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The San Pedro Sun

NEMO hosts first official EOC meeting of the 2019 Hurricane Season
To better prepare for the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season, the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) held a meeting with committee members of San Pedro’s Emergency Operation Center (EOC) on Thursday, July 18th. Held at San Pedro’s NEMO branch office, the meeting aimed to review the EOCs’ state of readiness and fine-tune their plan of action in the event of a storm or extreme rain. After a short welcome and introduction by Parham, representatives from each EOC committee present shared their status regarding preparedness. Those in attendance also voiced concerns and made recommendations on how to better the island’s emergency plan of action.

First-ever Sports Fishing Summer Course certifies seven islanders
Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute (CZMAI) in partnership with Hol Chan Marine Reserve (HCMR) and the San Pedro Tourist Guide Association (SPTGA) conducted the first-ever Sports Fishing Summer Course for island youths from Monday, July 15th to Monday, July 22nd. The goal of the seven-day summer course is to inspire a deeper understanding and appreciation of Belize's sports fishing sector as a potential career option among the youngsters of San Pedro Town. From Monday, July 15th to Friday, July 19th, students met at San Pedro High School (SPHS) where they were introduced to the equipment, marine ecosystems, line tying techniques, casting techniques, poling, and navigation. The course was facilitated by well-known San Pedrano and professional sports fishing guide, Omar Arceo, Victor Sho from CZMAI, and SPTGA President Billy Leslie.

Friendly match between San Pedro Pirates F.C and Belize’s Jaguars ends 0-0
To further prepare for the new season of the Premier League of Belize (PLB), the San Pedro Pirates F.C hosted Belize’s National Team, Belize Jaguars for a friendly match in San Pedro Town. Held on Saturday, July 20th at the Ambergris Stadium, the match saw the best of both teams, but when the long whistle blew, it was a 0-0 score. The San Pedro Pirates F.C are the reigning champions of the PLB and therefore have been arduously preparing for the new season as to bring another PLB title to the island. For their first match of 2019 opening season of the PLB, the San Pedro Pirates will be facing the Belmopan Bandits on Saturday, July 27th. The match is scheduled to begin at 7:30PM at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town.

Extortion charges dropped against San Pedro Constables
Special Constable Orlando Mendez and Police Constable Nelson Ramos, formally attached to the San Pedro Police Formation were freed on extortion charges on Wednesday, July 17th. On June 15, 2017, American tourist Timothy Braun accused Mendez and Ramos of shaking him down for US $300 to drop a marijuana charge. At the time of the incident, Braun told The San Pedro Sun that while he was enjoying his cigarette, he was approached by three San Pedro police officers on a golf cart. They accused him of smoking marijuana. Braun informed the officers that he was smoking tobacco, but was promptly told they were taking him in for smoking weed.

Ambergris Today

GOB Gets $31.96 Million Grant Funding For Solar Mini Grids For Rural Areas
The Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow and Her Excellency Malgorzata Wasilewska, European Union (EU) Ambassador to Belize, signed a Financing Agreement for a total of BZD $31.96M / Euro $14M for the energy sector. The signing ceremony was held today, 22 July 2019 in the Office of Prime Minister at the Laing Building, Belize City.

BTB Hosts 5th Consecutive Digital Marketing Summit
The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) hosted its fifth consecutive annual Digital Marketing Summit on July 19, 2019 at the Western Biltmore Plaza Hotel in Belize City, where marketing experts updated marketers on the latest developments and guided them on how to improve their respective businesses. The summit was split into four panels, namely Social Media, Brand Strategy, Digital Marketing and Influencer Marketing. A new added feature this year was a workshop segment where participants had the opportunity to gain some hands-on experience from what they have learned during the summit. There were four workshops in the afternoon based on the above-mentioned panel categories.

Various Belizean Sources

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Shooting Stars Dance Academy Fundraiser
Our kids are members of the Shooting Stars Dance academy and we are fundraising weekly to take these little girls to Honduras to perform in January. Our sale is this Friday.We will be having a cheap sale and located at the CTC bazaar and selling the crusts there. However we are also getting preorders which we will deliver. Contact number is 6314681 Ms. Georgina Johnson.

Corozal Neighbourhood Watch Program
Our local police cannot do all the job of crime fighting and prevention alone in our Corozal community. Corozal Town already has several active Neighbourhood Watch Groups. Those we know about, that have been holding meetings and installing NWG warning signs, include the Santa Rita Neighbourhood Watch, Rainbow Town Neighbourhood Watch and the newly formed Corozal Central Neighbourhood Watch Groups. Others groups that are active exist outside the town limits. Consejo Shores has always had a very active group. Years prior, between 2012 and 2015, there were probably double the amount of NWG in town and the groups were more proactive, assuring that the Corozal Community Policing Unit had bicycles, batons, handcuffs, flashlights, whistles, etc.

Barton Creek Cave Tour
I Visited an Ancient Mayan Cave and the Inside was SHOCKING. In this video, I will be showing you guys the inside of an Ancient Mayan cave near San Ignacio, Belize. The cave was used by Mayan Indians for spiritual and ritualistic purposes. This video is episode 1 of my Belize series, so subscribe to virtually travel throughout Belize with me too!

The Faith Janded on by Jesus
The San Pedro Roman Catholic Invites the Community to teachings by Padre Luis Toro at the Lion's Den on Sunday, July 28, 2019 at 8:30p.m.

Ministry of National Security CEO Felix Enriquez on Visit to the U.K.
Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of National Security Mr. Felix Enriquez is on a visit to the United Kingdom attending to bilateral defence matters. On Monday, July 22, CEO Enriquez, accompanied by UK Defence Attaché based in the Caribbean, Lt. Col. Anton Gash, made a courtesy call on the Ministry of Defence (MOD). They met with the Rt. Hon. Col. Mark Lancaster, Minister of State for the Armed Forces, and General Officer Commanding London District Major General Ben Bathurst. CEO Enriquez, along with H.E. Perla Perdomo, Belize’s High Commissioner to London, also called on Deputy Director Nigel Baker at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Changes in the Pump Price of Fuel Effective Midnight Tonight (Tuesday 23 July 2019)
The Ministry of Finance announces that at 12:00 a.m. on July 24, 2019, the pump prices of three fuel products will change. The prices for Regular Gasoline, Diesel and Kerosene will register increases as follows: Regular Gasoline will increase by 18 cents from $10.37 to $10.55 per gallon; Diesel Oil will increase by 12 cents from $9.96 to $10.08 per gallon; and Kerosene will increase by 26 cents from $7.45 to $7.71 per gallon. The price for Premium Gasoline will remain unchanged at $10.63 per gallon.

COROZAL BACK TO SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE
BACK TO SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE by "Take Me Deeper Ministries of Belize". School Supplies needed by August 24th include the following and can be dropped off at A & R in Corozal or contact Tracy at 653-3951. Our goal is to provide 75 filled backpacks to school children at St. Paul's Anglican Primary School, Corozal Nazarene Primary School, and other children in need. All donations stay in Corozal.

Last Phase of Children’s Park Renovation
Rotaracter Nekeisha Lima is doing a fantastic job drawing the final art works to make it a happier place for Children We are looking for sea sand to put under slides and merry go round to make safe for children suggestions and donations are welcomed I want to remind people that Rotary, Rotaract and Oceana are all NGO’s and we are all volunteers working hard to make our community better. Volunteers and donations are always welcomed If you are unsatisfied with the results of the park feel free to contact us and help us fix these problem. This park was not designed for toddlers or very small kids.

Ay! Las Amigas
Ay! Las Amigas will be performed this Thursday at 7:00pm at Cayo CET. Orquidea Negra will have a special appearance there too. "Tickets are now on sale for the theatre production by the #WATCHIT! Theatre Group which will be held on July 25, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Cayo Centre For Employment Training. Come and support our young and talented trainees as they perform the play directed by the Panamanian instructor Ángel Gutiérrez. Payasita Raquelin and Orquidea Negra of Benque Viejo will also be performing. Don't miss out!"

NOTICE TO MARINERS
Belize Water Services hereby advises all mariners that works will be conducted in San Pedro to install an underwater pipeline crossing on the seafloor from Boca Del Rio to San Mateo on Wednesday, July 24, 2019, from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM midday. Mariners are being advised that vessels will be restricted to navigate within this area. Extreme caution and adherence to the NO WAKE zone will be enforced by the Belize Port Authority for the duration of the installation of the underwater pipeline crossing. BWS apologizes for any inconvenience caused. For more information regarding this or any other BWS Release, please contact Belize Water Services at 222-4757 Ext. 1000

Culture Day for Trainees and Peace Corps Staff!
Yesterday was Culture Day for Trainees and Peace Corps Staff! Belizean staff, US staff and Trainees prepared cultural presentations to share with each other. Belizean staff presented on local cultures which they are representatives of. These were Q'eqchi, Mestizo, Kriol, Garinagu, Yoruba and East Indian. The US staff and Trainees also got an opportunity to present on their different cultures. There were posters talking about history of the culture, language, customs, traditions, beliefs and other folklore. There were crafts, traditional clothing, cultural dances, and lots of food! Everyone surely had fun and Trainees got a closer picture of the culture of the people they will be serving.

Day 3 of Kids in Action Open water dives
Day 3 more fun for the kids and the start of the Teacher training.

Channel 7

BTV and BDF VS. GAF on Sarstoon
The Guatemalan Armed Forces was at it again on the Sarstoon River today. A navy boat stoped the Belize Territorial Volunteers as they were heading up-river on the Belize side of the waterway which forms the boundary between the neighbouring countries. But, today, there was a big difference; the Belize Defence Force swooped in to fend off the Guats, and stand by the BTV. Here's the story of what happened:.. Will Maheia, Belize Territorial Volunteers: "This was a trip between where the BTV offered to take Satiim up Sarstoon into Black Creek to investigate some allege stealing of timber by Guatemalans. So we left Punta Gorda Town around 7:30 this morning and when we got to the BDF base, they told us we could go ahead and proceed."

Defence CEO in UK Military Meetings
And we tried to get comment on today's aggressive tactics on the river by the GAF from Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of National Security Felix Enriquez. But, a government release says he's on an official visit to the United Kingdom, quote, "attending to bilateral defence matters." So far, he's made a courtesy call on the Ministry of Defence and met with the Minister of State for the Armed Forces, Col. Mark Lancaster, and General Officer Commanding London District, Major General Ben Bathurst.

Elderly Farmer Murdered
Turning now to crime news, there's been another murder - this time in the Maya Mopan area outside Belmopan. An elderly farmer was found dead, three days after his last contact with his daughter. This morning at the crime scene in Maya Mopan, she told the media that when she couldn't reach him on Saturday night, she had a portent that he had been killed:..,. Yanira Rivas, Daughter of deceased: "My dad use to call me every day in the morning and in the night before he goes to sleep and on Saturday at 1pm he call me and then he say he will call me in the night, but he never did call me. Then in the night around 11pm I was dreaming that someone was killing my dad...."

Paslow Pilloried
Last night you saw the crowd from the UBAD Educational Foundation and the Image Factory lead a procession through the city streets - commemorating the centenary of the ex-servicemen's riot - which happened in Belize Town on July 22 and 23rd, 1919. So, while the ex-servicemen and thousands more rioted for two days, the UEF and IF crew honoree that spirit by agitating for social change for the past two days. Yesterday, it was demanding recognition for the historical importance of the ex-servicemen's riot, and, today, it was declaring that the new building planned for the foot of the Swing Bridge CANNOT be named after former slaveowner Thomas Paslow.

Danny And The DNA
In yesterday's news, we told you how DPP Cheryl-Lynn Vidal called a local forensics expert to testify against accused murderers William "Danny" Mason, Ashton Vanegas, Keron Fernandez, Terrence Fernandez, and Ernest Castillo. All 5 men are standing trial without a jury in the courtroom of Justice Antoinette Moore. This senior Scenes of Crime technician was the official who prepared all the evidence that police gathered back in July 2016, starting from the time when the decapitated head of Pastor Lewellyn Lucas was found in the pan of Mason's pick-up truck at a bar in Belmopan. This same technician then photographed all 5 accused men, took their clothing, and prepared samples to be sent abroad for DNA testing. He was also the official who visited Mason's ranch at mile 31 on the George Price Highway, where important pieces of evidence against the men were also collected.

Family of Nestor Vasquez Jr. Keeps Fire Burning
60 year old Nestor Vasquez Junior died on June eighth - from massive head injuries he sustained in a vicious beating he received while in police custody. Police put him in a cell with a dangerously unstable mentally ill man - who was there waiting to be arraigned for stabbing psychiatric nurse Therese Eligio. When we last heard from the family in June, they were in discussions with police finding out what happened and figuring out what they would do to make sure something good came out of their brother's passing. They said they would push for structural and cultural change in the department and the treatment of mentally ill persons. Today, they gave the press an update in an impromptu briefing at the Radisson.

Dengue Cases Explode In the North
The number of Dengue cases is exploding in northern Belize. 7News has confirmed that the numbers have ballooned drastically. Sources tell us that the number of infections for 2019 has surpassed cumulative numbers for 2017 and 2018 combined! There are also a large number of cases turning up at the Southern regional hospital but the figures are not unexpected.

Fuel Fluctuates
Pump prices for fuel have been all over the place in the last few months, going up, and down, and up again. And the Ministry of Finance is reporting tonight, that regular gas, Diesel, and Kerosene will see a price increase. At Midnight, the changes will take effect, and regular gasoline will increase by 18 cents, from $10.37 per gallon to $10:55 per gallon. Diesel Oil will increase by 12 cents, going from $9.96 per gallon to $10.08 per gallon. Kerosene will also increase by 26 cents; it is currently $7.45 per gallon but at midnight that price increases to $7.71 per gallon.

The Encuentro Experience in Belize
The Methodist youth conference that is held every three years is here in Belize. Some 250 participants from all over the Caribbean are in Belize for a conference called the "Youth Encuentro." It is a week-long program that provides the youth with an opportunity to grow in faith among their peers. Bishop Moses Benguche President of the Methodist Church Belize Honduras District explains more.

Police's Most Wanted
Last night we told you about two men who were wanted for recent crimes in Belize City. Well, police have released their wanted posters. The first is 26 year old Emerson Garnett. He is wanted for the murder of Jose Hilario Diaz. Diaz is the clothing vendor who was killed last week Wednesday evening. The shooter did not try to rob him - and just shot him multiple times. One other man has already been charged for abetting this murder based on surveillance video.

Miss Scuba Scores
Organizers say Miss Scuba is a pageant with a difference. And we won't argue; it's very different: the queen is appointed by National Director Zenaida Moya and her team. And it's also different in another regard: it's not solely a beauty or scuba competition but it merges both to help raise awareness for marine conservation and celebrate the beautiful women - who look good with a an air tank on their backs.

An Odd Embassy Escapade
The Belize Embassy in Washington - 99% of us will never go there - and that's not necessarily a bad thing; generally, walking through an embassy is about as exciting as going to the CB Hyde building. Except, the sterile monotony of an embassy is occasionally punctuated by charming splashes of kitsch and decorated with transplanted trinkets. You're just as likely to run into Sir Colville's Pataki as you are to find a Samuel Haynes songbookindeed, foreign embassies can be slightly strange.

Positive Vibez Belts Out Topical Song
And that's it for 7news tonight - we leave you with a new song from the artist Positive Vibez - he released it today in memory of Allyson Major. He performed it last night to great effect at the vigil for the 36 year old...

Channel 5

Elderly Man Found in Shallow Grave, Murdered in Belmopan
An elderly man of the Valley of Peace area in Cayo was killed and his body buried in a shallow grave.  Porfilio Nino had been missing since Saturday and his [...]

Vasquez Family Clamors for Mental Health Training at Police Academy
The family of Nestor Vasquez Junior, who was beaten to death while in detention at the Queen Street Police Station back in June, met with the Mental Health Association this [...]

Will Charges be Brought Against Collin Francis for Death of Nestor Vasquez Jr.
While the Vasquez family is also seeking a revision of antiquated legislation dealing with the treatment of persons with mental illness, they are hoping that the Director of Public Prosecutions [...]

Vasquez Family Tables a Compensation Proposal
Commissioner of Police Chester Williams, at a press brief following the death of Nestor Vasquez Junior accepted that the police department will be held liable for the tragic incident inside [...]

Pastor Lucas’ DNA Found on Clothing Worn by Three Accused Killers
A shocking new disclosure was made today during the murder trial of William ‘Danny’ Mason, who stands accused, along with four others, of beheading Pastor Llewellyn Lucas in July 2016.  [...]

Weighing in On DNA Evidence in Mason Murder Trial
While D.N.A. evidence lifted from the clothing of three of the five accused men does not, as yet, implicate his client, attorney Norman Rodriguez is studying today’s testimony carefully since [...]

Fuel Prices Goes Up At Midnight, Again
There is another hike in fuel prices that will put a dent in the pockets of consumers.  At midnight, the prices for regular gasoline, diesel and kerosene will go up. [...]

Sarstoon Showdown! G.A.F. Orders Belizeans to Return; B.D.F. Stands Its Ground
The Sarstoon is back in the news tonight and according to BTV Leader Wil Maheia, Guatemalan Armed Forces attempted to sink the boat Belizeans were attempting to traverse the river [...]

NTUCB speaks on the impact of the Sanctuary Bay scam
The National Trade Union Congress of Belize discussed a number of pressing issues this week, from crime to the recent Sanctuary Bay scam. According to President Marvin Mora, the N.T.U.C.B. [...]

Belize City Youth Wanted for Murder of Taxi Man
Police have issued a wanted poster for twenty-one-year-old Belize City resident Dante Reneau. He is wanted for the murder of fifty-two-year-old taxi-operator Emmanuel Ampomah.  Investigators believe that Reneau can assist [...]

Choice Bank has New Liquidator, Again
The third liquidator has been appointed by the Central Bank for Choice Bank Limited. The offshore bank was forced to fold and thrown into receivership in June 2018, after the [...]

Denise E. Antonio Is New UNDP Representative to Belize
Denise Antonio, an American citizen, and native of Liberia has been appointed to serve as Resident Representative for Belize. Antonio is committed to supporting the government in areas such as [...]

A vigil for Allyson Major
Allyson Major Junior was shot and killed by police almost a week ago, but his friends and family were determined to use his untimely death to shine a light on [...]

NTUCB speaks on fatal shooting of Allyson Major
On Monday, the N.T.U.C.B. issued a press release to condemn the wave of recent criminal activities. The organization raised concerns over the impact of crime on the workforce, highlighting that [...]

Teen Arraigned for Attempted Murder of Raheem Chambers
A week ago, Raheem Chambers was shot and injured during a shooting incident on Lacroix Boulevard in the Saint Martin’s de Pores area, Belize City. Today, a teenager was arraigned [...]

Anthony Reyes is Committed to Stand Trial for Murder of Emmerson Anderson
Tonight, a twenty-two-year-old youth is back on remand as he awaits trial for the 2018 murder of a man who was playing cards and was not the intended target. Anthony [...]

Biscayne Fisherman Guilty of Possession
A Biscayne fisherman and farmer, thirty-year-old James Seguro was slapped with a two thousand-dollar fine for the offense of possession of more than three hicatees. Allegations are that on Monday, [...]

A Protest at Ground Zero; Activists Want Building Named ‘1919 Plaza’
An energetic group protested at ground zero this morning at the foot of the Swing Bridge in Belize City. They want to rectify a vexing matter in respect of the [...]

Land issue brewing in La Gracia
There is a land issue brewing in western Belize.  Over twenty farmers in La Gracia claim that surveyors have initiated works on their land.  The farmers say that majority of [...]

Week 3 of KTV the Remix Season III; Who Made the Cut?
Don’t miss out tonight and be part of the fun. It’s another round of competition in KTV, the Remix.  The search for this season’s singing sensation is well underway and [...]

Meet Miss Scuba Belize 2019, Johnisha Ariola from Hopkins
A twenty-one year old advanced diver is heading to Malaysia to compete in the Miss Scuba International Pageant. She is Johnisha Ariola, a stunning beauty from Hopkins, Stann Creek District.  [...]

Amandala

Central Bank Deputy Governor new liquidator for Choice Bank
A Deputy Governor of the Belize Central Bank has resigned from his post and has taken up a new appointment as liquidator for the now defunct Choice Bank, an offshore bank which was stripped of its license by the Belize Central Bank and placed in receivership in June of last year. The new Choice Bank liquidator, Kareem Michael, has become the third person named to that post. Michael’s appointment becomes effective today, Monday, July 22, the Central Bank said in a media release it posted on its website on Friday.

Vega ordered to pay back $400,000
The Government of Belize won a major victory in the Supreme Court this afternoon when the civil case against Andre Vega concluded before Supreme Court Justice Courtenay Abel, who ruled that the $400,000 that the Ministry of Natural Resources paid to Vega as compensation for a duplicate Minister’s Fiat Grant amounted to unjust enrichment, and ordered him to return the money to the government. In 2016, a major scandal broke involving Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega, area representative for the Orange Walk North constituency, who, as Minister of Natural Resources, authorized a $400,000 compensation payment to his son, Andre Vega, for a property near the Haulover Bridge.

Judge rules not to admit confession statement in Danny Mason murder trial
After a long pause, the murder trial of William “Danny” Mason and his co-accused, namely, Ashton Vanegas, Keron Fernandez, Terrence Fernandez, and Ernest Castillo, resumed on Tuesday, July 8, in the Belmopan Supreme Court, where Justice Antoinette Moore is sitting without a jury. The trial, however, immediately slipped into a voir dire, which continued until Friday, July 19, as defense attorneys and the Director of Public Prosecution, who is leading the evidence for the Crown’s case, grilled police witnesses over a caution statement given to police by Ernest Castillo. Castillo’s caution statement allegedly included an admission that he carried out the cruel murder of Pastor Llewellyn Lucas.

Home invasion in Consejo
A group of robbers invaded the home of Rodney and Wanda Brean, an American couple living in Consejo, beat and tied them up, then ransacked the house. The thieves, four masked men said to all be of dark complexion, stole $17,000 in cash, jewelry and electronic items before escaping. Information to us is that last night, Retired American National, Rodney Brean, 52, and his wife Wanda, 51, were watching television in their home at #681 Consejo Road, Corozal District, when four robbers gained entry into their house by jumping over their fence and ran across the patio and went into the house through the unlocked back door and surprised the couple in the living room.

9 homeless after fire destroys house in Roaring Creek
A fire in the Another World area of Roaring Creek completely destroyed a bungalow timber house belonging to Denise Arnold, a sanitation worker who lives in Roaring Creek, and her family. As a result, 9 persons are now homeless. All the house’s uninsured contents were destroyed. The estimated loss to Arnold and her family is about $35,000. Arnold told investigators that this morning she secured her house and went to work in Belmopan. At about 4:00 this evening, she was on her way home when she was told that her house was on fire. When she arrived home, she saw her house engulfed in flames.

A candlelight vigil in Battlefield Park for police shooting victim, Allyson Major, Jr.
The family and friends of Allyson Major, Jr. who died tragically from police gunfire last Tuesday, gathered in Battlefield Park this evening along with sympathizers from the community for a candlelight vigil. Yvonne Craig Major, the mother of Allyson Major, described his killing as an “execution.” Major said that the support that their family has been receiving is overwhelming. Major said that Allyson was her only child. “Because of the overwhelming support that we have been getting we decided to have a candlelight vigil because we are God-fearing people,” she said.

Ladyville Rising Stars repeat as Smart Mundialito Champions
The championship final of the Smart 13 & Under Mundialito 2018-2019 Closing Season took place yesterday afternoon at the MCC Grounds, where defending champion Ladyville Rising Stars became back-to-back champions when they defeated City Boys, 1-nil, in the exciting final. Some 12 teams participated in the single round-robin regular season which started back on Saturday, May 4; after which the top 8 teams entered knockout quarterfinals last Saturday morning, July 13; then the knockout semifinals followed that same afternoon. The opening match yesterday afternoon at the MCC saw Heights FC prevailing over Brown Bombers to claim 3rd Place in the competition.

1 back remains to decide playoff spot in National Over-40 football
The Belize National Over-40 Football Tournament 2019 now has only one back match remaining, after the back match played on Saturday night at the Michael Ashcroft Stadium in Independence, where home standing Golden Eagles FC Veterans put themselves in strong contention for the last playoff spot, when they shut out Roaring Creek Veterans, 3-0, with goals from Archibald Ferrill (17’ & 40’) and Wayne Castellanos (84’).

PLB 2019-2020 Opening Season kicks off this weekend
The Premier League of Belize (PLB) has released the schedule of games for its up-coming 2019-2020 Opening Season which will again feature 8 teams; but there are a few changes. Returning to action will be Placencia Assassins FC, who sat out last season, lending their support to the new entry, Assassins Altitude FC; while Police United FC will not be appearing at all in this edition of the PLB tournament.

SCFA Smart U-13 Mundialito games for Tuesday
These Smart U-13 Mundialito games, hosted by the Stann Creek Football Association (SCFA), were postponed due to the weather conditions over the weekend. They will be played tomorrow, Tuesday, July 23, starting at 4:00 p.m. at the Carl Ramos Stadium.

Editorial: FOUR years of any P is ENOUGH
The United Democratic Party (UDP) would do the country a great service if they put out a manifesto that promised the 4-year term and then proceeded to call the next general elections before the end of November, 2019. (The UDP’s present term started on November 4, 2015.) The People’s United Party (PUP), if they are serious about reform, should put the 4-year term in their manifesto again, so that, whoever won, there would be a decrease in the duration of their term. The PUP had the 4-year term on a set date in their 2015 manifesto, but they lost at the polls. The PUP didn’t lose because their manifesto included the end of the tedious 5-year term. They lost because they were mired in an intra-party ideological battle and couldn’t find common ground, and the UDP was rolling in Petro Caribe funds, the oil wells were still gushing, and they declared a satisfactory settlement to the BTL negotiations, thanks to Lord Ashcroft becoming a Good Samaritan.

A dream is a wish your heart makes
Dear Editor, “A dream is a wish your heart makes, when you’re fast asleep. In dreams you will lose your heartaches. Whatever you wish for, you keep. Have faith in your dreams and someday your rainbow will come smiling through. No matter how your heart is grieving. If you keep on believing, the dream that you wish will come true.” (Cinderella (Disney)–”A dream is a wish your heart makes”.) And I would sing and twirl around the flowers, smiling with joy, until… Until I heard her. A girl taller than me and approximately 12 years of age, long black hair, faceless, with a long white dress.

For the youth of today, killing a person is like a “badge of honor”
Dear Editor, I understand and sympathize with Compol Chester Williams’ frustration over the spate of crimes in our country, especially in Belize City, which now seems to be spreading to the rural areas like a virus. He is trying his best, but nothing seems to stop this madness. We must first understand the times. For the youth of today, killing a person is like a badge of honor, not like in the past when it was a shameful thing to be a murderer. If you took someone’s life intentionally, you expected to be hanged.

Fences and things
Dear Editor, There are, I believe, three places in Belmopan the curious visitor might want to see, especially during the upcoming national celebrations: the Parliament building, the US/British Embassies and the Governor General’s (G-G) official residence. The first is unfenced (no further comment); for the second grouping, there is only security fencing, by nature low on aesthetics; and the third—well that’s what this piece is about. These sites are significant because of their symbolism, mostly historical, but also architectural and cultural.

More from Romel Cuello
Dear Editor, I would like to offer my apologies to family members and friends of the Briceños in Orange Walk for forgetting to mention, in my letter about Mr. Daly being laid to rest, two important persons who had predeceased him – – his elder brother “Lalo” Briceño, founder of the well-known San Francisco Restaurant in Orange Walk Town, and his sister Dina Cantun-Briceño.

How the hash of the Americanista Price was saved from jail, twice
“Since the movement of liberation from colonial status began in 1950, America has been like a shining beacon and a home away from home to a large number of Belizeans, even though most of them have never been there. How else can you explain the fact that the supporters of the movement, whenever they marched in the streets of Belize City, sang at the top of their voices ‘God Bless America, My Home Sweet Home’?” (from “ A Bit of History”, by Janus, Amandala of August 16, 2009.) It doesn’t matter who you are, there are things in your life that make you say, ‘I can’t believe that was me’. You could be the Pope; you bet there are things in his life that he’d like to forget. You could be Donald Trump; you bet there are tons of things in his past that he is sorry for. You could be Said Musa…

Our words are meaningless if we do not act!
I write because I want to be part of the historians of this country and thus I have to record what is happening in this country in real time through my writings. I don’t want to have the story told through the eyes only of the leaders who have corrupted the country and have benefitted from corruption. We the people, who live daily lives struggling to make it a better country and who have a greater vision for a greater country, need to place in the annals of history the reality of where we are and how we got here and what is being done, if anything, to change things for the better or the worse. Change is constant, and be it for good or bad, change keeps happening. Last week I wrote about the agony I felt as a Belizean, when I read in real time about the many news reports on the new murders and body count.

Post-mortem: taxi driver Emmanuel Ampomah crushed to death by his overturned taxi
Emmanuel Ampomah, 52, a national of Ghana, Africa, who was a taxi driver in Belize City, was attacked and stabbed in his cab by one of two men who were passengers in his taxi at about 8:00 last Tuesday night on Seashore Drive in Buttonwood Bay. Ampomah lost control of the taxi, which ran off the road and crashed into the drain. The vehicle overturned and Ampomah was thrown out. The vehicle then came to rest on him. Meanwhile, his two assailants escaped.

American tourist Steven Vorhaus, 67, drowns on diving tour
Steven Williams Vorhaus, 67, an American national of Lafayette, Colorado, USA, who came as a tourist to enjoy the beauty of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, and to dive in its pristine seas, was participating in a diving tour along with others at about 11:30 a.m. yesterday when at about 2:00 p.m., he went missing. A search for him was immediately conducted and he was found lying on the seabed. He was immediately rushed to the San Pedro Polyclinic, where he was officially declared dead. He was identified to police by his common law-wife, who was also on the tour along with him.

Maximo Chiac, 23, arraigned for the murder of Hermelindo Ical, 30
On Sunday morning, March 31, the body of Hermelindo Ical, 30, a volunteer soldier of the Belize Defence Force, B Company Detachment, Cayo District, who was also a farmer of Armenia, was found lying on the roadside in some bushes not far from his house by a man who was walking on the road. He had been hacked to death, and chop wounds could be seen on his head and body. An investigation into the murder led to Maximo Chiac, 23, a farmer of Springfield, Cayo District. The arrest has been made 4 months after Ical’s death, and police said that they have sufficient evidence to charge Chiac with the murder of the soldier.

Destroyed drug plane found in Toledo
Last week Sunday, law enforcement officers and soldiers of the Belize Defence Force made an arduous march to an area in Graham Creek, Toledo District, where they found a plane that had been completely destroyed on a make-shift runway, and a bulldozer was also seen parked not far from the remains of the suspected drug plane. Searches were made in the plane and around the area, but nothing was found.

The Reporter

Team Belize – Off To The XVIII Pan American Games In Lima Peru
The Belize Olympic & Commonwealth Games Association will be sending a contingent of nine (9) to participate in the XVIII Pan American Games which is set to take place from July 26 through August 11, 2019 in Lima, Peru.

Regular Up – Diesel Up – Premium Unchanged – Kerosene Up
The Ministry of Finance announced that at midnight on July 24, 2019, (Tonight) the pump prices for gasoline, diesel and kerosene will increase as follows:

Boris Johnson Is The News Prime Minister Of Britain
Britain has a new Prime Minister. He is Mr. Boris Johnson. He was elected as the new Conservative leader in a ballot of party members. He beat Jeremy Hunt winning 92,153 votes to Hunt’s 46,656. Boris Johnson is former London mayor who was also Foreign Secretary in the Government of Teresa May. In his victory speech, he said: “We are going to energise the country.

Missing Farmer Found In Shallow Grave
After a false alarm earlier today, family members have confirmed that the body of farmer Porfilio Nino, 65, was discovered in a shallow grave on his farm in the Maya Mopan area of Belmopan.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

2020’s public and bank holidays
Expect lots and lots of long weekends next year, as the schedule of public and […]

Six of Belize’s best headed to Pan American Games in Peru
Belize’s team to the 18th Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, departs this evening. The […]

Fuel prices hike at midnight
The Ministry of Finance announces that effective midnight tonight, the pump prices of three fuel […]

La Gracia residents concerned about new land surveys
Several farmers of La Gracia village, Cayo contacted Breaking Belize News to share their concern […]

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative appointed for Belize
An American citizen and native of the West African country, Liberia, Denise E. Antonio has […]

Remembering the 1919 Revolution
Belizeans gathered yesterday to commemorate the 1919 Revolution in Belize. In July of 1919, several […]

Messenger busted with marijuana
A messenger of Belize City was busted with marijuana yesterday. According to reports, police were […]

Dante Reneau, 21, wanted for murder of Ghanaian taxi driver Emmanuel Ampomah
Authorities are looking for Dante Reneau, 21, for the murder of Ghanaian taxi driver Emmanuel […]

Body found in Belmopan
Reports to BBN’s newsdesk are that the body of a man was found this morning […]

National Trade Union Congress: Things must be done differently to address crime in Belize
The National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB) says that things must be done differently […]

LOVE FM

Protest for Paslow Plaza Name to be Changed
It is not uncommon to find buildings named after heroes or influential people in society. As a matter of fact, it is a practice carried out around the world. Today, in Belize, however, there were objections to the renaming of the proposed building at ground zero, the Paslow Plaza. If you know your history, you …

Vasquez Family to use settlement to invest in mental patient care
While the initiative by the Vasquez family seeks to assist other mentally ill individuals, there is still the matter of how Nestor Vasquez Junior died. At the press conference, Jules gave an update on his brother’s case. He said that the family’s lawyer, Leslie Mendez, has proposed a settlement, which they hope to use to …

DNA tests connect three of the accused to the deceased
The Mason trial got interesting today as results of DNA tests were revealed by a US FBI Expert. The DNA results connect three of the defendants, namely, Ernest Castillo, Terrence and Kieron Fernandez, to the deceased, Pastor Llewellyn Lucas. Attorney for Ashton Vanegas is Norman Rodriguez; Bryan Neal is representing Terrence and Kieron Fernandez while …

Strengthening the Spirits of Caribbean Youths
The Methodist Church is on day two of an event dubbed, Encuentro. The event serves to strengthen the spirit of youths all over the Caribbean. Day-2 included a flag raising ceremony at the Ramada Princess followed by a march to Wesley College. Throughout the next few days, the participants will engage in sessions aimed at …

Vasquez Family lobby for better treatment of mental patients
Since the tragic death of 60-year-old, Nestor Vasquez, a mentally ill man and brother of Channel 7’s own Jules Vasquez, mental health has come to the forefront of many discussions. The topic is no longer being treated as something taboo in Belizean society and authorities are now forced to take more precautions when dealing with …

Blogs

Market Day: Memories of the Old Belize City Central Market
Between sleep and wake, it didn’t take me too long to recognize who was rustling in the dark and what it meant when I was a child growing up in Belize City. During the week, but more often on the weekend (Friday and Saturdays), my mother would get up early in the morning before the break of dawn, got dressed and prepared to go to the Belize Central Market at the foot of the Swing Bridge in downtown Belize City. In the dark or with little light for a few minutes, she rustled in the kitchen to get two or three straw or canvas bags she needed to carry produce, meat and fish. With rope handles the canvas bag that was taken to the market was what Belizean called a market bag. The youngest in my family, on hearing the commotion in the house as she moved from the bed room to the kitchen, I would get up and ask her if I could go to the market with her. The answer was always yes and I would hurriedly and excitedly put on my clothes to go to the market.

International Sourcesizz

A Quest to Learn More about the Common Man
Archaeologist Eric Fries digs deep into the Maya civilization. Eric Fries’ inspiration stems from his childhood adventures alongside his grandfather. “My grandfather was a hobby archaeologist in Germany. He took me out when I was little into the fields to work with him,” he said. Now, Fries is in his second year of the anthropology doctoral program studying archaeology; only this time, he is working in the fields of Belize. He researches Maya archaeology, focusing in settlement, where he looks at big cities and their outlying areas. Not much is known about the common man in the Maya civilization or the role they served for the rich and powerful, but Fries is trying to change that. “I look at the outlying areas of cities: villages, farmers’ households, small towns that are far from the main centers,” Fries said. “I try to understand how those settlements came to be, how they function, and how they relate to the big temples.”

Boris Johnson to be UK's next prime minister
Boris Johnson set to become the UK’s next prime minister after receiving two-thirds of the votes in a ballot of party members. He decisively beat Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt - who earlier admitted his decision to vote Remain in the 2016 referendum had proved an insurmountable hurdle with members. Mr Johnson will officially take office tomorrow and begin making appointments to his cabinet – but it is already confirmed that Nottinghamshire MP Mark Spencer will become his chief whip.

Trump threatens Guatemala after its court blocks asylum deal
President Donald Trump on Tuesday threatened retribution against Guatemala over immigration after the country’s high court blocked its government from signing an asylum deal with the United States. Trump tweeted that Guatemala has decided against signing a “safe-third agreement” requiring Central American migrants seeking asylum in the U.S. to instead apply for those protections in Guatemala, even though the country’s government never said it had agreed to the arrangement. Guatemala “has decided to break the deal they had with us on signing a necessary Safe Third Agreement. We were ready to go,” Trump complained. “Now we are looking at the ‘BAN,’” he wrote, along with tariffs, fees on remittance money Guatemalans working in the U.S. send back to their country, “or all of the above.”

John McAfee allegedly arrested – threatens to leak secret documents
American cryptocurrency and antivirus personality John McAfee allegedly has been arrested by US authorities. Now people in his vicinity are threatening to release secret documents if McAfee is not released. Crypto personality and presidential candidate John McAfee have disappeared and now people in his vicinity fear he has been arrested by US authorities. John McAfee has been on the run since 2012 when he was accused of involvement in a murder in Belize. McAfee himself denies the accusations and has previously called them “propaganda from the US government for the purpose of silencing me”.

John McAfee Arrest Rumors Spark Concerns About Dead Man’s Switch
John McAfee’s campaign manager has said on Twitter that the presidential candidate and his wife might have been arrested or detained on his boat, sparking rumors about a possible “dead man’s switch” that John McAfee recently talked about online. McAfee has been living off a boat and says it’s because he’s wanted for not paying his taxes. Now his campaign manager is saying that McAfee and his wife might have been detained on that boat. This is a developing story.

Mom with cancer seeks aid for adopted daughter
A former Stelly’s Secondary School teacher facing a terminal cancer diagnosis is appealing for financial help to keep her adopted daughter in Canada. Joni Miller, 49, has spent much of the last 12 years living in Belize, where she opened a school for children in Caye Caulker, a small island that is home to about 2,000 people and was previously without a secondary school. It was also in Belize that she adopted her daughter Naijah, now 11. When Miller, who grew up in Metchosin, found out that the cancer she had beaten years earlier had returned, she came home to Victoria for treatment and brought Naijah with her. Her daughter doesn’t have Canadian citizenship and is currently on a visitor visa, and Miller is worried about what will happen to Naijah when she’s gone.

Videos

  • The Business Perspective is Live on Love FM., 13min.

  • Corozal House Culture Second day Summer Art Waves Program, min.

  • The Belize City Counci Super Sale, 21min. The Belize City Council officials gave us an update on recent programs. They talked about the launching of the Food Pantry as well as the upcoming Super Sale scheduled for Saturday. On our couch: Oscar Arnold - Deputy Mayor, CITCO. Tamara Minto - Communications Manager, CITCO. Ian Mariano Sr. - Public Relations Representative, CITCO.

  • The Belize Coalition For Sustainable Fisheries - ban on the use if gillnets, 30min. The Belize Coalition For Sustainable Fisheries representatives were our guest to expand on their call for a ban on the use if gillnets. Our guests talked about the rationale and shared some of their new initiatives to advocate for the cause. On our couch: John Burgos - Executive Director, BTIA. Dale Fairweather - Executive Member. Nigel Martinez - Director, Belize Federation of Fishers.

  • The Belize National Teacher's Union officials regards to the renewal of teaching license, 41min. The Belize National Teacher's Union officials spoke with us about their official position on the recent move by the Ministry of Education in regards to the renewal of teaching license. On our couch: Luke Palacio - First Vice President, BNTU. Ruth Shoman - National Secretary, BNTU.

  • Channel 5 Obituaries- HARDIE BOULOY, 1.5min.

  • Belmopan Day 2019 Video, 1min. Belmopan is celebrating 49 years on August 3rd. To celebrate, they're having an all day event with food, music, art, a business expo, rides, and much more. It'll be fun for kids and adults alike. It all happens at Mae Gordon Park. "Saturday August 3rd at the Mae Gordon Park! Belmopan Day Business Expo 2019 SEE YOU THERE!"

  • Carribean Reef Sharks / Belize, 1.5min. Some graded rough footage of caribbean reef sharks near Half Moon Caye in Belize.

  • National Fishermen Cooperative of Belize, 5min. Belize is a leader in sustainable fishing worldwide. Over 5,000 local fishers still rely on traditional methods to catch every lobster, conch and fish by hand, providing a valuable food source for the region and abroad. However, these fishers, and the environment, are under fire as climate change, over-fishing and industrial fisheries threaten to strip the seas bare. The National Fishermen Coop has partnered with The Nature Conservancy and Future of Fish (among others) to implement strict buying policies and innovative fishing techniques, like supply chain traceability, to help strengthen local fisheries, protect communities and save their oceans.

  • Mexico, Belize, Cuba, 14min.

  • Cancun to Belize with my drone, 7.5min.

  • Day 3 of Kids in Action Open water dives, .5min.

  • Day 3 of Kids in Action Open water dives #2, 10sec.