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The San Pedro Sun

Junnie Basto remanded for raping a minor
38-year-old Junnie Basto, a resident of Barrier Reef Drive, was arrested and charged for Rape of a Child in San Pedro Town. He appeared at the San Pedro Magistrate Court on Tuesday, October 29th, where no plea was taken, and he was remanded to the Belize Central Prison until his next court date on December 18, 2019. According to a police report, the incident occurred on October 13th. The report indicates that the victim, a 6-year-old boy, and his father, went to a friend’s house in San Pedro to stay for the night. During the stay, his father left the house to buy food. The young boy said that he went to sleep and was awakened by a male person whom he knows. The male person proceeded to have sexual relations with him against his will.

Dana Reyes is Miss Garifuna San Pedro 2019-2020
16-year-old Dana Reyes was elected the new Miss Garifuna San Pedro 2019-2020 during the pageant on Saturday, October 26th. Held at the Lions Den in San Pedro Town, the pageant saw four lovely young ladies vying for the coveted title in an event that showcased the Garifuna culture, traditions, dances and even their contributions towards Belize. At 8:30PM, island residents gathered to watch who would be the next Garifuna beauty ambassador. Organized by National Garifuna Council San Pedro Branch (NGCSPB), the show began with the singing of the National Anthem in Garifuna.

Senior U.S. State Department Official Visits Belize
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (PDAS) Julie Chung of the State Department’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs visited Belize on October 27-28. This is PDAS Chung’s first visit to Belize, where she met with key government and private sector leaders and underscored the strength and importance of the partnership between Belize and the United States. PDAS Chung met with Prime Minister Dean Barrow, Minister of State Tracy Taeger-Panton, Leader of the Opposition John Briceno, Ambassador of Japan to Belize Hiroyuki Kubota, Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Remus Li-Kuo Chen, and Belizean alumni from several State Department exchange programs.

National Police Statistics register a decrease in major crimes from January to September 2019
The statistics for major crimes (murder, rape, robbery, burglary, theft) from January to September of this year have been released by the Belize Police Department (BPD), and they show a decrease in comparison to the same time frame in 2018. The statistics show that from January to September in 2018, there were 1,040 major crimes, whereas 2019 shows 951 reported cases in the same time frame. The greatest decrease was noted in the eastern region of the country, which is the Belize District, and includes the coastal municipalities of Caye Caulker and Ambergris Caye. According to the report, during the same period in 2018 it saw 488 incidents compared to the 375 recorded up to September of this year. Burglary ranks highest in numbers reported in the Cayes, with five in Caye Caulker and 31 reported on Ambergris Caye.

BRS Area Representative Manuel Heredia Jr., running for UDP Second Deputy Party Leader
With Prime Minister Right Honourable Dean Barrow and leader of the United Democratic Party (UDP) set to retire, a reshuffling is about to take place with applicants vying for several vacant posts within the party, ranging from party leadership down to chairmanship. One of those available posts is for Second Deputy Party Leader. Area Representative for Belize Rural South (Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker and St. George’s Caye) Honourable Manuel Heredia Jr., has submitted his application contesting the post against Belize Rural Central representative and Minister of State in the Ministry of Immigration Honourable Beverly Williams.

Ambergris Today

Belize Audubon Society’s Bird Badge Launch
On Saturday, October 26, 2019 the Belize Audubon Society hosted the annual BAS-coined event, ‘Urban Bird Watch’, at the BAS Main Office in Belize City. The Urban Bird Watch is a free annual BAS event, celebrating its 10th year in 2019, held in every major constituency alongside community members of all ages to bring a greater awareness of birds in our urban environment and spark interest in bird watching. At 6:00am, a brief welcome was given to Belize City’s Urban Bird Watch 2019 by Conservation Director, Ms.

Miss Belize – Selena Urias Wins Miss International Purple Ribbon Award
Lovely Selena Urias is currently in Tokyo, Japan representing the Jewel – Belize. Selena Urias proudly wore her national costume representing Ix Chel the Maya Moon Goddess and it was during that segment where she was awarded the Purple Ribbon Ambassador Award. The Miss International Purple Ribbon Ambassador Award is a recognition that names a champion for the fight against domestic violence. Selena was awarded after the national costume presentation held on Monday, October 28, 2019.

Various Belizean Sources

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Cultural Drumming
Hosted by Happy Hopkins Events & Celebrations. Culture event on Halloween Night . Live drumming with Dunbei Yurumein Drummers at Hopkins Bay Resort on Thursday, 31st October from 7p.m. to 9pm at the poolside!

Discolouration in the Belize City and District Water Distribution System
Belize Water Services (BWS) continues to receive customer reports of discoloured water in the Belize City and District Water Distribution System. These complaints started on Friday, October 18, 2019. To date, we have received about two hundred (200) such complaints. BWS has been diligently analyzing the problem and looking at various remedial options to ensure that our water quality is of the required standard. The findings are indicating that the discoloured water in the distribution system is being caused by increased levels of iron in the water, which is causing the discolouration when it interacts for long period with the chlorine.

Celebration of Día de Muertos in Belize
The Embassy of Mexico in Belize cordially invite thepublic of Belize to the: Celebration of Día de Muertos in Belize at the Mexican Cultural , Newtown Barracks & Wilson Streets - Belize City

Appointment of Village Water Boards
The Ministry of Labour, Local Government and Rural Development hereby notifies the public that all village water boards are being set up with consultation as required by the Village Council Act. In a public notice dated August 12th, 2019, the Ministry informed that the process of appointment of water boards was commencing. This was accompanied by individual letters to all the persons with whom the Village Council Act requires that consultations be undertaken. This indicates the start of the selection and appointment process of water boards and highlights the requirements of the law. While public notification is not normal practice, the Ministry opted to do so to ensure that all interested stakeholders would be aware that the appointment process for the 107 village water boards would begin.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE BELIZE-TAIWAN AGRICULTURE INVESTMENT MISSION October 20 – 26, 2019
The Government of Belize (GOB), through the Ministry with responsibility for Investment, Trade and Commerce, along with the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE), hosted the Belize Agriculture Investment Mission in partnership with the Republic of China (ROC) Taiwan on October 20 – 26, 2019. This mission followed the successful execution of the Belize Tourism Investment Mission held earlier in June 2019. The visiting delegation included executives visiting from both Taiwan and the Taiwanese Community in North America.

Corozal Day of the Dead celebratio
Rotaract Club of Corozal invites you to Day of the Dead celebration November 1st at St. Francis Xavier School Auditorium.

Hanal Pixan in Corozal
Hanal Pixan was a beautiful experience honouring our dearly departed, honouring this lost ancient Maya tradition. We wish to thank our cultural stakeholders who came out on their own accord creating beautiful, meaningful altars: Belize Diabetes Association - Corozal Branch, Oceana, CJC Humanities Department, ESTM Social Studies and Tourism Departments, CEMJC Tourism Program, 11th Mary Hill Scouts Troop, Rotary and Rotaract Clubs of Corozal, Department of Youth Services and the Cano family of Xaibe Village. Fantastic cultural performances by Kiech Pam O'kot, Sak Pakel and Raices Mexicanas Retourno Belicenas and Le' Ts'unu'um. Thank you to our culinary artists for preparing delicious Maya cuisine.

Just days after this street was cemented by the Corozal Town Council, BWSL decides to cut and dig it up for installation of pipes
1st Street North, which is between the Central Park and Belize Bank, is one of the busiest streets in town. Why does BWSL have a habit of doing this in most municipalities. We were informed that they do pay the damages but why can't they first coordinate these works with the local authorities and avoid so much expense and inconveniences.

New office for BEL in San Pedro
Starting November 4, we will be serving customers in San Pedro Town from our new office on Pescador Drive.

The National Channel is looking for Individuals to Host our annual Christmas Show
Christmas In Town ! Here in the Twin Towns | 6th,13th,20th December | Falcon Field | Send Us a Message | Give Us A Call | Auditions are 29th & 31st October,2019 | Between 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

High temperatures bleaching coral
Our San Pedro corals are bleaching due to the high water temperature. This is bad for business if the corals are not able to recover. We can inform customers that our coral nursery program is our way to prepare for these threats to our dive sites.

Channel 7

38 Year Old Man Accused of Forcibly Sodomising Child
Tonight, there is a deeply disturbing crime to report against a child: a 6 year old boy was raped in San Pedro and a 38 year old man has been charged for this horrendous act. The report is that on October 13th,, the boy and his father went to a family friend's San Pedro house to stay for the night. The boy's father left the house to buy food. The family friend then woke up the child and forcibly sodomised him.

Body Found In Macal River, No Foul Play
A man's body was found in the Macal River this evening in San Ignacio town, but foul play is not suspected. Police suspect that Ishmael August form San Antonio village may have been intoxicated under the bridge when he slipped into the water and drowned.

No Arrest For Wangsta's Decapitation
There haven't been any arrests in the beheading of Roaring Creek resident Michael Gladden also known as "Wangsta". As we have reported, Gladden went out on Saturday night to a football game and later to Stars Club in Belmopan. His body and head were then found on Sunday morning at different spots in the bushes on the Mount Pleasant Road.

Markie's Macobi After Serpent Sidekick Snatched Away
Markie, the Roaring Creek snake man, has "Macoby" tonight after the forest department and police confiscated his pet. Today, Markie took his boa constrictor for a little outing at the Belmopan market and that's when the authorities swooped in and snatched his snake. Now, all Markie wants is to be reunited with his slithering serpent side kick. Mark "Markie" Molina, Roaring Creek Snake Man: "They too away my snake this morning. I went by Tiger Town and pay my family a visit because they wanted to see him (snake) and while coming back through the market square, Audubon met me and they didn't tell me anything...."

Appeal Fails For Man Convicted Of Shooting Cousin
A man convicted of attempted murder appealed his case today to no avail. In 2018, 22 year old Kevaughan Staine was sentenced to ten years in prison for the attempted murder of his cousin, Taisha Staine. The incident happened on the night of New Years Eve 2013. Staine was walking on Gladden Street, heading home, when Kevaughan rode up on a bicycle and shot her in the neck. She tried to escape, but he pursued her, firing more shots, which injured her to her left leg, her left hand, her back, and her chest. Fortunately, she survived the attack.

SSB Going Biometric
The Social Security Board has embarked on an initiative to institute biometrics as its primary form of identification for customers. If everything goes according to plan, by next year March, persons making benefit claims to SSB will verify their identities using biometrics such as fingerprinting. It's part of Social Security's push to improve the way it does business, and with this proposed change, SSB is hoping to bring about 2 positive changes. They want to improve service delivery and retire the need for cumbersome paperwork for customers. And, equally important, SSB wants to reduce the risk of fraud and false identification that smart criminals have attempted to use to scam the social security fund.

Colin Will Add A C to 5 C's Center
Today's consultation gave us an opportunity to ask Dr. Colin Young about his impending departure from Social Security. The Doctor of Ecology has been appointed as the new executive director of the 5 C's, the Caribbean Community Climate Change Center. The current executive director, Dr. Kenrick Leslie, is leaving on January 5th, 2020, and on the following day, Dr. Young will succeed him the new Director.

Jose Mai Says GOB Sugar Bailout Is Not Enough
PUP Orange Walk South Area Representative and cane farmer Jose Mai is not happy with the two million dollar relief package government plans to give cane farmers. Government has announced that it will make a two million dollar loan from the CDB to get some relief to cane farmers. Mai says the figure is laughable and it is not nearly enough:

Sugar Has More Problems Than Drought
But drought isn't the only problem facing the sugar industry. There's now a worm infestation called the defoliator worm, or grass looper. It's affecting a large number of cane crops and Marcos Osorio, the Director, of the Sugar Industry Research & Development Institute told CTV-3 more about it. Marcos Osorio, Director, SIRDI: "Well the thing with the cane industry is that we thought that the problem was over with the drought but now are facing another challenge, which is the problem with what we call the defoliator worm, we call it a few things but cane farmers will understand defoliator worm..."

Vasquez Family Stands With Isaac Marin's Family
17 year old Isaac Marin was killed last week - stabbed to death by his cousin, 28 year old Jaymie Marin, a mentally ill man - who appears to have been in the throes of a psychotic episode. It is the second murder in a few months caused by a mentally ill man. In June, Collin Francis killed Nestor Jude Vasquez in the Queen Street police station holding cell - and yesterday his family issued a statement. It says, quote, "We are once more violently confronted with the fatal consequences of having inadequate mental health care and support for persons suffering from mental illness and their families.

Ministry Responds to Rodwell
Last night, we showed you our interview with PUP's Rodwell Ferguson. The Stann Creek West Area Rep. has complained that Dr. Carla Barnett, the Local Government Minister of State, is attempting to appoint UDP-recommended persons to water boards in villages that recently elected PUP village councils. He says that she hasn't consulted with the village councils and the corresponding area rep, as she is obliged to do, according to the law. Ferguson further alleges she should not be allowed to exercise her authority in such an arbitrary fashion, but Dr. Barnett has since told us that he jumped the gun when he came to the media with this complaint.

Hugh Says He's The Owner, Not The Editor
And in an update to another story we ran last night, Hugh O'Brien from Breaking Belize News has given us a few specifics of how his organization works. As we told you, Breaking Belize News and its principals are currently before the Court of Appeal, where they have to answer to contempt of court proceedings. That's due to an error they made earlier this year when this online news outfit published a story that wrongly criticized the court for secrecy. As we told you, we were informed that his role within Breaking Belize News is to act as an editor for their news content. Well, he called us to say that actually, he is one of two registered owners of Breaking Belize News.

Coastal Awareness A Priority
It's coastal awareness week again and it officially began today with a ceremony in Belmopan at the UB President's auditorium. Here is more from the ceremony on the importance and relevance of this observance.

Reading For The Village
A reading contest was held today at Bullet Tree Falls Immaculate Conception R.C school. We spoke to the Principal of the school Victor Pott who told us that the competition is accessible to different levels of readers.

Shyne-ing Through Job Creation
Two weeks ago, we showed you the Mesopotamia Community Sewing Center spearheaded by PUP Candidate for the area, Dr. Candice Pitts. And on Friday we stopped in at her opponent, Shyne Barrow's Mesopotamia Resource Center. He was there with his partners from the Love Foundation to distribute certificates of completion to the 18 persons that had been placed in gainful employment through the center.

Channel 5

A Man is Charged for Raping a Male Child
Another child has been scarred due to sexual violence at a very early age. It involves a six-year-old boy, who was left in the care of a man he knows [...]

Still No Charges in Belmopan Beheading of Michael Gladden
Several persons, from Cotton Tree and Roaring Creek Villages, were picked up and remain detained as the investigation continues into the beheading of Michael Gladden. But still charges have yet [...]

Guatemalan Fishermen Saying No to a Gill Net Ban on Belizean Soil?
Last Friday in Belmopan, a group of fishermen picketed the Assembly Building in protest of a proposed ban on the use of gill nets.  Conservationists across the country, including Oceana, [...]

Guatemalans with Belizean Fishing License? Say It Ain’t So!
According to Maheia, these men have been issued fishing licenses to operate within Belizean waters, a practice, he says, that ought to be illegal.  When the BTV pursued the Guatemalan [...]

An Update on Shooting Victim Stephen Buckley
Back in 2010, Stephen Buckley was wrongfully shot in the head by Inspector Dennis Lopez. Still yet the Inspector is yet to be tried for attempted murder and dangerous harm. [...]

Court Dismisses Kevaughan Staine’s Appeal of Attempted Murder Conviction
Late this evening, the Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal from twenty-one-year-old Kevaughan Staine, upholding his conviction for the attempted murder of Taisha Staine.  Kevaughan was found guilty in October [...]

S.S.B. Proposes Use of Biometrics to Decrease Fraud, Enhance Service Delivery
The Social Security Board is stepping up and is holding consultations to introduce the use of biometrics in the social security system by early next year. When it comes on [...]

Khalid Belisle for Vice Chairman of U.D.P.!
At the close of October twenty-fifth, a total of twelve candidates, including leadership aspirants John Saldivar and Patrick Faber, met the deadline to run for posts in the hierarchy of [...]

Is Khalid on John’s Convention Dream Team?
In Belmopan, Mayor Belisle and Area Representative John Saldivar share a strong political alliance, campaigning for each other in their respective pursuits.  Saldivar has put together a slate which covers [...]

No ‘Wata’ in Hattieville for over 24 Hrs; B.W.S. Apologizes
If you live in Hattieville it is likely that you or a neighbour experienced water shortage for more than a day.  It is also likely that those affected didn’t have [...]

B.W.S. Says Mobile Generator is Manually Operated on Caye Caulker
You may recall the deadly fire that claimed the life of Elmer Chub on Caye Caulker last month. Fire broke out at a two-storey commercial building which destroyed apartments and [...]

Manny Heredia Concerned About How Developments are Approved on Caye Caulker
Over a week ago, a resident on Caye Caulker wrote an article on Facebook expressing her concern about massive developments happening on Caye Caulker. Her concern was that there didn’t [...]

Caye Caulker Preparing for High Season
The high season for the tourism industry is fast approaching and stakeholders from key tourist destinations are reinforcing security measures to ensure that their guests can remain carefree during their [...]

U-18 Football Team Wins Silver at UNCAF Tournament
Belize’s under eighteen football team brought back silver from the Centro-American de Futbol (UNCAF for short) tournament.  The team played their hearts out, but in the end they lost the [...]

S.S.B. C.E.O. Speaks of Departure to Assume New Post at C.C.C.C.C.
On January sixth, 2020, C.E.O. of the Social Security Board Doctor Colin Young will officially assume the post of Executive Director of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre.  Doctor Young [...]

A Calendar of Activities at Lerisi in Belize City for Garifuna Settlement Day
Garifuna Settlement Day is quickly approaching and this year, the activities in Belize City kick off earlier than usual. The Belize City Branch of the National Garifuna Council is putting [...]

U.S. on Venezuela and Cuba Affairs
The Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs headed by Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Julie Chung concluded a discussion on Venezuela today.  The state of affairs in that South American country remains [...]

Quality Poultry Commemorates New Building on San Pedro
Quality Poultry Products is the leading supplier of chicken – still the most consumed protein in Belize. The poultry producer has been operating on the island for many years but [...]

Amandala

Another beheading
Belmopan police have not been able to determine a motive for a gruesome murder that occurred over the weekend and was uncovered after the discovery by police of a headless body between Miles 45 and 46 on a road off the George Price Highway. At today’s police press briefing, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Joseph Myvett, who is in charge of national crime, briefed the media on what police have been able to piece together so far.

Dario’s Meat Pie former deliveryman remanded
Joseph Bryant Richards, Jr., 23, a former deliveryman for Dario’s Meat Pie bakery, located at 33 Hydes Lane, who the police believe was one of two persons who stole $34,103 from the office of the famous bakery, was charged with aggravated burglary when he appeared today before Senior Magistrate Tricia Pitts Anderson. Richards pleaded not guilty to the charge. His attorney, Ronell Gonzalez, submitted that he should be granted bail, although the offence was committed with a firearm. However, Senior Magistrate Anderson said that the law precluded her from granting bail. She remanded him until December 30.

Belize beat Guatemala on the way to UNCAF U-18 finals
The Ministry of Sports, in conjunction with the Football Federation of Belize, invited the local media to a special ceremony at the Marion Jones Sports Complex this evening to express the nation’s appreciation for the outstanding achievement of some young athletes who recently returned from competition abroad where they made history for Belize. The National Primary School male volleyball champions, Holy Redeemer Primary School, won Belize’s first ever Gold medal in volleyball at the U-13 CODICADER Games in Costa Rica last weekend, where against all odds they were able to defeat the powerhouse host, Costa Rica for the championship.

Inmar Welch, 28, executed in Gales Point
Inmar Kareem Welch, 28, also known as ‘Turtle”, a fisherman of Gales Point, was riding his bicycle in the village at about 7:00 Friday night when an unknown gunman came towards him and fired multiple times at him. The shooter then escaped. Welch was hit in the chest and in the head. Police said that they saw Welch lying on the roadside in pools of his blood, and about 6 expended 9mm cases were found near him. Welch, they said, was already dead.

Justice Moore reserves judgment in Danny Mason’s beheading murder trial
The defense made final submissions today in the long-drawn-out trial of William “Danny” Mason and the four men — Ashton Vanegas, Keiron Fernandez, Terrence Fernandez, and Ernest Castillo —who are charged with him for the July 2016 murder and beheading of Pastor Llewellyn Lucas. Supreme Court Justice Antoinette Moore, who heard the case without a jury, indicated that she will deliver her judgment before the end of the year.

Belize City football blues
With BDF FC suffering back to back losses, while their head coach, Jerome Serano was away with the Belize National U-18, along with BDF striker Jesse August and goalkeeper Charles Tillett, Belize City football fans are suddenly worried that they might miss the playoff action this season, unless BDF FC can stop the surging defending champions, San Pedro Pirates FC this Sunday at the MCC. Below we take the opportunity to print a relevant Krem Radio editorial. It is several years now that Belize City does not have a franchise in the national semi-pro football league. The weirdness of this situation derives from the fact that Belize City is the population center of the nation, and, therefore, presumably the largest fan base and market in the nation for the world’s most popular sport.

Bredda brace helps Wagiya drop Bandits, 2-1; Verdes back on top in PLB Opening Season
The playoff race is going down to the wire in the Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2019-2020 Opening Season, as Wagiya SC of Dangriga kept their slim playoff hopes alive with an impressive comeback win against formerly undefeated Bandits Sport, allowing Verdes FC to once again claim the top spot in the standings. With only 2 regular season weeks remaining, 4 teams are still in the hunt for 2 available playoff spots; both Verdes and Bandits are already playoff bound. Week 12 had 2 games scheduled for Saturday night and 2 for Sunday afternoon.

National Amateur Women’s League Week 3 scores
Women’s football is back in full swing, with the Football Federation of Belize’s (FFB) National Amateur Women’s League (NAWL) 2019-2020 Opening Season already in its 3rd week of competition. Four Week-3 games were played over the weekend, 2 each on Saturday and Sunday, October 26-27. The 12 teams are divided into North (N) and South (S) zones with 6 teams each. At the Victor Sanchez Field on Saturday, Rumberas’ new acquisition, Kaite Jones, formerly of Orange Walk’s Gladiators, netted 5 goals (11’, 45’, 68’, 72’ & 77’) and Ashley Rodriguez added another (82’), along with an own goal from Toledo Divas’ Evelyn Cholom (85’ OG), as visiting Rumberas rolled over the home team.

Corozal F.A. Opening Season Week 6 update
Another successful week of our ongoing Corozal Football Association (CFA) Opening Season Youth Tournament 2019-2020. We are grateful to the Almighty Father for His continued blessings upon our office and participating teams. On Sunday, October 20, we had a total of 7 games, i.e. 2 U10, 2 U13 and 3 U20. We are pleased to report that all went well; it has been six successful weeks. These weeks have been a success, thanks to the match officials and the Disciplinary Committee persons, who have devoted their time and efforts.

Ladyville Rising Stars are the first Smart Mundialito Champion of Champions
The first ever Smart 13 & Under Mundialito Champion of Champions tournament was held on Saturday, October 19, at the Marion Jones Sports Complex football field, where the 2019 champions and sub-champions of both the Belize City Smart Mundialito and the Stann Creek F.A. Smart Mundialito participated in a quadrangular “champion of champions” knockout. In the semifinals, the match-ups saw the champions clashing with the sub-champions; then, following a U-10 exhibition, the semifinals losers played for 3rd place, and the winners squared off for the championship.

Editorial: Unrelenting Florida Cubans increase pressure on Cuba
A story from Reuters that was published in The New York Times on its website says that recent new restrictions placed on Cuba by the USA have “gone over well among Cuban Americans in South Florida, a key voting bloc in Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign.” The US’s justification for increased sanctions on Cuba is that Cuba is supporting Venezuela, so this stone is meant for two birds, Cuba’s communist system being the other. There is no question that Belizeans are closer to the American people than they are to the Cuban people. That is a simple matter of history. Both the Americans and the Belizeans are former colonies of the British; our soldiers fought alongside theirs in the two World Wars, and a large percentage of our people have made the US their second home. Belizean students have been studying in the US on scholarships paid for by the American people before Belizean students began studying in Cuba on scholarships paid for by the Cuban people.

So, we’ve got animation
Congratulations to the team that put together Tecuani and the Duende, hailed as the first animated movie in Belize. The first showing was on Friday, so this week we should be getting the reviews. Last week Plus TV had on a couple guys who worked on the script and the animation and they showed a couple scenes. It looked interesting, and Disney-ish. That Disney-ish thing, that’s not a criticism. That could be a good thing. I don’t have the expertise to know, just to like, not like. I liked the clip they showed on Plus TV.

From British Honduras to Belize: one family’s drama
When Matron was leaving the convent, after arranging to return at intervals until the cast was removed, the Sister Superior had asked if she would take a message from her to her father. Somewhat taken aback, she had been quick-witted enough to agree on condition that it was in writing, as, from the trend of remarks voiced by the Sister from time to time, she had begun to have the uncomfortable feeling that she wanted an opportunity to pass judgment on her father concerning how the accident had occurred. As far as she knew, the Sister had not been given any details by her father; but perhaps her curiosity had been aroused by the speculations expressed openly by some influential people who knew of his reputation for cruelty.

Amandala sets the record straight re settlement with Rene
On 12th April 2019, Rene Villanueva, Sr., filed suit in the Supreme Court against Amandala and its Editor seeking damages for statements contained in an editorial published on 22nd February 2019. Amandala accepted that a statement in the editorial that Mr. Villanueva was born in Honduras was in error. In its defence, Amandala clarified that this statement had been corrected in its 1st March 2019 edition of the newspaper when Amandala published a portion of a letter from Lawrence Vernon which was headed

Rosita May Morgan (1947 – 2019)
Funeral services were held at St. Martin De Porres Roman Catholic Church in Lake Independence, Belize City, this morning for Rosita May Morgan, 72. Born on January 26, 1947, she had passed on Tuesday, October 22, 2019. Officiating was Fr. Jeremy Zipple. The Eulogy was given by Leroy Young, Sr.

Tishaun Hamilton pleads guilty to manslaughter
Tishaun Hamilton, 25, a former firefighter charged with the murder of his cousin, Eaton Lamb, 17, pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter when he appeared today before Madam Justice Marilyn Williams. Hamilton’s sentencing has been deferred until December 9 in order for the court to obtain a social inquiry report, a victim impact statement, and testimony from character witnesses on Hamilton’s behalf.

Two women fall through a rotted verandah
At about 4:30 Saturday evening, two sisters who were walking up wooden stairs to go to the upper flat of their 2-flat, timber family house on Church Street, fell to the ground from the home’s verandah, elevated about 8 feet above the ground, because a rotted portion of the flooring on the verandah broke. Virginia Smith, 60, of Fern Lane, and Judith Brooks, 53, of Zericote Street, were rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital by ambulance.

Breaking Belize News principals appear before the Court of Appeal
The principals of Breaking Belize News (BBN) appeared before the Court of Appeal this afternoon for a contempt of court case that was held in-camera. When they exited the courtroom, one of the principals of BBN, Hugh O’Brien, told the majority of the city’s press corps who were waiting outside the court that he could not offer any comment. O’Brien referred us to their attorney, Anthony Sylvestre, who was not present in court this afternoon.

The Reporter

A Slap On The Wrist For Weed Runners Caught In Orange Walk
Four persons were all hauled before the Orange Walk Magistrate Court on Monday to answer to drug-related charges after they were busted with over two and a half pounds of marijuana and over 100 packs of contraband cigarettes at a police checkpoint in Orange Walk on Saturday night.

What’s Happening To Our Water Supply – As More Complaints & Concern Increases
Residents of Belize City and some rural BWS Customers have been complaining about the discoloration of water emerging from their taps in the past few days. Over the weekend the complaints about the brown water tripled when Hattieville residents were forced to endure 32 hours without water.

LOVE FM

Young women learn what it takes to be a leader
Several young women from rural communities in the Toledo District learned the skills to be a leader through the Fostering Community Base Opportunities for Girls project.

Belize places 3rd in National Council of Indian Culture Pageant
Belize has placed third at the National Council of Indian Culture (NCIC) pageant. Arelee Parham won the prestigious title of Miss East Indian Belize on August 3.

Sanctions to US companies affect money transfer agencies in Belize
Last week, we reported that Authorities have banned the transfer of monies into Cuba for non-nationals. According to a notice pinned at one of the money transfer agencies in Belize, it noted that effective Wednesday, October 9, 2019, “all transactions to Cuba must be by a family member sending to another close Cuban family member.”

Social Security Board moving forward with Bio-metric technology
The Social Security Board is moving forward with the latest technology. They are looking into implementing a Biometric System into the registration process. This system will allow for faster application processing and benefit claims.

Criminals attempt to rob Dario’s Meatpie Bakery
There was an attempted robbery at Dario’s Meat-Pie establishment on Hyde’s Lane over this weekend. The famous bakery was robbed of thousands of dollars, which were later recovered.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

America keeps screws on Cuba, Venezuela
Тhе Unіtеd Ѕtаtеѕ, dеѕріtе іtѕ bеѕt еffоrtѕ, hаѕ bееn unаblе tо rеmоvе twо thоrnѕ іn іtѕ ѕіdе іn thе Саrіbbеаn аnd Lаtіn Аmеrісаn rеgіоn […]

Police: Boy, 6, raped in San Pedro
A resident from San Pedro, Ambergris Caye has been arrested and charged for raping a […]

U.S. takes interest in Belize-Taiwan relations
A high-ranking American State Department official has wrapped up a visit which she says affirms […]

Police investigating rape of 14-year-old minor
Police are investigating a report made by a 14-year-old minor and her mother in the […]

Students participate in 4th annual Reading Contest
Students from over 9 primary schools in Cayo are participating in the 4th annual reading contest. […]

Body retrieved from river near low lying bridge in San Ignacio
The body of a man was retrieved from the river near the low lying bridge […]

Mexican Embassy invites you to ‘Dia de Muertos’ display
The Embassy of Mexico in Belize is inviting the public to celebrate ‘Día de Muertos’. […]

Senior U.S. State Department Official visits Belize
United States Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (PDAS), Julie Chung of the State Department’s Bureau of […]

New York Times publishes travel writing piece about Belize
Тhе аrtісlе “Dеvеlореrѕ, Rеtіrееѕ, аnd Ѕnоwbіrdѕ Аrе Dіѕсоvеrіng Веlіzе,” wrіttеn bу Nісk Маdіgаn, wаѕ рublіѕhеd tоdау аnd hіghlіghtеd thе соuntrу’ѕ роtеntіаl fоr реrѕоnѕ іn thе ѕресіfіеd grоuрѕ tо соmе tо Веlіzе fоr іtѕ buѕіnеѕѕ рrоѕресtѕ […]

DIGI/BECOL basketball regular season slowly winding down
Тhе DІGІ/ВЕСОL Ваѕkеtbаll Тоurnаmеnt рlауеd 17 gаmеѕ оvеr thе wееkеnd whісh wаѕ hоѕtеd bу thе Ѕаn Іgnасіо аnd Ѕаntа Еlеnа Ваѕkеtbаll Аѕѕосіаtіоn (ЅЅВА) […]

Blogs

The Caribbean
When people think of tropical sandy beaches, the first place that comes in mind is the Caribbean. The Caribbean is known for its pristine beaches, crystal-clear water, and amazing biodiversity. It is also referred to as the West Indies after Christopher Columbus discovered the Caribbean thinking it was the Indies, Asia, on his voyage to find another route there. The Caribbean is an archipelago surrounded by the Caribbean Sea or for some areas with it at their coast. In addition to that, it is divided into different regions known as the Lucayan Archipelago, the ABC Islands, the Greater Antilles and the Lesser Antilles. Within these regions, there are over 700 islands which include the famous ones such as Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Barbados, Bahamas, Cuba, and much more.

Animal Encounters in Belize
Belize is a destination of rich habitat and exotic wildlife. Seeing animals in the wild provide travelers with inspiring, exciting, and life-changing travel experience. If you have an appreciation for nature and animals, Belize is a place to visit. It is home to around 145 species of mammals and 600 bird species. Here is how you can experience animal encounters in Belize.

International Sourcesizz

IMF Warns Of Economic Growth Slowdown In Latin America And The Caribbean
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says growth in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) is slowing down and that the region is expected to record a 0.2 per cent growth this year. The Washington-based financial institution said that the low growth comes amid continued trade tensions, lower global growth, subdued commodity prices, and in some large regional economies, high policy uncertainty. In its latest Regional Economic Outlook for the Western Hemisphere, the IMF says in order to boost the economic recovery and create more jobs, the region will need to rely on domestic drivers of growth like consumption and investment.

Senior U.S. State Department Official Visits Belize
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (PDAS) Julie Chung of the State Department’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs visited Belize on October 27-28. This is PDAS Chung’s first visit to Belize, where she met with key government and private sector leaders and underscored the strength and importance of the partnership between Belize and the United States. PDAS Chung met with Prime Minister Dean Barrow, Minister of State Tracy Taeger-Panton, Leader of the Opposition John Briceno, Ambassador of Japan to Belize Hiroyuki Kubota, Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Remus Li-Kuo Chen, and Belizean alumni from several State Department exchange programs.

Videos

  • The Business Perspective, 2hr.

  • Belize Dive, 13min.

  • Belize Dental Mission, 1min. Dr. Philip Abramsky of Park 56 Dental, his wife, Kathy and a dedicated group of IHE volunteers work tirelessly in Belize to offer much needed dental services to the impoverished children who live in small villages in this country.

  • Belize 2019: San Pedro San Ignacio, 3.5min. Quick video compilation of my trip to Belize with my family and paramour, who filmed everything on his GoPro :) we had a wonderful time and adventure!

  • KTV Latino episode 4, 2hr12min.

  • Insect vs Arachnid, 2min. Amazing footage, look at the tarantula defending its life. Tarantula hawk wasp. They specialize in hunting tarantulas.

  • Police Link Up, 60min.

  • Lauren’s Trip to Belize, 2min.

  • Building climate resilience in Toledo District, Belize, 7.5min. A snapshot of how our Community Disaster Risk Reduction Fund is helping the Toledo District in Belize adapt to the realities of climate change.

  • English Caye Lighthouse, Belize from Carnival Glory-2019, 1min. English Caye Light is an active lighthouse on a small island in Belize, about 15 km (9 m) southeast of Belize Harbour. The location of English Caye is 17.32721°N 88.04883°W. The white lantern (white flash every 2.5 sec) is mounted on a 19 m high square pyramidal skeletal tower, and also has a focal plane of 19 m (62 ft). The entire lighthouse painted white. The lighthouse accessible only by boat, but visible from all ships entering the harbor. As we saw from our cruise ship (Carnival Glory).

  • Earth's Journeys- Belize (1994, partial), 41min. Here's some classic footage from The Travel Channel from around the fall of 1994, where we visit Belize, head to a reef at a marine reserve, visit a zoo, and do some more scuba diving. Features a cameo by Christopher Reeve.