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The San Pedro Sun

Ministry of National Security Inaugurates Joint Interagency Information Security System
The Ministry of National Security officially inaugurated its Joint Interagency Information Security System (JIISS) during a ceremony at the Ministry of National Security Compound in Belmopan. JIISS is a state-of-the-art, geospatial reporting program designed to gather data to assist security forces on their patrols. The information, which will be displayed on a live platform, will be sent back to base and the Ministry for real-time decision-making and information display. Initially, the program will be used by the Belize Defence Force and the Belize Coast Guard; however, the Ministry has plans to further develop the software for use by the Belize Police Department.

Kids and Youth Jujutsu Tournament held in San Pedro Town
For the first time, a fun and educational kids and youth Jujutsu Tournament was held in San Pedro Town on Saturday, October 12th. The Angel Nuñez Auditorium was the venue where island youngsters showcased their Jujutsu techniques and skills. The organizer of the tournament, Martin Dawson from Dawson’s Pit Fighters, told The San Pedro Sun that the primary objective of the tournament was for the island youngsters to develop a passion for this sport and gain experience in how it is to compete as well as have fun. He added that they hope to have another one early next year.

Ian “Lion” Gordon adds more wins to his racing journey
With the goal of participating in the 2024 Olympic Games to be held in Paris, France, island resident Ian ‘Lion’ Gordon continues to participate in several local and regional races. In his latest two races in Belize, he placed first in Placencia Village and second in Belmopan City. On Sunday, October 3rd Gordon participated in the 2nd annual Splash Half Marathon and Relay Race organized by Splash Dive Center in Placencia Village, Stann Creek District. He was part of a team of four members that participated in a four-mile relay race, where each of his team members finished within 20 minutes. Out of 30 participating teams, Gordon’s team took the coveted first place.

$750k grants from US Embassy to support good governance in Belize
The U.S. Embassy in Belize announced the recipients of the 2019 Central America Regional Security Initiative, Economic Support Fund (CARSI ESF) grants during an award ceremony on Wednesday, October 9th. The three grants, totaling $750,000 USD, support good governance and using civil society engagement to strengthen government effectiveness.

Ambergris Today

Belize Inaugurates New Information Security System
Ministry of National Security Inaugurates Joint Interagency Information Security System On Thursday, October 17, 2019, the Ministry of National Security officially inaugurated its Joint Interagency Information Security System (JIISS) during a ceremony at the Ministry of National Security Compound in Belmopan.

Various Belizean Sources


British High Commissioner visits San Pedro Town
On Thursday, October 17, 2019, the British High Commission, Belmopan, Ms. Claire Evans and her team made a courtesy visit to Mayor Daniel Guerrero in San Pedro Town where she and the Deputy High Commissioner, Ms. Claire Bruce, discussed various topics such as the sargassum influx, such as effects and solutions, as well as discuss Cefas - Commonwealth Litter Programme and the Commonwealth Marine Economies Programme and 30 by 30. It was a great visit and the San Pedro Town Council looks forward to working together with the British High Commissioner and her team.

Important Public Consulation in Sarteneja
Belize Environmental Technologies Ltd will be conducting a PUBLIC CONSULTATION in connection with the Corozal Sarteneja Road Upgrade Project. The residents of Sarteneja Village are cordially invited to attend a public consultation meeting to be held on Saturday, October 19th at 1:30 p.m. at the Sarteneja Community Centre. The public consultation meeting will be an opportunity for residents of Sarteneja to know about the project and to share their concerns.

'The Mighty Avengers' Premiere
Come experience the legendary story of 'The Mighty Avengers', Cayo's legendary football team, on November 1st, at the San Ignacio Hotel, Bedran Hall. Tickets can be purchased at Central TV & Internet Belize San Ignacio, Benque and Belmopan offices. General Admission tickets are $10.00. VIP tickets are $20.00.

Paradise Theater playing this weekend
We continue celebrating Halloween all month long with the horror flicks. Haunt, The Laundromat, The Lion King, Wounds

International Archaeology Day !!!
Come on out to the Cayo Welcome Center and check out the IA booth for International Archaeology Day !!!

For the Northern Maya of Belize which belong to the Yucatec Maya group the Air has Positive characteristics but also negative . Many of our Maya tatitos and chiichi told us about K'aak'as iik' (Mal Aire) which cause Sickness and even dead . When people get Mal Aire normally a H-men(Maya Priest) cures it . Also the Maya Masewal of Corozal and Orange Walk perform a ritual name Jetz' Lu'um which is done to secure the prosperity of the land . They ask the Nukux Tat protection to avoid Mal aire which may affect the land, animals and Humans who inhabit it .

3rd President’s Endowment Fund Fete
Get your tickets for the 3rd President’s Endowment Fund Fete at Dibary stores nationwide or reserve them by contacting the Office of the President. All proceeds will go toward student scholarships !

Belize Hosts Fifth Annual Multinational Security Cooperation Conference
The Ministry of National Security (Defence) today hosted the 5th Annual Multinational Security Cooperation Conference at the Grand Caribe Belize Suites & Residences in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. The main objective of the conference was to share Belize’s national security strategic vision, accomplishments and requirements with its allies and partners. The cooperation dialogue emphasised security and military partnership in the areas of capacity building, leadership and management, as well as institutional strengthening for the Belize Defence Force, the Belize Coast Guard and the Joint Intelligence Operations Centre.

International Miss Divali Queen Pageant
Miss East Indian, Ms. Arelee Parham is on her way to Trinidad & Tobago today to represent Belize in the International Miss Divali Queen Pageant. COEICH and our Corozal community wish her all the best.

Park Ranger Billy Lerma was laid to rest yesterday
Wherever he is up above, may he continue to watch over his family, the FCD teams and over the Chiquibul-Maya Mountains.

The Jaguarundi is one of the wild cats found in Belize known in Yucatec Maya as Ek' Much' or Kaab Koj . They can be of different colors grey,red and black . It have been detected to feed on small mammals,birds,snakes,lizard,fishes and even plants . Kaab Koj - refers to the red color Jaguarundi. Ek' Much' - - refers to the dark or gray Jaguarundi.

Channel 7

Immigration Minister Hulse Backs Up Baptists Estrada
Debra Baptist Estrada is going to take over the Immigration Department next week as the new Director. She replaces Diana Locke who is going on pre-retirement leave. But, Estrada, who's been with the department for her entire career in the public service, enters against a headwind. According to reports, many of the rank and file within the department oppose her elevation. First, because she only has an associates degree - while many senior officers worked for their Bachelor's degree - and, second - because she is being brought over from the nationality section - and bypassing senior persons in Immigration.

Hulse Was Not Summoned And Don't You Even Suggest It!
And, as you picked up in Hiulse's answer, he seemed just a little bit salty about his meeting with the US charge. And he publicly bristled when it was suggested that he had been summoned by the chargé d'affaires: Reporter: "Minister, what then would the chargé d'affaires of the US wants to speak to the Minister of Immigration about, to be calling you into a meeting?" Hon. Godwin Hulse, Minister of Immigration: "He didn't call me into a meeting. Please, nobody, not President Trump, nobody could call me into a meeting..."

Will Joshua Perdomo Pay It Back?
Hulse showed a little more patience in explicating the Joshua Perdomo write off controversy. At this point, we're sure you know Joshua's story very well. - the son of Cabinet Secretary Carlos Perdomo. Government wrote off his student debt of forty thousand dollars - after he never returned to honor his student bond. Today, Hulse - who is also the Leader of Government Business in the Senate let on that there are plans afoot for the Perdomo's possibly pay off the debt - which Hulse clarified, is not a student loan:..

Cops Descend on Dream Like City
Dream Like City - it's a popular nightclub located at mile one on the Phillip Goldson Highway - but last Friday - a woman was beaten and stabbed there. That, along with an X-Rated dance competition prompted the police commissioner Chester Williams to write this in a text message to the media, quote: "That place needs to be closed down. It has become a problem and the lewd behavior that takes place there should not be tolerated. I just can't understand why will all that's happening there the liquor licensing board continues to grant them extensions until 3am." End quote. Now, when we asked a member of the Liquor Licensing Board he took a different position, and suggested that the Commissioner is too eager to close places down.

Flota Walks to Court
Last night we told you about 38 year old Gonzalo Flota, who was charged for the murder of his fellow San Lazaro Villager, Hazid Diaz. 33 year old Flota was taken to Orange Walk Magistrate's Court today - where he was read a charge of murder, and remanded to the Hattieville Prison until his next court appearance scheduled for December 10th 2019.

Supreme Court Tells Mayas State Not Responsible For Myles
Back in June of 2015, it made headlines when Rupert Myles, the black Creole Belizean from Ladyville, was handcuffed and hauled out of the Mayan Village of Santa Cruz in Southern Belize. He claimed racism by the Mayan Villagers, while they counter alleged that he disrespected and caused damage to the Uxbenka Maya Archaeological site. They say that he built his house on the site's grounds and then damaged it when he bulldozed a hill, just so that he could get access to the front door of his illegally placed home.

Chair of Senate Probe Says Immigration Report Coming Soon
The Senate Special Select Committee finished its Immigration Probe almost two years ago. But, after all those many, hundreds of hours of testimony - there's still no report. A few weeks ago, Immigration Minister Hulse seemed to almost scoff at it. So, what's the holdup? That's what we asked the Chairman today. He says they are in process: Hon. Aldo Salazar - Chairman, Senate Special Select Committee "We've gotten through the stage of the compilation of information, which took a lot of time. We've gotten to the point where we've gotten all the documentation. And so, I think it would have been in maybe April of this year that I started in earnest to work on drafting the report."

Celebrating Food Security
Wednesday was celebrated in countries all around the globe as World Food Day. It's an annual observance dating back to 1945 when it was first implemented by the United Nations. It's a time for the Governments of the member states to think about food security, and whether its populations have fair and reasonable access to it. We might take it for granted, but here in Belize - despite deep social problems - we have it relatively good. There are countries in the world where hunger and starvation are everyday challenges. And so today, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Agriculture and the management of the Ladyville Technical High School staged a grand event filled with activities to observe World Food Day.

When Will Famers Get Their Monetary Relief?
So, while there isn't any cause for concern about Belize's food security, its agro-productive sector is trying to recover from the massive drought which hit earlier this year. The lack of rains countrywide have caused farmers approximately 50 million dollars in losses, and so, the Government has declared a partial state of emergency to access international funding for relief efforts. The last time we spoke with Agricultural Minister Godwin Hulse, he told us that the farmers would be receiving this aid in the form of coupon distributions, which was supposed to have started several days ago. When we brought up the topic today, he told us that there have been a few logistical challenges. Here's how he explained why the relief hasn't reached the farmers yet:

Citrus Growers Assoc. In Serious Problems
And while the drought will cost Belizean farmers tens of millions of dollars in crop losses, the crisis in the citrus industry is deeper than just the drought. Sure, citrus greening has wiped out huge acreages and sliced production, but the Citrus Growers Association is facing its own crisis. This farmers group is saddled by debts which it can no longer service - and now the biggest collection of average sized growers is facing bankruptcy. Hulse discussed this difficult crossroads today:.. Hon. Godwin Hulse - Minister of Agriculture: "We have met with the citrus growers people continuously. In fact last week Friday the prime minister and myself together with the financial secretary and my CEO Mr. Alpuche met with the CGA people for the better part of 3 hours to look a list of about 8 requests and/or demands that they had..."

Hulse Eager To Take Sugar Issue to COTED Trade
And while those citrus growers are facing difficult choices, as we told you last night, the fortunes of the sugar industry - which have been sagging for years - are looking up, just a little. That's after rounds of meeting with CARICOM minister of Agriculture were held in Belize earlier this month. Coming out of that, the plan is to take three major pro sugar proposals from the COTED Agriculture meeting which was held in Belize to the COTED Trade Ministers meeting which is being held in Guyana next month for their final approval.

Tourism Industry Conference Focuses On Destination Marketing
And now going from agriculture to tourismThis Morning the BTB hosted its annual Tourism Industry Conference under the theme "Destination Marketing & Its impact on Belize." This year's conference had a particular focus on cultural immersion tours as well the current challenges facing Belize's tourism industry. We stopped by the conference earlier today and spoke to one of the Keynote speakers, Stephanie Jones, about how Belizeans can monetize sharing their culture with the curious traveler.

Belize Broadcast Television Standards Outdated
Today was observed as World Standards Day, and this year the theme was something close to home for us, "Video Standards Create a Global Stage." The Belize Bureau of Standards held an event at the Radisson to discuss video standards in Belize, or the lack thereof. Channel 5's Rick Romero and Jules Vasquez noted that Belize's broadcast television video standards are lost in the 80's:

The Charms Of Che'il Chocolate
You may have heard of the locally produced Goss and Cotton Tree Chocolate, maybe you've even sampled some from your local grocery store, but have you heard of Che'il Mayan Chocolate? Che'il chocolate is made in a factory on an organic farm in Maya Center Village Stann Creek. The chocolate is so pure that it's transportation often proves difficult as it might melt during the transportation. But it's taste is an exquisite experience easily sampled with a stop off at the factory. That's what we did last weekend, and Cherisse Halsall has the story: 20 minutes from Hopkins and 30 minutes from either Dangriga or Placencia is the Che'il mayan chocolate factory run by Julio and Eliudora Saqui.

NICH Keeps Giving
Today, 14 groups received grants from NICH's Cultural Development Fund. The projects range from cultural and entertainment events, to art exhibits and documentaries. There was an award ceremony today at the Bliss and we found out more about the importance of the fund and the projects.

Remembering Monrad Metzgen
Lawrence Vernon, the Principal Librarian of the Belize Library service today launched another Belizean biography. This time he was commissioned by the family of Monrad Metzgen, a civil servant, politician, and later librarian, to pen the biography titled Monrad Metzgen A Tribute To A Belizean patriot. Earlier today we spoke to Humphrey Metzgen, the son of Monrad, about why Lawrence Vernon was the perfect man to write his father's biography.

Regional Security Meeting On San Pedro
No notice was sent to the press, but the Ministry of National Security today hosted the 5th Annual Multinational Security Cooperation Conference in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. The CEO told the press office what the meeting was about:

Trapp Walks Free Of Adolphus Murder
Tonight another accused murder suspect is free after his murder case ended in nolle pros in the Supreme Court. 22 year old Akeem Trapp walked off a charge for the 2015 murder of Ian Adolphus Jr. Adolphus was killed on Febuary 26th , 2015 when he was shot as many as three times.

Channel 5

Eamon Courtenay Responds to PM Barrow’s Letter
A lengthy two-page diatribe was released late on Thursday evening in which Prime Minister Dean Barrow took a number of swipes at Opposition Leader John Briceño in response to a [...]

Godwin Hulse Comments on Joshua Perdomo $40K Loan Write-off
The Perdomo loan write-off is not going to go away in time soon. Today, U.D.P. Senator for Government Business Godwin Hulse says that the forty thousand dollar loan does not [...]

Perdomo Family Making Arrangements to Settle Debt
Hulse reiterated the government’s position that the loan is six-year statute barred. According to him, cabinet sticks to the recommendation from the Attorney General.  But Hulse did let out that [...]

Where is the Senate Select Committee Report?
It has been almost two years since a series of public hearings were conducted by the Senate Special Select Committee into the findings of the Auditor General’s Special Audit Report [...]

No Politics in Stalling of Senate Report Says Committee Chair
In the absence of what many expected to be a timely report, there has been talk that completion and presentation of that document is deliberately being stalled for political reasons.  [...]

Why Were Brazilians Allowed to Leave without Investigation?
Thirty-nine-year-old Jose Hilberto Gallegos is behind bars for counterfeit U.S. dollars. The Mexican national was busted at the Phillip Goldson International Airport on October tenth with forty thousand, eight hundred [...]

Minister Hulse Tells U.S. Chargé d’Affaires How It Is!
Deborah Baptist Estrada is moving up to replace Diana Locke as the Director of Immigration. Estrada is being promoted from her post of Deputy Director of Nationality and Passport Department. [...]

Saving the Citrus Industry Means Defeating Citrus Greening Disease
This week we have been reporting on the crisis in the citrus industry and the ramifications to the growers and the economy. One of the factors that have contributed to [...]

No Injection of Cash in CGA says Agriculture Minister
Since we had caught up with Minister of Agriculture Godwin Hulse, we asked him about meetings have been held with representatives of the CGA. On Friday, Hulse along with his [...]

COTED to Decide on Belize’s Request to Freely Trade White Sugar in the Region
Plantation white sugar can replace refined sugar. This is according to the Caribbean Development Bank which funded a technical study on the issue. CARICOM Ministerial meetings were held a few [...]

Update on G.O.B.’s Drought Assistance to Farmers
The rains are here but the effects of the drought that devastated crops over several weeks are still being felt. The prolonged drought caused losses in the millions for farmers [...]

American Retiree Trapped in Belize without Visitor’s Permit
A retired U.S. national, who did not board a cruise ship in mid-September, is now illegal in Belize. Fifty-year-old Edward Francis Kilgour, the third, appeared before Senior Magistrate Tricia Pitt [...]

Alyson Courtenay Formally Joins Legal Fraternity
A formal ceremony took place at the Supreme Court this morning. Alyson Courtenay, who is the youngest member of a family of distinguished attorneys, was called to the bar to [...]

Cultural Immersion Trends at the Annual Tourism Conference
Tourism numbers in the past three years have been showing double digit growth signalling that Belize is a top destination. Today, the Belize Tourism Board held a conference with the [...]

$27K for Cultural Development Projects
A third tranche of money from the Cultural Development Fund of the National Institute of Culture and History was disbursed today at the Bliss Centre for the Performing Arts. The [...]

Belize Celebrates World Food Day
Today, Belize joined the international community in celebrating World Food Day. This year, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is focusing on the importance of healthy diets in tackling global [...]

Former Lands Minister Comments on Lots Sold by Belmopan CitCo
Earlier in the month, we reported on a hasty land transaction that raised several eyebrows. The Belmopan City Council de-reserved a large portion of land that had been designated for [...]

World Standards Day 2019 – A Look at Video & Standards in Belize
Today, the Belize Bureau of Standards held a session about standards for video. The event was held in light of World Standards Day 2019 under the theme, “Video Standards Create [...]


Citrus industry fights to survive tough times
News from the citrus industry keeps getting worse. In recent years the industry has experienced serious turmoil over the ownership of two factories and their extensive citrus orchards, and there have been serious divisions amongst growers over the direction of the industry, and all this has been occurring at a time when the industry has been hit by a devastating disease called Citrus Greening. There is hope, if new resilient varieties can deliver on their promise, but the strain of an industry that has been in decline for some years now is proving too much for some of its stakeholders, many of whom are barely staying afloat. In a story on News5 on Wednesday night, Isani Cayetano reported on troubled times in the Citrus Growers Association (CGA), the organization that has steered the industry since the 1960s

Accused US murderer took refuge in Belize
An American man was arrested by Las Vegas police when he returned there after taking refuge in Belize, the New York Post reported. It was not said how long he was in Belize, and where he stayed. Christopher Prestipino, 45, is facing first degree kidnapping, conspiracy to commit murder and murder charges. Prestipino is being held without bail at Clark County Detention Center and is expected to be taken to court on Tuesday, October 22. Authorities are still poring over DNA evidence to confirm the identity of the woman’s body that was found encased in concrete in the desert, in Las Vegas.

PUP threatens Barrow with lawsuit
The United Democratic Party government of Prime Minister Dean Barrow could be in for a legal battle over the Joshua Perdomo student loan write-off, according to statements issued today in a letter addressed to PM Barrow from the Opposition People’s United Party (PUP) leader, Hon. John Briceño. The optics of the Perdomo write-off from the perspective of the man in the streets is that government’s generosity is only extended to chosen UDP families. The write-off has reverberated across the country and the political blowback has been immense, especially because the write-off motion was not debated in the House of Representatives and also because of the spectacular failure it suffered when it was voted down in the Senate by a 7 to 6 vote, with only government senators voting in favor.

Tragic murder on Raccoon Street
The blood of another young man was spilled on the streets of Belize City. The incident was particularly tragic because the victim, Troy Polonio, 20, a rigger of Raccoon Street, Belize City, who used to install and repair antenna towers, had his baby in his arms at the time of the shooting. Polonio’s family told Amandala that at about 8:30 Sunday night, Polonio went to his girlfriend’s mother’s house on Raccoon Street to pick up his baby boy and girlfriend, after which the couple would have headed, with their toddler, to their apartment, also on Raccoon Street, not far from his girlfriend’s mother’s house.

Terrence Bishop dies in mass shooting at illegal gambling spot in Brooklyn
Reports out of New York indicate that there was mayhem at an illegal gambling spot in Brooklyn, New York, where gunfire erupted early on Saturday morning, October 12. When the shooting stopped, there were four bodies, and three injured persons had to be rushed to area hospitals. There were an estimated 15 persons playing dice inside Triple Aces, a hangout spot on Utica Avenue, in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, around 7:00 a.m., when gunfire erupted inside. Officials are unclear as to exactly what caused the shooting, and have not yet determined whether it was a robbery or if the shots were fired by someone who was a player in the game.

Belize athletes excel at Central American Masters Championships 2019 in Guatemala
Five (5) athletes from the Belize Association of Masters Athletics (BAMA) returned home on Monday, after performing very well at the XXII Campeonato Centroamericano de Atletismo Master (CCAM) in Guatemala City, October 11-13, at the Estadio Nacional Doroteo Guamuch Flores. Some five hundred (500) athletes attended the event from the seven (7) Central American countries – Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Belize – as well as from invited countries – Aruba, Curacao, Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela.

Corozal F.A. Week 5 Opening Season report
We start off by giving thanks to the Almighty Father for His continued blessing upon our tournament. This week marks Week 5. Our Chairman, Mr. Mario Casanova applauds the community at large for coming out to support their children while they enjoy the football games. It is because of the parents, coaches and club owners that we are able to carry out these tournaments. We thank you, each and every person that comes out every week to support our ongoing tournament.

Dangriga sports stats – PLB Week 11, Southern Derby Part 2, Carl Ramos Stadium, must-win for Wagiya vs Altitude FC
Results from Mr. Kelly’s production in collaboration with Dangriga Amateur Cycling Association’s Over-40 Pan American Race that was held on Monday, October 14, from the Placencia junction on the Southern Highway to Placencia, which was 23 miles: First place went to Carl Wallen from Placencia; second place went to Ean Yearwood, also from Placencia; third place went to Edmund Camal from Dangriga; and fourth place went to Kurt “Busta” Lambey from Dangriga. The Oldest Rider prize went to Peter “Baf” Reyes from Dangriga.

FFB Female U-17 Inter-District Week 15 playoff results
Only 1 game was played over the weekend in the Elimination Round of the Football Federation of Belize (FFB) Female U-17 Inter-District Tournament 2019, which had scheduled two Week 15 playoff games for Saturday, October 12. At the Carl Ramos Stadium in Dangriga, it was visiting Toledo, 2-1, over Stann Creek, with a goal apiece from Kayla Gonzalez (62’) and Ofeia Pop (86’); while Stann Creek’s goal was by Taryn Arnold (44’).

Weekend Ryders/M&M Engineering Holiday Classic
Yesterday, Weekend Ryders, in conjunction with M&M Engineering, held its 1st of what will be an annual event of the (October) HOLIDAY CLASSIC on the Jaguar Paw Road, just off the George Price Highway. A-riders went for 5 laps of the 10-mile circuit, 50 miles; B-riders went for 4 laps of the 10-mile circuit, 40 miles; and C-riders went for 3 laps of the 10-mile circuit, 30 miles.

Tourism doing well, but too much crime and corruption
An IMF (International Monetary Fund) team recently concluded their annual look at the economy of Belize, and while we at this newspaper don’t look to them for our blueprint for the future, we believe it is good to pay attention to what others have to say, whether they are enemies or friends. Our government leaders, we know, have to hold their breaths, pray for a passing grade from that organization, because they are an important key to the FDI (foreign direct investment) and loans without which our economy, as it is presently designed, would collapse. There is only so much that Taiwan can do to prop us up.

From The Publisher
At 72, I suppose I have resigned myself to the realization that I will never produce a major work of fiction, which was my intention when I returned to Belize from college in 1968. A lot of socio-political controversy quickly surrounded me on my return home, and complicated matters no end. The fact of the matter was that I was black-conscious, and with the boldness of youth, I made an unconditional call for the teaching of African and Indigenous (Mayan) history in Belize’s schools. Despite the fact that the masses of Belizeans were in the throes of a determined, militant struggle for self-determination and self-rule, it became evident that the shadowy, secretive people who controlled the curricula in the leading primary and secondary schools in Belize, had no intention of opening up that curricula to the liberating influences sweeping the planet in the decade of the 1960s.

It is truly amazing how art follows life
Dear Editor: Your historical editorial (Amandala, 10/12/19), recounted the brutality of the conquest and enslavement of peoples. It contained some parallel themes from Shakespeare’s epic poem, The Rape of Lucretia. Lucretia, a woman of unsurpassed beauty, was raped by Tarquin, a Roman soldier on home leave. Her husband was at the battlefront. The two men were military friends. She was virtuous. Her husband had bragged to Tarquin, about his wife’s unquestionable fidelity. Her innocence made her welcome Tarquin into their home because her husband said it was okay for her to do so. “He’s a fine fellow,” he assured her. The ravishment and shame led her to commit suicide.

House Speaker responds to letter from the Leader of the Opposition
Dear Honourable Leader of the Opposition, This is to acknowledge receipt of your letter Ref. OL/GEN/2019 (15) dated 8th October 2019, in which you stated that I made an “arbitrary decision” when I did not allow you and the Opposition Members to debate the Write-Off Motions, following the reports from the Finance and Economic Development Committee which were submitted for adoption by the House. You further stated that your constitutional rights were violated and that my action was contrary to the spirit and letter of the Standing Orders. However, Honourable Opposition Leader, you provided no objective references in the Standing Orders to substantiate your grievances. On the contrary, your letter is misleading, and the facts are misrepresented.

Brian Plummer on human rights
Dear Editor, Good government is more than the use of sovereign power to create prosperity, productivity and happiness. Good governing is the imaginative use of intuition, skills and knowledge to administrate with the participation and consent of the governed. Human rights is a mechanism to win consent of all persons being governed because it ensures fairness and respect for everyone. When the US constitution states that all men are created equal, although the whites had black slaves and the wealthy lived better than the poor whites, it was to create the circumstances that we are all in the same boat. We will all sink, or all float.

A young girl, reportedly mentally ill, needs help
Dear Editor, I am writing to you in this month of mental health awareness about a very important matter. It is an issue that hits very close to home for me. As someone who has dealt with family members with mental illness, I know how important it is to have that support during an episode. Family and community support can make all the difference. In San Ignacio, there seems to be such a case that requires urgent public attention. At the bus stop near the Kontiki Gas Station, there is a young woman who has been living there exposed to the elements for what seems like weeks now.

In the eye of the storm
With sustained winds of 150 miles per hour and gusts of 230 miles, the eye of Hurricane Hattie came roaring inland on Monday, October 30, 1961, two days and three hours earlier than originally forecasted. It slowed its forward speed for eight long hours as it crossed the country, unleashing fearsome winds, heavy, salty rain and a 15-foot tidal wave of muddy and murky water. Mullins River village and its habitants were washed away, and 80% of the buildings in Belize City were either destroyed or severely damaged. Experts say that the destruction would have been total had the storm stayed over our port city an hour longer.

Give the Speaker a pass
I want to remind the PUP parliamentarians, particularly their leader, Hon. John Briceño, that the present Speaker of the House, Mrs. Laura Longsworth, DID NOT save the UDP from themselves earlier this year when they were on their knees before her, praying that she would embarrass herself and protect them from declaring, on the record, for all time, that on their watch Belizeans living abroad would not get to participate in the referendum on the ICJ. The PUPeez are saying that the Speaker did not allow the HOO (Head of the Opposition) to continue the flogging of the UDP over the Perdomo write-off, and that she “was well aware of the magnitude of the bill.”

Discussion Paper – Considerations for a permanent, professional Senior Public Service and for De- politicization of the Belize Public Service
This Discussion Paper examines two critical areas affecting public sector management in Belize and is divided in two parts relating to the situation of leadership and management of the Belize Public Service, and to the current politicized condition of the Main Public Service. 1 Leadership and Management – The Redefining of Roles: This part examines the argument that there should be a constitutional amendment to restore the post of Permanent Secretary which was replaced by the post of Chief Executive Officer in 2000.

From British Honduras to Belize: one family’s drama
The fiasco of the Arithmetic test and Matron’s three-month demotion marked a turning point in the nature of her interactions with her father. They both seemed to lie low until the demotion had lifted and she returned to her regular class, but ever since then she had “gone on a rampage” to bring about change in her environment, as she had felt stifled and had either to act or submit to her father’s regime and she could no longer do that. Inspired by Earl Braddick’s dramatic confrontation she had acted hastily; but, while he could remove himself from her father’s presence, she could not, and had had to face a more strict oversight of her actions by him.

A father wants answers
On Tuesday, Kevin Arnold, a laborer of Belize City, came to Amandala and reported that on September 8, he and his common-law wife, along with their two children, 2 years and 7 months old, were at their home when persons from the Ministry of Human Development went to their house and took away the two children (Neisha, 2, and Kevin, Jr., 7 months old), telling them that they were unfit parents and that the children would be taken for safe-keeping. Arnold later found that they were taken to the Liberty Children’s Home in Ladyville.

Leslie Pipersburgh and Patrick Robateau sentenced to 35 years
Convicted murderers, Leslie Pipersburgh and Patrick Robateau, were back in court this past Friday for a resentencing. The two appeared before Supreme Court Justice Colin Williams. Since the 2016 appeal of Alwin Gabb and Gregory August, when the Belize Court of Appeal found that it was “inhumane” to sentence a convicted murderer to life in prison without the possibility of parole, the courts have been going through an exercise of re-sentencing all convicted murderers who were given a life sentence.

Father of 11 found hacked to death
Juan De La Cruz Carrias, 56, a construction worker of Santa Familia, Cayo District who was the father of 11 children, left home on Thursday to socialize with friends in the village and other areas, but did not return home on Thursday night. At about 8:30 Friday morning, his body was found in a house in San Jose Succotz, a village in which he was not well-known, and which was a considerable distance away, from his home village. The house in which he was found was not a place he was known to visit.

Recinos Imports scammed of $73,000 by scurvy salesman
Recinos Imports, a business located in San Ignacio, is short of $73,000, and police have detained one of the business’s salesmen for questioning in connection with the missing money. When the company audited the salesman’s books to tally dog food sales, the discrepancy was found, and police were called.

The Reporter

Dangriga – Parts Unknown
As a product of the south, I have always been torn between the two southern towns of Dangriga and Punta Gorda. While I was born and did most of my early schooling in PG, I became a teen in Griga.


World Standards Day celebrated in Belize
World Standards Day was celebrated on October 14, and this year’s theme was “Video standards create a global stage.” The world has come a long way in terms of shooting and editing videos.

Rehabilitation programs available at the Youth Hostel
On Wednesday we featured the first part of our series on the Princess Royal Youth Hostel, where we gave you an insight of how the institution works.

BTB’s Conference: “Destination Marketing and the Impact on our Belize Market”
Cultural tourism is becoming a popular trend as tourists travel to foreign lands to immerse themselves in the local cultures Forest Reserve Properly Secured
The Chiquibul Forest Reserve lies within Belize's Greater Mayan Mountains in the Cayo District. The Forest Reserve lies adjacent to the Belize-Guatemala border and as such had been the focus of illegal activities.

Inspiring Others to follow their passion
The Museum of Belize will be launching an art exhibit tonight, entitled The River of Art Flows Everywhere by Yoaling Lee. Lee is a Taiwanese artist who has been living in Belize for the past 20 years.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Belize Bureau of Standards hosts post World Standards Day event
In lieu of celebrating World Standards Day on October 14, the Belize Bureau of Standards […]

Belize Tourism Board hosts annual industry conference
Today, the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) gathered with tourism industry stakeholders from all over the […]

U13 boys qualify for volleyball semifinals at CODICADER games
The boys’ mini volleyball team is headed to the semifinals of the CODICADER U13 tournament […]

Government of Belize hosts Belize -Taiwan agriculture investment mission
The Government of Belize (GOB), through the Ministry with responsibility for investment, trade and commerce, […]

New art exhibit opening at the Museum of Belize
The Museum of Belize will be hosting the opening of a brand new art exhibit […]


Pumpkin Sweets – Dulce de Calabaza
One particular item that just screams Halloween vibes to me, or Dia de los Muertos, is dulce de calabaza. Stewed pumpkin sweet – this succulent treat is a combination of brown sugar and warm spices, stewed for a few hours, the brown sugar caramelizing into a syrup that’s full of flavors from cinnamon, star anise, allspice seeds, and of course, bits of the deliciously thick pumpkin flesh that falls apart throughout the cooking process. YUM! For this particular recipe, I picked the classic squash – it’s grown locally, and comes in a variety of shades. I only know it as the Halloween pumpkin, but it actually is a squash, Cucurbita Maxima.

A look at NATURE in BELIZE
Navigating through Belize’s wildlands leads to a closeness with nature you’ve likely never experienced in one place-from wetlands and coral atolls, to tropical rainforest hugging Maya temples. Go ahead and wander into our most popular and accessible protected sites, teeming with every kind of wildlife imaginable, Not all who wander are lost in Belize; they’re on a great big outdoor adventure! Are you looking for real beauty in nature? Here’s a guide to what you can get, just walking around in Belize.

The 2nd Annual Belize Birding Festival
The Belize Birding Festival takes place this weekend! The Belize Birding Festival welcomes local and international birders and wildlife enthusiasts to enhance their appreciation of the spectacular beauty of the natural habitat, throughout the length and breadth of the country, that the almost 590 resident and migratory birds of Belize live in. Enjoy the day strolling through vendor booths, attending workshops, join a group for a birding tour, share photos and experiences about your birding adventures! In partnership, the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA), Belize Audubon Society (BAS), and the Belize Hotel Association (BHA) comprise the organizing partners of the annual Belize Birding Festival.


  • A Portrait Exhibition at the Museum of Belize, 1.5min.

  • Tourism Industry Conference 2019, 14min.

  • Tourism Industry Conference 2019, 12min.

  • Tourism Industry Conference 2019, 5min.

  • Preserving Culture in the Changing Tourism Industry, 5min.

  • Tourism Industry Conference | GlobeActive, 5min.

  • International Archaeology Day, 2min.

  • The Ya’axché Show, 11min. The wild places managed by Ya’axché is important for tapirs, bats, red-eyed tree frogs and hundreds of other wildlife species in the Maya Golden Landscape. On The Ya’axché Show to chat with Sayuri Tzul is Marcelia Assi (Business Manager) and behind the scenes, Maximiliano Caal.

  • The Belize Credit Union League is celebrating International Credit Union Day 2019, 23min. The Belize Credit Union League is celebrating International Credit Union Day. We spoke with their representatives about the importance of Credit Unions. On our couch: Elvis Canul - Head Office Manager, Saint Francis Xavier Credit Union. Emory Young - Sr. Operations Officer, St. Martin's Credit Union. Linburgh Smith - Business Development Officer, Belize Credit Union League.

  • The Community Rehabilitation Department (CRD) - Child Protection System, 68min. The Community Rehabilitation Department (CRD) is an important part of the Child Protection System as the entity that intervenes when children come in conflict with the law. We invited our guests to talk to us about the challenges of the work they do and how the community can support the rehabilitation of children. On our couch: Starla Bradley - Executive Director, Community Rehabilitation Center (CRD). Maureen Williams - Deputy Director, Community Rehabilitation Center (CRD).

  • Diversity Visa Lottery Program, 18min. The deadline to apply for the Diversity Visa Lottery Program is November 5th, 2019. Sean Boshard, Consular Officer at the US Embassy, shared the details of how you can enter the program

  • The Belize Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors - Insurance Awareness Week 2019, 28min. The Belize Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors is celebrating Insurance Awareness Week from 20th-26th October. Our guests talked with us about how this week will aid in their cause to increase awareness of the need for insurance. On our couch: Shantel Lofter-Knight – President, Belize Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. Carol Panton-Rose –Vice President, Belize Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. Elia Cho –P.R. Officer, Belize Kidney Association of Belize.

  • The Ministry of Agriculture is celebrating World Food Day 2019, 41min. The Ministry of Agriculture is celebrating World Food Day. The theme is: "Our actions are our future healthy diets for a #ZeroHunger World". We invited our guests to talk about the Ministry's work to promote healthy diets and nutrition. On our couch: Emilio Montero - Food & Nutrition Security Commission Coordinator, Ministry of Agriculture. Diane Wesby - Principal, Ladyville Technical High School. Hubert Pascual - Agriculture Teacher, Ladyville Technical High School.