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The San Pedro Sun

Water taxi companies say the new Boat Manifest System is working
Since the implementation of the mandatory boat manifest on August 1, 2019, water taxi companies in Belize state that passengers seem to be adapting to the new system. The manifest is intended to provide entry and exit information of passengers and is particularly essential in case of an accident at sea. Passengers traveling via Ocean Ferry or San Pedro Belize Express water taxi companies, and even Thunderbolt (to and from Corozal Town) are required to have with them an identification document (ID) to purchase a ticket. The directive for this manifest came from the Belize Port Authority (BPA) under the Water Taxi Regulations Statutory Instrument 29 of 2019.

Tropic Air invests in a new international flagship aircraft
Tropic Airlines is happy to announce to its customers that all is set for its new aircraft, a 1900D Beechcraft to arrive sometime in November 2019. The 1900D is a pressurized, twin-engine, turboprop, fixed-wing airplane. According to Tropic Air, it is designed and primarily used as a regional airliner. Earlier this year, Tropic Air’s President John Greif III and Steve Schulte traveled to Calgary, Canada to inspect the airplane and company before purchasing the 1900D Beechcraft. Tropic Air’s Executive Vice President John Greif IV stated that they are pleased with this major milestone for the airline. “We are investing in an aircraft that supersedes any in our current fleet.

Drought costs Farmers $50 Million – GOB declares State of Emergency
Belizean farmers' crop losses due to the prolonged drought are estimated at $50 million, prompting the Government of Belize (GOB) to declare a partial State of Emergency for the affected districts, declared Prime Minister Hon. Dean Barrow at a press conference at the Radisson Fort George Hotel in Belize City on Thursday, September 19th.

Ambergris Today

Tropic Air To Introduce New International Flagship Aircraft
Tropic Air is investing in an aircraft that supersedes any in its current fleet. It’s a 1900D Beechcraft which, according to Tropic Air President, Johnny Greif III, will add a whole new dimension to their fleet, possibly even a weekly flight to Havana, Cuba. Tropic Air’s 1900D will be the first aircraft of its type owned and operated by a Belizean airline and the only one of its type, not only in the country, but in the whole of Central America. “This is a significant investment for the company and it just goes to show the commitment that Steve and my father have made for the future development and expansion of Tropic routes and the confidence that we need to move forward at a sizable pace.”

Various Belizean Sources

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Corozal Animal Program Fundraiser Golf Tournament
Come and join us for our CAP Fundraiser Golf Tournament on Tuesday, October 1. This is for golfers of all levels! No handicap scores, no problem! One will be assigned to you on the day of the tournament. Don't want to golf? Join us to watch the fun and have a few drinks. Beer, sodas, waters and Sue's famous Bloody Mary's will be served. All proceeds go to spaying and neutering cats and dogs in Corozal. So far this year, we have spayed or neutered 120 animals and your support enables us to do more!

New Bridge Rates Rescinded for Now
After reviewing the concerns, the general public is hereby informed that the 2019 Toll Rates posted yesterday, September 26 for the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge will be revisited and a new release will be issued early next week. We apologize for the inconvenience that this may have caused and we thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

2019 Halloween Bash at Crazy Canucks Beach Bar
Halloween 2019! Time to get those costumes ready! We are celebrating on Friday, October 25, which also happens to be Rob’s birthday! DJ, prize giveaways, free shots. Let’s start the Halloween week out with a bang!

The Coastline Newsletter Volume 8 Issue 1
The Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute is pleased to share with you the first issue of our Coastline Newsletter for 2019.

Workshop Held for Local Farmers on Impacts and Challenges of Climate Change on Agriculture
The Genetic Improvement in Sheep and Goat Project (hereafter referred to as Sheep Project) facilitated a workshop on Impacts and Challenges of Climate Change on Agriculture on September 19, 2019 at the University of Belize, Central Farm Campus. Facilitators for the workshop were Mr. Daniel Juan and Dr. Carlos Itza, farmers in their own rights and lecturers at the University of Belize. These two professionals were a part of a delegation of five Belizeans who attended a three-day workshop organized by the World Farmers Organization and the International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF) that was held at St. Kitts and Nevis on August 13–16, 2019.

Update on Belize Tax Officer Detained and Charged in the USA
The Government of Belize has recently received further details in the form of United States Court documents regarding the charges levied against Mr. Reynaldo Verde, Deputy Director of the Belize Tax Services Department. It may be recalled that Mr. Verde was detained in the United States of America on September 7th, 2019 and charged by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation with alleged interference with commerce by means of extortion and attempted extortion. Mr. Verde has denied these charges. In light of the details of the charges being levied against Mr. Verde, the Belize Tax Service Department has submitted a recommendation to the Public Services Commission that Mr. Verde is placed on immediate interdiction pending the outcome of this legal action. This is in accordance with Public Service Regulations governing such matters.

Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow giving opening remarks at a panel discussion “Fortifying Sexual and Reproductive Health Services in the Aftermath of Climate-driven Natural Disasters” at Clinton Foundation In NYC
The purpose of the event was to discuss an innovative Caribbean initiative at the nexus of disaster preparedness and sexual and reproductive health. In 2019, International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF) and Engineers Without Borders USA (EWB), with the support of the Clara Lionel Foundation, committed to strengthen the emergency preparedness and response capacity of local SRH providers in Barbados, the Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago, and Belize. As the impacts of climate change accelerate around the word, this project will generate critical lessons-learned to ensure that the right to sexual and reproductive health is not disrupted in the aftermath of climate driven disasters.

“National Coastal and River Cleanup”
Held today Saturday September 28th, 2019, at Miami Beach. It will commence at 8am. If you would like to join at any location, there will be groups all along the town beach.

TROPIC AIR ANNOUNCES INTRODUCTION OF THE BEECH 1900D AIRCRAFT
Tropic Air has announced that it has acquired a twin engine, 19 passenger, Beech 1900D aircraft in a deal worth nearly US$3million. Delivery is scheduled for December with first revenue flight early in the new year. Initially, the aircraft will be placed on current international routes to Cancun, Roatan and Flores. Flying time to those destinations will be significantly reduced. “The 1900D is a fantastic aircraft. It is fast, pressurized, roomy, and has a stand up cabin,” said John Greif III, President of Tropic Air. “This is a significant investment for Tropic Air, and we are excited to be the first in Belize to fly it. We also hope to buy more.”

Basketball Skills Training
Free Camp This Weekend - Basketball Skills Trainings Presents by NCS Belize & Corozal Sports Council Featuring NBA trainer, Trey Slate, of Relentless Basketball Training. Date: September 28th & 29th 2019 Venue: Andres Campos Civic Center Open to all ages, Boys & Girls 8:30 - 11:00 am 15 & Under 1:00 - 4:00 pm 15 & Over

Corozal Bay Dolphin Necropsy and Condition of the Bay
Not all our experiences working in the Wildlife Sanctuary are good. On 12th September, SACD received a phone call from Mr. Ryan Rivera, Oceana’s representative in Corozal Town. A dead dolphin calf had been washed up on the beach at the Cerros Sands Resort, near Copper Bank Village. The SACD team responded immediately and, in collaboration with Wildtracks, made the necessary arrangements for the dolphin to be examined by a certified veterinarian. The female dolphin calf was transported to Animal Medical Centre, in Belize City for necropsy – the animal equivalent of an autopsy. Measuring 1.08 m from the tip of its nose to the tip of its fluke (or tail), the calf was in good condition when it died, but external bruising, bruised muscles and internal bleeding in the chest area were identified as the cause of death, most probably as a result from ‘blunt trauma’ (though other causes, whilst less likely, may also have been responsible). Blunt trauma is when the animal has been hit hard, and may have occurred if it was hit by a boat

Beltravex Day 1 — at Belize City Civic Center
Lots of great photos!

Channel 7

SSB Looking For New CEO, Colin Young Steps Down
He has been CEO of Social Security since January, 2017, but today Dr. Colin Young announced that he is stepping down at the end of the year. Young sent an email to all staff this evening, saying that he informed the board yesterday that he will not renew his contract when it expires at the end of 2019. Young explains that he made the decision after what he calls "deliberate thought and much self reflection." He also tells staff that the Board of Directors will immediately commence the recruitment of a new CEO two ensure a smooth transition.

Shot By Cops, Alleged Drug Traffickers From Hospital To Jail
They were shot in a firefight with police after they landed a drug plane on the Coastal Highway 18 days ago. And after spending time recovering in the hospital, 2 injured Honduran businessmen were arraigned today. Flanked by a huge security detail comprising BDF and GSU, 31-year-old Allan Mejia - who had his hand in a cast, and 50-year-old Nolan Carrasco - who was favoring an injury to the stomach, went to court in Belize City to be arraigned with a single count of drug trafficking.

NCFC Says Cops Violated UN Convention In Wild Arrest Scene
For the last two nights we've been reporting on the viral video of a teenaged girl being subjected to a humiliating physical beating at the hands of police in board daylight on a busy street. Yesterday her parents told us how horrified they were to see how the police treated their daughter. Today, the National Committee for Families and Children issued a Press release saying, quote, "The manner in which the situation was handled resulted in the child being disrespected and demeaned publicly."

Youth Minister Says Teenager's Arrest Is Complicated
Today, the acting Prime Minister and the Minister of Education and Youth Patrick Faber also commented on the lamentable case - where so many things went wrong. Faber mostly shied away from the issue - acknowledging only that it is a complicated case for the teenager's parents, the police and the Youth Hostel: Hon. Patrick Faber - Minister Responsible for Youth: "I have not seen the video myself. Actually, I got glimpses in the news last night. But, from what I am told, we need to be careful about how we jump on these situations..."

Man Arraigned For Killing Woman In Front of Grandchild
A man has been arraigned for the murder of Mirna Young. The 58 year old grandmother was killed on the 18th of September inside her Santa Elena, Cayo home. A gunman chased her son and a friend inside the yard, and when they ran, he turned his gun to the inside of the home and fired more than a dozen shots. Young watched her 8 year old granddaughter dodge a bullet shortly before being shot in he chest. Tonight police say they have the shooter. He is allegedly 28 year old Jahnon Trapp of Esperanza Village

Deputy Tax Boss Place On Interdiction After Allegations of Official Misfeasance
We've already told you all about the criminal complaint that the FBI has against Belize's #2 Tax man, Reynaldo Verde - who remains in a Federal jail. Well, now, after the revelations and allegations of serious professional misconduct in the criminal compliant, the Government of Belize is trying to cut ties with Verde. A release says that the Belize Tax Service Department has recommended to the Public Service Commission that Verde be placed on immediate interdiction pending the outcome of this legal action.

DPM Says Public Officers Must Maintain Integrity
So, all the negative attention on this serious - but still unproven - allegation against the second-most senior tax official in Belize has only strengthened the acting Prime Minister's belief that public officials ought to maintain the highest standards of integrity. He discussed his thoughts on that topic with us in an interview this morning: Hon. Patrick Faber - Deputy Prime Minister: "I don't know what else we can say about that, I mean this is an allegation made against Mr. Verde..."

Despite Key Defections, Faber Undaunted in Leadership Quest
And, while his comments on integrity in public life is one thing, in the UDP right now, it's all about the leadership battle - where integrity seems to be in very scarce supply. Right now it's more about axes to grind, which - by some counts - has put Faber at a disadvantage - and some key areas of support have gone to the Saldivar side. And then there's that political wild card, Orange Walk North's Gaspar Vega - who's rumored to be making a political resurgence. Vega and Saldivar have been allies in the past and the BVega war chest is still considered formidable Today Faber said that it's fine with him if Vega supports Saldivar:..

The Vagaries of Voter Registration
And, speaking of political majorities - and how you win them, there's been a lot of talk in the news recently about voter fraud and phantom voters - that is, voters registering in a division where they don't live. They register in what are known as safe houses - and once they're eon the list - getting them off that list is virtually impossible - even when there are as many as 60, 70, or 80 persons registered as a single address. It's not a story we've picked up - because we're very aware that the practice is so widespread on both sides of the political spectrum - all across the country, that to report on it in isolation is to give a distorted view of what is, regrettably, a political norm. In fact, it is a science practiced and perfected shamelessly by both parties.

Left In A Huff, Back In a Hurry, Julius Jumps Back In As Western Deputy
And while the UDP is in the process of choosing a new leader, the PUP is choosing the same old deputy Leader once again. In Episode 100 of the Julius Espat soap opera, the party somewhat sheepishly announced that Leader John Briceno - after consultation with the western Caucus - proposed the appointment of Julius Espat as Deputy Leader for the west. It's a post which Espat resigned from in June of 2018 - saying that the PUP was being guided by bench players - here are the comments he made on PLUS TV at the time:.. Hon. Julius Espat: "The PUP are using bench players right now to make the decision for the party. The People's United Party have the greatest warriors that this country has ever produced..."

Forensic Science Symposium Digs Deep
Today The University of Belize hosted the final day of the 1st Annual Belize Forensic Science Symposium. Organized by the University and the National Forensic Science Service it brings together leading researchers and students to discuss enhancing, improving, and continuing to build the capacity of forensic departments throughout the region.

Moneygram Robbers Got Cash and Gun
There was a brazen armed robbery in Belize City this morning. It happened on at the Moneygram/ICB office on Central American Boulevard at about 11:30. Two men walked in - one of them pointed a gun at the security - while the other jumped behind the counter and robbed the cashier of seven thousand dollars. They then took the security guard's 9 millimeter pistol and ran off. Fortunately, no one was hurt.

Teaching Students How To Avoid Late Life Health Pitfalls
Today the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Ministry Of Education celebrated wellness week with two Expo's - one in Dangriga, and one in Belize City. We stopped by the Belize City event which took place at Anglican Cathedral College and spoke to a few of the presenters to find out what they are teaching high schoolers about healthy living. Robyn Daly, Nutritionist, Technical Advisor for Nutrition: "The Ministry of Health has different units represented today so we have the nutrition unit promoting healthy eating..."

Liberty Children's Home - Challenges and Changes in 15 Years
The management of the Liberty Children's Home in Ladyville today commemorated its 15th anniversary. They opened their doors as a child foster care organization back in August of 2004, and to mark that milestone, they held an open they today at their base in Ladyville. 7News stopped by to find out a little about their journey as an NGO looking after children who have been abused, abandoned, or neglected. Here's what the Operations Manager had to say about their successes and their current challenges:

Students Soaking In the Tourism Experience
The Belize Tourism Board and over 20 major industry stakeholders were also playing hosts today to over 1,300 secondary and tertiary level students at the country's first-ever Belize Travel Expo. BELTRAVEX, as it has been branded, is a unique consumer expo that continues their Belizean Traveller Campaign. The organizers envisioned this a deal expo, where Belizeans will be able to buy vacation packages on the spot, at prices far lower than the regular market values. That's completely different from other expos, where people go to get information on a product, and then decide later if they want to buy it.

Tropic Air Expands With Roomy New Aircraft
In other tourism news, local carrier Tropic Air is stepping up big time with the acquisition of a new high capacity airplane - and it's one you can actually stand up in! The company says it has shelled out 3 million US dollars for a twin engine, 19 passenger, Beech 1900D aircraft. It is scheduled to be delivered in December, and to start flying in early 2020.

School Age Youths Targeted By Gangs
Today's interview with the DPM allowed the press the opportunity to ask him as the Minister of Education about concerns about at-risk Belize City youths. There are students - who have to walk a tightrope just to get an education. That's because they attend school in one gang territory, but live in another rival territory.

DPM Getting Ready To Dig In With Shovels
And the Deputy PM will definitely want several new schools being built countrywide to be safe for the students who will attend them. As we have reported, there is a 70 million dollars CDB loan for the construction of 35 news schools across the country.

Modi Makes Major Grant to Caricom
And while that money for new schools is from the CDB, the government of India is making a significant climate change grant to CARICOM - and Belize will benefit directly. On Wednesday in New York - in the margins of the United Nations General Assembly meeting - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a meeting with 14 CARICOM leaders - including Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington.

PM's Wife Takes Center Stage In NYC
Foreign Minister Elrington will address the 74th United Nations General Assembly tomorrow afternoon - but the Prime Minister's wife, Kim Barrow has been holding it down for Belize in New York all this week. She was there with a very full agenda as part of the Spouses Of CARICOM Leaders Action Network. That group hosted a side event entitled "Ensuring Access and Equity in Adolescents, Children and Women's Health" on Tuesday where Sahar Vasquez of the MindHealth Connect NGO shared her story to raise awareness about mental health among adolescents. Here's a portion of her remarks:

Channel 5

Remaining Two Honduran Drug Runners Are Remanded to Central Prison
Two men from Honduras are behind bars tonight charged in connection and a Venezuelan plane laden with sixty million dollars of cocaine that landed off the Coastal Road on the [...]

Juan Pablo Larrea Cruz has Ecuadorian Brother Who is Allegedly Linked to Sinaloa Drug Cartel
The media in Ecuador and even in Mexico has picked up the news of the arrest of the foreign nationals for landing and attempting to move a cargo of cocaine [...]

Jahnon Trapp Goes Up for the Murder of Mirna Young in Santa Elena
Twenty-eight-year-old Jahnon Trapp, a resident of Esperanza Village, has been arraigned for the murder of Mirna Young, a mother of six who was gunned down inside her home in Santa [...]

How Far is Too Far in Arresting Minors?
There is outrage over the manner in which members of the Belize Police Department effected the arrest of a teenage minor in Belize City on Wednesday evening.  The incident involved [...]

Patrick Faber Says Female Minor “Very Troubled Young Person”
While C.E.O. George Lovell condemns the policemen’s behavior, Acting Prime Minister Patrick Faber told the media today that he does not have enough information to condemn the action of the [...]

Burglary Averted near Pound Yard, but Lovell Family Has Lost Sense of Security
Well-known psychotherapist Jenny Lovell experienced a horrible scare this early this morning. Robbers broke into her family home as she and her sister were sleeping. Fortunately for her, an alert [...]

The Long, Long List of Phantom Voters
Files showing the stacking of a single residence with phantom voters are in circulation. It is an issue that keeps popping up in constituencies all over.  The key purpose of [...]

Patrick Faber Says Opposition Should Have Done Homework
Acting Prime Minister and Deputy Leader of the U.D.P., Patrick Faber says that the Opposition’s move to point out these things is hypocritical. Faber says that he does not see [...]

Patrick Faber: “I Keep Very Cordial with Gaspar”
The rumoured return of Gaspar Vega in the political arena keeps churning. Vega, the former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Natural Resources resigned in 2016 following a land scandal [...]

Reynaldo Verde Placed on Interdiction
Belize’s Deputy Director of the Belize Tax Services Department Reynaldo Verde is spending his third week in a U.S. jail.  He was detained while transiting the U.S. on September seventh [...]

B.T.B. Launches BELTRAVEX
The tourism industry is a primary pillar of the economy; it creates jobs and opportunities and is a significant foreign exchange earner.  An expo was held today in Belize City [...]

Works on Civic to Continue Promptly
Two weeks ago, fifty-nine-year-old Roque Jimenez and Orlington Stuart plunged to their deaths inside the Civic Center in Belize City. The men were not wearing any protective gear while on [...]

Belize’s Forensic Science Service Looks at Improving Forensic Services
The installation of a forensic lab is still pending, notwithstanding, the first annual Belize forensic science symposium was held this week and the purpose of the event was threefold. The [...]

A New Fleet of Vessels for the Belize Coast Guard?
The Belize Coast Guard is in the process of revamping its fleet of seagoing vessels and earlier this week the maritime law enforcement agency was gifted with a newly-built watercraft [...]

Wellness Week 2019: Building Healthy Schools
Promoting a healthy life style at an early age has significant benefits. It promotes the ability of children to learn, grow and develop into healthy adults.  This week, expos were [...]

Liberty Children’s Home Celebrates 15 Years
The Liberty Children’s Home offers abused, abandoned, neglected children and other vulnerable minors a safe and loving environment. While the home provides food and shelter, it also nurtures its residents [...]

Amandala

Belize Tax Service’s Reynaldo Verde jailed in the US
Reynaldo Verde, the Deputy Director of the newly-created Belize Tax Service (BTS), has been sitting in a US prison, instead of behind his desk at his office in Belize. Verde was the subject of a United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) sting operation that landed him in the arms of US law enforcement on Saturday, September 7, as he was heading back to Belize from an official trip to Brussels. Verde was nabbed at Dulles International Airport in Washington and was held for transportation to the United States District Court for the Southern District Court of Florida, where his “Interference with commerce by means of extortion and attempted extortion” was allegedly committed.

US Federal Trade Commission settles with Atlantic International Bank Limited (AIBL) for US$23 million
The United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) had sued Atlantic International Bank Limited and a number of other defendants (AIBL) on behalf of US consumers who lost an estimated 100 million dollars due to investments in the real estate scam that has come to be known as Sanctuary Bay Belize. On Tuesday, the FTC issued a press release captioned: “Belizean Bank to Pay $23 Million and Cease Operations to Settle FTC Charges It Provided Substantial Assistance to the Sanctuary Belize Real Estate Scam.”

The 5th anniversary of Special Constable Danny Conorquie’s murder
Yesterday, September 25, 2019, marked five years since Police Special Constable Danny Conorquie was gunned down at the Caracol Archeological Site in the Cayo District. The violent, broad daylight assault on this Belizean law enforcement officer occurred in the presence of visiting tourists, who were able to capture the sound of the gunfire on a short video. At the time of this attack on Belizean territory, PC Conorquie, who was attached to the Tourism Police Unit, was on duty. As a young man, Conorquie had dreamed of serving as a police officer.

Reuters lists Belize among “sudden stop” investment countries
On Saturday, Belize celebrated 38 years of being an independent country and Prime Minister Dean Barrow, in his State of the Nation speech from Independence Plaza in Belmopan, trumpeted that the economy is on strong footing with a 5 percent growth rate and unemployment at an all-time low of 7 percent. While the Prime Minister’s speech might be good political optics for domestic consumption, that is not what the experts are saying about Belize’s economic outlook when it comes to attracting investments.

Think Local, Act Global; Learn Global, Apply Local
We all strive to live in a society devoid of poverty, hunger and inequalities. Places characterized by economic growth, quality education, gender equality and health and wellness. These are just a few of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by United Nations member states in 2015. What has since been understood among these countries is that cities and local governments play a crucial role in realizing these goals.

Belize City celebrates 38th anniversary of Belize’s independence
On Saturday, September 21, Belize City’s Memorial Park became alive with the raising of the Belizean flag at midnight and then in the early morning hours, just as the sun began climbing, thousands of students dressed in their various school uniforms began to assemble for the annual uniformed parade which went through the principal streets of the city and ended at the ‘Yarborough Green’. Before the parade got underway, Belize City mayor Bernard Wagner inspected a BDF guard of honor before delivering his Independence Day address to city residents.

Bandits and Verdes still tied, undefeated leaders at Week 8 of PLB Opening Season
After playing to a scoreless draw in their Wednesday night Week 6 back match at the FFB Stadium last week (Verdes’ home game), both standings leaders Bandits Sport and Verdes FC proceeded to participate in draw games with different opponents this past weekend in Week 8 games of the Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2019-2020 Opening Season. Because of Independence Day on Saturday, 3 Week-8 games were played on Friday night, September 20, and the other on Sunday afternoon, September 22.

About roses and names in Belizean sports
There is a peculiar situation in sports, when talking about great or famous teams of the past, that we often overlook; and my brief telephone discussion today with the legendary Wilfred “Palmer” Davis, who is presently residing in Middle Rock, Arkansas, underscores that often unnoticed trivia. Evan X Hyde’s “Sports, Sin and Subversion” highlighted some great football teams of the past, one most emphatically, whose stature and acclaim attained almost mythical proportions under the scrutiny and spotlight of the X’s inspired pen.

Belmopan F.A. 2nd Division Tournament 2019 continues
The Belmopan Football Association (BFA) Second Division Tournament 2019 continued over the weekend with games on Friday and Sunday, September 20 & 22, at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium. In the opener on Friday night, Western Dairies shut out Avengers, 3-0, with goals from Jorge Chable (3’), Edras Perez (42’) and Alexander Figueroa (48’).

FFB Inter-District U-15 and U-17 Male Finals this Saturday in Belmopan
It has been a somewhat tedious task, keeping track of all the games in the various categories of the Football Federation of Belize (FFB) Youth Tournaments 2019. But it is a labor of love, at long last seeing our youth from all across the country getting a chance to participate in competitive inter-district games over a prolonged period; and already it is bearing fruits, as evidenced in the performance of our youths at the CODICADER Games in Honduras earlier this year.

Editorial: USA disrespected Belize because our leaders disrespect Belize
Belize’s Prime Minister, Hon. Dean Barrow, said at a recently held press conference, where he covered a range of issues that the USA had acted disrespectfully toward Belize in a matter involving Mr. Reynaldo Verde. Mr. Verde was taken into custody in the USA while transiting to Belize from Brussels, Belgium, where he had gone to attend a tax conference. The PM said that officials from the Belize Embassy in the USA were denied access to Mr. Verde, and this is “a well-established international obligation.” He intimated that he would have understood the USA’s behavior if the matter had something to do with the Patriot Act (terrorism), but the allegation against Mr. Verde had to do with extortion, “a regular, almost garden-variety type of criminal offense.”


Last week, for the first time that I can remember, the newspaper of the ruling United Democratic Party (UDP) contained more pages than the newspaper issue of Belize’s leading publication – Amandala. Those of us in the business, and I suspect most reading Belizeans, know that the UDP newspaper has no readership. The reason for its large size last week, and all holiday weekends, is the fact that all Cabinet Ministries and statutory bodies are enjoined by party loyalty/pressure to send whole page advertisements to the party’s propaganda organ.

Dr. Guy Lanza responds to DOE on New River
Dear Editor, The Belize Institute of Environmental Law and Policy (BELPO) thanks Dr. Guy Lanza for taking time out of his busy schedule to share his valuable experience and knowledge with us for the benefit of the people of Belize and our rivers. He first answered our call for help in 2009 when the Chalillo Dam was spewing sedimentation from the Macal River to the Belize River to the sea. He has done this because he values rivers, people and ecosystems, not for personal profit.

Fr. Scott Giuliani replies to Elogio Itzab
Dear Editor, In response to Mr. Elogio Itzab’s letter to the editor on September 20th, I feel another read of my widely-published letter in its entirety will suffice to address his concerns. I would not have taken the time to respond, except for the errors and misrepresentation of the Catholic Church. In regards to the Church being responsible for the executions of the ancient Roman civil authorities, I must admit this is a new suggestion to me.

Sir Andie’s complaint
One of the first phones that was installed in Cinderella Town was 3195. Now for the last two months my telephone has not been working but still I’m expected to pay the monthly bill even though I have no service. It seems that there is no one in authority that I can voice my complaint to and have the situation addressed and rectified. Nurse Seay Street is one of the oldest streets that was opened in the Cinderella Town are where the houses were built.

Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner’s Independence Day speech
The late Right Honorable George Cadle Price, the Father of our Nation and the figure that led us to freedom, did not perceive independence only in terms of transfer of political power. But rather he considered it a stepping stone in a longer and larger process of nation building and national repairing. Independence, or being independent, clearly has different meanings for different people. To be independent to some respect means: “to be free from outside control, and not reliant on another’s authority”.

A confession is not a sure conviction!
I know from my personal experience that the most difficult murder cases for me to have proven were the ones based on confession alone. For the layperson, news of a confession from an accused gives joy, because they feel he has admitted to the crime and as such he must be convicted. A confession given by an accused murderer, at the stage when they are held by the police, does not translate into a sure conviction. Neither does it mean that because the contents of the confession appear to be true, as only the killer would know such information, that the court will accept the confession into evidence.

Sobbing in my rum
In the wee hours on Sunday morning some men went to the house of one of my neighbors, Mr. Chen, and killed him. The story is that they broke into his house with the intent to rob, and he saw them and they shot him. I found out about it when I was going out for my morning walk and run on Sunday, and “Panza” Arnold, who lives two houses from me, told me to hold off because there had been a murder in our neighborhood. Mr. Chen has been living in Camalote a few years, and I’ve been over to his shop for some electrical work on my vehicle a couple times. I am angry and saddened about what happened to him. I pray that his family members have the kind of hearts that readily forgive, so the anguish over their loss does not stay with them too long.

ENDANGERED SPECIE!
Pulling up my golf cart near a lake that housed the Belizean crocodile during a serene ride around La Isla Bonita in Belize, this one had no fear and came at me like the true predator it is in San Pedro Ambergris Caye some years ago. Though the Belizean crocodile appears to be a protected wild life by the Belize Audubon Society, it faces serious threats to exist unharmed today in its natural habitat with the pollution of the Belize rivers through rapid private development. News of some found dead floating in the rivers across Belize raises some serious concerns for this beautiful and graceful creature that inhabits the Belizean mangrove along its many beautiful cayes, coastal regions, and once pristine waterways.

BSI shipment of sugar from Big Creek Port will hit stevedores hard, if implemented
The Belize Sugar Industry (BSI) has been exploring another way of transporting its sugar from its factory to the ships for the export market. Traditionally, the sugar is shipped on barges and then loaded onto a ship, which stays around 6 weeks in the harbor until the loading process is completed. The method being looked at by the sugar company will bypass the Belize City port in the Caesar Ridge area of Port Loyola.

Three minors missing
Three minors have been reported missing from their homes. Roberto Nah, 14, of San Pedrito, San Pedro, Belize District, was last seen on Saturday, September 7, when he left home for an unknown destination. Police said that they were following leads, but they led nowhere. Also, a Jasmine Alert has been issued to find Keyla Capen, 15, who is a Ladyville resident. The Belize Police Department is asking your assistance in locating her.

Cops’ apprehension of unruly female escapee of Youth Hostel goes viral
A group of police officers tried to arrest a girl who had escaped from the Princess Royal Youth Hostel, but the effort to detain her turned out poorly for them. A video released on social media showed the officers struggling with the girl, 15, who had been put in a chokehold by one of the officers while she was being manhandled by the other officers, who were trying to handcuff her. She eventually escaped, anyhow, although she was later apprehended.

Mishap after mishap plagued firefighting efforts on Caye Caulker
Nando’s Golf Cart Rentals and Apartment, located on Langosta Street in Caye Caulker, was completely destroyed by a fire which began at about 11:40 Friday night, September 20. It was put out at about 2:30 Independence Day morning. As a result, a two-flat building was destroyed and two other buildings, which included 10 apartments, were gutted, leaving 16 persons homeless. Fire chief Colin Gillett, during a press brief held this afternoon at the Belize National Fire Service headquarters in Belize City, said that a truck attached to the Caye Caulker Fire Service was rendered useless during the fire, at about 11:30 that Friday night, by enthusiastic residents eager to help put out the fire.

The Reporter

Police Charge Man for Woman’s Murder
Police have arrested and charged Jahnon Trapp, 28, of Thompson Street, Esperanza Village, Cayo for the murder of Mirna Young, 58, a mother of six who was shot in her chest while inside her house last week Wednesday night.

TEARS OF A DISAPPOINTED UTERUS
Friday, Sept. 27th. 2019 – By: Dr. Abigail Joseph. Having your period is a “beautiful thing,” according to your mother when she is sitting you down to explain to you that the sight of your first period is a sign that you are now a “woman.” Most young girls have the opportunity to learn from an older sibling what that first bloodstain means and they are guided as to how to use a tampon or a feminine napkin.

Tax Dept. Recommends Verde’s Interdiction Pending Investigation
The Government of Belize has recently received further details in the form of United States Court documents regarding the charges levied against Mr. Reynaldo Verde, Deputy Director of the Belize Tax Services Department. It may be recalled that Mr. Verde was detained in the United States of America on September 7th, 2019 and charged by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation with alleged interference with commerce by means of extortion and attempted extortion. Mr. Verde has denied these charges.

Belizean Media Icon Harry Lawrence Honoured
He is the publisher of one of Belize’s most popular and widely-circulated newspapers – the Reporter – and Harry Lawrence was one of the Belizeans singled out and honoured for their contributions to the development of Belize in their particular field of work. Mr. Harry earned the Order of Distinction – the second highest honour in Belize – given for his contribution over more than 50 years to Belizean journalism.

Verde Nabbed After FBI Sting Orchid Bay Developer Claims Extortion
The details of the Reynaldo Verde case, being investigated by the US F.B.I. on charges of extortion and obstruction to commerce, became public this week describing how the Deputy Director of General Services in the Belize Tax Services Department used his official capacity to strong-arm American developer Chris Williams, demanding a portion of up to $8 Million at one point from him allegedly causing development of his Orchid Bay property to cease.

Editorial – Friday, September 27th. 2019
The Belize Referendum on the Guatemalan claim has come and gone, but it appears there is still lingering resentment among those who bitterly opposed the vote. Opponents of the referendum are still weeping and moaning that the referendum was a betrayal “of the independence that George Price and his team bequeathed us.” These critics say that foreign governments pumped $8 million into an education campaign to secure a yes vote for the referendum.

Police Raid Home Of Wealthy Asian Businessman In Cayo
The home of a well known and wealthy Asian businessman was raided this morning. The Reporter has confirmed that the ongoing raid which occurred at approximately 8am. this morning September 27th.

Third Dengue Death Reported
Dengue has claimed its third victim in Belize, and the third woman to succumb to the virus. Jasmin Ogaldez, 25, a resident of Seine Bight Village, Stann Creek, died late last week at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital from what has been termed as “dengue-related” complications.

LOVE FM

Belize Education Sector Reform Program to take effect soon?
After three years, construction of promised new schools will finally commence. Back in January 2016, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Ministry of Education announced that 35 new schools were expected to be built around the country.

New details concerning detention of Reynaldo Verde
Earlier today, GOB stated that they have received additional information on the detention of Reynaldo Verde, the Deputy Director of the Belize Tax Services Department. According to them, these details came in the form of US Court Documents regarding the charges levied against Verde.

Faber Comments on Viral Video
For the past couple days, Love News has been reporting on the circumstances that led to a video of a 15-year-old girl who was beaten and detained by police officers. The video sparked outraged over social media as son people sided with the officers while others felt as if excessive force was used.

Business Robbed in Broad Daylight
The MoneyGram located on the Central American Boulevard was robbed in broad daylight today. The incident occurred sometime after 11am. Reports are that two men entered the establishment, posing as customers.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Mark Clarke shot again in old capital
A man was shot on New Road in Belize City tonight. We can confirm that […]

Commissioner of Police to meet with 2 families in Cayo
Relatives of Jahnon Trapp are reportedly scheduled to meet with Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams […]

Jahnon Trapp charged for murder of Mirna Young
Esperanza resident, Jahnon Trapp was charged this afternoon in the San Ignacio’s Magistrate’s court for […]

Preferred Commerce signs letter of intent to enter joint venture with Maya Sustainable Systems of Belize for production of hemp
Preferred Commerce, Inc. (PCI), an international grower, buyer, seller and producer of hemp, today announced the company’s […]

Local farmers participate in workshop focused on Impacts and Challenges of Climate Change on Agriculture
The Genetic Improvement in Sheep and Goat Project (referred to as the Sheep Project) facilitated […]

Government of India offering millions in grants to help CARICOM
This week, the Government of India announced that it would be offering grants and credit […]

Commonwealth Countries support Belize in the territorial dispute with Guatemala
The Commonwealth Ministerial Committee on Belize reaffirmed their support for Belize’s territorial integrity at a […]

Belize Tax Service commence internal investigation on Reynaldo Verde
The Government of Belize today informed that the Belize Tax Service Department has commenced its […]

Government of Belize: Reynaldo Verde is on immediate interdiction
The Government of Belize (GOB) issued a statement today updating the public on the United States […]

Tropic Air announces introduction of the Beech 1900D aircraft
Tropic Air announced today that it has acquired a twin engine, 19 passenger, Beech 1900D […]

Rolando Montero appointed Honorary Consul of Ukraine to Belize
Rolando Montero has been appointed as the Honorary Consul of Ukraine to Belize...

Blogs

What to Pack on a Jungle Adventure in Belize
No trip to Belize is complete without a visit to its jungle. Those with a deep and abiding appreciation of nature can find hundreds of beautiful plants and animals, countless breath-taking vistas, gorgeous rivers, and caverns that have been shaped by countless centuries of watery force. With all of this wonder for Belize to offer the world, you should know that visiting the jungle requires some planning; going in jungle with your barest of essentials is likely to go poorly. Fortunately, a proper jungle kit is not hard to stock.

Open All Season Part Two + A Few Closures
Since my first list of 32 open all-season and 13 closures was well received, and only a drop in the bucket, I decided to go for round two. My goal was to surpass that for list number two. This time I found you 39 more restaurants that are open all season and 17 that are doing some sort of seasonal closure. To see the first list click through on Who’s Open All Season 2019 on Ambergris Caye + a Few Closures. If I missed your business and you want people to know your seasonal schedule please email me at tacogirlbelize.

A Day at Goff’s Caye
If you’re looking for things to do in Belize City, one of the most beautiful attractions you can visit is the nearby island of Goff’s Caye. Managed by Belize Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute (CZMAI), Goff’s Caye has been a part of the Belizean heritage for many years and is also registered as an archaeological site because of its history as a colonial settlement area. Located 12 nautical miles east of Belize City in the central region of the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, the island is one of the major marine destinations for cruise ships and local visitors alike. This is because it is easily accessible and offers a unique mixture of sun, sand and healthy reefs, embodying the true essence of Belize and a tropical adventure.

Celebrate World Tourism day!
Today, September 27th, 2019, the world tourism day is celebrated globally! This day is commemorated each year on September 27th, with celebrations led by World Tourism Organization UNWTO. Its purpose is to foster awareness among the global community of tourism’s social, cultural, political and economic value and the contribution the sector can make in reaching the Sustainable Development Goals.

International Sourcesizz

Death of a double agent: British torture and betrayal in 1980s Belize
To stop communism in one of the UK’s last colonies, one man was handed over to a death squad and another was tortured. Only now is the truth emerging. One of Britain’s last colonies, Belize became independent in 1981 but continued to rely on the UK military for its external defence, principally from Guatemala, until as late as 1994. Even today, the British army maintains a training camp there, at considerable cost to the taxpayer, and plans to enlarge its footprint after Brexit. Despite this sustained military presence, the British media rarely reports on Belize unless it involves the powerful Conservative Lord Ashcroft and a tax haven scandal. As a result, the British public knows and hears very little about the Belize/Guatemala border dispute, especially as it has never spilled over into open conflict, unlike that of Britain’s other garrison in Latin America – the Falkland Islands. And yet the British army presence in Belize has not always been entirely peaceful.

NYC college students from CUNY help discover rare Mayan vase in Belize
As soon as Nicaela Cartagena dusted off a dirt-caked stone shard at an archaeological dig in Belize, she knew she’d stumbled on something special. “It was pearly white,” she recalled. “We were like, okay this is not what we normally find here.” The piece of stone belonged to a rare marble vase from the Maya empire, one of only about 150 in the world, and among just a handful discovered in the past several decades.

Videos

  • BELTRAVEX opening ceremony, 37min.

  • BELTRAVEX Tourism Debate, 10min. Be it resolves that a sustainable tourism industry will translate to improved quality of life for surrounding communities in tourism destinations.

  • BELTRAVEX Tourism Debate #2, 10min. Be it resolves that a sustainable tourism industry will translate to improved quality of life for surrounding communities in tourism destinations.

  • Beltravex 2019, 6min.

  • BELTRAVEX 2019 I Recycled Materials Fashion Show, 37min.

  • BELTRAVEX I Announcement of winners, 12min.

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  • Squrrels outside Cheers Restaurant & Cabanas, 1min.

  • The Yaaxche Show!, 14min. The 100,000 acre Bladen Nature Reserve is considered the ‘crown jewel’ of Belize’s protected area system! Considered to be one of the most biodiversity-rich, and geographically unique areas within the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor, Bladen forms a significant portion of the Maya Mountains Massif. Bladen is comanaged by Ya’axché since 2008. On The Ya’axché Show to chat with Sayuri Tzul are Marchilio Ack (Protected Areas Manager) and Elizabeth Dorgay (Science Director) and behind the scenes was Maximiliano Caal.

  • Belize Lamanai Ruins, 15min.

  • Belize - Carnival Glory - Cave Tubing, 12min.

  • We Are Belize - Lee Laa Vernon - Coming Down From Foat, 8min. Featuring the queen of Buru Brukdown, miss Lee Laa Vernon, and Ernestine Carballo. From "We Are Belize: The Music" by Francis Reneau. Recorded at the Bliss Centre for Performing Arts, September 18th and 19th, 2006.

  • Lamanai Ruins Belize, 10min.

  • First ever Belize Travel Expo held, 5min.

  • Jacinto Canek or Jacinto Uc de los santos was a Maya revolutionary who fougth against the Spanish during the 18th Century, 12min. It is believe that Jacinto Canek even reach to the territory now known as Belize . His legacy is still alive in the memories of the Yucatec Maya people. In 1847 when rebellion broke ouot(The Caste War),Jacinto Canek's name was a rallying cry by the Yucatec Maya .