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The San Pedro Sun

No more fishing licenses for Guatemalans with Belizean documents
Guatemalan fisherfolk with Belizean permanent residency will no longer be able to legally fish in Belizean waters after their licenses expire at the end of this year. This was announced on Wednesday, April 24th via the Department of Fisheries, who confirmed the decision to discontinue the renewal of these licenses in the aim of restricting abuse of the marine resources in southern Belize. This decision will affect approximately 38 fishermen that currently fish the southern waters of Belize, particularly around the Sarstoon River area. Dr. Omar Figueroa, Minister in the Fisheries Department, told the media that the decision comes after numerous reports of excessive and illegal fishing in the said area.

Police Report: 2.5 kilos of Cannabis Found
Around 9AM on Thursday, April 25th, San Pedro Police was made aware of a large square parcel by the cemetery on the beach side in downtown San Pedro. When police arrived at the scene, they opened and discovered suspected cannabis.

GOB to fight current injunction regarding the ICJ referendum at the Supreme Court
The Government of Belize (GOB) continues its legal battle with the Opposition People’s United Party (PUP) regarding the holding of the national referendum on whether to settle the territorial dispute with Guatemala at the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The referendum was to take place on April 10, 2019 but was halted after Chief Justice Benjamin granted the PUP an interim injunction questioning its process. GOB made its first attempts to discharge it during the first hearing on April 15th, but after hearing arguments from both sides, Chief Justice Benjamin adjourned the case till Monday, April 29th, when a decision will be taken on whether the injunction will be discharged.

NEBL heads into playoffs
The 2019 National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) playoffs start on Friday, April 26th, with a best-of-three, semi-final series. Despite a slow start, the San Pedro Tiger Sharks finished with a five-game winning streak, climbing to third place in the NEBL rankings, behind second-place Dangriga Dream Ballers and top team Verdes. In fourth place is Mirage/Smart Belize Hurricanes.

Island athlete Bryce Peterson to represent Belize at PRO FC Fighting Championship on April 27th
Island residents are invited to attend PRO FC- Belize Mix Martial Arts (MMA) League fighting championship event to be held at the Multi-Purpose Complex in Orange Walk Town on Saturday, April 27th. The MMA Fight is scheduled to begin at 6PM and will feature seven fights. Among the Belizean MMA athletes representing the country is San Pedro Town’s very own Bryce Peterson, who is going against Guatemala’s Randy Rivas. Peterson told The San Pedro Sun that he has been preparing arduously for this fight over the past months, training at gyms like The Train Station and Prevail Combat Club, as well as strict dieting. “I’m going stronger, healthier and with more experience into this fight..."

Hope Haven receives donation; continues work in the community
On, Friday, April 19th, Hope Haven Children’s Home received welcomed donations from island visitors from Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Each child residing at the shelter was gifted with an Easter bag, which consisted of clothing, shoes and an age-appropriate toy as well as Easter candy. According to a representative from Hope Haven, on, Monday, April 8th Khanh Le contacted Hope Haven via email, explaining that she and her family would be in San Pedro during the Easter weekend and wanted to do something special for the children in the shelter. They explained that their 14 and 16-year-old children would be doing a food drive at their school and wanted to bring food items for the food bank program that currently operates at the center.

Ambergris Today

Illegal Fishing Is Costing Belize Millions
The impact of illegal incursions into Belizean territory and marine environment have featured prominently in the conversations related to the Guatemalan claim to Belize and the highly anticipated ICJ vote. Irrespective of the outcome of the vote on May 8th, Belizeans everywhere should be concerned about the pillaging of our fisheries resources by foreign fisher folk and poachers given these illegal activities represent millions of dollars in economic loss and irrevocable damage to our world renowned marine environment.

Activist Madison Edwards Featured In 2019 Telephone Directory
Belize Telemedia Limited, now rebranded as Digi, held an unveiling ceremony for this year's version of telephone directory in Belize City on Thursday, April 25, 2019. In collaboration with Yello Belize, the company chose to highlight the issue of being more environmentally friendly. Gracing the cover of the telephone directory is San Pedro’s very own Madison Pearl Edwards.

Misc Belizean Sources

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Security Tour of the Stann Creek District
The Minister of National Security and his Senior officials of the Belize Police Department, the Belize Defense Force and the Belize Coast Guard today concluded their tour of the Stann Creek District. The entourage visited the Police Formations in Placencia, Seine Bight, Maya Beach, Santa Cruz, Sittee River, Hopkins and Silk Grass. Yesterday the tour started out from St. Margaret's Police station on the Hummingbird Highway to Valley Community, Pomona, Gales Point Manatee. Belize Defence Force Dangriga, Dangriga Police Formation, and the Coast Guard base on Southern Long Caye.

Corozal Sailing Club Two Days Race
Each year in Corozal, the Corozal Sailing Club have their two days race. This year's event, they will be having their two day's race at Jammrock. It will commence Tomorrow Saturday at 11:30am. And, Sunday from 10:30am. They will be racing along the Corozal Bay. Come out and support this race. Picture from Last year's event.

Rotaract XXIV Bi-District Conference 2019 May 2-5
The BTB is a proud sponsor for the Rotaract XXIV Bi-District Conference 2019. Wishing you a successful event, Rotaract Club of Belize City!

Street and bridge maintenance in San Pedro
And the work goes on...

Cut-Off Date for Registration as Electors for Persons Wishing to Vote in the May 8, 2019 Territorial Dispute Referendum
The Elections and Boundaries Department hereby notifies the public that the cut-off date for registration as electors for persons wishing to vote in the May 8, 2019 Territorial Dispute Referendum was April 10, 2019. The cut-off date which is a Cycle for Registration is for the purpose of the Registering Officers conducting their ‘due diligence’ for all applications for registration received. In the case of the applications up to April 10, 2019, a Monthly Supplementary List was published on April 15, 2019, objections on the names on the list were entertained up to April 25th, thereafter the List will be revised on or before the end of April 2019. Upon the conclusion of the revision, all the qualified applicants will then be duly registered electors.

Increase in Pump Prices for Regular Gasoline and Kerosene
The Ministry of Finance announces that at midnight on April 26, 2019, the pump price for Regular Gasoline will increase by 27 cents from $10.60 to $10.87 per gallon, while the pump price for Kerosene will also increase by 16 cents from $7.65 to $7.81 per gallon.

Hon. Edmond Castro Congratulates Belize Cricket Selection for Competing Well in Seventh Central American Cricket Championship Tournament
Minister of Transport and NEMO and Area Representative Hon Edmond Castro has conveyed words of appreciation and congratulations to the Belize National Cricket Association and members of the Belize national cricket selection (most of whom are from Belize Rural North) that are currently competing and doing well in the 2019 Central American Cricket Championship Tournament being held from Thursday April 25 to Sunday April 28 in Naucalpan, Mexico. In the very first match of the tournament Thursday morning, Belize defeated Mexico, the host country. Mexico scored 108; Belize scored 112, winning by 4 wickets (with 45 balls remaining).

BLACKLEG AND RABIES VACCINATION FOR CATTLE STRONGLY RECOMMENDED – ADVISORY #3 BELIZE
The Belize Agricultural Health Authority in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Health and Belize Livestock Producers Association, once again take this opportunity to advise livestock producers to vaccinate their animals against rabies if they have not been vaccinated in the last year and against Blackleg if they have not been vaccinated in the last six months. Farmers are advised that rabies can be transmitted to humans and to report suspect cases to BAHA. Rabies is a highly fatal disease that affects all mammals and can be prevented through vaccination of animals and post-exposure treatment to humans. Affected animals will usually show nervous signs and aggressive behavior. Most animals will show excessive salivation as swallowing becomes impossible. Avoid coming in contact with animals showing these symptoms and immediately call BAHA.

Ministry of National Security Clarifies April 25, 2019 Incident at the Sarstoon
he Ministry of National Security clarifies that contrary to reports by Mr. Wil Maheia with regard to his attempted visit to the Sarstoon on April 25th, the Belize Defence Force/Belize Coast Guard Forward Operating Base (Sarstoon FOB) was in fact completely aware of the events that occurred.

Noche Mexicana with Edwin Chapashow in San Pedro
Banana Beach Resort - Belize in collaboration with Reef Radio are proud to present Noche Mexicana with Edwin Chapashow (Comedia, imitacion y mucha diversion) on Saturday, May 4th, 2019 at El Divino Restaurant! Tickets on sale for BZ$25.00. Available at: Reef Radio, El Botanero & Banana Beach Resort, Show Starts at 9:00pm.

Earth Day Cleanup in Corozal Today
Earth Day Clean Up. Meeting in-front of LANO'S, College Road at 8:00 a.m. today April 27th, 2019.

Consejo Road Cleanup Sunday
A reminder about the trash pick up starting Sunday April 28th. Are you tired of seeing trash on the Consejo Road? Let’s be part of the solution and clean it up! If you can't do it, maybe you could provide a worker. Place: Consejo Road from Consejo to Corozal Dates: Any day from Sunday April 28th thru Saturday May 4. Time: 7-9 a.m. Wear: Hat, long sleeved shirt and pants to protect against poisonwood. Bring: Rake, trash bags, gloves, water, hat, colored ribbon

CARILEC Linesman Rodeo competition
BEL congratulates Leroy Matura, Paul McCalla, Tyrone Reynolds and Eddie Johnston for proudly representing Belize and placing 3rd in the 2019 CARILEC Linesman Rodeo competition among 19 Caribbean teams.

RefugiARTe Coming to Benque HoC
The RefugiARTe Exhibit will be launched at the Benque House of Culture on Thursday, May 9th. It's a well done exhibit, with many amazing pieces. It was at the SISE HoC in October. "Save the date for RefugiARTe Travelling exhibition as it will be on showcase May 9th until the end of May 2019. Make it a date and appreciate this travelling exhibition coming near you!"

Congratulations to Belize’s Farmers of the Year
Christian Eden Salazar, Jr., Ana Eloisa Morales, and Dan Lopez! We look forward to seeing you and all the people of Belize at our booth this weekend!

Channel 7

Fire At A Gas Station, Catastrophe Averted By Minor Miracle
Last night, we told you about that scare at the Shell One-Stop gas station in Belize City. A pickup truck spontaneously burst into flames a few feet from one of the fuel pumps.  Had that pump combusted, it would have been catastrophic. Fortunately, quick thinking gas station's employees deployed a water hose and got the blaze under control. The Fire Department arrived shortly afterwards, and they took over, ensuring that the fire was put out completely. But for a while there - it was very scary - an open fire in a gas station.   For a first hand account, we spoke this evening with the owner of the vehicle, 37 year-old Wenseslao Veliz.

Placencia Scare: Piper Seneca Gets Double Blowout When It Lands Downwind
More is known tonight about the Guatemalan plane we told you about last night.  The Piper Seneca had a rough landing at the Placencia Airstrip around 4:00 pm. This video shows how rough it was as the plane lands at high speed, and then smoke is seen coming from both its wheels.  7News has learned that the pilot of the light twin engine plane attempted to land twice - but was having difficulty.  The problem was that he was landing in the wrong direction.  He landed in the same direction the wind was blowing - and doing so on the shortest runway in the country.

National Security Says It Had Will's Back
Last night we showed you border activist Will Maheia - talking about the Guatemalan gunboats blocking the channel where the Territorial Volunteers usually enter the Sarstoon river.   He says that with no Belizean BDF or Coast Guard in sight, his Volunteers retreated to PG town.  He concluded by saying that the Guatemalan military had effectively blocked the Sarstoon. Wil Maheia - Belize Territorial Volunteers: "So I could tell you right now that the mouth of the Sarstoon River is completely blocked for Belizeans. So Belizeans just can't enter into the mouth of the Sarstoon right now."

Sewell Brothers All Free - 12 Years After US Named Them in Drug Traffic Conspiracy
They've been put through the legal ringer for over a decade but, tonight, the Sewell brothers are all free - after the last of them was returned home yesterday.  7News has been reliably informed that after serving a 12 year prison sentence in the US, Duane Sewell was deported to Belize yesterday.   In December of 2007, Sewell was sentenced to 17 years in the US state of Ohio for  importing drugs into the United States. He and his brothers Mark and Gary were allegedly at the center of multimillion dollar ring that ferried cocaine from Belize through Mexico to cities across the United States, using couriers who carried the cocaine in oversized shoes.

April 10th Was The Cutoff Date
As you can probably tell by the PUP sponsored "NO TO THE ICJ ADS" on this newscast, all systems are go for the ICJ referendum on May 8th,.  But if you're hoping to re-register for the big vote, it's too late now.  The The Elections and Boundaries has announced that the cut-off date for registration was 10th April  - which happened top be the date that the referendum should have been held.

No Bail For Rhavin, Yet
A 19 year old Crooked Tree fisherman didn't get his bail application heard in court today because a man's life hangs in the balance.    27 year old Elton Baiza is still the in the Intensive Care Unit and is on life support at the KHMH - after he  was attacked and severely beaten, in Crooked Tree on April 7th.   Rhavin Gillett was one of the two men accused of beating him up and the teenager was remanded for attempted murder last week Friday.  

Monetizing Athletes
If you're a fan of fashion or the NBA, you'll definitely know about that iconic brand, Nike Air Jordans. Its namesake, Michael Jordan has been retired for over a decade, but his Jordan brand is still the gold standard in sporting attire. 
And that lucrative name branding is what the Belize Intellectual Property Office (BELIPO) and the National Sports Council want the rising local stars from the different sporting disciplines to start thinking about. They say that Belize's professional athletes are missing out on potential commercial success to turn their fame into possible endorsement deals through image rights and copyrighting.

Open Data, An Idea Whose Time Has Come?
So, while BELIPO and the National Sports Council were contemplating Intellectual Property and Sports, the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry was brainstorming with the private sector on how to harness open data to provide economic opportunities for Belizeans.  Open Data is defined on the internet as the idea that some data should be freely available for everyone use and republish as they wish without restrictions from copyright, patents, and any other mechanisms of control. The Chamber, the Caribbean Open Institute, and the Trust for the Americas want to see Belizeans harness the principle and create economic opportunities for young entrepreneurs in a climate where employment is not easy to come by.

How Compol Pulled the Rug From Under Arzu
Tonight we have more from our interview with Commissioner of Police Chester Williams. As we have been reporting, Compol Williams and the President of the Belize Police Association Eldon Arzu are just not seeing eye to eye – it's one issue to the next, from Arzu's failure to produce an audit, to Arzu's transfer to a new office, to Arzu allegedly not showing up to work at that new office, to Williams freezing his salary because of that and to the next issue of Williams sending an internal memo to all police formations instructing them not to entertain or tolerate Arzu in any meeting  or business dealings. Well yesterday, Williams told us that he sent this memo after Arzu asked for permission to go on a countrywide tour on behalf of the association. Here is how Williams put it.

When Will Checkpoint Cops Get Proper Shelter?
And while the Compol has issues with the police association president - he still has to deal with complaints from the rank and file of the department - complaints which would normally be raised by the police association.   Those have to do with the eight hour shifts for the city's Southside - which many officers are still unhappy with - and the conditions that officers in the field have to work under.  These include the many checkpoints across the city where officers have to pitch under a vinyl tent. These tents are not durable enough to stand up to the elements over a long period of time - and some police officers are taking a pounding from rain and sun.   Yesterday, we also asked Williams what's going to be done about these less than optimal working conditions.

Rider Wasani and The High-Speed Rub-Down
He finished an outstanding 12th in the cross country and was the 5th Belizean to cross the line on Holy Saturday - but, tonight, Wasani Castro is under scrutiny.  That's after this video emerged which shows him hanging unto a pickup and jetting along the highway near Cotton Tree during the race.   Maybe because he's a minister's son - it's caused quite a stir on Facebook, and even some cycling veterans say he should be sharply penalized if not disqualified.   While that is a decision for the Cycling Federation to make, Castro took to Facebook to defend himself. He says he was only getting a "rub down"

Cricket Selection Starring In Mexico
Belize's National Cricket selection are currently holding the top spot in the Central American Cricket Championship Tournament being played this week in Naucalpan, Mexico. So far, Belize has defeated Mexico and lost narrowly to defending champions MCC of England. But the team rebounded earlier today with an impressive victory over Panama. So Belize now leads the tournament with 4 points from two victories.  Tomorrow the team plays Costa Rica in this Seventh Edition of the Central American Championship. The tournament finishes on Sunday.

Pupa Curly, Call It A Comeback
He's been making reggae with a rap flavor since the late 80's, and 20 years later, Pupa Curly is still holding it down.  Tonight he's released the video for his new single and is scheduled to play in a star studded concert tomorrow at mile 41.   Curly told us he'll be playing both old and new school tunes:.. The concert starts at 7:00 tomorrow night and general admission is twenty dollars.  

Expect Checkpoints Going To Agric
And that concert at Harmonyville is hoping to draw from the crowd that's traveling to the National Showgrounds for this year's National Agriculture and Trade Show. Police are determined to keep the peace after an especially peaceful easter.  Yesterday at the press briefing, ASP Cowo said that you should be ready to face multiple checkpoints: ASP Alejandro Cowo - OC, CIB Belize City: "There will be the increase of checkpoints especially in the major highways that will be leading to the Showgrounds. There will be several VCP's set up at different locations to try and deter those drunken drivers, and also to stop the criminals, and getting to know who all is proceeding to Belmopan on that Day."

Fuel Prices Surge Again
But, if you're heading west for Agric'. you'd better buy gas tonight.  That's because at midnight the price of Regular Gas will increase by 27 cents to $10.87 per gallon. Kerosene will also increase by 16 cents, while diesel and premium will remain stable. Government warns that due to fluctuations in supply, fuel prices are expected to trend up for the next few months. 

NOG's Say Watch Those Illegal Fishers
And, finally tonight, the May 8th Referendum is less than 2 weeks away, and while you contemplate whether you will vote yes or no to taking the Guatemalan territorial claim to the ICJ, the NGO community says that you should be very concerned about the "pillaging" of Belize's fisheries resources from foreign fishermen.  A lengthy press release from the Belize Network of NGO's says, quote, "Belizeans everywhere should be concerned about the pillaging of our fisheries resources by foreign fisherfolk and poachers given these illegal activities represent millions of dollars in economic loss and irrevocable damage to our world renowned marine environment."

Channel 5

Did Guatemalan Gunboats Block the Entrance of the Sarstoon River?
The Ministry of National Security has issued a release essentially rejecting a claim by the BTV’s Wil Maheia in respect of his attempted visit to the Sarstoon on Thursday. According [...]

P.U.P. says Guatemala Breaking International Law
So while that plays out, the People’s United Party has reacted to the ministry’s release on the incident at the Sarstoon. Party chairman, Henry Charles Usher, told News Five that [...]

I.C.J. Referendum Legal Matters Still Pending
While the Government has set May eight as the new date for the I.C.J. referendum, there are several related cases pending before the courts. On Monday, the Chief Justice is [...]

P.U.P. is I.C.J. Referendum Ready
While we had the P.U.P. Chairman, he was asked about the party’s preparedness for the upcoming I.C.J. referendum. May eighth is twelve days away and it will be a battle [...]

Official Details on Vehicle Fire at Gas Station
A pickup truck was totally destroyed by fire on Thursday in Belize City. The incident happened at a gas station so it caused alarm because of the potential risks to [...]

Family of 12 Needs Help to Rebuild Home
Back in February, a fire in Belize City destroyed two structures that housed a family of twelve, including Virginia Garnett and her triplets.  The family lost everything in the fire [...]

Regular Gas and Kerosene Prices Go Up
Going into the Easter holidays, last Wednesday, the pump price for premium gasoline increased by forty cents; it took the cost up to a whopping eleven dollars and thirty cents [...]

Race Commissaires to Discuss HSCCC Issues and Wasani Castro’s Case
A video posted on social media shows cyclist Wasani Castro being pulled by a pickup truck during this year’s Holy Saturday Cross Country Cycling Classic. The video has caused quite [...]

Cyclists Meet to Chart Way Forward
The Cycling Federation of Belize is facing mounting criticisms by several cyclists and aficionados of the sport. A meeting between cyclists and attorneys took place on Thursday night to discuss [...]

Developing the Sport of Cycling
According to cyclist, Tariq Cano, there is much work needed to be done in order to develop the sports of cycling in Belize. He says that local cyclists are not [...]

Bail Denied for Man Accused in Crooked Tree Beat Down
A Crooked Tree resident accused of administering a beating on a Belize City man was denied bail for the offense of attempted murder. Nineteen-year-old Ravin Gillett was unsuccessful in his [...]

Shemar Castillo is Granted Supreme Court Bail
In mid-March, four residents of Sunset Park were charged and arraigned for attempted burglary and aggravated assault at the home of a police officer as well as another resident of [...]

‘Reach for Gold: IP and Sports’
Last month, HBO Latin America Group signed off on five licensing agreements with cable operators to legally provide programming channels. It comes down to the issue of rights. Today, in [...]

Finding Answers on How the Private Sector Can Harness the Value of Open Data
Since 2018, the Organization of American States and the Trust for the Americas have been working with the Government of Belize and Civil Society on moving towards open government. It [...]

Baby Steps to Realizing an Open Government System in the Region
Today’s event is part of the extended schedule of activities under the Development of the Caribbean and Code Sprint Initiative, coordinated by the Caribbean Open Institute for 2019. The regional [...]

NWC Hosts Beijing 25+ Report Consultation
At the 1995 Beijing Conference, Belize and one hundred and eighty-eight UN member states adopted the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action as a global agenda to improve human rights [...]

WCS says Beijing 25+ Report Helps at the National and Global Level
Cynthia Williams says that the information gathered from the consultations will be used to generate a report for Belize. That report, she explains, will be shared with partner agencies and [...]

Blackleg and Rabies Vaccine Advisory
The Belize Agricultural Health Authority and Ministry of Agriculture is advising that if you haven’t vaccinated your livestock against blackleg in the last six months you must do so quickly. [...]

MMA Showdown in Shuga City!
A Mixed Martial Arts competition will be held on Saturday night in Orange Walk. The event will feature twelve bouts with fighters from Belize, U.S.A. and Mexico. For the first [...]

Amandala

GAF gunboat blocks entrance to Sarstoon
Prime Minister Dean Barrow has set Wednesday, May 8, as the new date for a referendum in which Belizeans will indicate at the polls, with a yes or no answer, whether they support taking the Guatemalan claim to Belizean territory to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for adjudication, but in the area of the Sarstoon River, the Guatemalan Armed Forces (GAF) have been quietly stepping up their aggression with continued assaults on the territorial integrity of Belize. Just last week, the GAF blocked a Belize Coast Guard boat and a civilian boat with Belizeans from the diaspora who were visiting the Sarstoon. The Ministry of National Security had said that the government would send “a strong diplomatic protest” regarding the incident.

All roads lead to NATS
This weekend, April 26, 27, and 28, Belizeans, in the thousands, from every corner, will be converging on a sacred plot of land in the heart of the country to celebrate the farmers and tradespersons (agro-processors, manufacturers) at the annual National Agriculture and Trade Show. There will be other activities going on in other parts of the country, especially in sports as the football and basketball playoffs begin, but this weekend belongs to the heroes and heroines who provide us with food security and earn valuable foreign exchange so that we can purchase the goods we don’t produce at home. These are not the best of times for many of our farmers, so it is important for visitors to the show to stop by their booths to hear about what they’re doing and show appreciation for the great effort they make every year for our country.

Barrow sets May 8 as ICJ referendum day
As the Easter holiday approached and Belizeans were focused on preparations for their Easter vacation, the Government of Belize announced, via a brief press release today, that the referendum regarding whether Guatemala’s claim to Belizean territory should be taken to the ICJ (International Court of Justice), will be held on Wednesday, May 8. The government announcement comes roughly three days after the Belize Territorial Dispute Referendum Act was passed through the Senate on Monday and was sent to the Governor General for his signature.

UB Hosts Its 9th Annual Research Conference
An assembly of scholars and educators convened at the Radisson Fort George Hotel in Belize City this Thursday to share newly acquired findings about various sectors of Belize. The research symposium, which was spearheaded by UB’s Faculty of Management and Social Sciences, was designed to inspire academic minds to collect and analyze data concerning factors that impact our local enterprises and entrepreneurs. As the Dean of the Faculty of Management and Social Sciences issued a warm welcome to all invited guests, he shared his convictions about the importance of scientific research and the benefits it can bring to our country: “Our Belizean society continues to face serious challenges in terms of governance, finance, education, health, economics, and crime – and research provides a vehicle through which we can seek out lasting home-grown solutions to these problems,” he said.

Cost of Living Increases in 2019
The Statistical Institute of Belize released their Consumer Price Index (CPI) report for the month of March, 2019, and in that report were listed notable differences in the prices of some consumer goods in comparison to March of 2018. The CPI categorizes consumer products into four groups, three of which have undergone inflation in the past year. The average price of goods in the “Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverages” category has increased by 0.3%; items in the “Transport” category have undergone a price increase of 0.4%, and the average price of “All Other Goods and Services” – such as motor vehicle insurance, health insurance, secondary school fees, and entrance fees to sporting events, etc. has underwent the largest increase at 0.7%.

Henry Young and CB Hyde call for political reform
Former tourism minister, Henry Young, and former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Charles Bartlett Hyde, who teamed up with other concerned citizens to petition the government to ease the pressure on persons who smoke recreational marijuana — a fight “to ease up on locking down mostly poor people for possession of a couple sticks of a plant known as marijuana”, as one of the sages put it — are now offering a couple proposals which they feel will “improve the ability of governments to govern and increase the faith citizens have in their governments.”

3 Guatemalans sweep Holy Saturday Cross Country Classic; did CFB give defending champion “unfair odds”?
In Belize, Cross Country is not just a sport; it is culture, history and sports all rolled up into one; and Belizeans are still recovering from the shock of an unprecedented sweep of all top 3 prizes by Guatemalan cyclists representing the Guatemalan National Team. There has been some controversy, and it is indeed a time for reflection and analysis of how we came to this, and the role of our Belizean-Americans in all facets of the growth and development of our nation. We have to try and “pick sense from nonsense.” And then decide what we really want to do with our Holy Saturday Cross Country, the historic 144-mile journey to San Ignacio and back to Belize City.

Verdes draws with Wagiya; Bandits beat San Pedro, clinches CONCACAF berth
Going into the final week of this PLB 2018-2019 Closing regular season, Verdes FC led defending champions Bandits Sport by a single point, 23-22. The Opening Season had ended with both teams tied at 33 points apiece; so the aggregate points score for the combined seasons stood at 56-55 points in favor of Verdes. The points leader between the two in the Closing Season would be the overall Opening & Closing Season points leader. The CONCACAF berth belongs to the PLB champion, from Opening and Closing Seasons, that accumulates the most combined regular season points. Bandits Sport is the Opening Season champion; the 2018-2019 Closing Season champion is yet to be determined in the upcoming playoffs.

Belmopan City Council Kids, Youth & Female Cup; and BFA 2nd Division Tournament 2019
The Belmopan Football Association (BFA) 2nd Division Tournament 2019 continued on Friday, April 5, with 3 games played at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium.

Dangriga Mayor’s Cup Week 10 results
The Stann Creek Football Association (SCFA) administered Dangriga Mayor’s Cup Tournament 2019 continued on Thursday night, April 18, with Week 10 games at the Carl Ramos Stadium. In the opener, Hopkins Ibayani shut out Iderei (DYS), 3-0, with a goal each from Akeem Meyers (9’), Eworth Flowers (53’) and Giovanny Cacho (78’). And in the nightcap, it was Young Generals (YG) with the 1-0 win over New Site Tire Depot, courtesy of a goal by Frederick Flores (21’).

Editorial: ComPol and police doing excellent work
There were a number of incidents that could have ended up as murder cases over the Easter weekend. In St. Margaret’s Village, someone waited in the dark and fired a shotgun blast at a man who was holding a child in his arms. In Bradley’s Bank, a retiree was held up by a man wielding a machete. In Belize City, a man was stabbed when he had a misunderstanding with another man. There were other violent incidents. Fortunately, none ended in loss of human life. The Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, said that he cannot recall an Easter weekend when there were no murders in Belize. It is no fluke that the first murder-less Easter weekend in a long, long time, occurred under the watchful eyes of the new hierarchy at the Police Department. They have been putting in the work, and we are making halting steps in the right direction.

Education for a better Belize – no baby is born bad
Editor Amandala, Sir, During the early nineteenth century, the endowment from the Mico Trust—originally established in 1670 to redeem Christian slaves in the Barbary States of North Africa— opened a series of schools for blacks and free non-white pupils throughout the Caribbean and three teacher training colleges, Mico in Antigua and Jamaica, and Codrington in Barbados. After 1870 there was change in public education throughout the Caribbean. This coincided with the establishment of free compulsory public elementary education in Britain and in individual states of the United States.

Lawrence Vernon discusses UBAD history
After being born as the United Black Culture Association at a lecture on Black History given by Evan Hyde at the Bliss Institute in September 1968, the United Black Association for Development (U.B.A.D.) on February 9, 1969 adopted a constitution and elected officers. Its aims were described as “cultural” and “educational”; and several public meetings were held in Belize City and the towns in an effort to gain support. Along with UBAD there sprang up a similar organization called the People’s Action Committee (PAC), whose main aim and objective was “the changing of a corrupt and oppressive system to a system which ensured freedom, justice and equality for all.” While UBAD emphasized the cultural aspect of the struggle, PAC emphasized the political.

When principles fail … people fail
I have been observing more than I have been participating in the discussions, debates, fights, attacks, monologues, discourses, media rantings and outright profanities regarding the ICJ referendum vote. I have been reluctant at times to even participate, and instead I just read or listen, but now and then I have been so taken aback by the lack of “principles” by some I thought of as principled that I chip in my two cents and when I do I come hard.

I would vote NO, but…
I would vote NO because this Guatemalan claim is preposterous, and we should have followed UBAD when they put in their 1974 manifesto that we should arm the Belizean people because when we became independent we would have to fight the bully to defend our turf, because a bully is what a bully is, someone who only respects a smack in the nose. But we voted for the PUP. I would vote NO because Philip Goldson said that we shouldn’t become independent until the British settled the Guatemalan claim, that they (the British) reneged on a business deal for the increase of business between their two countries.

Survive United or Perish Separated
eflect and know who we are, what country we live in (a “colony or an independent nation”) and the country we want to continue to live in. We are no longer a colony. We are an independent people; and “we” must shape our future to continue surviving. We will survive only when we defend and protect ourselves “together”. Guatemala knows that. United States, United Kingdom and European Union know that. They also know our weaknesses. That is why they try to get us to the ICJ. US, UK and EU know they’d get what they want. So does Guatemala. Both at Belize’s expense.

Ministry of Health slow in response to Southern Regional Hospital non-working morgue
The morgue at the Southern Regional Hospital has not been in working condition for several weeks and the Ministry of Health apparently did not treat the matter with any urgency until the reality was graphically brought to the country’s attention over the Easter holidays, when a dead body had to be returned to a relative, because the hospital was unable to provide storage. In a press release yesterday, the People’s United Party (PUP) cited the

Guatemalan presidential candidate arrested in Miami for drug-trafficking plot
Mario Estrada, a Guatemalan presidential candidate of the center right National Charge Union, was nabbed by US authorities in Miami, Florida and charged in connection with a massive plot to import cocaine into the United States through the Sinaloa, Mexican drug cartel. The US indictment is also alleging that Estrada had plans to assassinate his political rivals. Estrada was arrested last Wednesday, April 17, along with another man, Pablo Gonzalez, a mere two months before Guatemalans are scheduled to vote in presidential elections.

Over 12,000 persons denied entry into Mexico
About 12,000 persons, including Belizeans, who went to spend the Easter holiday in Chetumal and other destinations in Mexico, were denied entry into that country because they did not have a passport or the Mexican border permit issued by that country. The travelers arrived at the border in groups that were on excursions, and in buses, private vehicles, and by other means of transport, and they were refused entry. In March, before the Easter holiday, an announcement was made on Mexican social media that Belizeans wishing to visit Chetumal for the Easter could enter the country without a passport. The announcement said that visitors would be given a pass, and that the arrangement was being made only for the Easter.

Human trafficker who used Belize and other countries sentenced to 5 years in US court
A US Department of Justice (DOJ) press release on Tuesday, April 23, provided details of an Indian national who was sentenced to 5 years in prison for his role in a massive transnational human smuggling ring which was responsible for trafficking about 400 persons into the United States, one of whom died attempting to enter the US. Yadvinder Singh Sandhu, 61, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy and 15 counts of smuggling aliens to the United States for profit before U.S. Magistrate Judge Silvia Carreño-Coll of the District of Puerto Rico. He was on three years of supervised release, before he was sentenced, the DOJ said.


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The Reporter

Potential Explosion And Fire Disaster Averted
A major public catastrophe was averted on Thursday evening when fire personnel responded quickly to contain a vehicle fire at Shell One Stop in Belize City. Just after 5:15 p.m on April 25th, Guatemalan vendor Wenseslao Veliz, 37, went to the gas station located at the intersection of Cemetery Road and Central American Boulevard to refuel his vehicle.

Indian National Convicted Of Trafficking Through BELIZE
Indian national Yadvinder Singh Sandhu, 61, has been officially sentence to five years imprisonment after he was found guilty in a United States courtroom for using Belize, among other countries, as a human trafficking route. Media reports say that by his own admission Sandhu pleaded guilty to smuggling over 400 immigrants into the US over the period 2013-2015.

Oppps! Funny Stuff During The Recent Cross Country Race
The Reporter has confirmed with President of the Cycling Federation of Belize Orson Butler that they are aware of a video, gone viral, which shows Wasani Castro being pulled by his service vehicle during the recent Cross Country Cycling Classic.

Difficult Roads: The Orchid Bay Story
The Reporter broke the story of ongoing drama and rising tensions at Orchid Bay in the northern district of Corozal several weeks ago and has covered the issue extensively, airing both sides of the unfolding controversy and has done so in as an objective fashion as possible. Following all the publicity, some of the interested parties who have shared their stories with the Reporter have expressed concerns over reportedly increased pressure and scrutiny from the project’s developers.

Editorial – April 26th. 2019
One of the first things the ICJ will consider when it takes up the Belize-Guatemala dispute is Guatemala’s claim to uti possidetis as inheritors of land once owned by Spain. Guatemala has pinned all her hopes on this one principle of law. She has nothing else to depend on.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Regular and kerosene gas prices hiked again
The Belize Bureau of Standards announced today that at midnight tonight, the pump price for […]

Cattle thief detained in Teakettle, Cayo
Authorities have detained a man who is suspected of stealing cows and butchering them inside […]

BAHA issues advisory for livestock Blackleg and Rabies vaccines
The Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of […]

Honduran National Missing in Belize
The family of Honduran national, Herald Palmer,30 is concerned about his whereabouts. Palmer’s mother, Rosalie […]

Police find 385 grams of marijuana in Belize City
This morning, police conducted an operation in a house on Freetown Road in Belize City […]

9 mm gun found in Belize City
Authorities this morning conducted searches on New Road, Belize City and found a black 9 […]

Vehicle completely destroyed by fire
Authorities were called to the Shell Gas Station at the corner of Cemetery Road and […]

Ministry of National Security confirms Guatemalan Armed Forces deployed vessel at Sarstoon
Today, the Ministry of National Security issued a statement clarifying reports by Wil Maheia regarding […]

Joel Nagel and Michael Cobb Reveal New Architectural Details About Marriott Hotel Coming Soon to Belize
By Marriott Hotel: In April 2018, ECI Development announced that it would be working together with Marriott Hotels […]

Belize Youth Challenge Program Instructors get training in the US
Instructors from Belize’s Youth Challenge Programme (YCP) have completed a two-week training course in the United States, which was sponsored by the Louisiana National Guard’s (LANG)Youth Challenge Program (YCP). […]

Corozal police find high powered rifle
Corozal police are in possession of a high powered weapon. It is a 7.62 caliber […]

Police still unsure why Corozal businessman attacked
Police say that they are still investigating the attack on businessman, Byron Chu. Last Thursday […]

Police: One drug bust led to another
Acting on intelligence, police found 18 parcels of weed which weighed 55.5 pounds. This significant […]

Arson in Maya Mopan, Toledo
Police suspect arson in yet another case of fire in Toledo. This time it occurred […]

Belize to participate in the 6th Yucatan Beach Soccer Cup
Today, 18 football players from various clubs across the country are in Mexico for the […]

Deep South Farm to be sold; will Marco Caruso grow hemp?
On Thursday evening, Breaking Belize News spoke with the President of Citizens Organized for Liberty […]

Police investigating shooting incident that injured a man and his 3-year-old son
Jose Navarette and his three-year-old son were shot days ago in St. Margaret, Cayo. They […]

Police find 2.5 kilos of marijuana in Ambergris Caye
San Pedro Police made a significant drug bust on the island around 9 o’clock yesterday […]

Police say fire in San Jose, Toledo is a case of arson
Just before 1 o’clock on Tuesday morning, there was a fire in San Jose, Toledo. […]

Belize City man busted with stolen boat engine
A boat engine thief of Belize City was charged with one count of theft on […]

LOVE FM

National Women’s Commission looks at women’s advancement
Belize is a signatory to the Beijing Platform for Action which was adopted by members of the United Nations at the Fourth World Conference on Women held in September 1995. Countries regularly review the progress of the goals set out in the declaration. In this regard, the National Women’s Commission is hosting a consultation to …

Ministry of National Security Clarifies the BTV’s latest Sarstoon visit
On Tuesday the Belize Territorial Volunteers attempted to take a boat along the Sarstoon River. The leader of the expedition Wil Maheia told the media that there were 3 military vessels from Guatemala in the area. Maheia says that the Guatemalan Armed Forces stopped him and he did not see any Belize Coast Guard or …

BDF Volunteers to get Professional Training
There is a group of twenty Belize Defense Force Volunteers who have been selected for advanced training in the United States of America. According to Brigadier General Steven Ortega, the volunteers will receive their training along with members of the Louisiana State National Guard. Brig. Gen. Steven Ortega – Commander of the B.D.F.: “We have …

Belize Network of NGOs say more must be done to monitor southern waters from illegal fishing
While the Guatemalan Armed Forces are consistent with their intimidation tactics at the Sarstoon when it relates to access for Belizeans, the Guatemalan fishers are persistent in engaging in illegal fishing in Belize’s waters in the south. Their incursions at sea and inland have costed Belize millions of dollars in resources and the Belize Network …

Minister of National Security ends tour of Stann Creek District
The Minister of National Security John Saldivar continues on a national tour of security forces. On Thursday, the Minister and Senior officials of the Belize Police Department, the Belize Defense Force and the Belize Coast Guard concluded their tour of the Stann Creek District. Their tour of that district included visits to the Police Formations …

Reach for Gold: IP and Sports
The theme for Intellectual Property day is Sports and IP. That is why the “Reach for Gold: IP and Sports” workshop was organized by The Belize Intellectual Property Office (BELIPO) and the National Sports Council of Belize for the sporting industry and athletic organizations. The conference which seeks to aid sporting clubs and athletes had …

Family seeking public’s assistance in rebuilding their home
A family is homeless after a fire destroyed their home in the Gungulung area of Belize City on February 18. The family has already started the process of rebuilding their home with the assistance of Hands of Mercy and the community. However, the family is in need of more material to complete the house and …

Will cyclists be disqualified post Cross Country?
The annual Cross Country Cycling Classic was held on Saturday, April 13. Three Guatemalan Nationals won the top prizes. Belizean American Justin Williams indicated that he would not participate in 2020 due to issues with the sport including not being granted permission to bring a team to help fight for the Garland. We asked the …

Love Entertainment will host live music for a family fun weekend at the NATS 2019
The official opening of the National Agriculture and Trade Show 2019 was done today on the showgrounds in Belmopan. The events will be aired live on Love Television. Additionally, Love Entertainment and Sports will also be hosting a series of live music and entertainment on the main stage at the NATS on Saturday and Sunday. …

Evander Bennett granted bail
32-year-old, Evander Bennett, a car dealer of Orange Walk Town, is out on a ten thousand dollars Supreme Court bail after being charged with two counts of drug trafficking. Bennett was released on Supreme Court bail today after a successful bail application hearing before Justice Colin Williams. Bennett was represented by attorney, Oswald Twist. Williams …

Shemar Castillo granted bail
20-year-old, Shemar Castillo, who appeared in court on crutches, was granted bail in the sum of seven thousand dollars plus two sureties of three thousand seven hundred and fifty dollars after being charged with attempted burglary at the home of a police officer...

Rhavin Gillett denied bail
The bail application submitted on behalf of 19-year-old, Rhavin Gillett of Crooked Tree Village was denied when he appeared today before Justice Colin Williams based on the fact that the victim, Elton Baizar, is in a critical condition and if he should die...

Blogs

Don Omario – A Traveller’s Liquors Success decades in the making
Imagine having endless ideas in your mind, then attempting to bring them to fruition, failing time and again, with a few successes sprinkled in between. Don Omario Perdomo, founder of Traveller’s Liquors, is famed for his backyard successes, his hundreds of attempts and experiments that eventually led to what is now known as a top Belizean rum distillery. We all know of the One Barrel and Five Barrel, the Kuknat Rum that goes in our famed Panti Rippas, the Belizean Rums perfect for mixers, and even wines, brandies and gin. One standout spirit is the Don Omario, and its story is one for the books indeed!

Last Week of April, My Ambergris Caye Report
For island life – it seems like I’ve been doing a whole lot of running around this week. Running errands and provisioning for off-the-grid Cayo Frances Farm & Fly does take up a bunch of time. Taking the 1.5 hour water taxi trip back and forth to Belize City for a day of more errands and meetings takes up some time. But it’s really a big project that I’m working on that has me all busy. Easter is over and the weather is warm and sunny and…warm. You can almost see the steam as the sun set last night.

101 questions about travelling to and in Belize
Before we left, I had dozens of questions about Belize. What to pack, where to go and how expensive the country is. I have written down all these questions and in this blog, I will answer them all! The most important question for when you are considering to make a trip to Belize is if Belize is worth a visit? I thought Belize was more than worth visiting! I wouldn’t have wanted to miss out on the beautiful islands (Cayes), the underwater life and the relaxed atmosphere. Belize itself is very small, I can, therefore, recommend that you combine it with another country. We combined Belize with Guatemala and had the ultimate vacation: the Latin feeling in Guatemala, the Caribbean feeling in Belize!

International Sourcesizz

Narcotics and the Human Trafficking Problem in Belize
Central America has long been recognized as a common transit zone for both human trafficking and narcotics trafficking. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Drug Threat Assessment Report, Central America and Mexico form the main corridor for South American drugs heading to the U.S. market. The majority of cocaine and heroin produced and exported from Colombia is transported through Central America and Mexico. While this presents challenges for all of Central America, the small nation of Belize has also been affected by recent narcotics and human trafficking trends. Belize is the only English-speaking nation in Central America and is in a vulnerable geographical location for both narcotics trafficking and human trafficking. Belize is a beautiful country and is making strides to counter the narcotics and human trafficking programs that plague the Central American region.

Duo of organic craft rums from Belize land in the UK
Two organic single estate craft rums produced in the Belizean rainforest have launched in the UK under a new brand called Copalli. Both spirits, which are sustainably produced at the ‘zero-impact’ Copal Tree Distillery in Belize, which is situated in the heart of 20,000 acres of tropical rainforest, combine three ingredients: rainforest canopy water, yeast and non-GMO heirloom sugar cane. The first expression is a 42% ABV white rum, with notes of vanilla, coffee, grass, fresh berries and citrus. It is created using a combination of pot and column distillation. The finished liquid is then rested on stainless steel.

Fishery on the brink: The fight to save the Nassau grouper
In 1975, famed explorer and conservationist Jacques Cousteau traveled aboard his boat, the Calypso, in hopes of documenting one of nature’s most impressive underwater gatherings: the spawning of the Nassau grouper (Epinephelus striatus), a large predatory fish rumored to aggregate in the tens of thousands. But an aerial shot from the documentary series “The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau” also reveals fishing boats moored by the dozens in the impossibly blue waters of Belize’s Caye Glory Atoll; they, too, were there for the fish. “Now, with the introduction of the outboard motor,” Cousteau says in the voiceover, “we wonder how many more years the grouper can support these fishermen.” Cousteau’s words have proved prophetic; according to a recent IUCN report, the Nassau grouper is now classified as critically endangered.

US Drug Probe Lands Guatemala President in Hot Water
Controversy is swirling in Guatemala after evidence emerged showing that President Jimmy Morales used a helicopter owned by a presidential candidate recently arrested in the United States on drug charges — a case that has turned up the heat significantly on the Central American nation’s head of state. President Morales, who will be replaced after elections this year, reportedly used a helicopter owned by candidate Mario Amilcar Estrada Orellana for official business in January 2018 and possibly on at least one other occasion, Prensa Libre reported. Morales claimed in an April 23 press release that the helicopter was contracted by his government with a company called Maya World Tours, which brokers helicopter flights.

Videos

  • Ana Morales is the Female Farmer of the Year, 4.5min. To meet the female farmer of the year, we went to Selena village, a small farming community located to the back of Spanish Lookout. There we met fifty-year-old mom and grand-mother Ana Eloisa Morales. She, with the support of her family, has cultivated fifteen acres of land. The remaining ten acres of her property remain untouched and a small portion is used to raise livestock. Reporter Andrea Polanco visited the farmer of the year on Wednesday to find out more about her farm. The winner says that she wants to inspire others, especially women, to show that they too can become farmers.

  • The Elections and Boundaries Department informs the public of the voting process, 1.5min.

  • British Army protecting our Belizean Borders, 5min. Blast from the Past ...

  • Belize Snorkel, 2019, 2min.

  • Channel 5 Obituaries - FREDERICK MICHAEL GABOUREL, 1.5min.

  • Rendezvous Caye Snorkeling, 4.5min. Carnival cruise excursion to a tiny island off coast of Belize. Total of 4 hours including the travel time, includes a hot lunch of chicken and rice, etc. Beautiful island, decent snorkeling, perfect weather!

  • Caye Caulker Belize With The Kids, 9min. While on a family vacation to Belize, we spent a couple of days on the beautiful Caye Caulker.

  • Eindrücke von Tabacco Caye - einer kleinen Insel vor Belize, 23min. Tabak Caye ist eine kleine Insel in Belize, etwa 10 Meilen östlich von Dangriga. Es ist ungefähr drei Hektar groß und hat die Form eines Eies mit einer Nord-Süd-Ausdehnung von etwa 240 m und einer Ost-West-Ausdehnung von 125 Metern.

  • "Look at this place...!" South Water Caye Belize Catamaran Sailing, 24min. With KC and Lisa, after waiting out a day of bad weather in Sapodilla Lagoon we navigate Saltair3 through the turquoise blue but shallow and complicated waters out to paradise. About 30 miles from Placencia, out near the barrier reef is a gorgeous but small Caye known as South Water Caye. White sand beach, crystal clear waters that let you see straight to the coral sea floor and an area full of amazing sea life.

  • Sleepy Jaguar Yawns in Belize, 20sec.

  • Fly Fishing in Belize, 5min.

  • Belize snorkeling, 2.5min. Snorkeling near Long Caye on Glover's Atoll in Belize.

  • NEBL 2019 Playoffs | Verdes vs Hurricanes | Live at the SHC Auditorium, San Ignacio, 2.5hr.


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