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Today's Belize News: August 17, 2019 #537820
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Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, Reef TV, KREM, and CTV 3. Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, Belize Now, Talk Ah Di Town, and other specials.

The San Pedro Sun

Meet the Miss San Pedro 2019 Pageant Contestants
The Miss San Pedro Pageant Committee is pleased to present the five beautiful young ladies vying for the title of Miss San Pedro 2019-2020. Under the theme “Jewels of the Sea”, the pageant is set to take place on Saturday, September 7th at the Honorable Louis Sylvestre Stadium.

PAHO warns of the complex situation of dengue in Latin America and the Caribbean
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. “The Region is experiencing a new epidemic cycle of dengue, with a notable increase in cases,” said Dr. Marcos Espinal, Director of PAHO’s Department of Communicable Diseases and Environmental Determinants of Health. The climate, environmental management and the mosquito’s capacity to adapt may have caused the situation to increase in complexity.

Security Alliance Celebrates 10 Years of Service in Belize and with the U.S. Embassy
U.S. Embassy Belmopan 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.

2019 Kids in Action participate in an educational field trip
2019 Kids in Action (KIA) continue to learn about the importance of protecting and preserving the environment and marine life of Ambergris Caye. On Saturday, August 10th, an educational field trip was offered for members of KIA to various parts of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. At 8AM the KIA youngsters met at Belize Diving Adventures (BDA) dive shop for an informative presentation about coral reef conservation facilitated by BDA Brittney Garbutt. She spoke on how to protect corals, as well as their importance in containing the most diverse ecosystems on the planet. Corals help protect coastlines from the damaging effects of wave actions and tropical storms and provide habitats and shelter for many marine organisms.

Three San Pedro youngsters to try-out for Belize’s National Team U-18
The Football Federation of Belize (FFB) has drafted a selection of players to try-out for Belize’s Male National Team Under-18 (U-18). They will represent the country at the Unión Centro Americana de Fútbol (Central American Football Union-UNCAF) U-18 Championship to be held in Costa Rica from the 14th to 19th of October 2019. Among the players selected are San Pedro’s very own Harold Ramos, Ian Pou, and Arnold Flowers.

U-15 and U-17 Inter-District Football Tournament playoffs begin!
After 12 weeks of football action among the youngsters of Belize, the Football Federation of Belize (FFB) Inter-District Football Tournament quarterfinals playoffs have begun. On Saturday, August 10th San Pedro’s team traveled to Belmopan City to go against Toledo District teams for the first round of the playoffs, which will include two matches. The team that comes out victorious with the most goals will advance to the semifinal’s series. For the second round of the quarterfinals playoffs, San Pedro teams will once again face Toledo in Belmopan City on Saturday, August 17th. The matches are scheduled to begin at 1PM at the FFB field in Belmopan City.

Ambergris Today

Belize Signs Letter Of Intent With The Republic Of China (Taiwan) Formalizing Trade Relations
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.

BTB Launches New Season Of The 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 on Thursday, August 15, 2019, at the Radisson Fort George Hotel in Belize City. This year the campaign is focusing on Belize's tourism product and attractions under three main themes: Friends, Family and Couples.

Various Belizean Sources


The Conservation Issue Launch + Eco-Marketplace Expo
The countdown has begun for the release of Caribbean Culture and Lifestyle’s Conservation Issue! As of August 28th, the Conservation Issue, which marks the 7th Issue for the brand will be available for your reading pleasure both in print and online. Titled The Conservation Issue, the magazine is packed with stories highlighting conservation, sustainability and eco trends. With inspiring content and captivating imagery, it will be sure to incite curiosity and excitement in the hearts of its readers.

Clarification of Enlisted Soldiers Increment Adjustment
The Ministry of National Security hereby clarifies some false information that has been circulated regarding increment adjustment for enlisted soldiers. In May of this year, the Ministry announced that an exercise was completed to correct an anomaly in the yearly increments for Warrant Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers, and Privates of the Belize Defence Force (BDF) which took effect on June 1, 2019. As was indicated in that release, the adjustment provided for a slight increase in most cases for the serving enlisted members of the BDF.

Soldiers pay error and adjustment. Should they pay for gaffe?
In May, the Ministry of National Security announced that an exercise was completed to correct an anomaly in the yearly increments for Warrant Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers, and Privates of the Belize Defence Force (BDF) which took effect on June 1, 2019. As was indicated in that release, the adjustment provided for a slight increase in most cases for the serving enlisted members of the BDF. The increment adjustment was implemented in June 2019; however, there were some errors made in the technical application which affected those soldiers above the rank of private.

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

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program
EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY! Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program: This one-year fellowship program is offered to mid-career professionals working at the policy level who have a record of leadership and a commitment to public service. Apply now!

Urban Heritage Course: From The Belize Settlement to Belize City
Announcing our first Urban Heritage Course: From The Belize Settlement to Belize City! This two day course discusses the historical landscape of Belize City including the origin of street names, architecture, cemeteries, places of memory, historic events and more. Tour guides and operators, teachers, students, etc. are invited to take part in this unique opportunity. Open to all educational backgrounds and professions. Spaces are limited so contact us early to reserve yours. Schedule: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. INCLUDES: Snacks and Lunch, Content Summary, Certificate of Completion. $150 Min. 10 persons Max. 25 persons.

Children & Teen FUN Free Book Festival
clock Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 9 AM – 3 PM. Civic Center, Belmopan City, Hosted by Tek TIME fi READ. OVER 3,500 new & used children's & teens' books. The Tek Time fi Read Project was created by the Belmopan Spiritual Empowerment Program Youth Groups (JuniorYouth Belmopan) to help young people develop a LOVE for reading. The book festival is planned by young people FOR young people.

Public Meeting on Issues Affecting the New River
The Department of the Environment (DOE) will be holding a public meeting to present information on issues affecting the New River and to give the public the opportunity to voice their concerns on the matter. The DOE encourages the public to come out to be informed of the state of the river, corrective actions that have been taken, and future actions that will be put in place to protect the New River. The meeting will be held on Friday, August 23, 2019, at the Gala Lounge, located on the Belize/Corozal Road, Orange Walk Town, starting at 7:30 p.m. The public is invited to participate in this very important meeting.

CFA 2019-2020 Opening Season Youth Tournament
The Corozal Football Association takes this opportunity to inform all Club Owners and stakeholders that Registration is now open for the CFA 2019-2020 Opening Season Youth Tournament. For further information please do not hesitate to contact the office for further information.

Orange Walk and Corozal Districts Power Outage Postponed
Postponed until further notice: power outage previously scheduled to affect the Orange Walk and Corozal Districts on Sunday, August 18.

Tecuani and the Duende Movie
Join us in welcoming Andy Chuc , Yucatec Maya from Orange Walk to the Tecuani and the Duende production. Andy, who will introduce the spiritual importance of Tata Duende (Nukux Tat), to the Maya of Northern Belize, at our movie premiere on October 25th. Andy is pictured here with his beautiful family in San Pablo, Orange Walk. Andy has been a part of this from the beginning, when he reviewed the original script. We are grateful for his knowledge and support.

2019-2024 HCMR Management Plan Public Consultation
The Board of Trustees, Management and Staff of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve [“HCMR”] cordially invite the general public for a consultation on the new proposed 2019-2024 HCMR Management Plan to be held at the San Pedro Lion’s Den on Tuesday, August 20th, 2019 at 6pm. The draft management plan will be presented, and highlights the importance and purpose of the reserve, as well as the challenges and threats it faces. It also addresses the new management policies, strategies, programs, objectives and actions, including the monitoring and evaluation plans for the period 2019-2024.

Channel 7

PM Accuses Opposition of Duplicitous Diplomacy on China
The House of Representatives met today in Belmopan and talk of mainland China dominated the exchanges across the floor. That's partly because a 50 million US dollar loan from Taiwan was tabled in the house today - and also because the PUP's Kareem Musa recently made a one week trip to mainland China. As you probably know, communist China - which is a global superpower - claims its neighbor Taiwan - a small, but prosperous island democracy. So, any flirtation with China creates a major alarm in Taiwan - since countries must choose either one or the other - Belize cannot be allied to both.

Kareem Comes Clean on China
So, the China flirtation is also a problem for the Americans, but when he spoke on the adjournment, Kareem Musa glossed it over. He said it was a personal visit - which he again insisted was arranged by Johnston Ou, the president of the Belize Chinese Association. Here's how he and the PM argued about that one: Hon. Kareem Musa, PUP, Caribbean Shores: "I was invited to visit Beijing and Shanghai, Mr. Prime Minister, by none other than the president of the Belize Chinese Association. His name is Johnston Ou and it is unfortunate that we live under somewhat communist circumstances where businessmen like Johnston Ou are victimized and attacked that they then have to put out press releases, that all they went to do in China was to translate. I can tell you, Madam Speaker, we visited so many facilities, agricultural facilities, technological facilities and not one day did Mr. Johnston Ou provide any translation services."

PUP Alleges UDP Ministers Went To China
We note that PUP leader John Briceno was absent from today's sitting because he's still recovering from his accident related injuries, so we couldn't ask him if the trip was approved or not. But, the PUP's point man today, Deputy Leader Cordel Hyde said that it was a personal trip and the PUP weren't "tripping" about it since they'd heard of a senior UDP Minister going to Beijing a few months ago, as well. Here's how Hyde put it: Hon. Cordel Hyde, PUP Deputy Leader "When a few weeks or months ago we heard when a senior member of the UDP cabinet had visited mainland China in a most clandestine manner..."

Faber Denies Beijing Backdoor
So UDP Dangriga Rep and Minister of State Frank Pawpa Mena went to Hong Kong - which is under Chinese control, and known as a Special administration Region of China. But it's not considered "mainland China." But, he's just a Minister of State - Patrick Faber is the Deputy Prime Minister - so the big burning question is: did he go to Beijing? He denied it on the house floor but we put it squarely to him outside the house meeting: Reporter: "Have you travelled to China as has been allege on the house? We heard that there have had been meetings with you and the Chinese."

Lenchito Loves New Road Project
But as we said, all the China talk today was in the context of the 50 million US dollar mega loan from the Taiwanese. It's to upgrade the 40 plus mile Corozal - Sarteneja Road - which is one of the worst in Belize - and a road that also has two ferries which will be replaced with bridges. The area representative Florencio Marin Junior said he welcomes it - because he is confident that while the UDP will start it, the PUP will finish it:... Hon. Florencio Marin, PUP Corozal Southeast: "When I got up this morning, the first thing that came to my mind was definitely a glorious day that the Taiwanese government is lending us this money to upgrade the road. I have to use the word upgrade, because it doesn't say pave, at least I haven't found that in the contract that I read. I am hopeful that this road goes to completion. I look forward to it. I will be out."

PUP Fumbles Senate Shuffle, Blames Media
Last night, we broke the news about how the PUP stumbled when they were shuffling Senators. Multiple, reliable reports to 7News are that they intended to replace Senator Valerie Woods with the Belize City Councillor, Dr. Candice Pitts. But - as we showed you - she can't hold both seats at the same time. Section 7 - 1 (J) of the Belize City Council Act says quote, "No person shall be eligible for election as a member of the Council, or having been elected, shall sit or vote on the Council, who:- is or becomes a member of the National Assembly or of any commission established by or under the Belize Constitution."

Alleged Rapists Get Bail after Two Nights in Jail
Since Wednesday, we've been telling you about the rape allegation out of Belmopan, which landed 24-year-old Devin Peyrefitte, aka "DJ Perf", and 21-year-old Denzel Usher on remand at the Belize Central Prison. Well tonight, they are out on Supreme Court bail. Their attorneys, Albertha Perez, and Emerita Anderson, made bail petitions on their behalf before Justice Herbert Lord today. And, after hearing their submissions, as well as a response from Senior Crown Counsel Sheneiza Smith, Justice Lord granted them bail of $10,000.

Teaching Through Trauma
As we told you last night, most summer camps are coming to a close but that's also the case for teacher training. Today Restore Belize in partnership with the Ministry of Education wrapped up the first phase of a 5 day training called "Developing Safe Schools: Trauma Informed Practice in Schools". It's a fitting topic to focus on before teachers get back into the classroom for another term. We dropped by the Guadalupe Mercy Center at St. Catherine's Academy to find out how impactful and relevant this training was for city teachers.

Belize Needs More Counselors
Now there is only so much teachers can do. When a child's case is too sensitive or complex, then, more qualified persons like counselors and psychologists need to step in. But the reality is, there aren't enough professionals to cater to all the students and all the needs.

Are Police Forcing Gangsters to Greater Crime With Fines?
Since May of this year, we've been showing you how police have been prosecuting gang members under the new anti-gang laws. The much used offence is called "being a member of a criminal gang." This year alone, 21 gangsters have been charged for "Being a member of a gang. 9 of them have pleaded guilty, while 8 other accused men have decided to fight their case. Now, 9 convictions is pretty good, but, for those who've admitted that they are gangsters, the court has sentenced each of them to pay fines. So, we wondered how effective this new strategy is, given that these individuals can simply pay off these fines, and then carry on with business as usual in whatever gang group they are affiliated with?

Breathalyzer Results Inadmissible In Court
And while we had the opportunity, we asked the Commissioner why they aren't using breathalyzers at the police checkpoints that they set up on the major roadways. The cops have publicly acknowledged that they know that there is speeding on the road. They also know that there is drunk driving, especially during special holiday weekends. Only 3 weeks ago, 4 Belize City young men died in a one-vehicle traffic accident between miles 6 and 7 on the Philip Goldson.

A New LPG Monopoly to Replace An Oligopoly?
As you saw earlier, much of today's house meeting was spent chatting about China. But, apart from the 50 million US dollar loan from the Taiwanese, there were some very important pieces of legislation passed. One that caught our attention is the National Liquified Petroleum Gas Project Bill. It's a public private partnership, a state-protected monopoly which will supply all the LPG - or what we call butane to Belize. It's a major shift from the Mexican supplier which owns all the major butane companies. Now, the issue of butane affects almost every household, so it's being looked at very closely - from the shareholders of the company - called National Gas Company - to the 15 year term of the license, to the rate of return.

City Councils Gets Green Light For Municipal Paper
Another important piece of legislation passed today is the Belize City Municipal Paper bill. It allows the PUP controlled Belize city council to sell bonds commercially which will give them more cash flow at rates cheaper than the bank. And the Deputy Leader of the PUP said it is much needed:...

Deputy Faber: Watch The Throne
The UDP Leadership convention will be held on February 9th, 2020, and the smart money says Prime Minister Dean Barrow won't stick around every long after that. In fact, some speculate that he could be gone before the 2020 - 2021 Budget is presented in March. So - if he were to be elected party leader - is Deputy Patrick Faber getting ready to take over? We discussed it with him today:..

Belize Gets Off to Bumpy Start in CA Volleyball Championship
Sports fans, get ready for high-energy fun this weekend. The 19th Central American Men and Women's Beach Volleyball Championship kicked off Today at Old Belize's Kukumba Beach. Six Central American countries are competing for the gold. Belize is fielding three teams they're counting on your support to raise their morale and land them on the podium. We visited today and saw them in action.

New School Shoes
This afternoon at around 3:00, there was commotion inside the Albert Street Branch of Dibary Store. We found about 100 children trying on different types of shoes. They were there to get back-to-school footwear sponsored by SMART. These children are at-risk youths in Belize City and Dangriga that the police department is hoping to positively influence so that they can resist the temptations of the gang and street life.

Bail For Cops Who Had Sexual Relationship With Child
On Monday, we told you about Police Constable Herman Milian. He's the officer from the San Ignacio Police Station who police charged with 8 counts of unlawful sexual intercourse. That's after a 13-year-old girl reported to police that he was carrying on an illegal sexual relationship with her for the past 5 months. Well tonight, he's out on bail. His attorney, Hurl Hamilton, made a bail petition on his behalf today before a Supreme Court judge today. The prosecutor representing the DPP's Office did not object to the petition, but there was a request for conditions to be placed.

American Gets Bail for Murder
An American national, who was charged for murder, got bail today. He is Twenty-two year old Kafele Garcia. Justice Herbert Lord offered him bail of $50,000 with 1 surety or 2 sureties of $25,000 each. The bail was granted on several conditions: One of them was that Garcia is not to be seen on the street between the hours of 8:30 p.m. and 6 a.m. Another condition is that he must surrender all of his travel documents to the court and he is not to leave the jurisdiction of the court without the permission of a judge of the Supreme Court. Also he is not to interfere with any of the prosecution witnesses.

A Chance To Study Yoga In India
Are you passionate about practicing Yoga? Maybe you have dreams of traveling to India, the land where the practice originated. Belizeans now have an opportunity to travel there and immerse themselves in the yogic lifestyle. The consulate of India in collaboration with Rhythm of change Belize is offering full scholarships to study YOGA at, SVYASA, a yoga research university in India. We spoke to R.O.C's chairwoman and one of the scholarship recipients from last year about the opportunity and the experience being offered.

Channel 5

A National Gas Company This Way Comes
The House of Representatives met today in a special sitting during which several bills, including the Belize City Council (Municipal Paper) and the National Liquefied Petroleum Gas Project, were brought [...]

National Gas Company is Color Blind – PM Barrow
According to Prime Minister Dean Barrow, the idea of forming a public/private partnership goes beyond party lines since a majority of those who make up the board, as well as [...]

Corozal/Sarteneja Road to be Resurfaced with $100 Million Taiwanese Loan
The much needed upgrading of the Corozal/Sarteneja Road, as well as the construction of the Pueblo Nuevo and Laguna Seca bridges, will be done using a loan of fifty million [...]

Cordel Hyde Rails Against Proposed Use of Taiwanese Loan
Vocal in his objection to how these monies will be spent, in the absence of a contractor general, is Lake-I area rep Cordel Hyde.  Not only is he apprehensive that [...]

Dangriga Polyclinic Staffers Stage Sick-out
Members of staff at the Dangriga Polyclinic are up in arms over what they describe as an injustice being perpetrated on them. Some eight employees staged a sickout today for [...]

PM Barrow Weighs in on Kareem Musa’s China Visit
Kareem Musa’s visit to Mainland China two weeks ago is still the subject of much debate in political circles across the country.  While it may have died down in the [...]

You Can’t Have Your Cake and Eat It
In forming an alliance with Taiwan, Mainland China officially severed ties with Belize, and despite the notion of being diplomatically cordial with both nations, PM Barrow says you can’t have [...]

Cordel Says GOB’s Criticism of Musa’s China Trip is Hissy Fit
But while Musa has been soundly criticized for making the unapproved visit to Mainland China, his colleagues in the opposition do not seem to find it entirely objectionable, at least [...]

Kareem Speaks Up on China Visit
And speaking for himself, Kareem Musa once again reiterated the purpose of the trip, despite the optics or the impression it has given to the masses of Belizeans.  Here’s how [...]

Vince Martinez Sticks to His Allegations
On Thursday, Police Commissioner Chester Williams reiterated to the media that Corporal Kent Martinez was not the officer who shot Vince Martinez in the groin with a rubber bullet. Vince [...]

Vince Martinez Takes on ComPol Chester Williams
After the incident, Vince Martinez filed an official report to the Professional Standards Branch. Commissioner Williams told News Five on Thursday that some investigations are complex because the department has [...]

Police Constable, Herman Millian out on Supreme Court bail
Police Constable, Herman Millian is out on Supreme Court bail. Millian met bail of ten thousand dollars and is scheduled to reappear at the San Ignacio Magistrate’s Court on October [...]

Commissioner Williams speaks on gang membership gangs
Since the beginning of this year, several persons have been charged for being in gangs. As recently as last week, six men were charged for being members of gangs. These [...]

Commissioner of Police champions results of breathalyzers to be accepted into evidence
This week, we reported on the donation of ten breathalyzers to the Belize Police Department. The devices used to measure blood alcohol concentration will be distributed to different police stations [...]

19-year-old to stand trial for Premium Wines Robbery
Nineteen-year-old Everald Sambula will stand trial at the Supreme Court for a robbery that happened at Premium Wines and Spirit last September. In 2018, Sambula was arraigned on four counts [...]

A tough day for Team Belize in the C.A Beach Volleyball Championship!
For the fourth time Belize is hosting the Central American Beach Volleyball Championship. The nineteenth staging of the regional competition kicked off this morning and continues through to Sunday. All [...]

SMART gifts one hundred pairs of footwear
Today SMART teamed up with the Belize Police Department to give one hundred youth a pair of footwear each. The students are participants in the Police Department’s Youth Mentorship Program. [...]

11th Annual Belize Camping Experience a Success!
Summer is coming to an end and along with it the activities organized by the Belize Camping Experience. This year, the organization gathered more than one thousand campers from across [...]


Cops get 16 months for killing man in police cell
Last month, a jury deliberated for four hours, before they returned a guilty of manslaughter verdict against two policemen for causing the death of Hilberto Sotz, 18, when he was detained at the Caye Caulker Police Station. Sotz was detained while police on the island were investigating a burglary. Following Sotz’s death, residents of Caye Caulker descended on the island’s police station and Caye Caulker police had to send for re-enforcement from Belize City.

Ofelia Cruz, 69, hammered to death in her house
At about 5:00 yesterday evening, two robbers went into the home of Ofelia Hernandez Cruz, 69, at a farm in the Salt Creek area of Sandhill, and beat her in the head and body with a hammer. After bludgeoning the elderly woman with the hammer, the killers then ransacked the house while reportedly searching for Cruz’s husband’s licensed shotgun. It is believed that the killers found the shotgun and they left the house on a scooter, leaving the elderly woman injured and bleeding on the floor of her house. Cruz, a Mexican national, lived with her husband on the farm, and at the time of the incident, her husband, who is the caretaker for the farm, was not at home.

Denzel Usher and “DJ” Peyrefitte remanded for alleged rape
Two residents of Belmopan who have been accused of raping a woman who had gone to a party at a house in the Tiger Town area of Belmopan were remanded to prison after they were arraigned on the charge of rape at the Belmopan Magistrate’s Court yesterday, Wednesday, August 14. Belmopan police investigating the allegation of rape by the woman said that she told them that the incident occurred in a bedroom at a house where she had gone with one of the accused men. Police charged Denzel Usher, 21, and Devin “DJ” Peyrefitte, 23, with rape. Rape is an indictable offense and can only be heard at the Supreme Court.

Mayor Bernard Wagner joins in celebrating Amandala’s 50th anniversary
Yesterday, Tuesday, August 13, Belize’s leading newspaper, Amandala, celebrated its 50th anniversary of educating and informing the people of Belize. Amandala was formerly the organ of the United Black Association for Development (UBAD), and when UBAD was dissolved after its brief stint as a political party, Amandala survived and grew at 3304 Partridge Street, on the tough south side of Belize City, providing much needed employment. Amandala’s growth eventually spawned KREM Radio in 1989, the first private radio station, which broke the government’s monopoly on the airwaves. In 2003, KREM Television began broadcasting from “behind the Zinc Fence”, as the Kremandala compound came to be known.

PUP to appoint two new senators
It is being reported by some sources that the Opposition People’s United Party (PUP) will be naming two new senators very shortly. Although it has not been confirmed as yet, we were told that Senator Valarie Woods will be replaced by newly endorsed standard bearer for the Mesopotamia constituency, Belize City Councilor, Dr. Candice Pitts; and Senator Paul Thompson, the PUP’s Albert constituency standard bearer, will be replaced by the Dangriga, Sarawee and Hope Creek standard bearer, Dr. Louis Zabaneh.

IDB shows Belize the way forward
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has tailored a plan for sustainable urban development in Belize, and the Belize City Council is seeing to it that the plan will be carried out as effectively as possible. The plan was designed to educate stakeholders on the challenges facing Belize City and outline processes to build long-term resilience. The IDB conducted a myriad of data-collection studies concerning Climate Change Mitigation, Disaster Risk and Climate Change Vulnerability, as well as an Urban Growth Study to devise a plan that focuses on Belize’s socio-economic and environmental trends.

Cricket Corner – The army told Bandits, “By the left, quick march!”; and Wicked 11 tells Berlan, “Our Wicked is better than your Bad!”
Under the auspices of the Belize National Cricket Association (BNCA), the Sir Barry Bowen/ Harrison Parks Cricket Competition 2019 semifinals ended over the weekend. A pleasant time of the day to all! The weekend was such a beautiful and pleasant time to play and enjoy cricket! The weekend also brought tears from many eyes. Some were tears of joy, and others were of sadness. But that’s the way the game is played. We must always be on the lookout for unexpected results.

FFB congratulates referees, Jose Colindres and Exodus Pop
The Football Federation of Belize (FFB) congratulates Jose Colindres and Exodus Pop, both assistant referees who represented Belize at the Concacaf Male Under-15 Championship in Bradenton, Florida. Both referees made Belize proud, as they represented well at the tournament. Jose and Exodus were assigned after their hard work was noted by the Federation and Concacaf. Their physical fitness was an added feature which allowed them to pass the FIFA Fitness test. Added to this, their weekly training and reports revealed their dedication at the trainings in their districts, which allowed them the opportunity to excel and be assigned by Concacaf.

Dangriga sports stats – PLB Week 4, Stann Creek District derby – Altitude vs Wagiya in Mangro Creek, and Valley Pride Freedom Fighters vs Placencia Assassins in Placencia
Week 3 games in the Dangriga Basketball Association (DBA) U-23 Summer Bounce Tournament were held on Friday night, August 9, and Saturday, August 10, at the Russell Chiste Garcia Auditorium. Hopkins Assassins remains the tournament’s top-ranked team, and is followed by Harlem Shockers, with Independence Young Generals, New Site Raiders and Benguche Warriors rounding out the Top Five.

Rural Female Softball results; playoffs this Sunday in Lords Bank
The Belize Rural Female Softball Tournament 2019 completed its regular season with 3 games played on Sunday, August 11, at Lords Bank. In the opener, Orchid Girls of Burrell Boom defeated Lords Bank Sunrise, 10-3. Winning pitcher was Yvette Flowers; losing pitcher was Karen Hilton. Game 2 saw Orchid Girls defeating Unity of Double Head, 17-7. Yvette Flowers was again the winning pitcher; while the loser was Annette McFadzean.

Mainland China; Taiwan; the Chinese in Belize
The recent visit to mainland China by a super-talented delegation from Belize that included Caribbean Shores area representative, Honorable Kareem Musa; Belize City Council deputy mayor, Oscar Arnold; Belize City councilor, Michael Noralez; and attorney Kevin Arthurs, the vice president of the Human Rights Commission in Belize, raised eyebrows across the political spectrum and in most media. Three members of the delegation are from the main Opposition party, the People’s United Party (PUP), and some members of the media have speculated that the attorney must be a PUP sympathizer. The PUP does not set foreign policy for Belize; however, as the country’s main Opposition, which is the political party most likely to form the next government if the present party in government is defeated when Belizeans go to the polls to choose a new government in the near future, what they do and say is of concern to all of us.

What will happen when all that poison in the Orange Walk river washes out to sea?
Dear Editor, I pulled up to one of my favorite spots in Belize, the Maracas Bar and Grill. I immediately went to my favorite table by the riverside, but had to leave immediately because the stench from the river was so bad. Now, I am not one of those educated scientists, but you don’t need to be one of those to know that something is drastically wrong with this Belize New River. What amazes me is the fact that we have so many Belizean and foreign environmental NGOs who care about the coral reefs and so far, we have heard almost nothing from them, or from the Government on what we will do to correct this horrible and urgent situation.

Sugar, energy and black ashes: air pollution in northern Belize
Dear Editor, The residents of Chan Pine Ridge Village, in the Orange Walk District, for decades have been suffering from air pollution from the BSI/ ASR Sugar Refinery which has been affecting the livelihood and ecosystem in the area. The air pollution carries ashes that spread like dust, finding a space to rest on every surface, hole and corner. The ashes, now finer than in previous years, are more invasive and easy to breathe in.

Writer wants more info on the status of Belize cannabis
Dear Editor, I came across your article “Belize will follow AMLO when Mexico legalizes it,” dated 3.7.19, while researching the state of cannabis in Belize. I work for an intelligence company that studies and provides free reports on the international cannabis market. I am currently studying Belize and I was hoping that you might be able to let me know if the information I have gathered is accurate.

Building the fence before the house
Dear Editor, Countries worldwide are faced with decisions of priority on a daily basis, and these countries develop in different ways according to how their leaders invest assets. Whether it’s the countries’ monies or loans or grants, the investments must be done in an intelligent way by means of smart choices. Parents are also faced with decisions of priority on a daily basis. The child wants a new model schoolbag each year, when a pair of shoes should be the first priority.

Only the Amandala, of all the non-partisan purveyors of print news, can boast the longevity of that newspaper. Which is surprising because, speaking generally, the paper cannot lay claim to any significant latitude of de rigueur journalistic genteelness. Nor does one encounter any editorial attempt to camouflage social, ethnic, moral or cultural planks of the weekly with pseudo-journalistic sidebars. It could not have done so and still survive the 50 years of phenomenal growth that it has. Amandala reels out a straight story. It could be Smokey Joe from a time now gone going for the underbelly of pretentiousness, or Sixes and Sevens’ harrying suspected sophists.

Respect, Russell Vellos
This week on Partridge Street, we’ve been celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the first publishing of this newspaper. A lot of the hype has surrounded me, and not a word has been said about Russell Vellos. The fact of the matter is that Vellos has edited the newspaper for 23 years, longer than anybody else in our history, and, incredibly enough, that appointment in September 1996 was supposed to be a temporary one. Ambition had gotten the better of the very, very gifted Glenn Tillett, and he moved on suddenly from the editor’s chair. I had sent for Glenn from where he was living in New York City in 1991 because I felt I had to give up the editorship of the newspaper and take over the management of the young Kremandala Raiders full time in 1992.

50 Years to Reflect on
In 1969 I was born and that same year, just two days shy of two months later, the Amandala newspaper was officially established and its first issue hit the street. I like to check local, regional and world events that took place in the year I was born, because for me it’s a measure of the time I was born in and I then track how far we have come since. It is also a way for me to see what grew with me or what I grew with. No doubt the Amandala newspaper has grown over the years and is one of the most prolific newspapers in our country. It is the oldest one, the most circulated one, the most radical and the most reliable one. Yeah, from time to time it has taken its criticism, but it keeps standing and shaping lots of the social changes in our society. It has not feared to take a position on any issue and declared its own biases when it has one and not been timid about its political view on any and every issue. That is admirable! Happy anniversary, Amandala!

What a mad, mad, mad road
I’ve been looking at the research done by the environmentalists and the engineers for the project to rehabilitate the George Price Highway (GPH) between Roaring Creek and Benque Viejo, and I am impressed by the work they put in, the volumes they produced. I really am impressed by their efforts; their research covers from A to Z the impact the road would have during construction, and after. I don’t know the engineers, but I know three of the four names who worked on the environmental report, and I am not going to say anything bad about those guys. I don’t think they are to blame for the end story. The studies are good. What we have on the ground is bad, really bad. This is a mad, mad, mad road.

Ibrahim Smith found guilty of the murder of William Francis
On Thursday, August 8, in a trial by a judge sitting without jury, Supreme Court Justice Marilyn Williams found Ibrahim Smith, 27, guilty of the November 2012 murder of William Francis, 22. Justice Williams will sentence Smith on September 30. Under the new regime of sentencing for murder conviction, the automatic life in prison sentence is no longer applicable; judges must sentence a convicted murderer to a fixed number of years in prison. On Sunday, November 25, 2012, William Francis was at his home on Mahogany Street Extension. He and his older brother were having a conversation when a gunman accosted the two brothers.

Accused Atlantic Bank ATM scammers acquitted of all charges
Three Mexican nationals, Belen Hernandez, Leonel Peralta Rodriguez, and Joscon Jaffet Hernandez, who were accused of stealing thousands of dollars from Atlantic Bank ATM machines in different areas of the country, were acquitted of all charges at the Belize City Magistrate’s Court on Friday and were released after spending 17 months on remand. They have since returned to Mexico. Police charged Joscon and Belen Hernandez with 2 counts of theft, and Leonel Rodriguez with 9 counts of theft — crimes the police allege they committed against Atlantic Bank.

Murder investigation launched into Derrick Ramirez’s death
A murder investigation has been launched into the death of Derrick Ramirez, 24, a fisherman of Dangriga whose body was found in an advanced state of decomposition in the Gra-Gra Lagoon in the Commerce Bight area of Dangriga on Monday. Ramirez’s body was found by a fisherman who was in the area and called police. The body was identified by Ramirez’s father, Guillermo Ramirez, who said that he knew it was his son because he recognized the tattoos on his chest, arms and legs, and also a wristwatch that was on his wrist.

American tourist attacked by croc in San Pedro
An American tourist, 33, vacationing at the southern end of San Pedro escaped death after she was attacked and bitten by a large crocodile while she was swimming at about 9:30 Monday night. People in the area who saw the attack quickly intervened and they were able to force the animal, estimated at 10 to 12 feet in length, to release its grip on her left arm. The tourist was rushed to the San Pedro Polyclinic, where she received about 100 stitches to her hand and arm. Her wounds are not considered life-threatening.

The Reporter

Is Barrow Leaving Earlier Than Expected?
The United Democratic Party (UDP) announced during its National Party Council meeting on Saturday that it will hold its National Leadership Convention on Sunday, February 9, 2020. At the event ...

Health Workers in Southern Belize Stage Sick-Out
Friday, August 16th. 2019 – By Marion Ali The Reporter has received reports that employees of one of the Ministry of Health’s polyclinics in southern Belize have staged a sick-out ...

Elderly Woman Beaten To Death
Mexican domestic Ofelia Hernandez Cruz, 69, is dead after she was violently attacked and beaten to death at her home located in Sandhill, by two men who were reportedly looking ...

Massive Croc Grabs Tourist
Renee Dessommes, 39, a tourist who had been enjoying the sun, sea and sand in San Pedro, almost met her death when a 12-foot long crocodile attacked her in the ...

By: Mike Rudon Jr. – I told myself I wouldn’t do this. I’m typing and still telling myself I won’t do this. How do I explain that after 75 days ...

Editorial – Friday, August 16th. 2019
Anybody who keeps abreast of public opinion through the social media will know how deeply distressed Belizeans have become about the justice system in Belize. It appears that the Police ...

DOE Fingers BSI/ASR for Pollution in New River
The Department of the Environment (DOE) has issued a release noting that they will be meeting with key industrial and commercial facilities along the New River including the Belize Sugar ...

Elderly American National Found Dead on Sailboat
Investigators were initially relying on the results of a post-mortem examination to determine the cause of death of an elderly American national who was found dead on a sailboat off ...


Everald Sambula comitted to stand trial in the Supreme Court
19-year-old, Everald Sambula was committed to stand trial in the October session of the Supreme Court for a heist at Premium Wines and Spirit. Today, Magistrate Emmerson Banner ruled that a prima facie case was established against him at the end of the paper committal. Prosecutor in the case, Corporal Edgar Poot submitted eleven …

CPBL signs agreement with workers
Last Friday, the management and workers of the Citrus Products of Belize Limited, CPBL, signed a Subsidiary Workers Agreement. The agreement will be valid for four years and the terms and conditions under the agreement are retroactive from January 1 of this year. The agreement covers employees working at four different farm locations namely: Barton …

Cop accused of unlawful sexual relationship with a minor gets bail
Police protecting their own was on full display at the court once again today, when officers shielded Police Constable Herman Millian from the media. It didn’t matter that Millian was charged for having unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old child. Millian was on remand but had his attorney, Hurl Hamilton, apply for bail on his …

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Ministry of Health appeals to public to help battle dengue outbreak following two possible dengue-related deaths
The Ministry of Health is calling on all Belizeans to do their part in the […]

Fireworks over Taiwan loan for road to Sarteneja
After Prime Minister Dean Barrow’s statement repudiating Mainland China and reaffirming relations with Taiwan, the introduction […]

Jovani Augustine charged with robbing Registry money
In April of this year, a duo made their way into the Registry office in […]

PM speaks on Belize-China relations in House
The recent trip of a delegation from the People’s United Party (PUP) to the People’s […]

Meet the 1st Female Vice President of Belize Energy Workers Union
Natalie Novelo Palacio is the 1st female to have been elected as Vice President of […]

Belize named as one of the 5 best destinations for tourists to see manatees
The Apopka Voice, a daily online publication based in Orange County Florida, featured Belize in […]

House of Representatives meets in special session
The House of Representatives meets this morning in Belmopan. The House will debate the Belize […]

The importance of barrier islands to Belize
As part of our recent training trip with the Earth Journalism Network, Breaking Belize News […]

Government clarifies increment adjustment of enlisted soldiers
The Ministry of National Security issued a statement today clarifying some information that was circulated […]

Triple whammy of guns, ammo, and drugs sends Ladyville fisherman to prison
A Ladyville, Belize District fisherman is headed to jail for three years after taking the […]

Teenagers accused of beating up a 63-year-old elderly man
Teenagers 18-year-old Tyrique Quinn Smith and 19-year-old Prince Alex Copious, accused of wounding on 63-year-old […]

Staff sick out at Isabela Palma Polyclinic
There are reports of a sickout at the Isabela Palma Polyclinic in San Antonio, Toledo. […]

Corozal United Sheep Producers Cooperative Society Ltd inaugurated
Today the Cooperative Department under the Ministry of Agriculture hosted its certification and inaugural ceremony […]

Caribbean Culture and Lifestyle Magazine goes green for upcoming issue
Caribbean Culture and Lifestyle, the quarterly magazine produced by McNab Visual Strategies, which showcases the […]

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Xunantunich- Structures of Many Stories
Gazing out over the Mopan River Valley, stands Xunantunich, one of Belize’s most beautiful and mysterious ancient Maya Sites. The site’s modern name, pronounced zoo-nan-tun-ich, means ‘stone woman’. It references a local legend of a ghostly belle adorned in white, scaling the steps of El Castillo before disappearing into the stone face at the top. El Castillo, the most prominent structure at Xunantunich, towers over the central plaza and faces the North. This structure is known best for the exquisite stucco friezes flanking its east and west sides. The glyphs represented there are also known to symbolize the sun, the moon, and Venus; three celestial bodies that play major roles in the cosmology of the ancient Maya.

A Day on Ambergris Caye
You’ve probably already heard about the island of Ambergris Caye and the lovely town of San Pedro. The small town is situated on the southern part of the Island. As the largest island off the coast of Belize, Ambergris Caye is one of the more famous vacation destinations in the country. With sandy beaches, reef views, a dizzying array of restaurants and bars plus activities in and out of the water – getting to know La Isla Bonita in just one day can be a special feat. The island can keep you busy from morning to late night – it’s no wonder Madonna sang about it!

The Belize Audubon Society: Creating a Balance between People and the Environment
In many areas of the world, The Audubon Society is synonymous with birds, birding and habitat conservation. The Belize Audubon Society (BAS), celebrating it’s 50th anniversary this year, takes their responsibilities to even a higher level, with the huge task of co-managing seven of Belize’s most biologically and topographically diverse protected areas. These areas, which see more than 52,000 visitors a year, include the Blue Hole National Monument, Half Moon Caye National Monument, St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park, Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, Guanacaste National Park and Victoria Peak National Monument.

Visiting Sunshine View Hotel in Corozal
Sunshine View Hotel opened their doors in Corozal on December of 2018. They are located on Almond Street South End next to Tony’s Hotel. Sunshine View Hotel have Double size rooms and one King size room available for as low as 60$US per night. And, includes: WiFi, Hot and Cold, Free Laundry, Coffee maker, Parking lot access for Customers, TV, beach access and Pool access. They are open from 7am until 10pm. After, 10pm gates are closed. Customers coming in after 10pm, They can only come in by the Security. For reservations call them at 422-0012.

Forecasters monitoring multiple areas near US for tropical development
While tropical storm formation is not anticipated over the Atlantic and eastern Pacific oceans in the near future, the area near Central America may become a breeding ground for tropical activity during the week of Aug. 18-25, 2019. "Wind shear has been quite extensive across the Atlantic basin the past few weeks and is, in part, one of the reasons why we have not seen any tropical storm development across the Atlantic Basin since mid-July with Barry," according to AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski. "Long-range forecasts show less extensive shear but still enough to cause problems with westward-moving tropical waves, or disturbances, during the next week or so," Kottlowski said.

Top Marine Activities in Belize
The Belize Barrier Reef has plenty of marine adventures to offer! Enjoy swimming in clear turquoise waters or go snorkeling and be mesmerized by the healthy aquatic life of the Belize Barrier Reef. For avid divers don’t miss out on the opportunity to dive the Great Blue Hole. Belize is home to the second-largest Barrier Reef in the world, making a snorkel trip a must-do adventure when in Belize. There are plenty of snorkel spots, sure to be a great day out for individuals of all ages. One of the most accessible from San Pedro and Caye Caulker is Hol Chan Marine Reserve, the countries first established marine reserve. On your snorkel, you will spot an array of tropical fish and beautiful corals that paint a vibrant underwater scene. For those brave enough to jump into the water at Shark Ray Alley, you can experience the thrill of swimming with rays and sharks.

International Sourcesizz

Two Colombian Nationals And One Belizean National Sentenced For Roles In International Cocaine Smuggling Conspiracy
U.S. District Judge Susan C. Bucklew has sentenced Rudolph Randolph Meighan (28, Belize), Jorge Ramon Newball-May (49, Colombia), and Calbot Reid-Dilbert (59, Colombia) each to 19 years and 7 months in federal prison for their roles in an international maritime cocaine trafficking conspiracy. In May 2019, a federal jury found Randolph Meighan, Newball-May, and Reid-Dilbert each guilty of one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine while onboard a vessel subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, and one count of possession with the intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine on that vessel.

Dengue in Caribbean a 'complex situation' — PAHO
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is warning of what it describes as “the complex situation” of dengue in Latin America and the Caribbean. It says the region is currently experiencing “a new epidemic cycle of the disease” after two years of low incidence. According to the latest PAHO epidemiological update, during the first seven months of 2019, more than two million people contracted the disease and 723 died. PAHO said 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. “The region is experiencing a new epidemic cycle of dengue, with a notable increase in cases,” said Dr Marcos Espinal, director of PAHO's Department of Communicable Diseases and Environmental Determinants of Health.

The 5 Best Places in the World to See & Swim with Manatees
Manatees! They’re large, they’re adorable! These gentle giants occupy the brackish waters of sunny areas in the southern US and Central America. If you’ve ever harboured a desire to see or swim with manatees and you’re planning an outdoor vacation to anywhere mentioned in this article, then read on! And be sure to set aside time for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to visit these rare creatures in the wild. Belize boasts the second largest barrier reef in the world. The warm, shallow water is peppered with islands (Cayes) making it a perfect destination for virtually any water-related activities you can think of. And all of this adds up to the snorkelling being absolutely world class. While most snorkelling and diving trips offer a fantastic opportunity to see a manatee quietly grazing (Belize has one of the largest concentrations of manatees in the world), one of the best excursions can be found just outside of Belize City, in Swallow Caye, which is a wildlife sanctuary. Although you can visit the caye on your own, it occupies a large area, and it is recommended you sign up for a professional tour so you have better odds of finding manatees.


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