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The San Pedro Sun

BDF Soldiers Participate in Military Exercises in Louisiana, U.S.A.
Twenty soldiers of the Belize Defence Force (BDF) Volunteer Element departed the country on Thursday, May 30th, to participate in military exercises at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana, U.S.A., along with the 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the Louisiana National Guard. The main purpose of the training exercise is to validate Combat Teams readiness for deployment. The soldiers will be trained in Wide Area Security, Combat Arm Maneuver and in Conduct of Offensive, Defensive and Stability Operations. The BDF Volunteer Soldiers will be working alongside U.S. Special Forces for the first half of the training. Thereafter they will take up the role as Opposing Forces. The Belize contingent is led by Captain Ren� Cavanas.

PUP Standard Bearer Andre Perez donates to San Pedro Police Department
The Belize Rural South (BRS) People' s United Party (PUP) standard-bearer, Andre Perez donated a much-needed air conditioner and two printers/scanners to the San Pedro Police Department on Wednesday, June 5th. The donation was received by Officer in Charge of the Coastal Executive Unit Superintendent Reymundo Reyes along with other police officers. The donated items are expected to positively benefit the department. The AC and one of the printers/scanners are to be installed at the prosecution offices at the Magistrate Court. The other printer will be used downstairs by the police officers for purposes of recording and filing citizen statement.

Meet Miss Mexico And Panama - Costa Maya Pageant
This week we introduce to you the Miss Mexico contestant for the Costa Maya Pageant; she is 25-year-old, Monica Fernanda Hernandez Reynaga. Monica Reynaga is a proud Industrial Engineer student who enjoys sports and being active as her favorite pastime. Miss Panama is 22-year-old, Katherina Aurora Rios Cabrales. Katherina Aurora Rios Cabrales is currently on her second year attending La Universidad Latina pursuing a degree in Psychology. Katherina is no stranger to beauty pageants as she boasts previous experience in participating in the Se�orita Panam� 2018 where she represented Isla del Rey and has also modeled for Physical Modelos modeling agency.

BTIA goes 'Green" for Greater Profits
Belize tourism must protect the natural environment which is our prime attraction, and will help to market Belize as a sustainable destination, avowed John Burgos, President of the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA), as the BTIA launched its Sustainable Tourism Project at the Belize Best Western Biltmore Plaza Hotel in Belize City on Friday morning, May 31. The BTIA plans to lead the way with a "No Littering" campaign to complement other policies which promote cultural change such as the recently enacted legislation to ban single-use, non-biodegradable plastics, particularly polystyrene utensils and styrofoam containers, and Government's moratorium on Offshore Oil Exploration.

Pesticides Control Board Hosts Training for Pest Control Operators
Nine Pest Control Operators were recognized by the Pesticides Control Board on Monday, 3rd June 2019, at a ceremony held in Belmopan, for their achievement in the successful completion of an updated training programme for trade applicators involved in urban or structural pest control. The training programme consisted of 48 hours of theoretical courses divided into three modules, with an evaluation following each module, and a final practical evaluation.

Ambergris Today

Belize Submits Its Notification Of Successful Referendum To ICJ
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announces that notification of the Special Agreement between Belize and Guatemala to submit Guatemala's territorial, insular and maritime claim to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) of 2008, along with its Protocol of 2015, was deposited to the Registrar of the Court in The Hague, Netherlands, today, June 7, 2019.

Misc Belizean Sources


Court Ruling Won't Stop ACCSD's Commitment to Protecting Cayo Rosario
Hol Chan Marine Reserve is the #1 attraction for tourists that visit Ambergris Caye; this protected area and national jewel generates millions of dollars for the community and the government of Belize. Cayo Rosario sits in the middle of the Hol Chan Expansion, protected as a productive fish nursery, world-renowned catch and release sport fishing zone and important migration corridor. On May 30, 2019, the Supreme Court of Belize refused leave for Judicial Review in the case brought forward by the Ambergris Caye Citizens for Sustainable Development (ACCSD) against the Department of Environment (DOE) regarding the approved development at Cayo Rosario. The Belize Fisheries Act, Hol Chan Regulations (2015) clearly states that, "No Person within the boundaries of the reserve shall erect any structures temporary or permanent unless authorized by the Fisheries Administrator."

Tiger Sharks Win NEBL Championship!
GOOOOO TIGER SHARKS! With a 72-65 victory over Belize City Hurricanes, the San Pedro Tiger Sharks are your 2019 NEBL Champions!!!

Global Sustainable Tourism Council Assessment Conducted in Belize City
The Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation (MTCA), the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) and the Belize Tourism Industry Association through the World Wildlife Fund partnered with the George Washington University International Institute of Tourism Studies to conduct a Sustainable Destination Assessment for Belize City, using the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) sustainable tourism criteria. The Sustainable Assessment is a first time for Belize and to the Mesoamerican region where similar assessments have been conducted in Roatan, Honduras and Cozumel, Mexico in 2018. The assessment will assist Belize and the two other destinations to profile their current sustainable tourism status.

Belize Submits its Notification to the International Court of Justice
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announces that notification of the Special Agreement between Belize and Guatemala to submit Guatemala's territorial, insular and maritime claim to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) of 2008, along with its Protocol of 2015, was deposited to the Registrar of the Court in The Hague, Netherlands, today, June 7, 2019. Article 8 of the Special Agreement as amended provides that the Registrar of the Court shall be notified of the Special Agreement jointly or by either of the Parties within a month after the referendum in each country has approved submission of the dispute to the ICJ.

Happy Police Week!
Police Week 2019, will be observed from June 23rd to June 29th In every district & jurisdiction. There will be activities simultaneously happening that will involve the public/community & police officers in public awareness/education, training & sporting activities etc.

World Map project
Check out the World Map project that BRO and GLOW clubs have finished in PCV Emily's site! "After 5 months of drawing, painting, and lots of patience, the BRO and GLOW Clubs have finished the World Map project at our school! I am so proud of their commitment, enthusiasm, and passion in creating an educational tool and legacy in their community.

Beyond the Horizon is coming back to Belize in 2020!
We just wrapped up the Initial Planning Conference in San Antonio, Texas and look forward to continuing our preparations for the construction projects and free medical clinics that will take place in Corozal next year. Thank you to USSOUTHCOM and U.S. Army South for hosting and organizing the conference and to our Belizean colleagues for your input and participation. #BTH is an exercise designed to build partner nation capacity for civil and military response to major disasters and to strengthen relations between our nations.

Chi Gordon recognized as a Young Belizean Entrepreneur
Celebrating Young Belizean Entrepreneurs! For the month of June, we are excited to feature Fatima Chi Gordon as our Young Belizean Entrepreneur! Fatima is co-founder of the accounting firm L3G's & Associates along with Ms. Yadira Chi. As a child, Fatima's "toys" were used books rather than Barbies like her siblings. After enrollment in school, her mom was convinced Fatima was destined for something greater than just a job. She was ambitious. When Fatima began pursuing a career in accounting, she faced a challenge common to many young people: where to get the funds to pay for her education. But Fatima persevered, receiving a fully funded scholarship from the Social Security Board.

Kids In Action 2019
Jul 15 at 5 PM, San Pedro High School. Free scuba diving certification and Coral Reef Conservation Specialty for Ambergris Caye elementary schools children. The diving community, giving back to it's island.

Global Sustainable Tourism Council Assessment Conducted in Belize City
The Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation (MTCA), the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) and the Belize Tourism Industry Association through the World Wildlife Fund partnered with the George Washington University International Institute of Tourism Studies to conduct a Sustainable Destination Assessment for Belize City, using the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) sustainable tourism criteria. The Sustainable Assessment is a first time for Belize and to the Mesoamerican region where similar assessments have been conducted in Roatan, Honduras and Cozumel, Mexico in 2018. The assessment will assist Belize and the two other destinations to profile their current sustainable tourism status.

Belize City is well on its way of becoming a Sustainable City
We are excited to announce that Belize City is well on its way of becoming a Sustainable City in the region of Mesoamerica! For the first time ever, the Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation with the BTB and BTIA have partnered with George Washington University to assess Belize City alongside the sustainable tourism criteria. Works will now start to implement the Action Plan towards Sustainable Tourism for the city. Here's to a better and more environment-friendly Belize!

The U.S. Embassy is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for Guard
To view and apply for this vacancy announcement, please visit the ERA site at:�/vacancysear�/searchVacancies.hms For instructions on how to apply via the ERA system, please visit the U.S. Embassy's website at: . The U.S. Mission in Belmopan provides equal employment opportunity and fair and equitable treatment to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation. APPLY NOW! Deadline is June 20, 2019.

Ya'axch� Farmers' Expo June 22
SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, 22nd of June 2019 Ya'axch� Farmers' Expo will happen at Indian Creek village school grounds. We will be awarding outstanding farmers of the Maya Golden Landscape, having information on climate-smart farming practices, fresh organic farm produce, live music by a DJ, food, drinks and a football marathon. See you at the Ya'axch� Farmers' Expo!

Channel 7

Man Dies In Car Crash After Club Outing
A man was killed in an accident this morning after 4:00 on the Northern Highway. 38 year old Evan Gillett, who was driving the red Saturn SUV, and his cousin 25 year old Michael Young were heading back to Belize City after a night out at Eruption Nightclub in Ladyville. Gillett lost control and slammed violently into the median near mile 4.

Man Critical After Police Negligence in Cellblock
Colin Francis stabbed a psychiatric nurse and was charged for attempted murder yesterday; tonight - he has other serious charges pending, after a man who he beat up in the Queen Street cell block is in critical condition at the KHMH. Nestor Vasquez Jr. is at the KHMH clinging to life after receiving massive head injuries - allegedly inflicted by Francis in a vicious cell block beatdown. Police have responded quickly to what they concede is a case of negligence. And tonight, 3 police officers from Precinct 3, Sergeant Shawn Walton, who was the executive duty officer at the station, and Police Constables Edward Pitterson and Bernard Cayetano are on interdiction with half-pay, and are facing disciplinary charges.

Excelsior Remembers Alarice
There have still been no arrests and no real answers in Tuesday's triple murder of Alarice Andrewin, Vidal Yuman Cacho and Maria Delfina Lucas. Police have detained persons for questioning, but no one has been charged. Police are looking at a number of theories including the fact that her home was burglarized a month ago, and that she took over the reigns are Principal of Excelsior - after it had been discovered that 175,000 dollars in school monies had been misappropriated.

Gaza Gangsters Charged
Tonight, four alleged gang members are on remand at the Belize Central Prison. They are accused of being a member of a gang. They are 27-year-old Shane Harris, 27-year-old Henry Cornejo, 24-year-old Jovan Clare, and 23-year-old James Matthew Palacio. Police allege that Harris and Cornejo are member of the George Street Gang, while it is alleged that Clare and Palacio are members of a cell of the George Street gang cell known as the Afghanistan Click.

Buy & Sell Scammer Charged
An 18 year old will spend his 19th birthday in jail - after Belmopan police say he pulled off a brazen facebook swindle. 18 year old Sheldon Rodriguez is accused of two counts of "Obtaining property by deception." The first accusation is that Deseree Arzu from Belize City contacted him over Belize Buy and Sell and contracted him to buy an engine and bring it from the US to Belize. She claims she paid him $1,500 dollars and then he disappeared.

Ambergris Caye Citizens Will Fight Cayo Rosario
A week ago, we told you how the Department of Environment got a big win in the Supreme Court against the Ambergris Caye Citizens for Sustainable Development. This group of San Pedro residents was asking the court for judicial review against the DOE for granting environmental clearance to Cayo Rosario Development Limited. That company wants to construct of a resort on Cayo Rosario, a 10-acre island off the northwest coast of San Pedro. Justice Courtney Abel dismissed their claim at its very preliminary stage. The ACCSD notes that the May 30th refusal by Justice Courtney Abel was disheartening, but it does not deter them from their goal, which is to, quote, "stop destructive development, massive dredging, and over-the-water structures in Belize's Hol Chan Marine Reserve." End quote.

Another Manatee Chopped Up
A dead manatee washed ashore in the Yabra area this morning. The male manatee died a gruesome death, he was slashed up and disemboweled by boat propellers - unfortunately it is the end many manatees meet in Belize and that is why the Sea to Shore Alliance team wants to continue raising awareness to boaters to be careful and vigilant especially in shallow waters. Jamal Galvez, Sea to Shore Alliance: "Yesterday evening we got a call about a Manatee that was hit by a water taxi, I am not sure which one as yet. I am going to look into that today. Unfortunately, none of the water taxis have reported it. Some passenger on a boat had reported it to a colleague of mine and he had passed on the message to us..."

Belize Deposits Case At ICJ, the Countdown Begins
On May 8th, Belizeans voted "YES" to the ICJ. And, tonight, the Government of Belize is reporting tonight that it has officially notified the ICJ of that yes vote, just in time to meet the 1-month deadline after the May 8th result. A press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs says the notification of the 2008 Special Agreement between Belize and Guatemala, along with its 2015 protocol, was delivered today to the Registrar of the ICJ at its headquarters in the Hague, Netherland. Belize's letter of notification was signed by Minister Wilfred Elrington, and it was hand delivered by Belize's Ambassador in Belgium, Dylan Vernon.

Guat Vice Minister in Belize
And, perhaps in line with this new phase in Belize - Guatemala relations, a high-ranking member of the Guatemalan Government was in Belize yesterday. He's Jairo Estrada, Guatemala's Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, with responsibility for Commercial Cooperation. He and his team paid a courtesy visit on Tracy Taegar-Panton, the Minister of State with responsibility for Investment Trade, and Commerce. According to an official release, they discussed how they could improve the trade relationship between the neighboring countries. The hope is to re-open dialog on the Partial Scope Agreement, and possible links between the Secretary of Economic Integration of Central America (SEICA), and the CARICOM Single Market and Economy.

Sedi At SICA
And, keeping it on friendly foreign relations in Central America, Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington was in Guatemala City on Wednesday for the 53rd Summit of SICA. The meeting was chaired by the outgoing President, Jimmy Morales, who, is also finishing up his term as Guatemala's President. A government press release says that the meeting highlighted an urgent need for a regional approach to the migration issue. Belize was also commended for the yes vote at last month's ICJ referendum.

The Quality Of Food Handling
Today, All around the world, public health personnel and medical professionals observed World Food Safety Day. It is to remind everyone of the importance of the job that these officials perform, while they police the agro-productive and livestock producing sectors. The world's leading health organizations say 1 in 10 people around the globe get sick from eating contaminated food. That's more than than half a billion victims in need of medical attention, and from that number, just under half a million of those patients die every year from food-borne illnesses.

Can You Spell "Whirligig"�?
The Countryside Park in Spanish Lookout was buzzing with activity for the 25th Bowen and Bowen National Spelling Bee this morning. The country's top 12 spellers battled it out, but in the end, Amir Miranda from Sacred Heart R.C School in Dangriga took the champion's title. 7News was there for the big win - here's the winning word: As you heard, the winning word was "whirligig," it is an object that spins or whirls or has at least one part that spins or whirls.

Wanderlust List
A group of young American social media stars - known as influencers - arrived in Belize this afternoon for an interesting trip. No, they're not here to take a break from all the "likes" and "forwards" they get in their home country, from their fans and the American press. They visiting instead to give Belize a major promotional bump as a tourist destination that travel enthusiasts may want to visit on their next vacation. Collectively, the 12 visitors have a social media reach of almost 20 million followers on instagram and youtube. And, all those viewers will be getting their fill of photographs and videos of all the tourist experiences that the team will be indulging in while they are here.

Saxuality For Jazz Fest
The Belize International Jazzfest continued last night ate the Bliss Cafe. It was an evening celebrating the horn and the the mastery of Dickie Straughn and and Richard Pitts. Here's how it sounded:..

G-Collective Eena Germany!
Meanwhile, in Germany, the Garifuna Collective is playing tonight in Berlin, Germany playing the YAAM Beach club. These images are from their gig last night in Switzerland. Tomorrow, they play in the Netherlands. This is the European leg of The Collective's tour, with stops at many of the biggest and best festivals in Europe.

Festival For All
And while those are Belize's accomplished musicians on local and global stages - the up and coming talent was at the Bliss last week, showcased in the Festival of the Arts Here are the golden winners from Orange Walk, Toledo and Belmopan. We leave you with that on this Friday night. Enjoy your weekend and join Indira Craig back here on Monday night.

Channel 5

Belize Submits Notification to I.C.J.
It has been a month since the historic May eighth I.C.J. referendum and steps have been taken following the 'yes' vote to formalize Belize's position in taking the territorial dispute [...]

Belize and Guatemala's Trade Ministers Meet to Discuss Trade Relationship
In other news involving Belize and Guatemala, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs with responsibility for Commercial Cooperation, Jairo Estrada, called on Minister of Trade and Investment Tracy Taegar-Panton on Thursday [...]

Michael Young Perishes in Fatal RTA in Belize City
Twenty-five-year-old Michael Young lost his life this morning in an accident on the Phillip Goldson Highway near mile four.� Shortly after four o'clock, police were called to the scene of [...]

BT is out and His Soldiers are in Prison for Alleged Gang Affiliation
Tonight, the leader of the George Street Gang, identified as Brandon Tillett, also known as BT, remains a free man, while four of his alleged associates are on remand at [...]

Elderly Man Attacked in Cell Block, 3 Police Officers Placed on Disciplinary Charges
Sixty-year-old Nestor Vasquez junior is in critical condition after he was attacked in a holding cell at the Queen Street Police Station. The culprit has been identified as twenty-eight-year-old Collin [...]

Belama Phase 4 Residents Protest against Alex Chang
Belize City police broke up a protest this morning that unfolded along the Philip Goldson Highway. Residents of Belama Phase Four showed up in front of Fen Lan Company Limited [...]

OJ Elrington Comments on Belama Residents' Protest
U.D.P. Standard Bearer Orson 'OJ' Elrington, who was involved in negotiations at the early stage, says that residents refused to take Chang's proposals. According to Elrington, Chang was willing to [...]

Elrington Says Belama Land is Privately Owned Since 1991
According to Elrington, a land registry report shows that the land was privately acquired on October twenty-fourth, 1991. It was on October twenty-sixth, 2018 that the power of attorney was [...]

Meet the Winners of the 2019 National Primary School Track & Field Championship
Today, the national championship games for primary school track and field were held at the Marion Jones Sporting Complex. Hundreds of children from across the country competed in the many [...]

Keeping Our Foods Safe
Unsafe foods kill four hundred and twenty thousand persons every year around the world. These are deaths that are preventable. When we consume unsafe foods it puts our health at [...]

Another Dead Manatee Found Floating Off the Coast of the Old Capital
Another dead manatee - that's the sad news that manatee champion Jamal Galvez had to share today. On Thursday evening, a passenger on a water taxi reported that the boat [...]

Are You the Next Ocean Hero? Apply Today!
Do you have what it takes to be the next Ocean Hero? If you have done any work to champion the protection and preservation of the ocean, then Oceana wants [...]

Understanding ADHD, a Neurological Condition
June is being recognized countrywide as ADHD Month and is being used to create awareness on the neurological condition known as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. It is organized by the [...]

The Lodge At Chaa Creek: From a Humbling Beginning to an Award Winning Resort
In part two of his Chaa Creek experience, News Five's reporter Hipolito Novelo takes a look at what it takes to run an internationally recognized, award-winning resort. It all started [...]


Heinous triple murder in home at Mile 10 �
Yesterday, when Alarice Andrewin, 44, principal of Excelsior High School, did not show up at school, police were asked to go to check and see that all was okay with her at her home at Mile 10� on the George Price Highway. The reason her colleagues were especially concerned was that they had not been able to make contact with her, and her home had been burglarized just about a month ago. When police arrived at Andrewin's house at about 3:30 yesterday afternoon, they found that the front doors, one of wood and one made of iron bars, were open, and when they entered the house, they noticed that the house had been ransacked.

Protests at Belmopan Compre
On Wednesday, students and teachers of the Belmopan Comprehensive High School stood together in protest against the board of the institution. This was the direct result of a decision made by the school board to allow seventeen students who did not meet the academic criteria to graduate. Upon receipt of this information, several teachers submitted written requests for the board to reverse this decision, but their words fell upon deaf ears.

Troy Banner, 28, arraigned for manslaughter
Troy Banner, 28, of Camalote, has been arrested and charged with manslaughter for the death of his two-month-old baby, Trevane Banner. The charge was brought against him yesterday, Wednesday, at the direction of the Director of Public Prosecutions after the outcome of an autopsy that was done on the child's body on Monday was released. The autopsy results indicated that the baby's death was caused by fractures to the head and back, and head trauma consistent with Battered Child Syndrome.

Fined $3,500 for being a gang member
Brian Armstrong, 32, a stevedore of 165 West Canal Street, pleaded guilty to a charge of being a member of a gang when he appeared today before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford. He was fined $3,500 and he was given until November 6, 2019, to pay. If he defaults on payment, he will serve 3 years in prison. Armstrong pleaded guilty to being a member of Rocky Road Bloods, a gang that is located in the Rocky Road area that is in close proximity to its rival gang, George Street Bloods.

The mayor, the minister and the machinery
The Mayor of Belize City, Bernard Wagner, and the Minister of Health, Hon. Pablo Marin, have been exchanging opposing sentiments over the issuance of exercise equipment that was to have been issued to the Mayor of Belize City, but instead was handed over to the Deputy Prime Minister/Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture, Hon. Patrick Faber. In October of 2018, the Mayors Association of Belize and the Ministry of Health signed a memorandum of understanding (an M.O.U.) stating that each municipality would receive a donation of exercise equipment that would be placed in various parks for public use, in order to promote a healthy lifestyle among Belizeans.

SJC 2E students and teacher publish book on Black Cross Nurses
There is a lot of history that is not being taught in the schools of Belize. The history of the Africans who were brought to Belize as slaves, and the Maya peoples who first populated Belize, has been neglected for generations, during the colonial period and later in the independent state of Belize, until St. John's College incorporated the study of African and Mayan history in its curriculum. Today, at a short ceremony on its campus, the class of SJC 2E and their history teacher, Delmar Tzib, launched a book which was a collaborative effort of the students. The idea for the book grew out of an assignment to write a poem about the nurse, Vivian Seay, and the Black Cross Nurses that she led.

4th Annual C-Ray Cycling Club's High School Series
The C-Ray Cycling Club hosted our fourth annual HIGH SCHOOL CYCLING SERIES. This program is geared towards populating the junior category at the highest level of cycling in the country with both male and female participants, as well as to introduce these student athletes to cycling and get them inducted into the sport. This year, we had eight participating schools: Wesley College, St. John's College, Gwen Lizarraga High School, Sadie Vernon High School, Edward P. Yorke High School, St. Catherine Academy, Maud Williams High School, and ITVET.

Cricket Corner - Bandits at first in Zone One; Wicked 11 and Berlan will battle for first in Zone Two
Hello to all friends, families, fans, supporters and players of our so-loved sport - Cricket! Pleasant time of the day to all! Under the auspices of the Belize National Cricket Association (BNCA), the Sir Barry Bowen/ Harrison Parks Cricket Competition 2019 continued over the weekend with a few interesting games, with teams battling for first positions. As the regular season is coming to a close, the matches are getting really hot. It was not too hard for the Bandits team of Belmopan to clinch first in Zone One, as on Saturday they defeated Western Eagles, 77 to 74, with 3 spare wickets.

Individual awards at National Amateur Women's League Championship
On Saturday evening, June 1, at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium, Jewel Fury Bandits of Belmopan were crowned champions of the National Amateur Women's League (NAWL) 2018-2019 Closing Season, when they overcame a 1-0 deficit from the finals 1st leg with an overtime 4-2 victory over Verdes Rebels of Cayo. The 2nd leg had started badly for defending champion, Jewel Fury, as Verdes' Florine Vasquez, who had scored the penalty in their 1-nil 1st leg victory, struck early (11') to put Verdes up 1-nil again (2-nil aggregate); but Jewel Fury rebounded with goals from Anisha Nah (12'), Vaylene Lambert (30') and Fatima Romero (43'), for the 3-1 lead (3-2 aggregate) before the half ended.

Dangriga Mayor's Cup Week 16 results & standings; playoffs near
The Stann Creek Football Association (SCFA) continued its Dangriga Mayor's Cup 2019 Tournament over the weekend with 2 games each on Friday and Sunday in Week 16 of the tournament at the Carl Ramos Stadium. In Friday's opener, Dangriga Young Footballers Academy (DYFA) dropped Iderei (DYS), 5-nil, with goals from Lionel Thompson (22' & 56'), Travez Reynolds (34') and Jose Martinez (51' & 65'). And in the nightcap, Conquerors recorded a 3-0 win over Hopkins Ibayani with a goal apiece from Gilbert Swazo, Jr. (2'), Elroy Kuylen, Jr. (34') and Ryan Saravia (76').

Editorial: Political BTL, No justice, Defunct PAC
There was a legal hurdle our present government had to cross to reacquire BTL. The company, under private ownership, had made interconnection seem impossible for rivals, had not encouraged voice over internet, had not been respectful to the PUC (Public Utilities Commission) - the government's utilities regulator, and it was felt that a change in ownership was necessary for the greater good. The PUP had tried to pry away the telecommunications company from the owner, and sell it to another owner. The PUP was not successful. The UDP, when it came to power in 2008, almost immediately moved to nationalize BTL, and the decision did not go unchallenged. The lawyers for the owners argued that it was unconstitutional for the government to take away a private company.

From The Publisher
I don't think there is any danger for anyone in discussing a sensational security incident that happened twenty seven years ago. It is appropriate to discuss this with you, for the record, so that you Belizeans do not underestimate the training and abilities of our security forces in Belize. Sometime in 1992, I believe, a Salvadoran revolutionary of sorts got into the El Salvador embassy in Belmopan and took the ambassador, a lady, hostage. I'm fairly sure that the late Gerald Garbutt was the manager of KREM Radio at the time, and we at the radio and newspaper on Partridge Street were alerted that the kidnapper was travelling to Belize City with his hostage.

BECOL'S response to BELPO's letter - "20 years of misinformation"
Dear Editor, As a responsible corporate citizen, BECOL wishes to hereby set the record straight on certain untrue allegations which were included in the "Letter to the Editor" referenced above. Contrary to the claim by BELPO in their letter published in the March 30, 2019 edition of the Amandala newspaper, BECOL is very strongly regulated by law to protect the people and environment in its area of operations as evidenced by the Consolidated Environmental Compliance Plan (ECP) signed between BECOL and the Department of the Environment (DOE).

The Champion Hills of Cayo!
Dear Editor, Whenever I read the "Pedal by Pedal" reports featured in the sports pages of Amandala, I have to smile. I smile because the reports always take me back to my favorite childhood memories when we would jump on our little dirt bikes and ride up and down these hills of western Belize on adventure. Back in those days Cayo was sweet and innocent. You could ride or hike through a farm without worrying about being shot at by greedy landowners.

Ghastly and gruesome murders
It must be a strange national and social disorder indeed that our country is experiencing when I review in my mind the spate of crimes, the nature of these, the players, and all the collateral matters that flow. I have written before that I have stopped looking at the evening news because I found myself with tears rolling down my eyes for the death of "strangers," who, yet, are brothers and sisters, that in the sense of humanity, I know. I don't want to become insensitive to the continuous murderous deaths because I feel that if I do I will lose my humanity and ability to empathize with those in pain and enduring hardship.

Governance in our democracy: what good is it and will we fight for it?
Recently, I've been feeling like we exist in the talented Belizean artist Michael Gordon's reimagined expression of a Salvador Dali painting superimposed with the Edvard Munch work, The Scream. Reality has me clutching my head in the recurring nightmare of being naked on a crowded street. This time, however, it is institutions of national government being stripped, norms discarded and our country (state) laid bare. Having peacefully navigated the ICJ referendum, the future is ours to win. But what is the condition of our governing institutions? Are they weak and shallow? If so, what would strong governing institutions look like?

Small growers must maintain their share of the citrus industry
Over the last three decades the population of our traditional small farmers has been contracting, except in some areas of the Toledo District where visionary leaders insisted that they would not expose themselves to competition that had far greater financial resources and more modern agricultural technology. The first sign that small sugarcane farmers were endangered was the closing down of the factory at Libertad in the mid-1980s. There was some talk about ethanol production, but that never came to anything. The closing down of the factory was a clear indication that the government wasn't supportive of more sugarcane production in that district.

Evidence says Khalid had to take a sin
I don't pay too much attention to what goes on in Belmopan because I don't live there anymore, but if I ever give in to nostalgia I know where a big chunk of my heart will be. Belmopan is where I spent my teen years, and there was a time when I knew every corner. Before BYGEA youth came on the scene, my gang had a garden where there is now Piccini, and another garden where there is now Mountain View. Just about the first meeting Amandala readers had with me came about because one day, in Belmopan, I parked my vehicle in a place where I used to roam, and the Belmopan City Council gave me a parking ticket. I understood the new rules in the growing city, but I felt rejected. In my youth, all of Belmopan turf was home to me, and all Belmopanese were my family.

Allegedly mentally challenged man charged for stabbing his nurse
Colin Nathaniel Francis, Jr., 28, a laborer of 8315 Mahogany Street Extension who appears to be mentally challenged, was brought today before Senior Magistrate Tricia Pitts Anderson to be arraigned on charges of attempted murder, dangerous harm and use of deadly means of harm. She explained to him as best as she could that she would not take a plea from him because the offences are indictable and a plea will only be taken if the matter is sent up to the Supreme Court for trial.

Shyne Barrow and Bradley Roe may end up suing one another
Belize Music Ambassador and United Democratic Party aspiring politician, Shyne Barrow, and Bradley Roe, a member of a prominent Belizean family, apparently will end up suing one another. The flare-up between Barrow and Roe began on May 11 while both men were at the Northern Shops, an upscale business establishment on the Philip Goldson Highway. A video from the parking lot of Northern Shops allegedly shows Roe assaulting Barrow, and as a consequence, Barrow made a report to the police and Roe was arrested and charged.

Henry Jacobs, 31, convicted of murder, gets 20 years
Henry Jacobs, 31, who was convicted of the murder of Brian Welch, 49, on July 20, 2018, was given a life sentence yesterday by Justice Marilyn Williams. Jacobs will be eligible for parole after 20 years, and his sentence is to commence from April 2012, when he was remanded. Before she decided on the sentence, Justice Williams heard pleas for mitigation on May 22, 2019, from two character witnesses and Jacobs' attorney, Hubert Elrington. Welch, aka "Yankee", was shot and killed on April 29, 2012.

Magistrate says police's stop and search of two men charged with weed possession was unconstitutional
Two persons who were charged with possession of 19.3 grams of cannabis were acquitted of the charge yesterday when the police witnesses failed to establish that the two accused persons were in actual possession of the two plastic bags in which the drugs were found. What emerged from the case ought to force the police to take a closer look at the methods they employ to carry out some of their duties.

The Reporter

The family of Nestor Vasquez Jr., 60, who was critically injured while in Police custody by a man awaiting a charge of attempted murder, has issued a statement expressing their desire to pursue legal recourse against the Belize Police Department for their negligence in the matter.

Officers Placed On Disciplinary Charges After Incident
Commissioner of Police Chester Williams has issued a release stating that three officers - Sergeant Shawn Walton, PC Edward Pitterson and PC Bernard Cayetano have been placed on disciplinary charges and interdicted from duties pending disciplinary hearings.

Remembering Anastayja�
At 19, most people are still in school, either about to graduate from sixth form, or just enrolled in tertiary-level education. But for Anastayja (Ana) Villanueva, a fourth form graduate who passed 13 CXCs and was her class valedictorian, she will have no chance of anything, not furthering her education, or continuing in the work force, or getting married and having children of her own because her life was snuffed out on Sunday, May 12th, allegedly by another woman a year older.

Bennett U.S Extradition Case 'Stayed'- & Going To Supreme Court
Attorney Andrew Bennett, who faces an extradition proceeding for his alleged role in a money laundering sting conducted by US authorities, was back in Court on Tuesday for what should have been the start of the hearing. Instead, his attorneys made a "case stayed" submission, essentially claiming Bennett's constitutional rights were violated.

Four Men Charged for Dangriga Robbery
On Wednesday, June 5th. four men were charged for the weekend robbery at Family Imports Store. Fredrick Anthony Arzu, 39, Marvin Amaya, 34 and Travan Smith, 20, have been formally arrested and charged for the crime of Robbery. Edmond Camal, 32, has been charged with Conspiracy to Commit Robbery.

Belize submits Notification To ICJ
Belize has submitted its notification of the Special Agreement of 2008 between Belize and Guatemala and the Protocol of 2015, to the International Court of Justice (ICJ)

Belmopan CitCo Owes SSB $100,000 + SSB Rejects Employee's Claim
An employee of the Belmopan City Council who had applied for sickness benefits from the Social Security Board (SSB) was denied those benefits recently because contributions had not been paid in to SSB in order for them to collect those benefits.

RTA Near Haulover Bridge, 1 Dead, 1 Injured
The Reporter has confirmed that one man has died in an accident early this morning. He has been identified as Belize City resident Michael Young, also known as Guzman or 'El Chapo.'

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Tourism Ministry conducts Global Sustainable Tourism Council Assessment
The Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation (MTCA), the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) and the Belize Tourism Industry [�]

Police trio interdicted, charged over incident at Queen Street Police Station
An incident involving an altercation between two detainees, one an alleged mental patient, has led to [�]

Chair at Orange Orchard Park in Santa Elena, Cayo vandalized
A chair at Orange Orchard Park in the Bradley's Bank area of Santa Elena Town, Cayo [�]

First ever game 5 decides National Elite Basketball League champion tonight
The Smart Belize Hurricanes and San Pedro Tigersharks are all tied up - both at [�]

Ambergris residents continue to fight for Cayo Rosario
The Supreme Court last week denied leave for judicial review by the Ambergris Caye Citizens [�]

Bureau of Standards and BAHA host joint seminar
Today, the Belize Bureau of Standards (BBS) and the Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) teamed [�]

Leon Weir, 34, sent to Hattieville prison for keeping firearm without license
George Street resident Leon Weir, 34, was before the courts again for keeping a prohibited firearm [�]

Boy, 11, recovering from gunshot wounds; Family seeking help for medical expenses
Twenty days after being accidentally shot while on an errand, Kyron Green,11, has made a [�]

Admitted gangster says he wants to be left alone by police
Police continue their crusade to rid the Old Capital of its gang elements, but one [�]

2019 City Guide: What To Do and See in Belize
It's not the most well-known of Caribbean vacation destinations, but the beautiful nation of Belize should absolutely be [�]

Prison escapees to serve another year in jail
Convicts Rafael Mencias, 31, of Cotton Tree, Cayo District, and Wilser Echevarria, 23, originally from Corozal [�]

Manatee brutally slaughtered by boat
This morning the mutilated body of an adult manatee that was hit by a boater [�]

GOB makes submission to the ICJ
The Government of Belize (GOB) announced today that it has officially made its submission to [�]

Mental patient to face additional charges for beating fellow detainee unconscious
Mental patient, Colin Francis Jr., has been remanded to prison until July 29th. He was arrested and charged [�]

Man dies in fatal road traffic accident
A man is dead after a road trip last night. He has been identified as [�]

Belize City Council establishes sporting relations in Mexico
The Belize City Council has established sporting relations with the Council in Quintana Roo, Mexico. [�]

Man, 47, lucky to be alive after being chopped to the forehead
A man is lucky to be alive after he was chopped to the forehead last [�]

Father, 28, charged for death of his 2 month old son gets bail
Troy Banner, 28, accused of allegedly killing his two-month-old son Thevane, was arraigned in court [�]


Belama squatters protest in front of Fen Lan
This morning, there was an illegal protest in front of Fen Lan, which is about 4 miles up the Philip Goldson Highway. The illegal protest did not last long before police came to break it up. Love News Reporter, Courtney Menzies, was in the midst of things before the police arrived. Courtney Menzez - Reporter: �

Social Media Influencers will Generate close to 20 Million Views during visit to Belize
Social Media Influencers are important to marketing companies because they generate loyal followers to their brands. The income generated from being a social media influencer has become so lucrative that Forbes Magazine now issues a quarterly issue that features influencers in categories including food, exercise, beauty and travel. Today, a contingent of influencers arrived in �

"Food Safety is Everyone's businees"
Reports have shown that approximately seventy-seven million people in the Americas contract some type of foodborne illness on a yearly basis. In this regard, the United Nations recognized today, June 7, as World Food Safety Day to promote efforts that ensure the safety of our foods. Dr. Miguel Figueroa, the Director of Food Safety, at �

Fatal Accident on Highway
There was fatal accident four miles on the Northern Highway in an area near Fen Lan Company. This morning after leaving the Eruption nightclub on the Northern Highway, two friends 25 year old Michael Andrew Young and 38 year old Evan Gillett were returning to their homes in Belize City. The friends had left in �

Financial Intelligence Unit warns against cyber criminals
On June 4th, the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) sent out a Fraud Alert in which they warned business of an electronic scam that has become common within Belize. With Belize moving more and more towards technology, it is becoming easier for these cyber criminals, especially since many monetary transactions are now being done electronically. Love �

Financial Intelligence Unit talks of their role in the triple murder investigation
The FIU is also a part of the taskforce created to investigate the recent triple murder that took the life of notable teacher, Alarice Andrewin, along with Vidal Yuman, and Maria Juarez. Kent Clare, the director, also spoke to us about the role that the FIU would play in a criminal investigation such as this. �

Commonwealth Litter Programme (CLiP) is ready to Clean up Marine Litter
The Commonwealth Litter Programme (CLiP), hosted a workshop on supporting outreach and education to raise awareness about marine litter while providing communities with the knowledge and capacity to implement best practices to mitigate the pollution of our sea. The Best Practice workshop was held today brought together stakeholders from public and private enterprises to learn �


Aji - An oasis for good food and scenery
Tucked away through a (well-guided) pathway and past a wooden bridge is a beautiful restaurant setting called Aji. Primarily known for its absolutely romantic layout, with twinkling lights ready to cast their glow on happy couples for dinner, Aji is evolving. They now serve breakfast, weekend lunches and their famous dinners continue to inspire. For reservations, call 226-4047. Open every day except Tuesday, they serve breakfast from 8am - 10:30am, dinner from 5pm - 10pm and on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, stop in for a delicious lunch (and poolside fun) from 11:30am - 2pm. Their happy hour runs from 2pm - 5pm, so you can really enjoy a fun afternoon! Located at Buena Vista Resort, two miles north of the bridge, they are just north of Grand Caribe. Follow the signs to a delicious and refreshing retreat!

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Copalli Rum Only Uses 3 Ingredients: Zero-Impact, Community Employment, and Education Grants
The duo behind Belcampo Meat Co., an eco-conscious collection of butcher shops and restaurants in the Los Angeles and Bay Area as well as New York City, has worked tirelessly to change that. We talked to Anya Fernald about how the Belize land owned by her co-founder, Todd Robinson, was transformed into Copal Tree Distillery and Copalli Rum. "For me, I've always loved the idea and the possibility to work in developing countries, too," said Fernald about this new step for Robinson's Copal Tree Lodge. "So the chance to do what we were doing in Belize and do it with high-quality ingredients and high-quality farming � is really powerful for me." Copal Tree Lodge includes a sustainable resort and 3,000-acre organic farm that grows and preserves native crops. Using that same commitment to the local ecosystem, Copalli Rum is created in a zero-impact facility using a non-hybridized sugarcane varietal native to the area.

Glorious pictures of pristine marine protected areas around the world
Black margates school off the reef at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, the oldest in Belize. It was created in 1987.

Don't scuba? Here are 10 other underwater thrills
NEARLY THREE-QUARTERS OF Earth's surface is covered by water. What lies beneath is a fascinating and mysterious world of submerged canyons, brilliant corals, and dazzling marine life. Entering the home of whales, jellyfish, and other sea creatures usually means scuba diving-requiring in-depth, open-water training and certification for using complex equipment. But new diving technology, submarines, and underwater destinations are giving non-divers a chance to get closer to the realms beneath the surface. (See beautiful photos of life underwater.) Here are 10 unforgettable undersea experiences accessible to anyone-whether you want to dive in, go for a spin, or stay dry below the surface.

Bozeman man rescues dog from Central America
southwest Montana man traveled thousands of miles for a job last December and brought back an unexpected friend. Bozeman photographer Wesley White traveled to Central America for a gig and had an unexpected turn of events days before leaving. "I was working on a small island off the coast of Belize called Thatch Caye," White said. "I was just eating some food, drinking water, kind of looking out across the flat water looking for fish movement, and I saw his tail wagging in the mangroves, and I thought, 'Oh, it's another island dog,' because they're everywhere down there. And when I turned around and saw the state he was in -- he had no hair, he had mites. That's when I realized like, OK, he was probably abandoned."

Another massive amount of sargasso is approaching the Mexican Caribbean
The Sargazo Mass Arrival Early Warning System warned that the affected strip covers a 500 km stretch of coastal coastline. A significant amount of sargasso is approaching the Mexican Caribbean coastline. The seaweed stain extends from the arc of the lesser Antilles to the Yucatan Peninsula, so the recharge of sargasso will continue in the coming days with medium to high intensity, affecting the destinations of the central and southern coast of Quintana Roo. This stretch would cover from Isla Blanca, to the North, to the Zaragoza Canal, in Xcalak, on the southern border with Belize, and affects with greater intensity the central and southern region of the State, while also reporting prevailing winds from the Southeast, conditions that act in synergy and carry sargasso in moderate to high intensity, especially towards the central and southern coast of Quintana Roo, at least for the next 72 hours.

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  • Belize 2019, 10min.

  • 13th Annual Chocolate Festival of Belize, 4min.

  • Belize Foraging Study 2019, 12min.

  • Destination Belize Beyond The Pages Cockscomb Basin, 4min. Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary (CBWS) is recognized internationally as the world's first jaguar preserve. It is also known for its spectacular waterfalls, mountain views, nature trails, and rich diversity of neotropical birds.

  • Arriving in Hopkins (2019), 21min. Hopkins Village is a coastal village located in eastern Belize, south f Belize City . Hopkins is a Garifuna village on the coast of the Stann Creek District in Belize and is considered by some Belizeans to be the cultural centre of the Garifuna population in Belize.


  • Mayan Hieroglyphs, 50min.

  • Bruk it Down Jenny - understanding the Five Love Languages, 26min. Bruk it Down Jenny returned with the final installment in our series on understanding the Five Love Languages. Jenny Lovell, Mental Health Professional, covered the love language of physical touch. She explained that it's all about using touch to communicate love and not abuse.

  • Channel 5 is holding auditions for KTV The Remix Season 3 this weekend, 42min. Channel 5 is holding auditions for KTV The Remix Season 3 this weekend! Doors open at 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. We checked in with Victoria August who was last season's winner. She talked about her audition experience and what she has planned for her musical career.

  • Game 5, NEBL 2019 | Tiger Sharks vs Hurricanes | Live at San Pedro High School, 3hr. TIGER SHARKS CHAMPIONS!!! Defeat the Hurricanes 72-65!!!!

  • Belize Now: June 7, 2019, 30min.

  • Surface Water Quality in the Vaca Forest Reserve, Belize, 16min. Presentation by Katie Thorp, University of Florida The Effects of Anthropogenic Land Use on Surface Water Quality in the Vaca Forest Reserve, Belize. Mesoamerican Society for Biology and Conservation 12 th Natural Resource Management & Research Symposium.

  • 2019 San Ignacio Belize, 9min. Our vacation in Belize at the Gumbo Limbo resort. Including images of the Baboon Sanctuary, Cave Tubing, Caracol, Xunantunich, Green Iguana center and the Mayflower Bocawina park.

  • Fun Golf Cart ride through Ambergris Caye Belize, 3min.

  • Night Dive Belize Ambergris Caye, 5.5min. Fun Night Dive in Belize

  • Opening night of The Future is Female!, 2min. Tonight's special invited guest is BAPA (Belize Academy of the Performing Arts).

  • Yucakuxtal (Vida Yuca) by Yucatec Maya brother Mc Chicob of Chimay Yucatan (Mexico), 2.5min.

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