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Today's Belize News: November 13, 2019 #539181
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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

NCFC hosts children’s rights workshop
A workshop on the Convention of the Rights of a Child (CRC) was held for Children’s Right Ambassadors at the Belize Institute Management in Belize City on Saturday, November 9th. The National Committee for Families and Children (NCFC) organized the workshop with the goal of reinforcing the importance of children’s rights and why they should be respected and protected. The workshop began at commemorates with NCFC Executive Director Margaret Nicholas welcoming everyone and introducing the first activity of the day. Attendees were teamed up in pairs and asked to identify the rights they considered most important and explain why.

Various Belizean Sources


CSEC and CAPE Examinations
The Ministry of Education has announced the 2019 outstanding performance for CSEC and CAPE examinations. Congratulations to all schools, teachers, parents, and most importantly, the students who have demonstrated excellence!

Advanced Culinary Training in Belize City
The BTIA in partnership with the Mexican Embassy facilitating a three day session of Advanced Culinary Training in Belize City.

SIP & SEE in COROZAL: Carillo's Art Work Display & For Sale
Saturday 23rd, November from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the New Millenium in Consejo Village. Entrance fee $5.00 - Live painting by Carillo - Beers & Drinks for sale at the bar. Event to support Candidate Ethan Arana for "KING" at St. Francis Xavier RC Primary School. Tickets available at the New Millenium - Call or text Ronnie 620-0519 for Tickets.

Sherima Guity is Young Belizean Entrepreneur of the Month
For the month of November, we are excited to feature Rory and Sherima Guity as our Young Belizean Entrepreneurs! Rory and Sherima wanted to offer something different to Belizeans, so this young couple traveled to Mexico to learn how to make authentic Mexican tacos. Upon return, they opened Tacos Don Carlos—a brightly colored taqueria, welcoming visitors with a bright Mexican mural since April 2019. This Belmopan couple has been together since high school, which has allowed them to learn and respect each other's strengths and weaknesses—a necessary ingredient in ensuring the restaurant’s success. Each and every day, Rory and Sherima strive to make their customer's experience happy and authentic!

Between the Yucatec Maya people of Belize there is the story of the Wáay . The plural of Wáay is Wáayo'ob . For the ancient Maya the Wáay refered to a animal that shared its essence with each person; a kind of "accompanying spirit". The wáay also spelled as Huay can refer to a person who can control this accompanying spirit or transforms into an animal while asleep . After conquest due to religion this legend was more associated with evil . A Wáay can be either good or bad . A wáay can use its powers to benefit a community . Also can use its powers to do mischievous acts .

4th Annual Belize International Yoga Festival (2019)
Date: December 1st, 2019. Time: 6:00am-6:00pm. Cost: $10 for Adult/ Kids under 12 enter FREE! Where: Harbour View Greens, Fort Street. Belize City. Belize International Yoga Festival (BIYF) is designed to bring together yoga and meditation practitioners, aspirants and the general public from Belize and around the world to enjoy soulful moments of wellness, healing, relaxation and reflection. The festival is a time for positive interactions which are vitally important for the well-being of our community and country. BYIF is a non-alcoholic, family friendly event. The first of its kind in Belize and the region, patterned after similar festivals around the world.

Movie Night! Hosted by The Truck Stop
This week we're showing the heartwarming new adventure comedy THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON. Zak, a young man with Down syndrome, runs away from the nursing home where he lives to chase his dream of becoming a professional wrestler. Through circumstances beyond their control Tyler, a small-time outlaw on the run, becomes Zak's unlikely coach and ally. Starring my wife's Hollywood crush, Shia Labeouf!

Garifuna Celebration Activities in Belize City

The Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports & Culture and the CXC National Committee of Belize congratulate all students who sat the 2019 CXC examinations, especially those that displayed outstanding performance in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations. The Twenty-Fifth annual CXC National Awards Ceremony to recognize the outstanding students is scheduled to be held on Friday, November 29, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. at The Omar Longsworth Auditorium, Independence Village in Stann Creek. At the Awards Ceremony the CXC National Committee of Belize will present several categories of awards to outstanding students in the 2019 CSEC Examinations. Four hundred two (402) students will receive CSEC Certificates of Excellence, two (2) will receive Subject Group Awards and thirty-four (34) Individual Subject Awards.

The Ministry of National Security Provides Update on Situation at Barrio El Juda, Cayo District
The Ministry of National Security in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the OAS Adjacency Zone (OAS/AZ) has been actively taking steps to address the issue regarding the illegal settlements and encroachments by Guatemalan nationals on private property in the Barrio El Juda area, Cayo District. Since the Ministry of National Security became aware of this situation, the following actions have been taken to ensure the immediate discontinuation of illegal settlements in that area.

Inquiry into the explosion on board the water taxi, San Pedro Jet Xpress
The Belize Port Authority has conducted an inquiry into the explosion on board the water taxi, San Pedro Jet Xpress, which occurred at the Ocean Ferry Belize Limited water taxi terminal, on 5 May 2019, in which Yamiri Jasmine Guy and Kimberly Melissa Guy lost their lives and six other passengers sustained various degrees of injury. The inquiry was conducted by the Belize Port Authority and include statements obtained by the police, from key witnesses and experts, and other evidence gathered in the course of the inquiry.

Paint N Splash
See you this week at from 2-4pm Thursday to paint “Meet the Ray”.

GOB Signs Matching Grant Fund with the Los Pequenos Agricultures y Ganaderos de Nago Bank Co-operative Society Ltd
The Government of Belize (GOB), through a financing arrangement with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), has embarked on a six-year programme, Resilient Rural Belize (RRB), which aims to minimize the impacts of climatic and economic events on small farmers while supporting sustainable market access for their produce. The programme will help small farmers employ climate-resilient agricultural practices and technologies; integrate profitable participation in the development of select vegetable, fruit, and honey value chains; and support production capacity through investments in public and private climate-resilient infrastructure and in the strengthening of small farmer organizations and relevant Government Departments.

The Ministry of National Security Provides Update on Situation at Barrio El Juda, Cayo District
The Ministry of National Security in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the OAS Adjacency Zone (OAS/AZ) has been actively taking steps to address the issue regarding the illegal settlements and encroachments by Guatemalan nationals on private property in the Barrio El Juda area, Cayo District. Since the Ministry of National Security became aware of this situation, the following actions have been taken to ensure the immediate discontinuation of illegal settlements in that area. 1. High-level officials within the Ministry of National Security, the Belize Defence Force, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have made multiple visits to the area.

The International Tourism and Investment Conference (ITIC) 2019
BelizeINVEST, a unit of BELTRAIDE, participated in the International Tourism and Investment Conference (ITIC) held from November 1 – 2, 2019 at the Intercontinental Park Lane in London. The Conference provided a platform to drive international awareness and investment into the tourism sector by bringing key decision makers from the public and private sector to share innovative insights on the countless opportunities that exist at each destination. Belize was an integral part of the panel discussion, which sought to showcase the competitive advantages and investment opportunities across the region. Additionally, the Conference also provided the opportunity for one on one networking sessions, where representatives from Belize met with viable investment interests.

23rd Annual President’s Week Asset Protection & Investment Conference Ambergris Caye, Belize
Nagel & Associates LLC in partnership with Caye International Bank Limited hosted over twenty regional potential investors, as part of President’s Week, to discuss matters relating to international business, finance and investment opportunities. The 23rd Annual President’s Week Asset Protection and Investment Conference is being held as of November 9th – 13th, 2019 in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye featuring key international and local speakers with expertise across various fields. The Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) was represented by its sub-unit BelizeINVEST by Ms. Lianne Torres in presenting on investment opportunities in priority investment sectors, particularly the Tourism Sector in Belize.

Garifuna Nuguya 12K
This 12K run is coinciding with Garifuna Settlement Day on Tuesday, November 19th, 2019. Men and women's category. Organizers are asking for sign up, as very few people have registered. Come on Corozal, let's make this event happen.

Darina Garifuna Museum in Libertad Village
Welcome to the Darina Garifuna Museum in Libertad Village. Each year, during the week before Garifuna Settlement Day, curator Mrs. Simeona Zuniga offers a special edition of her Garifuna Exhibition. Many local schools take the opportunity to visit and learn about Garifuna culture. We invite you to visit the museum on November 13th & 14th for the special edition!

Crafters Wine & Paint
This Saturday at the Soul Project, they'll be having the Crafters Wine and Paint event. Eat, drink, paint, and be merry. Call 604-9237 for more information.

Channel 7

An International Incident: Espat and the Encroachers
For a few months now that the Belize/Guatemala territorial dispute hasn't been in the news. But, since the beginning of this year, it's been quietly playing out in realtime at the Western Border, on the very edge of Benque Viejo Town. The location in dispute is known as the Barrio El Juda area. That's where the Belizean, Jorge Emiliano Espat, owns approximately 100 to 150 acres of land in different parcels. The problem is that his land is right next to the Western border in the area known as the adjacency zone. Espat says that whenever there are elections for the municipality of Melchor, the politicians on that side use land as leverage to gain political support from voters.

Guatemalan Trespasser Says The Land Is Hers
Interestingly, the Guatemalan teacher, who Espat complained of as the chief culprit that has built an almost-complete house on his land, granted a revealing interview 2 months ago to a Guatemalan media house. Here's what she had to say on September 12th to the reporter who went looking for answers about the controversial construction on Belizean territory. We have that translated for you: Reporter: "We are informed that you are the owner of a construction that is currently underway by the Belize/Guatemalan border. Is it yours?"

OAS Has Pronounced But Failed To Act
Tonight, Jorge Espat remains convinced that he is being wronged by this Guatemalan national. He says that several months ago, the OAS did an independent verification to ensure that his property is on Belizean territory and that this was a case of Guatemalan encroachment. Here's how he explained that in our interview from today: Reporter: "The OAS was involved, talk to us about that confirmation where the location of the land." Jorge Espat: "The confirmation came about through the OAS and Guatemala as I understand had requested verification though the Mexican source and yes indeed the verification from the OAS came out intact."

Finally, Port Authority Charges Responsible Parties For Water Taxi Explosion
Tonight, more than 6 months after an explosion aboard the San Pedro Jet Xpress water taxi that claimed the lives of two girls - the Belize Port Authority has announced the findings of their investigation into who's responsible. A release this evening says that the boat master, Ernesto Delgado, the boat's operator, "San Pedro Water Jets International Limited", and the water taxi service operator, "Ocean Ferry Belize Limited" have been charged for negligence in causing the loss of life of Yamiri Guy And Kimberly Guy; Causing a vessel that was unsafe to be sent on a voyage; and, Attempting to send a vessel that was unsafe on a voyage.

The Crow Returns To City Hall
The crow returned to city hall today - we're talking about the crow - footing court bailiff. Reports are that he went to the city council's main office on Albert Street this afternoon to continue marking items - mostly office equipment. This is to settle the council's almost half a million dollar judgement debt to its former city administrator Candice Miller. Yesterday, the bailiff was at the works compound marking heavy equipment for seizure.

Boxhead Burglar Hides Identity
Very regularly on this newscast we show you surveillance video of crimes in progress - and, many times, the culprits are caught because of that. Indeed, these surveillance cameras are getting cheaper, sharper, and turning up everywhereand the criminals are taking notice. And that's what inspired one burglar to go for a new look: the cardboard box head. That's right - last night at Dollar Store on Water Lane in Belize City, a burglar put a box over his head so that the camera couldn't make him out.

Kyle Confessed To Shooting At Cops
The cops say he came after them with guns blazing - and today Kyle Chaplin went to court and pleaded guilty. In December of 2018, the 28 year old allegedly fired upon the cops, as they pursued him through an alley in the gang infested Mayflower Street area. The incident occurred on December 9, 2018. Four police officers responded to shots being fired in the Mayflower Street area and claim that Chaplin came after them wi9th a gun in his hand firing shots at the officers.

Stellar Students Shine on CSEC
The 2019 CXC results are out, and a stealer trio of brilliant Belizean students have performed exceptionally on the CSEC exams. Edward P. York's Alexis Guy earned the top spot and was named the Most Outstanding Candidate. Guy obtained seventeen Grade I's and one Grade II. Not far behind her are hers schoolmates, also from EP Yorke: Dayana Marroquin the Outstanding Candidate, attained fourteen Grade I's and two Grade II's; andAngie Matute who was awarded Most Outstanding performance in Technical Vocation in the region. We spoke to all three students today about their successes and how their teachers helped them along the way.

Corozal Has The Best CAPE Students
And Belize's high school students aren't the only ones who saw major success in their exams. Four Sixth Form students will be receiving Certificates of Excellence for their performance in the CAPE examinations. Corozal Junior College's Liyan Moralez is the Most Outstanding Candidate for his eight Grade I's and one Grade II.

Barbados Wants To Open Trade Route to Belize
The Caribbean nations of Belize and Barbados are making a genuine attempt at regional integration for the purposes of a free-flow of goods and services. Whenever the topic of a fully-functional Caribbean Single Market and Economy comes up, it is often met with skepticism, because there are always claims that one nation or another sets up artificial barriers to trade. Well, the Ministry of Investment, Trade, and Commerce, through BELTRAIDE, has been working with its counterparts in Barbados, the Barbados Investment & Development Corporation. That partnership seeks to introduce goods and services from that country into the Belizean market, in the hopes that Belizean consumers will embrace the products from their Caribbean brethren.

Is Tracy On Faber's Slate By Default?
The Opening Ceremony of the expo gave us an opportunity to talk with Tracy-Taegar Panton about the developing political intrigues happening within the ruling UDP. Battle lines have been drawn in the race for the Leadership Convention of the UDP. Panton has submitted her name as a candidate for the Party's First Deputy Leader. She's doing so without a slate, and her opponent is Hugo Patt, who is now a part of John Saldivar's team. So, we asked her today, if that means that she will have to join Patrick Faber's camp by default. Here's what she said: Reporter: "John Saldivar seems to be campaigning on behalf of your opponent for the first deputy. Does that by chance, or by process of elimination, force you to align with the Faber group?"

Belize Cautions on Military Influence In Bolivia Political Crisis
There's turmoil in the South American country of Bolivia tonight. This is after president Evo Morales was pushed out of office in what he says was a coup. Morales has taken up exile in Mexico while violent clashes continue in the streets between his supporters and the security forces. Morales's sudden, enforced departure created a power vacuum and today, the ongoing political crisis took a dramatic turn when - according to the New York Times - a leading lawmaker stepped forward and claimed the presidency.

Jamaican Play Adapted For Belize With Great Humor and Resonance
A new play is being adapted for the Belizean audience and theatre goers are excited about Jankunu Productions latest offering, called 'Saving Alligator High.' The play focuses on tragic circumstances which result in a school nearly being closed and its clearly defined characters present a satire of an educational institution held at the mercy of a community. Alligator High is located in an inner-city community, but the drama unfolds mainly in a staff room. It's a story of rape, teenage pregnancy, dysfunctional families and poverty told from the teachers' perspective. Here's more from the theatre company's rehearsal.

Why Anti Money Laundering Standards Matter
There's probably nothing quite as dull as 60 banking and financial regulators sitting in a room talking about international standards in combating money laundering, and the financing of terrorism. But that's what happened today at the Caribbean Motors Conference Room where the FIU hosted a Financial Action Task Force Standards Training.

UB's New Board Is Mostly Renewed
The University of Belize have given a new term of office to its Board of Trustees. Harrison Pilgrim was unanimously re-elected as Chairman of the Board, while Mr. Lynn Young was elected as its Vice Chairman, also unanimously.

Channel 5

Guatemalans Squat in Barrio de Juda, Cayo
Encroachments by Guatemalans are well-known within the Chiquibul. But now, embolden Guatemalan nationals are setting up permanent structures closer to the western border and well within Belizean territory. For years, [...]

Ministry of National Security Says Guatemalan Squatters Have Ceased Illegal Construction
Espat wrote to the C.E.O. in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Pat Andrews on the issue of Guatemalan squatting on his land. Espat tells Andrews that he has waited four [...]

CitCo Files Application to Appeal the Candice Miller Decision
On Monday, the Belize City Council filed an application to appeal a decision handed down by Justice Courtney Abel on October fourth, in favour of former city administrator Candice Miller.  [...]

Is Candice Miller Playing Chess with CitCo?
Upon exiting the Supreme Court victorious on the evening of October fourth, attorney Magali Perdomo, who represents Miller in the wrongful termination suit, reiterated the fact that a contract, in [...]

CitCo’s Assets at Works Department are Crow-footed in Lieu of Payment
With an application for appeal setting the backdrop for CitCo’s next move, has a preemptive strike by Miller to crowfoot its assets, backed City Hall into a corner?  Here’s how [...]

Repairs on Swing Bridge Gone into Overtime
The historic Swing Bridge in the heart of the city is undergoing repairs to ensure the safety of thousands of pedestrians who traverse the bridge every day. But the state [...]

The Top Scorers of the 2019 CSEC & CAPE Exams
The National Awards Ceremony takes place later this month in the south. The ceremony will recognize students that excelled in the CSEC regional exams and the CAPE. Students from the [...]

Trial of Police Assc. Prez Vs ComPol Chester William to Proceed
Almost nine months after a lawsuit was filed by Corporal Eldon Arzu, the President of the Police Association, against the Commissioner of Police Chester Williams, the case has still not [...]

Charges Brought Following Deadly Explosion at Water Taxi Terminal
A deadly explosion that claimed the lives of a pair of siblings and injured fourteen others onboard a vessel on May fifth, has resulted in charges being filed against several [...]

Fire Destroys Wooden House in Benque
A fire quickly swept through a wooden house in the New Site area of Benque Viejo Del Carmen. A family of three lost all they owned in the blaze that [...]

Tracy Panton Still Undecided on Who to Support for Leadership Convention
The leadership convention for the United Democratic Party has been set for February ninth, 2020 when as you know, Patrick Faber and John Saldivar will go head to head in [...]

Tracy Panton Ready to be 1st Deputy Leader of the U.D.P.
Panton was the first to have announced her bid for the first deputy leadership of the U.D.P.; Manuel Heredia Junior is also running for second deputy leader. Panton says she [...]

Tracy Panton: “Some will win…some won’t make the central executive team”
Both Faber and Saldivar have taken to social media to bolster their candidacy. Faber for some time was seen as the person being groomed to be the next leader of [...]

Tracy Panton Says Gapi is Entitled to Privileges
Minister Tracy Panton also responded to a question about former cabinet minister Gaspar Vega. As we’ve reported, while Vega resigned as a member of cabinet in 2017 due to a [...]

Belize Bird Rescue – Saving Belize’s Birds!
Belize’s yellow-headed parrot population is disappearing from our forests; it is a bird that is endangered worldwide. Illegal poaching, deforestation and other pressures have reduced this colorful bird to a [...]

License for Domestic Parrot Holders are Coming
As you heard in that story just now, Belize’s parrots are under threat. The illegal trafficking of native parrots for house pets has been a growing problem. The yellow-headed parrots [...]

Boosting Trade Between Belize and Barbados
The economies of Belize and Barbados are dependent on tourism, but there are other opportunities that can open up for further trade between both countries. This is why a mission [...]

Establishing Greater Market Access for Belizean Produced Sugar in CARICOM
As it relates to CARICOM, some of Belize’s agricultural products have made their way into the regional market. But even as discussions are ongoing to introduce Belize Sugar Industries’ plantation [...]

Will Belizean Sugar Be Exported to Taiwan?
While CARICOM is natural trading partner, Minister Panton says that Belize is looking at other opportunities outside of the CARICOM region to export the Belizean produced sugar. A delegation is [...]


Candice Miller attacks CitCo with crowfoot order
On Friday, October 4, Supreme Court Justice Courtenay Abel handed down a decision in favor of Candice Miller, the former Belize City Administrator who signed a new employment contract beyond the life of the City Council she was serving under United Democratic Party mayor Darrell Bradley. Miller’s new contract gave her a hefty salary increase. The PUP’s Mayor Bernard Wagner and his councilors eventually voted to terminate Miller as City Administrator because, the Mayor said, Miller had failed to advise him and his team that they needed to file a defense in a lawsuit that was brought against the City Council by a sanitation company, Belize Waste Control Ltd. According to Mayor Wagner, the failure to advise the new council to file a defense cost the council one million dollars.

Evo Morales accepts asylum in Mexico
President Evo Morales of Bolivia and his Vice President resigned yesterday, Sunday, after he addressed the country in a televised statement. Morales, a socialist, was elected as the 80th president of Bolivia in 2005, and ushered in number of socialist policies that helped to alleviate poverty. Last month Bolivia plunged into protests, following the results of the presidential election in which Morales was declared as the winner.

GSU storms house in Burrell Boom; shoots caretaker
The Belize Police Department’s Gang Suppression Unit (GSU) has been employing unorthodox policing methods from the time it burst on the scene with its officers’ faces covered with masks. The GSU’s new policing methods have come at a high cost to taxpayers in the form of lawsuits that the GSU has lost in the courts. Yesterday, Friday, some members of the GSU descended on a house in Burrell Boom to conduct a search, but instead of conducting the search, they ended up transporting the caretaker of the property to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital for medical treatment after he was shot multiple times at close range with non-lethal rounds from a pump action shotgun.

Jaswant Brooks, 18, murdered for nothing
Jaswant Brooks, 18, a laborer of Giles Street, Lake Independence, was reported missing on Monday evening, November 4, when he failed to return home after going to buy some weed on Police Street. On Friday morning, November 8, his decomposed body was found in the Mile 6 area off the George Price Highway. After an autopsy was conducted, the cause of his death was declared to be inconclusive. Brooks was buried at the Eternal Garden Cemetery at Mile 13 on the George Price Highway.

Belize Elementary girls and Holy Redeemer boys are Belize District Primary School Volleyball Champions 2019; Nationals on Friday
The Belize District Primary School Volleyball Finals were held today, Monday, at the Stars Gym in Belize City, where the 4 top teams from Belize Rural, 2 females and 2 males, clashed with the top 4 teams from Belize City, 2 females and 2 males, in a simple knockout format. In the semifinals, the Belize City teams dominated their Belize Rural counterparts, setting up a repeat Belize City clash in the District finals, with the same results as in the Belize City finals last week.

Alrick Carcamo, 29, murdered on Raccoon Street Extension
Alrick Carcamo, 29, a construction worker of Caesar Ridge Road, was murdered at about 8:30 Thursday night on Raccoon Street Extension. In an interview with us today, a shop owner whose business is located in the yard near which Carcamo was killed, told us that Carcamo was socializing with about 5 friends in front of the yard and was standing on the sidewalk on Raccoon Street Extension. The shop owner said that at about 6:30 that Thursday evening, she began to have an uneasy feeling, and she believed that something bad was going to happen, and decided to close the shop.

Michael Williams, 21, stabbed by boy, 15
Michael Williams, 21, a laborer of Santa Elena, was at a food stand buying food at about 12:30 Sunday morning when he was approached by a young male who asked him some personal questions. Williams ignored the man, who then stabbed him in the right side of the chest. The culprit then ran away. Police who viewed footage recorded by cameras mounted in the area were able to identify the young male who stabbed Williams — he is a boy 15 years old, also of Santa Elena.

Drinking turned deadly: Lee Lopez, 41, fatally stabbed in chest with broken bottle
Lee Lopez, 41, a handyman of Heron Street, Ladyville, was drinking with three men who are known to him in front of his home at about 9:00 last night when they became involved in an argument that escalated into a fight. One of the men broke a bottle and stabbed Lopez in the chest, and the men then fled the area. One of his friends came by and saw him lying near his gate in pools of his blood, and the gate was also bloody.

Ports Commissioner confirms that charges will be laid for deadly boat explosion
On Sunday, May 8, 2019, there was a horrific explosion onboard a water taxi that was starting its engines to head out to San Pedro and Caye Caulker. The blast claimed the lives of Kimberly, 8, and Jamiri Guy, 10, two young sisters who were on the boat along with their mother and stepfather. The explosion also injured a number of other passengers, some of whom were tourists. At the time of the incident, the Belize Port Authority announced that it was conducting an investigation into the cause of the explosion.

From The Publisher
As I understand it, my great grandfather on my mother’s side, George Lindo, who had migrated to British Honduras from Jamaica as a young man, used to own a rum shop (or maybe more than one) in old Belize Town, and he had a hefty cash flow. He was rich in the early twentieth century, before Bob Turton made his, in the 1920s thereabouts. But George Lindo was a compulsive gambler, and by the time I began to have a sense of myself as a child, living with my parents at #7 Church Street in the early 1950s, George Lindo was broke and being taken care of by his daughter (my grandmother), Eva Lindo Belisle.

PLB regular season ends; 4th playoff spot decided in injury time
It went “down to the wire” indeed, as the final playoff spot in the Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2019-2020 Opening Season was only determined in injury time of a Week 14 game in San Pedro on Saturday night. This past weekend’s Week 14 games ended the PLB regular season; but the 2 games scheduled for Sunday had no bearing on the playoffs, while the 2 games on Saturday night were critical to determine whether Wagiya FC or Altitude FC would grab the 4th spot in the playoffs along with Verdes FC, Bandits Sport and San Pedro Pirates FC, all 3 of whom had already secured a playoff berth.

FFB announces National “A” Team final list for upcoming CONCACAF Nations League games
The Football Federation of Belize (FFB) is calling the following National “A” Team male players to camp on Monday, November 11, 2019. The players are to report at the FFB headquarters by 10:00 a.m., where they will continue to prepare for the CONCACAF Nations League match against French Guiana. The match is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 14, at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan. National “A” Team male players called to camp are (Verdes – Ver, Bandits FC – Ban, BDF FC – Bdf, Wagiya SC – Wag, San Pedro FC – Snp): goalkeepers – Woodrow West (Ver), Shane Orio (Ban)...

National Women’s League football Week 5 results, standings
The Football Federation of Belize’s (FFB) National Amateur Women’s League (NAWL) 2019-2020 Opening Season has completed its fifth week of games, and already there appear some interesting match-ups to be anticipated, as there are still 2 undefeated teams each in the North and South groups. (See Week 5 standings below; our apologies for last week’s error in labeling Week 4 standings as Week 5.) Three (3) games were played in Week 5 this past weekend, 2 games on Saturday, November 9, and 1 on Sunday, November 10.

Anthony J. Chanona, J.P., offers his “two cents” on the citrus industry
Dear Editor, Please allow me to express “my 2 cents” opinion on your Editorial of Friday, November 1, 2019, titled, “GoB must assist the CGA and all small farmers.” Indeed, GoB should not allow the CGA to collapse into financial ruin. This institution was crafted into law in 1967 by luminaries such as Alexander S. Frankson and birthed in Parliament by the then Minister of Agriculture, Sir Alexander Hunter.

Bolivian president Evo Morales resigns after election result dispute
Evo Morales has announced he will resign as president of Bolivia after the military called for him to step down and the police withdrew their support following weeks of unrest over disputed election results. In a televised address, Bolivia’s president of nearly 14 years said he was stepping down for the “good of the country,” but added in an attack on opponents whom he had accused of a coup attempt: “Dark forces have destroyed democracy.”

If OJ did it, here’s how he did it
No, there’s no white Bronco here; this is no story about a disgraceful foreign OJ who, if public opinion mattered, would have been strung up by his neck until he was dead. This here story is about a local OJ who, if he did what some philistines said he did with what they say Faber said, and the honor codes of old applied, he would have been put through the wringer, and hung out to dry. You see why some of us are driven to drink. Tideh day da noh like bifo times. The Belize Times “Belly of the Beast” columnist says that they broke some story about a drunken outburst from Faber about Barrow and the Barrows that was spilled by OJ. I can’t swear that everything they say da soh, but if da soh …

The big picture
When we take a close-up look at the so-called gang phenomenon in Belize, we find young men caught up in situations that are not entirely of their own making. Many are victims in a cycle of events they were born into. This does not excuse them from personal responsibility, but it forces us to look at the bigger picture of our social values and structures to see what circumstances created this phenomenon in the first place. Crime is an act of personal choice and an effective criminal justice system holds individuals accountable for their criminal behavior. Nevertheless, those who wish to prevent crime before it occurs cannot ignore the fact that the majority of people filling our prisons come from impoverished backgrounds and lack a formal education…..

Matron is engaged, married, and gives birth
It was only a small number of citizens who had the courage, ability, stamina, concern or civic-mindedness to take on all the problems that plagued our little country during the twentieth century, starting particularly during the Twenties. This was after the end of World War I, when those who returned from the front with a different outlook, resulting from exposure to the prejudices, challenges and experiences of a hostile world from which their distance had sheltered them, created a volatile and uneasy environment; but our older heads, priding themselves on their strong religious and civilized beliefs, persevered in their peaceful, tolerant and law-abiding ways to do whatever was in their power to improve their condition.

Editorial: No saving the youth if the state’s justice system doesn’t work
We are sure that we can all be better people. Belize is one of the five countries in this Caribbean project, and we are sure the workshops will produce/disseminate information that will help our youth better understand themselves, why they behave the way they do and why some behaviors need to be changed. No culture is perfect; we should always be open to new ideas; and we should select the ones that can help us become better. A lot of who we are is animal DNA. All animals have a survival instinct, a need for food and sex and territory, and in the forest animals go about achieving their ends by following the laws of the jungle. Human beings, the most cerebral animal on the planet, over time have developed laws by which to live. These laws are generally the same all over the world. For example, every country and respected culture has a law against murder. There are also small, and not so small, differences. For example, some countries condemn homosexuality and some don’t.

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The Ministry of National Security Provides Update On Situation At Barrio El Juda, Cayo District
A man who claims that Guatemalan families have been squatting on his land situated at the Benque border says he is getting ready to take those families to Court after repeated attempts to get them to move, even after asking the Foreign Affairs Ministry to intervene.

The War With Candice’s Legal Team, CitCo Files Counter Maneuvers
The Reporter has confirmed that attorneys acting for the Belize City Council have filed an application to stay the crow-footing of Council assets by former Administration Candice Miller.

Evo Morales Lands In Mexico After Political Asylum Is Offered
Earlier today (Tuesday, Nov. 12) the former president of Bolivia Evo Morales arrived at the airport in Mexico City, after Mexico granted him political asylum. Mr. Evo Morales served as the first socialist president of Bolivia for 13 1/2 years. He became president of the south American nation of 10 million people in January 2006.

Fire In Benque Viejo Destroys House
Investigators believe that faulty electrical wiring may have caused a fire which totally destroyed a house in Benque Viejo on Monday night. Around 9:25 Police were called to Pedro Guerra Street where they saw the 20ft.×15ft. wooden structure engulfed in flames.


Tensions rise at the Belize/Guatemala border
The silence has been broken as it relates to the Belize/Guatemala border issue. After having filed the matter at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) major incidents at the Sarstoon and along the country’s border with Guatemala have been minimal, perhaps even nil.

Boat explosion investigation concludes
The Belize Port Authority has concluded their investigation into the boat explosion that killed two persons and injured six others on May 5, 2019. The explosion occurred at the water taxi terminal at the foot of the Swing Bridge on board a vessel from San Pedro Jet Express.

EP Yorke tops this year’s CSEC awards
Edward P Yorke High School (EPYHS) came out on top in this year’s Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination. The high school is known to be consistent in delivering excellence and for having students win awards.

SCA and SJC consecutive National volleyball champions
Females from the Saint Catherine’s Academy Volleyball team took home the trophy once again for the 12th consecutive year. The SCA girls won the national volleyball championship this past weekend.

Barbados commercial Expo
Barbados Investment and Development Corporation and Belize’s Ministry of Investment, Trade and Commerce brought the Barbados Commercial Mission to Belize Expo. Today ten companies from Barbados were represented at the expo.

Elderly woman narrowly escapes house fire
An elderly woman was able to avoid injuries last night after she realized that one of the houses in her yard was on fire. 77-year-old, Aminda Avilez was inside her home on Pedro Guerra Street in Benque Viejo del Carmen, Cayo District when she heard a loud explosion just after nine o’clock last night.

Love Foundation helping those in need
Love Foundation has been hosting series of “one stop” job workshops in Belize City. These programs cater to those less fortunate who might be unemployed or underemployed and are looking for a place to work.

Belize Coast Guard to change Commander soon
The Belize Coast Guard will be changing command in fifteen days. Admiral John Borland will be passing the proverbial baton to the Vice Commandant Elton Bennett. 42-year-old Bennett has been in the Belize Coast Guard for almost 14 years after having served in the Belize Defense Force for nine years.

Marsden walks for insufficient evidence
After spending three and a half years at the Belize Central Prison, 27-year-old Raheem Marsden was released yesterday when the murder charge against him was withdrawn. Marsden was on remand after being charged for the death of 30-year-old Alfonso Castillo that occurred on July 21, 2016

Eldon Arzu case adjourns
Almost nine months after a lawsuit was filed by Corporal Eldon Arzu, the President of the Police Association, against the Commissioner of Police Chester Williams, the case has still not proceeded to trial. This is due to Arzu’s attorney not complying with certain instructions given by the court

Women’s Leadership And Political Participation
The United Democratic Party, National Organization for Women, is a group that engages constituents in the idea of women in politics. Women make up fifty percent of our population base. According to Tracy Taeger- Panton, sixty percent of persons who went to the polls to vote for the last ICJ referendum were women.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Road traffic accident reported near Ontario, Cayo
Reports to BBN are that there was a road traffic accident on George Price Highway […]

National Security Ministry working to ensure immediate discontinuation of illegal settlements in Barrio El Juda, Cayo
The Ministry of National Security, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Organization of American States (OAS) […]

Ministry of Education highlights students who excelled in 2019 CXC Exams
Today, the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports & Culture and the CXC National Committee of Belize […]

City man admits shooting at police
Kyle Chaplin, 28, of Mayflower Street will serve a concurrent sentence of six months jail […]

CARICOM congratulates Canadian Prime Minister on re-election
Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque today extended congratulations to Prime Minister of Canada, […]

Asian grocery store in San Ignacio robbed
Police are investigating a robbery that occurred this afternoon at J&A store in San Ignacio. […]

Belize Coast Guard to see change of command
The Belize Coast Guard Service is to have a change in command at the end […]

Edward P. Yorke students rank first and second in 2019 CXC
In Belize two female students from Edward P. Yorke High School have been ranked first […]

House destroyed by fire in Benque Viejo
A home and all its contents were completely destroyed by fire last night in Benque […]

“Garifuna Made Easy” series to bring language to schools
Just in time for Garifuna Settlement Day and in support of this year’s theme, which […]

Celebrating Belizean women- Meet Adma Robinson!
Women all over Belize are making a positive impact on their communities. Belizean entrepreneur, Adma […]

Venezuelan woman fined $1,000 for entering Belize without permit
A Venezuelan woman apparently trying to save on a flight home is $1,000 lighter today […]

DIGI/BECOL basketball tournament ends regular season this weekend
San Ignacio Town SSBA Secretary The DIGI/BECOL Basketball Tournament has only one […]


Corozal: A Lovely Colorful Belize Town with A Definite Mexican Feel
I had been through Corozal quite a few times in the past 12 years – mostly to get to Mexico or from Mexico out to the cayes but….I had never really lingered and I haughtily felt like I didn’t need to. What makes Corozal particularly intriguing to many who are looking to relocate to Belize – especially those looking for a more affordable alternative to the cayes is the proximity to Mexico. JUST across the border – less than 10 miles away – is a relatively HUGE city of Chetumal Mexico. A place that has a huge array of shopping spots, malls, movie theaters, fast food joints and just people. Chetumal is estimated to have a couple hundred thousand people. Compare that to the entire country of Belize that has just around 400,000. Or Corozal town…which has less than 20,000.

Bird Watching in Belize: Top Hotspots
With more than 570 species of birds thriving in its varied ecosystems, there's no better place to go bird watching than in Belize. This gem of a country provides wonderful, year-round experiences for great birding experiences. From casual onlookers to veteran ornithologists, birders of every level delight in the sight of macaws, toucans, trogons, hummingbirds, storks, parrots, raptors, and other species commonly seen throughout Belize. Here are four of the best destinations to go bird watching in Belize:

Things To See and Do In Corozal
Corozal is conveniently located between Mexico and Ambergris Caye, with its own turquoise shores and diverse landscape, from beaches and historical sights to a nature reserve. In town, remnants of historical and cultural heritage are on full display. There are gun turrets at Fort Barlee used during the 19th century during the Caste War; the vibrant Corozal Town Mural depicting the district’s history and the Maya temple of Santa Rita, where the mestizo population of Belize was born.

Taste of Belizean Tradition
Like its kaleidoscope of cultures, Belize’s culinary landscape–from stick-to-your-ribs stews to streetside tamales–begs exploration. Belize’s dual Caribbean and Central American identity leads to flavorful cuisines across six districts. There are surprising options beyond the national plate of coconut rice and beans, with stewed chicken. Start with this primer, and then add your own discoveries.

November is Garifuna History Month – San Pedro Celebrates
When you think of November, most would think about Thanksgiving but for Belizeans, the month signals the celebration of the rich history and cultural immersion of the Garifuna people to Belize. With Belize’s rich diversity of people, the Garifuna make up about 7% of the entire country’s population and their contributions as a culture have propelled over the years. The Garifuna people primarily inhabit the Caribbean coastal communities of Belize including Barranco, Seine Bight, Dangriga, Hopkins, and Punta Gorda. The first Garifuna people arrived in Belize on November 19th, 1802 in the town of Dangriga, which is considered to be the cultural capital of the Belizean Garifuna people. In 2001, UNESCO declared the Garifuna culture, music, dance and language as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. While music and drumming remain synonymous to the Garifuna identity, dance is also a major reflection and integral part of the Garifuna culture, stemming from its West African origins.

Enjoy Bird Watching at Caye Caulker
Caye Caulker is a small island off the coast of Belize, and it’s divided by the Split, which is a narrow channel separating the two masses of land. To the south is the island’s only settlement, known as Caye Caulker Village. Caye Caulker has a lot to offer to visitors. The surrounding clear, pristine waters and fascinating coral reef attracts visitors from around the world. However, not all the Caye’s treasures are in the water. The south end of the island is home to a dense mangrove forest and diverse birdlife. Although the island is small, there are over 100 species of resident and migratory birds on the island.

International Sourcesizz

Ocelot tracking is revealing new information about this elusive cat
It is night in a Central American pine forest, and an ocelot is following a game trail. The predatory wild cat, approximately twice the size of a housecat, is hoping to catch the scent of a rabbit or hear the rustle of mice in the undergrowth. Along the way, the ocelot passes between two remotely triggered infrared cameras set at about knee-height off the ground. The cameras flash simultaneously, startling the animal and momentarily illuminating the forest. The resulting photographs capture the unique markings of the elusive cat: solid black bands and spots over tawny yellow fur, a pale underbelly, and a bright white spot on each rounded ear. Moments like these have been a regular occurrence in the pine forest and broadleaf jungles of Belize, where Professor Marcella Kelly, of the College of Natural Resources and Environment, has spent the last 15 years tracking the movements of predatory ocelots and jaguars using remote sensor cameras. Now her research, one of the longest continuous studies of wild cat populations in the world, is giving scientists new insights into the range, population sizes, and migratory habits of Central American wild cats.

Scientists say too much tourism is fueling mysterious disease killing the Caribbean’s corals
The breathtaking reds, yellows and purples of the Mesoamerican Reef have been turning sickly white, leading researchers on a desperate hunt to understand and fight the mysterious disease killing the Caribbean’s corals. In a little over a year, the Mexican Caribbean has lost more than 30 percent of its corals to a little-understood illness called SCTLD, or stony coral tissue loss disease, which causes them to calcify and die. Experts warn the disease could kill a large part of the Mesoamerican Reef, a magnificent arc of more than 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) of coral shared by Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras. SCTLD has put the region in a bind: it could potentially devastate the vital tourism industry around the reef, the second-largest in the world after Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. And yet, it is highly possible that too much tourism is in fact fueling the problem, scientists say.

Healthy mangroves help coral reef fisheries under climate stress
Healthy mangroves can help fight the consequences of climate change on coral reef fisheries, according to a University of Queensland-led study. UQ’s Professor Peter Mumby said corals have been bleached and reefs have lost their structural complexity as a major consequence of warming seas. “Many people are worried that – due to climate change – reef fishery yields could halve if coral reefs flatten, losing the hiding places that support thousands of fish,” he said. “When a young fish arrives at a degraded reef it has nowhere to hide and is easily targeted by predators.

Head to Belize for the Eco-Friendly Vacay of Your Dreams
Sure, it might take three planes to get to the southern tip of Belize Punta Gorda, but TBH, it’s a place like no other. I spent four days in the lush rainforest at the Copal Tree Lodge, an eco-friendly resort featuring an organic farm and a rum distillery, and fell in love with its fields of fruit, cacao trees, heirloom sugarcane, and all the local livestock. Uh, yes, this is the remote vacay of your dreams. Here’s how to have the best experience, complete with howler monkeys, coffee cupping, farm-to-table food, and fresh-caught seafood.

Enlarging Chetumal canal intended to encourage marine tourism
The Quintana Roo government has begun dredging to extend the Zaragoza canal in order to spur marine tourism in the region. The project will also boost trade by connecting the state capital Chetumal to the community of Xcalak. Governor Carlos Joaquín González and military authorities inaugurated the project at the naval base located at the entrance to the canal. He said that opening a navigable route between the Caribbean and the bay of Chetumal is a strategic economic action.

More drought concerns for Caribbean region
The Barbados-based Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) says below normal rainfall continued in parts of the region already with concerns over drought, including over Belize and Barbados. “There are areas of concern over short term drought by end of January 2020 that can impact agriculture, streams and small rivers, particularly in the vicinity of Belize and Cayman Islands,” the CIMH said in its latest Caribbean drought bulletin. It said there is wider concern over long term drought by the end of November 2019 that can impact ground water and large rivers, particularly in Belize, the Guiana's – northern Suriname and French Guiana – and some islands of the eastern Caribbean, namely Barbados, Dominica and St Kitts.


  • The Winners of the 2019 Belize International Film Festival, 3min. On Sunday, the fourteenth edition of the Belize International Film Festival closed with the announcement of the winners of this year’s festival. There were a total of seven categories for which submissions were made. Among the winners were “The Sweet Taste of Salted Bread and Undies” for best feature narrative; “Bakoso: Afrobeats of Cuba” got best feature documentary. Meanwhile, “My Father Belize” and “Tecuani and the Duende” both tied for first place in the best Belizean short film category. The best music video was “Raise My Voice” by Nicole Craig featuring Ashleigh Craig. Here are some highlights of the winners:

  • Belize '19 - Swimming with the Sharks!, 5min. Belize is home to the second largest barrier reef in the world, we took some time to snorkel just inside the reef and spent time with many nurse sharks.

  • Police Link Up, 52min.

  • Belize KTV Latino 2019 Season 4 Video 6, 1hr48min.

  • African American Sista From Brooklyn Exploring San Ignacio, Belize Markets, 11min.

  • Belize National Geographic, 29min. I was the ship's doctor during our trip to Belize and Honduras. My daughter, Melissa, and I got lost in the rain forest tracking Howler Monkeys. We gave Ice Cream to a young girl that had never seen it before.

  • Placencia Belize March 2019, 19min.

  • Belize Part 2: Waterfall Rappel & Rainforest, 3min. In Part 2 we'll be hiking into the rainforest, tasting live termites right out of the nest, and working our way up the trail to Antelope Falls, where we rappel two long sections of the falls back down. With a quick stop by a refreshing swimming hole, we harness up and give you a POV of the ride down the falls.

  • Diving Belize - Mini Elbow, 10min. Diving the Turneffe Atoll in Belize

  • Belize '19 - Flight to Placencia, 5min. Our short 25 minute flight from Belize City to Placencia, we didn't expect to see the 'mountainous' areas inland, but what a wonderful view of the country along the coast on our way.

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