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The San Pedro Sun

CARICOM Sugar Stakeholder Engagement Meeting for Industry and Policy Makers held in Belize
Minister Tracy Taegar-Panton of the Ministry Investment, Trade and Commerce and Minister Godwin Hulse of the Ministry of Agriculture along with the CARICOM Secretariat hosted sugar stakeholders from across the Caribbean Community at the Best Western Plus Biltmore Plaza in Belize City yesterday, October 2nd, 2019. The engagement placed regional policymakers from the sugar industry, manufacturers and government in dialogue on the Future of the Caribbean Sugar Industry. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss matters of interest to the region’s sugar industry as it relates to trade, production and product development.

Increased dredging in South Ambergris Caye raises concerns
Dredging for sand in southern Ambergris Caye has been ongoing under the consent of The San Pedro Town Council (SPTC). In a previous interview, Mayor Daniel Guerrero stated that the sand extracted was not for business purposes, but the benefit of the community. According to concerned residents living nearby, the dredging operation has ramped up considerably with the addition of a second site. It’s believed that such sand extraction is now commercial and not just for community projects. The San Pedro Sun caught up with Mayor Guerrero who said he is aware of the second dredging site and stated that the sand is for commercial and community purposes.

Mahogany Bay Village donates to San Pedro Invaders Female Football team
As the new season of the National Amateur Women’s League (NAWL) Football Tournament approaches, the San Pedro Invaders team received a much-needed donation of $3,300 from Mahogany Bay Village Resort and Beach Club. The donation will help cover jerseys, football equipment, first-aid kits, and other items needed for the preparation of the girls. Mahogany Bay decided to donate to the San Pedro Invaders as a means of showing their support towards the community and sports. Team manager Arnold Kuylen told The San Pedro Sun that he is thankful for the donation.

LPG importation issue prompts meeting with PM and Butane Gas Company representatives
Butane company representatives met with Prime Minister Right Honourable Dean Barrow on Wednesday, October 2nd, to discuss the creation of the Belize Gas Company, which will be the only authorized entity to import butane into the country. On August 16, 2019, the House of Representatives passed the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Bill. The new legislation established the Belize Gas Company, which is taking over the business from three suppliers (Western Energy Limited, Gas Tomza, and Southern Choice Butane-Zeta Gas) owned by a Mexican investor.

Various Belizean Sources

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San Pedro Power Outage Today
Power outage today 6am-2pm, entire island

Miss Hispanoamericana 2019
San Pedro Resident Gabriela Varela - Miss Hispanoamericana Belize is competing in Bolivia later this month. The official page has posted pictures of all delegates and the country with most likes gets an automatic placement to the finals. We need everyone's support to make Belize to the finals. Click to VOTE for Gabriela Varela.

FCD Chief Ranger, D. Harris is in Edinburgh, United Kingdom for a ten day training program
He gave a presentation on the role and challenges of FCD Rangers at the 22st Annual Meeting of the United Kingdom - Belize Association Centre for Sustainable Forests & Landscapes. The event took place at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation.

Welcome back to the 2019 Youth Ambassadors who returned to Belize from the U.S. today!
The Youth Ambassadors Program is a U.S. Department of State Exchange Program designed to strengthen leaderships skills of youth from across the Western Hemisphere. This year, 12 talented Belizean youth ages 15 to 18 traveled to the U.S. for a three-week exchange to develop leadership skills and to learn about U.S. culture and society, focusing on community development, the environment, and entrepreneurship.

Channel 5

A road traffic accident today left two persons injured
It happened after 1 o’clock this afternoon in Ontario Village among the George Price Highway.

Andrea Polanco awarded Environmental Journalist of the Year
News Five’s very own Andrea Polanco was tonight awarded Environmental Journalist of the Year by Oceana Belize. Congrats Andrea!!!

The Reporter

Farmer Hacked to Death in Pomona
Domingo Miguel Mathias, 32, a farmer from Pomona Village, Stann Creek met a cruel death on Sunday when someone accosted him in his corn field in the village and chopped him to death. When he left home around 10 that day to go plant corn and did not return home to take his two daughters to church that evening, his common-law wife knew something was amiss and initiated a search party that led to the discovery of his mutilated corpse at around 11 that night.

Taiwanese Embassy in Belize Celebrates Ahead Of 108th National Day
The Taiwanese Embassy in Belize, led by Ambassador H.E. Remus Li-Kuo Chen and the embassy’s staff, hosted a reception at the Princess Ramada hotel in Belize city last night in commemoration of its upcoming 108th National Day, to be celebrated on October 10.

R.T.A. On George Price Hwy. Near Ontario Village
The Reporter understands that the person injured in the accident in Ontario earlier this evening was reported to San Ignacio police for allegedly stealing an iPhone and was caught on camera.

Second Chances
By: Neri O. Briceño - There is a lot I admire about the Americans and some not so much, but I can definitely think of a whole lot of countries I would prefer not to be living in, if I had the choice. The United States has essentially set up what has become an empire but one without territory. It has been able to do this not through conquest but because of its economic, military, media and democratic might.

Local Woman Producing High Fashion
Early every morning, single mother of four Patricia Molina, 42, of San Ignacio Town gets up early to get her house chores out of the way and send the children off to school so that she can start her daily routine of transforming rawhide into leather and then into fashion.

It’s All In Your Head
By: Dr. Abigail Joseph - The ear is such a wonderful organ. I am in absolute awe of it! You are probably reading this and wondering if the doc has lost her mind. Sure, you hear through them and you can wear earrings and well, that’s not a big deal. It’s a very good example to use when people say there is more than just what meets the eye.

Editorial – Friday October 4th. 2019
Emerging details of the FBI case against Sales Tax’s Deputy Director Reynaldo Verde, show that the FBI has built a strong case. The FBI now has eye-witnesses, audio and maybe even video evidence to show that Verde accepted $2,000 from resort owner Chris Willliams during a meeting between the two men at the owner’s seaside tourist resort in Corozal.

Women In The Blue Economy – Maritime Opportunities
To commemorate World Maritime Day, celebrated annually on October 4, the Belize Port Authority held its yearly expo at its mile 4 headquarters yesterday morning. This year’s theme “Empowering Women in the Maritime Community” highlighted the many contributions and the importance of women participation in the maritime sector.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Cayo man detained for rape investigation
Authorities have detained one man from the Cayo district after a 24-year old woman reported that this morning, she was with him in a village when she was raped.

Blogs

Language and Ethnicity in Belize
The country of Belize, though small in size and population, is surprisingly diverse in many ways. Although it is the only country in Central America with English as its official language and is generally used and understood by all, other languages are alive and thriving, thanks to our unique ethnic mix. Try to imagine an early British logwood settlement populated by African slave laborers, mestizos, and native Maya, under English speaking “Masters”, trying to communicate and work together and with different regional accents…Scots, Irish, Northern English, Spanish, and Maya!! This situation could easily have turned into a true “Tower of Babel”.

Origin of the Name Belize
There exist a few espoused possibilities of the etymology of the name Belize. One logical explanation dates back to 1677 from the journal of a Dominican priest named Fray Jose Delgado. It is believed that the name was provided by the priest’s translator and originated from the Maya word “Balix”, which means “muddy waters”, a reference to the Belize River. Another possibility could be a derivation of the Maya word “Belikin” meaning “land facing the sea” referring to the coastal settlements of the ancient Maya. From the Encyclopedia Brittanica, we have another plausible explanation. The name was derived from a Scottish Buccaneer name Captain Peter Wallace.

International Sourcesizz

Biles lands new skills at worlds
American Simone Biles landed the triple-double on the floor exercise and the double-double dismount off the balance beam at the world gymnastics championships in Stuttgart, Germany on Saturday to have two new skills named after her. The triple-double — a triple-twisting double backflip — on the floor exercise will now officially be named the “Biles II” while the double-double tuck (two flips and two twists) dismount off the beam will simply be called the “Biles”.

Simone Biles nails two more amazing moves that will be named after her
The greatest gymnast of our time and probably ever, Simone Biles, has another two moves that will bear her name. The US gymnastics star was taking part in the world championships Saturday in Stuttgart, Germany, where during her floor exercise routine she landed a triple-double and then on the balance beam she nailed a double-double dismount. The triple double involves a jaw-dropping double backflip with three twists. Her dismount of beam routine was an amazing double backflip with two twists. Biles was competing in the qualifications for the team competition and the individual all-around finals on Saturday.

Modi extends $150m credit to Caribbean nations
Prime Minister Narendra Modi met the leaders of the Caribbean Community and Common Market during the first-ever India-Caricom leaders‘ summit at the United Nations, with a focus on fighting climate change and increasing India‘s participation with the grouping. Modi announced a USD 14-million grant for community development projects in the Caricom and another USD 150 million line of credit for solar, renewable energy and climate- change related projects, a statement released by the Ministry of External Affairs said. The Caricom grouping has 15 members-states and five associate members.

Videos

  • Newly reorganized Caye Caulker Business Association, 13min. The first meeting for the Caye Caulker Business Association was held Saturday at 6pm at the Caye Caulker community center. The objective was to introduce the interim board and to meet and greet all their business associates. Where they will discuss the challenges they face as business owners. Nine members form the interim board. Mario Guizar, Marlyn Parriente, Darren Cason, Artie Marin, Seir Salam, Mariya Hek, Eva Mcfarlane Maravilla, Elsa Moran Guzman, and Sandy Walters Black.

  • Belize Diving 2019, 3.5min. A few impressions of our dive in Belize. I hope I got the fish names right... :)

  • My happy place Belize, 3min. Scuba diving: The Belize reef is vivid with marine life.

  • Belize Territorial Volunteers Wil Mehia Rise & Shine Mr Carlos SantosHD 2019, 2hr.