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San Pedro Tiger Sharks win first game of the NEBL finals!
The San Pedro Tiger Sharks have the lead in the National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) finals after winning the first of the best-of-five games against defending champion Mirage/Smart Belize Hurricanes. On Saturday, May 18th, the Angel Nuñez Auditorium in San Pedro Town was the venue for a close game, with the visiting squad threatening to steal the victory throughout the four quarters with the visiting squad threatening to steal the victory. San Pedro’s Jihad Wright took the lead, pushing his team in the fourth quarter and grabbing the 87-70 win.
U.S. Government Sponsors Advance Precursor Chemical Investigation Training
The two-week advanced training provided the regulatory framework and investigative and operational procedures for dealing with pharmaceutical diversion and chemical precursor proliferation, ultimately promoting citizen security in Belize.
New Toolkit to Access the Green Climate Fund in Belize to be Launched in June
he toolkit was designed to help organisations in Belize understand and access “climate finance”. The toolkit will also provide guidance to the Ministry in the undertaking of its roles and responsibilities as the country’s National Designated Authority (NDA) to the Green Climate Fund (GCF).Three ambassadors and a high commissioner accredited to Belize presented their letters of credence to the Governor General of Belize H.E. Sir Colville Young this morning at the Belize House.
Presentation of Credentials
H.E. Mr. Marino Berigüete, Ambassador of the Dominican Republic; H.E. Mr. Anders Kompass, Ambassador of Sweden; H.E. Mr. Jason Hall, High Commissioner of Jamaica; and H.E. Mr. Jean-Franҫois Charpentier, Ambassador of France, all expressed their honour to be representing their respective countries in Belize.
Social Protection Response In Emergencies Focuses On The Poor
Ministry of Human Development Hosts 3rd Social Protection Conference The Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation, in collaboration with the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) and UNICEF, is hosting the third in a series of social protection conferences on May 20-21, 2019 in Belize City. The two-day meeting focuses on “Social Protection Response in Emergencies” and will explore how the social protection system can be best used to support the poor and those most vulnerable in times of disasters and emergencies.
U.S. Government Sponsors Advance Precursor Chemical Investigation Training
Eighteen police officers from the Criminal Investigation Branch, Special Patrol Unit, Anti-Narcotics Unit, Mobile Interdiction Team, and Prosecution Branch attended the training, along with two Ministry of Health officials and three National Forensic Science Services officials.
SPHS Graduation Announcement
Graduation season is here and there was quite a buzz at the San Pedro High School on Monday, May 20, 2019, in the afternoon as they gave graduation announcement. Students were all excited and nervous to know what the results were as we enter graduation season.
Social Protection Response In Emergencies Focuses On The Poor
The Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation, in collaboration with the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) and UNICEF, is hosting the third in a series of social protection conferences on May 20-21, 2019 in Belize City.
Misc Belizean Sources
Hopkins has had an unusual week, in the life of sea turtles.
Probably a month of so after she was attacked by a really big shark, she started floating and was not able to dive. That's when she was close to the beach in Hopkins and concerned residents alerted members of the Belize Sea Turtle Conservation Network to the injured turtle. Hopkins spent her first couple of days away from her home in the sea at Animal Medical Centre, where she was attended to be the dedicated veterinarians, and provided with an initial checkup, medication and surgery to remove the protruding bones from her severed flippers. Hopkins was ecstatic when placed back in sea water in her temporary tank and settled in but, floated at the surface. One week after her rescue, she had a big milestone on Saturday - she dove down and stayed there for 5 minutes!
Photo shot for Mundo Maya at U Chan Muul Yaax K'aax
Advocate -> Educate. Preserve ->Promote: Nestle in what was the route of the great Icaiche Maya Marcos Canul; now the Sugarbelt along the Ribera of the Rio Hondo lies vibrant communities proud of their culture! Take a peep of these cultural ambassadors from Belize High School of Agriculture doing a photo shot for Mundo Maya at U Chan Muul Yaax K'aax.
Hope Haven Yard Sale May 31
We’re having a yard sale on Friday, May 31, and we need your help!
Our yard sales are great for folks that are looking to buy common household items at a great value! Please stop by to help support a great cause.
100% of proceeds from the sale will benefit the children (in the children’s shelter) and their needs, so please mark your calendars!
Benque Father's Day Celebration
A huge Father's Day dinner, dance, and concert will take place at the Cancha Marshalleck on Saturday, June 15th. Los Hijos del West and Los Phoenix will perform. Get your tickets at the Benque HoC.
This season calls for a Grand Fathers Day Celebration, are you going?? Reserve your tickets today at the Benque House of Culture with Ms.Ingris Can Valdez this event is being organized by Ms.Brenda Guerra!
CEO Caucus Cancer Ride 2019
The GoB Press Office has some very nice pictures from the CEO Caucus Ride. 73,000 was raised this year.
BELIZE FISHING REPORT: MAY 13, 2019 THROUGH MAY 19, 2019
Windy weather continued, but guides and anglers made the best of their opportunities. Several nice permit were landed, and Phil and Gilbert hooked 14 tarpon in one-day fishing with Capt. Gordy.
Chords & Voices 2019
Friday May 31, 7pm at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts
Great news coming for Another Beautiful Day In San Antonio June 16th 2019!
The dancing group Jats'uts O'ok'ot, meaning beautiful dance, from Xaibe, Corozal, will be showcasing Maya traditional dances during our event. They are a group of talented young dancers that are guided by Mrs. Genara Cano, Ms. Adela Pederson, and Mr. Adan Perdomo.
Please do not miss watching the traditional dances including:
Paint N Splash
See you this week at from 2-4pm Thursday to paint “Meet Me Under The Palm Tree.”
Changes in Pump Prices for Regular Gasoline and Kerosene
The Ministry of Finance announces that at midnight on May 22, 2019, the pump price for regular gasoline will decrease by 39 cents from $10.87 to $10.48 per gallon, while the pump price for kerosene will increase by two cents from $7.81 to $7.83 per gallon.
Re-assignment of Responsibility to Minister of State
The Office of the Prime Minister informs that the Minister of State in the Ministry of Health, Hon. Dr. Angel Campos is being reassigned as Minister of State in the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation effective 21st May 2019.
Melody’s new shop and paint studio is opening today
At noon in the cute little area across from Belizean Shores - about 3 miles north.
The Government of Belize and the Ministry of Higher Education Cuba are pleased to invite all interested candidates to apply!
Deadline: May 31st, 2019
Application package available at www.moe.gov.bz.
BEL Paperless Billing
Let's go green together! Sign up for paperless billing to receive your electricity bill by email and help reduce the use of paper.
BTB Love Belize Sea Kayak Challenge 2019
Registration at Garbutt's Marine & Opening Ceremonies at the Central Park.
Music Business Conference
2019 Hands Across the Sand
On Saturday May 18th, 2019 at noon, Belizeans from across the country joined hands on beaches, across bridges, in conference rooms and along seawalls and other public areas to celebrate in OCEANA’s 2019 Hands Across the Sand in solidarity against offshore oil development in Belize’s economically important marine environment. Over two hundred ocean-lovers from Orange Walk Town, Dangriga, Belize City, Placencia, Corozal Town, San Ignacio, Hopkins, Sarteneja, Punta Gorda, Caye Caulker, San Pedro and Belmopan were a part of this year’s event hosted by Oceana Belize. To see more, click here: http://bit.ly/HATSBZ2019
May 24th, Public and Bank Holiday in Belize
It all began as EMPIRE DAY.
THIS was created, as a celebration of the British Empire, when The United Kingdom was Great BRITANIA that ruled the waves..
Then followed, the amalgamation of the many COLONIES which Britania ruled.
FINALLY Most of the British Colonies gained their Independence and were joined into a British Commonwealth of Nations.
NOW we celebrate the 24th of May as COMMON WEALTH DAY.
Another Beautiful Day in San Antonio
Come and enjoy the Yucatec Maya village of San Antonio in Cayo. June 16, 9am-5pm. Corn Shelling, Palm leaf braiding, Greasy pig, Dancing group from Xaibe, Corn grinding and Much More!!!
Dr. Campos and Mr. Marin Go Their Separate Ways
They're both from the north - so you might have thought that Health Minister Pablo Marin from Corozal Bay and his Minister of State from Corozal Southwest, Dr. Angel Campos would be a natural fit. And, besides, Campos is a medical doctor - and so he was assigned responsibility for NHI and Primary Health care.
But, sources tell us, the two nortenos have spent most of the last two and a half years bickering. Multiple reports confirm that Marin made it known to Campos that he was not welcomed at the Ministry in Belmopan and he was reportedly under strict orders not to interact or give instruction to any of the Ministry's technical advisors. Sources tell us that the result of this was that Campos would only visit the ministry on the days when Marin wasn't there.
Shooting Victim Kyron's Classmates Traumatized
Tonight, the loved ones of 11 year-old Kyron Green, are waiting on the results of an MRI which was done to determine the extent of the damage from a stray bullet that hit him on last Friday night.
Kyron went to the One Plus One Supermarket on Central American Boulevard at around 7:00 that night. He went there to buy French fries and ketchup for his mother, Marsha Belisle, who is a food vender right down the street from the store. While Kyron was inside, a gunman went after his target, 21 year-old Raymond Fuller, who was standing at the entrance of the store. The shooter fired several shots at Fuller. Unfortunately, Kyron was in the line of fire, even though he was inside the store, and he was injured in the left cheek by one of those shots.
Hon. Courtenay: ICJ, All The Way! The Age of The Acrobat or the Period of the Patriot?
On the heels of yesterday's house meeting, today was Senate day in Belmopan - a meeting convened for the sole purpose of quickly pushing through the amendments to the Maritime Areas Act.
And just like his party leader John Briceno yesterday, today the PUP's Senior Senator Eamon Courtenay pledged full support for the amendments and for going to the ICJ - where, he is fully confident, Belize will see victory. Yes, that's the same Eamon Courtenay who fought and won in court to have the referendum delayed, and the same Senator Courtenay who, five weeks ago, said the risks of going to the ICJ are real and knownfor context, here are those remarks from April 15th:
Senator Peyrefitte Urges Caution on Maritime Machismo
And while those optimistic remarks got support from the other side of the floor - there was a little friction over how far Belizeans should go to assert eminent domain over our territorial waters.
Courtenay said its should be a national imperative to be territorial about our waters - while UDP Senator Peyrefitte urged caution:
Hon. Eamon Courtney- PUP Senator:
"What we on this side call for is a living of our sovereignty when we make absolutely clear that our territorial sea goes to the median line it requires all state apparatus, all state functionaries, the coast guard..."
Hon. Mike Encouraged By Hon. Eamon
And while Peyrefitte did offer light resistance to Courtenay inside the house, outside, he said all the sweetness was a little cloying:...
"Senator you actualy had to restrain yourself, you could only restrain that much, but you actually had to restrain yourself when you heard your colleague across the floor lavish, praise and confidence on the effort going to the ICJ - bipartisanship sir."
Hon. Michael Peyrefitte, UDP Senator:
"It was amazing, but it is a serious national issue. I am glad to see that the PUP has decided to come on board and have us put one huge national effort that we will need as we go to the ICJ."
Will There Be Battles on The Bipartisan Committee?
And Peyrefitte will have to get along with Courtenay - they are two of the four members of the bi-partisan committee which will consult and offer guidance to the government on the ICJ case.
It's a four person committee - with no government majority. Wilfred Elrington and Peyrefitte represent the government, while Eamon Courtenay and attorney Leslie Mendez represent the opposition.
Now, looking at Courtenay and Elrington and their known history, that could be a combustible mix of personalities. We asked Peyrefitte about it:..
PSU Pickets Belmopan Mayor
Today in Belmopan, the Public Service Union pulled out the placards to picket the Belmopan City Council. The issue is its hilltop headquarters - you'll remember that it emerged in November of last year - that the council had sold the land to a private company, Simplex, for $600,00 thousand dollars. The Prime Minister intervened to get the land back for the PSU - so we thought that was the end of it.
But the PSU says that Mayor Khalid Belisle has been giving them the run around. And so, after they claim he failed to get back to them a month ago - the PSU staged its industrial action today. 7News was there in Belmopan:
Senate President Steps Down To Pursue Politics
On tonight's news, you've already seen the rare show of bipartisanship at today's Senate meeting. But that wasn't the only news coming out of Belmopan.
President of the Senate, Lee Mark Chang also stepped down. He's going to run for the UDP Caribbean shores convention which is a no-no for a step which should be - at least not overtly political. So he gave a farewell:...
Hon. Lee Mark Chang, Senate President:
"As you already I have declared my interest in running in the division in the next general election and as such this is likely to be my last occasion as president of the senate..."
Can Lee Mark Win A Snap Convention?
Speaking to us outside - now as the former President Chang discussed his political prospects heading into a mass party convention with only a few weeks to prepare:...
"How will you effectively mount a campaign in 7 weeks?"
Hon. Lee Mark Chang, Senate President:
"About 2 months ago I've heard the rumours of Darrell stepping aside. I've always maintained that if the seat becomes available then I will have an interest in it. So there have been preparations over the last 2 months."
Hon. Aldo, AIBL & the FTC
At today's Senate meeting we also spoke to Senator Aldo Salazar. He is the former attorney for Atlantic International Bank - the now defunct offshore bank - which went under when it was named in a civil suit by the US Federal trade Commission.
Reports in April said that Salazar had been taken into one of those rooms by US authorities when he was passing through Houston on the way back to Belize from an official trip to Taiwan. Those reports said he was questioned by the FTC. Today, Salazar denied that:..
Central Bank Gets A Rare Reprieve in Choice Bank Debacle
Back in August of last year, we told you how Choice Bank Limited and its shareholders sued the Government of Belize. That's after Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Dean Barrow revoked their license to conduct offshore banking in Belize. The Bank was asserting that the Government did this prematurely, and that it caused them to lose investments.
They were seeking monetary damages against the Government in compensation, but today, very surprisingly, they did a complete 180 and withdrew their claim against the Government, which now ends their dispute with the government.
Key Witness Fails to Show, Man Gets Off
He was charged with murder, but when the main witness failed to show up,
34 year old Hugh Dyer got off today.
In July of 2015, it was alleged that Dyer killed 48 year old Steve Munnings. The lynchpin testimony was to come from Dyer's estranged common-law wife, Michelle Brakeman. She gave police a statement that she saw when Dyer struck Munnings with a piece of stick and punched him several times. She said that Munnings was building her bathroom and she had gone to Munnings' house to get the keys for her house.
Another Fatal Accident In South
Another man has been killed in the south in a traffic accident. Last night at 8:25 24v year old Henry Augustine was talking to a friend between miles 29 and 30 on the Southern Highway, near Independence Village. That's when a truck came from the opposite direction and it hit Augustine. Augustine received multiple head and body injuries died on the spot. Police have since detained the driver 24-year-old Miguel Arriasa, from St. Margarets Village pending charges.
Our next story is a correction. Last night we showed this picture saying that it was 27 year-old Jamal Palacio, a resident of Pelican Street in Belize City who had been shot.
That was wrong. It is actually Shaquile Palacio - a PG resident who had no relation to any shooting - and was in PG at the time. We apologize for the mix-up and stress that that man in this photo was not involved in any shooting in any way. Our apologies to him.
Finding A Social Safety Net In A Storm
A fire, hurricane, flood or any such disasters are terrifying and then there is the aftermath which is just devastating and life altering especially for those who lose everything they have worked all their life for. Well, NEMO along with its partners hosted what is called a "Social Protection Response in Emergencies" conference at the Biltmore. The focus is to have a synchronized and prolonged post disasters response plan for those in need.
Shelton Defour, National Coordinator, NEMO:
"This is about social protection system how do they cope in times of disaster of post impact phase so that the most affected population could get the resources they need and now for NEMO we understand clearly what are some of the challenges these systems will face."
Trade For Development
The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) is hosting a 5 day workshop entitled "Planning skills for implementing Trade Facilitation Reforms." Representatives from the Ministry of Investment and the Customs department participated. Now, you engage in trade every time you travel to..let's say Chetumal or when anyone crosses one border to next whether it be for shopping, vacation, school or business. But that is just one aspect on the trade pyramid. On the larger scale, there are so many regulations and tariffs among other factors that impact free trade and investment. So the workshop is centered on the trade facilitation agreement and how the committee can better enforce it for economic development. Here is more from the event...
The Call For New Buses In Belize
Comfy reclining cushioned seats, AC, a bathroom and a smooth noiseless ride - that's the dream of every Belizean bus commuter. There are only a few local buses on which you can enjoy those luxuries, so the other buses just have to cut it because they get you where you need to go. But the UNDP's Japan Caribbean Climate Change program along with the Belize Bus Association and other partners met today at the Biltmore to develop a plan to replace those old worn buses with new road-worthy ones. This is to enhance the commuter comfort but also to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases.
Compol to Cayman
Police Commissioner Chester Williams is currently on the Grand Cayman Island.
He's attending the Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police Conference. The Police Commissioners of the CARICOM nations are there to discuss the emerging trends in crime, as well as how they can improve policing services with the objective of making the Caribbean region safer for its citizens.
The conference ends on Friday, May 24th.
Cop's Wife Stands Down on Charges of Abuse
Brizenio Chub, a 32 year-old police officer is free tonight of a common assault charge after his wife went to court and withdrew her complaint against him. She initially reported to police that he beat her with his police baton and pepper sprayed her in the face.
30 year-old Reveira Teul reported to police several days ago that on May 11, 2019, at around 5:45 p.m., she was at home, when Chub, her common-law husband, arrived and appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. She said that she started to question him about where he had been, and that's when he left the living room and went their bed room. She reportedly followed him in there, and continued to question him where had been.
When Will the Immigration Report Be Tabled?
Earlier we spoke to Senator Aldo Salazar about his situation with the Federal Trade Commission and Atlantic International Bank.
As you heard, that one is a little complicated, and he says that is why as chairman of the committee which will produce the senate on immigration irregularities - he's been a little busy:...
Drunk Driver Sosa Spared A Sentence
In June of 2016, Gilberto Sosa knocked down and killed popular Orange Walkeno and Disc Jockey, Sergio Che Mendez, near Buena Vista village in Corozal. Well, he appeared at the Orange Walk Supreme Court where a sentence was handed down this afternoon.
Sosa's attorney, Simeon Sampson asked the court to take into consideration that his client has gracefully accepted causing death by careless conduct and has saved the court trial time by pleading guilty. He also requested that the court take into consideration that Sosa has no previous conviction and that there was interference with the control of the steering wheel of the vehicle transporting the deceased. Given those circumstances, Sampson requested that a sentenced be imposed today.
Stopping Forest Fires
The Community Disaster Risk Reduction Fund of the Caribbean Development Bank, has collaborated with Humana People to People, and the Firefighters of Independence Village, in the Stann Creek District. They want to train residents from villages in two southern districts in managing forest fires which are prevalent in that part of the country during this time of year.
A press release from the CDRRF notes that they have been working with Humana People to People on what is called the Farmer Club Project. All 9 farmers clubs are located in remote communities that are often difficult for fire fighters to reach. So, to help them avoid causing dangerous forest fires, the CDRRF is working with the members of the farmers clubs to implement climate smart agricultural practices
Senate Ratifies Amendment to Maritime Areas Act
There was a Special Sitting of the Senate this morning in Belmopan, hard on the heels of a similar meeting of the House of Representatives on Monday to table and [...]
Lee Mark Chang Resigns as Senate President for Political Career
Lee Mark Chang is no longer the President of the Senate. Chang resigned today in pursuit of his political ambitions to represent the Caribbean Shores constituency under the U.D.P. banner. [...]
Senator Aldo Salazar Says Questioning in the U.S. was ‘Routine Customs Issue’
U.D.P. Senator Aldo Salazar broke his silence today, following the sitting of the Senate. Senator Salazar took questions from the media regarding his brief questioning in the US by immigration [...]
FTC Alleges AIBL Facilitated Sanctuary Belize Scam
In addition to the lead scammer, Andres Pukke, more than two dozen persons and entities have been named in the suit, including Atlantic International Bank, which the FTC said is [...]
Lawsuit Against Central Bank and G.O.B. by Choice Bank is Dismissed
A lawsuit filed against the Central Bank of Belize, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Dean Barrow and Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte by Choice Bank Limited and Choice Group Holdings [...]
P.S.U. Takes Industrial Action Against Belmopan City Council
Discussions between the Public Service Union and the Belmopan City Council have come to a screeching halt. Members of the P.S.U. executive were out in full force today, picketing the [...]
PM Says No General Elections Before November 2020
A more than favorable outcome in the May eighth I.C.J. referendum has led many to believe that the U.D.P. government will ride the wave of an overwhelming ‘yes’ vote to [...]
Queen Square Belongs to Sista B, Says PM Barrow
While there won’t be any general elections held before November 2020, there is still time for a few candidates to find a constituency should they be interested in representing the [...]
Price for Regular Fuel to Decrease
Come midnight on May twenty-second, the price of regular fuel will decrease by thirty-nine cents, falling from ten dollars and eighty-seven cents to ten dollars and forty-eight cents per gallon. [...]
St. Luke’s Methodist Primary School Reeling from the Shooting of One of its Own
An eleven-year-old student of Saint Luke’s Methodist Primary School in Belize City is clinging to life at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital after he was innocently shot while carrying out [...]
Accused Murderer Hugh Dyer Walks on Nolle Pros
Thirty-five-year-old Hugh Dyer, who has been incarcerated since 2015 pending the outcome of a murder trial, walked away from the charge today when a nolle prosequi was entered. On July [...]
Social Protection & Disaster Emergency Services
The Ministry of Human Development Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation is on a mission to establish a comprehensive social protection system in Belize, in an effort to eliminate poverty among [...]
NEMO’s Coordination in Social Protection to Prevent Double Dipping
As the coordinating ministry, it ensures that people get a healthy start in life; good quality education is provided for children and employment. Also playing a role is NEMO, specifically [...]
OCEANA’s Hands Across the Sand 2019, a Success
Over the weekend, Belizeans across the country joined hands on beaches, across bridges, in conference rooms and along seawalls and other public areas to celebrate OCEANA’s 2019 Hands Across the [...]
A National Appropriate Mitigation Action for Public Transportation in Belize
The United Nations Development Programme, through the National Appropriate Mitigation Action for Belize, is meeting with public and private stakeholders to focus on public transportation. The idea is to improve [...]
House amends Maritime Areas Act
In 1992, the Belize Government was holding negotiations with the Republic of Guatemala to find a settlement for the Guatemalan claim to Belize territory, and as a negotiating device, Belize passed into the law, the Maritime Areas Act, limiting its territorial sea to 3 miles, instead of the 12 miles guaranteed under the United Nations Law of the Sea Conference (UNCLOS).
Now twenty-seven years after the Maritime Areas Act was legislated and passed into law, members of the House of Representatives met today in a newly fashioned spirit of bipartisanship, to amend the Maritime Areas Act. The bill went through three readings in record time, in what may have been the shortest meeting of the lower chamber of parliament.
“Belmopan badman” captured after 3 years on the run
Police have arrested Lincoln Bejerano, 29, also known as “Belmopan badman,” a resident of Belmopan who has been on the run for almost three years after escaping from the Belmopan Police Station on the night of October 25, 2016.
Apparently, Bejerano was hiding in Guatemala, and he was captured at about 8:30 this morning, Friday, at the western border when he came into Belize from Guatemala.
Police who were on patrol in the area of the western border immediately arrested him and took him to the local police station, from where he was then taken to the Belmopan Police Station, where a number of charges to be brought against him had been mounting.
9 shot, 2 dead, in another violent weekend
The ongoing gun violence in the city and in Teakettle, in the Cayo District, which began on Friday evening, resulted in 9 persons being shot, which resulted in 2 deaths.
Dead are Tyrick Francis 20, of Gungulung, Belize City, and Clifford Matute, 35, a carpenter of Teakettle. The seven injured are Ronald Michael 30, of Lovely Lane, Belize City, who was shot in the arm; Raymond John Fuller, 21, of North Creek Road, Belize City, who was shot in the body; an 11-year-old student, Kyrone Green, of Croton Street , Belize City, who was shot in the face and head...
Belize Ambassador to Washington suffers heart attack
Amandala has been reliably informed that Belize Ambassador to Washington, HE Ambassador Daniel Gutierrez, has suffered a heart attack and is recovering, although we were unable to confirm if he is recovering at home or if he has been hospitalized.
When we called the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Belmopan today to get an update on our Ambassador’s condition, we were told that the matter is a private matter and the Ministry would not issue any comment.
One charged with murder; three charged with conspiracy to commit murder
Shawn Gibson, 31, a laborer of Maxboro, Sandhill, was charged with the murder of Lyndon Baldwin, 22, when he appeared today before Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser, who explained to him that she would not take a plea because the offence is indictable, which means that a plea will only be taken if the matter is sent up to the Supreme Court for trial after a preliminary inquiry is held.
She also explained to him that she could not offer him bail because of the nature of the offence.
Gibson was remanded until July 21.
PM Barrow’s update on Sanctuary Belize and the Atlantic International Bank fiasco
Prime Minister Dean Barrow was asked to provide an update on the Sanctuary Belize mortgage scam, one of the largest real estate fraud cases in the history of the United States Federal Trade Commission, which has been investigating the matter, and which brought pressure to bear on Atlantic International Bank Limited, resulting in the bank’s closure and subsequent liquidation.
From what has been emerging in the public domain, it is apparent that the United States is pressing for some kind of settlement for its citizens who lost money in the fraudulent retirement housing scheme.
San Pedro Pirates are first time National Football Champions of Belize
Trailing defending champions, Bandits Sport by a 1-goal margin following the Bandits’ 1-nil home victory against the San Pedro Pirates in game 1 of the Premier League of Belize (PLB) championship finals series at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium a week earlier, the Pirates needed a 2-goal margin of victory at home against the Bandits on Saturday night to clinch their first PLB title; and that they did in dramatic fashion in front of a packed Ambergris Stadium.
Jihad and San Pedro Tiger Sharks grab game 1 in NEBL Finals
The National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) tipped off its best-of-five finals this past weekend in San Pedro Town. Two-time champions, San Pedro Tiger Sharks hosted two-time champions, Mirage/Smart Belize Hurricanes at the San Pedro High School auditorium out on the island, to see who would take the early lead in the series.
It was a tight contest through the first three quarters, which saw 13 lead changes and 10 ties in the game.
Belmopan City Council Kids Cup and Second Division 2019
The Belmopan Football Association (BFA) hosted games over the weekend in the Belmopan City Council Kids, Youth & Female Cup as well as in the BFA Second Division Tournament 2019. Below are the results from games played at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium.
Belize at CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship in Mexico
Early last week, the Football Federation of Belize (FFB) sent our National Beach Soccer Selection to represent Belize in the 2019 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship, which was being held in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, from Monday, May 13, to Sunday, May 19. Belize lost our first match against Guadeloupe on Tuesday by a score of 7 to 6, with our goals scored by Evan Mariano (7’), Raymond Ramos (25’), Wayne Ford (31’) and Marlon Mesa (23’, 30’ & 35’). On Wednesday, Belize fell, 7-1, to El Salvador; and on Thursday, our squad exited the tournament with a third Group Stage loss, 3-2, to Guyana.
Editorial: Rewards for success; punishment for failure
A columnist in The Guardian wrote in last week’s edition of that newspaper that “The Amandala’s Editor does NOT know that the referendum is very, very different from a vote of no confidence.” We believe the columnist is referring to our editorial of May 11, 2019, titled, “Belize Going To The ICJ”, in which we said that if Belize had voted NO in the referendum on May 8, the Prime Minister should have “gone to the Governor General the next morning and told him to dissolve the government.”
We would allow that the Prime Minister could have taken the fall for all of his men and women. We insist that if the May 8 referendum was consequential, and the UDP and the Guardian said it definitely was critical and critical that we voted YES, and to that end the government and the Friends of Belize invested millions of dollars, then it cannot be that life continued just as before, if we had voted NO.
Letter from a broken-hearted mother
My name is Rosa Aura Maderos, 46 years. I lived at #9 Kut Ave in Belize City for many years as the common-law-wife of Patrick Castillo. I had my five kids along with his two kids living together. He was always abusive and hateful towards my kids, but I tried to work things out.
Patrick Castillo was charged with murder for chopping my son to death with a machete, but the court found him not guilty. The ruling was that Castillo acted in self-defense when he killed my son.
Francis Mandewah thanks PG police officers
I am a retired United States citizen residing in Punta Gorda, Belize.
I write to commend the two Punta Gorda police officers who intervened on my behalf last Saturday and diffused a contentious verbal altercation and dispute I was having with a local PG auto mechanic and his workers over unfinished work on my vehicle that I had paid them for, in advance, and in full.
Guatemala getting set to bore the court
When Guatemala and Belize make the official announcement that they are ready to go to the ICJ, for that court to hear whatever legal arguments Guatemala says it has in its claim for some or all of Belize’s territory, there’ll be broad smiles on the judges’ faces at The Hague for the recognition for the important job they do and, of course, the little chum that will be coming their way. People have to eat, and educated people like rib eye and roe.
First laaf da noh laaf. They, the judges, don’t know that they are in for the worst time of their lives. The smiles won’t be long on their faces when they find out that Guatemala will be rolling out every antiquated document, argument, propaganda they can find, from as far back as 1492. They can’t go back further than that because in 1491 Guatemala belonged to the Maya. We know how they treated the Maya then, and now.
Edwards Park …
(Publisher’s NOTE: Open, public spaces for young people to romp and frolic in are vital for the sociological health of all communities in poor countries like Belize. In the last three and a half decades, Belize City, the nation’s largest population center, has lost most of Yarborough Field, all of BEC Field, Memorial Park, the three/four fields at the old Newtown Barracks, and so on, when it should have been that we were increasing the open, public spaces for our youth to play.
That is one reason why I felt it important to reproduce the following excerpt from my 2008 book – SPORTS, SIN AND SUBVERSION. No one else reproduces yours truly’s material, beloved, so sometimes reproduction becomes yours truly’s responsibility. To make any sense whatever of the bloody insanity that has taken over in the old capital for three decades now, we have to read between the lines sometimes.)
Trial Farm student, 19, missing
Isais Sosa, 19, a student of Trial Farm, has been reported missing from home since Wednesday, May 15. His family said that he left home that morning for an unknown destination and has since disappeared.
He was last seen wearing short camouflage pants, a black sleeveless shirt, a blue cap, and a pair of white slippers. He is of fair complexion, with a low haircut; and is about 5 feet 10 inches tall. He weighs about 140 pounds.
Hon. Julius Espat wins appeal against Supreme Court dismissal of his constitutional claim
Yesterday, Thursday, May 16, the Belize Court of Appeal handed down a ruling regarding an appeal in connection with a case in which Opposition People’s United Party parliamentarian, Hon. Julius Espat, area representative for the Cayo South, had sued the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Michael Peyfefitte, and the Clerk of of the National Assembly for violating his constitutional rights when he was dragged out of a House meeting.
The Court of Appeal ruled to send back the case to the Supreme Court so that it could be tried by a different judge.
Presentation of Credentials
Three ambassadors and a high commissioner accredited to Belize presented their letters of credence to the Governor General of Belize H.E. Sir Colville Young this morning at the Belize House.
Fisherman fined $2,000 for 1 pound of weed
Jaheem Bradley, 18, a fisherman of a Hunter’s Lane address, pleaded guilty to drug trafficking when he appeared today before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford. Because it was his first offence and he saved the court time, she fined him $2,000 and gave him until September 20 to pay.
If he defaults on payment, he will serve 1 year in prison.
Coincidence ? – GOB Re-assigns M.O.S & Mark King Posts Serious Accusations
It maybe a co-incidents of events, but today there was a major shuffle, and the Minister of State for the Ministry of Health Dr. Angel Campos was re-assigned to the Ministry of Human Development, and by coincidence former UDP Minister Mark King made accusations claiming that high management at the Ministry of Health were attempting to do a pay-for-contract deal with his company Brints Security.
Machete Attack In Southern Belize – 3 Men Seriously Wounded
3 men are at the Southern Regional Hospital suffering from serious chop wounds.
Sources say that sometime last night Police were called to the Independence Polyclinic where they found Victor Tzub, Adan Rodriguez and Benjamin Hol...
Hit & Run Near Georgetown Village Kills Henry Augustine
A man from St. Margaret’s Village is detained after a road traffic accident near Georgetown which claimed the life of Henry Augustine...
Breaking Belize News
What does Guatemala want? Some answers coming soon, says P.M.
The Government of Belize would give anything to know the answers to two questions now […]
PSU protests against Belmopan Mayor over land sale
The Public Service Union (PSU), Belize’s largest trade union, is threatening to turn up the […]
PSU protests against Belmopan Mayor over land sale
PSU protests against Belmopan Mayor over land sale The Public Service Union (PSU), Belize’s largest […]
Government lists reasons for changes in fuel prices
The Ministry of Finance announces that at midnight on May 22, 2019, the pump price […]
More changes to gas prices
The Government of Belize has announced two more price adjustments to the cost of fuel. […]
Dr. Angel Campus is re-assigned to Minister of State in Ministry of Human Development
The Office of the Prime Minister informed today that the Minister of State in the […]
Belizean born Math professor challenging racial status quo in the US
Belizean born Arlie Petters, Dean of Academic Affairs for Trinity College, is advocating for more […]
Belize among nations supporting Taiwan’s inclusion at the World Health Assembly
Belize is one in a group of 14 nations that have written to the United […]
Senate debates Maritime Areas Act amendment
The upper house of the National Assembly is currently in debate over the amended Maritime […]
Oil rush in northwest Belize?
The march for petroleum revenue has slowed in recent years, with exploration in Toledo stalled […]
Mexican Cultural Institute to host Classical Concert
The Embassy of Mexico in Belize, in collaboration with the Belize Virtuosi Orchestra and the […]
Three-way battle for Caribbean Shores candidacy
In six weeks, the United Democratic Party (UDP) will hold a convention to decide who […]
Belize to seek ICJ provisional measures on Sarstoon
During yesterday’s sitting of the House of Representatives, Prime Minister Dean Barrow made a newsworthy […]
PM Barrow: General Elections to be held in November 2020
After the sitting of the House of Representatives held yesterday in Belmopan, Prime Minister Dean […]
NARCIE teachers disability etiquette to educators
The National Resource Center for Inclusive Education (NARCIE) held a training session for educators. NARCIE’s mandate is to assist with assessing learning disabilities while promoting the education of people with diverse abilities. The session held today was about disability etiquette. The video provided courtesy of the Ministry of Education puts participants in the role of …
The Fight against Cancer
Cancer is one of the top five leading cause of death in Belize. Many have lost their battle with cancer such as Rosita Baltazar and Sharon Baird. With every passing year, more people are diagnosed with the debilitating disease. Last year, Tara Morgan went to the doctor for a routine check-up when the doctor noticed …
Children Artists on Display
Education month is an important time for students and teachers. The Belize District Education Center is hosting several activities to showcase the development of the children and Wednesday’s event is being held under the theme “every child is an artist, a pathway to a productive and creative life.” We spoke to Darlene Lozano, the IRO …
Commonwealth assisting Belize to eradicate marine litter
Scientists from the United Kingdom are in Belize to assist their Belizean counterparts to tackle plastic pollution in the sea. The initiative is made possible through the Commonwealth Litter Programme (CLiP) which is being funded by the United Kingdom. Belize is the third country to receive support through CLiP and the team will bring their …
A Bittersweet Joyride
Over the years I have met and become friends with many people who have deep roots here in one way or another. Recently one of them came back for a visit, it was definitely bittersweet and a bit of a whirlwind. Thankfully we crossed paths briefly a couple of times while Deb was here.
It was a perfect day to take a long drive on roads less traveled. Deb set south as our destination.
As we were driving, it ended up being a spur of the moment decision to turn off the main road and pop in at Playa De Sala. This lagoonside adults-only 5 room boutique hotel has a great rooftop for a drink. Last time both of us were at 3Sixty lounge bar together, it was still in concept. They did a great job of finishing it.
Grand Caribe Belize Helicopter Tours
Grand Caribe, located 2 miles north of San Pedro Town on the beautiful island of Ambergris Caye, offers several Belize inland and island adventure tours. Among these tours is Grand Caribe’s helicopter tours with Astrum Helicopters.
Helicopter tours in Belize is the best way to explore and see more of Belize…above and beyond! These helicopter tours include both fly-overs and activity stops at some of the best attractions in Belize.
Top Things to do in Cayo
When I started planning my trip to Belize, pictures of beautiful beaches and ocean adventures filled my screen. That’s what we all know about Belize, it’s near the Caribbean and home to the largest living barrier reef in the world. But Belize is so much more than that.
As I continued my research, I found out that over 60% of Belize is covered in jungle, much of it protected, including the world’s first jaguar sanctuary at Cockscomb Basin. Now I was really intrigued. Who knew you could get jungle and beach in one easy vacation?
The Maya dealt with a form of climate change, too. Here's how they survived
Carbon dioxide concentrations in Earth’s atmosphere have reached 415 parts per million—a level that last occurred more than three million years ago, long before the evolution of humans. This news adds to growing concern that climate change will likely wreak serious damage on our planet in the coming decades.
While Earth has not been this warm in human history, we can learn about coping with climate change by looking to the Classic Maya civilization that thrived between A.D. 250-950 in Eastern Mesoamerica, the region that is now Guatemala, Belize, Eastern Mexico, and parts of El Salvador and Honduras. Many people believe that the ancient Maya civilization ended when it mysteriously “collapsed.” And it is true that the Maya faced many climate change challenges, including extreme droughts that ultimately contributed to the breakdown of their large Classic Period city-states.
The Business Perspective on Love FM., 2hr20min.
Belize Honeymoon Snorkel 2019, 3.5min. Kyle and I snorkeling on the Belize Barrier Reef in April 2019 during our honeymoon.
TRAVEL VLOG: TIKAL, GUATEMALA & SAN IGNACIO, BELIZE - PT. 2, 9min. The second part of our trip to Belize! We took a day trip to Tikal National Park in Guatemala and hung around our hotel.
We stayed at Maya Mountain Lodge in San Ignacio, Belize and would recommend if you are looking for a jungle experience.
ISLAND STYLE CEVICHE | TEAM JRUBIO GOING BIG!!, 16min. HEY I WAS VERY HONORED TO CARRY WITH ME FRIEND Mr. MATHEW LINSON. THIS WAS BY FAR ONE OF MY BEST FISHING TRIP ON THIS CHANNEL HANDS DOWN.
Special Sitting Of The Senate, 30min.
San Pedro Pirates victory parade!, 2min.
Sea Challenge!, 1min. Its all happening at Rainbow Beach this Monday!!!!
Seahorse Diving Belize, 5.5min. Amazing diving in Placencia - Belize
2019 Belize Trip, 8min. Just a good time in Belize at Turneffe Flats.
Eating FRESH TERMITES In Belize!, 2min.
Rondreis Belize in 17 dagen, 10min. Belize is maar de helft zo groot als Nederland en daarom perfect om binnen drie weken te ontdekken. Van het op één na grootste koraalrif ter wereld, jungles, luxe accommodaties en parelwitte stranden: Belize heeft het állemaal!
BTB Love Belize Sea Kayak Challenge, 10min.