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Today's Belize News: November 23, 2019 #539333
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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

Hol Chan Marine Reserve bans motorized watercraft within Secret Beach
Motorized watercraft (small boats, motorized paddleboards) and recreational equipment of that nature are no longer allowed to operate within the Secret Beach area, which is within the Hol Chan Marine Reserve (HCMR). In the case of jet skis, these will have to be registered with the HCMR and will only be allowed to transit through the area. These regulations became necessary to guarantee safety, while protecting the natural marine habitat, from the negative impacts the unregulated activity of said motorized vessels can cause. The measure came as an enforcement to the Fisheries Regulations, 2015, which prohibits motorized watercraft within a marine reserve. An initial meeting was held in March of this year with a follow-up session later in September at Secret Beach. Issues and concerns were raised by stakeholders and others in attendance. The presence of water sport activities is allegedly affecting the fly-fishing tourism sector, and persons swimming near the beach are at risk of getting injured.

San Pedro Tiger Sharks wins basketball championship tournament in Mexico
As they prepare for the 2020 season of the National Elite Basketball League (NEBL), the San Pedro Tiger Sharks represented the country and Ambergris Caye at a tournament in Cozumel, Mexico, where they emerged victorious. The basketball tournament took place from the 15th to the 17th of November, and around 20 teams participated in various categories, ranging from male, female to even children’s divisions. The San Pedro Tiger Sharks played in the adult division, winning all games and claiming the championship at the end of the tournament.

Belize hosts first-ever National Children’s Parliament
To commemorate International Children’s Day and the 30th anniversary of Belize signing on to the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of a Child (CRC), the first-ever Children’s Parliament was held at the National Assembly Building in Belmopan City on Wednesday, November 20th. The National Children’s Parliament sought to respond to two rights, Right #12 which covers children’s right to give their opinion, be heard and for adults to listen, and Right #13, which covers the right of a child to participate, find out information on matters relating to them and share their opinions in the most productive means available to them.

San Pedro observes Garifuna Settlement Day
The festivities started on Monday evening, November 18th, when the celebration was officially declared open. Traditional dances and an all-night drumming session took place at Central Park. Belizeans and visitors alike stopped by a tent erected at the park to enjoy an evening of traditional drumming and Punta music. There were no formalities as in previous years, where the Mayor and even the Area Representative of Belize Rural South (Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker, and Cayes), would take part in an official opening ceremony.

Various Belizean Sources


Belize Film Commission Announces Launch of Belize International Film Market and Belize-Based Studio Complex with Saba Industries
The Belize Film Commission, along with the Global Commerce, Digital Entertainment and Media Divisions for the Georgia Department of Economic Development and Saba Industries is pleased to report that they announced the soft launch of the Belize International Market: Film - TV - New Media - Animation at the recent Belize International Film Festival. This Market is focused on content development and acquisition, networking, professional development and training workshops. The focus of the Market is on content for the Caribbean, Central and Latin America, and Asia, as well as for the State of Georgia and Hollywood.

Fusarium Wilt Tropical Race 4 of Banana Simulation Exercise
Please be advised that the Belize Agricultural Health authority in collaboration with the International Regional Organization for Agricultural Health (OIRSA), the Ministry of Agriculture, Banana Growers Association and Fyffes will be having a simulation exercise from November 25-29, 2019, in order to assess Belize’s response in the event that fusarium wilt tropical race 4 of banana is detected in Belize. The activities will take place at the PGIA, BAHA plant health diagnostic laboratory, Big Creek port, and a plantain farm in Georgetown. The public is reminded that the OIRSA region including Belize and the wider Caribbenan is free of this devastating banana disease.

German Tour Operators and Journalist Familiarization Tour
BTB photos.

San Pedro Municipal Children's Fair Nov. 29
Everyone's invited to the Municipal Children's Fair on Friday, November 29th, 2019 from 9 am to 1 pm at the Central Park. There will be FREE Birth Registration for Children, FREE Diabetes Test for Children and many other fun and education booths! Also, don't miss the SPTC Quiz Competition starting at 1:30.

The Launch of 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence
At the ITVET Compound on November 25th, 2019 at 3:30 pm. The Launch is expected to end at about 5:30 pm; after-which, there will be a short candlelight vigil to the roundabout on Freetown Road where Orange Awareness Flags will be raised in memory of those we've lost as a result of Gender Based Violence.

Belize Purportedly Identified as “Safe Third Country” by International Media
It has been brought to the attention of the Government of Belize that a news article is in circulation which states that the Trump Administration has identified Belize as a “safe third country” for immigrants trying to reach the United States. The article went on to state that the immigrants will remain in a “safe third country” for the duration of the processing of their asylum requests. This news article is false. The Ministry with responsibility for Immigration and Refugees and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have no knowledge of any agreement for Belize to serve as a “safe third country” for migrants seeking asylum in the United States or of ongoing or concluded conversations in this regard.

Corozal Tree Lighting Ceremony
Corozal Town Tree Lighting Ceremony. Saturday, December 7th in-front of the Town Hall at 7:00 p.m.

Christmas Decorations going up in Corozal
Look what is coming up at Central Park.

San Pedro Wins Four Awards at the [email protected] Celebration
I am supper happy that the San Pedro Town Council and our town, through the SCFM Initiative, captured one of the four silver awards at the [email protected] Celebration. Working to make our town child friendly is not easy. Tireless nights, long hours of work, dedication and sacrifice and working closely with children - but with the help of many organizations, we have come along way. I am supper proud of the CAB and the technical steering committee and in particular Mayor Daniel Guerrero for his unwavering support and commitment to our children on the island. Never have I seen a Mayor that engages children, like Mayor Danny. 2014 to now; Hard work pays off.

Millennium Radio Expo
Millennium Radio had their Toy Drive and Expo at the Cancha Marshalleck last week. They have some great pictures from the event.

Last week, El Pescador hosted over 30 anglers for the Belize edition of the Redbone Tournament "to catch the cure for Cystic Fibrosis." During the three day event, two angler teams fanned out over the 400 square mile fishing area that El Pescador calls home base. In all, the event was a huge success from both a fishing perspective and for money raised towards finding a cure. Many thanks to the crew at Yellow Dog and the organizers at Redbone for an excellent event!

The Rising Entrepreneur Gala
Tonight at the Best Western Biltmore, 6:30pm.

Bonifacio Novelo (19th century) was a Maya Máasewal fighter in the so-called Caste War . He was a Maya caudillo and tatich (in maya: cacique, great chief, in the east of the state of Yucatan, along with Cecilio Chi and Jacinto Pat. For some time before the war he was a merchant traveling the peninsula even reaching to what would become Belize . Bonifacio Novelo children which are known are Claudio Novelo ,Baluina Novelo and Canuto Novelo. Before the beginning of the aforementioned war, Novelo was commander of a thousand Maya who participated in the siege of Valladolid under the orders of Colonel Antonio Trujeque. When the city fell into the hands of the rebels, hundreds were attributed to the ferocious action of Bonifacio Novelo.

Channel 7

5 months Later, Colin Francis Charged For Vasquez Murder
Last night we told you about the bail for Colin Francis - the 28 year old man accused of stabbing Nurse Augustina Elijio and then brutally beating Nestor Vasquez Jr - while he was in police custody. The injuries caused by that attack led to the 60 year old's death two days later. Nestor's Vasquez Junior's younger brother, Jules held a press briefing yesterday to express dismay and alarm that Francis was out on bail - because he has not been charged for the Vasquez murder - which happened in June.

Man Shot in Head A Second Time, Survives Again
Tonight, 25-year-old Justin Stephens Teck, a security guard from Hunter's Lane in Belize City, is critical at the KHMH. That's after he was shot yesterday evening a few blocks away from his family's house. At around 6:05 p.m., Teck was standing in front of a car wash on New Road - not far from the Queen Street Police Station and a police checkpoint - when a gunman came out of a nearby alley and fired several shots at him. Teck was shot to the head and the back, and was rushed to the KHMH.

Bar Association Sues Chief Justice
The Bar Association is suing Chief Justice, Kenneth Benjamin! It's a most unusual, certainly unprecedented turn of events, and it arises from a decision the CJ took almost two years ago. He sidelined the President of the Bar, Cheryl Lynn Vidal from the General Legal Services Commission. The CJ's problem is that Vidal is also the Director of Public Prosecutions - and as a public officer - his interpretation of the law is - she cannot sit on the General Legal Services Commission. That's what the Bar is challenging. It says her seat on this constitutionally created commission is established to ensure independence in the hiring of judicial officers.

Police Trying to Identify Man Found Dead In River
Police are asking for your help in identifying a man found floating in the Belize River behind the Belize Mills Flours factory. This morning at around 8:00 he was seen floating in the river. Police found a male of hispanic dressed in a white T-shirt , with black underwear wearing a black knapsack floating face down on the river.

Grazed Child's Cheek, Found Guilty of Dangerous Harm
Tonight 36 year-old Anthony Crawford is at the Belize Central Prison awaiting a sentence from Justice Colin Williams. He was convicted today of the offense of use of deadly means of harm. The offense is in connection with an incident that occurred on the night of November 13th, 2016. 2 persons, a mother and her daughter, testified in his trial before Justice Williams that they were on Raccoon Extension that night. That's when Crawford, who they identified as their assailant, pulled a gun and fired 8 shots in their direction. One of those bullets grazed the cheek of the girl.

A Fire Trinidad Village
A house burned down last night in Trinidad Village, Orange Walk District. Neighbors did not become aware of the fire until the home was completely engulfed in flames. The owner of the home had allowed friends to live there while she moved in with her elderly father. Today she told CTV-3 that she and the occupants lost items that that were inside the house when it burned. Yolanda Torres, Victim of fire: "Everything burned, it was all lost inside." Reporter: "We understand that you weren't living there." Yolanda Torres: "No, I wasn't living there because I live here with father but I gave my house to some people who are salvadorans. And I gave the house to them so that they can live there..."

Kids, Computers, and Science Solutions
The PUC's annual Raspberry Pi Jam was held today at the Biltmore. The Jam is pretty much an innovation challenge where youth come up with technological solutions to problems affecting the country. I stopped by to see some of the creative solutions: Computer science and programming aren't the first words that come to mind when you think of raspberry pi, but that is exactly what this PUC sponsored event is all about. Sharolyn Dougal, PUC Rep.: "The Raspberry Pi Jam is an event that PUC initially started in 2015. It started as a mobile app workshop and it transitioned into the Raspberry Pi Jam in 2016..."

The Raspberry Solution
We also interviewed the teams from Eden SDA High in Cayo and Belize High School who both tackled the issue of crime and national security in their own way. Eden SDA developed an alarm system that would alert the police of a robbery in progress. Belize High School made a border security watch dog to scan and detect criminal elements attempting to cross the border. Here is more

BTL, Facing New Challenges At 30 Years Privatization
BTL is celebrating its 30th anniversary as a private company. In that time, it has gone from the Belize Telecommunications Limited, to Belize Telemedia Limited, and now to DIGI. Last night, the company had its 13th AGM under the Telemedia name and we found executives and corporate strategists positioning themselves for a date driven future, but still paying for costly, legacy technologies. Jules Vasquez found that the tension between new and old technology had a direct effect on the company's bottom line:

BTL Doesn't Expect To Pay Sales Tax 25 Mil.
And while BTL can still boast of a 17 million dollar profit - there's a lingering tax matter with the GST office that's significantly bigger than that. We found a reference to the multi million dollar dispute with the Sales tax Office. They have calculated it at 25 plus million dollars in taxes arising but not assessed to the company because it is a matter of great accounting dispute. We asked the CEO about it:

Opp Leader Meets With Disgruntled Western Landowner
On last week Thursday's newscast, we took you to the Barrio El Juda area, which is located at the western edge of Benque Viejo Town. That's where Guatemalan Campesinos have started to encroach on Belizean territory in the adjacency zone. Because of the Belize/Guatemala territorial dispute, this is a problem that the Governments of the two countries will have to resolve, but the Foreign Affairs Ministry is trying to use the diplomatic channels to get the Guatemalan Government to step in and remove their citizens.

Financial Literacy For Kids
Are you Financially Literate? That is an uncommon term in many circles, even professional ones, but when discussing money management perhaps, it's best you teach it to kids - since adults are often stuck in their ways. Well the Credit Union League certainly thinks so and to do their part for teaching financial literacy they partnered with Belize Elementary school today to host a national financial literacy competition for students from primary schools across the nation.

Coast Guard's Best Warrior
On Wednesday, we told you about the start of the Belize Coast Guard's 7th Annual Best Warrior Competition. It's a one-of-a-kind competition in Belize where the fittest soldiers from the Coast Guard and the Belize Defense Force challenge each other to complete some of the most physically taxing tasks to find out who is the toughest among them. Sure, it's about bragging rights, but the commanders of these special units get to see first hand just how ready these men are, should they be called upon for dangerous, demanding missions. Our news team stopped by today for the final portion of the competition, and we spoke to Commander Gregory Soberanis about the teams who were jostling for bragging rights. Here's what he had to say about the fierce contest among the teams:

A Future Studio For Belize Film?
Last week we told you that the films "My Father Belize" and "Tecuani and the Duende" had won first place in the category of Best Belizean short film. Well, the Belize Film Commission is more than encouraged by these successes and to prove its commitment to the continued development and production of Belizean films, Film Commissioner Nigel Miguel has gotten a major partner to sign on. He today announced the signing of a statement of intention with Asian philanthropist Malini Saba of Saba Industries to fund and operate a fully functioning, self-sustaining film studio and film production facility in Belize. Now, if it sounds too good to be true - we thought so too.

Channel 5

A Third Attempt on the Life of Justin Stephens
A Belize City man was shot and seriously injured on Thursday evening. Police say that security guard Justin Stephens was standing on New Road when someone shot him twice.  Stephens [...]

John Doe Found Floating in Haulover Creek
The Belize Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a man whose body was fished out of the Haulover Creek this morning in Belize City. John Doe’s [...]

Shots Fired in Griga Dang
Unconfirmed reports reaching our news desk this evening is that there was a shootout in Dangriga this afternoon.   Reliable sources tell News Five that five men, reportedly dressed in blue, [...]

Bar President Files Claim Against Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin
In an unprecedented move, Director of Public Prosecutions Cheryl-Lyn Vidal, in her capacity as president of the Bar Association, has lodged a claim against Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin, following her [...]

Who Presides Over the Case Against the CJ?
Recent appointments, according to Marshalleck, have seen an obvious increase in the number of judicial officers from the Caribbean taking up posts in Belize.  This, he says, is deliberate.  But [...]

Anthony Crawford is Guilty of Shooting Shanaya Whylie
Back in November of 2016, a young girl shot on Racoon Street Extension, Belize City. Police soon picked up Anthony Crawford and charged him with “use of deadly means of [...]

All About Children’s Rights
On the occasion of International Children’s Day, a special sitting of the House was convened in which young students assumed the role of parliamentarians, all thirty-one members of the House. [...]

B.T.L.’s Net Revenue Decreases by 24%
The annual general meeting of B.T.L. took place on Thursday night at the Biltmore Plaza, Belize City.  The utility had a record year in terms of gross revenues, which surpassed [...]

B.T.L.’s C.E.O. on the Way Forward
Recently appointed Chief Executive Officer for B.T.L., Ivan Tesecum highlighted the point that over the past ten years B.T.L. has invested more than five hundred million dollars. Tesecum says this [...]

G.S.T. Department’s Audit of B.T.L. Financials Still Ongoing
On page thirty-four of B.T.L.’s financial statement, there is an item listed as ‘contingencies.’  It states that there is an ongoing audit by the General Sales Tax Department on the [...]

Paslow Building Renamed to Belize Heritage Plaza
Belizeans chose “Belize Heritage Plaza” to be the name of the building that will occupy the site of the Paslow Building. Earlier this year, some Belizeans protested renaming the site [...]

Belize is NOT a ‘Safe Third Country’
The government asserts tonight that it has no agreement with the United States as a safe third country. The statement from the government was prompted by an international news article [...]

Raspberry Pi Jam 2019: Solutions for Challenges in Belize
High schools from across the country gathered in Belize City today where students participated in a competition for young innovators.  The goal is to use a miniature computer platform to [...]

Belize Fades from Black to Grey List in EU Designation
With recent news of Belize being removed from the European Union’s list of non-cooperative jurisdictions, is the country doing enough to turn around its status?  And what about funds received [...]

Revenue Expected to Take a Hit Due to Drought
The Statistical Institute of Belize continues to issue quarterly releases on the country’s economic performance.  While G.D.P. estimates for the third quarter will be shared during S.I.B.’s final press conference [...]

B.D.F. Team Defeats the Coast Guard to Win the 2019 Best Warrior Competition
After three days of gruelling competition, the Belize Defence Force proved they are a force to reckon. A group of eight soldiers broke records to take home for the first [...]

Tacos Festival Goes Down in Sugar City This Weekend
All roads lead to Sugar City on Sunday where the ninth annual Tacos Fest is set to go down at the Central Park in Orange Walk Town.  Vendors from across [...]

The Tourism Trends in Belize
In early November, the Belize Tourism Board released its mid-year insight into tourism performance for the Jewel. And while there are some ups and downs, the industry continues to boom. [...]

The Belize International Film Market is Launched
The Belize Film Commission is officially launching the Belize International Film Market and Belize-based Studio Complex with Saba Industries. The announcement was made today, via a press release where the [...]

Re: Today's Belize News: November 23, 2019 [Re: Marty] #539334
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GOB spent $1.3 billion without parliamentary approval
On Tuesday, March 5, 2019, the Leader of the Opposition, People’s United Party (PUP), Hon. John Briceño, Orange Walk Central area representative, and Hon. Julius Espat, chairman of the Public Accounts Committee and Cayo South area representative, filed a fixed date claim at the Supreme Court, naming Prime Minister Dean Barrow, Minister of Finance, as the first defendant, and Joseph Waight, Financial Secretary, as second defendant for spending $1.3 billion without parliamentary approval. The PUP leaders’ lawsuit is contending that the United Democratic Party government of Prime Minister Dean Barrow has spent $1.3 billion in violation of the Finance and Audit Reform Act and in violation of the Constitution of Belize.

Justin Teck, 24, shot on New Road
Justin Steven Teck, 24, of Kelly Street, is presently in a critical condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital after he was shot tonight in his abdomen and grazed in the head by an unknown gunman at a distance of about 350 feet from the Queen Street Police Station while walking on New Road on the sidewalk by the NBZR car wash. Teck told police that about 7:30, he was walking towards Queen Street when he was shot. He was taken to the hospital by paramedics in a BERT ambulance.

Jahvis Wagner, 22, shot dead in Dangriga
At about 7:30 Monday night, on the eve of Garifuna Settlement Day, Jahvis Wagner, 22, a Dangriga resident, was standing in front of his house on Commerce Street in Harlem Square, Dangriga, listening to some drummers who were playing in his yard. Shortly after, the drummers and a group of persons who were listening to them began to disperse, but Wagner remained, awaiting a lifelong friend who was coming toward him from an alley. Before this friend reached him, another friend, on a motorbike, stopped in the street to talk to Wagner.

The children have spoken
In celebration of International Children’s Day and the 30th anniversary of the signing of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, thirty-one Belizean youths assumed the roles of parliamentarians at the House of Representatives on Wednesday, November 20. While the idea of children hosting a National Assembly meeting might seem comical, these bright scholars were commended from all corners for being well-researched, well-spoken and poised as they represented the thirty-one constituencies across the country.

Raffles and giveaways in celebration of KREM’s 30th anniversary of service to the community
Amandala’s media sister, KREM FM, 96.5, a community radio station located on the KREMANDALA compound on Partridge Street, celebrated its 30th anniversary today. KREM is an outstanding and dynamic radio station, one of its kind in the nation. There were a series of activities leading up to the 30th birthday of KREM, and on Monday, a series of raffles and giveaways were conducted in commemoration of the event.

In San Pedro, BEL opens new office; gets ready for future energy needs
Over the last few decades, San Pedro has grown from a sleepy fishing village to a major tourist destination. This phenomenal growth requires a lot of adjustment in terms of the infrastructure that is necessary to sustain the level of growth that is taking place. One area in which a massive increase is taking place is the consumption of energy, so, in order to address this trend, the Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) opened a new branch office to serve the fastest-growing municipality in the country.

Denver Bevans, 18, remanded for the murder of fireman Jiovanni Lennan
The young man who arrived this morning on the police bus transporting detained persons to court attempted to hide his face from court reporters and television cameras as he was being escorted into Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser’s #1 court. When the Chief Magistrate was asking the young man to provide personal details about himself, the accused teenager spoke in a barely audible voice. The young man —Denver Bevans, 18 — was charged by police with the murder of fireman and athlete Jiovanni Lennan, 30.

Bar Association files claim against Chief Justice and members of the JLSC
The Bar Association of Belize has filed a fixed date claim at the Supreme Court naming Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin, in his capacity as the Chairman of the Judicial and Legal Services Commission (JLSC), as the first defendant. Others named in the lawsuit are the Solicitor General, the second defendant; the Chairperson of the Public Service Commission, the third defendant; the Governor General of Belize, the fourth defendant; and the Attorney General as the fifth defendant. Under the Constitution of Belize, the President of the Bar Association is a member of the JLSC.

Wasani Castro, 26, a son of Minister Edmond Castro, charged with assaulting woman police officer
Wasani Castro, 26, a son of NEMO and Transport Minister Edmond Castro, who has had previous brushes with the law, is once more before the court. He is presently facing charges for assault of a police officer. Castro had previously been in the media spotlight for allegedly assaulting police officers twice in the past, but no charges were brought against him. This time, Castro was accused of assaulting a senior woman police officer, who decided to press charges against him.

Joyce Dawson, 27, missing in Cancun, Mexico
Joyce Dawson, 27, a customer representative from Santa Elena, Cayo District, has been reported missing in Cancun, Mexico. She was last heard from on Saturday, October 26. Dawson’s family said that she was working at a call center in Cancun as a customer representative. Mexican authorities have issued a missing person poster, and Dawson’s family and police are seeking public assistance to find her.

Two cops face punishment for escape of suspect in Derrick Ramirez’s murder
Two policemen who had custody of Oscar Williams, Jr., 23, the main suspect in the death of Dangriga fisherman Derrick Ramirez, 24, will face stiff punishment for Williams’ escape from them on Cross Caye, Stann Creek District. Ramirez’s body was found in an advanced state of decomposition in the Gra-Gra Lagoon in the Commerce Bight area of Dangriga on Monday, August 12, after he was reported missing at sea for about a week, and the prime suspect, Williams, was caught by the Coast Guard, who handed him over to the policemen.

Court sets date for Belize City Council stay of execution hearing
The Belize City Council was ordered to pay former City Administrator, Candice Miller, almost $400,000 in a wrongful termination lawsuit that Miller brought against the People’s United Party (PUP)-controlled Belize City Council. The City Council, however, had a 21-day period to file an appeal of the judgment that was handed down by Supreme Court Justice Courtenay Abel. This morning, attorney William Lindo, Jr., appeared in the Supreme Court of Justice Abel on behalf of the Belize City Council.

Editorial: GoB must respond to latest Guatemalan encroachment urgently
Jorge Emilio Espat, a Belizean who owns land along the border between Belize and Guatemala, has notified Belizean authorities and a representative of the Organization of American States (OAS) that Guatemalan citizens are squatting on his land and some of them are even building houses. The Amandala reported that Mr. Espat told the media that the OAS representative has been to the area with him, and that the representative “deemed that about ten lots occupied by the Guatemalans are on Belizean territory.” This is far from the first time that Guatemalan citizens have encroached on our territory, which they do to raid mineral resources, poach plants and lumber and animals from the forest, and sometimes to establish farms and even settlements.

From The Publisher
News was received here this morning of the kidnapping and shooting death of Belizean-born Gerald Cattouse in Guatemala City. Gerald Cattouse, eldest son of the late Hon. Albert Cattouse and Mrs. Kathleen Fairweather Cattouse, had lived in Guatemala for the last thirty years and owned a very lucrative tourist business – Jerry’s Tours – which catered mostly to Americans. His business reportedly had branches in many towns and Cattouse was a wealthy man. He disappeared on Friday night after work, and it was on Saturday that one of his former secretaries picked out and identified his face from among the bodies at the Guatemala City morgue awaiting burial. There were 9 bullets in his body.

City champions, Belize Elementary girls and Holy Redeemer boys are National Primary Schools Volleyball Champions
The National Primary Schools Volleyball Championship 2019-2020 was hosted today at the Belize Civic Center and Stars Gym in Belize City, and it featured the 6 female and 6 male primary school district champions. Participating female and male district champion primary schools from their respective districts were: Females – Belize Elementary (Belize); San Marcos RC (Cayo); Louisiana Gov’t (Orange Walk); Mary Hill RC (Corozal); Holy Angel’s RC (Stann Creek); and San Felipe Gov’t (Toledo).

Dangriga sports stats – T.V. Ramos Cycling Classic winners
Here are the winners of the Annual T.V. Ramos Cycling Classic held yesterday in Dangriga. In the Elite Category, the 2019-2020 T.V. Ramos Cycling Classic Champion is Richard Santiago from Team Clear the Land; second was Erwin Middleton from Team Digicell; third was Ernest Bradley from Team Clear the Land; and in fourth place was Brandon Cattouse from Team Smart.

Mike’s Cue Club 8-Ball Tournament – Pure Guard, Champs!!!
The Mike’s Cue Club 8-Ball Tournament ended in Belmopan on Sunday, November 17, with Pure Guard, sponsored by Westrac, as champs. Here are more details: The tournament started with 7 teams; and then it was down to the semi-finals with the top 4 seeded; and then the finals with the two top teams, namely Pure Guard and Palma’s Strikers.

Bye, bye, one heroine; welcome to the new girl …
… who I must say is just in time to get us prepared to defend ourselves from the horrible flu season that is now here. I guess that in this politics bizniz it is all about numbers, and the numbers who supported Ms. Dolores for what the philistines at Wave condemned her for, must not be as significant as the crowd who endorse appearances over good health. Politics in Belize has nothing to do with principle: everything is about getting elected. Did I call the Wave, “philistines”? They are that, sometimes. They are no Garifuna teachers. They are not about education; they are only about what is good for their party. As government they should realize that sick people are not as productive as healthy people, that a healthy population is best for the economy. Bah, down the drain they sent a great initiative to make our nation become more health conscious.

The economy and independence
Two words, two words we take for granted every day we live on planet earth. What do they mean? How do these words affect our daily lives? Let’s start with the economy. What does it mean when we talk about the economy of say Belize or another of the 190 nation-states of the United Nations? The economy of Belize means all the goods (rum, chicken, concrete, furniture, beer, sugar, orange juice concentrate, bananas, meats, boats, etc.) produced in Belize.

The big picture
Let’s face it. Collectively, we blew it; our youths do not respect us! When we see them acting out their distorted perception of manhood in the streets of Belize City today, we really should look at it in a bigger context, and we should be willing to accept responsibility for not providing a culture of high esteem that told these youths who they were and where they came from. The problem began in the home, or because of the absence of one. Many of these youths were deprived of a healthy, nurturing environment that every home should provide.

Matron becomes Principal Nursing Officer
The affection between Matron and Mr. Reg remained strong as time passed, and outsiders seeing them together would never know that they lived apart. He maintained the household financially, paying taxes and all other bills, which were sent directly to his office; and was available to provide any assistance she might need. Jerome, the one most affected by the situation, made only one reference to it, and to my mother, who showed him the same love that she did to her own children, taking pride in his accomplishments and correcting him gently when necessary. For a boy he was, indeed, very tidy, well-behaved and quiet, according to Mama, who held him up to my younger brothers as a good example.

What will Japan do with all of its empty “ghost” homes?
Population decline is a major issue for many countries. It’s of particular concern for Japan, which after experiencing a major boom throughout the 20th Century is now seeing steep population contraction. In 2018 the lowest number of babies were born since the country began keeping records, while deaths steadily outpaced births. And, as populations decline in countries across the globe, the demand for housing will also drop as the number of households decreases. This is already happening in Japan, where the country’s dramatically ageing population is fuelling a massive inventory of vacant homes. Known as ‘akiya’, these are homes left abandoned without heirs or new tenants.

Independence did not bring milk and honey to all
Dear Editor, As I examine the history of Belize, I notice a shift from determinate optimism to indeterminate pessimism. During the fight for independence in the 1940s and 1950s, the majority of the population was sure that if they took political control of Belize, things would be much better. This was demonstrated by the vigor and vitality of the nationalist movement. By the 1980s after independence, things had changed. Independence did not bring milk and honey to all. Life did improve somewhat, but people noticed that Belizeans replaced the British, and social stratification was similar to colonial times.

Pension complaint from Dallas, Texas
Dear Editor, Recently I received an email from the Treasury Pension Department telling me that, because the bank made an error and wrote the wrong name on my pension check, they will be sending the October pension check in November, along with the November check. The inconveniences caused by this are many. I wrote and asked if they could correct it and send the check, but the answer was substantially the same: they will send the check in November, along with the November check.

Ambergris Caye holiday “war games”
Dear Editor, In just a few more weeks, the season of “war games” begins on Ambergris Caye. What I’m referring to is the period from mid-November to mid-January, when roving bands of singles and groups of 6-15 year-olds take over the island and turn it into a simulated war zone. By “war zone,” I mean the constant sound of illegal fireworks filling the air from sun-up to sometimes midnight; minute after minute, hour after hour, day after day. This has been going on unchecked for years, no matter how many complaints the Police Department receives.

Some media advice from Hart Tillett
Dear Editor, A few years back a young journalist (I’ll call him KayJee) from a well-known network TV station in the USA was visiting Belize. News coverage of his interactions at the time with the media houses here, shows that he excoriated our news agencies for the way in which they reported stories involving acts of extreme violence. Officially, one got the impression that media heads agreed to clean up their reporting. The network rep, I understand, has Belizean roots, and was back in Belize recently.

The Reporter

American Charged For Fatal Road Traffic Accident
Steven Olivas, 40, a resident of Hopkins Village, Stann Creek was knocked down and killed late last Friday night as he was riding a bicycle about a mile out of the village.

Honoring The Rights Of Children, Kim Simplis Barrow
Belize’s Special Envoy for Women and Children Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow has a special message for the children of Belize.

Security Guard Shot Near Police Station
A security guard from Hunter’s Lane in Belize City is in critical condition at the KHMH after he was shot Thursday evening, (Nov 21st), just down the street from the Queen Street Police Station.


Body found floating in Haulover Creek
There has been no official report from the police, but reports indicate that around 8 o’clock this morning a body was fished out of the Haulover. The body was found floating in the river behind Dream Like City on the Philip Goldson Highway.

Justin Teck shot again
25-year-old Justin Stephen Teck is in a critical but stable condition after he was shot yesterday evening on New Road, Belize City. Reports are that Teck was standing in front of a car wash when the shooter emerged from a nearby alley and fired multiple shots in his direction.

BAHA to test for fungi affecting banana plantations
The Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) will be having a simulation exercise from November 25 to 29 in order to assess Belize’s response in the event that fusarium wilt of banana is detected in Belize. Fusarium wilt tropical race 4 is a fungus which causes the death of banana trees.

Honoring Reverend James A.C Elliott
The fourth annual Reverend Dr Claude Cadogan Lecture series hosted by Wesley Junior College took place last night. Featured in last night’s presentation was Reverend James Elliot.

Children’s Day celebrated in Belmopan
Activities in accordance with National Children’s Day are underway in Belmopan. Cayo Correspondent, Fem Cruz has the details.

Tevin Cacho charged for possession of a controlled drug
Today, 26-year-old Tevin James Cacho appeared before Senior Magistrate Trecia Pitts-Anderson where he was arraigned on a charge of “possession of controlled drug”. Cacho informed the court that he was pleading guilty with an explanation.

Anthony Crawford adjourned to November 29
This afternoon a jury comprised of five females and three males unanimously returned a guilty verdict after deliberating for three and a half hours in the trial of 36-year-old Anthony Crawford. Crawford was charged with the “use of deadly means of harm with intent to cause grievous harm” in relation to 13-year-old Shanaya Whylie.

Belize International Film Market and Based Studio Complex.
The Belize Film Commission and Saba Industries announced the launch of the Belize International Film Market and Belize’s Based Studio Complex. The Market will feature filming in Belize, with the opportunity to see Belize's diverse locations, rebates, and other private funding availability.

Day two of Belize Best Warrior Competition 2019
Today was the second day into the Best Warrior Competition between the Belize Coast Guard and the Belize Defence Force. Reporter Naim Borges is following the event and filed this report. Dawson, Alive and well
A missing person’s flyer is in circulation in Quintana Roo with the name of a Belizean woman. 27-year-old Joyce Dawson who was reportedly working at a call centre in Cancun, Mexico was reportedly last heard from by family members on October 26, 2019.

Joining forces to tackle health diseases in Belize
The Ministry of Health along with other stakeholders are combining their efforts and resources to tackle common issues. Today, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) partnered in collaboration with the Ministry of Health hosted a meeting in Belize.

Awaiting the court’s ruling
As we noted, the arguments have concluded in court and now it is up to the court to make its ruling. Senior Counsel Eamon Courtney spoke to the media following today’s proceedings.

Who will win 2019 Best Warrior Competition?
The Best Warrior Competition is an annual event where men and women of the Belize Coast Guard and the Belize Defence Force compete for the title of Best Warrior. Yesterday was the start of the 3-day event. Here are highlights of the first day as presented by Reporter Naim Borges.

Municipal leaders sign sister city relation agreement
A sister city relation agreement was signed with municipal leaders of Punta Gorda Town and La Ceiba, Honduras. Toledo Correspondent, Paul Mahung reports.

Case against the Government of Belize continues
The People’s United Party and the Government of Belize were back in court today. As we reported yesterday, the opposition is seeking the court’s intervention to stop the government from spending monies without getting approval from the House of Representatives. Each year the government goes to a budget debate where they present the Consolidated Revenue Fund, or in simpler terms, they make projections on how much they will spend for the year in the various sectors.

Financial Secretary says our financial debt is stable
While the supplementary budgets are only a percentage of the country’s finances, there is the question as to what the status of the country’s economy is. Financial Secretary didn’t go into much detail, only to say that there is the need for more investments.

Deception via facebook
72-year-old Allan Stamp of Placencia Village, Stann Creek District was deceived with the purchase of a golf cart via Facebook. Stamp made arrangements with Thomas Young, the salesman to make a deposit towards the cart.

Man Shot in Broad Daylight
There was a shooting this afternoon just after midday. Love News responded to the report but when we got there the victim, Francis Arana had already been taken to the hospital. Arana was reportedly shot on the right hand on Oleander Street in the Lake Independence area.

New name has been selected for Former Paslow Building
A name has been selected for the new structure being built at the corner of Queen and North Front Streets in Belize City. Following a competition by the Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project, the name, Belize Heritage Plaza was selected as the winning submission.

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GOB sets record straight on fake news article
The Government of Belize has issued a statement regarding a fake news article making false […]

Team Belize gets commanding victory over Guatemala in volleyball championship
Belize’s U-18 squad rebounded from a loss to Costa Rica with a victory over Guatemala […]

Body reportedly found floating behind Dream Like City
The Belize Police Department needs public assistance to identify a body. At around 8 a.m. […]

Candle light vigil organized for Jahvin and Jebran Wagner
Over the weekend, the young people of Dangriga Town will be hosting a candlelight vigil […]

EU still not done with Belize; more work to do on tax compliance
Financial Secretary Joseph Waight confirms that Belize is not entirely off the hook with regard to […]

Christmas cheer coming despite drought-cursed year
Since about 2013, at the height of the Petrocaribe bonanza, the Government of Belize has set […]

Court to decide major parties’ clash over supplementary spending in New Year; GOB makes concessions
After submissions in court on Thursday, Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin is to consider the following: […]

Belize Agricultural Health Authority to host banana simulation exercise
The Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) and the International Regional Organization for Agricultural Health (OIRSA) […]

Giovani Ian Lennan laid to rest on his birthday
Slain athlete and firefighter, Geovani Ian Lennan, is to be laid to rest today on […]

Police investigate shooting incident in Belize City
Police are investigating a shooting incident that occurred yesterday morning in Belize City. Around 11:45 […]

Mother charged with wounding during brawl
Nicole Lamb, 28, a mother of two, who allegedly cut Angela Bennett twice with a […]

Man hospitalized following shooting
A Belize City man is hospitalized following a shooting incident last night. Reports are that […]

Costa Rica hands out first loss to Belize in U-18 regional volleyball tournament
Hosts Costa Rica gave Belize a tough test last night in the 13th Under-18 Central […]


Directions? Look for the Sails
Being long overdue for a picnic, my friend Cindy decided to plan one. It was not just any old picnic, she planned a Pirate Flotilla. Six Hobie Cats and a one-speed boat transported many people, three king-size coolers and all sorts of other bits. Being a smart organizer, Cindy had the Hobie’s leaving at 9:00 am. Not long after the first boatload of people and food left. The rest of us caught the 10:00 am ride with our friend Jorge. As you can see by my featured image above, the directions to get to our secluded picnic site on the west side of Ambergris Caye were easy. Head north past Cayo Espanto private island resort and look to the right for the sails.

Laughing Bird Caye…forever in my heart!
Laughing Bird Caye National Park was the first island I visited in Belize at the young age of ten. I grew up in Seine-Bight Village located in the peninsula of the Stann Creek District and Laughing Bird Caye is located right off the coast of the peninsula via a 30 minutes boat ride. Since then, Laughing Bird Caye has always had a special place in my heart. While growing up, I made several visits to it during school trips, clean-up campaigns, and even sometimes just to enjoy all that it has to offer. Laughing Bird Caye is the southernmost island in the central lagoon of the Belize Barrier Reef. This long, narrow isle stands on an elongated ridge of reef known as a faro. This angular atoll on a continental shelf is also known as a shelf atoll. Like an atoll, a faro is steep-sided and encloses a central lagoon. The Laughing Bird Faro is separated from the mainland, the barrier reef, and other cayes by deep channels on all sides.

Tamales – A Mestizo Christmas Tradition
One of the most important dishes in the Mestizo culture, especially for Christmas, is tamales. This traditional dish is unlike the Mexican tamale, whereby the tamales are not wrapped in corn husks, but are instead wrapped in banana leaves. Tamales are kind of the original to-go food with the leaves making them portable snacks. While tamales are not difficult to make, preparing the filings and masa are a lengthy process. Perhaps that is why it is considered a tradition in a Hispanic household, because of the many hands required for the assembly line, it is a great excuse for family and friends to get together – which is really the crux of the holiday spirit! – and the end results of the tamales can absolutely blow your taste buds away.

Tips to Protect the Reef
Here are some tips to take into consideration when visiting: Try your best to refrain from touching the corals- oils from your skin can disturb the corals and cause the death of an entire colony. As well, certain types of corals can cut or sting you. Do not swim too close or stand on the coral- they look strong but in fact, they are very fragile and can break easily. Don’t fish or anchor your boat near the reef- the fishing lines, nets, and hooks can cause damage to corals. As well as the anchor of your boat can cause much damage. Don’t throw garbage in the water, leave it on the boat. Do not break a piece of coral to take as a souvenir. It is a living organism and you will kill it. Avoid wearing sunscreen but if you do, use oxybenzone free. Support organizations dedicated to protecting the reef.

A Look Back At The Citrus Industry
Citrus is the oldest and most important agro-industry in the country. Old records show that citrus was being grown in British Honduras as far back as 1859. In the Stann Creek Valley, since 1913, when three gentlemen decided to become investors in a joint venture. Three pioneers, a colonial surgeon, Doctor Smith Osborne Browne, Alfred Edward Vine, manager of the British Honduras Syndicate, and then banana grower William Alfred Jex Bowman imported nine hundred budding grapefruit trees from Florida. These became the first citrus fruits ever to be exported to England. By 1954, the grapefruit industry reached the million-dollar mark.

Why Belize Must Move To Ban Gillnets
Belizean law not only sets stringent gillnet sizing laws but forbids their use within Marine Protected Areas. Dasha Shivers, Managing Director for Ray Caye and Ray Caye staffers go above and beyond when it comes to protecting marine parks and advocating on behalf of responsible fishing. Oceana and The Belize Coalition For Sustainable Fisheries have committed over two million dollars to the Belize Government to help fishermen refrain from using gillnets and there is an official ban that has been sanctioned by sustainable fisheries management that supports biodiversity and works to ensure Belize food security.

International Sourcesizz

The colonial history of British Guiana
It's not often that the British empire is considered as a significant force in the Americas. Of course, its crown colonies in the Caribbean and a string of former island possessions are well known, though the colonies of British Honduras (now Belize, which still has Elizabeth II as head of state) and British Guiana (now Guyana) are perhaps less noted. While it is true that Britain always maintained an informal empire in the western hemisphere, which took in massive interests in places like Chile and Argentina, much of that is now largely subsumed into Anglo-US interests. Britain was responsible for bringing slave labour from west Africa to carry out the one staple industry of British Guiana — sugar production.

Milt Palacio Not Dead: Retired NBA Player Still Alive
Milt Palacio, the retired American-Belizean basketball player, is alive-and-well following rumors of his passing. Megan Walsh, the public relations coordinator for the Brooklyn Nets told, “These reports are inaccurate – we have spoken to Milt, and he is fine.” At the time of the death hoax, Palacio is the assistant coach at the Nets’ G-League affiliate, the Long Island Nets. A fake news story circulated on the morning of November 22 that said Palacio had been knocked down by a car outside of a mall in Toronto on the night of November 21. The story said that Palacio had been rushed to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The fake story added that the cause of the crash was “failed brakes.”

Belize: Economic Substance Legislation
Belize, like other Caribbean jurisdictions, has enacted a series of laws seeking to comply with international Economic Substance requirements. Please note that the issuance of the final Guidelines on the matter of Economic Substance in Belize is expected sometime before the end of this year. Therefore, this document may not be considered as the final interpretation as it may still vary in certain aspects.



  • Big group of coatimundis on Consejo Road, 1/2min. There was a very large troupe of coatimundis (over 20) on the Consejo Road this morning with lots of babies. Many ran back into the bushes as we went past but some were tempted back to feed at the side of the road.

  • Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), 73min. The international community celebrates today as Universal Children's Day. The focus is on the Convention on the Rights of the Child and how the world's governments are progressing on the commitment to create enabling environments for children to thrive. In Belize we are marking the day with a Children's Parliament. Children from across the country invaded the National Assembly to speak on the issues they identified as priorities. We took OYE to Belmopan to speak with the organizers about why this event was important and how it furthers the advocacy for children's rights.

  • The Public Utilities Commission will host its annual Raspberry Pi Jam 2019 competition, 17min. The Public Utilities Commission will host its annual Raspberry Pi Jam 2019 competition this Friday. High School students will use this credit-card sized gadget to create all types of innovative technology. Olga Urbina Gough, Public Relations/Consumer Affairs Manager at the PUC, talked with us about the event. You can check out the inventions this Friday at the Best Western Biltmore Plaza.

  • Indian Kitchen Belize Anil Nishad - A& A Indian Kitchen Belize, 43min. Today's show closed with the intoxicating aroma of the Indian inspired food from A & A Indian Kitchen Belize. The duo shared a recipe for samosa and curry fish. On our couch. Ajay Kumar Nishad - A& A Indian Kitchen Belize, Anil Nishad - A& A Indian Kitchen Belize.

  • KTV Latino Season 4 Winner, 26min. On Monday night Desmond Berry achieved his ultimate goal of being crowned winner of KTV Latino Season 4! We spoke with him about what the win means for him and how it honors the life of his son who has been his source of inspiration this season.

  • Belize 2019, 5min. Enjoy a journey to Belize. Visit the 2nd largest and most alive barrier reef. Learn how to make chocolate. And more...

  • Young jaguar on Caracol Road, .5min.

  • Miles Matter - Virtual Belizean Run Club, 14min. Here's an interesting way some folks in the online community is using technology and social media to promote health and wellness. It's called Miles Matter and it is a Virtual Belizean Run Club. They are recruiting new members and so we invited Bryon Martinez to talk to us about how it works and how you can sign up.

  • Bruk It Down Jenny - How to effectively communicate with women, 36min. Bruk It Down with Jenny returned for part two of our communication series. This week Jenny Lovell, Mental Health Therapist, talked about how to effectively communicate with women. She shared ways you can improve the communication in your relationship and spoke about tools such as active listening and using I-statements.

  • Universal Tacos Fest brought "Shugah City Tacos", 19min. Universal Tacos Fest brought "Shugah City Tacos" to OYE. The 9th Annual Tacos Fest takes place this November 24th at the Central Park. Our guest shared that there will be over 30 vendors selling a variety of tacos. We tasted some courtesy Taqueria Alicia. On set: Dillon Jones - Organizer, Universal Tacos Fest. Andrew Salgado - Quality Poultry Ltd. Jessica Carbajal - Taqueria Alicia.

  • CRC Awards 2019, 3hr. Convention on the Rights of Children

  • The Battle of St Georges Caye in the Spanish Colonial records Belize History Association 2016, 1hr22min. This lecture is a presentation on recent transcriptions of Colonial Spanish records accounts of the Battle of St. George's Caye, a pivotal moment in Belize's political history and the larger Yucatan Peninsula.

  • UnBELIZEable Old Belize family park to visit. Old Belize, 6min. "Old Belize" is the best place to spend the day with the family in Belize City. It has a train ride through Belizean History, a large swimming hole with a HUGE water slide, rope swing, floating obstacles, and tubes to relax in. The marina is full of big boats and the restaurant has good food too. Their open Tuesday through Sunday (closed Monday's - unless its a cruise ship day or Belizean holiday, then they open) and for a whole day of swimming the price is reasonable. Located in Belize City on the George Price High 5 mile. This video will give you an idea of what there all to do with your family at Old Belize.

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