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Specials and Events

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

Woman attacked by crocodile south of San Pedro Town
A female tourist was attacked by an estimated 10 to 12-foot crocodile while swimming in the sea on Monday, August 12th after 9PM. The victim was staying at a resort south of San Pedro Town and was seriously injured on her left arm during the ordeal. She was assisted by a team of rescuers – a combination of members of the South Ambergris Caye Neighborhood Watch and Rickilee Response and Rescue – then transported to the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic, where she received over 100 stitches. She has since left the country, while the American Crocodile Education Sanctuary (ACES) is trying to locate the animal under the authorization of the Forestry Department.

BWSL Signs Collective Bargaining Agreement with Workers Union
The Belize Water Services Limited (BWSL) signed a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) for 295 permanent employees on Monday, August 12th, 2019. The agreement seeks to promote efficient, safe and effective working practices between the company and the union. The CBA was signed by Mr. Alvan Haynes, Chief Executive Officer for BWSL, and Mr. Alberto August, Chairman of BWSL. Signing on behalf of the Belize Water Services Workers Union were Ms. Lorelei Westby, Union President; Mr. Andrew Cutkelvin, Union Trustee; and Ms. Monica Usher, Union Secretary. Also on hand to witness the signing were other members of the Belize Water Services Management.

San Pedro Pirates draw 0-0 against Placencia Assassins
It has been three weeks into the Premiere League of Belize (PLB) 2019 Opening Season and the current champions of the PLB; San Pedro Pirates have yet to win a match. On Saturday, August 10th San Pedro Pirates hosted Placencia Assassins F.C at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town for an intense game that ended in a 0-0 draw. For their next match, San Pedro Pirates will be traveling to San Ignacio Town, Cayo District to go against Verdes F.C on Sunday, August 18th. The game is scheduled to begin at 4PM inside the Norman Broaster Stadium in San Ignacio Town. Any person interested in accompanying the Pirates as a fan can call 608-6396 for more information.

Management and Workers of CPBL Sign Subsidiary Workers Agreement
On August 9th, 2019, management and workers of the Citrus Products of Belize Limited (CPBL) gathered for the signing of a Subsidiary Workers Agreement, which is a contractual agreement between the company and its 225 permanent employees. The agreement outlines the terms, conditions and benefits of the employment for workers stationed at four different farm locations – Barton Creek Farms Limited (BCFL), XYZ, Citrus Company of Belize & Belize Food Products Groves.

The 2019 National Song Competition Winners Announced
The 2019 National Song Competition was held on Saturday, August 10, 2019. This annual event is celebrating the fourth year of touring the municipalities of the country of Belize after the competition's first 5 years were held in Belize City. This year Corozal Town was the host of the competition at the Andres Campos Civic Center and Mayor Rigoberto Vellos chose, by random lotto pick from the remaining municipalities, Orange Walk to be the host municipality of the 2020 National Song Competition.

Presentation of Credentials to the Governor General
Today, August 12th, two ambassadors presented their credentials and a high commissioner paid a courtesy visit to the Governor General H.E. Sir Colville Young at the Belize House in Belmopan. The High Commissioner of India to Belize H.E. Mr. Manpreet Vohra and his family paid a courtesy visit to the Governor General as he has been newly appointed to serve in Belize.

Ambergris Today

The BTB And BHA Award Scholarships To Ten Outstanding Belizean Students
Ten outstanding Belizean students received scholarship awards from the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) and the Belize Hotel Association (BHA) on Wednesday, August 14, 2019, during a joint award ceremony held at the Biltmore Plaza Hotel. This year’s BTB scholarship recipients include Glenroy Godwin Fermin and Roney Adali Espinosa, who will pursue their Bachelor’s Degrees at the University of Belize and Hugh Rodney Hulse who will pursue a Culinary Degree at Stratford University in the United States.

BWSL Signs Collective Bargaining Agreement With Workers Union
The Belize Water Services Limited (BWSL) signed a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) for 295 permanent employees on Monday, August 12th, 2019. The agreement seeks to promote efficient, safe and effective working practices between the company and the union. The Labour Commissioner, Ms Anne Marie Thompson, along with senior labour officers and employment officers were present as witnesses. The representatives congratulated management and workers on the successful signing of the CBA.

The 2019 National Song Competition Winners Announced
The 2019 National Song Competition was held on Saturday, August 10, 2019. This annual event is celebrating the fourth year of touring the municipalities of the country of Belize after the competition's first 5 years were held in Belize City. This year Corozal Town was the host of the competition at the Andres Campos Civic Center and Mayor Rigoberto Vellos chose, by random lotto pick from the remaining municipalities, Orange Walk to be the host municipality of the 2020 National Song Competition.

Various Belizean Sources

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SBDC Workshop: Internal Control and Inventory Management Workshop
Workshop Date: August 22nd, 2019, 9am to 12pm. Growing your business will require establishing a solid foundation of internal controls including accounting, auditing, purchasing and damage control planning. This session will give you an overview of what you need to prepare for. This workshop equips participants with the essential internal and inventory management knowledge, tools, concept for developing a practical, and result-oriented business. Cost: $30.00, includes - Snacks & Refreshments. LOCATION: BTEC Building, ITVET Campus, Freetown RD. Belize City.

Paint N Splash
See you this week at from 2-4pm Thursday to paint "Soaring."

Orange Walk Town council announces new parade route for Sugar City Carnaval
Orange Walk Town Council issued a statement today informing the public of the new parade route. After a meeting with the Police department, the Traffic Department, the Fire Department and the Belize Defence Force it was agreed that the Independence day Parade route will be slightly altered. All departments agreed that due to the high congestion in the downtown area and to avoid major accidents or loss to life during the Independence day parade and taking into consideration that there are no Emergency Routes, the Route needed to be reviewed. The new parade route will be as follows:

11 A-Side Marathon in Corozal
Greetings to all football players. Are you tired to 5 & 6 A-Side Marathons and Tournaments? Well here is your opportunity to play an 11 A-Side Marathon. Seeking everyone's support as we are fundraising for our newly Corozal Rural F.C.

2019 Corozal Jouvert
Are you ready? We taking it to another level! The Corozal Town Council invites you to its annual Jouvert September 21st Manin. Its going to be off the hook for the first time ever Supa G will make his presence at the Best ever Jouvert!

PUBLIC NOTICE
The Ministry of Labour, Local Government and Rural Development notifies all Area Representatives, Village Councils and the public that in accordance with Part VII Sections 43B (1) and (2) of the Village Councils Act, Chapter 88 of the Laws of Belize Revised Edition, 2011, the process of establishing Village Water Boards for the rudimentary water systems has now commenced. In accordance with the provisions of the Act, the Ministry, via the Rural Development Unit will be following up with Area Representatives and Village Councils for their inputs.

Management and Workers of CPBL Sign Subsidiary Workers Agreement
On August 9th, 2019, management and workers of the Citrus Products of Belize Limited (CPBL) gathered for the signing of a Subsidiary Workers Agreement, which is a contractual agreement between the company and its 225 permanent employees. The agreement outlines the terms, conditions and benefits of the employment for workers stationed at four different farm locations – Barton Creek Farms Limited (BCFL), XYZ, Citrus Company of Belize & Belize Food Products Groves. Mr. Nikita Usher, Chief Administration Manager and Mr. Kent Herrera, Chief Financial Officer signed on behalf of the CPBL while Mr. Bertrand Faux, Agriculture Manager, signed on behalf of the workers.

BWSL Signs Collective Bargaining Agreement with Workers Union
The Belize Water Services Limited (BWSL) signed a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) for 295 permanent employees on Monday, August 12th, 2019. The agreement seeks to promote efficient, safe and effective working practices between the company and the union. The CBA was signed by Mr. Alvan Haynes, Chief Executive Officer for BWSL, and Mr. Alberto August, Chairman of BWSL. Signing on behalf of the Belize Water Services Workers Union were Ms. Lorelei Westby, Union President; Mr. Andrew Cutkelvin, Union Trustee; and Ms. Monica Usher, Union Secretary. Also on hand to witness the signing were other members of the Belize Water Services Management.

Belize Launches Country Programme, Toolkit and Readiness Support II for Engagement with the Green Climate Fund
Since 2015, Belize has engaged with the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to improve access to international funds and to encourage investment in projects and programmes that will help the country prevent and cope with climate change and its impacts. For this purpose, the Government of Belize has appointed CEO Yvonne Hyde of the Ministry of Economic Development and Petroleum (MEDP) as National Designated Authority (NDA) to the GCF. Through the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), the MEDP received a GCF Readiness grant approved in December 2016, designed to enhance the existing capacity within the NDA as well as develop a Country Programme for climate-related investments, thereby supporting appropriate oversight of the GCF activities at the country level.

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.

5th Annual BTIA Orange Walk Chapter Tourism Expo
ts all happening once again in Orange Walk Town, the 5th Annual BTIA Orange Walk Chapter Tourism Expo on August 24th at the Central Park from 10am- 10pm. Don't Miss out!

Sarteneja Cleanup Day
Ministry of Health in collaboration with Sarteneja Village Council have planned to carry out a general clean-up day, here in Sarteneja Village, as a form of awareness and prevention on the current dengue crisis our northern districts are facing. For this reason the Vector Control Unit will be here this Friday, 16th of August, to spray the streets in order to minimize the amounts of mosquitoes. Furthermore, they want to create awareness within the community and advise us to have best practices to minimize the propagation and breeding of mosquitoes. On the 28th of September Ministry of Health Personnel in collaboration with the Sarteneja Village Council will be inspecting yards in general that may be at risk and will be providing a means of transportation to dispose whatever garbage may be left behind in your yards.

Orange Walk - Fiesta FM 106.7 - Official Grill Fest 2019
The Great Cook-Off is Here!!! Do You Have What It Takes to win the grand prize of $1,000 plus a Grill? SIGN UP NOW!

Power outage 6:00 am to 10:00 am on Sunday, August 18 to affect entire Orange Walk and Corozal Districts
BEL to relocate the Corozal Substation transformer to the Chan Chen Substation, and conduct maintenance of the Corozal and Orange Walk Substations.

Installation of the New Tourism Police & Handing Over Ceremony

Job Vacancy: BTB
The BTB is looking for a dynamic, responsible person to take the role of Tax Auditor! If you, or someone you know, is interested feel free to share the below flyer.

The U.S. Embassy and Security Alliance commemorated Security Alliance’s 10 years of service in Belize and with the Embassy on August 1
Security Alliance has provided security services to the Embassy since 2009. Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Keith Gilges, the Embassy Regional Security Officer, Assistant Regional Security Officer, and Project Manager Paul Guerra, as well as members of the Security Alliance Embassy Guard Force were among those who attended the event. Chargé Gilges delivered remarks, thanking the Guard Force for their dedication to keeping the Embassy community safe. Gilges highlighted the milestone achievement of Security Alliance and its partnership with the U.S. Government for the past 10 years.

The U.S. Embassy is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the following position: Gardener
Closing date: August 28, 2019 To view and apply for this vacancy announcement, please visit the ERA site at: https://erajobs.state.gov/…/vacancysear…/searchVacancies.hms For instructions on how to apply via the ERA system, please visit the U.S. Embassy’s website at: https://bz.usembassy.gov/embassy/jobs/ The U.S. Mission in Belmopan provides equal employment opportunity and fair and equitable treatment to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation.

Paradise Theater playing this weekend
Godzilla, Pets2, Aladdin, Hustle

Popol Vuh : Lords of Xibalba
The head of the pantheon is Hun-Came (“One Death”) followed by Vucub-Came (“Seven Death). The remaining ten Lords rule over a particular form of human suffering. According to the Maya legend, these death lords often worked together in pairs. There was Xiquiripat ("Flying Scab") and Cuchumaquic ("Gathered Blood") who worked to poison people’s blood. There was Ahalpuh ("Pus ") and Ahalgana ("Jaundice ") who made bodies swell and rot. There was Chamiabac ("Bone Staff") and Chamiaholom ("Skull Staff"), who slowly striped the flesh from the dead to turn them into skeletons. There was Ahalmez ("Sweepings ") and Ahaltocob ("Stabbing "), who were believed to hide in the unswept areas of a person’s home and stab them to death. And finally there was Xic ("Wing") and Patan ("Packstrap"), who made people cough up blood and suffer while walking on a road. The Lords of death are simply the different process or ways of death . Between the Yucatec Maya death is represented by Yuum Cimil means "Lord of death " .

Channel 7

Elderly Mexican Woman Murdered In Remote Rural Area
There was a murder in a remote part of Sandhill Village last night, and this time, the victim is a 69-year-old woman.
At around 4:00 yesterday, police responded to reports of a disturbance at the far end of the Salt Creek Road. When they arrived at this private property, they found the body of an elderly woman identified as Ofelia Hernandez Cruz, a Mexican. Reports from the residents of Salt Creek Road is that she was beaten to death. Neighbors heard the sounds of screams coming from the house where she and her common-law husband live, and that's when they called police.

Is Sargassum the Solution for Cheap Landfill?
Saragassum - it's piling up on beaches all across Belize by the tonne - and no one knows quite what to do with it!   In San Pedro they're using it as landfill - in a new development in an area south of San Pedro town known as the Mosquito Coast.   That's a novel idea - but being on the coast, it could also pose threats to the environment.  And that's why today, we were surprised to learn that no Environmental Impact Assessment has been done, nor has an environmental compliance plan been drafted.  

Heredia Supports Faber for Leader, But Plays Cagey
And while Heredia dealt with that issue quite straightforwardly - when it came to the matter of who he would back for the new leader of the UDP,   Patrick Faber or John Saldivar, he was very cagey on that one: Reporter: "Mr. Faber or Mr. Saldivar for leadership? We know that the convention is due in about six months." Hon. Manuel Heredia - Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation
 "I believe that we are Democratic country I personally do not believe in conventions I have to be very, very clear and I am thankful that the young guy that is challenging my cousin has withdrawn his candidacy and for the interest of our party for the interest of I believe all of us in the UDP particularly Belize rural south..."

Sister Killed Sister Case Falls Apart
Last year in November, we told you about the case out of Independence Village, where 23-year-old Isela Cano was criminally charged for the death of her big sister, 27-year-old Keidi Yesenia Ramirez. Police believed that she should face consequences for the death of her sister, but DPP Cheryl-Lynn Vidal disagrees with them.
As we told you, post-mortem results showed that Ramirez had damage to her pancreas, which is consistent with sustaining traumatic blows to the abdomen area.  Her family rushed her to the Independence Polyclinic because she was unresponsive. She was pronounced dead, and the on-duty doctor reportedly showed police injuries to her neck, both hands, and feet.

Small Charge For Big Tom
Last week on the News you saw street figure Kenneth "Big Tom" Flowers complaining about being mistreated by the Police. He said they detained him in the cell block for 48 hours on a minor charge, the use of obscene language.  Today he appeared in court to answer for that single charge. Flowers pleaded not Guilty to using obscene words to a Sergeant of Police!

Christians Says They Weren't Protesting LGBT Pride Day At ITVET
On Monday night we had a recap of the LGBT community's Pride Day at the ITVET.  But while they held their Pride Fest inside, a group Christians held signs up outside on the sidewalk.  Now, none of those signs were gay bashing, not even close. But, the juxtaposition of the two groups caused many - police included - to conclude that it was a passive aggressive type protest.  Abigail Hoare was one those holding up a sign - and she says in no way was it intended to be any kind of protest.  It was just a coincidence:

San Pedro Security Gets Senior Step Up
At the end of June when San Pedro tour guide Mario Graniel and his guest, American doctor and Gary swing were killed during a fly fishing tour, it sent San Pedro into a tailspin. The community reeled from the brazen ruthlessness of the murder which was committed on the open water, and from the spinoff effects as tourist cancelled their upcoming vacations en masse.   The state and the police department responded with the commitment to beef up the Island's tourism police unit - and they delivered on that today, in less than two months.   Today they introduced the new officers on the island:

More Breathalyzers for Police
And while that donation went to San Pedro police, in the city, Police received 10 more breathalyzers today. Now, over the years the police have received a few donations of breathalyzers, but today, no one could say for sure what became of those. But, still, they were ready to say that these new ones will be sent to drunk driving accident-prone areas in the south, north and city. Here is more from the handing over ceremony at the Raccoon street police station: Edward Broaster - Deputy Compol, Operations & Crime: "It's always a great pleasure when we have civic minded citizens who feel obligated in assisting the police in the prevention in the loss of lives on our highways and across this country..."

Tourism Sector Gives Scholarships
Ten outstanding Belizean students received scholarships from the Belize Tourism Board and the Belize Hotel Association this morning at the Biltmore.  These scholarships were established in 2005 and 2011 respectively. The BTB's scholarship aims to provide financial assistance to students interested in pursuing studies in tourism and hospitality, while the BHA's scholarship provides educational funding for the children of employees working with the BHA member hotels on the basis of financial need.  Here's more from the ceremony:

Mixed Reviews Of Second Payment For Cane Farmers
As we reported a month ago, it was a record year for sugar production.  1.317 million tonnes of cane were milled, which is 4,000 tonnes more than the previous record.  That produced 144,000 tonnes of sugar, which is also a record. But, world sugar prices have also been trending near record lows - and so the payments to farmers haven't been setting any records.   The second payment was paid today based on a price of $47.55 per tonne.  The second payment represents 91% of that.  For many farmers it's too little - they are calling it "excessively low". 

Junior Heredia Against Cayo Rosario Over-Water Structures
The court recently found that the Department of Environment had acted properly in approving a proposed development on Cayo Rosario.  Cayo Rosario Development Limited wants to build a resort there. The infrastructure was initially proposed with more than 80 over-the-water structures. Today, the Area Rep said he will not support those structures:.. Reporter
"Any update on Cayo Rosario?"

Heredia In Favour Of Fisheries Bill
And, while he doesn't support that, Heredia - who was a fisherman before he became a politician - says that he does support an ambitious - somewhat controversial new fisheries bill: Hon. Manuel Heredia - Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation
"Overall I do support the bill. This bill has been there for many years in the making. I for one have been advocating that this come to cabinet a long time ago from the previous minister of fisheries, and I believe that it is something that is long overdue, there might be minor little things to adjust but, overall I support it strongly."

Garifuna Collective On The Road Again
The Garifuna Collective is hitting the road again.  Belize's most travelled band - continues on its Aban tour which last took them to Europe.  Today they left for Canada's Rocky Mountains for Invermere Music Fest and the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival, accompanied by Canadian singer songwriter Danny Michel. They then head to the American Folk Festival in Maine before heading to Bogotá for Colombia Al Parque, their biggest ever performance in South America. Guitarist and bandleader Al Ovando told us how it all comes together:

Teachers Going For Post Grad Degrees
Whenever Primary School Examination results come out, and they remind everyone that large quantities of Belizean children are performing poorly, fingers are always pointed in all directions as to where the education system is failing them. Well, instead of playing the blame game, the Ministry of Education is now collaborating with the highly trained professionals at the Oklahoma State University, create a doctoral degree program for Belizeans who work within the education system. 20 Belizeans, who are either educators or administrators, are being trained to be experts in literacy education.

Belize. Beach. Volleyball. All Ingredients For a Great Weekend
The Central American Men's & Women's Beach Volleyball Championship will be held in Belize this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.   Today the Volleyball Federation presented the male and female teams and discussed their chances at the National Sports Council office: All Central American nations except Panama will participate.  

Reported Rape in Belmopan Implicates Music Producer
Tonight, police are investigating a complaint from a woman who claims that she was raped by 2 men at a party.
She told police that on Monday night, she was taken to this party in the Tiger Town area of Belmopan. She was socializing with the other party-goers, having a few drinks, when a bearded man engaged her in a conversation about music. He allegedly invited her into the house, and then into a bedroom because the music at the party was too loud for conversation. She said when she did, he assaulted her and then forced himself on her.

Channel 5

Channel Five Cleans Up at 2019 CBU Awards
The Fiftieth Annual General Assembly of the Caribbean Broadcasting Union concluded on Andres Island, Colombia today.  An enduring highlight of the yearly gathering of radio and television broadcasters is the [...]

An Elderly Woman is Bludgeoned to Death in Remote Area of Sand Hill
Mexican national Ofelia Hernandez Cruz lived in Belize for years with her husband; he is the caretaker at a property in an isolated area of Sand Hill Village. But on [...]

2 Suspected Maternal Deaths Due to Dengue in Belize
There are two maternal deaths in Belize suspected to be the result of dengue fever. That’s the information coming out of the Ministry of Health tonight, several weeks after an [...]

The Community Needs to Help Eliminate Mosquito Breathing Sites
Across the Central American region, there have been many deaths since the outbreak was detected and thousands more infected. As the numbers in Belize continue to climb, Doctor Largaespada Beer [...]

American Tourist Attacked by Croc
An American woman in her late thirties was attacked by a twelve-foot crocodile on Monday night. It happened at sea, south of Ambergris Caye. Fortunately, the croc attack was not [...]

Police Detain One Man for Stephan McLaren’s Murder
Twenty-year-old Stephan McLaren was executed in broad daylight on Monday afternoon in Belize City.  He was standing at the corners of Cleghorn Street and New Road in the company of [...]

Main Suspect for Derrick Ramirez’s Murder Alive and At-Large
The man believed to be the ring leader in the killing of Derrick Ramirez is alive. This is according to Commissioner of Police Chester Williams who, last week, alluded that [...]

Investigation into San Pedro Double Murder a “Live Issue”
Police Commissioner Chester Williams also briefly spoke on the investigation of the double murder of prominent American Doctor Gary Swank and San Pedro tour guide Mario Graniel. Both men were [...]

Commissioner of Police Says Meeting with Anisha Young’s Family Pending
The family of Anisha Young is yet to receive closure. The family received more devastating news when they were told by officials that DNA test results conducted were inconclusive. The [...]

San Pedro Town Gets 13 Additional Tourism Police Officers
Today, thirteen special constables officially joined the ranks of the Tourism Police Unit in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. The selected thirteen will join the existing four members of the unit [...]

10 More Breathalyzers for Police Department
A donation of ten breathalyzers was handed over to the Belize Police Department this afternoon at the Raccoon Street Headquarters in Belize City.  The apparatus used to measure blood alcohol [...]

C.P.B.L. Signs Subsidiary Workers Agreement
On August ninth, 2019, management and workers of the Citrus Products of Belize Limited gathered for the signing of a Subsidiary Workers Agreement, which is a contractual agreement between the [...]

A New Collective Bargaining Agreement for BWSWU
A collective bargaining agreement has been signed between the Belize Water Services Limited and the Belize Water Services Workers Union for two hundred and ninety-five permanent employees of the utility [...]

Minister Heredia Speaks on Mangrove Clearing for House Lots
Last week, news of mangrove clearing and dumping of trash for landfill in San Pedro started to circulate online.  According to the island’s newspaper, the San Pedro Sun, residents started [...]

Minister of Tourism Supports the Fisheries Bill!
For more than ten years, the Fisheries Department and its partners have been working on amendments to the Fisheries Bill.  If the amendments are approved and enacted, there will be [...]

Minister Heredia Says He is with Tour Guides on Cayo Rosario
What’s happening with Cayo Rosario? Minister of Tourism Manuel Heredia Junior says he doesn’t know what’s going on over on the caye, but he doesn’t approve of any over-the-water structures [...]

Heredia Mum on his Leadership Pick
As we reported earlier this week, the United Democratic Party is hosting its National Leadership Convention on February ninth, 2020. It’s less than six months away and the two candidates [...]

Belize Hosts 19th Central American Volleyball Championship
The Belize Volleyball Association is hosting the nineteenth Central American Beach Volleyball Championships. President of the Association Allan Sharp says that team Belize has been preparing for months. Belize will [...]

Meet Belize’s Beach Volleyball Teams
At today’s press conference, the press also met team Belize. There are six athletes competing for Belize. They are divided into three teams; two males and one female. They have [...]

Over $40K Invested in Tourism Scholarships
Today, the Belize Hotel Association and the Belize Tourism Board gave away over forty-thousand dollars in scholarships. The ten scholarship recipients received certificates and other gifts this morning, as they [...]

Derrick Ramirez Was Chopped to Death; Main Suspect “Escapes” Police Custody
An onsite post mortem conducted on the body of Derrick Ramirez on Monday confirmed that he had been murdered.  The results showed that Ramirez died as a result of chop [...]

Karon Gladden is Injured in Monday’s Deadly Shooting in Belize City
Twenty-eight-year-old Karon Gladden is one of two men injured during a mid-afternoon shooting in Belize City on Monday.  While he was fortunate to have escaped with only a gunshot wound [...]

The Second Annual S.S.B. AGM
The second annual general meeting to be held by the Social Security Board since 1981 was convened today at the Best Western Biltmore Plaza in Belize City. Dubbed S.S.B. Connect, [...]

Will G.O.B. Take on Non-Contributory Pensions?
Now the increased contribution is not sitting well with many workers. Doctor Colin Young says that they ought not to look at social security as taxes such as GST and [...]

S.S.B. Going Digital
The Social Security Board is also going digital allowing persons to readily access information by the touch of their fingertip.  Doctor Colin Young says that the board is looking to [...]

Second suspect arraigned for the murder of Oscar Rosado Sr.
A second suspect has been nabbed for the murder of seventy-year-old businessman Oscar Rosado Senior.  Today, twenty-year-old Jose Gomez was formally charged and arraigned for the murder.  Rosado was gunned [...]

Trio Freed of Firearm Related Charges in Benque; Guatemalan is Re-detained
Back in mid-February, two Belizeans and a Guatemalan national were arraigned and remanded to the Belize Central Prison after being charged jointly for possession of prohibited firearms and ammunition.  Guatemalan [...]

Guatemalan National is Released without Charges
Attorney Hurl Hamilton believes that the action taken by the police department against Jorge Luis Reyes Villeda is an abuse of the process of the court and that his client [...]

Police Constables Leonard Nunez and Hallet King are Free Men
Police constables Leonard Nunez and Hallet King were released from custody today after being held on remand for the manslaughter of Caye Caulker resident Hilbert Sotz.  The pair was initially [...]

GCF’s toolkit is launched in Belize
Today, the CARICOM Climate Change Center and the Ministry of Economic Development launched two documents and a programme to help Belize engage with the Green Climate Fund.  The G.C.F., as [...]

New Tourism Police Officers in Placencia
A team of five Tourism Police officers was installed in Placencia this morning as part of an ongoing initiative by the Belize Police Department and the Belize Tourism Board to [...]

Placencia Chairpersons Welcomes Tourism Police Unit
According to Ilsa Villanueva, chairperson of the Placencia Village Council, residents and business owners have been clamoring for more officers to be stationed in the south.  With financial assistance and [...]

Young Soccer Referees Called to Workshop
There’s a call for aspiring young referees in the sport of soccer and today that call was headed by a number of soccer enthusiasts from across the region.  This morning [...]

Belize and Refereeing Football
Among the attendees is Glen Ritchie.  Having attended a recent summer camp, he dreams of becoming a professional referee and admits that achieving that goal simply means that he has [...]

The Finals of KTV the Remix; Who Made the Cut?
It’s the sixth and final week of competition in KTV the Remix Season Three and we are only one show away from finding out who is going to take home [...]

Celebrating a Belizean Landmark Through Art
Downtown Belize City is a milieu of old and new buildings and is celebrated for its historic significance.  But there is one particular location that is as important to residents [...]

Amandala

Amandala celebrates 50th anniversary
On August 13, 1969, the first issue of the Amandala, the organ of the United Black Association for Development (UBAD), rolled off a Gestetner machine in Belize City. For the next three editions, the newspaper was given away to members and supporters of UBAD. After the third edition, however, a charge of 5 cents was charged. Since that first edition 50 years ago, and despite the changes in technology, Amandala has continued to be a staple for the reading public and a voice for the voiceless Belizeans in our midst.

Guatemala elects new president: Alejandro Giammattei
Guatemalans went to the polls yesterday, Sunday, August 11, to elect a new president in the second round of balloting, which saw a low voter turnout, with only 45 percent of eligible voters casting ballots. At the end of the day, Alejandro Giammattei had been elected as the new president of Guatemala. Giammattei, a former chief of the country’s prison system, beat out Sandra Torres, a former Guatemalan first lady who had come out on top in the first round of voting in June.

Main suspect in Derrick Ramirez’s disappearance “disappears”
Derrick Ramirez, 24, a fisherman of Dangriga who was the target of a shooting last Sunday, August 4, on Cross Caye, went missing after he ran into mangroves to get away from a shooter who ran after him and shot at him multiple times before escaping with two men in a boat. Coast Guard officers captured three men in the area and handed them over to police today, August 9, on Cross Caye, where the police search party had been looking for Derrick Ramirez. One of the three men who were handed over was Oscar Williams, who is believed by police to be the main suspect in the shooting and disappearance of Derrick Ramirez.

Stephan McLaren, 20, executed on New Road
This afternoon, the life of Stephan McLaren, 20, of Mapp Street was taken away by a gunman. McLaren and his friend, Karon Gladden, were standing on New Road smoking marijuana when a man came behind McLaren and shot him in the back of the head. The bullet went through McLaren’s head and struck Gladden in the arm. As a result, McLaren fell to the pavement and Gladden sprinted away in fright. He got a cab and went to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. McLaren was taken to the hospital, where he was officially pronounced dead.

Decomposed body found near Gra Gra Lagoon
A body that was in an advanced state of decomposition was found at about 9:30 this morning near the Gra Gra Lagoon in the Commerce Bight area of Dangriga. The corpse is said to be that of a dark-complexioned male person. Joseph Myvett, Assistant Commissioner of Police, told us this morning that they are trying to identify the corpse. There are presently two men from Dangriga who went missing in the area of Cross Caye in the Stann Creek District — Derrick Ramirez, 24, who went missing last Sunday, August 4, and Oscar Williams, Jr., who was reported missing last Friday.

Micah Goodin Scholarship Fund launched, benefiting 43 tertiary level students
This morning at the Radisson Fort George’s Cahal Pech Room, Belize City Councilor, Micah Goodin launched the Micah Goodin Scholarship Fund. Those attending this morning’s ceremony included the former two-term PUP prime minister Said Musa, area representative of the Fort George constituency and former Minister of Education; and Hon. Francis Fonseca, the Freetown constituency area representative, who kicked off the program with his welcome address.

Undefeated Bandits, Verdes lead at Week 3 of PLB 2019-2020 Opening Season
Fresh off their failed fling in Concacaf play, where they lost both games by 3-1 scores to Costa Rica’s Deportivo Saprissa, Bandits Sport is once again focusing on racking up another championship on the local scene; and they are off to a good start, along with perennial rival Verdes FC, both registering their third consecutive win in Week 3 of the Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2019-2020 Opening Season. At the Isidoro Beaton Stadium on Saturday night, August 10, Brazilian midfielder Roberto Silva De Lima struck twice (28’ & 83’) and Georgie Welcome added another (92’) to give Bandits Sport the 3-1 win over visiting Altitude FC,

Stann Creek F.A. Smart U-13 Mundialito Week 6 scores
On Friday afternoon, August 9, at the Carl Ramos Stadium, the Stann Creek Football Association (SCFA) hosted 4 games in Week 6 of the Smart U-13 Mundialito tournament. In game 1, New Site dropped South Side Warriors, 5-3, with 2 goals from Eddie Williams and 1 each from Ceneia Apolonio, Tyler Arana and Zion Nasario; while South Side got 2 goals from Jashai Magdaleno and 1 from Jashua Vialta. Game 2 saw Benguche shutting out Hopkins Bay Esanigu, 2-0, with a goal apiece from Aaron Estero and Zevaughn Martinez.

National Over-40 Semifinals end; Finals 1st leg on Saturday in San Pedro
The stage is set for a repeat of the 2018 Finals clash in the National Over-40 Football Tournament, as both Kulture Yabra Veterans and San Pedro Veterans emerged victorious from their semifinal series this past weekend. The San Pedro Veterans vs Belmopan Veterans series was considered a foregone conclusion, following last week’s reported 6-nil shelling of Belmopan in the semifinals first leg in San Pedro. (We didn’t receive official scoring details until today, and it makes the finals more interesting.) We suspect San Pedro Veterans were not inspired or “fully loaded” for their semifinal return match yesterday afternoon at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium.

Central American Men’s & Women’s Beach Volleyball Champion-ship at Kukumba Beach, Old Belize this weekend, August 16-18
Team Belize – six Belizean beach volleyball athletes will compete in the upcoming XIX Central American Men’s & Women’s Beach Volleyball Championship, to be held this weekend, from August 16-18 at Kukumba Beach, Old Belize. The Belize Teams are: Emma Hoare and Clara Sabal (BIZ Female Team); Bryton Codd and Francis Hauze (BIZ 1 Male Team); Michael Jenkins and Edgar Martinez (BIZ 2 Male Team). Male and Female Teams from six Central American countries (Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua) will participate. Teams begin arriving in Belize on Wednesday.

50 years of Amandala – never wavering
Today, August 13, 2019, marks the 50th year since the Amandala newspaper came into existence, on Wednesday, August 13, 1969, and we pause to celebrate, and to reflect on the journey of this remarkable newspaper and its iconic leader, its publisher — Evan X Hyde. For fifty years, since it first appeared as an information sheet about the activities and objectives of UBAD (United Black Association for Development), the weekly (presently bi-weekly) Amandala has been the most exciting Belizean production. For a short period it was only exciting, and then it became the most important too.

From the Publisher
On this day, the occasion of our newspaper’s fiftieth anniversary (no development concession), I would like to express sincere gratitude to those of you who have supported us from creation and enabled me to take care of my parental responsibilities. At some point in my high school career at St. John’s College, encouraged by the late John Stochl, S.J., I had thought of becoming a professional writer. I guess, thinking about it after all these years, the brothers Herbert and Ernest Cain had been professional writers (and printers) with their Belize Independent in the early part of the twentieth century, as had Dr. Frederick Gahne with his Guardian in the latter part of the nineteenth, Hon. Philip Goldson with his Belize Billboard in the 1950s and 1960s, and the late Rudy Castillo, who did a lot of the writing for the ruling People’s United Party (PUP) in their various information publications during their glory days in the 1950s and 1960s.

What does Amandala mean to me?
Dear Editor, As a suggestion, they should have suggested a word limit, but maybe I am an outlier here. I say this because Kremandala means so much to me, and I am always grateful to the organization for giving me my first job out of 6th form. I have been singing its praises ever since. Mr. Evan X’s demeanor on the first day I went in was a life lesson that has stayed with me. As the story goes, I became the object of ridicule because I did not recognize the man leaning against the wall in short pants and sneakers, along with other men, as the publisher of Amandala.

Lita Krohn thanks Evan X Hyde
Dearest Evan X Hyde, A very sincere thank you for giving us Belizeans AMANDALA/ power to the people. Thank you for being consistent in presenting views that others do not want to touch. Your coverage of our Africanness, the Caste War, our changing demography; your respect to the Maya and Garinagu, placing The Battle of St. George’s Caye in the laps of those Royal Creoles and so much more are what has made Amandala a necessary part of our Belizean identity and development.

I agree with Colin – Compre was one of the best
August 8, 2019 Dear Editor, In days gone by, I have to agree with Colin Hyde, and I quote, “glorious, unforgettable super special Compre!”…of yesteryear was unique in design. It was geared towards really educating young minds. This was at the beginning of Belmopan in the 1970’s. Reading Colin’s article of Tuesday, August 6th 2019, triggered happy memories of those glorious Compre days, remembering all those teachers, classmates, etc. I recall Sister Sarita, our principal, strict, rigid, but always with a kind word when it was needed, or sound advice when one was flagging.

AMANDALA is 50
On Tuesday 13th August, 2019 the Amandala newspaper will be published as #3298, 50 years on. I started to read the Amandala seriously at age 19, in 1989. My great friend then and now Jules Vasquez was also an avid reader and we would argue for hours especially over the Editorial and From The Publisher. As I look back 30 years on I can think of no other writing that has impacted my intellectual and artistic life with such visceral and entrenched effect. Why? That is for another reflection. Amandala is Belize on levels we have not begun to analyse.

We need a hero
With the UDP disgraced – who could have believed that any party in the country that had the NIP as one of its wings could become so corrupt, associated with so many illegal, nefarious and even downright dangerous activities? The UDP wing fell into the PUP trap and we ended up choosing a path to the ICJ. It is a solid road, but there’s absolutely no glory there. No one will ever sing: We are go-ing to the I-C-J, throwing ourselves on the mercy of the court, knowing that they will tell those bad bullies, to lib off.

Like it or not
It has been claimed by many historical analysts that had the United States not intervened in the political, social and economic affairs of Latin America and had let the people of the new republic solve their own problems, today, we would be living in a free, democratic hemisphere of the Americas with the liberty to choose our own system of governance. Instead of that, we’ve been subject to Washington’s interest of re-colonizing the new republics by means of an economic war which brought violence and hunger, poverty and fanaticism, illiteracy and a reconfirmed indoctrination that has caused people to migrate from one place to the other seeking that which was denied to them.

UDP and PUP must be blamed for the pollution of New River and all the other rivers, lakes and streams in our country
When I was a police officer in Belize, I was sent to Orange Walk District in 1974 to be stationed there. P.C. 308 Daniel Cacho, who retired as an inspector, and myself founded the Police Boys Club. We used to take the members of the club camping at the Tower Hill Toll Bridge. We implemented a swimming training for our cadets at that site. When we were finished, we stopped by Jim’s Cool Spot, a bar and restaurant in the area, to relax. A few of the cadets were complaining that their skins were itching, but I did not pay it much attention.

Carlos Lopez, 35, executed in his house
Carlos Lopez, 35, of Lords Bank, Ladyville, was shot and killed in his house at about 8:15 last night, execution-style. He was found motionless in his room, with multiple gunshots to his head and body. An investigation into this murder led to a man who has been detained. During a police press brief held today at the Raccoon Street Police Station, ACP Joseph Myvett said that Lopez and his niece drove into his yard in Lords Bank and he got out of his vehicle to close his gate, and she went into the house. After securing his gate, he went into his house.

Remnants of suspected drug plane found on Monkey River Road
The remains of a suspected drug plane were found on a quickly-made landing strip near the road to Monkey River Village this morning by police who were conducting patrols. A search of the area was conducted, but no one was in the area. The plane was a twin-engine Cessna, and it was completely destroyed by fire.

Policeman arrested for multiple sexual acts with girl, 13
Constable Herman Milian of San Ignacio police has been arrested and charged with 8 counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a female minor, 13. He is expected to be arraigned at the San Ignacio Magistrate’s Court. During the weekly police press brief held this afternoon at the Raccoon Street Police Station, ACP Joseph Myvett told us that a girl, 13, of San Ignacio, and her social worker went to the San Ignacio Police Station on Friday and reported that the policeman had sex with her on a number of occasions.

Alberto Ara, 42, remanded on bestiality charge
Alberto Ara, 42, of Ontario, who was wanted for bestiality after he was found having sex with a 3-month old piglet on the night of July 1, was arrested on Friday in the Belmopan area after being on the run for over a month. Ara had escaped out of the pig pen when he was discovered by his father and went on the run. Ara was taken to the Belmopan Magistrate’s Court today and was arraigned on the charge of engaging in sex against the order of nature. He was remanded until Monday, August 19.


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Cops Who Beat Inmate To Death Sentenced To Time Served, 9 Months
In July, Police Constables Hallet King and Leonard Nunez were found guilty of Manslaughter in the death of Hilberto Sotz, 18. Sotz was beaten to death while in Police custody in caye Caulker in 2015.

Who Will Be The Next Leader Of The U.D.P ?
The United Democratic Party has confirmed that the Party’s National Convention will be held on February 9, 2020, and all eyes will be on the race for leadership. Both Patrick Faber and John Saldivar, senior U.D.P. Ministers, have declared their intention to lead.

Second Person Charge For Murder Of Oscar Rosado
Belize City businessman Oscar Rosado Sr. was gunned down in his store in April, 2018, and one month after Police arrested Brandon Hughes, 18, and charged him for murder.

Gunmen From February Incident In Benque Acquitted – Police Upset
Three men who were arrested in February, 2019 in Benque Viejo with two prohibited weapons and ammunition were acquitted today. The men, Belizean Edgar De La O, Guatemalan Jorge Luis Reyes Villeda and a Belizean minor were set free after their attorney, Hurl Hamilton, made a No Case submission after the prosecution closed its case.

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Six Belizean Athletes will Compete in the Central American Beach Volleyball Competition
Six Belizean athletes will compete in the upcoming 19th Central American Men’s and Women’s beach volleyball championship. The Championship will be held here in Belize at Kukumba Beach, Old Belize starting from August 16-18. As the team gets ready for the event we got a chance to talk to them today at a press conference …

Who will be the next leader of UDP?
Deputy Prime Minister, Patrick Faber and the Minister of National Security, John Saldivar are contending to become the leader of the United Democratic Party. This is not the first time the two have gone up against each other. In 2016 Faber beat Saldivar at the polls to become the Deputy Leader. Today, when the media …

Can mangrove clearing negatively affect San Pedro
In recent years, Belize has become a popular tourist destination with records showing over fifty-five thousand overnight visitors in the month of March 2018. With tourism comes the need for development which can negatively impact the environment if not managed carefully. Today the media caught up with Manuel Heredia Jr. the Area Representative for Belize …

Educators peruse PHD in Literacy and Culture
20 educators from Belize will be furthering their studies on a PhD level in the areas of Literacy and Culture. These Educators will then be leaders in the country to educate other educators on how to further improve their teaching styles. This is made possible via assistance from the Oklahoma State University professors who are …

Belize Police Department receives donation of ten breathalyzers
Today, Attorney Christopher Coye made a generous donation of ten breathalyzers to the Belize Police Department. The total cost of the donation was said to be about four thousand dollars, and it is the hope of the BPD that these breathalyzers will help curb drunk driving. Deputy Commissioner of Police, Edward Broaster, was the one …

Heredia says he doesn’t support over the water construction
The Cayo Rosario Development Project was met with much opposition since it will threaten the environment. The Ambergris Caye Citizens for Sustainable Development had sought legal action in order to protect the Hol Chan Marine Reserve from damage that may come about as a result of the Cayo Rosario development project. However, in June the …

BTB & BHA award ten students with scholarships
A short ceremony was held this morning where the Belize Tourism Board, BTB, and the Belize Hotel Association, BHA, provided a total of ten scholarships to Belizean students. BTB offered four scholarships to students pursuing tourism related studies. Herbert Haylock, BTB Director Quality Assurance, told the media that the total value of the scholarships is …

BWSL signs CBA
On Monday, the Belize Water Services Limited signed a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) which will benefit approximately three hundred employees. The CBA seeks to foster efficient, safe and effective working practices between the company and the union. Haydon Brown, the HR/PR Manager told Love news that there were compromises made and the financials posed some …

Elderly woman bludgeoned inside her home
A 69-year-old woman is dead after she was viciously beaten inside her home yesterday evening. The woman who lived on Salt Creek Road in Sandhill Village, Belize District, with her husband, was at home alone when two men entered her home just before five o’clock. Reports are that the men arrived on a motorcycle and …

Two Guatemalans had their day in court for firearm charges
26-year-old, Jorge Luis Reyes Villeda, a Guatemalan national, experienced a few minutes of freedom today when the Benque Magistrate found him not guilty of firearm charges levied against him on February 15, 2019. On the day of his arrest, Villeda was along with 34-year-old, Edgar Giovanni de la O and a 17-year-old student, both of …

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

San Ignacio Resort Hotel celebrates 43rd Anniversary
San Ignacio Resort Hotel, a premier hotel located on Buena Vista street and perched on […]

Lady Jaguars called up to roar
Belize’s Lady Jaguars have been invited to a triangular tournament in the Turks and Caicos Islands […]

Two Belmopan men charged for reported rape
Twenty-one-year old Denzel Usher and 23-year-old Devin “DJ Perf” Peyrefitte of Belmopan were this morning […]

Police investigating death of an elderly woman
Authorities are investigating the cause of death of Mexican national Ofelia Hernandez Cruz,69. Cruz was […]

Farmers attend Sheep Management and Leather Tanning Workshop
The Department of Cooperatives in collaboration with Taiwan ended today it’s 3-day workshop on Sheep […]

Vietnam Ambassador to Belize gets straight to work; Meets with several GOB officials
Following the presentation of his credentials to the Governor-General Sir Colville Young on Monday, Vietnamese […]

Mexican Cultural Institute to host Visual Art Exhibit
The Embassy of Mexico in Belize invites the public to the exhibit: CÓRDOBA/MATHAR Contemporary Practices in […]

CATIE and the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre in Belize agree to work together
On 12 August, Muhammad Ibrahim, Director General of CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education […]

Belizean National on US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Most-Wanted list to be sentenced in USA
Belizean national and convicted felon, Santos Moreira is expected to be sentenced by a United […]

Cayo man charged for murder and mischief
After failing to fool police over his name, the second suspect in the ambush murder […]

Blogs

Family of Four’s First Time On Ambergris Caye: Tips, Favorites & Recommendations
Here is a First Time Visitors’ First Time Trip to Ambergris Caye. They have a great open attitude and are willing to try LOTS – a mix of tours and adventures and relaxation. I especially like that there are plenty of specifics, tips and details. And many things that I’ve never done and places I’ve never been! Thanks so much Dane for your report! (I will not lie…his original planned trip sounds like HEAVEN to me but I’m very glad they picked Belize!) The end of July into August is hot pretty much everywhere in the Northern Hemisphere. I recently got a note from someone who told me ALASKA is unseasonably warm this time of year! So why would I cancel my family trip (that has been planned for many months) to Europe and head to south towards the 18th parallel into Belize on short notice? Two reasons: Poop and people.

2019 September Celebration Schedule being held in Corozal
1.National Celebration Commission National Song Competition 10 August Saturday 8:00pm – 12:00MidnightAndres Campos Civic Center(Free event) 2. Corozal Town Council Miss Independence Pageant will be held on Saturday 24th August from 7:00pm – 12:00mnCorozal Community College(Paid event) 3.Corozal Town Council Official Opening Ceremony September Celebrations (Flag Raising) DJ’S Faceoff Competition. This will be held on Sunday, September 1, 2019, from 6:00pm – 11:00pm In front of Town Hall(Free event)

Top Spots in Belize and San Ignacio as Shared by the Bedran Sisters
In celebration of our 43rd anniversary of being a local, family-owned establishment, we decided to hear it from the locals. Born and raised in San Ignacio, we wanted to delve deeper the Bedran Sister's favourite spots in Belize and most importantly, the Cayo District. Here's what they had to say! Favourite spot in the Cayo District: "One of my favorite past times in Cayo is canoeing down the Macal river. It is peaceful and there is flora and flora abundant. It varies species and colour depending on the time of year. A swim is refreshing. It is also an easy paddle."

Belize Happy Adventures is excited to share our top 5 favorite tours of 2019 on Ambergris Caye
There is only ONE excursion you must do when coming to San Pedro, it is the Hol Chan and Shark Ray alley snorkeling adventure There are many operators that offer this fabulous tour, but our favorite hands down is Tuff E Nuff. Their professional staff is fun, educated, and will host the most amazing (did I say, a MUST do day?). Wabble, is your host on land and if you are lucky enough to get Sherry to guide you through Hol Chan Reserve, then you are on your way to one terrific day. This adventure starts by sailing to Hol Chan on your private catamaran if you have a big group, or if it is just the two of you, hop on their stunning new spacious catamaran and meet other fun peeps to hang with for the day. While snorkeling you may just see a turtle, some sting rays, schools of juvenile fish, large groupers, and even a moray eel or 2!

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Why tiny Belize is a world leader in protecting the ocean
Fish stocks are stable and reef health improving, in part thanks to Belize’s substantial ‘no-take’ zones. Now greater legislation is needed to secure progress. Across the turquoise water by the mangrove, forest ranger Allan Halliday spots a fishing skiff. “We’re going over to say hello,” he says, before abruptly changing the boat’s direction. But his real task is to check the couple on board have the licence to fish in this part of the Port Honduras Marine Reserve, one of nine designated zones in Belize. “We aren’t complaining but others do,” says Alonzo Reymundo, of the rules that now restrict Belize’s 3,000 commercial fishers to two geographic areas each. He and his wife Anselma have been fishing off southern Toledo for 30 years and their boat is laden with 50 or so pounds of shrimp – more than enough, he says, flashing his licence. Today’s catch will be sold as bait and fetch around 330BZ$ (£135), he says.

Top 10 Richest People in Belize as at June 2019 & Their Net worth
10. Verno Phillips – $1.3 Million, 09. Deon McCaulay $1.8 Million, 08. Arlen Escarpeta – $1.8 Million, 07. Shyne – $2 Million... 01. Dean Barrow – $7 million

Is the tropical Atlantic, including the Gulf of Mexico, about to spring to life?
AccuWeather meteorologists are monitoring the potential for changing conditions in the Atlantic basin that may lead to an uptick in tropical activity, including the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico over the next couple of weeks. "Indications are that inhibiting factors for tropical development, such as dry air, dust and strong wind shear over the Atlantic basin will start to relax during the week of Aug. 18-25," according to AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski. There has been an extensive amount of dry air and wind shear, with flare-ups of Saharan dust in recent weeks. This pattern is anticipated to continue into this weekend.

Delegation from Belize visits Taiwan food factory
A delegation from Belize, Taiwan's diplomatic ally, paid a visit to the I-Mei Foods factory in Nankan, Taoyuan City, Thursday (August 15) to gain insight into how a high-quality food factory is run. Taiwan and Belize have been diplomatic allies since 1989, and this year marks the 30th anniversary of the relationship. In order to strengthen bilateral trade ties, Belize has sent a delegation to visit Taiwan from Aug. 12 to 16. The delegation included Tracy Panton, the Minister of State for Investment, Duane Belisle, the Chief Executive Officer for Investment, Trade, and Commerce, Leroy Almendarez, the Executive Director of Beltraide, and Andy Sutherland, Director General of Foreign Trade. Belize Ambassador to Taiwan Diane Haylock also joined the group visiting the I-Mei factory.

L.A. Judge Sentences Belizean National on ICE Most-Wanted List to Fed Prison
A Belizean national and convicted felon who was on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s list of most-wanted deportable aliens was sentenced Wednesday in Los Angeles to 18 months behind bars for illegally re-entering the United States after being deported three times. Santos Moreira, 47, was also ordered by U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee to serve three years of supervised release after he is released from federal prison. Prosecutors wrote that although Moreira is likely to be deported immediately following prison, the term of supervised release represents added incentive for him to refrain from re-entering the United States.

Jamaica, Belize media houses sweep Caribbean Media Awards
Media houses from Belize and Jamaica swept most of the awards at the 2018 Caribbean Media Awards. The 50th Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU) General assembly was held Tuesday night on San Andres Island, Colombia. CBU President Gary Allen said 121 entries had been received from all 10 member entities. In the television category, RJRGLEANER Communications Group won the Best Documentary for its submission "Pothole Paradise," while the Best magazine programme went to ICRT of Cuba. In the Best News Item category, Great Belize Productions Limited won with its submission "Pok-Ta-Pok, an Ancient but Re-emerging Sport in Belize, while the RJRGLEANER Communications Group walked away with the Best Investigative Report on "Controversial FLA Licence"

CULTURE POT
Vincentian and other Caribbean nationals on Saturday joined members of the Garifuna Diaspora in New York in participating in the annual “Culture Pot” hosted by the Brooklyn-based Garifuna Indigenous People of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Inc. (GIPSVG) at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn. Patrons feasted on and drank local Vincentian food and drinks, purchased handicrafts, swayed to rhythmic Garifuna drumming and singing, and danced to Garifuna music. The drumming and singing were provided primarily by the Bronx-based Chief Joseph Chatoyer Garifuna Ballet, whose members are predominantly natives of Honduras.

Videos

  • Garifuna Collective @ Crotona Park Summer Stage Bronx NY 8/2/19, 7min. Thhis was an open air concert in the park in New York City.

  • CBU Caribbean Broadcasting Awards 2019 San Andres Island, Colombia, 2hr.

  • A.S.R./B.S.I. explained how the Sugar Industry is not responsible for the greening of the New River, 36min. A.S.R./B.S.I. reps explained how the Sugar Industry is not responsible for the greening of the New River. They monitor and collect samples regularly and send reports to the D.O.E. William Neal - Communications and Government Affairs Officer Seidy Lienez - Regional Environmental Health and Safety Manager

  • Murder vs. manslaughter and manslaughter by negligence - What is the difference?, 56min. Attorney Anthony Sylvestre clearly defined what is considered as a murder vs. manslaughter and manslaughter by negligence. Although Sylvestre was not able to discuss specifics of the case of Allyson Major Jr., he assumes that the family will take legal action.

  • Innovative Belize Summit 2019 - US Embassy YLAI Program, 32min.

  • Intelligentsia Cup Chicago, 32min.

  • Tapir Education & Protection Efforts, 40min.

  • Morning Matters with Joseph Stamp Romero, 60min.

  • Members of American Airlines do crew branch out on their own part 1, 10min.

  • Members of American Airlines do crew branch out on their own part 2, 9min.

  • Guess what walked into Sandbar San Pedro this evening...a peccary!, 10sec. It’s currently waiting for a pick up from ACES American Crocodile Education Sanctuary but what the heck?

  • Belize 2018, 6min. Ambergris Caye, Belize April 2018.

  • Ambergris Caye Lobsterfest Tour -San Pedro Belize, 9min. Join us as we snorkel the barrier reef, visit the Mayan temples and fill up at Lobsterfest! We started our trip in Ambergris Caye and ended it in San Ignacio, Belize. But first, we had to cross the border to Guatemala to see Tikal. No way we were gonna miss that amazing experience! Lucky for you, we got an immense amount of footage. We also learned a lot about coconuts at Captian Morgans Retreat, got to taste and experience the Garifuna culture, and got a wicked sunburn at Secret Beach.

  • Green Climate Fund Belize Readiness Infomercial, 7min. Since 2015, Belize has engaged with the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to improve access to international funds and to encourage investment in projects and programmes that will help the country prevent and cope with climate change and its impacts. For this purpose, the Government of Belize has appointed CEO Yvonne Hyde of the Ministry of Economic Development and Petroleum (MEDP) as National Designated Authority (NDA) to the GCF.

  • 2019 Ambergris Caye Belize Scuba Diving Aug. 10 Turneffe, 17min. Nurse sharks, green moray eel, lobsters, lotsa colorful fish . Many fairy basslets, Queen angels, big schools of blue tangs, huge coral sponges, barrel sponges, purple sea fans, yellow jawfish, beautiful Santa Rosa style walls. So much color! Orange corals, anemone. Brown frilly arros crab On the brown lacy coral. Lobster inside a barrel sponge. Coral banded shrimp Nurse sharks Water 81 degrees 50 min. Dive. No current. Almost no waves.

  • 2019 Ambergris Caye Belize Scuba Diving Aug. 10 Turneffe (Dive #1), 5min.

  • 2019 Ambergris Caye Belize Scuba Diving Aug. 9, 13min. Dive sites: Chimney and Tackle Box Deep dive 102’ went thru a swim thru. Nurse shark followed us Next dive we saw reef shark Lobster. Tyler n Kirk saw a crab. Peterson shrimp. Juv basket Star

  • 2019 Ambergris Caye Belize - Aug. 13 - Dive #1, 6.5min. Dove at High School Caverns. Saw turtle lobster, pufferfish , Fireworm , nurse sharks almost constantly around us. Lion fish.

  • Sports Talk | Hosted by Raynord Garbutt, 60min.

  • Installation of the new Tourism Police Officers and Handing Over Ceremony - Ambergris Caye, 5min.

  • Installation of the new Tourism Police Officers and Handing Over Ceremony - Ambergris Caye 2, 29min.

  • Here is an update on the progress of the various projects being executed under the Dowtown Rejuvenation Project, 1min. The projects are: Government House Rehabilitation, new House of Culture construction, NICH's new office construction, corner of Cockburn and Regents street construction, Human Development building construction on Albert street and Ground Zero construction.


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