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The San Pedro Sun

Frank Trapp to be arraigned for theft, abduction and assault
Island taxi driver 26-year-old Frank Trapp will be arraigned in Belize City on Wednesday, July 17th for theft, abduction, and assault. Trapp is accused of having stolen jewelry, beaten and allegedly kidnapping his ex-girlfriend. Trapp had recently been at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) recovering from injuries he sustained when his taxi hit a cement wall at a high-speed. The incident occurred in the early morning of Saturday, July 13th on Mullet Street south of San Pedro Town. The cab driver suffered severe head injuries and was transported to Belize City in critical condition.

BTB reports a remarkable tourism growth for mid-year of 2019
As one of the leading industries in Belize, tourism continues to grow, exhibiting record-breaking figures for the mid-year of 2019. On Thursday, July 11th the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) released their latest statistics for the first half of this year, which shows a remarkable and persistent growth in both overnight and cruise ship arrivals positioning Belize as a favorite vacation paradise. It further underscores the effective marketing strategy of its industry stakeholders in promoting the country as a leading tourism destination.

Belizean boxer wins international competition on Ambergris Caye
The Honourable Louis Sylvestre Sporting Complex in San Pedro Town was the venue for five intense boxing matches on Saturday, July 13th. The action-packed night saw boxers from Mexico, Honduras, Peru, and Belize. The main event of the evening had spectators more than happy after Belizean boxer Eduardo ‘Mecanico’ Esquivel from San Ignacio Town, Cayo emerged victorious against Reno Reyes from Peru after eight rounds of intense boxing. The fight night started at 8PM, with the first three-round match in the Lightweight Feather division between Belize’s Carlos Silverio against Mexican Sebastian Benitez.

2019 Ambergris Caye Camp Starfish ends with a colorful parade
The 2019 Ambergris Caye Camp Starfish ended with a joyful parade through the main streets of San Pedro Town on Saturday, July 13th. The aim of the free one-week camp was to create a space for children with learning and physical disabilities to explore their creative abilities while raising awareness and acceptance of our ‘more alike than different’ community members. At 10AM, many colorful and beautifully decorated golf carts gathered in front of the Lions Den. The l parade through the main streets of the island was led by Castillo’s Hardware’s big truck blaring entertaining music, followed by the decorated carts.

Meetings on Mesoamerica Network for Integral Risk Management
Meetings are being held this week in Belmopan to assess the progress made in fully incorporating Belize into the Mesoamerica Network for Integral Risk Management (RMGIR). The platform of the RMGIR is a virtual tool which makes available to governments, institutions and related actors the information products generated for the identification of threats and vulnerabilities, as well as geospatial information in terms of cartography, agrology, cadastre and geography. The map layers are guaranteed by the governments that upload them both nationally and regionally.

Various Belizean Sources

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PDAS Chung has a productive meeting with #Belize Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington
They discussed regional priorities & next steps towards resolution of Belize’s territorial dispute with Guatemala after their successful referendum in May. Looking forward to more collaboration!

Jose Maria Manzanero
Jose Maria Manzanero was a Maya Yucatec captain of the group known as the Icaiche Maya . He along with Marcos Canul raided many logwood camps . Little is known except that he and his wife were detained in 1872 by the British . They where kept captive in Orange walk town . The Icaiche Maya reach town asking why captain Manzanero and his wife were being arrested also that there was no official trail made for them . The British ignore the questions . The British shoot at the Maya to make them go away which the Maya retaliated fast causing the Battle of Orange walk . What happen to Manzanero and his wife is unknown .

Problem and solution at the Caye Caulker airport
It’s a cement mixer.......Tropic Air using it today to pour cement on the roof of the building!

BHA announces its new Board of Directors
Belize Hotel Association introduces its new Board of Directors for the new 2019-2020 membership year.

Don't Miss the Deer Dancing Festival in August
August 01, 2018 - August 03. Based on Mayan rituals, dances are performed, portraying the hunting of a deer. The dance is acted out to the music of homemade harps and violins and parades through the streets of San Antonio. The festival also includes greased pole climbing competitions. An important heritage practice to the Mayan communities, the deer dance depicts the relationship between the Maya people and the land. The Mayan heritage is deeply connected with the rainforests where the communities have made their livelihoods for hundreds of years. This festival is an important ritual and a nice tradition that has been passed down through many generations.

Ministry of Health monitoring Dengue outbreak in Central America
The Ministry of Health continues to monitor the Dengue outbreak in Central America and within the Caribbean regions. We take note of our neighbor Honduras that has reported over 30,000 Dengue cases, majority classified as severe or hemorrhagic. Deaths as well in Honduras with over 75% reported in the younger population. The Ministry of Health continues to remind the public, "...that source reduction strategies are the most effective way to prevent mosquito borne diseases. Persons are urged to ensure that potential breeding locations, including: flower pot saucers, vases, tyres, buckets, barrels, plastic drums and water storage containers are regularly cleaned, removed, turned over or treated to support the Ministry’s source reduction efforts. The public is further advised to protect themselves and their family from mosquito bites by: · Sleeping under mosquito nets, using insect repellent (apply to the skin) or spraying insecticide indoors, wearing long sleeved shirts and long pants.

Help Abandoned Dogs in Cayo Belize
Asking for your help please. I have rescued abandoned dogs, mostly puppies, for years now. Currently I have 12 fosters in my care ranging from simply starved to total decrepitude. Once they are healthy enough I get them spayed/neutered and then adopt them out to good homes. I am asking for you help with the expense of spay/neuter.

Ministry of Health Confirms Quality Generic Medications
As part of its ongoing initiatives to provide quality healthcare medications, the Ministry of Health sent five different generic medications to the Caribbean Regional Public Health Agency’s (CARPHA) Drug Testing Laboratory, which is CARICOM’s regional reference laboratory for testing. The medications range from antibiotics to antidiabetic drugs that were sampled from the public sector. All five medications have passed the quality tests performed as per international standards. This means that these generic medications are of confirmed quality.

It's Always Sizzling Football Action at the Ricalde Stadium
Saturday, July 20th - Corozal All Stars District Selection takes this opportunity to invite each and every one to Saturday's games that will be happening at the Ricalde Stadium. Corozal Selection vs. Belize Selection in both Male and Female. It all starts at 9:00 a.m. with the U15 Females, U17 Females, followed by the U15 Male and U17 Male. Come and support our District selection as we compete in the FFB Interdistrict Elite Competitions 2019.

Cayo Corn Fest 2019
The SISE Town Council's 2019 Cayo Corn Fest will be held at Macal River Park on Saturday, August 3rd. There will be everything corn there, with food and fun for everyone in the family.

Belize/Mexico Presentation
Belize presentation for the Mexican Association of Travel Agents at the Camino Real Hotel.

Ya’axché's Summer Camp
Ya’axché's Summer Camp is an annual event that brings together young persons from the Maya Golden Landscape to have fun engaging in conservation. Our Summer Camp, being held under the theme “Empowering communities, Conserving biodiversity, Connecting the world”, aims to involve young Belizeans in our work. In doing so, we hope to educate the next generation of leaders about the importance of our natural resources. Campers will engage in games, activities, and field trips to learn about climate-smart agricultural practices, protected areas management, pollinators and their importance, how to protect forests, integrated landscape approaches to natural resource management, and much more. If you are between the ages of 9-14 years and from the Maya Golden Landscape, make sure to complete your application by the deadline on Friday, 26th of July 2019. Applications are available at the Ya’axché PG office and at the Ya’axché field station from Monday – Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m. Applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Costa Maya Delegates Night
Come meet the Miss Costa Maya delegates at one of their first outings! Thank you Sunset Lounge.

Day 2 of Kids in Action
Chapter one of PADI dive manual and video. I'm so happy to see that the kids are so excited to learn to dive. Image may contain: 3 people, people sitting and table

Channel 7

Man Shot In Head During High Speed High Pursuit, Did Police Pull the Trigger
Tonight, a Belize City man is clinging to life after he was shot in the head in downtown Belize City - and police are believed to have pulled the trigger. It was reportedly the culmination of a dangerous, high speed chase through downtown which happened two hours ago. Here's more: This was the frenzied scene at the foot of the swing bridge as police lifted Alysson Major Jr from his pickup into a police mobile as a throng of pedestrians looked on in stunned disbelief.

City Erupts Into Violence
And that incident was the first in a series of violent assaults in the city this evening. The next one happened around 5:30. A 44 year old businessman who is a clothes vendor from Vernon Street, Hilario Diaz was shot on Cemetery Road near its junction with Mosul Street. This is right across from Amara Avenue. He is confirmed dead tonight - and his body was removed from the scene about 20 minutes ago.

Cops Capture Stash House In Northside Neighborhood
And...if it weren't for that extraordinary and troubling outbreak of violence, tonight's headline would have been about good police work. That's what we saw today, when acting on intelligence provided by special branch the GSU searched a residence near Driftwood Bay at mile 4 on the Phillip Goldson highway. It's a residential community, but this home was actually a stash house - used by a city gang to conceal large quantities of high grade marijuana brought in from Mexico and called Mexican Kush. The tarpaulin all over the fence was there to conceal all that happened inside. And inside is where police found 27 packages of marijuana weighing 53 pounds. But it was concealed in a hidden compartment under the minivan.

Attorney For Abetment Gets Bail
Last night, we brought you late-breaking news from the Magistrate's Court in which the well-known defense attorney, Oscar Selgado, had been arraigned on the offense of abetment to commit murder. Police say that a man has come forward to accuse Selgado of trying to hire him to kill one of his former clients. As far as we know, no officer of the court has been accused of such a serious offense, but police say that his accuser, Giovanni Ramirez, has given them credible pieces of evidence to substantiate his claims against Selgado. Now, at the end of Selgado's arraignment yesterday's evening, the Magistrate's Court had already closed for business. That meant that even though Senior Magistrate Tricia Pitts-Anderson granted him bail of $10,000, the business section of the court which processes bail documents was already closed, and its staff had already left the office for the day.

Shot In Sandhill, the Day After Murder
At the top of the news, we told you about a man shot in the head in Downtown Belize City; a late evening murder of a clothes vendor, and a stabbing a short time ago. But the very violent day started this morning with a shooting in Sandhill village this morning - the same Sandhill which saw an apparent murder yesterday. At around 10:00, 27-year-old Ivan Hyde, a resident of mile 19 and a quarter on the Philip Goldson Highway was at his home, in the bathroom, when someone barged in, stormed into the bathroom area and opened fire on Hyde. He survived and was being treated for gunshot to his hands and legs.

Security Guards Pleads Down to Manslaughter
42-year-old Kevin Jex, the man who police charged with murder for the killing of the security guard, Desmond Miller, pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter today in front of Justice Marilyn Williams. In November of 2013. Miller, was a security guard for San Pedro Belize Express and was instructed to keep Jex away from the water taxi terminal because he was allegedly harassing the tourists.

Bank Executive Defends New Cheque Clearing Charges
Two weeks ago, we told you about the new bank charges. They see the commercial banks charging for use of the Automated Payments & Securities Settlement System, known as APSSS. This system was introduced with much fanfare in October 2016 - and enabled you to clear cheques and electronic payments across banks on the same day, rather than 48 to 72 hours. But, it comes with a charge, and in April, the Central Bank announced that it has been bearing those costs for the past two and a half years. And earlier this year, it asked the commercial banks to, quote, "contribute minimal fees for the processing of transactions through APSSS." Of course, commercial banks - who never saw a fee they didn't want to hike - not only passed those costs along, but multiplied them!

On Being Business Minded
Today at the Belize Institute of Management, entrepreneurs and business-minded Belizeans from all over the country participated in a workshop called Impact Junkie. It's an initiative co-developed by the American, Dr. Philip Harding, and it seeks to inspire up-and-coming entrepreneurs from all over the world through a mandate that promotes innovation, youth participation, and entrepreneurship aimed at positive social impact. The Small Business Development Center, a unit of BELTRAIDE, partnered with the US Embassy in Belmopan to bring Dr. Harding to Belize to impart his wisdom to business-minded Belizeans for the entirety of today.

Two Guns in Corozal
The Special Branch in Corozal got 2 guns and several rounds of live rounds of ammunition off the streets of that northern town. Last week Friday, officers from the Corozal Special Branch conducted operations targeting known criminals and drug traffickers living in that municipality. That led them to visit an unfinished house in the White Cocal Area. After searching the property, the officers found a plastic bag that contained 7 live rounds of 9mm ammunition, and another bag, which contained a chrome and white .22 pistol. No one was in the area, and so the items were deposited as found property.

BSI Looking For Markets For Direct Consumption Sugars
Last night we told you about a record harvest and record sugar production at ASR/BSI. But, there won't be record earnings because the world price for sugar is about half of what it was about two years ago. But, the hope for future sustainability of this industry is in the production of those much discussed direct consumption sugars. Yesterday we learned that ASR/BSI is producing five such sugars, but is still having a hard time penetrating the CARICOM Market:..

Frank Trapp's Outlaw Saga
A 26 year old man named Frank Ivan Trapp is in a whole lot of trouble with police. His saga of lawlessness started in San Pedro on Saturday. That's when Shirlene Sentino reported that he broke into her house and stole $17,000 in jewelry. He then allegedly abducted her in a minivan around 1:00 am the following morning, but she escaped. That's when he tried to flee and rammed into a fence near Banyan Bay.

The Bank, Students, and Scholarships
Belize Bank hosted its annual scholarship presentation today. This year 18 students are recipients of scholarships, that is 12 primary school students moving on to high school, and 6 doing either their associates or bachelors. According Mr. Filippo Alario the program has a fair number of success stories 8 years after it started:

YMCA Takes the Dive
Summer for swimming! With all this heat - many of us would want to be in the YMCA summer program. But, it's only for girls and boys to learn how to swim or improve their swimming technique. Today we caught with them as they prepare to end three weeks program. Swimming instructor and program coordinator Chloe Kelly shares more.

MOH Says Generic Drugs Safe
With the landscape of available pharmaceuticals have changed in the past year - many who use prescription drugs ar enow having to use generics. They are cheaper, but are they as good as the brand name product? Well, the Ministry of Health's Drug Inspectorate says they are. The Ministry sent five different generic medications to the Caribbean Regional Public Health Agency's (CARPHA) Drug Testing Laboratory for testing. A release says the medications range from antibiotics to antidiabetic drugs that were sampled from the public sector.

Channel 5

A Major Marijuana Haul on the Philip Goldson Highway
Mayhem in the city, where two late evening shootings have left one man dead and another injured. But tonight, we go first to a major drug bust early this morning [...]

Chaos in Downtown Belize City; 2 Men Shot
Police are currently at the corner of Mosul Street and Cemetery Road processing the scene of a late evening murder in the Old Capital. News Five has confirmed that a [...]

Ivan Hyde is Shot Inside his House in Sand Hill Village
There was also gun violence in Sand Hill, Belize District, where a  resident was injured and recovering at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital after he was shot inside his bathroom. [...]

ComPol says Spike in Violence in Sand Hill Linked to 1 Person
But there is a spike of violence in the village that the police are trying to mitigate. It appears outside of rivalry in the area; there is a person of [...]

Are Human Remains that of Missing Teen, Doren Grinage?
While it is believed that the lower half of a young male body, discovered on Monday morning in the river behind Sand Hill Village, is believed to be that of [...]

ComPol Details Selgado’s Arrest and Arraignment
Attorney Oscar Selgado made headlines on Monday evening after being arraigned for the crime of abetment to commit murder.  It is alleged that the well-known criminal lawyer contracted the services [...]

Is Selgado Being Targeted by Police?
While it is the second time Selgado has been pursued by law enforcement, the ComPol says that the attorney is not being targeted.  In fact, he says that there is [...]

Former Investment CEO Told Sanctuary Bay Investors that GOB ‘Stands Committed to Help Develop this Project”
Tonight, we pick up the Sanctuary Bay story and show you images of what has been billed as a multi-million dollar development in southern Belize, which ended up as the [...]

Joseph Budna Explains Why He Cannot Be Sent Back to Guatemalan Prison
Thirty-nine-year-old Joseph Budna is a free man after being released from police custody in Belmopan on Saturday evening.  His release comes after Budna was grabbed on Thursday by a team [...]

Budna Alleges Physical Abuse in Guatemalan Lockup
According to Budna, he was subjected to severe abuse at the hands of prison authorities in Guatemala.  He went as far as showing his scars from stabbings and chopping incidents [...]

San Pedro Man Freed of Murder Charge
A San Pedro resident is a free man tonight after his murder case which had kicked off before Justice Colin Williams fell apart in the Supreme Court. Forty-five-year-old Rafael Ramirez [...]

Cops Found Guilty of Manslaughter
Corporals Leonard Nunez and Hallet King are tonight spending their time behind bars, in a cell at the Belize Central Prison. The cops were found guilty of manslaughter on Monday [...]

Kevin Jex Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter
Also in the court, a man accused of murder pleaded guilty to manslaughter. An argument between a security guard on the job and a hustler ended fatally for the guard [...]

Meet the Recipients of the Belize Bank Scholarship Programme
The annual awarding of scholarships by the Belize Bank was held today. As many as eighteen students will now continue their studies in high schools and sixth forms across the [...]

New Cheque Cashing Fees are linked to the APSSS
Persons carrying out transactions via cheques are paying an additional service charge for its processing. Commercial banks have been laying that cost at the feet of their customers. As we [...]

An Elderly American National is Knocked Down and Killed in Placencia
Robert McNealy, a resident of Placencia, was knocked down and killed on Friday night as he was riding his bicycle along the highway.  The body of the elderly American national [...]

Impact Junkie hosts workshop for local entrepreneurs
The Small Business Development Center partnered with the US Embassy Belize to coordinate an entrepreneurship workshop hosted Doctor Philip Harding, Co-Founder of Impact Junkie. Harding is a speaker and former White House [...]

Learning to Live with Diabetes
A group of sixty-young children and youths are attending a camp where they are learning to take care of their blood sugar levels with the support of their parents. The [...]

3-day Greenhouse Gas Inventory training in Belize
A three-day workshop to train climate change personnel in the data management for national Greenhouse Gas inventory in Latin-American and Caribbean kicked off in San Ignacio on Monday. The training [...]

Beach Volleyball Athletes Bring home Bronze Medal
With all the crime affecting the City, there is some good news tonight. Two beach volleyball athletes were victorious over the weekend and came home with the bronze medal and [...]

Amandala

Attorney Oscar Selgado, 49, arraigned
The defendant’s box is an unusual place for a practicing attorney at the criminal bar to be, but that is just where the attorney Oscar Selgado found himself late this afternoon when he appeared before Senior Magistrate Tricia Pitts-Anderson. Police charged Selgado with the offense of abetment to commit murder. Selgado, 49, was represented by attorney Herbert Panton, while the Crown was represented by Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Cheryl-Lynn Vidal.

Half of missing 15-year-old Doren Grinage’s body found
The search for teenager Doren Denver Grinage, 15, of Sandhill, nephew of Hon. Edmond Castro, who had been missing since Tuesday afternoon, July 9, when he left home, came to a sad conclusion this morning. What has been described as “half of his body,” the lower part, partially decomposed, was found floating in a lagoon in the Double Run area of Sandhill. The body part was retrieved and taken to an area where an onsite post-mortem exam was to be conducted. Denise Grinage, the teenager’s devastated mother, said that they identified him due to the boxer shorts that was on the body.

Constables Hallet King and Leonard Nunez guilty of Hilberto Sotz’s death
In June 2015, Hilberto Sotz, 18, died in a cell in the Caye Caulker Police Station. He had been detained in connection with a burglary that had happened on the island, and two officers, Constable Hallet King and Constable Leonard Nunez, had been charged with manslaughter because Sotz was in their care when he died. Allegations were that he had been beaten by the officers, and that resulted in his death. One of the witnesses was a man who had been detained the same time Sotz was in the cell, and he told police that he heard when Sotz was being beaten.

“Nazy” executed in hospital parking lot
Edwin Felix Nasario, aka “Nazy,” 45, was shot to death, execution-style, in the parking lot of the Southern Regional Hospital at about 10:00 Friday morning, July 12, by one of two men who escaped on a motorcycle. Nasario was shot in the head and chest. He was rushed into the hospital, but died as doctors were trying to treat him. Nasario had visited a relative who was admitted to the Southern Regional Hospital, and he was returning to his car, which was parked in the hospital parking lot, when two men traveling on a motorcycle drove up, and one of the men, who was armed with a pistol, shot him several times as he was getting into his vehicle.

“We want our pension; we deserve our pension!”
The Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH), which is managed by the KHMH Board of Directors, has had a policy of not providing pension for its employees. That situation has been brought into sharp focus by the KHMH Workers Union, which has been making strident demands for its members to receive their pension. Last Friday, the KHMH Union staged industrial action in the form of a walk-out. This afternoon, Monday, July 15, the goings-on at the country’s premier referral hospital appeared to be normal. According to the hospital’s public relations officer, Tylon Tillett, those participating in the impromptu walkout were from all sectors of the hospital. Tillett estimated that about 125 KHMH employees participated in the walkout.

PUP maintains its dominance in village council elections
The fourth round of village council elections took place yesterday, Sunday, July 14, when villagers from 35 villages across the country cast ballots to elect their village councils for the next 3 years. At the end of round 3 last week, the Opposition People’s United Party (PUP) had maintained a consistent dominance at the polls in villages across the country. The governing United Democratic Party (UDP) Secretariat released its numbers last week and those numbers matched those released by the PUP, which has been claiming the lead in the elections.

Belmopan’s Club Atletico are back-to-back National Amateur League Champions
At the MCC Grounds yesterday, in game 2 of the National Amateur League Competition (NALC) home-and-away championship series, defending champions, Club Atletico of Belmopan came away with a 1-1 draw against Belize City’s Caesar Ridge FC, and it was all that Club Atletico needed, after their 1-nil win in game 1 at Isidoro Beaton Stadium, to emerge as back-to-back champions. After a somewhat difficult start in the 20-team National Amateur inter-district football tournament, where they lost a home-and-away series to Caesar Ridge FC, Club Atletico was not one of the 10 winners that automatically qualified to the next round.

Dangriga sports stats – PLB pre-season friendly
Home team, the newly improved Wagiya, today played their second pre-season friendly match at the Carl Ramos Stadium, where they won over Roaring Creek United, 3 goals to 1; but Roaring Creek gave Wagiya a good, competitive, 90-minute practice match. Ajohny Banner opened the scoring for Roaring Creek United in the first half; but before the half-time whistle, Byron Chavez tied up the score for Wagiya at 1 apiece. In second half, Wagiya got 2 more goals that came from Gilroy “Bredda” Thurton and Kelker Palacio.

SMART Mundialito playoffs at the MCC; Finals this Saturday
Yesterday, Saturday, the Smart 13 & Under Mundialito 2018-2019 Closing Season entered its knockout playoff stage, with the top 8 teams from the 12 that started the competition, engaging in 4 quarterfinal games, beginning at 10:00 a.m.; and then in the afternoon, the 4 winners moved on to the semifinals. Two games at a time were played on Fields 1 and 2, using half of the MCC pitch for each game.

Showdown at the Garden
The Football Federation of Belize’s (FFB) 20-team National (1st Division) Amateur League Competition (NALC) 2019, with 2 teams each representing the 10 football zones of the country, is now down to its final 2 teams – defending national champion, Club Atletico of Belmopan and Caesar Ridge FC of Belize City. In the semifinals, Caesar Ridge FC cruised to a 4-1 (2-0, 2-1) aggregate win over Roaring Creek FC; and the series between Barrack Road FC and Club Atletico had seemed to be over with Barrack Road FC the 3-2 (1-1, 2-1) aggregate winner, following the Monday, July 1, report from the NALC secretariat.

Editorial: PM is too often perplexed, doesn’t know
The Prime Minister of Belize, Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, looked perplexed, perhaps a much used adjective in his case, when Amandala journalist, Mr. Rowland Parks, suggested to him that his government, having landed in yet another scandal, should consider “new elections to get a fresh mandate.” The Prime Minister, after furrowing his brows and glancing around, then skyward, as if nonplussed by the question, responded that every government will get embroiled in controversies, especially one that has been in power for three consecutive terms. We could be afflicted with amnesia, but we don’t recall having our previous United Democratic Party (UDP) governments being embroiled in chain controversies of this kind during the periods when the present Prime Minister’s boss, the Hon. Dr. Manuel Esquivel, was at the helm.

About the once-beautiful New River, and Eudaldo Briceño, laid to rest on July 11
Dear Editor, From the time Belize Sugar Industries (BSI) commenced operations in Orange Walk in the 1960’s, the beautiful New River changes from time to time. When we were kids, we would swim in its clear waters among the sunken logwood which were parked by the BEC “Bridge,” as we referred to it, but in reality, it was a pier. But after BSI, I remember one time, about fifty years ago, that the river became as yellow as pus. Nobody dared swim in it then. The blame was placed on the sugar factory and BSI looked into the matter and did its best to fix the problem. After doing all its best over the years, the problem persists, not with the color now, but the stench and the dying of the fishes.

I had no one to play with
Dear Editor, It was surprising yet gratifying when I opened my email and saw a note from a very special person who I have not seen for quite a while, but thanks to this medium, I was able to read the message sent to me, to which I respond by saying: Thank you, dear cousin, for reading my letter to the Editor that was published in the Amandala newspaper on Tuesday, July 9, 2019. Yes, there are many circumstances that are experienced to which many others can relate. I hope that through this medium I will be able to reach the minds and hearts of many youths, because there are so many things that we go through which we cannot share with the adults, since their world and ours are totally different.

Being drunk and exposing yourself in public are against the law
Dear Editor, The abusive consumption of alcohol in public is a real problem in our society. I concur with Compol Chester Williams. Just today, Sunday, here in Orange Walk, I saw two vehicles with young men stop in the middle of the street, in different areas of town, and the men relieved their bladders without regard for whether ladies or children were around. That is disgusting, and surely, if they weren’t consuming alcohol, they would at least have looked for a corner.

In honor of Ignacia Cacho’s 115th birthday
July 15, 2019 Dear Editor, Greetings! We have been holding our monthly Jahmaniez Open Mic Night Eventz at the Ignacia Cacho Library in Dangriga Town since October, 2015. This is an event where the community is invited to participate and perform skits, share riddles, read a passage, sing a song or recite a poem in the language of their choice. Our performers are not professionals, but they can entertain the audience for about an hour or so at least, and no one gets bored and everyone has a good time with clean, family entertainment. We have had the young boy who recited the poem about his apple and at the end he bit into it unexpectedly.

BELIZE CAYE FEST 2019!
The legendary Belizean musical and cultural festival, Belize Caye Fest, returned again this year at the historic Leimert Park in the popular Crenshaw District blazing out of the afternoon sun of sunny Los Angeles, California. Hotter than July, the 30-year-old Belizean music festival may have found another great place to call home nestled within a predominantly black community of Los Angeles where Belizeans are the largest black immigrant group. Topping the large list of Belizean artists in the Los Angeles Belizean community were Belizean musical artists like Danki Man, Preachaman, Eljai Royal, Bella Carib, Michael Wagner, Little June and others.

Can’t locate Christ in a capitalist plane
I don’t think I’d be reaching too far if I said that Christians who belong to the Catholic Church are divided between capitalism and modern socialism, and Christians who belong to the crowd called the Evangelicals are almost all full-blown, 100% to the bone, capitalists. One of our more prominent evangelicals, sometimes pastor and sometimes secular television owner/talk show host, Brother L. Wade, recently posted a story about a plane on his Facebook page that drew quite a commentary.

To live in peace and harmony
Crime has turned out to be a national concern, and we now listen and read many opinions addressing this concern, including those from foreign personalities who have come to Belize to study the situation and, thereafter, give their report on the reason why the criminal activity has been occurring and their recommendations on how to solve such problems. However, for some reason or the other it seems as if nothing has been able to work, including the projects that were set forth by governments and their NGO allies. It is obvious that such a situation cannot be solved because it had turned out to be a big business, even though it leaves many of the society in pain as a result of the loss of their loved ones.

$2,000 reward for the arrest of Yanira Novelo De La Rosa’s killer
A reward of $2,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the killer or killers of Yanira Novelo De La Rosa, 26, a mother of two children who was found dead in a cane field near the San Lorenzo Road in Orange Walk District, at about 11:00 a.m., last Tuesday. She had been stabbed 5 times in the chest and abdomen. A post-mortem exam conducted on her body revealed that she was strangled after she was stabbed.

Joseph Budna free, but for how long?
Joseph Budna, 38, a Belizean who has been serving a 30-year jail sentence in a jail in Guatemala after he was convicted of kidnapping and other offences in Guatemala, but who escaped from a hospital in Guatemala in May and made his way to Belize, was arrested by police in Camalote, Cayo District, last Thursday morning. Budna said that when he was captured walking on the road in Camalote, he took police to his mother’s house where he was living, and the officers conducted a search, but nothing was found, and he was taken into custody. Commissioner of Police Chester Williams has said that if the Guatemalans want Budna, they have to make a request for him through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Patrick Reyes, Teakettle villager convicted of double murder, to be eligible for parole after serving 40 years
Patrick Reyes, a resident of Teakettle who was convicted of a double murder and was given two life sentences, was told today by Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin that he would be eligible for parole after he has served 20 years in prison for each conviction, which would amount to 40 years. Reyes was actually given sentences of 25 years for each conviction, but 5 years was deducted from each sentence — 2 years for the time he spent on remand and 3 years for his exemplary behavior while he has been in prison.

Jealous ex-husband’s life sentence for murder commuted to 25 years
Alwin Gabb, 46, who was convicted of the murder of Nolan Arana, an employee of Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, was given a fixed sentence of 25 years today by the Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin. Chief Justice Benjamin deducted 6 years and 5 months from his sentence, which was the time he spent on remand. The remaining sentence amounted to 17 years and 5 months. Chief Justice Benjamin also stipulated that the remaining sentence is to take effect from December 3, 2013, when Gabb was found guilty.

The Reporter

Police Chase & Gun Shots In Downtown Belize City
The Reporter has been informed by multiple sources that the incident which unfolded at the foot of the Swing Bridge was the result of Police chasing a red pickup. We are told that a man inside the pickup, identified as Allison Major, was shot and was rushed to the KHMH in the back of a Police pickup.

Major Drug Find Near Haulover Bridge
The Reporter has been able to confirm that there was a significant drug bust this morning. Details are scarce, but we are told that parcels of what appears to be compressed marijuana were found in the false floor of a van, and a search is currently underway at the owner’s home somewhere near the Haulover Bridge.

Ministry of Health Confirms Quality Generic Medications
As part of its ongoing initiatives to provide quality healthcare medications, the Ministry of Health sent five different generic medications to the Caribbean Regional Public Health Agency’s (CARPHA) Drug Testing Laboratory, which is CARICOM’s regional reference laboratory for testing. The medications range from antibiotics to antidiabetic drugs that were sampled from the public sector.

The Wild & Elusive Frank Trapp – Escaped Twice In 48hrs.
The Reporter has just confirmed that Trapp has been detained in Corozal and is currently being transported to Belize City. The Reporter has confirmed that the Police are seeking Frank Trapp, 26, a man charged with Kidnapping, Aggravated Assault and other charges who escaped from the KHMH yesterday.

LOVE FM

Entrepreneurs receive tips on how to build their businesses
Entrepreneurship is no easy task to undertake. It takes courage, skill, and lots of resources for one to venture on their own and create a new business. Every business starts small, and every opportunity is a chance to learn how to better oneself. The US Embassy, in collaboration with BELTRAIDE and Impact Junkie, held a …

Basketball Tournament Underway
People gathered at Swift Hall, Southside Belize, as basketball teams go head to head in the annual summer basketball tournament. Youths from the southern region of Belize were invited to both watch and play. The Tournament engaged both U 17 and U15 teams both female and male. Love News spoke to Micah Goodin, Councillor for …

Diabetes Camp for All
For the next week children who have been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes have been invited to a Diabetes youth summer camp at ITVET. The camp is held by the Belize Diabetes Association, making this their 9th annual diabetes camp. The camp aims to bring awareness to the children on their required diet and self-care …

Police chase caused chaos and left one injured
A man was shot to the head this evening as he tried to get away from a police mobile that was in pursuit in the downtown area of Belize City. It is unclear where the chase started or why but by the time Allyson Major Junior reached the Regent and Albert Street intersection, things came …

Man shot by intruder
27-year-old Ivan Hyde was found inside his bathroom, injured with gunshot wounds just after ten o’clock this morning. Hyde was at his home at mile nineteen on the Philip Goldson Highway in Sandhill Village when someone entered and fired several shots at him as he was taking a shower. While our newsroom was receiving wrong …

Blogs

Los Hijos Del West Marimba Group to Travel to Costa Rica for the “Festival Nacional de Marimba”
F Los Hijos Del West are travelling to the 10th “Festival Nacional de Marimbas Limonal Abangares” in Costa Rica. This festival is normally an exhibition of Costa Rica’s national bands, however, on the occasion of the 10th anniversary the organizers have invited international marimba groups from Guatemala, Argentina, Mexico and Belize to participate. The Marimba is the national instrument of Costa Rica. The “Festival Nacional de Marimbas” is a national festival where various marimba groups from all over Costa Rica are invited to perform, amounting to 50 groups that participate in the Festival with an estimated audience of 50,000 persons. The Benque Viejo del Carmen based marimba group “Los Hijos del West”, through its personal and collective efforts, ensured participation by fundraising to cover their flights, improve on items such as uniforms and instruments and purchased promotional materials for this event.

International Sourcesizz

Lessons from the Caribbean
Before Congress decides to dump another boodle of our money into the nations of Central America in a vain attempt to curb the illegal immigration problem on our southern border, its members ought to travel there. Without the advance teams, weeks of intense planning, embassy minders, staffers and official passports they always use. Just get an ordinary passport and go. They might come back with different ideas about what the problems really are in countries to our south. I’ve thought about this before, when I lived and worked in the region; the question was reinforced last week as I visited Belize. I was in a former “porte-cochere,” a covered area on a spacious semicircular driveway intended for vehicles arriving at the once-impressive customs area of the Port of Belize.

CBP denies Marine Corps veteran entry for citizenship interview
A deported Marine Corps veteran who has been unable to come back to the U.S. for more than a decade was denied entry to the country Monday morning when he asked to be let in for a scheduled citizenship interview. Roman Sabal, 58, originally from Belize, came to the San Ysidro Port of Entry around 7:30 on Monday morning with an attorney to ask for “parole” to attend his naturalization interview scheduled for a little before noon in downtown San Diego. Border officials have the authority to temporarily allow people into the country on parole for “humanitarian or significant public benefit” reasons. Sabal first applied to become a U.S. citizen in 1995 after serving for six years as a Marine and then several more years in the Army Reserves. Sabal has two U.S. citizen children with a U.S. citizen partner whom he hopes to one day marry.

Videos

  • Belize, July 11 2019 Dive 2 Part 2, 23min.

  • Belize (The Jungle), 2hr13min. Belize - drive back to airport - flight back home.

  • Belize Trip, 1hr16min. Starts at airport in New Orleans

  • Belize, Dive 1 part 1, 25min.

  • Belize, Dive 1 Part 2, 21min.

  • Belize, Dive 2 part 1, 25min.

  • BLAST FROM THE PAST ....1980s BELIZE VIDEO, 21min.

  • Belize Sugar Industries & ASR Group Update, 34min. ASR BSI Group is heralding the close of another successful season. This year 1.3 million metric tons of cane was produce which is an increase from last year. We talked with representatives about the challenges of this year's season and the plans in place to grow the industry. On our couch: William Neal -Communications and Government Affairs Officer, ASR Group. Olivia Avilez - Cane Farmer Relations Manager, Belize Sugar Industries (BSI).

  • IPCC Special Report, 46min. There are many changes in our weather patterns that have been touted as clear signs of the impact of Climate Change. Stronger hurricanes, the melting of the Ice caps and the increase in coral bleaching are among the changes that are a result of the 1 degree increase in the temperature of the seas. We invited Carlos Fuller, International Liaison Office with the 5Cs to help us understand the latest in the international conversation and to report on the recently convened meeting for the IPCC Special Report. He talked about how the initiatives of the global community to implement strategies to reverse the effects of climate change.

  • Belize Jaw fish, 1min.

  • ADULT MALE HOWLER MONKEY at Blush of Eden, Belize, 1min.

  • Snorkeling/Free Diving Belize 6/7-10/19, 26min. Went snorkeling in Belize off of St. George's Caye-ECOMAR on the boat, the Oceanica. I went with the Aquarium of the Pacific's Student Eco Ambassador Program/Walking Tree Travel. It's not diving, but still was a lot of fun.

  • Flowers Bank Festival 2019 in pictures | Belize Creole - Bileez Kriol, 4min. The annual Flowers Bank Festival was held on June 1st, 2019 in the Flowers Bank Village. It has become a showcase of Belize's Kriol/Creole culture with food, games, plays, and more. Enjoy the photos, taken by NICH Belize.

  • Belize- Ziplining, ATV Trek and Cave Tubing, 8min. Chukka Jaguar Paw Ziplining, ATV and Cave Tubing Adventure excursion at Belize City port on Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas. ATV trek through the jungle...with my GoPro mounted on my helmet, its a good thing it had a full face shield that you couldn't hear whatever not-fit-for-youtube words may have been coming out of my mouth. LOL

  • BELIZE TRIP 2019 - EF TOURS, 15min. 8 day educational trip to Belize

  • Air view Belize, 44min.

  • Driving in Belize: Tips for Tourists & Visitors, 3min. Is driving in Belize as scary as it sounds? Check out our tips on driving, navigating, parking, and getting gas. Yes, the roads are rough in some parts of the country but it's worth it to rent a car if you will be driving around often. We drove from Belize City to San Ignacio to Placencia. We drove mostly on the Western Highway and Hummingbird Highway as well.