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The San Pedro Sun

Canary Cove staff and volunteers help to remodel Boca Del Rio Park
Canary Cove staff along with a group of volunteers helped in remodeling the Boca Del Rio Park located in San Pedro Town on Friday and Saturday, October 26th-27th. Throughout the day, the team of volunteers helped by painting and touching up the various recreational equipment’s like the seesaw, swing set, slide and more. Spearheading the activity was Gil Nuñez, who shared that he asked the staff to participate. He encouraged them to bring their children to make it a family affair and to show the children how to appreciate the efforts that go into providing them with a space to play in. He hopes it instills civic pride and that the children are more appreciative of the space when it’s all said and done.

Government of Belize Accedes to Six Treaties
The Government of Belize through the Attorney General’s Ministry has acceded to six treaties that will further strengthen the intellectual property ecosystem in Belize. These treaties will certainly increase the economic and moral rights of all composers, musicians, artists, songwriters, broadcasting organizations etc.

Cannabis controversy – MOH explains its position on farming cannabis for export
It has been revealed that the Minister of Health, Honourable Pablo Marin, has signed two letters allegedly supporting the establishment of cannabis and hemp farms in southern Belize to develop medical products for exportation. While this news caused much controversy, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has clarified that these contracts are not related to the legalization of marijuana in Belize, as the cultivation of the plants in question complies with the Misuse of Drugs Act. On Wednesday, October 31st, MOH released a press release stating that the Minister is supporting the growth of cannabis for medicinal purposes and that marijuana, which contains the chemical compound Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which has mind altering properties, was not consider at any point in the letters.

Belizean Media prepares to travel to the ICJ
Belize is less than six months away from its national referendum to decide whether to take the Guatemalan territorial claim on Belize to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). In an attempt to inform the Belizean people on such an important national issue, the Embassy of the United States of America in Belize is facilitating a project dubbed ‘Fear to Facts: Demystifying the ICJ.’ The program will see a group of Belizean journalists traveling to The Hague in the Netherlands, where the ICJ is located, for an educational visit. The San Pedro Sun is one of those media houses selected to be part of this trip. The trip is scheduled in late November of this year, and reporters have so far travelled to Mexico City for their Schengen Visas to travel to Europe, and spoken to persons supporting the ICJ notion.

Ambergris Today

Approaching 6th Anniversary Of McAfee/Faull Cold Case
Unpremeditated Book Release Shines New Light on McAfee Cold Case - November 1, 2018 Minneapolis – As we approach the 6 year anniversary (November 11th) of the murder of security pioneer John McAfee's next door neighbor Gregory Faull, Johnny Depp has signed on to play McAfee in the upcoming major motion picture—while in Belize the case grows as cold as the national beer-Belikin. There hasn't been any significant news in the case in more than two years and the Belize Police Department will not confirm any progress in the investigation. Author Tony Randgaard (writes for Minnpost, Star and Tribune, Minnesota Connected) wrote the book Unpremeditated: A Murderous Caribbean Travelogue, based on the cold case, during one of his sojourns in Belize. Since the book launched at Senser's Kitchen earlier this summer, Randgaard has presented the story at many Twin Cities libraries. The book accurately reports the vivid sights and sounds of Belize in 2012: the world's best snorkeling; rain forest zip-lining; and white sand island cays where golf carts offer the primary form of transportation. The actual events surrounding the murder are unfolding in the background while the characters experiencing the drama and romance—are fictional. The book comes to its own conclusions about the murder mystery.

Misc Belizean Sources

mzz

San Pedro Big Garbage Cleanup Project Nov. 9-12
Belize Solid Waste Management has WAIVED garbage transfer station fees for all white goods and garbage delivered to the transfer station November 9th through 12th for this island clean up project. Captain Conch hopes with this fantastic news that every islander is inspired to join together in this effort to cleanup the island and help dispose of our garbage and unusable white goods (refrigerators, stoves, ac units, etc) properly.

Belize Coast Guard Senior Officers Conference
Commandant of the Belize Coast Guard Rear Admiral John Borland and senior officers of the BCG, today concluded a two-day conference in Gallon Jug Orange Walk. At the conference, the officers discussed the challenges faced by the Belize Coast Guard in maintaining the integrity of Belize’s maritime borders while assisting in law enforcement efforts at sea. The conference also addressed the strategic development and positioning of the BCG over the medium and long-term as it actively participates in countering transnational crime and the provision of regional security.

Corozal Library Hanal Pixan decorations
Earlier this week the Corozal Library decorated there front portion area as Day of the death decoration as Hanal Pixan. looks awesome.

Miss East Indian Belize
Day 1 training in Trinidad & Tobago

Succotz Cultural Day
Ricky Cunil got a lot of fun pictures from the Succotz Cultural and Informational day. "Community of San Jose Succotz and the Succotz RC School PTA are actively involved in the development of their community, Education and Social needs of their students. They believe that Culture, education, sports and discipline are fundamental activities when it come to the development of our youths, in their daily, personal and educational behaviours. They held a one day Cultural and Information Day at the San Jose Succotz RC School grounds. Where different organizations and groups displayed their products, services and what they have to offer to the community. There were cultural presentation done by students from the school, cultural dishes and delicacies. All this in the effort to develop a positive moral and keep cultural alive in the village. Thank to the Succotz RC School PTA for organizing such a wonderful event."

FCD Board of Directors is seeking nominations
Our Annual General Meeting is taking place on 2nd of December. Join us.

“Education in the Digital Age"
After participating in the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) “Education in the Digital Age" early this year, Carla Alvarez returned to Belize excited to start a CoderDojo in Orange Walk Town. The inspiration for the CoderDojo in Belize came from an IVLP colleague who was employed at the CoderDojo Foundation in Ireland. The idea of a volunteer led, community based, and free of cost organization for young people to learn coding and programming in a fun and exciting way has now become a reality! This CoderDojo, which has 30 young people engaged in meaningful learning, is taught by mentors at Bishop Martin High School Orange Walk Belize every Saturday from 9 to 12 noon. Follow this 1st ever CoderDojo in Orange Walk, Belize and Central America on instagram at belize_coding_champions.

BTIA Customer Training on Caye Caulker
November 5, Chan's Conference Room

BELIZE PORT AUTHORITY NOTICE TO BOAT OWNERS
The Belize Port Authority hereby informs the general marine public that the registration and licensing exercise for the year 2019 will commence on 12 November 2018. During this exercise all vessels involved In coastal and river service shall be registered and licensed including skiffs. Jet Skis, sailing vessels. launches. tugboats, barges. dredges or any other watercraft used to ply the inland and coastal waters of Belize.

Caye Caulker CPR & First Aid Training
November 8 and 10.

Los Finados at the San Pedro House of Culture!
To honor our dearly departed.

Statement from the Economic Development Council on the World Bank’s Doing Business Report 2019
On Wednesday, October 31, 2018, the World Bank released its annual Doing Business report, which ranks countries based on their regulations and other barriers to business activity. This year, Belize ranks 125th out of the 190 countries measured, which is a four-point decrease from the previous year’s ranking. When compared to other CARICOM countries, Belize continues to rank in the middle, after the Bahamas and ahead of Barbados. Jamaica tops the region at 75 and Haiti is last at 182. “While Belize’s rank has fluctuated over the past few years, this is not indicative of a lack of progress that is being made on the ground since policy reform and systemic improvements often require time to materialize,” said Mr. Ishmael Quiroz, Executive Director of the Economic Development Council (EDC).

The Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project Conducted a Walk-Through of the Belize Supreme Court
In August of this year, the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation through the Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project commenced rehabilitation works at the Belize Supreme Court. On Tuesday, October 30th, government officials and invited guests viewed the completion of the much-needed rehabilitation works during a walk-through of the court. The rehabilitation works included roof repairs, ceiling and associated electrical works, minor repairs to the air condition system, painting of the Cupula, and termite treatment. The works were made possible by a $60, 912.50 contribution by the Downtown Rejuvenation Project in addition to counterpart contribution by the Belize Supreme Court. Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin remarked that he was especially grateful for the repairs to the ceiling which had been caving-in.

Statement from Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security Hon. Elodio Aragon Jr. on Death of Police Officer
It is with great sorrow that I note the sudden death of Police Constable 1397 Osbourne Martinez. P.C. Martinez lost his life while valiantly executing his duties as a law enforcement officer. Shortly after 10:00 a.m., P.C. Martinez was responding to a report of a robbery in progress at the Belcove Hotel. Upon reaching the scene of the crime he was fatally shot in the abdomen by one of the suspects. He died a short time later while undergoing treatment at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. All three suspects were caught with one being shot in the leg in the process of apprehending him.

Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow met with the family of Police Constable Osbourne Martinez
P.C. Martinez lost his life this morning in the line of duty. The Government of Belize mourns the loss of a heroic officer who gave his life for citizen safety.

San Pedro 2018 Breast Cancer & Diabetes 5K Walk/Run
Don't forget that today, Saturday, November 3rd is the Breast Cancer and Diabetes Awareness Walk/Run! We hope you can make it! See you there!

GBV Prevention Flag Competition
The BFLA is having a flag design competition for the 16 days of Activism against Gender Based Violence. It's open to youths between 13 and 24. "As a part of the 2018 16 days of Activism activities, Belize Family Life Association (BFLA) is inviting young persons between the ages of 13 and 24 to participate in a flag design competition. The flag will be a representation of the 16 days of activism which is an international campaign to challenge violence against women and girls.

Orange Walk Interruption in the water supply Tuesday
Belize Water Services informs customers in parts of Orange Walk that there will be an interruption in the water supply Tuesday, November 6, 2018, starting at 1:00pm. The area to be affected is North San Andres Street. This interruption is necessary for the installation of a new water main. Due to the upgrade, customers may experience low water pressure and/or discoloration when water is restored. Residents of these or nearby areas are advised that water is expected to be fully restored by 5:00pm.

Channel 7

Lawman Killed In the Line Of Duty
Very often on the evening news, allegations of rogue cops make headlines. But tonight, our headline story is about an officer who was killed in the line of duty - doing his job, protecting the community and battling the bad guys. And because of this tragic event - there are heavy hearts and…anger in the police department - because one of their own got killed by an armed robber. He's 27 year-old Constable Osbourne Martinez, and he and his colleagues came under fire while responding to a robbery in progress. There was a shootout between the police and the thieves, and Martinez was fatally injured by one of the gunmen.

Deranged & Dangerous, Samuel August Escapes
Samuel August is back at the KHMH tonight receiving treatment for stab wounds - we say back at the KHMH because, by now, you may know that August escaped from his police guard this morning around 7:00, stole a vehicle, rammed it into a backhoe on the Northern Highway and then attempted to kill himself. It is a truly unbelievable series of events that began on Wednesday morning on Faber's Road when he killed his own son, and the child's grandmother with a backhoe. And now, literally, an unimaginable sequel to that unspeakable crime. Here is a run-down of all that happened this morning.

August Was To Be Held At Psych Facility
But of course apart from the liquor, there is his mental state. Today DCP Chester Williams updated us on the results August's psychiatric evaluation. Williams said based on those results August was supposed to be moved to the Palm Center in Belmopan but there wasn't any space for him so the police held him at the KHMH. Here's more from Williams. DC Chester Williams - Commander, Operations: "Yes I know from what I have been briefed, the psychiatrist has concluded, preliminary, that he is suffering from some psychiatric problem and he was to be admitted to the place in Belmopan. However, there was not space there for him so he was kept at the K.H.M.H. until space could be obtained or he overcomes the difficulty that he was going through, hence the reason why he was still at the K.H.M.H..."

Did Police Fail To Secure Dangerous And Unstable Patient?
Turning now to the police's role in August's escape. Many are pointing fingers at the cops, criticizing them for their lack of duty and vigilance in securing August - a man who proved he is a danger to the public and himself. But today DCP Williams snapped at the media when he was questioned on it, saying that these mishaps do happen even with a police presence. DC Chester Williams - Commander, Operations: "I know that much has been said about the police officer who was guarding him at the hospital, but at this time we are not going to be quick to judging the officer. We need to investigate properly to see what may have gone wrong..."

Victim Sympathizes With Mentally Ill Assailant
Now back to this morning's shocking series of events, Tanesha Ross and her kids were caught in the middle of August's mad dash from the hospital. While she was frightened for her kids she is grateful that they were not harmed. Ross also sympathized with August. Voice of: Tanesha Ross: "We are a bit shaken up, but thankfully we are okay and like I said to them before I left them, it could have been worse and we need to be thankful to God for the fact that he did not just drove off with them in the vehicle and so I am really just thankful that all of us were outside and he proceeded to do whatever he did on his own."

Police Get 1k Lbs Of Cocaine & Dismantle Transshipment Operation
Last night we had breaking news about some major drug related bust - but there was very little information coming out of the department; they kept this one under very tight wraps. And today we found out why. The Joint Operation and Intelligence Center worked from Sunday to Thursday to dismantle a drug network which handles importation and exportation by plane of cocaine. And at the end of it they came up with a huge bust: 1000 pounds of cocaine, broken down into 15 bails, and 440 parcels weighing 479.15 kilos. And they also detained 13 persons - including one Belizean businessman - and 5 guns. Today the Commissioner of Police held a press briefing and explained that it started with surveillance on Sunday:...

The Mystery Of The White Wingle
And while that drug burning should bring the matter to a tidy conclusion - there are still some big questions left hanging. For example - the Prado found off the Coastal Highway - is registered to a Belizean - but the Commissioner flatly refused to say to whom. That's a critical and telling detail - and we'll keep pressing for an answers. But, today one vehicle the Commissioner did want to talk about was a White Wingle. It was wrongly being linked to a senior police officer - but it turns out that it is a Wingle used by military intelligence in this operation. Whylie laughed off the suggestion that it was a cop's truck:...

Robbers Target Popular Drugstore
The popular city drug store on Freetown road was robbed last night. Three robbers barged in, held up the employees at gunpoint and ran off with about $4,000. I spoke to the head pharmacist this afternoon. Here is that story. Today, Freetown Drug store opened for business as usual. Even after last night's daring robbery - all caught on the pharmacy's surveillance camera. Raul Acevedo - Pharmacist, Freetown Pharmacy: "Last night about 9 o' clock me and two of my employees were in the pharmacy when two gentlemen came in. One asked for ibuprofen and the other one took out a gun and pointed it at my face and told me give me what you have. A third one came to the back and he brought in my security and another gentleman that was outside. They brought them inside and put him on the floor. The other two went to the back and started to take out the drawers from the cashier side, right."

Cops Scramble To Contain Wave of Robberies
And so, once again tonight, the city feels like it's under siege - especially the northside. There have been multiple armed robberies of prominent businesses like Midtown, El Paso and the Freetown Drug Store in the last 48 hours. We asked Deputy Williams what the police will do about it:.. Chester Williams - Deputy ComPol: "As a department we are concerned of the increase of robberies on North Side, our region two area of Belize City. I can tell people of this side of the city that they will see increased police activities. We will try to see if we can move other resources over to this side to be able to stem the reoccurrence of those incidents."

Robbers Active In Los Lagos Area
And while police are launching an operation to thwart city thieves - Belize Rural is also seeing its share of armed robberies. Last night we told you about the one at Zeta Gas compound at mile 13, and, today, two robbers struck at a Chinese grocery named "Andy Shop" at mile 13 and a half. It was caught on camera where one of the men walks up, places a two dollar bill on the counter and asks to buy something. But he then pulls back, out of the camera's view and pulls a handgun, while his accomplice steps up to the counter and starts demanding money.

Appeals Court Rejects Lily’s Appeal Of Lady Lover Manslaughter
At the end of May, we encountered Rosalilia "Lily" Castillo, an inmate at the Central Prison. She had just completed a 5-week BTEC training course on business development. She is preparing for the day that she is released from prison, when she can go back into society, but it appears that is many years away. She was charged with murder, but convicted of manslaughter for the 2012 killing of her lady lover, 34 year-old Pamela Perez. Just before midnight on December 9, 2012, Perez was found dead at the Palomas Del Norte Bar in Santa Elena Town. She had been stabbed multiple times, and she bled out from a massive wound to her throat. Reports were that they had been living together for 2 years, and that they had a long history of violent arguments. On that night, they reportedly argued over money.

Getting Energy Efficient Labels
When you buy a new appliance or a light bulb - you're probably not thinking about how much it's going to cost you in terms of energy consumption. But that what the Belize Bureau of Standards and the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality want you to consider before making your purchase. It's called the Energy Labelling Scheme for energy-efficient equipment and appliances - and we found out more about ti at the Radisson today:…

BTIA Seeks Expert Advice From Google, Trip Advisor, Expedia
With tourism - we usually feel that - if you build it, they will come. We're talking about plush beachfront resorts with all the amenities, and even cozy spots for backpackers. But, filling rooms is not that easy - and now, more than ever, destinations have to know how to use technology to get their name out their - above everyone else's. That's the kind of thing that the BTIA had visiting experts talking about at its CentraoAmerica Innovation and Tourism Talk. Speakers included pros from Trip Advisor, Google and Expedia. We found out more:...

Guardsmen Meet
The Belize Admiral John Borland and senior Coast Guard officers have just completed a 2-day conference in Gallon Jug, Orange Walk. Also in attendance were National Security Minister John Saldivar and CEO Felix Enriquez. The purpose of the conference was a discussion on the challenges that the Coast Guard faces while trying to maintain the integrity of Belize's maritime borders, and assisting in law enforcement efforts at sea. The conference also addressed the strategic development, and the positioning of the Coast Guard over the next few months and years, as it continues to participate in efforts to counter transnational crime, and help to strengthen regional security.

The Universal Solution
The name Universal Hardware may not be as recognized as titans like Benny's or Habet's - but, with a stylish new city store the Spanish Lookout based company launched yesterday, it's clear they want to compete against the big boys. And to do that, they've hooked up with True Value Hardware - a popular US chain which is now emblazoned on the font of this Belize store. The Belize City Mayor spoke at the opening of Universal's new store yesterday:…

Channel 5

PC Osbourne Martinez Killed in the Line of Duty
Newsrooms across the city were spread thin since early this morning as a number of robberies, drug seizures, accidents and a murder unfolded. We start with the shooting death of [...]

Armed Robbers Target Hotel; Police Capture All and Shoot 1
The shootout on the Haulover Creek occurred just minutes before a press conference held by the top brass of the police department on a major drug bust. Our team was [...]

P.U.P. Leader Reacts to PC Martinez’s Death
The shocking police shootout with the robbers and subsequent death of PC Osbourne Martinez has gripped the nation.  A statement from the Ministry of National Security says that PC Martinez [...]

15 Bales of Cocaine Seized, 12 Guatemalans and 1 Belizean Busted
A sting operation led by the Belize Police Department, in collaboration with the Belize Coast Guard and the Belize Defense Force, has yielded another sizeable cocaine bust and a cache [...]

Low-flying Aircraft Circled But Never Landed on Coastal Road
Shortly after the detention of the duo, a team of officers, including police and Belize Defense Force personnel, staked out an area approximately ten miles into the Coastal Road.  There [...]

A Boston Whaler is also Intercepted in Anti-Drug Operation
The entire operation, a joint effort between police, B.D.F. and coast guard elements, consisted of maritime, terrestrial and aerial surveillance.  Shortly after the arrests and seizure, they then observed a [...]

So-called Vehicle Belonging to Senior Officer’s Wife is Fake News!
This morning, ComPol Whylie also debunked rumors that a vehicle reportedly belonging to the wife of a senior police officer was used in the trafficking of the narcotics.  While a [...]

Samuel August Sr. Goes on a Rampage; Escapes, Assaults Woman & Crashes into Backhoe
Samuel August Senior, the deranged man who killed his son and mother-in-law, escaped from the K.H.M.H. this morning where he was under police guard. The thirty-five-year-old was hospitalized after Wednesday’s [...]

What’s Samuel August’s Mental State?
The mental state of August Senior has come under question following the killing his five-year-old son, Samir August, and the child’s grandmother, fifty-three-year-old Louise Young. On the morning of October [...]

Belmopan Police Investigate Celso Carcamo’s Death
Police in Belmopan are investigating the mysterious death of twenty-three-year-old Celso Carcamo Junior who was found lifeless, hanging from rope outside his Belmopan residence on Thursday morning. The matter is [...]

Chinese Grocery Store in Los Lagos is Robbed
The most recent robbery involves a Chinese grocery store which was targeted by armed thieves near the Los Lagos community.  The incident happened around one-forty p.m.  Footage of the robbery [...]

Freetown Drug Store is Hit in Spate of Armed Robberies
There has been a wave of armed robberies across the north side of Belize City over the past few days, with business establishments including restaurants and grocery stores being hit [...]

Zeta is Robbed Too!!
The rash of armed robberies is not limited to Belize City.  On Thursday morning, just before two o’clock, a trio of men stormed the Zeta compound in Ladyville and accosted [...]

An Innovative Tourism Talk with Local Stakeholders
Tourism stakeholders, mainly hoteliers and tour operators, participated in a regional initiative funded by the Central American Travel Agency and supported by the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation in [...]

An Energy Efficiency Awareness Workshop
Today, representatives from several government departments met at the Radisson to discuss the implementation of an energy labelling scheme for energy-efficient equipment and appliances. The project involves the CARICOM Regional [...]

Come Out to the Joseph Carr Road Race
PROTO Foundation is putting off its first monthly road race for track and field athletes this Sunday in an effort to promote the discipline of athletics. The event is calling [...]

Day of the Dead Celebrated in Belize
Every year, the Mexican Embassy in Belize celebrates the death of loved ones during the traditional celebration of “Dia de Los Muertos,” which is the day of the dead.  The [...]

LOVE FM

Red Cross Volunteers received training in psycho-social support
The Belize Red Cross held a five-day workshop in psychosocial support which concluded today. The Belize Red Cross is known to render assistance in the aftermath of disaster with this training the aim is to equip its personnel to better treat those who have been traumatized by a disaster. Love news spoke with Lily Bowman, …

Police officer killed in attempted robbery; would-be thieves arrested
There was a brazen robbery at Belcove Hotel on Regent Street West in Belize City. About 10:20 a.m. three armed gunmen went inside the Hotel and robbed the employee of cash. Police Constable Osbourne Martinez and another officer responded to reports of a robbery in progress in the area. The cops and the robbers then …

Amandala

“This is just the beginning …” – Elena
The Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU) is up in arms and has served notice on the Minister of Education that they will not be bullied into submission, or abandonment of what they feel is their just due. Following a meeting of the BNTU branch leaders, the union briefed the media on a course of action they intend to follow, beginning next Wednesday, when they will descend on Belmopan to protest government’s refusal to budge on their demand. The issue this time around is the unfinished business of what is known as Proposal 22, which is a leftover issue from the last collective bargaining agreement between the union and the government.

Backhoe madness in the City
Shortly after 2:00 this morning, some residents in the Fabers Road area were awakened by the revving sound of a heavy piece of equipment moving through the neighborhood streets at high speed—and then there was a loud noise, as metal collided with concrete. The noise did not stop, as a backhoe continued in an early morning rampage, ripping through a house. Screams came from some of the residents at 6 Fabers Road. A young girl dashed out of the house, and the backhoe swung around, chasing her. The girl ran into a neighbor’s yard, screaming, then there was another crash as the backhoe slammed into a parked van after mowing down a portion of the wooden house into which the girl had run.

Celso Carcamo, Jr., 23, savagely killed
At about 11:30 this morning, Celso Carcamo Jr., 23, of Mamey Apple Street in Belmopan, was found hanging by the neck, outside his home, a concrete house on posts that elevate it four feet off the ground. Carcamo was found by a family member, who called police. Carcamo was suspended by a piece of cloth that had been wrapped around his neck and that was tied to a steel rod that protruded from the beam of the house. His right hand was tied in front of him, against his chest, with another piece of cloth. This piece of cloth crossed his chest and left shoulder and back, and was tied to his left hand at the wrist.

Albert Moreira, 27, BDF soldier, charged with Felina James’ murder
Albert Stephen Moreira, 27, a Belize Defence Force soldier of a Fabers Road Extension address in Belize City, was arraigned on a charge of murder when he appeared today before Magistrate Emerson Banner. No plea was taken from him because the offence is indictable, which means that a plea would only be taken at the Supreme Court if the case is sent up there for trial after a preliminary inquiry is held to determine if a prima facie case has been established. Also, because of the nature of the offense, the court could not grant Moreira bail. He was remanded into custody until November 30.

Minister of Health Pablo Marin solicited investors for weed farm
The Ministry of Health was forced to respond yesterday, Wednesday, to the surfacing in the public domain of three letters that were written by the Minister of Health, Hon. Pablo Marin, area representative of Corozal Bay, to potential investors for marijuana and hemp farming in Belize. Leader of the Opposition, Hon. John Briceño, recently called for Belize to explore the potential legalization of marijuana, but his call was sharply criticized by the government in a press release and this was followed by the harsh criticism by the Prime Minister Dean Barrow at his press conference on Monday, when he poured scorn on Briceño’s call for legalizing marijuana.

Get ready for the 2020 Population and Housing Census
Every ten years, the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB) conducts a Population and Housing Census, and the next of these is right around the corner in 2020. Today, SIB held a launch at the Radisson Fort George Hotel and Marina to speak about the importance of the census, as well as what Belizeans should expect. Miriam Willoughby, the Census and Surveys Manager at SIB, gave the media a breakdown of the process and the type of data collected. The census will commence on May 12, 2020, and it should end either in the middle or at the end of July. Enumeration will be carried out across the country by approximately 1,000 field staff, who the SIB will start to recruit as early as next year. The staff will be provided with SIB ID’s and T-shirts so that the public can be aware of who they are.

Queen’s Square Anglican boys and St. Luke Methodist girls are Belize District Primary Schools Football Champions 2018
The Belize District Primary Schools Football Tournament Finals were held yesterday, Wednesday, October 31, at the MCC Grounds in Belize City. There were four teams participating in the female division and four in the male division, being the first and second place teams in the Rural and Belize City primary schools football competitions, and they played in a simple knockout format. In first round games yesterday, (F) Queen’s Square Anglican (Belize City) clipped Our Lady Of Lourdes RC (Maskall), 1-0, with a goal from Melissa Quan; (M) Ladyville Evangelical won, 2-0, over Ebenezer Methodist (Belize City), ...

Corozal Football Finals
This week, the Corozal Football Association (CFA) marked the 12th and final week of our ongoing U-15 Male, U-17 Male and U-17 Female tournaments. Finals were played at the Ricalde Stadium, and it all went well. We are pleased to report that the entire tournament was a success. This was made possible thanks to the dedication and hard work by each and every club. Our office takes this opportunity to express a big thank you to the Belize Bank, Morales Transport, Mr. Luis Pena, Mr. Cruz Gamez and Mr. Melhem Williams for your sponsorship of our U-10 M/F Tournament. You made our young future players so happy, and we are grateful for that. We would also want to thank the Football Federation of Belize (FFB) for sponsoring the U-15, U-17 Male and U-17 Female tournaments. Special acknowledgement to “The Trophy Depot” Mr. Efrain Cal for providing exceptional services on the trophies and medals.

Mr. Belize Bodybuilding Championship 2018 official results
The Belize Body Building & Fitness Federation (BBBFF) held its annual competition, Mr. Belize, on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts. Eighteen athletes competed in the categories of Male Physique, Men’s Bodybuilding up to 80 Kg, and Men’s Bodybuilding over 80 Kg. Competing for the title of Mr. Belize 2018 was between the 3 winners of the two bodybuilding categories, a total of 6 athletes.

Dangriga pool tournament results
Over the weekend in Dangriga Town, the Aba Isieni Cool Spot Bi-monthly Individual Pool Tournament had 32 players from across the Stann Creek District, Punta Gorda and Dangriga Town partaking in a very intense competition. This was a clash of titans, as some of the best players in the south matched up for this event. One of the most respected billiards players, Horace “Horse” Arnold emerged as the victor for this tournament.

Editorial: Compton, Assad, and the diaspora
When it comes to the various dramas which have been played out with Guatemala and Belize as the principals, this newspaper has been using the Clinton Canul Luna analytical model for some years now. That model views all matters of Guatemalan/Belizean interaction as being orchestrated, produced and directed, from Washington, the political capital of the United States of America – self-appointed ruler of the Western Hemisphere of planet earth. Consider, for example, the strange developments over the last two weeks having to do with the Sarstoon River and a recent history of Guatemalan military aggression there. Last week, National Security Minister John Saldivar suddenly posted on his social media site that his military Ministry would be organizing and escorting excursions to the volatile Sarstoon River for the next few months. Saldivar sent his Ministry’s chief executive officer, Col. (Retired) George Lovell, to elaborate on the proposition to the media.

It’s a wall; It’s a fan; Oh heck, it’s a …
Dear Editor, Someone wisely observed that an elephant is hard to describe, but you’ll know one when you see it. (For a good illustration of this idea, see the poem in Amandala, 17/10/2004.) The principle applies to a variety of “elephants”, the origins of folklore being an excellent example. Writing as “…a Barracks Boy” in a local paper in December, 2004, Mr. Alfonso C. Ramirez had several of them in mind as he provided us with a trove of historical tidbits. Here’s one from the era of the standpipes:

David Gibson writes Colin Hyde
Dear Colin, Please refer to your featured article – Amandala Newspaper of Tuesday, October 30, 2018, Why W. Elrington hasn’t delivered on a difficult task, sub-title —Negotiations Done. The “advisory opinion” you refer to is the international recognition of the state of Belize promulgated in UNGA Resolution 35/20 and implicit recognition of the validity of the 1859 Boundary Convention. Following the logic of your line of thinking, this ipso facto negates the need for the referral of the dispute for an ICJ advisory opinion as an alternative juridical step for Belize.

Exiles No More
When I was a young man, and just learning about/getting to know the wonderful folk who lived in the many different villages in our beautiful country, I heard a story about the good people of Crooked Tree in the Belize River Valley. The story was that Crooked Tree people think dehn white, that dehn more British than the British. It isn’t fair to put all your stock in what people tell you, because that is only one-third of the story. One needs to also learn people’s stories as told by them. And if one will form a near complete canvas, one also has to make observations for one’s self. Hart Tillett, the author of the novel in this review, is from Crooked Tree. After reading his very enjoyable, informative and gripping tale, I concluded, as you will too after you have read it, that Hart has no problem with loving the European part of his ancestry.

HURRICANE AT HALLOWEEN
Just as the residents of British Honduras1 were starting to breathe a sigh of relief because the 1961 hurricane season would soon be ending, a powerful Category 5 hurricane named Hattie hit Central America on Halloween. The Atlantic hurricane season in 1961 officially began on June 15 and ended on October 31.2 Unlike the hurricane which devastated British Honduras in September of 1931 and killed over 2000 persons, eleven years previous to Hattie, Atlantic tropical cyclones began to be given names; and three years later in 1953 were first given female names. Janet was therefore the first “female” to hit the country in 1955 when it made landfall in the north. Hattie’s appearance in 1961 was the second female-named hurricane to make landfall in the country; and packing winds in excess of 150 miles per hour was unprecedented until Hurricane Mitch in 1998.

Sedi took them all with him
At the most recent GoB press conference, a controlled event (Gestapo style) for a few news people and a gallery of government officials, Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington did not have to say that on matters ICJ he acts on instructions, that he is directed by the Prime Minister and the Cabinet. In the national interest he could have fallen on his sword. He could have, as they say in baseball/softball parlance, taken one for the team. Surely, the good fortunes of your nation come before your insignificant little self. It is difficult to see Wilfred Elrington losing anything consequential if he had bowed out with grace. History has recorded that his ICJ performance was a poor show. The poet said that when a man’s got nothing he’s got nothing to lose. In the conclusion it was pointless that Elrington chose self, which on matters ICJ had been battered, crushed to a pulp, over nation.

San Ignacio to Stann Creek and return on horseback (1936)
As young boys our mom told us many stories about her growing up on the farm “Macaw Bank” where she was born. Macaw Bank is a small farm up river from San Ignacio. Her parents were Candelario De La Fuente and Dora De La Fuente nee Andrews. All of Mom’s stories were exciting. Mom was raised by her fraternal grandparents, who were Papa Chindo (Gumercindo) and Mama Lela (Aurelia) De La Fuente. There was a special bond between them, and my Mom, Lydia, helped them in their bakery. She attended the Catholic school in San Ignacio and after completing Standard Six, and because her grandparents were not able to send her to high school in Belize City, she was asked by the nuns, who had a close bond with her, to repeat Standard Six. Lydia also helped out at the school.

Brazen Midtown robbers caught on camera
Yesterday, October 31, a video surfaced on Facebook of two men robbing Midtown Restaurant, which is located on Newtown Barracks. In the video, the men were brandishing guns. One of them jumped over the counter to terrorize one of the employees before they both escaped out the front door. According to police, they received the call concerning the robbery about 5:30 p.m., shortly after it had occurred. After interviewing several people, the police learned that the robbers had entered the restaurant posing as patrons. After entering the restaurant, the men, whom the police described as being dark-skinned, suddenly pulled out their weapons and proceeded to rob one of the managers. They stole jewelry, cash, and cell phones, which together had a value of $24,900.

Jodie Balona, 16, missing
Jodie Balona, a 16-year-old student living in Cristo Rey in the Cayo District, left home at about 6:30 last Thursday morning to go to school, and she has not returned home. To date, one week later, her whereabouts remain unknown. Her worried parents and police are seeking the assistance of the public to find her. Anyone who has information that can be of assistance in finding Jodie is urged to contact the nearest police station, or call 911, or 0800-922-TIPS.

Court of Appeal hears submissions in government appeal of UNIBAM Section 53 decision
Yesterday, Monday, the Court of Appeal heard the appeal of the Government of Belize against Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin’s ruling that Section 53 of the Criminal Code was a violation of the constitutional rights of Caleb Orozco, the claimant. In 2016, Orozco, the executive director of the United Belize Advocacy Movement (UNIBAM), successfully challenged the sodomy law, claiming that it violated his constitutional rights to human dignity and privacy. Chief Justice Benjamin agreed with him and his ruling struck down Section 53 of the Criminal Code, in effect giving a landmark judicial green light to same-sex relations in Belize.

Cabinet scrubs Minister of National Security John Saldivar’s “Sarstoon Excursion”
The division inside the Cabinet of Prime Minister Dean Barrow was highlighted once more when at a Cabinet meeting yesterday, Tuesday, an initiative that was advanced by Minister of National Security, Hon. John Saldivar, area representative for the Belmopan constituency, was reportedly scrubbed. There has been no government statement or press release explaining why Saldivar’s Sarstoon Excursion initiative hit the dust bin. Last week, the Ministry of National Security boldly announced via social media that it was planning a number of excursions for Belizeans to visit the Sarstoon River and Sarstoon Island. The trips were billed as familiarization tours, reportedly to give Belizeans a first-hand account of what is happening in the Sarstoon area.


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12 GUATEMALANS AND 1 BELIZEAN DETAINED IN SUSPECTED DRUG RING
Commissioner of Police, Allen Whylie detailed the Coast Guard operation in which officers apprehended a vessel suspectedly involved in the trafficking ring. The Boston Whaler has been taken into custody along with 10 passengers who were found onboard. No drugs were found on the vessel but police intend to conduct further searches. A total of 12 Guatemalans and one Belizean citizen have been detained in the operation.

POLICE OFFICER KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY DURING ARMED ROBBERY
A shootout occurred near the swing bridge in Belize City after an attempted robbery at a business near the river. A brave police officer was shot and has lost his life. The Reporter joins the nation in expressing our condolences to the family and friends of PC Osborne Martinez...

Police Launch Investigation into Samuel August’s Escape
The Belize Police Department has launched an investigation into the circumstances that led to the escape of Samuel August, who was to be under police guard at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) this morning. August, who is responsible for killing two people, including his five year-old son, and damaging two homes with a backhoe earlier this week, escaped sometime after 7:00am, after asking the officer guarding him if he could go to the bathroom.

EDITORIAL, November 2nd. 2018
By: Harry Lawrence. IF Belize should make the tactical blunder of not going to the ICJ to defend our righteous cause, Guatemala will hail this decision as a victory vindicating her claim! Belize would be playing right into Guatemala’s plan, which is to create an international impression that she has a legitimate legal claim on Belize. The Guatemalan Master Plan is to undermine international confidence in Belize. If voters cannot be bothered to defend their right and title to Belize, it must be because they do not have the confidence to do so. This is what Guatemala will say.

THE BIZARRE AND STRANGE SAGA OF SAMUEL AUGUST CONTINUES
Samuel August Sr. escaped from Police custody at the KHMH Early this mrrning Nov. 2nd., stole a vehicle which he then crashed into a backhoe on the Phillip Goldson Highway. He is allegedly locked inside the vehicle stabbing up himself with some unknown object at this time.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Police charge 4 Santa Elena residents for drug trafficking
San Ignacio Police have arrested and charge 4 residents of Santa Elena Town for drug trafficking. […]

Belize Coast Guard hosts senior officers conference
Commandant of the Belize Coast Guard (BCG), Rear Admiral John Borland and Senior Officers of the […]

Accused kidnapper caught in Belize stands trial in Canada
Today was the first hearing of a kidnapping case in Canada, where the accused was arrested […]

Taichung World Flora Exposition comes alive tomorrow
The Taichung World Flora Exposition also known as the Flora Expo comes alive tomorrow in […]

FCD rangers conclude training
Rangers of Friends For Conservation and Development (FCD) participated in a ten-day intensive training. The training […]

Police Minister comments on passing of officer Martinez
Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security, Elodio Aragon Jr., issued a statement […]

Police officer succumbs to gunshot injuries
A police officer received gunshot injuries this morning when he and other officers responded to a […]

Police find 15 bales of cocaine
At today’s Police Press Briefing, Commissioner of Police, Allen Whylie informed that authorities have seized another […]

5 Guatemalans and 1 Belizean busted with .9mm guns
Today, Belize’s Commissioner of Police (COMPOL) Allen Whylie joined the regular Police Press Briefing to inform […]

Police officer and suspect shot in attempted robbery in Belize City
A police officer has sustained injuries after pursuing a suspect that attempted to rob the Belcove […]

Mexican Embassy to celebrate 25th Anniversary of Mexican Cultural Institute in Belize
The Embassy of Mexico in Belize today announced the schedule of cultural events during the month […]

Belize~ Blue or Red, the Status Quo has already won
The views expressed in this article are those of the writer and not necessarily those of Breaking Belize News. This […]

Faber’s road tragedy investigated as manslaughter, not murder
After the sensational killing of Samir August, 5, and Louise Young, 53, police held a press conference […]

Samuel August Sr. escapes, steals vehicle and drives into backhoe
The man accused of driving a backhoe into the home of his mother in law and […]

El Paso Fast Food also robbed on Halloween night
In addition to robbing Midtown Restaurant on Halloween night, robbers also targeted El Paso Fast Food […]

UB operating on an almost $3 million deficit
Yesterday President of the University of Belize, Clement Sankat, held a press conference on its annual […]

Blogs

The Sasquatch of San Pedro? I Think I Saw A Jabiru Stork On The Runway
The jabiru stork is…imposing. The adult is over 4 feet tall but a machete shaped beak. This bird is HUGE. They are protected in Belize – and though not the national bird (it’s a toucan!), they are iconic and appear on some of the $1 coins. (The 2012 anniversary of the Central Bank) Fear not…I’m getting to my point! I’ll cut to the chase. It’s the wet season….there is quite a bit of fresh water for wading birds on the sides of roads and… Here are some ibis, a snowy egret and a gorgeous roseate spoonbill wading by the road north just last week. Just two days ago, we were flying back from Belize City on an early evening Tropic Air flight in the rain and I saw…I am ALMOST sure of it….a JABIRU STORK next to the runway. YES…it was getting dark and we were landing so we were moving fast and there were lots of birds down there and it was raining pretty hard…but I saw the RED! So yesterday…I bought some provisions…and headed out to find her.

Why visit Northern Belize (Corozal, Belize District)
dense forests. Rich in culture, this former British colony in Central America attracts throngs of visitors to its array of landmarks and sites. If you are looking for a place to visit in Belize travel to Northern Belize. If are looking to visit the northern Belize, Corozal is quite spectacular to visit. Corozal Belize The people tend to be very friendly. Corozal is a small and sleepy town with great views of the bay. If you want to rest, this is a great stop. If you arrive on Sunday, you'll find most businesses closed, although a few of the small restaurants and general stores will be open. There are very few tourists, so it is a good place to see Belize off the beaten track, and consequently accommodation, food and drink, and other items are cheaper than in better known places.

International Sourcesizz

Simone Biles: Gymnast wins record 13th world title
American Simone Biles has become the first gymnast to win 13 world titles. The 21-year-old won vault gold at the World Championships in Qatar. It was her third world title in this year's Championships and she has now broken the all-time record set by Belarusian male gymnast Vitaly Scherbo in 1996. On Thursday, Biles made history by becoming the first woman to pick up four all-around world titles after winning the team and all-around events. The favourite for vault gold received a mark of 15.366 - ahead of Canada's Shallon Olsen and Mexico's Alexa Moreno. She also picked up silver in the uneven bars - her first international medal on that apparatus.

Belize: Teachers plan demonstration for next week
The Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU) says it will stage a demonstration here next Wednesday after it accused the Dean Barrow government on stalling on a number of issues affecting teachers. The BNTU said that no agreement had been reached with the Ministry of Education on issues including hardship allowances for teachers in remote areas of the country, the stalling of negotiations on Proposal 22 and what the union calls the disrespect being shown by Education Minister, Patrick Faber. BNTU national president, Elena Smith, said that the union was no longer prepared to accept the situation regarding teachers and that it is tired of “writing press releases and having these press conferences because it seem as though persons think that BNTU would not remain silent in the face of what it regards as the “unfair” treatment from the authorities.

Letter: Solidarity with Belize teachers
The Belize Progressive Party (BPP) takes this opportunity to reiterate its commitment to remain actively engaged concerning issues involving all aspects of national growth, progress and development. This is, in effect, a reaffirmation our solidarity with the labourers of this nation, as they establish their rights, via the union movement. Given the current matter afoot, involving the teachers, the BPP supports the BNTU in its latest stand to: obtain and preserve the rights duly deserving to its constituents – the teachers of Belize. The BPP acknowledges the outstanding work and sacrifices of teachers, as well as all hard-working Belizeans, nationwide.

Michael Keaton to Star as John McAfee in Upcoming Biopic ‘King of the Jungle’
John McAfee is one of the most colorful – and vocal – proponents of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology. Now, the sensational story of McAfee’s life is about to get the Hollywood treatment with the upcoming movie King of the Jungle, and slated to portray the salty tech magnate is none other than Michael Keaton. The movie, which IMDB lists as currently being in pre-production, is slated to be a comedy (presumably dark) based on 2012 article written by Joshua Davis for Wired magazine titled “John McAfee’s Last Stand.” It will star Academy Award nominee Michael Keaton (Birdman, Beetlejuice, Batman) as John McAfee and Seth Rogen (Knocked Up, Freaks and Geeks, This is the End) as Wired magazine investigator Ari Furman.

Friends to the end? Social cues cause fish to delay survival tactic
New research co-led by Brock University shows that a particular species of tropical, air-breathing fish that can survive for weeks on land will delay escaping from hot water if it thinks one of its peers is nearby. The mangrove rivulus is also known to be highly social. Tattersall and Currie wanted to know if, and to what impact, social behaviour would affect the fish's survival strategy. The researchers gathered a group of fish in Belize and placed each fish in its own water chamber. Half of the chambers had a mirror to make it appear there was a second fish in the water. The researchers heated the water at a steady, rapid rate while recording the fish's movements. The experiment ended when the fish jumped out of the water. Fish that saw themselves in a mirror stayed in the chamber until the water reached 41.8°C compared to a water temperature of 40.5°C for fish in the chamber with no mirror.

Work begins on Stake Bank Belize port with 4 cruise berths
Belize's long-awaited Stake Bank Cruise Port is a 'go.' The 25-acre island project just off Belize City will shorten the current long tender ride to Belize Tourism Village by providing berths for four cruise ships, plus expedited tours dispatch, beaches, a crafts market and retail, dining, cabanas, over-water bungalows and crew facilities. The cost of the project's first phase—including the two finger piers, large enough to handle four of the world's biggest cruise ships simultaneously—is $67m. Belizean businessman Michael Feinstein—who developed Belize Tourism Village years ago—told Seatrade Cruise News all permits, including environmental, are in place, and funding is guaranteed. The project, he said, has the support of both the local public and private sectors in Belize.

Videos

  • The Rotary Club of Belize Sunrise - Fundraiser Event, 31min. The Rotary Club of Belize Sunrise is coordinating a fundraiser event to support their community work and to benefit the Liberty Children's Home. We spoke with their representatives about the event being used to celebrate Dia De Los Muertos. They shared that they are hoping to support several project that assist children and communities. The event is in partnership with the Mexican Institute of Culture and History and takes place on November 3rd, 2018. On our couch: Fabiola Seguro - Fundraising Team Member, Rotary Club of Belize Sunrise. Hugo Moguel - President, Rotary Club of Belize Sunrise.

  • Kelly McGuire was live, 14min.

  • Llots of rain came down right here by princess casino, 1min. . How was your rainy morning?

  • Belize Jeep Adventure Introduction, 1/2min. Belize Jeep Adventure Tour is the best driving adventure experience through Belize's Jungles and Rainforest. Enjoy the beauty hidden deep in Belize's Jungles while driving your own Jeep into the Rainforest, followed by a hike into the Dry Cave System & swim in the nearby river. During the jeep journey you will explore the wonders created by mother nature when you go off road and ride through the rugged outback terrain in Belize.

  • River sampling fieldwork in Belize, 1.5min. This is a collaborative research program funded by the Commonwealth Marine Economies (CME) Programme that will see NOC scientists working alongside those in the Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute (CZMAI) in Belize and The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquiculture Science (Cefas) in the UK.

  • Census Data, 41min. Census data is used to identify where the gaps and vulnerabilities are to create investments and policies that help people and the country to develop. The Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB) recently launched the 2020 Population and Housing Census. Our guest spoke to us about the process and why it is important to participate in this data collection exercise. On our couch: Dr. Leopold Perriott - Director General, SIB. Tisa Grant - Liaisons Officer, UNFPA. Miriam Willoughby - Census and Surveys Manager, SIB.

  • The Belize Kids First Organization - Men Empowerment Seminar, 27min. The Belize Kids First Organization is hosting a Men Empowerment Seminar on November 3rd at the ITVET in Belize City. Annie Palacio, President of Belize Kids First Organization, spoke to us about the objective of the seminar. She explained that it is an opportunity for men to have a space to speak about their gender specific issues and to get legal and health advice from experts in the field.

  • Ocean Tide Beach Resort, 1min. Cozy resort on the beach

  • Kids Try Hot Sauces from Around the World, 4min. Check out the Belizean Hot Sauce featured in this fun taste-tasting video! Can the Hi Ho Kids handle the heat!? Watch the kids try some crazy hot sauces from around the world!

  • Caracol on National Geographic, min. National Geographic visited Caracol, and made a video about the experience. They also visited Rio Frio Cave on the way, and Rio On Pools while returning. "Deep in the jungles of Belize you'll find the largest Maya city in the region. The ancient Maya settlement of Caracol is uncrowded with tourists, but filled with breathtaking views and nearby hidden gems."

  • The 2018 Belize City Primary School History and Social Studies Competition, 20min. Just in case you missed our very intelligent winners in the Belize City Primary School History and Social Studies Competition here they are on Open Your Eyes! 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.


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