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Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, Reef TV, KREM, and CTV 3. Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, Belize Now, Talk Ah Di Town, and other specials.


The San Pedro Sun

Meet the 2019 San Pedro Pirates F.C
The 2019-2020 Opening Season of the Premiere League of Belize (PLB) will commence on Saturday, July 27th. With fresh new faces across many teams, The San Pedro Sun is pleased to introduce the players that form the San Pedro Pirates Football Club. This season, the Pirates have six new and 12 returning players.

San Pedro Town has a third Little Free Library
To continue to promote reading among island children on Ambergris Caye, a third Little Free library was installed in the Boca del Rio Area in San Pedro Town on Wednesday, July 24th. The Little Free libraries operate under the honor system that you take a book and leave a book, so the content of the libraries constantly change. This new Little Free Library, complete with 50 books, was donated by Beth Mersch. Mother of island resident Alyssa Esquival, Mersch gifted the library in honor of her three grandchildren who are Belizean/American and live on the island. The new library is located one block away from Casa Pan Dulce in the Boca Del Rio Area, towards the lagoon side, and was built by Ronny Perez and painted by Melody Sanchez Wolfe from Belizean Melody Art Gallery.

Ten teen girls complete Hope Haven’s Teen Dating Abuse Program
Ten island girls completed Hope Haven’s and MPLUSE Studio Teen Dating Abuse Program held from Monday, July 15th to Thursday, July 25th at the Hope Haven facility. The program aimed to offer a safe space for teenage girls to learn about the red flags of teen dating, violence, and how to ask for support. Throughout the course, the teenage girls, along with their mentors, learned the importance of self-love. The participants were educated to gain a necessary understanding of abuse, support team, and sense of empowerment that can prevent them from becoming victims of abuse within a relationship. Topics included, what is teen dating abuse and what forms it takes, defining the roles of abusers, target and bystander, exploring how bystanders can help, warning signs of abuse, patterns of abuse, digital abuse and ending teen dating abuse.

Ernesto Caliz out on bail after accused of sexually assaulting a minor
Accused pedophile, 64year-old San Pedro resident Ernesto Caliz, is out on bail after he was remanded on July 8th to the Belize Central Prison for sexually assaulting a minor. Caliz had initially failed to meet an $8,000 bail plus two sureties of $4,000 each when he was arraigned at the Belize City Magistrate Court. A week later, he managed to meet bail and is now back in San Pedro Town where he is required to report to the police station every Friday. Caliz is expected to appear at the San Pedro Magistrate Court on September 12, 2019.

RRR Air Evac & BERT Partners to provide Emergency Response – Costa Maya 2019
Rickilee Response and Rescue Team (RRR) Air Evac and Belize Emergency Response Team (BERT) are partnering to provide Emergency Medical Services in San Pedro for the 2019 Costa Maya Festival, and beyond. RRR Air Evac team members have strategically placed new advanced life support equipment on BERT’s ground and air ambulances. The partnership aims at improving BERT’s emergency response capacity as plans progress for expanded emergency services to areas not traditionally covered. RRR’s representative in San Pedro, Mr. Billy Leslie handed over a Zoll Cardiac Monitor to BERT’s representative Leon Seguro.

Ambergris Today

Becky G Makes Subtle Arrival In San Pedro For Costa Maya Fest
Her fans were waiting on the beach as Latina Superstar Becky G made her arrival to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize, today Saturday, July 27, 2019. She arrived via an Amigos del Mar vessel, but only the media and a lucky few on the dive shop's dock got a tiny glimpse of her waving to the crowd before the boat sped away to her resort in North Ambergris Caye. Ambergris Today was able to capture the artist as she hid behind her cap and jersey and only taking a small peak through one of the boats windows. A small wave was all a few were able to see. We are guessing she wants to keep incognito until her performance tonight at the International Costa Maya Festival. Show grounds and performances commence at 8p.m. The Becky G concert is expected to commence at midnight.

Miss Costa Rica Wins Miss Costa Maya 2019 Title

Various Belizean Sources

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Intermix Dance Showcase
Pictures from the Intermix Studio's Dance Showcase. The Cayo Welcome Center came alive for their production. It was an amazing show.

Becky G apologizes to Belizean Fans
Would like to address this. I normally don't give things like this much attention, but when it comes down to people talking about my character in any negative way & spreading false information, I feel the need to defend myself. Today we arrived in Belize. After two flights and only 2 hours of sleep the night before, I was caught off guard at the airport. I only travel with one personal bodyguard on the road at all times. Everything or anyone else beyond him is what promoters provide. I took a 1 1/2 hour boat ride instead of flying in the small plane because as my real fans know, I have a fear of flying and I didn't feel comfortable. Flying would have been much easier actually.

Ulama Tournament. The Mesoamerican Ball Game
Our Mayan Ancestors used to play. It was a great privilege to be able to see a game in person. I want to give thanks to Eric Cal and Ismael Cal for the invitation. And thank you to Adela Peterson for allowing me to go with you. I had a great time.

Channel 7

Beefing Up At Bacalar Chico
In August of last year, the Minister of National Security broke ground for a new Coast Guard Base at the Bacalar Chico area of Northern Ambergris Caye - more than 15 miles from the town. It's an unpopulated and fairly remote area, which is policed only sporadically, and that has made it the ideal target for wet drops by drug cartels. That drug activity drives much of the homicidal violence in San Pedro and other parts of the country. Now, the Ministry of National Security is seeking to put a permanent security presence at the source of these wet drops. After almost a year of construction, their new patrol base is now finished.

FBI Expert Testifies in Mason Trial
All this week, we've been reporting on the latest developments in the murder trial of William "Danny" Mason, Ashton Vanegas, Keiron Fernandez, Terrence Fernandez, and Ernest Castillo. Since, Monday, DPP Cheryl-Lynn Vidal has been calling local and international forensics experts tie Mason and his co-defendants to the July 2016 beheading murder of Pastor Lewellyn Lucas. Today, the DPP called 2 more FBI expert witnesses, including a special agent who testified that he transported several evidence samples from local forensic authorities to the FBI forensics lab in the US for testing.

Hon. Gaspar Vega's Nephew Killed In Accident
A 41 year old man was killed last night in an accident at mile 21 on the Hummingbird Highway. Two salesmen from Orange Walk were returning from Punta Gorda in a Ford Escape when the SUV had a front end blowout, and flew off the road in front of Hummingbird Hershey. Adar Adad Awe was flung from the vehicle and died on the spot, while his passenger, 27 year old Dario Melendez experienced only minor injury. Melendez's girlfriend told the press that he's going to be alright:..

Cops Shot Out His Back Window
We have been following the Alysson Major shooting death case since it happened last week Wednesday. Police shot the 36 year old in the head in downtown Belize City as he tried to escape a pursing patrol. Well our next story is someone similar but fortunately, this time, no one was hurt. Jasmine street resident Brandon Mejia was on his way home when he says an officer from a police mobile shot at his car, piercing his rear windshield and almost hitting him and his friends. Here is his account.

Man Prosecuted For Being Gang Leader
Police are reporting tonight that they've successfully prosecuted another Belize City man for being a member of a criminal gang. This time around, however, they say that this defendant is actually a gang leader. He's Christopher Hyde, and he was taken to the Magistrate's Court today for being the leader of the Rocky Road Bloods. When he was arraigned, Hyde wasted no time and pleaded guilty. The Magistrate has sentenced him to pay a fine of $5,000, and if he is unable to do so by the deadline, he will spend 5 years in default of payment.

Van Burst Into Flames
It caused quite a scene on Chetumal Street in the Belama area at 8:10 last night when a 15 seater van burst into flames. 58 year old Barrington Usher was driving the van over Chetumal bridge - and shut down the ignition while waiting for police to clear a checkpoint.

Human Trafficking For Health Practitioners
On Wednesday night we told you about the human trafficking workshop for health practitioners. Well the series of workshops continued today with a session for the labor department. We dropped by this morning to find out about the labor department's role in detecting human trafficking victims. Rosilyne Borland, Senior Migrant Protection and Assistant Specialist, IOM: "Today we are in the labor department and we are with labor inspectors from around the country and again we are talking about human trafficking..."

BRRRT?
The well-known Costa Maya Festival started last night in San Pedro, and this year, it is expected to attract especially large crowds for the Becky G concert. Indeed, it is an international event, and BERT, The Belize Emergency Response Team has stepped up to the occasion. They are partnering with RRR Air Evac to have air ambulances at the ready.

22 Years of Police Youth Cadet Corps
Yesterday we showed you the BDF Summer Camp. It was a lively and varied affair, but, when it comes to summer camps hosted by the security forces, the Belize Police Youth Cadet Corps surely has the record.

Lewis Fought The Law And The Law Won
He was dragged to court along with 8 other persons for being in possession of over a kilo of marijuana. But tonight, 37-year-old Carden Lewis is alone facing a 3-year prison sentence. That's after he told the court that the weed was his. At around 7:30 on Wednesday morning, police were on mobile patrol at the junction of the George Price Highway and the Coastal Road. They stopped a pick-up truck that seemed to be in a hurry. 7 men were in the pan, and 2 others in the front, and police felt they were acting suspiciously.

Faber Says BNTU Mis-Advising Teachers
Two weeks ago, the BNTU sent out a press release telling teachers not to fill out an application or the renewal of their teaching licenses which the ministry had sent out. The BNTU said it would be meeting with the Ministry honchos to decide a way forward. Well, that meeting hasn't happened yet, and, last week, EducatIon Minister Patrick Faber told LOVE TV that the teachers are putting themselves in peril:,..,.

Faber on FTC Fabrications
Education Minister Faber also commented on the court filing that the US Federal Trade Commission made in June. It's concerning the Sanctuary Bay debacle, and it makes allegations of meetings held, and undertakings given by the Prime Minister, Deputy Faber and others. Now the PM has already flatly refuted the claims as completely false. Here's what Faber had to say about it:.

Leaving No Child Behind
And, Education Minister Faber also commented on the sometimes controversial practice of leaving no child behind. It often translates into social promotions - just sending children who fail up to the next grade as a matter of course, which only worsens the problem. Faber says that's a mis-application and a misinterpretation of the policy of leaving no child behind:

The Reporter

Merging Passion & Fashion
Sustainable art fashion seems to be the next big thing in the fashion world and single mother Deona Pilgrim is wasting no time in tapping into the local and international market with her brand Feet 2 Soles which includes locally made footwear, jewelry and hair accessories handcrafted from recycled materials.

Farewell Kelly!
Last night the Taiwanese Embassy held a farewell reception at the Radisson Fort George Hotel for Kelly Chang, its Second Secretary whose tour of duty has come to an end. Ms Chang served at the Embassy for three years and was instrumental in coordinating with the Ministries of Education and Culture, as well as Health, and Investment and Trade on bilateral relations between Belize and Taiwan, as well as with the media at one point.

Woman Allegedly Stabs Man
A man was reportedly stabbed last night (Friday July 26th.) in Belize City. The person who committed the stabbing, a woman, claims she stabbed the man when he choked her for refusing to have sexual intercourse with him.

New Attorney Called To The Bar
Yesterday a new Attorney joined the Bar Association, and is now qualified and able to practice law in Belize. Kara Nisbet Hotchandani, 27, was called to the Bar after Senior Counsel, Eamon Courtenay moved her application to be called to the Bar in front of the Chief Justice, Kenneth Benjamin.

The Penalty Of Death
By: Dr. Abigail Joseph - I place my phone on airplane mode whenever I put it to charge at night to prove to myself that “I run technology and technology nuh run me.” One day about a year ago, I remember waking up, turning on my cell phone and proceeding to set the coffeemaker. I listened to the unending “plings” from viber, Whatsapp, messenger, texts and voicemail notifications.

A Sinner’s Prayer…A Sinner’s Salvation!
By: Mike Rudon Jr. – I remember many days, coming off a drunk and wracked with remorse, I would curl up on my bed and pray for release. I would cry out to my God to free me from the demons. I cried out drunk. I cried out sober. I had heard stories from my friends about God lifting burdens from them. I’m a media person – we are bred to be skeptical.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Orange Walk police find ammo
Orange Walk police conducting searched yesterday near Perez Ville alley off the Belize/ Corozal road […]

Coast Guard recruit drowns
Libertad resident, Brigaile Teck lost his life today after he reportedly went for a qualifying […]

Police find ammo
Belize City police conducting searches on Oleander Street in Belize City found a bag containing ten […]

Belize City man shot in abdomen
Authorities are investigating a shooting incident that occurred last night in Belize City. Jeffrey Wilton […]

Woman stabs man who tried to rape her
A 40-year-old woman of Belize City stabbed a man last night after he reportedly accosted […]

San Ignacio police thwart robbery
San Ignacio police were conducting patrol on San Pedro street in Santa Elena when officers […]

Bullet Tree Village unveils new sign
The village council of Bullet Tree Village in the Cayo district, in collaboration with PUP […]

Spine Overseas concludes assessment clinics
More than 75 patients with varying conditions affecting their spine met with specialists from the international […]

“CARICOM applause validates SSB’s decision to increase contributions,” says CEO
The heads of social security organizations with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has applauded Belize’s Social Security […]

Second annual Birding Festival promises to be bigger than first!
The 2nd Annual Belize Birding Festival promises to bring bird lovers an even greater experience […]

International Sourcesizz

Here are the countries with the most U.S. retirees collecting Social Security
Interesting article. If you scroll way down to the bottom of the article it states there are 545 US citizens collecting SS in Belize.

Videos

  • Check out this beautiful Boa slithering away from the camera, .5min. We only took pictures. Left him alone to grow bigger.

  • Cannibalism in Crocodiles, 1min. During a routine survey for the American crocodile countrywide population survey, CRC observed a rare predatory behavior in the field. Our Community Researcher and Orange Walk Representative Jonathan Triminio will be writing a research note on the observation of cannibalism in Acutus!

  • International Latín Artist Becky G arriving in San Pedro, 6min. People line up to see boat but Super G was nowhere in sight. Apparently his sister was on the boat

  • Interview with Miss Vivian Paula Jones, min. On today's 4th segment of Caye Caulker Entrepreneurs we spoke to Miss Vivian Paula Jones and got a little insight on the work that she does on her T-Shirts.

  • Becky G "Mayores" at International Costa Maya Festival Reignited, 1/2min.

  • Becky G arrives in San Pedro!, 4.5min.

  • Patrol Base at Bacalar Chico to Deter Cross Border Criminal Activities, 4min. 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 the movement of cocaine, other drugs and weapons. The Ministry of National Security opened a patrol base at Bacalar Chico in northern Ambergris to assist in deterring criminal activity in the general area. The base, which was funded by the government at a cost of two hundred thousand dollars, is located a mile and a half from the Mexican border which is the corridor used to get drugs further north.

  • One of the top ten things to do on San Pedro is getting a bite to eat at El Fogon, 13min.

  • Belize - Xunantunich Mayan Ruins visit, 13min. There is evidence of Xunantunich being settled as early as the ceramic phase of the Preclassic period. The findings have been insubstantial to prove that Xunantunich was a site of importance. It was not until the Samal phase in AD 600–670 that Xunantunich began to grow significantly in size. Architectural constructions boomed in Hats’ Chaak phase (AD 670–750) when Xunantunich's connection with the polity Naranjo solidified. Left in a state of abandonment at approximately AD 750 due to an unknown violent event, Xunantunich did not re-establish itself as a strong presence in the region until Tsak’ phase in AD 780–890.

  • San Pedro, Belize - Swimming with Sharks, 2.5min.

  • Snorkeling with Sharks and Stingrays in Belize, 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.

  • Belize Aggressor III May 9 2019 Aquarium, 7min. Aquarium, Lighthouse reef atoll

  • River Tubing on Privassion Creek/River in Belize, 8.5min. One of the many benefits of staying at the Blancaneaux Lodge is a free river tubing tour on the Privassion Creek. You'll start with a short hike to the input location, where you can swing on a rope into the river.

  • Bandits SC 2, SP Pirates FC 0 | From The Ambergris Stadium, San Pedro, 2.5hr.

  • A song many of us Maya Yucatec of Belize have heard our grandparents sing, 3min. Norma Espinosa sings in 10 native languages, she is a woman who fights cancer and on this occasion delights us with the song "konex konex" in Maya. Norma Espinosa is a pride of Quintanaroo

  • Another day of Adventure for our Kids in Action group, 4min.