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The San Pedro Sun

Caye Caulker fire leaves one dead and several families homeless on Independence Day
A fire, shortly after midnight on Independence Day, Saturday, September 21st, left one dead and ten families homeless in Caye Caulker Village. The blaze gutted a two-story commercial building housing a golf cart rental and apartments on Langosta Street. Most of the persons living in the building were out enjoying the fireworks, but on the first floor a gentleman, identified as Elmer Chuc from the Corozal District, who worked at the golf cart rental, became trapped and died in the blaze. Despite the efforts of the island’s fire department and volunteers, the entire building and its items destroyed.

Another draw for San Pedro Pirates as PLB’s second round of 2019 season begins
For their first match in the second round of the Premiere League of Belize (PLB) 2019 Opening Season, the San Pedro Pirates F.C went against Belmopan Bandits on Saturday, September 21st. The match saw both teams with a strong defense, and when the long whistle blew, it was a 0-0 draw. For their next match, San Pedro Pirates will be playing at home against Altitude F.C on Saturday, September 28th. The game is scheduled to start at 7PM inside the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town. ALL islanders are invited to come out and support the island team on their home game.

Ambergris Today

Oceana Belize & Tiburon Rum Gift The Belize Coast Guard With New Marine Vessel
Oceana Belize along with Tiburon Rum and other donors have facilitated the donation of a 28’ Bradley Pelican marine vessel, Tiburon, powered by two 115 horse power outboard engines, to the Belize Coast Guard in an effort to combat illegal fishing, piracy and drug trafficking in Belize’s waters. The donation was made possible through the kind support of multiple partners. The official boat handover ceremony took place at the Coast Guard Compound on Wednesday, September 25, 2019. On hand at a brief ceremony was Chief Executive Officer Felix Enriquez of the Ministry of National Security and Rear Admiral John Borland, Commandant of the Belize Coast Guard.

Various Belizean Sources

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Light Manufacturing and Logistics: Outlook and Investment Opportunities
Belize’s abundance in investment opportunities allows for all sectors to capitalize on the country’s strategic business position. The blossoming business environment has created opportunistic gaps in the market for fruitful development to occur. One such sector that can benefit from these market gaps is Light Manufacturing and Logistics. This sector has exuberantly displayed it’s potential for investment. Moreover, the country’s thriving economy with flourishing private sector development, has created the required infrastructure to support the expansion of the Light Manufacturing and Logistics Sector.

Independence Day 2019
Check out our U.S. Embassy Belize photos on Flickr from last Saturday's Independence Day Parade! We took some great pictures with our new friends along the parade route.

Belize Coast Guard Gets New Marine Vessel
Oceana Belize has facilitated the donation of a 28’ Bradley Pelican marine vessel, Tiburon, powered by two 115 horse power outboard engines, to the Belize Coast Guard in an effort to combat illegal fishing, piracy and drug trafficking in Belize’s waters. The donation was made possible through the kind support of multiple partners. The official boat handover ceremony took place at the Coast Guard Compound on Wednesday, September 25th 2019. “We’re pleased to assist in the expansion of your sea-going fleet as you continue to patrol the nooks and crannies of our country, as you work to safeguard the marine resources that so many of us depend on”, stated Janelle Chanona, Vice President of Oceana Belize.

HUAY PEEK
At the end of the 17th century,a healer whose name was Juan Moo. This sorcerer had the ability to transform into Huay Peek’, the Sorcerer Dog. This healer stood out for his powerful personality and was known as one of the most successful popular doctors, whom they called Campeche and Quintana Roo, for his widespread fame. Juan Moo was very respected among the population, even when the ecclesiastical authorities did not accept him and called him pagan. Who knows why the Holy Inquisition had not arrested him. When he carried out his works of white magic, he became a big black dog...

New Toll Rates for the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge
We would like to introduce to you the New Toll Rates for the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge, effective as of October 16th.

ELECTIONS AND BOUNDARIES DEPARTMENT: List of Objections and Statement of Appeals

ELECTIONS AND BOUNDARIES DEPARTMENT: Notice to Electors

Attorney General Responds to Comments by NBZlive on the Vital Statistics Unit
The Office of the Attorney General has noted the postings of NBZLive made on the 25th day of September 2019, broadly and loosely exhibiting documents and other evidence alleging corruption at the Vital Statistics Unit, all in an effort to create mischief, attract attention and foster an anti-solutionist approach. The Office of the Attorney General calls on the public to reject these mischievous acts and put a stop to the use of improper forums to issue grievances and fester public disunity. The Office of the Attorney General reiterates that the Vital Statics Unit offers crucial services for the entire Belizean public and calls on Belizeans to not be easily swayed by political propaganda and acts of mischief.

Prime Minister Departs the Country
The Office of the Prime Minister informs the public that the Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow departed the country today, Thursday, 26th September, 2019 for a medical consultative appointment relating to his back ailment. During the Prime Minister’s absence, the Hon. Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister will act as Prime Minister. The Prime Minister returns on Saturday, 28th September, 2019.

Hanal Pixan
National Institute of Culture and History through the Corozal House of Culture and To’one Masehualoon Maya Tradition of “Food For The Souls”. Saturday October 26, 2019 at 7pm Corozal Central Park. Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 7 PM in Corozal.

Channel 7

Cops Roughed Up Their Teenaged Daughter In The Street
Last night a video of what seemed to be police brutality went viral on Belizean Social media - and in the process spawned dozens of memes.   But beneath the making fun, there is a family that is hurting, angry and demanding answers about a child who's still in police custody - because she escaped from the youth hostel.    As you've seen, the video shows 5 police officers attempting without success to restrain a half naked young woman in the street.  We now know she is only 15, but she fought the police - and the cops ended up using extreme measures to restrain her.

Verde's Attorney Says "No Bribe"ť
The criminal complaint against Belize's second most senior tax collector Reynaldo Verde has been released and - as you heard last night - it's not pretty.   An FBI agent says he has recordings of Verde - then the Assistant Commissioner of the Department of General Sales Tax - meeting with American real estate developer Chris Williams.  Verde allegedly asks for a payment of $350,000 BZD - in cash - to make Williams's tax arrears of millions of dollars go away.  Williams was heading a development called called Orchid Bay Belize - which has had difficulties getting off the ground.   At that meeting on August 24, 2019 in Corozal, Verde also allegedly asked Williams, quote "do you have an initial deposit for today?" 

Suspect to Be Charged For Killing Grandmother
58 year old grandmother Mirna Young was killed in front of her grandchild on September 18th.  And now, reliable reports say a suspect has been detained for her murder - and he could be charged as early as tomorrow.   Young was killed when a gunman, who had been chasing her son and a friend gave up on chasing them and instead fired several shots inside the home.  It is believed to be a retaliatory move against another of her sons, who is on remand for murder.

PM Bad Barrow's Bad Back, Again
He stood and delivered a 35 minute address in Belmopan on Independence Day.  But, it seems Prime Minister Barrow can't stand much.  Today, it was announced that - for the second time in 6 weeks - he's traveling abroad to seek treatment for his ailing back.  A press release says he left the country today for a medical consultation appointment relating on his back. He turns on Saturday - and Deputy Patrick Faber will hold over until then. The Prime Minister had back surgery in Cuba exactly one year ago.

In the Farmhouse, a Shotgun
On Wednesday morning at 6:00, Cayo police conducted a search on a farm on La Gracia Road, Buena Vista. They found one  unlicensed 12gauge single action shotgun, and an assortment of unlicensed ammunition, including two 12gauge cartridges, nine 9mm hollow point rounds and three .38 rounds.  32 year olds Brian Wilthshire and 32 year old Solangel Rosalbina occupied the farm. Both were charged with the offenses of keeping a firearm and ammunition without a gun license.

Medical Strategies For Dealing With Diabetes
According to PAHO, the leading causes of death in Belize in recent years were chronic noncommunicable diseases, and deadly Diabetes leads the way.  Between 2012 and 2016, the Ministry of Health recorded over 20,000 cases of Belizeans afflicted with diabetes. So, to ensure that the nurses and midwives are adequately able to treat Belizeans living with the disease, the Nurses and Midwives Council organized a training workshop for 80 of their colleagues countrywide. 

PG Gets A New Garbage Truck from Japan
The Japanese government delivered big time for the Punta Gorda town council with a $400,000 Belize dollar grant. As we reported last night, the Orange Walk town council received a garbage truck from the Japanese government through their Grass-Roots Human Security Project. Well, today the PG Mayor and the Ambassador of Japan to Belize met at the Bull Frog Inn in Belmopan to sign a grant for a similar contribution. Here is more from the ceremony Ashton McKenzie - Mayor, Punta Gorda Town: "Today is certainly a most momentous and memorable occasion in the history of Punta Gorda Town, as well as for the country of Japan, it is definitely something big..."

Roaring Creek Foursome Busted With Gun
Police busted 4 men from different backgrounds on the move with a gun and ammunition at a Roaring Creek check point. It happened on Tuesday afternoon at 3:00. The cops stopped a black Volkswagen and searched the driver and passengers and found the weapons.  Driver 21 year old Guatemalan Cristian Omar Alejandro Granados Monroy had a gun inside the waist of his pants, and he was accompanied by Delford Slusher from Hattieville, Owen Gustavo Fernandez Tenas from Carmelita and Dwight Wade from Orange Walk Town. 

Shoplifter Has to Pay a Dozen Times The Value
He was caught on camera stealing 2 deodorants from a supermarket, and tonight, 53-year-old Kenneth Tillett is at the Belize Central Prison, after he was taken to court for theft. Police say that on Monday of this week, Tillett, who is a barber and a construction worker from Ladyville, went to the Sky City Supermarket. He was inside he pocketed 2 Secret brand deodorants, valued at $25.90. The owner of the store caught him shoplifting on the store's surveillance cameras. Police arrested him and charged him with theft, and he was arraigned today before Magistrate Khadeen Palmer. He wasted no time and pleaded guilty to the charges.

Tourism Interests Make Hard Pitch And Easy Deal For Local Travelers
In August of last year, the Belize Tourism Board launched its Belizean Traveler campaign. It's an initiative to boost local tourism and entice Belizeans to enjoy their country the way an international tourist does. 
In theory, it's a win-win. Belizean travelers give hoteliers, tour operators, and other tourism stakeholders an opportunity to keep doing business all year round, especially during the tourism slow season; while Belizeans get to go on their dream vacations right at home, at more affordable prices. Well, the BTB is stepping their Belizean traveler campaign by launching the country's first Travel Expo called BELTRAVEX. Unlike the regular consumer expo, where people go to get information and then decide later, BELTRAVEX is being promoted as a deals expo. Attendees will be able to buy their vacation packages on spot at prices far lower than regular market values. 

FFB Bex About CONCACAF Sanction
The Football Federation of Belize is contemplating whether or not it should appeal a decision from the CONCACAF Disciplinary Committee. That Committee has decided to sanction Belize for missing a match in French Guiana.  
Earlier this month, the FFB explained that the National Team was unable to travel to French Guiana to participate in the Concacaf Nation's League Match against French Guiana, which was scheduled for September 5th. From their perspective, they were fighting an uphill battle, after their previous travel arrangements for the team completely fell through.

Channel 5

Tensions escalated in San Victor Village when two men were injured in a shooting with the police
The village of San Victor is located off the Philip Goldson Highway in the Corozal District.  Its strategic location in proximity of the Rio Hondo has converted it into a [...]

Police issues an official report on the incident
Late this evening police issued an official report saying that Police were on patrol in the Village around five o’clock on Thursday evening. As they neared the river, they saw [...]

New River Crisis Task Force Formed
A task force has been formed to monitor and address the New River crisis that has not only left students and teachers sick in Orange Walk Town, but also disrupted [...]

Task Force to Look at Permanent Solution to New River Crisis
According to D.O.E., the New River catchment is currently facing the worst drought seen in recent times. This drought was forecasted by the National Meteorological Service which has collected data [...]

Education Minister Speaks on Effects of New River Crisis on Students
The Department of Environment is now moving swiftly to address the New River crisis that continues to plague the community of Orange Walk. The health of the New River has [...]

New River’s Health Deteriorating
The heavy stench emanating from the New River has spread to a large portion of Orange Walk Town, affecting thousands of its residents. The Department of Environment has embarked in [...]

Brian Orellana Out on $10,000 Bail
Coastguard officer Brian Orellana was granted and met bail in the Supreme Court this morning where he appeared before Justice Herbert Lord in the presence of attorney Hurl Hamilton. The [...]

Accused Kidnapper and Sexual Predator Out on Bail
Bartolo Shish stands accused of forcibly abducting a teenage minor and sexually assaulting her. The incident happened at the Welcome Center in San Ignacio where the fifteen-year-old girl was allegedly [...]

A New Watchtower in Inaugurated at Belize Central Prison
Prison authorities are strengthening security at the central facility located on the Hattieville Road. The number of escapes or attempts to flee by brazen inmates has presented a challenge to [...]

Another charged for being a Member of a Gang
A number of persons have been dragged to court and charged for being members of gangs. One such person who appeared this morning in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court is [...]

Godwin Flowers charged for Dangerous Harm upon Oliver Rodriguez
Godwin Flowers, a messenger of Curassow Street, Belize City was taken to the court this morning to be arraigned for charges of dangerous harm and use of deadly means of [...]

25 Constituencies Were Represented at Patrick Faber’s Leadership Launch
Turning to politics, on Sunday, Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber officially launched his bid to lead the ruling United Democratic Party. He is set to go against Belmopan Area Representative [...]

Colin Gillett is Belize’s New Fire Chief
Colin Gillett has been appointed as Belize’s new fire chief. His post became effective on July twenty-second, 2019 and he takes over from Ted Smith. The forty-two-year-old holds a Master’s [...]

International Literacy Day 2019; Literacy and Multilingualism
Today, the Ministry of Education launched International Literacy Day 2019 which focused on ‘Literacy and Multilingualism.’ The day is celebrated annually and gives governments, civil society and stakeholders the opportunity [...]

“The world’s most ethical and sustainable shrimp comes from Belize”
The Inter-American Development Bank has hailed Belize’s shrimp as the most ethical and sustainable. According to the I.D.B., Belize has taken the lead in producing socially and environmentally responsible shrimp. [...]

Mas Camp ready for Saturdays Road March
Mas camps 2019 ended with a bang on Thursday night with a visit to three camps and another that won’t compete but is playing mas. From patriotic themes to the [...]

A Brief Look at the Evolution of Carnival
To wrap up our coverage of Mas Camp 2019, we take a brief look at the evolution of carnival. Here is Brent Lopez.   Brent Lopez, Reporitng The festive event [...]

CDF Provides US$3.3M in Loans to GOB for Sustainable Development Strategy
A loan agreement to finalize the approval of a six million dollar credit line and two grants amount to six hundred thousand dollars under the CARICOM Development Fund’s Second Cycle [...]

MOE and DIGI sign MSA for DigiLearn
The Ministry of Education and Digi today signed an agreement as part of an initiative to roll out a new education tool across the country. Digi-Learn is a non-profit organization [...]

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Domestic dispute ends in burglary, theft and harm charges for ex
Osmin Martinez, originally from Trial Farm but working in San Pedro as a security guard, appeared […]

MOE janitor stole purse to buy new phone
A messenger/janitor with the Ministry of Education pleaded guilty to theft of a purse belonging […]

Honduran woman faces deportation after dodging authorities for 4 years
Resident of San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, 23-year-old Cinthia Marisol Mariano Reyes, is heading to […]

Cost of living went down marginally in August
Belizean households got a marginal reduction in the cost of living during the month of August, […]

Cops struggle to subdue rowdy youth who fled police van
Authorities are under fire after an accused female who was being taken back to jail […]

August export revenues up by over 100 percent
The latest data from the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB), says that export revenues were […]

Caribbean islands cannot survive climate change,” says Barbados Prime Minister
Barbadian Prime Minister, Mia Mottley, speaking at the United Nations Climate Summit, called on the UN […]

Attorney General: NBZ Live seeks to create ‘mischief’
The Office of the Attorney General issued a statement minutes ago informing that it is […]

Miss Universe Belize joins Digi Family !
Belize’s beauty ambassador and Miss Universe Belize, Destinee Arnold, has joined the Digi Family. Arnold […]

Police find 1070 grams of marijuana in San Ignacio
Police conducted a search in a bushy lot in Swamyville, San Ignacio and found a […]

Blogs

Lily’s Treasure Chest in Downtown San Pedro Belize: Best Fried Fish Ever
Lily’s Treasure Chest located on the beach in downtown San Pedro Belize has the best friend fish I’ve ever tasted. And the view? It’s not bad either. Yesterday, Jeff and I were in town and HOT…moving quickly towards hot and cranky. So we decided to take a time out, headed to Lily’s on the beach and sit down for lunch. No need to look at the menu. 2 icy soda waters, a fresh lime juice and an order of fry fish fillet and french fries (some might call it fish and chips) to share. We also got some chips and salsa in case we were still peckish.

Guest Blog - Life as an Expat - PART III - FINDING A PLACE TO LIVE IN SAN PEDRO
Now that you’ve considered your options for staying in Belize legally it’s time to find a place to live. Depending on your long term plans for staying in San Pedro, you’ll first have to decide whether you want to own or rent. If in fact you’re planning to live out the rest of your years in San Pedro or you intend to own a business and live on premises, you may want to purchase. The only other reason I would consider owning is for investment income reasons. In other words, you plan to visit for some portion of the year and the rest of the time you will draw income from vacation rentals. Even if you plan to purchase you’ll want to rent initially until you get a better feel for the island and decide where you want to own.

Break Your Bag Habits
Belize’s lush jungle, pristine Cayes, vibrant reefs, Maya sites, exotic wildlife, and rich culture make it a destination not to be missed and to be shared with others. Your travel decisions make a difference to the environment with small changes making a big impact. Here are our top 5 responsible travel tips to consider when traveling in Belize. Reduce plastic waste with a reusable water bottle. Plastic bottles take on average 450 years to biodegrade in the ocean. Many resorts and hotels offer complimentary reusable water bottles upon check-in to support the plastic-free in the country.

A Race to Save the Reef
Coral reef systems are among the greatest natural wonders across the world and provide a number of services to people living in coastal communities around the Caribbean. These services include things such as shoreline protection, nursery habitat for hundreds of other animals including fish and lobster, and aesthetic value for the tourism industry. In Belize these services were valued at more than 500 million USD/year. Climate change and other local threats are impacting these vulnerable ecosystems resulting in a major decline of healthy corals and their associated marine life, putting livelihoods at risk. Caribbean acroporids are key reef-building species but are already critically endangered, hence coral reef restoration is key to climate change adaptation.

Trendy Travels
Nowadays, there are so many options to choose from when planning your vacation. Travel trends come and go but what remains true are the enriching experiences each journey brings. While taking the next Caribbean cruise or backpacking through Europe are vacation staples, one trending destination offering exclusive adventures, virgin getaways, cultural hideouts, and luxury escapes, is Belize. Belize offers a unique experience, sure to provide you with many stories to tell. We’ve narrowed down some of the hippest things to do on your Belizean getaway.

International Sourcesizz

Geolocators yield conservation clues for migratory birds
Tiny geolocators attached to the backs of golden-winged warblers have shed new light on their migrations and revealed a part of the globe that could be critical to conserving the declining species. In a study published recently in The Auk: Ornithological Advances, researchers found that on their return to the United States and Canada to breed during the spring, most golden-winged warblers (Vermivora chrysoptera) take a break in the region between southern Mexico and Guatemala to fuel up for the perilous flight.

Michael D. Coe passes away
Michael D. Coe, was an American archaeologist, anthropologist, epigrapher and author. Primarily known for his research in the field of pre-Columbian Mesoamerican studies, Michael Coe is regarded as one of the foremost Mayanist scholars of the latter 20th century. A renowned scholar with a legacy like no one else in Mesoamerican studies, his dedication and hard work forever transformed the study of the Maya and the Olmec. Though he has passed away, his legacy and his life's work will forever live on.

As new disease wipes out Caribbean coral, scientists tear up reefs to stop the spread
Off the coast of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, a group of scientists is tearing a reef apart in a feverish attempt to save some of its coral. They are battling a fast-moving, lethal disease that researchers say is unprecedented in the speed with which it can damage large numbers of coral species across the Caribbean Sea. Breaking their cardinal rule to never touch the coral, the scientists are removing diseased specimens to try to stop the disease spreading and save what remains. Meanwhile, researchers and divers in Florida, where the disease was first spotted in 2014, are also removing coral samples and shipping them to places as far-flung as Kansas and Oklahoma, in a last-ditch effort to save the 20 species or more thought to be susceptible to what has been dubbed Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease.

India providing US$150 m in aid to Caricom countries
India is providing a US$150 million line of credit to finance renewable energy and climate change-related projects in the Caribbean Community (Caricom), according to a statement issued by the St Kitts-Nevis Government. The statement followed Wednesday's historic summit between India and the 15-member Caricom grouping that was aimed at deepening the political cooperation among the various stakeholders.

China’s growing influence seen in Caribbean
A few days ago, the Solomon Islands, Taiwan’s largest ally in the Pacific, recognised China. Beijing’s success in encouraging the island grouping to do so is the latest indication of the way in which China’s international influence continues to grow. The decision by the Solomon Islands’ government came despite Australia, its traditional regional partner, and the United States both placing pressure on it, in part out of concern that its recognition of China may cause other smaller Pacific nations to break with Taipei. The decision leaves Taiwan with just 16 diplomatic allies worldwide. Of these, the majority are small. Four are in Central America; five are in the Caribbean, including Belize.

Paradise Theater playing this weekend
Toy Store 4, Hobbs & Shaw, Between Two Ferns The Movie, Crawl. We are closed Friday, but for all those industry people who are at work or too busy every night of the weekend .. We thought maybe we'd try opening on a Monday night for you guys to enjoy .. Let's see how it goes.. See ya at the movies!

Oceana Belize's Wavemaker Annual General Meeting 2019
Join us for our 2019 Wavemaker Annual General Meeting on Saturday, October 19th at the SCA Auditorium in Belize City at 10AM sharp. At this event we'll be updating our sensational Wavemakers on all that's been happening over the last year. You will also hear about plastic pollution and marine health from our guest speakers and for the main event - we'll be honoring Wavemakers that have gone above and beyond to protect Belize's marine resources and their invaluable service and support to Oceana. YOU DON'T WANNA MISS IT! *Food and Oceana swag will be provided while supplies last*

Videos

  • New River contamination and Corozal Bay, 1min. The complaints of the stench and conditions at the Belize New River have died down. The Department of the Environment is conducting the aeration process and has indicated that the contamination of the Corozal Bay is unavoidable. A warning has since been issued to residents along the river in Corozal. Research Professor, Dr Guy Lanza of the State University of New York, who has worked as an environmental consultant in Belize spoke to Love News recently, expressing concerns of the toxins in the river that could be disturbed due to the aeration process.

  • Belize Investment Spotlight - Caribbean Paper Company, 3min. In this episode, we take a look inside Caribbean Paper Company and find out how they've managed to corner the domestic market while still exporting their signature paper products throughout CARICOM.

  • Belize Experience con The Moorings, 5min.

  • Ambergis Caye Belize 2019 Dive Trip, 22min. Ramons Resort' Off/low Season/less traveled.

  • Beltravex 2019 Press Conference, 19min.

  • Disaster Under The Waves: The Race To Save The Coral Of The Caribbean, 4min. Scientists in St. Thomas are battling a fast-moving, lethal disease dubbed ‘Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease’ that they say is unprecedented in the speed with which it can damage large numbers of coral species – not only in St. Thomas, but across the Caribbean Sea. Jillian Kitchener reports.

  • Caye Caulker to Belize Airport, 4min. Our last day in Belize. We will take water taxi from Caye Caulker to Belize City port. From there we will take a taxi to go to the airport.

  • Battle of the Drums Parade 2017 Punta Gorda Belize, 3min.

  • Belize: A Dive at Silk Cayes, 6.5min.

  • Belize adalarında yelken, 19min. Su dünyası Belize'de yelken yapmak.