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The San Pedro Sun

Jankunu Productionz delights San Pedro with ‘Belize Rewind’ theatrical play
After a countrywide tour, Jankunu Productionz arrived in San Pedro Town on Friday, April 26th with the final performance of its dynamic play ‘Belize Rewind’ captivating a large audience at the Paradise Theatre. The theatrical show features a full historical and cultural immersion that depicts Belize from settlement to its birth as a nation in 1981. The entertaining show included original songs, dances, creative poetry and a drama that submerged the audience back in history revealing what Belize is all about and what it has to offer.

Islander Bryce Peterson excels at PRO FC- Belize Mix MMA League fighting tournament
Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter Bryce Peterson represented Ambergris Caye at the PRO FC- Belize Mix MMA League fighting tournament in Orange Walk Town on Saturday, April 27th. At the co-main event of the evening against Guatemalan Andy Rivas, Peterson excelled with a split-decision. The event dubbed ‘Shuga City’ Fight Night saw fighters from Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala. The night ended with a championship match between Belize’s Kristian Usher and Guatemalan Jonathan Chutan, who in the second round defeated Usher via armbar.

Closure Of Conch Season
The Belize Fisheries Department hereby informs all fishers, and the Public, that in accordance with Statutory Instrument No. 54 of 2012, the Honorable Omar Figueroa, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development will declare the Queen Conch (Strombus gigas) fishery closed on April 30th, 2019. This is necessary due to the realization of the Queen Conch quota.

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Labour Day Beach Party in San Pedro
AT THE BOCA DEL RIO BEACH BEACH & PARK, WED FROM 10AM MAY TO 7pm. All proceeds will go to support Gabriel Nunez Jr, and Bryton Codd as they proudly present Belize in NORCECA BEACH VOLLEYBALL CONTINENTAL TOUR from the 8th-13th of May in Cuba. Let’s support or 2x2 National Beach Volleyball Team as they will proudly represent Belize in Cuba! It’s time to show our support!

BCVI EYE CLINIC this Wednesday in San Pedro
FREE MONTHLY BCVI EYE CLINIC this Wednesday, May first - 8:30am - 2pm at the San Pedro Lions Den

OAS Academic Scholarship Programme is now accepting applications!
The scholarship is available for Belizeans who wish to undertake undergraduate or graduate studies and/or graduate research that lead to a degree at an accredited or recognized university or higher learning institution in an OAS member state, with the exception of the candidate’s sponsoring country. Candidates must apply directly for admission to their desired programs. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply to institutions participating in the OAS Consortium of Universities because of lower tuition rates negotiated with them.

Ministry of Investment, Trade and Commerce Announces 2nd Annual Competitiveness Month
The Ministry of Investment, Trade and Commerce (MITC) through its departments, the Directorate General for Foreign Trade (DGFT), Belize Bureau of Standards (BBS), and the Investment Policy and Compliance Unit (IPCU), and in collaboration with Belize Investment Promotion Agency, the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE), along with several of its key public and private sector partners, teams up to bring a series of events for Competitiveness Month 2019 that aims at strengthening competitiveness in the private sector through the enabling environment created by the Government of Belize.

BTB Scholarship Opportunities for 2019
Click to download the forms to start the application process

Cashew Festival and Agriculture Show
Date:5/11/2019 - 5/12/2019. Get your appetites ready! The annual Belize Cashew Festival and Agriculture Show is just around the corner. Hosted in Crooked Tree Village, Belize District, artisans, chefs, and local cashew farmers come together for this two-day event to display a wide range of cashew products. Filled with entertainment, contests, fresh produce, wines and cashew-inspired dishes, many travels to the little village of Crooked Tree to experience this highly anticipated event of the year. Throughout the day will be filled with excitement, tasty treats and activities. Highlights: Cashew Wines and Pastries, Greasy Pole Competition, Horseback riding exhibitions, Live music, Cashew Wine Drinking Competition, Cashew Products, Entertainment.

Burning of Garbage is Prohibited
The Department of the Environment (DOE) has been receiving increased reports of the burning of household garbage in both urban and rural areas. This prevalent but harmful practice greatly reduces the air quality for residents and threatens life and property from fires, especially around this time of the year due to the dry season. The burning of garbage emits invisible but harmful substances into the air that is breathed in by people, including vulnerable persons, such as the elderly, babies and those suffering from respiratory diseases. The DOE is calling on all persons to cease from burning garbage, whether in towns, cities or villages, in order to maintain air quality for all residents.

Ministry of National Security Issues Statement on Sarstoon Incident
The Ministry of National Security has received preliminary reports of a visit to the Sarstoon River by the Belize People Front (BPF) headed by Mrs. Nancy Marin Juan. The patrol at the Sarstoon Forward Operating Base (FOB) reported that the BPF informed that their intention was to go around the Sarstoon Island and to plant a flag on the Island. They were advised by the Patrol Commander that due to the sensitivity of the area and for safety reasons, that they would be escorted around the Island but they were discouraged from planting a flag on the Sarstoon Island.

Belize Wins at 3rd Pok Ta Pok World Championships
In their first game, Belize handsomely beat Guatemala 86-0 in the 3rd Pok Ta Pok World Championships being held this week in El Salvador. The team from Yo Creek in Orange Walk are the current World Champions and are defending their title against teams from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama and El Salvador.

Sizzling Football Action in Corozal
Under 15 - 19 CFA YOUTH TOURNAMENT FOOTBALL SEMI-FINALS. Sunday, May 5th 2019 at the Ricalde Stadium from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Come out and support these super great football warriors. So much football talent.

BELIZE FISHING REPORT, APRIL 21, 2019 THROUGH APRIL 28, 2019
A week of mixed conditions, from windy to calm, from sunny to cloudy. Mike K. landed two Permit on the fly on the same day fishing with Captain Kechu. Bonefish were biting well in 2 to 4 feet of water. Permit fishing was mixed with the wind being the most significant factor.

Triple R Response (RRR) is continuing with its commitment to empower and equip our volunteers responders
Triple R has begun the issuing of necessary equipment to our team members who have volunteered to be grid leaders. Our success depends on volunteers and we could not be more thankful for the following leaders; Billy Leslie (Tuffenuff) Gil Nunez ( Canary Cove) Jaime Vasques (Sea Star) Samuel Lin (Scuba Daze Belize) Steve Bowen (Scuba Steve) Michael Cain (Blue Heaven) Sylvin Sealey ( Belize Masters ) Javier Paredes (Holchan Station 1 ) Eddie Ancona (Coastal Express) and Javier Paredes ( Hol Chan station 2 ) Triple R is extremely grateful for donations that allow us to properly equip our responders. Each Grid Leader will receive waterproof duffle bags containing two way handheld marine radios with GPS , Spotlights , marine flashlights , binoculars , throw ropes , whistle, neck brace , CPR pocket mask, and first aid equipment. We have divided the island into 7 grids which includes the West ( secret beach area) . Triple R (RRR) is committed to make Ambergris Caye a safer place to live and visit !! TRIUMPH OVER TRAGEDY!!!

Channel 7

Mentally Ill 19 Year Old Fatally Shot While Escaping Prison
A mentally ill 19 year old was shot as he tried to escape from the Kolbe Central Prison this morning. A short while after Kevin Moore died of his injuries. The Punta Gorda teenager was on remand for aggravated assault - admitted to the prison just four weeks ago - and scheduled to re-appear in PG court int he middle of next month. He was assigned to the low security Tango 6 building - and was on recreation time he made a run for the fence this morning. We went to the prison to find out what happened next - and if it was justified:..

Flag Flashpoint On The Sarstoon
The ICJ referendum will be held in 8 days - and as a flashpoint for border relations, the Sarstoon remains as tense as ever. Today, the Guatemalan Armed Forces removed a flag that had been put there by territorial activists. This time it was the Belize Territorial Volunteers, and its sister organization, the Belize People's Front, led by Nancy Marin Juan. They took a trip down the Sarstoon to commemorate the 160th anniversary of the Wyke-Aycinena Treaty, which was signed on April 30, 1859. That's the boundary treaty that's at the very heart of the centuries-old territorial dispute between Belize and Guatemala. It set the Sarstoon as Belize's southern boundary and the activists went to the river to make a symbolic declaration of patriotism by flying the Belize flag on Sarstoon Island.

Justice Denied Is Pain for Grieving Mother
In last night's news, we told you how 22 year-old Jayear Flores got off the double murders of 7 year-old Tyler Savery, and his 22 year-old cousin, Porshan Pipersburgh. In November 2016, Pipersburgh was taking little Tyler for a milkshake on Daly Street in Belize City. They were on a bicycle, when a car drove up, and one of the occupants rolled down a window, and fired several gunshots at Tyler and Porshan, fatally injuring both. It's the kind of tragedy that no parent ever wants to have to cope with. An innocent child was killed due to gun violence and a street feud that he knew nothing about.

Attorney Fights Extradition
Belizean attorney Andrew Bennett was back in Magistrate's Court today to fight extradition proceedings against him. The US Government made an extradition request against him back in December 2017. They want him to be sent to the District of Puerto Rico to stand trial for 7 counts of money laundering. As we told you, the American authorities say that they have evidence that he took a backpack containing 250,000 dollars from one of their agents, who was posing as representative of a fictitious drug cartel with Colombian and Puerto Rican ties. They allegedly also have evidence of the conversations between Bennett and this agent about this money, in which it was made clear to Bennett that this organization was looking for a money laundering operation, and that Bennett allegedly offered to provide the service.

Fire Scare In Santa Elena
In this dry season, bush fires "cyaah done" but it doesn't mean these fires should be underestimated or treated as mere annoyances; they can cause significant damage. Fortunately yesterday evening's bush fire on the Loma Luz Boulevard in Santa Elena didn't affect the residents but valuable lessons can always be learned when a fire breaks out. Courtney Weatherburne has more. The embers spewing above resembled those from an erupted volcano. This blaze wasn't anywhere near as ominous. The owner of La Pasadita bar, which is adjacent the empty lot says he is grateful the fire didn't spread to his business. Winston Dawson Jr., Owner: "I have lived here over 20 years and it is routine every year that place catches fire. Yesterday about 5:00 I saw smoke coming from the corner of the land so I made it my business to call the fire department which they responded very quickly..."

Survived a Shot To Head
In January, 15 year old Roaring Creek resident Jahmeel Reyes survived one of the most ruthless acts. He was shot in the head, badly beaten and buried alive. He crawled out of his grave and went for help. Well since then his family had been organizing fun raising events to pay for the surgery to remove the bullet from his head. Well, they raised the money and doctors operated on him a couple weeks ago. Reyes is at home recovering now. We spoke to his aunt yesterday and she says it can only be a miracle or divine intervention that Reyes is still with them. Deshawn Card, Aunt: "Everyone knew about Jahmeel Reyes' case. The family managed to do the fundraising with a lot of help and about 15 days ago Jahmeel did his surgery. All went well, the bullet was removed..."

How Will Referendum Results Be Knowm?
We're 8 days away from the ICJ referendum, and the Elections and Boundaries office is ready to get on with what is expected to be the biggest non-political vote in Belize's history. But, of course, it is political - and the ads on this very newscast can tell you all about that. But at the end of the day - the politicians can do or say what they want: it's going to be up to the 148,500 registered voters who are eligible to cast ballots at 344 polling stations countrywide. Today, the Chief Elections Office, Josephine Tamai gave the public an idea of what to expect from a different kind of election count. The results will not be reported on a constituency basis: they will be aggregated at a central counting station in Belize city - where the"yes" or "no" votes will need a simple majority to get a victory. She explained the counting, the have a projected timeframe for when you can expect to see results:...

Who Will Monitor Election?
But, since the political stakes are not as high as they would be for a general election, who will monitor the counting and the voting? And will there be that level of diligence and vigilance? Tamai discussed the multi-sectoral election monitors. Josephine Tamai: "I know some of the concerns have been who will be observing these things? Is it only the public officers in the polling stations and counting stations? You all will recall that back in February we had sent out an invitation to the organizations in order for them to appoint referendum monitors..."

New Ballots Printed, Cost Taxpayers 20k
And, Tamai's office is the one monitoring about 165 thousand new ballots that have to be printed for next week's referendum. New ballots had to be issued because the heading now refers to the "Belize Territorial Referendum Dispute Act", while the old one referred to the Referendum Act Chapter 10. But, that's the only thing changing; the question remains the same and the big boxes are also the same: YES OR NO. Tamai explained: Josephine Tamai: "Previously the ballots were done in accordance with chapter 10 which is the referendum act. In this case now we know that we have the Belize Territorial Dispute referendum act, so that is what we have to put on those ballots. That is the only reason why the ballots have to be reprinted and I will tell you when it comes to the cost itself, it's under $20,000 in regards to the printing of the ballots."

CEO Concedes Some Problems With ID Cards
And while ballots had to be re-printed, so did some Voter's ID cards. The elections and boundaries office printed off tens of thousands of them, and a few had some galling errors - like the wrong picture or signature attached to a name. Tamai acknowledged errors, but stressed that they can be easily fixed:.. Josephine Tamai: "When you go in to pick up your ID cards, please check the information on them. We realized that we had thousands and thousands of cards that are being printed. Yes, there may be errors and some that people might believe was an error on the Elections and Boundaries' part..."

Tamai Says Mass Party Muscle Means Good Voter Turnout
And, finally from the chief elections officer, we asked her how she feels about the robust involvement of the major political mass parties in the referendum. To many, it's lamentable because a non political vote has now been highly politicized. But, Tamai says the mass parties also bring out numbers: Josephine Tamai: "We know that a part of our culture in Belize people look to politicians to take them out to vote itself. So without the involvement of the political parties I believe that the turnout would not be as good as we would want it to be. Yes, it's unfortunate that the whole matter has become a political matter more than a national matter, but for me as Belizeans it's all up to us as individuals..."

Castro Talks About Those Guatemalan Buses
Weeks ago we told you how the Belize Bus Association was none too happy with Transport Minister, Edmond Castro, after a Guatemalan bus started making daily runs out of the Novelo's bus terminal in Bel;Belize City. Well, Castro met with the association today. A press release says they offered proposals on how to resolve the issues in their favour. The ministry press release adds that Castro accepted their proposals in principle, and that there are pending further discussions on the topic between the Ministry of Tourism and the Department of Transport.

Woe Be Unto Wasani
Cyclist and Ministerial son Wasani Castro was caught on camera during the Cross Country, being pulled by a pickup - and yesterday the Belize Cycling Federation announced that the 25 year old cyclist has been disqualified for that violation. It's a major setback for him - because the Clear the Land rider had finished 12th overall - and was the fifth Belize to cross the line - definitely enough for bragging rights. But he now goes to the very bottom of the list as one of only two persons disqualified from the race.

Belize Dominates Guatemala In Ancient Maya Game
And while Guatemala eviscerated Belize by taking first second and third place in the cross country, Belize is getting some revenge in Salvador at the World Pok Ta Pok Championships. In their first game, Belize handsomely beat Guatemala 86-0. The team from Yo Creek in Orange Walk are the current World Champions and they are defending their title against teams from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama and El Salvador.

Belizean Cricketers Shine In Mexico
And there's some more really good sporting news for Belize. Belize's National Cricket Selection - which we told you about on Friday - emerged victorious from the Central American Championships tournament in Mexico. A press release from the Cricket Association says Team Belize defeated Mexico, Panama and Costa Rica and lost to MCC from England during the regular games. In a thrilling and tight championship game, Team Belize defeated MCC. MCC batted 137 runs and Team Belize scored 138 in the nineteenth over. 17 year old Gareth Banner Jr. was the youngest player in the tournament and played outstandingly.

The Media and Minors
On Saturday, UNICEF along with its partners held a training for news reporters from all over country. It was held under the theme "Towards a Child Friendly Media". The main focus is how we as media personnel can highlight more positive stories involving children and how we can respect the rights of a child when we report on sensitive cases such as child abuse. Here is more from the training.

Drinking Driving Youth Delinquency
To many youths, a party or an outing without liquor is just no fun. Well, Commissioner of Police Chester Williams can care less about being a party pooper. At yesterday's press briefing in Belmopan he told us that minors will be banned from alcohol consumption zones at public events. Williams enforced that new policy at the show grounds on Sunday. Here is how he explained it.

Much Demand on Vital Stats
Yesterday we played you a few clips from Attorney General's Mike Peyrefitte's press conference in defense of the Vital Statistics Unit. Peyrefitte made it very clear that the staff of 27 was undersized, and overwhelmed - but he stressed, they were also highly productive:

How Vital Stats Has Minimized Mass Fraud
And while they have to produce copious documents - the system - according to Peyreffite has to remain very tightly managed to avoid the type of mass fraud that gave rise to players like Rafic Labboun - who got the birth paper for Wilhelm Dyck from Shipyard, and Rajesh Ouelette who got the birth paper of William Mason from Crooked Tree to become the notorious Danny Mason. They used those bogus birth papers to get all manner of documents, form social security, to drivers' license, to passports.

Computerizing Records, Cost and Risk
And Peyrefitte says the ultimate solution to security and efficiency is a fully computerized system, But security vulnerabilities can arise with any computerized database:

Channel 5

Teenage Inmate is Killed as He Attempts to Escape from Prison
This morning an inmate at the Belize Central Prison was shot after scaling the perimeter fence of the prison in an attempt to escape. Nineteen-year-old Kevin Moore was on remand [...]

Mother of Survives Vicious Attack by Ex-Common-Law Husband
There was an attempted murder by stabbing of a woman on Sunday night. The victim is twenty-nine-year-old Alba Chavez and the culprit is said to be her ex-common-law husband, Jose [...]

Shakira Young Speaks Out on the Heartbreaking Outcome of Her Son’s Murder Case
The killing of Tyler Savery and his cousin Porshan Pipersburgh numbed the nation. The young primary school child was being taken for a smoothie when he was executed on Daly [...]

U.D.P. Senator is Detained in the U.S. for Questioning by the F.T.C.
There is word tonight that U.D.P. Senator Aldo Salazar is in trouble with U.S. authorities. Last week, Salazar was part of a delegation to Taiwan which included the President of [...]

Belizean Flag is Removed by Guats from Sarstoon Island
The Sarstoon remains a hotspot in southern Belize because the Guatemalan Armed Forces has consistently behaved as if the entire island is under their control.  Now, today is the anniversary [...]

Chief Elections Officer Meets the Press Ahead of I.C.J. Referendum
The controversial, but historic I.C.J. referendum is one week away and across the country the gears of the Elections and Boundaries machinery are already in motion with final preparations for [...]

72% of Voters Registered When Compared to Previous Voters Roll
While voting will be take place at voting centres in the thirty-one constituencies, Chief Elections Officer Josephine Tamai reiterates that the results will not reflect votes by electoral district.  Instead, [...]

Elections & Boundaries Clears Up Misprinted Voters IDs
The issue of errors being made during the printing of voters IDs was also raised during today’s press brief.  Those mistakes were being attributed to the rush to meet the [...]

Chief Elections Officer Ensures Transparency in Referendum
Are there any discrepancies between the Belize Territorial Dispute Referendum Act and the Representation of the People’s Act where monitors are concerned?  According to Tamai, the referendum should be carried [...]

Attorney Andrew Bennett Continues His Fight to Remain in Belize
Embattled attorney Andrew Bennett, who is fighting tooth and nail to remain in Belize, following an extradition request by the United States government, was back in court today.  He is [...]

Will Extradition Case Against Andy Bennett Fall Apart in Court?
Allegations made against Bennett include his purported role in establishing a money laundering operation with the aid of high-level bankers and politicians in Belize, on behalf of drug trafficking organizations.  [...]

G.O.B. Moves Full Steam Ahead with May 8th I.C.J. Referendum
The government is moving full steam ahead with the May eighth I.C.J. referendum despite related legal challenges before the courts. The People’s United Party is essentially challenging the constitutionality of [...]

Danny Mason Back in Court; Seeking Attorney
The last time we reported on accused murderer, Danny Mason, was on the adjournment of his case back on March twenty-second. The case was deferred to give him time to [...]

Police Officer Charged for Harm
In court this morning, twenty-five-year-old Leon Bradley, a police officer of Gardenia Village, Phillip Goldson Highway, was arraigned before Magistrate Emmerson Banner.  At his arraignment, he pleaded not guilty to [...]

Malique Stuart is Attacked and Stabbed in Majestic Alley
Twenty-three-year-old Malique Stuart remains hospitalized at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital following an incident on Monday evening during which he was stabbed several times to the body.  Sometime around four [...]

No More Fishing License for Permanent Residents
Two weeks ago, Cabinet approved an amendment to the Fisheries Regulations which removes the category of “permanent residents” from those persons eligible in obtaining a fishing license in Belize’s territorial [...]

Principal Maria Johnston Accused of ‘Degrading’ and ‘Bullying’ Female Teacher
The Principal of Muffles College High School Maria Johnston is in the hot seat once again tonight. Johnston has been in the middle of a controversy at the high school. [...]

UNICEF Trains the Media on Children’s Rights
Media houses were treated over the weekend to a workshop on best practices to report on children’s right which includes their rights to privacy, education, and healthcare. Getting their stories [...]

40% of Belize’s Children Suffer From Poverty
Approximately forty percent of children in Belize suffer from poverty, preventing them from accessing education, justice, security, and health. This figure was revealed during the UNICEF mid-term report on Monday. [...]

Agric 2019: the Sights and Sounds
The number of visitors to this year’s agric was down this year. Still yet, there were the usual activities such as the rodeo and the promotion by businesses. The agricultural [...]

Belize National Team Cricket Team Victorious!
The Belize National Cricket Association (BNCA) wishes to inform the general public that the Belize National Team won the Central American Championships (CAC) tournament in Mexico City April 25-28. Team Belize defeated Mexico, Panama and Costa Rica and loss to MCC during the regular games. In the heated and exciting championship game, Team Belize defeated MCC. MCC batted 137 runs and Team Belize scored 138 in the nineteenth over. The games against the Central American countries and the championship game were official T20Is matches. That means that the games are recognized by the International Council for Cricket (ICC) and the stats on them are available online.

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PM Barrow’s big ICJ referendum gamble
On Wednesday, May 8, the International Court of Justice Referendum that the protocol to the Special Agreement triggers, will take place under the new law, the Belize Territorial Dispute Referendum Act, which Prime Minister Dean Barrow rushed through in a single sitting of the House of Representatives and which was subsequently passed by the Senate and became law when the Governor General signed it. Next Wednesday’s ICJ referendum, however, will be held against the backdrop of a major constitutional challenge by five parliamentarians of the Opposition, People’s United Party (PUP) and a PUP standard bearer.

Attorney General Addresses the Media about the Vital Statistics Unit
After months of public criticism and demonstrations condemning the unsatisfactory work of the Vital Statistics Unit, Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs Hon. Michael Peyrefitte has addressed the media on what he considers to be the real sources of the problems. While accompanied by the Assistant Registrar of Vital Statistics as well as the Deed Poll and Corrections Clerk, Hon. Peyrefitte highlighted an extensive list of reasons why some Belizeans find coming to the Vital Statistics Unit to be unpleasant and ineffective.

3 more lives claimed by the dangerous San Antonio Bridge in Orange Walk
Six months after Belize Defence Force staff sergeant, Francisco Paquil, drowned after his pickup fell off the dangerous San Antonio Bridge into the Rio Hondo River, the river has claimed three more lives. Paquil was driving over the bridge, going from Orange Walk Town to San Francisco Botes, Mexico, on the night of Saturday October 13, 2018, when his vehicle went over the bridge.

Punta Gorda man murdered in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
Hakeem Arzu, 24, a Punta Gorda laborer, was found dead on a side road in the town of Playa Del Carmen, in Mexico, on Saturday morning, April 27. There were gunshot wounds in his head and body. According to Mexican news sources, Arzu’s body was found along with those of two men and a woman, who had also been killed.

Constitutional challenge of government’s “appropriation bills” begins in court
The Leader of the Opposition, Hon. John Briceño, Orange Walk Central area representative; and the chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, Hon. Julius Espat, Cayo South area representative, filed a claim against Prime Minister Dean Barrow and Financial Secretary, Joseph Waight, for spending some 1.3 billion dollars without parliamentary approval. The monies were spent using appropriation bills and were only brought to Parliament for approval after the monies were spent.

Commissioner of Police’s action was personal attack on Corporal Eldon Arzu, CFPWA says
Since assuming the office of Commissioner of Police earlier this year, Commissioner Chester Williams and the Belize Police Association have been at loggerheads, after Williams came up with a Statutory Instrument, which placed a two-year limit on the term an officer can serve as the president of the Belize Police Association. Today, the Caribbean Federation of Police Welfare Association (CFPWA) came out swinging in a press release which characterized the actions of Commissioner Williams as a personal attack on Corporal Eldon Arzu, who was recently elected as president of the Belize Police Association.

Road teams strike first in best-of-3 NEBL semi-finals; must-win games for Griga & Verdes this weekend
The National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) tipped off its playoffs this past weekend with Games 1 in best-of-three games semi-finals series. This weekend will witness two must-win games to push the series to a third and deciding game. The 2 winners will then advance to a best-of-five series for the finals. Hurricanes stuns Verdes with Rene’s game-winning 3-point shot.

National Women’s League Quarterfinals 1st leg results
The National Amateur Women’s League (NAWL) home-and-away Quarterfinals kicked off with 1st leg encounters over the weekend, where the top 4 teams from the North were matched against the top 4 teams from the South group. North seed #1 (N#1) was matched against South seed #4 (S#4); N#2 vs S#3; N#3 vs S#2; and N#4 vs S#1. Two 1st leg games were played on Saturday, April 27, and 2 on Sunday, April 28.

RIP Freddie G., a beloved friend and sportsman
RIP Freddie G., my friend and classmate from the (SJC) Class of ‘73 and my first assistant coach with Happy Home Builders in 1979. Four decades ago, when I came home from college, I approached my classmate, Fred Gabourel, and told him my plans to bring out a team of mostly junior players from “da Hood” and asked him what he thought about It? In typical Freddie G. fashion, he replied,” F —-, le’s-go aata dehn r___s”, And the rest is history! Fred went to ROGERS STADIUM, and then went on to become the BEST MENTOR for almost all our young developing basketball players of the 80’s, 90’s and early 21st century!

Road teams, Bandits and Pirates gain 1st leg victories in PLB semifinals
Both 1st leg games in the home-and-away semifinals of the Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2018-2019 Closing Season kicked off at the same time (4:00 p.m.) yesterday afternoon, and in both games it was the “road” team coming away with a victory by a 1-goal margin. With road victories a frequent occurrence in this highly competitive Closing Season, 1 goal is not much of a cushion, so both 2nd leg games should see a massive turnout of home fans, as each series winner advances to the finals, and the losers “go home.”

Labor Day is a celebration of Unionism
On Wednesday, May 1, most of the world will be celebrating, honoring the working class, persons who work for wages. This day is set aside by governments, annually, to show appreciation for the indispensable contribution of persons who hire out their time and talents to others. Work makes the world go around. In the Christian Bible, in the Old Testament, we learned that God worked six days to create the world. In 2 Thessalonians, the Apostle Paul said that a man who doesn’t work shouldn’t eat. The Bahai’s say that work is giving praise to God, that it is worship. The Muslims describe work as a glorious deed.

Some of us NEED government, Minister
In just a few words at the opening ceremonies of the National Agriculture and Trade Show on Friday, April 26, Agriculture Minister, Godwin Hulse, explained a whole lot about his view of the world. This is a very talented man who appears to not have much patience with the underachieving people of the tribes he genetically came from. Godwin Hulse definitely has European ancestry, but if he were living in a racist country they would call him African (Kriol, Garinagu), and Mayan.

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.

Ministry of National Security’s “Mickey Mouse” press release on GAF aggression
The Guatemalan Armed Forces (GAF) has been aggressing Belizeans and violating the country’s territorial integrity in the Sarstoon River for a number of years now. In fact, it has been documented since 2002, that the GAF has been continuously violating the rights of Belizeans, both military and civilians, during terms of both People’s United Party (PUP) and United Democratic Party (UDP) governments. Between the period at the end of the Said Musa-led People’s United Party administration and the period approaching the second year of the Dean Barrow-led UDP administration, the GAF has been incrementally stepping up their aggression in the Sarstoon area, and there has been practically no resistance from two of the key government ministries, National Security and Foreign Affairs.

Jayear Flores acquitted of double murder
Jayear Flores, 20, stood at the entrance to the cell block at the Magistrate’s Court this afternoon with a worried look on his face. He had just been acquitted of double murder and he and members of his family feared reprisals from members of the family of the deceased. Flores was put into a taxi that drove him away, presumably to safety. Flores was freed of charges for the murders of 22-year-old Porshan Pipersburgh and his 7-year-old cousin, Tyler Savery, who were gunned down on November 11, 2016, on Daly Street. Pipersburgh was riding a bicycle with Tyler on the handle.

Laborer charged with theft of Belize City Council money
Degron Joseph, 20, a laborer of 4551 Youth for The Future Drive, who allegedly stole $920, the property of the Belize City Council, was charged with theft when he appeared today before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford. Joseph pleaded not guilty to the charge. He was released on a bail of $1,000 and his case was adjourned until June 18. The incident occurred about 9:20 p.m. on April 13. Michael Craig, a special constable attached to the Belize City Council, reported that he was on West Collet Canal Street with a purse for the Belize City Council which contained $920 and two receipt book.

American tourist dies in San Pedro
Lora Brook Peterson, 68, an American tourist from Wisconsin, United States, who was vacationing in San Pedro along with her family, reportedly died of natural causes in San Pedro while snorkeling along with her family at about 10:00 yesterday morning. Peterson was along with family members while snorkeling in the Mexico Rocks Marine Reserve located in Northern San Pedro, when she began to suffer difficulties and went into cardiac arrest.

The Reporter

A Mother’s Outrage & Pain As Accused Murderer Walks Free
Shakera Young, mother of Tyler Savery, told the Reporter that the acquittal of the man accused of murdering her son was like having him killed all over again. She spoke to us about what happens next in her life, now that justice has been denied to her son because of a system she says failed her.

Aggressive Guats On The Sarstoon & On Sarstoon Island
The Guatemalan Armed Forces (GAF) today reportedly removed a Belizean Flag that a group of Belizeans had placed on Sarstoon Island this morning. Nancy Marin, who leads the Belize People’s Front, reportedly led an expedition to Sarstoon Island in commemoration of the signing of the April 30th, 1859 Belize Guatemala Border Treaty.

Cyclist Disqualified & Fined, Holy Saturday Race Cheating
The Reporter has been able to confirm that an amended list of Cross Country Cycling Classic finishers has been disseminated, and Wasani Castro, originally in 12th place, has been taken off that list.

Attempted Escape At Colby Prison, Inmate Shot
An inmate at the prison was shot and has died, sources have confirmed that Kevin Moore was on remand at the Belize Central Prison for Aggravated Assault, was shot by prison guards while attempting to escape.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Inmate Kevin Moore dies after being shot while attempting to escape
Nineteen-year-old Kevin Moore, a recent inmate of the Belize Central Prison died today after he […]

Transport Minister meets with bus association to discuss urgent concerns
Minister of Transport Edmond Castro today met with members of the Belizean Bus Association to discuss […]

Maskall villager stabbed in Belize City
Authorities are investigating a stabbing incident that occurred yesterday around 3:45 p.m. in Belize City. […]

Department of the Environment reminds that burning garbage is prohibited
The Department of the Environment (DOE) issued a statement reminding the public that the burning of […]

“Canceling fishing licenses only the beginning,” says NGO Senator
Senator Representing the Trade Unions, Osmany Salas, said that the Belize Network of Non-Governmental Organizations […]

Ministry of National Security issues statement on Belizean flag removed from Sarstoon Island
The Ministry of National Security issued a statement minutes ago confirming that it is aware […]

The fight over supplementary appropriations continues
The fate of over a billion dollars rests with the Chief Justice, Kenneth Benjamin, who […]

Belize Peace Movement marks anniversary of 1859 treaty
The Belize Peace Movement (BPM) today, commemorated the 160th anniversary of the signing of the […]

Mason bringing out bigs guns, will bring in an international lawyer
Accused murderer William “Danny” Mason, has declared that he will be importing a lawyer to […]

US oil sanctions imposed on Venezuela as crisis escalate
On Sunday, April 28, 2019, US oil sanctions imposed on Venezuela to block the country’s […]

Team Tech Monkeys takes Agric Canoe Race
Team Tech Monkeys took first place in the annual Happy Cow – National Agriculture & […]

GOB announces the end of fisheries licenses for Guatemalans
Keeping with an announcement made last week, the government of Belize announced yesterday that Guatemalans […]

Cost of living protest coming to Belize City
The activist group Belize Leaders for Social Justice, is calling on concerned Belizeans to stand […]

Belize plans Competitiveness Month 2019
The Ministry of Investment, Trade and Commerce (MITC) through its departments, the Directorate General for […]

Kolbe inmate shot while attempting to escape
Reports to our news desk indicate that an inmate of the Belize Central Prison is […]

Southern Environmental Organization (SEA) expresses support for the Fisheries resources bill
Over the past three years, Southern Environmental Organization (SEA) rangers have arrested and charged 12 […]

Five vessels escape capture for illegal fishing in marine reserve
A joint night patrol conducted last night by officers of the Southern Environmental Association (SEA), […]

Minor reported missing in Santa Elena
Odilia Baldera, 45, of the Trapiche area in Santa Elena town reported to police that […]

Police seize 22 parcels of marijuana in San Pedro Airstrip
On Saturday afternoon, San Pedro police seized 22 parcels of cannabis at the Tropic Air […]

Wasani Castro fined for holding onto service vehicle during Holy Saturday Cycling Race
A video went viral on social media on Holy Saturday showing a cyclist holding onto […]

LOVE FM

Will Andrew Bennett be extradited?
Today, Andrew Bennett, (VO ANDREW BENNETT) who is fighting an extradition, appeared once again before Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser, along with his attorney, Anthony Sylvestre. Bennett, who is an attorney at law, is wanted by the US authorities on money laundering charges but has maintained his innocence. After this morning’s court hearing, Sylvestre spoke with …

Mother devastated because the system failed her
7-year-old Tyler Savery was gunned down in November 2016 and any hopes of seeing his perpetrator brought to justice was shattered yesterday when 21-year-old, Jayear Flores walked free from a double murder charge for the murder of Tyler and Porshan Pipersburgh. Tyler was Shakera Young’s only child and today she told the media that she …

Guatemalan’s Remove BPF’s Belize Flag from Sarstoon Island
The Benque border with Melchor is usually heavily trafficked by Guatemalan students who cross the border to attend classes in Belize. Commerce also keeps the steady flow of traffic between the two countries in an organized and friendly manner as most border towns tend to be. However, in Toledo, the opposite is true. The Sarstoon …

Election & Boundaries prepares for referendum
The country of Belize has been divided as to whether or not to take the Belize-Guatemala dispute to the International Court of Justice, ICJ, for final resolution. The governing party and the opposition have both publicly and passionately stated their position. The opposition went even further by convincing the court to grant an injunction postponing …

19 year old dies trying to break out of prison
Shots rang out at the prison this morning, followed by a lockdown following an incident involving 19 year old Kevin Moore. Moore was admitted into the prison on a charge of aggravated assault. He was remanded at the Belize Central Prison. His next court appearance was scheduled for May 15 but it will not occur …

Belize’s Cricket Champs in Mexico
When you think of Belize and sports, basketball and football are the first two athletic events that come to mind as our national pastimes. There are those who follow softball and track and field. But one particular sport we only hear about at the village level is cricket. But in Belize Rural North crickets are …

Degron Joseph charge with theft
20-year-old, Degron Joseph appeared before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford where he was charged with theft. Joseph pleaded not guilty and was granted bail in the sum of $1,000 plus one surety. It is alleged that on April 13, 2019, he stole from Special Constable, Michael Craig a bag containing nine hundred and twenty dollars, and …

Leo Bradley charge with harm
25-year-old, Leon Bradley, a Police officer of Gardenia Village, Belize District, appeared before Magistrate Emerson Banner where he was charged with harm in relation to his 20-year-old girlfriend. Bradley pleaded not guilty and was granted bail in the sum of five hundred dollars. It was reported that Bradley punched his girlfriend in the face when …

Villager stabbed in Belize City
People from villages and other districts tend to have a fear of Belize City because of the murder rate per capita that’s often highlighted on the local news. While the fears are generally unfounded, a man from Maskall Village has ample reasons to believe it’s true. On Monday At 3:45 p.m., 23 year old Malique …

Blogs

We Listed the Best Things to Do in Harvest Caye, Belize
Harvest Caye (pronounced “key”), is a private island located in southern Belize, just five miles off the shore of Placencia. It is a 75-acre island with something for everyone and easy access to the mainland. With everything from eco-tourism, relaxation, water sports, and adventure, you are sure to enjoy this new cruise ship destination. In 2017, Harvest Caye was voted best new cruise port in the Caribbean by Porthole Cruise Magazine. Owned by Norwegian Cruise Line, Harvest Caye is not designed as a typical, cruise ship-owned, private island. Norwegian partnered with the country of Belize to develop Harvest Caye as a hub to explore Belize. Walk, or take a golf cart, along the canopied pier into Harvest Caye for many activities.

Labor Day in Belize
On Wednesday, May 1, 2019, in Belize as well as in many other countries, the Labour Day holiday will be held to honor workers. From time to time, we hear about employee-employer issues, but there are countless other cases that are not broadcast. Some issues may be minor infractions and others may be huge offenses that end up in litigation. Well, the Labour Department says they are reaching out to the public to inform them about labour regulations as it relates to their rights and the rights of the employers. And they are also targeting employers with services offered through their employment unit.

International Sourcesizz

Protecting Jaguars Across Borders
When big cats cross from one country into another, they can fall victim to wildlife traffickers, drug cartels, highways and more emerging threats. In early April the mutilated body of a jaguar was discovered in Mexico’s Yaxchilán Natural Monument. Researchers investigating the death quickly concluded that the animal, which had been tracked in neighboring Guatemala since 2015, had crossed the border and fallen prey to wildlife traffickers, who may have taken its head for sale on the black market. Deaths like this, when a jaguar crossed the border from a protected area into a different country, may have something to do with the big cats’ plummeting populations, experts worry. “The males have to move across long distances and sometimes go outside of reserves or protected areas to buffer zones and areas populated by people,” says Rony García-Anleu, director of the biological research department for the Wildlife Conservation Society in Guatemala.

Jamaica institutes water rationing
The National Water Commission (NWC) says it will be implementing water restrictions for sections of the Corporate Area as of Monday as it indicated that several of its water supply systems across the island are being affected by worsening drought conditions. The NWC said that as of last Thursday, the Mona Reservoir was at 34.7 per cent of capacity and the Hermitage Dam was at 31.4 per cent. It said that the six hour water restrictions daily would affect several communities served by the two reservoirs and that it is also customers to store water as necessary for use.

Videos

  • Channel 5 Obituaries. Ernan Pelayo, 2min.

  • BEATER SUBDUED WITH A CHAIR, 3min. Domestic violence is a crime that occurs in the home and often goes unreported. But in Belmopan, the parents of a three-month-old child were involved in a public altercation. Love News travelled to Maya Mopan Village and spoke to the eyewitnesses, one who had to break a chair over the head of a man to stop him from repeatedly stabbing Alba Elizabeth Chavez.

  • Honeymoon In Belize, 7min. Matt and I finally got to go on our honeymoon to Belize! From the rainforest to the tropical island, we had so many adventures including canoeing in an Ancient Mayan cave, climbing to the top of temples, zip ling through a rainforest, swimming with sharks and sting rays!

  • Zip-lining and Cave-tubing in Belize, 6min. Road trip to Jaguar Paw with couple friends. Went to zip-line through the Jungle canopy, and cave-tube through giant crystal caves and drifting out down the river...

  • Belize Part 1, 11min. Spring Break 2019. Arriving in Belize and checking out Placencia and Cockscomb Wildlife Preserve.

  • Belize Part 2, 12min. Snorkeling at Laughing Bird Caye, exploring at Billy Barquedier National Park and St. Herman's Blue Hole National Park

  • Belize Part 3, 10min. Final days in Belize. Monkey River Tour, chillin' on the beach, and hanging out with family.

  • Belize Progressive Party BPP Radio Live Stream, 7min.

  • Belize Snorkel, 4.5min.