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The San Pedro Sun

Belize’s sugar and fisheries futures brighten at COTED
The economic future of Belizean farmers and fishers brightened after high-level ministerial discussions were made last week at the 81st meeting of the CARICOM Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED), Sugar Association of the Caribbean and the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM). Belize hosted the event at the Belize Best Western Biltmore Plaza Hotel in Belize City on Monday, September 30th through Friday October 4th.

No cure for new coral disease infecting the Belize Barrier Reef System
The health of the Belize Barrier Reef System is becoming more than a priority for the environmentalist community as Belize’s reef is under attack by a disease called ‘Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease.’ The disease is new, and researchers and scientists are still trying to find out what causes it and how to properly treat it. Local biologists teamed up with international counterparts and applied a treatment composed of chorine and shea butter to the affected coral, but after several weeks, they claim the method is not working and are seeking other forms of treatment before the disease spreads to other areas along the Belizean coast. The treatment applied at Bacalar Chico was applied in the form of a paste to the affected areas of the coral to decrease or eliminate the infection. Unfortunately, the remedy was unsuccessful, and biologists in Belize plan to explore another form of method used in Florida.

Various Belizean Sources

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NEMO ADVISORY #1 - FRIDAY 11TH OCTOBER, 2019
NEMO STILL MONITORING POTENTIAL FOR DEVELOPMENT OF A LOW PRESSURE AREA NEAR TO BELIZE. The National Meteorological Services of Belize and the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) hereby advises the general public that a broad area of low pressure is expected to form over the western Caribbean Sea during the weekend. This system is forecast to move westward toward Central America early next week, and some development is possible if the low remains over water while moving near the coasts of Honduras, Guatemala, and Belize.

Businessman wants employee taken to the dog pound
Jorge Recinos, a businessman from San Ignacio Town told the police that an employee stole over $70k in doggie food. Another employee, turned whistleblower reported that on October 7th, 2019, while he was conducting a sale at a company, the business owner informed him that he received much better and lower rates for dog food from another employee at Recinos’ company. This prompted Recinos to conduct an audit of sales of Ruffo dog food products and at the conclusion of the audit, it revealed that a total of $72,998 was short from one of his salesman.

2019 Pan American Day
Monday, October 14th will be observed as Pan American Day, a Public and Bank Holiday (in lieu of Saturday, October 12th, 2019). Be safe and enjoy. Acrylic Painting by Chuy Carillo of Sarteneja.

Work on San Pedrito 'Highway' on Saturday
Saturday the 12th October, the San Pedrito 'Highway' will be closed for all large vehicles, small vehicles such as golf carts will be able to pass with care. This is due to a casting taking place from 5am till 12 midday. Thank you for your co-operation.

San Pedro Tourist Guide Association Manatee Presentation
Thanks to ALL for the great Presentation!! We never stop learning. Let’s save our manatees!! BE RESPONSIBLE TOUR GUIDES !!!!!!!

Indigenous Resistence Day
Octuber 12 is Indigenous Resistence Day the day when we survive one of the worst Genocides in Human history which started in 1492 with the arrival of Columbus. First they taught us to celebrate Columbus Day then they tried to beautify it calling it Día de la Hispanidad y El Mestizaje or Día de la Raza . Different ways of saying it but same idea of cultural Genocide . Instead of celebrating Columbus Day, many Spanish-speaking countries and communities celebrate “Día de la Raza”, or Day of the Race on October 12th. This holiday celebrates and honors the many countries and people that were conquered by Spain and other European explorers.

Nojoch Mak Domingo Perez showing his discontent on Octuber 12,2012 in Orange walk town for what was known as Colombus Day
Nojoch Mak Domingo Perez is a Yucatec Maya and for many years he used to take a wreath to the monument of the Battle of Orange walk to show his respect to the Maya hero Marcos Canul and the Maya who fought . We are the children of those Maya who fought . Huge respects to Nojoch Mak Domingo Perez. Indigenous Resistance Day !!! Over 500 years of resistence Weyano'one !!! Kux'ano'on !!!

Urban Birdwatch in San Pedro
Join us this weekend for the Urban Birdwatch in San Pedro! Meet on Sunday the 13th at 6AM at Central Park, we are sure to see some beauties as the migrants are really coming through right now!

COROZAL RECEIVES FIRE TRUCK
Our Corozal community and Bay Area Firefighters would like to extend its deepest gratitude to Calgary firefighter Mr. Mike Henson, Dr. Ronan Bayrock, the City of Calgary Alberta, Canada, the Denton program and all who have made this possible. After its long journey, the most talked about firetruck for Corozal is finally here at the Corozal Fire Station. This is a well appreciated donation by the Bay Area Firefighters and our Corozal community. Thank you all once more. Photo by Bay Area Firefighters.

Libertad Fishkill Event
SACD has been working with partners towards understanding the events in the New River and responding to community reports on fish kills as they occur. Libertad recently reported a fish kill and were concerned that the contamination crisis from Orange Walk was starting to impact the river in their area. The SACD Research and Monitoring Team responded to the report and conducted a rapid assessment of the area to document the physical state of the water and collected samples of the affected fish for laboratory analysis, to determine possible contamination exposure. The assessment of the water conditions demonstrated that the fish kill was caused by low oxygen levels (hypoxia) in the water. Previous monitoring before the crisis shows that the river normally has levels above 3 milligrams per liter.

Dia de la Hispanidad 2019 - Western Border
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2019 Dia de Los Finados
Saturday Nov. 2 @7pm, Kindly join us as we honor our dearly departed.

Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber on Official Visit to Taiwan
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture, Honourable Patrick Faber, along with Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Hon. Manuel Heredia and Minister of Transport and National Emergency Management, Hon. Edmond Castro are currently on an Official Visit to Taiwan. The three-member cabinet delegation is there to conduct official government business and participate in celebrating Taiwan’s National Day on October 10.

La Isla Carinosa Academy Costume Bazaar fundraiser
The excitement is on for our annual Costume Bazaar fundraiser. We are seeking the community help in making this event a successful one. We are asking for donations that can be use as prizes towards our games. We are looking for items such as: Stuff toys, Fans, Coffee maker, Board games, Bottle items. The list isn't limited. Any small item will help us in ensuring we have a successful event. All proceeds are towards our teachers July salaries and other little fun projects for our children around the school compound.

BTIA National Tour GuideTraining Program on Caye Caulker
National Tour Guide Training Part 2- Professional Core Schedule to Start November 4, 2019. Sign up with Buddy Magana Jr. 632-9467. Or email [email protected]

Channel 7

Mexican Caught With Counterfeit - Hell's Angels Connect?
Tonight a Mexican is in police custody after he was caught at the Phillip Goldson International airport yesterday smuggling 40,800 US dollars in counterfeit US dollars into Belize. Gilberto Hernandez Gallego will be charged this weekend, while his two traveling companions, a pair of Brazilians are being given what is known as an "RLL notice" - refused leave to land - and being sent back to their home country. The counterfeit cash was found in the false bottom of a suitcase that Hernandez arrived with yesterday. The money was undeclared, and so he and his companions were taken into custody by Special Branch. When they checked the money, they found that it was all counterfeit.

A Slaying In Succotz of A Man Far From Home
There was a ghastly discovery at a Succotz home this morning. The mutilated body of 56 year old Santa Familia resident Juan De La Cruz Carrias better known as Johnny was found inside a makeshift house. Carrias had been chopped and stabbed to death. When we spoke to his family this evening, they say they have no idea why he was killed nor who would want him dead. They also say that they don't know how his body ended up at that Succotz home. One version of what may have happened is that Carrias was at his Santa Familia home early this morning and he received phone call and left. But again, the family says they can't confirm or deny that at this point. Here is what the daughter had to say off camera.

Watch The Weather, But Don't Panic
The broad area of low pressure hovering off the Atlantic Coast of Central America has a 20% chance of developing by the middle of next week. The advisory says, quote, "some development is possible if the low remains over water while moving near the coasts of Honduras, Guatemala, and Belize." NEMO confirms, quote "Formation chance through 48 hours is low to near 0 percent. *Formation chance through five days is low to 20 percent.

CEMO Activated
So, over the holiday weekend, while you're mostly relaxing, NEMO and the MET office will be keeping a close eye on this system. And so will CEMO, the City Emergency Management Organization, because if this system becomes a threat to Belize, they want to be prepared. After all, Belize City is the largest, and most vulnerable coastal population center in the country. This evening, we spoke with Deputy Mayor Oscar Arnold about their state of preparedness, should this system become anything of concern for Belize. Here's what he had to say a short while ago:

Sentences Change Again For Killers Pipersurgh and Robateau
Since March of 2004, the convicted murderers, Leslie Pipersburgh and Patrick Robateau, have seen a surprising change in their fates. They were first sentenced to death by hanging after they were convicted of killing 4 people when they carried out the armed robbery of Bowen and Bowen headquarters on Slaughterhouse Road, which happened in June 2002. The victims in that gruesome mass-murder included the 2 on-duty KBH security guards Fidel Mai and Kevin Alvarez, as well as the civilians, David Flores and Cherry Tucker. But they appealed that decision and the Privy council eventually overturned that guilty verdict. They were tried a second time in 2011, and in that retrial, they were only convicted of the murders of the on-duty security guards.

Big Case Collapses When Witness Is Late
In other court news, a public and controversial case fizzled to an end today. Leon Gentle was one of the 6 employees of Yhony Rosado's company, accused of putting a severe beatdown on their competitor's son, Vitalino Reyes Jr.. That left Reyes in a coma, from which he has still not fully recovered. Well tonight, Leon Gentle is free of the charges of dangerous harm and use of deadly means of harm that police brought against him for that incident. That's because the Supreme Court trial against him fell apart. Gentle stood only 3 days of trial before Justice Colin William before it came to an abrupt end. A panel of jurors, including 6 men and 3 women, was ready to hear the evidence that Crown Counsel Portia Staine intended to produce in an attempt to prove Gentle's guilt.

Mayor Defends De-Reserving Road
Mayor of Belmopan Khalid Belisle says there's nothing wrong with the parcels of land created out of the buffer zone on Queen Elizabeth II Boulevard. He says the area in question was not actually designed to be a buffer, but to form a part of the Boulevard itself. But when it was paved and cement walkway was constructed on both shoulders, there was an unused portion of road reserve between the sidewalk and the adjoining properties. He says the unused area became overgrown and when the council was assisting HelpAge which owns one of the adjacent parcels to build their parking lot, the Engineering department saw the empty land with just grass growing on it.

Lands Goes Out To The Villages
We've been speaking to the Commissioner of Lands Wilber Vallejos about these transactions, but we learned that he's been out of office along with a fair number of staff. They're doing what's called a rural outreach programs, where staffers from the lands department go into villages to hear, solve and and resolve land problems. Now, you know there is no shortage of that in Belize, and they've been dealing with hundreds of cases per day.

A Vega Caught With Contraband, An Employee Takes Rap
That prominent name in the north, "VEGA" was briefly in the news today. That's because a member of the Vega family, reportedly a nephew of the Deputy Prime Minister was caught in a vehicle with contraband. Police stopped the vehicle on the Pachakan road and reportedly found 3 cases of whisky and 10 cases of beer inside - all uncustomed goods. Vega and Armando Castillo, customs broker for Vega Distributors were inside the vehicle.

Salesman Accused of Selling Stolen Dog Food Thru Back Door
Tonight a salesman is in police custody - fasting charges of theft. Police say he stole wholesale quantities of Rufo dog food form his boss, and sold it on the cheap to his competitors.

US Embassy in Belize Refuses One In Three Visa Applications
When you hear your family, neighbors or co workers talk about going to the US Embassy in Belmopan for a visa, it is often with a sense of dread. And that's because everyone fears being turned down. And, statistics for the 2018 fiscal year show that - in fact - you have a one in three chance of being refused. Published figures show that the US Embassy refused 34.55% of Belizean visa applicants. This is better than Guatemala, Honduras and Salvador where more than half of all applicants were turned down. In Honduras, the refusal rate was actually 60%. But Belize's refusal rate was surely not as good as Costa Rica or Panama where only one in ten applicants was turned down.

Finding Finance For Biodiversity
Phase two of the Biodiversity Finance Initiative was launched today at the Kiki Witz resort outside of Belmopan. It's a part of the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan - and the minister of state explained how it works in the real world - outside of the very bloated conceptual framework: Hon. Omar Figueroa, Minister of State, Environment: "Today we are here to celebrate the second phase of the biodiversity fiance initiative. As we all know Belize is a signatory to the convention on biological diversity. As part of our obligations on that convention we develop the national diversity strategy and action plan a few years ago..."

Self Defense For Women
The Ahmadiyya Muslim group is offering self defense classes for women. It begins October 15th and it's only $20 bucks to sign up. We found out more about the importance of this training for women. Shamira Humes, President, Ahmadiyya Women Association: "Our community has come together and decided that we should do something to empower women of our country. It is very obvious the amount of violence against women it is not just in a particular month, it is all year round..."

Ministers Making Moves In Taiwan
On Tuesday's newscast, we told you how Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber, and his colleague ministers: Manuel Heredia Jr., and Edmond Castro, were on an official visit to Taiwan. Well, the National Institute of Culture and History has provided a little more insight into how the trip went. According to a press release from NICH, they 3-member Cabinet delegation was there to conduct official Government business, and to participate in Taiwan's National Day, which was held yesterday. They also held discussions with Belizean students who are completing their tertiary education in Taiwan.

Accused of Cleaning Out Dad's Account
25-year-old Nadia Aguilar, a resident of Kelly Street in Belize City, is out on bail for theft. That's after her father accused her of stealing his ATM card, which she allegedly then used to withdraw over $2,000 dollars from his personal account. Her father reported to police that, she took his Atlantic Bank ATM card without his permission, and then on September 2nd, she went to the ATM and made a withdrawal of $400, and then another of $800.

Titans Band Cares, Not Only About Carnival
Carnival is long gone but Titans Mas Band hit the road today - while it wasn't a soca spectacle with costumes and all, it certainly was for a worthy cause. The leader of the band organized a luncheon and dance for the Welcome Resource Center participants to commemorate World Mental Health Day. We stopped by the center this morning to see what fun Friday is all about.

Channel 5

Juan de la Cruz Carrias is Murdered in Succotz
A shocking discovery was made this morning just after eight o’clock in the village of Succotz located near Benque Viejo de Carmen. The lifeless body of a fifty-six-year-old man was [...]

Businessman is Conned out of $72K by his Salesman
A salesman from Cayo is in big trouble with the law tonight. That is because his boss, also from Cayo, is reporting that he stole more than seventy thousand dollars [...]

Uproar as Belmopan CitCo De-reserves Land Designate for Phillip Goldson Boulevard
A hasty land transaction that appears questionable to many in Belmopan is raising eyebrows and causing outrage. A few weeks ago the Belmopan City Council gave the order to de-reserve [...]

NEMO Issues Advisory; Met Service Says No Need to Worry
There is no need to panic at this point says the National Emergency Management Organization. Out of precaution, NEMO issued an advisory earlier today informing that it is monitoring the [...]

Closely Monitoring the Weather… but No System Formed As Yet
According to the NEMO advisory, should the prediction change for the worse, all factors considered, Belize can be facing a significant threat by Tuesday.  Nonetheless, Chief Met Officer Cumberbatch reiterated [...]

Leslie Pipersburgh and Patrick Robateau are Given a Fixed Sentence for Double Murder
Leslie Pipersburgh and Patrick Robateau are two convicts who have now been given a fixed sentence for a double murder. Both received a sentence of thirty-five years, less ten years [...]

Leon Gentle is Not Guilty of Dangerous Harm
In 2014, Vitalino Reyes Junior was badly beaten when his father and another well-known operator were having differences in the cave tubing business.  The violent incident made the news for [...]

Charges Drop in Favor of Two Immigration Officers
Immigration Clerk Sheree Flores escaped a charge today. Another clerk, Ann Smith pressed charges of harm against Flores who then entered a counter charge of common assault against Smith. The [...]

Insp. David Mckoy Called to the Bar
Inspector of Police David McKoy was today called to the bar. It is a significant accomplishment for the young officer who says that he is better equipped to serve the [...]

BHS Enters First Global Technology Challenge
Techy students from the Belize High School are stepping up their game; they are taking part in a global competition in robotics. The students have built a robot, aptly called [...]

Several Ministers on a Visit in Taiwan
A top heavy delegation is on a visit to Taiwan signalling the strength of relations with that country that has been shaken by the loss of two allies in recent [...]

HEMP – a Viable Industry for Belize?
Belize will soon see the establishment of industrial hemp production. The Attorney General’s Ministry has been working on the legal framework that will help to regulate the industry. But, hemp, [...]

Phase 2 of BIOFIN Launched
Phase two of the Biodiversity Finance Initiative known as BIOFIN was launched today. In 2016, the Government launched the first phase which consisted of four assessments such as a policy [...]

Guatemalan President says Relations with Belize “Best They Have Ever Been”
Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales addressed the General Debate at the seventy-fourth, General Assembly of the United Nation earlier this month for the last time before demitting office. The outgoing Guatemala [...]

Guatemalan President Bashes CICIG at UN General Assembly
Morales devoted much of his speech and time bashing the United Nations-backed International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG). Last year, President Jimmy Morales did not approve the renewal of [...]

Amandala

Hon. Sedi hit with $300,000-plus judgment
Today was judgment day in the long-running court battle between the development company Progresso Heights Limited and Hon. Wilfred “Sedi” Elrington, Belize’s Foreign Minister and area representative for the Pickstock constituency. Elrington was a no-show in the Supreme Court of Justice Courtenay Abel, who delivered his judgment this afternoon. The court found that Elrington had placed a caution on the properties of the company without any legal authority, and consequently, Elrington was ordered to pay in excess of $300,000, besides cost of court, a figure which has not been mentioned, but could be in the tens of thousands of dollars.

Senate kicks out Joshua Perdomo’s $40,000 loan write-off
The write-off of Joshua Perdomo’s student loan in excess of $40,000 ignited fierce debate during yesterday’s Senate meeting. Perdomo, the son of Cabinet Secretary Carlos Perdomo, took paid study leave from his public service job in the Ministry of National Security to pursue a Master’s Degree in Forensic Genetics, but never returned to Belize after completing his studies in Texas and never paid back his student loan. In late August, Prime Minister Dean Barrow introduced the motion in the House of Representatives to write-off Perdomo’s debt to the government as uncollectable, because he could not be located and the debt had become statute-barred, making it impossible for government to recover the money.

IMF mission notes Belize’s slowed growth and massive public debt
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has just completed its annual country visit to Belize in accordance with its Article IV consultation and published its preliminary findings on October 7 on its website. Daniel Leigh was the leader of the IMF team, which visited Belize from September 23 to October 4. The IMF team met with Prime Minister Dean Barrow, Central Bank Governor Joy Grant, Financial Secretary Joseph Waight and other senior government officials. The team also met with representatives of the Opposition, the private sector and public sector unions.

Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease hits Belize
Since first being detected in 2014 in Florida, the Caribbean has observed the gradual and unstoppable spread of the, Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease, reaching as far east as the island of Saint Martin. Last year the disease reached the southern reefs off the coast of Yucatan. This year, the Belize Fisheries Department and Blue Ventures personnel reported high rates of infection and mortality of coral colonies in the northern part of the Belize Barrier Reef within the Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve.

International Mental Health Day celebrated
Belize joins the international community in celebrating World Mental Health Day under the theme, “Working together to Prevent Suicide.” The day is aimed at raising awareness of mental health, giving support to those with mental disorders, and preventing the stigmatization of people living with mental health problems. The Mental Health Association said that a number of activities were carried out leading up to Mental Health Day, in conjunction with suicide prevention efforts, including talks at schools, essay competitions and presentations on suicide prevention, what triggers suicide, and other topics.

Kyron Green, 11, makes walking steps
Kyron Green, 11, of Belize City, a student of Standard 4 at the St Luke Methodist School on Mahogany Street, suffered a gunshot injury during a shooting where the shooter stood in the doorway of the One Plus One Shopping Center on the Central American Boulevard and fired into the store at a man whom he wanted to kill. The target was hit into his abdomen, but young Kyron Green, who was in the store at the time, was struck by one of the shots, and the bullet was lodged in his spine, rendering him paralyzed.

Five-a-Side Mayor’s Cup Football Tournament 2019 on Sundays at Yabra Green
The Bernard Wagner Five-a-Side Mayor’s Cup Football Tournament 2019 kicked off a couple Sundays ago with 2 games played at Yabra Green. There are 6 teams in the competition – Silent Assassin FC, Yabra FC, Intrepid FC, Honduras FC, Mesopotamia FC, and Survivors-Flowers FC – and they are participating in a double round-robin regular season, with games beginning at 1:00 p.m. every Sunday. At the end of regular season, the top-4 playoff semifinals will feature #1 vs #4, and #2 vs #3 seeds; the two losers then play for third place, and the winners clash for the championship. First prize is $1,100.00; 2nd prize – $600.00; and 3rd prize – $300.00.

Corozal F.A. Opening Season Week 4 report
We start off by giving thanks to the Almighty Father for His continued blessing upon our Corozal Football Association (CFA) tournament. This week marks Week 4. It is welcoming to see that every week the number of fans/spectators is growing. Certainly, your presence means a lot to us, and especially to our players. As a parent or fan, being out there gives these kids the reassurance that they are playing great, and that you believe in them. We thank you, each and every person that comes out every week to support our ongoing tournament.

Future FC U10 & U13 Little League Football Tournament Week 1 results
The Future Football Club U10 & U13 Little League Football Tournament 2019 kicked off on Saturday, October 5, with 5 games at the ITVET (Technical) Football Field in Belize City. There are six (6) teams participating in the U-10 tournament, and seven (7) in the U-13. Those teams are: U10 – Future FC, Caesar Ridge, Reality Youths, Poor & Famous, Yabra, and Belize United; and U13 – Future FC, Sports In Education, Caesar Ridge, Belize United, Berger United, Jah Love, and Survivors FC.

Week 10 stats, and REVISED Week 11 schedule for PLB Opening Season
At the end of Week 10 in the Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2019-2020 Opening Season, Verdes FC is the sole standings leader; both Verdes and Bandits SC are still undefeated and sure of a playoff spot; while the 2 remaining playoff spots are up for grabs among the others. (See standings below) On Saturday night in Independence, visiting Bandits SC jumped to a 2-nil lead over Altitude FC with goals from Roberto Silva de Lima (4’) and Georgie Welcome (16’); but the home team responded with 2 goals from Andres Orozco (23’ & 45’) to salvage the 2-2 draw.

Editorial: Columbus and 500-plus years of wealth transfer
In early August, 1492, Christopher Columbus, an Italian sailor living in Portugal, received sponsorship from Spain and set out with three sailing ships across the Atlantic Ocean. Columbus was searching for a new sea route to Asia because going overland from Europe to Asia was dangerous, and going to Asia by sea, around the Cape of Good Hope off the southern end of the continent of Africa, was a difficult and lengthy voyage. If the continent that came to be called the Americas – North, Central, and South America – did not exist, Columbus would have spent at least three more months at sea before he landed in Japan or China, his destination. Blessings, there is an American continent, and history records that on October 12, 1492, the great sailor and his ships touched land in the West Indies.

Artificial intelligence doesn’t value money or human life
Dear Editor, We had the 2008 financial crisis called “the Great Recession.” It was mainly caused by people not being able to pay their mortgage (home debt). Low interest rates were offered to people who would not normally qualify (subprime borrowers). The low interest increased and people could not meet their mortgages. Home prices fell. The entire US financial system went into recession, and the rest of the world followed suit. Today, the US consumer and most of the world are drowning in debt.

Leader of the Opposition writes House Speaker
Madam Speaker, I write to express my displeasure over your decision not to allow debate on the write off motions that were presented to the House of Representative during the last sitting of the House of Representatives on Friday, 4th October 2019. Your arbitrary decision not to allow me and other opposition members to comment on the forty-thousand dollar Write-Off Motion relating to Joshua Perdomo, the son of the current cabinet secretary, was clearly a denial of my constitutional right and duty as a member of the House of Representatives and, in particular, as the leader of the Opposition.

From British Honduras to Belize: one family’s drama
When Teacher Bertram no longer had to support his first wife, the surplus from household expenses of his new family was invested in land, which was comparatively cheap and plentiful at the time; and on this land he had had free rein to experiment with rice and other crops. It was then that his knowledge and experience in farming came to the fore; and he went about his avocation with such confidence and authority, not to mention success, that most of the townspeople‘s admiration for him increased even more. I am sorry to say, however, that there were many who looked on with envy at his progress and, from among these, fresh rumours about him had surfaced to the effect that he was a “farm boy” in his home country, a description intended to belittle his status.

Very disrespectful AG Pere burst out laughing
I almost missed out on the Senate meeting on Wednesday this week, but I came from bak-a-bush just in time to see the UDP senators take a terrible flogging and disgrace themselves. What the heck is wrong with Godwin? He forgets that the UDP at Wave didn’t want any part of him? Godwin, — my how that man has lost his luster— said it was a labor of love for someone to work on Pay Scale 14 and 15 in the Public Service. He praised the PM for bringing the Perdomo write-off to the House because, he said, the PM could have snuck it under the table. And it’s an election year, Godwin blurted out in defense of his boss. Ouch, “Nobody mi wahn ask bowt it bikaaz noabodi mi wahn noa”, Godwin said.

Mental health issues more prevalent in Belize
There is a terrible stigma associated with mental illness or mental disorders in Belize and clearly around the world. We grew up referring to people as “crazy” and being absolutely non-empathetic to these people. We have never really learnt at home or on the streets to view persons with mental health issues as one of us. On the contrary, we mistreat them, and abandon them and reject them from our social circle. But the truth is, more of us are suffering from mental issues, be it a disorder or an illness, than we want to admit.

Belize, it is time
The introduction of what is called modernization and civilization brings along with it all kinds of negative effects. With the beginning of the Industrial Revolution in the 1760s, a lot of changes were seen in London due to the migration of people, and as a result the chemical waste of the industries, the human waste, and other things that went into the River Thames caused that river to be officially considered “biologically dead” by the 1830s, and it took 100 years to recover. I believe that the past history of the Industrial Revolution and the damages that were caused because of negligence is something that needs to be studied and looked at when we want to analyze what is taking place today in the rivers, lagoons, bays, etc. in Belize.

Mother of 9 gets $5,000 bail for ammunition possession
Carolyn Patricia Young, 45, a cook of Hunters Lane, has been released on Supreme Court bail of $5,000, while her son, Ledwin Dixon, 25, also of Hunters Lane, is on remand on a charge of keeping unlicensed ammunition. Carolyn Young’s attorney, Richard “Dickie” Bradley, secured her release when she appeared before Supreme Court Justice Marilyn Williams on Monday.

Four convicted murderers serving life sentence re-sentenced
Recently, four convicted murderers appeared in the Supreme Court before Justice Cumberbatch to be re-sentenced according to the new sentencing regime for capital offences. The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) decision in the Alwin Gabb and Gregory August appeals has ushered in a new regime of sentencing for persons convicted of murder in Belize. The CCJ ruling came shortly after the Belize Court of Appeal had ruled in 2016 that life in prison without the possibility of parole was “inhumane.”

BYM calls on youth to demand government write-off of all student loans
In late August at the sitting of the House of Representatives, Prime Minister Dean Barrow, in his capacity as Minister of Finance, introduced a motion to write off the $40,000-plus student loan of Joshua Perdomo, the son of Cabinet Secretary, Carlos Perdomo. At the House meeting last Friday, the motion got its third reading and was passed when a division of the House voted on it. The Joshua Perdomo student loan write-off sparked severe criticism from the public, because, while the Prime Minister prefaced the loan motion by saying that for years, Joshua Perdomo could not be located for him to pay his loan, KREM News easily located Perdomo, through an internet search.

Reynaldo Verde, 46, denied bail; remains on pretrial detention
Reynaldo Verde, 46, the Deputy Director of the Belize Tax Service, appeared in the Southern District Court of Florida, where he was denied bail earlier this week. This means that Verde will remain on pretrial detention in the United States until his case for extortion, interference with commerce by means of extortion, and attempted extortion comes up. Verde, a senior employee of Prime Minister Dean Barrow’s Ministry of Finance, became the subject of a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) sting operation after American businessman Chris Williams made multiple complaints to them about Verde’s alleged shakedown efforts.

The Reporter

From Simone With Love
As four-time Olympic champion Simone Biles, 22, continues to celebrate her accomplishment of becoming the most-decorated female gymnast in history after recently winning her 21st medal at the World Championship, local Belizean athletes and students from Forest Home Methodist School in the Toledo district now have a special reason to also be thankful for Biles’ success.

Editorial – Friday October 11th. 2019
Newspapers have played a critical role in the life of every nation and in the development of human society ever since the German inventor, Gutenberg, developed a printing press with movable type some 450 years ago.

Legally Right But Morally Wrong !
By: Major Lloyd Jones (Ret’d) - Mr. Justice Abel’s ruling on the Candice Miller suit against the Belize City Council gave Miller and former Mayor Bradley legal vindication, but his ruling did not and can never grant them moral vindication.

Army Corporal With Ties to Belize Court Martialed
Corporal Audrey Urbina, 32, of the British Army who has ties to Belize is currently facing a court-martial for allegedly embezzling 17,000 euros of army funds to book over a dozen flights for herself, family members and friends to fly to destinations across the world.

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Drought Impacts the BWSL services
Over the past months Belize had experienced an extreme drought that impacted the agriculture industry in Belize. The Belize Water Services Limited, during their public meeting last night, noted that farmers were not the only ones suffering from the drought.

BWSL submits Full Tariff Review
The Belize Water Services Limited (BWSL) has submitted their Full Tariff Review, for their upcoming five-year business plan, to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) for approval. Last night a public meeting was held to present what the business plan looks like for BWSL in their new Full Tariff Period (FTP) which runs from April 1, 2020 through to March 31, 2025.

Senate debates the amendment to the Contractor General Bill
The amendment to the Contractor General Bill was another issue that caused much debate in the Sitting of the Senate yesterday. The root of the bill is to amend the law that states that after the contractor general’s tenure, he cannot return to serve as a public officer.

IDB & BELTRAIDE working to reduce the crime rate
The event was attended by persons who hope to be a part of the change by coming up with a business model which will be able to change the future of at-risk youths in Belize.

Woman claims KHMH is delaying her compensation
A woman is in distress after claiming that the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital has delayed her compensation after causing her unborn baby’s death. 29-year-old Tracy Mackinnon stated that after the hospital took responsibility in January 2018 – almost a year after the incident – they offered to settle outside of court.

Belize’s Ambassador to the US appears on RT Television
Belize's Ambassador to the United States, Daniel Guttierez was interviewed on RT Television, formerly known as Russia Today. The interview was done on Tuesday, October 8.

Business Senator says IMF Report not adding up
The latest report from the International Monetary Fund highlighted Belize’s recovering economy. It also noted a decreased in the country’s unemployment rate, while mentioning also that the rest of the year may see things moving at a slower pace.

NEMO warns of possible development of tropical storm
The National Meteorological Service of Belize and the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) sent out a release today in which they are discussing ongoing computer models which are predicting a tropical storm developing in our region.

Belize commemorates World Mental Health Day
Belize joined the rest of the world today in celebrating Mental Health Day. While there were different events happening around the country to commemorate the event, Love News decided to start off with vital information regarding mental health in Belize.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Salesman reportedly makes off with over $72,000 in personal ‘Ruffo’ sales in San Ignacio
San Ignacio businessman, Jorge Recinos reported to police that on October 7, 2019, a salesman […]

Man stabbed to death in Succotz, Cayo
Earlier we posted that authorities were on the scene of a crime in Succotz, Cayo. […]

Belize attends High-Level Segment on Statelessness and 70th Session of the Executive Commission of the High Commissioner’s Programme
Belize is being represented at the High-Level Segment on Statelessness (HLS) and the 70th Session […]

Mexican Embassy hosts successful business meeting to strengthen commercial bonds
A successful meeting was held on October 9, 2019 at the Mexican Institute in Belize […]

Man found dead inside his home in Succotz, Cayo
A man was found dead inside his home this morning in Succotz, Cayo. The circumstances […]

#GirlForce: Unscripted and Unstoppable
Today is commemorated worldwide as International Day of the Girl. The day is being commemorated […]

How social media continues to replace our families
By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: All around the world and in Belize, the public discourse has been surrounding how […]

Belize shell shocked by early St. Kitts second half burst
Living up to their nickname, the Sugar Boyz turned on the style in the second […]

Blogs

Halloween 2019: Parties to look out for on Ambergris Caye
When the clock strikes midnight on Wednesday, October 30th, the witching hour is upon us for the freakiest day of the year, Halloween! However, when Halloween falls on a Thursday it doesn’t sound like much fun. After all it is a weekday, and the hustle and bustle of the everyday routine might dampen the celebration. So why not celebrate the spooky holiday on any other day of the month? That’s exactly what we like to do here in San Pedro Town – party when the time is just right!

Moving to Belize With Your Pets
One of the non-negotiable items between us was our pets. If the pets were not joining us on this new adventure, neither was Annette. Choice made! The good news is that Belize does NOT require incoming domestic pets to be quarantined. They do require however that you have all of the necessary vaccinations and documentation. Google is a wonderful thing in trying to gather information but to be certain you have dotted and crossed everything required, you’ll need country specific information.

Make Time to Visit Lighthouse Reef
Lighthouse Reef is a stunning atoll with white sand, clear blue water, and a quiet, unspoiled beauty. It is home to Half Moon Caye Natural Monument. This is a protected area for nesting, breeding red-footed boobies. Half Moon Caye is the oldest protected area in Belize. It was established in 1928 when the government of Belize designated it as a breeding sanctuary for the red-footed booby. Lighthouse Reef is also close to the Blue Hole of Belize. The Blue Hole is a natural ocean sinkhole that is renowned for its pristine waters, enormous depth and huge variety of colorful fish.

Living in Caye Caulker
Caye Caulker is a small beautiful Caribbean island off the coast of Belize. It’s divided by a narrow channel called The Split, where you can find a fantastic bar and a sandy beach. You can walk every single corner of this island in one day! If you walk to the south, you will find the island’s only settlement, known as Caye Caulker Village. The north of the island is home to dense mangrove forest and diverse birdlife, protected by a forest reserve. Well known as a haven for divers and snorkelers due to its proximity to the Barrier Reef, you can actually see the waves breaking on the reef on the horizon. If you are looking for a quiet place to relax, this small island is perfect. A feast for the eyes, offering amazing views, exquisite tropical sea life, and unique packed excursions. Caye Caulker can be reached by direct flights from Belize City, which facilitates visiting this paradise.

Chocolate of Belize
The best chocolate in the world originates in Belize. The ancient Maya were the first to discover chocolate. Some evidences suggest the Mayans had chocolate at every meal, for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In 1980, Hershey, one of the largest chocolate producers in the world, had their main cacao farm in Belize. Located along the Hummingbird Highway south of the city of Belmopan, they produced chocolate from local growers and guaranteed a good price for farmers. During the 1980s, the program Belize Accelerated Cacao Production Project was very popular. The idea was to teach the local farmers the best methods and to introduce the most productive varieties of cacao. Unfortunately, the world price for cacao dropped from $1.00US per pound to less than $0.30US so the Belize project was dropped.

International Sourcesizz

15 facts about Kotoko’s CAF Confederation Cup opponent San Pedro FC
The Porcupine Warriors will face San Pedro from Ivory Coast in the CAF Confederation Cup play-offs on 27th October at home, before jetting off to Ghana's Western-border neighbour in the reverse fixture in November 3. Below are the 15 facts you need to know about Kotoko’s opponent The club was founded in 2004. The club is based in the Ivorian town of San-Pedro. It is in the south part of Ambergris Caye, in northern Belize. The city has a population of 11, 676 as of 2010. San Pedro FC was in the second tier of Ivorian football as of 2015, so their promotion and development make them the fastest growing club in Ivory Coast. The bankroller of the club is a Tunisian businessman Mohammed Ali Hachicha. He purchased the club in 2015 when they were in the second division of Ivorian league.

Laser scanning tech uncovers huge network of ancient Maya farms
Deep within a rainforest in Belize, scientists using lasers beamed from an airplane to peer beneath the dense foliage have discovered evidence of a vast network of ancient Maya farms that date back thousands of years. The findings, part of more than 20 years of research in this part of Central America, show how the ancient Maya civilization, which reached its peak at around 250 A.D. to 900 A.D., adapted their farming practices in the face of environmental challenges. The farms were used to grow maize, beans, squash and avocados, most likely after a series of droughts starting 1,800 years ago forced Maya farmers to expand agriculture from the region’s dry slopes into the forest’s low-lying wetlands, said Tim Beach, a University of Texas geoarchaeologist and the lead author of a paper about the finding published Oct. 7 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Liburd hat-trick hand St Kitts first win
England-based striker Rowan Liburd netted a superb hat-trick to fire St Kitts and Nevis to their first win of the CONCACAF Nations League with a 4-0 blanking of Belize here Thursday night. In a Group A contest in League B at Isidoro Beaton Stadium, the 27-year-old scored all three goals in the second half in the space of 15 minutes, to add to Omari Sterling-James’ first-half strike.

Eyes on Caribbean disturbance
The National Hurricane Center is watching a broad AREA OF DISTURBED WEATHER extending from the southwest Caribbean across Central America into the Pacific. Some computer forecast models indicate that an organized circulation might spin off from that area and move toward the Yucatan Peninsula and the southern Gulf of Mexico. The odds of anything significant developing are low over the next several days, and even if it does, the system is likely to move over or near Honduras, Guatemala, and Belize in Central America. It is also possible the disturbance will organize on the Pacific side. There is no threat to Florida.

Mayan mystery: How 1,000-year-old 'untouched' cave discovery left archaeologist speechless
A MAYAN cave that has been untouched for more than 1,000 years left an archaeologist speechless when he entered for the first time in 2018. Archaeologists hunting for a sacred well beneath the city of Chichen Itza in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula accidentally discovered a trove of more than 150 ritual objects untouched for more than 1,000 years. The discovery of the cave system, known as Balamku or “Jaguar God,” was announced by Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) in a press conference held in March this year. Balamka was first discovered in 1966, but the cave was sealed by archaeologist Victor Pinto, who claimed there was no extensive archaeological material.

Videos

  • Channel 5 Obituaries - VINCE PAUL BRUCE CADLE SR., 2.5min.

  • Rollerblading in Belize City, 6min.

  • What Flies and Tackle to Bring to Turneffe Flats Lodge, Belize, 3min.

  • The Ya’axché Show: Ya’axché Bird Monitoring Program, 15min. Ya’axché monitors 31 indicator bird species across 12 transects in the Maya Golden Landscape, as part of its long term monitoring program. In addition to birds indicating whether ecosystems are healthy, birds are very important for pollination and seed dispersal. Since 2009, our bird monitoring data has helped us make decision based on science in improving management and protection of our forests in the MGL. On The Ya’axché Show to chat with Sayuri Tzul is Elizabeth Dorgay (Science Director) and Marvin Vasquez (Operational Director) and behind the scenes, Maximiliano Caal.

  • Corozal Nazarene Primary School held there World Egg Day 2019, 13min. Today, Corozal Nazarene Primary School Held there World Egg Day this morning at 9am inside the school compound. Caribbean Chicken from Corozal, was on the scene giving out Brochures about World Egg Day. A few selected classroom was picked to teach the students about eating more eggs in the morning.

  • Unknown Belize, 6.5min. In Belize ahko, hämr erst mol gmerkt, dass das gar kei spanisch sprächends land isch.. =) umso besser, denn hämr s bier uf änglisch könne bstelle! Belize isch chlei, het aber einiges zbiete.. und s karibische meer miemr do wohl erst gar nit erwähne, aber lueget doch sälber… ;-)

  • Exploring El Pilar, Belize, 3min. The ancient Maya settlement of El pilar was once home to thousands, and now sits under the canopy of layers of foliage, debris, and rain forest canopy. It is the challenge of archaeologists to go out in the field and identify pieces of the puzzle, that help us better understand the rich past and cultural heritage of the people who once inhabited these lands.