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Today's Belize News: July 3, 2019 #537108
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The San Pedro Sun

San Pedro Police release murder suspect Christian Espat after questioning
After being in police custody for the murder investigation of local tour guide Mario Graniel and American Dr. Gary Swank, 23-year-old Christian Espat was released without charges on Monday, July 1st. Espat handed himself over to San Pedro Police in the company of his attorney Leeroy Banner on Thursday, June 27th, after a wanted poster for his apprehension in connection with the double murder was shared online via media outlets. Espat claims he is innocent of the crime and spoke to The San Pedro Sun upon his release. “Every time something happens on this island, they try to blame me,” said the island fisherman. “I want the community to know that I have nothing to do with this double murder; I am trying to change my life,” Espat claims that on June 23rd when Graniel and Swank were killed, he was off the island in Benque Viejo del Carmen, and it was upon his return to the island that he found out police wanted him.

Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Smith College Education host education and outreach workshop in San Pedro Town
20 years of collaboration between Hol Chan Marine Reserve (HCMR) and Smith College’s Coral Reef Ed-Ventures Summer Program from Northampton, Massachusetts USA were commemorated with an education and outreach workshop for island stakeholders on Thursday, June 27th. Held at the Grand Caribe conference room north of San Pedro Town, the workshop saw the attendance of the educators from Smith College, past Coral Reef Ed-Ventures mentors, staff of HCMR and invited guests. The workshop began at 1PM with HCMR Environmental Educator Mariela Archer testing the attendees knowledge and asking them questions about HCMR’s Education and Outreach Program and how they believe they can improve it. Thereafter, Archer continued with a short presentation about the HCMR program.

Graduation season continues on Ambergris Caye
The Graduation season continued this weekend in San Pedro Town with one primary school and three preschools hosting their commencement exercise. A total of 12 students received their primary schools diplomas and will move on to the high school level, while 89 youngster received their Preschool certificates and will enter the primary school level. The weekend of graduation began with the Ambergris Caye Elementary School (ACES) commencement on Thursday, June 27th at 5PM at their school grounds. The ceremony saw a total of 12 students receiving their primary school diplomas and gearing up to enter high school. The 2019 ACES graduates were Faye Chi, Maritza Guardado, Casey Gillett, Daniel Jackson, Jordy Diaz, Nia Lisbey, Robert Harsh, Alexis Lawrence, Samantha Ancona, Madison Burkey, Luis Olivera and Audrey Pott.

San Pedranos celebrate Dia de San Pedro!
San Pedranos and visitors alike honored the island’s Patron Saint with the annual celebration of ‘El Dia de San Pedro’ from Friday, June 28th to Saturday, June 29th. The celebration was held at the Honourable Louis Sylvestre Sporting Complex with local and international entertainment. The traditional event also included an early morning mass, boat procession and the blessing of fishermen vessels for a successful fishing season. The festival officially opened on Friday with Mayor Daniel Guerrero leading a short ceremony. He spoke of the importance to keep the tradition alive and shared the history of the town, which was once a tiny fishing village. He touched on the importance of the religious side of the event, noting a decrease in interest in the festivities year after year.

Ambergris Today

Dia De San Pedro Celebration
Our Patron Saint Celebrations took place this past weekend with both religious activities and fun entertainment for the entire family to enjoy. Children enjoyed a fun show alon with super heroes and princesses while adults were entertained by mariachi band and comedian and good music by Rompe Raja and Caribbean Kings. The fireworks display is something everyone always looks forward too and this year was no exception! Below are some pictures for your enjoyment! Feliz Dia de San Pedro!

Youths Engage In Agriculture Summer Camp 2019
The Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with the Police Department is once again hosting its two weeks Youths Engage in Agriculture Summer Camp 2019. The event started yesterday July 1st, 2019, with an opening ceremony held at the National Agriculture and Trade Showgrounds, Belmopan. Guess speakers at the event were the Minister of Agriculture the Hon. Godwin Hulse, Mayor of Belmopan His Worship Khalid Belisle, Chief Agriculture Officer Mr. Andrew Harrison and Mr. Linden Flowers Senior Superintendent of Police.

Various Belizean Sources


ATM: COMPOL Chester Williams is presently meeting in San Pedro Island
with D.C.P. Edward Broaster, A.C.P. Marco Vidal, Ag. OC San Pedro Island and Heads of the Specialized Units, to discuss the progress of the San Pedro Island's operations and to establish a long term plan to police the island. COMPOL is also expected to meet tonight with the San Pedro Island BTIA, to hear their concerns and to update them on what is being done to address the crime issue.

Motorcycles donated to San Pedro Police
COMPOL Chester Williams & the San Pedro Police Detachment, would like to express their highest gratitude & satisfaction for today's donation of 2 new LeFan 250 Brand Motorcycles, donated by Mr. Javier Pareles & Mr. Kevin Gonzales of Hol Chan Marine Reserve, to support the BPD's strategy on fighting crime and violence in San Pedro Island.

BBQ Fundraiser on Caye Caulker
BBQ FUNDRAISER HAPPENING ON SUNDAY, JULY 7, 2019 8:00 AM- 2:00PM. Contact Carlos Macu at 601-6925 to give donations. All donations is greatly appreciated. SUPPORT A WORTHY CAUSE!

Wet Corner Car Wash Now Open in San Pedro
on Seagrape Drive

Ministry of Agriculture and Belize Police Department Partner for 2019 Youths Engaged in Agriculture Summer Camp
The Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with the Belize Police Department is once again hosting its two-week Youths Engaged in Agriculture (YEA) Summer Camp. The camp kicked off yesterday, July 1st, 2019, with an opening ceremony held at the National Agriculture and Trade Showgrounds in Belmopan. Guest speakers at the event were the Hon. Godwin Hulse, Minister of Agriculture; His Worship Khalid Belisle, Mayor of Belmopan; Mr. Andrew Harrison, Chief Agriculture Officer; and Mr. Linden Flowers, Senior Superintendent of Police. With an ageing population of farmers, there is a need to attract more young people to the agriculture sector. Through this summer camp, the Ministry seeks to promote agriculture as a cool, profitable and attractive career for youths. Youths participating in this year’s camp are from towns and villages in the Cayo and Belize Districts. Activities will include field visits to Spanish Lookout, Central Farm and Banana Bank and hands-on practical training for students. A kid’s rodeo will culminate the two-week camp on July 13th, 2019.

BTEC's Computers for Everyday Use coming to Punta Gorda
Learn the fundamentals of working with computers with this FREE 5 - day crash course and improve your chances of landing a better job!

Officer Cadet Program 2019 - FEMALE APPLICANTS

German Tour Operators Familiarization Trip Photos

The Belize Peace Movement joins all right-thinking Belizeans in expressing outrage over the leaked news that Belize Telecommunications Co. Ltd (BTL) has not paid almost thirty million dollars in General Sales Tax since 2014. This latest outrage of governmental negligence, malfeasance and violation of the tax and revenue laws must result in those responsible being forced to answer and suffer full consequences. The prime minister, who never misses an opportunity to belittle and castigate those who question and expose wrongdoings and corruption has been uncharacteristically silent.

Teaching Positions Open at Corozal Junior College

Corozal Municipal Bazaar
The following dates have been set for the upcoming Municipal Bazaar events. If you have a small business venture that you would like to promote, join us on these dates at the Corozal Central Park. The Corozal Town Council, meeting another of our commitments in boosting our economic activity. Visit our website at

COMEDY NIGHT at International Costa Maya Festival
This is a night you do not want to miss! LALO ESPAÑA will be headlining COMEDY NIGHT and will make you laugh till you drop with his different characters like German from Televisa's Vecinos Show and Doña Francisca Margara. Get your season passes or comedy night tickets at any of our outlets in San Pedro or at the Costa Maya Festival office.

We are just four weeks away from one of the most anticipated festivals on the island – The International Costa Maya Festival, which will be kicking off on July 26th and ends on 28th, 2019. International Costa Maya Festival – Photo Courtesy Karen Brodie This year marks the 29th year for the International Costa Maya Festival. In celebration of its silver anniversary, the Costa Maya Festival committee has a lot of surprises up their sleeves with one of the most exciting being the introduction of its new logo. Bold, bright and full of life, it is a true representation of the festival at hand. Held annually, the festival promotes the culture of the Munda Maya with their traditional dances, music, and food while promoting tourism in San Pedro. It is not only one of the busiest weeks on the island but one of the most vibrant and liveliest times. San Pedro comes alive, as locals and tourist flock to the island by boat and by plane to participate in the different festivities and special offers, proposed by restaurants, bars, nightclubs and hotels around the island.

Channel 7

BDF Volunteer Run Over and Killed
A 20 year old BDF Volunteer has died after he was knocked down last night at mile 63 on the George Price Highway. After 7:00 last night, Charles Bell Jr., was on his motorbike heading to his home in Blackman Eddy village when he was knocked down from behind by a van. He was flung violently to the road where he sustained major head and body trauma. Police rushed him to the San Ignacio Hospital, and from there to the Western Regional, and then to the KHMH where he died from his injuries. The young volunteer was coming off duty and today in Blackman Eddy, we spoke to his sister and father about the tragic loss:

PC Ralph Gillett, The Bigger Picture
Last night, we told you all about the ordeal of PC Ralph Gillett - who was mobbed by a group of women on a water taxi - and then put in a sleeper hold by Caye Caulker police when they took him into custody. The narrative was dictated by videos posted on facebook - but they don't tell the complete story. Today, we received five other videos that show a part of what happened in the 20 minutes between the fight and when police applied the submission hold. We note that a Woman Police Constable - who was with Gillette sustained a fracture in the melee on the boat. She was with Gillett and reports say she went to the Caye Caulker police station demanding that they set him free.

Man Accuses Son of Unnatural Act
Our next story is definitely not suitable for children - so if you have them around - you might want to send them into another room for a bit. It's a story about an unnatural act by a man who victimized a pig. It happened in Ontario Village where 81 year old Miguel Ara told police that he wants court action against his 40 year old son. That's after he allegedly caught him engaged in a sexual act with a female piglet. It happened at 4:30 this morning when Ara went to check on his pigs after he saw his son lurking around the pen last night. Today, he told Daniel Ortiz about he disturbing sight he encountered, and his son's troubled history:..

Cops Catch Crack and Assault Rifle Ammo on San Pedro
Police have been working to dismantle drug gangs on San Pedro and yesterday morning a raid at dawn turned up drugs and ammunition. At 5:30, police raided the home of 44 year old Alexander Fitzgibbon and 29 year old Lucio Salazar in the Boca del Rio area. They found 10 ounces of crack cocaine, 3 ounces of powdered cocaine, 2 ounces of weed and one hundred and one round of 5.56 ammunition, the type used in assault rifles.

OW Fire Started By a Heater
The Fire Department says there was nothing it could do to stop a fire that tore through a wooden bungalow in Orange Walk on Monday morning at 2:30. 69 year old Brijida and 76 year old Leandro Nah woke to find their house engulfed in flame. They escaped, but only with the clothes on their back. Today, Orin Smith of the Fire Department, told us what caused the fire:... Orin Smith, Station Officer, National Fire Service: "Upon arrival on scene found was a bungalow wooden structure with zinc roof measuring approximately 40 by 50 feet fully engulfed in flames. As a result of that fire, that structure was lost..."

Belmopan's Fire Truck Woes
Smith also told us more about the fire at a Belmopan boutique last week. Everything inside Fashion and More was burnt to nothing in a blaze that burned for hours. There was very little that the Capital City's Fire Department could do because it only has one truck. Smith discussed the difficulties and the futility of lamenting it any further: Orin Smith, Station Officer, National Fire Service "Investigation revealed that the fire originated in the warehouse section or the rear of the boutique and the cause of the fire is electrical."

Belize Produces Enough Onions to Feed Population
Belizeans use thousands of pounds of onions every week, and the Ministry of agriculture says there's enough local product to feed the country. They completed the yearly Onion Availability Assessment last week when they visited three major onion producing communities, namely, Maskall, Little Belize and Neuland settlements in the Corozal District. The assessment concluded that there is an estimated 130,000 pounds of yellow onions in the above-mentioned communities including San Carlos village in the Orange Walk District.

Drought Developing in North
And while many areas in the north can be considered a bread-basket for Belizean agriculture the MET office reports that a short-term drought is developing over the Corozal, Orange walk and northern Belize districts. A rough monitoring report says that short-term drought is also possible over Western Cayo and Southern Stann Creek/Northern Toledo districts near Savannah. The areas in orange show those parts of the country where there is a drought warning. The areas in green have no drought, while yellow is under warning.

Comedian Oliver, Still Large in Belize
For those of us who came of age in the 90's - one of the biggest television sensations was the Jamaican sitcom, "Oliver" - with his trademark catch phrase "Olivah, you large!" Well, Oliver Samuels arrived in Belize today to offer a master's class on stage performance, and to act in a play he wrote, called "Frenemy". The workshop is at the Bliss and we spoke to him during the lunch break about what he's teaching and that which cannot be taught:..

US Embassy on The Murder of American Cardiologist, Dr. Swank
Last night, we told you about the latest developments in the police investigation into the San Pedro double murders of local tour guide Mario Graniel, and his guest, American Doctor Gary Swank, which happened 2 Sundays ago. The swarm of negative publicity in the US press and the specter of lawlessness has caused mass cancelations of pre-booked tours. The Government of Belize has called it a crisis that needs urgent attention. The FBI is assisting with the investigation.

US Embassy Cheers TIPS Upgrade
That conversation also gave us the opportunity to ask about Belize's upgrade from tier 3 to tier 2 in the latest Trafficking In Person's Report published by the US State Department. It was a welcomed improvement in rating that the Belize Government, and specifically the Attorney General's Ministry, worked hard to achieve. Today, the US chargé d'affaires told us that he was happy to see those efforts recognized:

US Denounces Gay Bashing On Water Taxi
And the final local issue that the chargé commented on was this Sunday's incident at the Caye Caulker Water Taxi, involving Police Constable Ralph Gillett. In those videos that have gone viral, you'll definitely have seen the how the crowd jeered and heckled when Gillett was subdued by a fellow officer, after the commotion on the water taxi with the mob of women. The US has been an outspoken LGBTI advocate in Belize and here's what the Keith Gilges had to say about the gratuitous hurling of insults from the cheering crowd:

Born On The 4th...
This opportunity to talk with the current head of the US Embassy came at their pre-independence day celebration at the chargé's residence in Belmopan this afternoon. In 2 days, US citizens will celebrate their 243rd anniversary of their country's independence. To recognize the importance of that day, the US Embassy in Belize hosted a social event where they invited Belizean VIP's to join them in celebrating the US Independence. 7News attended and here's what the US Charge D' Affairs had to say to his guests:

Molding Young Farmers
School's out and all types of summer camps have opened all over the country. Belmopan police has one of the most ambitious with the Youths Engaged in Agriculture Summer Camp which started yesterday at the National Agriculture and Trade Showgrounds in Belmopan. The idea is to attract more young people to the agriculture sector., and to give the youths some sense of self sufficiency. A release says, quote, the Ministry seeks to promote agriculture as a cool, profitable and attractive career for youths. Activities include field visits to Spanish Lookout, Central Farm and Banana Bank and a hands-on practical training for students. It culminates in a kid's rodeo on July 13th.

Channel 5

Police Officer Used Unsanctioned Chokehold to Subdue PC Gillett
More cell phone images have surfaced about Sunday’s unfortunate incident on a water taxi from Caye Caulker. The images show the chokehold used by the police to restrain and subdue [...]

Still No Arrests in Murder of Belize City Landlord, Errol Crown
The murder of fifty-seven-year-old Errol Crown, a resident of Neal Pen Road, remains an open investigation as police are still trying to determine his cause of death and who may [...]

Young B.D.F. Volunteer Perishes in Hit & Run
A young B.D.F. volunteer perished hours after he was hit on the George Price Highway by a vehicle whose driver did not stop to render assistance. Twenty-year-old Charles Bell Junior [...]

Early Morning Sweep Nets Drugs and Ammunition, Eleven Arrests
Recent developments on Ambergris Caye have prompted the Belize Police Department to ramp up its presence on the island, where a series of incidents that are believed to be drug-related [...]

Dr. Ramon Figueroa to Leave Ministry of Health (?)
We take a break from crime to report that Health C.E.O., Doctor Ramon Figueroa, is said to be on is way out. Reports of his anticipated departure are circulating in [...]

Oliver Samuels Headlines ‘Frenemy’ – a Live Show Comedy – in Belize!
If you don’t know what a ‘Frenemy’ is, then the comedian extraordinaire Oliver Samuels will tell you what it is.  The Jamaican king of comedy is in Belize to put [...]

Jankunu Productionz and Oliver Samuels Team Up for a Master Class in Theater
We also spoke with two of the minds behind Jankunu Productionz. Sandra McKay and Julie Ann Bradley told us more about the play, ‘Frenemy’ and an accompanying master class in [...]

Extended First Semester in 2019 School Year Raises Concerns for B.N.T.U.
The 2019 academic calendar will see a few more school days tacked on to the first semester of classes, extending the term to December twentieth when schools will recess for [...]

Couple Acquitted of Wounding their 6-Year-Old Child
A police officer and his common-law-wife are free tonight after they were acquitted of three counts of wounding upon their six-year-old child, who they were accused of beating. Police claimed [...]

Copper Thief Appears before the Court
A man who authorities thought was a worker with B.T.L. turned out to be copper thief. Gilbert Craig of Faber’s Road Extension was arraigned before Magistrate Emmerson Banner on Monday [...]

Senator Lizarraga says Belizeans Should be Concerned of B.T.L.’s Financial Records
Working documents leaked to the media show a fifty million dollars G.S.T. debt reportedly owed by state-owned Belize Telemedia Limited. The documents surfaced last week and it showed that between [...]

Business Owners & Managers Face Penalties for GST Noncompliance
The disclosure of the documents came on the day that the Senate debated and ratified the Tax Administration and Procedure Bill.  The bill contains several components ultimately designed to increase [...]

Private Sector Senator says S.S.B. has other Options to Avoid Financial Crash
The new S.S.B. contribution and reform scheme came into effect on Monday. The Social Security Board embarked in a two-year consultation process where the private sector, the Opposition, Cabinet, and [...]

Asylum Seekers Complete E.S.L. Course
The United Nations Commission of Human Rights held a short ceremony on Monday for twenty-three asylum seekers who completed the English as a Second Language course.  The UNHCR offers asylum [...]

Addressing Marine Litter in Belize’s Seas Space
Thousands of pieces of garbage, primarily plastic, wash up in the sea, river, lagoons and coastlines across the country. The marine litter causes environmental and health issues and affects the [...]

The Annual Agriculture Summer Camp is Underway
The Ministry of Agriculture, in collaboration with the Police Department, is hosting its fourth annual Youth Engage in Agriculture Summer Camp. The two-week event kicked off on Monday at the [...]

Fire Department Speaks on Fashion & More Fire in Belmopan
Last Wednesday, we reported on a fire that wiped out a boutique in Belmopan. The fire started on Tuesday night just before seven o’clock in a storeroom of Fashion and [...]

Faulty Water Heater Destroys Home in the North
A fire destroyed a family home in the early hours of Monday morning.  The Nah family was asleep inside their home on Tate Street in Orange Walk Town when one [...]

Meet the Hopefuls of the 2019 KTV, the Remix
It is that time of the year; it means it is time of the new season of KTV the Remix so get ready for fun and laughter.  Tonight, we kick [...]

Belize’s Football Coaches Participate in FIFA’s Grassroots Training
A train the trainer’s course is taking place at the F.F.B. Headquarters in Belmopan. Twenty-two coaches from across the country are engaged in a FIFA-certified grassroots training being facilitated by [...]

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Cop gets “woman fum-fum” aboard water taxi
A police officer who was returning from the Caye Caulker Lobster Fest yesterday became involved in an altercation with a young woman, next to whom he attempted to sit onboard a Caye Caulker water taxi that was about to leave for Belize City. Today, police have confirmed that they have launched a criminal as well as an internal investigation of the incident. Deputy Commissioner of Police Edward Broaster told the media that the police’s Professional Standards Branch will investigate the incident. So far, the police officer, who has been identified as PC Ralph Gillett, is still detained at the Caye Caulker Police Station, and the women who were involved have not yet given statements to police, who are still investigating the incident.

Rochus Schreiber, BTL’s CEO, resigns
Rochus Schreiber, who has been at the helm of Belize Telemedia Limited for the past two and a half years, following the resignation of Anwar Barrow, one of Prime Minister Dean Barrow’s sons, suddenly resigned from his lucrative post last Friday, June 28. Schreiber’s resignation was confirmed by the company’s Human Resource Department through a BTL employees’ bulletin. The resignation is scheduled to take effect at the end of September. According to the BTL employees bulletin announcing Schreiber’s resignation, “he intends to pursue other personal interests and reunite with his family in the United Kingdom at the end of September.”

Lee Mark beats Leila in UDP Caribbean Shores convention
The ruling United Democratic Party (UDP) held a contested convention to elect a standard bearer for the Caribbean Shores constituency yesterday, Sunday, and the former president of the Senate, Lee Mark Chang, emerged victorious, defeating former UDP city councilor, Leila Peyrefitte. In the 2015 general election, Caribbean Shores fell into the hands of the Opposition People’s United Party after the PUP candidate, Kareem Musa, defeated the former Belize City mayor, Darrell Bradley, who remained as the caretaker for the constituency following his defeat.

Gilbert Craig, 32, charged with theft of BTL copper wire
Gilbert Craig, 32, a resident of 6423 Fabers Road Extension, was charged with the theft of 155 feet of copper wire, the property of Belize Telemedia Limited, when he appeared today before Magistrate Emerson Banner. He pleaded not guilty to the charge and was released on a bail of $1,500; his case was adjourned until September 5. The incident occurred on June 27. Police in Hattieville reported that they were informed of a theft that was occurring between Miles 13 and 15 on the George Price Highway. Police said that when they proceeded to the area, they saw a vehicle that was parked on the side of the road, with nobody in it.

PUP surges ahead in village council elections
The second round of village council elections took place yesterday, Sunday, June 30. Voting took place in 46 villages and the Opposition, the People’s United Party, today in a press release said that it is leading so far in the village council elections. Last Sunday, June 23, thirty-five villages held elections. Villages which held elections yesterday in the second round are as follows: 8 in the Corozal District, 2 in the Orange Walk district, 6 in the Belize district, 6 in Cayo, 7 in the Stann Creek district and 17 in Toledo. In the 8 villages in the Corozal District which held elections yesterday, the governing United Democratic Party won all 8 village councils.

The National AIDS Commission of Belize holds second annual National Testing Day
The National AIDS Commission of Belize (NAC) has set out to make Belizeans across the country aware of their status by means of the second annual National Testing Day, which was held today, Friday, June 28. So, in all the districts, testing for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is being done free of cost. In Belize City’s Battlefield Park, a testing area was set up for city residents who want to know their HIV status.

Belize wins Silver at Central American Female U-23 Volleyball Championship in Nicaragua
Belize won, 3-0 (26-24, 25-21, 25-22), against El Salvador to secure the Silver medal for the first time in their four Central American U23 Championships, ending with a 4-2 win/loss record (20 points), while El Salvador missed the podium with 2-4. The Belizean team won an initial advantage of 7 points (10-3) and a match point in favor of El Salvador to tie the game at 24, and won the first set, 26-24, which was decisive in getting the win. Melanie Palacio, Mya Musa and Fatoumata Camara each scored 11 points for Belize, while El Salvador’s Gabriela Funes was best scorer with 15 points.

National Over-40 football playoffs near; 2nd spot up for grabs in North and South
The double round-robin (8 games) in each group, North and South, in the National Over-40 Football Tournament 2019 is almost completed, and the top spot is already decided in both groups; while the second spot (the top 2 teams from each group will go on to the semifinal playoffs) is still undecided. This past weekend, two games each were scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, June 29 and 30, but only one was played on Sunday. On Saturday evening at the FFB Stadium, Belmopan Veterans bombed River Walk Quintas Vets, 6-nil, with 4 goals from Micky Chavez (17’, 19’, 64’ & 75’), Leonel Garcia (37’) and Edmund “Buzzard” Pandy (80’).

Orange Walk Belikin 8-Ball report
The Orange Walk Billiards Association (OWBA) is pleased to report another peaceful weekend of billiards for this year’s Belikin 8-Ball Tournament. Here are the results for games played Friday, Saturday and Sunday. On Friday, June 28, at Darvis, it was Emalee defeating Eagles, 3 games to 2; while at Nostalgia it was Zia’s who defeated Emalee Jr., 4 games to 1. Saturday, June 29, games hosted by Zia’s at Eagles Cool Spot saw Jaguars defeat Nostalgia, 4 games to 1; while Eagles defeated Zia’s, 3 games to 2. At Nostalgia, it was Dados defeating Chatta, 3 games to 2; while Emalee Jr. fell, 4 games to 1, against Darvis.

National Amateur League Inter-District Semifinal Game 2 results; two Belize City teams in Finals
The National Amateur League Championship (NALC), which started with 20 teams, 2 each from the 10 football regions of the country, is now down to the final two teams, after completion of the semifinal 2nd leg games this past weekend; and the two teams left standing to square off in the championship finals are the two Belize City squads – Barrack Road FC and Caesar Ridge FC. The first to clinch a spot in the finals was Caesar Ridge FC, who followed last week’s 2-nil win over Roaring Creek FC at the MCC Grounds with a 2-1 win on Saturday night, June 29, at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium, to come away with the aggregate 4-1 score.

Editorial: Belize will follow AMLO when Mexico legalizes it
We know that it won’t be too long before marijuana will be a legal drug in Belize, because in many countries in our region the signs of the end of marijuana prohibition can be seen. We know that one of the things that separate human beings from other animals is our capacity to pass on information through generations. Thus we are able to build on the knowledge of our ancestors and thus we are able to avoid the follies of our ancestors. It is incredible that having gone through alcohol prohibition, that human beings would apply the same cure to marijuana. Prohibition is the term used to describe the period in the USA when the sale of alcoholic drinks was decreed illegal in that country. Prohibition became law in the USA because temperance groups, mainly made up of churchgoers, became a political force. It was an absolute disaster.

Red & Blue not biggest factor in Village Council Elections
There are villages in this country that have produced area representatives, and in these villages there is a heightened consciousness of Red & Blue politics, so much so that the fate of the political party is bigger than the people who are running in the village council elections. But in most villages it’s candidate over party, fu now. The day might come when the majority of villages will choose to vote based on party colors, down the line, to send a message of love, or dissatisfaction with the crowd in government. Yes. A village council election that immediately follows a general election or one that is just before a general election will have increased influence from the big party people, but that is still not enough to carry the day. The right candidate(s) will wap the Big Red and the Big Blue in village council elections, every day of the week. That’s my take, and yes, not having done a poll I don’t have the hair off the horse tail in my hand.

Is failure an option? – The canary in the coal mine
Getting into my barber’s chair is always a priority. The “trim” is usually accompanied by spirited conversations with other barbers and clients. The topics run the gamut. Sports, weather, sex and of course domestic and international politics merge and intertwine at various junctures, highlighted with grand gestures, fist-bumping and laughter. Not recently!! First, my barber’s 21-year-old son was murdered — no arrest (no justice), then his 24-year-old daughter died from complications of an enlarged heart. All this in 6 months while he works 10 hours a day from Sunday to Sunday. He is not part of the cloistered elite or any other group disparaged by the elite. I don’t need to even say his name. He is a hero and icon in his own right.

Belize mestizos and St. John’s College
Beginning in the 1960s, the colony’s economy, which had begun to shift toward greater integration with the United States early in the century – Swayne commented in 1917 that the United States secured “the lion’s share both of imports and exports” (1917:174) – lurched more dramatically in this direction. In 1960, 59 percent of the colony’s exports went to the UK, as against only 11 percent to the United States. Sugar, despite its slump, is still the largest export, and over three-fourths goes to the United States, while the rapidly growing garment industry exports almost exclusively to that country and citrus goes both to the United States and the Caribbean. Only bananas go exclusively to the UK, under contract with Fyffes, Ltd., a British subsidiary of United Fruit (Everitt 1987:50).

The Growth of Black Consciousness in Belize 1914–1919
That anger, perhaps somewhat ameliorated by the expectations of demobilization and their return to Belize, was reactivated on the long journey home by the so-called “Incident at Taranto.” That incident which was brought to light by C.L. Joseph and W.F. Elkins and is in need of further investigation – involved the revolt of some 50-60 members of the 9th Battalion of the British West Indies Regiment at the British Army transit camp at Cimino near Taranto in Italy in December 1918. Apparently, on December 6th members of the 9th Battalion, exasperated by weeks of discrimination in the camps, canteens and cinemas, humiliating fatigue duties and the overbearing arrogance of the South African camp commandant, attacked their officers and severely assaulted their unit commander.

Ministry of Education closing Bethel Assembly Primary School Ministry of Education closing Bethel Assembly Primary School
When the new school year opens in September, the 50 students attending Bethel Assembly Primary School, located on Freetown Road, will be attending new schools, because their school will be permanently closed. Amandala attempted to reach the Chief Education Officer, Dr. Carol Babb, to get an official response as to why the Ministry of Education has decided to close the doors of Bethel Assembly Primary School, but up to press time, Dr. Babb had not responded to our text message.

Lorena Gomez, 16, student, reported missing
Lorena Gomez, 16, a student of Punta Gorda, has been reported missing. Her family said that she was visiting her sister in Pueblo Viejo, Toledo District, on Monday, June 24. That Monday evening, after her visit to her sister, Gomez headed home to Mile 58 on the Southern Highway, Toldeo District, but she never arrived home.

British national found floating in the sea near the shore in Placencia
The body of Philip Crabtree, 59, a retired British national living in Placencia, was found floating in the sea about two feet from the shore of Placencia at about 6:00 Saturday morning. He was taken to the Placencia Polyclinic, where he was officially declared dead. Information to us is that Crabtree had been socializing with others in Placencia at about 10:00 Friday night, after which he left. During the regular police press brief held this afternoon at the Raccoon Street Police Station, ACP Joseph Myvett said that Crabtree was seen going towards the sea with a bottle of rum. It is not known where he went, and what happened.

Camalote man in coma after killer bee attack
Arturo Gomez, 35, a backhoe operator of Camalote, was stung by killer bees while working on a farm in Camalote on Friday with his backhoe. He is now in an induced coma at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. Joseph McEwan, the owner of the farm, said that Gomez was working and they were talking when killers bees swarmed around them and began to attack them. Gomez, who had fly repellant, began to spray the bees, and he ran into his pickup, but the windows were down and the swarming bees went into the cab and attacked him.

Hattieville businessman Carlton Wade, 63, killed during robbery
Carlton “ Dollar Kite “ Wade, 63 , a businessman of New Site, Hattieville, was in his shop at about 9:00 last night when three thieves entered the store, held him up and tried to rob him. During the robbery attempt, one of the robbers shot him in the forehead, and Wade died almost immediately in his shop. Police said that on their arrival on the scene they found a toy gun at the front of the shop and an expended shell. Police said that they don’t know what, if anything, was stolen from Wade’s shop, and no one has been arrested as yet in connection with the tragic incident.

The Reporter

Shake-Up At Top Management At Ministry Of Health
The Reporter has been able to confirm persistent rumors that CEO in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Ramon Figueroa, has left the Ministry. We are told that he is currently on leave, and when he returns, it won’t be to the MoH.

BDF Soldier In Critical Condition After Hit-&-Run
Information reaching us is that Police have detained the suspect who was driving the white van that knocked down and killed BDF volunteer, Charles Belle Jr., 20 last night on the George Price Highway.

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Brazil stuns Argentina, denies Messi another chance of winning an international title for Argentina
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Authorities seek driver responsible for fatal hit and run
Authorities are looking for the driver of a white van that reportedly knocked down a […]

U.S. deny late England penalty to reach Women’s World Cup final
The United States women’s national football team is headed to another World Cup final after […]

COMPOL discusses security operations in San Pedro
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BDF volunteer killed in hit and run
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Parallel investigations ongoing in Caye Caulker boat brawl
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Bus driver facing charges after knocking down elderly man
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Youths engage in Agriculture Summer Camp 2019
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Marcia Mas is US Embassy’s Woman of the Month
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Northern Regional Hospital encourages patients to lodge complaints
Apart from last week’s complaints over the absence of an ultrasound machine at the Northern Regional Hospital, there were also allegations of nurses mistreating pregnant patients especially patients who were in labour. Today as we toured the facility, we brought up the issue to the Medical Chief of Staff, Dr. Manuel Estrada, who told us …

Crystal Water Company threatens lawsuit to water companies
Crystal Water Company has contracted the legal services of Estevan Perera and Company to look into an issue dubbed, ‘a breach of trademark’. The matter has to do with the Crystal 5-gallon water bottles that are being used by the various water stores. According to John Palacio, the Public Relations Coordinator for Bowen and Bowen …

A well known Cayo man is dead after he was hit and left to die on the highway
A resident of Georgeville, Cayo District is detained after police gathered sufficient evidence to finger him as the driver in a fatal hit and run incident last night. 20-year-old, Charles Bell Junior is the victim in this road incident as he was traveling towards Esperanza Village from Central Farm. Reports indicate that Bell was on …

BTL’s CFO stepping up to CEO
Chief Financial Officer for Belize Telemedia Limited, Ivan Tesucum, is reportedly preparing to step up and fill the seat as the company’s Chief Executive Officer. Tesucum was already acting in that capacity prior to Rochus Schreiber’s arrival to Belize. On Friday, we told you of Schreiber’s rapid departure. There is still no statement coming out of …

No radiologist at Northern Regional Hospital
A major hospital that does not have its own ultrasound machine is not something expecting mothers would like to hear. When news broke that the Northern Regional Hospital (NRH) was in that predicament, the hospital’s authorities were quick to schedule a tour of the hospital to show us that their ultrasound machine is in fact …

Belize’s Governor General and Attorney General take a trip to Taiwan
Belize’s Governor General, His Excellency Sir Colville Young and Attorney General, Michael Peyrefitte are in Taipei as part of the 30th anniversary celebration between Belize and Taiwan. Whilst in Taipeir the Peyrefitte and His Excellency signed a cooperative agreement on transparent governance. According to Taiwan’s Justice Minister, Tsai Ching-hsiang, the agreement will pave stronger cooperation between …

A police officer and his girlfriend are freed by the courts following allegations of child abuse
A couple were freed in court today after they were charged with three counts of wounding upon their 6-year-old child. The case began in 2018 when the parents were accused of assaulting the child on three separate occasions. In October 2017, the allegation is that the mother, Aricia Gentle, poked the child in her eye …

BNTU expresses concerns over shortened holiday for teachers
The Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU) has written to the Ministry of Education expressing its concerns over changes made to the academic calendar for government and government-aided pre and primary schools. The changes indicate a shortened Christmas break for teachers and students which will see classes closing on December 20, 2019 and reopening on January 6, …

British man’s death ruled an accident
This past weekend saw police in Placencia retrieving the body of Philip Crabtree from the shores of Placencia. The British national has reportedly only been in Belize for a few weeks prior to his death. Yesterday, police ruled his death as an accident. ACP Joseph Myvette, Head of National Crimes Investigation Branch: “On Friday morning …

Beware of contraband onions on the market
Maskall Village in the Belize District, Little Belize and Neuland Settlements in the Corozal District are the primary sources for onions in Belize. Last Friday, the Belize Marketing and Development Corporation along with the Ministry of Agriculture Extension Service conducted the yearly Onion Availability Assessment where the three major onion-producing communities were visited. According to …


In Photos: Caye Caulker is Belize’s Up-And-Coming Hotspot
Caye Caulker has long been a favored destination for travelers to Belize. People flock to this small island because it has a vintage Caribbean charm all its own—it looks like a postcard. The island has remained a rustic paradise, with candy-colored wooden buildings, sandy roads, and no cars. Happy travelers, locals, and beach dogs lazily stroll and enjoy the warm breeze that comes off the water and ample shade of the palm-fringed streets. Travelers and expats now have a Goldilocks-like choice of destination: Ambergris is the busy, party central older sister, Caye Caulker is the laid-back middle sister, quieter and much smaller than Ambergris, and then North Caye is the very new, very rustic, natural paradise where the roads have just been cut into the jungle foliage, and you will be part of a brand new island development.

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Caribbean sargassum invasion garners regional response
Thirteen Caribbean and Latin American nations agreed to concerted control efforts last week to address the influx of sargassum seaweed that has impacted coastlines and economies across the region. A gathering in Cancun, Mexico, on 27 June resulted in a 26-point agreement, with the goal of establishing an action plan before the next regional sargassum forum this October in the French-controlled island of Guadeloupe. The agreement, established Thursday at Cancun’s Moon Palace resort, outlines the need for cross-border information sharing on sargassum monitoring, science, education and entrepreneurship, among other topics. One mechanism to facilitate such sharing will be the website,, a web portal intended to offer centralised information for researchers, government and the general public.

A bedtime story, deep in the jungle in Belize
It was the 6:30 p.m. darkness that got to me. Every night, in Belize, in February, it gets dark at 6:30. Oh, if you’re at a Belize resort or hotel, the lights come on at 6:30 and you can continue your vacation fun. But if you’re in the jungle, without electricity, the darkness is so all-encompassing that it almost has a scent to it, of green plants, and decaying compost, wet grass, and exotic flowers that don’t grow in the United States. Maybe the scent emerges so strongly because one of your other senses has been temporarily eliminated in the dark. I don’t know why I expected to have electricity at the Yaxche Jungle Camp and why I didn’t know that, at 6:30 in the jungle camp, having finished dinner by the light of the one light bulb in the main gathering room of the camp, there was just one thing to do: go to sleep until morning. Or at least go to bed and wait for sleep. Years ago, as a camper, the same thing happened: darkness. But we were prepared with our trusty flashlights, and we lit campfires and sat around and told ghost stories and then, tired enough, we headed to our tents and sleep.

Conducting field research in Belize
For two weeks in late May, I collected otoliths and tissue samples from lane snapper populations in Belize. Lane snapper are a warm water species found in the western Atlantic Ocean from North Carolina, throughout the Gulf of Mexico and south to Brazil. In Belize, artisanal fisheries depend heavily on lane snapper as a main source of income. Unfortunately, very little is known about the species and researchers lack the data required to determine if their populations are being fished sustainably. Working with the Wildlife Conservation Society in Belize City, we collected samples from two sites. My personal favorite was the Glover’s Reef Research Station, located on an atoll off the southern coast of Belize. In the mornings, we collected samples from local anglers and in the evening, we processed the fish.

Belize tourism drops after Virginia cardiologist fatally shot
Belize officials say tourism has taken a nose dive after a Virginia cardiologist and his tour guide were gunned down on a fly-fishing expedition. Despite their reassurances that the country is safe, officials acknowledged that tourism has plummeted in the wake of the murders of Dr. Gary Swank and his tour guide, Mario Graniel, last week in San Pedro Town lagoon, according to the Reporter Belize. John Burgos, executive director of the Belize Tourism Industry Association, said there has been a flood of trip cancellations, which has impacted at least seven hotels throughout the country. He added that properties had seen tourists nix trips scheduled for as far ahead as January 2020.

7 Unique Swimming Destinations For Your Summer Vacation
There are plenty of vacation options for where you can go this summer. For a change of scenery and maybe for something off the beaten track, you might try visiting one of these swimming destinations. These exciting wonders are located across the United States and around the world. Here are a few unique swimming destinations to visit. One Caribbean destination you might be curious enough to visit is Placencia, Belize. Some consider Placencia as having the best beaches in Belize. You probably won't be disappointed. Laughing Bird Caye National Park is one place you should make time for, although you will need to take a ferry because it's 13 miles off the coast from Placencia. Snorkeling trips are the most popular reason to visit Laughing Bird Caye. You can also hire a boat to go diving, dolphin watching or exploring some of the other barrier islands.

Mexico and the Caribbean’s Seaweed Problem Isn’t Going Away
Mexico has spent $17 million to remove over half a million tons of sargassum seaweed from its Caribbean beaches, from Tulum to Playa del Carmen to Cancun. The problem – now affecting tourism and the environment (the plant is poisonous for some coral reefs, local fauna and fish) – isn’t going away, experts said at an international conference last week. Floating rafts of the stinky seaweed, sometimes miles long, have plagued Mexico and Caribbean islands, accumulating in huge mounds on once-pristine beaches. The phenomenon has only gotten worse since the first mass was spotted in 2011. Contributing factors are believed to be nutrient inputs from the Amazon River, which discharges into the ocean around where blooms were first spotted; changes in ocean currents; and increased iron deposits from airborne dust. "We are seeing a major impact on our countries, economically, socially," said Dr. June Soomer, secretary general of the Association of Caribbean States, the Associated Press reported.


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  • CARICOM Secretary General's press conference ahead of the 40th Regular Meeting of the Heads of Government of CARICOM, 40min.

  • Why We Ride - Digi Elite Cycling Team 2019, 1min. I had the opportunity to work with Pro Marketing on this project while in Belize to provide some Drone footage and also worked as a 2nd Camera Operator.

  • Blue Bonefish Lodge, 2min.

  • Maya Air flight from San Pedro to Belize City, 4min.

  • Caye Caulker, Belize | Top 5 Things to Do, 8.5min.

  • Belize Sunset, 9.5min.

  • Spotted Eagle Ray - South Water Caye - Belize, 2min. Just snorkeling along with a friendly Eagle Ray, she circled around us for a long time checking us out, and when I started swimming along with her she even seemed to slow down a few times so I could catch up

  • Channel 5 Daily Obituaries - OLGA MARINA GAITAN AGUILAR, 3min.

  • The Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB) Update, 46min. The Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB) walked us through the latest Quarterly Statistics on the Consumer Price Index, Merchandise Trade Statistics, Gross Domestic Product and the Labour Force Survey. They helped us process the data in terms of what it tells us about the growth of the economy. On our couch: Tiffany Vasquez – Statistician II, Economic Statistics Department. Jefte Ochaeta – Statistician I, Economic Statistics Department. Wendy Benavides – Statistician II, Census, Surveys and Administrative Statistics Department. Dr. Leopold Perriott – Director General, Statistical Institute of Belize.

  • Olympic Day Run on July 7th, 2019, 29min. The Belize Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association (BOCGA) will be hosting Olympic Day Run on July 7th, 2019. We spoke with the organizers about the fun being planned for the day and the history of the BOCGA. On our couch: Allan Sharp - Secretary General, BOCGA. Giovanni Alamilla - Assistant Secretary, BOCGA.

  • Diving Belize. Turneffe Atoll - 21/08/2018, part 2, 5.5min.

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