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The San Pedro Sun

Projects Abroad host a successful 2019 Health Fair
Projects Abroad, along with other island organizations, held their annual health fair at Central Park in San Pedro Town on Friday, August 9th. Held under the theme: “Not All Wounds are Visible”, the fair was aimed at providing essential health services and information to the community that may not typically be readily available. Services offered included rapid HIV testing, blood pressure, kidney urinalysis tests, blood type, breast cancer checkups, among many other options. There were also booths from various organizations educating attendees on various health practices and providing countrywide statistics about mental health and relevant topics. Members of Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II were also present, including the dental unit, two Maternal and Child Health nurses, two Outpatient Nurses, and Florencio Tun and Health Inspector Christina Sanchez from Public Health and Vector Control.

San Pedro Town gets 13 new Tourism Police Officers, donated vehicles and essential items
To make San Pedro Town safer for visitors and residents alike, the Belize Police Department added 13 new constables to the island’s Tourism Police Unit (TPU) on Wednesday, August 14th at an official ceremony held at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium. They will join the current four tourism officers in San Pedro, bringing the number to a total of 17. The official event also saw the presentation of six motorcycles, a golf cart, air condition units, a computer, printer, and firearms to properly equip the officers with everything they need to effectively police the island. The new constables also received a vehicle (Jeep), which was donated by the North Ambergris Caye Neighbourhood Watch (NACNW).

After more than a year in prison for manslaughter, Caye Caulker police constables released on time served
Police constables Leonard Nuñez and Hallet King, formerly attached to the Caye Caulker Police Formation, are free from remand as of Tuesday, August 13th. They had been incarcerated for the death of Hilberto Sotz, who died under police custody in 2015. The pair were facing manslaughter charges and was taken to the Supreme Court to be sentenced by Justice Colin Williams. She sentenced them to nine months’ imprisonment, minus time served. Nuñez and King had already spent over a year on remand; thus, they were released and walked out as free men from the court.

Earth Journalism Network trains Belizean journalists to improve coverage on sustainable coastal management
The Earth Journalism Network (EJN), a global community of over 8,000 journalists covering environmental issues, held a two-day workshop from Saturday, August 10th to Sunday, August 11th, to discuss coverage of sustainable practices, coastal management, and issues pertaining to the Meso-American Barrier Reef. Over a dozen Belizean journalists along with conservationists convened at the Radisson Fort George Hotel and Marina in Belize City for a round of presentations and discussions regarding the state of the barrier reef...

Ambergris Today

New Tourism Police Ready To Patrol On Ambergris Caye
On Wednesday, August 14, 2019, Commissioner of Police, Mr. Chester Williams was on the island of Ambergris Caye to officially install thirteen newly graduated Tourism Police Officers. These recent graduates are from the 23 newly graduated Special Constable Tourism Police Officers of which Placencia also received officers. Mr. Rob Eckeblesh officially handed a Jeep Liberty vehicle to Superintendent Chris Noble of the San Pedro Police Department, which was purchased by the North Ambergris Caye Neighborhood Watch. The Police department also received a golf cart, four - 9 millimeter pistols, two shot guns, four computers with printers, a water cooler, microwave and an Air Conditioning unit.

Boat To Boat Outreach At Turneffe Atoll Focusing On Climate Change
The Belize Fisheries Department along with Mccap Fisheries and Tasa Turneffe Belize conducted boat-to-boat educational outreach to fishers on August 6th – 8th, 2019, to discuss climate change and how it’s affecting the fisher’s livelihood. The outreach is part of MCCAP’s ‘Climate Change - Let’s Save Our Belize’ campaign, aimed at raising awareness among fishers on its effects.

Various Belizean Sources

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BELIZE FISHING REPORT: AUGUST 4, 2019 THROUGH AUGUST 11, 2019
Good weather and wind conditions provided lots of opportunities to fish a variety of areas. Highlights of the week included Joel landing two Tarpon on his last day and a Father/Son double on Tarpon by Wade and Matthew. Bonefish action has been good for both numbers and size. Many anglers have landed hefty Bones over 20".

Land for the the high school and village expansion
There is good news for the community of Caye Caulker. Thanks to the diligent work of Minister Honorable Manuel Heredia Jr. he has been working profusely to acquire land for the the high school and village expansion. We can safely say, his promise to his people has finally been materialized for 26.4 acres of land, which 5 acres will be distributed to the high school leaving 21.4 acres for the village expansion. We thank our Area representative for his hard work and dedication to satisfy the highly demanded request for land. We look forward to the distribution and congratulations to the Minister on a job well done.

Caye Caulker Village Council update
We have finally gotten to some ground work in our community. This week the staff took to cleaning and trimming of overgrown trees in different areas of the community. The Children's Park was also given a through cleaning and is looking well kept. The Council is in the implementing phase of schedules for the upkeep of the children's park and the cemeteries. C.C.V.C. take the opportunity to ask the community to be considerate of our staff out on a hot day and offer them a drink to cool off. Your gesture would go a long way for our guys.

Ms. Rilma Rivero passes away
Mayor Daniel Guerrero, the San Pedro Town Council and Staff would like to extend it's most sincere condolences to the Rivero friends and family on the sadly passing of Ms. Rilma Rivero, also known as Tia Rilma by many. She was a person full of joy and will be greatly missed. May her soul rest in peace.

Ms. Victoriana Martinez passes away
Mayor Daniel Guerrero, the San Pedro Town Council and Staff would like to extend its sincere condolences to the Martinez friends and family on the sadly passing of Ms. Victoriana Martinez. May her soul rest in peace.

Launch of BTB’s Belizean Traveller Campaign
The Belize Tourism Board's (BTB) long awaited Belizean Traveller Campaign, which encourages Belizeans to be tourists in our country, was officially launched this morning at the Radisson Fort George Hotel in Belize City. The campaign is a joint venture between the BTB and the Belize Hotel Association (BHA). Its specific objectives include: * Create awareness of Belize as a destination to its residents and citizens * Boost domestic tourism and allow Belizeans to enjoy attractive discounts being offered by the industry in collaboration with BHA. * Highlight what Belize has to offer as a perfect vacation paradise educating all on the activities and amenities of our hotels and resorts

Belize Signs PSA Letter of Intent with the Republic of China (Taiwan)
The Government of Belize and the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) (RoC) signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) today, August 15th, in Taipei, Taiwan, to engage in the negotiation of a Partial Scope Agreement (PSA) with the objective of formalizing trade relations between the two countries. The LOI resulted from a full week of discussions and engagement with RoC officials and the Belize delegation from the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Commerce. The LOI clearly lays out the nature of the agreement as being only partial in its scope of product coverage and should conform to the rules of trade under the auspices of the World Trade Organization (WTO). It also recognizes Belize’s obligations to the CARICOM-CSME under the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas including the CSME.

Certification and Inaugural Ceremony for the Corozal United Sheep Producers Cooperative Society Ltd
hosted its certification and inaugural ceremony for the Corozal United Sheep Producers Cooperative Society Ltd. The ceremony was held at the Ministry of Agriculture office in Corozal Town. The objective of the Cooperative is to provide a singular enterprise through which members will market their product, promote the economic and social welfare of members, provide other activities that will enhance the economic and social development of members and the community, and advance in the Cooperative values, principles and philosophies.

BEL Appoints Mrs. Dawn Sampson-Nuñez to Head its Legal and Corporate Services Division
Belize Electricty Limited (BEL) is proud to announce that its Board of Directors has appointed Mrs. Dawn Sampson-Nufiez to the new post of General Manager, Legal & Corporate Services within the Company's Leadership Team with effect from August 1, 2019. In this capacity, she now takes over responsibility for Human Resources, Corporate Communications, Legal Affairs and Executive Services. She will have the further distinction of becoming, amongst other things, Bas first in-house Legal Counsel. Mrs. Dawn Sampson-Nufiez started employment with BEL on November 27, 2000 as a Public Relations Officer.

Virtuoso Travel Week
Belize is being represented at Virtuoso Travel Week, which features opportunities for personal networking between member agency and preferred partner attendees, and a celebration of Virtuoso, the world’s top luxury travel network.

Chargé Gilges and the Embassy team visit the majestic Altun Ha archaeological site

THE PHEASANT,DEER AND THE RATTLE SNAKE
Long ago, but a long time ago, Mr. Itzamná decided to create a land that was so beautiful that everyone who knew it would want to live there, in love with its beauty. Then he created the Mayab, the land of the elect(The chosen ones), and planted in it the most beautiful flowers that adorned the roads, created huge cenotes whose crystalline waters reflected the light of the sun and also deep caverns full of mystery. Later, Itzamná gave the new land to the Maya and chose three animals to live forever in the Mayab and whoever thought of them would remember it immediately. Those chosen by Itzamná were the pheasant, the deer and the rattlesnake. The Maya lived happily and were in charge of building palaces and stone cities. Meanwhile, the animals chosen by Itzamná never tired of touring the Mayab.

Channel 7

PUP's Senate Shuffle Turns Into Stumble
It might have been a classic sendoff when PUP Senator Valerie Woods signed off with these words in the Senate back in April when she abstained from a key vote for the opposition: Hon. Valerie Woods- PUP Senator: "I am compelled to abstain on today's voting. And if it should be my swan song, Mr. President, I am comforted that it should be on an issue of existential importance to this country. So, if my head will be rolled, let it roll on this most critical national issue. And let the chips fall where they may."

Dengue Could Have Caused Two Deaths in Belize
The number of Dengue cases in Belize continues to grow and up to August 4th, there were a total of 1,294 cases recorded. That number is more than twice the total in 2018, and a report from the ministry of health warns that the outbreak could intensify when rains come. The Districts most affected are Orange Walk with 420 cases, Cayo with 354 and Stann Creek with 228. Significantly, 53 severe dengue cases have been reported, several in high risk groups including pregnant mothers, elderly persons and young children. At least two deaths are being investigated as linked to sever dengue, but neither has been confirmed. The Ministry of Health is responding at the district level with clean up campaigns and health education.

Cops Piecing Together Murder of Mexican Woman
Last night, we told you about the disturbing murder of 69-year-old Mexican Ofelia Hernandez Cruz on the Salt Creek Road in Sand Hill Village. She and her common-law husband had been taking care of a piece of private land belonging to her husband's boss for over 10 years. But on Tuesday evening at around 5 o'clock, an assailant, who may or may not have accomplices, went to their home on the private property. She was alone on that evening, and her neighbors only heard her screams of distress while she was being assaulted.

Belize and Taiwan Agree to Partial Scope Trade Agreement
Even as the opposition PUP may be making covert overtures to mainland China, the Barrow administration continues to cozy up to Taiwan. Minister of State with responsibility for Investment, Trade and Commerce Tracey Taegar Panton is on an official visit to the Asian country, and she's inked an agreement for Belize to enter into a major trade agreement with Taiwan. Tager Panton and her counterpart, Jong-Chin Shen, Minister of Economic Affairs today signed a Letter of Intent in Taipei to engage in the negotiation of a Partial Scope Agreement to formalize trade relations between the two countries.

Alleged Stick Up Man Sambula To Stand Trial
Last year, 19-year-old Everald Sambula was charged as one of the 3 robbers who held up the Premium Wines and Spirits Liquor Store, in the Kings Park area of Belize City. They made off with over $55,000 in cash and valuables. Today, he learned that he will have to face a full trial in the Supreme Court. A preliminary inquiry in the case was held today before Magistrate Emerson Banner. The police prosecutor handed over the investigation file to Magistrate Emerson Banner. It contained 11 witness statements which the prosecution intends to rely on in the trial. At its conclusion, the Magistrate ruled that Sambula, who is charged with 4 counts of robbery, must stand trial in the October sessions of the Supreme Court.

Be A Tourist In Your Own Country, for Free
"Be a tourist in your own country" - we've all been hearing that mantra for decades, but, who can afford it? Well, the BTB has a free solution for the creative types. The new Belizean Traveller Campaign has an interesting twist. They want to boost domestic tourism from August to the end of October - which I the customary low season - and here's how you can do it for free. Cherisse Halsall reports: We've all seen the lavish images of Belize's finest tourist attractions: From lush jungles, sandy beaches, Belize has something for every type of traveler.

San Pedro Man Allegedly Robbed Senior Court Officer
In April, we told you about the armed robbery at the seat of the Judiciary in Belize City. The Registrar General, Trienna Young, was held up, and she was robbed of almost 2,000 dollars, funds belonging to the Government of Belize. Well, 4 months later, police have made an arrest. He's 23-year-old Jovani Augustine, a resident of the San Pedrito area of San Pedro. He was arraigned today before Magistrate Stephanie Gillett on the single charge of aggravated burglary. He pleaded not guilty, but due to the nature of the offense, he was denied bail. He has been remanded into custody until October 15th, 2019. The allegations are that Augustine and another man entered the Registry Department on the evening of April 15th. They pulled out a firearm, and held up Young, robbing her of $1,976 in cash. Reports were that the robbers walked into the building, and robbed Young without alerting the on-duty security personnel who were stationed to keep the courthouse safe. No one noticed that anything was amiss until they saw the duo running out of the building.

Making Belize Businesses Modern
The rest of the world is surging ahead with the adaptation of technology in the market place, to form successful digital ecosystems, where goods and services are sold online. To ensure that Belize's entrepreneurs aren't falling behind, Mervin Budram, a Belmopan businessman who specializes in digital marketing, has collaborated with the US State Department, the Small Business Development Center, as well as other digital tech companies out of the US. They've created the Innovate Belize Summit, which is designed to provide professional development workshops to Belizean entrepreneurs who interested in providing their businesses with a strong online presence.

Teenagers Pounced On Old Man
Two teenagers were arraigned today for beating up an elderly man in the streets. They are 18 year old Tyrique Quinn Smith and 19-year-old Prince Alex Copious. The victim is 63-year-old Lizbrown Ivan Sydney Flowers. He reported to police that on Tuesday, at around 6:30 he was walking on LaCroix Boulevard, when the two young men attacked him for no reason and beat him up badly. The duo appeared before Magistrate Stephanie Gillett where they were both read a single charge of wounding. They pleaded not guilty and prosecutor, Corporal Christopher Smith had heavy objections to bail being granted to the teens. Prosecutor Smith submitted to the court that the act allegedly committed by the duo is cold and calculated and that a message needs to be sent to the public that persons cannot just take the law into their own hands and start to beat up on the elderly citizens for no reason.

Is Embroidery Art?
When we think of embroidery, we usually refer to it as a hobby, or a craft. But is it art? Not quite. Or that's what we thought until we saw a new Exhibition at the Mexican Cultural Institute called "CORDOBA/MATHAR Contemporary Practices in Embroidery and Painting." We got a preview of the exhibit earlier today and spoke to the artists as well as the exhibit's curator: Elizabeth Calzado, CURATOR: "It was a challenge in some way at first. To think about how two techniques as different as they are could be brought together in a smooth way..."

Man Takes Plea and Prison for Gun and Weed
Yesterday morning, a special branch led operation descended on a home in Ladyville. The police went to 313 Lily Road and saw someone throw a black object through the window. When the cops retrieved the object they saw that it was a 9 millimeter Taurus pistol with 3 rounds of ammunition in its magazine. As a result all three persons at the home were arrested and charged.

The Last Summer Camp
It is pretty much back to school for most kids, which means all the summer fun in the sun or on their tablet is over. Well all the kids who participated in the Belize camping experience summer camp have come to terms with it as the camp ends tomorrow. The Director for Belize Camping Experience along with two volunteers came by our studio today to tell us how this year's summer camp went. Alexander Perez, Director, Belize Camping Experience: "Well another year has come and gone. We are finishing up summer camps this week and we are wrapping up and we had the opportunity to work in the city, in Burrell Boom, in Hattieville and Ladyville. We were able to impact a lot of children in that neighborhood. 15 camps were done and over 74 young people who came from across the country to volunteer."

BEL Gets First In-House Counsel
It's one of Belize biggest companies, and, now, BEL has its first in-house counsel. Former 7News reporter, Dawn Sampson-Nuñez - just back from the UK as a trained attorney will now take up that post. She has also bene named as the General Manager of Legal and Corporate Services.

Police Looking Deeply Into Belmopan Rape
And, back now to police news, one other case that Assistant Commissioner Joseph Myvette discussed in today's press briefing was the rape allegation out of Belmopan. As we told you, a 38-year-old woman reported to police that on Monday night, she was at a party in the Tiger Town area of the Capital City. When she engaged in a conversation with one of the party-goers, he allegedly lured her into one of the bedrooms. She claims that he then forced himself on her and raped her, and before she could get herself together and escape, one of his friends entered the room and he then allegedly raped her.

Scotiabank Sellout or Just Speculation?
What's up with Scotiabank? Is one of Belize's biggest commercial banks selling out its Belize operation for real? Well, a report broadcast by LOVE FM today says that they are, but the bank is flatly denying it. The Governor of the Central Bank, Joy Grant today told us that the Bank's Managing Director, Sarah Hobbs called her and said that the report was totally untrue. Additionally, sources tell us, no proposed sale has been reported to the Central Bank, as would be required in the normal course.

Channel 5

2 More Persons Sought for the Callous Killing of Ofelia Hernandez Cruz
Sixty-nine-year-old Ofelia Hernandez Cruz was bludgeoned to death inside her home in Sand Hill Village.  Her body was discovered on Tuesday afternoon and it is believed that she was attacked [...]

DJ Perf and Denzel Usher Charged with Rape
Devin “DJ Perf” Peyrefitte and Denzel Usher have both been charged for the crime of rape.  The men stand accused of allegedly raping a woman in the wee hours of [...]

Commissioner Williams: “It doesn’t matter, it was rubber bullet. It was nonlethal.”
In May, Belize City resident Vince Martinez visited our office to share his case of police brutality.  Martinez claimed that on May twelfth while at his house on Far West [...]

Commissioner of Police on Vince Martinez’s Complaint
Vince Martinez made an official complaint to the Professional Standards Branch after he was shot in the groin. According to Martinez, there hasn’t been any progress in the case. Commissioner [...]

Ministry of National Security Clarifies B.D.F. Salary Adjustments
The Ministry of National Security issued a press release late this evening to clarify false information which has been circulating in the public domain. According to the ministry, back in [...]

Raymond Dyer Gets Three Years in Prison for Weed and Firearm
Thirty-two-year-old Raymond Lightfoot Dyer, a fisherman from Ladyville, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply, after being busted with five hundred and thirty-one grams of [...]

2 Teens Remanded for Beating Up Elderly Belize City Man
A pair of teenagers is on remand at the Belize Central Prison tonight after allegedly beating up a sixty-three-year-old resident of Belize City.  On Tuesday, Liz Flowers was reportedly attacked [...]

Boat Manifest Gets Cabinet’s Green Light
Fifteen days ago, on August first, the directive issued by the Belize Port Authority for a mandatory boat manifest for water taxi companies came into effect. The B.P.A.’s directive came [...]

San Pedro Belize Express Water Taxi Wants to Build Boat Terminal
Minister Heredia also spoke about the proposed construction of another boat terminal on the island. The development has been proposed to take place in front of Ruby’s Hotel which was [...]

I am a Belizean Traveller; Are You?
The Belize Tourism Board officially launched its Belizean Traveller Campaign, which encourages Belizeans to be tourists in their own country. It is a joint venture between the B.T.B. and the [...]

Mid-Year Tourism Stats Show Increase in Overnight and Cruise Ship Arrivals
The most recent figures in tourist arrivals show that more persons are choosing Belize as their holiday destination; be it as a family, a group of friends and even honeymooners. [...]

Mark Jacobs – Making a Difference with Bamboo Straws
Bamboo grows just about everywhere in Belize. There are several varieties in the country, but what many people don’t know is that the bamboo is hailed as a super plant [...]

Innovate Belize 2019 Summit
The first ever Innovate Belize 2019 Summit was held at the Biltmore Plaza in Belize City. The focus of the summit is to foster opportunity by creating a platform where [...]

Dawn Sampson-Nunez is B.E.L.’s First In-house Legal Counsel
Dawn Sampson-Nunez has been synonymous with Belize Electricity Limited since taking up a job with the utility company in November 2000 as a public relations officer.  Tonight, the company announces [...]

Garifuna Collective Heads to British Columbia
The Garifuna Collective has been touring extensively over the past two months, performing in Europe and the United States.  The band is presently in Canada, following a ten-day break from [...]

The Garifuna Collective and Its Place in World Music
Over the years, the Garifuna Collective has come to understand and appreciate its significance in world music.  The idea of taking the stage along with other big name performers is [...]

Healthy Living: Portion Control
Healthy eating can be difficult, with all the fad diets and vilifying of foods or even food groups. It’s hard to know if you’re getting it right. Any nutritionist will [...]

The Reporter

CXC Appoints New Registrar – CEO
Just about all students in Belize’s high Schools and Jr. Colleges take the CXC Exams at the end of the school year before graduating. The board that manages and are the administrators of that exam is based in St. Michael’s Barbados, and today the board of directors appointed a new Registrar/CEO to the position.

LOVE FM

No motive in murder of elderly woman
Yesterday, we told you about 69-year-old, Ofelia Cruz who was bludgeoned to death inside her own home on the Salt Creek Road in an isolated part of Sand Hill Village, Belize District. Our newsroom understood that two men arrived on a motorcycle, went through the fence, and into the house while Cruz’s husband was away …

SIB standardizing statistical reports
The Statistical Institute of Belize, SIB, is tasked with providing trustworthy statistical report on the performance of various sectors in the country. Last month, SIB in collaboration with the Inter-American Development Bank launched the National Statistical System Portal. SIB continues to come up with ways to provide data more efficiently and today it held a …

BTB launches Belizean Traveller Campaign 2019
Report figures show that tourism contributes approximately thirty-eight percent to Belize’s Gross Domestic Product. Therefore, keeping this industry viable is crucial to the economic well-being of our country and that is where the Belize Tourism Board comes in. They are tasked with marketing Belize both internationally and locally. As part of their strategy, they embarked …

Two deaths possibly caused by dengue
Two maternal deaths, one in Carmelita Village, Orange Walk and one in Dangriga Town, Stann Creek, have caused concerns as health authorities believe that these deaths were due to dengue. Both women were relatively young, and in one case, the mother had given birth less than a month ago. While it is not confirmed that …

American tourist attacked by crocodile
An American tourist vacationing in Belize was attacked by a crocodile on Monday night. The tourist was reportedly in the sea, somewhere south of Ambergris Caye, looking for a lost diamond earring when she was attacked. Fortunately, she survived the incident, but she is traumatized. Chris Summers from the American Crocodile Education Sanctuary (ACES) said …

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

ScotiaBank sells to Jamaican Bank, not closing branches
Following reports that Scotia Bank is finalizing arrangements to close its doors in Belize by October, a senior source from within the bank has confirmed to BBN that the bank is selling to a regional bank from Jamaica.

Police: Peyrefitte and Usher took turns to rape woman
Assistant Commissioner of Police, Joseph Myvett, today publicly commented on a case of rape in […]

Robbers target tortilla shop for cash
Armed robbers targeted a tortilla shop in Belmopan this morning. When the men stormed into […]

Two persons sought for murder in Sandhill
Just before 5:00 p.m. last Tuesday Ladyville police were called to the Salt Creek road […]

Belize and Republic of China (Taiwan) strengthening ties through new agreement
Today, the Government of Belize (GOB) and the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) […]

Recent case and social media comments reflect terribly on rape culture in Belize
Yesterday, a case of rape was reported in the media; one that involves two prominent […]

Reporting on the environment: challenges and opportunities
Increasingly, issues of the environment dominate the national discourse, and often blend into coverage of […]

Kings and Queens of the beach invade Old Belize this weekend
The nineteenth Central American Men’s & Women’s Beach Volleyball Championship gets underway tomorrow, Friday, from […]

Slow motion video captures awe-inspiring Biles performance
A slow-motion video of Simone Biles’ performance has gone viral on social media. The 22-year-old […]

Alleged burglar convicted of possession of “housebreaking” equipment
A Belize City man was convicted of two rarely used charges in lieu of being […]

“Big Tom” says he did not curse “harassing” police
According to 41-year-old Kenneth Flowers, aka “Big Tom,” it’s not for lack of trying. But […]

Minister of Investment leads delegation visit to Taiwan
Minister of State for Investment, Tracy Panton, and an accompanying delegation visited the Republic of […]

Wooden bridge re-opened to vehicular traffic
The low-lying wooden bridge connecting the Twin Towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena has […]

Inaugural summit to promote business, entrepreneurship, and innovation launches today
TAS Belize’s Mervin Burdram, a client of SBDCBelize Unit and William Neidlinger of Banyan Tree […]

Honoring Shelly Usher – a guest panelist for the Innovate Belize summit
The Innovate Belize Summit is being launched today in Belize City. Shelly Usher will be […]

Corn Fest to be held tomorrow in San Ignacio
The San Ignacio and Santa Elena Town Council is hosting a corn festival tomorrow at […]

PUP replaces two senators
Our newsroom has received reliable reports that the PUP is replacing Valerie Woods and Paul Thompson […]

International Sourcesizz

PAHO warns of the complex situation of dengue in Latin America and the Caribbean
The Region is experiencing a new epidemic cycle that mostly affects children under the age of 15. PAHO urges communities to eliminate Aedes mosquito breeding grounds, which is the most effective way of controlling the disease. The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) warns of the complex situation of dengue in Latin America and the Caribbean, a Region that is currently experiencing a new epidemic cycle of the disease after two years of low incidence. According to the latest PAHO epidemiological update, published on August 9, during the first 7 months of 2019, more than 2 million people contracted the disease and 723 died. The number of cases exceeds the total number of cases reported in 2017 and 2018, although so far, it remains lower than the number recorded in 2015-2016.

Caribbean Business And Finance Report
Here are the top business stories making news from the Caribbean for this week of Aug. 16, 2019:

The Ancient Maya Built a Two Mile Wall Around This City to Protect the Elites From Invaders
Researchers have begun to study and restore a large ancient structure at one of Mexico's most important Maya archaeological sites. The two mile long wall was built around the ancient city of Uxmal—located in the Yucatan Peninsula—in order to protect the elite from invaders, according to Jose Huchim Herrera, the director of the archaeological site from Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH.) Built thousands of years ago, the wall was documented in the 19th century when American explorer John Lloyd Stephens published a drawing of the structure in his in 1841 book, Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas and Yucatan, La Jornada Maya reported. Since then, the wall has received little attention, gradually disappearing into the thick vegetation of the surrounding jungle. But recently INAH decided to implement a project with the aim of restoring the wall and learning more about it.

Scotiabank announces sale of Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands operations
The Bank of Nova Scotia announced on Wednesday that it had reached an agreement to sell its operations in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands to 55-year-old Oriental Bank, a subsidiary of San Juan, Puerto Rico-headquartered financial-services company OFG Bancorp, subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions. “Until regulatory approvals are obtained and the transaction closes, all operations, branches and products will continue to operate as usual. Oriental Bank and Scotiabank will work together to help facilitate a smooth transition for the business,” the release noted.

Videos

  • Belizean Traveller Campaign Launch 2019 part1, 30min.

  • Belizean Traveller Campaign Launch 2019 part2, 17.5min.

  • 2019 Ambergris Caye Belize Scuba Diving Aug 14 Dive 2, 8min. No sharks today. Spotted drum. Lobster. Nurse sharks. Harlequin bass. Rock beauty. Very lush. Lotsa corals and sponges. Took a Family photo underwater. Warm towels with eucalyptus Ah!!! Surface interval at O’s resort. Nice hammocks. beautiful beach

  • 2019 Ambergris Caye Belize Aug 14 Dive #1, 7.5min. dove near Mata Chica resort - Dive site was Mata- something, with Charlie (DM) from Ecologic

  • Construction of Human Development Building, 40sec. Let's take a look at the construction of our Human Development Building located on Albert Street which started construction in October of 2018. Ten months later and it is almost completed.

  • Using Bamboo to Tackle the Plastics problem, 5min. Bamboo grows just about everywhere in Belize. There are several varieties in the country, but what many people don't know is that the bamboo is hailed as a super plant and it is one of the world’s most renewable materials. It is used to make furniture, toilet paper, utensils, décor, and even textiles. There’s one man who is tapping into the power of this plant in a different way. Today, reporter Andrea Polanco and cameraman Chris Mangar travelled to Hopkins to meet the man who is using bamboo to tackle the plastic problem we have in Belize.

  • Talk Ah Di Town August 15, 2019, 30min.

  • Cave Tubing in Belize, 10min. Nohoch Cheʼen, also commonly known as Caves Branch, is an archaeological reserve in Belize, consisting of a network of limestone caves.

  • My first time ever fishing out of the country! (Belize part 1), 20min.

  • Diving in Belize 12-2018, 9min.

  • YAX TUN - Green Stone, .5min. To the ancient Maya, jade was the most prized of all stones. Its green translucent color was associated with such precious substances like water, corn and the sacred Ceiba tree. In essence, the green color of jade embodied all things that nourished life on earth. Jade was also treasured by the Maya elite and desired by members of all social classes. It was used as jewelry, as a mode of exchange and as offerings in tombs and buildings. At the death of important Maya lords it was customary to rub their faces with jade and to place a jade object in the mouth of the deceased. Besides its close relationship to Maya concepts of fertility. jade was therefore equally imbued with ritual, social and spiritual significance.