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The San Pedro Sun

GOB Press Release – Belize Tax Officer Reynaldo Verde Detained and Charged in the USA
he 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.

Belize’s Deputy Tax Service Director Reynaldo Verde detained for extortion charges
Details of the accusations against the Deputy Director of the Belize Tax Services, 47-year-old have been revealed while he remains detained at a prison in Virginia, United States of America (USA). Reynaldo Verde was detained on September 7th by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) at the Washington Dulles International Airport, while on his way back to Belize. He is being accused of alleged interference with commerce using extortion and attempted extortion.

AIBL to pay FTC a US$23 million settlement in Sanctuary Bay Scam; foreign investment could be at risk
Belize’s Atlantic International Bank Limited’s (AIBL) involvement with the real estate development Sanctuary Belize has been resolved to the tune of US$23 million under a proposed consent order issued on Tuesday, September 24th. The payment will settle the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) allegations that AIBL assisted various related entities connected to Sanctuary Belize in deceiving several U.S investors in the fraudulent scheme. These monies will be used to provide compensation to more than 1,000 investors affected by the scam.

Various Belizean Sources

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Corozal Coastal and River Cleanup
Every year the Scout Association of Belize, through the coordination of Ocean Conservancy & Mr. Ricardo Alcoser, host the International Coastal and River ways Clean Up, an intiative for a trash free beaches and waterways. Joining more than a 100 countries,today, Scout Groups, NGO's, the Private sector and Educational Institutions such as; Belize Audubon Society, Oceana Belize, Bowen & Bowen, Ltd, Pallotti High School, Yello Belize, and many more, came together to take part in the largest coastal clean up in the world. participants of today's cleanup collected trash along the coastal areas of Belize city, Corozal, and also the river ways of Cayo and Orange walk. During this process, they also recodred each invidual trash that were picked up. Recorded data from this event will be turned into statisical information that can be use for educational purposes.

Corozal Basketball Camp
Just a few highlights from today at the Basketball Camp, had 76 amazing young boys and girls at the 8:30-11:00 session and 20 teenagers at the 1-4 session. What an amazing teacher you are Trey Slate, they all loved it, you touched a lot of lives today. He will be training tomorrow as well, same times. If you didn’t get a chance to come out you can come tomorrow as well as all that came today. Many thanks to Waves of Faith who helped hydrate all the kids as well as feeding them, what an amazing ministry y’all have. Jeanne Elder Hudson and Kari Bradley helping all these kids register along with Stacie Williams Dennis and Kipp Dennis of the Red across in case medical attention was needed. So many great volunteers. Just a fun day!!

BELTRAVEX 2019 Day 2 at Belize City Civic Center.
Day 2 of Belize's first Tourism Travel Expo.

The Reporter

Three Men Fined for Being Gang Members
Three men have been fined after they pleaded guilty in Court to being members of street gangs. Raheem Arnold was fined $5,000, half of which must be paid by the end of November, or he will be imprisoned for five years.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Cayo Central Area Representative officially endorsed as UDP standard bearer
Cayo Central Area Representative, Rene Montero was tonight endorsed as the UDP standard bearer for the Cayo Central constituency. Montero has represented the constituency since 2008 when the United Democratic Party (UDP) formed Government. Since then, the division has been a stronghold for the UDP.

Major political parties mark anniversaries of formation
Curiously, the People’s United Party and United Democratic Party were formed within days of each other in the same month. On Friday, the UDP quietly marked 46 years since its formation from an amalgamation of parties in September of 1973...

Red light, Blue light – paying for votes on election day
Belize’s general elections are held every 5 years. In 2015, the UDP won the general elections boasting a three-peat, after having served Belize and Belizeans since 2008. Since then, the Opposition People’s United Party (PUP) has tried to regain support to form the government.

Sacred Heart College student wins Digital Poster Competition
The Belize Travel Expo was hosted by the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) on September 27, 2019. Students from Sacred Heart College (SHC) in San Ignacio attended the event.

“Lova Boy” rape and kidnapping charges dismissed
Performer Daniel Cacho, alias, Lova Boy, has had charges of two counts of rape of a minor and two counts of kidnapping dismissed on Friday in Los Angeles County, California.

Last of accused in drug plane landing charged
The two Honduran nationals injured allegedly by police during the September 9, 2019 landing of a drug plane were arraigned Friday morning in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court.

Police investigate shooting incident in Belize City
Authorities are investigating a shooting incident that occurred last night in Belize City. Around 8:25 pm, Mark Anthony Clarke was standing at the corner of Pitts Alley and New Road when a man riding a bicycle approached Clarke and pulled out a firearm and shot him.

Orange Walk men charged for illegal weapons
Authorities detained 2 Orange Walk residents for ‘keeping firearms and ammo without gun licenses’. Police reports indicate that around 2:30 am today, officers conducting operations stopped the 2 men that were riding a motorcycle.

ICB Insurance Office in Belize City robbed at gunpoint
Authorities are investigating an armed robbery that occurred yesterday morning in Belize City. Around 11:30 am, 2 men entered the ICB insurance office on Central American Boulevard.

Businessman cleared in gun/drunk driving case
Businessman Chris Rosado was not in fact driving under the influence of alcohol while in possession of a firearm, police conceded as they dropped all charges on Friday.

Blogs

Manatee Fun for Kids in Action in Caye Caulker
Taking it a step further for the past decade is the group called Kids In Action (KIA) – an annual diving program that certifies young divers (free of charge) so that they can better appreciate the natural marine resources surrounding Ambergris Caye. It is organized by the San Pedro Tour Operators Association (SPTOA) in collaboration with the San Pedro Tourist Guide Association (SPTGA). Our very lucky reporter for The San Pedro Sun, Hamerlin Sandoval has been part of this group, doing his share of diving and working closely with the organization to promote their work. For the last two months, KIA members have participated in different weekend educational trips to learn about, appreciate and protect the environment and marine life. Their latest weekly field trip took members of KIA to the North Caye Caulker Channel in Caye Caulker Village on a gorgeous Sunday, (September 22nd). The aim of the trip was for the children to see and appreciate manatees, as well as to raise awareness about the protection and monitoring of these endangered species. If not protected, Belize’s Antillean Manatees may not exist in the near future.

Tie the knot on a Maya Site
While beach weddings are beautiful,haveyou ever thought about getting married on a Maya Ruin? For the more adventurous couple, nothing is more majestic and exciting than a ceremony at an ancient Maya Temple. There’s always a sense of greater purpose when you’re standing on an ancient temple saying your vows to each other. In Belize you can seal your love on top of one of Belize many beautiful and mysterious Maya Sites.The two most popular sites in the Cayo District are Cahal Pech or Xunatunich.

International Sourcesizz

‘To hell with it’: She ditched Canada at 56 for Belize
Marlene “Mar” Houghton by no means needed a traditional life. “Journey — that’s what makes my coronary heart sing,” the now-63-year-old, former British Columbia resident tells MarketWatch. So when she occurred throughout a narrative on-line about Belize being the subsequent sizzling retirement vacation spot about seven years in the past, she virtually instantly booked a flight. “I acquired to Belize and fell in love. It’s uncooked — not like Hawaii or Mexico — persons are very good, it’s English-speaking. I simply discovered it so fascinating and thought this could be an fascinating place to do a espresso store,” Houghton tells MarketWatch, including that she’d needed to open a espresso store overseas for years as a result of she’d discovered it was usually laborious to discover a good cup of espresso when touring.

At UN, a world stage for disputes often out of the spotlight
It's been a big year in a centuries-old argument between Belize and Guatemala. Guatemala claims more than 10,350 square kilometres of terrain administered by Belize essentially the southern half of Belize. It's an area of nature reserves, scattered farming villages and fishing towns, and some Caribbean beach tourism destinations. The dispute's roots stretch to the 19th century, when Britain controlled Belize and Spain ruled Guatemala.

Pack, travel with a purpose
Amazing vacations are wonderful and leave you with lasting memories, but wouldn’t it be even better to do some good while you are enjoying yourself? Our family was able to make this happen on our recent trip to Belize. We traveled to Placencia, Belize, which is an area at the southern tip of the Placencia Peninsula, bordering the Caribbean Sea. Our goal was to explore Belize and also to scuba dive, hopefully with the elusive whale sharks that migrate through this area at this time of year. We chose to stay at the Turtle Inn Resort, one of the many Family Coppola Hideaways resorts. Francis and Eleanor Coppola, who acquired this beachfront retreat in 2001, have created an idyllic, magical refuge from the world where guests feel like family and one never wants to leave. While preparing for our trip to the Turtle Inn, I discovered that the resort participates in a program called Pack for a Purpose.

The reef plague
The building blocks of the undersea infrastructure are being decimated by a mysterious plague. And no one is sure how to stop it. 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.

Videos

  • OCEANA'S COROZAL FIELD REPRESENTATIVE COMMENTS ON THE CURRENT ISSUE AFFECTING THE NEW RIVER, 6min.

  • Destinee Arnold is Miss Universe Belize 2019, 4min. Meet the newly crowned Miss Universe Belize 2019 - Destinee Arnold from Roaring Creek. She is 26 years of age. She has studied Sociology at California State University, Fullerton. Will she make it to the top? She is one of the favorites on Miss Universe. Bring that crown to your country girl, cheer up.

  • Snorkeling Belize, 6.5min. Family cruise and snorkeling.

  • Belize - Minister For Foreign Affairs Addresses General Debate, 74th Session, 27min. Wilfred Elrington, Attorney General, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Belize, addresses the general debate of the 74th Session of the General Assembly of the UN (New York, 24 – 30 September 2019).

  • Corozal Belize StreetWorkout Calisthenics September 2019, 5min.

  • Scuba dive sharks and sting rays San Pedro Belize, 10min. Beautiful Belize sen pedro some turtles some sharks and some of the town along with some sting rays enjoy

  • Biaje en bote de belize a sampedro, 4.5min.

  • BELTRAVEX 2019 grand prize raffle winner, 3.5min.

  • TR Shine performing at Beltravex 2019!, 24min.

  • Beltravex 2019!, 8min.

  • BELTRAVEX Pantempters, 6min.