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Today's Belize News: September 4, 2019 #538100
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The San Pedro Sun

Sargassum study around Caye Caulker encourages further human intervention to address this environmental issue
An investigation into the effect of Sargassum in the marine environment surrounding Caye Caulker was conducted by a team comprised of members from the Belize Coastal Science Alliance and the Ocean Academy High School. The project aimed to find out the magnitude of the Hypoxia (low oxygen conditions) believed to be the result of rotten Sargassum. As such, the project also studied the comparison between areas on that island that have and have not seen human intervention. At the end of the research, and according to the findings, it was concluded that the area receiving human intervention had higher oxygen levels compared to areas that did not. This result advocates the initiative that removing the Sargassum from near shore water areas does reduce the impact to local marine life threatened by the large mats of this brown seaweed accumulating on coastal areas.

Caye Caulker resident Norman Gill remanded for attempted murder
On Monday, September 2nd, 34-year-old Norman Gill, a boat captain of Caye Caulker was arraigned for the charge of attempted murder after appearing before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford in Belize City. According to an official report, Gill was charged with Dangerous Harm and Use of Deadly means of Harm. No plea was taken, bail was denied, and he was remanded to the Belize Central Prison until November 5, 2019.

Caye Caulker resident Norman Gill remanded for attempted murder
On Monday, September 2nd, 34-year-old Norman Gill, a boat captain of Caye Caulker was arraigned for the charge of attempted murder after appearing before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford in Belize City. According to an official report, Gill was charged with Dangerous Harm and Use of Deadly means of Harm. No plea was taken, bail was denied, and he was remanded to the Belize Central Prison until November 5, 2019. The suspected culprit, Gill, remained at large for over two months. Police eventually caught with him on Thursday, August 29th when he was detained and four days later arraigned in Belize City.

San Pedro Pirates draws 3-3 against BDF
For the sixth week of the Premiere League of Belize (PLB) 2019 Closing Season, San Pedro Pirates F.C hosted the Belize Defense Force (BDF) Football Club at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town on Saturday, August 31st. The intense match saw both teams, aiming for the victory, however, when the long whistle blew it was a 3-3 draw. For their next match, San Pedro Pirates F.C will compete against Wagiya Sporting Club on Sunday, September 15th. The match is scheduled to begin at 4PM at the Carl Ramos Stadium in Dangriga Town.

Ambergris Today

Belize Red Cross Launches Monetary Appeal For Hurricane Dorian Victims
Belize Red Cross Launches Monetary Appeal to help Persons affected by the Catastrophic Hurricane Dorian The Belize Red Cross Society (“BRC”) is in solidarity with our Caribbean brothers and sisters in the islands of the Bahamas. Since Sunday, September 1st, the northern islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama have been catastrophically impacted by Hurricane Dorian, the strongest and most sustained Category 5 hurricane ever to be recorded in the region.

UK/Belize Commonwealth Litter Program's Week Launched With Beach Clean Up
On Sunday, September 1, 2019, the UK/Belize Commonwealth Litter Programme's Week of activities was launched with a beach clean-up at Belizean Beach. A special Thanks to everyone who came joined in on the clean up and learn more about tackling marine litter. Participants were asked to bring their own water bottles and refusing to purchase single-use cups and plates so as to encourage everyone to reduce, reuse and recycle.

The Belize REDD+ Project – A Global Initiative To Combat Climate Change
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.

Various Belizean Sources

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Corozal Female District Selection Games
Saturday, September 7, 2019. Save the date! Come and support our Female District Selection as they play against visiting team. 11:00am- Corozal vs Benque Viejo (U17 Female). 1:00pm- Corozal vs Mid-South (U15 Female). It all happens at the Ricalde Stadium.

Revised school calendar 2019-2020
Ministry of Education has released the revised school calendar 2019-2020. Parents and Guardians take note.

Update on Xaibe Village Robbery
The Zhen Zhen store in Xaibe Village, was robbed last night at around 7:30 p.m. Preliminary information is that store owner Li Chang was in the store along with the security guard Edwardo Villamil, when three Hispanic males, one of whom was armed with hand gun entered the store and proceeded to rob the store of $1000.00bcy in different domination and assorted items value unknown. The three robbers then left the store and rode off on bicycles, in the direction of San Andres Village.

Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Carl Risch traveled to Belize
o review consular operations and to meet with the Government of Belize representatives, as well as the U.S. Embassy team, on August 29-30. The Assistant Secretary underscored the United States’ deep and sustained commitment on a variety of consular issues, including the welfare and safety of U.S. citizens overseas and efficient and equitable visa processing. “We are constantly working to improve our screening processes and to support legitimate travel and immigration to the United States while protecting U.S. citizens,” Risch stated. During his short, but productive trip to Belize, Assistant Secretary Risch met with CEO Andrews and other key government officials, visited the Adjacency Zone, and led a Town Hall at the U.S. Embassy.

Belize's Wonder Women! Dr. Golda Mejia
Golda is the Founder and President of a charitable organization Progressive Education Assistance Team (PEAT). She is an exemplary leader, who motivates and inspires residents in her community. In 2018, Dr. Mejia led Belize’s Youth Ambassadors as a mentor during the group’s three-week long program focused on leadership skills and community service. Through PEAT, Dr. Mejia empowers Belizean youth by providing tuition scholarships to students who otherwise would not be able to attend school and focus on education.

Bullet Tree Falls After Pageant Dance, GLOW PARTY!
Next week Saturday 14 September it's Bullet tree falls village dance on the basketball court after the pageant come out and see who is gonna be crown miss bullett tree 2019 2020 come support your village council. And dance fallows after the pageant we gonna party maadaayoo

**RED CROSS APPEAL LAUNCHED**
The Belize Red Cross has launched the Hurricane Dorian Red Cross Appeal in Belize. Cash donations are being requested to send to the Bahamas Red Cross in Nassau to assist in meeting the needs of those distressed. Accounts have been set up at all commercial banks throughout the country. The Belize Red Cross Society appeals to Belizeans to join in in this great humanitarian effort to relieve human suffering by giving generously. As more assessments are carried out, further appeals may be launched in the coming days.

Government of Belize to Join Relief Efforts for the Commonwealth of The Bahamas
The Right Honourable Dean Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize, today, sent a message of condolence and solidarity to the Government and people of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas following the devastation wrought by Hurricane Dorian, a Category 5 storm on September 1st, 2019. Cabinet agreed, at its meeting today, to make a contribution of US$100,000 to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas to assist in the recovery efforts.

LETTER TO HONOURABLE DR. HUBERT ALEXANDER MINNIS, PRIME MINISTER OF THE BAHAMAS
Dear Honourable Prime Minister, I have been following closely the news coverage of the passage of Hurricane Dorian through North Bahamas. On behalf of the Government and People of Belize, I wish to express our condolences for any life lost and the significant damage to infrastructure caused as a result of the catastrophic category 5 hurricane.

Driving Under the Influence of Drugs (DUID) Campaign
The National Drug Abuse Control Council - Belize, Ministry of Health is embarking on a Driving Under the Influence of Drugs (DUID) Campaign from the 4th - 6th, September, 2019. This campaign seeks to influence the social perception of Driving Under the influence of Drugs by networking with the proper authorities. This will be done through the distribution of informational drug prevention leaflets at checkpoints throughout the country. This is an effort that will act as a prevention strategy as the September Celebrations approaches to spread awareness on the importance of DUID and to encourage responsible behavior of drivers.

Changes in Fuel Prices of Premium Gasoline and Kerosene
The Ministry of Finance announces that effective Wednesday, September 4th, 2019, the pump price of premium gasoline will increase by 19 cents from $11.12 to $11.31 per gallon and the pump price for kerosene will decrease by 26 cents from $7.63 to $7.37 per gallon. The prices for regular gasoline and diesel will remain unchanged at $10.12 and $10.04 per gallon, respectively.

A necropsy conducted on a dead dolphin, that brought a stir to our Corozal community yesterday, is inconclusive
The necropsy was done under the supervision of Mr. Raul Rosado of Corozal Junior College, Ms. Irene Quinteros, Forest Officer and Mr. Ryan Rivera of Oceana Belize. The dolphin was thin showing it was not eating or receiving proper nutrition. The team could not figure out why. Internally and externally there were no lesions, injuries or bruises. Tissue samples are not analyzed here and so were unable to take tissue samples, given the lack of resources and time. Therefore, what was done, yielded no possible answers to the direct cause of death.

Important Dates in Development of Tourism in Belize
1948 Vick Barothy opens what was first fishing lodge in British Honduras, a camp on the Belize River near Belize City, now Belize River Lodge 1953 Fort George Hotel, first major hotel in British Honduras, opens in Belize City with 36 rooms 1961 Reef Colony Club with a restaurant, pool and eight rooms, on the site of what is now Ramon’s Village, the dream of Vernon and Terry Hammon, first resort built on Ambergris Caye, was destroyed by Hurricane Hattie just before it was to open

Channel 7

Bus Brinkmanship: Operators Win, Gov't Capitulates
If you are a commuter who was concerned that the Belize Bus Association would follow through on their threats to shut down public transportation countrywide, you can breathe easier tonight. The Government met with them this evening, and the two sides have agreed to finalize the implementation of restrictions, which will limit the number of foreign-owned buses that can operate in Belize. As we told you, the bus operators were pressing the Government to require the foreign-owned buses to hand-off their passengers at the border and allow the local operators to take over and transport those passengers to whichever part of the country they were traveling to. They say that they should not be excluded from such revenue-earning opportunities.

Transport Minister Says Bus Operators Need to Step Up
So, now that the bus operators are getting their way when it comes to the tourists visiting the country, the Transport Minister wants to see them give a far better service to the Belizean public. Throughout the dispute, fingers were pointed at him and the Government for foot-dragging, and so when the topic came up, he seized on the opportunity to take a jab at the local bus operators for the subpar service they provide.

Died 34 Days after Being Shot; Mom Wants to Know Where The Guns Come From
27 Year old Rafael Usher died today at the KHMH - 34 days after he was shot. He had spent the month of August fighting for his life in the KHMH but finally succumbed this afternoon. Usher was shot on July 31st while he was riding a cycle on Central American Boulevard, heading towards his home on Arlington Drive. He received multiple gunshots, and the ones to his abdomen left him with significant damage to his internal organs.

Dorian's Devastation Unimaginable
Hurricane Dorian has finally moved off the Bahamian Islands, and tonight is headed northwest, skirting the Florida coast. The damage it did to the Bahamas is historic; it ties the record for the most-powerful storm to make landfall, and - in the Bahamas - it made three landfalls - both as a category five and category four storm. And then, it sat stationary on the Grand Bahama island for a cruel and terror filled day.

GOB, BEL and BDF Will Help Bahamas, How About You?
And so, how can you help the people of the Bahamas? Well, government has taken the first step. Cabinet today agreed to make a contribution of $100,000 US dollars to to assist in the recovery efforts. And, for the general public, the Belize Red Cross today launched the Hurricane Dorian Red Cross Appeal in Belize. The Director General Lily Bowman says you should give from your heart for our CARICOM brothers and sisters, because, one day, it could be us:

Shish Charged For Abducting Teen
Two weeks ago, we told you about the 15 year old girl from Cayo who had to dash into the Belize Bank in downtown Belize City to escape a man who had abducted her. Today, San Ignacio police charged her alleged abductor; he is San Antonio Villager, 45 year old Bartolo Shish. He was charged today for forcible abduction and sexual assault. On Friday, August 23rd the girl claims that she was walking in downtown San Ignacio, when Shish - who is her former employer - approached her.

Cop Charged For Harming Woman And Child
A police officer has been charged for harming a woman and a 2 year old boy. There aren't much details on this incident but police officer attached to Belmopan Oscar Ich was in court today, arraigned on 2 counts of harm. Ich pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Hold Up In Xiabe
Last night, 3 armed men held up a Chinese grocery in the Corozal District and got away with $1,000. Store owner Li Chang reported that she and her security guard Edwardo Villamil were at her Xaibe Zhen Zhen store when 3 men entered and stole $1,000 in different denominations among other items. The men then rode off on bicycles.

Police Hushed About Griga Robbery Next To Station
Police issued no report on that robbery - and they also issued no report on another story we've been following. And that may be because a major broad daylight heist happened at a jewelry store 3 buildings down from the Dangriga town police station.

What Caused Corozal's Dead Dolphin?
There are questions about a dead dolphin which was seen floating in the Corozal bay yesterday afternoon. It was later extracted from the water for closer inspection. By then, the animal appeared to have been dead for approximately a day and a half. CTV-3 spoke to Oceana's Corozal field representative who was called to the scene.

Courtney's Adventure With Blue Ventures
Blue Ventures: It is a UK based organization headquartered in Sarteneja, Corozal. They came to Belize in 2010 and they have been conducting lion fish research and surveys as well as community-based work in Sarteneja. Well, they also have a dive camp in the Bacalar Chico Marine reserve. Courtney Weatherburne stopped by their camp last week to find out more about what they do. Here is her story. Courtney Weatherburne reporting: It can't get any better than this - chilling on the beach as the gusts blow strong and steady unto shore. But these volunteers only get to enjoy this seaside siesta after

Testing The Quality of Sea Water
Last week we showed our feature story on Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease. It is killing the corals in the Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve. Fortunately, is has not spread to other areas as yet. Well, the Hol Chan Marine Reserve is also off the coast of Ambergris Caye and the reserve managers say they have to double up on their coral monitoring system to ensure their corals remain healthy. A new feature of that monitoring system is a water quality testing project. Technical Manager of Hol Chan Kirah Castillo told us more about it.

Coast. Guard Will Protect Paddlers During Eco Challenge
The Sarstoon Eco Challenge is a paddling event with an overtly nationalistic message: participants go down the Sarstoon and - of the Guatemalan military doesn't stop them - around the Sarstoon island. It's a harmless, recreational sporting event - but it's ripe with opportunities for confrontation because the Guatemalans military behaves as if it controls the river. Well, this year event is planned for September 14th, and, in a surprising move - the Ministry of National Security has committed to organizer Will Maheia that the Coast Guard will be out there to protect the paddlers.

Fuel Prices Change Slightly
19 cents: that is how much the pump price of premium gasoline will increase by. So effective tomorrow, you will be paying $11.31 instead of $11.12. But as that price increases, pump price for kerosene will decrease by 26 cents from $7.63 to $7.37 per gallon. As for the prices for regular gasoline and diesel, they will remain unchanged at $10.12 and $10.04 per gallon, respectively.

The King, The Queen, The Carnival
The Carnival King and Queen competition played at the Marion Jones Sporting Complex on Saturday night. Though the event was somewhat impacted by rainy weather, the aspiring carnival kings and queens in both the senior and junior categories still gave their best efforts to entertain the carnival crowd. But, it was an anticlimax because the winners weren't announced until last night.


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An SI Comes Into Effect to Regulate Mexican and Guatemalan Buses Entering Belize
Industrial action by bus owners and taxi operators across the public transportation industry has been averted, following a late afternoon meeting with government officials in Belmopan. The sit-down began promptly [...]

BBA Says It’s Satisfied with Outcome of Transportation Meeting
Thomas Shaw, President of the Belize Bus Association, says that they are satisfied with the outcome of the meeting. And notwithstanding the challenge of conforming to standards set by their [...]

Clear The Land Ways in on Bus Situation
Minister of Transport Edmund Castro has been involved in the negotiations with the B.B.A.  While he has championed the cause of the local tour operators, he says that the industry-wide [...]

Graham Creek – a year later!
Last year we took you on a journey to Graham Creek in Toledo. We went along with the Belize National Teachers Union to see firsthand the hardship teachers in Graham [...]

Graham Creek still needs your help!
As you saw in our story, Graham Creek Government School got some donations to kick off the school year. The donations were made possible by the business community and other [...]

Gov’t Schools’ local manager walks the walk to Graham Creek!
Walter Garbutt is the local manager for government schools in the Stann Creek and Toledo Districts. He was one of the persons who also visited Graham Creek on Monday. That [...]

Gov’t Schools’ Management weighs in on Graham Creek hardship!
As the local manager for government schools in Stann Creek and Toledo, Garbutt knows a lot about the hardships faced in the rural communities. We asked him about his experience [...]

How National Gas Company Came About
The inception of a national gas company, a public/private partnership involving the government, began with Belize Natural Energy Limited several years ago, under the stewardship of Doctor Gilbert Canton.  At [...]

The Idea to Build an LPG Depot in Big Creek
According to Canton, a complete study of the cost of acquisition of liquid petroleum gases from the U.S. Gulf Coast was subsequently conducted and through that exercise, they realized that [...]

A Public/Private Partnership for Local LPG Industry
The idea of a public/private partnership with the Government of Belize is based on similar models employed elsewhere in the region.  In this case, G.O.B. will have a twenty-five percent [...]

How Investors Were Chosen for NGCL
In July of last year, an agreement was signed with the Barrow administration formalizing the partnership and shareholders were sought thereafter.  Those investors include Michael Bowen, President of Bowen and [...]

Premium prices up by nineteen cents
Effective at midnight, the price of premium gasoline will be going up by nineteen cents per gallon. Consumers will be paying eleven dollars and thirty-one cents per gallon when they [...]

Heavy rains clear some areas along the New River
Earlier today, a News Five team headed north for an update on the New River. As we have been reporting, the health of the river has deteriorated significantly overtime due [...]

DOE begins cleanup efforts and studies at the New River
As nature does its part to heal the New River, the Department of the Environment is also starting its efforts to address the situation. Chief Environmental Officer, Martin Alegria says [...]

GOB Pledges US$100,000 to The Bahamas for Hurricane Relief
Belize has joined other nations and international organization in providing relief to The Bahamas post Hurricane Dorian which caused extensive destruction on the island on September first as a Category [...]

Belize Red Cross Launches Monetary Appeal for the Bahamas
The Belize Red Cross Society in response to the devastation left by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas and in solidarity with the thousands of thousands of persons affected, today launched [...]

Couple and their two-year-old son ambushed by gunmen in their home
A horrifying home invasion has left a couple in shock in San Lazaro Village in the Orange Walk District. As Romeo Carrillo and his common-law-wife, Rubia Bijil try to move [...]

Beach Marine Litter Survey and Clean-up Held
The move to phase out single use plastic and those plastic shopping bags is underway, but it is not going as smooth as possible. Most people are still holding on [...]

TIDE’s Marine Litter Awareness Campaign
As part of its plastic pollution awareness campaign, today in partnership with Indufur North America, CEFAS and the Commonwealth Litter Program, the Toledo Institute for Development and Environment along with [...]

Pollution in San Pedro Still an Issue
Ambergris Caye is also facing a high level of pollution. A few years ago scientific researcher and Executive Director of the Crocodile Research Coalition Doctor Marisa Tellez found that pollution [...]

Contestants Gearing up for Miss Universe Belize
A diverse group of strong and talented women are competing to wear the prestigious crown of the 2019 Miss Universe Belize. Their backgrounds are different and interesting, each of them [...]

And the winners of Carnival King and Queen 2019 are…
The results are in, and after two days of verification by auditors, the Belize Carnival Association announced this year’s top finishers for the Carnival King and Queen Competition that was [...]

Amandala

$40,000 for Joshua Perdomo; $0.00 for poor school children
Dozens of children who are students at the Ladyville Seventh Day Adventist Primary School were denied their right to an education when they and their parents, who are indebted to the school, were turned away this morning, Monday, on the first day of the new school year. When at least three media houses turned up to cover the story of children being turned away from the school because of money owed, the media representatives were ordered off the school’s compound upon the instruction of the school’s principal, L. Acosta, who even called Amandala editor Russell Vellos to complain that there was no story to cover at his school, and wanted him to call back his reporter.

Bus owners threaten national shutdown of public transportation
The Belize Bus Association is up in arms to protect its turf from the foreign competition of Mexican and Guatemalan bus companies that appear to have gotten a foothold in the local transportation industry. The local bus companies want to limit the foreign competition coming from the Mexican and Guatemalan bus companies that have been bringing passengers to Belize by requiring that these foreign buses leave their passengers at the border, from where they can be picked up by local buses and taxis and then transported to their destinations in and around the country.

Rasheed Pollard dies hours after his 27th birthday in road accident
Rasheed Pollard, 27, of Fabers Road, a father of two children and an employee of DIGICEL, who was honored for his outstanding performance by his company earlier this month, was celebrating his 27th birthday with friends and associates in Belize City, and afterwards, he went to Ladyville to celebrate with friends. He was returning home from Ladyville to Belize City at about 3:00 this morning when on his arrival in Driftwood Bay, he lost control of his car, which swerved to the left side of the road, then ran off the road and slammed into a BEL lamppost —uprooting its concrete base and displacing it about 10 feet into the drain.

Devaun Maskall, 25, ambushed and killed in his yard
Devaun Maskall, 25, of Mile 4, Philip Goldson Highway, Belize City, and his girlfriend, drove into their yard at about 12:30 this morning, and he got out of his car to go into the house, to which they had recently moved. A gunman, however, was lurking in the shadows in the yard. The assailant ran from his cover and fired at Maskall, who tried to escape. The gunman, however, chased and shot him. Maskall fell to the ground and the gunman ran out of the area and into a waiting vehicle, which then drove away.

Ex-Guatemalan presidential candidate, Sandra Torres, arrested for alleged campaign finance violations
The former Guatemalan presidential candidate, Sandra Torres, 63, who won the first round in the 2019 Guatemalan presidential election in June but lost in the second round three weeks ago to Alejandro Gammattei, was arrested today, Monday, at her home near Guatemala City. Torres, a former Guatemalan first lady, was arrested on the eve of the departure of the United Nations anti-corruption unit which initiated the investigation against her, Aljazeera Latin America reported today.

U-19 billiards team participated in tournaments in Guatemala
The Belize Billiards Sports Federation (BBSF) is happy to share that 5 players (U-19) participated in 8-Ball, 9-Ball, and 10-Ball billiards tournaments from August 22 to August 24 at the Estadio Nacional Doroteo, Guamuch Flores Stadium in Guatemala City, after being invited by the National Billiards Association of Guatemala. The 5 players who represented the Jewel were: Immer Lima, Raul Montejo, Jr., Ailton Linarez, Elvis Yam and Iverson Monima. They were selected after ranking Top 5 in a U-19 8-Ball Tournament the BBSF held in Belmopan in May of 2019 to go up in individual shoot-out against Guatemala’s top 5 players.

Altitude FC post only weekend victory, as Verdes and Bandits rest in Week 6 of PLB Opening Season
Both undefeated league leaders, Verdes FC and Bandits Sport rested this past weekend in Week 6 of the Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2019-2010 Opening Season. A majority of Verdes and Bandits players make up the Belize National “A” Team, which will see action this week in first round group stage matches of the 2019-2010 CONCACAF Nations League. On Thursday, September 5, the Belize team will be in French Guiana; and on Sunday, September 8, Belize hosts Grenada at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium. Despite the back match game in hand, both Bandits and Verdes still stand at the top of the standings. There were two Saturday night games and one on Sunday in Week 6 of the PLB Opening Season. Both matches on Saturday night ended as draw games.

2 cyclists, Belizean and Mexican suspended for Anti-Doping Rule Violation
Late on Thursday evening of last week, the Cycling Federation of Belize (CFB) sent a release detailing the suspension of Belizean cyclist, Edgar Nissani Arana; and the next day, the CFB sent another release, informing of the suspension of Mexican cyclist, Donizeti Vladimir Vasquez Aburto, who had participated in the Krem New Year’s Classic. Below are excerpts from the two CFB releases:

Stann Creek F.A. Smart U-13 Mundialito semifinals, and Week 1 results for 1st Division Cup 2019
The Stann Creek Football Association (SCFA) Smart U-13 Mundialito semifinals were held on Friday evening, August 30, at the Carl Ramos Stadium. In game 1, Silk Grass Ballers dropped New Site, 2-0, with both goals coming from Brayden Olivas. Game 2 saw Pomona Warriors and Benguche ending in a 2-2 draw. Aaron Estero struck twice for Benguche, while Annek Arzu and Harrison Roches, Jr. scored 1 each for Pomona. The game then went into penalty shootout, where Benguche won, 3 to 1.

Weekend Ryders Series Race #1 results
Here are the results from the 1st race of the current 5-race series for the Weekend Ryders Club. The race was held on the St. Paul’s circuit with the junction with Bermudian Landing Village. The “A” did 4 laps, with winning Time of 2:14.05. 1st Place – Barney Brown (Digicell 4G, leading the series with points gained on the road); 2nd Alvan Gillett (Kulture); 3rd Dwayne Wade (Bze Boyz); 4th Warren Coye (Santino’s); and 5th Rutherford Cunningham (Digicell 4G).

Editorial: Faber: against write-off; Saldivar: it was a done deal; Perdomo: mum
At the last sitting of the House of Representatives, on August 16, 2019, the PM (Prime Minister) said the Cabinet supported the write-off of a loan of approximately $40,000 that was owed by Mr. J. (Joshua) Perdomo, a male offspring of the Cabinet Secretary, Mr. Carlos Perdomo. On August 27, 2019, four government ministers — John Saldivar, Hugo Patt, Elodio Aragon, Jr., and Edmond Castro — finalized what the Cabinet had approved — the exoneration of J. Perdomo from the debt he owed his country. There has not been one voice outside of the government’s inner circle that has offered any defense for the write-off. Mr. J. Perdomo got the best of what Belize had to offer. He was a young man with a good job who got support from the government so that he could pursue further studies in a field where there was a national deficiency.

From The Publisher
I’ve never really tried to explain to you how Belize’s power structure, from the very beginning and over a period of years, maneuvered things so that KREM Radio, which pioneered private, commercial radio broadcasting in Belize in November of 1989, was essentially pushed aside, and a national radio monopoly began to emerge on the Northside of Belize City in early 1993. Strictly speaking, this is a story which presented an opportunity for interesting investigation by the rest of the media, as impartial as they are supposed to be. The impartial media, however, has studiously ignored this story, for decades. KREM Radio marks its thirtieth anniversary this year November, and I think the people of Belize would benefit from some discussion of how the big boys “booby trapped” KREM.

One correction completely accepted
A mentor told me they didn’t have any serious difficulties with my article, “Searching for the right path” (one of three in my column on August 27), but I could do with a couple corrections. One, he said, is that a doctor or midwife doesn’t ALWAYS know what color blanket, pink or blue, the baby should get. I told my mentor that I had read of hermaphrodites. So, why didn’t I say, EXCEPT IN RARE CASES? On this matter I should have. I shouldn’t have brushed past anyone, even if there was only one person on the planet who was that way.

From before creation’s grandeur to the Gospel’s Might, God always has Belize in His providential sight
As September comes again, it is a wonderful time for a nation to call to mind its many blessings and give thanks to God! It is a great month to pray our Belizean prayer which begins, “Almighty and Eternal God, who through Jesus Christ has revealed Your Glory to all nations, please protect and preserve Belize, our beloved country…” It is also an opportune time to examine our national conscience and ask if we are our fulfilling our national destiny to glorify God while reflecting on the theme, “From Mayan Grandeur to Modern Glory, together let’s shape our Belizean Story.” This rather poetic phrase is encouraging Belizeans to tell and remember the story of the nation this September. But what is the Belizean story? Well…it depends who is telling it.

Que Viva Marcus Canul
While many Belizeans are excited about the September celebrations, especially because of the 10th of September and Independence, some Belizeans in northern Belize belonging to the Yucatec Maya ethnicity are remembering the struggle of their ancestors. While the British had always portrayed Marcos Canul and the Maya as invaders, the reality is that the British were the true invaders on Maya land. The British and people of colonial mentality have always promoted in Belize their version of history. A history which many times brainwashes us, enslaves us and blinds us of who we are as Belizeans. The Belizean history is very rich, even though many tend to forget that we are a multiethnic nation. We, Yucatec Maya, are also Belizeans, and our history needs to be better represented in schools. Many times it had been ignored, maybe because of our resistance against the British.

Joshua Perdomo’s write-off indicative of cronyism and poor governance
I would like to think that I learnt a lot of principles and ethics and good things from my teachers, and having gone to mostly Catholic schools enabled me to meet those who piously professed the faith and who were persons I believed I could trust and look up to. There are people I never forget and teachers I will always remember, and for sure there are “religious” leaders that I hold at a Biblical standard. Carlos Perdomo and his wife Michelle Perdomo are two such people. It is important to me to tell this story because I met both these persons in my formative years at St. John’s Sixth Form and I also interacted with them tremendously through Saint Joseph Church, Belize City, which I then attended.

Jorge Galindo remanded for shooting Nelson Flores and daughter, 12
Jorge Galindo, 33, a laborer of Perez Street, Santa Elena, was arrested and charged with the murder of Nelson Flores, 42, and the attempted murder of his daughter, 12. Galindo was also charged with use of deadly means of harm, grievous dangerous harm and aggravated assault. Today, he was taken to the San Ignacio Magistrate’s Court, where he was arraigned and was remanded until October 17.

Greg Perez dies in motorcycle accident; Lawrence Cholom critical
Greg Perez, 37, a mechanic of Punta Gorda, Toledo District, and his friend, Lawrence Cholom (age unknown), also of Punta Gorda, were involved in a road collision on the Southern Highway which took Perez’s life, while Cholom is in a critical condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. The fatal collision occurred at about 3:30 this afternoon in Golden Stream, Toledo District. Perez and Cholom were traveling on Perez’s motorcycle from Punta Gorda to Independence, Stann Creek District, on the Southern Highway, when on their arrival in Golden Stream, between Miles 63 and 64, Perez lost control of his motorcycle and it ran off the road and overturned.

Coast Guard sailor detained for allegedly using gun to assault woman
Brian Orellano, 27, a sailor of the Belize Coast Guard, is in Belmopan police custody pending a number of charges after he allegedly beat Christina Teul (age unknown), a domestic, in her house, with a gun, and when her son came to her aid, Orellano fired his pistol. He then walked out of the house. Police, however, found and detained him. The incident occurred at about 8:00 this morning.

Reginald Ruiz, 60, injured in road accident
Reginald Ruiz, 60, of Camalote, Cayo District, was driving his three-wheel motorcycle at about 5:00 yesterday evening from Roaring Creek to Belize City, when on his arrival in St. Matthews, between Miles 45 and 44 on the George Price Highway, a vehicle hit the back of his motorcycle. Ruiz was thrown off his motorcycle and landed on the pavement. As a result, he suffered serious head and body injuries. He was taken to the Western Regional Hospital, after which he was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where he has been admitted in a critical condition.

The Reporter

Government Prepares Strategy To Avert BBOC Actions
Senior government officials, including Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte and Transport Minister, Edmond Castro met with members of the Belize Bus Association today in Belmopan following threats of a national shutdown of the sector over the weekend.

Premium Gas Price – Up Again @ Midnight
The Ministry of Finance announces that effective Wednesday, September 4th, 2019, the pump price of premium gasoline will increase by 19 cents from $11.12 to $11.31 per gallon...

LOVE FM

Oceana’s green registry
Oceana continues to champion the cause for the elimination of plastics. In this regard, Oceana has set up a registry where environmentally friendly businesses can register. Kyle Montero, Outreach Program Assistant for Oceana told Love news that businesses can go to Oceana’s website to register. Montero added that the exposure will assist persons to locate …

Belize Red Cross assisting victims of Hurricane Dorian
The Belize Red Cross has launched the Hurricane Dorian Red Cross Appeal in Belize. Cash donations are being requested to send to the Bahamas Red Cross in Nassau to assist in meeting the needs of those distressed. Love News spoke with Lily Bowman of the Belize Red Cross. Lily Bowman, Director General, Belize Red Cross: …

Goodin says more police patrols are needed to keep students safe
Councilor Micah Goodin recently wrote the Commissioner of Police requesting that more patrols be conducted in areas where schools are located. With the reopening of schools, Goodin says bandits are looking to target students and the extra patrols will assist in keeping students safe. However, Goodin’s request comes on the heels of the Commissioner of …

St Matthews decides to open school gates until 8:30 a.m.
On Monday, parents from Saint Matthew’s Government School received a letter from the school which seemed to have caught them by surprise. The letter advised them that students will not be allowed on the school compound before 8:30 am from Monday to Friday. The news that students who arrive before 8:30 will be forced to …

Will monopolizing butane lower cost to consumers?
Government’s recently introduced monopoly butane entity, which will be known as the National Gas Company Limited has come under a lot of scrutiny, not all of it positive. There is a concern in most quarters that monopoly does not equal lower cost to consumers. Bowen and Bowen, which will own a minority 6 percent stake …

Hurricane Dorian kills at least five people in the Bahamas
Hurricane Dorian has wreaked havoc on The Bahamas, leaving in its wake several deaths, severe flooding and damage to property. The Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Hubert Minnis, gave an update yesterday on the destruction the hurricane has caused. Hubert Minnis, Prime Minister, The Bahamas: “Thus far the Royal Bahamas Police Force has confirmed that …

Man passes away thirty four days after being shot
A mother’s love knows no bounds, and Desiree Young joins the list of mothers who have had to grieve for the death of their children. 27-year-old Rafael Usher passed away this morning at around nine o’clock, after fighting for his life for thirty-four days. Usher was shot multiple times on July 31 while he was …

Plastic clean up
Plastic continues to threaten the environment and there have been attempts to address this problem on many different levels. On September 1, the Belize Audubon Society in collaboration with the Department of the Environment held a clean up at Belizean Beach located on the George Price Highway. Dareece Chuc, Environmental Education Director at the Belize …

Department of Environment details steps to improve condition of the New River
The Department of the Environment (DOE) has been working to alleviate the polluted conditions of the New River in Orange Walk. Residents have been concerned for weeks over the murky appearance of the river and the awful stench it emits, along with the fishes and crocodiles that have died. Today, Chief Environmental Officer from the …

Castro demands Bus Owners to improve their conditions of local buses
Minister of Transport, Edmond Castro was also at this afternoon’s meeting. Following the positive outcome, Castro explained why this matter took a while to be resolved. Edmund Castro, Minister of Transport: “I think I heard the Attorney General said something like rapidito fast, everybody would want things overnight, right away, instantaneous but the world doesn’t …

Nationwide strike turned down after agreement was met between Bus Owners and Government
Tonight, we can tell you that the bus strike that was looming has been placed on the back burner as government officials and the Belize Bus Owners Association (BBOA) have come to an understanding. The discord had to do with the Government seemingly going against what was initially agreed to and what the BBOA felt was preferential treatment towards bus operators from Guatemala and Mexico...

Bartolo Shish captured by police
45-year-old Bartolo Shish, a businessman of San Antonio Village, located in the Cayo District is finally in police custody after evading police since August 23. Police arrested and charged Shish for forcible abduction and sexual assault...

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CONCACAF hails defense, Deon as keys to Belize’s success
With a trip to the big time on the line, what does Belize need to […]

Belize Red Cross Launches Monetary Appeal to Help Persons Affected by Hurricane Dorian
The Belize Red Cross Society (“BRC”) issued a statement today expressing solidarity with our Caribbean […]

National Drug Abuse Control Council says No to Driving Under the Influence of Drugs
Whether it is drugs like marijuana or alcohol, any amount can impair your ability to […]

Belizean film maker among those chosen for prestigious training programme
A Belizean filmmaker is among the 21 participants attending the 10th annual CaribbeanTales Market Incubator […]

CARICOM Chairman issues statement following Hurricane Dorian
In the aftermath of the devastation left behind Hurricane Dorian, which ravaged the Bahamas this […]

Belize writes supporting Bahamas in Dorian aftermath
Prime Minister of Belize Dean Barrow has pledged national and regional support to the Commonwealth […]

Bartolo Shish charged for forcible abduction of minor
San Antonio resident, Bartolo Shish was today arrested and charged for forcible abduction and sexual […]

Changes in Fuel Prices of Premium Gasoline and Kerosene
The Ministry of Finance today announced that effective Wednesday, September 4th, 2019, the pump price […]

UWI readies support for the Bahamas post Hurricane Dorian
Even as the catastrophic category 5 Hurricane Dorian pummels the north west and central islands […]

Belizean Port state control to pursue Masters degree in Maritime Affairs in Sweden
Rikki Lambey, a Belizean national who is a Port State Control Officer Grade III of […]

Fisherman charged for June stabbing
Following several months of investigation, 34 year old Norman Gill of Caye Caulker was charged […]

Defense to begin submissions in Danny Mason trial on Wednesday
On Monday, the trial of William “Danny” Mason; brothers Terrence and Keiron Fernandez; Ernest Castillo […]

US Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs is in Belize
Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs, Carl Risch, arrived in Belize on August 29, […]

Vehicle neither bought nor sold, but money taken by former cop, couple alleges
The Facebook page known as “Buy and Sell” functions as a sort of online marketplace […]

Warm weather expected today
Today’s weather forecast, prepared by the National Meteorological Service of Belize, is for warm weather […]

Micah writes to ComPol for student safety
Belize City Councilor, Micah Goodin, has written to Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams. In his […]

Police looking for Cayo man who allegedly kidnapped minor
San Ignacio Police are looking for Gladimir Bartolo Shish of San Antonio, Cayo for allegedly […]

Blogs

A breakfast culinary guide when visiting San Ignacio
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day even more so when travelling and getting ready for the big adventures ahead. Don't fall under the "free breakfast" game and miss out on a culinary experience waiting for you. In order induct you into the breakfast club... you must try the tasty offerings San Ignacio has to offer. Here's a compiled list of our favourite spots that you need to hit up for breakfast when you are visiting San Ignacio, Belize.

International Sourcesizz

How to Retire in Belize: Costs, Visas and More
While many Americans are exploring domestic retirement locations, others are also considering retiring abroad. Why? This is mainly because other countries, like Belize, often offer lower-cost living options and attractive weather conditions. And in some countries, a couple can live comfortably off a Social Security check alone. But does that mean you should retire abroad? Below, we take a closer look at how much it costs to retire in Belize. And if you want some hands-on guidance as you think about retiring abroad, consider enlisting the help of a trusted financial advisor.

Central American ancients thrived while others perished
Four thousand years ago, a group of pre-Columbian people in what is now the Central American nation of Belize were thriving. Their population was growing and they appeared to be practicing the rudiments of agriculture by growing corn that would let them emerge from a hunter-gatherer existence. At the same time on the other side of the world, however, some of the world’s most advanced societies were disappearing. The Akkadians, in what is now Iraq and the First Kingdom in ancient Egypt were devolving into chaos, due to what scientists believe was a 300-year drought. Now, a University at Albany researcher is exploring connections between climate change and social development by looking at how such events played out in these ancient cultures.

Despite rains, concerns over regional drought situation prevail
The Barbados-based Caribbean Drought and Precipitation Monitoring Network (CDPMN) Tuesday said even as rainfall continues to increase across the region, there’s more concern over long term drought that can continue to cause below normal levels of groundwater, large rivers and reservoirs. In its September bulletin, the CDPMN said that even as the rainfall increased, there were pockets of concern, including in parts of Belize and Jamaica, where there was at least temporary relief for the most part, as the El Niño dissipated. “Though there not many concerns over short term drought that can impact agriculture, streams and ponds by the end of November, there is much more concern over long term drought that can continue to cause below normal levels of groundwater, large rivers and reservoirs. Long term drought is most likely to evolve in portions of the Guianas, the eastern Caribbean and Belize by the end of November,” the CDPMN warned.

Videos

  • Benny's Belize, 7.5min.

  • Quick tour on Harvest Caye Belize, 9min.

  • Belize Birthday Visit 2019, 7.5min. In January 2019, my two sibling and myself gathered at my Brother’s place near Corozal Belize to celebrate my Sister’s birthday. While there, we visited the Mayan archeological sites of Santa Rita, Cerros, and Lamanai.

  • Y.W.C.A. received a donation of 40 tablets, 21min. Y.W.C.A. received a donation of 40 tablets which the kids will use as one of their primary learning tools. The Y is the first to introduce technology to it's pre-school students.

  • The Caribbean Festival of Arts, Carifesta Update, 21min. The Caribbean Festival of Arts, Carifesta, featured 3 of our Belizean artists at this year's festival held in Trinidad and Tobago. Designer Julie Mango was featured in the newspaper for her masterpiece design. Richard Kiau was apart of the Caribbean Youth Orchestra and Musa Shaheed was selected as the Carifesta Youth Artists Ambassador.

  • Update on The New River, 37min. Dr. Ed Boles gave us an in depth conversation on the state of the New River and shared his views and hopes that our water bodies will receive more attention.

  • The Belize Carnival Association Reps., 27min. The Belize Carnival Association Reps. went over events leading up to Carnival Day and the route for the road March. Important to note is that the trucks will lower their music from Goldson Avenue to B.T.L. to not disturb patients at the Belize Medical Associates.

  • Francis Reneau Concert Series 2019, 21min. It's all about disco at the upcoming Francis Reneau Concert Series 2019. Save the date and head out for two nights of smooth entertainment.

  • ABC Life Support shared some tips for the festive season, 30min. ABC Life Support shared some tips for the festive season so as to prevent accidents from happening. The company also provides training to help save a life.

  • Four of the six districts are being affected by the drought, min. There is presently an ongoing drought situation in Belize due to the lack of rainfall. Four of the six districts are being affected by the drought, with Toledo and Stann Creek doing fairly well. The National Met Service predicts that it will continue through to October.

  • The Burns on a Tuesday, 3.5min. Downtown Cayo on a Tuesday. It's more than just Burns. Mary Robinson shot a great video. "The Burns on a Tuesday. Down Town San Ignacio. Video by Mary Robinson.

  • Canoeing inside Barton Creek Cave, Cayo District, Belize, 1min. This is another video clip from my family's extreme cave tour at Barton Creek Cave archaeological and tourist site in Cayo District, Belize. (www.bartoncreekcave.com). The video was shot in a stretch of cave where I had to actually lay down in the canoe and the guide who was paddling had to lean forward almost doubled over to traverse the low passage. This section of the cave can only be reached when there has not been any heavy rain. It is flooded part of the year.

  • Live Rock formations inside Barton Creek Cave, Cayo District, Belize, 2min. My family recently did an extreme cave tour at Barton Creek Cave in Cayo District, Belize. (www.bartoncreekcave.com). This is the longest river cave in Belize. It has been featured in National Geographic and is on several "must see" lists. I shot several short video clips...and a few actually turned out. This one features live rock formations deep in the cave. To get to these you have to do the Extended Cave Tour, not the Standard, Cave Tour which is canoe only. The extended tour takes you out of the canoes and onto the path less traveled.

  • Belize Caye Caulker Hol Chan Marine Reserve, 3.5min. Beautiful images from Belize! Manatees, sea turtles, and most importantly sharks!

  • Belize ATV Tour, 10min.

  • TRAVELING FROM MEXICO TO BELIZE BY BOAT!, 5.5min. It's super simple to take a boat from Mexico to Belize - here's how we did it!

  • Belize Ambassador & Champion Sound Band, 24min. A visit from the Belize Ambassador and performance by Champion Sound Band!

  • Coca Cola Spelling Bee 2019 Highlights (Belize), 2min. Spelling Bee held in Spanish Lookout Belize.


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