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The San Pedro Sun

Congratulations to Miss Costa Rica Lisbeth Valverde Brenes, the new 2019-2020 Queen of the Mayan Coast!

Bryce Peterson wins Bantamweight Championship at Pro FC 2 MMA ‘Island Takeover’
Islander Bryce Peterson is the new Bantamweight Champion, after submitting his opponent Leonel Cetina via rear-naked choke. Peterson vs. Cetina was the co-main event of the Pro FC 2 Island Takeover held on Thursday, July 25th at the San Pedro High School Auditorium. The night was filled with several exciting Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) matches, featuring Mexican and Belizean fighters, and even included a female fight on the main card.

San Pedro’s Jordan Santos to represent Belize at XVIII Pan American Games
The Belize Olympic & Commonwealth Games Association recently released the names of the nine Belizeans who will participate in the XVIII Pan American Games, set to take place from Friday, July 26th through Sunday, August 11th in Lima, Peru. Among the Belizeans selected is San Pedro’s own Jordan Santos, who will compete in the Triathlon sector of the games. Santos is happy for the opportunity to represent Belize and is hoping to do well. “The expectation about the race in general is what I am going for. Just expect to try my best, mostly by time. It is pretty hard to place in the competition, but by time is more what I am looking towards, getting better—personal best time. So that’s what I am working for more on for these games,” he said.

Island youngsters showcase football skills U-15 and U-17 Inter-District Football Tournament
San Pedro youngsters, both male and female, continue to showcase their football skills at Belize’s U-15 and U-17 Inter-District Football Tournament. San Pedro teams hosted teams from Belmopan for a day of football action at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town on Saturday, July 20th. The first match was at 11AM and saw San Pedro’s male U-15 going against Belmopan’s male U-15 in an intense match. At the end of the game time, Belmopan managed to come out victorious with a 3-2 score.

Belize Coast Guard opens new patrol base in northern Ambergris Caye
Northern Ambergris Caye now counts with the permanent presence of military personnel after the Belize Coast Guard (BCG) officially opened its new patrol base on Friday, July 26th. The new outlook post in the Bacalar Chico area, a mile and a half away from the Mexican border, will not only serve to patrol the northern coast of the island, but also deter any sort of criminal activities that threaten the safety and economic progress of Ambergris Caye. According to Minister of National Security Honourable John Saldivar, this outpost will be self-contained when it comes to responding to any incidents or emergencies. The minister briefly spoke on the double murder that occurred late June on the lagoon off the west coast of Ambergris Caye, where a tourist and a local tour guide were shot dead.

Dengue outbreak affecting districts in northern Belize
An outbreak of dengue fever is reportedly affecting many districts across Belize, and the number of confirmed cases is twice that of 2018. Most cases have been detected in the Orange Walk and Corozal District in northern Belize, with more than a combined total of 350 infected persons. Countrywide there are over 600 confirmed cases. Transmitted by the Aedes Egypti species of mosquito, symptoms include high and painful fever and skin rashes. Anyone with these symptoms is urged to seek medical attention at the nearest medical center. The large number of dengue cases reported in northern Belize is believed to be a trans-border health issue, as many Belizeans visit the neighboring Mexican state of Quintana Roo daily. According to the Ministry of Health (MOH), Quintana Roo is reporting the highest incidents of dengue in all of Mexico.

Ground-breaking for new schools on Ambergris Caye to take place soon
Local politicians have promoted the idea of the construction of a new pre-school, primary and high school in San Pedro Town since May 2017, when the Ministry of Education (MOE) announced the building of 35 new schools countrywide. Ambergris Caye is part of this project, as confirmed by Mayor Daniel Guerrero, the Area Representative Honourable Manuel Heredia, and even Prime Minister Right Honourable Dean Barrow. The schools are planned for north of San Pedro Town, and the news is that a ground-breaking ceremony is scheduled to take place in August of this year.

Ambergris Today

Bryce Peterson Takes BantamWeight Championship For Belize
It was MMA Fight Night in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize last night at the Angel Nunez Auditorium, July 25, 2019. On the line was the 135lbs BantamWeight Championship title which was won by Belize’s Bryce Peterson. It was an eventful evening for many featured fights.

Various Belizean Sources

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Stann Creek District - Epiphytes and Lithophytes of Mayflower Bocawina National Park
A new field guide for our always-growing collection of Belize field guides. All the field guides that we prepare as the result of our botanical work in the last few years get published on the field guide website. It has free access and everyone can download the guides in the pdf format. Authors: Bruce K. Holst, David Amaya, Ella Baron, Marvin Paredes, Sally Chambers

Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation is the first Ministry in Belize to be Certified in ISO 9001
2017 marked the beginning of a campaign to evolve the Ministry into an organization that internalized and embraced Quality Management. Through a partnership with the Belize Bureau of Standards, the Ministry began a two-year process to ready itself for Certification under the International Organization for Standardization’s (ISO) 9001:2015 Standard on Quality Management. Since then, the Ministry, its staff, its facilities have undertaken a physical and operational transformation that prepared it for its final Certification Audit in February of 2019. This makes the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation the first Government Ministry to achieve this coveted international certification.

The British High Commission hosts BATSUB’s Environmental Compliance stakeholders meeting
This was a multi-agency cooperation event, where a variety of organisations gave interesting and informative presentations, where best practises were discussed on how to ensure protection and sustainment of the Belizean environment and heritage. Dr. Allan F Moore and Ms. Sylvia Batty represented the IA at the British Army Training Support Unit Belize Environmental Compliance stakeholders meeting hosted by the British High Commission, Belmopan. We thank BATSUB and Major Alan Grant for their strong commitment to safeguarding heritage and the environment!

Costa Maya Delegates 2019 - Dinner at Casa Picasso

Travelling to the cradle of the Battle Ground of the Caste War
Honored to be invited for the second time as guest speaker at the 172 Anniversary of the “Guerra Social Maya” at Tihosuco and Tepich. Take this opportunity to deliver a strong message of family, resistance and survivor to our fellow Maya families who still stand bold and proud. There are no words to explain this mission because during the time of preparation the sharpness of the machetes and the smell of Polvora are still implanted; true confessions and revelations of our Mayas in Belize.

Infant I Readiness Camp in San Pedro
For more information or to register, please call 620-0038.

VACANCY: Quality Improvement Officer, Mesoamerica Project
The Government of Belize has received grant financing from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), toward the cost of the Mesoamerican Health Initiative Project, and intends to apply part of the proceeds for consulting services. The consulting services (“the Services”) include providing assistance to the Project with monitoring of its quality improvement component. It is anticipated that the consultancy will commence in August 2019 and run for a period of six (6) months. The critical minimum requirements for this position are listed below, however, applicants are asked to view the detailed terms of references:

Reina de la Costa Maya 2019
Lots of great photos!

Paradise Theater playing this weekend
A Classic Underdoll Story, Skin, Tolkien, La Llorona

Ya’axché's Summer Camp Extended
We are extending Ya’axché's Summer Camp to include ages 16-30 years, due to high interest! If you are from the Maya Golden Landscape, join us for a week of fun activities, games, field trips, and much more! Apply by Friday, 9th of August 2019 to reserve your spot. Applications are available at Ya’axché PG office and at Ya’axché field station from Monday – Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m. The Summer Camp is made possible with the support of Europe Aid through the Forest Governance Project.

Congratulations to To'one Masehualoon for their great efforts in bringing Intermediate Yucatec Maya Language Lessons to the Corozal community
Today 's final class was spent having a good time playing the Maya version of Chalupa! A big congratulations to Ed and Liz Diaz for excelling in and completing the lessons! Unfortunately other participants of the program were unable to complete due to prior obligations. We look forward to next summer as we will offer two programs: a children's Maya language/music workshop and a teacher's accreditation course in Yucatec Maya language.

Channel 5

Patrol Base at Bacalar Chico to Deter Cross Border Criminal Activities
North Ambergris Caye has been an area well-known for illicit activities, from wet drops to murders and drug trafficking.  Narco-traffickers, in particular, have been operating there with general ease in [...]

National Security Minister Comments on Latest Sarstoon Showdown
National Security Minister John Saldivar says he was surprised when he was informed that Guatemalan Armed Forces continued to attempt to prevent Belizeans from traveling on the Sarstoon River.  That [...]

Pathologist Takes the Stand in the Murder Trial of Danny Mason and Co-Accused Men
The murder trial of William “Danny” Mason continued in the courtroom of Justice Antoinette Moore in the Belmopan Supreme Court. Mason and four other men, accused with the beheading of [...]

How Can the Citrus Industry Rebound?
Can the citrus industry rebound? That’s the question we posed to officials of the Citrus Growers Association when we met for a one-on-one interview on Thursday.  Hit by citrus greening, [...]

Adar Awe Perishes in Fatal RTA on Hummingbird Highway
There was a fatal road traffic accident along the Hummingbird Highway last evening between miles thirty-six and thirty-seven.  The mishap involving a Ford Escape SUV happened shortly after six o’clock [...]

Fruit Vendor’s Van Destroyed by Fire
On Thursday night, just after eight, a vendor’s van was destroyed by fire in Belize City. Fifty-eight-year-old Barrington Usher of Saint Matthews Village told police that he was driving the [...]

Carden Lewis Pleads Guilty to Drug Trafficking
Nine persons from Hattieville, Belize District were dragged to court this afternoon to be arraigned on a single count of possession of a controlled drugs, to wit, one thousand and [...]

Christopher Hyde is Fined for Being the Leader of a Gang
While Christopher Hyde is free, he has a fine of five thousand dollars to pay for being the leader of a gang.  Hyde, of a West Street address, claims he [...]

A Basketball Tournament in Honor of Major Pain
Thirty-six-year-old Allyson Major Junior will be laid to rest on Saturday in Belize City, while an investigation is yet to be concluded into the circumstances surrounding his shooting death at [...]

Training for Labour Officers: Trafficking in Persons and Migrant Smuggling
The Ministry of Labour and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) held a workshop today in Belize City to offer specialized training for labour officers in the areas of trafficking [...]

SIB Grants 3 Full Scholarships
Three Belizeans have received full scholarships awarded by the Statistical Institute of Belize in partnerships with the Inter-American Development Bank and the University of Belize. Scholarships for Bachelor’s degree in [...]

190 Police Cadets Complete Summer Programme
Today the Belize Police Department held its closing ceremony for its national annual cadet summer program. The programme, in its twenty-second consecutive year, saw the participation of almost two hundred [...]

Amandala

Guatemalan military blocks Sarstoon
The Guatemalan Armed Forces (GAF) has returned to its old posture of aggression against Belizean civilians on the Sarstoon River. On Tuesday, the GAF forced a Belize Territorial Volunteers (BTV) and SATIIM mission to Black Creek to turn back after the BDF escort boat developed mechanical difficulties, according to the Ministry of National Security. Today, Thursday, the Belize Ministry of National Security issued a press release in which it claimed that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is lodging a “strong protest” to the Government of Guatemala, regarding the moves by the GAF to bolster their military presence on the Sarstoon River.

Dengue outbreak in north and south of Belize
The Ministry of Health has confirmed that there is an outbreak of dengue fever in Belize. This year’s outbreak of the deadly fever is affecting the west (Cayo District), the north (the Corozal and Orange Walk districts) and a certain section of the south of the country (Stann Creek). The number of cases in Dangriga Town has increased when compared to the numbers from last year. The Ministry of Health reported that there are 230 cases in the Orange Walk District, 124 in the Corozal District, 90 cases in the Cayo District and 105 in the Stann Creek District. Belize and the Toledo Districts have recorded the least, with less than twenty laboratory cases.

FBI witness gave DNA evidence in Danny Mason beheading trial
The murder trial of William “Danny” Mason and four others, Ashton Vanegas, Keron Fernandez, Terrence Fernandez, and Ernest Castillo, who have been indicted for the July 2016 beheading of Dangriga pastor, Lewellyn Lucas, continued in Belize City today for a second day in the Supreme Court of Justice Antoinette Moore, sitting without a jury. This morning defense attorneys finished with their cross-examination of scenes of crime technician, Barrington Montero, who testified about his processing of the men after they were in police custody, taking samples from their clothing that he sent overseas for DNA analysis, and who also visited the murder scene at Mason’s ranch, located at Mile 31 on the George Price Highway, where he had collected several pieces of potential evidence to be used against them, including burnt bones.

UEF victorious – to hell with Thomas Paslow, cruel slaveowner!
Monday, July 22, marks 100 years since the Ex-servicemen Riots in Belize, and still, the historic event is hardly a topic of discussion in the streets of our country. In 1919 many Belizean men who served in World War I under the British armed forces returned home feeling disrespected and disregarded. Their battle was not limited to the war zone, but included their struggles among their own fellow soldiers who displayed acts of racism and intolerance. To compound their hardship, their salaries for their services were being delayed following their return from war — a final straw that became too much to bear for the 340+ men who risked their lives at war.

More pain at the fuel pumps Prices going up, up, up
Belizean motorists will have to dig a little deeper in their pockets in the wake of a government press release announcing new increases in fuel prices. The Ministry of Finance release announced that effective midnight tonight, July 24, there will be increases in the prices of regular gasoline, diesel and kerosene. The price of regular gasoline will increase by 18 cents, jumping from $10.37 to $10.55 per gallon. The price of diesel oil will increase by 12 cents, from $9.96 to $10.08 per gallon, and there will be an increase of 26 cents in the price of kerosene, which will jump from $7.45 to $7.71 per gallon.

UDP loses Ladyville village council chairmanship to the PUP
The United Democratic Party (UDP) and the People’s United Party (PUP) brought out their full campaign machinery in village council elections in Ladyville today, the largest village in the country, which went into the elections with an incumbent UDP village council. Although Prime Minister Dean Barrow graced the polling area in Ladyville with his presence in support of the UDP 7 and Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber stayed on the ground throughout the balloting until the polls closed around 5:00 p.m., things did not fully go their way. Some residents of Ladyville were saying, “Today, we will send a message to Belmopan. We need a change in Ladyville.”

Dara’s 8th Annual Hunger Awareness Ride this Sunday, July 28
This Sunday, July 28, will see Dara’s 8th Annual Hunger Awareness Ride taking off from in front of the Belize Civic Center, onto the Philip Goldson Highway, continuing through the Hattieville-Burrell Boom Road, and returning to the George Price Highway, to finish in front of the Belize Civic Center. There will be two (2) ten-minute breaks along the way – at CD Gas on the Boom Road and at 8 Miles on the George Price (Western) Highway. Registration begins at 5:00 a.m., and the Ride starts at 6:30 a.m. sharp. Contribution – $10.00 per participant. All proceeds go to Dara’s Feeding Program.

Belize youths to participate in Orlando, Florida Real Madrid Football Camp
Two kids from the recently completed Smart Mundialito football tournaments will be attending the Real Madrid Football Camp in Orlando, Florida from Monday, July 29, to Friday, August 2. The contingent leaves Belize on Sunday, July 28, including: Devin Marshal, 11 years old from Stann Creek, and Dean Belisle, 13 years old from Belize City, accompanied by Stanley “Jordan” Reneau and Tyrone “T-Bone” Young (Muschamp). The trip is being sponsored by SMART and the Football Federation of Belize (FFB).

Dangriga sports stats – PLB Week 1 Opening Tournament – Dangriga Derby; also, Dangriga Town Council Mayor’s Cup Championship Finals showdown
This weekend will be the opening of the Premier League of Belize (PLB) Opening Tournament for this year 2019-2020 throughout the country of Belize. This Saturday, July 27, in Dangriga will be the battle for the Carl Ramos Stadium; it’s the Dangriga Derby – Freedom Fighters Valley Pride, who is now here at the Carl Ramos Stadium with players from the Valley, Dangriga, Silk Grass and Punta Gorda, will take on the newly improved Wagiya football club with a couple of newly signed players. Game time is set for 4:00 p.m. – Freedom Fighters Valley Pride vs Wagiya Football Club.

Discovering Belize Gold medalist, Hilary Gladden
n the sport of athletics, the most spectacular event is the 100m race. Who is the fastest? For the past decade, the face of athletics worldwide has been Jamaican sprinter and world record holder Usain Bolt, and his female counterpart, Jamaican female sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. In the Belize delegation headed for the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru this week, the Belize Olympic Committee press release included one Hilary Gladden among the 9 member delegation. (See the story “Belize Olympic Committee sends delegation of 9 to XVIII Pan American Games in Lima, Peru” elsewhere in this issue.) With athletics usually the highlight of these games, our curiosity was drawn to the sole sprinter in the delegation, Hilary Gladden, who will be representing Belize in the 100 meter race at the Pan American Games.

Belize’s political leaders hog happy with corruption
One thing we’ve learned from Belize’s political leaders over the years is that they never accede to any suggestion from the people if it means their giving up any power they need to hide dishonesty in government. They will yield on occasion, to make it look as if we are a party to this democracy, fully involved, but if the change means less capacity to cover up malfeasance, it won’t happen. One party, the People’s United Party (PUP), passed a law that prohibited area representatives from crossing the floor. Prior to this piece of legislation, area representatives had crossed the floor twice, Toledo’s Vicente Choco leaving the United Democratic Party (UDP) to join the 1974-1989 PUP government, and the UDP’s Stanley Usher, again from Toledo, leaving the UDP to join the 1989-1993 PUP government. The law preventing a crossing of the floor was in order to check area representatives so they couldn’t vote against their party.

Kremandala recalls two great men
Today would have been the birthday of Belize’s national hero, Hon. Philip Stanley Wilberforce Goldson, who was born in Belize City on July 25, 1923, and passed on October 3, 2001. One of the founder/leaders of the anti-colonial People’s United Party (PUP) in September of 1950, Mr. Goldson was charged, convicted and jailed for sedition by the British government authorities here in 1951. Along with Leigh Richardson, another PUP founder/leader, he served nine months in jail at the old Her Majesty’s Prison where the Central Bank building is now located.

CURFEW BRINGS FALSE SENSE OF SAFETY!
I know for a fact that no knee-jerk response or reaction to our current crime problem will bring resolution to the situation. I say this not because I want those taking these decision to fail, but because I want to warn them not to take steps that will fail on its own and to instead get other sectors to step in and help. Over 25 years ago, that is in 1994, the then minister of National Security Dean Oliver Barrow decided to tackle crimes with force rather than social infrastructure to help the disenfranchised and marginalized. By Amendment No. 28 of 1994 he amended the Crime Control and Criminal Justice Act CAP 102, Laws of Belize, to give himself the power to declare certain areas as hot spots. The law specifically stated:

Kriols missed the Green Revolution
The Mennonites are amongst the most successful tribes in the country, and they have been recognized locally and internationally as the most productive Belizeans. Hugh O’Brien, and Louis Wade, two outstanding Kriol brothers who have excellent business relationships with the Mennonite community in Belize, believe that it would be wise for Roots Belizeans, especially the Kriols, to copy the Mennonite blueprint. Hugh, an outstanding agriculturist who once headed the Belize College of Agriculture (amalgamated into the University of Belize in 2000), and also held other high postings in the Ministry of Agriculture, does business directly with the Mennonites, and Wade, the owner of Plus TV, gets much of his advertising from them.

Musings by the Curious Non-Conformist
“Belize is not a real place.” I was born within the embrace of eight thousand eight hundred and sixty-seven square miles of fertile green earth, as Rufus X likes to call it. This pristine plot of land, however, is plagued with political lethargy for many complicated and interconnected reasons. It seems that our leaders are juggling a Rubik’s Cube while not being able to discern colors with hands calloused and ravaged by years of autoimmune-induced arthritis. One of my favorite series is Narcos, which is a series that outlines the triumphs and defeats of the people of Colombia during the reign of King Narco — Pablo Escobar. In one episode, the character Cesar Gaviria in a speech to the citizens states, “Colombians say, God made our land so beautiful, it was unfair to the rest of the world. So to even the score, God populated the land with a race of evil men.”

One month after his wife died from cancer, husband is suing KHMH for malpractice
A Belize City man called a media briefing in front of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital yesterday to announce that he is planning to sue the hospital for a misdiagnosis of his wife’s cancer that led to her death. The KHMH responded by issuing a press release in which it explained that the claim is being reviewed by the KHMH legal counsel. Floyd Reneau, 53, is claiming that his wife, Irma Samuels Reneau, 54, died as a consequence of the negligence of the doctors at the KHMH, where she was treated in 2017, when she first fell ill.

Missing Porfilio Nino, 65, found dead on his farm
The search by police and family members for Porfilio Nino, 65, a farmer of Maya Mopan, came to a sad end at about 12:30 midday today. Nino was found hacked to death, buried in a shallow grave on his farm in Maya Mopan three days after he was reported missing. Police, who were conducting a search for him, found the body in a state of decomposition. Nino had been chopped on his head and body. An onsite post-mortem was conducted, after which he was buried. Information to us is that he was found about 125 feet away from his house on the farm, buried under a tree in a grave 16 inches deep.

Jules Vasquez and family take a stand for our mentally ill
Nestor Vasquez, Jr., 60, of Belize City, the brother of media personality Jules Vasquez, the managing director of Channel 7 Belize, died after he was savagely attacked by a mental patient, Collin Francis, 28, while they were both in lockdown in a cell in the cell block at the Queen Street Police Station on Thursday, June 6. Police saw the assault in the holding cell on a monitor, after Vasquez was put in the cell with Francis. By means of the monitor, police officers at the station could see Francis viciously slam Vasquez’s head against the cement wall and on the iron bars of the cell door.

Traffic Department enforces vehicle tint regulation
During an interview with us today, traffic officers explained that the law regulating the level of tint permissible in vehicle windows and windshields, outlined in Statutory Instrument no. 19 of 2011, is now being enforced. To be compliant vehicle owners are reminded that the tint in their vehicle must have a grade of 50% VLT in the front window, and at the top of the windshield. The officers explained that 50% VLT (visible light transmission) describes how much outside light the tint allows to pass through. The traffic officers are equipped with a meter which is used to measure the VLT, and if it is less than 50% — too dark, it will not be accepted.

The Reporter

Business Community Condemns Bank Charges
The business community has been adversely impacted by the fees introduced by the Central Bank to commercial banks and which have been passed down from the banks to consumers, seeing charges applied to basic transactions such as cashing a simple cheque. The fees have become such a burden and concern that the Chamber of Commerce has written to the government regarding the impact of the fees and one business-owner has started an online petition.

MICAH !
Major Lloyd Jones (Ret’d) -The recent news about the alleged involvement of some of our senior public officials in the Sanctuary Bay scandal has reminded us why we need better people in politics. I am fifty years old and I regret to say that my generation has left Belize a bitter legacy. Those of us on the back side of the hill need to make way for younger, more energetic and talented Belizeans. It is their time to lead and maybe, just maybe, they can get us off this gravel road upon which my generation and those before have set our beloved Belize.

Editorial – Friday, July 26th. 2019
This is good advice which should be heeded by men and women of good will. If crime is allowed to continue on its projected path, no one will be safe, neither the Police nor the politicians, not even in their own homes. Our streets have become a killing ground, and our villages, once considered peaceful hamlets, are teeming with intrigue and smuggling and violence. The gangs live in open defiance of the Police and they have the ability to strike at will.

Caught Dumping Pups On Camera!
Three puppies between seven and eight weeks old, who were dumped like garbage on the roadside on Saturday, had to be euthanized on Monday because there was no available means of treating them and housing them for the duration it would have required to nurse them back to health, coupled with the financial costs that treatment and fostering and care would have necessitated.

BDF and GAF Face-off in Sarstoon
An incident – the latest since the May 10th Referendum when Belize voted “Yes to the ICJ” – involving members of the Belize Territorial Volunteers (BTV), personnel from the Sarstoon Temash Institute of Indigenous Management (SATIIM) and Belize Defense Force (BDF) soldiers, occurred in the Sarstoon River on Tuesday morning and could have ended in a life-threatening situation for the civilians, had the BDF not intervened.

Andre Vega Ordered to Pay Back $400,000
On Thursday, July 25th. Andre Vega, the son of former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Lands Gaspar Vega, was ordered by the Supreme Court last week to repay the government more than $400,000 which he illegally received as compensation for a parcel of land near the Haulover Bridge – land which was already privately owned.

NINE DAYS – NO CHARGES! Cops Await Ballistics Result
Nine days after Allyson Major, 36, was killed at the foot of the Swing Bridge in Belize City by a bullet fired from the gun of a cop pursuing him, Police have been unable to bring any charges against the officer. The Reporter has been informed that investigators are awaiting the results of a ballistics test done on the firearms of the officers involved in order to single out one.

KHMH Prepares for Malpractice Suit
A man has sued the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) for Malpractice after his wife died last month from cancer. He says that the negligence and inefficiencies they encountered at the hospital brought his wife, Irma Samuels-Reneau undue suffering, and delayed whatever possibilities she had to fight the sickness, because the necessary information was not shared with them when it should have been.

Fatal Accident On The Hummingbird Highway
Police say that an accident occurred around 7:15pm. last night (Thursday July 25th.) in front of Hershey’s. on the Hummingbird Highway. When they arrived at the scene, Police observed a Ford Escape SUV with extensive damages, as well as the motionless body of a man on the road.

LOVE FM

National Security Minister comments on recent Sarstoon Situation
Earlier this week, the Belizean public were shocked that the Belize Defense Force and the Belize Territorial Volunteers were still receiving hostile treatment from the Guatemalan Armed Forces in the Sarstoon. Yesterday, the Government of Belize issued a press release in which they said they are lodging a strong protest note to their counterparts in …

New Coast Guard Base at Bacalar Chico inaugurated
A much needed Coast Guard base was inaugurated today in Bacalar Chico, which is located about a mile south of the northern Belize border or at the northern tip of Ambergris Caye. According to the National Security Minister, John Saldivar, there was an incident back in 2012, when their forces came under fire at Bacalar …

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

BBN’s Journalist to participate in training on Financial Forensics
The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) is hosting a training for journalists as part of […]

Christopher Hyde charged for being gang leader
Belize City resident, Christopher Hyde, is the latest person charged with being a member of […]

Statistical Institute of Belize awards three scholarships
The Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB), in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and […]

Kara Nisbet called to Bar in Belize
Duke University Law School graduate Kara Nisbet, 31, has been home in Belize for a […]

‘Ban Gillnets Belize’ campaign launched
Commercial fishermen are leading the movement to ban gill-nets in Belize. Fishermen recognize that gill-nets […]

Man gets 20 years in prison for killing sister
In his zeal to rob someone, 28-year-old Elijah Burke hacked his sister Julian, 29, to […]

Chinese shopkeeper fined $30 for failing to display liquor license
The offense of ‘failure to display liquor license’ is one that you seldom hear of, […]

Mental patient charged with murder of minor headed to court next week
Villagers of Yo Creek in Orange Walk are uneasy as the murder trial of Larry […]

Political parties prepare for last round of village council elections
The ruling United Democratic Party (UDP) and the Opposition, People’s United Party (PUP) are preparing […]

PUP rally comes to Bullet Tree
The tranquil village of Bullet Tree in the Cayo district is preparing for its village […]

Belize City Council prepares for Super Sale Zone
This Saturday, the Belize City Council will be having the back to school edition of […]

Back-to-School literacy training held for teachers
The Peace Corps Volunteers (PCRVs) and the Ministry of Education are facilitating a Back-to-School literacy training for […]

US Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. celebrates 1 year in Belize
Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. of the United States Embassy in Belize, Keith Gilges is celebrating his […]

Murdered farmer might have known his killer; Police investigating
Police are trying to determine if Porfilio Nino, 65, the farmer from Yo Creek who […]

New charging facility coming soon for Victor Galvez Stadium
The Victor Galvez Stadium in San Ignacio, Cayo is widely used by youths, children, and […]

Van completely destroyed by fire in Belize City
A 15-seater dodge van was completely destroyed by fire last night in Belize City. Barrington […]

Documents naming possible killers of Porfilio Nino found
Yesterday, police commented on the murder of Porfilio Nino, 65. It was revealed that on […]

Man dies in fatal traffic accident
Authorities are investigating a road traffic accident that occurred on the Hummingbird Highway last night. […]

Man dies in traffic accident
Authorities are investigating a road traffic accident that occurred on the Hummingbird highway last night. […]

Blogs

Summer is a Beach Blast!
There is so much potential for fun activities that staying indoors is just unthinkable. From a simple backyard BBQ to lounging by a pool, this is the best time for some outdoor fun. If you are lucky enough to have a Belizean summer vacation, you need to spend a day out on a boat! Boat… beach… picnic… the words I yearn to hear. Why stay on land, when the azure waters of the Caribbean Sea beckon me to come and enjoy its rhythmic waves? Include a group of friends and family, with some food and drinks into your plans, and then you have a beach picnic as well! This is what my perfect summer day entails:

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Caribbean Warned Of Recurrent Episodes Of Heat Stress
The Barbados-based Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) is warning about “recurrent episodes of heat stress” as the drought affecting the region continues. In its latest Caribbean Climate Outlook Newsletter, the CIMH said that for August to October this year, “this period marks the peak of the Caribbean heat season, which runs from May to October and is likely to be warmer than in the past two years with several heatwaves possible in any low-lying area”. It said that the main impact would be “recurrent episodes of heat stress to vulnerable individuals, in small livestock and poultry. “Drought may continue in areas currently affected,” it said, noting, however, “a seasonable increase in very wet and extremely spells is expected across the region, which may bring some drought relief, but also concern for flash floods and flooding”.

IRS fugitive John McAfee sent to UK after stint in Dominican jail
John McAfee of antivirus software fame has arrived in London from the Dominican Republic, where he had been detained for several days with his wife and several others for entering the Caribbean nation with a cache of weapons on his yacht, his lawyer said Friday. Authorities “asked him where he wanted to go, and he decided on London,” his attorney Candido Simon told Reuters. News of his arrival in the UK came two days after McAfee, 73, the eponymous founder of the PC software security giant, said on Twitter that he was released “after four days of confinement” along with five other people, including his wife, Janice.

World has a lot riding on the survival of coral reefs
Coral reefs are so crucial to the way we live and eat — moreso than we realize. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, coral reefs support more life per unit area than any other marine environment: 4,000 species of fish, 800 species of hard corals and hundreds of other species. Scientists estimate there are 1 million to 8 million undiscovered species of organisms living in and around the reefs throughout the world. They say these uncover creatures may be the key to finding new medicines in this century and beyond. And the buck regarding the value of reefs doesn’t just stop there.

Videos

  • Fifth day of the Summer Art Wave’s, 5min.

  • Diving with Raul from White Sands Dive Shop Ambergris Caye Belize, 1.5min. Raul doing his part to keep the reef cleaned of pests.

  • Belize Now: July 26, 2019, min. The Department of Youth Services Discusses the 2019 Belize Youth Awards, public officers develop skills in managing human trafficking cases, and entrepreneurs learn about the benefits of the MSME Enhancement Program. These stories and more on this week’s edition of Belize Now. Thanks for joining us on this Friday, July 26th, 2019!

  • Last day of the Summer Art Wave, 4min. Today was the last day of the Summer Art Wave's inside the Corozal House of Culture. The Summer Art Wave's Program commence on Monday July 22 and concluded today Friday. The Summer Art Wave's is a program that teaches you to learn Maya Langauge. Usually, it is held at this time of the month in Corozal. Maya Language is not spoken a lot this day, the few people who speak Maya Language today, are around teaching Maya Language. Today, after the event, I interview a couple of persons, and they shared their positive feedback why they attended this year's event. They also explained, why people should join next year. And, how much the learnt Maya Langauge for five days.

  • Final announcement... the queen of the Costa Maya 2019-Costa Rica!, 2min.

  • Karen and Jorge on a San Pedro food tour, 26min.

  • Metalhaven Bash Highlight Video, 4min. MetalHaven 2019 has its dates: November 2nd and 3rd. Two nights of live metal. The highlight video for the 2018 concert is out. SonicBrew, Ascenthium, Verge of Umbra, and many others are on it, along with some of the other wild things that went on. "Thank you to everyone that supported MetalHaven Bash 2018. This has been one of the best concerts so far. We hope you can make it to 2019 bash! Through music , Central America was unified on this epic night."

  • Snorkeling with sharks and stingrays in Belize, 5.5min. Snorkeling with nurse sharks and stingrays in Belize, off of Caye Caulker. There are a number of guides who will take you; we went with Mario's Tours, and were incredibly happy with them.

  • Boat Day in Belize, 7min. Come along with me on a boat to feed fish and swim with sharks, turtles and sting rays.

  • CHICAGO Belize Day 2019, 51min.

  • The ART OF TAXIDERMY by DR. STEPHEN ZITZER in Belize, 19min. The MAGNIFICENT FRIGATEBIRD (Fregata magnificens) and the MOTTLED OWL (Ciccaba virgata) were both insured specimen and could not be rehabilitated. Both birds are now exhibited at the Belize Museum in Belize City. Over 30 native birds of Belize are shown in this exhibit. All birds were taxidermy by Dr. Zitzer. The exhibit opened in February of 2019, and was organized by the Museum of Belize and the Belize Audubon Society.

  • Our Wedding in Belize, 4.5min. On Thursday, July 20, 2019 Martha and Tim became Mr. & Mrs. Wilson on a beautiful Caribbean beach at Villa Rising Sun in Hopkins, Belize. This is a recap from their celebration of marriage that day.

  • New Mini Golf Course In Placencia, Belize, 6min. There is a new mini golf course in Placencia at Sirenian Bay . The only in the entire country of Belize . The golf course is scheduled for a grand opening in august .

  • Cave Tubing, Altun Ha Mayan Ruins, & Snorkeling + Belize St. George's Caye Honeymoon, 35min. Our Belize honeymoon vacation at St. George’s Caye Resort! Travel with us to the Cave Branch Archaeological Reserve with Butts Up Cave Tubing to explore the caves and the Altun Ha Mayan ruins and temples. We also finally shoot our one-year anniversary photos, and enjoy our last day at the resort - full of snorkeling at the Belize Barrier Reef, another hobie cat sailboat voyage to the sandbar for happy hour in the middle of the ocean, and one last kayaking adventure. On the way back, we treated ourselves to a first class experience!

  • Reina de la Costa Maya 2019 | Fantacy Costume Competition, 8min.

  • Reina de la Costa Maya 2019 | Swimwear Competition, 15min.