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The San Pedro Sun

Victor Mai and Victor Parchue arraigned for Theft and Handling of Stolen Goods
On Monday, August 5th, island residents 18-year-old Victor Mai, and 25-year-old Victor Charles Parchue Jr. were arraigned at the San Pedro Magistrate Court after pleading guilty to accusations of theft and for the crime of handling stolen goods. Mai is accused of stealing assorted one-litre bottles of rum and security cameras from Into XS Entertainment Party Lounge located on Barrier Reef Drive. Meanwhile, Parchue was found with some of the stolen liquor and security cameras. Mai was sentenced to two months in prison, and Parchue was fined $805 and was given until September 30th to pay. Both men remain in police custody and are being processed to be sent to Belize Central Prison.

Agreement Reached with Bus Operators on Mexican and Guatemalan Buses Transiting Belize
In a meeting just concluded in Belmopan this afternoon, top officials from the Government of Belize have reached an understanding with representatives of the Belizean Bus Association with respect to buses transiting the country from Guatemala and Mexico. It was agreed that going forward, only one regular bus run per day would be allowed from each country entering Belize during the day, and returning to the respective country in the evening. Those buses would only be allowed to drop off passengers within the country who travelled with them from across the border. And, on their return trip to Guatemala or Mexico, they would only be authorized to pick up passengers heading across the border into those respective countries.

San Pedro Town and Sea Isle City, New Jersey discuss Sister City Relationship
On Wednesday, July 31st, Mayor Daniel Guerrero received a visit from Werner Graf and his daughter Angelina Graf to discuss a proposal of a Sister City relationship between San Pedro Town and Sea Isle City, New Jersey, USA. The Grafs came on behalf of the City Council of Sea Isle City and presented Guerrero with the keys to the city, which bears the name of Mayor Leonard Desiderio. Mayor Guerrero shared that he welcomes the idea of this opportunity to establish a second Sister City relationship in the USA. “We already county with such a relationship with the City of Wilmington, North Carolina,” said Guerrero. “We look forward to this new opportunity to have good relations in exchange of ideas, culture, the environment, and even tourism,” Guerrero said as he accepted the keys of Sea Isle City from Angelina Graf.

Belize Tax Service Department launched
On Thursday, August 1st marked the historic joining of the Income Tax Department and Department of General Sales Tax into the newly formed Belize Tax Service Department - a department under the Ministry of Finance. The merger will be in phases through 2022. Taxpayers will experience better service with a newly trained cadre of tax professionals, providing efficiency and productivity for better tax compliance to further develop the country.

Ambergris Today

Dengue Cases On The Rise; 789 Confirmed Cases!
There is a major dengue outbreak in Belize and unfortunately the number of confirmed clinical cases are on the rise and have increased by a 10% compared to the numbers a week ago. According to reports bases on a data collection from medical facilities across the country there are a total of 789 confirmed cases in the country of which 40% of the cases are children. According to the Director of Health Services, Doctor Marvin Manzanero there are 49 documented cases of severe dengue but fortunately non have been fatal as a result of dengue. He also stated that the number of cases are higher in the Cayo District followed by Corozal.

Various Belizean Sources

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Job Opening at Escuela Secundaria Técnica Mexico
NEW Vacancy in San Roman Village, Corozal, with Escuela Secundaria Técnica Mexico. Full-time English Teacher. Deadline: August 15, 2019.

Caye Caulker Village Council update
It's been another busy few days for the C.C.V.C. Firstly, there was an unfortunate accident with two of our staff while fumigating. An investigation is still being conducted to know what really was the cause of the accident. The employees got to the health center in time and were immediately attended to by the doctor and the nurse who did an amazing job. Nurse Cutkelvin and doctor, we thank you for your amazing efforts. Both employees were sent to Belize for precautionary measures and have been at home since yesterday resting. We wish you both a speedy recovery. Vector Control is out here conducting training of our entire staff since Tuesday. They are being trained to properly handle equipments and the importance of safety measures. Vector Control left a manual fogger and next week we will commence home fumigation. All efforts are to contain and prevent cases of dengue since there is an outbreak in the region. We sincerely thank Ministry of Health, Mr. Levy and Mr. Matus for training our staff.

BTEC, BELTRAIDE successfully completes Job Preparedness Training in Belize City
The Belize Training and Employment Centre (BTEC), a unit of BELTRAIDE , has successfully completed another Job Preparedness training in Belize City Participants were trained for three weeks; of which the the first two weeks covered soft skills such as professionalism, resume building, communication skills, conflict management as well as customer service excellence.

BTEC, BELTRAIDE completes Job Preparedness Training in Independence
The Belize Training and Employment Centre (BTEC), a unit of BELTRAIDE , in partnership with the Independence High School, has successfully completed a Job Preparedness training in Independence Village. Participants were trained for three weeks of which the the first two weeks were facilitated primarily by BTEC staff and covered soft skills such as professionalism, resume building, communication skills, conflict management as well as customer service excellence.

Medical Clinic opening in Sarteneja
Attention Sarteneja! Fulltime Medical Clinic opening August 12th. Dr. Ricardo Fabro with 26 years of experience.

ArT In ThE ParK Saturday
Art in the Park this Saturday, August 10th. Live music with Chendy and Friends! Come out and enjoy this weekend at our Corozal Central Park.

Mr. Jose Mai works with Corozal Football Association Management team
Always give thanks to those whole help in the development process of our youth. THANK you Mr. Mai. We join the Corozal Football Association Management team to acknowledge Mr. Jose Mai, U15F Head-Coach. Mr. Mai, a retired educator has been very instrumental in training our football girls. Your dedication, passion and commitment has made our U15F advance tremendously. Thank you Mr. Mai for joining our staff. Certainly, we are grateful for your services. Mr. Mai has attended the CONCACAF D License held last month at the FFB. We are proud of you Sir!

Fattie's Gourmet Burgers is back in Corozal!

The National Channel Looking for Talent
Think you've got what we're looking for? You just might! Visit our TNC10 Studio for auditions THIS Saturday, August 10th, 2019. For more information feel free to contact us at 678-6210 or [email protected]

U.S. Embassy Online Auction
The U.S. Embassy Online Auction begins Friday, August 9 at noon! To view the lots, go to https://online-auction.state.gov/, scroll down the page and click on "Belmopan." Interested bidders must register on the website in order to place bids beginning Friday. Items must be picked up on Friday, August 23 (time TBA) at the U.S. Embassy in Belmopan. Instructions will be sent to winning bidders when they are notified the next business day after the conclusion of the auction (Sunday, August 18 at 7 p.m.) that they have the winning bid. Winning bidders will be required to pay any required duty to the government of Belize and to pay the Embassy in full in cash before the item will be released. No payment/pick-up extensions will be granted. All property purchased at auction must be removed immediately from the Embassy premises.

“Everything Coconut Workshop" in Punta Gorda
Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative - YLAI Fellow Lorcia Moore led an “Everything Coconut Workshop" in Punta Gorda yesterday. We thank Lorcia and her U.S. partner and mentor Pamela Santos for continuing to empower and inspire female entrepreneurs in #Belize to be the change they want to see in their communities.

Paradise Theater playing this weekend
Aladdin, Brightburn, Rocketman, Avengers Endgame

BELIZE CRUZO'OB MAYA: THE CHILDREN OF REBELLION
The Yucatec Maya group known as the Cruzo'ob Maya were one of the main protagonist of the Maya social War wrongly called the Caste war . The Cruzo'ob Maya mantained a good relationship with the British since they bought weapons from them . The British even recognized the Maya nation of Chan Santa Cruz as independent but all this ended when the British Government assigned Sir Spenser St. John to disentangle Her Royal Majesty's Government from the Maya free state. In 1893, HRMG signed the Spenser Mariscal Treaty, which ceded the Maya free state's lands to Mexico and a border was created without asking the indigenous Maya .

Beck G Live Concert at Costa Maya International Festival 2019
Alma Caribeña Performance at Costa Maya Festival 2019. Photos by Jose Luis Zapata Photography.

Channel 7

Mini Riot At Prison - as Inmates Take Guard Hostage
Tonight, 3 person guards are recovering from injuries they suffered while trying to suppress a mini-prison riot that broke out this afternoon before midday.  Reports to 7News are that it happened at around 11:00 in the recreation area of the Tango 11 building when 10 prisoners were expected to comply with the end of their recreation time.  But, the inmates, who are rumored to be affiliates of one of the Belize City gangs, allegedly refused to comply with the directives of the prison guards, and several inmates jumped one of them and held him hostage. We are told that they are dissatisfied with the arrangements that were recently made for their prison cells, and that this dissatisfaction triggered the bold action.

Why NHI, Pablo?
Today we finally got a chance to speak to Health Minister Pablo Marin about the proposed 1.6 million dollar project to construct a Central Medical Stores building in Belmopan. This building would replace the current warehouse in Ladyville.  Marin and his CEO George Gough were seeking to get the cash from the NHI fund - which currently has a surplus.  As we have reported, the Senior Finance Officer Artemio Osorio sent a memo to the Health CEO, Gough stating that the Ministry of Finance has "no objection" to the project. Sounds simple enough right ? Nope. Quite the contrary. That's because money from the NHI fund, which is managed by the SSB, can't be used to construct this building, it is there for NHI related expenses. Second, the Ministry of Finance has no power over it; it's administered by the Social Security Board.   So why would Health Minster Marin and CEO Gough even try to get funding from this reserve ? The media questioned him on it today and he said that, in his view, there is no harm or foul in going around hat in hand.

Why Fast-track a Contract For Minister's Brother's Company?
Another issue raised relating to the Health Ministry's 1.6 million dollar project is how the contractor was chosen. In the Ministry of Finance MEMO it states "the Ministry of Finance has no objection to the award of the contract for the construction to Joehann construction and Engineering Ltd. The Ministry of Finance also has no objection to the use of the limited tendering procedure."  Joehann construction is owned by Rolando and Yanira Montero, the brother and sister-in-law of Works Minster Rene Montero. We asked Marin if this familial connection had anything to do with the selection.

SRH Morgue Dead, But Being Revived
And, moving now to another health controversy, since March, the Southern Regional Hospital's morgue has not been functioning. It has caused great inconvenience and pain to families whose primary concern is to properly store the bodies of their loved ones. Today we asked Minister Marin for an update and he says the ministry is providing transportation for families who need to take their dead to PG or Belmopan. Hon. Pablo Marin - Health Minister: "As soon as the morgue went down we had to do an estimate and send the proposals, it is already out there and a tender group won it, it will take about 60 days if I am not mistaken and it should be coming in I think next Thursday or Friday the 15th..." 

Missing Man Feared Dead In Griga
Tonight, the family of 35-year-old Derrick Ramirez, a fisherman from Dangriga Town, is very worried about him. That's after he went out on a fishing trip with 2 other family members, and while diving for Lobster, a rival fisherman and his associates allegedly tried to kill him over fishing turf. Kevin Hernandez, Ramirez's brother, reported to police that on last Sunday, August 4th, he was on a fishing trip with Ramirez and his brother-in-law Joseph Coleman. They were in an area half a mile north of Cross Caye, and they were diving for lobster. They reportedly encountered another boat on the sea, and the captain was someone Ramirez recognized. The two groups of men allegedly had an exchange of words. This fisherman reportedly told them to leave the area, and to not dive for lobster in that location.

Tapir's Carcass Carved Up On Roadside
Now, our next story is not for the squeamish - it is about the carcass of a dead animal - so, if you cringe at such sights, we urge you to take a TV time out. A dead tapir was found on the side of the northern highway near the airport dead last night.  Initially, the speculation was that it had been knocked down, but today, a much more sinister and sanguinary storyline appeared.  Chereese Halsall reports:.. This is the Facebook that got everyone's attention last night - including the Forestry Department.  Forest Ranger Edwardo Pott spoke to us off camera: Edwardo Pott - Forest Ranger: "We received some information that somebody posted it on Facebook that they had knocked down a tapir, and apparently his two back legs were missing."

Former McAfee Home Burns Again
For the second time, the building that was formerly the home and headquarters for John McAfee in Belize burned down today.
The structure, which sits at the southern approach to the Tower Hill Bridge on the banks of the New River is both famous and infamous as the first place where McAfee put down roots in Belize sometime around 2009.  From there he staged his exploits, and set up a lab - which was supposed to be doing research on natural antibiotics. That's also the location that the GSU raided in 2012, sending McAfee on a paranoid tailspin which lasted for years.  The building burned down in 2013, as the result of a bushfire.

Swing Bridge Accident Brought Into Clearer View
Yesterday we brought you the story of the vehicle that went head first into the Belize river and rested for a time under the depths of the Harbour.  Fortunately no life was lost, and there were many colorful accounts of just what happened - but today, a surveillance video gave us the most accurate account.  Chereese Halsall did a re-take: An eyewitness told us what he saw: Ramon Salgado - Driver, Jeep Cherokee: "When I look I saw the vehicle coming from straight across with speed and apparently it couldn't stop, because a guy was coming off the bridge with a motor bike and he was trying to avoid being hit."

Alleged Infant Rapist and Murderer Will Stand Trial
It sent waves of horror across the country when it hit the headlines in February 2018. 17 month old Alyssa Nunez was badly beaten and raped – she later died from the atrocious attack. Well, the update today is that her step father, Everal Martinez, the man accused of this heinous crime will stand trial at the Supreme Court for murder and rape.  That was decided today in court in the presence of his attorney, Oscar Selgado.  Senior Magistrate Ford told Martinez that at the end of the preliminary inquiry she found that a prima facie case has been made out against him and that he must stand trial at the next practical session of the Supreme Court which begins on October 1, 2019. 

Certifying the Cleopatra Clinic
The Cleopatra White Clinic got a special certification today: they are now mother-baby friendly. We found out more about the significance of that certification. Courtney Weatherburne has more: Breast feeding is the one of the most fundamental instincts of a mother, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a struggle. Suzuanni Vellos - Mother: "Breast feeding is not something easy, it's very hard, painful at times." But regardless of the discomfort, breastfeeding specifically during the first 6 months is extremely beneficial to the mother and child.

Gang Member Killed in Enemy Territory
There has been another shooting in the city. It happened about half an hour ago in the Gungulung area, off Holy Emmanuel Street.  Multiple reports tell us the victim was fatally wounded with a headshot.   The victim's name - which we can't release at this time - is that of a well known Belize City gang member - who was way out of his turf, which is on Rocky Road on West Collet Canal.

Scholarships From a Soda Company
And, shifting gears to much happier news. The start of the next school year is only a few weeks away, and 26 students from several different districts are going to get their education sponsored by the local Beverage giant, Bowen and Bowen Limited. It's the continuation of their Bowen and Bowen Dependent Scholarship program. The idea is that the company provides financial aid to the children of their 1200 employees, easing the burden of these parents, and providing the students with the best opportunity to keep studying. These dependents are invited to apply, and like any other scholarship program, the recipients are chosen based on their academic performance, and their need. This year, 42 applied, but  Bowen and Bowen could only select 26.

Come Een Carifesta Team!
A delegation of  Belizean creatives is headed to the Fourteenth annual Carifesta which is being held this year from August 16th to August 25th in Trinidad.  This year's medium sized contingent is made up of musicians, designers, a curator, and an author.  N.I.C.H. presented the team to the media today in a press conference at the Bliss. We got a chance to find out a bit more about the Arts, Music, Crafts, Fashion and Films that they will be showcasing: Sapna Budhrani - President, NICH: "The Caribbean festival of arts CARIFESTA has assumed a pre-eminent place among the elements that define and give expression to the uniqueness of our Caribbean reality like other significant institutions such as cricket; CXC and CARICOM that symbolize a Caribbean commonality the festival reinforced our unity in the midst of splendid adversity. This year's team focuses on both tangible and intangible aspects of cultural and heritage development and seeks to embody and facilitate the objectives of CARIFESTA"

UDP Tells PUP To Denounce Musa's Mission to Beijing
The ruling UDP is all hot and bothered about PUP Rep Kareem Musa's trip to Taiwan and sent out a 500 word press release today condemning the shadow Minster.   They say that Musa, quote, "falsely claimed that the invitation he accepted was also extended to the United Democratic Party."  The release adds that the UDP was never invited and, quote, "if it had been, would have been rejected out of hand. The UDP is steadfast and unwavering, both as a Party and as Government, in its support for Taiwan. This UDP administration would never countenance any overtures from Communist China," end quote.  The release concludes that Musa was in China to try to raise campaign financing for the PUP's next general election bid.

Channel 5

Health Minister Explains Ministry’s Request to Use N.H.I. Reserve Funds
Health Minister Pablo Marin today broke his silence regarding his ministry’s intention to apply for a one point six million-dollar grant to be drawn from the National Health Insurance Reserve [...]

Minister Marin Walks Back, says “We Cannot Send that Proposal There”
According to Marin, the ministry intended to draw one point six million dollars of the three million dollars that make up the N.H.I. reserve.  He says that he identified the [...]

Joehann Construction and Engineering Awarded Contract to Build Medical Stores Facility
So what the Ministry of Health did was to identify a project, in this case, the construction for a medical stores facility in Belmopan, and award the contract to Joehann [...]

Everal Martinez to Stand Trial for Rape and Murder of Baby Allyssa Nunez
In 2018, a toddler was raped and murdered while she was in the care of her stepfather at their Maskall home.  The mother of the child, Denika Flowers, was not [...]

An Update on the Southern Regional Morgue
In April, the People United Party fired off a release stating that the country should be appalled and outraged over the malfunctioning morgue at the Southern Regional Hospital.  On Friday, [...]

Belize Bus Association Gets a Solution; Small Compromise Made
The Belize Bus Association was able to come to an agreement with the Ministry of Transport about foreign owned buses making stops in Belize.  On Tuesday, the association met with [...]

Changes for Foreign-Owned Buses Becomes Effective in September
So, how will these changes take place? The B.B.A. says that the Attorney General committed to getting this done over the next few days and that it may not have [...]

Kareem Musa Explains Selection of Delegates for China Visit
A delegation of Belizean politicians, including Caribbean Shores Area Representative Kareem Musa and Deputy Mayor Oscar Arnold, returned from a visit to Mainland China over the weekend.  While they may [...]

“I would have gone regardless…” – Kareem Musa
When asked if he would have accepted the offer to travel to China, considering the storm that it has since created, Musa did not shy away from reaffirming his position [...]

U.D.P.: Kareem Musa’s Visit to China Borders Betrayal of the National Interest
The governing party this afternoon sent out a release making assertions that the visit by the parliamentarian and delegation was a ploy by the People’s United Party to bolster its [...]

26 Students are Awarded B&B Scholarships
A group of students were in a celebratory mood at Bowen and Bowen Brewery in Ladyville, Belize District.  And for good reason, twenty-six of them will go on to further [...]

A Conservation Camp for Kids
The Clear Water Marine Aquarium Research Institute wrapped up its first ever Belize Marine Conservation Summer camp. Sixty children between the ages of five to fifteen attended the three-day conservation [...]

Cleopatra White Polyclinic Certified Mother-Baby Friendly Facility
An initiative to promote breastfeeding took place today as part of activities to celebrate Breastfeeding Week. The Cleopatra White Polyclinic in Belize City was designated as a mother/baby friendly facility. [...]

Adult Female Tapir is Fatally Injured and Butchered
A vehicle unfortunately knocked down and killed a female tapir on the area of Manatee Lookout on the Philip Goldson Highway.  And soon enough, the legs of the tapir were [...]

Belize Sends Delegation of Artists to CARIFESTA 2019
The Caribbean Festival of Arts, better known as CARIFESTA, has stimulated the establishment of a regional integration among Caribbean countries, bringing artisans and cultural practitioners together for more than four [...]

Belizean Artists, Musicians and Writers are Off to Trinidad for CARIFESTA
Past CARIFESTAs were effective in sharing aspects of intangible Caribbean cultural heritage such as food, music, dance and theater.  This year, the idea is to add more value by creating [...]

Amandala

The dying New River
The residents of Orange Walk Town are beginning to direct their anger and frustration at the Department of the Environment, which, they say, has done nothing to address their concerns about the level of contamination of the New River, which is an important source of water and food for the town’s people. Last month, the Deputy Mayor of Orange Walk Town, Ian Cal, informed Breaking Belize News that Program for Belize, the Ministry of Health and the Department of the Environment were conducting testing to determine the cause of the contamination of the river.

PUP Leader John Briceño and driver suffer minor injuries in road accident
Around 9:45 this morning, Opposition Leader Hon. John Briceño was traveling on the Philip Goldson Highway in his Toyota Prado. Briceño and his driver, Edwin Hill, were in the vicinity of Rhaburn Ridge when an accident occurred between two other vehicles. In an attempt to avoid colliding into one of the vehicles, Hill took evasive action and drove on the shoulder of the highway, which caused the Prado to roll over multiple times.

Tourist caught drinking and urinating at archaeological site
Over the weekend, two pictures taken at a Mayan archaeological site that were posted on social media were met with outrage by Belizeans and prompted the National Institute of History and Culture (NICH) to issue a statement. In one incident, a tourist was photographed drinking a bottle of beer at one of the sites. NICH has a strict no-drinking policy at archaeological sites. The other photograph showed the same tourist with his pants pulled down, and he appeared to be urinating.

7 Aloe Vera Street is scene of fire again!
Arturo Castillo Suazo, 35, is now homeless after a fire completely destroyed his timber house at about 8:30 last night at 7 Aloe Vera Street, in Lake Independence. The Belize City Fire Service put out the fire, and no other building around the burning house was damaged. Fire investigators do not yet know the cause of the fire. The house and all its contents were destroyed, but the estimated loss to Suazo is not yet known. Suazo told police that at about 8:00 last night, he secured his house and went out to do some errands. When he returned shortly after, his house was burning. No one was in the house at the time.

Pump prices change again
The Ministry of Finance announces that on Tuesday, August 6, 2019, the pump prices of two fuel products will change. The prices for premium gasoline will register increase and kerosene will register decrease as follows: Premium gasoline will increase by 49 cents from $10.63 to $11.12 per gallon; and kerosene will decrease by 08 cents from $7.71 to $7.63 per gallon.

Income Tax and General Sales Tax Departments merge into Belize Tax Services
In late June, the Senate debated and passed the Belize Tax Services bill, which became law after it was signed by the Governor General. The primary objective of this new piece of legislation, which was initially introduced in the House of Representatives by Prime Minister Dean Barrow in his Minister of Finance capacity, was for the two revenue-collecting government departments to become one mega tax-collecting agency, collecting both Income Tax and General Sales Tax (GST) under the umbrella of the Belize Tax Services, which falls under the Ministry of Finance.

Bandits racks up second PLB Opening Season victory; poised for Concacaf League return match with Saprissa on Wednesday in Costa Rica
he Bandits Sport football club appears poised to return to championship form and secure another berth in the Concacaf League in 2020, as they are off to a blazing start in this Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2019-2020 Opening Season, racking up 2 straight wins, scoring 8 goals and conceding none, as they prepare for the return Concacaf League match on Wednesday, August 7, in Costa Rica against Saprissa, who drilled the Bandits, 3-1, at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium last week Wednesday, July 31.

Belize to host the XIX Central American Beach Volleyball Championship
Belize will host the XIX Central American Men’s & Women’s Beach Volleyball Championship from August 16-18, 2019 at Kukumba Beach, Old Belize. Male and Female Teams from seven Central American countries (Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama) will participate. Games will start at 9:00 a.m. each day and run through 6:00 p.m. with matches on two sand courts at Old Belize. Entrance fee is $10 for a full day of international beach volleyball action.

Stann Creek F.A. U-13 Mundialito results, standings
The Stann Creek Football Association (SCFA) hosted 4 games at the Carl Ramos Stadium on Saturday, August 3, in Week 5 of the Smart U-13 Mundialito tournament. In game 1, Foreshore Empire blanked Harlem (Montise), 3-0, with a goal each from Ralph Mendoza, Jr., Randy Williams and Jahvantey Bonilla. Game 2 saw Silk Grass SG Ballers with the 3-0 win over New Site, courtesy of 2 goals from Braden Olivas and the other from Jayden Petillo. In game 3, it was Benguche with the 2-1 victory over South Side Warriors. Aaron Estero and Torrin Serano got 1 apiece for Benguche, while Azeem Casimiro scored for South Side.

Weekend Warriors Sunday Race results, August 4
Here are the results from Weekend Warriors racing held yesterday, with the “A” going to Mile 25 and return to Old Belize, for 45 miles; and the “B” going to Rockville and return to Old Belize, for 35 miles; and the “C” going to Hattieville roundabout and return to Old Belize, for 27 miles. All races started at Leslie’s Imports, the first at 8:00 a.m., with 5 minute intervals. Eight of 10 starters completed the “A” race.

Caravans bear the label – “made by the USA”
The campaign for the highest office in the world, the US presidency, is underway, and we expect that one of the hot button topics at the presidential debates in that country will be immigration. It will be one of the most important issues for Americans when they go to the polls on November 3, 2020. People around the world are well familiar with the 151-foot tall Statue of Liberty which stands on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, with its famous invitation: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

No fear of the intellectuals
Once every three months my parents’ youngest son (of an original seven boys) comes home from Phoenix, Arizona, for a week, to do some work with the KHMH and La Loma Luz hospitals, for three days, and then, for the next four days, to spend time with his family and with his old friends. This quarter there’s a special, because both he and Grace Grant, one of our aunts, have birthdays around the first week of August, and to put icing on the cake at least two of our first cousins, Maxine and Jo Ann, are planning to fly home from the States to be here to celebrate the occasion.

Domestic violence rooted in childhood development
There is a trend of violence that permeates our society. It stems from what takes place in the life of our children as part of their early childhood influence and development. As adults we are quick to make pronouncements against others, children and adult, who commit some anti-social act, usually crime, without stepping back to analyse what is the root of said behaviour. If only I could let readers and society on a whole realize that the issues we see our adults manifesting are just the product of their childhood development experience. So if children grew up neglected and abused, very few will rise beyond such a life and not likewise be abusive.

ORISA’s former quarantine officer, Saul Perez, pleads guilty to theft
A former employee of ORISA (International Regional Organization for Health in Agriculture) appeared in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court today and was arraigned on a single charge of theft. Saul Perez, a resident of Succotz Village in the Cayo District, appeared before Magistrate Stephanie Gillett and pleaded guilty to the charge. Perez had concocted a story that he was robbed in the Yarborough area by three armed men, but when police investigated his story, it was not adding up, so police charged him with theft of $2,259 from his employer, ORISA.

Southern Regional Hospital’s morgue is down again
On Friday an announcement was made that the cooling system at the morgue is again malfunctioning, so once again it is not possible for bodies to be preserved in the facility. An official of the hospital said this morning that they are awaiting storage units that have been procured, and which should arrive in the country before the end of the month. It cannot be said, however, when the new storage units will be installed, since the morgue is presently being renovated. The official said that after the renovation is complete and the storage units are installed, a public notice will be made.

Inspector Dennis Lopez reinstated, but his criminal case is still before the court
On the night of Wednesday, April 28, 2010, Steven Buckley was returning to his home on George Street from his job site on Ross Pen Road. He was in the cab of a pickup truck that was traveling on Kraal Road. At the same time police were looking for a pickup truck that was involved in a shooting incident. According to police, Inspector Dennis Lopez fired his police-issued 12-gauge pump-action shotgun into the windshield of the pickup truck in which Buckley was traveling, hitting him in the face. Buckley had to be admitted into the Intensive Care Unit at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where he managed to beat the odds and remained alive, but the injury from the shotgun blast left him paralyzed on one side of his body.

Kareem Harvey, 25, remanded on attempted murder and related charges
A resident of Maxborough, located in Sandhill Village, appeared in the Magistrate’s Court this morning and was arraigned on charges of attempted murder, use of deadly means of harm and dangerous harm. No plea was taken from Kareem Harvey, 25, due to the nature of the offences, which allegedly occurred on June 3. After reading the three charges to him, Senior Magistrate, Tricia Pitts-Anderson explained to Harvey that her court could not offer him bail because the offenses were allegedly committed with a firearm and that precludes the court from granting him bail.

The Reporter

Minister Says There Is No Nepotism & Corruption
Last week a memo written by the Ministry of Finance approving a contract worth $1.686M leaked. The contract was for the construction of a Central Stores Building for the Ministry of Health, using NHI funds managed by the SSB.

Bowen & Bowen – Steps Up Again, As Good Corporate Citizen
Today, Bowen and Bowen Company handed out 26 full scholarships to children who will be attending high school and in some cases, sixth form. The recipients are all children of the company’s employees and were selected based on need and academic performance.

Chaos & Riot At Kolbe – Belize Central Prison
The Reporter has confirmed that 10 prisoners housed in the Tango 11 section of the Belize Central Prison staged a riot this morning after 11:00. We are told three prison officers, one of them female, were hurt during the riot. Sources say within 20 minutes the ten men were subdued without serious injury.

Belizeans Encounter Violent Mystery Men Near Cross Caye
Dangriga Police are investigating the case of a man deemed missing at sea, but who is believed to have been murdered. According to reports, on Sunday a man visited the station to say that around midday he and two others were diving lobster near Cross Caye when they were approached by a boat with three men in it who told them to leave the area.

LOVE FM

Bowen & Bowen issues twenty six scholarships to the children of their employees
Twenty-six students, all of whom are children of Bowen & Bowen employees, received scholarships to help ease the financial burden that accompanies high education. This marks the fifth year that Bowen & Bowen has had their scholarship program, and the total value of this year’s scholarships amounted to one hundred and thirty nine thousand dollars. …

UDP condemns Kareem Musa’s trip to China
The United Democratic Party (UDP) has released on official statement (UDP ON MUSA VO) concerning Caribbean Shores Representative, Kareem Musa, and his unannounced trip to China. As we have already reported, Musa said that the trip was that of a personal nature and that he was invited by the Belize-Chinese Association. However, the Association issued …

Tapir Found Dead and Without Limbs
Images of a dead tapir lying on the road side without its limbs surfaced on social media last night. Many were in disbelief, considering the tapir, or mountain cow, is Belize’s National Animal. The hunting of these animals is an Illegal act and persons can be fined a total of $10,000. Tapirs often travel at …

Artists will Represent Belize in this year’s Caribbean Festival of Arts
Various artists will be representing Belize in this year’s Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA), which will be held in Trinidad and Tobago. CARIFESTA is an annual festival that allows Caribbean countries to send their best artists from various categories to perform in one location. This year’s Belizean delegates were chosen and sponsored by the National …

Mothers receive overwhelming support for exclusive breastfeeding
Studies have shown that breast-milk is the ideal source of nutrition for new-borns as babies who are exclusively breastfed for the first six months of their lives are healthier and smarter. And while breastfeeding is seen as an experience involving a mother and her baby, little by little fathers are getting involved in the breastfeeding …

Missing man believed to be dead
A man is currently missing and his family is fearing the worse. Derrick Ramirez (RAMIREZ MISSING VO) was reportedly about half a mile north of Cross Caye with his brother and brother-in-law when a boat approached them and docked beside them. Ramirez’s brother, Kevin Hernandez, reported to police that he recognized the captain only, and …

Marin says looking at other options to source funds for warehouse
Over the past week, we have been reporting on an alleged scandal that saw the Ministry of Health proposing to build a new Central Medical Store in Belmopan using money from the NHI reserve fund, which is managed by Social Security Board, without even informing SSB of their plans. Last we heard on the scandal, …

Mini-riot staged at Kolbe Foundation
Earlier today, our newsroom received reports of a problem at the Kolbe Foundation in Hattieville. In previous instances, dangerous prisoners had escaped from Kolbe, most of whom were eventually found. This time, however, there was apparently a mini-riot at the prison. Love News visited the prison and spoke to the CEO, Virgilio Murillo, who said …

Marin says morgue will be up and running soon
Residents of Dangriga are frustrated with the Southern Regional Hospital’s morgue which is out of operation for the second time within six months. Meanwhile, there is also a problem with the morgue at the San Ignacio Hospital. Today, the Minister of Health Pablo Marin told the media that both problems will be resolved shortly. Pablo …

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Saprissa eliminates Belmopan Bandits in CONCACAF Champions League, 3-1
One goal in it after 45 minutes, the Belmopan Bandits seemed on the verge of […]

Man accused of rape and murder of 17 month old baby Alyssa Nunez to stand trial
Everal Martinez, accused of child rape and murder was back in court today. The Maskall […]

House burns near Tower Hill bridge in Orange Walk
A house in the Orange Walk district was destroyed by fire today. Around 4:00 p.m. […]

Pablo Marin addresses controversy over NHI funds
Minister of Health Pablo Marin, today faced the media at a press event, answering questions […]

Man shot in Lake-I succumbs
Earlier tonight we reported that a man was shot in the Gungulung area of the […]

Riot reported at Belize Central Prison
Inside sources have confirmed a riot at the Belize Central Prison. According to the report, […]

Man reportedly shot in Lake-I
Minutes ago there was a shooting in Belize City. It reportedly occurred in the ‘Gungulung’ area […]

UDP condemns Kareem Musa’s visit to China
The United Democratic Party (UDP) issued a strongly-worded statement today condemning People’s United Party member Kareem […]

Banana producing countries unite against new devastating Fusarium R4T disease
This week, banana-producing countries in the region signed a joint declaration to fight the Fusarium […]

Tour Guide, Cecil Gill is convicted of drug possession
A Tour Guide of Belize City picked up a conviction for drugs after he admitted […]

Jareth Craig, 22, pleaded guilty to handling $700 stolen Toshiba Television
Twenty-two-year-old Jareth Craig, a resident of Racecourse Street, Belize City, was fined after pleading guilty […]

Belize face French Guiana, Grenada in first round of Nations League fixtures
Two days before St. George’s Caye Day on September 10, the Belize Jaguars defend home […]

Tapir knocked down and dismembered in Ladyville
Sometime around 10 o’clock last night a Tapir was knocked down and killed in the vicinity […]

John Briceño thanks everyone for prayers
People’s United Party (PUP) Leader, John Briceño, is still at home recovering from a road traffic […]

Police issue report on vehicle plunged into Belize River
Belize City police have issued a report on the accident in which a vehicle plunged into […]

Fair weather to continue
The weather forecast for today, prepared by the National Meteorological Service of Belize, calls for […]

Ministry of Agriculture hosts workshop on sheep management
On Friday, August 2, 2019, the Ministry of Agriculture through the Genetic Improvement in Sheep […]

Bandits in training ahead of Saprissa return
The Belmopan Bandits Sporting Club had their first training session on Monday at Estadio Mercedes […]

Ministry of Transport reaches agreement with bus operators on foreign buses
The Ministry of Transport announced yesterday evening that it has reached an agreement with the […]

International Sourcesizz

Manatees at risk for lack of protection against range of risks
The Antillean manatee is at risk of extinction in Mexico and Belize due to a lack of laws to protect it, says a Belizean conservationist and biologist. “. . . Our work is limited by the lack of laws and specific regulations that deal with the problems that threaten the species and provide the protection it needs,” Jamal A. Galves told the news agency EFE. There are only around 2,000 manatees living in Mexican and Belizean waters, where they face a range of risks that are exacerbated by their curious nature and lack of speed. According to the World Wildlife Fund, accidental fishing of the species and collisions with boats have caused manatee deaths and contributed to their current status as an endangered species.

Videos

  • Channel 5's Obituaries: Monica Mariette Habet Moreno, 2min.

  • Protocols in Place at Archaeological Sites, 32min. Neil Hall - Communications, NICH. George Thomas - Associate Director with Responsibility for Park Management.

  • Duo Art Exhibition, 27min. Yao Ling - Artist, Terry Goody - Artist.

  • Chronixx live in Belize 2019, 2.5min.

  • Best Snorkle Trip Ever! *BELIZE*, 4min.

  • Our trip to the Mayan Ruins at Lamanai in Belize, C.A., 10min. This is a GoPro Hero 7 Black recording of our most recent trip to see the Mayan Ruins at Lamanai in Belize. This place is beautiful and magical. As fate would have it, we were lucky to get one of the best guides, Bernie, who we had seen many videos of on YouTube prior to our trip. He made the experience entertaining while educational as we learned more about the history of this location.

  • Sports Talk Show, 32min.

  • Miss Costa Maya 2019 delegates Activities, 4min. Take a peek into the various activities and outings the Miss Costa Maya 2019 delegates experienced on their Journey to the Crown!