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The San Pedro Sun

Fusarium Wilt of Bananas
With the current suspected case in Colombia, the threat of this disease is now closer to Belize and therefore raises the risk level. The banana industry in Belize represents one of the major agricultural pillars of the economy and stands to lose significantly if this disease is accidentally introduced. The value of the industry currently stands at approximately 75 million Belize Dollars and employs thousands of labourers and provides business to several related services. The Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA), the Ministry of Agriculture and partner organizations have met with stakeholders in the banana industry and are discussing a comprehensive strategy to keep the disease out of Belize. The Quarantine Department of BAHA has initiated actions at the Philip Goldson International Airport through the placement of shoe disinfection mats for visitors potentially coming from countries where the disease is present.

G.R.E.A.T. Instructor Training Closing Ceremony
Yesterday, 36 police officers – 21 from Belize and 15 from El Salvador – became new Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) Instructors. The G.R.E.A.T. program is one of the many tools the United States is supporting in Belize, and the Central American region, to improve citizen security, decrease impunity, and prevent crime. CDA Gilges spoke at the ceremony and underscored the U.S. Embassy’s partnership with the Belize Police Department and other organizations that seek to prevent youth from being drawn into gangs. Superintendent Gerald Jones, Commandant of the National Police Training Academy also spoke at the ceremony.

Editorial: Costa Maya 2019: Successfully Reignited!
By Mary Gonzalez. Sometimes, it can be hard to accept change. After over two decades at the helm of a committee that steered what was once known as Sea and Air Festival and then the International Costa Maya Festival, 2019 brought in a new team determined to inject some new ideas. When it was announced as ‘Costa Maya: Reignited,’ many wondered just what it would mean for the three-day festival that brings in visitors (local and international) for a fun-filled weekend to breathe economic life into Ambergris Caye while celebrating our Latin American heritage.

Various Belizean Sources


Construction licensing procedures on Caye Caulker
Your new C.C.V.C. is asking for your kind support and participation. Thank you! PUBLIC NOTICE: In working with the community and ensuring transparency, the new C.C.V.C. would like to humbly ask the community for your participation in submitting documents, permits, and licenses for the following BEFORE construction is started: 1) construction of new homes/ hotels/ apartments/ business establishments. 2) Building/ Extension of piers. 3) Over the Water Structures. 4) Construction of fences. 5) Building of seawalls. We ask that these documents are submitted to avoid ceasing or stop order of any project. In good faith of development and communication with the new Council, we ask for your kind assistance. Thank you

Power outages from 5:45am to 6:00am and 1:45pm to 2:00pm on Sunday, August 4 to affect:
Mile 1 to Mile 37 on Philip Goldson Highway from Belize Flour Mill area up to Rahburn Ridge including West Landivar, Coral Grove, Buttonwood Bay, Belama Phases 1,2,3 & 4, Bella Vista, Driftwood Bay, North End Estate, Ladyville, Vista Del Mar, Lord’s Bank, Green Estate, Lake Gardens, Dew Drop Estate, Maxboro, Double Run, Salt Creek, Los Lagos, Sandhill, Maxboro, Gardenia, Biscayne, Crooked Tree and Rhaburn Ridge. All communities along the Old Northern Highway including Boston, Rockstone Pond, Lucky Strike, Santana, St. Anne’s, Chicago, Corozalito, Maskall and Bomba...

SSB 18th Scholarship Award Ceremony
The Social Security Board had their 18th annual Scholarship Award Ceremony, and this year, they awarded 43 scholars. Thanks, SSB! "Congratulations to all 43 Scholarship Recipients who were awarded scholarships to pursue their High School, Vo-Tech, Sixth Form and Bachelor's studies. SSB is committed to building stronger communities!"

Introducing the new Miss Universe Belize logo
Special thanks to the Belize Tourism Board our Platinum Sponsor.

Happy 49th Birthday Belmopan!
The U.S. Embassy is proud to call the Garden City home!

The Reporter

At the end of June, two years after he took over as Chief Executive Officer at BTL, and just two days after an explosive allegation that BTL owed GST $29M in unpaid taxes, the announcement came that Rochus Schreiber was department the company. While there was and still is speculation of a connection between the allegation and the departure, BTL claimed that the decision was an amicable one based on personal reasons, and Schreiber never commented.

A source at the Ministry of Health has informed the Reporter that neither CEO George Gough nor Minister of Health Pablo Marin have any plans to issue a release explaining or clarifying the $1.67M mess which has erupted this past week. The Reporter has made attempts to contact both men all week, through their cell phones and through the Ministry, with no success.

Bus Association Threatens Nationwide Shutdown
The Belize Bus Association has written to the Minister of Transport as well as the Prime Minister, threatening a nation-wide shutdown of the transport sector as bus operators have reached a boiling point waiting for the Ministry to address the issue of foreign bus runs into the country, which have cut into local operators’ bottom lines.

DoE Addresses Drainage Issue in Placencia
The Department of the Environment (DOE) has written to a company in Placencia and instructed them to make urgent changes to their drainage system after someone in the village made a Facebook post showing how treated sewer water from a sewer pipe had darkened the colour of that portion of the lagoon.

The Social Security Board has received nothing but negative publicity recently, primarily because increases in contributions from employees and employers took effect at the start of July 2019. But it was all smiles this morning, as 43 students from across the country received scholarships from the SSB, providing access to education which may have proved difficult to attain otherwise.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Medical supplies building ineligible for NHI funds,” says Social Security CEO
A recently leaked government memo says that the Ministry of Health is seeking approval from […]

Emancipation day reflections Part 2 – 5 point plan to get us out of mental slavery and dependency
The views expressed in this article are those of the writer and not necessarily those of Breaking Belize […]

Bus operators threaten national shutdown
The Belize Bus Association has threatened a national shutdown of the country’s transport services in […]

Woman missing in Ranchito Village
The family of Ranchito resident, Consuelo Ek is concerned about her whereabouts. Ek was reported missing […]

New Belize Tax Service Department inaugurated
Yesterday, a ceremony for the historic amalgamation of the Income Tax Department and General Sales […]

Child Cancer Organization “1000 Smiles for Cleyon” invites Belize to a night of Disney magic
The community organization ‘1000 Smiles for Cleyon’ is inviting Belizeans to support its work in […]

Belize to host Central American Beach Volleyball championship
Belize will host the XIX Central American Men’s & Women’s Beach Volleyball Championship from August […]

International Sourcesizz

Vintage Map Of Belize 1787
Take a look at this 1787 map of the top half of Belize. What I like about it is that if you touch various parts of the map a high definition view of that portion will open and you will be able to read the names of the various areas on that section (only seem to work on a laptop). You might have heard of some of those names and some might be new to you. Many of the names you will see are the names of the original Baymen. The year this map was made is significant because it was around this time that our first Superintendent, Edward Marcus Despard, came to British Honduras. It was around this time also when the Mosquito Indians, about 2500 of them, were sent to British Honduras after Spain gave the British a choice as to whether they would keep the Mosquito Coast or British Honduras. As it turned out, the British chose British Honduras and they had to vacate the Mosquito Coast (parts of Honduras and Nicaragua). The British gave the Mosquito Indians a choice to stay in Honduras/Nicaragua or leave, but the Indians chose to leave and resettle in British Honduras. The shaded area on the map between the Belize River and the Sibun River caused a lot of heartache for the Baymen since a lot of the land in this area was given to the Mosquito Indians during their resettlement. If you click around where Belize City is you will notice they call the Belize River the Old River Bellese and that area called Rogues Point is where Government House is today.


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