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The San Pedro Sun

San Pedro Fire Department cautions residents on bushfires
Thanks to their quick response, the San Pedro Fire Department (SPFD) managed to extinguish a bushfire that occurred south of San Pedro Town on Wednesday, May 8th. The department is still not certain what caused the fire. The SPFD told The San Pedro Sun that due to the extreme heat and dry weather in the past months, there have been several bushfires on the island. “We advise all islanders to keep their yards clean, as sometimes high brush or objects like glass can cause these fires,” said SPFD.

Belizeans agree to settle the Guatemalan claim to Belize at the International Court of Justice
A majority of Belizeans approved the proposition to settle the long-standing territorial dispute between Belize and Guatemala at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) after they voted ‘YES’ at a national referendum held on Wednesday, May 8th. The nationwide election saw 65% of the 148,500 re-registered electorates participating. The official reports from the Elections and Boundaries Department indicate that at the end of the voting process, 55% of the population voted ‘YES,’ while 44% voted against settling the Guatemalan claim to Belize at the ICJ.

Fire truck for San Pedro Town arrives in Belize
San Pedro Town will soon be the recipient of a fire truck that arrived at Belize’s Philip S.W Goldson International Airport on Wednesday, May 8th. Acquired in the United States of America (USA), through the efforts of the Rotary Club of Ambergris Caye, the fire truck came aboard a U.S Airforce C-17 Globemaster aircraft shortly after 2PM. Arrangements are now being made to transport the truck to the island, where it is expected to be delivered to the San Pedro Fire Department in a week or two.

U-Report Belize positively impacting youth
Launched in September 2018, the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) Belize’s U-Report Belize has been very active with youth around the country. The U-Report Belize program is a powerful, innovative tool that can increase youth participation in the country as it engages young people in different issues and connects them with policy and decision makers through their cell phones. The platform uses social networks such as WhatsApp, SMS (text messaging), and Facebook while taking advantage of the growing internet accessibility within the community.

Ambergris Today

Increase In Pump Price Of Diesel Oil
The Ministry of Finance announced that at midnight on May 10, 2019, the pump price for diesel oil will increase by 17 cents from $10.26 to $10.43 per gallon.

Misc Belizean Sources

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Francisco Gabriel "Gaby" Perez passes away
Mayor Daniel Guerrero, the San Pedro Town Council and Staff would like to extend its sincere condolences to the family and friends of the Perez family on the sadly passing of Mr. Francisco Gabriel "Gaby" Perez. Mr. Gaby was a true pioneer of the fishing industry in San Pedro and he will always be remembered for his contributions towards a sustainable fishing industry. We hope his family and friends find the strength in each other to overcome this great loss. May his soul rest in peace. Funeral services will be in San Pedro, on May 11, 2019. Time to be announced later.

Belize Wildlife Referral Clinic gets donation
The Belize Wildlife Referral Clinic (BWRC) handed a donation of $3,763.26 derived as a result of the 3rd Chiquibul Marathon held in March. We thank BWRC, sponsors to the event and all the athletes that have made this a signature annual event for macaw conservation!!

Paradise Theater playing this weekend
Wine Country, Polaroid, Artic, Wicked, Evil, Vile.

Caye Caulker welcomes the Governor General
Ocean Academy welcome Belize's Governor General once again

OLOGHS 2019 Second Years Carreer Day Opening Ceremony
Thank you Guest Speaker, Mr Antonio Beardal.

Commander of the United States Southern Command Visits Belize
Commander of the United States Southern Command (U.S. SOUTHCOM), Admiral Craig Faller met today, May 10th, with the Prime Minister of Belize, the Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow and the Minister of National Security, Hon. John Saldivar at the Prime Minister’s Office in Belize City. The Prime Minister in his remarks congratulated Admiral Faller on his recent appointment as Commander SOUTHCOM and extended his sincere gratitude for the continued support that Belize receives from the U.S. SOUTHCOM and the great partnership that both countries share. Prime Minister Barrow and Admiral Faller also discussed areas of concern including Belize-Guatemala relations and regional efforts to counter narco-trafficking and other illicit transnational criminal activities.

Ministry of Investment, Trade & Commerce Slogan Competition
Want to win $500??!! Are you good with words? As a part of National Competitiveness Month, the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Commerce is pleased to announce a slogan competition that encourages your participation! The Ministry is looking for ONE creative and catchy slogan that promotes the work of all its units/departments and BELTRAIDE. To learn more about the Ministry visit http://www.itc.gov.bz Please submit your ideas by May 24th, 2019 for your chance to win! The winner will be announced on Facebook!

Submission Period Extended for Public to Submit Information in Relation to Gillnets
The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration advises the public that the period for submissions relating to the use of gillnets in Belize’s waters has been extended to May 31, 2019. The purpose of conducting this information gathering is to obtain wide stakeholder views and input pertaining to current gillnet usage so as to inform the consideration of socio-economic and environmental impacts in relation to fisherfolk, the fisheries resources, and marine ecosystems. The information obtained through this form will be compiled and utilized by the Gillnet Taskforce, with the aid of an independent consultant, to supplement the conduct of an in-depth assessment of the benefits, risks, threats and impacts of gillnets.

BELIZE’S CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL
Come celebrate with us in southern Belize, indulge in chocolate at the Chocolate Festival of Belize! The art of chocolate making dates back to the ancient Maya civilization – a tradition that has been passed on for generations. Today Belize’s southernmost district Toledo is where the finest chocolatiers are born. Every year hundreds around the world travel to tranquil Punta Gorda to taste an array of chocolate products at the annual Chocolate Festival of Belize. The chocolate festival celebrates the variety of chocolate products, farm tours, culture and nature within the district. The two-day event has tremendous positive cultural, economic, and environmental impacts for the entire Toledo district. Chocolate is one of the top most desirable flavors in the world, but do you know where chocolate comes from? Exquisite chocolate comes from cacao trees! Belize is within the cacao trees’ native range – the deep tropical regions of the Americas.

Channel 7

Port Probing Tragic Water Taxi Explosion
On Sunday, two little girls were killed in an explosion on a water taxi which was docked at the Ocean Ferry Terminal, at the foot of the Swing Bridge.  Had there been no ICJ referendum, that incident would have been the biggest story of this week's national news.  But the explosion that caused the deaths of 10 year-old Yamiri Guy, and her sister, 8 year-old Kimberly Guy, slipped under the avalanche of referendum information.   Still, a family is without those two precious lives, in deep and unimaginable grief and, so, today we went to the Port Authority for answers.  They are the primary regulator of vessels on the sea. In this case, they are part of a a multi-agency task force, trying to find out what happened on Sunday afternoon around 3:00 when 34 passengers were boarding  the vessel, owned by San Pedro Water Jets International

Set Free After Killing Stepson, Court Convinced of Self Defence
He was on remand awaiting trial for the murder of his stepson, but, 45 year-old Patrick Castillo has been set free. Justice Colin Williams found him not guilty yesterday at the conclusion of his trial without jury. In April of 2015, a gruesome scene played out at Castillo's residence on Kut Avenue. Castillo was covered in blood after he chopped his stepson, 21 year-old Jose Maderas to death. He claimed self-defense, while the prosecution argued that he was responding in a rage after his stepson called him a black pedophile.   One of Madera's sisters, who is also Castillo's step-daughter testified that her Castillo responded to the insult by chopping Maderas with a machete.  She says he delivered the final chop wound to Maderas while he was sitting on the ground.

US Military Southcom Commander Visits
As we told you last night, the highest ranking Officer responsible for US Military operations south of Texas and Miami arrived in Belize on Wednesday - which also happened to be referendum day. Admiral Craig Faller left the country today after meeting with Prime Minister Dean Barrow.  The Prime Minister had said, he planned to discuss Guatemala's aggressive military maneuvers on the Sarstoon with Admiral Faller.  They met at the PM's Belize City office at the Laing Building where an official release says, quote, "Prime Minister Barrow and Admiral Faller also discussed areas of concern including Belize-Guatemala relations and regional efforts to counter narco-trafficking and other illicit transnational criminal activities." End quote.   The independent media wasn't invited but Admiral Faller did answer two questions from the Government Press Office.

Can Belize Ask ICJ For Relief Against Guatemalan Aggression?
And if the military diplomacy between Belize, the US and Guatemala doesn't cool things down on the Sarstoon - then Belize can - in theory - turn to the International Court of Justice for what are called "provisional measures."   Since we have voted yes to the ICJ, and the case is expected to be filed within a month former ICJ president Judge Stephen Schwebel has advised the Government of Belize that "it would be open to Belize to apply to the Court for its issuance of provisional measures to direct Guatemala to cease and desist from its actions on the Sarstoon." When the media was at the seat of the ICJ in the Hague, Netherlands in November of last year, we asked two international laws experts about how these provisional measures work.  Former ICJ Law Clerk Julia Pinzauti explained the provisional measures are designed just to address events like those that are happening in the Sarstoon:..

Drilling Down Into The Referendum Numbers
Going back now to the result of Wednesday's referendum, Jules Vasquez drilled down into the numbers looking for trends and possible geographic reasons why 9 divisions voted "no" while 22 voted "yes" As this map shows, the "Yes" vote prevailed in 22 constituencies. Those are the areas colored green - while the areas in orange said "no". Interestingly four of the "no" constituencies are along the Guatemala border - four of them - Toledo East and West and Cayo West and Cayo North - all bordering Guatemala. Another "no" constituency, Orange Walk North is against the border with Mexico, while two more, Corozal Bay and Corozal Southeast are set against territorial waters that border Mexico's waters. So, you can say that of the 9 constituencies which voted "no" - 7 of them are along a border.

The Tale of The "No" Vote In Toledo And Cayo
And, while the referendum was not about PUP and UDP - there is a political dimension to everything.  Truth is, without political parties you won't get a 65% turnout, or anywhere close. Sure enough, they do the heavy lifting on election, or referendum days.  And with both parties openly campaigning for yes or no positions, the results have to be analyzed within a political context. The Prime Minister spoke about that a little at his press conference yesterday.  He discussed first what happened in Toledo which went all for the "No" vote - and Cayo, which went partly "no" - against political expectations:...

Briceno’s Area Was "No", But Not Emphatically
The Prime Minister wasn't quite so eager to discuss Orange Walk Central.  In that division, the majority voted no, but it was a slim majority - bot a good sign for incumbent and opposition leader John Briceno's political machine.  The PM was restrained in his analysis:.. Reporter: "While you said that you're not really certain in some sort of a litmus test - I mean genuinely and realistically speaking, doesn't it and because of you being a seasoned politician, don't you think it speaks wonders in terms of Mr. Briceno's political career or influence actually up north."

Jail for Man Who Put His Bro’s Food Cart On "Buy and Sell"
A family refused to pay bail for their loved one because they say he needs to go to prison to get off drugs.   Nineteen year old Brandon Richards appeared today before Magistrate Emerson Banner, charged for the theft of his brother's food cart.  His brother Johnny Richards says that Brandon posted his $5,000 cart for sale on Belize Buy and Sell's Facebook page for not even a tenth of the value! Yesterday morning about 10, Brandon got a buyer and he sold the cart for $450.  Johnny reported the theft to the police and Brandon was taken to Precinct 1 Police Station yesterday to be charged for theft. But when he arrived at the station he was searched by a police officer who found 13 grams of cannabis in his pocket.

Leadercast and The Strength of the Pack
Any working person knows about tension in the workplace. Indeed, personality clashes often turn simple disputes into something more. But, imagine leading a company and trying to manage all those different personalities, while trying at the same time to remain productive and commercially viable.
Issues like these were the focus of this year's Leadercast Live, the largest, one-day leadership event on the planet,
Dionne Chamberlain, the Managing Director of Chamberlain Consulting, has been staging these seminars annually in Belize, as part of the larger global event.   Past seminars were focused on self-improvement, but today's session was all about what leaders need to do to inspire their employees to be better at their jobs.

A Health Fair For The Healthy
The Gateway Youth Center held its annual health fair today at the Battlefield park. Students and other city residents stopped by to get a quick check up and learn more about overall wellness. Here is more from the event coordinator. Erolyn Sebastian - Counsellor, Gateway Youth Center: "What you see out here is our 5th annual health fair so it is something we believe we should keep on doing every year just to give a reminder to people in Belize, the students and others in the community that health is important and the different practices whether it be spiritual, mentally, physically, the whole 9 yards, the importance of it. It is not something you should practice once for the year but it is something you need to constantly do for as long as you live."

Down With Darrell, Santi Steps Up?
In the wake of Wednesday's referendum - there's some political intrigue developing in Caribbean Shores.  The "yes" campaign had a strong showing in that area with 64% of the voters saying "yes" in an area that has a formidable PUP representative, Kareem Musa, who was for a "no" vote. So, that should be good news for the UDP Standard bearer Darrell Bradley, right?  Well, it isn't. On referendum day - he was on our "Run di Referendum" show for a breezy two hours and seemed in no rush to get back to the campaign trail.  He said his machinery was at work. But, big timers in the UDP have told us that it was former city councillor Leila Peyrefitte who had her machinery at work and that Bradley was not involved.

Channel 5

Minister Beverly Williams Expels U.S. Veteran Guillermo Ortiz from Belize
Minister of State for Immigration Beverly Williams signed off on the expulsion of Guillermo Ortiz, a U.S. Veteran who was in Belize since August of last year. It took immediate [...]

Ortiz Set to Challenge Expulsion Order
According to Ortiz, he is being victimized by Torres. Ortiz, who says he has been detained on a number of occasions, alleges that Torres has ill-treated him. In fact, the [...]

Teacher Judith Cacho Arraigned for Allegedly Harming 8-year-old Student
Forty-five-year-old Judith Cacho, a teacher at Queen Square Anglican School, was arraigned on a single charge of harm today. The incident reportedly occurred on January sixteenth, almost four months ago, [...]

Patrick Castillo Not Guilty of Murder; Acted in Self-Defence
A father accused of killing his twenty-one-year-old stepson was acquitted today after a judge found him not guilty. Patrick Castillo chopped Jose Yontan Maderos as many as four times to [...]

Overnight: 2 Attempts to Torch a Property on Antelope Street
A residence situated next door to Unity Presbyterian Church on Antelope Street Extension was set on fire twice overnight by someone intent on reducing the elevated wooden structure to cinders.  [...]

Baby Nelson Passes Away
Baby Nelson Javier Tavora passed away on Saturday.  We introduced you to him months ago as he battled a condition called hydrocephalus, where there is a build up of cerebrospinal [...]

What’s the Fate of Pending Litigation Post I.C.J. Referendum?
Belizeans have voted decisively to proceed to the International Court of Justice in an effort to bring an end to the longstanding territorial dispute with Guatemala.  On Wednesday, thousands of [...]

3 Law Firms Retained to Represent Belize at I.C.J.
At the press conference on Thursday, the prime minister said that the team of international lawyers who will represent Belize at the I.C.J. is already on government’s payroll.  But what [...]

PM Barrow Open to Input from P.U.P. on I.C.J. Case
As you heard, the P.M. is proposing to go back to a two-party approach between government and the opposition, following the May tenth I.C.J. referendum.  But how much input will [...]

There’s Still No Sarstoon Protocol on the Immediate Horizon
A Sarstoon Protocol has been on the books since a meeting in Istanbul, Turkey following a meeting between Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington and the then Guatemalan Foreign Minister Carlos Raul [...]

US SouthCom Commander Visits Belize
Admiral Craig Faller, Commander of the United States Southern Command, met with Prime Minister Dean Barrow and Minister of National Security John Saldivar earlier today at the Laing Building.  Admiral [...]

Leadercast 2019 Hosted in Belize
The conference on leadership has been bringing people together from all over the globe. Leadercast 2019 is being held annually in Atlanta, U.S.A., but it is screened in every corner [...]

Learning Dollars and Cents at an Early Age
Learning about dollars and cents starts at an early age. In Belize, a forum on financial literacy is held annually to teach young students how to manage money and make [...]

‘One Man’s Journey’ Launched in Belize City
At the Leo Bradley Library today, Wilfred Holder launched “One Man’s Journey’, an autobiography that transports readers on an insightful journey detailing key moments of his life. From rock bottom [...]

Health is Wealth
Gateway Youth Center today held its fifth annual health fair at the Battle Field Park in downtown Belize City. Held under the theme “Health is Wealth”, the goal this year [...]

Ocean Academy Victorious at 2019 Youth Innovation Challenge
The winners of the 2019 Youth Innovation Challenge were announced on Thursday. Ocean Academy in Caye Caulker Village placed first with their financial literacy mobile application. The competition took place [...]

ComPol Chester Williams on Successful Policing on Referendum Day
Aside from the Wednesday night murder of Karl Lamb in Belize City, there was no violence during the referendum. It is a success for the police department and Commissioner of [...]

A Crack Down on Public Drinking During Referendum Day
To ensure the personal safety of the citizenry, there were also strict orders in reference to public drinking and the sale of alcoholic beverages. ComPol Williams says they were forceful [...]

Amandala

Belizeans vote “yes” to the ICJ
Belizeans went to the polls yesterday, Wednesday, to vote in a historic referendum, definitely the first of its kind since the nation got its independence in 1981. Like their Guatemalan counterparts, voters in Belize were asked to vote yes or no to the following 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 determines finally the boundaries of the respective territories and areas of the Parties?” At the end of the balloting, when the results were finally announced today, Thursday, the “yes” votes had exceeded the “no” votes across the country by over 10,000 votes. Chief Elections Officer Josephine Tamai announced that there was a total of 53,388 “yes” votes, while the total number of “no” votes was 43,029.

Karl Lamb, 38, shot to death in Lake I
Karl Lamb, 38, a husband and father of two children, fell victim to Belize City’s ongoing gang violence at about 10:00 last night on Gladden Street in the Lake Independence area. ASP Alejandro Cowo told us this morning during the regular police press brief held at the Raccoon Street Police Station that Lamb was standing on Lacroix Boulevard, talking to a man who was standing in a yard behind a zinc fence, when the murderer came up from behind him and fired several shots at him.

Thomas Requeña charged for stabbing his wife
Thomas Requeña, 50, a laborer of Belmopan, has been arrested and charged with attempted murder, use of deadly means of harm and threat of death, and is detained pending arraignment at the Belmopan Magistrate’s Court. Police said that at about 8:30 Sunday night, at a house on Sarstoon Street in Belmopan, Katherine Anthony, 38, was attacked and stabbed in her chest by her common-law husband, Thomas Requeña, during a misunderstanding with her.

Henry Jacobs, 31, convicted of murder
Today, after she heard pleas for mitigation for Henry Jacobs, 31, who was convicted of the murder of Brian Welch, 49, Madam Justice Marilyn Williams set May 22 as the date for sentencing. Welch was shot and killed on April 29, 2012, on Central American Boulevard. Two character witnesses, including Jacobs’ attorney, Senior Counsel Hubert Elrington, spoke on his behalf. The witnesses said they have known Jacobs since he was a baby and that he grew up around them. They said they know him to be a quiet person, a respectful and humble individual, and they were shocked when he got into trouble with the law.

PM Barrow explains the process of going to the ICJ
Having Guatemala’s claim to Belizean territory adjudicated at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) — which was endorsed by the majority of Belizean voters through a “yes” vote in the national referendum held yesterday, May 8 — is a lengthy process that will take quite a few years before the court hears the case and make its final determination, which will be binding on both countries. It could take up to ten years before the ICJ hands down its ruling on the case between Belize and Guatemala. Today, at a press conference at the Belize City Civic Center, Prime Minister Dean Barrow explained the process that has to be followed for both countries to take the case to the ICJ.

Belize People’s Front leader says government lied about Sarstoon Island incident
In recent years, making a trip to the Sarstoon River has become viewed as an expression of Belizean patriotism and nationalism. On April 30, 1859, Britain and Guatemala agreed to a boundary in which the mid-channel of the Sarstoon River was considered as the border line between the two countries. This past April 30, Nancy Marin-Juan, the leader of Belize’s newest political party, the Belize People’s Front, decided that she would celebrate the anniversary of the 1859 Treaty by visiting the Sarstoon and planting a Belizean flag on the island, considered to be inside Belize’s national territory.

Cricket Corner – BDF leading in Zone Two; Bandits lost first game; Easy Does It creeping up
Hello, all cricket enthusiasts! It’s a pleasure once again to have you all informed of our so wonderful sport – CRICKET. Under the auspices of the Belize National Cricket Association (BNCA), the Harrison Parks 2019 Cricket Competition continued over the weekend. Thanks for the sponsorship of Bowen and Bowen. It was such a lovely day for playing cricket. Fans and spectators had a fun filled day. Some teams were joyous, while others were heartbroken; but that’s the way the game goes. We win some; we lose some.

Light & Peace Basketball Foundation took U-19 team to Dru Joyce Classic in Akron, Ohio, April 26-28
The Light & Peace Basketball Foundation, under coaches Roscoe Rhys, Darwin “Puppy” Leslie and Rupert Brown, travelled to Akron, Ohio in Cleveland, United States on April 25 to 30, 2019, to play in an NCAA certified showcase named the Dru Joyce Classic. The main focus of this trip was to give 9 Belizean high school and 1st year junior college players the opportunity to get scouted and earn a collegiate scholarship in the USA and Canada.

Weekend Warriors Cross Country Race 2019 results
Here are the results from the 2019 Weekend Warriors (WW) Cross Country Race, which started at 9:00 a.m. from in front of Loma Luz Hospital in Santa Elena, Cayo, went down the George Price (Western) Highway, to turn left at the Chetumal Street Boulevard, then right onto the Philip Goldson (Northern) Highway, then turned at the old NAPA roundabout, to finish at the M&M Engineering office, for 72 miles.

Ahmadiyya Basketball League 2019 results, standings and playoffs outlook
The Ahmadiyya Basketball League 2019 has come to the end of regular season play, and will be moving into playoffs this Sunday, May 12. The format will be single-game elimination until we crown the championship team. Below are the results from the last two weeks of play, as well as the standings and playoff match-ups in the different categories.

Editorial: Belize going to the ICJ
Let us be clear, very clear: if the country had returned a NO vote yesterday, the Prime Minister, if he and his party had any honor, and that also means respect for the people, would have gone to the Governor General the next morning and told him to dissolve the government. Belize really, really must demand that our representatives deserve the Honor that is placed before their names. There could have been no excuse offered by them for a majority NO vote. There are excuses, there are always excuses, but the government could not, should not have offered any. We are not arguing here that Belize going to the International Court of Justice to defend against the Guatemalan claim is a good or bad thing. We are saying that when leaders fail in their mission they must do the responsible thing. We have heard of the captain and crew that abandoned their charge on a cruise ship that was sinking off the coast of Africa. Leaders go down with their ships. Leaders fall on their swords when they let down their people. The vote was not inconsequential.

Please, you don’t like Freddy?
A family member, my younger sister, bought me one of those modern phones that can do a whole lot of things, and while I find that it’s too daam bulky, I have to appreciate the things it can do that my old one couldn’t, I mean the things, those features it has, that aren’t too technically tedious for a man who is absolutely not fascinated with the trappings of the modern world. Personally, you can keep planes, organ transplants (I guess I appreciate that for how it helps lots of people, but I don’t like knives), powerful outboard engines (I like sails), electricity (I adore the smell of kerosene lamps (I’d get by with getting electric juice at a community shop, to do my work) (the only thing electricity is really needed for is to get beer cold)), selfies (I don’t look good enough for that anyway) — you get my world.

On becoming a Muslim – The UBAD period
To understand how I came to be a part of UBAD and later join the Nation of Islam, you would have to go back four years earlier to 1965 and the Watts Riots of Los Angeles. The Watts Riot was my first wake-up call to the fact that there was another way, a revolutionary way, to approach to the Civil Rights Movement which up to that time had been confined to sit-ins, stand-ins, strikes, boycotts and marches. The urban riots marked a new turn in the civil rights movement of the sixties and served as a radicalizing point for many young urban blacks in the States, including myself.

Musings by the Curious Nonconformist
It’s May 9 , 2019. It is the day after Belizeans have made our most important decision since our move to independence on September 21, 1981. On May 8, 2019, 96,417 Belizeans went out to the polls to cast their vote 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?”

Brian Brown charged $200 for threatening his mother
Brian Brown, 42, a former gang leader charged with using threatening words to his mother, Rose Jacobs, 61, was found guilty of the charge today by Magistrate Emerson Banner. Brown was fined $200 and was given until June 30 to pay. If he defaults on payment he will serve 2 months in prison. The incident occurred on August 21, 2018. Jacobs, a retired school teacher, testified that while she was at a funeral at Lord Ridge Cemetery, Brown confronted her and threatened to set her on fire. She said Brown had a gallon-sized bottle and a cigarette lighter in his hand.

Three inmates escape from prison; two recaptured
Three inmates of the Belize Central Prison in Hattieville made a run for freedom at about 12:30 yesterday afternoon, but the escape was brief for two of them. Virgilio Murillo, the Chief Executive Officer of the Belize Central Prison, told us that the three prisoners who made a dash for freedom from behind the prison’s walls are Wilser Echeverria, 25, of Belmopan, who is on remand awaiting trial for murder; Rafael Mencias, 25, of Corozal Town, who is serving a 10-year sentence for manslaughter, for the death of Philip Hall of Corozal; and Christian Neal, 25, of Toledo, who was in prison for two counts of robbery and one count of carnal knowledge.

Gas leakage caused deadly explosion onboard water taxi
An ongoing investigation into the explosion that occurred at about 3:00 Sunday afternoon onboard “Water Jets”, a water taxi that was docked at the Ocean Ferry Water Taxi near the Swing Bridge, Belize City, revealed that the fatal explosion, which killed sisters Jamiri Guy, 10, and Kimberly Guy, 8, and injured 19 passengers on the boat, was caused by leaking gas that was ignited by a spark. The Belize National Fire Service, the main body investigating the explosion, said that it is not yet certain what mechanism caused the spark that set off the explosion. They are looking closely at the bilge pump that comes on automatically to pump out water when the boat’s engine is started, and the ignition system.

Suspected arson destroys five houses in Krooman Lagoon Reserve
A fire that is believed to have been deliberately set, completely destroyed five houses and all the contents inside them in the Krooman Lagoon Reserve area, in the Collet Division, at about 2:00 Monday afternoon. Twelve persons were left homeless as a result of the blaze. Luckily no one was hurt. On our visit to the scene we saw the debris of the houses and a sixth house that remained standing. Its verandah and its front portion, however, were damaged by the flames.

The Reporter

R.T.A. On The Phillip Goldson Hwy
A Road-Traffic-Accident has occurred on the Phillip Goldson Hwy. between miles 3 and 4. Police are on the scene, where an overturned SUV can be seen in this photo. The accident occurred shortly before 9pm and there are reports of injuries as traffic is backed up in both directions of the Highway.

Man Charged With Attempted Murder of Wife
Thomas Requena, a bus driver from Belmopan, faces charges of attempted murder, use of deadly means of harm and threat of death for allegedly stabbing his common law wife, Catherine Anthony, in the chest on Saturday.

WE HAVE MADE OUR BED.!!!
By Major Lloyd Jones (Ret’d) - On the back of a 66.8% turnout on referendum day, 53,388 Belizeans made their ICJ bed. All it took was 38 years and $8 million to detach the Belizean people from their land. Guatemala’s strategic patience has paid off and now we must hope and pray that Mr. Barrow’s ironclad case is as he says it is.

GOB steps in to settle Atlantic International matter
The government of Belize has met with US authorities, including the Federal Trade Commission (FTC, following an interrogation of government Senator Aldo Salazar last week in connection with his ties to Atlantic International Bank, which has been named in an FTC case investigating the largest real estate scam ever uncovered by the agency and carried out in Belize.

Happy Happy Joy Joy
By Mike Rudon Jr. - I woke up after one a few nights ago, alone, sweating, racked by guilt and loneliness and despair. There was this song playing in my mind, over and over again like a demented jukebox on repeat – you left me just when I needed you most. I don’t know where the hell that song came from. I haven’t heard it in many years, and had to look up who sang it. But it was there in my head. It’s this band Smokie, just in case you were wondering. Not that it matters.

The Impact of Vocation Training on Employment
There is likely to be very few educators, economists, or business persons who would argue against the value of improving a country’s human capital. Dating as far back as the late 1980’s with studies by economic giants such as Robert Lucas to more contemporary investigations, there have been an abundance of empirical examinations that reaffirmed the positive relationship between human capital and economic variables such as productivity.

Editorial – May 10th. 2019
We expected that there would be many loyal PUP’s who would not be following the party line to vote against taking Belize’s case to the ICJ. And so it happened. We also expected that the swing vote, Belizeans who do not regard themselves bound to any of the major parties, would also vote “yes” in the referendum. And so they did.

One of three escaped prisoners on the loose
Prison authorities and the police are executing an all-out manhunt for a convicted pedophile, who was one of three prisoners who made a daring escape from the Belize Central Prison on Tuesday afternoon.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Belize to participate in historic regional rugby match
Belize’s National Rugby Team will be present at the historic first Central American Rugby 7s Tournament […]

US Southern Commander visits Belize
Commander of the United States Southern Command (U.S. SOUTHCOM), Admiral Craig Faller met today with […]

Leadercast 2019 held in Belize City
Companies, entrepreneurs, students, and community leaders gathered at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza today […]

Submission period extended for information relating to gillnets
The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development, and Immigration informs the public […]

UN Secretary-General Welcomes ‘Spirit of Cooperation’ of Belize and Guatemala
The United Nations (UN) Secretary-General issued a statement saying that it welcomes the ‘Spirit of […]

Commonwealth observers praise referendum management and give initial certification
Reporting ad interim, the members of a Commonwealth Observer Group invited by the Ministry of […]

Prime Minister Dean Barrow: “Thank you” to Belizeans after referendum vote
Yesterday at a press conference following a largely unexpected result in Wednesday’s referendum, Prime Minister […]

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STREET LAW, empowering Schools and Communities about the Law
You’ve heard about the law of the streets, that’s when a community that receives no justice and takes matters into its own hands. But that’s not what Street Law is. It’s a program being utilized across the Caribbean and being piloted at Delile Academy in the south and St. Ignatius High School in Santa Elena. …

Escapee still at large
Christian Neal, Rafael Mencias and Wilser Echeverria escaped from the Belize Central Prison on March 7. The road to freedom was a very short one as the management agency for the prison, the Kolbe Foundation quickly set chase after the three men. Kolbe’s CEO Virgilio Murillo also joined the manhunt. Two of the men have …

Hard Life on Mothers Day – Living on Noodles
Last week there was a demonstration at the Constitution Park in Belize City. Though the thrust of the activity was to promote growing concerns about the rise in fuel cost, one demonstrator had worries that was closer to her heart and her concerns reverberate particularly loudly today. It is Mother’s Day and while money is …

Gateway Youth Center holds fifth annual Health Fair
As the saying goes, “health is our greatest wealth” and for many it is not until they come down with an illness that they are concern about their health. Gateway Youth Center has been encouraging youths to engage in health lifestyle from a young age so that they can live longer. Love news caught up …

“One Man’s Journey”
“Life is a journey, not a destination” and one man, wrote about his life’s journey in a book entitled “One Man’s Journey”. Wilfred Holder previously launched his book in Guyana, the land of his birth as well as Trinidad & Tobago where he resides. However, he felt the need to also launch the book in …

Blogs

Belize Celebrates Chocolate Love in the Toledo District
This year the anticipated weekend event kicks-off with their popular Wine and Chocolate Gala on Friday, May 24th at Garbutt’s Marine starting at 7PM. Talk about a match made in heaven! Guests enjoy an evening of meeting Belizean artisans while sampling their exquisite chocolates and sipping delicious wine. Tasty appetizers are also served, and the ambiance is warm with twinkling lights and live music performed by talented Belizean artists. It’s the perfect evening of mixing and mingling while indulging in chocolate and charismatic culture.

Thursday May 9th, 2019 View in Corozal Town
Good afternoon from Corozal. Today, I will be blogging about Yesterday's view of Corozal. It was quite humid during the day in Corozal. It was a very windy day during the course of the day. My First stop was at the Border in Corozal. Then, I head on to the Beachside to take photos in Corozal. Then, I took the new Graphite CSAM's newest member Mrs. Christy Carrillo begins work on her mural by Mirador Hotel. I will leave with this photo's Below.

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Wyndham Continues Caribbean Expansion in Belize
Costa Blu Beach Resort gets a new management team... Wyndham’s growing Caribbean portfolio is expanding again, this time in Belize. The global hotel company has brought its Trademark Collection by Wyndham soft band to Belize with the addition of the Costa Blu Beach Resort. The adults-only resort, set north of San Pedro Town on Belize’s popular Ambergris Caye, has 38 suites on a beachfront site. The property is owned by Sandy Point Group, which has a portfolio of boutique hotels in Belize, and will be managed by Wyndham Hotels and Resorts.

Belize Provides Educational Alternative for the Youth
The Belize Defence Force partnered with the Louisiana National Guard to help at-risk youth change their lives. Through the window of the juvenile detention center, Delrick Sankey watched as students executed military drills at the Belize Youth Challenge Program (BYC) across the street, and wished to be among them. He was 14 years old and serving a nine-month sentence in Belize City. “I was an at-risk youth. I didn’t have self-esteem and didn’t know what to do with my life,” said Sankey, a BYC student who as of (date) has completed seven of the 10-month residential program. “I used to see them [students] doing physical training and playing; I told myself that I wanted to be like them; if they could do it, so could I.”

WHY MODERN FISHING IS CATCH-AND-RELEASE GAME: Too Valuable To Be A Trophy
I am a statue gliding over a bleached flat, stiffened by salt and wind and sun. In the water ahead of me, a silver knife cuts the surface and in a moment I am casting from the skiff, the fly streaking through the sharp Belize sky, the blisters on my hands forgotten. Sixty feet of line and months of preparation hang in the air. I square my shoulders and flex my knees. And I wait. Good fishing stories ideally end with a fish. But the stories have changed in recent years, the romance of fishing evolving from brutish grappling matches on the open ocean (picture the conquered marlin, mounted in mid-leap on the wall, a reminder of the strength of the contest) to something faster, more precise, yet altogether more considered. When you talk to a fisherman, a real fisherman, you are talking to a steward of the water. He is a lover of fish. He is angry about the vast islands of plastic poisoning the sea, and about ruinous overfishing and fishery mismanagement. Mike Heusner was born in Belize in 1939. He grew up fishing the mangroves and keys around Belize city with his father, using cotton handlines and a small harpoon. The local fisherman taught him techniques for trolling kingfish.

Central American security leaders, partners discuss threats, support for civilian authorities
Defense and security leaders from Central American nations joined counterparts from other Western Hemisphere countries in Tegucigalpa May 7 - 8, 2019, and took part in the 2019 Central American Security Conference, co-hosted by the Honduran Armed Forces and U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM). Honduras hosted the annual security forum for the second time in five years. Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, Defense Minister Fredy Díaz, Chief of Defense Staff, Maj. Gen. René Ponce and U.S. Navy Adm. Craig Faller, SOUTHCOM commander, were on hand to welcome more than 100 participants from Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama and the United States.

Videos

  • ICJ voting Results, 83min.

  • Boa on fencepost, 1min.

  • Young n cute Gray Foxes! @ Gaïa River Lodge, 3min.

  • Happy Mother's day from Corozal, 2.5min.

  • The Lodge at Jaguar Reef, 2min.

  • Belize Zoo and City Tour, 10min. Belize Zoo is approximately 29 miles west of Belize City on the Western Highway. It is set in 29 acres and was founded in 1983 by Sharon Matola. It is a home for more than 175 animals of about 48 species and all native from Belize city. Videos taken during our Caribbean princess cruise excursion dated July 4, 2018.

  • BELIZE GOLDEN GIRLS OF SOFTBALL!, 4min. The Belizean golden girls of softball will be honored this Saturday, May 11, 2019 at the "Red Carpet Affair" at Prince Hall in Los Angeles, California. Come out to see these dynamic Belizean women honored for the first time in this kind of spectacular show and dance celebrating "Mothers Day".

  • Cave Kayaking in Belize, 6min. Aside from Cavetubing, you can also enjoy a more extreme yet more rewarding activity in Nohoch Che'en archeological park in Belize. Kayaking the caves shows you more areas that are hidden and amazing

  • Welcome to Merl's Cafe | Placencia, Belize, 2min. Tiffanie Wesby and her Mother, Merlene serve up fresh Belizean food, Custom Baked Cakes, and World Famous Lemon Meringue Pie just down the beach from the Placencia Municipal Pier.

  • Drone footage Belize 2019, 6.5min.

  • Snorkeling in Placencia Belize, 3min.

  • NEBL 2019 | Verdes vs Hurricanes, 28min.

  • San Pedro had an educational street fair today in honour of Reef Week, 2.5min.