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Today's Belize News: February 2, 2019 #534671
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The San Pedro Sun

Dennisa Pineda selected as Best Goal Keeper for U17 Female Inter-District Tournament
Congratulations to Dennisa Pineda of San Pedro Academy! She has been selected as the Best Goal Keeper for U17 Female Inter-District Tournament. The Football Federation of Belize will be hosting its first-ever Awards Ceremony at the Marion Jones Complex on Saturday, February 2nd at 10AM. Pineda will be honored at this event.

Police Report: Drug Trafficking
Drug Trafficking: San Pedro police have charged 28-year-old construction worker Michael Sedacey for the offence of Drug Trafficking. Sedacey was arrested on Tuesday, January 29th after police conducted a search on him around 1:20AM on Sea Grape Drive. The search led to the discovery of a black plastic bag containing 65.3 grams of suspected cannabis. Sedacey was immediately detained and taken to the San Pedro Police Station. Found Property: On Wednesday, January 23rd, around 7PM, San Pedro police conducted a search in a mangrove area on Sea Weed Street, San Juan sub-division and discovered a black plastic bag inside a foam cup. A further inspection revealed that the bag contained 79 grams of suspected cannabis and three .45 rounds of ammunition.

Taiwan helps Belize fight Chronic Kidney Disease
One in six Belizeans have some form of chronic kidney disease, and as many as three out five Belizeans are at risk of developing the disease; according to an epidemiological survey done under the $2.2 Million two-year project to prevent and manage Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). Taiwan’s International Cooperation Development Fund (ICDF) funded the project, which is being implemented by the Ministry of Health (MOH), with technical support from Taiwan’s Far Eastern Memorial Hospital (FEMH), and ICDF Project Manager John Lin. The findings were presented at a two-day forum on CDK held at the Ramada Princess Hotel in Belize City on Thursday and Friday, January 24th and 25th.

Ambergris Today

Citizens On Patrol Formed In San Pedro
The Citizens on Patrol Program, COPS, is an initiative by the Belize Police Department designed to enhance community participation and foster better communities. San Pedro, Ambergris Caye finally has a group of citizens who have volunteered their time to make our little island a safer place and on Thursday, January 31, 2019, The Belize Police Department celebrated its 10th Graduation of Citizens on Patrol. A total of 14 volunteers took a three day training course from Tuesday, January 29 to Thursday, January 31 at Fido’s Courtyard Conference Room. The Citizens on Patrol program is part of the Police Auxiliary Unit where volunteers are recruited and trained to assist the Belize Police Department in making the community safer and enhance the quality of life.

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Juan Carnaval in Corozal
The Corozal House of Culture will be presenting Juan Carnaval Sunday March 3, 2019. We are kindly inviting community members to participate with adult and children's comparsas. Participation is crucial in keeping this annual cultural custom alive. We are also looking for adults who would like to dress in disguise and participate as Los Mascarados (we have the costumes). Los Mascarados will be on the streets of Corozal Town the night of February 16th ushering in the prelenten celebration of Carnaval! For more information contact the Corozal House of Culture.

Isla Bonita School Cultural Day

Belize's Wonder Women! Anna Maria Lopez Smith
For the month of February we are proud to announce that Anna Maria Lopez Smith is our Belize Wonder Woman! Anna Maria Lopez-Smith is a dedicated Belmopan community member, a tireless advocate against domestic violence, and a passionate entrepreneur. Anna was born in Belize City in 1965. When she turned five, her father moved the family to Belmopan. At an early age, Anna learned the values of hard work on the family farm and in the family business. After graduating from high school, Anna worked in different fields, including managing the first propane depot in Belmopan, as a payroll clerk for Hummingbird Hershey, painting signs and greeting cards, and selling pizza at her dad’s pharmacy.

ONLINE ARTIST EXPORT TOOLKIT
EXPORTBelize, a unit of BELTRAIDE, partnered with the Music Industry Association of Belize (MIAB) to launch its very first online Artist Export Toolkit. With the global music industry moving at such a rapid pace, it becomes more difficult for businesses and organizations to operate without proper planning, documentations and partnerships. The aim of this toolkit, then, is to improve business capacities of musicians/artist in Belize and provide them with relevant business-related documentations such as contracts, riders, business card development and visa application requirements in order to effectively and efficiently conduct business.

Corozal Football Association - Closing Season Tournament
Sunday, February 3rd at the Santiago Ricalde Stadium

The long awaited grading of the Sarteneja Road has begun
Difficult roads lead to beautiful destinations. Hallelujah! The long awaited grading of the Sarteneja Road has begun. Sarteneja is a wonderful destination that can greatly benefit from development and tourism, if the road to it is paved. We are grateful that the initiative to grade it has begun but as every rainy season sets, the road gives in. It is time that the road is paved and we will greatly support this call from this wonderful community of great and hard working people.

Inauguration of Archangel Medical Center
It is finally here. The most awaited inauguration of Archangel Medical Center will be on Wednesday, February 6th at Pimenta Street, Venezuelan Layout off College Road. All promotions will be respected and offered once more! Promos will be for 4 days!!!! Papsmears for $30, electrocardiogram study for $20 and discount on consultation. On Thursday, February, 7th, Dr. Ramon Varela, Pediatrician from Belize City will be providing services for children of all ages from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. He will also be seeing children who have been infected with rotavirus. Please call at 602-7084 to make an appointment. Thank you and looking forward to a productive year. Archangel Medical Center will officially open Wednesday, February 6th and we wish this organization the best of success. Congratulations!

PARKING NOTICE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC AT THE SIR BARRY BOWEN MUNICIPAL AIRSTRIP, BELIZE CITY
The Belize Airports Authority hereby informs the public that effective February 4, 2019 absolutely NO PARKING will be allowed on the airport's access road at the Sir Barry Bowen Municipal Airport. Anyone flying to the Cayes or conducting business at the Sir Barry Bowen Municipal Airport will need to make use of the parking lot. Failure to adhere to the new traffic regulations will result in the following:

Jose Gomez of Corozal Town passes away
We join our entire Corozal community in extending our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the late Jose Gomez of Corozal Town. May you rest in peace and rise in glory.

Channel 7

Was Zabaneh's Parcel 4670 Acquired By GOB?
We've been reporting on the Dion Zabaneh land debacle for weeks - and you've seen the fight over parcel 4670 - that lot which is being filled on the seabed. But there's a new wrinkle tonight. It's a copy of the Government Gazette from February of 2007. It's a notice of land acquisition for a public purpose. And guess what parcel of land it's for? We'll read directly from the Gazette. It says "all that piece or parcel of land being parcel 4670 comprising 1.5 acres situated in the Caribbean shores registration section, Belize City."

Gareth Gets Free!
In May of 2012, Gareth Hemmans Jr. and Miguel Zaiden had a fight over a woman - which ended with Hemmans allegedly chopping Zaiden four times in the arms and elbow. In 2016, Hemmans was convicted of attempted murder in a trial without jury presided over by Justice Adolph Lucas. But Hemmans appealed and his attorney Anthony Sylvester argued three grounds on which the conviction should be quashed. This morning, the President of the Court of Appeal, JUSTICE Manuel Sosa presented the court's judgement. He agreed with Sylvester and overturned the conviction, setting Hemmans free. Sylvestre spoke to us outside the courtroom:

PUP Promised Press Conference, Delivered Nothing
Last week, the PUP presented its People's Declaration, recommending, quote, "that Belizeans vote NO to the ICJ." But, in a tactic most unbecoming a mass party - the Chairman told the assembled media that they would take no questions on this pivotal national decision. Here's what he told us before the presentation last week Wednesday: Henry Charles Usher, PUP Chairman: "What has been drafted is being called the "People's Declaration." and the party leader will read this People's Declaration this afternoon, followed by a press briefing next week, where questions can be asked."

Map Flap With Referendum Unit
And while the PUP has to find money to get out is voters on referendum day - the Government has to find someone who can draw a map! We've been using the Belize Referendum Commission website quite a bit lately. That;S the official site that Foreign Affairs has set up to educate the public on the ICJ - and it's located at belizereferendum.gov.bz. But on this official site there is a map of Belize that's so pitiful - if it weren't so embarrassing - it would be laughable. Starting in he north, the map spells Corozal as "Corozul", while "Pachacan" is spelled with a "c", not a "k". Going south, Progresso, ends with an "e", not an "o", and Maskall has an extra "s" at the end.

Special Agreement and Those "Legal"ť Guatemalan Claims
And while that speaks to the kind of ham-handed approach that Government brings to any undertaking - many critics of the 2008 special agreement have wondered out loud if that kind of absent minded government-think is what led to the wording of that agreement. Jules Vasquez reporting: The clause that many take issue with is Article 2 - and Jules Vasquez looked at it today:... "Any and all" legal claims of Guatemala against Belize - that's the language in the Special Agreement and it has triggered widespread hysteria - because it seems to lend legitimacy to Guatemala's bogus territorial claim. It seems to say that those claims are "legal".

Big Baby's Big Break At The Title
It's been rumored for weeks that Belizean-American top ranked heavyweight contender Jarrell "Big Baby" Miller would have a shot at the world's Unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua. But, if you follow the reports, the fight has been on one minute, and off the next. However, this evening, CBS sports news is reporting that Joshua has, quote, "agreed to terms for a defense of his WBA, WBO and IBF world titles against fellow unbeaten Jarrell "Big Baby" Miller." End quote.

Armed Robber Shoots Woman
Reports tonight are that a female grocer has been shot in Dangriga. It happened just after 2:00 this afternoon, when a Chinese supermarket named Da Yang on George Price Drive was robbed. Unconfirmed reports say a Chinese woman was shot to the left side of her chest. She was rushed to the hospital. Her condition is unknown at this time, and we await details from police.

Robber Pistol Whipped Security Guard Who Wouldn't Give The Key
And there was also an armed robbery in Orange Walk - luckily no one was shot. Two security guards at an Uno gas station in Tower Hill, Orange Walk were held up at gun point early this morning. According to police, Francisco Santana was making his rounds just before 2 AM when a man approached him and pointed a gun at his face. The man lead him to a security booth where the other guard, Teodoro Jimenez was posted.

Making Early Interventions For Developing Minds
The first few years of a child's life are considered to be the most important. According to UNICEF, 85% of brain development occurs by age 5, so this is the period that parents need to be the most attentive. This week, UNICEF Belize partnered with it's Eastern Caribbean counterpart from Barbados to begin a campaign to inform and educate parents and counselors about the importance of early childhood development and strategies they can use to ensure their children have a head start in life…

Alleged Peruvian Skimmer Cries In Court When He Can't Get Bail
He is a South American accused of skimming money out of Scotiabank ATM's - but 24 year old Peruvian Luis Miguel Marroquin tried to get Supreme Court bail today. He was represented before Justice Herbert Lord by Dickie Bradley but Justice Lord adjourned the bail hearing until he could get a fuller understanding of what happened in the lower court. The hearing was adjourned for next week Friday, February 8. When he heard his bail application was being delayed for next week, Marroquin was visibly disappointed and he was seen crying in court.

Bail For Alleged Murderer After 7 Years
And while he was unable to get bail - an accused murderer did get bail today after two years on remand. Twenty-three year old Kurtis Lamb, who went on trial in August by 2016 for the murder of Justin Roches and is remanded still awaiting a decision, was offered a bail of $40,000 today by Justice Herbert Lord. Lamb's attorney, Anthony Sylvestre, said that Lamb has been in custody for about 7 years and 5 months and it is uncertain when the trial judge, Justice John Gonzalez, who has retired from the bench, will give his decision.

Bail For Woman Accused of Smuggling Ammo
Just over a week ago, 30-year-old Tifara Usher was found handling about 250 rounds of 9mm bullets without a license. Police caught the Hattieville resident traveling home on a bus from Corozal. She was taken into custody and appeared in the Magistrate's Court today and was charged with possession of ammunition without a license. Usher was released on $10,000, but Justice Herbert Lord also ordered that she appear back in court on March 19th. In the meantime, Usher must also report to the Hattieville police station every Monday and Friday and is banned from contacting any witnesses.

What the Elderly Need to Know About The ICJ
We're only a couple months away from the ICJ referendum vote, which means it's extremely important that all registered voters know the facts. That includes the elderly, who are often overlooked and disregarded. Today HELPAGE Belize hosted an ICJ forum for groups of older persons from around the Belize City and Ladyville area in order to make sure they can make an informed decision. HELPAGE's Director told us more about why an initiative like this is important... Ivorine Bulwer - Executive Director, HELPAGE Belize: "First of all the ICJ session, it's important for us to have our older persons informed. Alright, they are part of the society, they are part of the history and they understood the whole challenges up to Independence. They were a part of this heads of agreement and all the struggles that Belize has experienced. And now here is the ICJ referendum. And it's imperative that they have a voice..."

Nassau Grouper Critically Endangered
The Nassau grouper is one of the most recognizable fish species in the Caribbean, but if proper measures are not taken, that could change very soon. According to the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Nassau grouper population has decreased by about 80% since 1980 and is now considered critically endangered. The heavy decline in population is mostly attributed to over-fishing during spawning periods that removes the biggest and best adults of each generation. And while this is a problem for the entire Caribbean the WCS says that Belize could do some work in ensuring that our grouper populations stay safe. In their latest report the WCS identified grouper spawning areas in the Glover's Reef area that could use extra protection. Deterioration of coral reefs in the area has also been identified as a contributing factor.

Remembering Anthony Sr.
On Monday, the funeral will be held for Anthony Sylvestre Sr. He was described by the PUP as a "long serving statesman, public officer and consummate PUP warrior." And, indeed, he was all that - but the 73 year old was also more than just that. He was a father to his two sons and a daughter. Today we asked his younger son, Anthony Juniour to discuss that dichotomy between his private dad, and the public figure we all knew:..

Mary Tate's Big 105
On Monday one of the country's oldest citizens is turning 105. Ms. Mary Tate was born in 1914, the same year that World War One began. More than a century later, she is still an active citizen, in fact she was keen in her attendance at today's HELPAGE forum on the ICJ. We spoke to HELPAGE Belize's Director about her birthday celebration... Ivorine Bulwer - Executive Director, HELPAGE Belize: "Monthly, since last year the entire 2018, we partnered with Grace Kennedy and they, on a monthly basis, they gifted all our older persons who were celebrating birthdays. This month, the first, we're doing birthdays for both January and February, but a special birthday girl for this month of February, she will be 105. One of our residents from the Sister Cecelia Home. She is among the birthday girls."

He DJ's, Play That Song
The second annual Belikin DJ Competition kicks off tonight. The contest pits DJ's from each district against each other for a chance to compete in the grand Championship. That where the winners from each competition go at it to decide who is Belize's best DJ. We spoke to Music Ambassador Shyne Barrow and the the event's host, DJ Dalla about the festivities... The DJs are also competing for $5000 in prizes, and entrance is free

Demand For Teachers, Nurses, Doctors to Increase
The IDB released a new study today called "Education and Health: The Sectors of the Future?". It says that Belize will need 9,000 teachers, 1,000 doctors and 2,000 nurses by the year 2040. Now, those future doctors, nurses and teachers haven't yet started their working life, and the purpose of the IDB study is to, quote, "ensure that these new professionals have the skills and training they need to be the teachers, doctors and nurses of the future."

Channel 5

An Accused Murderer is Granted Supreme Court Bail of $40,000
An unusual hearing took place today in the Supreme Court in which an accused murderer, waiting for a decision for two years, got bail.  Curtis Lamb will be out on [...]

Court of Appeal Sets Gareth Hemmans Free After Quashing his Sentence
At the Court of Appeal, thirty-three-year-old Gareth Hemmans Junior walked out a free man after the bench quashed his conviction this murder.  He had been sentenced to eight years in [...]

Corozal Town Council Employee is Flung from Garbage Truck to his Death
A father of a two-year-old girl lost his life in a freak accident while at work in Corozal. Thirty-two-year-old Jose Gomez was a sanitation worker for the Corozal Town Council [...]

Vital Stats Unit Has No Record of Belizean Born Educator
Complaints against the Vital Statistics Unit on Hyde’s Lane have been raging for years. We’ve heard horror stories of frustrated individuals who have waited for hours in long lines to [...]

No Proof of Citizenship? Re-registration Application Denied!
And while Joseph Bennett’s cannot re-register, the application for naturalized Belizean Jason Guerrero was rejected. Guerrero is also well known in Belize in the music industry and for his founding [...]

The I.C.J. Vote and the Elderly
Meet Anne Olivera; we found her and her peers, including a resident who is one hundred and five years old, at HelpAge on Wilson Street. They were attentively listening to [...]

DOE Steps Up Safe Management of Used Lead Acid Batteries
How much do you do know about the battery that powers up your car? Once it no longer works, you’re likely to discard of it. But the way you discard [...]

Venezuelan Ambassador says Opposition Leader Staging Coup D’etat
Political and economic pressures continue to mount on Nicolas Maduro, the embattled President of Venezuela. The South American country has been thrown into chaos and crisis over the past few [...]

Venezuelan Ambassador Reacts to European Position
Opposition politician Juan Guaido shot to fame on January twenty-third when he declared himself Venezuela’s interim president. Since then, Guaido has been getting the support of many powerful and influential [...]

Belize and Venezuela are ‘Close Friends’
We also asked the Venezuelan Ambassador about the diplomatic relations between Belize and Venezuela. The two countries have always enjoyed friendly and bilateral relations. But in a strange twist of [...]

No Arrests in Michael Gladden’s Murder Attempt
Thirty-year-old Michael Gladden needs public assistance in receiving as many as thirteen pints of blood if he is to survive a near-fatal ordeal that befell him on Wednesday night.  The [...]

Robbery at UNO Gas Service Station in Tower Hill
The newly installed UNO Gas Service Station in Tower Hill was targeted by thieves in the wee hours of today. Just before two a.m., security guards, Teodoro Jimenez and Francisco [...]

90 year-old Woman Tied and Gagged in Corozal Home Invasion
Two persons remain in police custody tonight in Corozal; they were caught shortly after a brazen broad daylight home invasion in the Santa Rita community of Corozal Town. The men [...]

Mexicans Freed for ATM Theft in Corozal
Up north in the Corozal Magistrate Court, three Mexicans were freed of theft charges by Magistrate Lionel Olivera.  The case against Belen Hernandez, Joscan Jafet Hernandez and Lionel Isaac Rodriguez [...]

6.6 Earthquake Shakes Southern Mexico; Tremors Felt in Belize
A strong earthquake hit southern Mexico this morning. Fortunately, there is no reported loss of life or major injuries and infrastructural damage. The quake scared people, some evacuated their homes [...]

A Political Battle in Belama Phase Four
Tonight we have more from Belama Phase Four where several families were officially notified that they need to vacate from land sold to a Chinese businessman.  They were told that [...]


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Orson Elrington says Alex Chang is not to blame
Late this evening the UDP standard bearer for the Freetown Division, Orson Elrington was in Belama Phase 4 to face residents. He spoke with the media and said that contrary to what is being said, Alex Chang, the alleged proprietor of the land in question, was not responsible for the damages to at least two …

Belize Federation of Fishers Membership say no to Gillnets
The Belize Federation of Fishers is one of several NGO’s including the Turneffe Atoll Trust, the Belize Game Fish Association, the National Sports Fishing Association, and the Mar Alliance that have united as The Belize Coalition for Sustainable Fishery to lobby the Government to ban gill nets. We met with The Belize Federation of Fishers …

Caribbean countries learn early childhood development strategies in Belize
The Government of Belize in collaboration with UNICEF hosted an inter country exchange in early childhood development with Barbados and Eastern Caribbean States. The exchange concludes today with an open house in Belize City. Denise Robateau, Early Childhood Development and Education Officer at UNICEF says Belize showcased best practices in the country. Denise Robateau, …

Belize welcomes new Venezuela Ambassador, Gerardo Argote
The Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela has welcomed a new Ambassador. It has been a few years since Venezuela had a resident Ambassador in Belize but two weeks ago, Venezuelan Ambassador to Belize Gerardo Argote arrived in the country. He told Love News about his interests in strengthening the diplomatic relations with Belize. …

Building People Movement talks gender based violence
The Building People Movement has concluded a training in the Toledo District on gender-based violence. Executive Director, Dorla Bowman spoke on the initiative on Wednesday morning. Dorla Bowman: “This morning we are having the final session in a series of training pertaining to gender based violence. The participants in this training were women and …

Pallotti High School holds annual school fair
Pallotti High School is holding its annual school fair on Saturday. Today staff, teachers and students were busy preparing for the event on the school’s campus. Sister Clara Teul, Pallotti’s Principal, says the funds will be invested in constructing a school auditorium. Sister Clara Teul, Principal: “To run a school is not easy, there …

Venezuelan Ambassador says no re-elections in Venezuela
The Venezuelan Ambassador’s arrival to Belize comes at a time when that country’s government continues to receive international pressure, this time as major countries, including the USA and most recently European countries call for a re-election of a president. These and other countries oppose President Nicolas Maduro’s presidency. The US and other countries have supported …

7 years later, Kurtis Offered bail while awaiting Murder Verdict
Also in the courts, a man who had been behind bars for over seven years was offered some limited restitution while the wheels of justice moves slowly with his case. Twenty-three year old Kurtis Lamb, who went on trial in August, 2016 for the murder of Justin Roches and has been on remand ever since. …

Woman gets bail for 250 rounds of ammunition
Thirty year old Tifara Usher, a self-employed resident of Hattieville, was riding a passenger bus which had left the Corozal District on the third of January. The police stopped the bus between miles 50 and 51 and searched a black plastic bag in Usher’s possession. The officers found 5 boxes with 50 rounds of ammunition …

Amandala

Court war – Dion Zabaneh and mother vs DOE
The filling of lot #4760, located on Seashore Drive in the Buttonwood Bay area of Belize City, has been a source of contention between the owners and the Department of the Environment (DOE). The land is actually seabed, and although the DOE made efforts to stop the owners from filling it, they had not been able to halt the filling that had been taking place. This morning, the DOE hauled Dion Zabaneh, 43, a businessman of 68 Bella Vista, and his mother, Primrose Gabourel, 76, a housewife of 919 Bella Vista, to court, where they were arraigned on a total of four charges. There were two other charges that the DOE wanted to bring against the two, but they could not lay those charges against Gabourel and Zabaneh, because the summons had not been served to them.

Jerdie Flores, 30, executed in Punta Gorda
Last night, January 29, Jerdie Flores, 30, was fatally shot at his home on Far West Street in Punta Gorda Town. Sometime before 7 p.m., Flores was at home when a man rode up to his house on a bicycle and called out for him. When Flores went outside to see who it was, the man opened fire on him, shooting him several times. The gunman was able to escape on his bicycle. Flores was known to police, and his execution was the third time he had been targeted by a person or persons who wanted him dead.

Efrain Martinez, 54, surrenders to ComPol Chester
Efrain Beltran Martinez, 54, a Salvadoran employee of Belize Marine and Mooring Services located at Mile 4 ˝ on the George Price Highway, who was wanted for the chopping murder of Elmer Salazar, 43, a Guatemalan and former employee of the same company, went to the office of Commissioner of Police Chester Williams, on Raccoon Street, yesterday evening and handed himself in. Salazar was fatally chopped at about 5:45 Monday evening, and after committing the violent act, Martinez went on the run.

Santa Rita businessman robbed; gun stolen
Javier Gonzalez, a businessman of Santa Rita Road, Corozal Town, and his assistant, were held up and robbed while they were unloading a truck in his yard. Gonzalez and his assistant were approached by three men, one of whom had a gun, while the other had a baseball bat. The thieves robbed Gonzalez of his licensed firearm, and they stole his and his assistant’s personal possessions, including cash. During the holdup, Gonzalez’s assistant was shot at, and the bullet grazed the side of his head.

CitCo hosts domestic violence conference
Yesterday, the Belize City Council held a first-of-its-kind domestic violence conference that was open to the public. The conference was in the form of a forum, and the panel included leading social and political figures like Carolyn Trench-Sandiford, Commissioner of Police Chester Williams, and human rights activist and senior counsel, Lisa Shoman. The event was organized by councilor Dr. Candice Pitts, and when we spoke to her, she told us that she was very interested to hear what the experts from various official offices would have to say about domestic violence, since it is a deeply felt issue that affects people from all ethnicities, demographics, and economic backgrounds.

Leaked photos show inhumane bathroom conditions at police station
Darrell Usher, 37, a police corporal, was detained on Sunday, January 27, for 48 hours after he allegedly got into a fight with a man with whom he had been gambling. During his time at the Queen Street Police Station, Usher somehow was able to take a cellphone into the cell block, which he used to take pictures of the deplorable conditions of the bathroom at the station. He later posted the pictures on his Facebook page. In his post, he said that despite the fact that the person with whom he fought had requested no court action, he still had to spend 48 hours at the police station.

ABL Opening weekend results
outh basketball is in full swing at the SJC Gym, where the Ahmadiyya Basketball League (ABL) tipped off its 2019 tournament yesterday with 15 games played, 5 each in the U-15, U-19 and U-23 categories. Here are the results in the respective tournament categories:

NEBL bounces into third week with 3 great grudge matches
The hype surrounding the National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) 2019 season continues to linger going into Week 3, as teams are attempting to find their identity and their place in the deck of confused cards. Teams are trying to establish themselves as contenders, while others are desperately seeking to register their first win of the season. Going into Week 3, Belize City Defenders and Orange Walk Running Rebels are the only two teams without a win, while Belize Hurricanes, Belmopan Bandits and San Pedro Tiger Sharks are the three undefeated teams. This week will surely shake up the standings and create further separation in the standings. Contenders and pretenders will soon be exposed for who they really are.

Club Atletico wins the BFA 2018/19 Opening Season and repeat as champions
Game two of the finals in the two-game series of the 2018/19 Belmopan Football Association (BFA) Amateur Opening Season concluded on Sunday afternoon inside Capital City Belmopan with Club Atletico repeating as champions of the BFA’s First Division Tournament. After a 0-0 ball game in game one the week before, both teams came out on Sunday poised to take home the winner’s trophy and a cash prize of $3,000.00. As was expected, the scene inside the Isidoro Beaton was one of envy for those in the football business who, despite every effort, are unable to monster such showing of fans and football fanatics. The Roaring Creek community came out in the hundreds with blowing horns and waving flags, contributing to what was indeed a beautifully colored and festive mood inside the Isidoro Beaton Stadium.

Secondary schools football in Southern Region
Delille Academy males and females won the Dangriga Zone, but both Delille and Ecumenical males and females will represent for the Southern Regional high school football competition. In last Friday’s results, Ecumenical females won over Delille in a friendly matchup, 1 goal to nil. In the males result, Dellile Academy won over ANRI, 5 goals to 1. The Regionals are set for this Saturday, February 2, at the Carl Ramos Stadium.

Editorial: Belize guided on a tight rope by principle of self-determination
There is an old adage that a friend in need is a friend indeed. There are friendships that are mostly for good times, those times when we are eating, and drinking and making merry. We can’t expect those kinds of friends to make too much effort to help us carry our load when we are sick, or have lost our job. They are good-times friends, mostly. There are true friendships, and those are for all times – for the best times, the good times, the bad times, and the worst. These friends’ doors are opened to you whenever there is a party going on within, and these doors you know you can knock on when times are not so good. Whether for good times or for all times, all have concern when their friends are experiencing troubles. We can expect the support of our friends, with the quality and quantity of their support depending on the extent, depth of the friendship.

The other crazies
Former government minister, Hector Silva, says any Belizean who says YES to the special agreement is CRAZY, and present government minister, Sedi Elrington, says that any Belizean who votes NO to the special agreement is CRAZY. Anyone who didn’t know it knows now that this is a highly charged issue. “Crazy” is amadabig fighting word. Women can usually get away with saying what they want to men, but a man who calls another man, liar, or crazy, is living in dangerous territory. Well, that’s how it was in the world of men, before words lost their punch in some circles. Ah, in some circles things haven’t changed. But in some circles, and maybe the thanks/ censure goes to lawyers, it never goes beyond heated air.

ON THE BORDER LINE
Young Jim Waight was full of excitement and anticipation. The year was 1933. Work was about to commence on the actual opening of the border line between British Honduras (now Belize) and Guatemala. The young surveyor was a member of the team charged with this job. He saw this as an opportunity to further prove himself. Waight was the first British Honduran (Belizean) to be admitted to the Surveyor Apprenticeship Programme. Up to that point he had received all his training in-country. Theory was taught at St. John’s College, then located at Loyola Park in the Yarborough area of Belize City. Practical training was done by attachments to qualified surveyors in the field.

Which country has endorsed the better treaty?
Should Belize decide in the upcoming 10th April referendum to settle the Territorial Differendum with Guatemala at the International Court of Justice, then the judges will have two boundary treaties to consider. These are the 1859 Boundary Convention and the 2008 Special Agreement (Compromis) treaty. The proponents of the government’s “Yes position” consider the 1859 treaty our ace in the hole, making it virtually impossible for us to lose even one blade of grass at the ICJ. On the other hand, the Guatemalans consider the 2008 Compromis treaty their trump card as stated by Gustavo Adolfo Orellana Portillo of Guatemala who wrote, “The compromis itself consists of an achievement of great value for Guatemala.”

PAUL OF BELIZE NO! NO! NO! SHOW ME THE BRIEF
NO ONE KNOWS the contents of the brief which Belize’s attorney will present to the ICJ. Our scepticism is therefore justified; for lawyering, as a rule, does not always deliver to a client what is promised. About nine years ago, appointed by Bishop Dorick Wright to serve on his Education Commission, we entrusted the defence of the Church-State Partnership to lawyers. The crux of the preservation of this almost two-century successful arrangement was the composition of the Teachers Service Commission to be made up by the appointments of the Minister of Education. If the members would be appointed “with the concurrence” of the churches the partnership would be preserved; if “after consultation” it would be dashed to pieces. The new law said “after consultation.”

We are poor; that’s why we have to do contraband, villagers tell Customs officers
Customs officers faced-off with a group of female contrabandistas when they boarded a bus that was coming from San Francisco Boates, a Mexican town situated across the Rio Hondo river from San Felipe, Orange Walk District. According to CTV3, of Orange Walk, the group was carrying contraband goods, and when Customs personnel tried to confiscate the goods, there was resistance, and hard talk, but the goods were taken away. During the confrontation, the Customs officers reportedly drew out their pepper spray to take command of the situation, but luckily, the spray was not used. The incident occurred last Thursday.

Father who saw gunmen shoot his son, won’t give statement to police
Jose Zelaya, Sr., 48, a laborer of Complex Avenue, Belize City, who was a witness to a gun attack on his son, Marcos Zelaya, 23, also of Complex Avenue, which occurred at about 9:30 Saturday morning, told the media yesterday that he would not give a statement to police because he did not have the time, and he believes that police do not really want to solve crime, and also, that they frequently make deals with criminals. Marcos Zelaya was riding on a bicycle slightly ahead of his father on Complex Avenue when a car drove up behind him, and in front of his father (Jose Zelaya) a man out of the car shot Marcos in the back of the head. When Marcos Zelaya fell onto the road, the gunman leaned out of the car and fired more shots at him, hitting him in his back and shoulder.

10-year-old dies after fighting brain cancer
Ten-year-old Jaylen Young has lost his life after battling cancer for about 4 months. He was diagnosed in September of 2018, and by December he was fully paralyzed. News5 first aired Jaylen’s story on January 23. His mother had asked the public to send him “get well soon” cards to lift his spirits. It was revealed in that newscast that Jaylen had brainstem glioma, which is a cancerous tumor in the brainstem. When we spoke to Jaylen’s father, Michael Young, he told us that Jaylen began experiencing paralysis in late November. It started in his right foot, then his right hand, spine, and then it spread to the left side of his body. Before long, Jaylen was not able to speak or eat. He had to be fed through a tube and only communicated by moving his eyes.

Former Cabinet Secretary, Anthony Sylvestre, Sr., dead at 73
Anthony Sylvestre, Sr., a former People’s United Party official and confidante of Rt. Hon. George Price, who rose to the pinnacle of power as a career public officer, serving in a number of high-profile positions including Permanent Secretary and Cabinet Secretary, died at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) early Sunday night. Sylvestre died from complications related to renal failure. He was 74. Sylvestre’s youngest son, Anthony Sylvestre, Jr., told Amandala that his father had “been struggling with kidney ailment for a number of years and last year he reached the point where he had to get dialysis treatment on a weekly basis and was initially hospitalized at the Belize Health Care Partners, before being transferred to the KHMH Intensive Care Unit two weeks ago.”

The Reporter

Editorial – February 1st.
The men and women of Belize and students of high school age who want to get a good understanding of the Guatemalan claim and why the International Court of Justice is sure to reject it, must do more than listen to what people are telling them on radio and T.V. They must do some private reading besides, to find out exactly what the Guatemalans are claiming, and why this claim is so clearly in contravention of international law. This means that Belizeans must have some knowledge about what the law says about treaties and land claims.

Top Cop Launches Community ‘Clinic’
This morning, at the Raccoon Street Police Station, Commissioner Chester Williams opened his Belize City office to any and all who would want to meet with him to discuss matters of concern to them. The media was invited to speak to the ComPol as he stepped into his office for the first time, even as persons lined up in the lobby of the Police Station to keep appointments they had made to meet with him.

Girlfriend Questioned in Tablada’s Murder
Police earlier this week detained the girlfriend of Johvanney Tablada, 23, who was shot and killed while at a party at her family’s yard on Faber’s Road Extension in Belize City on Saturday evening. His killing occurred just days after they had resolved their differences and decided to get back together.

GOB Will Appeal Multi-Million$$$$ Ruling
The government of Belize plans to go for another round of litigation with the Ashcroft Alliance, this time to appeal a ruling handed down last week by the Supreme Court in the Belize Bank’s favor against the Income and Business Tax Commissioner, essentially giving the bank exemption from paying taxes until the $96 Million (plus accruing interest) UHS judgement debt is settled.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

2019 Street Art Festival promises to be bigger and better says Institute of Creative Arts
The 9th annual Belize City Street Art Festival is set for February 23 and the Institute […]

New IDB study says that Belize will need 13,000 health and education professionals by 2040
A new study published by the Inter-American Development Bank(IDB), predicts that Belize will need approximately 9,000 […]

Belizean invents eco-friendly insect repellant
People suffering from allergic reactions to the chemicals in insect repellents now have an all natural […]

Chinese businesswoman shot during robbery in Dangriga
A Chinese businesswoman was shot in her chest today. She has since been identified as Yan […]

2019 Street Art Festival promises to be bigger and better says Institute of Creative Arts

The 9th annual Belize City Street Art Festival is set for February 23 and the Institute […]

New IDB study says that Belize will need 13,000 health and education professionals by 2040
A new study published by the Inter-American Development Bank(IDB), predicts that Belize will need approximately 9,000 […]

Belizean invents eco-friendly insect repellant
People suffering from allergic reactions to the chemicals in insect repellents now have an all natural […]

Chinese businesswoman shot during robbery in Dangriga
A Chinese businesswoman was shot in her chest today. She has since been identified as Yan […]

Lisa Shoman fires back at Belize Peace Movement
Former Foreign Minister Lisa Shoman had some choice words for the Belize Peace Movement (BPM) today, […]

Reverse the Ruthless, Rude, Reactive Responses toward Referees
The views expressed in this article are those of the writer and not necessarily those of Breaking Belize News. […]

GOB to appeal Supreme Court ruling on Belize Bank paying taxes
The Supreme Court of Belize handed down a ruling last week restraining the Income and Business […]

Man and woman busted with illegal drugs in Corozal town
A man and woman have been jointly charged with the offense of drug trafficking. They are […]

Student busted carrying weed in school bag
A student busted with drugs has been charged with drug trafficking. He has been identified as […]

Illegal fishing of critically-endangered Nassau grouper suspected at Glover’s Reef
Amidst the recent announcement that the Nassau grouper is now a critically-endangered species, the Wildlife Conservation […]

Nassau Grouper becomes Critically Endangered
The Nassau grouper—a fish known for its spectacular spawning aggregations in and around the Caribbean […]

Security guards at UNO Gas Station attacked and robbed
Sometime around 2 a.m., today police responded to a robbery reported at the UNO Gas […]

Earthquake in Mexico felt in Belize, Guatemala and El Salvador
An earthquake registering at 6.4 magnitude on the Richter scale occurred in Mexico a short time […]

Councilor Dr. Candice Pitts and BCC hold successful conference on domestic abuse
Many Belizean men and women have been victims of domestic abuse. However, this reality has been […]

Belize Peace movement clarifies position on Lisa Shoman debate
The Belize Peace Movement (BPM) issued a statement yesterday clarifying the organization’s position on having […]

Blogs

Hello February! Snuggling Reptiles and Truck Stop Trivia Victory on Ambergris Caye
February is here. The busiest month and the month with the very best weather on Ambergris Caye. I do declare! We have friends in town – Jeff turned 50 earlier this week! – so we met up at Truck Stop for their SUPER FUN Trivia Night. Think music and movie clips and photos rather than boring questions about classical music or Japanese anime. I was a bit hesitant to return. I have participated only once – I NEVER go out at night! – and our team had won. I didn’t want to end my winning streak. I didn’t take many pictures – trivia gets intense! But I will tell you the categories…and try to remember the hardest questions from each. We got all of these wrong.

How to Get to Belize
It's easy to travel to Belize. Belize has one international airport, several small airstrips and a well-managed system of local buses, taxis, and water transportation. You can plan your trip to and around Belize easily, especially if make your bookings on Belizing.com, where you will get the best rates and the most discounts on all your local transfers and excursions.

2019 Super Bowl Parties on Ambergris Caye
Once again it is Super Bowl time on Ambergris Caye. Many bars island wide are having parties, and last year the list was 11 parties long. This year 10 people have stepped up to give a bit of early notice, just like last year, it is quite possible a few late notice parties will get added to the list. Even if you are not a football fan, pick a party or two if you are feeling social, it is always fun watching people get excited and cheer at the TV. The second party which is not really an official party is a great one for those who aren’t fans because the band will also keep you entertained, as well as the football fans.

Massage by the Reef
If you are a massage enthusiast, then Massage by the Reef is your place! This beautiful spot overlooking the reef is the best deal on the Caye! While this is not the most exotic place — there are no bathroom or shower facilities — do you want to pay for the “extras” or simply enjoy a 1 1/2 hour massage at a great price? Imagine the wind blowing, sounds of boats, the smell of the ocean air, all while you enjoy a wondrous massage. The masseuses are professional and accommodating to your every need, pampering you with their hearts and hands. If you fancy a facial and a massage, they offer that too! And their newly-equipped pedicure station is available as well. I would suggest calling ahead or at least stopping by and setting up a time, as they are always busy — which is a ringing endorsement of Massage by the Reef in and of itself.

Our Trip to the Belize Zoo!
A forty minutes’ drive on the George Price Highway from Belize City, we kept our eyes open for the little wooden sign marked, “The Belize Zoo.” It had been a long time since I’ve been here – maybe about eight years or so. I don’t recall much from the last visit; but, The Belize Zoo is one of the most popular attractions to visit in Belize and I was excited to visit the zoo again. Hosted in a twenty-eight-acre facility, this zoo is home to many diverse species of wildlife and plants that are native to Belize. It serves as a recreational visiting hotspot and an educational center for all visitors. Unique in its kind, it is also the first nature destination in Belize that is fully accessible to handicap visitors.

International Sourcesizz

Mexico STRUCK by major 6.6 magnitude earthquake - Mexico City high-rise buildings SHAKE
Mexico has been struck by a 6.6 magnitude earthquake, causing many buildings in the country's capital to shake, the Mexican Seismological Service has confirmed. The natural phenomenon hit near the coast of Chiapas, close to the border with Guatemala. The quake was also felt in Mexico city where high-rise buildings shook. The epicenter of the quake hit at a depth of 42 miles (68 km) near the Pacific coast and Mexico's border with Guatemala, according to the USGS.

€30 million to help Caribbean enhance climate resilience and adaptation
The European Union (EU) has signed two agreements with the World Bank’s (WB) Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) to provide funding totaling €30.7 million that will strengthen disaster risk management (DRM) in the Caribbean. The programs will support Caribbean countries to plan for long-term resilience and climate-smart growth strategies, and to design and implement innovative policy and investment initiatives. The two programmes that will benefit are the Caribbean Regional Resilience Building Facility (€27.7 million) and the Technical Assistance Program for Disaster Risk Financing and Insurance in Caribbean Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) (€3 million).

SouthWest Seat Sale
International deals are available to a variety of destinations that include Belize City, Belize, with flights starting at $141 one-way from Houston.

Adventists in Belize Run Soup Kitchen for Schoolchildren in Need
‘Feed My Sheep Kitchen’ has provided more than 15,000 meals. uesdays and Thursdays are the highlight of the week for Melva Robinson. Every Tuesday and Thursday for the past three years she has fulfilled her dream of providing hundreds of meals to children in need at six elementary schools in the heart of Belize City, thanks to the financial support of Seventh-day Adventist church members in the area. Robinson has lost count, but she estimates that she has prepared more than 15,000 meals for the young pupils who have visited her “Feed My Sheep Kitchen” spot for lunch during the school year. The schools work with the soup kitchen to identify children eligible for the twice-weekly meals.

Scotland's debt to forgotten Belize lumberjacks
The story of how forestry workers from Central America travelled 5,000 miles to Scotland to help the war effort has been largely forgotten. But the British Honduran Forestry Unit played a vital role in maintaining timber supplies during World War Two. Almost 900 forestry workers arrived in Scotland at the end of 1941 and were billeted across the country. They left behind a tropical climate and had to cope with the kind of wintry conditions they had never encountered before. Among them was Sam Martinez, a 32-year-old woodcutter from the forests of British Honduras - now known as Belize.

Videos

  • Isla Bonita School Cultural Day, 1min.

  • Placencia, Belize beach, 2min. Jan 2019 Beach in front of Cozy Corner bar and restaurant.

  • Belize Now, 30min. In our first episode of Belize Now for 2019, we discuss Belize’s Phase-Out of Single-Use Plastic and Styrofoam, Changes at the Lands Department and Demystifying the International Court of Justice. Thanks for joining us on this Friday, February 1st, 2019!

  • Channel 5 Obituaries - Anthony Sylvestre, 1.5min.

  • Channel 5 Obituaries - Aliyah Camesha Soberanis, 2.5min.

  • Pickup truck destroyed by fire in San Pedro; no one injured, 8min.

  • The Nature and Beauty of Belize, 7min.

  • Sapphire Beach Resort - Ambergris Caye, Belize, 2min.

  • SWIMMING WITH SHARKS AND RAYS IN BELIZE, 2.5min.

  • unBELIZable BELIZE, 4.5min. We spent 5 days in Belize, most of it in San Pedro and the final day in San Ignacio. This is some of the highlights from the trip.

  • Sailing Belize in catamaran - Episode 11 - How to catch and cook the lobsters, 2.5min. Sailing family cruise in Belize - How to catch, and cook the Lobsters

  • NEBL 2019 || Defenders vs Running Rebels || Live at the Belize Civic Center, 3hr.


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