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The San Pedro Sun

Commissioner of Police Chester Williams hosts a public meeting in San Pedro Town
Newly appointed Commissioner of Police Chester Williams held a public meeting in San Pedro Town on Thursday, February 7th to discuss the Belize Police Department’s plans regarding crime, domestic violence, policing and strengthening the relationship with the community. Williams was flanked by high ranking officers of the police department, including Deputy Commissioner of Police Edward Broaster and Officer in Charge (OIC) of the Coastal Executive Unit (San Pedro and Caye Caulker) Superintendent Reymundo Reyes. Held at the Central Park, the meeting drew several islanders who not only got to hear Williams’ agenda but were also able to voice their concerns.

5-A-Side Football Tournament plays on in Ambergris Caye
Several matches in the 5-A-Side Football Tournament took place at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium in San Pedro Town between February 2nd and 3rd. The football action began on Saturday, February 2nd, with Blue Sharks winning 5-1 against The Wolf at 7PM. E &L followed with a 10-6 defeat to Castillo’s, and San Mateo and Captain G’s game ended in a 3-3 draw. The last match of the night saw Scorpions winning 3-0 over Boca Jrs. The 5-A-Side Football Tournament continues this weekend, starting on Saturday, February 9th at 7PM. Games continue the following day starting at 11AM at the SPHS auditorium. All islanders are invited to come out and enjoy some great football action this weekend.

Annual Kelly McGuire birthday concert benefits Saga Humane Society
American award-winning country singer/songwriter Kelly McGuire returned to his dream island Ambergris Caye, and once again celebrated his birthday Saga-style at the Palapa Bar and Grill. The birthday celebrations were held on Wednesday, February 6th, and included a fundraiser concert benefiting San Pedro’s Saga Humane Society. Country music fans not only enjoyed the best of McGuire’s hits but also participated in live auctions and had the opportunity to win fabulous prizes that were raffled throughout the evening. The highly anticipated event drew a large crowd, who danced and sang along with McGuire songs like ‘Boat in Belize,’ and ‘Blame it on Buffet.’ The popular singer took a chance during intermissions to ask patrons to support Saga by participating in the live auctions and raffles.

SPHC and NICH board members hold a public meeting in San Pedro
The San Pedro House of Culture (SPHC) along with the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) board members held a public meeting in San Pedro Town on Monday, February 4th. The meeting saw the attendance of NICH President Sapna Budhrani, Director of the Institute for Social and Cultural Research Nigel Escalante, Director of the Institute of Archaeology Doctor John Morris, Director of the Institute of Creative Arts Gregory Vernon, Director of the Museum of Belize and Houses of Culture Alexis Salazar and SPHC President Guillermo ‘Mito’ Paz. The purpose of the meeting was for the NICH directors to listen to thoughts and concerns of island residents on keeping culture and traditions alive on Ambergris Caye.

SPTC addresses road conditions and infrastructural projects for the island
The much-needed renovation on streets in the sub-divisions around San Pedro Town has finally begun. Some of these areas include San Pedrito, San Pablo, and DFC, and heavy machinery has been observed grading deteriorated streets that had been posing a challenge to students walking to school and those commuting to work. The San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) has also announced infrastructural projects in drainage and paving of streets. Mayor Daniel Guerrero said that with the absence of rains, they can now get to work and fix streets. “We have put three barges of hardcore material at the DFC area, and more is coming,” he said. “Additionally, we will be adding white marl, which is coming from the quarry up north.”

FFB honors U-15 & U-17 youth footballers
Denissa Maerena of San Pedro High School was honored as the Best Goalkeeper of the national Under-17 female inter-district football tournament organized by the Football Federation of Belize (FFB), when they held an awards ceremony to recognize the best players of national Under-15 boys, Under-17 girls and Under-17 boys’ tournaments at the Marion Jones Sports Complex last Saturday morning, February 2. Maerena had committed to a tournament that day and could not attend the ceremony.

Ambergris Today

New Commissioner Of Police Brings Promising Plans For San Pedro
On Thursday, February 7, 2019, Belize Commissioner of Police Mr. Chester Williams and his Senior Command Team were in Caye Caulker and San Pedro as part of the Commissioner of Police's Eastern Regional Tour to carryout Inspections of the Police Officers, to listen to the Police Officers' concerns in these islands, challenges, suggestions and present the strategy of his way forward for the Belize Police Department. The San Pedro Police Formation met with Chester Williams at the San Pedro Lions Den for inspection and for a formal meeting. Later in the evening, Commissioner of Police and his Senor Command Team held a public meeting at the Central Park where he also presented some strategy points on how and what the department is working on.

Margaritaville Holdings Announces New Condo Resort On Ambergis Caye
Margaritaville Holdings, the global lifestyle brand synonymous with fun and escapism, announced on Thursday, February 7, 2019, a new condo resort on Ambergris Caye, Belize's largest island. Opening in 2020, Margaritaville Resort Belize is located on the unspoiled northern end of the island and within the Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Overlooking the azure waters of the Caribbean, the resort will be comprised of 71 residences, two pools, signature Margaritaville food and beverage concepts and more.

Misc Belizean Sources


Let us ALL help keep La Isla Bonita Clean!
And the work continues....Part of our team was in the San Pedrito area clearing high grass and picking up trash. Also, our trucks were spreading some material on some streets that needed attention. The San Pedro Town Council asks the public to practice cleanliness. Please throw your garbage in a garbage drum. Keep your garbage drums INSIDE your yard/property, and somewhere were animals such as dogs, cats or raccoons can't tamper with it and make a mess.

For the month of February, we are excited to feature Crystal Samos as our Young Belizean Entrepreneur!
Crystal is a young 25 year old female entrepreneur that has been beating all odds and making great strides as a businesswoman. At the age of 21, Crystal relocated to Cayo where she decided to follow her new found passion in the Hospitality Industry. It is during this time that she started her very own business "Capio,” selling her coffee scrubs on social media, which can now be found at gift stores, boutiques and spas countrywide. In 2015, her original product gave Crystal the distinction as the 2015 Female Entrepreneur of the Caribbean and Most Innovative Product at the Sustainable Development Entrepreneurship Conference in Grenada. In that same year she was also awarded the Innovation Award by the Youth Department and the 20,000 Strong Woman award.

Paradise Theater playing this weekend
Overlord, Can You Ever Forgive Me? Mortal Engines, Robin Hood.

Inga edulis trees
MGL Farmer Santiago Cus of San Miguel has pruned a few rows of trees in his Inga Alley Cropping plot and planted beans in the alleys – a first for him! We are working with farmers, like Santiago Cus, to plant the amazing and fast growing Inga edulis trees in rows which produce nitrogen, loads of leaves and branches to fertilize the soil. In this farming system, the Inga trees are pruned after 2-3 years. The plot can be used year after year.

Internship Opportunity at OPANAL
Internship Opportunity at the OPANAL Secretariat in Mexico City for Belizean graduate and postgraduate students in the fields of International Relations, International Law and Political Sciences.

Arenal Village water back
The Ministry of Labour, Local Government and Rural Development hereby informs residents of Arenal Village, Cayo District that water has been restored back to normal. The village has been without water since Thursday, February 7th resulting from a rupture in the riser pipe. The Ministry has purchased and installed a new pipe so that the residents can access water today.

The Ministry of Investment, Trade & Commerce Facilitates Exchange Investment Missions between the Republic of China (Taiwan) and Belize
The Government of Belize, through the Ministry with responsibility for Investment, Trade and Commerce, along with the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE), continues to strengthen bilateral relations with the Republic of China (Taiwan) through the facilitation of two (2) exchange investment missions between both countries. The objectives of the missions are to increase foreign direct Investment in priority industries that will contribute positively to Belize’s macroeconomic growth.

Corozal - Football Action this Saturday
February 9th at the Santiago Ricalde Stadium

6 Belizean Legends
This are 6 Belizean Legends you will hear between the Yucatec Maya(Máasewal) of Northern and western Belize. The famous X'tabay is the most known. The Alux or Aluxo'ob(Plural) who are guardians of the milpas. The Nukux Tat also known as "Tata Duende" the protector of the forest and animals. The Wáay also known as Huay are sorcerers who can transform into animals. For example the Huay Peek' is a sorcerer who transform into a huge black dog. The Huay k'eek'en the sorcerer who transforms into a huge pig. K'aak'as iik' also known as "mal aire".

Ride to the Reef 2019
2019’s Reef Week is almost here! The sixth Ride to Reef is the perfect way to motivate you to keep up with your New Year resolutions! Oceana’s Ride to the Reef will start at Independence Hill (National Assembly) at 6:30 AM and end at the BTL Park on the coast in Belize City. This year we ride to support all the continuous efforts by Belizeans to protect our reef because when we come together, we make waves. Registration is free and basic servicing will be included. For more information, email [email protected] or call us at 822-2792/822-2799!

Channel 7

Japanese Father Critical, Son Dead in Ruthless Robbery
Last night, we had late breaking news of a shooting in the Buttonwood Bay Area - where a father and son were injured.  Tonight we can confirm that 19 year old Masaki Yanai is dead, while his 53 year old father, Takayuki Yanai is clinging to life at the KHMH tonight. 19 year-old Masaki Yanai, son of 53 year-old Takayuki Yanai, passed away last night at the KHMH after he was gunned down for simply trying to come to his father's rescue, in an attempt to fight off armed criminals. ASP Alejandro Cowo - OC, CIB Belize City: "Yesterday, just after 6:20 p.m., police visited the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where they observed 2 male persons, one by the name of Takayuki Yanai, and Masaki Yanai..."

Restauranteur Remembers Humble Family
So, while the Yanai Family mourns the loss of the well-loved Masaki, they continue to worry about his father, Takayuki. Best reports say that he remains in a critical condition tonight. Today, we spoke with Senate President Lee Mark Chang from Chon Saan who was Takayuki's first employer when he came here about 15 years ago. Chang told us that this tragedy has been visited upon one of the humblest families he knows: Hon. Lee Mark Chang - Friend to the Yanai Family: "I knew the Yanai family since they came to Belize, at I think about 14-15 years ago. The family is very religious, and they came to do volunteer work in Belize, and just to work on the side. So, they've been doing those volunteer work from as far as I know, from ever since."

15 Years For Killing 60 Year Old
2 months ago, we told you about 20 year-old Roberto Rodriguez and 25 year-old Clive Geban. They were charged with murder for the 2013 killing of 61 year old Ervin Morales in Maskall Village.  In December of last year, they pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter. Well today, Justice Colin Williams handed down their sentence. He has decided that they should spend 15 years in jail for the the crime.  Justice Williams noted that both men showed remorse by asking his family for forgiveness, and by covering Morales's body with a blanket - after they had left him with 19 wounds.

Bail Denied: Peruvian Cries in Court, Again
He cried in court last week when his bail hearing was adjourned - and today 24 year old alleged bank skimmer Peruvian Louis Marroquin cried again when Justice Herbert Lord denied him bail.  In his ruling Justice Lord said that if no preliminary inquiry is held by the end of March, might consider granting Marroquin bail.  Marroquin's attorney, Dickie Bradley, submitted that Marroquin had no connection to the ATM skimming equipment found with his other co-accused, A Chilean and a Colombian.

Bad Business, BEL! Thousands Inconvenienced By Epic, Extended Power Outage
Thousands of people across a large swathe of the Belize District has been immersed in a power outage since 8:00 this morning - and at this hour, it is still ongoing! That means all residences and communities from Mile 1 to 37 along the Philip Goldson Highway and Mile 1 to 25 on the George Price Highway. The outage was announced earlier this week and it was to have gone from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, but the work to install and relocate power lines took longer than expected, and those areas are still under blackout.  

Coast Guard Evicting Squatters On Southern Islands
The Coast Guard is evicting squatters from small islands in Belize's southern waters, and it's causing a stir. Some of the fishermen who occupy these small islands say they have squatters rights and are being unlawfully ejected.  
That's what is alleged to have happened one week ago on a shoal that is called "Sanbore" area - 16 miles southeast of Placencia, north of the Sapodilla Cayes. We say it is called that because the tiny shoal is too small to even show up as an island on the map - and it is not registered as property at the lands department.   But, the occupants claim they have been there for 12 years - that is until one week ago when the Coast Guard came in and forcefully evicted them.

Ministry Says Zabaneh Got Notice of Land Acquisition
As we reported two nights ago, the dispute over parcel 4670 in the Buttonwood Bay Area has reached an unexpected conclusion.  It seems to have been a dispute over nothing at all since the Ministry of Natural Resources has confirmed that they acquired the parcel - which is on the seabed - in 2007.  This was gazzetted in 2006 and 2007.    But it seems the person who thought she was the owner, Primrose Gabourel and her son Dion Zabaneh never knew about that acquisition - and, 12 years later, they put tens of thousands of dollars of material into the sea to fill a property, which, it turns out, is not theirs.

Elderly Man Survives Shot to Head in Buena Vista
Tonight, 66 year-old Alfredo Gonzalez, a resident of Buena Vista Village in the Cayo District, is hospitalized at the KHMH after someone shot him in the head and left him to die on the street. Police say that at around 9:00 last night, villagers heard gunshots. When the cops arrived, they found Gonzalez on the ground bleeding from his wounds to the left side of his head, and his left ear. Assistant Superintendent Alejandro Cowo, the officer commanding the Criminal Investigations Branch in Belize City, shared more with us at a press briefing today:

Old Beef Leads to Lord's Bank Chopping
So, while police suspect that that Gonzalez was targeted by someone he had a dispute with in Buena Vista Village, they say that they are sure that 44 year-old Enrique Pandy was chopped yesterday by someone with whom he had old beef. Pandy, a resident of Lords Bank, told police that he was riding his bike yesterday evening, when a man stopped him and started an argument. Assistant Superintendent Cowo told us that this assailant then pulled a machete and chop Gonzalez several times, almost several times to the body, and almost severed his left index finger.

CDB Funding Cultural and Creative Industries
Last night, we showed you the Caribbean Development Bank's Annual Press Conference, from St. Michael's Barbados.   And while that 90 minute session was a morning event, in the evening, the CDB held a reception for a new initiative called CIIF Connect. CIIF is short for the Cultural and Creative Industries Innovation Fund - and it's an attempt to harness the significant cultural creativity in the Caribbean as a driver of employment and economic growth.   Director of Projects Daniel Best explained at last night'S reception in Christ Church Barbados:

CDB Says Belize's Debt Overhang Unhealthy
Yesterday in Barbados, the President of the CDB also discussed Belize's high national debt.  Of the 19 Borrowing Member Countries of the CDB, 10 of them showed a decreasing debt to GDP ratio, while that ratio was above 60% in 9 of them - including Belize - where debt is close to 100% of GDP.   That high level of debt is considered unsustainable - and President Smith told Courtney Weatherburne it will limit Belize's growth. Dr. William Warren Smith, President Caribbean Development Bank: "I think that Belize in many respects a good story, the debt is a risk but I don't think at this particular point in time it is a tremendous risk but it is...

Can Tourism Bouy Belize's Economy?
And while debt will continue to limit growth, on the upside, Belize's growth in tourist arrivals was the strongest in the region last year.  Smith said tourism alone can power Belize's economic growth: Dr. William Warren Smith, President Caribbean Development Bank: "As you get more and more of tourist arriving in your country, it provides more potential for integration into your agricultural sector, into your creative industry sector. As we were speaking this morning about this new fund that we have launched. So the possibilities are almost legion in Belize because of the diversity of your culture. If you are doing as well as you are doing today, Belize has the potential to really boom on the basis of that industry alone."

Youth Unemployment High in Caribbean
And while tourisms is a driver of growth across the Caribbean, it has to get more young people working. In a stunning statistic, Dr. Smith told yesterday's press conference that one of every four Caribbean youths are unemployed:.. Dr. William Warren Smith, President Caribbean Development Bank: "Youth unemployment continues to be a challenge for Caribbean policymakers. The International Labor Organization estimates that one in every four young persons is not able to find work.

Ambulance Knocks Down and Kills Staggering Man
A man was knocked down and killed by an ambulance in southern Belize last night at around 9:00. It happened near San Isidro Village between miles 43 and 44 on the Southern Highway.  The ambulance was transporting a patient from the Punta Gorda Hospital to the Southern Regional in Dangriga when the driver ran over 22 year old Francisco Rash - who died on the spot.   27 year old driver Manuelito Garcia claims Rash was staggering almost in middle of  the highway.

Men Charged For Pair of 'Pistolas'
On Wednesday night's news, we told you about the 4 guns that police took off the streets of Belize City. 2 of them were deposited as found property, but police say they caught 2 men trying to dispose of  the other 2 weapons, Those men are 19 year-old Herman Solis, and 23 year-old Dean Williams, and today, they were arraigned before Magistrate Emerson Banner.  They are charged with 2 counts of keeping a firearm without a gun licenses, and keeping ammunition without a gun license. Williams has been separately charged with another count of keeping unlicensed ammunition. They pleaded not guilty and were remanded to Prison until April 30th, 2019.

Huge Help for Helpage
Helpage Belize yesterday received a fifty thousand dollar donation from Food For The Poor in Florida, their partner for the past two years.  Their Executive Director was elated and said 200 persons will benefit. Ivorine Bulwer - Exec. Dir, HELPAGE Belize: "You know I'm very excited. Why am I excited? Because we have received quite a number of donations for our older persons and they include assistive devices. These assistive devices is for comfort. Why comfort? You know we have older persons with arthritis, older persons who have limitation with movement and so these devices, commodes, walkers, wheelchairs, bath chairs, grab-bars, all these are protective devices that can help the comfort level for older persons..."

Was Guate Cartel Underboss 'Catch and Release' in Belize?
It was big news in Guatemala on Wednesday when police there - working along with the DEA - capture alleged drug trafficker Byron Ariel Pérez Payeras.  He is believed to be directly link the Sinaloa cartel in Mexico.  It's news in Belize because 7news investigations show that "Payeras" who is known as "El Commanche" had been held in Belize by police some years ago for involvement in a 6 figure drug deal.   He was reportedly intercepted on a boat.

CitCo Asks Police For Help with Protecting Students
The City Council has asked police to send out extra patrols along Princess Margaret Drive and other areas to protect students who go to school at night.   According to a letter sent yesterday from the Council to the Commissioner of Police, two SJC students were attacked and robbed while making their way home form night classes.  Councillor Micah Goodin - who wrote the letter - told us that the students didn't report it - but it happened close to the college.  He is asking the Commissioner for extra patrols near SJC,, Wesley and UB for the night time students.  

Dara Does It Again
Dara Robinson - the man whose feeding program has assisted hundreds of kids continues his effort this weekend with his Bob Marley tribute. As per tradition, the food drive and concert coincides with Marley's February 6th birthday.  This year, Dara says, there will be a live band:.. The event is on Sunday 10th February, from 4:00 pm until at the Bird's Isle.

Mason Back to Court With Senior Security Detail
There was a lot of excitement and a heavy GSU security presence at the Belmopan Courthouse on Wednesday.  It was all for William Danny Mason - the high profile murder and kidnapping suspect. As his attorney explained, it was a bit of an anticlimax since he was only there for case management which was adjourned: Richard "Dickie" Bradley: "Mason brought down under heavy security in relation to 2 matters. You know that Mr. William Danny Mason aka other nomenclatures and the other persons, they are not accomplices because they are all charged jointly in the matter for the murder of Pastor Lu and in that matter what is referred to case management was to continue today.

Outage Extended
And there's worse news for customers along the Phillip Goldson and George Price Highways in the Belize District at this hour. A power outage that's been going from 8:00 this morning has been extended to 10:00pm due to broken pole caused by an excavator in the new airport road construction area. But, on the upside, news reaching us at this hour says power has been restored to some areas and population centers like Ladyville.

Channel 5

Father and Son Fatally Attacked During Armed Robbery in Buttonwood Bay
A father and his only son came under attack on Thursday night at around six thirty during a brazen armed robbery. The son, a well-liked student of University of Belize, [...]

Freetown Gyal Bex over GSU Raid
A GSU raid this evening on a cluster of homes at a property on Freetown Road quickly turned into mayhem when the officers conducting the swoop opened fire into the [...]

Belizean Shot in U.S. in Drug Deal Gone Bad
A man believed to be Belizean was shot on Thursday afternoon in Erie City, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.  Investigators suspect that it was an upper-level drug deal gone bad which led to [...]

Pandy Almost Loses Finger in Lord’s Bank Chopping Incident
A heated verbal exchange between two men in Lord’s Bank Village ended with forty-two-year-old Enrique Pandy almost losing a finger from his left hand.  Pandy reported to police that he [...]

Quick Thinking Saves House of Shotokan from Fire
A major disaster was averted at midday thanks to quick thinking on the part of several tenants who also occupy the House of Shotokan building on Princess Margaret Drive.  All [...]

Peruvian Luis Marroquin Denied Bail
Peruvian national, Luis Miguel Marroquin, one of three visitors accused of preparation for a crime of theft at a Dangriga ATM, was denied bail in the Supreme Court of Justice [...]

The Benefits of a Migrant Community: Spanish Lookout
An O.A.S. 2015 reports shows that Belize is the Central American country that has had the highest immigration since the early 1980’s. The foreign-born population in 2013 represented a little [...]

Agriculture Minister Says Local Potato Farmers Not Disregarded
Potato farmers in San Carlos, Orange Walk are worried that thousands of dollars in investments and a huge amount of red potatoes will go to waste. That’s because imported white [...]

Fisheries Administrator: “We did not force ourselves on that board”
On Thursday, TASA responded to what it describes as ‘mischievous allegations’ made by the Belize Federation of Fishers. The B.F.F. is alleging that the current composition of the TASA Board [...]

An Elderly Man is Shot in Buena Vista Village
An elderly resident of Buena Vista, Cayo was seriously injured during a shooting incident on Thursday night.  According to Alfredo Gonzalez, he was riding a bicycle along a backstreet in [...]

Another Education Grant Issued
We have reported on the grant request of almost two hundred thousand dollars for Paulette Elrington to proceed on study leave even though Elrington is not on established staff with [...]

Gillnets Task Force on a Information Gathering Mission
The Ministry of Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, and Sustainable Development is now accepting submissions from the public relating to the use of gillnets in Belize. The conservation society has called [...]

Fisheries Administrator Says More Enforcement Needed to Save Nassau Grouper
Fisheries Administrator Beverly Wade also commented on the status of the Nassau grouper. Earlier in the week, the Wildlife Conservation Society highlighted a report from the International Union for Conservation [...]

New Fisheries Bill to be Tabled Soon
As for the proposed amendments to the Fisheries Bill, Wade says that it will be tabled in the House of Representatives in the next couple of months. The bill contains [...]

Immigration Minister Godwin Hulse Comments on Refugee Programme
In 2018, fifteen persons were granted refugee status in Belize. Applications are reviewed by the Refugee Eligibility Committee which was activated after several years of dormancy. Dozens of applications have [...]

TALLY System: Transitioning to Traceability
The National Fishermen Cooperative and the Nature Conservancy, along with support from the government, today presented the Tally, an electronic seafood traceability system. Stakeholders of the industry believe that through [...]

How Residents and Businesses Cope with Long Hours of Blackout
A scheduled blackout for ten long hours affected City residents beginning at Mile two and a half on the George Price Highway. Now, almost everything runs on electricity so the [...]


Karate School saved from Fire
The North Side of Belize City has experienced grief on Monday with the highway accident; shoot out excitement on Wednesday with the Allen cousins, a murder in Buttonwood Bay on Thursday and karate club fire on Friday. Just after midday today, House of Shotokan, which is run by Shihan Ray Kelly caught on fire. Mr. …

Sadie Vernon’s Career Day
It was the 90’s singer Whitney Houston who said “I believe the children are our are future, Teach them well and let them lead the way.” And that’s what our educators across the country challenge themselves to do in a climate where our youth are more invested online and in cyberspace. But for the 8 …

Son dies trying to protect his father in Robbery turned Murder incident
Just after 6 pm on Thursday night a father and son were shot. The police department is offering seven thousand dollars leading to the arrest of the people responsible for Masaki Yanaai’s murder. The crime happened in a residential area of Belize City in Buttonwood Bay, near one of the inlets with the Northern Highway. …

Fisheries stakeholders asked to weigh in on gillnets
Stakeholders in the fisheries sector are being asked to submit their concerns, inquiries and recommendations on the use of gillnets. The call is being made by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration. Fisheries Administrator and the Fisheries Department, Beverly Wade says these will be taken into consideration by the …

Fisheries Administrator Beverly Wade responds to BFF accusations
Over the last few days we have carried the story where the Belize Federation of Fishers, BFF, accuses the Turneffe Atoll Sustainability Association, TASA, of kicking it off its board of directors and further alleging that the composition of the board is illegal. While representatives of both organizations have addressed the matter, another name that …

Where is Belize on refugee applications?
It has been well over two years that the Refugee Eligibility Committee was formed to process applications for refugees in Belize. So far, we understand that about fifteen persons have been granted refugee status and there are hundreds of applications more that are left to be considered. Minister of Immigration, Godwin Hulse says the situation …

Minister of Agriculture says potato situation is not an oversight
Minister of Agriculture, Godwin Hulse today said that the allegation of potatoes saturating the market is misleading. While admitting that imported white potatoes are still on the market, it was not an oversight by the Ministry. Meanwhile, Orange Walk vendors say that they are depleting their stocks of imported potatoes and have begun buying and …

Fisheries sector adopts trace-ability technology
Members of the National Fishers Cooperative, in collaboration with other partners in the fishing industry are now using electronic traceability as a way of improving their product as well as fisheries management. The work is a collaboration with the Fisheries Department and the Nature Conservancy which started in 2017. It employs the use of tablets …

Flip Mode on Newtown Barracks
There was an accident on Newtown Barracks in Belize City this morning. Just before midday, a white SUV driven by a woman, swerved and flipped on the side of street across from the Institute of Mexico. Luckily, the driver was not injured. The police came shortly after to process the scene. A bystander noted that …

Environment Ministry Speaks of work completed under Pro Tempore Presidency
The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration, in collaboration with the Central American Commission on Environment and Development (CCAD), held the Pro Tempore Presidency from July to December 2018. During Belize’s Presidency, the Ministry led the review and update of the 18-month CCAD work plan as a roadmap for institutional …

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Japanese youth, 19, shot dead on Park Street
Takayuki Yanai, 53, and his son, Masaki Yanai, 19, Japanese residents of Park Street, Buttonwood Bay, near Tile Palace, were both shot in their yard by one of two gunmen who escaped after shooting the father and son. As result Takayuki is in a critical condition and is fighting for his life in the intensive care unit in the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH), while his son, Masaki, tragically, died almost immediately after being shot.

Mexican potatoes causing problems for local growers
Mexican potatoes should have disappeared from the Belizean marketplace three weeks ago to allow local potato farmers a chance to sell their produce, but it’s bad news for our local farmers, as the market is presently still saturated with potatoes from Mexico. Hon. Abelardo Mai, area representative for Orange Walk Southeast, said that a meeting was held with the farmers on January 11, and the farmers were informed that the last permit to import Mexican potatoes was issued on January 11. This permit was for 2 week, and the produce imported should have been consumed by January 28, leaving the market open for local potatoes for the next 8 weeks.

Allen brothers, Clifton and Ulide, remanded for allegedly shooting at police
Two brothers, Clifton Allen, 23, and Ulide Allen, 21, were charged with attempted murder and four other offences when they appeared today before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford. The other charges were use of deadly means of harm, and two counts of aggravated assault and wounding.

Gas prices on the rise again
Belizeans were recently celebrating after all gas prices fell below $10 on January 17, but now those prices are on the rise again. Effective today, February 6, diesel and kerosene prices will rise 66 cents and 63 cents respectively. This follows a 24-cent rise in the price of premium gas, which occurred on January 29, and a 20-cent rise in regular gas prices on January 25.

ComPol Chester meets the media – requests a better relationship
Newly appointed Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, held a meeting yesterday with members of all the major media houses in Belize City in an effort to strengthen the sometimes strained relationship between the media and the police department. In the meeting, the ComPol asked for more reciprocity between the police department and the media, claiming that they have not been reaping as many benefits from the relationship as the media has. He laid out some suggestions on how the media should move forward when reporting stories relating to crime.

CitCo holds its first public meeting in Port Loyola
Yesterday, February 6, the Belize City Council held its first public meeting since coming into office in March of last year. It took place at the St. John Vianney Primary School in the Port Loyola area. Mayor Bernard Wagner, the first to speak, told the gathering that the Council held its first meeting in that constituency because that is where they first launched their manifesto. The main focus of the meeting was to inform Port Loyola residents of the types of public works that will be conducted in the constituency. Over 100 residents turned up at the meeting to listen and voice their concerns.

Cricket Corner – BDF took first place in Marathon
Hello, all cricket fans, supporters and well-wishers! Under the auspices of the Belize National Cricket Association (BNCA), the Bowen and Bowen/ Harrison Parks 2019 National Cricket Competition kicked off last Saturday and Sunday in Bermudian Landing with a Marathon that saw six teams – BDF, Easy Does It, Berlan, Western Eagles, Rural Mix and Summer Fever – battling each other for the top prize of $1,000.00. At the end of Saturday’s matches, three teams made it to the playoffs – Western Eagles, BDF and Summer Fever.

Ahmadiyya Basketball League Week 2 results
Sunday, February 3, was another hectic day of basketball action at the SJC gym, where Week 2 of the 2019 Ahmadiyya Basketball League (ABL) Belize tournament comprised a total of 18 games played – 5 each in the U-15 and U-19 categories, and 8 in the U-23s.

Belize to participate in 2019 Central American U15 & U18 Table Tennis Championships
The Belize Table Tennis Association (BTTA) will be sending a delegation consisting of 10 players, 2 coaches and 1 delegate/parent to participate in the 2019 Central American U15 & U18 Table Tennis Championships to be held in Cancun, Mexico from February 6th to 9th.

Corozal FA kicks off Closing Season Tournament with Grand Parade and Opening/Awards Ceremony
This past weekend, Sunday, February 3, the Corozal Football Association (CFA) embarked on its 2018-2019 Closing Season Tournament. It started with a parade from the Miami Beach to Ricalde Stadium. Most of the participating clubs walked with us; this was one of its kind, and a positive experience for the community. Following the parade, the opening ceremony started, and we are grateful that Mr. Philip Marin, Technical Development Director from the FFB, joined us along with the Organizing Committee (OC) Chairman, Mr. Melhem Williams. It is an honor to have the continued support from the parents and clubs towards sports development in Corozal. Thank you all for a job well done this week.

Editorial: When will GoB announce new date for ICJ referendum?
One of the hosts at the government’s radio and television station, Wave, made special effort on Monday to explain why a delay in the delivery of new voter registration cards will have no effect on the referendum set for April 10. The host, Mr. Joe Bradley, pointed out that it is standard practice for voters to turn up at the voting booths without their voter registration cards, and that nobody gets turned back if their names are on the registration list. Mr. Bradley’s point that nobody gets turned back if their “papers” are in order is absolutely true. We don’t recall if it was mandatory to produce your voter registration card in the 1998 general election, which was held shortly after a re-registration of citizens was completed that same year. It is quite likely that it was, but maybe it wasn’t enforced.

Open letter to P.M. Barrow
Dear Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize, In October 2016, the teachers of Belize went on strike for eleven days. One of the main issues for the strike was Proposal 22, which speaks to full pension for teachers of secondary grant-aided schools. The said pension has been one that the teachers feel is their due. Why should teachers in government high schools receive full pensions and their counterparts in the granted-aided schools not receive such pension? They work as hard as the teachers from government schools. Where is the natural justice?

Compton replies to Lindsay
The hypothesis espoused by Mr. Lindsay Belisle regarding the 1859 Treaty as presented in the Amandala of January 25, 2019 is fundamentally flawed. As I read the article I immediately recognized the work of the Guatemalans as presented in their White Book regarding the opinions of the Mexican Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ignacio Mariscal, in 1882 prior to signing of the boundary treaty between the United Kingdom and Mexico in 1893, delimiting the Belize/Mexican boundary. However, between 1872 and 1884 when the British severed diplomatic relations with Mexico they made it known then that the Yucatecans had controlled the Icaiches Indians whom the British called (a savage tribe) from going into Belizean territory pillaging and destroying the town of Orange Walk. Minister Mariscal lectured the British telling them that they should stop selling and supplying arms to these Indian raiders.

“We never meant this to happen; and there will be an awful row; …”
First knight : “We know perfectly well how things will turn out, King Henry — God bless him — will have to say, for reasons of state, that he never meant for this to happen; and there is going to be an awful row; and at the best we shall have to spend the rest of our lives abroad.” The words are by Sir William de Traci, after joining with three others in the murder of the priest Samuel Becket, on behalf of King Henry II of England, in T.S. Eliot’s Play, MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL.

The Special Agreement between Belize and Guatemala
The United Democratic Party (UDP) Government of Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Dean O. Barrow has committed Belize to vote in a referendum on April 10 on whether or not to submit the Guatemalan claim (territorial, insular and maritime) to the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice, (ICJ) the judicial arm of the United Nations, for a final, binding settlement. If Belizeans vote yes to going to the ICJ, the case will go to the ICJ based on the protocols of the Special Agreement (Compromis) that both countries signed in December 2008, and which became a treaty with Guatemala when it was ratified some eight years later by the Belize Senate, in December 2016.

No shame in USA’s marijuana game
When you think on all the stress, and all the violence (we’re talking violence in its worst form), and all the ignorance that was spread and all the hypocritical things that were said and all the liars the USA’s fraudulent weed law made out of honest people, ih mek yu feel like cry. Have you ever had a stick of weed in your pocket, one lee stick, and you look up and see a police officer walking toward you? I haven’t, but I daam well have enough love in me to know that it was no happy feeling for a brother in such a position. Many a productive person’s life got disrupted, even derailed, because of possession of a stick of marijuana. Many got taken to detention cell, many had to pay hefty fines, and quite a few actually went to jail.

William Danny Mason and co-defendants taken to court for kidnapping case
Last May, the Senior Magistrate in the Belmopan Magistrate’s Court, Merlene Moody, conducted a preliminary inquiry and ruled that there was sufficient evidence to commit William Danny Mason and his four co-accused to stand trial in the Supreme Court on kidnapping charges. Yesterday, Wednesday, under heavy police escort, Mason and his co-accused were transported to the Belmopan Supreme Court. Police charged Mason along with Ernest Castillo, Keron Fernandez, Ashton Vanegas and Ryan Rhaburn for the May 2016 kidnapping of Mennonite businessman Lloyd Thiessen and his wife.

Wanted gunman surrenders to police for Coney Drive shooting
A wanted gunman has reportedly turned himself in to police a day after he became a wanted man for shooting and wounding a police officer on Coney Drive. Constable Leon Hijinio, 25, was shot in his right upper shoulder while trying to apprehend a man who was fleeing from police yesterday afternoon on Coney Drive, Belize City. Police said that at about 2:30 yesterday afternoon, they were patrolling the Philip Goldson Highway between Belize City and Brodies Supermarket on the highway, and while approaching the second roundabout near Brodies Agrochemicals (the first roundabout is the Flag Monument), they saw two men who are well-known to them, traveling on a motorcycle, going in the same direction in which they were heading.

3 Guatemalan farmers busted in Chiquibul
According to a press release from the Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD), three Guatemalans farmers were detained after they were caught in the Chiquibul National Park on Friday, February 1. The release says that the farmers were caught during a joint patrol conducted by members of the Belize Defence Force (BDF) and the FCD in the area of Cebada in southern Chiquibul. Those personnel discovered the farmers in civilian clothes working on an agricultural field located 600 meters inside the national park.

Pyromaniac on the rampage in Punta Gorda
Two vehicles were set on fire and another was almost damaged by fire yesterday, February 6, in Punta Gorda. Police believe that the three incidents are connected. The first report about a vehicle in flames was made by Christon Foster, of a Joe Taylor Creek address. Foster told police that he parked his grey Ford Fusion inside his yard on February 5, and the next morning when he woke up, around 5 a.m., he saw smoke coming out of his vehicle and realized it was on fire.

The Reporter

Editorial – February 8th.
By Mr. Henry Lawrence. Belizeans respond generously to calls for help in times of trouble. We responded generously after reports showed that the Guatemalan volcano el Fuego had erupted and killed hundreds and left thousands homeless last year. But Belizeans are strangely unresponsive to their own country’s call for help to defeat the Guatemalan threat, aimed at destroying Belize borders at the Sarstoon and on the western frontier.

Belize First, Belize Second, Belize Third!
By Major Lloyd Jones. I currently represent the PUP on the Belize Referendum Commission and I have been doing so since shortly after Mr. Briceño became the Leader of the PUP. However, since the Commission’s meeting of October 1, 2018 somebody tried to have me removed as the PUP’s representative to the said Commission.

Man Killed By Ambulance on Southern Highway
A man from the Toledo District was knocked down and killed by an ambulance on the Southern Highway last night, February 7th. Police say that Francisco Rash, 22, was walking on the highway a few minutes past 9:00 last night when somewhere between miles 43 and 44, an ambulance which was travelling the opposite way from the direction of San Isidro Village towards Bella Vista Village knocked him down. He died at the scene.

Police Say Murderers Got Away With Cash
Police say the men who shot and killed Japanese national, Masaki Yanai, 19, and critically wounded his father, Takayuki, last evening got away with Takayuki’s waistbag containing an undisclosed amount of cash. At a press briefing today, Police said that Takayuki Yanai, 53, had just closed his restaurant in Belize City and gone to a store to shop before going home on Park Avenue in the Buttonwood Bay area sometime after 6:00 pm.

PSU and Mayor Belisle Discuss Hilltop Property
Members of the Public Service Union (PSU), including its president Doreth Cayetano Obermayer, met with Belmopan Mayor Khalid Belisle recently to discuss plans to re-acquire the Hilltop property used as the union’s headquarters...

Wanted Hungarian Located in Belize; Deported
A coordinated effort by local Police and Immigration personnel and InterPol authorities has led to the apprehension and deportation of a Hungarian man wanted for a number of offences in his country.

All Or Noting
By: Assad Shoman – Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from a presentation in Dangriga on the ICJ by Assad Shoman. Shoman has been clear in his conviction that Belizeans should vote YES to the ICJ on Referendum Day, April 10, 2019.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

John Briceño and Jose Mai visits Zamorano, the most recognized agriculture school in the Americas
Opposition Leader, John Briceño and Deputy Leader with responsibility for agriculture, José Mai, are currently […]

$7K reward offered for arrest of suspects that killed Masaki Yanaai
Chester Williams, the Commissioner of Police (COMPOL) today informed that the Belize Police Department in collaboration with […]

Water restored in Arenal, Cayo
The Ministry of Labour, Local Government, and Rural Development inform residents of Arenal Village, Cayo that water […]

Multiple areas in Belize District affected by power outage
Today, the Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) informed customers in the Belize District that two power outages would affect […]

Ministry of Investment, Trade & Commerce facilitate Exchange investment missions between Taiwan and Belize
The Government of Belize, through the Ministry with responsibility for Investment, Trade and Commerce, along with the […]

Police: Man dies after being knocked down by ambulance in Southern Belize
A road traffic accident last night claimed the life of a man from Toledo. Around 9:03 pm, […]

Police: 66-year-old man in critical condition after shooting in Buena Vista
Police are investigating a shooting incident that occurred last night in Buena Vista, Cayo. Around 8:30 pm, […]

Police investigating murder of 19-year-old Masaki Yanai
Police are investigating the murder of nineteen-year-old Masaki Yanai that occurred last night. Investigations revealed that Takaya […]

Quick response saves building from fire in Belize City
Moments ago, a quick response from building tenants and the Belize Fire Department saved a building on […]

US Authorities investigating ‘drug deal gone bad’; Belizean man reportedly involved
American law enforcement officials were called out to an active shooting at Marriott Erie Bayfront Hotel in […]

Party Leadership and Prime Ministership
The views expressed in this article are those of the writer and not necessarily those of Breaking Belize News. By […]

Minister of Investment, Trade & Commerce tours companies in Stann Creek
Minister of Investment, Trade, and Commerce, Tracy Taegar-Panton, along with a delegation from the Ministry including the […]

Is Belize facing a possible drought?
Just as the National Meteorological Service of Belize determined that two-thirds of the country is […]

CDB projects positive economic growth for region
The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) is projecting that Belize and other borrowing member countries in the region […]

The Elimination of our Men!
The views expressed in this article are those of the writer and not necessarily those of Breaking Belize News. By […]

Man dies after being hit by ambulance in Southern Belize
Last night there was a fatal road traffic accident in southern Belize. Francisco Rash was somewhere near […]


Kidtopia: An exceptional child care option for vacationing families!
If you find yourself vacationing on Ambergris Caye, there is a great option: Kidtopia! The recently opened children’s club offers a safe and fun option for parents to drop off their precious ones for an hour or two. Complete with playground area, arts and crafts station, kitchen, mini library, and video game station, Kidtopia offers a place for your children to just be kids and time to be with other children as well. With fun themed activities such as slime making and martial arts training, children will have a blast.

Independent Tikal Tour Guide Review
We had the pleasure of using an independent tour operator. Yes, we took a chance on this one man show. His name is Genny Reyes, a Guatemalan, young yet impressively knowledgeable and of course, licensed. We were staying in Belize, so we drove to the border, parked, then walked through customs and met up with Genny on the other side. There he was with my name on his sign and a big beautiful smile welcoming us to his country. From that point on Genny handled all the details with the border agents and park officials with professionalism.

International Sourcesizz

Mexican company converts avocado pits into completely biodegradable plastic
When you think of Mexico, you think of tequila and guacamole, says Scott Munguia. If he has his way, you might also be thinking of something else made from the avocado: plastic made from the seed. As plastic straws and disposable cutlery fall out of favor for their potential to inflict environmental damage, a company with an alternative that uses avocado pits is getting more attention. Morelia, Michoacán-based Biofase is manufacturing biodegradable cutlery and straws made out avocado seeds using a process whose beginnings date back to 2012.

Belize’s IFSC Publishes List of ‘No-Longer’ Licensed Brokers
Belize’s financial watchdog (IFSC) ‎today issued a list of asset managers, FX and ‎binary options brokers that effective January 1, 2019 are no longer licensed by the International Financial Services Commission. Following its expulsion from the regulator’s roster, these firms in case they continue providing professional ‎investment services to domestic clients without proper authorization, the practice will be considered a criminal offense. According to the regulatory manifest, however, there is no one-size-fits-all reasoning that the IFSC gives for lapsing these licenses. IFSC warnings on those domains come hot on the heels of Alpari’s move to close down its subsidiary in Belize.

Vancouver submariner ventures into world's largest underwater sinkhole (PHOTOS)
After almost three weeks and more than 20 dives, a team of explorers have completed a successful expedition of the Blue Hole — the world’s largest underwater sinkhole. Located at the centre of the Lighthouse Reef, 40 miles from the Coast of Belize, the Blue hole is 1,043 feet (318 metres) in diameter and 407 feet (124 metres) deep, and large enough to swallow two entire Boeing 747s.

Bipartisan Caribbean Trade Bill introduced in US congress
US Reps. Terri Sewell (D-AL) and Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) have introduced legislation to reauthorize the US Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBTPA) until 2030. Since 2000, CBTPA has allowed for the duty- and quota-free import of goods made with US yarns, fabrics and threads from Caribbean countries. “Extending the US Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act will expand the United States’ trade with Caribbean basin countries and increase our nation’s economic growth,” Sewell said. “Improving trade with countries like Haiti and Jamaica by reauthorizing CBTPA encourages future investment, promotes job creation and lays the foundation for long-term economic development.”

CDB increases disbursements by 20 percent in 2018
The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) disbursed a record US$280 million in project funding to its borrowing member countries (BMCs) in 2018, a 20 percent increase compared with 2017. The bank disbursed US$233 million in 2017 and US$206 million in 2016. Speaking at CDB’s annual news conference, the bank’s director of projects, Daniel Best highlighted factors contributing to this, in particular a CDB-led initiative to improve implementation at the country level.


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