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Today's Belize News: March 2, 2019 #535151
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The San Pedro Sun

San Pedro Invaders suffer another loss
San Pedro Invaders suffered another loss in the fourth week of Belize National Amateur Women’s League 2019 Closing Season on Saturday, September 23rd. The Island team fell short against the Black Orchids, with a 1-4 score. For their next match, the San Pedro Invaders will be playing at home against Verdes Rebels on Saturday, March 9th. The match is scheduled to begin at 7:30PM at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town. All islanders are invited to come out and support our girls in their home game.

Proposed development on mangrove property across from San Pedro Lagoon raises concerns

Belize Rural South Politicians weigh in on how islanders will vote in the ICJ referendum
Area Representative for Belize Rural South (BRS), Honourable Manuel Heredia Jr., is confident that his constituency will vote ‘Yes’ to taking the territorial dispute with Guatemala to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the upcoming national referendum scheduled for April 10, 2019. Heredia told The San Pedro Sun that he believes that BRS will have the highest percentage of a ‘Yes’ vote, pointing out that it is perhaps the only constituency where the incumbent Area Representative and the candidate for the post from the Opposition, People’s United Party (PUP), Andre Perez are both in favor of taking the matter to the ICJ. According to Heredia, the educational campaign regarding this issue has been well received by islanders in Caye Caulker and Ambergris Caye, who will make an informed decision for the future of the country. Heredia made it clear that even though his party, the ruling United Democratic Party is for the ICJ, the campaign on the island has not been politicized.

NEBL returns this weekend; San Pedro Tiger Sharks play their first home game on the island
The National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) Tournament is back this weekend after taking a break to give way to the International Basketball Federation World Basketball Cup qualifying quadrangular games. Held from February 22nd through the 24th, the tournament saw Belize claim third place at the end of the competition. All fans are invited to come out and support the San Pedro Tiger Sharks as they play one of their most important games in the season. Tipoff is at 9PM at the San Pedro High School Auditorium. Entrance is $10 for adults and $7 for children. Children under the age of five enter for free.

Pink Eye reported in Mexico prompt island health authorities to take precautions
After the Ministry of Health (MOH) alerted the country of an increase in cases of Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye) in the neighbouring Mexican State of Quintana Roo, health authorities in San Pedro Town are taking precautions to avoid an outbreak on the island. According to reports from Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II, they have treated at least five cases, but so far there have been no signs of an increase on the island. The island community is advised to monitor the situation, practice proper hygiene, and to seek medical attention at the first signs of the disease.

Misc Belizean Sources

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Wildtracks Update
It is baby time again at Fireburn, and we are celebrating the new additions to the Fireburn population of endangered Yucatan black howler monkeys. These include Coco's troop. Coco has two females - one is a first generation wild born at Fireburn, approaching breeding age. The other is this howler, with her baby. This brings the known wild births in the reintroduction programme to 45 over the last seven years...our population is growing!

San Pedro Child Stimulation month opening parade photos

BETEX Road Show 2019
Meet, network and build business relationships with agents and wholesalers at BETEX Road Show 2019. Register now at: http://www.betex.bz/supplier-registration-form-single-booth/. BTIA members get a discounted rate to participate!

Exciting & Fantastic Football Action this Saturday, March 2nd and Sunday, March 3rd at the Ricalde Stadium
We have been following these games closely and for sure, these kids are truly our football warriors. Under 10 - Under 19. Come out and support. It's fun and entertaining. Parents, please come out and cheer for your children. Only $3.00 at the gate. See you there!

Belize's Wonder Women! Sandra Pollard Hall
For the month of March, we are proud to announce that Sandra Pollard Hall is our Belize Wonder Woman! Sandra has worked for Belize as a Civil Servant and as an advocate for women and children. She gained a wealth of experience in the government sector both as Permanent Secretary and as Chief Executive Officer of several Ministries. Her passion and commitment to make a difference have been evident throughout her career. During her tenure of service with UNICEF Belize, she liaised with Government to ensure the implementation of the UNICEF Belize Country Programme and co-managed the first UNICEF Children’s Advisory Committee that allowed children to become actively engaged in promoting the human rights of children.

Hero Twins, Hunahpu and Xbalanque
When the Hero Twins, Hunahpu and Xbalanque, went into Xibalba, they faced many trials. One of those trials was the House of Jaguars. "Next they entered into Jaguar House, which was crowded inside with jaguars: "Do not eat us. We will give you what is yours," the jaguars were told. Then they scattered bones before the beasts, who voraciously crunched them . . . they didn't die. They were just fine when they came out again from Jaguar House"

CANINE DISTEMPER IS A THREAT TO YOUR PUPPY AND DOG
The Veterinary Association of Belize advises the general public that veterinary clinics in Belize, particularly in Belize City, are reporting an increase in outbreaks of Canine Distemper. This disease of puppies and dogs is often fatal and those that survive have permanent, irreparable nervous system damage. All dogs are at risk but puppies younger than four months old and dogs that have not been vaccinated against the disease are at increased risk of acquiring the disease. Puppies and dogs often become infected through airborne exposure. Infected dogs can shed the virus for months and mother dogs can pass the virus through the placenta to their puppies.

Corozal Juan Carnaval Presentation
The Corozal House of Culture is pleased to invite you to our Juan Carnaval Presentation Sunday March 3rd. Enjoy the various traditional components of Juan Carnaval such as Los Mascarados, Comparsas performed by groups from Corozal Town, Xaibe and Cristo Rey Villages, the reading of the Last Will and Testament and of course, the burning of "Juancito". Join us beginning at 4pm at Miami Beach by Bay Breeze and Jam Rock for a wonderful evening of culture.

NEMO Receives Equipment from Mesoamerican Project
Minister of National Emergency Management, Hon Edmond Castro, has received on behalf of the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) valuable equipment from the Mesoamerica Integration and Development Project, in line with the Mesoamerica Network for Integral Risk Management (RMGIR). The project handed over one (1) Hp ‘Pro-book’ laptop and one (1) Dell Optiplex desktop to the minister on February 28th, 2019. The project will see the sharing of map layers from various Ministries of Government on one platform focusing on disaster risk management. Each layer will provide key information for the planning of various components of disaster risk management such as, Transportation/Evacuation; Health (hospitals/ health centers, etc); Water Resources; Fuel Resources; Shelters; Access to food; Road Networks; and Schools.

Environmental Clearance for Collection & Disposal of Sewage Waste
Any person or company engaging in the collection of sewage waste from businesses or households are hereby notified that you are required to obtain Environmental Clearance from the Department of the Environment (DOE), in accordance with the environmental laws of Belize. Any person or company that disposes of sewage waste in any unapproved site is committing an offence and is liable for prosecution. The disposal of sewage waste in sensitive areas such as mangrove, on islands, and in wetland areas, can result in serious environmental damages to aquatic habitats, as well as potential harmful human health effects. The monitoring of these activities will be conducted more frequently by the Department of Environment to ensure the protection of Belize’s environment while maintaining the sustainability of Belize’s development.

National Trade Policy Launched
Following Cabinet’s approval of Belize’s first National Trade Policy (NTP) in November 2018, the Directorate General for Foreign Trade (DGFT) in the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Commerce has launched the National Trade Policy at 9:00am on February 28th, 2019 at the King’s Room of the Ramada Belize City Princess Hotel and Casino. The National Trade Policy, which has been developed with technical assistance from the Commonwealth Secretariat under its flagship program the Hub and Spokes Program, is structured around four main pillars; institutional capacity strengthening; enhancement of supply and productive capabilities; increased market access and entry; and trade facilitation.

Launch of The Female Entrepreneurship Program
The Small Business Development Centre Belize (SBDCBelize)—a unit of BELTRAIDE—with support from The Center for the Promotion of Micro and Small Enterprise (CENPROMYPE), THE US State Department, and The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg launched its Female Entrepreneurship Program today, March 1, 2019. This program is designed EXCLUSIVELY for Women, and seeks to improve their competencies and strengthen their empowerment and leadership skills. It is a space of collaboration among women, a generator of new knowledge and innovation where they learn to build and validate their Business Model in a participative and dynamic manner. “FEMALE ENTREPRENEURSHIP”, which is the mechanism referred to as the specialized service, will provide the participants with business advisors that offer specialized techniques in innovation and entrepreneurship, and their role will be to accompany the participants in this experience through group meetings...

BAR ICJ OPINION COMING MONDAY
I've seen a copy moments ago, and it appears he's making a case for "yes" without making the judgment call. The Bar Association of Belize is pleased to announce that it is now in possession of the Legal Opinion on the Belize/Guatemala Dispute by international law expert, Professor StephenVascianne, CD (“the Opinion”). The Opinion examines the Belize/Guatemala territorial dispute with reference to international law principles and, in the same vein, evaluates strengths and possible weaknesses of Belize’s case if the dispute were submitted for determination by the International Court of Justice.

Fun filled inauguration of Child Stimulation Month 2019 in Corozal
Its all about the Children, the future of our country.

BTIA Corozal Coconut Festival - March 29-30
The BTIA Corozal Chapter in partnership with Centro Escolar Mexico Junior College will host the first Annual BTIA Corozal Coconut Festival, March 29 & 30, 2019. The event starts off the evening of March 29th, with a Maya Wedding re-enactment at the Santa Rita Archaeological Site from 7pm-9pm. At 10am on March 30th, the activities of the Coconut Festival continue with a beach side party showcasing cultural presentations, business booth displays, children games, and live musical entertainment during the day and into the night featuring top Belize entertainers.

LET'S WRITE! SKYPE GRANT WRITING SESSION!
For beginners and experienced grant writers. Explore best practices and learn how to apply for DUNS and SAMS registration. Wednesday, March 13, 2019 from 9:30 am to 10:30 am. If you are interested to participate contact [email protected] NOW!

Yucatec Maya elders Felicita Cantun (Yo Creek) and Nojoch Mak Faustino Yam(Cristo rey,Corozal) Sharing our Maya language experience
With elders, students and teachers celebrating INTERNATIONAL MOTHER LANGUAGE DAY. That day the Yucatec Maya,Mopan Maya and Kekchi Maya people where present sharing their language also .

Steve Babb Band at Palapa Bar and Grill
Join us on Monday, March 4th at 6 PM to hear local Belize City musician Steve Babb Band. Lots of great music - Soca, Cumbia, and Mainstream.

Hudut, Sere & PUNTA at Black/White Garifuna Restaurant
Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 6 PM. Let’s go support Miss Julia and enjoy traditional Garifuna food at the only Garifuna cultural center on the island! They will also be performing traditional Garifuna drumming and punta dance that night. Invite is open, so invite friends. But I will close the RSVP list down on Friday, so I can tell her how many people are going.

MAYA DAY 2019
March 24,2019, Tumul K'in Center of Learning. Blue Creek,Toledo.

Channel 7

Family of Robbery Suspects Says Men Denied Medical Treatment
Tonight 6 men - not 5 - remain detained at the Corozal Police station pending charges for yesterday's lawless robbery of money changers at the northern border.  As we showed you last night, after the men snatched over $15,000 in various currencies from the money changers, police were on the scene and pursued in a high speed chase.  Scores of shots were fired in a high powered exchange of gunfire.  As we showed you, the criminals, who were organized, had pistols and at least one assault rifle.   They were using that to fire on the police, but the cops had superior manpower and firepower.  In the end, they forced the getaway vehicle, a Mercury Mariner to pull over to the side of the road - and the suspects dashed into the bushes heading to 4 mile Lagoon.  In the end four of the alleged robbers were shot multiple times.  

Mother Pleas With Police to Take Her Son For Treatment
And this evening in Corozal, CTV-3 News spoke to Randolph Crawford's mother.  She said she has been trying to get food for her son and get him to the hospital without success.  But she adds that he did go to the hospital the day before: Delvorine Crawford - Mother of Accused: "When we reached here just now, Randolph and Joshua the sit down on the bench in station. So I asked why they are not at the hospital, the police that was behind the desk said he was nothing to do with that, he can't do nothing because all they do is bring Randolph in and left them there. Randolph is complaining that he have pain in his leg, he can't feel his legs and the police don't want to take him to the hospital..."

Getting Ready For Referendum
In less than 6 weeks, Belizean voters will be going to the polls for the ICJ referendum.
It's pretty much a like a big election, except instead of voting for a political party, voters will say yes or no to the ICJ.  For the Elections and Boundaries Department, the pressure is on, because that office has to conduct and oversee an national election process, but without the usual input from the major mass parties.   Last week, the department sent out a release inviting all the different groups represented in the National Assembly to appoint monitors to observe the elections.  These monitors will act like an oversight mechanism, to ensure that this referendum is conducted in a free and fair manner.

BPP Wants To Monitor Referendum Vote
The Belize Progressive Party was not invited to be amongst the scrutineers - despite the fact that over the last few months, they've been the loudest voices advocating for a "no" vote to the ICJ.  But, they have no seat in the National Assembly because they do not have voter support.  Still, they caught major feelings because they say that they're being unfairly excluded from acting as part of the referendum oversight mechanism The Belize Peace Movement, an umbrella group that focuses on the ICJ issue, staged an impromptu picket of today's meeting.  We spoke with Patrick Rodgers about their gripes with the decision from Elections and Boundaries. Here's what he had to say:

Distribution of Voters ID's Commences
And keeping it on elections, we asked the Chief Elections Officer about those voter's identification cards that have been delayed for some time now. As we reported, the Department said last week that the first tranche of ID cards is ready, and that they would start distributing them today.   The first one we've seen is from UDP Chairman Alberto August - he posted it on Facebook.   Chief Elections officer Tamai told us that they're on schedule to deliver the cards to voters who re-registered in July of last year: Josephine Tamai - Chief Elections Officer: "The distribution started to day for those persons who were approved for the month of July. We're phasing it in, and we also made an announcement whereby we said that we're going to get dates to go into villages to distribute those ID cards..."

Burnt Baby Flown To Shriners
Tonight, 18 month old burn victim Zaela Usher has just arrived at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Galveston, Texas.  She was picked up in an ambulance at the KHMH around 3:00 pm - you can see her mother standing by here as she was loaded into the ambulance.  From there, ZAELA - who is stable enough to make the trip - was taken to the airport where an air ambulance was waiting.  The Burn Victim Mercy Fund paid forty thousand dollars for the Air Ambulance, and Shriners provides the treatment as charity.

GOB Selling Narco Plane
We all know how strapped the government is - and today we saw an ad in the papers which shows that they are looking for creative ways to generate income.  And that means selling a narco-plane which was found.   It's a British Aerospace 125 700 - commonly known as the Hawker Siddeley 125, which the narcos left abandoned on the Progresso Road in April of last year.   Today an ad in the paper says, the government is inviting tenders for the purchase of the plane.  The ad states, "the aircraft will be sold as is, where is."  It can be viewed by appointment and tender should be submitted to the Financial Secretary on a week's time.

Security Minister Tours
Minister of National Security John Saldivar has embarked on another tour of security facilities across the country.  It started today in Punta Gorda where a large BDF and Coast Guard security detail accompanied the contingent which was headed down the Sarstoon. Today, via phone we asked the CEO is the heavy security presence was to make sure the Guatemalan Armed Forces didn't get any ideas. Here's how he answered: Voice of (Ret.) Col. George Lovell - CEO, National Security: "The purpose of the visit for him to go and see what's going on, for us to make an assessment of what we need to do in terms of our work plan and prioritizing this coming financial year and it's a chance for us to really sit with them and get a feel of what's going on in the ground and it's something we look forward to, we can't do it every year but thankfully we were able to do it 2 years ago and we're glad to be able to do it again this year. This visit he plans to visit the Sarstoon, Cadenas, stop in at the police station in Barranco because we want to revive that police station. Also I think he will be touring fayweather camp at some point and the police station down in Punta Gorda..."

MOMO Challenge, A Hoax Or A Real Threat to Kids' Safety
Charlie Charlie and  Bloody Mary are just two of many viral games or challenges that many kids and teens have tried. It might seem like just innocent child's play but they have sinister underlying elements that can be unsettling.  Now, there is another one that has surfaced. It's called the Momo challenge and parents all over world especially in the UK and the US have expressed concern. Even the police and schools in some US states have issued warnings to parents to be on the alert. Now we stress to you our Belizean parents, do not go into a panic or freak out because it may not even be real. I did some research on it and here is what I found.  The favorite pastime for most kids is playing online video games and binge watching YouTube videos.

The Good Part OF Being A Kid
And of course the best way to keep your kids from getting caught up or sinking into in youtube black hole is putting up the phone and reading to them . Spend more time with your kids! That was the main message from today's Child Stimulation March. Here's more. Darlene Lozano - Education Officer, BDEC: "The month of March is designated as child stimulation month; it's where we focus on our children 0 to 8. Studies have shown that's the period for optimal development of our students, academically, physically in the all the areas. So we celebrate the month this year under the theme hug me, listen to me, read with me, help me grow. We want our families, we want our community to guide these children to grow into successful citizens and we can do that by strengthened them academically - reading to them.

Make Land Use Practices Sound
Land : it's a precious and finite resource that's the subject of many disputes and squabbles, everyone is trying to get a piece of it - and, everyday, there's less to get.  Well, the Belize Climate Resilient Infrastructure Project team has revised the 2011 Belize National Land Use Policy and Implementation Action plan to better address matters like land distribution and taxation among others. The Project coordinator told us more at their stakeholder meeting.  Wendel Parham - Project Coordinator, BCRIP: "BCRIP is a project that came out of the national climate resilience investment plan for the country which you may know of, so it's one of the first projects and basically it is looking at climate resilience as the name implies and it is focusing mainly on infrastructure..."

Legal Opinion On ICJ Ready
Back in January, we told you how the Bar Association of Belize intended to help educate Belizeans in time for the National Referendum on the ICJ.  They commissioned an updated legal opinion on the Belize/Guatemala territorial dispute. Well, that has been finished by international law expert Professor Stephen Vascianne, CD, A press release from the bar says, quote, "The Opinion examines the Belize/Guatemala territorial dispute with reference to international law principles and, in the same vein, evaluates strengths and possible weaknesses of Belize's case if the dispute were submitted for determination by the International Court of Justice. <

Succotzeno's BEX With BWS
Villagers in San Jose Succotz in Western Belize are fuming tonight - after they received water bills that were astronomically high. How astronomical?  Try $1,091 for homes whose bill would never go over a hundred dollars.   We were sent a bunch of bills that are five or ten times what these consumers would usually pay.   So, what's causing it - and what should they do?   Well, Channel 7 was reliably informed that the cause is a dishonest meter reader who was making grossly inaccurate readings of meters.  But, it also resulted in much lower bills for a period - and no one complained about that.  That person has been fired and and his replacement has rectified the situation and brought meters up to the correct current readings - which is what's causing the uproar, apparently.

WCS Working With Technology
For the past 2 days, we've been telling you all about the how the Wildlife Conservation Society and other local conservation groups have been putting technology to use in their efforts to police Belize's marine and terrestrial protected areas.  That includes the SMART system, which is short for Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tools. This system allows the conservationists to track illegal fishing activities, and incursions into marine protected areas.  Well tonight, we have one more system of theirs to tell you about. It's their satellite vessel monitoring system, which - if it is embraced by Belize's fisherfolk - will allow them to track the movement of all fishing vessels in Belizean waters using GPS. The country director told us on Wednesday that this VMS system will allow the Wildlife Conservation Society to rescue fishermen who are lost at sea:

Making Youth Programs Work
The Department of Youth Services and The Commonwealth are working on a 3 year plan to re-vitalize the department's programs and their response to youth needs. Today was the final day of their consultation sessions and we found out what came out fo the sessions:

Prom Fashion For a Good Cause
"Armo Belize" is hosting a Prom expo and fashion show tomorrow at the SCA auditorium. It's a fundraising event to help 10 year old Lucite Chable . She is a kidney failure patient who needs your help to survive. Armo Belize founder Duane Moody told us more.  It's $5 to enter the expo which begins from 9 tomorrow morning to 3:00 . The fashion show begins at  7 pm . Entrance For The fashion show is $25 for general and $50 for VIP. 

Gayle's Reasoning
And, finally tonight we have two last clips from Dr. Herbert Gayle's presentation on the failure of crime suppression from the lecture he delivered a week ago.   He discussed a crime phenomenon which is happening right now - where crime suppression operations in urban areas force gangs to expand their base of operations to new areas - such as Punta Gorda.  

Channel 5

Pesero Recounts Terrifying Robbery Experience
Six men are in police detention following a brazen armed robbery at the northern border on Thursday morning but no charges has been levied on them as yet. The group [...]

Family of Alleged Robber Claims Police Mistreatment
One of the robbers who was injured during the shootout with police at the northern border is twenty-four year old Randolph Crawford. He was shot on both legs and according [...]

A Peaceful Protest by Belize Peace Movement
A small protest was held today in front of The Inspiration Centre where the Elections & Boundaries Department was meeting with monitors for the upcoming Referendum on April tenth. Leading [...]

BPM calls on Prime Minister to back off from Judiciary
The Peace Movement is also calling on Prime Minister Dean Barrow to back off from the judiciary. The organization is responding to comments made by P.M. Barrow with respect to [...]

A Coastguard Outpost in Barranco?
Minister of National Security John Saldivar was in Punta Gorda today and reportedly led a large civilian delegation under joint military and coastguard patrol to the Sarstoon River.  The trip [...]

Baby Zela Departs Country for Special Care in U.S.A.
Eighteen-month-old burn victim Zela Usher left the country this afternoon. She is on her way to Galveston, Texas, where she will receive treatment at the burn unit at Shriners Hospital. [...]

A man is convicted for the sexual assault of his sister-in-law
Twenty-four-year-old Stephan Pasos was convicted today for inappropriately touching a twenty-one-year-old woman who is his sister-in-law. Pasos appeared before Magistrate Emerson Banner and pleaded guilty to sexual assault, telling the [...]

A meeting for Monitors for Referendum Day
With forty more days to go until Referendum Day on April tenth, today the Elections and Boundaries Department met with organizations who are represented in that National Assembly. The department [...]

International Observers Will be Present for I.C.J. Referendum
The Elections and Boundaries Department is gearing up for referendum day. The Chief Elections Officer Josephine Tamai today told the media that section six of the Referendum Act states that [...]

2,500 Plus Disallowed Voters IS a Huge Number!
Tamai was asked a number of issues in respect of Referendum day. Earlier this week she said on Open Your Eyes that  two thousand and five hundred plus persons have [...]

Voter ID Cards ready!
The Elections and Boundaries Department has begun issuing Voter ID cards for persons who registered in April 2018. According to Josephine Tamai,ID cards will also be distributed by Elections and Boundaries [...]

Bar to Receive Legal Opinion on I.C.J.
A legal opinion the Belize/Guatemala Dispute has been obtained by The Bar Association of Belize. It is crafted by international law expert, Professor Stephen Vascianne, CD. According to a release [...]

Bush fire spreads to Xtra House Compound
Shortly after five on Thursday evening, a fire broke out inside the Extra House compound on the George Price Highway. Fire officials say that the blaze didn’t destroy any of [...]

Fire Department shares fire safety tips!
During these coming months, bush fires are common across the country. Today the Fire Department shared tips on how you can help to prevent these fires from causing loss of [...]

Agriculture CEO Says Soybean is Indeed Restricted
Soybean producers in Little Belize are in the red and they are desperately trying to find a new market for roughly seven million pounds of the legume which is being [...]

Introducing the Belize Climate Resilient Infrastructure Project
The presentation of the Belize National Land Use Policy Implementation Road Map and Action Plan was held in Belize City this morning by the Ministry of Natural Resources.  It forms [...]

What Does Climate Resilient Infrastructure Entail?
The roll-out will see the restoration of a stretch of road between Vista del Mar and Biscayne on the Phillip Goldson Highway to meet climate resilient specifications.  According to Project [...]

First ever female entrepreneurship program launched!
The Belize Trade and Investment Development Service, through support from the Regional Center of Promotion for MSME (CENPROMYPE) and funds from the U.S. State Department, launched a project called the [...]

Belize & Cuba renew cooperation agreement
Belize and the Republic of Cuba renewed their cooperation agreement in support of the Cuban Medical Brigade. The one year agreement was signed with the expectation that Cuba will continue [...]

BNTU Prez Comments on B.M.H.S Woes
Earlier in the month, the teachers at Bishop Martin High School in Orange Walk Town staged a sit out as a way to force the administration to address thorny issues [...]

Muffles Teacher Still On Administrative Leave
And while the administration at Bishop Martin High School is at odds with its teachers, at Muffles College High School one female teacher is fighting to remain employed. The third [...]

Child Stimulation Month Kicks Off with Grand Parade
Every year we cover activities relating to Child Stimulation Month. The entire month of March is dedicated to highlighting the importance of early childhood education. This morning, four thousand children [...]

Anigi – a new book by Govel Morgan Jr.
Punta Gorda native and author Govel Morgan Junior recently published his book entitled “Anigi” on the international market. According to Morgan, while the book was originally published in the late [...]

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Art and Public Space
The Street Art Festival was held last weekend in downtown Belize City. While the stalls and art work are quickly assembled and downtown is restored to its normal state within hours, there is one iconic piece that has remained behind. It is the Mexican Embassy’s contribution to the festival which has found a permanent place …

BAR Association received Legal Opinion on the Belize/Guatemala Dispute
The Bar Association of Belize has received a Legal Opinion on the Belize/Guatemala Dispute by international law expert, Professor Stephen Vascianne. The Opinion examines the Belize/Guatemala territorial dispute with reference to international law principles and, in the same vein, evaluates strengths and possible weaknesses of Belize’s case if the dispute were submitted for determination by …

Family of accused robber says police are denying him proper medical attention
Tonight, the family of one of the accused robbers who assaulted and took cash from money exchangers at the Santa Elena border in Corozal is calling on the police to provide one of the detained perpretators with proper medical attention. Late this afternoon, Mansfield Phillips, uncle to 24-year-old, Randolph Crawford told our newsroom that his …

Rotary Club Belize City joins ICJ referendum campaign
The Rotary Club of Belize City joined the education campaign on taking the Belize Guatemala dispute to the International Court of Justice. It hosted a crossfire discussion on Wednesday at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts. Here is a look at some of the highlights of the evening. Dalia Ical: “The Rotary ICJ Crossfire …

Elections and Boundaries meets with monitors for referendum
With less than two months to go for the referendum, the Elections and Boundaries Department is making preparations for the referendum. Earlier today, a meeting took place at the Inspiration Centre with the referendum monitors appointed by representatives in Belize’s National Assembly. Chief Elections Officer, Josephine Tamai told the media that the purpose of the …

BPM protests being excluded from Election & Boundaries meeting
While the appointed referendum monitors were in meeting with the Elections and Boundaries Department this afternoon at the Inspiration Centre in Belize City, the Belize Peace Movement stood outside with placards in protest. The Belize Peace Movement had demanded earlier this week that they be included in monitoring the referendum but their demands played no …

Child Stimulation Month Across the Nation
Some studies show that 85 percent of brain development occurs by age 5. This is reason why parents and guardians should do everything to stimulate the minds of kids in those precious early years. It can be a task as simply teaching them to read and write. Across the country today, educators and parents of …

ANIGI- Belizean Literature available in E-Book Format
In a modern era, reading is becoming a lost art for kids who prefer audio visuals and interactive technology to the pages of a printed book. But for authors, the task is not only finding the right language for his audience, but to find the right vehicle to deliver the message. Belizean author Govel A. …

Belize’s National A Female team takes a challenge from Tennessee
The Football Federation of Belize (FFB) is hosting an international friendly game between a female team from Tennessee who will be challenging Belize’s National A Female team. Yashmin Juan, the communications and marketing Director for the FFB says it will be an exciting game and portions of the ticket sales will be donated to a …


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Brazen early morning robbery at Northern Border
Six brazen criminals targeted money changers at the Northern Border early this morning in a robbery that failed miserably. They were able to steal the businessmen’s cash, but were all apprehended by police before they could get away. The entire incident, which began around 7:15 a.m., was captured by surveillance footage, which is still making its rounds on social media. In the footage, a green SUV is seen driving up to where the money changers are usually located – under a shed almost directly across from the border station where people going to Mexico go in to get their passport stamped.

Diesel reaches $10, as pump prices rise yet again
Around the end of last year, gas prices were slowly decreasing, giving Belizeans some welcome relief at the pumps. That relief, however, is now gone, as gas prices have risen yet again, making this the sixth time since the start of 2019 that fuel prices have increased. The last increase took place a mere 12 days ago, on February 16, with the price of regular gas increasing by 10 cents and the price of premium gas by 12 cents. It is the price of diesel and kerosene, however, that have been raised in this most recent increase.

Mentally ill man freed after spending 9 years on remand without a trial
Luke McFadzean, a resident of Hattieville who was indicted on charges of attempted murder and use of deadly means of harm with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, and has been on remand since 2010 at the Belize Central Prison, walked out of the Supreme Court of Justice Colin Williams on Monday morning, leaving his legal troubles behind. McFadzean, 33, apparently fell into the cracks of the criminal justice system and has been languishing on remand indefinitely since he was charged on February 26, 2010, because he is a person who suffers from “moderate mental retardation and schizophrenia,” his psychiatric evaluation says.

Grayson Cadle, 22, burn survivor, returns home
In July of 2018, 22-year-old Grayson Cadle’s life was forever changed when a butane tank explosion almost caused him to lose his life. Fortunately, Grayson survived the incident and he’s ready to continue his life as normally as possible. July 9, around 4:30 p.m., is when the incident happened. A loud bang could be heard blocks away, and witnesses said they saw a man who was on fire, run out of a house. Today, Grayson was able to clear up some of the rumors surrounding the incident. He told us that it was a normal day for him, and that when he arrived home from working at Protel BPO Call Center, the first thing he needed to do was use the bathroom. So he stripped off his work clothes – down to his boxers and undershirt – and went into the bathroom.

Double murder leaves PG shaken up
Punta Gorda Town has always been known as a peaceful paradise for its residents. As of late, however, the town has seen an increase in crime. Just last month, a man was murdered right outside his home and police suspect that the murder is related to a double murder which occurred last night. Details are currently sparse, but in a press briefing held at the police’s headquarters in Belmopan, Senior Superintendent Sandra Bodden, Southern Regional Commander, explained that when police were alerted to the murders, they went to the Punta Gorda Hospital, where they saw the body of Kevin Moro, 30.

Vital Statistics Unit – a millstone around the necks of Belizean voters
The Vital Statistics Unit, which has been removed from the control of the Judiciary and now falls under the Attorney General’s Ministry, is a department that is key to the democratic process of Belize, its function being complementary to the Elections and Boundaries Department, which compiles the voters list. But since the re-registration exercise began last July, there have been a lot of public complaints about what has been transpiring at the Vital Statistics Unit. A considerable number of Belizeans have been disenfranchised because they were unable to access their documents from the Vital Statistics Unit when they applied to get them. As it now stands, the new voters list is almost 71,000 voters shorter than the previous list, and some of the reasons for this shortfall can be laid at the door of the Vital Statistics Unit.

Cricket Corner – Bandits and Excellence, showdown of the day; Summer Fever mash up Northern Spirit
Pleasant time of the day to all cricket players, fans and supporters! Under the auspices of the Belize National Cricket Association, I am pleased to tell you about games played over the weekend in the Harrison Parks 2019 Cricket Competition, sponsored by the Bowen and Bowen Company. Before getting into game stats, just let me say I was privileged to be in Belmopan on Saturday. Thanks for the hospitality I enjoyed, given to me by Mr. Denton Belisle, the manager of the Bandits Cricket Club. Thanks very much, family. During my time there I happened to see and talk to an old friend, (inset) Mr. Narval Belisle, a veteran cricket player who played for Excelsior Cricket Team of St. Paul’s Bank, Police and Belmopan Cricket teams. He is an all-rounder. Bowling was his main area; and he was very good at it. Blessings, Mr. Belisle!

City Boys 10 & Under Grassroots Week 1 results; Week 2 games at Yabra Field
Hello, Football Family! The 3rd Annual City Boys 10 & Under Grassroots Football Tournament 2019 regular season got under way with 3 games played on Saturday, February 23, at the Cumberbatch Football Field (Cor. Fabers Road and Caesar Ridge). In game 1, St. John Vianney and Belize United FC played to a 1-1 draw. Jaren Young shook the net for St. John Vianney, while Malik Martinez hit the target for Belize United.

Baron Bliss Harbour Regatta on Sunday, March 10, at BTL Park
The Harbour Regatta Committee, under the patronage of His Excellency Sir Colville Young, announces the 91st Baron Bliss Regatta to be held in front of the BTL Park, Belize City on Sunday, March 10, on the “traditional” course. The course will be marked by buoys near the Radisson Fort George Pier, northern tip of Northern Drowned Cayes and the Fisheries in a triangle shape. The Committee Boat will be near shore of the BTL Park and be the anchor mark of the start and finish lines. At 9:00 a.m., off the Committee Boat, there will be a brief Memorial Ceremony and two minutes of silence to remember John Oliver and Dean Lindo, our members lost during the past year, as follows: The horn will sound and the National Flag will be lowered.

Corozal F.A. U-tournaments continue to be a success
This week marked our third week of ongoing football U-tournaments at the Ricalde Stadium. It continues to be a success. Seeing the big smile in each player from as young as 7 years to 18 years, makes our day and keeps motivating us to strive for the best. It gives us the satisfaction that what we are doing is right, and it is impacting these young pre-teens and teenagers for a better tomorrow. Through sports they are able to develop on their skills, persona, and social development. This week we want to recognize a young player that motivated us last year to start off the U-10 tournament. He has been playing football from an early age and, as acknowledged by his parents, through football, he has been able to be a better person, and has been able to perform well in school, and as a motivation he is supported to engage in football.

Editorial: 2019-20 budget likely to be huge on borrowing
The leader of our country, Prime Minister Barrow, dropped a comment at the recent Business Forum held at the Belize City Civic Center about a published paper he had read that doesn’t share the fear some economists have of heavy borrowing by governments. While no one of sound mind condemns borrowing, neither in the private or government context, countries that are carrying heavy debt burdens, like ours, are advised to step cautiously. With three of Belize’s top foreign exchange earners down – sugar, citrus, and shrimp – we expect the Prime Minister to borrow heavily to prop up, cover shortfalls in the upcoming budget, which is slated to be presented to the nation in March. Most financial experts agree that all systems are on go for a country with a debt to GDP ratio between 60% and 80% (debt to GDP ratio indicates the number of years a country would need to pay back its debt if the country’s GDP is dedicated entirely to paying it off).

A safe landing
When you think on seven billion minds on the planet, none the same, you have to marvel at the giant capacity of the Maker. Multi-faceted is not sufficient, nowhere near so, to describe the mind that created us all. If you’re a person who likes to think, your mouth would always be agape, because there’s such great wonder in all these seven billion minds. If you were a nice person, your mind wouldn’t proceed to ponder the absolute disaster that also resides in seven billion little minds running wild on earth. You can color me a nice person — I would too — because I never go beyond contemplating all the wonderful capabilities that reside in the seven billion minds. Don’t tell me anything about the bad that resides in seven billion minds, because I don’t want to hear it.

“Final Warning”
During the Heads of Agreement insurrection by the Belizean people in 1981, I supported Bro.Odinga Lumumba’s actions one hundred percent. In that instant, the Belizean people successfully rejected, in essence, the Webster Proposals wrapped and repackaged as the Heads of Agreement. Since then, with the insistence of Belizean politicians both past and present, along with career bureaucrats, they have successfully pushed the nation into the abyss of the real possibility of altering its long-established and internationally recognized borders.

Yes to the ICJ: by Manuel Esquivel
Belizean history has often been influenced by forces beyond the control of its people; by the British, the Spanish and later the Guatemalans. However, by their decision to stay and defend their homes against a large Spanish invasion force in 1798, Belizeans showed that they are not mere pawns in the games of more powerful players. The resulting Battle of St. George’s Caye was the last attempt by the Spanish to take the territory of what is now Belize by force. The unfounded Guatemalan claim to all or part of Belize delayed our attainment of independence by twenty years and continues to depress our economic potential. Several parties have an interest in resolving the issue but all past attempts at negotiation, and there have been many, have failed and there is no reason to think that new negotiations would be any more successful.

Musings of the Curious Non-Conformist
This week the Department of Youth Services under the Government of Belize in collaboration with the Commonwealth hosted an event to launch Belize’s march toward mainstreaming youth development in national planning. In attendance were most major stakeholders who work for and with youth, including the Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Patrick Faber; directors of youth from across the Caribbean, and university students, among others. I was asked to deliver the youth address that set out a youth perspective on youth issues in Belize. The following is what was delivered: “Today, I have been charged with the incredibly nerve-racking but exciting duty of laying out the foundation of perspectives on youth development through my 22-year-old eyes that sometimes behave as if they are three scores and 10 years old.

Belize City Council tries to address huge manhole problem
After being in control of management of the city for three terms (9 years) the United Democratic Party (UDP) city council under the leadership of Mayor Darrell Bradley fell short of completely covering all of the city’s manholes, even after it had negotiated and obtained a three-year loan for $300,000 to carry out the task. So, the problem was inherited by the incoming People’s United Party (PUP) city council of Mayor Bernard Wagner, which found itself exposed to potential legal claims as a consequence of open manholes that resulted in personal injuries to a few city residents.

1970s Charger sweeper, Felix Lino passes
At the sports desk we received the sad news last weekend about the passing of former football star of the 1970s, Felix Lino a.k.a. The Flea, who was the outstanding sweeper for the Charger football team that was second to Chito’s Rangers in the 1977-78 Belize City Football Competition. Following the 1976-77 City season, when Charger had blown a 2-nil lead to lose 4-2 to White Label in the championship game, there were some personnel changes. Felix Lino arrived from Honduras to join the team for the 1977-78 season under new head coach, Tony Alford, the legendary “One Foot Man” from Esperanza.

Thomas Shannon, 73, beaten and robbed at home
Steve Crawford, Jr., 23, and Karil Sanchez, 21, both laborers of Belize City, have been arrested and charged with aggravated burglary, theft and handling stolen goods. They were arrested in Hattieville on Sunday when they were found in a vehicle stolen from Thomas Shannon, 73, an American living in Hopkins, who told police that he was beaten in his house by two armed thieves who then stole his vehicle.

18-month-old baby badly burnt
An 18-month-old baby girl is currently at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital trying to recover after her body was badly burnt during a small house fire. According to police reports, the disastrous incident occurred on Tuesday, February 26, around 5:30 p.m. The baby’s mother, Aaronie Gamboa, 25, told police that she was at home in Punta Gorda Town with her daughter, Vela Usher, when an electrical outlet in Vela’s room caught fire.

The Reporter

Taiwan Promises Medical Partnership With Belize
By Marion Ali- Belize stands to benefit from a medical partnership established with a hospital in Taiwan, through assistance from the Embassy of Taiwan in Belize. This week, ...

SINS OF THE FATHERS !
By Major Lloyd Jones. Last month a letter from the Roman Catholic Bishop of Belize, Bishop Nicasio sent shock waves throughout Belize. In his letter Bishop Nicasio informed his diocese ...

First Ever Trade Policy Introduced
By Marion Ali- There is now a national trade policy in place that will govern how Belize conducts business over the next ten years. On Thursday, the Ministry ...

AG & PUP Clash
News Staff- A video, taken from a hidden cell phone inside the vault at the former Vital Statistics office, and showing an employee for the UDP making notes ...

Still Earning His Keep At 93!
While many people in the work force plan their retirement and look forward to that day when they no longer have to get up and fend for a living, there ...

Accountant Robbed At Gunpoint
By Marion Ali- An accountant was robbed at gunpoint as he walked on King Street on Thursday in Belize City. The victim, whose name we withhold until the ...

EDITORIAL – March 1st.
By Mr. Henry Lawrence. The Guatemalan position, that it can use its Congress and Constitutional Assembly to pass resolutions that affect Belize’s borders is based on a misconception. The man...

LOOK AT THIS !
reporter.bz-REPORTER NEWSPAPER -News Staff- The first issue is about a rescued Jaguar. This not-so-old Jaguar was being kept in captivity in southern Belize. The Forest Department urgently wanted to remove...

Mayor Has Goods? Goodin Clueless!
Since the news of the outburst at City Hall between Councillor Micah Goodin and City Administrator Stephanie Lindo-Garbutt, and the subsequent stripping of Goodin of his...

Former Wanted Mexican Official Captured in Belize; Released
A former Mexican government official, Gonzalo Abelardo Herrera Castilla, 50, who was wanted in his country, and who was found last week in Belize with un-customed goods and a stash...

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Belmopan residents face off with authorities and prevent demolition
On Thursday, BBN reported that RECONDEV demolished the home of a squatter in the Maya Mopan […]

SBDC launches female entrepreneurship programme
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC Belize), a unit of BELTRAIDE launched its first ever entrepreneurship programme […]

Elections and Boundaries hosts referendum workshop
The Elections and Boundaries Commission held a workshop today, teaching stakeholders how to be monitors for the […]

Eighteen murders reported over first two months of 2019
Our count at Breaking Belize News shows – pending none reported over the next few hours […]

Sandra Hall is US Embassy’s March Wonder Woman!
Sandra Pollard Hall is the US Embassy’s March Woman of the Month. Every month, the […]

Belize Peace Movement protesting
The Belize Peace Movement (BPM) is protesting in front of The Inspiration Center on the […]

Child Stimulation Month launched with Pre-school Parade
Pre-school students and teachers across Belize are today parading in celebration of the official launch of Child […]

Belize, OAS and Guatemala collaborate to protect natural resources
A historic declaration was signed today by Belizean and Guatemalan Non-Governmental Organizations to reaffirm their commitments […]

Belize and Guatemalan conservation organizations sign historic declaration
Over 20 Non-Governmental organizations yesterday attended the ceremony for the signing of a declaration for continuous […]

Special Envoy to host forum on ‘Hate Crimes ‘
Given the recent increase in cyber bullying and other hate crimes, the office of the Special […]

Compol congratulates officers for swift response to robbery in Corozal
Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, issued a statement congratulating the Belize Police Department, for their continuous […]

Blogs

Annual Street Art Festival lights up Belize City
Belize’s happiness ratio is probably due to the fact that the country hosts an array of festive events throughout the year. These festivals feature a focus on Belizean culture, particularly ethnicity, food and traditions. One of them is the highly-anticipated colourful Street Art Festival held annually in downtown Belize City, where thousands of Belizeans and visitors convened for a date with art, music, entertainment and food. One of the most popular activities is the ‘Side Walk Chalk’ competition that showcases the talent of Belizean artists. This year’s participants explored their creativity with patriotic and informative pieces reflecting the theme ‘Your Appointment with History: April 10, 2019.’ On this date, Belizeans will be asked to participate in a national referendum on whether to settle the Guatemalan territorial claim to Belize at the International Court of Justice.

Beauty Under the Sea
Sometimes when diving you get lucky enough to experience such breathtaking beauty that it actually is hard to even put into words. Our dive at Turneffe Atoll was one of those experiences. We came upon this amazing Spotted Eagle Ray gliding through the Caribbean Sea, seemingly without a care in the world. This magnificent creature’s wing span made it appear as if he was flying through the air. He either had no idea we were above him, or if he did, he was clearly showing off his splendid grace as he soared by the coral. If you get a chance to dive or snorkel at Turneffe Atoll, you won’t be disappointed at all the underwater life you will encounter!

International Sourcesizz

Caribbean Commits to IMO Standards
Caribbean States and Territories have re-affirmed their commitment to implementing International Maritime Organization (IMO) standards for safe, secure and sustainable shipping. According to the UN body, this is part of wider efforts to intensify investments and harness the full potential of the oceans, rivers and lakes to accelerate economic growth, create jobs and fight poverty.

‘El Norte’ and ‘América’ Review: The Improbable Empire
Spain’s hold on its New World territories was remarkably weak, depending on the goodwill of local elites to enforce its decrees. How did it remain in power for centuries? Juan Evans, the last great Spanish explorer of the Americas, raised the royal banner over a Mandan settlement on the Upper Missouri in September 1796. His orders were to befriend those natives, frustrate the unholy alliance between the British and the fledgling United States, promote commerce and pioneer a new route across the continent. But Evans had an ulterior, personal motive. He was a newly naturalized Spaniard, one who hardly spoke Spanish but was fluent in his native Welsh—part of a sodality of nationalists who aimed to pry Wales from the British crown, or, failing that, to found a new Wales in America.

Videos

  • Child Stimulation month opening parade in San Pedro, 6min.

  • Parade kicks off Child Stimulation Month (March), 9min.

  • Y.E.S, 16min.

  • Galen University building a better Belize through the programs they offer students and civil society, 26min. Galen University is being a part of the solution to building a better Belize through the programs they offer students and civil society. Today they told us about a stress management for law enforcement training session. The training gave technical support to law enforcement agencies to better equip their personnel to handle the stress and trauma of their jobs. We spoke with Dr. Jarrod Sadulski, Professor and researcher, about the correlation between stress management and job efficiency and life expectancy. He shared that those in these professions are predisposed to challenges in these areas. On our set:

  • The Belize Council of Churches has taken an official position on the upcoming ICJ Referendum, 44min. The Belize Council of Churches has taken an official position on the upcoming ICJ Referendum. The BCC support a YES Vote to take the claim to the ICJ. We spoke with their representatives about how this position will influence the national conversations. On our couch: Bishop Phillip Wright - Member, Council of Churches. Major Joliker Leandre - Member, Council of Churches.

  • The Kidney Association of Belize has designated March as a month to raise awareness, 22min. The Kidney Association of Belize has designated March as a month to raise awareness for the importance of lifestyle changes and regular screening to prevent kidney disease. There will be several health fairs where free services will be offered to help you check your kidney health. Our guests gave us all the details about how you can access these services. On set: Ruby Nicholas - Treasurer, Kidney Association of Belize. Ana Cortes -Administrator, Kidney Association of Belize.

  • ARMO Belize returns with its second fashion show, 34min. ARMO Belize returns with its second fashion show. This year the organizers assembly all the industry stakeholders for a first ever Prom Expo. We spoke with ARMO Belize representatives about this year's innovative event. They explained that it is a charity event to raise funds for a worthy cause. You can support their efforts this Saturday at the SCA Auditorium. The prom expo begins at 9:00-3:00 pm and is followed by the fashion show at 7:00 pm. On set: Duane Moody - Director, ARMO Belize. Crystal Samos - Director, ARMO Belize.

  • Bruk it down Jenny - Understanding the concept of love languages, 35min. Jenny Lovell, Mental Health Therapist, was back for another Bruk It Down Jenny. She continued the conversation on understanding the concept of love languages. Today we focused on "quality time" as a way of expressing love.

  • Belize Now March 1, 2019, 32min. In tonight’s headlines: Belize’s Referendum on the ICJ through the eyes of artists, Minister Panton heads south for site tours and we take a look at the development on the George Price Highway. These stories and more on this week’s edition of Belize Now. Thanks for joining us on this Friday, March 1st, 2019!

  • Corozal Pre-schoolers kick off Child Stimulation Month in grand fashion, 8min. Here is a short video clip (Part 1) to prove just that. Way to go Corozal!

  • THE BELIZE ZOO CELEBRATES ''JUNIOR BUDDY'S'' BIRTHDAY ALONGSIDE STUDENTS OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE RC, 6.5min.

  • The ULTIMATE Travel Guide to BELIZE, 11min.

  • NEBL 2019 | Running Rebels vs Bandits | Multipurpose Complex, Orange Walk, 3hr.

  • Governors of Belize, they served their King and Queen for better or worse., 3min.

  • Hello Eagle ray, 20sec.


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