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The San Pedro Sun

Los Catrachos and Vince Assassins are participating in Belize’s National Amateur inter-district League Football Tournament 2019!
Belize’s National Amateur League (NAL) inter-district football tournament is underway! The tournament began on Saturday, May 11th and is currently seeing the participation of various male football teams from across the country, including San Pedro’s very own Los Catrachos and Vince Assassins Football Club. These two island teams qualified for this inter-district tournament after becoming the champions for Copa San Pedro 2018-2019 Opening and Closing Season football tournament held in San Pedro Town.

BWSL presents water system improvements on Ambergris Caye
Since acquiring the shares of the Cayman-based water company, Consolidated Water Belize Limited (CWBL), BWSL now has full control of the water supply system and is able to make the necessary investments to fulfil the demands of the island. On Wednesday, May 22nd, at an inauguration south of San Pedro Town, the company presented their accomplishments and future plans for the water infrastructure of the island, announcing the near completion of a second, million gallon- tank, and a completely separate water and sewage system for northern Ambergris Caye.

House of Representatives and Senate approve amendment to Maritime Areas Act
As Belize continues to prepare to head to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to settle the Guatemalan territorial claim, the House of Representatives and the Senate amended the 1992 Maritime Areas Act, restoring its claim to its previous 12 miles of territorial seas instead of the recent three nautical miles as stipulated under international law. The House met on Monday, May 20th, while the Senate met the following day, yielding a bipartisan decision to extend Belize’s seas.

Turtle nesting season begins, island residents are asked to be cautious
The 2019 sea turtle nesting season has commenced, and personnel from the Hol Chan Marine Reserve (HCMR) have been closely monitoring the first nests found in northern Ambergris Caye. HCMR is uncertain about the success of the season this year and ask the general public visiting the beaches north of San Pedro Town to be extra cautious and to not interfere with any potential nests. The annual sea turtle nesting season normally runs from May through November, and most of the nesting usually takes place in Robles or Rocky Point Beach, several miles north of San Pedro Town. The main nesters are Loggerhead and Green turtles, with the Hawksbill making rare visits.

BELTRAIDE hosts informative town hall session for competitiveness month
San Pedro Town was the first venue in a list of planned informative town hall sessions being led by BELTRAIDE. With the assistance of the San Pedro Town Council, invited guests learned more about BELTRAIDE and its far-reaching assistance to businesses in Belize. Presenters included Brian Lin, Senior Manager of Investment; Thelma Montero, Acting Manager of Belize Investment Generation; Monique Usher, Acting Manager, SBDC Belize and Nikki Augustine, Marketing Manager of Beltraide.

Ambergris Today

Mexican Visionary Talks About Making Houses Out Of Seaweed
What authorities in Belize and Quintana Roo, Mexico and scientists never imagined in their wildest dreams, Omar Vasquez Sanchez has done! He built the first house entirely made of Sargassum, which could represent a worldwide milestone. Omar Sánchez Vázquez originally from Jalisco, lived part of his childhood in California, USA and returned Mexico to fulfill his “Mesican dream” in his birth country and created a new industry with organic materials that preserve the culture and environment. “I’m just a simple Gardner with a love for nature,” stated Sanchez Vazquez. “I built my first home and named it after my mother “Casa Angelita” who taught me to respect the earth and value all things in life.”

PACT Concludes Three-Day Green Climate Fund Training Workshop
The Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT), the Green Climate Fund’s Direct Access Entity for Belize on May 22, 2019 concluded a three-day training workshop on the Green Climate (GCF) Project Design, financed under a GCF readiness project implemented through the regional climate change centre. This workshop brought together key stakeholders from the conservation and natural resource management sector, introducing them to the GCF, its financing portfolio, investment criteria and funding procedures. Furthermore, the sessions supported PACT in further defining its Climate Finance Portfolio and its programme of work with the GCF.

Misc Belizean Sources

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Ministry of Agriculture Advises of Contraband Carrots
The Ministry of Agriculture informs the public that no recommendation has been given to anyone to import carrots. Harvesting for carrots started in December 2018 and is expected that farmers will supply the domestic market until June 2019. Communities that are harvesting carrots include La Gracia, El Progresso and San Antonio in the Cayo District and Roseville in Stann Creek District. Other crops that are also in harvesting mode are romaine lettuce, onions and potatoes, which are also expected to last until the end of June.

Maya Hieroglyph Training
Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 8 AM – 4 PM. George Price Center, Price Centre Road, Belmopan. People of Belize, Maya heritage, Village Leaders, teachers, tour guides, university students, youth and those who have already participated in the glyph training. Learn to read and write the glyph, must have a desire to teach the knowledge to other Mayas, Belizeans and visitors. Registration Fee: Students - $5.00 (MUST PRESENT SCHOOL ID) Others - $10.00

Laser Combat Cayo
Cayo is getting a Lazer Combat arena! It's off Bullet Tree road, past the hospital. They'll have many different types of game formats. Their grand opening is next Saturday, June 1st. Check out their website for more information and rates.

Paradise Theater playing this weekend
Us, Alladin, The Perfection, A Madea Family Funeral.

Foreign Ministers of Belize and Guatemala Meet at OAS Office at the Adjacency Zone
Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belize met today with his counterpart H.E. Sandra Jovel Polanco, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Guatemala, at the Organization of American States (OAS) Office at the Adjacency Zone. The two Ministers took stock of the progress made in the Belize-Guatemala process. Minister Elrington updated Minister Jovel on Belize’s referendum held on May 8, 2019, wherein the people of Belize agreed to refer Guatemala’s claim to Belize to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in accordance with the Special Agreement. Minister Jovel congratulated Belize on the successful referendum which now paves the way for the case to be heard at the Court.

COROZAL RAINBOW BEACH FINISH LINE & GRAND FINALE
BTB Love Belize Sea Challenge. Monday, May 27th. Come out support & have a great time! Let's show some love and hospitality to our kayakers.

Chocolate Fest Wine & Chocolate Gala
Photos from The annual Wine & Chocolate Gala at Garbutt’s Marine in honor of Punta Gorda’s Chocolate Festival this weekend.

Photos from the Chocolate Festival 2019

Crooked Tree Museum June Special Events
Crooked Tree Museum celebrates their first anniversary this June!! We are excited to announce a month of events to celebrate the museum's one-year anniversary. Join us each Saturday in June for programming that highlights the content of the Crooked Tree Museum and Cultural Heritage Center. All events begin at 3 p.m. and are free and open to the public, with the exception of the 15 June teacher workshop. We will be creating events as a part of this Facebook group to remind you of key details.

MOVEMENT OF TEKAX
Today honoring our Maya Yucatec rebels from the Chable,Canul and Cocom Family during the Invation by the spanish in 1610. The leaders, ah k’ino’ob (prophets) Alfonso Chablé and Francisco Canul, sought to create a Maya Church as an alternative to the Catholic Church. They took over the functions of the Catholic rituals ,celebrating mass, performing baptisms, ordaining priests, hearing confessions, administering communion, and replacing Catholic images with traditional Maya ones. Chablé and Canul were arrested and after a religious trial they were hanged and their bodies exhibited for several days in the town plaza of Tekax by the Spanish .

Channel 7

Car Crashes And Burns, Mother Perishes
A mother of two was killed in a terrible accident last night. 35 year old Immigration officer Jessica Heusner was heading to her Belmopan home after 10:00 when she rammed into a freightliner towhead. After that massive impact, her SUV exploded into flames with her trapped inside. Courtney Weatherburne has the story. The scene near mile 11 on the George Price Highway was still active this morning around 8:00 when the freightliner company workers were clearing the road and towing one of two wrecked trucks.

Jessica, They Reminisce Over You
Jessica Heusner was loved and cherished by many for her jovial spirit and love for life. She had many friends in Belmopan. We spoke to her neighbor and close family friend, former Mayor of Belmopan Simeon Lopez. Lopez and the Heusner's lived right next to each other on Nargusta Street for many years. Today he told the media how he found out about the heartbreaking news and he reminisced about the close relationship they all had. Simeon Lopez, Neighbor: "I think the accident that the accident my grandson was coming from Belize City at that time and then he texted me and says he sees traffic on the road..."

New Era In Relations: Guat Foreign Minister Comes To Belize
Since May 8th, when Belizeans voted "yes" to go to the ICJ, this country entered another phase of relations with our Guatemalan neighbors. We still have a territorial dispute, but we're no longer hoping for a breakthrough in negotiations, or praying that the Guatemalans will magically drop the claim: we're taking it to court for the judges to decide definitively in the next 3 - 5 years. Today, the first meeting of this new era was held on Belizean Territory at the Las Adjacency Zone office - which is at the Benque Viejo border. The media wasn't invited, but Jules Vasquez has put together a story with information and video from the Government press office:..

ACP Keeps Pressure on Guatemala
In other diplomatic news... Belize continues to enjoy support of the the ACP group of countries - which is again pressing Guatemala for that Sarstoon Protocol. ACP stands for African Caribbean and Pacific and it comprises 79 member states from three continents which make of 40% of the United Nations. On a regular basis for the past few years, they have been putting out resolutions supporting Belize's sovereignty - which puts enormous international pressure on Guatemala. And this week there's one more. The ACP Council of Ministers held their 109th Session in Brussels, Belgium, on Tuesday and Wednesday. Dylan Vernon, Belize's Ambassador to the European Union, attended that session with the support of the diplomatic staff of the Mission of Belize.

Belize Works Diplomatic Channels To Keep ACP Engaged
When 7News was in The Hague, Netherlands in November of last year - Ambassador to the European Union, Dylan Vernon underscored the importance of the ACP as a means of keeping the pressure on Guatemalans:..,. H.E. Dylan Vernon, Belizean Ambassador to EU: "In the case of where I am in Europe, the African Caribbean and Pacific groups of states, we have been getting support from these groups to pressure Guatemala to agree to the protocol for the use of the Sarstoon River..."

Belize Will Be Shuttling Between The Hague And Brussels
We spoke to Vernon at The Hague in the Netherlands, which is about two and a half hours from his Embassy in Brussels. But, the Guatemalans have an embassy in the Brussels and they also have one in the Hague. We asked Vernon whether Belize will be able to keep up with the Guatemalans: Jules Vasquez, reporter: "Although we tend to punch above our weight, are we hopelessly outmanned in terms of feet on the ground and brains working on this issue?" H.E. Dylan Vernon, Belizean Ambassador to EU: "The most important thing you said was that we punch above our weight. Brussels is only two and a half hours away by car, so we can get here rather quickly..."

Crops, Crack and a Corozal Culvert
Corozal Police found more than half a pound of crack hidden in a drain. At around 7:40 a.m. yesterday, officers were on an operation which took them to Dangriga Street. Acting on intelligence, they searched under a culvert, and that's where they found 15 pieces of crack in 3 bags. They weighed it and it amounted to 253 grams, or 8.9 ounces. No one was in the area, and so, the crack was properly sealed and deposited as found property.

Don't Buy Contraband Carrots
Contraband carrots are in circulation and the Ministry of Agriculture is urging the public not to buy it. The Ministry says that no recommendation has been given to anyone to import carrots. Local farmers started harvesting in December 2018 and they will supply the domestic market until the end of June 2019. These farmers are from La Gracia, El Progresso and San Antonio in the Cayo District and Roseville in Stann Creek District.

Kirk Smith Charged for Shooting Months Later
35 year-old Frank Smith, a resident of Pelican Street in Belize City, is at the Belize Central Prison tonight after he was charged for the attempted murder in March 2019 of 38 year-old Lawrence Simpson. Late this evening, Smith, who had been hospitalized after he was shot by a private citizen, was taken to court where he was arraigned before Senior Magistrate Tricia Pitts-Anderson on the offenses of attempted murder, use of deadly means of harm, and dangerous harm for Simpson's shooting.

Gangsters Change Plea, Pay Big Fines
Last week, we told you about the 4 men police charged for being members of 2 separate rival gangs who operate in the Lake Independence area. Well, all 4 men have pleaded guilty, and now, they must pay hefty fines for it. They are 26 year-old Akeem Augustine and 21 year-old Ulide Allen, who police accused of being members of the Peace in the Village gang, and 25 year-old Kevin Cacho and 23 year-old Jeffrey Buller, who were accused of being members of the Bacaland Crips gang. The cops say that before the brought criminal charges against all 4, they conducted investigations, and kept them under surveillance. Last week, when they were initially arraigned, they all pleaded not guilty to the offense.

Accused Murderer Charged For Role In Shooting
He is accused of fatally stabbing a Wesley Junior College student, and was out on bail for that murder. But, tonight, 28 year old Clement Bol Jr., is back behind bars - accused of being the other man on a motorcycle during the Pelican Street shooting of Jamaal Palacio. Bol was arraigned today in the Belize City Magistrate's Court on a single charge of abetment to murder. Police say he aided Tareek Smith, in the shooting of Jamal Palacio and Justin Stuart on Sunday on Pelican Street Extension.

Come Een Popcaan!
For the past 3 years, Belize's Music Ambassador, Shyne Barrow, has been hosting Belize Music Week, which is usually filled with events to recognize the diligence of local artists who continue to practice their craft. This year, however, the Music Ambassador sought to improve on Belize Music Week this year, by designating the entirety of May as Belize Music Month. The 5 weeks of activities has led up to the highlight called Music Month Festival. It's 3 consecutive days of concerts, where all the biggest local artists are given an opportunity to perform for Belizean music lovers. It started last night at the Marion Jones Sporting Complex, and, right now, the second night of concerts is about to begin on the Belikin Stage.

Enhancing IT
Earlier this week, Business Computer Systems in Ladyville hosted a seminar at the Radisson to market what they say are cutting edge products and services that can enhance the IT capabilities for many businesses. Representatives from BEL, BTL, THE CITO were present. Here is more from the session. It was a one-day event. If you want to find out more about Business Computer Solutions you can call them at 224-2013.

Teenaged Sex Offender Remanded
18 year-old Kevin Jones, a student of Gwen Lizarraga Evening school, is at the Belize Central Prison tonight after he was charged with repeatedly engaging sexual intercourse with a female minor under the age of consent. The complainant, who is now 15 years and 3 months old, went to a police station with her mother, and reported that on 8 separate occasions, dating to as far back as when she was only 13 years, she and Jones engaged in intercourse. She then outlined each of those encounters, the last of which allegedly happened this month.

Channel 5

Immigration Officer Perishes in Road Traffic Accident
A road traffic accident last night claimed the life of immigration officer Jessica Heusner. It happened at around ten-thirty between miles eleven and twelve on the George Price Highway. Heusner [...]

Officials Say RTA Victim was Overtaking
The official police report, has Jessica Heusner labeled as ‘Jane Doe’ until DNA testing can confirm that it was her in the SUV that crashed and burned. A post mortem [...]

Amendment to the Maritime Areas Act is Soon to be Law
The revised Maritime Areas Act in which Belize is reclaiming all twelve miles of its territorial waters under international law is complete, following the Governor General’s approval of the amended [...]

AG Not Sold on the Idea of Occupying Reclaimed Territorial Waters
Opposition Senator Eamon Courtenay suggested during a meeting of the upper house on Tuesday that Belizeans, including civilians and members of the armed forces, begin to utilize the twelve miles [...]

ACP Countries Commend Belize for Going to the I.C.J.
On Thursday in Belgium, during the one hundred and ninth session of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Council of Ministers, a resolution was adopted that reasserts the firm commitment of [...]

Belize & Guatemala Foreign Ministers Meet at O.A.S. Office in Adjacency Zone
Earlier today, the foreign ministers of Belize and Guatemala, Wilfred Elrington and Sandra Jovel Polanco met at the O.A.S. Office at the Adjacency Zone in the west. The meeting was [...]

Belize Peace Movement Takes Up the Special Agreement Challenge
The People’s United Party has formally withdrawn a case against the Government of Belize in which it was challenging in the Supreme Court the legality of the Special Agreement signed [...]

AG Peyrefitte Weighs in on BPM’s Renewed Legal Challenge
The Belize Peace Movement has decided, following a national planning meeting, to take up a legal challenge commenced by the People’s United Party which it has abandoned following the outcome [...]

Making Trade Easier, Efficient
A trade facilitation workshop organized by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development came to an end today in the Old Capital. Essentially, the aim was to bring together [...]

Corozal Cops Find Crack Cocaine
On Thursday morning, police received information which led them to Dangriga Street in Corozal Town. The officers searched under a culvert on that stretch of road and found drugs. Four [...]

3 Persons are Reported Missing in Belize and Toledo districts
Three persons were reported missing on Thursday from the Belize and Toledo districts. William Reyes Senior is reporting that his wife and five-month-old son have gone missing. Reyes Senior claims [...]

The Golden Showcase to Begin for the 2019 National Festival of Arts
The opening ceremony for the 2019 National Festival of Arts was held today at the Bliss Centre for the Performing Arts. It’s the hallmark event for expressive art lovers, especially [...]

Another Scratch & Win $15,000 Winner is from Corozal
There is another fifteen thousand-dollar winner for Scratch and Win. Jennifer Franklin is from Corozal and she only just started testing her luck about two weeks ago. But on Thursday [...]

Scratch and Win Rules are Simple
Since late March, there have been many winners of the grand prizes of fifteen thousand dollars and five thousand dollars and even more winners of the smaller amounts. At our [...]

Amandala

Kyrone Green, 11, paralyzed; school marches in protest
Classes at St. Luke Methodist School, also known as Lake I Methodist, located on Mahogany Street, Belize City, was suspended this morning as students and staff took to the streets to conduct a protest march to demonstrate their hurt over the shooting of Standard 4 student, Kyrone Green, 11, who lies in the Intensive Care Unit at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in a critical condition, paralyzed from the neck down. Kyrone was on a shopping errand for his mother, at a supermarket on Central American Boulevard, when a gunman rode up on a bicycle and fired shots at a man who was standing in the store. The man was struck in his abdomen and he was taken to the KHMH where he received treatment and has since been released.

Darrell out, Lee Mark, Leila “in” for UDP Caribbean Shores
Former Belize City mayor, Darrell Bradley, who decided not to seek a third term at City Hall because he had his ambition fixed on being elected to national office as a United Democratic Party area representative, had that aspiration fizzle when he lost to the People’s United Party newcomer, Hon. Kareem Musa, in the Caribbean Shores race in the general elections of November 2015. On Monday, following the House of Representatives meeting, Prime Minister Dean Barrow confirmed that Bradley will not be contesting a convention for the Caribbean Shores constituency.

PUP abandons constitutional challenge; BPM steps up
A lot has happened since July last year, when the Belize Peace Movement (BPM) announced that they wanted to challenge the constitutionality of the Special Agreement which Belize and Guatemala signed in December 2008 to have the International Court of Justice (ICJ) resolve Guatemala’s claim to Belize territory. The referendum on the Special Agreement has come and gone, but the BPM has not given up hope that the Special Agreement could be successfully challenged in the high courts. Today, the BPM announced in a press release that they have launched a defense fund to raise money so that they could continue the legal challenge to the Special Agreement that was abandoned by the Opposition People’s United Party (PUP).

Charges against alleged “cocaine cowboys” dismissed a second time
A submission of autrefois acquit, which means that a defendant should not be tried for the same offence twice, that was made by attorney Ellis Arnold in the case of 37-year-old Peter Schmidt, accused of possession of 5.7 kilograms of cocaine, was upheld today by Magistrate Michelle Trapp, and the charges against Schmidt and Carlos Lopez, who didn’t appear in court because he could not be found, were dismissed. Apart from possession of cocaine, Schmidt and Lopez were charged with keeping a firearm and ammunition without a gun license.

Horrific accident claim the life of Immigration Officer
There was a horrific accident last night on the George Price Highway, which claimed the life of a 35-year-old Immigration Officer. Reports are that Jessica Heusner lost control of her SUV and it careened into an 18-wheeleer truck. The impact caused Heusner’s SUV to explode and she apparently died on impact.

Maduro survives attempted coup; popularity of US-backed interim president wanes, says Venezuela’s Ambassador to Belize
In January, the name Juan Guaidó burst onto world headline news as the 35-year-old Venezuelan parliamentarian declared himself to be the oil-rich nation’s interim president, a post that is not recognized in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela’s constitution. The United States administration of President Donald Trump, along with a number of other countries, quickly recognized Guaidó as Venezuela’s leader however, there was only one difficulty: how to get rid of Nicholas Maduro, the country’s elected president, so that Guaidó could be installed in his place.

Cricket Corner – Summer Fever and Bandits will clash in Belmopan; and Easy Does It stopped by Bandits
Hello to all my faithful readers, family, friends and supporters of our so loved game, Cricket! Under the auspices of the Belize National Cricket Association, I am once more pleased to highlight you on last weekend’s games. Thanks to the sponsor, Bowen and Bowen, the Harrison Parks 2019 National Cricket Competition continued over the weekend with very exciting and impressive games. Let us start at Landing, where Western Eagles went up against home team, Summer Fever. The Eagles have been struggling along the way so much that all they could do now is play for pleasure or be a spoiler. This they nearly did, by having Summer Fever boys playing very hard to win.

Corozal F.A. crowns U-10, U-13 and U-19 champions
We start off our weekly updates by thanking each and every one that has given their unconditional support to our office. Thanks to all the parents, managers, sponsors and foremost, the players for a very successful youth tournament. As we conclude the U10, U13 and U19 today, May 19, we thank you for believing in us, and believing in the process. We are certain that the impact we have created, and will continue to create in these youths, is so positive that we anticipate that in the next five to ten years, Corozal will be in a better position regarding football. These successes will certainly open doors for our players.

Verdes Rebels vs Jewel Fury – National Women Football Championship game 1 on Saturday
The National Amateur Women’s League (NAWL) 2019 Tournament is down to its championship final, after the 2nd leg home-and-away semifinals were concluded over the past weekend. On Saturday night at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium, Belmopan’s Jewel Fury Bandits put away Rumberas of Independence by a 5-1 score, after drawing 1-1 in the first leg. Netting a goal apiece for Jewel Fury were Mariela Moralez (30’), Fatima Romreo (46’), Kursha Pollard (59’), Suswani Martinez (76’) and Jennisha Scott (90+’); while Rumberas’ only goal was by Ashley Rodriguez (76’).

Tennis News – Singles Tournament held in Belmopan
This past Saturday, May 18, in Belmopan at the Hill Top tennis courts, 13 male and 6 female tennis players competed in a singles competition sponsored by Pine Lumber Company Limited. Despite the scorching sun, the players gave it their all, and the fans witnessed some nice, competitive tennis. In the female division, after the round-robin, which also included participants Sophia Sosa, Esmeralda Rayo, Els Arnold and Anselma Gullap, the 2 top players to reach the finals were Samira Pott and former college player and current Peace Corps volunteer, Alexandria Rios. After long rallies and a very tight match that could have gone either way, Alexandria edged Samira, 6-4.

Editorial: Cruel Irony: our country’s guilt
The next person who is brought before the court for a “revenge murder” should sue the state for negligence in delivering justice. Revenge murder is a too-real story in Belize. If you don’t believe that, listen carefully to ASP Cowo, ACP Myvett, and Inspector Ferrufino when they speak at the next police brief at the Raccoon Street Police Station after a murder has been committed in certain areas of the country. They will say, Police will be beefing up their presence in the area to prevent retaliation for the murder that has just occurred. All too often the murder that has just been committed is in retaliation for a murder that went unpunished by the state.

From The Publisher
The enormous Sanctuary Bay real estate scandal, which led to the crash of Atlantic International Bank Limited (AIBL), which I understand to have been a Belizean offshore financial entity, underlines how significant something called “subdivision” is in the land/real estate business. The ruling politicians guard their subdivision power very jealously, because it is always a source of ready and substantial liquidity. Any large piece of land increases exponentially in value once the owner receives (or “purchases”) permission from the Ministry of Natural Resources to cut up (subdivide) the acreage into smaller portions for sale to individual land owners.

Abortion debate raging in the US
In one of my pieces some time back, I mentioned that I don’t support abortion, but I support a woman’s right to choose an abortion. A couple days ago one of my female cousins re-posted (on Facebook) a bit from Feminist News, which read: “Just because I am pro-choice does not mean I am pro-abortion. It means I understand your choice is none of my business, and I will always fight for your right to choose.” It is easy to understand why men of old felt they had the right to outlaw abortion. In the old times the continuation of families, tribes, and countries depended on large families. A woman who didn’t want to have a child was dangerous to the survival of the group.

KREM Radio’s first anniversary celebration
Sat. Nov. 24 (1990)– KREM Radio, 96.5 FM, Belize’s first private, commercial radio station, celebrated its first anniversary (a week late after rain washed out last Saturday’s program) today at the Memorial Park. The “Anniversary Bram” featured all day live broadcast from Memorial Park, official ceremonies in the morning and bramming in the afternoon. Official ceremonies began with the singing of the national anthem by S.J.C. Sixth Form student Carlota Cacho; Lauren Burgess Herrera, KREM hostess, was mistress of ceremonies. Energy and Communications Minister Carlos Diaz gave the welcome address. He is a neighbor of KREM on Partridge Street, and described how he has seen a swampy lot in 1972 become AMANDALA Press and KREM Radio in 1990.

National Heritage Library honors Francis B. Arana Sr.
Francis “Frank” B. Arana, a highly respected Belizean agriculturist and writer of yester-year, was honored today for his literary contributions to the country in a ceremony hosted and organized by the National Heritage Library in Belmopan. Mr. Arana spent his most productive years working in the Belize Agriculture Department and the Development Finance Corporation, and after he retired he turned to writing, to record his experiences and the experiences of others he met on the way, for posterity.

PSU picket Belmopan mayor’s office over unresolved issue of the sale of their headquarters
Around 50 members of the Public Service Union (PSU) staged a protest this morning in front of the Belmopan City Hall. The protest was aimed at the Belmopan mayor, Khalid Belisle, who brokered a deal with an Asian businessman who bought the Hill Top property, which has been serving as the headquarters of the PSU for many years. After being in possession of a lease for around 17 years, it came as a major surprise to the PSU Council of Management when they discovered last November that the property they had been in discussions to buy from the Belmopan City Council, had been sold secretly—right under their noses.

Climate change results in drought in Belize
Belize’s dry season for 2019 has been especially stifling and the northern and central districts have be taking the brunt of the heat. The National Meteorological Service of Belize has verified that short term drought is likely to occur in the Corozal, Orange Walk, northern Cayo and Northern Belize districts. A drought occurs when there is lack of precipitation in an area for an extended period of time and can have drastic effects on a country’s agriculture, water supply and even on public health. The Standardized Precipitation Index (SPI) which is an index used to provide early warnings of extended droughts as well as assessing drought severity, was utilized and determined that long term drought is evolving over most of Cayo district as well as southern Orange Walk and Western Belize and Stann Creek.

Choice Bank withdraws its lawsuit against Prime Minister and Central Bank
Choice Bank Limited and its parent company, Choice Group Holdings, LLC, had filed a lawsuit last August against the Belize Central Bank; Prime Minister Dean O. Barrow, in his capacity as Minister of Finance; and Attorney General, Hon. Michael Peyrefitte. Choice Bank was seeking compensatory damages from Prime Minister Barrow and the Central Bank of Belize for the premature termination of Choice Bank’s operating license for offshore banking, making the bank lose business. In addition, Choice Bank was also seeking a declaration from the court that the defendants acted contrary to their statutory duties.

Following nationalistic speeches, Senate approves amendment to Maritime Areas Act
On Wednesday, May 8, Belizeans went to the polls and voted “yes” to taking Guatemala’s territorial claim for a final resolution to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and on Thursday, May 9, Prime Minister Dean Barrow announced that based on the legal advice of Belize’s team of international lawyers, government would amend the Maritime Areas Act, prior to Belize filing its defense against Guatemala’s claim at the ICJ. On Monday, May 20, the House of Representatives passed the amendment to the Maritime Areas Act in record time. The bill sailed through the House in a spirit of renewed bipartisanship on the Guatemalan claim issue that has been absent since 2009, after the United Democratic Party government of Prime Minister Dean Barrow began handling the issue of the Guatemalan claim singlehandedly.

The Reporter

Belize & Guat. Foreign Minister Meet At OAS Border Office
Earlier today the foreign ministers of Belize and Guatemala met at the OAS office (Organization of American States) at the western border of Belize and Guatemala. The symbolic and cooperative meeting is seen as a “Best-Effort” in dialog and communication between the two governments.

3 People Reported Missing In Separate Incidents
Three persons, including an infant, have been reported missing in separate instances, and their families are asking your assistance to locate them. Iris Yasmin Dubon Sarmiento, 23, reportedly left home in Belize City on Wednesday with her five month-old son, William Pablo Reyes II, and they have not returned.

Anti-Bullying Campaign Changing Culture at “Martin’s”
By Marion Ali – Bullying has become such an ingrained culture in Belize, that it is perhaps seen as a natural part of life, an everyday occurrence where one party enjoys superiority while the other feels humiliated, oppressed, even terrorized.

Influence Peddeling
In 2016 the Belize National Teachers Union [BNTU] placed as one of their demands that the Barrow administration sign on to the UN Convention against Corruption. The Barrow administration resisted the BNTU’s demands on the basis that their demands were outside their ambit as teachers.

Police Seek Two Suspect for Matute’s Murder
In Roaring Creek, the search remains ongoing for two known suspects whom it is believed can shed some light on the investigation into the shooting death of Teakettle resident Clifford Matute, 34, which occurred at his home in Teakettle on Saturday night.

Minor Killed While Downloading Movies
A worried father who spent Sunday night waiting for his son to return home from a family visit, got the shock of his life when he went looking for his son Monday morning and found his body in a drain on the Stann Creek Valley Road.

Editorial – May 24th. 2019
The fallout from the collapse of Sanctuary Belize, a high end multi-million dollar resort project on prime seaside property immediately south of Sittee River, has buried Atlantic International Bank in an avalanche of debt and left its professional staff of 42 workers without jobs.

Far From the Shallow Now
By: Mike Rudon Jr. The last week was a bad one for me. I was hit with some unexpected blows, one on top of the next, and I fell. Scorn me, scold me, condemn me or just have a good laugh at my expense. That’s all okay. And it doesn’t matter much to me at this point. Because I caught myself in a hurry.

Stuck at the Starting Line PM Won’t Support Me, Says Santi
The United Democratic Party’s (UDP) seat for candidacy of the Caribbean Shores constituency is officially a two-person race, pitting Lee-Mark Chang against party favorite Leila Peyrefitte, as Santino Castillo, who had announced his intention to also contest the convention has withdrawn from the race citing a lack of support from the Prime Minister, and the leadership of the party.

Traffic Fatality On The George Price Highway Last Night
Early reports of the incident that claimed the life of immigration officer Jessica Heusner, say that she may have lost control of the car she was driving as it reached a curve and it slammed into an 18-wheeler truck.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Near- Average hurricane season expected in 2019
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has forecasted the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season to […]

Corozal police find cocaine on the street
Corozal police conducted a special operation yesterday morning which yielded 253 grams of cocaine. Authorities […]

CARICOM congratulates Guyana on 53rd Independence Anniversary
The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has commended Guyana’s significant contribution to the fight against climate change […]

Ministry of Agriculture advises of contraband carrots
The Ministry of Agriculture today issued a statement informing the public that no recommendation has […]

Ministry of Agriculture encourages public to support local products
On Tuesday, May 22, BBN broke the story of local farmers in La Gracia, Cayo […]

Mother and 5-month son missing
Authorities are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a young mother and her 5-month old […]

Young man missing in Toledo
The family of 17-year-old Jason Tzot is concerned about his whereabouts. Tzot’s brother, Darwin Tzot, told […]

PACT concludes 3-day green climate fund training workshop
On May 22, 2019, the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT), the Green Climate Fund’s Direct […]

Black Orchid Resort In Belize Earns Prestigious TripAdvisor’s ‘Hall of Fame’ Award
According to investigative reporter Linda Kinstler writing for “The Guardian,” TripAdvisor.com is no ordinary travel website. Around 456 […]

Attorney General forsakes politics: sister and son not going anywhere, says PM Barrow
Queen’s Square and Mesopotamia electoral divisions, located next to each other in the heart of Southside […]

How Lee Mark Chang says he can win Caribbean Shores
Now-former President of the Senate, Lee Mark Chang, finds himself in a one-on-one showdown with […]

Wait in ‘weeks’ for Senate Immigration report
Chairman of the Senate Special Select Committee, Aldo Salazar, says work continues on the first […]

Immigration officer dies in early morning accident
An immigration officer is dead after a road traffic accident last night. She has been […]

LOVE FM

Though she abstained from voting, Woods still PUP Senator
On Friday, April 12, Former Prime Minister Said Musa received a standing ovation from the UDP side of the gallery in parliament when he abstained from voting on the Referendum Bill. Musa had already made it clear that he supported the “yes” vote to forward the territorial dispute for final resolution at the International Court …

Mother of 2 dies in Traffic Accident on George Price Highway
Last month the police commissioner addressed the issue of road traffic accidents that continue to plague our highways. Last night there was a massive RTA on the George Price Highway. 35-year-old, Immigration Officer, Jessica Heusner passed away during that Thursday night accident that left traffic backed up on the highway. Heusner was driving to Belize …

Senator returns from LGBT Meeting in Colombia
As a senator and a member of Parliamentarians for Global Action, Valerie Woods serves as a member on that organization’s board of directors. The organization executes several programs that impact issues such as: gender, death penalty, women, ocean, conservation, armed and LGBT issues. Woods attended a meeting in Bogota, Colombia last weekend and today she …

Quartet performs at the Mexican Cultural Institute
There is a concert tonight at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Belize City. The quartet will play different genres including baroque, classical and pop music. The concert tonight is free. We spoke to Peter Illavsky and Richard Thomas Leister about what concert goers can expect tonight. Peter Illovsky – Musician: “I am a musician, I …

Young mother and her 5-month-old baby missing
A 23-year-old woman and her 5-month-old son are currently missing. According to 33-year-old William Reyes, he left his his ex-common law wife, Iris Yasmin Dubon Sarmiento (Dubon VO) and son, William Pablo Reyes the 2nd, at home on May 22nd, around 5 a.m. When he returned to his home at 9:30 a.m., Sarmiento and the …

Another lucky Belizean wins $15,000 with Scratch & Win
Another lucky person has won $15,000 with Scratch and Win. The game seems to be picking up among Belizeans who want to try their luck and see how much they can win. There are still other out there, though, that are not quite sure of how the game works. One of the Directors of Scratch …

Woman and son reported missing
A 23-year-old woman and her 5-month-old son are currently missing. According to 33-year-old William Reyes, he left his his ex-common law wife, Iris Yasmin Dubon Sarmiento and son, William Pablo Reyes the 2nd, at home on May 22nd, around 5 a.m. When he returned to his home at 9:30 a.m., Sarmiento and the child were …

Belize and Guatemala Foreign Ministers meet at OAS Adjacency Zone Office
The May 8 referendum results have placed the Belize on a path that will lead to a legal wrangle with Guatemala at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), for final resolution. But before the legal fireworks take place, today a cordial meeting was held between the foreign ministers of both countries at the Organization of …

Contraband carrots being imported
A noted importation of carrots has been taking place and has raised concerns at the Ministry of Agriculture. The ministry sent out a release this morning informing consumers and farmers that the ministry did not give its approval for carrots to be imported and that as far as it is aware, the local farmers are …

Pallotti students to compete for Miss Campus Darling
Pallotti High School will be holding their annual Miss Campus Darling Pageant tomorrow night at the Bliss. Six young ladies will take the stage in hopes to win the title, and Love News caught up with them before the big event. Courtney Menzez – Reporter: “Friday night at the Bliss Center of Performing Arts six …

Blogs

Adventures at Sea with Xsite Belize!
There are several options for a perfect adventure at sea when you find yourself vacationing on La Isla Bonita. From speed boats to catamarans and even classic sailboats, Belizean Captains are here to ensure a memorable trip. One go-to for sailing is Xsite Belize. They offer customizable trips aboard their 42-foot catamaran Miss Faith or their Sailboat Miss Take. As Xsite says “If we can make it happen, we will try!” Sailing trips are available to top snorkeling sites such as Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Shark Ray Alley, and Coral Gardens. One of their unique and fun trips is their Live Aboard Sailing Charters – overnight sailing, camping at one of Belize’s most beautiful atolls, snorkeling or diving along the second largest Barrier Reef in the world and even fishing! Xsite takes care of all the details of the trips from meals to drinks and even gear.

Blue Skies Shining on Ambergris Caye…Again!
May started out with two…almost three weeks of the craziest weather. HOT and dry. But that’s not so crazy, according to our meteorological website, May is the hottest month of the year and one of the driest. But HAZY grey skies. Almost as if fires were burning in the distance. Because…they were. This incredibly dry weather was fostering bush and forest fires across Mexico – and particularly the Yucatan peninsula – and the smoke was covering a huge area. Even Northern Belize. I am glad to report that the sky is blue again. And I’m back to taking pictures…way too many pictures. Enjoy and if you are in the states, have a happy long beginning-of-summer holiday weekend.

International Sourcesizz

Over 42,000 Caribbean nationals overstayed their non-immigrant US visas
Acting Homeland Secretary, Kevin Mc Aleenan revealed that over 42,000 Caribbean nationals from across the region overstayed their non-immigrant visas and stayed in the US between October 2017 and September 2018. This figure is contained in the US Department of Homeland Security’s (DSH) fiscal year 2018 entry/exit overstay report. The US government has provided figures to show that overall, in the wider Caribbean Community (CARICOM countries, Trinidad and Tobago has the lowest over-stay rate with the United States at 0.40 percent, followed by The Bahamas (0.475), Barbados (1.11 percent), St Kitts and Nevis (1.73 percent), Saint Lucia (1.86 percent) and Belize (1.93 percent).

Way too much of a good thing: Sargassum and the sea
Beach, shore and bay-choking sargassum may be the new normal throughout much of the Caribbean. I was in a bad mood, and for a gringo who’d rented a small house just across the street from the beach in a tiny Mexican fishing village just north of the border with Belize, that’s hard to fathom. We pulled into town and both of us looked at each other, our faces crossed with expressions of utter disgust. “What is that smell?” I asked Rachel. It was almost as if the query came out in stereo, as Rachel posed the same question to me. It was a foul, fetid stench that hinted of rotting fish and the decaying leave-behinds of a Vegas buffet. I retched a little. The culprit? Sargassum, the naturally occurring seaweed that, in normal amounts, is actually a good thing. The floating mats of algae provide cover and habitat for pelagic and inshore fish. They attract smaller fish which bigger fish eat. Sargassum has been a part of the Caribbean environment for as long as records have been kept—it was first documented in the West Indies by none other than Christopher Columbus.

Videos

  • Tropic Air Blue Hole Tour, 22min.

  • Belize Sushi Cook Off Challenge!, 4min. Another episode of our Belize cook-offs! This time we go to Jyoto to compete with chef Toshiya. Jyoto is Belize and San Pedros first Sushi restaurant with traditional dishes with a Belizean twist! Located in Mahogany Bay Village

  • BioBlitz: Engaging children in biodiversity research!, 44min.

  • Friday's TV coverage of the BTB Love Belize Sea Challenge, 4.5hr.

  • Belize Now, May 24, 25min. In tonight’s headlines: Amendment to the Maritime Act gets bi-partisan support, we find out what are the next steps for Belize in preparing to go to the ICJ, and the Belize Coast Guard seeks more women recruits. These stories and more on this week’s edition of Belize Now. Thanks for joining us on this Friday, May 24th, 2019!

  • Office of the Music Ambassador Presents: Belize Music Month 2019, 2hr27min.

  • Allen the 2A the remixed dancer in Belize city, 1.5min.

  • How To Ship Your Dog To Placencia/Belize !!!, 7min.

  • Esmeralda Belize, 21min. Shark feeding dive.

  • Xunantunich by Horseback Video, 2min. St. Leonard Tours has an epic video chronicling their horseback ride to Xunantunich. Words don't do it justice. The video really captures the Xunantunich Archaeological site in all its glory. Amazing!

  • Belize Eagle Rays, 1/2min.

  • May 24th. 2019 -Belize & Guatemala’s Foreign Minister Meet At OAS Border Office, 4min.

  • Finals Game 2, NEBL 2019 | Hurricanes 82 Tiger Sharks 79 | Live at Civic Center, Belize City, 2hr43min.