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Isla Bonita Elementary School Student Places 2nd In PSE Countrywide
The Primary School Examination results are out and the students from San Pedro Town did an excellent job! The top scorers this year where AnnElyse Fleser-Perdue of Isla Bonita Elementary School (95% - 380/400 points), Kamryn Rhaburn of San Pedro RC School (91.8% - 367/400 points) and Nia Lisbey of Ambergris Caye Elementary School with (91% - 365/400 points). A total of 7, 280 students sat the PSE and of which 11 were private candidates. PSE Numbers for 2019 show that 65 fewer candidates sat the exam over 2018. The Top Achiever for this year’s PSE was Jasmin Espat of St. Andrew Anglican Primary School in Cayo who scored a 96.5% (386/400points). The following are the results for schools here on the island:

World Oceans Day 2019–June 8th, Celebrated Under The Theme “Gender And The Oceans”
Hundreds of Belizean wave makers country-wide observed World Oceans Day with different activities. On Saturday June 8th, 2019, the international community celebrated World Oceans Day under the theme “Gender and the Oceans”. This year’s theme focuses on the importance of gender equality, particularly for the effective conservation and sustainable use of marine resources as we strive to build greater ocean and gender literacy, and discover possible ways to promote gender equality in all ocean-related activities.

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2019 Lionfish Tournament
The Lionfish Tournament is back on again!!! The prizes are bigger and better....so gather your teams and claim that top prize!!! June 13th is the date to prove you are the top Lionfish slayer!!! Register your teams at Hol Chan office. #holchanmarinereserve Our Reef, Our Life, Our Responsibility, Get Involved!!!!

Chris is a superhero! Look at this crocodile!
Rainy season is upon us once again. Flooding of roads, yards and underneath homes is unavoidable at this time for most living in low lying neighborhoods. As crocs tend to become quite active in rainy season moving through these flooded areas, it’s not uncommon for them to find their way into peoples yards or to take up residence underneath homes, which through crocs eyes are like beautiful man made caves. Whilst we are of course happy to respond to any and all calls in these scenarios, prevention by denying crocs access is a far better long term solution than having to trap and relocate an animal.

First Belizean woman graduates from the FBI National Academy!
Congratulations to Inspector Sherlet Ramclam of the Belize Police Department on being the first Belizean woman to graduate from the FBI National Academy! Continue doing your great work to enhance Belize’s citizen security and build partnerships between our countries!

Taste of the Caribbean 2019
Belizean culinary ingenuity and mixology will spice once again this year’s Taste of the Caribbean as Belizean chefs and bartenders go head on against the region’s finest. Taste of the Caribbean is the region’s premier culinary competition, food & beverage educational exchange and Caribbean cultural showcase. It will be held from June 22 – 25 in Miami, Florida. Since 1993, the Caribbean’s best chefs and culinary teams unite at Taste of the Caribbean to compete, demonstrate their skills, learn from each other and offer the general public a scintillating exhibition of the most delectable culinary treats.

U.S. Social Security Service and other Federal Benefits Services
The U.S. Embassy in Belize is pleased to announce that a Representative from the Regional Federal Benefits Unit from Costa Rica will visit Belmopan to offer services for beneficiaries or individuals with questions about U.S. Social Security and other federal benefits. Where: U.S. Consular Section, U.S. Embassy Belmopan. When: June 19 from 9:00am to 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 4:00 pm.

Caye Caulker Village Council Candidates Debate
7pm June 18, at tjhe Caye Caulker Comminuty Center. All information pertaining the Debate kindly read carefully.

Ministry of Labour hosts Workshop on Child Labour Identification, Monitoring and Inspection
On Monday, June 10th, 2019, the Ministry of Labour, Local Government and Rural Development hosted a Child Labour Training Workshop for officers of the Labour Department. The workshop sought to equip the employees with theoretical knowledge and practical skills in identifying and addressing the issue of child labour under a countrywide inspectorate programme within a legal framework. The issue of child labour is one that requires individual as well as national attention. The issue is both a complex and a multifaceted one, which requires specialized training and inputs, and collaboration from all stakeholders.

Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital Workers’ Union Certified as Sole Bargaining Agent for KHMHA Employees
At a signing ceremony held this morning at the Belize City Labour Department, the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital Authority Workers’ Union was declared the sole, certified and recognized bargaining agent for the employees of the Hospital. The Certificate of Recognition was signed by Mr. Gabriel Martinez, Chairman of the Tripartite Body, and witnessed by Ms. Anne Marie Thompson, Labour Commissioner; Ms. Michelle Hoare, Chief Executive Officer for Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital; Mrs. Lidia Blake, Union President; and other representatives of the Hospital, Union, Tripartite Body and the Labour Department.

NEW CONTROLLED PRICE OF LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GAS (LPG)
The Supplies Control Unit (SCU) in the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Commerce is hereby informing the general public that effective Wednesday, June 12th, 2019 there will be a new maximum retail price for the sale of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) for motor vehicles; households, restaurants, hotels, etc. and a maximum wholesale price for quantities >/300 gallons /3,000 gallons.

First Aid & CPR full training course in San Pedro
The BTIA in partnership with the Belize Red Cross will be offering a First Aid & CPR full training course in San Pedro on June 27th 2019. All 2018 certified past participants are also welcomed to partake and have the opportunity to receive their certification once again through this training. Note that all cards expire after a year. To register contact us at [email protected] or 227-1144.

The nominations for this year’s Belize Youth Awards are officially open!
We are looking for young people aged between 15 and 29 years old, who have demonstrated the importance of youth advocacy and leadership in categories such as, but not limited to: Youth in Entrepreneurship, The Environmental Steward, Youth in Journalism, Social Media Influencer, and Youth Minister’s Award for Leadership and Advocacy. There is a total of 16 categories that our young people can be nominated for. To see the full list of categories, requirements needed to be eligible to apply, and the application form, please visit: https://forms.gle/RgUqD9zLKpuVWsKH9. For additional information regarding this activity, please feel free to contact our Communications Team at telephone number 207-0773 or email us at [email protected]

Paulita Bedran Scholarship Winners
This year, there were 2 winners of the Paulita Bedran Memorial Scholarship. Congratulations, Ms. Ciau and Ms. Landero! Thanks, Rotary, for sending students through high school with your Raphael Cal Memorial Scholarship.

BELIZE FISHING REPORT: JUNE 2, 2019 THROUGH JUNE 9, 2019
Windier conditions moved most of the action to the lee of the islands and cayes. El Pescador hosted the fourth Orvis Bonefish Bonanza of 2019. Very good week for numbers of bonefish on the fly including 69 landed by two anglers on a day trip with Capt. Emir.

Grand Caribe Birdathon
The Grand Caribe Birdathon was a first ever for the "island" of San Pedro. Many cool birds among the 71 species they encountered. Shorebirds were of course a main, but Reddish Egrets and Black Catbird topped the list. Thanks again for supporting our ongoing efforts!

Belize Archaeology Symposium 2019....coming soon!!!
One of our favourite events of the year is FINALLY here! Get the scoop of all things Archaeology— this event is filled with lectures, networking, and so much information for those who are fans of history. We have a feeling this year is going to be one to remember.

120 students engaged in biodiversity research
On Friday, 24th of May 2019, Ya’axché hosted 120 primary school students from Big Falls, San Miguel, Silver Creek, and Bladen villages at Ya’axché’s field station, which is located at the heart of the Golden Stream Corridor Preserve, southern Belize.

Bonifacio Novelo
Bonifacio Novelo (19th century) was a Maya fighter in the so-called Maya Social War(Caste War) . He was a Maya caudillo and tatich (in maya: cacique, great chief, in the east of the state of Yucatan, along with Cecilio Chi and Jacinto Pat. Before the beginning of the aforementioned war, Novelo was commander of a thousand Maya who participated in the siege of Valladolid under the orders of Colonel Antonio Trujeque. When the city fell into the hands of the rebels, hundreds were attributed to the ferocious action of Bonifacio Novelo. Some historians say that although the orders came from Trujeque, it attributed to Novelo the beheading of the defense commander of the plaza, Colonel Venegas. After that, there was a whole battalion pursuing and harassing Novelo, forcing him to live "salto de mata" without ever being caught. Hence his reputation as a daring and astute man.

Our Ancestors Running Away from the violence of the Caste War
“Oral History of the war goes like this: When the war began every able man including young boys were recruited for service in the Masewal armies by the Masewal leaders called batabs. No one was expected to say no. While the majority of the men were at the war front, some of the older men attended to the corn fields and other crops. Everybody contributed food for the army. Many of the women prepared food for the soldiers. As the war penetrated the jungles of Yucatan, the cultivation of corn and other food crops penetrated the jungles as well. Whenever the war eased a bit, the Masewals collected their farm seeds and moved deeper into the Jungles.

Channel 7

Health Ministry Empathizes with Vasquez Family and Speaks on Safety of Workers
Last night you heard from Jules Vasquez on the tragic death of his brother, Nestor Vasquez Jr. As we told you, Vasquez, who is mentally ill, was in police custody at the Queen Street police station on Thursday afternoon. Officers put him in a cell with Colin Francis, another mentally ill patient who had been charged for attempted murder after stabbing psychiatric nurse Augustina Elijio to the chest. Francis then attacked Vasquez, that beat down led to his death. Today Nurse Eleanor Bennett from the Mental Health Unit spoke on both cases specifically on nurse Elijio's. She said that health workers are at risk when they handle patients such as Francis who display violent behavior.

Police should be a part of the Solution, not the Problem
Bennett also addressed the issue of police officers not knowing how to properly handle persons living with mental illness or those who are a danger to themselves and others - if they commit a crime, the police just see and treat them as a nuisance and law breakers who need to be detained. Yes, while the police have a duty to detain anyone if they break the law, no matter their history or mental state, there are certain practices and approaches the police can use when dealing with such persons. Bennett says the Mental Health Unit offers training to police but they are not so receptive of it.

Treatment is better than Detention
Now While Bennett applauded Commissioner Chester Williams for his commitment to ensuring that persons living with mental illness are better treated and handled in police care, she doesn't quite agree with investing in a padded cell, her focus as a mental health professional is treatment. Eleanor Bennett: "For me from a health perspective I would prefer that we invest in having more acute units and acute facilities where people are acutely ill, this is an illness..."

SSB's New Deal: What it means for you
On July 15th, 5 weeks from now, all workers who are registered with Social Security will notice that their mid-month paycheck will be a few dollars less than what they are used to. That's because employers will start to deduct more to comply with the newly approved social security contributions. It's the result of the 2-year-long public consultations that the Social Security Board has been having with Belizeans countrywide about the Social Security Fund, and why they need you to contribute more to keep it financially sustainable.

Pay More Now, Get More Later
As you heard in the story, with these changes all contributors who earn more than $320 a week will get a bigger portion of their salaries insured. That means that if you should fall ill, and you need to make a sickness benefit claim, you will get a bigger payout. It increases through the 3 phases all the way up to $520 by the year 2021, but, there is another benefit that comes with paying more money into the fund. The Social Security Board CEO told us that your retirement benefit will also be greater. Here's how he explained why:

Proud PSE Top Performers
As we mentioned last night, this year's PSE saw several top performers come from the Cayo district. Three students from St. Andrew's Anglican School placed in the top 10. We caught up with those students and their teacher this morning and spoke to them about their achievements... Jasmine Espat. 1st, St. Andrew's Anglican: 'I was expecting to do good because I work very hard and I put a lot into it, but I didn't expect to do this well. so I was a bit surprised. I was a bot happy and I feel very proud."

Kudos to H.R.R.C and BES for Stellar Work in PSE
And here in the city, we spoke to two 9th place finishers from Holy Redeemer. We also spoke to the principal of Belize Elementary School. Their school came in first in their category. Here are those interviews.

Police Solve Dangriga Murder: City Man Charged
Now to crime news, police have arrested and charged 24 year old Jane Usher Boulevard resident Starling Perez for Carlos Reyes murder. 49-year-old Carlos Reyes was gunned down in his Dangriga home in late March. Reyes, who was armed, had no time to defend himself and was shot 8 times and eventually succumbed to his wounds.

No Bail for Alleged Kidnapper Roger Wallis
In October of last year, 63 year-old Roger Wallis, a British National who has been living in Belize, made headline news when he was charged with 2 counts of attempted kidnapping. His alleged victims, an 8 year-old boy and his 2 sisters, told police that he tried to abduct them in his white van in the City of Belmopan. He has been attempting to get Supreme Court bail, and on last week Friday, when he tried for a third time, he his application was denied once again.

Man Walks Free after Stabbing Uncle
He was charged with killing his own uncle - but after more than 5 years on remand, forty-one year old Oliver Peters is a free man tonight. The Judge said he killed his uncle 47 year old Thomas Ferguson Sr, in self-defence. It happened back in late 2013 when Peters stabbed his uncle with a chicken knife. Multiple witnesses said they saw Peters do it - and police found him with the knife - so that was not in dispute. But, Peters said he did it in self defense.

Accused Drug Trafficker Freed of Charge for Now
Back in January of last year, it was big news out of the north when police arrested and charged 42 year-old Robert Gentle with drug trafficking after they accused him of allegedly attempting to cross the border in a vehicle that had over 6 kilos of cocaine hidden in a white Lincoln Navigator SUV. Well, the Ranchito Village resident walked out of Corozal Magistrate's Court a free man yesterday. Court reports say that The prosecutor told Magistrate Lionel Olivera that in the interest of justice, they would not proceed with the charge at this time. The prosecutor also added that police and the crown reserved the right to bring charges against Gentle at a later date, should more evidence come to light.

Minor Fire At Old Belize
The police are currently investigating two fires. One occurred earlier today at Old Belize located on the George Price Highway. According to one security guard, a green 30x30 foot building caught fire when electricity was restored after a power outage. The building and it's contents were partially damaged before the fire was put out.

$20,000 Dangriga Home up in Flames
The other fire police are looking into happened this weekend in Independence village. Victorino Cowo, who was renting the house from Rebecca Habet, told police that he left home at around 12:30 on Sunday. Cowo said that he received a call a few hours later and was informed that his home was on fire. Fire personnel weren't able to put the blaze out before significant damage was done. Cowo estimates about $23,000 in damages.

Cops Confiscate Gun in City
Yesterday police conducted routine searches around Belize City. After examining an empty lot on the corner of Zacaranda and Consuelo Streets the cops found a .380mm pistol along with a magazine containing 7 live rounds.

'Griga Police Find Hidden Weapon
Police found one more gun yesterday, this time in Dangriga. According to reports, the police found the firearm hidden in an overgrown lot in Dangriga's First New Site Area. The black Strum Ruger P85 9mm pistol was found with a magazine containing two live rounds.

Mental Health Projects for Youth
At the top of the news, you saw Nurse Eleanor Bennett's interview about the Vasquez and Elijio cases, well we met Bennett at the Biltmore for the launch of two projects geared towards addressing mental illness - quite fitting given these cases. The first is called the Measurement of Mental Health among Adolescents and the other project is Population Level Project and the Helping Adolescents Thrive. Here is more from the event.

Calling on Applications for National Youth Awards
The National Youth Awards will be held on November 15th but if you want your nominee to get a chance to receive an award you have to send in an application. Don't worry you have time, the call for applications opened yesterday and you have until October to send your information in. Communications Officer from the Department of Youth Services told us more.

A Guide to make Parenting a bit Easier
It's safe to say that parenting is one of the most demanding and difficult jobs. Of course, it is also a blessing to be a parent but with the right approach, getting a few parenting tips couldn't hurt right ? Well the National Committee for Families and Children have a parenting guide that can help parents better raise their kids. They held a train the trainers workshop today at the Biltmore and the Executive Director of NCFC told us more about it.

KHMH Union and Employees Working Together
Today the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital Authority Workers' Union was officially certified as the sole bargaining agent for the hospital's employees. The Ministry of Health issued a press release encouraging the Union to work along with the hospital management to promote positive relations and organizational success. The Ministry also applauded the hospital's Tripartite Body and Board of Governors on the historic signing.

Consumers should get their Money's Worth of Gas with New Retail Price Listing
The controlled price of LPG Gas or butane, as it is called is measured in pounds, specifically, the price per hundred pound cylinder - which is set at 114 dollars in the city right now. But, Butane companies don't sell in pounds or use a scale - even though the law requires it. They fill up your tank by the gallon - creating a gray area where consumers could be taken advantage of.


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S.S.B.’s Contribution Reforms Takes Effect July 1st
Cabinet has approved S.S.B.’s proposal to reform its contributions and pension scheme. The Social Security Board embarked on a countrywide consultation process two years ago to seek support for its [...]

S.S.B. Loan Portfolio’s Rate of Return is 5.5%
So what about S.S.B.’s loans and portfolios? Well according to C.E.O. Doctor Colin Young, S.S.B.’s 2018 audited financials are near completion. Doctor Young says that in 2017, the fund’s rate [...]

Police Charge 1 Man for Carlos Reyes’ Murder
Police have charged twenty-five-year-old Belize City resident Starling Perez for the crime of murder. Perez stands accused of killing forty-eight-year-old Carlos Reyes who was gunned down on March twenty-eighth, while [...]

Oliver Peters Walks from Murder Charge After Stabbing Uncle in 2013
Oliver Peters, who was charged back in 2014 for the stabbing death of his uncle, has been found not guilty of murder.  Forty-seven-year-old Thomas Eugene Ferguson Senior was stabbed once [...]

2019 P.S.E. Top Scorer is from St. Andrews School in Cayo
On Monday afternoon, the results of the Primary School Examinations were released by the Ministry of Education. But are students performing better when compared to previous years? We’ll have a [...]

P.S.E.’s Brightest in Belize City Share How They Did It
We also visited a few schools in Belize City today to speak with students who place on the top twenty-five list. As we reported on Monday night, the top performing [...]

Top Ranked Schools in Belize City Share Their Tips for Academic Success
The Ministry of Education’s P.S.E. report also details the top performing schools in the country. According to the report, the schools are ranked based on a methodology called the School [...]

Small Victories in P.S.E. Results, but not Much has Changed
And while those top performing students are celebrating their results, many others not so much. The needle of improvement has not budged over the last ten years of the Primary [...]

Ministry of Health Concludes Investigation into Death of Baby Thevane
An investigation following the death of eight-week-old Thevane Banner has been concluded by the Ministry of Health.  The newborn died from battered child syndrome and his father, twenty-eight-year-old Troy Banner, [...]

DHS Weighs in on Protocols Following Stabbing of Retired Nurse Elijio
The near-fatal attack on Matron Augustina Elijio last Tuesday at the Port Loyola Health Center has prompted the Ministry of Health to revisit existing procedures for patients accessing services at [...]

Are Police Officers Trained to Deal with Mental Health Cases?
In the tragic case of Nestor Vasquez Junior, who lost his life over the weekend after being badly beaten by a fellow inmate inside a holding cell at the Queen [...]

2 Mental Health Initiatives are Launched in Belize City
Today at the Biltmore Hotel, the Ministry of Health and UNICEF launched an initiative which aims to measure mental health among adolescents, as well as a project called Helping Adolescents [...]

Extended Drought Causing Water Woes in Georgeville, Cayo
Many communities and villages that rely on reservoirs to provide water to their homes have been experiencing issues as a result of the extended drought. Over the past few months, [...]

Georgeville’s Water Board to Resolve Crisis
There are a number of short-term and long-term actions that must be taken to fix the perennial water problem in the village. Water Board Chairman Al Westby says that there [...]

Amandala

Nestor Vasquez, Jr., dies after beating in police lockdown
Nestor Vasquez, Jr., 60, of Belize City, the brother of media personality Jules Vasquez of 7News Belize, died after he was severely beaten by Colin Francis, 28, who is mentally challenged, while they were in lockdown in a cell in the cell block at the Queen Street Police Station on Wednesday night. Police reportedly saw the attack in the holding cell on a monitor. It appears that after Vasquez was removed from a cell which he had been sharing with some young detainees and was put in the cell in which Francis was being held, Francis attacked Vasquez, viciously slamming his head against the cement wall of the cell and on the iron bars of the cell door. After a while, police went into the cell and took Vasquez out, but he was already unconscious.

Kyle Zetina, 24, and Shawn Flores, 18, remanded for triple murder
Late yesterday, police announced that they have charged two men from Mahogany Heights with the brutal triple murder that occurred sometime last Tuesday, June 4, at Mile 10 ½ on the George Price Highway, where the bodies of two women and a man were discovered with gunshot injuries to their heads, and with their hands bound behind their backs. This afternoon, Kyle Zetina, 24, and Shawn Flores, 18, appeared before Chief Magistrate Sharon Frazer and were arraigned on 3 counts of murder. Police charged the two men with the murder of Alarice Andrewin, 44, the principal of Excelsior High School; Vidal Antonio Yuman Cacho, 39, and Maria Delfina Juarez Lucas, 19, both Guatemalan nationals.

US demands 5 years of your social media postings for visa applicants
At the end of last month, the United States Department of State changed the rules for persons applying for visas to enter the US. A person applying for a US visa must now submit his or her social media accounts and 5 years of their emails and telephone numbers before they can be considered eligible to obtain a US visa. Human rights groups in the US have been critical of the new measures, citing privacy issues and the government’s unnecessary surveillance of visa applicants. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has described the policy as “ineffective and deeply problematic.”

Court of Appeal will hear DPP’s appeal of Calaney Flowers’ murder acquittal in October session
The Court of Appeal held a case management conference this afternoon for an appeal from the office of the Director of Public Prosecution, which is appealing the murder acquittal of Calaney Flowers, who was acquitted of the murder of her baby’s father — her ex-boyfriend Lyndon Morrison, 29. At the end of the case management conference the panel of Appeal justices, which included the president of the Court of Appeal, Justice Manuel Sosa, and justices Samuel Awich and Minet Hafiz-Betram, gave instructions on the way forward in the case to the applicant and the respondent attorneys.

Traffic accident on Philip Goldson Highway leaves one man, 25, dead
Michael Andrew Young, 25, of Belize City, who was a passenger in an SUV being driven at the time by his cousin, Evan Gillett, 35, of Victoria Street, died in an accident on the Philip Goldson Highway. Reliable reports to us are that at about 4:00 Friday morning, Gillett and Young were traveling from a nightclub in Ladyville to Belize City in a Saturn VUE SUV, when on arrival at the road partition not far from Fin Lan Company at Mile 4 on the Philip Goldson Highway, Gillett lost control of the SUV and the vehicle slammed head-on into the concrete base of a lamp post on the road partition.

PSE results 2019
The 2019 Primary School Examination (PSE) results are in, and on Monday, the Ministry of Education took the opportunity to congratulate all top-performing students and published the official results of the top twenty-five scorers for this year’s exams. Participating students were identified and ranked based on their cumulative scores calculated by adding the scores of all four exams, which together yielded a total maximum score of four hundred points (400). From the Cayo district, Ms. Jasmine Espat, representing St. Andrew Anglican Primary School, attained the highest cumulative score countrywide with three hundred and eighty six (386) out of a possible 400.

San Pedro Tiger Sharks grabs third NEBL Championship
The 2019 NEBL season climaxed on Friday night at the San Pedro High School, as San Pedro Tiger Sharks grabbed the game 5 victory against Mirage/Smart Belize Hurricanes, to claim their third NEBL championship in the past six years. The home teams were 5–0 in the finals this season, which was a huge turnaround from the two semi-final series, where the road teams won all 6 games. This is the first season in NEBL history that both semi-final series and the finals series went the distance to determine a winner. Game 5 started off very slowly on the offensive end, as the pressure of a game 5 surely had an impact on the players, who took a few minutes to settle in and embrace the big stage.

Primary school basketball in full swing at Civic Center
The Belize City Primary School Basketball Tournament tipped off back on Tuesday, May 28, and games have been in full swing every afternoon on week days, beginning at 1:15 p.m. at the Belize Civic Center. Only 3 female (F) teams are in the competition, but all of 13 male (M) teams, which have been divided into Division A (6 teams) and Division B (7 teams). In games today, (M) Holy Redeemer won, 26-18, over St. John Vianney. Holy Redeemer – Roy Blades 11 pts; St. John Vianney – Malachi Tillett 15 pts. (M) Queen’s Square Anglican clipped Wesley Upper, 26-22. Queen’s Square – Raymond Gentle 9 pts; Wesley Upper – Leroy Garoy 14 pts. And (M) Belize Elementary crushed Holy Redeemer (35-13). Belize Elementary – Nathan Ford 8 pts; Holy Redeemer – Rajeeve Blades 4 pts.

Ahmadiyya Basketball League Championship Finals 2019
The Grand Finale of the nation’s premier youth league, the Ahmadiyya Basketball League 2019 Championship, was held, beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 2, at the Swift Hall basketball court. Below are the results: U-15 Championship Game – Belama Gators over Future Shock, 41-39. Belama – Ahmad Smith 11 pts, Delhart Dominguez 10 pts; Future Shock – Shane Pratt 12 pts, Kyle Castillo 11 pts. Sportsmanship Award given to Jahmir Young. Season MVP given to Harlem Noralez. Coach of the Year given to Mr. Clinton “Pulu” Lightburn.

Quarterfinal 1st leg results in National Amateur inter-district tournament
From the “Round of 16” it is now down to 8 teams remaining in the National Amateur League Championship (NACL) 2019 inter-district tournament, and the 1st leg of the quarterfinals took place this past weekend. On Saturday evening at the MCC Grounds in Belize City, Sydney “Buck-it” Bradley struck twice (16’ & 75’) to give home standing Caesar Ridge FC the 2-0 win over CJM Strikerz from Independence. A little later on Saturday night, out at the Ambergris Stadium, it was Belize City’s Barrack Road FC with the 5-2 win over Los Catrachos of San Pedro, who led briefly in first half.

Editorial: We must take control of our country
You have to be careful about bending because if you bend too far you might hurt yourself. Everyone, everything has a breaking point. The healthiest, sturdiest trees will break in a storm. The toughest man will wise up and cry “uncle” if a policeman grabs his arm and bends it behind his back. In the celebrated movie, Fiddler on the Roof, Tevye, the hero, breaks tradition and bends for his two eldest daughters, but when his third eldest daughter, Chava, marries out of the Jewish faith, Tevye says, if I bend that far I will break. In probably his most famous speech, at the United Kingdom’s darkest hour during World War II, Sir Winston Churchill, pressed to accept surrender by senior parliamentarians, said it was his observation that “Nations that went down fighting rose again, but those who surrendered tamely were finished.” (quote from www.goodreads.com)

Response to Dr. Young’s “Governance in our Democracy”
Dear Editor, Dr. Young writes, “We need to stop the self-defeating handwringing and work on building public and private institutional strengths. That, in turn, can improve governance …”. (The self-defeating handwringing being purportedly caused by “the shrill voices of those who attack and undermine institutions”.) What is so self-defeating about handwringing? Letting decision-makers know our concern or distress regarding some matter or other is an important part of democracy, and this is exactly why we wring our hands. Sure, we could wring more effectively, or, with some effort, take steps to address the matters that distress us.

The first Spanish families in Belize: the history they never taught in B.H.
Mestizos, or “Spanish,” as they are known locally, have a long history in Belize. The first Spanish families came from neighboring Yucatan in Mexico, fleeing the Caste War between Yucatecans and Mayas that began in 1847. They ranged from rancheros and planters to landless laborers, from light-skinned Yucatecans to dark-skinned mestizos. Rancheros quickly established themselves in the north of the country, where they began to plant sugarcane. Today, Spanish-speaking mestizos are the fastest growing segment of the population. While in 1980 they constituted only 33.4 percent of the population, Central American refugees swelled their ranks throughout the 1980s, and they now make up fully 43.6 percent.

Adios Kwalpeh (Bryan Muschamp)
It happened in the mid-1980s that I had to serve my adopted home, Camalote, as the manager of the village’s football club. I know it was the mid-1980s because I was working at Belize Food Products Ltd. at Alta Vista in the Stann Creek District, and I was there two years, between 1983 and 1985. The title of manager of the football club was forced on me by my best friend in the village, Freddy Palacio, aka Lee Cal, or Mr. Domino. Freddy, who was the manager of the club, suddenly upped and got married to a young lady in Bullet Tree Falls, and he uprooted and followed his wife and dumped the job on me, his assistant.

Pay Day
As you may know, our dear readers of this column, on Dec. 8, 2008, at the headquarters of the OAS, the representatives of Belize and Guatemala signed a Special Agreement known as the compromis to take Guatemala’s claim, unfounded claim, finally legal claim, to the International Court of Justice. On 8th of May 2019, the process of a referendum took place for Belizeans to decide whether the case should be taken to the ICJ or not; 53,388 voted in favor, 43,029 voted against, meanwhile 52,083 cared less, or was it a silent protest? We will never know. Nevertheless, the yes votes complied with what was expected by the government of Belize, the United States of America, the United Kingdom and the European Union. The words of hope for the believers is that Belize has a strong case and the 1859 treaty is an eaten bread. But my understanding is that the compromis had made the 1859 treaty void. The vision of this pen is one of so many opinions which I’ll share in the open campus.

Belmopan City Council owes Social Security $100,000 for its employees’ contributions
An employee of the Belmopan City Council who had fallen ill and wanted to access some sick benefits from the Belize Social Security Board (SSB) got a rude awakening when a letter was dispatched from the Social Security Board on May 31, which informed the employee that “your claim for sickness benefits has been disallowed, since you did not satisfy the conditions for this benefit pursuant to the Social Security Act, Chapter 44 of the Laws of Belize.” The letter went on to inform the employee, who has been in the employ of the Belmopan City Council for 4 years, that 0 contributions had been paid on his behalf. The letter was signed by Melissa Rhys of the SSB’s Belmopan branch office and was copied to the Belmopan City Council.

Belize sends notification papers to the ICJ to begin process
The nation state of Belize continued along the path of going to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) when today it formally submitted its notification of going to the court by means of diplomatic hand delivery, at the court’s headquarters in The Hague, Netherlands. Belize’s Ambassador to Belgium, H.E. Ambassador Dylan Vernon, delivered the notification papers, which were signed by Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington. Voters in last month’s ICJ referendum voted “yes” on the question of whether to submit to the ICJ what was once referred to as Guatemala’s” unfounded claim,’ but which became a legal Claim in 2008 when the Dean Barrow-led United Democratic Party (UDP) government signed the Special Agreement with the Republic of Guatemala for taking “any and all of Guatemala’s legal claim” to the ICJ for a final, binding settlement.

Senseless murder — security guard killed on worksite
A security guard posted at the Belize Foam Factory at Mile 2 on the George Price Highway was found dead on the compound, lying face-down between two delivery trucks, his hands tied behind his back with black plastic straps, at about 4:00 Saturday morning. Haitian national Jacques Jean Wilder, 34, a security guard of Franklin Street, was seen with a small open wound beside his eyes, which were bruised and swollen. He was taken to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival.

“Safe House” for the LGBTQ community
Every year in the month of June, the LGBTQ community celebrates “Pride Month” all over the world with a series of festivals, parades, etc. In recent years there have been gradual breakthroughs in Belize that have provided opportunities for members of the LGBTQ community who live in this country. Belize TransColors is an organization that is dedicated to reducing social exclusion of the “trans” population. The organization has been registered as an NGO since 2018, and immediately began to seek funding to provide relief projects for members of their community who feel unsupported.

The Reporter

Horrific Beat-Down In Cell Block – Nestor Vasquez Dead
Nestor Vasquez, 60, died over the weekend following a brutal beating he sustained inside the holding cell of the Queen Street Police Station.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Ministry of Labour Hosts Workshop on Identifying Child Labour
Tomorrow marks the International Day Against Child Labor and the Ministry of Labour, Local government […]

Court acquits Oliver Peters of murder over land dispute
Supreme Court Justice Collin Williams has found Oliver Peters, 41, not guilty of murder in the […]

“New price of Butane considers both sellers and consumers,” says Bureau of Standards
Today the Belize Bureau of Standards (BBS) announced a new pricing scheme for Liquified Petroleum Gas […]

Man Arrested For Stealing Vehicle License Sticker From City Hall
David Dion Tillett,26, a driver and heavy machine operator was caught by police in possession […]

Social Security Board discusses increases to contributions scheme
The Social Security Board (SSB) says that due to financial issues, it has little choice […]

Police find gun and ammo in bushy lot
Yesterday, police in Stann Creek were conducting patrols in First New Site area in Dangriga […]

Fire destroys home in Independence
Authorities are investigating a fire that destroyed a home in Independence, Stann Creek. Victorino Cowo […]

Gun and ammo found in the old capital
Authorities conducting a patrol in Belize City yesterday recovered a .380 gun and 7 live […]

Power shortage may have caused fire at Old Belize
Authorities are investigating a fire that occurred today at Old Belize. The security guard, Orlando […]

Belize City man charged for murder in Dangriga
Yesterday police charged Belize City resident, Starling Perez, 24, with the murder of Carlos Reyes. […]

San Ignacio & Santa Elena Town council engage stakeholders in new economic development plan
The San Ignacio and Santa Elena Town Council held a meeting with stakeholders from the […]

Ministry of Health working toward banning sugary drinks from schools
The Ministry of Health has embarked on a nationwide initiative along with the Ministry of […]

Taiwanese embassy donates to Micah Goodin Scholarship Fund
Today the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) made a donation to the Micah […]

LOVE FM

Director of Health Services says safety protocols will be re-examined after violent attack
Collin Francis is the mentally disabled man who violently attacked Nurse Augustina Elijio at the Port Loyola Health Clinic on June four. He was charged with attempted murder of Elijio after he stabbed her. Two days later on the six, Francis attacked Nestor Vasquez junior inside holding cell 2 at the Eastern Division police station …

National Commission for Families and Children prepare for better parents
Parenting, particularly in this age, is not an easy task. Perhaps that’s why the National Commission for Families and Children (NCFC) launched a parenting guide on November 18, 2018. Today the NCFC and partner organizations held a training session for facilitators and guides to help people become better parents. Margaret Nicholas, the Executive Director for …

Leah Martinez places sixth for PSE’s in the country
Leah Martinez, a bright young lady, has made her family and herself proud by placing sixth in the country for the Primary School Examinations (PSE). Leah, who just graduated from Hummingbird Elementary, stopped by our studio earlier today and told us that she knew from the start that she would be in the top 25. …

DHS says baby Trevane never had a pulse when father brought infant to hospital
Troy Banner was charged with manslaughter for the death of his 8 week old son Trevane on June 5. The result of the autopsy showed that the infant died from multiple skull fractures due to battered child syndrome. At the time of the incident, Banner told the media that the infant died from an adrenaline …

SSB to roll out new contribution rates
It has been over two years since Social Security Board, SSB, has been discussing the possibility of increasing employees’ contributions and benefits to the scheme. Fast forward to the present and SSB is ready to roll out the new plan. This morning, the Chief Executive Officer of SSB, Dr Colin Young, shared how it will …

Southern Regional Morgue back in Operation
In April, the doors of the morgue at the Southern Regional Hospital were closed as a result of lack of storage and cooling units. There was an issue at the San Ignacio Hospital as well regarding storage of bodies. The Director of Health Services says that over a hundred thousand dollars has been spent on …

Central Medical Lab encourages persons to donate blood
Blood is in short supply and the Central Medical Laboratory is responding to this shortage via a blood drive. Adrian Martinez, the Medical Laboratory Technologist, says that O-Positive blood type is in high demand. Adrian Martinez – Medical Laboratory Technologist at Central Medical Laboratory: “We are promoting voluntary blood donation, specifically this week. We celebrate …

Medical facilities being transformed through smart initiative
The Pan American Health Organization, PAHO, and the World Health Organization, WHO, have been on a mission to see hospitals and medical facilities transform into smart institutions. This means equipping these facilities to stand up to disasters and to make them environmentally friendly by reducing their footprint. Yesterday, a training was conducted to familiarize staff …

National Thrust to study Adolescent Mental Health
Our small population of over 300,000 has lived without war in its short existence. But while we say we are a peaceful country, the murder rate per capita is very high and amongst the highest in the world. The conviction rate for those murders are also less than 5 percent. The prevalence of violent crime …

Blogs

21 Photos to Inspire You to Travel to Caye Caulker, Belize
As far as chill island vibes goes, Caye Caulker has to be one of my favorite places I’ve ever visited. Traveling to Caye Caulker is like stepping far away from the realities of life in 2019 and taking it back to a time when life was slower, technology ruled a bit less of our lives and community was paramount. I love that on this tiny Belize island you run into the same people over and over again because it’s that small — there are truly only a few go-to watering holes and beaches where people spend most of their time here. This fosters a sense of community between both locals and visitors, so that by the end of a week or even a long weekend on Caye Caulker, you’ll be on a first name basis with your fellow shoeless, beach-going friends. That’s very rare these days and I hope if that doesn’t convince you to visit this special slice of paradise, then the following photos will!

Food In Belize: Dishes & Restaurants For Vegetarians
Deciding where to eat in Belize should be a priority when visiting. And Caye Caulker, a five-mile-long Caribbean island 20 miles off the coast of Belize, is a surf and turf town. From the sweet smell of jerked chicken barbecued beachside by sun-kissed chefs to oceanfront restaurants with dishes starring the day’s freshest catch, eating meat is as much a cultural mainstay as the island’s tourist-friendly slogan: “No shirt, no shoes, no problem”. It’s no surprise, then, when I asked a shirtless chef grilling food by the beach to whip me up a veggie kabob, he gave me a quizzical look and said, “No meat?”. A staunch vegetarian for the past decade, this is a question I’ve grown accustomed to, and I wasn’t shocked to hear it in Central America.

Climb To The Summit
The Tropic Air adventure duo of Kenny and Lennox summited Victoria Peak! Check out Part 2 of our Climb to the Summit and read what it takes to reach the heights Belize has to offer.... The first thing Kenrick said when asked on Monday how it went was “It was hard this year. The Heat was extreme! Indeed, it was an extremely hot and humid weekend here in Belize, with averages in the 90s and even rising to 100F. This year the team was made up of 12, with one guide, Benedicto. Their motto for the expedition was “We are one with Nature, life is an adventure we got to live it”. The group started out at 7.22am on Friday morning, a little later than usual as one of the new team members had a backpack that was overweight, when checked by the guide. They were all eager to make up time and walked the first part at a fast pace, knowing from experience that this was the easiest part and they wanted to get as far as they could before the heat intensified. Along the way, Lennox, our other Tropic employee tried to clear some branches blocking the path, with his machete, when a small stick hit his left knee and gashed it open and they had to perform some quick temporary first aid until they got to the camp.

Getting to Belize From Europe
Due to Belize’s location in Central America, there are no non-stop flights to the country from Europe. The good news, however, is that it is now easier than ever for people in Europe to enjoy an unforgettable vacation in Belize. As a former British colony, Belize has always been a popular destination for Britons. American Airlines now offers direct flights to Belize that depart from London’s Heathrow Airport and make a stop in Miami, Florida before continuing on to Belize. Flights to Belize depart four times per week from Heathrow and have only a short layover in Miami before continuing directly to Belize City.

The Best Time to Visit Belize for Whale Sharks
Belize is a world-famous mecca for scuba diving and snorkeling thanks to its massive barrier reef system (the second-largest in the world), crystal clear waters, and abundance of marine life. But one of the rarest and most beautiful animals in the ocean’s waters only visits Belize once a year. Whale sharks are not whales in the true sense of the word. Instead, they are the largest fish which have ever existed. Whale sharks can grow to up to 41 feet (12 meters) in length and weigh up to 47,000 pounds (21 tons), roughly double the size and weigh of a semi truck. Despite their huge size, these sharks pose almost no danger to humans because they are filter feeders.

5 Awesome And Cheap Backpacking Destinations in Belize
For many years, it was difficult and time-consuming to get to Belize. But now, all of the biggest airlines in North America fly to Belize, making it easy to find very affordable tickets. If you’ve ever wanted to come to Belize and explore this magnificent country, here are five awesome and cheap backpacking destinations: One backpackers’ favorite stop in Belmopan is the lively farmer’s market, the perfect place to see locals swap gossip and trade produce, dairy, handicrafts, and even traditional medicinal compounds made from local plants found in the jungle. And don’t miss the world-famous giant burritos that go for less than $5 BZD at the market.

Back to Belize!
Oh it had been a minute. Two and a half years since I said goodbye and boarded a tiny plane to the mainland. After leaving Belize in 2017 I spent the next years working hard as a small animal vet at Qatar Veterinary Center, in the tiny country of Qatar in the Middle East. I had seen and learned so much, but as I finished up my time there, my heart ached to get back to San Pedro, back to Saga Humane Society, back to see my vet tech and friend Ingrid. I arrived at Saga on Tuesday morning ready to work. That day we saw 23 patients. We saw distemper, urinary problems, vaccinations, ticks, the list goes on. If you’ve followed my blog before you know that vet medicine in Belize always has its challenges. Most treatments are based on good histories and physical exams.

San Ignacio Belize: Best Place to Retire in Latin America
Retirees eager for small town living with conveniences are flocking to San Ignacio. Everyone speaks English. Real estate is affordable. Proximity to natural wonders is so expansive, retirees can pick different activities every day—swimming, bird watching, hiking, cave tubing, and cultural exploration—and never run out of things to do. Residents roam outside San Ignacio where steep hills are lavished with stately trees that cover the land. They stay in town and do their thing with the fast-growing ex-pat community. According to “U.S. News and World Report,’ San Ignacio, “the heart of this country's rainforest interior,” is a unique example of unspoiled beauty, tranquility, spectacular mountains, rivers, waterfalls and Maya ruins. Yet it’s also starting to blossom. The laid-back pace that was once the hallmark of Cayo now offers more. Retirees have access to upscale stores, restaurants, spas, yoga studios, elegant resorts, and quaint markets.

Videos

  • Belizean Garnaches For Lunch, 8min. Joe and I came home hungry from a dental appointment so I searched the pantry and fridge to see if I have ingredients to make garnaches. Garnaches is a type of hard shell corn tortillla taco that's topped with re-fried beans, onions sauteed in tomato sauce and parmesan or Dutch cheese.

  • Belizean Fry Jack Breakfast, 10min. As a child growing up in Belize, pancakes were not the typical breakfast bread. If we weren't eating oatmeal, we would be eating eggs, fry beans or Fry Jack. Fry Jack is a simple fried dough that can be eaten alone or served with many savory or sweet items.

  • Channel 5 Obituaries - JOSE NARCISO GALVEZ SR., 2min.

  • Channel 5 Obituaries - ALARICE ADELE ANDREWIN, 2min.

  • Beautiful Belize, 1min. On my trip around the world I stopped in Belize. I will show you how beautiful this tiny country is.

  • Blood Donors Needed - Healthy Living Belize, 7min. SUBSCRIBE 14 "Healthy Living" is a health & lifestyle Feature produced in Belize for News 5 Live on Channel 5.

  • 2017 Diving Belize! Day 3, 14min.

  • Scuba Diving at Turneffe Atoll - Belize, 7min. Scuba diving at Turneffe Reef was amazing. All the different coral were so colourful and like something we have never seen before. Spotted eagle rays, green moray eels, lobster, lion-fish (we killed them), southern stingray and lots more colourful fish

  • Melonie Gillette- Luv Mi [None Lyric], 3.5min.

  • Belize 2019: Islands to Jungles, 3min. We visited 3 spots in Belize: San Ignacio, Placencia, and the island of Caye Caulker!

  • A Meal for a King - Father's Day Meal, 14min. Ainsley Castro - Chef / Proprietor, Naked Chicken. Phillip Hemsley - Chef.

  • Public Service Union - New leadership, 34min. Gerald Henry - President, Public Service Union. Dean Flowers - First Vice President, Public Service Union.

  • UNICEF - Measuring Adolescent Mental Health, 38min. Juliet Simmons - Ministry of Health, Dr. Susan kasedde - UNICEF Representative, Liliana Carvajal - UNICEF Headquarters in New York.

  • Interview with Caye Caulker Contesting Candidate Mr. Hans Badillo., 12min.

  • 2019 Contribution Reform, 1hr39min. Social Security Board

  • Lobsters nest in Belize, 1/4min.

  • Feeding Frenzy: Sharks, Rays, and Turtles Scuba Diving Belize, 4.5min.

  • Capricorn Restaurant and Beach Bar Grand Opening - Paradise Guy, 6min. Today I am taking you to the Grand Re-Opening of Capricorn Restaurant and Beach Bar on Ambergris Caye, Belize. This beautiful establishment sits right on the beach facing the world's second largest barrier reef and is only a few miles North of San Pedro Town. We also got the chance to hang out with the folks from Backwater Belize an excursion company located on the Capricorn dock.

  • Celebrating 50 Years of Belize Audubon Society!, 8min. Fifty years after our inception, Belize Audubon Society continues to be a nationally recognized conservation leader and development partner that works through strategic partnerships in our programs of Protected Areas Management, Environmental Education, Biodiversity Research & Monitoring, Community Outreach & Development, and Membership. Today, we strive towards creating a balance between people and the environment – a vision shared by our founding members since 1969.

  • Reggae music in Yucatec Maya by Chan Santa Roots from Felipe Carrillo Puerto Mexico, 4min.


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