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Today's Belize News: November 9, 2019 #539127
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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.

The San Pedro Sun

San Pedro Drowning
Reports are that a male resident of San Pedro Town drowned around 2PM on Friday, November 8th while fishing out at sea. According to unofficial reports, two island residents went out fishing in a kayak, without life jackets. According to the victim’s friend, while out at sea, their kayak turned over. The friend then swam back to the island seeking help. It took him about two hours to make it to the island, where he was assisted by some hotel employees, who went out and retrieved the body. The San Pedro Police Department is yet to issue an official report on the incident, as they are conducting their official investigation.

Belize removed from the EU List of Non-Cooperative Jurisdictions for Tax Purposes
The Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) of the European Union (EU) has released the results of its recently concluded meeting held in Brussels on November 8, 2019. The ECOFIN Council is made up of the economic and finance ministers from all member states and is responsible for economic policy, taxation issues and the regulation of financial services. The Government of Belize has been informed that the recent amendments to the International Business Companies Act and the promulgation of the Economic Substance Act on October 11th have been positively assessed and the ECOFIN Council has agreed to remove Belize from the EU list of non-cooperative jurisdictions (the ‘blacklist’).

UNHCR trains journalists in the proper coverage of refugee stories
Hoping to increase media personnel’s knowledge on issues regarding asylum seekers and refugees, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) hosted a workshop on Saturday, November 2nd, in Belize City. The all-day event taught journalists from across the country on properly reporting sensitive issues involving vulnerable persons to avoid causing harm or exposing them to danger. The seminar also covered the statistics of refugees in Belize, their origins, and a view of this global phenomenon.

Aerated Septic systems now required for businesses operating at Secret Beach
As Secret Beach on the north-west coast of Ambergris Caye continues to develop into a popular destination for tourists and Belizeans alike, concerns for the surrounding natural environment have prompted local authorities to set measures to make businesses more environmentally friendly. The San Pedro Sun has confirmed that every business establishment at Secret Beach is now required to build an aerated septic system, or The San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) will not renew their liquor license. (SPTC).

Crocodile poaching incidents increase on Ambergris Caye
The poaching of crocodiles continues to increase on Ambergris Caye according to the American Crocodile Education Sanctuary (ACES). On Thursday, November 7th via their Facebook page, ACES shared that two island crocodiles have been targeted by poachers within 24 hours of each other. One was able to be saved thanks to reports from vigilant residents. However, they were unable to rescue the other. ACES managed to save the crocodile named ‘Fluffy’ from an illegal trap. A resident of the area told ACES that she saw a man wading through the water, and when she asked him what he was doing, he admitted that he was trying to capture a crocodile. She addressed him of the illegality of this offense, after which he left.

Mining Unit addresses irregular dredging on Ambergris Caye
Over the past weeks, dredging has been ongoing near the southern tip of Ambergris Caye, within the vicinity of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve (HCMR). While these dredging projects, mainly for sand, have permits and one is under the consent of The San Pedro Town Council, a few irregularities have caught the attention of the Mining Unit in the Ministry of Natural Resources. The Unit, which is responsible for allowing dredging, is addressing alleged reports that no silt curtains are being installed within these areas as required. Failure to comply with such regulation can lead to fines or even the revocation of permits previously granted.

Ambergris Today

Belize Removed From European Union’s Blacklist For Tax Purposes
Belize’s Removal from the EU List of Non-Cooperative Jurisdictions for Tax Purposes Belmopan. November 8, 2019. The Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) of the European Union (EU) has released the results of its recently concluded meeting held in Brussels on November 8, 2019. The ECOFIN Council is made up of the economic and finance ministers from all member states and is responsible for economic policy, taxation issues and the regulation of financial services.

The Dangers In Pride
by Selenie Perez - Pride is a nasty feeling that consumes our time and consequently our life. It poisons our mind, while its feeds our ego; pushing everyone away, the ones who truly love and appreciate us, for who we are. We are left with a feeling so vile and selfish. It happens in all of us at some point, while for some it is just for short time; others carry it out for as long as it takes.

Various Belizean Sources


Belize’s Removal from the EU List of Non-Cooperative Jurisdictions for Tax Purposes
The Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) of the European Union (EU) has released the results of its recently concluded meeting held in Brussels on November 8, 2019. The ECOFIN Council is made up of the economic and finance ministers from all member states and is responsible for economic policy, taxation issues and the regulation of financial services. The Government of Belize has been informed that the recent amendments to the International Business Companies Act and the promulgation of the Economic Substance Act on October 11th have been positively assessed and the ECOFIN Council has agreed to remove Belize from the EU list of non-cooperative jurisdictions (the ‘blacklist’).

Mr. Andre Perez on Caye Caulker
The presence of Mr. Andre Perez who is the Standard Bearer for the People's United Party, was felt yesterday as he was on Caye Caulker launching his campaign for the 2020 general elections. His team captured footage of key areas of the island that Mr. Perez stressed on, and his focus is aimed towards the sewer issue that has been plaguing the island. He also expressed concerns on the lands that have been given out. Civilians greeted Mr. Perez with excitement and expressed their support for the People's United Party. The Voice Of Caye Caulker spoke with Perez and he explained to us that being a good listener for the people is an important trait that one must have when running for office. Our colleagues at Reef TV in San Pedro will be releasing the official video launch on their station.

Ya'axché Conservation Trust: JOIN US As GIS and Remote Sensing Specialist
We are securing the services of a GIS and Remote Sensing Specialist – with a strong interest in conservation science – to contribute to our growing geospatial data work in the Toledo district. He/she will be assisting program directors in carrying out various GIS and Remote Sensing related tasks and projects Deadline to submit application is Saturday, 4th of January 2020. Visit our website for more details.

Southern Ambergris Caye Neighbourhood Watch General Meeting November 13
It is that time again. Our general meeting will be held Wednesday, November 13 at 7:00 pm Lone Star Grill & Cantina. If you are still "up North" getting ready for your trip down, be sure to leave a little extra packing space. We will be sending out an email of patrol needs and wants very soon.

What Happens During the Belize IFF
The 14th Belize International Film Festival (Belize IFF) ends on Sunday, November 10th with a closing ceremony at the Bliss Center in Belize City. Dozens of films, shorts, and documentaries from across the planet have been curated to be shown to a Belizean audience. A special category for local music videos was created to highlight content creators in Belize who do not often get recognition for their craft. That public viewing takes place at Thirsty’s Belize City on Saturday night while a free public viewing of films are showcased also on Saturday night at the Digi Park. While these venues are hoping to attract new people to film, traditional viewing takes place at both the Bliss Center and the Ramada Princess Cinema. Regional movies are highlighted as well as productions that have been done in Belize. HARPOON and MY FATHER BELIZE lead the pack with US and Canada teams while several other films are homegrown.

Movie Night in the Park- This Saturday in Belize City

The Caye Caulker Fire Department held a simulated fire exercise Friday at the split
The motive behind the drill was to practice safety techniques in the event of a fire or a civilian being trapped in a burning building. The drill Operation was an effort organized by the CCBTIA to do a practice on effective measures in the case of a fire and to assist with casualties. A total of of 39 people participated in the drill. We extend our kudos to the CCBTIA and the Fire Department for thinking ahead and having the safety of our Hicaqueños in mind.

Forum on Food and Nutrition Security
Members of the Belize Parliamentary Alliance against Hunger and Malnutrition (BPAHM) gathered this morning at the Marion Jones Conference Room in Belize City for a forum on Food and Nutrition Security for a Healthy Belize. In his address to the gathering, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture, Honourable Patrick Faber, said his Ministry is planning to scale up school feeding in Belize as well as ensuring that school children are fed one healthy meal a day. The Minister of Agriculture, the Senator the Honourable Godwin Hulse, who is also a member of BPAHM, spoke about the importance and benefits of school gardens in Belize. On the other hand, the representative of the Ministry of Health informed of the Ministry’s initiatives in the promotion of wellness and prevention of malnutrition in Belize.

Prime Minister Departs the Country
The Office of the Prime Minister informs the public that the Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow departed the country today, Friday, November 8th, 2019, on a personal family visit. During the Prime Minister’s absence, the Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Patrick Faber will act as Prime Minister. The Prime Minister will return to Belize on Tuesday, November 12th, 2019.

Minister Aragon Attends Seventh Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Public Security in the Americas
Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security Hon. Elodio Aragon Jr. returned to the country after attending a series of meetings, including the Seventh Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Public Security in The Americas (MISPA VII) in Quito, Ecuador. The meeting, which was organized by the Organization of American States (OAS), was held from October 30th to 31st. Topics addressed at the meeting included transnational organized crime, acts that threaten and undermine democracy, and human rights issues. The purpose was to promote regional cooperation among member states of the OAS in an effort to deal with these problems collectively.

Cayo Arts Festival 2019
The SISE HoC will be having the 2019 Cayo Arts Festival on Saturday, December 7th. This year, the event will be held at the Macal River Park. If you are interested in displaying your art, call 824-0783 for more information. "Calling on all artists and artisans & food vendors ,registration is now opened for the Cayo Arts festival .Contact us at 824-0783 for more information."

Aquila Tour Guide Trainings
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Channel 7

Teenaged Jaswant, Missing In the Morning, Dead In The Afternoon
Last night, we told you about the missing persons case of Jaswant Brooks. He's the 18-year-old from the Lake I area of Belize City who mysteriously went missing on Monday. His family instinctively knew that something was wrong because, according to them, he has never failed to come home like that before. Their worst fears were confirmed this afternoon, shortly after 2:00, when someone called the police saying they spotted a body in the mangrove swamp, off the George Price Highway, near mile 6. The cops and his family showed up, and his father positively identified the body as his son's. It appeared that his body was already in a state of decomposition.

Teenager's Body Found Floating in A Mangrove Swamp
That morning's search ended just before midday, and less than 3 hours later, police received a call from a civilian who said that he saw a body on the other side of the highway, further down from the bridge. They responded, and after they retrieved the body from the mangrove swamp, Kent Brooks Senior was quickly able to identify the body as his missing son, Jaswant. It's the tragic end that the family was hoping wouldn't come, but which they were mentally preparing for. After police removed the body from the crime scene, we spoke with Jose Espat, who helped with the search. Here's what he and the victim's aunt had to say about the devastating discovery:

Alrick Carcamo Killed
29 year old Alrick Carcamo was ruthlessly gunned down by a masked figure last night. Sometime around 8:40 a gunman entered the yard of a home and furniture store on Raccoon Street extension. Carcamo ran for his life but was pursued and gunned down, shot to the abdomen and finally collapsed in a swampy open lot a stone's throw away on Fire Lane. We spoke to the mother of the man that discovered Carcamo's body. She says that Carcamo was targeted and that he may have been hiding out in this neighborhood.

Knocked Down and Killed Six Year Old, Got Off With A Fine
He was charged with manslaughter for knocking down and killing a 6-year-old girl in 2017, but former Police Constable Albert Martinez has pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of causing death by careless conduct. Just after 6:30 p.m. on February 26, 2017, Dawn Swasey, and her daughter, 6-year-old Ashanty Pollard were walking on Krooman Road. They were heading home, and when they arrived at the intersection of Fabers Road Extension, a vehicle came up from behind and knocked down little Ashanti. She died on the spot from the injuries she suffered. A police report on the incident said that police intercepted Martinez shortly after the incident, and according to them, he was quote, "traveling at high speed." End quote.

A Forum For Ending Hunger
The Belize Parliamentary Alliance against Hunger and Malnutrition met this morning at the Marion Jones Complex. They met to better focus and solidify their plan and the legal framework to combat hunger and malnutrition in schools and the wider population. It's difficult task to get all Belizeans on the same page because many are already used to eating all that rice and bread, but change in eating habits can come by early intervention with the youth. Here's more from the meeting to consider "Food and Nutrition Security for a Healthy Belize."

Deputy Faber Rejects Whispering Campaign
Last night you saw our extended interview with Patrick Faber about all things having to do with the race to be the next leader of the ruling UDP. And, tonight, we have more from that interview. We asked Faber to respond to some of the grumblings we've heard in the background from his Cabinet colleagues. Reporter: "But at a certain level, they di talk 'bout you. And what they're saying about you is that you are disrespectful to your colleagues. You don't respond to your colleagues, you don't treat them with respect, you disrespect, ahm, you've been disrespectful to - I am told - a senior member of the cabinet, right in the cabinet. I'm just saying..."

Faber Says Vega Perception Will Hurt Party
But Faber is worrying about the possible re-emergence of Gaspar Vega as a candidate for the UDP. The Orange Walk North representative seems to be flirting with the possibility of a comeback - and was in the front row at the recent John Saldivar convention. Now, he's not currently the standard bearer; in fact, there is none after Dr. Homero Novelo stepped down two months ago. So will Vega step up? Well, even he refused to answer that question. But, Deputy Leader Faber says, if he does, he would have a problem with it:...

PM Takes Leave, Faber Takes Charge
And while Faber is strategizing about how to line up delegates for a convention success, he will have to set those aspirations aside if only for a few days because he'll have more pressing concerns: he's acting Prime Minister for the next few days. The Prime Minister's office announced today that Prime Minister Barrow departed the country today, Friday, November 8th, 2019, on a personal family visit.

Hon. Hulse Waits Impatiently For Immigration Report
Senator Aldo Salazar is the chairman of the the Special Senate Select Committee charged with putting together the report on irregularities at the Immigration Department. But, it's been two years in the making - and recently Salazar told the media it's not done yet, basically, because he's busy. He referred to exigencies of his personal and political life which the NTUCB called a lame excuse. His Senatorial colleague Godwin Hulse was not so unkind - but today, when the pressed asked him about it - he seemed to be impatiently waiting:

Belize Tries to Get Off Anti Doping Blacklist
In August of 2018, the National Anti-Doping Organization - known as NADO - was suspended by RADO - the Regional Anti-Doping Organization. Well, today, NADO was trying to get off that blacklist with an important two day training at their office at the Marion Jones Complex. The certification training will re-vitalize NADO, restore their spot in the Regional Anti-Doping Organization and in the long run, equip NADO with skills and legal tools to handle their own sports doping cases. I found out more at the training this morning.

Greg Choc, From Activist to Attorney
In the early two thousand's Greg Choc rose to prominence as a national figure - always on the front-line for Maya land, cultural, and human rights. At the time he was the head of SATIIM, The Sarstoon Temash Institute for Indigenous Management, and, indeed, became synonymous with that organization. But in 2014, Choc abruptly took a step back and decided to go to law school at UWI in Barbados. Today, five years later, he was called to the Bar at the Supreme Court. He spoke to LOVE TV after and said that becoming an attorney is just a different way to tackle the same problem of disempowerment.

Radiology, Deeper Than Your Think
Today is the International Day of Radiology - and while that might sound about as interesting as taking an X-Ray, really there is a lot more to it. Imaging is a key diagnostic tool in modern healthcare - and today the importance of it was celebrated with a display at the KHMH:... Dr. Carillo, Head of Radiology Department, Diagnostic and Inventory Radiologist: "This exhibit is to bring across the message of the importance of imaging in modern healthcare it's something that is being celebrated. This is the 8th year it's being celebrated and its actually the first time we're celebrating it here at the KHMH it's just to make people conscious about the importance of what we do."

Politicos Point Fingers
UDP Candidate for Freetown OJ Elrington and the Belize City Council are in a squabble over a basketball court - and like those elephants when they fight - only those who want to shoot hoops are being harmed. Elrington was the first to strike last night accusing the council of quote, "waging war against the youths of Freetown." In a Facebook post, he accused them of "removing the back boards and rims from a community park so a community basketball tournament cannot be played." He called it, quote, "petty, infantile, and utterly disgusting."

The Cathedral of St. John The Baptist Restored
One of Belize City's key historical landmarks is looking sharper than it has for a few decades! Phase one of the restoration work at St. John's Cathedral Church has been completed. It included the stabilization, repair and refurbishment of the brickwork, windows, doors, west and east entrance gates, and roof of the building. The restoration of the church was funded primarily through the Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project, a project funded by the GOB and The Taiwan International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF).

Channel 5

Missing Man Found Dead
Missing teen, Jaswant Brooks has been found. He was murdered and dumped in some shallow waters in a patch of mangroves off the George Price Highway.  As we’ve reported, eighteen-year-old [...]

Alrick Carcamo is Gunned Down by Masked Man
Twenty-nine-year old Alrick Carcamo was shot after eight o’clock on Thursday night but his lifeless body was not found until two years later in the south side of the City. [...]

E.U. Removes Belize from Tax Haven Blacklist
Belize has been removed from the list of non-cooperative jurisdictions following a meeting of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council of the European Union which was held in Brussels today. [...]

Get Your Popcorn and Enjoy the Show, says Opposition Leader
The ruling United Democratic Party is gearing up to select its new leader and the process is causing a major rift within the party. Belmopan Area Representative John Saldivar is [...]

Gapi Still Reaping Ministerial Benefits Two Years After Resigning
Orange Walk North Area Representative Gaspar Vega continues to enjoy all allowances made available to him by the Government of Belize, despite no longer being assigned a portfolio.  Since he [...]

John Briceño Wants Gaspar Vega to Return to Electoral Politics
Opposition Leader John Briceño has also commented on the re-emergence of Gaspar Vega, his political opponent in the north. Vega appeared on Sunday in support of John Saldivar at Saldivar’s [...]

Attorney Greg Ch’oc is Called to the Bar
At the Supreme Court this morning, the well-known former executive director of SATIIM, Gregory Ch’oc was called to the bar.  Ch’oc gained national prominence for his work to promote the [...]

Albert Martinez Guilty of Causing Death by Careless Condition of 6-Year-Old
In the courtroom of Justice Colin Williams, the case of forty-five-year-old Albert Martinez concluded. He was spared jail time after taking a guilty plea to the lesser charge of causing [...]

P.U.P. Leader: “it is more than just the forty thousand dollars”
After public outrage peaked, the Cabinet Secretary, Carlos Perdomo, on October-thirty first announced that the forty-thousand dollars debt owed by Joshua Perdomo, his son, had been paid.  This is after [...]

John Briceño Calls on U.D.P. Government to Write Off Student Loans
And since the government was quick to write off the Joshua Perdomo loan, the People’s United Party is calling on the Barrow Administration to do the same for hundreds of [...]

Take Back Lands in Place of Taxes Owed, Says Opposition Leader
On October twenty-sixth, a statutory instrument signed by Minister of Natural Resources, Hugo Patt was gazetted. Through that S.I., the government extended the most recent land tax amnesty. The amnesty [...]

The Political Battle for Belama’s Basketball Court
Every Thursday, for the past year, Belize City youths have been converging at a community basketball court in Belama Phase Two for the Ball is Life tournament. The tournament, however, [...]

Focusing on “Food and Nutrition Security for a Healthy Belize”
A parliamentary forum on Food and Nutrition Security for a Healthy Belize took place today in Belize City. Members of the Belize Parliamentary Alliance against Hunger and Malnutrition gathered to [...]

NADO Becoming Fully Functional
In November, sports enthusiast and former footballer Carlos ‘Charlie’ Slusher was appointed a new director of the National Anti-doping Organization, NADO, which was suspended from the Regional Anti-doping Organization following [...]

International Radiology Day Celebrated in Belize
International Radiology Day is being celebrated today across the world. In Belize, the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, which counts for the largest number of employees attached to a radiology unit, [...]

The Misconception about Radiology
Doctor Barnabe Carrillo also spoke on the misconceptions about radiology and the effects that it can have on patients.   Dr. Barnabe Carrillo, Head Radiologist, K.H.M.H. “It’s real that some [...]

The Restoration of St. John’s Cathedral
The Saint John’s Cathedral Church at the end of Albert Street in downtown Belize City is a landmark structure, having been erected centuries ago. Over the years, the building has [...]

Billy White to Get a New Preschool
Ground was broken on Thursday morning in the Billy White community, Cayo, where a new preschool will be constructed in the months ahead.  Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education [...]

Plastic and Styrofoam Ban Take Center Stage at Film Festival
As you may know by now, last March the Department of Environment announced that a phase-out of single use plastics and styrofoam. Once that phase out is over, there will [...]

Belize VU Donates $60K Worth of Security Cameras to Benque Police
Benque Viejo police received sixty-thousand dollars worth of surveillance cameras. The donation was made by a security tech company called Belize VU and the technology and infrastructure for the project [...]

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Politicians are corrupt because people are corrupt …
There was one notable absence at the Cabinet meeting on Tuesday. Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture, Hon. Patrick Faber, was not present, because he was a guest speaker at the University of West Indies’ (UWI) 2019 Country Conference in Belize City. Faber did not have to face his Cabinet colleagues, many of whom turned up on Sunday in support of Hon. John Saldivar, the Belmopan area representative vying for the party leader post that Faber is also contesting. Faber used the occasion to make comments that can only lead to him being further isolated from his Cabinet colleagues, in the run up to the United Democratic Party leadership convention.

Kasheif Bevans pleads guilty to manslaughter, sentenced to 21 years
Kasheif Bevans 25, of Jane Usher Boulevard, Belize City, who has been on remand for the murder of Derrick Romero, 18, who was shot and killed in his yard on May 6, 2015, pleaded guilty to manslaughter when he appeared in the Northern Session of the Supreme Court before Justice Herbert Lord. The guilty plea was accepted, but before passing sentence, Justice Lord heard impact statements from Romero’s mother. Bevans told the court that he was sorry for what he did and begged Romero’s family to forgive him. Justice Lord then handed down a 21-year sentence.

Dream Like City robbed
Four robbers, two armed with pistols and one whose face was covered with a cloth, went into the Dream Like City Night Club on the Philip Goldson Highway at about 9:00 last night and held up the eight customers and the cashier who were in the club. ASP Alejandro Cowo said that a security guard at the business was also subdued and held captive with the other victims of the robbery. The bandits pointed their guns at their victims and demanded their money and their valuables, and they got what they wanted without firing a shot or injuring anyone.

Jashawn Brooks, 18, missing
Jashawn Brooks, 18, a construction worker of Lake Independence, left home on Tuesday morning to go to a nearby store and he has not been seen or heard from since. He was found this afternoon, Friday, at this location on the George Price Highway During the regular police press brief held this morning at the Raccoon Street Police Station, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Alejandro Cowo said that police and Brooks’ family members have been searching to find the teenager since he was reported missing on Tuesday.

Global Leadership Summit 2019 kicks off Entrepreneurship Month
The month of November is internationally and locally recognized as the month of entrepreneurship, and during that month a variety of events are usually held to promote the entrepreneurial culture globally. This year, Entrepreneurship Month commenced with the launch of the second annual Global Leadership Summit at the Bliss Institute of Performing Arts. The two-day conference was held on November 1 and 2 and was attended by 600 spiritual, corporate and political leaders and other attendees seeking to participate in discussions about effective leadership styles.

The Belize International Film Festival is back again!
The 14th Belize International Film Festival began on Wednesday, November 6, at the Bliss Institute of Performing Arts with an opening ceremony and a screening of the films, “My Father Belize” and “On Happiness Road,” the former of which has been showcased at multiple film festivals in the region and has been gaining praise and attention from its viewers and critics. According to the mission statement for the festival, the event was started with the intent to “stimulate film and audio-visual appreciation and production in Belize and its surrounding regions,” and for many citizens, it has provided a new avenue for creativity and expression.

The key to LeadHership
Another highly anticipated event held during Entrepreneurship Month is Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED). This year, to commemorate the day, the LeadHership Conference was held at the Princess Ramada Hotel on November 6. As its name suggests, the LeadHership Conference is all about empowering women to take up prominent roles in society and educating them on how to handle the challenges and triumphs of owning and/or leading a business.

Carlo Habet produces “Time to Eat,” a Belizean short movie
Carlo Habet, a film producer and director, produced a Belizean short movie named “Time to Eat”. It will premiere at about 7:00 tomorrow evening at the Princess Cinema No. 2 in Belize City during the Belize International Film Festival. The movie will also be shown during a red carpet event at the Bliss Institute on Saturday night, during which it will be live-streamed and uploaded to YouTube, so that those who cannot make it to the Princess Cinema or the Bliss Institute can see the movie on YouTube wherever they are.

Wesley College hopes to win the Battle of the Drums in Dangriga
Students of Wesley College, as part of the activities leading up to Garifuna Settlement Day, will travel to Dangriga to participate in the Battle of the Drums contest, which will be held on Friday, November 8. Edison Ogaldez, a senior teacher at Wesley College, said that the Battle of the Drums group has been practicing and that they are ready. The Battle of the Drums competition for high schools will be held at the Stann Creek Ecumenical High School compound, and high schools countrywide will be competing. The Wesley College Battle of the Drums contingent will be led by the school’s principal, Joan Tillett, and Edison Ogaldez.

City Council caucus votes unanimously to appeal Candice Miller case
On Friday, October 4, Supreme Court Justice Courtenay Abel handed down a decision in a case brought against the Belize City Council by the former City Administrator, Candice Miller. Justice Abel, reading from a 21-page judgment, had ruled that Miller was wrongfully terminated. The cross-lawsuit that the Belize City Council had filed in an attempt to get back the one million dollars that it lost when Miller failed to advise incoming Mayor Bernard Wagner that the City Council needed to file a defense in a claim brought by Belize Waste Control Ltd., fell by the wayside with the decision that Miller had been wrongfully terminated.

PUP wants government to write off 100 UB students’ tuition, instead of putting them out of classes
In a press release issued today, Thursday, the Opposition People’s United Party called on Prime Minister Dean Barrow to write off the unpaid tuition of an estimated 100 University of Belize students who have fallen into arrears in their tuition payments. The press release, captioned, “We need a write off, Mr. P.M.,” opens by declaring, “The People’s United Party registers its extreme dismay at the news that the national university, the Government- subsidized University of Belize (UB), is threatening to kick out over 100 students who are unable to meet their financial obligations on time.”

Director of Health Services confirms Belize is borrowing anti-retroviral medicine from Trinidad
Belize has been experiencing a chronic shortage of anti-retroviral medicine, the life-saving drug used by the HIV positive population. Belize purchases its anti-retroviral drug from India, but the drugs have been on order and is expected that a supply will be arriving in the country sometime in December. Director of Health Services, Dr. Marvin Manzanero, updated the media yesterday on what the Ministry of Health has been doing to address the critical shortage, which could have a negative impact for persons living with the HIV virus.

Caribbean Association of Judicial Officers’ 6th biennial conference opens in Belize
Opening ceremonies were held this morning for the 6th Biennial Caribbean Association of Judicial Officers (CAJO) conference at the Biltmore Plaza Hotel under the theme “Judicial Integrity — the Pathway to Public Trust”. Prime Minister Dean Barrow, in his welcome remarks, told members of the legal profession that although complaints concerning judicial conduct are not legion, they are frequent enough. “Because there are seemingly no ready avenues for dealing with judicial discourtesy”, the Prime Minister said, “This has caused some people to ask the age old question, ‘Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?”

Flood waters cause much damage in Benque Viejo and surrounds
Torrential rains in the Cayo District caused flash floods on the Macal River early Monday morning that impacted Benque Viejo, San Jose Succotz and surrounding areas. About 400 families were affected by the floods, and they had to be evacuated to shelters by NEMO (National Emergency Management Organization). The families lost household furnishings and other personal belongings, and some of their houses and vehicles were damaged by the raging flood waters.

Multi-agency raid unlicensed illegal money exchange in Corozal
A multi-agency task force consisting of police, Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) and Belize Tax Services conducted an operation at Almacen Shanti, a store in Corozal Town that was suspected of being an illegal money exchange business. The raid occurred last Thursday and a large quantity of cash in Belize, United States, Canadian, Quetzal, and Mexican Pesos was seized. Police say that the raid yielded over $100,000 US dollars, 1.6 million pesos, $181,000 Belize dollars, 122,000 rupees, $350 Canadian and a few hundred quetzals.

From The Publisher
I’ve given my sons this joke, if you want to call it that, a few times over the decades. I remembered it yesterday because my younger brother, Ronald, the kidney specialist who has been our family’s success story for decades, popped in from Arizona to do his consultancies at the KHMH, and when I went next door to visit him, he himself was being visited by Roman Catholic nuns, Sister Dianne and Sister Sarita. Religion is a confusing thing around me where my family is concerned. My father, the eldest of five children, was the only one amongst his siblings who was baptized and raised as a Roman Catholic. My mother is a devout Methodist. My paternal aunt, Grace, is a Baha’i. My wife is a Jehovah’s Witness.

Tony Wright’s grandson, Marques Warrick committed to University of Northern Kentucky in 2020 season
In his final year at Henry Clay High School of Lexington, Kentucky, USA, a grandson of Krem Radio personality Tony Wright, 17-year-old Marques “Ques” Warrick has reportedly verbally committed to attending the University of Northern Kentucky in the 2020 basketball season. A standout shooting guard in his high school team, Ques has been sought by a number of scouts from different universities, but he has apparently opted to stay close to home and his parents, American born Marcus Warrick and his Belizean born wife, Therese, who is the daughter of Tony Wright.

Belize Elementary girls and Holy Redeemer boys are Belize City Primary Schools Volleyball Champions 2019-2020
The female and male championship finals of the Belize City Primary Schools Volleyball Tournament 2019-2020, which tipped off just over a month ago on September 30 with 9 female teams and 12 male teams, were played today at the Stars Gym in Belize City. In the female championship, it was a close but straight sets victory for Belize Elementary School, 25-23, 25-18, over Hummingbird Elementary School. And in the males, the CODICADER Gold Medal team, Holy Redeemer School grabbed the, 25-16, 25-19, win over Hummingbird Elementary School.

Toledo All Stars are FFB Female U-17 Inter-District Football Champions 2019
The Isidoro Beaton Stadium was the venue on Saturday, November 2, for the championship final in the Football Federation of Belize (FFB) National Female U-17 Inter-District 2019-2020 Opening Season. (The Female U-15 Inter-District championship preceded the Female U-17 final at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium.) After a scoreless first half, at 60th minute goal by Elsa Coy stood up for regulation, to give Toledo All Stars the 1-0 victory over Corozal Selection.

For the love of Belize: a part of the Compton Fairweather story
On Monday, November 4, following a brief illness, Compton Fairweather, a man who had lived his life serving Belize selflessly, passed away, leaving a legacy the likes of which has been compared to those of national heroes George Price and Philip Goldson. Fairweather, the son of Reverend Gerald Fairweather and his wife Estelle Swasey-Fairweather, was born on March 15, 1931, in San Ignacio. Fairweather’s parents were itinerant, and so in his youth he grew up in different districts in the then colony of British Honduras. He attended Anglican schools at St. Paul’s, Corozal; St. Peter, Orange Walk; St. Andrews, San Ignacio; and St. Michael’s College and Belize Technical College in Belize City.

Pathway to Benque and Belize City started
A section of our pathway was put back last week, and let us all pray that a good start leads to a good ending. The plan should be for the pathway to connect from Roaring Creek to Santa Elena, and beyond. Wouldn’t it be glorious if there was a pathway across the breadth of our country, from Benque Viejo to Belize City? Then children and youth, and older people too, could walk, or ride (if they ride slowly, carefully) to wherever they want to go in this section of the country.

From British Honduras to Belize: one family’s drama
Several months passed with no further word about the dreaded subject when, one Tuesday night, a young woman about her age or a little older was admitted to the maternity ward of the hospital. Nowadays all personal information about such patients are recorded when they attend the free pre-natal clinic; but during those times patients could just appear at the hospital with their bundle or suitcase and a file was created on the spot by the Admissions section. The form the young woman had filled out contained the usual personal details as well as those of the child. There was a blank next to “Father’s Name,” but this was not unusual then as now, and did not affect the treatment given to the patient. After several hours of labour a baby boy of light brown complexion had been delivered to the dark-skinned young mother.

Flamboyants from Henry Young to beautify the highway
Former Minister of Tourism, Henry Young, says he has always wanted to see the highways of Belize looking beautiful with flowering trees, and today he handed me about 30 flamboyant plants he set in pots himself, at the Bird’s Isle. Mr. Young also gave me a little chum to pay kids to plant a flamboyant tree in their yard. These villages on the highway did not develop in a very organized way, and many of the yards are small, so it will take some time to find the spots to set the plants. The BEL wires are along the sides of the road, so we will have to set the plants a little distance off. After we’ve set the flamboyant plants, I’m thinking that maybe he’ll have to confine the effort to flowering shrubs.

Commissioner Williams says crime not as bad as last year
The Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, was upbeat two weeks ago when he reported to the media about the number of violent crimes this year. Williams, who became Police Commissioner in January 2019, swore that the crime scene would improve with him at the helm. The cynics might have said that, the crime situation being so horrific, he could hardly do worse than his predecessors, but the fact is that he could. Every commissioner of police in recent years has had to answer for an ever-worsening crime situation in the country.

The results were predictable – madness!
Dear Editor, I was born in a time when elitist education was the order of the day (1970s). Currently, both globally and locally, there is a move to increase access to education. There will definitely be a compromise on quality in most western educational institutions. Belize and most of the Caribbean cannot afford to lose at least about 25 % of our youth, who never get a tertiary education in a modern world that will require advanced training beyond high school. However, the schools’ modus operandi are designed for students like I was — a non-violent student with a good academic background and supportive mom.

Editorial: Commissioner Williams says crime not as bad as last year
The Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, was upbeat two weeks ago when he reported to the media about the number of violent crimes this year. Williams, who became Police Commissioner in January 2019, swore that the crime scene would improve with him at the helm. The cynics might have said that, the crime situation being so horrific, he could hardly do worse than his predecessors, but the fact is that he could. Every commissioner of police in recent years has had to answer for an ever-worsening crime situation in the country.

The Reporter

Violence Erupts in Burrell Boom
The usually quiet community of Burrell Boom Village was disrupted on Sunday night by multiple shootings, one of which left a Village Councillor dead, and the other a man wounded and rushed to the KHMH. The violence started to unfold just after 8:30 p.m. on Sunday night when the body of Aaron Baptist, 27, was discovered lying face-up inside an unpainted bungalow in the village.

Swing Bridge Was ‘Accident Waiting to Happen,’ Says Contractor
The dilapidated Belize City Swing Bridge was an “accident waiting to happen,” according to Bill Lindo, the contractor who was hired to repair and restore the bridge. While Lindo would not comment much further on the matter, he did indicate to the Reporter on Monday that had the Belize City Council not embarked on repairing the bridge when it did, a serious situation could have arisen.

CitCo to Appeal Court Award To Former Admin
The Belize City Council will not give in so easily to the October 4th. order that Supreme Court Justice Courtenay Abel gave them to pay former Belize City Council Administrator, Candice Miller $378,000 for wrongful termination.

The Soft Hand
‘El Salvador President rules out talks with criminal gangs – El Salvador President Nayib Bukele ruled out negotiations with criminal gangs on Tuesday and vowed to go after their finances in a bid to reduce violent crime in the Central American country.’

A Tribute To Compton Fairweather
In place of the usual Editorial the Reporter will dedicate its space this week to pay tribute to a man of incredible talent and fortitude, the late Compton Fairweather, CBE, OB.

ORGY ON THE SEA Belize Isn’t Ready for That, Says Tourism CEO
A video recording that circulated this week with a group of people engaged in sexual activities on board a catamaran raised concern among those who saw the recording; and while many might view the activity as totally immoral and downright cheap, it is not a crime, according to the Attorney General, once the activity is done in a private setting.

Body Found In Swampy Area Is Alrick Carcamo
The Reporter has confirmed the murder of a man in Belize City last night. Just after 9:00 Police were called to a swampy area in the Raccoon Street Extension near Fire Lane.


Where is the Senate Inquiry report?
It has been two years since the Senate Special Select Committee was tasked to investigate allegations of corruption cited in the Auditor General’s Special Audit Report of the Immigration and Nationality Department for the period 2011 to 2013.

Yellowman Hearing posponed to December
The meeting for Brian Audinett “Yellowman” to appear before the Staff Committee for a hearing has been postponed to a further date. Back in August, PUP Standard Bearer, Louis Zabaneh, made a report to the police on words uttered by Yellowman to him as he had exited the House chambers.

Sagicor celebrates customers
Sagicor Belize held a customer appreciation day to celebrate their nineteenth anniversary as a branch in Belize City. There were games, prizes, and snacks today at their branch on Coney Drive.

Greg Choc pursues law
51-year-old Greg Choc was called to the Belize Bar Association this morning. The event was in the Chief Justice chambers on Treasury Lane, Belize City.

Albert Martinez eluded jail time
45-year-old Albert Martinez was spared jail time after pleading guilty to the lesser charge of “causing death by careless conduct” in the fatal traffic accident that took the life of 6-year-old Ashanty Pollard.

Search for Brooks has ended
The body of 18-year-old Jaswant Brooks was found just after two o’clock this afternoon in a creek just off the George Price Highway around mile six. Brooks was found dressed in only boxers and his body mangled among the mangroves.

Man found dead two hours after being shot
29-year-old Alrick Carcamo’s body was found two hours after he had been shot. He was reportedly found in waist-deep water in an open lot on Fire Lane, just off Raccoon Street Extension in Belize City.

Raid of super buy in San Pedro Town
There was activity on one of the main streets of San Pedro Town as law enforcement officers were seen raiding a store.

Drowning in San Pedro
A male resident of San Pedro Town drowned around 2PM today. Unofficial reports indicate that the victim and his friend went out to Kayak without life jackets. According to the friend, the kayak turned over so he went back to the island to seek help.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Shyne Barrow celebrates 41st birthday with entrepreneur workshop
UDP Standard Bearer for the Mesopotamia Constituency, Shyne Barrow, posted on Facebook that there is […]

New strain of HIV virus found; scientists say no cause for alarm
Scientists have discovered a new strain of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) for the first […]

Ex-policeman fined for 2017 knockdown of six-year-old girl
By Aaron Hums: Albert Martinez, 45, a former police constable who was charged with manslaughter by negligence but had […]

Parliamentarians discuss hunger and food security
Today the Belize Parliamentary Alliance Against Hunger and Malnutrition (BPAHM) held a forum in Belize […]

South African drought situation highlights climate change concerns felt even in Belize
This week, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) premiered a short video detailing the severe drought […]

Belize represented at 7th meeting of Ministers responsible for Public Security in the Americas
Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security, Elodio Aragon Jr. has returned to […]

Greg Ch’oc comes home, called to the Bar
Former Executive Director of the Sarstoon Temash Institute for Indigenous Management (SATIIM), Gregory Ch’oc, is […]

Belize’s growing culture of not wanting to repay debt
We all have debts, whether the money is used to pay monthly bills, to facilitate […]

Prime Minister departs Belize on personal family visit
Prime Minister Dean Barrow departed the country today, Friday, November 8, 2019, on a personal […]

Body found along George Price Highway
This afternoon, the body of a person was found along the George Price Highway near […]

Possible lead on Jaswant Brooks disappearance
Authorities are currently searching the Burdon Creek area on the George Price Highway after the […]


Garifuna Settlement Day: Join the celebration
To the sounds of beating drums and festive dancing, we annually celebrate Garifuna Settlement Day on November 19th. A day set to honor the arrival of the Garifuna culture to our Belizeans shores in dugout canoes back in 1802, the holiday celebrates with much pride and revelry. In San Pedro Town, the local branch of the National Garifuna Council has prepared a vibrant calendar of activities under this year’s national theme: “Lererun Garifuna Laguchabei Labagaridun Garifunaduau! – Garifuna Language is the Foundation of Garifuna Survival!” Festivities will peak on Monday, November 18th, the eve of the 186th anniversary of Garifuna Settlement Day with the crowning of the Miss Garifuna San Pedro 2019, live cultural presentations, music, and of course drumming all night long to bring in the 19th.

Belize Aquaculture And Shrimp Farms
Aquaculture in Belize came about soon after Independence when finances in Belize were scarce due to the cost of Independence. It was seen as a way to diversify the economy formerly dependent on sugar and citrus. Belize’s modern fishing industry revolves around the capture of lobster and conch, and to a lesser extent, finfish such as snapper and grouper. Belize’s lobster industry is regulated by imposing a closed season from February 15 to June 14. During these months, it is illegal to catch, sell, or keep any lobster meat. Belize exports up to half a million pounds of lobster yearly, mostly to the United States and brings in revenue of more than $17 million annually. The second most valuable fishery in Belize is conch. Nearly 900,000 pounds of conch are exported which, in the International market fetches close to $5.00 US dollars per pound. Open season for conch is from October 1st to June 30th.

I Ate Bones and Recently Got Stolen From
This year has been a particularly low offseason for many and it is no surprise that there was some increase in island crime. Heaven help the person who thought they could benefit from stealing my sad-looking aloe vera plant. It was funny because I did not notice it gone right away and instead noticed a clump of crocuses laying in the drive as I was pulling out. Someone had uprooted them from the planter box at what used to be Atlantic International and just left them there. It was only after I returned home that I noticed my planter had “walked away.”

British Honduras River Boats
In early colonial days, settlements were carved out of the forest and the mode of transport was on horseback. In the 1800’s settlers were a mix of English, some U.S. ex confederates, loggers, cane farmers, chicleros, Mestizos and native Maya Indians. There were no passable roads; the rivers were the highways. The Mahogany Industry depended on the rivers in order to float their logs from bush to lumber yards in Belize City. Small dugout canoes called doreys were used. It wasn’t until 1925 that the first road was built, linking the districts with Belize City. Consequently, travel overland was arduous and slow. Near 1875, with the advent of the steam engine, larger vessels were built and brought to the colony by the English governors, thereby transforming travel and trade. The first to run a regular route was a vessel called, “The Pioneer”. It ran between Belize City, Orange Walk, and Corozal, with stops at the villages along the way, carrying passengers, cargo, and mail.

Belize Loves Canadians, Which Is Why You Northerners Must Visit!
Belize puts out the welcome mat for Canadian visitors escaping the cold, but for many, Belize is becoming a second home for retirees and investors, too! It’s no secret that just about everyone in the Western Hemisphere is crazy about Canadians. They put up with weather that’s horrendous. Canadians are neighborly (watch the film “Argo” to witness Canada’s generosity). And when Canadians need an escape, they’re starting to flock to Belize. Coincidence or convenience? The answer is both. Air Canada has recently increased the number of flights to Belize to meet increased demand and Westjet also services Belize by offering flights from both Toronto and Calgary. If this trend continues, many more Canadians will be found hanging around Ambergris Caye, Placencia, San Ignacio Town, and other tourism meccas.

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Black Travel Vibes – find your bliss in Belize
Regularly eclipsed by different destinations in the locale like Costa Rica and Panama, Belize is a departure that frequently gets numerous off guard. Known for its clear blue oceans, coral reefs, astounding natural life, submerged historical centers, and energetic culture, the nation is unquestionably an escape on the ascent. Travelers searching for authentic encounters will experience passionate feelings for the warm and inviting vibes of Belize. What’s more, the nation’s reasonableness implies that you can find every one of the marvels of the Central American country without using up every last cent. Innovative pilgrim Romie Williams as of late went to Belize and from the vibes of her photographs, the excursion was absolutely pure joy. Investigate our elite manual for Belize to become familiar with how to design your own adventure to heaven.

After nearly five months, still no arrests in death of Roanoke cardiologist Gary Swank
There are still no arrests in the murder of Roanoke cardiologist Gary Swank who was killed in June in San Pedro, Belize. The effects, though, of his murder continue to be felt in the Central American country. News Belize reports tourism is down nearly eight-percent from this time last year which is equal to one thousand fewer visitors. There will also be a fundraiser this weekend for the American Heart Association. OrangeTheory Fitness in Roanoke is holding a class on Saturday with a $10 donation in the name of Gary Swank.

EU removes Belize from its tax haven blacklist
European Union finance ministers removed on Friday the Central American country of Belize from the bloc’s blacklist of tax havens, according to an EU document. “Belize has passed the necessary reforms to improve its tax regime for international business companies that was due to be implemented by end-2018,” the EU document said, adding that was sufficient for the removal of the country from the EU blacklist.


  • San Pedro kicks off month of activities for Universal Children's Month, 2.5min. November is Universal Children’s Month and activities on a national level includes a Children’s Parliament on the 20th November to coincide with Universal Children’s Day. In addition, the Ministry of Local Government is also hosting an awards ceremony to recognize outstanding children from across Belize as well as municipalities that has made significant advancement in the Sustainable Child Friendly Municipalities of Belize Initiative. San Pedro Town won one of the highest awards and this year, for the second consecutive year, they are hosting a month of activities with children. Our San Pedro Correspondent has the details in the following report.

  • The Ya’axché Show, 13min. The 15,441 acre Golden Stream Corridor Preserve is a private protected area that protects wildlife and supports the livelihoods. The corridor connects the forests of the Maya Mountains to the coastal lowlands; it is a critical connection in the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor. Local community leaders envisioned this important strip of land that would become a reality in 1998 with support from international friends.

  • Kruffy Chicken - San Ignacio Restaurant, 22min. If you are in the San Ignacio area and looking for meal options that are quick and affordable - Kruffy Chicken is catering to you! We spoke with Kieron Lennan about the inspiration for the business that offers pre-seasoned meats. We tasted a few of his marinade flavors and talked with him about his preparation process.

  • Belize Telemedia Limited Update, 26min. Ivan Tesecum is the new leader at the helm of Belize Telemedia Limited. We had an introductory interview with him to talk about his vision for the growth of the company. Marconi Leal, Chief of Sales & Marketing, expanded on the recent accomplishments of the company and the plans for innovative products and services.

  • Belize International Film Festival - Accomplished jurors about film industry, 33min. Belize hosts the 14th edition of the Belize International Film Festival. We talked with three of the accomplished jurors about film industry. On our couch: Mark Ang - Founder , Formosa Festival of International Filmmaker Awards. Natalie Thompson - Producer/Director. Chris Pak - Producer.

  • Chef Roger Beaino - roasted eggplant, 18min. Chef Roger Beaino shared a recipe for roasted eggplant. He prepared the Lebanese inspired recipe that was paired with pita bread and humus.

  • The Inter American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture - Bioeconomy in Belize, 25min. The Inter American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) is working with the Ministry of Agriculture to develop a roadmap for Bioeconomy in Belize. We spoke with the consultants about the concept of biuo-economy and how it would benefit the agriculture sector in Belize.

  • 14th edition of the Belize International Film Festival, 33min. Kendis Gibson, Journalist and News Reporter for MSNBC, was in town to host the 14th edition of the Belize International Film Festival. He stopped by to talk with us about his experiences and his thoughts about the growing local film industry.

  • Wake up Belize Nov. 8 2019, 90min.

  • Fly Fishing Belize - Permit On The Fly, 2min.

  • Belize 2019 The Capparela Cut, 4min. Scuba supercut in Belize - October of 2019.

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