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The San Pedro Sun

Ministry of Agriculture Hosts Train-the-Trainers Workshop on Climate-Smart Agriculture
The Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with Centro Agron�mico Tropical de Investigaci�n y Ense�anza (CATIE) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) through the Japan Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (J-CCCP) is hosting a five-day Train-the-Trainers Workshop on Climate-Smart Agriculture. The training aims to strengthen the capacity of Extension and Cooperative Officers from the Ministry of Agriculture, lead farmers and high school teachers for increased resilience to climate change in the agricultural sector of Belize.

Los Catrachos F.C run in NALC comes to an end
With their loss against Barrack Road F.C on Sunday, June 16th Los Catrachos F.C's run in the National Amateur League Championship (NALC) has come to an end. The second round of the NALC Quarterfinals was a crucial match for the island team, as they had to win in order to advance to the semifinals. The top four teams that will be competing for the title of 2019 NALC champions are Ceasar Ridge F.C, Barrack Road F.C, Roaring Creek United and Club Atletico F.C.

Revolution F.C wins Father's Day Quadrangular Football Tournament
To commemorate Father's Day, a Female Quadrangular Football Tournament was held at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town on Sunday, June 16th. The football tournament saw the participation of Golden Warriors, San Pedro High School, Revolution, and Damitas Strikers. The championship match saw Golden Warriors going against Revolution. The match began at 7:30PM with both teams going on the offensive side seeking the victory. Throughout the entire first half, there were solid crosses and passes, and at the break, it was a 0-0 score.

Thirteen Standard Six and eight Preschool students graduate from Isla Bonita Elementary School
Isla Bonita Elementary School (IBES) held their commencement exercise for their Standard Six and Preschool students at Captain Morgan's Retreat on Saturday, June 15th. The ceremony saw 13 Standard Six students receiving their primary school certificates, and eight youngsters receiving their preschool certificate. At 5:30PM, the IBES Class of 2019 proudly walked to the tune of Pomp and Circumstance. This was followed by the singing of the National Anthem and a short invocation delivered by Pastor Clive Welsh, after which graduates then delivered a Pledge to the Belizean Flag.

Ambergris Today

Belize To Improve Solid Waste Management With Support Of IDB And Japan
Grant of US$500,000 will boost the country's capabilities to manage solid waste in touristic areas and rural villages. According to this agreement, the Government of Belize receives a US$500,000 grant from the IDB through the Japan Quality Infrastructure Initiative (JQI). The specific objectives of the Technical Cooperation are to: (i) implement a pilot project in selected tourist areas to promote source separation, composting, reuse and recycling, and (ii) design of a system to facilitate solid waste collection and transport in rural villages for final disposal in the Mile 24 Regional Sanitary Landfill as well as (iii) designs for route optimization in urban areas.

Two San Pedro Men Missing
San Pedro Police along with family and friends of Silverio Cal and Melvin Montesino are working around the clock to find them. Cal and Montesino were last seen alive on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at night heading to the north side of the island. According to reports a van has been impounded and one person detained pending further investigation. Police believe that the owner of the taxi has information that can assist in the case.

Misc Belizean Sources


Paint N Splash
See you this week at from 2-4pm Thursday to paint this glow in the dark beach scene!!

Special Event to Honour 28 Years of Cuban Medical Brigade
Minister of Health Hon. Pablo Marin hosted an event to honour Cuban medical personnel who have served in Belize. The event was hosted at Kcho Studio Romerillo Gallery and Community Centre in Havana, Cuba. The studio is a community cultural project demonstrating the transformative power of art. It was founded by the world-renowned Cuban visual artist Alexis Leyva Machado, also known as Kcho, who believes that "art has a healing ability that can enrich and beautify other peoples' lives". He embodies the spirit of the collaboration that has brought Cubans and Belizeans together in keeping with the late Commander-in-Chief Fidel Castro's vision of service among developing nations.

Minister of Health Heads Delegation on Official Visit to Cuba
The Honourable Pablo Marin, Minister of Health, arrived in Havana, Cuba on June 16, 2019, to meet with his counterpart Minister Jose Angel Portal Miranda. They assessed the current state of cooperation and exchanged ideas on how to improve the work programme between both countries. Minister Marin also met with health officials to discuss best practices in primary health care, specialized medical training and accreditation, and intersectoral approaches to mental health, stress management, and the treatment of chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension which are common to both nations. Minister Marin expressed Belize's appreciation for Cuban scholarships in a range of fields including agriculture, education, engineering, sports and medicine.

Endorsement of the Maya Forest Biological Corridor in Central Belize
At its meeting last week, Cabinet approved a proposal from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration to recognize the Maya Forest Corridor in Central Belize as an area of natural significance, which connects two of the largest wilderness areas of Central America: the Maya Mountains of Belize and the northern Maya Lowland forests shared by Belize, Mexico and Guatemala. The connection of the Maya Mountains to the northern Maya Lowland forests is important from a biological standpoint but also presents worthwhile potential socio-economic benefits for the central area of Belize around the coastal highway region and the lower river valley area.

Hon. Edmond Castro Welcomes Taiwan Transport Minister to Belize
Minister of Transport and National Emergency Management (NEMO), Honorable Edmond Castro, was at the Phillip Goldson International Airport this morning to welcome Taiwan's Minister of Transportation and Communications, Lin Chia-Lung to Belize where he will spend the next four days on an official visit. Tomorrow, June 20th, the Taiwanese Minister and his delegation will participate in bilateral meetings with Honorable Castro and officials from his ministry, the Department of Transport and the Belize Postal Service. The two ministers will later take part in a signing ceremony on postal services and unveiling of the design for commemorative stamps, marking the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries, and in a handover ceremony for the Motor Project Contribution from Taiwan.

Kids Summer Camp 2019
CITO Summer Program 2019

Mr. Rigo Vellos, Mayor of Corozal Town makes courtesy visit to Mexico's Ambassador to Belize
His Worship Mr. Rigo Vellos, Mayor of Corozal Town makes courtesy visit to Mexico's Ambassador to Belize, His Excellency Carlos Quesnel, to discuss opportunities of collaboration between Mexico and Belize

Please join us for a fun afternoon of Bingo called by our very own Teamous Newberne! DATE: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26. TIME: 2:00 TO 4:00 P.M. PLACE: TORTUGA RESTAURANT. There will be cash prizes, as well as other great prizes. 100% of the funds we raise goes to CAP! Hope to see you there!

Corozal Raffle
Rainbow Town Neighborhood Watch Group is holding a raffle for a Basket of Groceries worth $325.00 to be drawn on June 28th at the Central Park. Proceeds are for crime prevention efforts in this neighborhood. Tickets are a $1 each.

Belize and the Republic of China (Taiwan)
Signing ceremony of Letter of Intent on framework for Tourism Cooperation between Belize and the Republic of China (Taiwan)

Language Training for Tour Guides
Tour Guides: want to hone your French or German language skills? We are now offering training for language courses!

Channel 7

No License, No Insurance, 15 Year Old Guat Driver Ran Over 9 Year Old
A 15 year old boy has been charged for knocking down and killing 8 year old Gabriela Corrales. Yesterday afternoon around 3:44, the Our Lady of Guadalupe School student was heading home when she was run over and crushed on a pedestrian ramp near the school. Courtney Weatherburne has the story. This morning at OLOG, Gabriela Corrales' classmates paid their respects by pinning posters with well wishes and farewell's on the front gate. Counsellors also spoke with them and other students to help cope with Gabby's tragic death.

Bail for Minor, Attorney Explains Why
A post mortem conducted this morning showed that the minor died of multiple blunt force traumatic injuries, to her head and body.   The 15 year old Guatemalan driver has been charged for manslaughter by negligence, causing death by careless conduct, drove motor vehicle without a driver's license, and drove motor vehicle without third party risk insurance, drove unlicensed vehicle, and drove without due care and attention. So, he had no license, and the vehicle - a 2011 Toyota Land Cruiser -    had no license or insurance, but today in court the Belmopan magistrate showed him leniency and granted bail.

Eyewitness and Attorney Differ On Accident Account
One eyewitness, a taxi man in the area, spoke to Plus TV - and said that, form what he observed the teenaged driver seemed to have not noticed that he hit the child.  The driver's attorney disagrees: Eye Witness: "All the lee girl told me was good evening sir, I said good evening baby and we continue walk and right by the taxi stand I sit down and she continue cross the bump and not even seconds and I hear bop! And when I look it's the same lee girl that I was walking with. So I holler out for bally, I done see the lee girl under the vehicle with the bike but he no stop, he just continue go dig. So I see that and I just jump out of my slippers and I chase him down mien about 50 yards..."

PSE, Celebrate the Best, But What About The Rest?
Last week, we introduced you to a few of this year's top scorers in the Primary School Examinations. These are the standard 6 students who got the highest grades out of the more than 7,000 students countrywide who sat the exams in April and May. This morning at the Belize City Civic Center, the Ministry of Education congratulated the top 25, and the schools which are consistently producing top finishers. The ceremony lasted about three hours with all the accolades and honors being handed out, and 7News was there. We spoke with Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber about the importance  of recognizing these promising students. He said that he expects to see them in future award ceremonies for CSEC and CAPE:

Faber Explains Why Cabinet Bit the SSB Bullet
We also asked Faber about the increase in Social Security contributions. He hopes to lead the UDP into the next general election and, so, taking more money out of workers - slash - voters - paychecks stands to affect him the most. As you saw last night, the PUP is all over this one - alleging mismanagement of the Social Security Fund, and electioneering by the SSB CEO's.  But, beneath all the polices are the numbers: there hasn't been an increase in contributions for 17 years now - which means the hike was overdue by an entire 7 years - years which all fell during the tenure of the Barrow administration.    And so, we wondered why they simply left the situation untouched for so long. 

Cuban Doctors, Embedded in Belizean Hearts and Culture
Cuban Doctors and nurses have become a permanent part of the Belizean medical landscape - and right that they should because they have been here for 28 years. That's right, Cuba has been sending medical personnel to Belize since 1990. and, right now, there are 87 Cubans serving in the Belizean health sector. And, this week in Havana, Cuba Health Minister Pablo Marin honored them at an event held at a celebrated art gallery and community center.  

Alleged Killer Constables On Trial
Back In June of 2015, the breezy island of Caye Caulker erupted into protest after residents learned that 18 year-old Hilberto Sotz, a high school student, died while in detention at the island's police station. 2 constables, 35 year-old Hallet King, and Leonard Nunez, were arrested and charged with manslaughter, and at this time, they are on trial before Justice Colin Williams.  As we reported, Sotz died in the holding cell, while he was being detained for questioning about a burglary. He was allegedly brutalized by both officers, and he died from a heart attack, which resulted from being beaten in the head.

Kids Who Did Right
Today police celebrated kids who did the right thing - even in difficult and adverse circumstances - when doing the wrong thing may have been easier.   Today, 55 of those kids - from all over the country - were invited to Old Belize to be congratulated for the effort they show din keeping on the right path. Ten of them got special honors because they persevered over tremendous adversity: The Do the Raid Thing ceremony is an annual event.

The Subsidy Solution, Can It Take Kids Through Fourth Form?
Parents know very well how expensive the education can be, but the Ministry of Education has been trying to alleviate  that burden providing subsidies, to cover portions of the  ever increasing school fees. It was a major talking point for Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber, during his keynote address at today's PSE Award Ceremony today. He announced that the Government is now working out the details on how they can expand the initiative. The intention is to try and cover the costs of education for high school students from the time they enter the doors of their chosen school, up until the point when they graduate.

Education, Always Changing, But, Outcomes?
The Deputy Prime Minister also took the opportunity to announce major changes coming to Belize's education system. Some of those changes include reforms to the way teachers impart knowledge to their students, which we will get to shortly.  But, first, Faber spoke about the additional schools they are building, with a focus on early childhood education: Hon. Patrick Faber - Minister of Education: "You'll remember that there's a CDB loan, where we're building quite a number of schools at the secondary, primary, but the majority of those schools are at the pre-school level..."

Belize, Taiwan and Tourism
The Taiwanese Minister of Transport and Communications is currently in Belize. He and his delegation flew here to hold high-level meetings with his counterpart, Tourism Minister Manuel Heredia Jr., and the executives of the Belize Tourism Board.  The Government of Taiwan is offering to help Belize improve it's tourism product by offering their expertise, knowledge, and best practices.

Channel 5

S.S.B.'s Pension Scheme and "Alternative Lifestyle"
Between 2017 and 2018, more than two thousand contributors joined the social security fund. Currently, the fund consists of about one hundred and eight thousand contributors. Every year, close to [...]

Ministry of Education Hosts the 2019 P.S.E. Awards Ceremony
A week after the results of the 2019 Primary School Exams were released, the Ministry of Education brought together the top twenty-five students for an award ceremony in their honour. [...]

G.O.B. to Extend Subsidies to Second Form; 11,000+ to Benefit
Minister Faber also announced that the Government of Belize, through the Ministry of Education, will be extending the subsidy for students to second form. So come the new school year, [...]

Education Minister: High Schools Transitioning to Digital Platform
High schools across the country are going digital. A letter of intent has been signed between G.O.B. and Belize Telemedia Limited which paves the way for a digital revolution in [...]

Expansion Project to Increase Success of Early Childhood Development
Speaking about expansion, Faber also spoke about his ministry acquiring funding through a loan from the Caribbean Development Bank to install additional preschools across the country. Minister Faber says that [...]

Students Rewarded for Doing the Right Thing
The Belize Police Department held its national Du Di Right Ting award ceremony today at Old Belize. Fifty-five students from around the country were recognized, with eight of them getting [...]

Deputy Commissioner Broaster Speaks on Vendors' Curfew
Earlier this week, we reported about the late night food vendors who are being shut down at midnight on the south side and by two a.m. on the north side. [...]

A Vicious Stabbing Over Weed Sale
Tonight, twenty-four-year-old Marlon Casey, a resident of Ladyville, is on remand at the Belize Central Prison after being arraigned for the attempted murder of Abraham Leslie.� The incident occurred on [...]

Making the Agriculture Sector Adaptable to Climate Change
Agricultural production in Belize has been impacted by climate change and climate variability. In order to prevent the loss of millions of dollars and adapt to climate change, a five-day [...]

The Importance of Climate Change Adaptability
Director of Extension at the Ministry of Agriculture Belarmino Esquivel says that institutional strengthening and improved technical capacities in the agricultural sector of Belize can improve the country's ability to [...]

A Letter of Intent for Tourism Cooperation
A Letter of Intent on a framework for tourism cooperation between Belize and the Republic of China (Taiwan) was signed this evening.� The ceremony coincides with the visit of Doctor [...]

The Reporter

Endorsement of the Maya Forest Biological Corridor in Central Belize
At its meeting last week, Cabinet approved a proposal from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration to recognize the Maya Forest Corridor in Central Belize as an area of natural significance, which connects two of the largest wilderness areas of Central America: the Maya Mountains of Belize and the northern Maya Lowland forests shared by Belize, Mexico and Guatemala.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Maya Forest biological corridor named area of natural significance
At its meeting last week, Cabinet approved a proposal from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, [�]

Shyne Barrow commends Government for assisting 200 students from Mesop with educational grants
United Democratic Party (UDP) standard bearer for Mesopotamia, Shyne Barrow, was present today at the [�]

Belize and Cuba host 2nd Migratory Discussion
The Belize-Cuba migratory discussion continues with a 2nd round of meetings to be held on Thursday [�]

Taiwan's Transport Minister visits Belize
Minister of Transport and National Emergency Management, Edmond Castro was at the Philip Goldson International [�]

BTIA to host bi-annual meeting
Over 100 representatives from the tourism sector are expected to attend the 34th bi-annual meeting [�]

Minister of Health meets Cuban Medical Brigade
Minister of Health, Pablo Marin hosted an event to honour Cuban medical personnel who have [�]

Minister of Health heads delegation on official visit to Cuba
Minister of Health, Pablo Marin arrived in Havana, Cuba on June 16, to meet with [�]

Barbecue sale organized to help young warrior's battle with cancer
Saturdays in Belize City is a barbecue lovers dream, with stalls every few blocks, there's [�]

Digicell warns of scammers
This morning, Digicell users took to Facebook to question suspicious text messages being sent to [�]

Social Security counts political cost of new contribution scheme
Sometimes, the right thing to do isn't necessarily what is popular. That, in essence, is [�]


Deputy Prime Minister says the contribution is minimal in comparison to the benefits
On July 1, the Social Security Board will roll out the new contribution scheme. As a result employees will see an increase of up to two percent, in their contributions. It is an increase that will be applied in three tranches over a period of two and a half years. CEO for SSB, Dr. Colin �

Fraudsters try to make money in the name of 11 year old Shooting Victim
The family of Kyron Green is privately raising funds to have him airlifted out of the country to receive medical treatment. On May seventeenth, the 11 year old standard four student was shot in the face by a stray bullet inside a store on Central American Boulevard in Belize City. He has suffered paralysis as �

Police Department believes curbing Street Vendor Hours will help stop Crime
Across every municipality, you can regularly see street vendors lined up along popular areas. They don't just show up and sell food, they need to have food handler's license and also a peddler's license. The peddler's license is issued by the City or Town council. The street vendors in Belie City, the most densely populated �

Taiwan and Belize to work on developing tourism
As a part of the celebration of 30 years of friendship between the Republic of China (Taiwan) and Belize, there was signing ceremony for a letter of intent on framework for tourism cooperation between the two countries. The letter signifies a commitment between Belize and Taiwan to continue working together to better the tourism industry �

Customer not always right- Man stabbed budding entrepreneur over weed
A Ladyville Village resident is behind bars because of a stabbing incident that occurred during an illicit transaction. On Monday, June 17, 2019, 24 year old Marlon Casey allegedly went to purchase marijuana from Abraham Leslie. Reports are that when Casey received the weed, the quantity of his purchase did not match the going rate �

Police Dept. has 4 summer camps for your kids to join
People like to say there are only two things certain in life, taxes and death. But in Belize we have dry season, rainy season and this time of year, we also have an abundance of summer camps. While there are a throng of them at this time of year, the police department via its Community �

Ministry of Education recognizes top 25 performers
This morning, the Ministry of Education held an award ceremony for the students who did exceptionally well on the Primary School Examination, PSE, for 2019. These students managed to attain the top twenty-five positions through their hard work and dedication. As a result, they were honoured in the presence of family and friends. The Minister �

BEL and Belcogen are in a legal battle
Belize Electricity Limited, BEL, has been purchasing electrical energy from Belize Co-Generation Energy Limited, Belcogen, which is a provider of electrical energy. This energy is produced from bagasse which is the fibre left after the extraction of juice from sugar cane. The two companies had entered into a power purchasing agreement concerning the sale of �

Convict goes before Court of Appeal
In November 2011, 45-year-old taxi driver, Domiciano Quixchan was murdered. Police was led to believe that it was a robbery turned into murder after Hernan Manzanero told police that he along with his girlfriend and baby, was in Quixchan's taxi at the time and while Quixchan struggled with the two men, he managed to escape �

International Sourcesizz

Southwest's Birthday Sale
If you need a low-cost getaway it is seat sale time - Southwest Airlines Birthday Sale Has $49 Flights Around the U.S. (and $81 Flights to the Caribbean)

The tiny country teaching us how to save the planet
I'm cruising a tropical lagoon on the trail of an underwater lawnmower. Elan Cuevas, my boatman and guide, is at the wheel, manoeuvring behind a telltale slick of grass clippings. He squints against the surface glitter of sunlight. Follow the trail, he knows, and we might get lucky. The lagoon in question is Placencia, on the south coast of Belize, and the lawnmower is a West Indian manatee. This endearing sea cow finds sanctuary here, courtesy of an extensive No Wake zone that prevents collisions with power boats - a major threat. But finding one takes a bit of work. "Over there," says Elan. "See the mud?" He points to a gravy-stain bloom of sediment at the surface, betraying a manatee busy...

Miami's Big Caribbean Cook-Off
Some of the Caribbean leading culinary professionals are gearing up for the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association's Taste of the Caribbean event. The big Caribbean cook-off will take place June 21-23 at the Hyatt Regency Miami. Held in conjunction with the association's annual industry conference, the Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum from June 21-23, and the Caribbean305 culinary and cultural consumer celebration on June 22, Taste of the Caribbean features culinary teams from 14 Caribbean destinations in a "friendly but intense" battle for cooking supremacy.

Annuity Payments Protected From Creditors In Rensin
In 2001, Maryland resident Joseph K. Rensin established the "Joren Trust" in the Cook Islands, with himself as the settlor (creator) and beneficiary. At this time, Rensin apparently had no creditor issues, and he funded the Joren Trust with $9 million that he had obtained through the sale of a business. The new judgment was entered against Rensin and BlueHippo in April 2016 for $13.4 million and the FTC shortly thereafter demanded that the Joren Trust pay the FTC judgment. Kabuki theatre then ensued, as the Joren Trustee sought directions from the Belize Supreme Court (and Bait & Tackle Shop), which -- completely consistent with being the sleazy debtor haven that Belize is -- advised the Joren Trust not to pay the FTC.

Belize, Cuba to Celebrate 2nd Migratory Talks
The 2nd Round Belize-Cuba Migratory Talks will be held on Thursday and Friday, in which representatives of both nations will ratify their interest in increasing cooperation in this area. The migratory talks will be chaired by Ernesto Soberon, Director General of Consular Affairs and Cuban Residents Abroad of the Cuban Foreign Ministry and by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Immigration and Refugee Services of Belize, Beverly Williams, according to the Nation and Emigration website. During the 1st Round Cuba-Belize Migratory Talks, held in Havana in 2018, the sides reviewed the migratory flow progress between both nations as well as crimes related to it.


  • Harvest Bible Chapel High School Missions Trip 2019 / / Belize, 10min.

  • Snorkelling Belize 2019f, 3min. Snorkelling on the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef off the coast of Belize at Caye Caulker in February 2019. The reef is teeming with a wide variety of marine life, including green turtles, manta rays, nurse sharks, jackfish, parrot fish and corals. The constant sea temperature of 28 degrees C (82F) means you can leave your wetsuit at home. It is vital that these unique habitats are preserved for future generations to enjoy.

  • Channel 5 Fathers Day Special 2019, 2hr. Annual OYE Father's Day Special!!! We invited viewers to nominate dads who are extraordinary Fathers. Today we met the nominees and learnt all about their Fatherhood journey. On set: Carlos Cambranes Sr., Francis Lino, Vernerius Cho, Peter Lacey. The Chefs in the "Flava with a Beat" kitchen made a Father's Day meal to treat your dad on his special day. It featured steak and shrimp marinated in Mackeson Stout.

  • A graphic art exhibit! , .5min. Artist Falco (Cuba) + Lito (Belize)

  • 2019 APRIL BELIZE TRIP, 4min. Ambergris Caye, Belize

  • The Other Side Of Belize - Into The Jungle, 10min. Discovering another side of the country. Belize is a small country but there's so much to see. One side you can enjoy the beach and the Caribbean feel, the other side you'll be hiking through waterfalls and lush rainforest.

  • Caye Caulker, Belize, 5min. Caye Caulker, a five-mile long island off the coast of mainland Belize, is a charming Caribbean island where "go slow" is the motto. This island is known for its stunning seascapes, diverse water sports, eco-tours, and friendly community.

  • Walking the streets of Belize city 2019, 6.5min.

  • EPI Belize and TIDE - a Partnership for Science, 2.5min. With the assistance of the Nature Conservancy and local Belizean Conservationists, TIDE (Toledo Institute for Development and Environment) was established in 1997 to conduct ecological studies that would inform management of important marine and terrestrial ecosystems in Belize. The partnership between EPI and TIDE means that now, more than ever, local students and community members are able to contribute to these essential, long-term ecological studies.

  • Sports Talk Show, 60min.