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The San Pedro Sun

Delivery truck smashes Polaris golf cart
Robert Burrows, a Canadian businessman on the island is lucky to be alive after a huge delivery truck backed into his Polaris Golf cart on Saturday, March 2nd while on Coconut Drive. The truck caused extensive damages to the cart, but Burrows was able to get out of the vehicle with only minor injuries to the upper arm, chin, and top of the head. When police arrived on the scene, they reported seeing a white delivery truck crushing a Polaris Golf cart. According to reports, the truck driver, Marlon Aranda, began experiencing mechanical problems which caused him to lose control and collide with the Polaris.

SPHS female softball team are the 2019 Northern Regionals Champions
With hard work and determination, the San Pedro High School (SPHS) female softball team emerged victoriously and brought home the 2019 National Secondary School Sports Association (NSSSA) Northern Softball Regionals championship. Held on Saturday, March 2nd in Orange Walk Town, SPHS was represented by both male and female teams, as they competed against the teams from Escuela Secundaria Tecnica Mexico (ESTM) and Orange Walk Technical High School (OWTHS). Other schools in the competition included Muffles College and Corozal Community College (CCC). They were all fighting for the opportunity to represent the Northern Regionals at the anticipated NSSSA National Softball Championship scheduled for March 22nd and March 23rd in Independence Village, Stann Creek District.

International lawyer delivers legal opinion on the Belize-Guatemala territorial dispute
University of the West Indies’ Professor Stephen Vasciannie has delivered a legal opinion on the Belize-Guatemala territorial dispute as requested by the Belize Bar Association. The international law professor examined the territorial dispute concerning international law principles, evaluating its strengths and possible weaknesses for Belize if the matter reaches the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The legal opinion consists of a 52-page document that, in summary, gives Belize the upper hand by having a watertight case if the dispute is resolved at the ICJ. The legal opinion, commissioned by the Bar Association, is expected to influence the Belizean vote when the country decides on April 10, 2019, whether to take the Guatemalan claim to Belize to the ICJ.

Potential investors visit international airport site in northern Ambergris Caye
On Monday, February 25th, a group of potential investors visited the site of the proposed international airport in the Basil Jones Area, northern Ambergris Caye. Accompanying them was Area Representative and Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Honourable Manuel Heredia Jr. The group was in the country allegedly preparing paperwork to start the construction of the airport that will bear the name ‘Efrain Guerrero International Airport.’ However, those rumors were denied by Heredia, who told The San Pedro Sun that there is nothing official on the project and that it was just a routine inspection. Heredia stated that the group is actively involved in the hospitality and travel industry. They also visited other parts of Belize looking at other investment opportunities.

Misc Belizean Sources


Leticia Gallardo is our Young Belizean Entrepreneur!
Leticia has been an entrepreneur for more than 10 years and is the proud owner of 3 businesses in Camalote Village. At the tender age of 16, she started off ‘LG Jewelry’ from her parent’s dining room, making handmade jewelry to aid her financially while completing her degree in Pharmacy. After graduating Leticia aspired big and with the help of a small loan purchased a building to open her very own drugstore known as ‘LG Pharmacy.’ She was able to buy the first stock of her medications using the extra profit made from the sale of jewelry. That was the ambition and strategic planning that led Leticia to open ‘LG Book Corner.’ She recently donated books to the Special Envoy of Women and Children Little Free Library in Belmopan. She continues to think big and improve her businesses daily in every aspect she can, while still giving back to the community.

International Women's Day: Belizean Archaeologists
In recognition of International Women's Day, we'd like to remember and pay tribute to all the women archaeologists who have worked and are working in Belize. In particular, however, we'd like to single out the late Wendy Ashmore. Her pioneering efforts helped to change the landscape of archaeology not only in Belize but in the Maya realm. Let us celebrate her memory by sharing thoughts and memories of this formidable woman.

March 18th - April 4, San Ignacio / Santa Elena House of Culture.

Draft Environmental Protection (Pollution from Plastics) Regulation, 2019 Available for Comments
The public and interested parties are hereby advised that the Draft Environmental Protection (Pollution from Plastics) Regulation, 2019, is available for review on the Department of the Environment (DOE) website at The DOE requests that ALL comments on the Draft Regulation be submitted in writing using the Plastics Regulations Comment Sheet, also available on the DOE website. All written comments are to be submitted to the DOE via email at [email protected] no later than Thursday, 21st March 2019.

Frigate birds looking at dolphins
If you are ever taking a stroll on the beautiful bay of Corozal and you see the Frigate birds hovering over the water you can be sure that most of the time there is something in there they are looking at. Today it was dolphins.

Ministry of Investment, Trade and Commerce Hosts Validation Workshop under Consultancy “Support for Export-led Development in the Corozal District and Repurposing of the Free Zone”
To support growth in the Corozal District, the Government of Belize along with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) launched a Technical Cooperation Project titled “Support for Export Led Development in the Corozal District and Repurposing of the Free Zone” on 15th March 2018. The Ministry of Investment, Trade and Commerce hereby announces as part of a major deliverable under this consultancy, a Validation Workshop of a “Draft Regional Economic Development Master Plan for Corozal” that looks at two main components under the consultancy: I. Free Zone review and repurposing and II. The preparation of an Economic Development Master Plan for the Corozal Region.

The Belize Youth Challenge is recruiting applicants for its 3rd intake!

Rotary Clubs Renovate Calla Creek Primary
6 Rotary clubs along with parents of students from Calla Creek primary school renovated some of the classrooms. Thanks, Rotary! "With members from six Rotary Clubs joining forces, and the faculty and parents of students from the Calla Creek primary school, many improvements were made to the school on Sunday, the 24th. Members from the Interact Club of Lincoln Woodstock, New Hampshire, and two members from the Rotary Club there, along with the Interact Club of Sacred Heart, the Rotaract Club of Benque, the Rotary Satellite Club of San Ignacio Benque Viejo and a member of the Rotary Club of San Ignacio, participated in painting desks and floors for the Infant 1 and 2 classrooms, putting up roofing to help keep the rain out of those classrooms and pouring a concrete floor for the covered eating area. Thanks to all for their service to each other and the school."

Warm and windy days with some cloud cover presented more challenging conditions this week. Bonefish were good for both large schools in 2 feet of water and larger individuals in shallow waters.

Nominations for Belize Woman of the year 2019

Maya Wedding Re-enactment Tickets now Available
Tickets now available for the Maya Wedding Re-enactment to be held on March 29th at 7pm- 9pm at the Santa Rita Archaeological Site. Includes: Experience of the Maya Wedding Re-enactment, Mestizo Dances, Pok Ta Pok Fireball Game, Light Maya Appetizer. Price: Adults- $20 Children- $5. To purchase tickets visit or contact: BTIA National in Belize city at 227-1144, BTIA Orange Walk at 661-3965, BTIA Corozal at 614-0672, Centro Escolar Mexico Junior College 423-3132, Don't miss out!!

Masquerade: A Journey Under the Sea
Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 6 PM – 11 PM at the Holiday Hotel, Hosted by Hope Haven. Masquerade is back! Take a journey under the sea and indulge yourself with great food, refreshing drinks, fun casino games, live music, and fabulous company, presented by the historic Holiday Hotel on Barrier Reef Drive! Formal attire is recommended, so break out your island best! This is the perfect excuse to get all dressed up. All guests will receive a welcome drink and a stack of chips, which can be used to play casino-style table games. The top chip holders at the evening's end will win some amazing prizes, with the top prize valued at $2,500!

Channel 7

Teachers Host National Forum on ICJ - Which Way Did The Crowd Lean?
The countdown to the April 10th Referendum on the ICJ continues, and today, the Belize National Teachers Union hosted a forum on it. Teachers from all across the country headed to the UB gymnasium in Belmopan to listen to leading personalities advocating for and against going to the ICJ. It was a lively 4 hour session where the teachers were given the opportunity to challenge these experts who have been out there spearheading opposing education campaigns.  They squared off today, with each other and the teachers.   Here are a few highlights from that marathon event:

Supreme Court Siding With PM In Battle With Judge?
Two weeks ago, the Prime Minister took a swipe at Supreme Court judge, Courtney Abel, and today the Supreme Court gave a guarded response, but one that actually seems to bolster the PM's position. In an address to the business community, the PM didn't name Abel, but said that a Supreme Court Judge had been "downright rude" to government's crown counsels.  Here are his remarks from February 21st.  Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister: "I stick absolutely faithfully to the requirement that we never questioned judicial integrity. But justice is not a cloistered virtue and when there is what appears to be unremitting judicial hostility, when this goes beyond mere impatient descends into downright incivility.

Free Of Murder After 9 Years
He's had a murder charge hanging over his head for 9 years, but tonight 27 year old Daniel Myvett is a free man - and he got free on a technicality. He and two other men were accused of the murder of Nigerian security guard Kimaru Olungandudu,In 2015,  his two co-accused were acquitted on a no case submission, but the jury was unable to reach a verdict for Myvett and a retrial was ordered. And that's where the technicality comes into play.  Today Justice Colin Williams agreed with Myvett's attorney, Leeroy Banner that he had waited too long for that retrial.  With that, he was granted a permanent stay of execution for his case - which amounts to an acquittal.  

Belmopan Robber and Associates Charged
Last night we told you about Wednesday's mid-morning robbery at One and One grocery store on Raccoon Street in Belmopan. The daring hold-up carried out with a fake gun was all caught on camera. As you can see in the video, the frightened cashier, Yan Hua Chen is filling a bag with cash and other items that the masked robber picked out for himself. Later on you see two women enter the store but quickly walk back out as the robber points the gun at them. The robber then fled.

Pou's Shooters Remanded
Yesterday, police said that they were preparing charges for the persons who they believe were involved in last weekend's shooting of Clinton Pou in Belize City. Well tonight, those men 18 year-old Criston Castillo, 19 year-old Glenford Hyde, and 18 year-old Raheem Faber are on remand at the Belize Central Prison. Castillo, Hyde, and Faber, who are all from Belize City, were arraigned today in front of Magistrate Christine Perrera.  Castillo and Hyde were arraigned on the charge of attempted murder, and Faber was arraigned on the offense of abetment to murder.

56 Year old Charged For Abuse of Toddler
56 year-old Baltazar Vasquez, a security guard from M and M street, is on remand tonight after he was charged for sexually assaulting a 5 year-old child. The incident allegedly occurred on Wednesday morning, May 6th. The mother of the child reported to police that she left her and her 2 other siblings at home, and she went to a nearby shop to change some money, so that she could give her daughter to take to school. She returned to find her daughter wiping her mouth with her hand, and she saw Vasquez standing suspiciously close to her.

Putting Women in Petal's Perspective
The Promoting Empowerment through Awareness for Lesbian and Bi-Sexual Women's group, PETAL hosted its 3rd annual women's forum today, quite fitting since it's international women's day. The forum title was "Our Bodies Our Selves: Examining the Age of Consent Dilemma in Belize". We spoke to one of the founding members of PETAL about today's discussion. Charrice Talbert - PETAL: "This is the 3rd year we are having the women's forum and every year we try to look at a national issue, we do know the age of consent is of concern, an issue nationally, the reason we focused on that this year is because there is a lot surrounding sexual violence, domestic violence, anything that concerns women..."

What's Important On Women's Day?
So as we said, it's International Women's Day and people all over the world are observing this day in their own way. Well, former Executive Director at the National Women's Commission Anne Marie Williams is promoting the day in the Guyana as well. She appeared on a show entitled CARICOM One and One and here is what she had to say.March is women's month and a number of events are planned.

The Cocaine Cargo in Ranchito
59 year-old courier service driver Henry Menzies, and 38 year-old Melvin Cal, a cargo agent for a local airline company, are out on Supreme Court bail after police allegedly caught them on Wednesday with over 3 kilos of cocaine. At around 3:24 p.m. on Wednesday, they visited the Ranchito Municipal Airstrip, and they reportedly spotted Cal handing over a bag to Menzies, who headed toward a white taxi van. They said that they intercepted Menzies before he reached the van, and they identified themselves to him as police. They searched the bag and found 3 folded short pants. When they unfolded the pants, they found that each item of clothing had a square parcel wrapped in transparent plastic. The cops then confiscated the items, which they suspected to be cocaine. The parcels had a combined weight of 3.146 kilograms about six and a half pounds. 

A Look at Light Manufacturing in Belize
Belize is a net importer, everything from mineral water bottled in Italy to cheese from Holland.  But, one company is pushing against that trend of importing everything.  Belize polystructure limited has forged into producing construction materials from styrofoam.  We found out more about their operations at mile five and half on the Western highway today: It looks like a bottle of sugar, but these little beads are actually the basic building block of these huge Styrofoam panels. They are churned and expanded in this unit and at the end of the process come out looking like this, blocks as big as monoliths which are then precisely sliced into panels that are the basic building blocks of polystyrene construction."

New Regs For Styrofoam and Plastics Ready For Rapid Review
And while Styrofoam is always environmentally questionable - the type produced at Belize Polystructure can be re-cycled. They also re-cycle foam packaging from major importers such as Courts.   And that's increasingly required under new environmental regulations - which is bringing sweeping reform to the use of plastics in Belize.   The Draft Environmental Protection Regulations have been published and you have a few days to give your input via email. This regulation concerns the pollution from plastics. In July 2018 cabinet approved the "Implementation Strategy and Action Plan to Phase-out Single-Use Plastics and Styrofoam Utensils, Transition to Green Products, and Promote Recycling".

The Free Zone In Transition
The Free Zone has been in a slowdown for years now - and on most days when you visit it's like a ghost town.  That's why today the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Commerce held a Validation Workshop about Repurposing the Free Zone." A study looks at Redevelopment of the free zone to include an entertainment/tourism-focused Free Zone area; and a proposal to have a separate, nearby industrial area focused on Agro-processing exports that would all lead to a repurposed Free Zone linked to the Corozal district. 

NICH Leads Ruta Maya
Today was day one of the 2019 Ruta Maya competition and the NICH team led by repeat champion is the leader after day one.  The race started out at 7:00 from the Hawkesworth Bridge in Cayo and went to the first stop in Banana Bank.   The NICH team is three minutes ahead of Burn Box, and "Be Informed" - which is the ICJ team running in third. They can make up the gap during tomorrow's leg, which is the longest at 60 miles - and goes from Banana Bank to Double Head Cabbage. 

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Channel 5

Teachers Come Out in Masses for I.C.J. Forum
Thousands of teachers gathered today at the UB gymnasium in Belmopan to take part in an I.C.J. forum fully sponsored and organized by the Belize National Teachers’ Union. The four-hour [...]

Disenfranchised Belizeans from Around the World and I.C.J.
There are thousands of Belizeans living and working outside of the country who will not be able to participate in the upcoming I.C.J. referendum.  Notwithstanding the criteria for eligibility that [...]

Re-registration Process Winding Down Ahead of Deadline
The deadline for re-registration is March eleventh and across the country eligible voters are making last-minute efforts to ensure that they are able to cast their ballots on April tenth.  [...]

Another Accused Murderer Walks Free
Another accused murderer walked free of the charge today. Tonight, Daniel Myvett is at home with his family after attorney Leeroy Banner was successful in getting his case thrown out. [...]

Supreme Court Responds Tacitly to Criticism from PM Barrow
During the Prime Minister’s Business Forum on February twenty-first, the head of government took advantage of an opportunity to chide the court system, taking particular aim at a sitting judge.  [...]

Who is Funding Assad Shoman’s N.G.O.? Shoman Avoids Question
Many questions have been asked relating to Assad Shoman’s recently formed non-governmental organization. Citizens for the Defense of Sovereignty was formed less than three months ago and its primary objective [...]

Guatemala is Claiming ‘The Whole Sarstoon’
During the forum today, Ambassador Assad Shoman explained what steps will be followed if a YES vote is secured on April tenth. According to Shoman, Belize will exercise its rights [...]

What Happens if Belize Votes NO?
So what happens if there is a NO vote? Well according to Assad Shoman, there is no clear plan as to what steps will be taken. Shoman says he cannot [...]

Where is England in All of This? England is in England
One of the most repeated questions relating to Guatemala’s claim over Belize has to do with the historical role of England and future intervention. Some feel that Belize inherited the [...]

PETAL hosts 3rd Annual Int’l Women’s Day Conference
Today, March eighth, is International Women’s Day. The day is set aside to celebrate women and advocate for gender equality. Non-profit group ‘Promoting Empowerment Through Awareness for Lesbian and Bisexual [...]

Quality Poultry Business View Caribbean’s Cover Story!
Last month, we shared a story on the economic benefits of migrant-founded businesses like Quality Poultry Products in Spanish Lookout. The poultry producer was also recognized with a cover story [...]

22nd Annual Belikin La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge
The twenty-second Belikin La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge began today at the foot of the Hawkesworth Bridge in Santa Elena. Sixty-one teams of paddlers registered to take on one [...]

Sprucing Up Cleopatra White, Unicomer Style
A team of painters, all employees of Unicomer Belize, has been working diligently to give Cleopatra White Polyclinic a much needed facelift.  It is part of their annual celebration of [...]

The Newly renovated Hopkins Village Main Road
Earlier this week, the newly upgraded Hopkins Village Main Road was officially opened. The road was rehabilitated under the Banana Accompanying Measures Programme 2013, and was jointly funded by the [...]


Guat civilians fired on BDF soldiers clearing plantation
Rumors have been swirling about an encounter on the Sarstoon River involving three boats, in one of which Minister of National Security, John Saldivar, was traveling. The rumors went as far as saying that the Guatemalan Armed Forces (GAF) fired on the Belizean flotilla. That, however, apparently was not the case. The BDF were fired upon by Guatemalan civilians, according to Minister of National Security John Saldivar. This afternoon, we were able to speak to the Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of National Security, retired colonel, George Lovell, who confirmed that indeed, their boats were followed by the GAF at “a tactical distance.”

PUP leader and PAC chairman sue PM Barrow
Attorneys representing the Leader of the Opposition, Hon. John Briceño, and chairman of the Public Accounts Committee of the House of Representatives, Hon. Julius Espat, filed a fixed date claim at the Supreme Court Registry yesterday, Tuesday, naming Hon. Dean Barrow, Minister of Finance, and Joseph Waight, Financial Secretary, as defendants; as well as the Attorney General of the State of Belize, for the spending of $1.3 billion from the Consolidated Revenue Fund and the Petrocaribe Amendment Act 2015 without the approval of the National Assembly of Belize. The lawsuit is contending that the monies were spent in violation of the Constitution of Belize and in violation of the Finance and Audit Reform Act.

Number of murders for 2019, up to 5TH March: 24
Our records reveal that 24 persons have been murdered in Belize in the first 64 days of 2019. The most recent murder occurred in Belize City on Sunday morning, March 3. Police said that the 24th victim, Walter Beaton, a 48-year-old taxi driver of Reggae Street, drove up to his yard and was opening his gate to drive in his car when his killer, who was waiting for him in his yard, shot him multiple times. 2019 began on a terrible note, with five murders on New Year’s Day. Howard Coleman, 58, of Maskall, was chopped to death in his house at about 4:00 New Year’s morning.

Mother charged for prostituting daughter for food
In a shocking case of human trafficking, a mother has been charged after she reportedly prostituted her 14-year-old daughter to a 23-year-old man. According to police, the mother, 49, of San Ignacio Town, was charged for the crime of procuring a child for sexual exploitation. The woman reportedly allowed the man, Jeffery Perez, also of San Ignacio, to have sex with her daughter in exchange for food. Perez was also charged for the crime of child prostitution. The charges stem from an incident that reportedly occurred in late 2017.

PUP files constitutional challenge to the Special Agreement, seeks injunction to stop ICJ referendum
The People’s United Party (PUP) announced today, via a press release, that it has filed a claim at the Supreme Court, challenging the constitutional validity of the Special Agreement that the Dean Barrow-led United Democratic Party government signed in December 2008, committing Belize to hold a referendum to determine whether to take Guatemala’s claim to Belize’s territory to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The PUP’s legal challenge is also seeking an injunction to stop the International Court of Justice (ICJ) referendum from being held on April 10 on the ground that there are no provisions in domestic law for the holding of such a referendum.

Legal opinion commissioned by Bar Association indicates strength and weakness in Belize’s ICJ legal case
The Belize Bar Association commissioned an independent legal opinion on the Belize/Guatemala territorial dispute from a ranking expert on International Law, Professor Stephen Vasciannie, CD, from the University of the West Indies. Professor Vasciannie submitted his opinion on February 26 to the Secretary of the Belize Bar Association, Leslie Mendez. Professor Vasciannie’s opinion on the Belize/Guatemalan claim highlights what he perceives as the strengths and weaknesses of both Guatemala’s case and Belize’s case at the ICJ.

Toledo F.A. 1st Division results
The Toledo Football Association (TFA) hosted two 1st Division games today at the Victor Sanchez Union Field. In game 1, Indianville defeated TCC by a score of 3 to nil. Justin Trapp, Francis Budna and Marlon Kus scored for Indianville. Theodore Lopez from Indianville, and Cordel Noralez from TCC were both ejected from the game. In game 2, Estrellas defeated Mavericks by a similar score of 3 to nil. Glenford Hines, Jr., Zidane Hines and Alex Terry scored for Estrellas. Glenford Hines, Jr. from Estrellas, and Liston Armstrong, Jr. from Mavericks were both ejected from the game.

Corozal F.A. U-tournaments weekly update
Another successful weekend! This is our fourth week of the ongoing youth U-Tournaments hosted by the Corozal Football Association (CFA) under the auspices of the Football Federation of Belize (FFB). Every week we are seeing the eagerness of each club wanting to compete and foremost develop on sportsmanship. On Saturdays our games start at 1:00 p.m., and on Sundays at 10:00 a.m. at the Ricalde Stadium. The schedule was designed this way to be able to accommodate parents to be more supportive to their children. Every week, players give their best and are always interacting positively.

Cricket Corner
A pleasant hello to all cricket players, fans and supporters! Under the auspices of the Belize National Cricket Association (BNCA), the Harrison Parks 2019 Cricket Competition continued over the weekend. Thanks to the sponsor of this year’s competition, Bowen & Bowen Ltd. There were some very interesting games played. I believe some brought tears; tears for gladness, and tears for sadness. Before I continue, take a look at the person in the picture (above). This good gentleman, Norman Hugh Donald Bennett, is being seen all cricket season, mostly at Lords Bank, when games are being played. Although he has not played in the big league, only in school, he loves the game.

Dangriga sports stats
The Football Federation of Belize (FFB) National Amateur Women’s League (NAWL) tournament will continue this weekend throughout the country of Belize. The game that was postponed last week Saturday at the Carl Ramos Stadium because of the national female team’s friendly on the same day, will be played this Saturday, March 9, at the Carl Ramos Stadium between our home girls, Dangriga Pumas vs Ladies Freedom Fighters from Punta Gorda, commencing at 4:00 p.m. It’s a females southern derby!

Editorial: UDP recyclers
According to the design of our political system, our parliamentary democracy, it is the duty of the opposition party in the House of Representatives to keep the government on its toes. By design there are mechanisms to enable the opposition party to do just that; however, in our system, due to the way we conduct parliamentary democracy, such parts of the system are in dire need of a thorough oil job. Some of those parts are so out of use, little used, they are covered in rust. We know the parts that are set to enable the opposition party to force the government to perform honestly and efficiently, not because these parts work, but because there is a lot of complaining about them.

Keep protesting Guatemala’s bullying on the world stage
Dear Editor, It amuses me, although it’s not amusing, when leaders of our country tell us that the leaders of Guatemala agreed to go to the ICJ because they want to save face by not dropping their claim to Belize willingly, but being ordered by the ICJ to do so. Guatemalan president Jimmy Morales has publicly stated that Guatemala’s worst moment was when it lost Belize, but that there is still time to regain it.

Belize, let us revive “Ninth a’ March”
Dear Editor, In seven years’ time Belize will be observing 100 years since the passing of the greatest benefactor of our country. In 1926, Henry Edward Ernest Victor Bliss, fourth Baron of Portugal, visited Belize in his yacht. The sea king fell in love with the fishing climate and the people he had met. He fell ill and before passing, he sent for the governor of the colony and willed most of his fortune to the country. Without stepping ashore, he concluded that this beautiful country deserved the gesture. In his will he stipulated what the proceeds were to be used for.

Are any of the friends of Belize giving a enforcement guarantee?
Dear Editor, According to the 2008 Special Agreement between Belize and Guatemala, Article 38(1) of the statute of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) set out the applicable rules by which the ICJ will decide any and all legal claims of Guatemala against Belize. Since the Special Agreement set the terms of reference for the ICJ judges, close scrutiny of the agreement is vital. In article 2 of the agreement it states. “… and to determine the boundaries between their respective territories and area.” This statement is congruent with Foreign Minister Sedi Erlington’s comments that Belize has to go to the ICJ in order for our borders to be defined because the country doesn’t have any that are internationally recognized.

Hubert Enriquez writes Henry Gordon
Dear Senator Gordon, Re: In Search of TRUTH, Tuesday, March 5, 2019 Going through your column in the above issue of the Amandala, we observed that you quoted article 7 of UNGA Resolution 35/20 of 11th November, 1980, as follows: “Requesting the relevant organs of the United Nations to take such actions as may be appropriate. before the next session of the UN General Assembly as may be requested by the Administering Power and the Government of Belize in order to facilitate the attainment of independence by Belize and to guarantee its security and territorial integrity thereafter.”

Dangers to ICJ
First and foremost, before Belize takes the very serious step of going into this dangerously risky ICJ/Guatemala/Belize case, Belize needed to have undertaken some very in-depth studies, analyses, research and investigations into all the possible flaws, weaknesses and vulnerabilities Guatemala could exploit and use to justify its claim to Belize. It is a must for Belize to definitively survey, locate and demarcate its borders and territory. Belize must secure and fortify its intelligence and defense to repel aggression. Belize should also have undertaken similar investigations into the 1859 and all other Treaties, discussions, agreements and/or understandings with the other nations concerned in the case.

Remembering Derek Aikman between 1984-1992
There was a time in Belize when we thought that the PUP would rule forever. In that time the opposition was just a constitutional requirement; in 1969 we were almost not even that, the opposition NIP gaining just one seat out of the eighteen available in the House of Representatives. There was one radio station in the country back then, Radio Belize, and all they sang all day long were the praises of the Peaceful, Constructive Belizean Revolution under the PUP and their leader, George Price. Radio Belize’s announcers coddled George Price, as if he were a saint, and his ministers, even though a number of them didn’t go to church, were shielded by the glow of the great man’s halo.

The Belize writing conference—why attend?
When I learned that Belize would have its first-ever writing conference in 2018, I knew I had to participate. How could I not? I am a writer and I am from Belize. Even though I’ve lived in the U.S. longer than I’ve ever lived in Belize, Belize is my querencia; this is where my umbilical cord is buried. I felt that the Belize Writers’ Conference was offering me the best of two worlds—a week seaside in Belize and, at the same time, a week to devote to my writing in the company of like-minded people. I was among the first to register, and I was not disappointed. During my 40+ years as an educator, I have conducted my share of writing workshops, but after years of being the teacher, I welcomed the opportunity to be a learner once again. I figured that at the conference I would attend sessions designed to nurture my writing,

Holistic Analysis of a Yes Vote and No Vote on the ICJ Referendum on the Guatemalan Claim to Belize Territory1
The Referendum question (per Article 2 of the Special Agreement) on which Belizeans will vote on 10 April, 2019, reads as follows: “Whereas the parties request the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to determine, in accordance with applicable rules of international law as specified in article 38-1 of the statute of the Court, any and all legal claims of Guatemala against Belize to land and insular territories and to any maritime areas pertaining to these territories, to declare the rights therein of both parties, and to determine the boundaries between their respective territories and areas.”

BAHA issues African Swine Fever advisory
The Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) has issued an advisory on African Swine Fever (ASF). Not to be confused with swine flu, ASF poses no risk to human health, but can significantly impact the economy. According to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), “African Swine Fever (ASF) is a highly contagious haemorrhagic viral disease of domestic and wild pigs, which is responsible for serious economic and production losses.”

Help our children grow in Child Stimulation Month
The beginning of March signals the beginning of Child Stimulation Month, and this year’s theme is “Hug me, Listen to me, Read with me – Help me grow!” Child Stimulation Month is a reminder to Belizeans of how important early childhood education is. Parents are encouraged to go the extra mile to ensure their children are continuously learning, even before entering the classroom.

Orvin Wade sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Keisha Buller
Orvin Wade, 33, a mechanic, who has been accused of the July 10, 2015 murder of Customs officer, Keisha Buller, 25, was found guilty several months after the conclusion of his trial on July 24, 2018. On Monday, March 4, Supreme Court justice, Antoinette Moore, who heard the case sitting without a jury, sentenced Wade to life in prison, over 7 months after he had been found guilty. Wade, however, will be eligible for parole after he has served 25 years in prison.

Electrician, who went to pick up common-law wife, drops dead
A cell-phone video was made of a BERT ambulance crew on Newtown Barracks as they worked feverishly to save a man who had apparently suffered a heart attack. The almost 10-minute video captured in graphic details the effort made by the paramedics before the man, who had no pulse, despite an automated external defibrillator being used on him about three times, was put in the ambulance and driven away.

The Reporter

On Tuesday, March 12t., five men accused of a gruesome murder which shocked and outraged the nation will appear in Court in Belmopan before Justice Antonette Moore to face justice. In July of 2016, William ‘Danny’ Mason and four men said to be in his employ – Terence Fernandez, Ashton Vanegas, Keiron Fernandez and Ernest Castillo – were arrested and charged for the murder of Belmopan pastor Llewellyn Lucas.

[Assad Shoman - A column by Citizens for the Defence of Sovereignty (CDS)]. The International Court of Justice, ICJ, was established as the legal organ of the United Nations after World War II in 1945, and the UN Charter states (Art. 94): “If any party to a case fails to perform the obligations incumbent upon it under a judgement rendered by the Court, the other party may have recourse to the Security Council, which may, if it deems necessary, make recommendations or decide upon measures to be taken to give effect to the judgement.”

By: Major Lloyd Jones (Ret’d). On February 28th the Ministry of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade and Commerce [why do we have to give these ministries such long names?] launched Belize’s first ever National Trade Policy. The Policy is well thought out and well crafted; and it has the potential to jump start Belize’s economy if the government ensures its implementation.

Are Air-BnBs Crippling the Hotel Industry?
With the onset of technology and the ‘accommodation’ industry becoming more competitive, the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) is struggling to standardize short-term online rentals such as Airbnb and other similar service providers that keep expanding to meet the rising consumer needs. Airbnb is defined as an online platform that allows homeowners to temporarily lease or rent out their homes or rooms to visitors at a reduced cost. This type of service caters to tourists who are seeking an authentic experience by living among locals and basking in the culture while at the same time taking advantage of the reduced price tag.

The Reporter Newspaper takes this opportunity to apologize to the Chinese community and any person or entity which may have been offended by an article which was placed in error on our website. The paper, by virtue of its mandate and commitment to provide information to ALL, welcomes diversity in opinions from our weekly columnists. While their opinions many times are not those of the Reporter’s management, we accept the paper has not survived as long as it has by merely pushing our views on the people.

National Trade Policy Launched
By Dyon Elliot– Belize Chamber of Commerce. “In any case, yes, that is what the Trade Policy is to us at the BCCI: Hope. It reflects our hope that there will be more proactive and genuine consultations as it pertains to responding to those international obligations that impact any of those Guiding Principles and identified Policy Pillars."

Belizean To The Bone
By Osmany Salas. I finally published my position on how I will vote on Referendum Day. (I wrote about why I will vote “Yes” in the February 27 and March 3, 2019, issues of The Reporter.) The reactions to my article have been mixed, ranging from full support and appreciation to complete disagreement with my views.

LOOK AT THIS – March 8th.
At the Tropical Education Center, TEC, we received numerous complaints about the way a Belizean parrot is being inhumanly kept in captivity in the village of Camalote. And those complaints are valid. Look at the photo. This red-lored parrot lives in squalor each and everyday.

EDITORIAL – March 8th
By Mr. Henry Lawrence, What more do we need to do to prove to Belizeans that it is perfectly safe for us to take our case against Guatemala to the ICJ? We have demolished the Guatemalan argument about Uti Posidetis by showing that she did not inherit any Caribbean coastland from Spain, because Belizean Baymen were in full occupation of all of Belize before Guatemala became an independent nation in 1821.

According to a report in a Quintana Roo based online periodical,, Mexican authorities are on a hunt for Belizean Amado Gonzalez, aka ‘El Beliceño.’

The Worlds Toughest ‘CANOE Rive Race’ – La Ruta Maya – Belize
AND THEY’RE OFF ! , In the worlds toughest Canoe River Race. This year some 61 teams in eight categories are participating in the 22nd. annual Belikin La Ruta Maya River Challenge. This stretch is the second longest of the 4 day race is 49 miles, and will end at Banana Bank.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

US Congress introduces legislation to sanction Guatemalans facilitating corruption
The United States Congress has introduced the “Guatemala Rule of Law Accountability Act,” which requires President Donald […]

An inside look at Professor Vasciannie’s Legal Opinion on Belize/Guatemala territorial dispute
Expert on international law, Jamaican former UWI Professor Stephen Vasciannie, in a 52-page opinion produced on February 27, […]

Export development workshop held today in Corozal
The Government of Belize along with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) launched a Technical Cooperation Project […]

Security guard facing long jail sentence for molesting a 5 year old girl
56 year old security guard Baltazar Vasquez is accused of assaulting a five year old […]

Chief Justice reaffirms supremacy of judiciary
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Kenneth Benjamin has issued a rare, but civil response to […]

Robbers busted with fake gun and stolen items
Authorities quick response led to the detention of 3 thieves and a fake gun. On Wednesday, […]

Draft plastic pollution regulation 2019- now available for comments
The Government of Belize today advised that the Draft Environmental Protection (Pollution from Plastics) Regulation, 2019, is […]

SICA pledges support to Taiwan
Despite several countries severing ties with the Republic of China (Taiwan) in favor of the People’s Republic […]

Belize attends SICA meeting in Guatemala
Belize was among the countries represented at the meeting of the Central American Integration System (SICA) for […]

La Ruta Maya River Challenge 2019 kicks off in San Ignacio
Early this morning, hundreds of spectators joined the participating teams in Cayo for the start of one […]

Sister cries for justice for slain brother
In May 2011 popular taxi driver, Errol “Lighter” Ferguson, was killed near the Complex building on Mahogany Street. […]

Minister of National Security says Belize would welcome British military base
Following reports that England is considering plans to build a post-Brexit military in the Caribbean, preferably Belize, […]

Belize celebrates International Women’s Day
Today, March 8, 2019 is International Women’s day and is earmarked to celebrate the holistic achievements of […]

Our Territory; Not The People
By: Dr. Gerald Zuniga. The essence of Guatemala’s claim or interest over Belize is more than clear. At least that is what the Constituents made clear. It is in their Constitution. It is in the third paragraph of Art. 19 Transitory […]

My thoughts on International Women’s Day.
By Lisa Shoman: One day, women of Belize will take our rightful place in our nation’s anthem. I’m not satisfied with pledging “our manhood “ to our liberty, when I have spent my adult life in the fight for the liberty of our nation and the rights for our fellow Jewelizeans […]


The people behind La Ruta Maya Challenge
Earlier we took a look at day one of the La Ruta Maya River Challenge and as the teams take a break and prepare for the second leg of the race, we take a look at what it takes to put the race together. More so, we look at some of the key elements of …

BNTU and Ministry of Education still to close negotiations
Correspondent Fem Cruz also asked Smith to provide an update on the negotiations between the BNTU and the Ministry of Education on the matters of Hardship allowances and proposal 22. In a recent interview with Minister of Education, Patrick Faber, the two parties are cooperating and more discussions are to be had.

BNTU monitors situation of teachers at Bishop Martin High School
The Belize National Teacher’s Union is currently following the progress of the situation of teachers at Bishop Martin High School. The BNTU was alerted of the issues faced by teachers at the institution when they staged a strike. Teachers, at least seven of them, have not had their employment records updated since they began teaching …

Belizean is named as leader of gang of robbers in Mexico
The Mexican media, Reporteros de Banqueta reports that Mexican authorities have identified a Belizean man as the alleged leader of a band of robbers that have been preying on people in Chetumal and Bacalar. In its report, it states that the Public Safety Director in Bacalar has identified Amado Gonzalez, a Belizean as the leader …


Body, soul and belly, Maruba Beach Klub at Secret Beach caters to them all!
While each establishment along the beach is rich with tropical charisma, Maruba Beach Klub takes it up a notch with not only a cool vibe, tasty food, and delicious libations, but also a full-service spa that overlooks the gorgeous Caribbean seascape. Established by longtime hospitality and wellness gurus Alexandra and Franziska Nicholson from the renowned Maruba Resort Jungle Spa in Maskall Village in the Belize District, the sisters have been treating guests to unforgettable accommodations and wellbeing experiences for decades. Situated on the second floor above their bar and restaurant, the spa is an open area overlooking the gorgeous expanse of azure waters and enjoys a cool and refreshing breeze.

San Pedro Carnival – A Pause for Reflection
This year the first great Carnival event gave me something different and I can credit San Pedro House of Culture for that. The night took me back through the years not only with San Pedro Belize Carnival history. It also had me reflecting on my life in Belize and past Carnival celebrations. I thought about my photographer friend Karen Brodie too, another Canadian immigrant. I bet she never dreamed just how much she would impact history by moving here and capturing hundreds of colorful Carnival pictures. As well as other important topics such as The Golden Years Project, which was another great house of culture event. There was a good turn out for the exhibit. Mito Paz, Brenda Henkes, and crew did a fantastic job (as always) of honoring San Pedro Carnaval 2019 with the first big event followed by 4 days of fun in the town center.

Tour The West Side of Ambergris Caye, Beaches and Sandbars, with Belize BBQ Boats
The west side of Ambergris Caye is hot. H. O. T. With the crystal clear calm shallow gorgeous blue waters, hundreds of visitors flock there a day. And the only spot you can reach by road is the Secret Beach area. And while Secret Beach is awesome – and there really is something for everyone out there – it can be a bit crowded. Especially if you dream of a trip – just you and a few close friends enjoying the waters without a soul in sight. Perhaps a cold beer…some fresh ceviche and a unicorn tube to float on. Wait…what? A unicorn tube to float on? YES! Though you can also pick a floating peacock or a more manly toucan.

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7 Reasons to Vacation in Belize
When I had the opportunity to visit Belize, a small nation nestled on the eastern coast of Central America, I’ll be honest: I wasn’t sure what to expect. Unlike its better-known neighbors, Mexico and Costa Rica, I hadn’t heard much about this small nation that sidles up to the Caribbean Sea. Still, I decided to take the trip — despite having just suffered a serious ski injury. However, I felt like the warm waters of the Caribbean, lush jungles and ever-present sunshine that awaited me in Belize could be just what the “doctor” ordered. Plus, with snow piling up in my hometown, I knew it was just the right time to escape late February’s winter doldrums.

A New Way to Stay in Belize
Far from the beaches of Placencia or the energy of Ambergris Caye, there’s another side of Belize: the jungle. The destination’s rugged interior is filled with adventure — and now there’s a new way to experience it. Adventure hotel The Lodge at Chaa Creek has debuted a new eco-destination called the Macal River Camp. While staying at the camp has been possible for some time, this is the first time Chaa Creek is officially marketing it for travelers.

Monday, March 11: Belize
It’s Anthony Everett’s turn to escape the New England cold. His destination: Belize, a tourist destination known for the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere. There he meets Lil Alphonse, who convinces him to swim with sharks and sting rays; Ben Popik, a Brooklynite turned Belizean who transformed several shipping containers into the popular restaurant The Truck Stop; Lucy and Mick Fleming, creators of a jungle eco-retreat; and Fidelio Montes, Junior, a road scholar who takes Anthony on a tour of the country’s Mayan sites. Plus, we meet the owner of a yoga studio who used to live in Needham - until our traffic and weather drove her to Belize.


La Ruta Maya

  • Live coverage of the Belikin La Ruta Maya Launch, 44min.

  • Coverage of the Belikin La Ruta Maya…, 2.5hr.

  • Coverage of the Belikin La Ruta Maya, min.

  • Ruta Maya Day #1, 90min.

  • LA Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge 2019, 3hr. Downtown San Ignacio race kick starts for 2019.

  • U-10 Football Action, 2.5min. This past Sunday was full of live Football action at our Ricalde Stadium with our Under 10 football warriors. Fantastic Games. Thanks to ALL all the parents and fans that came out to cheer these kids who played their hearts out. Football Action is making a come back in our Corozal Community. Here is a snippet of the first game between Corozal Rising Stars and Calcutta Strikers. The winning team was Calcutta Strikers 3-2. We owe our support to these kids. More action this Saturday and Sunday. Entrance fee only $3.00.

  • You Betta' Belize It!! Carnival Magic - Day 6 Belize, 13min.

  • San Pedro Carnival 2019 Ambergris Caye Belize, 2.5min. See a glimpse of the opening night festivities at the San Pedro House of Culture featuring a photo exhibition by Karen Brodie. Followed by San Pedro Carnival 2019 paint and foam party fun.

  • Belize Now - March 8, 2019, 41min. In tonight’s headlines: BELTRAIDE’s Newest Program to Boost Female Entrepreneurs’ Businesses, Ambassador Rosado Breaks down Legal Opinion Commissioned by Bar Association and we hear about Innovations in GOB. These stories and more on this week’s edition of Belize Now. Thanks for joining us on this Friday, March 8th, 2019!

  • Ambassador Alexis Rosado shares his thoughts on the recent legal opinion commissioned by the Bar Association., 1min.

  • Harvest Cay, Belize Monkey River shore excursion, 11min. Here’s a scenic boat tour through Harvest Cay, Belize. We are in search of Howler Monkeys

  • Ramen 501 COOK OFF, min. Today we had the great pleasure to sit down with master chef Toshiya, proprietor of Jyoto and the newly opened Ramen 501 for a Ramen cook-off challenge! Will Mitchell Vs. Toshiya in an epic culinary battle on the island of Ambergris Caye in San Pedro Town. Belize's latest Ramen shop, Ramen 501 is sure to be a hit!

  • Verdes vs Running Rebels (NEBL 2019), 2hr15min. National Elite Basketball League - NEBL 2019 | Sacred Heart College Auditorium, San Ignacio

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