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The San Pedro Sun

Team Belize qualifies for 2020 CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship
Its official! Belize’s female National Team Under-17(U-17) has qualified for the 2020 Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) Women’s U-17 Championship. Other teams who exceled and are joining Belize in the championship round are Honduras, Cayman Islands and Guyana. The 2019 CONCACAF Women’s U-17 qualifier round was held from Monday, August 19th to Sunday, August 25th in different parts of the world. The 16 participating teams were separated into four groups, with only the top team of each group being able to qualify for 2020 CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship. Team Belize was placed in Group C, which consisted of Barbados, US Virgin Islands and St. Kitts & Nevis; and all their games were played at the Wildey Astro Turf Stadium in Wildey, Barbados.

Fundraiser for island resident after freak accident leaves her injured
Ana Cruz, a resident of the Elliot Sub-division in San Pedro Town, was the victim of a tragic accident just outside her home on August 8th. In the unexpected mishap, Cruz’ right hand was badly injured, and she lost three of her fingers. Her recovery has been painful and up to now, no one has been held liable. Cruz will need to undergo major medical treatments, which will be costly, thus, a fundraiser has been organized. On Friday, August 30th, a dollar drive and a radio-thon is to take place on Reef Radio. The following day, there will be a Bar-B-Que sale at the San Pedro Lions Den.

Another exciting MMA Beach Brawl on Ambergris Caye
Caribbean Villas was the place to be on Saturday, August 24th, as the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) event Beach Brawl 2 brought excitement to the night. Organized by the San Pedro Fight League (SPFL), the anticipated event saw fighters from Mexico, Argentina and Belize competing Jiu Jitsu, Kickboxing, and MMA. The fight night saw a packed venue, with hundreds of islanders supporting their favourite fighters. The event kicked off with matches in the preliminary card with the first encounter in Jiu Jitsu. Mexican Julio Cesar Reyes and Belizean Joshua Blanco battled for seven minutes in the cage. But it was Reyes, who claimed the victory via the decision of the judges.

Crisis at Belize’s northern New River; No immediate plan from DOE
The New River in the northern Orange Walk District has been heavily affected by large quantities of pollutants in the water body, which has caused it to change colour and develop a putrid smell. The situation is such that disturbing images have surfaced showing tons of fish and even crocodiles and turtles turning up dead. The Department of Environment (DOE) conducted tests of the water, and after confirming that the river is affected with a deadly condition called eutrophication, they hosted a public meeting in Orange Walk Town on Friday, 23rd to address the emergency. However, no clear course of action to immediately solve the crisis could be established by the environmental authorities.

Ambergris Today

Drugs And Ammunition Found In San Juan Area
San Pedro Police and Special Operations Team conducted a special operation in the San Juan Area of San Pedro Town where they found drugs and ammunition. According to reports on Thursday, August 29,2019, about 11:45 a.m, the Special Operations Team and other officers conducted an operation in the area of San Juan, San Pedro, as a result, they found a black plastic bag containing (30) 5.56 live rounds of ammunition that marked (FC). They also found 222.8 grams of suspected cannabis. Properties were labeled and deposited as found property.

Belizean Flag Standardization Presentation
The Flag of Belize is in the final stages of being standardized. At an event held on Wednesday, August 28, 2019, at the Marion Jones Sporting Complex in Belize City, the media was informed of the work currently underway to standardize the Belizean Flag. This initiative has received bi-partisan support and has already been approved by the Cabinet, with the support of the Leader of the Opposition and is currently embarking on a Consultation and Education Campaign.

Various Belizean Sources

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SBDC Workshop: Customer Service for Managers and Business Owners
Workshop Date: September 5th, 2019, 9am to 3pm. This training seminar will assist in providing good customer service and giving you the skills needed to communicate professionalism, gain respect, enhance customer relationships and secure an overall competitive advantage through customer service excellence. Cost $50. LOCATION: San Pedro Town Council, Barrier Reef Dr, San Pedro. Includes - Lunch & Refreshments. Presented by: Ms. Lorraine Herrera, Business Advisor, SBDCBelize, BELTRAIDE.

San Pedro Flag Raising Ceremony
Come one, Come ALL! Mayor Daniel Guerrero and the San Pedro Town Council hereby invite everyone to the Flag Raising Ceremony on Sunday, September 1st, 2019 at 6:00 a.m. at the San Pedro Town Hall. Come show your patriotism! *Refreshments will be served after the ceremony.

BELTRAVEX
Want to win a 3-nights' stay for 4 at Naia Resort & Spa plus $2K in cash? Come out to BELTRAVEX, Belize's first travel expo, on Sept. 28. There will be exclusive vacation deals, local entertainment and double up services courtesy of DIGI! See you then!

This week we welcomed to the Embassy a group of students and professors from the University of Denver
The group learned more about Belize, the Embassy’s work here, and our mutual priorities.

This weeks update from the C.C.V.C
Jafar, one of our street maintenance worker celebrated his birthday. Join us in wishing him happy birthday. The palapa garden craft market project is well under way and the completion of the project should be November 2019. The vector control personnel were on the island fumigating, if you would like to have your yard fumigated please call 226 0043 and ask to put down for the next fumigation session. Stay tune for our September Celebration Calendar coming soon!

Telethon For Anny Cruz Today starting @ 7am.
on Reef TV

Feedback, Grievance, and Redress Mechanism is Developed for the Belize REDD+ Project
The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration (MAFFESDI), through the National Climate Change Office, is implementing the REDD+ Readiness Preparation Project. REDD+ is a global initiative to combat climate change by reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and by fostering conservation, sustainable management of forests, and the enhancement of forest carbon stocks. The REDD+ Project, through a participatory and inclusive process, will assist Belize in preparing to participate in future REDD+ carbon payment transactions.

Welcome to Ocean Academy 2019-2020 school year
This year's theme is "The best in me sees and honors the best in you." Join us in celebrating our new and returning students for this academic school year. Enjoy the highlights from this first week which included an award ceremony, ice breaker activities, welcoming new students and house competitions.

Escuela Secundaria Tecnica Mexico High School Back to School Bash
Friday, August 30th.

New River Community Petition
The New River community petition launched by the Friends of the New River Belize (FNR) last week is still going strong! We have now made it easier for you to participate via this online petition! The petition urges the Government of Belize and specifically the Department of the Environment (DOE), among other things, to prevent and control pollution of the New River. The DOE has the legal mandate to implement important functions as laid out in Section 4 of the Environmental Protection Act. The FNR intends to deliver the petition to the DOE in early September 2019. To add your signature to the petition, please click on the link below. Thank you for joining the cause for a healthy New River!

Power outage 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 6 to affect portion of the Orange Walk District
Stadium Street, San Victor Street, San Narciso Street, San Andres Street, Dangriga Street, Yo Creek Street, Sylvester Street, Santa Maria Street, Santa Clara Street, Santa Teresita Street, Santa Monica Street, Oleander Street, Clark Street, Orchid Drive, San Lorenzo Road, Hummingbird Street, Woodpecker Street, Cardinal Street, Lyle Street, Bautista Avenue, Bautas Lane, Main Street, Riverside Street, Otro Benque Road, Trial Farm, Toucan Street, San Lorenzo Housing Site, Laskot Subdivision, Blackwater Creek and Indian Hill. BEL to relocate power lines and remove hazardous vegetation growing into power lines in the area.

Chargé d’Affaires Keith Gilges Tours Harvest Caye
Norwegian Cruise Line’s Harvest Caye is one of the largest U.S. direct investments in Belize’s tourism sector. Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., Keith Gilges recently toured its facilities, where he learned about the company’s plans to further develop the island to a world-class destination and its commitment to safeguard the natural environment.

Paradise Theater playing this weekend
A Dog's Journey, X-Men Dark Phoenix,, Men in Black International John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum.

BUS OPERATORS THREATEN STRIKE!
The Belize Bus Association are dissatisfied that Guatemalan and Mexican bus operators can enter Belize but they can’t enter and operate cross boarders. A meeting was scheduled with the Minister of Transportation Hon. Edmond Castro to resolve the grievances of the BBA but it was postponed by Castro, the Minister of Tourism, the BTB and the BHA. The BBA say they feel pushed around and if the meeting scheduled for Tuesday doesn’t happen then the strike option is on the table.

El DUEÑO DEL AGUA
Between our Northern Maya communities of Belize there is the legend of El dueño del agua(Nojoch Kaan) . This spirit is discribed as a huge snake mostly seen in the Noh Ucum(Rio Hondo) . Some say they guard the rivers,Cenotes,Swamps and even wells. It had also been discribe to have wings . The legend says when they grow to large the Nukux Tat (Los Dueños del Monte) send them away of the forest so they do not harm people . So this spirit goes to live in different water bodies or caves. El Dueño del Agua is also known as Tzukan or Nojoch Kaan(Huge snake). In some versions due to the influence of Christianity El Dueño del Agua is seem as evil and when they grow to large it is believe Chaac (Thunder) stroke them .

Channel 7

Elite Cyclist Gets Four Year Ban
Elite cyclist Nissan Arana was crowned Belize's National Road Champion at the end of June, but tonight he's been stripped of that title.   Cycling's governing body, the UCI in Switzerland has finished adjudicating Arana's case and today posted his final status on their website.   It confirms that he has tested positive for the banned substance, EPO - and it stipulates that he is to be suspended for four years.   This is the longest ban ever imposed on a Belizean cyclist.   Arana tested positive after the Holy Saturday Cross Country Classic where he finished ninth.

Bus Operators Bex and Making Threats!
3 weeks ago, we told you how the Belize Bus Association had convinced Government to make a major concession. The Government had agreed in principle to limit Guatemalan and Mexican bus operators, requiring them to hand off their passengers at the borders, so that the Belizean bus operators and taxi cooperatives could take over and transport those passengers in and around the country.  Well, it doesn't appear that the Government is ready to finalize that decision quite yet.  And, tonight, the local bus operators are threatening to shut down the country's public transportation system in retaliation. They say that these foreign-owned companies from the neighboring countries shouldn't be allowed to provide a service which Belizeans can also provide adequately.

Santa Elena Killer Knew Victim Well
Last night we told you that police had charged 33 year old Jorge Galindo with the murder of Nelson Flores.  You may recall that the gunman who murdered Flores wore a motorcycle helmet to hide his identity. How then were police able to make an arrest? ACP Joseph Myvette told us that Galindo was known to the family. ACP Joesph Myvette - Head, NCIB: "Reference the shooting death of Nelson Flores which had occurred in Santa Elena town on Sunday last. Police have since arrested and charged Jorge Galindo a 33 years resident of Santa Elena town for the crime of murder, attempted murder, and aggravated assault..."

Alleged Burglar With Broken Legs
Thirty-six year old Leon Duncan, a security guard at Gwen Lizarraga High School, was wheeled into court today with his two broken legs to answer to a charge of burglary.  Last week he told us that it's the police who broke his legs simply for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.  He says the police beat him viciously because he refused to disclose the identities of two men who were fleeing after burglarizing an apartment. But, police say he is the burglar.  The incident happened a week ago at an apartment on Antelope Street Extension.

A Lot To Know About Nurse Sharks
Last night you saw our feature on the Hol Chan Marine Reserve where our Courtney Weatherburne went snorkeling with nurse sharks in Shark Ray Alley. Now although these friendly sharks were just an arm's length away, visitors are not to touch them. The technical manager of the reserve Kirah Castillo gave some tips for tourists and spoke about their collaboration with Mar Alliance to better study these creatures. Kirah Castillo - Technical Manager, Hol Chan Marine Reserve: "The Mar Alliance, their focus is on mega fauna and so for the past few years, they have been conducting research at shark ray alley to look at the population of the sharks and the rays and health of the population within the area..."

A Map of Belize Like No Other
Tonight, the Government is reporting that it has taken a major step to integrate technology in the way they do business. They're introducing a new computerized initiative called the Belize National Spatial Data Infrastructure. It is a collection of all known geographical data about the entire country, which were produced by experts from an extensive list of the public and private sector agencies. The GIS database will influence the way that the different government agencies tackle problems in the areas such as of tax mapping, property management, permit tracking, flood mitigation, and disaster management. The project was officially unveiled this morning, and 7News attended to understand out how it will work. Daniel Ortiz has that story:

Basta Bullets on Pedro
San Pedro police found a stash of weed on weapons in one of the island's impoverished neighborhoods.   Yesterday morning, a Special Operations Team did raids in the San Juan area.   In an empty lot, they found a black plastic bag with 30 5.56 rounds - which would be used in an assault rifle - and half pound of weed.  The items were labeled and deposited as found property.

Man Charged For Sex With Girl Half His Age
Police caught 34 year old Steven Castillo in a compromising position with a teenaged girl and today charged him for unlawful sexual intercourse. On Tuesday the cops were conducting a routine patrol in the city when they came upon a parked vehicle. When they looked inside they saw Castillo acting suspiciously in the front seat, while a female sitting in the back seat was wearing no underwear. She's only 15 and the child's parents were called in along with Social Services.  A doctor confirmed that the child was carnally known.

Caught With 39 Tails, Fisherman Has A Tale of His Own
A 51 year old fisherman who was allegedly caught with 39 undersized lobster tails pleaded not guilty today. Evaristo Pedro Tun from Chunox village says he is not guilty of possession of the lobster weighing less than four ounces. The Fisheries Department claims they found the stash on a sailboat named, "Lizeni" on August 7 east of Cockroach Caye in the Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve.

Flour Mill Shooting Investigation Stalls
Dwayne Cherrington was shot on Wednesday morning around the Belize Flour Mill.  But police told us that he isn't cooperating: Supt. Alejandro Cowo - O.C., C.I.B.: "There was a shooting there on Wednesday morning just after midnight but the person that was injured, he was treated and discharged the following morning, however, he has not made an official report to the police yet..."

Mexican Congressman Visits To Revive Cultural Exchanges With Belize
Yesterday a Mexican Congressman visited the new Belize Mexico sports facility near the Marion Jones Stadium.   We met Raul Sanchez Barrales outside that new facility where he gave big props to new president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and told us - through a translator that he was here to revive relations between Belize and Mexico: Raul Sanchez Barrales - Mexican Congressman: "We've always considered Mexico and Belize to be a brotherhood neighbours and for some reason it has been stuck for a while, so with a new government in Mexico, we're trying to revive that condition..."

How The Prices you Pay Changed From One Year To The Next
Last night, we showed you the latest figures from the Statistical Institute of Belize, on how the country's economy performed in the second quarter of this year. We also reported on the inflation, and which parts of the country the cost of living was highest. So, we turn tonight to the SIB's snapshot on the consumer price index, and how the prices you paid for items last year compares to what you paid between April and June of this year. Here's what statistician Melvin Perez had to say during yesterday's press conference:

How to Stay Safe During September
September Celebrations kick off this weekend with the Belikin Bash music festival. But while you and thousands of others bash, more boots are needed on the ground to police September events. Police told us what they are doing to make the events safe and enjoyable for all, and they shared a few tips to help you celebrate without incident. Supt. Alejandro Cowo - O.C., C.I.B.: "Yes there's additional police officers that have been deployed to several events that will be taking place within the city, and also if you notice there are special operations that will be taking effect every day at Belize City to combat any crime or prevent any criminal activity during the September celebrations..."

Products With Purpose
Yesterday we got a glimpse of the eco alternatives that could replace plastics at the Eco-Marketplace Expo at the Biltmore. Tonight we'll hear from a few of the organic and environmentally friendly product providers who showcased on the Expo's floor. Here's a bit of how Belize's entrepreneurs are doing their part for a more sustainable world:

A New Bridge to Neulands
The bridge between the Mennonite Community of Neulands and Santa Martha in Orange Walk East is probably one of the least known crossings in wider Belize. But, in that agricultural area it plays a crucial role, and, for decades, the only crossing was a rickety and precarious wooden bridge.  That has now been replaced with a sturdy concrete structure, and here's what residents said about it yesterday: Maria Herrarte - Santa Martha Villager: "It's very important, the bridge and the road we really need because everyone has to pass on this bridge to their jobs."

Toledo Co-Op Gets Funding & Opportunities
The Green Creek Farmers Cooperative in partnership with the Ya'axché Conservation Trust have launched their Conservation Community Project. The Community based organization an NGO came together  to make use of available resources from the Global Environmental Fund/Small Grant Program, which will serve to help change the landscape and social fabric of the Green Creek Farmers' Cooperative and the community of San Jose, Toledo by providing opportunities to grow and develop. 

Channel 5

Major drug trial implicating two lawmen is adjourned; Police’s Prosecution Attorney on sick leave
A major and sensational drug case in which a high ranking police officer and a constable have been charged came up today in the Orange Walk courts.  The trial of [...]

Families of accused Mexicans seek meeting with Attorney Dickie Bradley; they allege police abuse
Following today’s adjournment, Attorney Dickie Bradley told us that the families of the Mexican nationals implicated in this case have requested a meeting. The men, Eli Figueroa Nunez and Azarias [...]

A driver twice the age of a minor is charged with her sexual assault
In Belize City, a driver who was allegedly caught in a compromising position with a fifteen-year-old minor this past Tuesday, appeared unrepresented.  Police believe that Steven Castillo had sexually abused [...]

An alleged burglar arrives in court in wheelchair
A burglary at the home of a teacher ended badly for one of two accused burglars. Thirty-six-year-old Security guard, Leon Duncan, a Ladyville resident, arrived in court this morning in [...]

Final decision on foreign buses on hold
Earlier this month, the Ministry of Transport reported that an agreement of sorts had been reached in respect of Mexican and Guatemalan buses transiting Belize. This came in the wake [...]

What’s Up at Princess Royal Youth Hostel
The situation at the Princess Royal Youth Hostel remains volatile where a number of young girls have been involved in unrest at the facility since August tenth. On that Saturday [...]

Belize National Spatial Data Infrastructure Web Portal Unveiled
After ten years in the pipeline, a modern web portal was unveiled this morning by the Ministry of Natural Resources at the Belize Biltmore Plaza. The system will be collecting [...]

Making the Highways Climate Change Resilient
Representing the Minister of Economic Development at today’s Memorandum of Understanding signing was C.E.O. Yvonne Hyde. Hyde is also the Chair of the Project Steering Committee of the Belize Climate [...]

Police Department to Introduce New Ceremonial Dress
The police will soon be donning a new, formal attire pending approval for members of the Belize Police Department. The regalia will be used for ceremonial activities, as well as [...]

Police Department places more boots on the streets as September Celebrations kick off
The September celebration activities get underway this weekend and the Belize Police Department is ready. In the bi-weekly press brief, today Head of the Crimes Investigation Branch in Belize City, [...]

Tensions Grow at Belize Rural High School
Tensions continue to grow at Belize Rural High School in Double Head Cabbage though students are back in the classrooms. Five teachers of the relatively small school decided to show [...]

Belizeans Living in Florida Brace for Hurricane Dorian
The Belize Consulate in Florida has issued a statement in respect to the approaching hurricane, Dorian. Hurricane Dorian gained strength in the Atlantic Wednesday night, and millions of people in Florida were [...]

Japan Gifts a New Compactor to Belmopan City Council
Representatives from the Government of Japan were in Belmopan today for the official handing over of a much needed garbage collecting truck. Mayor Khalid Belisle received the compactor on behalf [...]

Eight High School Students Awarded Lions Scholarships
The Lions Club stepped up big time on Wednesday night providing scholarships to a group of students. After a thorough view of applications, eight students were selected to receive the [...]

Ya’axché Summer Camp 2019 a Success!
One hundred young men and women of eight communities in southern Belize came together at Ya’axché’s Field Station for a highly interactive and educational week. The annual summer camp focused [...]

Miss Universe Belize Donates to Young Men of Wagner’s Youth Facility
Miss Universe Belize Jenelli Fraser dropped by the Wagner’s Facility on the George Price Highway this morning as part of the community work she is undertaking during her year of [...]

Healthy Living Looks at Early Assessments & Interventions for Learning Disabilities
By Monday, all children across the country will be back in the classrooms, getting ready to start a new academic year. Naturally, parents get nervous about the success of their [...]

LOVE FM

Belize Bus Owners Dissatisfied with Ministry of Transport
A strike may be looming as some bus operators feel that they are treated unfairly in the transport industry. On August 6, the Ministry of Transport issued a press release talking about an agreement made between the Government of Belize and the Belize Bus Owners Association (BBOA). The agreement was to have only one foreign …

Hurricane Dorian approaches Florida
These images show the water section in Walmart in Mira Mar, Florida, as residents have begun to stock up in preparation for Hurricane Dorian. There are thousands of Belizeans living in Florida and tonight those relatives and friends are bracing themselves for a category four hurricane. A press release from the Consulate of Belize in Florida …

Man who was shot not cooperating with police
A man was shot in the early hours of Wednesday morning, however, since the victim is not cooperating with police, details in this case are very scarce. Superintendent Alejandro Cowo told us the little that the police know. Superintendent Alejandro Cowo, Head of Crimes Investigation Branch Belize City: “There was a shooting there on Wednesday …

Mount Carmel preschool will open its door in October
There is another school with problems of its own. Mount Carmel Preschool in Benque Viejo Del Carmen, Cayo District, whose license was initially rejected by the Ministry of Education, will not be able to start school with the other preschools come September 2. Last week, Love News travelled to Benque and reported that the school’s …

Rural High Comments on Recent Teacher Sick-out
Yesterday, we told you about five teachers from Belize Rural High School who called in sick and students were subsequently sent home. We went to Double Head Cabbage to see what was the situation on the ground, and the only people who talked to us were some of the concerned parents. One parent said the …

One person charged for killing man in front of family
While crime might have been slow this week, it does not negate the weeks where crime, and especially murders, are rampant. The police were also asked for updates in any of the recent murders but there was not much to say about those either. In fact, the only other update the media was given was …

Land Tax Campaign, will result in a $90 million loss
When the House of Representatives convened on August 16, 2019, the Prime Minister of Belize, Dean Barrow declared that $90 million dollars would be written off in cases where landowners had fallen behind with their land tax payments to the Department of Lands. In speaking with Kerry Belisle, the Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry …

Man caught with undersized lobster tails
51-year-old, Evaristo Pedro Tun appeared before Senior Magistrate , Tricia Pitts-Anderson where he was read a single charge of possession of 39 undersized lobster tails. Tun pleaded not guilty to the offense and Senior Magistrate Anderson offered him bail in the sum of $1,000 plus one surety of the same amount which he was able to …

Man caught burglarizing home
36-year-old security guard, Leon Duncan, a Ladyville resident, appeared before Senior Magistrate Tricia Pitts-Anderson where he was arraigned on a single charge of burglary. The charge is in connection with stealing items valued at almost $9,000.00 from Melvin Armstrong’s home. Duncan pleaded not guilty to the charge and he was offered bail in the sum …

Steven Castillo charge with unlawful sexual intercourse
34-year-old Steven Castillo, a driver for a paint store in Belize City, was charged with one count of unlawful sexual intercourse after he was caught in parked vehicle with a fifteen year old whose panties were off. This morning, Castillo, who was unrepresented, appeared before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford where he was arraigned. It is …

Will Scotiabank be leaving our shores soon?
A few weeks ago when we reported on the possible sale of Scotiabank in Belize, the bank’s administration fired off a release saying they will not comment on rumors and they did not inform their staff of any intention to sell off the bank’s assets, which is what we had reported...

Consumer Prices Down 0.2%
Also coming out of the Statistical Institute of Belize, SIB, are the figures for the Consumer Price Index for the month of July. This figure fell by 0.2 percent, which reflects a minimal deflation. Melvin Perez, Statistician 2, says the main contribution to the decline was transport. Melvin Perez, Statistician: “Now looking at the four …

The Economy declines by 0.8%
The latest figures from the Statistical Institute of Belize are in and they were presented this morning via a press conference. In the second quarter of 2019, the economy experienced a decline of 0.8 percent. According to the Statistical Institute of Belize, Belize’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) which is the main benchmark of the country’s …

Adapting to Climate Change
Climate Change adaptation is a matter taken seriously in Belize as the effects can already be seen in various areas. Yesterday a group of media personnel took a tour to view how bad erosion has gotten in the south. Toledo Correspondent, Paul Mahung, was on the tour and filed this report. Protected Areas for Conservation …

Going Green!
An eco-expo held today gabe many entrepreneurs the chance to show off various alternatives to plastic based products as well as sustainable energy methods. The expo was hosted by McNab Visual Strategies and sought to inform various consumers on the importance and availability eco-friendly products. Creative Director of McNab Visual Strategies, Tanya McNab, told us …

Cayo residents concerned over dredging
Concerns have surfaced in the Cayo District, over dredging taking place in the Mount Pleasant area. According to our Cayo Correspondent, Fem Cruz, a company headquartered in Belmopan has been digging in the Belize Old River which is compounding the problems for residents who are already having difficulties with the drought. Here is our correspondent’s …

Bush fire rages in open lot in Belize City
Today, a fire broke out in an open lot near Vernon Street in Belize City. While it was only a bush fire, many of the residents feared for their homes and their lives. Reporter Courtney Menzies spoke to some of the residents and brought back this report. This afternoon a fire that was reportedly set …

Africanized bees terrorize Belize City residents
For three days, the residents of Lovely Lane and Victoria Street in Belize City, have been terrorized by Africanized bees. Some residents were unable to even get in and out of their homes. One resident who declined an interview said that three of his dogs had been killed by the bees, and he had been …

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Public Service Union condemns Joshua Perdomo loan writeoff

The Public Service Union has condemned the Government of Belize’s approval of a $40,000 loan […]

Consulate of Belize in Florida closing as Hurricane Dorian approaches
The Belize Consulate in Florida said that it will be closed tomorrow, August 30, as […]

“Drought impact assessments will take more time,” says Agriculture CEO
The Ministry of Agriculture is working diligently on the impact assessments for the agricultural subsectors […]

Meeting to be hosted to discuss transit of Guatemalan and Mexican buses
A final decision on matters regarding buses from Guatemala and Mexico transiting Belize has been […]

Feedback, Grievance, and Redress Mechanism is Developed for the Belize REDD+ Project
The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration (MAFFESDI), through the […]

Transparent BPO Opens 3rd Contact Center in Belize, Continued Expansion Planned
Transparent BPO, a nearshore contact center and business process outsourcer, celebrated the grand opening of […]

San Pedro police find ammunition and weed
This morning, the San Pedro Special Operations Team and other officers conducted an operation in […]

U.S. and Latin America pledge to Work to Promote Science-Based Food and Agriculture Regulations
The U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) […]

US visa refusal rate at 34% in 2018 for Belize
What are the chances of being refused a United States (US) visa in Belize? Millions […]

Belize U-19 Billiards Team participated in Guatemalan tournament
The Belize Billiards Sports Federation (BBSF) informed that five players (U-19) participated in an 8-ball, […]

Come celebrate Maya Heroes day this Saturday in Orange Walk
The Northern Maya Association of Belize is hosting Maya Heroes day on Saturday, August 31, […]

Heat and Humidity in Sports
y Victor G Rosado MD.MPH: Do you ever wonder why, we as a country find it so difficult to improve our performance in any endurance physical discipline […]

BAHA implements import restrictions to safeguard banana industry
In an effort to safeguard the country’s banana industry from the harmful Fusarium oxysporum (TR4) […]

Belizean health professionals represent at 1st of its kind meeting in Mexico
Health professionals, Ingrid Gomez, who is a Registered/Certified Dialysis Nurse attached to the Miguel Rosado […]

Exports up over 40 percent in July, imports up over 15 percent
After having a rough start this year, Belize’s exports for the month of July 2019 […]

International Sourcesizz

Using Social Entrepreneurship to Create Change in Belizean Communities
I’m Andre Pitts, a 26-year-old Belizean. As a developing nation, Belize has its fair share of challenges: an unstable economy, high crime rate, and high unemployment as well as underemployment. One of the biggest challenges is the inability of parents to pay for their children’s education and associated expenses. In the village that I live in, this was especially the case. In 2015 — when I was 22 years old — I grew weary of the juvenile delinquency and general stagnation in my community, so I decided to personally assist one family in their efforts to get their five children prepared for the school year. I undertook to supply them with their backpacks and all the necessary stationery.

Teacher of the Year exemplifies the commitment that our children need
Gail Hudson cried tears of joy and gratitude this week when she was named Nevada Teacher of the Year. But to her and her many dedicated colleagues, here's a loud and proud message: That gratitude flows both ways. Hudson, a fifth-grade teacher at John R. Hummel Elementary School, represents the best and brightest in our community’s teaching corps. An immigrant from Belize, she came to the United States 45 years ago to find the best education she could receive. She was inspired by an eighth-grade teacher who told her she should go to college. For 32 years and counting as a teacher, it’s been her turn to inspire students.

In the Spotlight: Aug. 30, 2019
Jamie Awe, a professor in the Department of Anthropology, authored a piece about his work in recent excavations in Belize, which was published in Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology. The report documents Awe’s findings in Belize and the socio-political implications they prove. Additionally, Awe and fellow anthropology professor Claire Ebert co-authored several articles about their research into the ancient Maya in Belize. “The Role of Diet in Resilience and Vulnerability to Climate Change: Stable Isotope Evidence from the Ancient Maya Community at Cahal Pech, Belize” examines the effects of the Terminal Classic drought on the ancient civilization and how their diets helped them stay resilient through climate change. “Defining the Preclassic Ceramic Economy at Cahal Pech, Belize Using Geochemical Compositional Analyses” is a study that uses neutron activation of ceramics found at the excavation site to determine economic change and social complexity in the area.

A Summer with Dr. Fly
This summer I studied abroad in Belize through Texas Tech’s Field School in Maya Archaeology study abroad program. We excavated an average of seven hours per day, and during our “off day,” we always had some adventure to go on — whether it was hiking through the jungle to find a waterfall or swimming through Actun Tunichil Muknal cave. No matter what we did, we always worked with the looming pressure of the ominous Dr. Fly. In fact, on our first real day of work, our professors warned us about Dr. Fly. While all of us silently agonized over this presumed top scholar, another student in the program raised her hand to ask when we would meet this intimidating individual. Tomas, one of our professors, assured us we would meet him, and oh, we most definitely did. But not until much later. When we worked in Gallon Jug, a site 20 minutes away from our lodge, our restroom was the jungle. Unfortunately for me, I have the orientation of someone who doesn’t have good orientation! Having gone far too deep in the jungle, I was temporarily lost all by myself; it seemed every tree looked the same. Eventually, however, I found my way back to our site. My preferred survival story isn’t one where I got lost because I chose to pee somewhere random, but here we are.

Lord Ashcroft: two Australian businesses owned by Tory and Liberal donor collapsed within a year
Two Australian businesses owned by the Tory peer and former Australian Liberal party donor Michael Ashcroft have collapsed in the space of a year with debts totalling almost $150m, raising questions about their demise and – in one case – the means used to bring it back to life. The financial services group Anne Street Partners and the house builder QNV Constructions were put into administration after falling into difficulty over the past 12 months.

Videos

  • Abalone Caye’s Struggling Survival Against Erosion, 5.5min. In southern Belize, Abalone Caye is part of a reserve co-managed by TIDE, the Toledo Institute for Development. The caye stretches for half an acre within the larger Port Honduras Marine Reserve. Because of its strategic location, it is vulnerable to a host of illegal activities. But the caye is also suffering from major environmental degradation and has severely eroded. TIDE is partnering with P.A.C.T. and the Getch Foundation to restore the caye. News Five’s Hipolito Novelo was at Abalone Caye to record the work being done by TIDE to deal with the erosion caused by the pounding waves.

  • The World's Largest Coral Reef Has Been Saved (For Now), 2min. For nearly 10 years, the Belize Barrier Reef was an endangered UNESCO World Heritage site. In June 2018 it was finally taken off that list.

  • Belize - Getting lost in the jungles of Belize, 3.5min. Crossing into Belize from Mexico was a big change. Stayed just a few days in Belize before continuing into Guatemala. Belize is a place i will return to in the future.

  • Diving at Blue Hole (Lighthouse Reef) & San Pedro island - Belize, 16min. Diving al Blue Hole, al Lighthouse Reef ed a San Pedro Island, in Belize, con il diving “Amigos del Mar”. C’e inoltre un po’ di snorkeling e spiagge dell’isola.

  • Belize Harriers, 1.5min.

  • Viaggio sub in Belize, 1.5min. Scopri il Belize, con la barriera corallina piu grande dell’emisfero boreale e il Great Blue Hole, pura adrenalina!

  • Talk Ah Di Town August 29, 2019, 45min.

  • Morning Matters with Seidy Pinelo, 60min.

  • Turtle Inn Lodge, Belize, 1min.

  • Belize City Streets at Night, 9min.

  • Belize Coconut Hut - MAKE YO OWN ARTZ WORKSHOP, 25min.

  • Shark Dive in Belize with the Scuba Savvy folks!, 2min. At 25 Seconds in, take a look at the big momma nurse shark!

  • Belize, 46min. Belize is an independent and sovereign country located on the north eastern coast of Central America. Belize is bordered on the northwest by Mexico, on the east by the Caribbean Sea, and on the south and west by Guatemala.

  • A trip to Secret Beach, San Pedro, Belize, 5.5min. Secret Beach is on the west side of the island. The drive by golf cart to this beach is about 40-45 minutes. Less than 10 years ago a developer made a road to connect the west side to the east. From then on businesses have begun to establish. Undoubtedly, Secret Beach is one of the most stunning natural areas in Belize. There is no reef on the west side but the water is crystal clear with sandy bottom and limestone shores. This is a perfect place to swim, float and relax while enjoying the views and sipping on your drinks.

  • Victoria House Resort & Spa, 1.5min. Such a relaxing place to stay.