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


Ambergris Today

Stand Strong
- By Seleni Perez - This is a message to remind you that you are not alone. In days that you sit lonely on a corner hoping someone would understand your sorrow or nights where you cry wishing you could scream so loud so that everyone can feel your pain. In times where no one seems to get you and all you can think of is the misery of life and your heart can’t take anymore damage; you are not alone.

Various Belizean Sources

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September 2019 Merchandise Trade & Consumer Price Index
These are the Statistical Institute of Belize's most recent statistics, published today Wednesday, October 30th, 2019. The latest results from the Statistical Institute of Belize, monthly Consumer Price Index (CPI) survey show that for the month of September 2019, on average, Belizean households saw the cost of regularly purchased goods and services almost unchanged from the same mo. one year ago, going down by a marginal 0.1 percent when compared to September 2018. During the month of September 2019, Belize’s imported goods were valued at $141.9 million, down by a marginal 0.6 percent or $0.9 million from the $142.8 million imported in September of 2018. Total domestic exports for September 2019 amounted to just over $35 million, down 7 percent or $2.6 million from the $37.7 million recorded for September of 2018.

BELIZE FISHING REPORT: OCTOBER 20, 2019 THROUGH OCTOBER 27, 2019
Overall, it was a great week on the water. Lots of opportunities and plenty of fish brought to hand for our anglers. The weather this month has been great. We did have a storm that passed early in the week but moved through quickly, opening back up to sunny skies and lighter winds. All anglers enjoyed hooking and landing bonefish. Some had record number days beating their previous top bonefish days.

Mrs Amaris Leal elected President of the Young Diplomats in London
Special congratulations to our very own Belize diplomat, Mrs Amaris Leal, on being elected President of the Young Diplomats in London. Mrs. Leal takes over from outgoing President, Mr Wilfred Adderley II, from our sister nation of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas. She is the first woman diplomat to assume this office and is also the first President from Central America. The Belize High Commission extends its well wishes to the Executive Committee for the 2019/2020 term!

Reunion of Maya Traditional Knowledge Holders and Academics
On the 25th of October, FCD attended a reunion of Maya Traditional Knowledge Holders and Academics at the invitation of the Maya Leaders Alliance and Toledo Alcaldes Association in Toledo. FCD’s presentation centred on interventions used to protect the forest resources.

Youth RISE Project Open Day
The Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation through its Youth Resilience and Inclusive Social Empowerment (RISE) Project is hosting an Open Day on Thursday, October 31, 2019, at the BTL Princess Royal Park in Dangriga Town from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The partner agencies will be highlighting outcomes of the various programs implemented through the project since 2017. Approximately 1,710 children and youth from Dangriga Town have benefitted from the various programs being implemented under the Youth RISE Project since its launch in April 2017.

Paint N Splash
See you this week at from 2-4pm Thursday to paint “The Sanderson Sisters”.

Maya Hill Royals vs. Guardians
Saturday at 2pm, MCC Grounds.

Boo at the Zoo 2019
The Belize Zoo had another great Boo at the Zoo, and they got lost of fun pictures The Sixth Edition of Boo At The Zoo at the Best Little Zoo In The World, The Belize Zoo"

Arenal Bi-national exchange
A bi-national exchange with 52 children from Arenal Belize and Arenal Guatemala was conducted aimed at building awareness about water conservation. This marks one of two exchange visits supported by the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives; coordinated by the FCD Environmental Youth Group and Todos Por Un Mundo Verde.

Roni Martinez Birding Photos
And now you can go in and view the photos loaded up. I warn you, many are really just record shots, but others are a true frame to enjoy.

Miss Costa Maya 2019 competing in Miss Panamerican International 2019
Hi everyone! Our current Miss Costa Maya 2019, Miss Lisbeth Valverde, from Costa Rica, is competing in another pageant, Miss Panamerican International 2019, taking place in Guadalajara, Mexico. Apart from the main title, there is a category for Miss Internet, help her win this title and show her your support by liking the picture on the Miss Panamerican International. (Click the picture, when it opens, click the like button).

Legend of the Huay Chivo
Legend has it that in a town there was a child who from a very young age had the gift of knowing all the properties of plants, and with his powers, he could heal people. Growing up, he became the village sorcerer , but one day he fell in love with a girl, she ignored him, because she was afraid of him. The young woman lived with her parents and helped take care of her goats , with whom she was very happy, because she played and had fun with them.

Learning CPR and First Aid will be more fun with our new resident DAN Instructors
Thanks to Course Director, Keila Kasai, from Scuba Revolution; the Belize Chamber Project and DAN World.

Channel 7

Fatal RTA Claims The Man Called "Rottweilla"
One man was killed in a fatal accident last night near Ontario Village on the George Price Highway. The victim is 41 year old Nelson Ayuso - a man who was well known in political and public circles - as a solider of the UDP and a television commercial celebrity of sorts. Cherisse Halsall has the story of the short life of the man known as "Rotweilla": Around 10:20 last night at mile 59 on the George Price Highway Imer Hernandez lost control of his blue GMC Sierra pickup on loose gravel and hit a culvert. Hernandez's passenger Nelson Ayuso popularly known as Rottweiler died on the spot.

Remembering "Rottweilla"ť As Dad
This evening in Orange Walk Nelson Ayuso's daughter told CTV-3 about her father: Reporter: "Can you recall what your last conversation was like?" Voice of: Kayla Ayuso, Daughter: "We were talking about our favorite movies and just reminiscing about old times when he would sing like he love tp do and things like that. He wasn't shy to the camera. Everyone knew him from doing commercials to singing to being out there with politics. He was very vocal and he was just a loving person and I can speak for everyone - he was nice, although he has his little ways but everyone does and he was just the most loving person. I loved him so much and he was a good father."

Toledo Teacher Charged For Carnal Knowledge With Student
22 year old Japheth Chavarria, a teacher from Toledo Community College is on remand at the Hattieville Prison. He is accused of having sex with a minor who is reportedly a student at the school. The minor who claims to be Chavarria's girlfriend visited the Punta Gorda police station in the company of a social officer to report the encounter. A medical examination was conducted on the minor and she was certified to have been harmed.

Ministry of Health Says Don't Drink That Brown Water
On Monday, Belize Water Services Limited held a press conference to address the issue of discolored water that's coming out of some household and office pipes in Belize City. The company said that it's the product of iron in the water - which, while unsightly, is harmless. It's the product - BWS says - of iron running off into the Belize River - which is the company's main water source. Despite the build-up caused by the heavy rains in mid-October, BWS said the water is safe to drink, and to bathe and wash with - although it could stain white clothes. But today, the Ministry of Health's water inspector said, don't drink the brown water:

Alleged Meatpie Delivery Man Turned Robber Gets Bail
A 23 year old former Dario's Meat Pie delivery man, Joseph Richards, who allegedly led a home invasion to hold up his former employer was today released on Supreme Court bail. He appeared today with his attorney Ronell Gonzalez before Justice Antonette Moore. She agreed to release him on a bail of $8,000 with several conditions. One is that he has to make his court appearances, two is that he is to report to Queen Street Police Station every Friday, and, third, he is not to interfere with any of the prosecution witnesses.

CCJ Judges Meet Mayas In Belize
Judges from the Caribbean Court of Justice are currently in Belize for their second visit. They will participate in the 6th Biennial Conference of the Caribbean Association of Judicial Officers (CAJO), which Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin and the Belize Judiciary are hosting. That conference takes place tomorrow, but the visit from the CCJ judges gave them the perfect opportunity to preside over a compliance hearing between the Government of Belize, and the leaders of the Indigenous Maya from Southern Belize. They've been closely following the implementation of their 2015 judgment which recognizes that the Maya people from the 40 villages in Toledo have customary land rights.

Two Sides to The Land Rights Story/Struggle
We also got a chance to speak with Lisel Alamilla, the Chair of the Maya Land Rights Commission. You'll remember that this is the entity that the Government set up to carry out the implementation of the CCJ judgment. She told us that contrary to what the Maya have asserted to the press, not all the delays are the fault of the Government. She told us that there have been delays with the steps that the Maya need to take to move the implementation forward. Here's how she explained why these delays from the Maya has caused the process to stall in certain instances:

Will Maya Leaders Alliance Appeal Rupert Myles Case?
Today's encounter with the Spokesperson for the Maya Leaders Alliance and the Toledo Alcalde's Association gave us the opportunity to ask about the failed litigation against Rupert Myles and the Government of Belize. You'll remember that 2 weeks ago, Justice Michelle Arana dismissed a lawsuit that Manuel Pop, who was the First Alcalde of Santa Cruz Village, brought against Myles and the Government. They say that the Government and Myles are liable for damages he did to the village's Uxbenka Maya Archaeological Site. He built his house on the site's compound and damaged it when he bulldozed a hill to get access to the front door of his illegally placed home. The judge dismissed the claim, and so, we asked if the Maya will appeal. Here's how Cristina Coc answered that question:

Cayo Cops Catch A Familiar Suspect With Weapon
A Santa Elena man has been charged for gun and ammunition offences. Police yesterday caught a man well known to them, Luis Castellanos with (4) live .38 rounds in his pocket. Today, the police went back to the Bradley Bank area where they arrested him and found a .38 revolver for which he will also be charged.

Solider Shot At After He Turned Tables on Wife's "Sexter"
A San Ignacio man was threatened in what police are calling an aggravated assault. The report is that a 21 year old BDF soldier was playing a game on his wife's phone, when a text message from a man came in. Reports say he played along with the text exchange, pretending to be her, and culminated in a text message from the man saying, "come out I want to see you."

Juan Coy, From Politician to PC
If you're not from Toledo, you may not remember the name Juan Coy - but he's a former one term UDP Area Representative for Toledo West. He represented the area form 2008 to 2012, when he lost by a large margin. Since then, he tried to make a political comeback without much success. So, now, he's made a comeback as a police man - which is what he was before he entered politics.

Remembering The Explosion And Demanding Answers From Port Authority
You probably remember that tragic accident in May of this year when a water taxi exploded near the Swing Bridge in Belize City. That blast killed 2 little girls, sisters, 10-year-old Yamiri Yasmin Guy, and 8-year-old Kimberly Melissa Guy, and who were onboard with their parents. The flames of the explosion also injured 8 tourists who were also on the vessel. Since then, the Port Authority has implemented stricter measures to ensure that there is no repeat of this tragedy, but the victims of that explosion are still looking for answers. They want the Belize Port Authority to release their final report on their investigation into the accident. It is reportedly in its final stages and has been for some time now, and so, they want to know when it will be released.

Hon. Marin Asks Who's Funding Brackett?
Today in Corozal - two northern ministers were busy dealing with the lands issued in Corozal Bay. We'll tel you about that shortly, but first to the Minister's comments about activist Geovanni Brackett. Last week, Brackett raised many questions about the quality of generic medications which the Ministry is allowing into the country - while other name brand drugs are scarce or difficult to get. Minister of Health PABLO Marin asked who is paying Brackett?:

Natural Resources Sorts Out Land Issues In Corozal Bay
As we said, Marin was in his division of Corozal Bay working along with his northern cabinet colleague, Natural Resources Minister Hugo Patt, dealing with the lands issues. It's part of the Ministry's rural outreach program - and they told CTV-3 more about the issues they are dealing with:

Stole Water Containers From The Cops
He was either really parched or he just couldn't help himself, either way, 60 year old Rafael Cowo will spend 6 weeks in jail for jacking a 5 gallon bottle with water from the 4th floor verandah of the police Prosecution Branch located at the corner of Albert street and King Street. This is Cowo's 7th theft conviction. Today before Magistrate Emerson Banner he pleaded guilty to one of two counts of theft. When asked by Magistrate Banner the reason why he stole the water bottle, Cowo said he was hungry and he had no place to stay.

Channel 5

Ministry of Health Says “Dirty Looking” Water Unsafe to Drink
There is not good news for residents who consume or use potable water which is showing discoloration. The Ministry of Health today confirmed that the dirty looking water pouring out [...]

M.O.H. Says Dirty Water Not Suitable for Domestic Use
According to Flowers, the water is equally not suitable for other domestic use such as bathing, cooking and washing of white clothes. He says that the turbidity is twice the [...]

B.W.S. Says Residents Should Flush Out Dirty Water before Use
While B.W.S. and the ministry look at addressing the problem, a temporary solution would be to flush out the discoloured water until it becomes clear and safe for consumption and [...]

Fatal Accident Claims 1 Life; Building Contractor Survives
Police were called out to the scene of an accident on the George Price Highway where a man was killed and another escaped the deadly wreck. Two well-known men, contractor [...]

Family Claims Mother of 2 Was Murdered When She Was Poisoned…
News Five has received word that Dangriga Police are investigating the sudden death of an eighteen-year-old mother of two from the south. Shylee Polanco was taken to the Southern Regional [...]

…Boyfriend is Detained, but Released for Lack of Evidence
According to Estella, the boyfriend was detained by the police on Saturday and later released on Monday, because there was insufficient evidence to levy a charge on him.  Today, she [...]

C.C.J. Itinerant Sitting in Belize
There was an itinerant sitting of the Caribbean Court of Justice here in Belize City this morning inside Courtroom Number One of the Supreme Court.  The Maya Leaders Alliance, as [...]

Will G.O.B. Formally Appoint New Successor to Guide Maya Land Rights Process?
According to Coc, following the C.C.J.’s consent order, the Government of Belize individually selected Dinah Shelton, Professor Emeritus at George Washington University Law School, as the expert to guide the [...]

Where do Land Rights Complaints go in the Interim?
Since being identified as Shelton’s successor, the Maya Leaders Alliance has reached out to Dean Rosa Solario, also an academic administrator at George Washington University Law School. Coc says several [...]

Cristina Coc Comments on Dismissed Rupert Myles Suit
Earlier this month, the Supreme Court dismissed a case against the Government of Belize that was brought by Manuel Pop, who at the time was First Alcalde of Santa Cruz [...]

Cost of Living Remained Much the Same in September as it was in 2018
According to the Statistical Institute of Belize, prices for household goods and services in September remained much the same as last year except for a minimal point one percent decrease. [...]

A Bug is Wrecking Havoc in the Sugar Industry Up North
Still reeling from a prolonged drought in which farmers stand to lose as much as fifty million dollars; the sugar industry is now battling with a pest known as a [...]

End of Month and Still no Pay for C.G.A. Employees
The month of October has come to an end and there is still no pay in sight for employees of the Citrus Growers Association.  For the past several weeks, members [...]

No AGM, No Audit since 2014. What’s Up with CGA’s Finances?
According to Chanona, a general meeting of the membership of the Citrus Growers Association has not taken place since 2014 when the last AGM was convened at his insistence.  Since [...]

Government Responds to P.U.P.’s Assertions on Water Board Appointments
The Government has responded to the complaints made by the P.U.P. regarding the appointment of known U.D.P. supporters to water boards in villages across the country. The P.U.P. said earlier [...]

A Training to Improve the Role of First Responders during Emergencies
A health disaster management training for first responders is taking place in Belize City. It is being facilitated by the Pan American Health Organization with funding from the European Union’s [...]

The Reporter

North Side Neighborhood – Scheduled Power Outage
Power outage scheduled from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 3 to affect portion of Belize City including Simon Lamb Street, St. Joseph Street from Heusner Crescent to Baymen Avenue...

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.

Fatal Accident On The Western Hwy. In Ontario Village
At approximately 7.30am this morning (Wednesday October 30th.) A traffic accident occurred on the Western Hwy. in Ontario Village, Cayo.

LOVE FM

How much do you know about Belize’s Coasts?
10 schools in Belize City went head to head in a trivia competition to see who knows more about the coastal zones in Belize. The Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute (CZMAI) held its sixth annual Trivia Challenge for primary schools as part of their Coastal Awareness Week 2019.

Young woman dies after ingesting poison
The mother of a young woman is calling on the police to effectively investigate the circumstances surrounding her daughter’s death. From what she knows, the young woman, Shailey Polanco, died from ingesting the poison gramaxone.

Don’t drink the brown water!
The Ministry of Health (MOH) has stepped in to clarify statements made by Belize Water Services (BWS) concerning the discoloured water residents have been noticing from their taps.

Local Government Ministry responds to allegations of water board corruption
On Monday, we reported on the concerns of Stann Creek West Representative, Rodwell Ferguson.

Margaritaville coming to Belize in 2020
Margaritaville is an international franchise of resorts with destinations all over the US and the Caribbean. In a little over a year, one of these resorts will be opening in Belize.

SIB release statistics for September
The Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB STATS VO) reports that the month of September saw a 0.6% decrease in the value of Belize’s imported goods as compared to September 2018. Among decreased categories, Machinery and Transport Equipment declined by $5.3 million, from $34.6 million to $29.3 million. Imports of Manufactured Goods dropped by $2.6 million, from $20.6 million to $18 million.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Caribbean Court of Justice returns; dispute resolution framework set up, but not active
Fоur аnd а hаlf уеаrѕ оn frоm іtѕ hіѕtоrіс fіrѕt ѕеѕѕіоn іn thе ѕаmе соurtrооm іn Арrіl оf 2015, thе Саrіbbеаn Соurt оf Јuѕtісе (ССЈ) rеturnеd fоr аn іtіnеrаnt ѕеѕѕіоn аt thе Ѕuрrеmе Соurt оf Веlіzе.

U.S. re-affirms partnership with Belize on criminal security and youth development
The United States, the destination of most of this region’s drug output such as marijuana, […]

Migratory pressure is “everybody’s problem”
rеѕіdеnt оf thе Unіtеd Ѕtаtеѕ Dоnаld Тrumр іѕ nоt mаkіng mаnу frіеndѕ іntеrnаtіоnаllу, еѕресіаllу іn Мехісо аnd Сеntrаl Аmеrіса, wіth hіѕ tаkе-nо-рrіѕоnеrѕ аррrоасh tо hаltіng іllеgаl іmmіgrаtіоn thrоugh thе ѕоuthеrn bоrdеr wіth Мехісо. […]

San Ignacio and Santa Elena Town Council’s Child Advisory Body to host interactive anti-bullying training
The San Ignacio Santa Elena Town Council’s Child Advisory Body (CAB) is hosting an interactive […]

COMPOL and Music Ambassador launch Police theme song competition
Chester Williams, the Commissioner of Police (COMPOL) announced that he and the Ambassador of Music, Shyne […]

Belizeans observe Google’s Project Loon Balloon
Since this morning, residents in western Belize reported the sighting of an unidentified circular object […]

Saint Ignatius High School makes appeal to environmental organizations to assist with collapsed fence due to erosion
Saint Ignatius High School in Santa Elena, Cayo is appealing to environmental organizations in the […]

Youth RISE Project to host open day tomorrow
The Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation through its Youth Resilience and […]

Santa Elena man busted with illegal ammo
Last night, police conducted an operation in the Bradleys Bank area of Santa Elena and […]

Imer Hernandez injured in road traffic accident
Belizean contractor and owner of Imer Hernandez Development Company Limited was injured in a road […]

Man dies in fatal road traffic accident in Ontario, Cayo
Nelson Ayuso lost his life early this morning in a road traffic accident in Ontario […]

Blogs

Day of the dead
The Day of the Dead or Dia De Los Muertos originated in Mexico but was adopted here in Belize through our Mestizo Ancestors more than 150 years ago. It could be said to coincide quite loosely with the Halloween tradition of North America. In our culture, it is a part of Maya and Catholic tradition and encompasses All Saints Day on October 31st and All Souls Day on November 2nd. It is also known as Los Finados for those who have passed. The belief is that death should be viewed as the final experience of life and is to be celebrated. Further, this tradition persists mostly in the Western Districts in Benque Viejo as well as in Maya and Mestizo Villages and is meant to honor ancestors, friends and family members that have passed away, and especially children, who are especially revered for their innocence. During this time their spirits are said to roam and they must be received in celebration.

Belizean Cuisine and Cultures
With a melting pot of cultures, Belizean cuisine is like no other. Belizean cuisine reflects the country’s culture and rich history encompassing a blend of Mayan, Indian, Chinese, and many other cultures. Due to the multicultural heritage of the Mestizo; Spanish, Mexican and Maya influences dominate their palette. Corn is a staple and plays a significant role in all meals throughout the day, whether it takes the form of a tortilla, or in tamales, bollos or tamalitos. Spicy and colorful peppers are an essential ingredient in virtually every dish, while black beans, squash, plantains and fresh fruit accent most menus. Owing to the far reach of the Mestizo across Belize, and the savory appeal of the cuisine, traditional Mestizo foods like Relleno negro, escabeche, tamales, tacos, panades, and garnaches have become favorites of all the diverse cultural groups in Belize.

Belize – A Bachelorette Destination
If you are considering have a destination bachelorette party, Belize should be a destination to consider. Not like your regular bachelorette destinations like Miami and Las Vegas, known for great nightlife and parties, Belize is a great destination for brides looking for relaxation and adventure. The perfect itinerary for a Bachelorette weekend in Belize includes good company, sunshine, adventure and a great time! You can make the Barrier Reef your playground for the day. Rent a private catamaran or boat charter and spend the day sailing the Caribbean Sea. Enjoy swimming, fishing, snorkeling, and diving. Up for some adventure, how about a catch and cook? Spend your morning reef fishing or diving for conch. Your catch of the day can be thrown on the grill for lunch or made into a nice fresh ceviche! Enjoy lunch on a beautiful island, all to your to yourself.

International Sourcesizz

Can Caribbean Sugar Make A Sweet Comeback?
The Caribbean sugar industry is at a crossroads. Free market pressures, operational inefficiencies and sugar producers’ inability to meet manufacturers’ demand for refined white sugar have been a major source of frustration, resulting in an over-reliance on extra-regional sugar imports. Guyana, Belize, Jamaica and Barbados are currently in the process of determining whether a combination of tariffs, structural and operational reforms and the substitution of less refined plantation white sugar for use in the manufacturing sector, might just hold the answer to the resuscitation of the flailing sector.

Videos

  • Channel 5 Obituaries - LETA JOSEPHINE ROMERO NEE PLUMMER, 2min.

  • Hunt for Dinner in Belize, 3min.

  • Jaguars Caught on Camera Trap, Hill Bank Field Station, Programme for Belize, March 13, 2013, 1/2min.

  • Sports Talk Show, 90min.