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The San Pedro Sun

Confirmed: Belize Rural South votes YES to the ICJ
Islanders of Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker in Belize Rural South (BRS) came out in a steady flow on Wednesday, May 8th to participate in the Territorial Dispute Referendum on whether to take the Guatemalan claim to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). After polls closed at 6PM, a total of 4,253 had cast their vote in BRS. Three hours later, the results were in and with a total of 2,373 against 1,857, the ‘YES’ vote won, with the majority of support recorded in San Pedro Town. At the polling stations countrywide, Belizeans were asked to either vote ‘YES’ or ‘NO’ on the question: "Do you agree that any legal claim of Guatemala against Belize relating to land and insular territories and to any maritime areas pertaining to these territories should be submitted to the International Court of Justice for final settlement and that it determine finally the boundaries of the respective territories and areas of the Parties?"

Misc Belizean Sources

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BELIZE FISHING REPORT: APRIL 28, 2019 THROUGH MAY 5, 2019
It was El Pescador's pleasure to host our third Orvis Bonefish Bonanza of 2019 this past week. Bonefish were biting well in 2 to 4 feet of water. Wade fishing provided good opportunities on the windy days.

Admiral Faller, Commander of U.S. Southern Command, Visits Belize
U.S. Navy Admiral Craig Faller, Commander of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), is visiting Belize May 8-10 and meeting with civilian and military leaders in order to discuss bilateral security cooperation with Belizean counterparts in support of regional peace and Western Hemisphere stability. Belize and the United States enjoy a close security cooperation and enduring partnership in the areas of mutual interest that include research and development, information exchanges, training and education, joint military exercises, and commercial initiatives related to defense matters. During his visit, Admiral Faller will meet with Prime Minister, The Right Honorable Dean Barrow and other senior government officials.

BELIZE LEGEND : Nojoch Kaan
In some Northern Maya communities of Belize there is the legend of the Nojoch Kaan (Giant Snake). According to some stories people have seen a enormous Snake in swamps especially Cave swamps,Cenotes ,at rivers especially the Noh Ucum(Rìo Hondo) or other kind of water bodies . Some think it is a kind of spirit but it's body is as big as the trunk of a tree . Addition to this some Tatitos say that when this snakes gets too old they grow wings and fly far away to hide . It may also be known as Tzukan ,El Dueño del agua or El Dueño del Río . It is believe that this spirits guard the water bodies .

Time off to Vote in ICJ Referendum
The Office of the Labour Commissioner has received complaints from several employees that certain businesses in the Belize and Toledo Districts are refusing to grant time off for voting. The Labour Department in collaboration with the Elections and Boundaries Department is following up on these complaints and takes this opportunity to remind all employers of their obligation to grant employees reasonable time off to vote in today’s referendum.

BETEX 2019
A special welcome to all our BETEX agents and all our tourism stakeholders who will be part of the 2019 BETEX Road show! The Belize Tourism Board is a proud sponsor for this year's BETEX trade show which is the key marketing initiative of the BTIA.

2019 Chocolate Festival
Indulge yourselves in all things chocolate at our 2019 Chocolate Festival of Belize in Punta Gorda on May 24 - 25, 2019! Wine and Chocolate Gala - May 24th 7pm- Midnight This year's Wine and Chocolate will be held at Garbutt's Marine and will be hosting the Chocolatiers of Belize! There will be appetizers from local restaurants, an array of wines and other beverages.

Verdes vs Hurricanes Semis Game 3
The Verdes host the Hurricanes for their last semifinals match-up this Friday, May 10th, at 9:00pm. Go Verdes! "Our team was down, hurt and battered but they never gave up and came up with the WIN. Now Fans it is our turn to help them get over the hump and secure our spot in the finals. Let's rock SHC on Friday night as we face the Hurricanes for game three. Win or go home. Who will make the big shot? - Mom's who go with their kids will get a chance to win a gift basket by Wine Smith Ltd."

BTB Looking for an Accountant
Calling all Accountants! If you are an accountant with time management skills & keen attention to detail, then we want to talk to you.

CHILAM BALAM:THE CREATION OF THE WORLD Part 1
"Then the sky would fall, it would fall down.Upon the earth, when the four Lords, the four Bacabs, were set up, who brought about the destruction of the world. Then, after the destruction of the world was completed, they placed (a tree) to set up in its order the yellow cock oriole. Then the white tree of abundance was set up. A pillar of the sky was set up, a sign of the destruction of the world; that was the white tree of abundance in the north. Then the black tree of abundance was set up (in the west) for the black-breasted pi¢oy 4 to sit upon. Then the yellow tree of abundance was set up (in the south), as a symbol of the destruction of the world, for the yellow-breasted pi¢oy to sit upon, for the yellow cock oriole to sit upon, the yellow timid mut. Then the green tree of abundance was set up in the center (of the world) as a record of the destruction of the world... "

The Reporter

Early Results Of ICJ Referendum Indicate A ‘YES’
The early results from most voting stations from around the country are indicating that the ‘YES’ vote to the ICJ Referendum is leading the NO votes by as much as 15%. These are not official results, but early counting results of this margin of voting results usually indicate what is more likely to happen.

Nationwide Voter Turnout Is Average – SO FAR !
The Voting-stations opened at 7am this morning for the ICJ Referendum and as of 1.30pm this afternoon the voter turnout on this historic Referendum Day throughout the country stood at 27.4% of the total number of registered voters.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

PM Barrow constituency registered the highest voter turnout while Southern Belize saw low turnout
Today, Belizeans went to the polls to cast their vote in Belize’s historic national referendum on whether or not to take Guatemala’s claim on Belize’s territory to the International Court of Justice for final settlement. Statistics from the Elections and Boundaries department demonstrate that the Queens Square division, currently being represented by Prime Minister Dean Barrow, had the highest voter turnout of 84.1%.

Over 65% of Belizean electors participated in historic national referendum
All 344 polls closed countrywide at 6 pm today marking the end of the voting process for Belize’s national referendum on whether or not to take Guatemala’s claim on Belize’s territory to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for final settlement. According to statistics from Elections and Boundaries department, 65.07% of Belizeans participated in today’s national referendum.

PM Barrow to host ‘Post ICJ Referendum’ press conference tomorrow
Prime Minister Dean Barrow is scheduled to host a press conference tomorrow following the results of Belize’s historic national referendum held today. 65% of registered electors participated in the national referendum where the majority voted a resounding ‘Yes’ to the ICJ.

Unofficial referendum results is that the ‘Yes to the ICJ’ won
Unofficial reports coming from polling stations countrywide indicate that the ‘Yes’ votes are leading by over 4000 votes. In the Belize district, the ‘No’ won only in Lake Independence while the ‘Yes’ won in all Belize City and the three rural Belize district constituencies.

Shooting in Belize City
has received news of a shooting in Belize City. It occured minutes ago near Lacroix Boulevard in the Lake Independence constituency.

Is it Yes or No?
Belizeans are highly anticipating the results of the national referendum held today. Polls opened at 7:00 a.m. and closed at 6:00 p.m. today. Belizeans participated on deciding whether or not to take Guatemala’s claim on Belize’s land, insular and maritime territory to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for final settlement.

Labour to follow up complaints of voting bar
This evening, the Government of Belize says it has learned of multiple alleged violations of the Representation of the People Act, Section 29, concerning employers granting employees reasonable time off from work to vote in today’s referendum. Specifically, several employees have complained of not being granted time off by certain employers in the Belize and Toledo Districts respectively.

My Voting Experience – the ICJ Referendum, 2019
s you might guess from the title, this story will be a little more personal than most I’ve written for Breaking Belize News or any other media house I’ve worked for. Not dedicated especially to working today – the other media do what they do on days like this exceptionally well – I headed out to vote around 2 p.m. this afternoon.

Michel Chebat: I will forever be a No to the ICJ!
This morning as polls opened in San Ignacio, we caught up with PUP Standard bearer of Cayo North, Michel Chebat at polling station 73, Sacred Heart Primary School. Chebat said that a high voter turnout is expected in the Cayo North division.

Omar Figueroa: Voter turnout in Cayo North expected to be high
Polling stations opened countrywide at 7 am today as Belizeans participate in the historic national referendum on whether or not to take Guatemala’s claim to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for final settlement. Area representative for Cayo North Omar Figueroa told us that voter turnout in Cayo North is expected to be high.

British national charged with damaging his wife’s Belizean passport
A British national living in Belize was charged in court with damage to property for […]

Davone Gillett arraigned for attempted murder of Malique Stuart
Davone Gillett, 22, is charged with attempted murder, use of deadly means of harm (a machete) […]

Belize High School student wins Belize’s 2019 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship
Jai Chawla from Belize High School, took first place yesterday in the local qualifying round […]

Police find drugs and guns
While conducting routine operations on Monday, the Belize Police Department managed to seize two illegal firearms […]

Blogs

Mango Season is HERE!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year… MANGO SEASON! And while the weather seems to be hazy and windy. And the sargassum influx is…HEAVY. The mangos are for sale in town and absolutely delicious. Yesterday I found these two types at a local fruit stand. The rounder ones – apple mangos or “Number 11” mangos – are sweet and tart but “hairy”. You’ll need to use dental floss after eating. The longer thinner ones are smoother in texture but not as sweet and twangy. A bit more of a pine after taste. It’s like tasting fine wine. But better.

Picture of the Week: Thunderbolt Water Taxi arriving Corozal
Water Taxi service to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, from Corozal Town, Belize.

International Sourcesizz

New opportunities for Caribbean tourism industry discussed at ECLAC meeting
Caribbean countries have taken important steps toward upgrading and diversifying their tourism sector. Efforts have also focused on diversification, with the development of new product niches in areas such as eco and nature tourism, health, sports and culinary tourism, while new opportunities have been sought by penetrating markets in Latin America and even China. These are some of the main findings that emerged during an expert group meeting organized and hosted by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) subregional headquarters for the Caribbean.

One Voice’s once in a lifetime – Belize trip opens eyes, hearts
The idea of taking 38 minors to a third world country to sing songs and do a service project sounds like it should be accompanied by the theme song to “Mission Impossible.” However, it wasn’t impossible as the youth of the One Voice Choir spent eight days touring in and helping out in the country of Belize. “We had wanted to do something like this for a long time,” said Janet Bird, choir director. She said that One Voice alumni Ryan Ogden had started his own humanitarian service tour company and had approached her with the idea of using One Voice in a service project overseas.

13 of the Most Colorful Animals of the Ocean
Some creatures that live beneath the waves are bright, beautiful, and strange.

Concacaf to draw groups for restyled U17 Women’s Championship
Concacaf have unveiled details of their restructured 2020 Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Championship which will be played over three rounds by 32 nations. The first-round qualifiers will be played between August 17-25 between the lowest ranked 16 teams who have entered the championship – previously the competition was played with regional qualifiers in the Caribbean and Central America and one final Championship. Now qualifiers will progress to a final round group stage and then to a last-16 knockout format. The dates for the final rounds are still to be announced. The new format is designed to give teams more top level competition and follows the new formats for Concacaf’s Under-20 and Under-17 men’s competitions.

Belize votes on whether UN court should resolve Guatemala border dispute
Belizeans on Wednesday began voting in a referendum on whether a top U.N. court should rule on neighboring Guatemala's claim that it is the rightful owner of half of Belize's territory, a dispute dating back to Spanish and British colonial rule. Guatemalans in April 2018 overwhelmingly voted to ask the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague to make a decision on the dispute with Belize. The referendum in the small Central American country is highly politicized, but could help end a border conflict that originated during the colonial era.

Videos

  • The Belize Police Department gave us timely reminders for Referendum Day Safety Regulations, 28min. The Belize Police Department gave us timely reminders for Referendum Day Safety Regulations. Our guests explained that they are prepared to protect citizens as they take to the polls for the historic vote. On set: ACP Bart Jones - Legal Advisor, Belize Police Department. ACP Marco Vidal - Commander of Operations, Belize Police Department.

  • 1st Town Hall on the ICJ Referendum, 72min. OYE held its 1st Town Hall on the ICJ Referendum on May 17th, 2018. Today we invited a few of those panelist back to reflect on the process to the upcoming Referendum. They shared their thoughts on how the process unfolded and talked about how it impacted on their positions. On our couch: Doreth Cayetano Obermayer - President, Public Service Union, Dominique Noralez - Youth Representative, Dr. Fernando Cuellar - Internist, Belize Medical Associates, Paul Morgan - Third Party Representative.

  • Belize Barrier Reef Kayaking Trip, 1min. Kayaking out to the Belize Barrier Reef and swimming up on a giant Southern Stingray

  • USDA Program Study Abroad Team to Belize, 60min.

  • Senator in Quintana Roo highlights the economic lost in the southern states of Mexico due to the recently imposed travel limitations, 2.5min. Interesting!

  • KOKO KING BEACH PARTY IN BELIZE, 6min.

  • Placencia Belize 04 2019, 4min.

  • Dolphin encounter Belize, 3min. at Gladden Spit, Belize

  • Belize, 3min. Video from Caye Caulker, Gladden Spit, Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Shark Ray Alley, and Coral Gardens in Belize.

  • Happy Mother's Day from The Belize City Council, 2.5min. Belize City Council Mayor Bernard Wagner, Councillors and the entire staff of The Belize City Council take this opportunity to wish all mothers a Happy Mother's Day.

  • Belize Trip, 21min.