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The San Pedro Sun
Copa San Pedro Opening Season rolls into week 3
The third week of the opening season of the 2019 Copa San Pedro saw six intense games between Thursday, August 15th and Sunday, August 18th. The teams competing over the weekend included G-Strikers, San Pedrito Scorpions, Terror Squad FC, Captain FC, Legends, Los Catrachos, Assassins, Boca Bombers FC, Alaia, Ambergris Hopes FC, San Pedro High School (SPHS) and Genesis FC.
CrossFit Wolf excels in first edition of Cancun Games
Over the weekend of August 17th and 18th, seven athletes from CrossFit Wolf competed at the first ever Cancun Games held in Cancun, Mexico. The CrossFit competition tested the skills and endurance levels of the competitors in beginners, intermediate, masters, RX-advanced and teen categories. At the end of the two-day event, Gabriel Nuńez Jr. managed to place second in the intermediate category making his CrossFit box and the island very proud.
The other members of the delegation from Ambergris Caye included Lilian Matute, who competed in the beginners’ category, followed by Gian Rivero and Jonathan Reyes in the intermediate division. Rene Reyes Jr. and Marko Pech competed in the RX-advance division, and Karissa Vasquez participated in the teen category.
Various Belizean Sources
Fish Kill upriver from Tower Hill
A resident from the Tower Hill area sent us these photos taken earlier today upriver from the Tower Hill bridge -- a massive fish kill. The foul smell is affecting quality of life and businesses along the river. This is heart wrenching to watch, but shows that while the river may have cleared up downstream from the bridge, the problem still persists -- our New River is suffering.
Corozal, it's Soca Overload!
September 7th @ SKY BAR
BELIZE FISHING REPORT: AUGUST 11, 2019 THROUGH AUGUST 18, 2019
Good weather and wind conditions for most of the week provided plenty of action on all of the areas that El Pescador guides fish. On the windy days; anglers still managed to land some nice fish in protected areas.
Bonefish action was good even on windy days. Anglers have done well landing larger than average Bones.
Missing Person in San Pedro
18-year-old David Marcos Hob of San Pedro Town was reported missing today, Wednesday, August 21st. According to police, he was reportedly last seen sometime in July of this year by his mother. David is of a dark complexion with short afro hair, about 5 feet 2 inches tall. He is slim and has a round face. If seen kindly call 911, 922 or the nearest police station.
September Celebrations Calendar Released Today!
The 2019 National Celebrations Calendar has been released today! While the calendar is sought after for the listing of events such as the Queen of the Bay Pageant, Carnival King and Queen Competition and the various municipalities' Carnival Road Marches. It is also a guide to the many national events that show our patriotism, our appreciation of our historical achievements and our love for Belize. The annual listing of national, traditional, patriotic and festive events will be delivered and available in your municipalities by the end of the week.
Official Sashing Ceremony for the Miss San Pedro Beauty Pageant at El Patio Restaurant
Eileen Reyes - Miss Jaguars Temple Night Club,
Litzy Castillo - Miss Ramon’s Village,
Helen Barrera - Miss Toucan Gift Shops,
Tanisha Rhaburn - Miss Castillo’s Hardware,
Blanca Velásquez - Miss Captain Sharks.
Vote for Destination of the Year
Have a favorite Belize destination? Now you can vote for it to win Destination of the Year at this year’s National Tourism Awards! This new category will allow you to vote once a day for your favorite destination.
BTB’s National Tourism Awards introduces a new award of Destination of the Year where you get to pick the winner! Vote below for your favorite destination* in Belize and it’ll receive an award at the ceremony on October 19th. You can vote once a day until September 26th, so share this link with friends and family!
How the Mayas Abused their White Prisoners
"On the 12th of Aril Lieutenants Plumridge and Twigge report to Seymore (the Governor) on their mission to demand an apology from the Santa Cruz Mayas. They say they and their entire party were taken prisoner and conducted to the Temple of the Speaking Cross. The Oracle spoke at midnight defying the British Government and Army. For the next three days they say they were subjected, 'to the most degrading familiarities' such as being pulled and hauled about, forced to swallow red pepper, drink vast quantities of aniseed. hug and kiss the Chief, and dance and sing"
TEAM BELIZE WINS GOLD & SILVER!
Glenford Williams and Kenrick Gordon of Team Belize (Athletics) who captured GOLD and SILVER in the 100 Metres Race at the 2019 U15 CODICADER Games in Tegucigalpa, Honduras!!!
Good luck to the Belize delegation participating in Athletics, Volleyball, and football!
Cops Look to Mental State Of Mother of Strangled 9 Year Old
Tonight, the mother of 9 year old Danielle Hall is under scrutiny as the likely suspect in the child's death by strangulation.
The little girl was found dead on Friday morning at her Unitedville home. After relatives heard a commotion, the father, Daniel Hall rushed home from work to find his little girl dead and his common law wife, Emily, in an altered state.
But, the Commissioner of police told the media that the DPP will have to decide on charges because of the mother, Emily Ico's mental state:...
Cops Trying to Curb the Hostility At Girls' Hostel
The Commissioner also commented on ongoing problems at the youth hostel at mile 21 on the Western Highway.
For the past weeks, we've been receiving multiple reports of girls breaking out of the facility - and it happened again last night.
Williams said it is a sore and difficult subject from a law enforcement perspective:...
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police:
"We need to do something where youth hostel is concerned and I had tasked Mr. Vidal and Mr. Dawson to go and meet with the administrators of the youth hostel to see what can be done to prevent this constant escape..."
Senator Designate Zabs Complains About "Yellows"ť
Switching now to a police matter that intersects with politics - the new PUP Senator Designate, Dr. Louis Zabaneh claims he had a harsh introduction to the Parliament building on Friday from no less than the mace bearer, Sergeant at Arms, Brian Audinett, known as Yellowman.
Zabaneh - who is the PUP standard bearer for Dangriga and was in the gallery at Friday's House meeting. He made a police complaint that Audinett insulted him. We heard the commissioner got involved to tell police not to act on the complaint, so we asked him why today:
Canuck Confesses To Cultivating Cannabis In Corozal
Yesterday, police - acting on Special Branch intelligence - found a marijuana nursery behind a Canadian man's home on the Sarteneja road.
At around midday, police searched the residence of 48 year old Mathew MEREDITH at 31 ½ Miles on the Sarteneja Road.
Police told him they were looking for drugs and he admitted to having loose weed in the house, and weed trees at the back.
Police found that he had no less than a marijuana nursery, including marijuana drying in the house, 52 cloned marijuana plants, 40 marijuana plants in plastic buckets up to 3 feet in height, and 25 plants in the ground up to 5 feet 8 inches tall.
Do Marijuana Movements Cause Murders?
And, while Meredith says his weed was for medical purposes; the fact is, trafficking marijuana is big business across Belize. In the past two months, police have found large amounts stowed in the Belize district - most recently Scotland Half Moon - where almost 40 pounds were found last Friday.
And while possession of 10 grams or less is legal, trafficking is not legal in any quantity. And wherever drugs are trafficked, large sums of money are involved.
When busts are made, those large sums of illicit monies are lost, and - often - persons involved in the trade, get killed.
Manslaughter Cops Dismissed
Two police constables, Leonard Nunez and Hallett King got off a manslaughter conviction with time served. It is a decision bitterly rejected by the family of the man they killed, Hilberto Sotz.
And while they walked out of court free after serving less than two years, we learnt today that the two men have been dismissed from the police department because of that conviction.
Man Gets 2 Years For Molesting 8 Year Old Girl
Moises Flores, charged with sexual assault of a child, was sentenced to 2 years today by Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford.
The incident occurred some time in 2017. The child, who was 8 years old at the time, testified that Flores went to where she was lying on a bed, fondled the child with penetration, and then told her not to tell anyone otherwise he would kill her and her family.
The In's And Out's Of Teacher Licensing
As we told you on Monday, the deadline for the renewal of full teaching licenses has been extended until December 1st, 2019.
One of the requirements to maintain the license is that the teacher undertake 120 hours of Continuous Professional development which must be completed within a five year period.
This has caused concern among teachers who have completed masters degrees in educational leadership. There is concern that despite their efforts to obtain higher qualification there is a possibility of their licenses being revoked, should they choose not to participate in the Ministry of Education's mandated courses.
62 outstanding Belizean students received scholarships from Pathlight international this morning at their Belize City offices.
Pathlight is a faith based program that provides teacher training and works with sponsors to offer what they claim to be the only comprehensive high school scholarship in the country. We stopped by their scholarship ceremony to find out more about the organization and all the ways in which they are supporting education in Belize.
Cab Secss Son Gets Student Debt Write-off From Parliament
Every so often, the Minister of Finance has to take write off motions to the house. That is where government has irrecoverably lost an asset or funds, and must write it off. But, it cannot do so without parliament's approval.
The write off's don't usually attract much attention or controversy, but one of them from Friday's meeting did.
That's because it was a write off for a student loan to Cabinet Secretary Carlos Perdomo's son. Here's the reading of this write off:
Compol Goes Back To Gunglung
So far on the news tonight, you've seen the Commissioner of Police in a couple of stories. We met him back in his old haunts, the Eastern Division on a police meet and greet.
We haven't covered one of those in over a year - but Williams says the exercise continues. And today in the Gungulung area he said he got some valuable feedback:
The Curfew Continues
Residents also asked the commissioner about the ongoing children's curfew in Belize City. It was launched a month ago, and the COMPOL says it is working:,..,
Compol's Gripes With Gualberto
We also pressed the commissioner to report to the media on the situation with Superintendent Gualberto Garcia.
He's the adjudicator for police tribunals who was removed from that post with immediate effect on Friday. That's two days after he ruled against a directive from the commissioner. That directive was the police officer under interdiction for the manslaughter of Allyson Major, Corporal Kent Martinez could still be a defence advocate in a tribunal. It is considered irregular for a cop under interdiction to act as an advocate in a tribunal.
Cops Catch Aggravated Burglar, Seek One More
And in other police news, there was a home invasion and sexual assault at a home on the George Price Highway on Saturday morning.
It happened at mile one at around 8:00 am. Using surveillance video from a nearby business, police have been able to charge one person and are looking for one more:..
"There was a home invasion over the weekend, could you talk to us that investigation and if anybody has been arrested?"
Drought Decimates Corn Crops In North
Last night, we told you how the extended drought in the northern districts has devastated the corn farmers of Blue Creek Village in Orange Walk.
Well today, we got to see the extent and cost of the damage to this year's corn crop first hand. Daniel Ortiz has that story:
Rodney Dyck - Grain Farmer, Blue Creek Village:
"It's supposed to be twice this size, 3 times this size for sure. At this stage, you'd call it the stage to make tamalitos. But, there's nothing left."
Any Relief For Farmers?
So, now that the Belizean public knows the extent of the pain that the drought has inflicted on these farmers from Blue Creek, is there any aid that they can access to mitigate the financial loss? That's what we asked their Orange Walk South Area Representative today:
Fish Kill On New River
The drought is also affecting the New River - which has now witnessed a massive fish kill.
An organization called Friends of the New River, said, quote, "A resident from the Tower Hill area sent us these photosupriver from the Tower Hill bridge. The foul smell is affecting the quality of life and businesses along the river. This is heart-wrenching to watch, but shows that while the river may have cleared up downstream from the bridge, the problem still persists - our New River is suffering" End quote.
The Department of Environment has scheduled a Public Consultation on Friday night in Orange Walk Town, and most-likely, these photographs will be brought up.
Play Named Wake is "Woke"
If you're a fan of the theater you won't want to miss the premiere of Wake, a play written and directed by Joseph Stamp Romero. This is the 6th production organized through Romero's Youth Advocacy through Arts program, an organization that seeks to create social change through the arts.
Azizi Hoy who plays Nadia in this weekend's production stopped by our studio to tell us about the play and why it's extremely relevant to the modern Belizean experience.
Scott Regional Boss Non Comital on Sale
For weeks, there have been murmurs about a rumoured sellout of Scotiabank's Belize operation.
Well, the Bank has denied it and, last week, the Central Bank put out a release saying, quote, "Scotiabank's management has not advised the Central Bank of any proposal to sell their Belize operations to another bank."
And, today, the Jamaica Gleaner quotes David Noel, the head of Scotia Group Jamaica, who oversees specific countries in Scotiabank International's regional operations.
September Playbill Released
Better late than neverThe 2019 National Celebrations Calendar, or playbill was released today.
Notably, the Carnival Road March will be held on Saturday September 7th, and the 21st official ceremony and parade will be held on Saturday the 21st even though the Monday is a holiday.
Another Missing Male On San Pedro
Another man has been reported missing one San Pedro.
Her is 18 year old David Marcos Hob a Belizean of San Pedro Town. He was reported missing on August 21, 2019, and reportedly last seen sometime in the month of July 2019, by his mother.
Blue Creek Farmers Lose Millions in Corn Crop due to Drought
As changes in weather patterns rise due to climate change, a drought is wrecking havoc in agricultural fields in northern Belize. Earlier today, the Meteorological office issued a drought warning [...]
Drought May Force Importation of Soybeans
Soybean plantations in Blue Creek and other parts of the country are also being affected by the continuous drought. In Blue Creek, farmers there were expected to plant two thousand [...]
Jose Mai Says Fresh Injection of Capital Can Save Farmers
Parliamentarian Jose Abelardo Mai says the Government must pay attention to the farmers’ plights. Ignoring such issues can have detrimental effects on not only the economy but also on households, [...]
New River’s Health Continue to Deteriorate
The Department of Environment will be holding a public meeting on Friday to disclose information regarding the health of the New River. The public is expected to be informed of [...]
Supt. Gualberto Garcia Stripped of Adjudicator Post
Corporal Kent Martinez remains on interdiction, having been arraigned on a charge of manslaughter by negligence for the shooting death of Allyson Major Junior which occurred on July sixteenth. Despite [...]
ComPol Williams Says Police Department Must Enforce Discipline
According to Commissioner Williams, the police department has been grappling with the issue of public perception where it concerns intra-departmental discipline of its officers. The fact that the former adjudicator [...]
Jenny-Lee Cruz is the winner of KTV-The Remix Season 3
This season of KTV-The Remix came to a close on Tuesday night with a spectacular show. The Bliss was overflowing with fans from all over in anticipation of the announcement [...]
Still No Charges in Death of Danielle Hall
Tonight, there is still no decision on what charges will be brought against Emily Ico, the mother of nine-year-old Danielle Hall who died in her care at the family residence [...]
Chester on Sarkis Abou-Nehra’s Home Invasion Case Falling Apart
In respect of the case involving a gang of thieves who reportedly broke into the home of businessman Sarkis Abou-Nehra in Burrell Boom in December 2015.That case continues to come [...]
Unrest at Princess Royal Youth Hostel
There was another disturbance at the Princess Royal Youth Hostel on Tuesday night where police officers were called in to assist with a group of unruly girls. During their response, [...]
Moises Flores gets Two Years for Sexual Assault
A man is serving two years behind bars after he was found guilty of sexually molesting an eight-year-old girl. Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford convicted Moises Flores, a Belize City resident, [...]
Dengue on the Rise in Northern Belize
The number of cases of persons infected with dengue fever continues to rise in the northern districts. According to Director of Health Services, Dr. Marvin Manzanero the spike in new [...]
Only Two Deaths from Dengue Fever says MOH
While the numbers in Belize and Toledo districts are fairly low, they may be the result of an under-reporting of cases. Despite the number of hospitalizations across the country, the [...]
Belize Youth Movement appalled at debt write-off of Joshua Perdomo
The Belize Youth Movement, which is an arm of the People’s United Party, says it is appalled at the write-off of forty thousand dollars owed to the government by the [...]
Pathlight awards 62 scholarships to Belmopan and Belize City students
Classes are about to begin so this morning more than sixty students were recipients of scholarships that ensure they continue their studies at various colleges. The scholarships are part of [...]
Thieves in Belmopan Attempted to Hit Several Locations in Spate of Burglaries
A string of businesses in Belmopan was struck by thieves in the early hours of this morning. A construction site across from the National Agriculture and Trade Show Grounds, where [...]
Belizean athletes competing in the CODICADER Games are snatching the medals
A contingent of Belizean athletes left Belize without fanfare and are currently in Honduras where they are competing in the U-15 CODICADER games in Tegucigalpa. The local team is taking [...]
Police Meet and Greet Goes to Gungulung
A phalanx of police officers descended on LaCroix Boulevard this evening before making its way into Holy Emmanuel Street where they broke off into individual groups to introduce themselves to [...]
Policing Gungulung is No Joke” – ComPol Chester Williams
Gungulung is well-known for the feuding gangs within that neighborhood and policing the area has been a quite challenge. According to the top cop, while the Special Patrol Unit focuses [...]
MOH Increases Warning About This Flying Monster
New dengue figures released by the Ministry of Health have prompted health officials to embark on an aggressive vector control program in four districts where marked increases have occurred.
Breaking Belize News
Belizean athletes performing well in CODICADER games
Today was a successful day for team Belize at the Central American Athletic Championship (CODICADER) Under […]
Belize U-17 plays well, finishes 1:1 against Barbados in first game of Concacaf Women’s Qualifier
The National Women’s U-17 side gave a good account of themselves in a battling display […]
Moises Flores guilty of sexual assault of 8-year-old child; gets two years in jail
A first time offender accused of fingering a female child’s private area, then threatening her […]
National Assembly moves to expand, improve press coverage
Soon – likely before the end of the year – you can see the goings-on […]
Cane price stays low despite record production
Farmers of sugar cane have gotten 91.5% of their second payment estimate for the just-ended […]
Efforts underway in citrus industry to combat greening disease
Citrus producers in Belize are implementing measures to combat the Citrus Greening Disease or Huanglongbing, […]
FFB and Town Council partner for 5-a-Side Football Pitch at Falcon Field
A partnership between the Football Federation of Belize (FFB) and the San Ignacio and Santa […]
Family loses home in a fire
Authorities are still investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed a home in Lords […]
National Geographic pays homage to researcher responsible for the creation of Jaguar preserve in Belize
Today, National Geographic Magazine published an article on the importance of protecting jaguars while paying […]
BYM questions ‘write off’ to Joshua Perdomo
The Belize Youth Movement (BYM) issued a statement today saying that it is appalled at […]
Reknowned saxophonist in Belize
Renowned saxophonist and founder of the Kilgore Music Foundation, Ryan Kilgore is in Belize. The […]
Mexican Institute to show the film: “They called me King Tiger”
The Embassy of Mexico in Belize is inviting the public to a special presentation of […]
Meeting to “SAVE THE MACAL RIVER” to be held on Friday
Residents of San Ignacio and Santa Elena are organizing a ‘Save the River’ meeting to […]
The New River is suffering!
Belizeans are gravely concerned about the contamination of the New River in Northern Belize. Several […]
More cloudy spells and a few showers expected
The National Meteorological Service of Belize says that today’s weather calls for cloudy spells with […]
Central American firefighters share operational knowledge with US Counterparts
The Joint Task Force-Bravo’s 612th Air Base Squadron is hosting a multinational firefighting exercise at […]
Shooting reported in Belmopan
Reports to our news desk are that there was a shootout between police and burglars […]
Ambassador of Music donates Saxophone
H.E. Shyne Barrow gave ACC 1st form student Eanne Daley a saxophone at yesterday’s PeaceWork […]
Men accused in Abou-Nehra aggravated burglary walk free
The last of nineteen persons charged in connection with the Burrell Boom home invasion of diplomat […]
Amazing Mainland Adventures in Belize
You will arrive in this amazing country by air, boat, car, or even a bus. Though a small country, only about the size of New Hampshire, Belize is amazingly diverse. The country is complete with mountain ranges, the jungle, and a coastline on the Caribbean Sea. It’s a favorite location of eco-tourists and adventure seekers who love to get down and dirty, burn tons of calories, soak up the sun, and forget about the stress and chaos of their everyday lives. Here is our list of Must Do excursions when visiting this amazing country.
Aquarium Breakthrough Could Save FL’s Endangered Coral
Florida Aquarium have successfully reproduced a group of endangered Atlantic coral in a lab setting.
The breakthrough, which enables sexual reproduction to occur entirely outside of the ocean, could ultimately help save local marine invertebrates from extinction.
“When history is made, there is hope, and [this] scientific breakthrough … gives us real hope that we can save the Florida Reef Tract from extinction,” Roger Germann, president and CEO of The Florida Aquarium, said in a statement.
Belize's fishers net bounty of trailblazing approach – in pictures
A strict conservation programme is helping protect the tiny country’s marine ecosystems, despite the growing threat of steadily warming waters
Why Belize is a world leader in protecting the ocean
All photographs by Tony Rath.
Concacaf Women’s U17 qualifying kicks off this evening
The Cayman Islands joins 15 other countries Wednesday (21 August) in their 2019 Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Championship Qualifying campaign.
One of the four qualifying groups will be held at Truman Bodden Sports Complex on 21, 23 and 25 August. Group B will feature Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Martinique, and hosts – Cayman Islands. The winner of each group will advance to the 2020 Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Championship.
The Police Link Up Show, 1hr.
Chilling in Caye Caulker, Belize, 10min. Come and chill as we explore the beautiful island of Caye Caulker in Belize. See the local area of Caye Caulker and explore the amazing scenery of the underwater barrier reef.
The Mexican Cultural Institute Belize, 20min. The Mexican Cultural Institute Belize continues its programs to introduce Belizeans to contemporary Mexican Art. Representatives of the Institute and visiting artists were our guests to talk about an event featuring Embroidery and Painting. On our couch:
Elizabeth Calzado - Artist/Curator,
Pilar Córdoba - Embroider/Painter,
Manuel Mathar - Painter,
Diego Sapien - Cultural Attache, Mexican Cultural Institute.
KTV The Remix Season 3 is in its final week of competitions, 43min. KTV The Remix Season 3 is in its final week of competitions. We invited the finalist to have a chat with us about the experience and to make their plea for your support. On our couch:
Jenny-Lee Cruz - Finalists, KTV Season 3.
Orelle Castillo - Finalists, KTV Season 3.
Maureen Budram - Finalists, KTV Season 3.
Breadfruit tacos and fries in poutine gravy, min. It's breadfruit season! We brought in Tim August who is the owner of Stone Kraab Grill & Bar and Executive Chef at Dog House and Rum Dog in San Pedro. He prepared breadfruit tacos and fries in poutine gravy.
The XIX Central American Beach Volleyball Championship, 20min. The XIX Central American Beach Volleyball Championship is scheduled for this weekend. We spoke with the Belize Team about their final preparations. The games takes place at Kukumber Beach at Old Belize from 16th to 18th August. Belize's first game will be played on Friday. On our couch:
Bryton Codd - Player, Belize Team.
Edgar Martinez - Player, Belize Team.
Juan Carlos Perdomo - Coach, Belize Team.
6 Belizean female artist who are using music to share their stories, 37min. Chapters is a collaboration of six Belizean female artist who are using music to share their stories and spread positive messages of empowerment and upliftment. We invited the artists to talk with us about the project and to share their experiences that inspired the music. On our set:
Shamira Humes - Coordinator/Managing Director, Diamond-Peace Productions.
Sharon Martinez -Artist,
Boss Lady - Artist,
Brithney Starr - Artist,
LB Fynest - Artist.
Belize Birding Festival, 25min.
Upgrading sporting facilities countrywide, 1/2min. By building new and upgrading existing sporting facilities countrywide, the Government of Belize is promoting health and wellness, social engagement, and community development throughout Belize.
Parrot Nest Artsy Video, 1min. Daniel Velazquez, who's made scores of documentaries around Cayo and Belize, has put together an artsy video highlighting Bullet Tree and the Parrot Nest Lodge. Well done.
Riding through the Jungle of Belize, 2min. The boat ride from the Lamanai Mayan Site back to the truck to go back to Belize City.
Sailfish fishing in Belize, 3min.
Sports Talk Show | Hosted by Raynord Garbutt, 60min.
Chilam Balam Prophecies(1860-1980), 15min.
Underwater light rays, 1/2min.