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Today's Belize News: October 3, 2019 #538562
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Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, Reef TV, KREM, and CTV 3. Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, Belize Now, Talk Ah Di Town, and other specials.


The San Pedro Sun

Ediberto Javier Romero charged for the shooting of Glenford Dominguez
32-year-old Ediberto Javier Romero was formally arraigned at the Magistrate Court in Belize City on Wednesday, October 2nd, after he was charged in San Pedro Town for the crimes of Attempted Murder, Dangerous Harm and Use of Deadly Means of Harm committed against bartender 45-year-old Glenford Dominguez. Romero was also charged for the offense of Discharging a Firearm in Public. Shortly after midday, Romero appeared before Senior Magistrate, Aretha Ford, where he was represented by attorney Leeroy Banner. Ford explained to Romero that the charges before the court against him are indictable offenses.

Hundreds of Belizean wavemakers participate in country-wide effort to remove debris and garbage from waterways and coastline
On Saturday, September 28th, 2019, more than 1,500 of Oceana’s wavemakers and volunteers participated in the 29th annual nation-wide cleanup led by the Belize Scouts Association and supported by other organizations and schools to remove trash and debris from river banks, waterways and beaches. Wavemakers, armed with biodegradable garbage bags and gloves, removed trash from coastal areas of Belize City, Punta Gorda, Independence, Hopkins, Corozal, and along riverways in Orange Walk and San Ignacio.

SPTC postpones new bridge toll fees
On Thursday, September 26th, the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) posted on their Facebook page new 2019 Toll Rates to cross the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge into northern Ambergris Caye. The rates were to come into effect on October 16, 2019 but did not sit well with the public. The following day the SPTC announced that they were putting the rates on hold, stating they would revisit the rates and issue an update. The San Pedro Sun visited with Mayor Daniel Guerrero, who stated that these new rates are in a ‘proposal’ stage and still under review. The new rates could come into effect at the beginning of the upcoming tourism high season.

BTIA hosts 2nd annual Innovation and Tourism Talk in Belize City
The National Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) held its 2nd annual Innovation and Tourism Talk at the Radisson Fort George in Belize City on Monday, September 30th. The aim of the workshop was for stakeholders involved in tourism to learn how to grow their business to reach larger markets by using digital platforms. From 8:30AM to 3:30PM, the workshop focused on two presentations. The first was a practical on video marketing for the promotion of tourist destinations, facilitated by C.E.O. of consultancy firm MORETURISMO Juan Miguel Moreno.

Update in reference to the shooting of Glenford Allex Dominguez
On Tuesday, October 1st, San Pedro Police officially arrested and charged 32-year-old Ediberto Javier Romero for the shooting incident which occurred on Monday, September 30th inside Daddy Rocks Nightclub. Romero was charged for the crimes of Attempted Murder, Dangerous Harm, and Use of Deadly Means of Harm as well as the offense of Discharging a Firearm in Public. He is expected to be arraigned for the charges in Belize City later today. The San Pedro Sun will have further details on this latest incident as it becomes available.

San Pedro Garifuna Council launches November Celebrations activities calendar
The National Garifuna Council San Pedro Branch (NGCSPB) has prepared their calendar of activities for the November celebrations leading up to Garifuna Settlement Day, celebrated annually on November 19th. Held under the national theme, ‘Lererun Garifuna Laguchabei Labagaridun Garifunaduau!- Garifuna Language is the Foundation of Garifuna Survival!,’ this year’s activities include education and entertainment.

Necropsy Results of Dolphin Carcass Found in Corozal Bay
On September 12th, 2019, our partners in conservation, the Sarteneja Alliance for Conservation and Development (SACD), responded to a call of a dead dolphin calf on the shores of Cerros Sands Resort, near Copper Bank Village, Corozal District. SACD arranged for a necropsy to be conducted on the dolphin by a certified veterinarian, which resulted in the determination of the cause of death to be “internal bleeding due to muscle bruises in the chest area as a result of ‘blunt trauma’”.

Ambergris Today

Digi Continues DigiLearn Project Rollout At San Pedro High School
On Tuesday, October 1, 2019, Digi continued with its rollout of its DigiLearn project by distributing brand new Dell Convertible Laptops programmed with M365 Educational tools to first and second form students at San Pedro High School in San Pedro. San Pedro High School was chosen as one of the schools to be a part of the pilot project in April of this year by the Belize Ministry of Education partnered with Digi Belize in collaboration with Microsoft. This time around both first and second form students were presented with laptops.

PACT Commits $1.15 Million Investment In Belize’s Marine Reserve Network
The Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) continues to be the premier donor to Belize’s National Protected Areas System. On Tuesday, October 1, 2019, PACT continued the roll out of its Conservation Investment Strategy with another investment, this time in multiple Marine Protected Areas under the management of the Belize Fisheries Department. A brief signing ceremony was held to award the $1.15 Million Dollar conservation investment.

Various Belizean Sources

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HUGO PATT & TRACY PANTON JOIN TEAM SALDIVAR FOR UDP LEADER
Sources close to Hon. John Saldivar’s camp have confirmed that Hon. Hugo Patt will be 1st deputy leader and Hon. Tracy Panton will be 2nd deputy leader on the Saldivar for leader slate. This is a powerhouse line up and is sure to lead to 2020 general elections victory for the UDP. Our sources also tell us that at least 21 Representatives and their Delegates have pledged their support to the Minister of National Security, Hon. John Saldivar. Thus far we hear Frank Mena, Beverly Williams, Pablo Marin, Omar Figueroa, Angel Campus, Erwin Contreras, Gasper Vega, Edmond Castro, Sedi Elrington, Rene Montero, Shyne Barrow, Phillip Willoughby, Tony Herrera, Ivan Williams, Dennis Garbutt, Denny Grijalva, Dianne Finnegan & the Prime Minister’s successor in QueenSquare, Denise Sista B Barrow make up the 21.

Five-day training course on Sampling and Estimation
From September 30th to October 4th 2019, staff of the Statistical Institute of Belize are participating in a five-day training course on Sampling and Estimation. Participants include statisticians from the SIB’s Census and Surveys and Economic Statistics departments. This training is being facilitated by Statistics Canada through its project for the Regional Advancement of Statistics in the Caribbean (PRASC). It is being funded by the Inter-American Development Bank through its Technical Cooperation program for the development of the Belize National Statistical System.

Incursion along Belize's Border with Guatemala
Last week a Belize Defense Force (BDF) on patrol in the Chiquibul were somewhere inside Belize's territory south of the Melchor Chiqubibul river area. The exact coordinates are not known as no official information has been released. The BDF patrol allegedly burned a structure on the Belize side of the border that was built by residents of a nearby Guatemalan Village. Sources say the other buildings were inside Guatemalan territory. An international team went to the area earlier in the week to assess the damage.

Paint N Splash
See you this week at from 2-4pm Thursday to paint “Beach Bonfire”.

Unexplained Bird Deaths in the North
Public Health authorities have been called to visit a neighborhood in Orange Walk Town after a family reported an odd site. Birds on the ground either dead or dying. They had been gathered in one area following the deaths. Currently, the birds have been found on Rio Hondo Street in Orange Walk Town near the Ayuso household. Residents of the town are urged to report any similar observances of bird deaths or other sick animals.

Changes in the Pump Price of Fuel Effective October 3, 2019
The Ministry of Finance announces that at midnight on October 3, 2019, the pump prices of three fuel products will change. The prices for premium gasoline will register decrease and regular gasoline and diesel will register increase as follows: Premium gasoline will decrease by 25 cents from $10.84 to $10.59 per gallon; Regular gasoline will increase by 34 cents from $9.93 to $10.27 per gallon; and Diesel will increase by 14 cents from $9.87 to $10.01 per gallon. The price for kerosene will remain unchanged at $7.37 per gallon.

Pediatric General Surgery Mission Clinic
October 6th at KHMH.

Caye Caulker Village Council update
It's been an extremely busy and sad two week for the entire island of Caye Caulker. Independence Eve, our councilors were busy preparing for the Independence Eve block party and we were all enjoying the fireworks when we were alerted of a fire on Avenida Langosta. When we got closer, everyone was devastated to find out it was Nando's golf cart rental and his father's home and apartment complex.

Aquila Development Workshop for Tour Operators
Tour Operators: You are invited! Mark your calendars for November 7th & 8th for an Aquila Development Workshop in Belize City.

Important DYK Public Notice
Thinking of renting a room, your home or property through a homesharing site like AirBnb? Remember, you must first register with the BTB before advertising on any marketing platform. If you need more information, head to our site and follow the steps listed.

Splash Half Marathon Oct. 6
Splash Dive Center’s second annual Splash half Marathon is set to take place on October 6! The event will include local and international athletes with all proceeds going toward the Seine Bight Running Club and Placencia Track & Field. The BTB is a proud sponsor of this event and of supporting a good cause!

Water Aerobics is BACK!
Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM, Banyan Bay Suites, San Pedro, Belize. Join this lively morning class to increase your strength, endurance, and flexibility. Enjoy the water’s buoyancy and resistance throughout this easy-impact aerobic workout. *New participants encouraged to Sign-up by 10am on Tuesdays & Thursdays. Classes are led by Instructor Svetlana from 11:30am to 12:15pm. $10Usd per session.

Channel 7

The Butane Cartel Calls On PM For Protection
Belize's butane or LPG industry is going through a radical transformation. As we've been reporting government has established a private-public -partnership with a group of private investors to create the National Gas Company Limited. The Mexican cartel - comprising companies like Belize Western Energy Limited, Gas Tomza, ZETA Gas and Southern Choice Butane currently handle the wholesale and retail, distribution, supply, and importation. They have jointly rejected the new model. They say that it will put them out of business and leave their 350 employees jobless. They wrote to the Prime Minister on September 17th requesting an urgent meeting and they got it this morning. The media was there when they left the Prime Minister's office at a few minutes to 12:00 - and they were guarded in their comments after the one hour meeting:

PSU's Problems Too Big For PM to Solve
We also asked the Prime Minister about the situation with the Public Service Union. As we've told you the country's biggest union has been given 30 days to vacate the hilltop property which is home to its national headquarters. The Belmopan City Council sold sold the property to a mystery company called Simplex. At the time of the sale a year ago, there was great hue and cry, and the Prime Minister himself said he would intercede, but, it never worked out. Now the union concedes that it has to move on - hoping for at least some kind of payout for what it calls equitable interest.

PM Resigned On Phantom Voters, "Life Is Real"
The Prime Minister also commented on that other hot button issue: phantom voters. It's been much in the news recently after Deputy Commissioner of Police Edward Broaster - who lives in Lake I - was criticized for transferring into his friend Lee Mark Chang's Caribbean Shores Division. Today, the Prime Minister - who's seen more than a few phantom voters in his two plus decades as Queen Square Rep - was, as you might expect, very understanding of the practice as a fact of political life. As he put it, life is real:

Will Barrow Vote For Faber or Saldivar?
Prime Minister Dean Barrow will step down sometime next year - and he will be replaced by a new leader who will be elected by a majority of his party's 560 delegates and executive members. The Prime Minister has one of those votes - but for whom will he cast it? And when will he actually step down? He discussed these pressing issues today, first saying that there will not be a third horse in this two man race for leadership:

Belize City Mayor Grilled On Witness Stand For A Grueling 4 Hours
In our first segment we had the latest political news - and now we have news of politics in the Supreme Court. Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner spent four hours on the witness stand today in a grueling cross examination by Magali Perdomo. She's the attorney for former City Administrator Candice Miller, who the council terminated on the grounds of gross dereliction of duty. Now, she's suing them for wrongful termination, and claiming damages of almost half a million dollars. Today, the mayor was first questioned about public statements he made in television interviews suggesting that he wanted certain overpaid contract officers gone. He rejected suggestions that this showed he wanted to fire Miller from the day he was sworn in.

Police Have Suspect For Robbing 90 Year Old
Last night we told you that 90 year old Lewis Tillett was thrown off his bicycle, beaten, and robbed of the $2,000.00 that he had just withdrawn from his SAINT JOHN'S credit union account. It happened on Basra Street where the robber escaped but the assault and robbery were caught on surveillance camera, allowing police to identify him.

Are Dangerous Central America Gangs Taking Hold in Belize?
El Salvador's new President Nayib Bukele was elected on an all out gang crackdown - and , now, police fear that some of the dangerous gang members form that country could be running over to Belize - Belmopan in particular. Police believe they have found two of them linked to tortious central american gangs, Calle 18, and MS-13. The first report is about a Salvapan resident who was fined $3,500 for using a sign to promote a gang related activity.

Burglars Spent 2 Hours In Home Close to Police Station
Carmita Leslie's home was burglarized on Tuesday and while residents of Belize city residents almost expect to experience a burglary at some point; what isn't expected is that police stand idly by while a crime is in progress. What is interesting about this burglary is that Leslie's Currassow street home is located a stone's throw away from the 2nd largest police station in the country, Racoon street, and in the shadow of a police camera. Leslie spoke to us today and explained that what upset her most about the burglary is the apparent negligence displayed by the police.

Man Drowned While Swimming Across River
This morning around 9:30, the body of Salvadoran Ladyville resident Raul Rivelo was found in the river in the Manatee Lookout area. His friend, Guatemalan Landscaper Walter Gomez reported that on Monday afternoon, Rivelo was attempting to swim across the Belize River but he was about halfway across the river when he went under water and did not resurface.

Talking The Bi - Regional Fisheries Industry In Belize
Ministers of government responsible for fisheries from every country in the Caribbean and the Central American region met in Belize today to iron out a joint plan on how to move their industry forward. This meeting is part of the third day of a week of planned meetings organized under the CARICOM Agriculture Planners forum. We spoke to the executive director of the region's fisheries mechanism to hear more about the specific challenges being addressed in today's meeting.

ASR/BSI Still "Cotening" Hard-To-Get COTED
And while that regional body was holding its forum on fisheries, representatives of the CARICOM nations were simultaneously participating in a Sugar Stakeholders Meeting. It's part of the 5-days of meetings that CARICOM and The Council for Trade and Economic Development are holding in Belize. It's a particularly important topic for the Belizean authorities within the local sugar industry. That's because, as we've told you, the Government has been on a campaign to get Belizean sugar sold within the CARICOM market. If the CARICOM Nations agree to purchase Belize's direct consumption sugars, it immediately translates into better prices for the cane farmers who took a beating last year on the world market.

New River Improving, But May Get Worse Before Better
The Department of Environment continues to monitor the conditions of the New River. Last month they installed aeretors and were conducting tests twice daily to improve and keep track of the water quality. But have conditions continued to improve? Minister of State in the Ministry of Environment Omar Figueroa is optimistic. We caught up with him today at the Caribbean Regional Fisheries mechanism meeting and he spoke to us about the stagnation the new river experienced during the drought and how the arrival of the rains might make the rivers condition seem worse before actually improving it.

Drought Relief Coming Slower than Rains
We also got a chance to speak with Agriculture Minister Godwin Hulse on the partial state of emergency that was declared last month for the country's agro-productive sector. The extended drought has caused a total estimated loss of 50 million dollars in crops and livestock. So, to give the farmers a bit of ease, the Government is providing relief in the form of emergency funding.

Jail For Retired Pistol-Packing Pilot
He says he is a businessman and retired pilot and and, tonight, 32 year old Ediberto Javier Romero is in jail - on remand for allegedly shooting a man in the shoulder. It happened at Daddy's Rock Night Club on San Pedro on Sunday night when Romero had a misunderstanding with bartender Glenford Alex Dominguez. That led to a some shoving, and it ended when Romero allegedly pulled a firearm and shot Dominguez right in the club. Fortunately, the injury was not life threatening.

A Manatee Miracle
Many times when we report on manatees it is because a dead one has washed ashore, but fortunately that was not the case on Saturday evening when a male manatee calf was found in the Lake Independence area. Residents called Sea to Shore Alliance rep. Jamal Galvez and he and his team went out to rescue the calf. Galvez told us more this morning. Jamal Galvez, Sea to Shore Alliance: "So we went down there and saw the young calf unfortunately thrashing around in a lot of garbage that is another issue to pick up on another day and we looked in the area to see if there are any other manatees.."

Taking The Guesswork Out of Garbage
6 new solid waste transfer stations have been constructed across the country and will be operational very soon. Today Minister of state in the Ministry of Environment, Omar Figueroa, told us about the construction of the new transfer stations and his ministry's aim to consolidate solid waste to one central location. Reporter: "We've been told that the contract for the hauling of the waste disposal and the transfer stations for the northern area has already been distributed can you disclose who that has been given to, because we've heard names."

COMPOL Meets With Media (Again)
Today, the Commissioner of police flanked by senior cops from the National Crimes Investigation Branch met with the media to iron out tensions that have recently arisen. As we've reported many times, the relationship between the media and the police has often been an uneasy truce - and, every six months or so, tensions flare, and both sides have to go back to the table. Today's issues were about the timeliness of information from the police, what is categorized as major crime, and what is the police's duty to disseminate information.


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Channel 5

Butane Companies Reps Meet with PM Barrow
A meeting between Prime Minister Dean Barrow and representatives for Belize Western Energy Limited, Gas Tomza, and Southern Choice Butane (Zeta Gas) took place today in Belize City. The meeting [...]

Butane Companies Say Meeting with Prime Minister was Amicable
The three current importers of LPG are encouraged to bid for the bulk supply to the terminal. Speaking on behalf of the companies was Ernesto Uh of Zeta Gas. According [...]

PM Barrow says National Gas Company Here to Stay
The Prime Minister and representatives of the three current butane importing companies have scheduled another meeting though the time and venue has not been agreed upon. According to Uh, concerns [...]

G.O.B. Willing to Help P.S.U. Obtain New Land for New HQ
The Public Service Union has been ordered to vacate its Belmopan Hilltop headquarters by October thirty first. The order is by Simplex Designs Limited which has hired Attorney Estevan Perrera. [...]

Was Reynaldo Verde a Chronic Shakedown Artist?
Deputy Director of the Belize Tax Service Reynaldo Verde legal woes continues in the U.S.A.  Today, he was denied bail.  Verde was nabbed by the F.B.I. on charges of interference [...]

Regular Gas and Diesel Go Up, Premium Dips
The prices for regular gasoline and diesel will be going up at midnight at gas pumps across the country. Regular gasoline will go up by thirty-four cents and consumers will [...]

Mayor Bernard Wagner Takes the Stand in Lawsuit Brought by Former City Administrator
The case against the Belize City Council brought by former City Administrator Candice Miller adjourned around four-thirty this afternoon in the courtroom of Justice Courtney Abel. Mayor Bernard Wagner was [...]

Albert Moreira is Committed to Stand Trial for Murder of His Ex-Wife
The fate of Albert Moreira, accused of the murder of his estranged common-law wife, has been decided and he will have to stand trial at the Supreme Court. According to [...]

Eaton Belisle Guilty of 2 Counts of Manslaughter
Four years ago, a bus driver from Saint Paul’s Bank, Belize District attempted to overtake two vehicles as he headed from Belize City to the village.  He never made it [...]

Guatemalan Squatters along Border a Recurring Problem
The squatting problem along the Belize/Guatemala border by residents of El Barrio Judah in Guatemala has been a recurring issue. Pictures obtained by News Five show Guatemalans clearing lands near [...]

Prime Minister Comments on Voters’ List Padding
The problem of phantom voters and voter padding continues despite a recent countrywide re-registration, but Prime Minister Dean Barrow says that it is not something that will likely go away. [...]

PM Barrow: “Voter shenanigans if you will is like the poor it will be with us always.”
According to PM Barrow, padding of the voters’ list, which he described as ‘voter shenanigans,’ will always be with us.   Prime Minister Dean Barrow “This is how far things [...]

PM Barrow Winding Down Final Term
He is serving for three terms as Prime Minister and Dean Barrow is now winding down his last term. Today, Barrow told the media that he will not remain as [...]

Prime Minister Barrow Has Decided Who He Supports for Next U.D.P. Leader
When Prime Minister Dean Barrow steps down, the new leader of the United Democratic Party will ascend to the Prime Ministerial position. The U.D.P. has set February ninth 2020 for [...]

Fish Kill Reported in New River in Libertad Village
There is another fish kill being reported in the New River, but this time, the reports are coming out of Libertad Village in the Corozal District where concerns grow over [...]

What’s Up with the Bay?
And on the matter of the New River pollution…In the Corozal Bay, there are growing concerns about that pollution seeping further north.  Because the tributary empties out into the Corozal [...]

Minister of Environment Says Funds for New River Tests Have Been Identified
On Tuesday, the Minister of Environment Omar Figueroa told the media that they have identified the funds to be used to conduct tests in the New River.  Figueroa says that [...]

Drought Deals “Major Blow” to the Sugar Industry
Two weeks ago the government declared a state of emergency in several areas of the country as a result of the prolonged drought that has impacted the agricultural sector. Government [...]

Government Has Begun its Assistance to Farmers
The sugar industry is not the only one that has been hit by the prolonged drought, which, according to the experts is the longest in Belize since the seventies. Consequently, [...]

Hulse on Senate Inquiry Report: “I wish I knew”
On Tuesday, P.U.P.’s Julius Espat spoke on the pending results of the senate inquiry that took place between 2016 and 2017. Back then, the Senate Special Select Committee met for [...]

Immigration Director Retires
Director of the Immigration Diana Locke will be leaving her desk at the immigration department as she nears the age of retirement. Locke assumed the post in early May of [...]

CARICOM Market Flooded with Sugar from Outside the Region
Agriculture officials from CARICOM member states are meeting this week in Belize to discuss and get consensus on matters they want to advance. The meetings began since Monday and today, [...]

Sugar on CARICOM Market Must be Regulated
A.S.R.’s McLachlan says that they have had very constructive meetings with major industrial users of sugar in CARICOM, and selling Belize sugar looks promising. But, an effective regulatory approach is [...]

Regional Ministers Tackle Fisheries Sustainability and Other Issues
The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism, CRFM, held a joint meeting between ministers responsible for fisheries and aquaculture, CARICOM countries and country representatives of OSPESCA, a fisheries organisation in Central America. [...]

DYS Hosts Train the Trainers Workshop
Fifteen entrepreneurs are attending a training of trainers’ entrepreneurship workshop at the Department of Youth Services.  A regional consultant, who works a CARICOM initiative called CEBO, the Creativity for Employment [...]

Amandala

Mysterious jet crash-lands on Blue Creek road
In the early hours of this morning, an executive jet crashed-landed on a stretch of road in Blue Creek, a short distance away from the Mexican border with Belize. The impact of the crash landing broke the plane in half, but by the time police arrived on the scene, there was nothing or no one in the area. At a police press briefing today at police headquarters in Belmopan, Commissioner of Police Chester Williams admitted that the police had intelligence about the plane, but had deployed to an area which was about 15 minutes away from where the plane actually landed.

Jebran “Sucu” Wagner, 21, murdered on Coney Drive
At about 12:30 this morning, Jebran Wagner, aka “Sucu,” 21, a football player of Caesar Ridge Road Football Club and a resident of Caesar Ridge Road, who is originally from Dangriga, was at a party on Coney Drive along with his girlfriend, when two men went into the yard. One of the men was armed with a gun, and he shot Wagner several times. The men then ran out of the yard.

Jahnon Trapp, 28, remanded for the murder of Mirna Young, 58
Jahnon Trapp, 28, an unemployed resident of Esperanza, has been charged with murder for the shooting death of Mirna Young, 58, a domestic of Perez Street, Santa Elena, who was a mother of 6 children. Trapp was remanded after being arraigned at the San Ignacio Magistrate’s Court this evening. Police said that he will face additional charges. Police said that at about 8:30 Saturday night, September 14, Young’s son, Mynor Galindo, 18, and a friend of his, Daniel Martinez, 21, of Santa Elena, were talking in their yard on Perez Street when a motorcycle drove up on which two men were riding.

Domingo Matias, 32, found dead on his farm with chop wounds
Domingo Miguel Matias, 32, a farmer of Pomona, went to his farm in an area off the Southern Highway at about 10:30 Sunday morning, and did not return home on Sunday evening. His common-law wife, Angelica Chacon, 42, a domestic, became worried because he was to come to take their daughters to church and when he did not come home at 7:30 p.m., she began to call his phone, but got no response. She, his friends and neighbors went to police to report him missing.

Cops fired for Nestor Vasquez’s death
Nestor Vasquez, Jr., 60, the brother of media personality Jules Vasquez of 7News, died after he was severely beaten by Collin Francis, 28, who is mentally challenged, while they were in lockdown in a cell in the cell block at the Queen Street Police Station on the night of Wednesday, June 5. Following the death of Nestor Vasquez, Jr., the cops who were on cell block duty at the time of the assault of Vasquez were placed on interdiction, with half-pay, and it was ordered that they be placed on disciplinary charges. The three officers are Sergeant Shawn Walton, who was the Executive Duty Officer (EDO) at the police station, and Constables Edward Pitterson and Bernard Cayetano.

SC Danny Conorquie’s mother’s labor of love keeps his name alive
On September 25, 2015, Jean Glannis Conorquie was at her workplace at Venus Store in San Ignacio when police officers visited her. One female police officer asked, her where was her son, Danny Conorquie. Jean Conorquie, who is Danny Conorquie’s mother, remembers telling the officers that he was at work at the Caracol archaeological site. “When is he coming back?” the officer reportedly pressed Conorquie. “He told me that he is coming back on Saturday,” Conorquie said she replied.

Independence 8-Ball Tournament – Belize City
The Belize District Billiards Association (BDBA) organized an 8-ball tournament for male and female in celebration of Independence Day on Sept 22 and 23, 2019 at Long Island Bar in Belize City. The results are as follows: FEMALE (12 players registered): 1st – Won by Reina Cano of Orange Walk ($600.00, 1 trophy and 1 case of Belikin Beer); 2nd – Won by Silvani Leiva ($300.00, 1 trophy and 1 case Belikin Beer); 3rd – Won by Mareli Chata of Orange Walk ($100.00, medal); 4th – Won by Breann Young ($50.00, medal).

Orange Walk U-15 and Belize District U-17 are FFB Male Inter-District Football Champions 2019
Some of the nation’s best young footballers were in action on Saturday afternoon at Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan, where the Football Federation of Belize (FFB) hosted the championship matches for its National Inter-District U-15 Male and U-17 Male tournaments, that had kicked off almost four months ago with selections representing the ten “football districts” of the country, namely: Corozal, Orange Walk, San Pedro, Belize, Cayo, Benque Viejo, Belmopan, Mid-South, Stann Creek, and Toledo. After the regular competition and group playoff stage, it was down to the final two teams playing for the championship in each category.

Belize at World Athletics Championships in Doha, Quatar
Belize is represented at the World Championship in Athletics. The International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) is having its Congress and World Championship from 25 September to 6 October, 2019. The Congress, which was an election congress, was held on 25 – 26 September, 2019. Belize Athletics Association (BAA) president, Deon Sutherland attended the congress, where President Sebastian Coe, GBR was re-elected unopposed.

Standings the same, Bandits and Verdes remain undefeated, Valley Pride still winless at Week 9 of PLB 2019-2020 Opening Season
Week 9 is in the books, as only 5 regular season weeks remain in the 2019-2020 Premier League of Belize (PLB) Opening Tournament. With the race to the top-4 playoffs taking shape, standings leaders Bandits Sport and Verdes FC are still undefeated, while newcomers Freedom Fighters Valley Pride FC are yet to gain a victory, and defending champions San Pedro Pirates FC are in danger of “drawing” themselves out of the playoffs with yet another draw this past weekend.

Editorial: Belizeans gave UDP a chance: now they disrespect us
The Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Patrick Faber, has a history of being honest about the dishonorable deeds of his party, the United Democratic Party (UDP), and he has passed off quite a few of these deeds as standard government practice. Faber is very much like our present Prime Minister, Hon. Dean Barrow, who infamously said when discussing a Vega scandal, “It is what it is”. Recently, when DPM Faber was asked about the $40,000 write-off of a student loan that had been given to the son of a prominent colleague in his party, he actually, surprisingly, spoke out against it. His lapse into the realm of honor and decency, however, didn’t last a week. He told the media, on the return to his old self, that, well, he had to conform because he was a part of Cabinet.

Pray that Sedi doesn’t lose again
I am watching this court case involving Mr. Sedi Elrington very keenly, and I di run sweat that he will take a likking. I am just tired of foreigners banging the stuffings out of us whenever, wherever we go up against them. The PUP took some drubbing, but my gudnis, dis ya crowd da some kind a punching bag when they go up against foreigners. The most terrible part of this story is that we always end up footing the bill. We have to face facts: Belizeans, we are no match for those boys out there. Ashcroft, he’s got a clean sheet against us. He wap us so bad with the UHS, we couldn’t afford to pay. In a small victory, we reportedly got the court to agree that the wonder of compound interest would get cramped a little.

Working conditions in the public service “deplorable,” says PSU
The newly elected president of the Public Service Union (PSU), Gerald Henry, Jr., has concluded his familiarization tour of government departments and ministries across the country and the union issued a report which amounts to an indictment for the conditions under which public officers carry out their functions in today’s Belize. The four-page report is dated September 20, 2019. The PSU report says that the union is “…extremely concerned by many inactions, complete lack of respect, willful neglect, hazardous environments, spiteful actions, and lack of job security shown towards most Public Officers in many line ministries and departments across the country.”

Home invasion at Pound Yard
The house of well-known Jenny Lovell, a psychotherapist and former singing star of Mass in Blues fame, was invaded by two men who went into the house, but who escaped empty-handed due to police speeding to the house after a vigilant person saw the thieves breaching the house, and called police. Lovell told us that police searched the house to ensure that the thieves were not hiding there. Nothing was stolen.

In Belize Rural North, PUP challenging 71 names on voters list
The first challenge to the names on the list of registered voters has been filed at court and this morning, representatives of the two main political parties, the governing United Democratic Party (UDP) and Opposition People’s United Party (PUP), were at the Belize City Magistrate’s Court for a hearing before Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser. When the parties emerged from the courtroom, the PUP’s Belize Rural North standard bearer, Marconi Leal, gave a media interview in which he outlined the reason that the PUP is challenging the names on the voters list for the Belize Rural North constituency.

Second shooting of Mark Clarke on New Road; he once again survives
Seven months after he was shot on New Road in February, Mark Alexander Clarke, 41, a laborer of Fredrick Alley, Belize City, was again shot on New Road. The gunman, who was on a bicycle, escaped into Cleghorn Street. Clarke, who was wounded in the body, was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in a serious condition; doctors say that his condition is now stable.

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Minister Of Foreign Affairs Gives Speech At U.N
On Friday September 27th. 2019, Wilfred Elrington, Attorney General, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Belize, addressed the general debate of the 74th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York City, NY.

Leon Lozano & Ron Sierra Win At Film Festival in Cali
A Belizean film “My Father Belize,” won the “Short Film” and “Audience Choice” awards at the Oakland International Film Festival in California last week. The film will be featured at the 14th Belize International Film Festival in November.

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Sugar Stakeholders discuss regional issues
Sugar stakeholders gathered today to discuss regional issues impacting Belize’s export of sugar to the Caribbean. The main issue raised is the interference of non-CARICOM states into the Caribbean Market.

Farmers receive coupons to alleviate drought damages
Farmers countrywide will soon be receiving a coupon from the Government in an effort to alleviate the strains caused by the recent drought. During the last Prime Minister’s press conference, it was announced that a partial state of emergency would be declared.

Fish kills in Libertad; New River related?
A video showing hundreds of dead fish was sent to us this morning. The fish kill is reportedly happening in Libertad Village, Corozal District. According to the source, the video was captured this morning.

PM meets with Gas Companies
Prime Minister Dean Barrow met with representatives from the three major gas companies in Belize, namely the Belize Western Energy Limited (BWEL), Gas Tomza, and Zeta Gas. The meeting had to do with the proposal of a National Gas Company Limited.

Body found in Belize River
The body of man was hauled out the Belize River, just behind the Manatee Lookout area in Ladyville, Belize District. The partially decomposed body was later identified as 43-year-old Raul Rivelo.

Court will have the final say in Miller’s termination
Candice Miller, former City Administrator, was terminated by Belize City Council in May 2018. It is now up to the Supreme Court to decide whether the termination was unlawful or justified. Miller is suing Mayor Bernard Wagner and the Belize City Council for wrongful dismissal.

Dolphin death not associated with New River Crisis
On September 12, the carcass of a dolphin washed up on the shores of Cerros Sands, Corozal. Speculations by the residents were that the New River contaminants were associated with the death of the dolphin.

Man goes to court for San Pedro shooting
32-year-old Ediberto Javier Romero went to the court today to answer to charges surrounding a shooting that occurred over the weekend in San Pedro. On Monday morning around 12:30, police received information of a shooting inside Daddy Rocks Disco on Barrier Reef Drive.

Cleanup for the Macal River begins
The Macal River in the Cayo District is finally getting some much needed TLC. The river had been overrun with algae, stopping the river flow and also giving it a greenish appearance.

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Love and Rage: Q&A with the author
Love and Rage is a novel written by Belizean author Tricia Jones-Logan, that delves the […]

How do you solve a problem like voter padding?
After recent revelations of lists of voters exceeding the expected capacity of certain households in […]

Faber vs Saldivar – who’s back does the Prime Minister have?
They are arguably the most visible – and powerful – members of his Cabinet, and […]

Man drowns in the Belize River
A man drowned while attempting to cross the Belize River on Monday. Walter Gomez reported to […]

Celebrating Belizean women: Meet Nurse Ingrid!
Ingrid Gomez, also known as ‘Nurse Ingrid’ was born in Dangriga on December 16, 1981. […]

New River continues to suffer; more dead fish in Libertad
Belizeans are gravely concerned about the contamination of the New River in Northern Belize. The […]

Regular and diesel prices hiked; premium gas goes down
The Ministry of Finance announced that at midnight tonight, the pump prices of three fuel […]

San Ignacio & Santa Elena Town Council and residents unite to ‘Save the Macal River’ in Cayo
The organizers of the ‘Save the Macal River’ initiative continue to clean up along the […]

Belizean saxophonist, ‘Di Real McCoy’ to release 2nd album
Belizean saxophonist, Allan Martin McCoy known on stage as ‘Di Real McCoy’ is planning to […]

Itzamna Society signs provisional co-management agreement for Elijio Panti National Park
On September 26, 2019, Cayo Central Area Representative, Rene Montero facilitated the signing of a […]

Belizean student heads to Oxford University next week
A Belizean born teenager has been matriculated at the world-renowned Oxford University in England. River […]

Robber(s) burglarize San Juan Bosco R.C. School in Stann Creek
This morning, the principal and staff of San Juan Bosco Roman Catholic Primary School in […]

Introducing Hobbs – the (craft) Beer of Belize
Established seven years ago on Ambergris Caye, the Belize subsidiary of Hobbs Brewery (originally from […]

Blogs

Discover the Rio Bravo Conservation and Management Area while staying at La Milpa Lodge and Research Center
... One such place is La Milpa Lodge and Research Center within the Rio Bravo Conservation and Management Area (RBCMA) in north-western Belize. Just a two and a half hour’s drive from Belize City, the Rio Bravo Conservation and Management Area was established in 1989 as a private reserve when forested land and other natural ecosystems were threatened with deforestation and fragmentation. This 254,000-acre reserve represents approximately 4% of Belize’s total land area. It is the largest private reserve in Belize and second largest single protected area in the country.

Alaia, A Resort Like Belize has Never Seen, Rises on Ambergris Caye
Alaia Resort, part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection, is Rising Quickly on Ambergris Caye. I don’t remember when I first heard about the plans for the Alaia Resort Belize on Ambergris Caye – it wasn’t that long ago. So last week I asked Andrew Ashcroft, Managing Principal, for a tour. The property is going up rapidly at a well-known strip of beach just south of San Pedro town on Ambergris Caye call Mar de Tumbo Beach. Previously cleared but undeveloped, it is just south of Banyan Bay Resort . This hotel is also receiving a big upgrade since it will be part of the overall development. I met Andrew early afternoon at the Banyan Bay lobby. We stopped in the model home across the street – you can go in to see both the model and take a crazy virtual reality tour. We grabbed hardhats and safety vests and set out for the HUGE building site. There are a few hundred guys working – it’s organized chaos.

Belizean Teacher is Chosen for Prestigious Global Education Program
Many people have been following along with the past two application processes for Participate Learning Belize teacher training. Here is a great update followed by an interview with the first Belizean teacher Chosen. Alex Cruz began his professional career as a teacher and an educational administrator in 2010. After nine years of experience, he decided that it was time to exceed his limits and look for a new professional and personal horizon. This is how Cruz joined the renowned cultural exchange program called Participate Learning. At the end of the recruitment process, he was selected among a large group of candidates to be a teacher in the United States for his professional and personal skills.

World Animal Day
Happy World Animal Day (October 4) to all the animal lovers of the world! There are many animals in the world but one very near to our hearts is the Green Iguanas. The Green Iguanas, known locally as "bamboo chicken", is the largest lizard in Belize and one of the largest in the world. Why Bamboo Chicken, you may ask? Sadly, the iguana has graced the Belizean table over the years, with its meat and eggs. When people ask what it tastes like, the usual answer is… chicken.

The Top 5 Caves to Visit in Belize
Cave, the most common definition,is a natural chamber or series of chambers in the earth, typically of natural origin; for us, in Belize, it’s a mythical experience, a connection with nature and a piece of history. Caves tell the history of Belize, an important part of the Mayan religion and culture. The Mayas used them as ceremonial sites, where today you can find artifacts like pottery, precious stones, andsacrificial remains. Belize hasmore than 20 amazing caves all over the country, and many of them have been featured in articles and documentaries by National Geographic and other international media organizations.

Ambergris Eats – Seafood Recipes
Travel  immerses us in new experiences, cultures, and cuisines. Exploring the food scene has become a significant part of a travelers’ itinerary worldwide and has made an imprint on the smallest of destinations. San Pedro, located on the coast of Belize, is a small bustling island spanning just 71.2  km². Apart from its beauty and striking landscape, its’ flavorful and mouth-watering cuisine has captured the hearts of countless visitors. San Pedro has become the culinary capital for Belize, as it is home to the most restaurants country wide. Today the island is booming with locations that offer delightful dishes for all pallets, with seafood being a major part of many menus.

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Mayan calendar cracked? Why space breakthrough could answer age-long ‘guide to survival’
The Mayans were a civilisation known for their architecture, mathematics and astronomical beliefs, who date back to as far as 2000BC, with many of their impressive constructions still standing in the jungles of southeast Mexico, Guatemala, Belize and western parts of Honduras. This advanced population used a 260-day calendar, known as the Tzolkin, which combines 20-day names with 13-day numbers to give each day a unique name, used to determine the time of religious and ceremonial events. In recent years, the calendar gained attention after claiming to have calculated the end of the world to occur on December 21, 2012, regarded to be the end-date of a 5,126-year-long cycle. However, despite the globe still spinning, Amazon Prime’s “Mayan’s Revelations” claimed the ancient culture may have actually been more aware of nature than first believed. Abuelo Lolmay, an expert on Mayan spirituality explained why the calendar was integral to his predecessors.

Clearwater aquarium saves baby manatee in Belize
A baby manatee that was stranded is being taken care of at a wildlife rehabilitation center in northern Belize after being rescued by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium's Rescue Team. The male calf, that rescuers estimate to be between 2-3 weeks old, was found stranded and alone in the Belize River. The Clearwater Marine Aquarium was called and rescuer Jamal Galves arrived on the scene. "We headed over to the river area where the community observed the little one splashing around," said Galves. "After taking some time to look around the area to ensure no other manatee was near that could possibly be the mother, we started our attempt to capture the calf." Galves continues, "I quickly grabbed the calf and raced it over to the rescue truck where it was placed and prepared for transport to the rehab center."

Using past extinctions to drive future conservation
Late Quaternary extinctions of large animals have historically been understood as global phenomena, resulting from climate fluctuations or quickly dispersing human populations. However, new technologies are enabling fine-grain analyses that shed new light on individual species' varied responses to changing local conditions, new competitors and predators, and other external drivers. According to an interdisciplinary team writing in BioScience, the newly gained knowledge may be of particular value in understanding animal populations' responses to contemporary threats, as well--in particular, those posed by climate change.

Concern still persists over long term drought in the Caribbean
The Barbados-based Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH), Tuesday said that while there is less concern over short term drought, there remains much concern over long term drought as the end of the year approaches. In its latest Caribbean Drought Bulletin released here, the CIMH said that the drought situation is of even more concern given that the wet season is also coming to an end. “This enhances concerns related to water availability moving into the dry season. In particular, underground water sources and large, rivers could continue to be depleted, particularly in portions of the eastern Caribbean, French Guiana and Belize.”

Videos

  • Baby Manatee Saved in Belize, 2min. CMA's Rescue Team in Belize recently rescued a stranded baby manatee that was found alone. Watch as rescuers find the calf, bottle feed it and transport it to a rehab center.

  • Garif Garcia, onstage at Belize Independence day celebration sept. 2019 in the City of Inglewood Ca., 9min.

  • LIL JUNE, onstage at Belize Independence day celebration in Inglewood Ca. September 2019, 8min. Lil June onstage at Belize Independence day celebration in the city of Inglewood Ca. Over 6,000. people turn out for this celebration, lots of music,food and drinks

  • Sperm Whale, 1min. Some great footage of a Sperm Whale captured by our friends Blue Reef Adventures in Southern Belize!

  • KTV Latino Season 4 begins on 8th October, 2019, 22min. KTV Latino Season 4 begins at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts on 8th October, 2019. We spoke with one of the judges for this season, Cindy Rowland, about what we can expect for this season.

  • The National Council on Aging - "Journey to Age Equality", 37min. The National Council on Ageing is preparing to celebrate the International Day of Older Persons under the theme: "Journey to Age Equality" with the launch of the "Front-ah-di-line" campaign and an Ageing Expo at the Princess Hotel and Casino. "Front-ah-di-line" is a campaign designed to prioritize services to older persons, persons with disabilities, pregnant women and parents with infant. There will also be an Ageing Expo that will involve key stakeholders sharing useful information and services to improve the quality of life for this population.

  • The Belize Chamber of Commerce & Industry - staff and compensation practices in Belize, 34min. The Belize Chamber of Commerce & Industry has invited the Birches Group to facilitate a roundtable discussion with Human Resource experts to discuss local staff and compensation practices in Belize. The intention is to share expertise about how this factors into productivity and job satisfaction. Our guests talked with us about their experience in this field and how data can inform better compensation practices.

  • PathLight International - teacher training, 18min. PathLight International does great work in teacher training to support the professional development of teachers locally. They are hosting a fundraiser Gala on October 5th at the George Price Center. We spoke with their representatives about the work of PathLight International and the upcoming event. We also heard testimonies from two of the student beneficiaries.

  • The Department of Youth Services (DYS) - National Youth Awards on November 15th, 28min. The Department of Youth Services (DYS) will hold this year's National Youth Awards on November 15th. Representatives of DYS were our guests to do a final call for applications in the various categories. The deadline for submission is October 11th. We also go to chat with a few of last year's winners about the experience and what it did for their morale.

  • Riley Green - In Love By Now, 3.5min. Wonderful music video shot in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye by country music artist Riley Green.

  • Shark Encounters Belize !!!, 2min. Scuba diving at Shark & Stingray alley Belize ( 1 dive )

  • Wild Instincts - Fishing Belize, 3min.

  • Sports Talk Show, 60min.


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