orange Walk police station, has been stolen from police custody. The reason that the car was considered suspicious is that the license plates are from Dangriga, the two plate numbers are different, and the insurance sticker is from San Ignacio. The car was parked on Sapodilla Street for two days before police on patrol found it around 8 p.m. on Tuesday, October 23. After noticing the strange license plates and insurance sticker, they canvassed the area, but found no useful information.

Belize economy is in a “bull run,” says PM Dean Barrow
At his first press conference this morning since his return from undergoing back surgery in Havana, Cuba, last month, Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, flanked by several Cabinet ministers at the head table, declared that the Belizean economy is healthy and that GDP grew by 3.4 percent for the first half of this year, according to the Central Bank of Belize. Barrow, quoting from a Central Bank memorandum, dated Friday, October 26, said that the 3.4 percent GDP growth is the highest economic growth of the country since 2015. The Statistical Institute of Belize recorded an unemployment rate of 9.4 percent, the Prime Minister reported.

The Reporter

Police are investigating a shooting which may have been the result of an attempted robbery. They were called to the KHMH this afternoon where they found Tibruce Street resident Jamie Williams, 21, with a gunshot wound to his right arm. Williams told Police that he was walking by Sadie Vernon High School along with two other men when he heard a gunshot and realized he had been wounded, but didn’t see the shooter. However, there are conflicting reports which suggest that Williams may have been shot during an attempted burglary in the area.

Police moments ago announced that they have arrested BDF soldier Albert Stephen Moreira, 27, for the murder of Felina James. James went missing on October 11th and her decomposed body was found on the Coastal Road on October 19th. Moreira is the boyfriend of James whom family members had pointed fingers at following the murder because they claimed he was abusive.

The Reporter has gotten confirmation from CEO in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Ramon Figueroa, that he was unaware of any meeting in which there was discussion on the establishment of a cannabis farm in Belize. Figueroa claims that he knows nothing about any such proposal, or its current status. Although the meeting took place in February, 2016 when Figueroa was CEO in the Ministry of Health, former CEO Peter Allen who had moved on in August 2015 was present for the discussion. We’ll keep following this developing story.

The Reporter has managed to obtain amateur video of an incident which occurred in the Conch Shell Bay area, allegedly sometime yesterday evening. Police have not released an official report, and sources inside the Department say that one man was injured as the car crashed into the boat in which he was sitting.

It has been an interesting campaign for the United Democratic Party (UDP) in the Port Loyola area over the past few months, with four candidates jostling for the position of Standard Bearer; but for at least one of those candidates, leadership of the UDP may hinge on a victory at Convention. Attorney General Senator Michael Peyrefitte quite likely has his eye on more than just the Standard Bearer position in Port.

Work is currently underway to merge the General Sales Tax and the Income Tax departments. Prime Minister Dean Barrow confirmed this yesterday at his press conference in Belize City. He explained that the amalgamation was on the table for several years, following expert advice from international organizations like CARTA, which conducted evaluations on amalgamating the two under one tax department.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Belize hosting fist ever Global Leadership Summit
The first ever Global Leadership Summit (GLS), will be hosted this year here in Belize by […]

Assad Shoman: Captain for ICJ campaign
On Monday, Prime Minister Dean Barrow referred to former minister of Foreign Affairs, Assad Shoman, several […]

Boots remains ‘King’ of Port Loyola
Last week, Port Loyola Area Representative, Anthony ‘Boots’ Martinez told 7news that Port Loyola is the […]

Government to implement Poverty Alleviation Phase 3
On Monday morning, Prime Minister of Belize Dean Barrow hosted a press conference to inform Belizeans […]

COMPOL visits San Ignacio Police formation
Today, Allen Whylie, Belize’s Commissioner of Police (COMPOL) visited the San Ignacio Police Formation. Whylie’s […]

Catholic High School Principals denounce call for marijuana legalization
The Belize Catholic Association of Principals of Secondary Schools (BCAPSS) today issued a statement strongly denouncing […]

Man shot near Sadie Vernon High School
This afternoon a man was shot in Belize City. He has been identified as Tibruce Street […]

Soldier charged for murder of Felina James
Police have arrested and charged a soldier of the Belize Defence Force for the murder of […]

Fuel prices go down
The Belize Bureau of Standards has just issued new gas prices effective midnight tonight. Belizeans will […]

Legal implications of Section 53 limited appeal
After a full day of arguments, the Court of Appeal has reserved its judgment in the […]

UNDP hosts media training for reporting on Belize’s April 2019 referendum
On April 10, 2019, Belizeans will be asked to vote in favor of or against taking […]


Xunantunich Mayan Ruins of Cayo
Xunantunich got a very nice write up. The article has lots of great pictures of the site. "About 20 minutes from Santa Elena, we arrived in San Jose Succotz. San Jose Succotz is a Maya village consisting mainly of people of Yucatec Maya descent. It is also the location of the famous ruins. After we got off the bus, we, then, took a 5-minute ferry ride crossing the river to access the remote ruins. Next was a van ride approximately 5-10 minutes to get to the site. We have to walk uphill and after few minutes, we finally saw the ruins. It was truly a sight to behold... The Introductory Site History and Display Centers is found at the entrance to the center and is also one of the major attractions in the ruins site. Guests can see more of the artifacts. They can get more and detailed information of the discovery and history of the Mayan culture."

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Caye Caulker, Belize: 5 reasons to visit the idyllic island
A jewel in the Caribbean Sea, Caye Caulker, Belize is the true definition of “island vibe.” Found in Ambergris Caye off the country’s east coast, the tranquil island is so tiny that you can walk around the whole thing in about an hour—barefoot, naturally. Surrounded by the spectacular Belize Barrier Reef which is the second longest in the world, it’s the perfect base for underwater adventures, such as snorkeling with sharks in the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and scuba diving in the famous Great Blue Hole. Or simply sit back, relax and soak up the sunshine while being hypnotized by the idyllic surroundings. Here are some of the top things to do in Caye Caulker, and five reasons why you should go.

Belize urges Guatemala to sign protocol governing Sarstoon River
Prime Minister Dean Barrow has called on Guatemala to sign “the damn protocol” that governs the movement of people along the Sarstoon River. In 2015, representatives of both countries met in Istanbul, Turkey to hammer out an agreement, but that has not materialized. Despite a concerted effort by the Organization of American States (OAS) and other regional organizations, Guatemala hasn’t been persuaded to sign an agreement. The Sarstoon River (Spanish: Río in the Toledo District of Belize, forms the country’s southern boundary with Guatemala. Prime Minister Dean Barrow, speaking to reporters, said that the Guatemalans are in fact, poking a finger in the eye of the OAS and other international organization, adding it “is something that Belize continues to maintain.

Newlywed’s itchy groin was sign of ‘deeply embedded maggot’ from honeymoon (Botfly)
A 36-year-old woman suffering from an itchy skin lesion went to several Florida doctors two months after her honeymoon in Belize — and learned the wound was the sign of a living creature, which had burrowed into the skin on her groin, doctors say. Dr. Enrico Camporesi, a wound healing specialist who treated the woman and authored the report, said the skin around the lesion was hard, as if there were an egg or bean below, Live Science reports. Camporesi sought a surgeon’s expertise, because he worried it could be a lymph node problem — but the surgeon suggested the lesion was actually a living creature.

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  • Unearthing El Pilar Episode 1, 10min. An Entire Season Spent looking for structures Under the Forest Canopy at El Pilar, and I gotta say I felt like an Alaskan Salmon swimming up stream all the way. It may have been a more enjoyable experience, if only it was all more selflessly inspired, and motivated by more than just the trivial pursuit of Academia; which may seem noble for a time until you remember all the souls that have sunk their lives into it.

  • Over achiever leaf cutter ant - Belize 2017, 1min.

  • A little video from the Yucatec Maya elder Nojoch Mak Faustino Yam speaking in Maya about Hanal Pixan, 1.5min.

  • Friends for Conservation and Development is approaching the end of its 2018 financial year, 42min. Friends for Conservation and Development is approaching the end of its 2018 financial year. Representatives of FCD were our guests to talk about their accomplishments. They are reporting an overall reduction in illegal activities in the Chiquibul National Park. (Deforestation, gold panning, poaching and animal trafficking, agricultural farming and xateros activity.) They explained that they have adjusted their strategy to better monitor and reduce encroachment. Their focus is on improving management of these resources to promote sustainable development for the people in the area. The Annual General Meeting will be held on 2nd December, 2018 at the San Ignacio Hotel and Resort at 2:00pm. On our couch:

  • Grace Flava with a Beat - Ackee and Seafood recipe, 35min. Grace Flava with a Beat took a trip to Jamaica to feature that country's national dish with a twist. Chef Duane made an Ackee and Seafood recipe to bring some variety to your meals. On set: Duane Lizama - Resident Chef. Alex Gordon - Representative, Grace Kennedy Belize Ltd.

  • The Mr. Belize competition, 25min. The Mr. Belize competition gets underway this Saturday at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts. This year there are 6 contenders vying for the title. The Belize Body Building and Fitness Federation representatives were our guests to update us on their efforts to improve the sport. This year's competition will feature international judges who will also be training a cadre of local judges. Tickets are on sale for $15.00 and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Belize Cancer Society and the Kidney Association of Belize. On our couch: Mirna Greenidge - President, BBBFF. Denis Wright - Contender, Mr. Belize 2018. Clayton Greenidge - Winner, Mr. Belize 2017.

  • The Battle of the Drums organization - Garifuna Song Competition, 28min. The Battle of the Drums organization is on a mission of cultural retrieval and preservation of the music forms of the Garinagu. The Annual Garifuna Song Competition 2018 is one event used to provide the platform for musicians to create music and hone their talents. Our guests shared the details of the competition and prizes. The event takes place tonight at Birds Isle. Kenrick "Luvlace" Lewis, winner of Song of the Year 2017, also performed his winning song. On our couch: Kenrick "Luvlace" Lewis - Winner, Song of the Year 2017. Darius Avila - President, Battle of the Drums.

  • The Leo Omega UBUNTU Club is organizing a Fun Clothing Drive, 21min. The Leo Omega UBUNTU Club is organizing a Fun Clothing Drive event to collect clothing to be donated to various housing institutions for the homeless and those displaced by natural disasters. The rule is simple - two article of clothing for play time in SCUBBLE. The fun begins on Sunday October 28th at the Hour Bar field. Our guests spoke with us about how their community work. There will also be drinks on sale. On our couch: Joy Spann - 2nd Vice President, Leo Omega UBUNTU Club. Katherine Espada - Marketing Coordinator, Leo Omega UBUNTU Club.

  • The Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) has launched the 20th edition of Destination Belize, 24min. The Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) has launched the 20th edition of Destination Belize. Their representatives spoke with us about the process to creating the special edition and what they hope it will do for tourism in Belize. On our couch: John Burgos - Executive Director, BTIA. Gale Malic-Ozaeta - Project Manager, Destination Belize.

  • The 2018 Belize City Primary School History and Social Studies Competition, 20min. The 2018 Belize City Primary School History and Social Studies Competition concluded on Friday at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts. The competition seeks to teach students about the culture and history of downtown Belize City. With over 300 questions the students learned important details about milestones and challenges in early Belize City to present date. We spoke with the top three winners about the experience and how it has helped them to gain a greater appreciation for Downtown Belize City. On our couch: Dwight Gillett - 1st Place Winner, Holy Redeemer Primary School Tyrone Mckoy - 2nd Place Winner, St. Ignatius Primary School. Essence Anderson - 3rd Place Winner, Bernice Yorke Primary School. Chelsea Evelyn - Project Support Officer, Downtown Rejuvenation Project.

  • 1st spearfishing competition on Belize 2018, min. 1st spearfishing competition on the island of Caye Caulker.

  • You betta Belize it, 3min.

  • Spearfishing competition on Ambergris Caye, 12min.

  • Belize Nurse Sharks, 7.5min.

  • Belize Reef Sharks, 17min. San Pedro Cayes, Scuba

  • Accion Deportiva, 60min.

  • Police Check Point, 60min.

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