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The San Pedro Sun

Belizean fishing teams win big at Billfish Open Fishing Tournament in Honduras
Ambergris Caye’s Team Reel Challenge and Belize City’s Team Bobby C returned to Belize after netting top prizes at the 2019 Club Pesca del Caribe’s Honduras International Billfish Open Fishing Tournament. Held on Friday, May 3rd and Saturday, May 4th, in the coastal town of Omoa, Cortez Department Honduras, the prestigious competition saw over 50 boats, including nine from Belize, competing for over US$50,000 in cash and prizes in the Billfish and Rodeo categories. After two days of fishing, Team Bobby C from Belize City claimed first place in the Billfish category with a Sailfish release on day one and Blue Marlin release on day two. Team Reel Challenge took first and third place in the Rodeo division after reeling in a massive 70lb Wahoo on the first day.

Game 3 for everyone as NEBL top teams battle for a spot in the finals
The National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) playoffs have extended to a third game after the top four teams are tied in their best-of-three semi-final series. The semi-finals have the San Pedro Tiger Sharks facing Dangriga Dream Ballers while Verdes faces Mirage/Smart Belize Hurricanes. Having won the first game of the three-part series, Hurricanes and San Pedro Tiger Sharks had the advantage. On Friday, May 3rd and Saturday, May 4th (respectively), both teams failed to sweep the series, and thus the two teams advancing to the tournament’s finals will be decided this weekend.

Primary School students sit second part of 2019 PSE
Thousands of standard six students across the country sat the final part of the Primary School Examination (PSE) on Friday, May 3rd. On Ambergris Caye, students convened at the San Pedro High School to take the Mathematics and Social Studies portion of the annual exam. According to the Ministry of Education, the PSE serves two main purposes: to certify students upon the completion of their primary schooling in four content areas of the curriculum (Math, Science, English and Social Studies); and for educational decision-making to inform policy, planning, and practice at national, district, school and classroom levels. Part I of the exam was held on April 8th and consisted of English and Science. The second part focused on Math and Social Studies.

Ambergris Today

Island Students Receive Sacrament Of First Holy Communion
Congratulations to Parents and Students who received that Sacrament of First Holy Communion this past Sunday, May 5, 2019. A total of 40 children received the body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ for the first time on Sunday.

San Pedro Team Stars In Honduras International Billfish Open
The Club Pesca Del Caribe’s Honduras International Billfish Open Fishing Tournament was held on Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5, 2019, out of Omoa, Honduras. This tournament is one of the largest in the Western Caribbean, and this year’s edition saw 50 boats compete for over US$50,000 in cash and prizes! Over the past 4 years, the Belize Game Fish Association has been developing a strong relationship with its counterparts from Honduras, and this year nine Belizean Teams headed to Omoa to compete in this prestigious competition.

NCFC Release On Ban Of Sale Of Alcohol To Children
The National Committee For Families and Children (NCFC) sent out a release entitled “Children and alcohol are not a good combination”. The release date May 3, 2019, stated that the Child Protection – Technical Working group (CP-TWG of the National Committee for Families and Children applauds the Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams for his efforts to ban the sale and consumption of alcohol to our children.

Misc Belizean Sources

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San Pedro Mother's Day 2019 Extravaganza!
Happening this Sunday! Tickets available at El Dorado, Marina’s Store and the office of the San Pedro Town Council.

CSAM Art Mural in Corozal
Yesterday, I came across this CSAM art painting. CSAM's lead artist Miss Vianay Bautista has been commissioned by the Ministry of Tourism and the Corozal Local Tourism Committee to replicate a portion of the Santa Rita Murals. The replica work is located by the corner of 2nd St. North and 4th Ave. In honour of our descendants.

VIP protection tactics training
The Embassy’s Regional Security Office was pleased to partner with the Belize Police Special Branch Unit and train together on VIP protection tactics in support of our mutual goals of citizen security.

BREAKDOWN OF POLLING STATIONS FOR REFERENDUM DAY 2019

Employees to be Allowed the Prescribed Period for Voting
The Elections and Boundaries Department wishes to remind employers that they are required to grant employees “reasonable time off for voting.” Section 29 Offences states: (1) Every employer shall, on polling day, allow every voter in his employ a reasonable time during the prescribed period for voting, and no employer shall make any deduction from the pay or other remuneration of any such voter or impose upon or exact from him any penalty by reason of his absence during such period...

Identification when Voting in May 8th Referendum
The Elections and Boundaries Department hereby reminds electors who wish to vote in the May 8th, 2019 Belize Territorial Dispute Referendum that they are allowed to vote WITH OR WITHOUT an identification card. The Department encourages electors to exercise their right to vote in this Referendum. Remember, your vote is SACRED and SECRET!

SBDC Workshop: Succession Planning
Presented by: Ms. Monique Usher, Manager, SBDCBelize, Beltraide. Location: Beltraide Conference Room, 14 Orchid Garden Street, Belmopan Workshop Date: May 16th, 2019. Time: 9am to 3pm. Objective: Managing the Development of Talent in Your Workplace. Managing the succession of talent in your workplace is a vital strategic process that minimizes gaps in leadership, ensures the continuity of corporate knowledge, and enables your people to develop the skills necessary for possible future roles. This interactive workshop will show you how to design and implement an effective and flexible succession plan that will help your organization continue to grow and achieve its business goals. Cost: $60.00, Includes lunch and refreshments.

Intro to Hospitality Certificate program in San Pedro
San Pedro High School has teamed with several local resorts to provide an Intro to Hospitality Certificate program that will be offered to start in June 24th and run 8 consecutive weeks. The program will consist of 5 weeks of classroom training at SPHS followed by 3 one-week internships at several of the Islands finest resorts.

Toucan Talk Newsletter
The new issue of the Toucan Talk Newsletter is now available!

U.S. Embassy’s online auction
The U.S. Embassy’s online auction begins Friday May 10 at 10 a.m. and ends Sunday May 19 at midnight! This auction includes 35 lots – including one automobile, a forklift, a scissors lift, furniture and appliances. You can view the lots on https://online-auction.state.gov/en-US and can start bidding on Friday. (When you get to the main auction page, scroll down to Belmopan and click on our auction! Be careful not to bid on auctions outside of Belize)!

Ribbon cutting at Maud Williams Government High School
Last week Friday, the U.S. Embassy’s Security Cooperation Office held a ribbon cutting ceremony to hand over a fully furnished two-story building to Maud Williams Government High School in Belize City. The building has four bathrooms, office space for administrative staff, a science laboratory, mechanical drawing room, home economics area, and sewing laboratory. It will benefit more than 300 students at the school.

US Embassy Q&A
Join us for a FaceBook Q&A session on May 14 from 1:00 pm-3:00 pm on the Central America Regional Security Initiative (CARSI) small grant opportunity to strengthen government through civil society engagement. The session will address: -The Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) objectives and outcomes; -Criteria used to evaluate grant proposals; -Budget requirements; -DUNS number application & SAM.gov registration information; -Any other questions regarding the grants process.

U.S. Citizen Town Hall Meeting in Placencia
clock Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 11 AM – 12 PM, at Green Parrot Beach Houses and Resort in Maya Beach. Limited U.S. passport & notary services will be available.

The Nukux Tat
The Nukux Tat is a Yuumbáalamo'ob a guardian of the forest and animals between the Yucatec Maya people of Belize. It is also known as tata duende,El dueno del monte or as a Balam. A powerful spirit who also is known to protect villages,yards,milpas etc from people,k'aak'as Iik'(bad air) and also from bad spirits. Many Maya elders in Northern Belize secretly still offer Saka' a kind of Maya drink to the Nukux Tat.

Capricorn Re-Opening in San Pedro
It's Time !!! Join us for the Capricorn Grand Opening Saturday May 11th from 10am to 9pm. DJ FIDDY plays all day! Games, Prizes, Amazing Drink Specials, Good Music and Free Food! Backwater Belize will be giving away a Sunset Cruise Come by and say hello Get a Raffle ticket and win prizes

Documentary Movie Night at The Truck Stop
We don't show many documentaries at The Truck Stop, but this one was too good to pass up! Since we were rained out last time we tried to show it, this week we're showing WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR, an exploration of the life, lessons, and legacy of iconic children's television host, Mr. Rogers. This movie is great and highly recommended! We'll also have live music on the front stage by Dennis Wolfe from 5:30-8:30!

Channel 7

Two Killers Escaped from Prison, Quickly Recaptured
Tonight, two convicted killers have been recaptured after a daring escape from the Hattieville Prison this afternoon. One man, a convicted pedophile is on the loose. At this hour, prison authorities are deep in the thick bush behind the prison trying to recapture this third prisoner. But they've gotten back the two considered dangerous: they are Wilser Echeverria, who was convicted of killing Panamanian Ambassador Jose Rodrigo De la Rosa, and Rafael Mencias who had already been convicted of manslaughter for killing one man, and was then re-arrested after release for beheading another. He is awaiting trail for that killing.

Conch Shell Shooting Scatters Pedestrians
There was a gun scare near the Bel China bridge this morning around 8:30 when shots rang out. According to eyewitnesses - a gunman came from Ebony Street and shot after a group of young men standing at the Chinese Grocery next to UDP headquarters. Fortunately no one was hit and the men scattered towards their homes in conch shell bay.

Lakeview Gunshot Victim Survives Shot To Neck
And that same area where the turf of rival gangs interlock was the scene of a shooting last night. Around 9:15 33 year old Osbert Gentle was outside his Lakeview Street house when he heard two loud bangs. He then realized he had been hit to the neck.

How To Make Sure Your Referendum Ballot Is Counted
Tomorrow, 148,500 voters will be eligible to vote at 344 polling stations across the country in Belize's first stand-stand-alone referendum. After all these years of hearing about it, and all these months of being pounded with messaging about the ICJ - it all comes down to a simple "yes" or "no". You;You've heard all sides of the story in these past few months - but tonight - we just want to make sure you vote and that you get it right. Here are the do's and don't's of voting from the Chief Elections Officer: Josephine Tamai, Chief Elections Officer: "It's your duty and obligation to go out and make your statement. Staying at home on that day will not do any good for any individual, because those are the same individuals who I believe will sit and complain..."

Election Observers In Effect
Polls open at 7am and close at 6pm. And, the Elections and Boundaries office stressed today that if you don't have a voters identification card - don't worry, it is not essential. A public notice says, quote, "The Elections and Boundaries Department hereby reminds electors who wish to vote in the May 8th, 2019 Belize Territorial Dispute Referendum that they are allowed to vote WITH OR WITHOUT an identification card. The Department encourages electors to exercise their right to vote in this Referendum. Remember, your vote is SACRED and SECRET!" End quote.

Let The Counting Begin...
Now, when the voting is done - that's when the business of the counting begins. As we have been stressing, this is not an election - and the results will not be reported or decided based on the results at the constituency level. So, unlike a general election where one side just needs any 16 constituencies to win, in this election, it's all about what the majority decide when all the votes are tallied. The Chief Elections Officer explained that results will not be reported on a constituency basis.

Man Charged For Wife's Attempted Murder
Police have charged the man who allegedly stabbed his common law wife in the chest. He is Thomas Requena. He has been charged with attempted murder, use of deadly means of harm and threat of death. As we told you last night, Requena and his common law wife Catherine Anthony got into an argument at a Sarstoon Street residence in Belmopan in which Requena allegedly attacked her and stabbed her.

Gang Boss Convicted For Threatening His Mother
Bryan Brown, the 42 year-old notorious George Street Figure, was found guilty in Magistrate's Court today of threatening to burn his mother alive. She's 61 year-old Rose Jacobs, a retired teacher, and she testified before Magistrate Emerson Banner that on August 21st, 2018, she was at a funeral at the Lord Ridge Cemetery when Brown confronted her, and threatened to set her on fire. She said that Brown had a gallon bottle and a cigarette lighter in his hands when he threatened her.

Cops Raids Net Guns and Weed
Yesterday police made big weed and gun busts. A team of GSU, SPU, and MIT officers conducted an operation on the South Side of Belize City. They searched an abandoned house which resulted in the discovery of two 9 millimeter pistols in the roof of the house. No one was in the immediate area at the time, so the items were labeled and deposited as found property. Then, the same team of officers conducted searches at the residence of 27 year old Michael Requena's Reggae Street residence. As a result of the search, officers discovered (31) wrapped parcels of suspected cannabis in a bag. Officers also discovered an additional (15) parcels of suspected cannabis in a knapsack in the living room.

Can Parliament Be Better?
When you talk about parliament, the first thing that usually comes to mind is the House of Representatives and all the long, raw and heated debates that are held inside the house. Well, parliament is much more than a gathering of rowdy politicians and the 7th Secretary General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, Akbar Khan came to Belize to emphasize that point. Sec Gen. Khan focused on educating the public, specifically students about the role of parliament and also to engage Belizean parliamentarians on how to improve in their functions. Here is more about his visit.

Alleged Coney Driver Shooter Set Free
Back in February, we first reported on that wild shoot-out between police and 2 men on motorcycle, which happened in broad daylight on Coney Drive, in Belize City. The incident placed innocent civilians and businesses at risk of being injured because one of the fleeing suspects fired gunshots at a police officer, grazing him, and the cops returned fire. The two cousins 23 year-old Clifton Allen and 21 year-old Ulide Allen were taken before the court to the charges of attempted murder, 2 counts of aggravated assault, wounding and use of deadly means of harm.

Ruthless Robbers Gut Garbutt's
Garbutt's Gas Station in Roaring Creek has served the public for four decades at the same location - but last night - what looks like a team of professional thieves broke into the place, and cleaned out out - taking the cash register, and the DVR which records the video form the security cameras. The owner - who's also the village chairman told us more today:...

Sign Of The Times In Cayo North
There's some serious political mischief afoot in Cayo North - according to the PUP. The mischief is over this street banner. It's painted PUP Royal Blue and says, "In Cayo North, Party Above Country. No To the ICJ." That's the direct opposite of the George Price billboard, where he is quoted as saying that you should put the country above party politics. So, is the PUP Candidate Michel Chebat responsible for the very negative, even counter-historical messaging? He told us that the UDP is responsible, not him.

Coffee Break Ends In Scalding
19 year old call center worker Hailey Canto is in hot water after allegedly scalding a fellow employee at Icon Call Center. According to what was presented in court, At around 7:45 on the morning of April 11th, 21 year old Briannie Rose says she was walking in the hallway when Canto bumped into her. She asked Canto to say sorry, but Canto refused.

People's Front Launches Out
Last week, we showed you what happened on the Sarstoon River when the organization known as the Belize People's Front, had an encounter with the Guatemalan Armed Forces after a trip to Sarstoon Island. Nancy Marin and other members of the People's Front went to plant a flag, Wil Maheia style, on the island, but the Guat Military took it down - and returned it to them. Well, since 2013, we've been hearing about this mysterious People's Front, and the early impressions were that they were a group of patriotic Belizeans who decided to take up activism. Well, it appears that the People's Front has grown from those grassroots origins into a registered political party.

Nancy Not So Bex with Goat Military
Nancy Marin also gave her account of last week's encounter with the Guatemalan Armed Forces on the Sarstoon River. Now, whenever civilians have gone to that location to make a patriotic stance, they have always returned with complaints that the Guat military personnel were aggressive or intimidating. Well, Marin says that although the Guatemalans watched them closely when they went to plant the Belize flag on Sarstoon Island, the confrontation was stern but respectful. Here's how she described it: Nancy Marin - Leader, Belize People's Front: "My trip to the Sarstoon was very simple. We wanted to claim back our island. We want to prove that either it is, or isn't for us. Sadly, it was taken down. I must say though that I give thanks to the commander of the GAF..."

Man on Border of Two Divisions Says He Can't Vote in Referendum
As we told you earlier, tomorrow, 148,500 registered voters will be able to vote in the ICJ referendum. It will be the the first time, in the long history of the Guatemala's claim over Belize, that citizens will decide if they want to take the claim to the International Court of Justice. But, one Belizean who won't be voting is Clarence Hall. He's a resident of the Fort George constituency, who says that Elections and Boundaries, failed to get his name on the list, even though he went in to re-register over a month and a half ago. He showed up today at elections and boundaries hoping to collect his voter's ID card, and he was told that he cannot participate in the referendum.

Judge Schwebel, One For The Road
So, tomorrow is the big day Referendum Wednesday - the end of a years of hearing about the referendum, and months of intense campaigning by both sides, "yes" and "no". As Belizeans, most of us are on pins and needles about what will come out of the vote - and - we should know in about 28 hours from now. What should you do? Well, vote you conscience - and only that. The bottom line is there's no sure thing, but the experts agree, going to the ICJ is the only way Belize can dispose of Guatemala's claim. Whether you believe that, or believe it is worth the risk - is where you get to exercise your choice as a voter.

Channel 5

A Message from the PM on Referendum Eve
On the eve of the I.C.J. Referendum, Belizeans across the country, as well as families and friends who have been sidelined in the Diaspora, are on the edge of their [...]

Opposition Leader Takes Final Jab at Barrow Administration Ahead of ICJ Referendum
The message from the Leader of the Opposition, John Briceño, had a different ring. Briceño took aim at the ruling party for failing to properly educate the masses of voters [...]

Yes or No: the people will have their say
One hundred and forty seven thousand plus voters are eligible to vote this Wednesday when the polls open at centres across the country. On this station our coverage starts at [...]

No Voter’s Identification Card needed for Referendum Day
The Elections and Boundaries Department sent out two advisories this evening in respect of the voting on Wednesday. It clarifies that electors wishing to cast their ballots in respect of [...]

BCCI and BNN collaborate to provide Polling and Counting Monitors
At this time observers from the Commonwealth and from CARICOM are already in Belize in respect of Wednesdays Referendum. Their role is to keep an eye on the voting process. [...]

UDP and PUP Quarrel Over ICJ Banners
An argument between the P.U.P. and U.D.P. over I.C.J. banners was sparked on social media this morning. The U.D.P., on its Facebook page, posted a picture of a banner hung [...]

Belize People’s Front Leader Calls Out Ministry of National Security
The leader of the relatively small, Belize People’s Front, appeared before the media today. Nancy Marin Juan caused a stir last week following an incident at the controversial Sarstoon. On [...]

Port Authority Conducting Investigation into Water Jet Explosion
Moving on to a tragic incident, the family of Kimberly and Jamiri Guy are preparing to lay them to rest. The sisters were killed in a horrible boat explosion on [...]

One of three escaped prisoners remain on the lam
Three prisoners managed to break out of the Central Prison early this afternoon. The trio is Christian Neal, Rafael Mencias and Wilser Echevarria. But freedom was short-lived for Mencias and [...]

PM Barrow Comments on Gian Gandhi’s Letter on the ICJ
During an impromptu press conference on Monday, Prime Minister Dean Barrow spoke of a number of issues relating to the I.C.J. A question post to the PM involved an opinion [...]

PM Barrow Satisfied with Re-registration Exercise
About one hundred and forty-eight thousand persons re-registered and are eligible to vote on Wednesday. Voters will flock to three hundred and forty-four polling stations across the thirty-one constituencies. The [...]

Will it be a No or a Yes on Referendum Day?
And finally from the Prime Minister, the press asked Barrow whether the U.D.P. will be focusing their resources on constituencies with a larger number of voters. According to Barrow, each [...]

Belize People’s Front- An Alternative Party
Back to the Belize People’s Front, Nancy Marin says her party will contest the upcoming 2020 General Elections. According to Marin, the B.P.F. is a movement of independent leaders for [...]

Shooting Victim Escapes Grave Injury During Lakeview Street Attack
Thirty-three-year-old Osbert Gentle narrowly escaped with his life on Monday night after being shot in the neck during a brazen attack in front of his home on Lakeview Street.  Gentle, [...]

Brian Brown found guilty of threatening to set his mama on fire
Forty-two year old Brian Brown, who was once a leading member of the George Street gang, has been convicted of threatening to set on fire his mother, sixty-one year old [...]

Wife and Husband Withdraw Charges Against Each Other
Last week a cop was charged for harming his wife after he punched her in the face. Today, the tables turned as his pregnant wife was before the court charged [...]

Parliamentarians Meet with CPA’s Secretary General
Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, Akbar Khan is in Belize. Khan arrived a few days ago and he has paid a courtesy call to Prime Minister Dean Barrow and [...]

Former Magistrate Norman Rodriguez releases “To Go or Not To Go; the I.C.J.”
“To Go or Not To Go; the I.C.J.” – is a book authored by former magistrate Norman Rodriguez. The sixty-four page book contains a history of the unfounded claim and [...]

Honouring Nurses for Saving Lives
Nurses Week is celebrated around the world at this time of the year to highlight the significant contributions that nurses make in the discharge of their noble profession. In Belize [...]

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148,500 to decide on ICJ
On December 8, 2008, nearly eleven years ago, in Washington, USA, at the headquarters of the Organization of American States, the governments of Belize and Guatemala signed an agreement, called a Special Agreement, or compromis, to submit Guatemala’s territorial, insular and maritime claim to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), subject to the approval of the peoples of both countries. The countries agreed to hold referendums simultaneously, on the same day, at which referendums the question would be put to their peoples. Attempts to hold the referendums on the same day failed and Belize, acting on the request of Guatemala, allowed that country to go ahead and hold its referendum, which it did, on April 15, 2018. Guatemalans voted overwhelmingly to submit their claim to the ICJ.

Tragedy at Ocean Ferry Water Taxi, Belize City
Jamiri Guy, 10, and her sister, Kimberly Guy, 8, were with their mother, Rosalie Catch, 27, a housekeeper of Xaibe Village, and their stepfather, Jaime Interiano, 35, a baker of Caye Caulker who is originally from Progresso, Corozal District, and 30 other passengers onboard a water taxi waiting to ride home to Caye Caulker at about 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, when the boat captain stepped onboard and started the engines, and there was a terrible explosion, the force of which killed the little girls and injured many passengers and crew. The little girls suffered massive head and body injuries and they both died on the boat.

No news from BEL and PUC
It is a priority for the Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) to keep the cost of electricity down, since that type of energy is so vital to businesses, and homeowners too, and the PUC chairman, John Avery, brought welcome news to the country from that quarter last week, which was that there really was no news on that front, not any that would significantly affect the rates for consumers. 7News reported on Thursday, May 2, that although “BEL proposed no adjustments to the currently approved Mean Electricity Rate”, the “PUC puts it at 41.51 cents per kilowatt — an increase of some 0.4%, which has no impact on currently approved tariffs.”

Danny Mason, accused of beheading pastor, hires Guyanese attorney
When the head of Dangriga pastor, Llewellyn Lucas, was discovered in a bucket in the pan of a pickup truck owned by William “Danny” Mason, it was sensational news that was widely reported nationally and regionally, so when the trial started in the Belmopan Supreme Court the country’s attention was focused on the trial. Mason and his co-defendants were previously being defended by attorney Hebert Panton, who was later joined by attorney Rachael Montejo. Then something happened: the two attorneys were off the case and the trial before Supreme Court Justice Antoinette Moore came to an abrupt halt. Rumors circulating at the time were that Mason had fired his attorney, Panton. Panton, however, denied that Mason fired him.

Court to look at Compol Chester Williams’ actions against Police Association president
Early in his tenure as Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams locked horns with the president of the Police Association, Corporal Eldon Arzu, by attempting to limit the term of office of the association’s president and then transferring Arzu. Arzu filed a lawsuit seeking the intervention of the court to restrain the Commissioner from proceeding with actions that could be seen as unfairly targeting him as the president of the Police Association. The matter went to the Supreme Court and was adjourned to today, when the parties again squared off before Justice Shona Griffith.

Referendum, postponed on April 10, set for tomorrow, May 8
In less than 24 hours, Belizeans from all walks of life from all corners of the country will converge on the 344 polling stations that are scattered across the country to vote in a historic referendum on whether or not the International Court of Justice (ICJ) will decide on a judicial end to the Guatemalan claim that has been bedeviling the country and was largely responsible for delaying its political independence, which was finally achieved on September 21, 1981. In December 2008, a strange creature crept into Belize’s political vocabulary, when Belize Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington signed an agreement with the Republic of Guatemala known as the Special Agreement (compromis).

Both NEBL semi-final series are tied, 1–1; decisive game 3’s in Cayo and Griga this weekend
The National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) bounced into week two of its playoffs this past weekend with the second games in best-of-three semi-final series. In the semi-finals, the home teams have a combined record of 0–4, where the road squads have won all 4 games. The 2 winners this weekend will advance to a best-of-five series for the championship. Déjà vu, as Louriano hits game winner to send Verdes back home for game 3 On Friday night, the #1 seed going into the playoffs, Verdes was faced with a must-win game, as they travelled to Belize City to take on the defending champions, Mirage/Smart Belize Hurricanes at the Belize Civic Center…

Bandits vs Pirates to clash in PLB Closing Season finals
Both semifinal series in the Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2018-2019 Closing Season were decided in regulation time on Saturday night; and it will be San Pedro Pirates FC with the home field advantage in the championship series against Bandits Sport, the Opening Season champions, who are already assured a berth in the CONCACAF Champions League. The outcome at Isidoro Beaton Stadium on Saturday night between Bandits Sport and Verdes FC was a 0-0 stalemate, after Bandits had prevailed 4-3 in game 1 the previous week. So the Bandits are on to the PLB finals, a familiar spot, after an up and down season that saw them clinch a playoff spot in the penultimate week of a hotly contested regular season.

National Beach Soccer Team on a roll; wins Hopkins friendly against El Salvador visitors
The Football Federation of Belize (FFB) reported last Friday that our Belize National Male Beach Soccer Team would be playing an international friendly against La Universidad de El Salvador (UES) on Sunday, May 5, in Hopkins Village, Stann Creek District. The National Beach Soccer Team had just returned from an invitational tournament from April 26-28 in Mexico, where they had won the 6th Yucatan Beach Soccer Cup in Progresso, Merida. Today, the FFB extended its “congratulations to the Belize Beach Soccer Selection for claiming victory in their match against UES, El Salvador.”

National Over-40 Tournament 2019 under way
The Belize National Over-40 Football Tournament 2019 kicked off over the weekend with 4 games played, 1 on Saturday night and 3 on Sunday afternoon. At the MCC Grounds on Saturday night, May 4, defending champion, Kulture Yabra Veterans bombed Belize City Plaza, 6-nil, with goals from Kevin Rowland (44’, 52’ & 87’), Albert Arnold (71’), Albert Thurton (81’) and Jermaine Zuniga (89’).

Editorial: The price of UDP failure to take the Special Agreement to the House
From the get go it was a near impossible proposition for the government to get the third parties behind the Special Agreement (SA), but did the government try hard enough to get the main opposition, the PUP, on board? The evidence is that they didn’t, and because they failed to do so they were forced to resort to some very disappointing tactics to keep hope alive for a YES vote in the referendum set for tomorrow, May 8th. History, which will be written tomorrow, will tell. In 2008 the UDP had a supermajority, 25 to 6, which gave them the opportunity to change most anything in our Constitution; they almost certainly had enough support to get a 2/3 majority on the SA. It really doesn’t happen that government representatives in the House vote against anything that comes from Cabinet, and that body was responsible for the agreement with Guatemala.

All is not well
Dear Editor, On this the eve of referendum day all is not as it should be before we vote. Even though less than half, if you include the in-country disenfranchised voters along with those residing abroad, of Belizeans will be allowed to vote, the polls are still indicating that a “No” vote will result. However, given the desperation of the Government and desire of overwhelming external forces to win at any cost, along with the fact that they run things, I would not be overly surprised if at the end of the day a “Yes to the ICJ” outcome is pronounced by the Chief Elections Officer. So how could that happen?

Muffles’ decision has implications
Over the Easter holidays I had a discussion with my parents’ youngest son, who lives in the United States, about the Muffles College decision to resist the reinstatement of the female teacher whose nude pictures (we don’t know the details) had been exposed to public viewing by a man she was once friendly with. I think all Belize is on page that she was terribly violated, and that the man who did it is guilty of a vicious crime. We don’t know that most Belizeans are in agreement with her reinstatement. I won’t say my discussion with my brother was complete, but he didn’t say that he disagreed with the decision that she be reinstated and asked if we have hangups about nudity in Belize.

RAMADAN BEGINS MONDAY
Muslims will begin the one month fast of Ramadan this year on Monday, May 6, 2019. The twenty nine or thirty days of fasting is one of the central tenets of the religion of Islam which is adhered to by over two billion people worldwide. The end of this years’ fast is expected to be on June 7 or 8, 2019. Ramadan is the ninth of 12 lunar months observed in Islam. It is a time of fasting and worship prescribed by Almighty God in the final revelation to Prophet Muhammad, (peace be upon him), known as the Holy Qur’an. In it God says: “O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may attain God-consciousness.”

PSE Day Two 2019
Thirty examination centers countrywide welcomed thousands of elementary school students yet again on Friday for day two of the Primary School Examinations (PSE). On day two of the exam, students completed the Social Studies and Mathematics papers, which have proven yearly to be the subjects which students find more challenging. As was the case on the first day of the exam, the school principals served as exam supervisors while the teachers served as invigilators.

Sanitation worker charged with attempted murder
Devone Gillett, 22, a sanitation worker who the police alleged was one of three persons who were involved in a stabbing incident, was charged with attempted murder when he appeared today before Senior Magistrate Tricia Pitts Anderson. Gillett was also charged with dangerous harm and use of deadly means of harm. Senior Magistrate Anderson explained to him that she would not take a plea from him because the offences are indictable. She also explained to him that the court could not offer him bail because of the nature of the offences. She remanded him until July 7.

Wadani Shed destroyed by fire in Dangriga
The popular Wadani Shed located at the corner of St. Vincent Street and Mangrove Road in Dangriga was completely destroyed by fire at about 2:00 this morning. The shed, which was a timber structure with a thatch roof, burnt quickly, so little could be done to save its contents, which were also destroyed. People in the area who saw the shed on fire called the local fire service, and the Dangriga Fire Service went quickly to the scene and the firefighters were successful in confining the fire and putting it out. Only one other building in the area, which was about 20 feet away, was partially damaged. Five other nearby structures were not affected.

RTA claims the life of Charles Usher
Charles Usher, 37, the manager of a security company in Teakettle, was driving his pickup to Burrell Boom from Teakettle,on Saturdaywhen he lost control of the vehicle at Mile 19 on the George Price Highway, near Hattieville, and the pickup ran off the road and overturned. Usher was flung from the vehicle and he suffered massive head and body injuries and died on the scene. Reliable information to us is that he was traveling to Burrell Boom, Belize District, to visit his girlfriend, when the unfortunate accident that claimed his life occurred.

The Reporter

Observer Of Politicized ICJ Referendum Explains ‘Why You Should Vote ‘YES’
Imagine for a moment that the place where you have lived all your life, and your grandparents, and great grandparents, and great-great grandparents had also lived at that same place, and then a neighbor started to claim a piece of your yard.

Belize Peoples Front Leader Marin Explains Their ‘No Vote’
One of the alternative movements which has come on stream and which hopes to contest in the next general elections today came public to formally make a few clarifications of a trek its leader made last week to the Sarstoon and to share with the public its reason why it holds a “No” position to tomorrow’s ICJ Referendum.

3 Prisoners Escape Kolby – Bz. Central Prison
Three prisoners are reported to have escaped the Kolby Foundation this afternoon at 1:00 p.m. According to prison authorities, Rafael Mencias has been recaptured and are on the lookout for Wilser Echevarria and Christian Neal.

Blunt Views About ICJ Referendum, Heats Up In Cayo
In the final hours before the polls open on Referendum Day, tensions between proponents of both the YES and NO vote remain high. In Cayo North, PUP Area Representative Michel Chebat has categorically denied the involvement of the PUP and of his committee in the placement of a banner which features the PUP colours and logo which states ‘Party Above Country.’

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Ladyville teen, 15, missing
Police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a high school student that has […]

Missing person
Police are asking the public to be on the lookout for a missing person, 18-year-old […]

Former CEO for National Development says YES to the ICJ; former Mayor Zenaida Moya says NO
In an illustration of how divergent the views even of friends and (former) co-workers can […]

Employees are to be allowed time for voting
The Elections and Boundaries Department reminds all employers that they are required to grant employees […]

You can vote with and without ID
The Elections and Boundaries Department is reminding electors who wish to vote in the May […]

PUP condemns printing of banners purporting to be a message from PUP
The People’s United Party (PUP) issued a statement today strongly condemning the ‘mischievous act’ by […]

Liverpool trounces Barcelona, advances to Champions League final
Some said they didn’t deserve a 3-0 score to come back from in the first […]

Man survives gunshot to the neck
A Belize city man is recovering at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) after being […]

Warm weather to continue
The National Meteorological Service of Belize is reporting that mostly sunny skies and warm weather […]

Belize People’s Front contesting 2020 elections
Today, the Belize People’s Front, an organization known over the past few years for its […]

LOVE FM

BPF holds final No to ICJ Conference
The Belize Peoples Front (BPF) held a press conference this morning at the Radisson Fort George. The panel discussion included BPF candidates, Lorenzo Aldana, Jose Espat, Louis Diaz, John Carr and Nancy Marin. Marin who is the BPF Party leader reaffirmed their reasons for saying no to forwarding Guatemala’s unfounded claim to the International Court …

Parliamentarians get training from Commonwealth Parliamentary Association
Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) connects parliamentarians from over one hundred and eighty territories across the commonwealth. Furthermore, it assists in guiding parliamentarians to identify the standard of good governance and to promote democracy. It is one of the oldest commonwealth organization having been around since 1911. At that time, it was known as the Empire …

Students learn to be financially literate
Financial literacy relates to the understanding of various financial areas. Many people in Belize struggle with being financially literate, which is why it is important to teach students from a young age about how to properly manage their finances. This is the reason for the annual Youth Innovation Challenge, which was held today at …

KHMH holds fair in celebration of nurses week
Becoming a nurse is one of the most selfless career paths a person can choose. Dedicating your life to people who are, most of the time, complete strangers is not an easy task, but nurses do that every day, and this week we celebrate them with nurses week. As a part of this initiative, KHMH …

PUP supporter claims he’s disenfranchised and can’t vote
The media was called to the Peoples United Party (PUP) headquarters on Queens Street in Belize City. A city resident was complaining that he was told he would not be able to vote in the May 8 referendum. Clarence Hall who is allegedly unable to vote still hopes to have his voice heard on Wednesday. …

Prison Break
Three inmates from the Belize Central Prison in Hattieville have escaped after 1 p.m. this afternoon. They have been identified as (ESCAPED PRISONERS VO) Rafael Mencias, Wilser Escheverria and Christian Neal. Shortly after the escape, Rafael Mencias was recaptured. Kolbe Foundation CEO Virgilio Murillo did not sit in his office and wait for …

Celebrate RAMADAN with the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Belize is celebrating Ramadan. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief. Imam Naveed Mangla, President, of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community explained how the …

Blogs

Visiting the New Art Gallery in Corozal Called "The Art Studio''
H I have a brand New place you can visit in Corozal. Do you love Art Painting? Well, here is a scoop from one of an Art Gallery in Corozal. Edgar Gomez Artist owner of The Art Studio opened their doors on May 6, 2019. Today, Tuesday, May 7, 2019, I went inside to check it out the place, everyone has been waiting for to open. As I step inside Surprisingly, I saw a beautiful Art Paintings Painted By Mr. Edgar Gomez Himself. He was just starting to set up some paintings as I went and took pictures of his new Art Studio. Meanwhile, he had another guy painting an art painting outside of his place.

Videos

  • REFERENDUM 2019: What Caye Caulker residents think..., 15min.

  • Prime Minister Rt. Hon Dean Barrow's comments on international support of the Referendum., 3.5min.

  • Prime Minister Rt. Hon Dean Barrow's comments on what happens if we vote no., 3min.

  • Diving Belize - Mermaid’s Lair, 37min. Diving in San Pedro Belize at the dive site Mermaid's Lair.

  • Off grid building in Belize - a family adventure, 6.5min.

  • Belize Snorkeling Shark-Ray Alley, 5min. Anna and I hangin out with Snappers, Sting Rays and Nurse Sharks.

  • Diving Belize - Cyprus Canyons, 43min. Diving in San Pedro Belize at the dive site Cyprus Canyons.

  • Shamrock's visit to the Village of Malanti, Belize, 4min.

  • Belize 2019, 5min. Video clips from my dive trip to Belize. We stayed on Caye Caulker. The island was great, super laid back, all restaurants had outdoor, beach front seating. No cars, just dirt roads, bikes, and golf carts. The boat rides are long and rough though.

  • Micro fishing for Mayan cichlids, 16min. In this video i carry my 2 nephews fishing with me it was a lot of fun seeing them having a blast.