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Today's Belize News: July 24, 2018 - 07/24/18 12:21 PM


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The San Pedro Sun

Eliza Carr is the 2018 Taste of Belize Master Chef!
20 Master Chefs took the competition floor, but only 1 walked away with the title of Belize’s Master Chef 2018. Eliza Carr, one of only two females competing, managed to impress the judges with her culinary creations in each round, and when the final bite of dessert had been tasted, she was declared the winner. Held on Saturday, July 21st inside the King’s Room at the Ramada Belize City Princess Hotel & Casino, the Taste of Belize is one of the Belize Tourism Board’s signature culinary spectacles aimed at recognizing and promoting Belizean cuisine. Aside from the Master Chef competition, there was also a Pastry Chef, Bartending and Junior Chef Category as well. With mystery basket ingredients like callaloo, chicken and chocolate, or turmeric, red snapper and cassava, or flank steak, plantains and coffee, the Master Chefs were challenged to bring their best game in terms of creativity, flavor and originality.

Action Twenty 24 hosts successful summer camp
The sixth annual Action Twenty 24 summer camp brought fun to over 80 island children ages 6 to 13 from Monday, July 16th to Thursday, July 19th in San Pedro Town. The camp, which teaches children sports skills and promotes Christian-based values, took place in the mornings at the Honourable Louis Sylvestre Sporting Complex from 9AM to 11AM and at the New Horizon Seventh Day Adventist Primary School from 2PM to 4PM. This year a total of 18 volunteers from the United States of America hosted the camp.

Caye Caulker airport almost ready; Tropic Air to resume flights in November
There has been significant progress in the renovation of the Caye Caulker airstrip. Previously expected to be ready by mid-June of 2018, different factors, such as the weather, have delayed progress. The airstrip has been closed since October of 2017, when local airlines, Tropic Air and Maya Island Air, suspended services to the island due to unsafe conditions. But the recent notable improvements have triggered Tropic Air to announce the opening of flights to La Isla Cariñosa beginning November 15, 2018.

Ambergris Today

PUP Loses San Pedro Election Petition In Court
On Friday, July 20, 2018, the Supreme Court of Belize Kenneth Benjamin rejected the People’s United Party’s (PUP) petition of the results of the Mach 7, 2018 Municipal Elections in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. Chief Justice dismissed the PUP’s request that the election be declared void and that the U.D.P.’s Daniel ‘Danny’ Guerrero and his slate were not duly elected. He agreed with the PUP there there were irregularities that occurred during the election, however they were not large enough to influence the elections results.

Misc Belizean Sources

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SBDCBelize Customer Service Seminar
If you are a manger of or a small business owner, then this training is for you. This training is a part of the support strategies for MSMEs in an effort to strengthen small business and allow them to grow.

Corozal - SEA FOAM - GILLNETS - GARBAGE
Large amounts of sea foam or spume were being pushed out towards the east of our Corozal Bay this morning. Initially the white packs of foam appeared to be, from a distance, garbage floating over our Corozal Bay, so we immediately ran out to investigate. Sea foam is said to be created by the disturbance of seawater, particularly when it contains higher concentrations of dissolved organic matter derived from sources such as the offshore breakdown of algal blooms. Eventhough, we were relieved that it was just sea foam, we were disappointed to witness several floating devices holding what appears to be various gillnets on our bay. One was close to the entrance of the "Chorro" across the park in-front of the old Social Security Building.

BWS Annual General Meeting
BWS invites all shareholders to it's Annual General Meeting to be held at SCA Multipurpose Mercy Center, Marine Parade, on August 24, 2018 7:00pm.

NACHAN CAN OR NACHAN KA’AN
NACHAN CAN OR NACHAN KA’AN is the Halach Uinik of the Kuchkabal of Chactemal . Chactemal or Ch'aak temal means “Place of the Red Wood or where the red trees grow ” in the Yucatec Maya language . Its territory included part of southern Quintana roo(Mex) and northern Belize reaching to what is today Guinea Grass being its capital today Santa Rita temple in Corozal . He is also the father of Zazil Ha who married a Spaniard called Gonzalo Guerrero who became Maya and became part of our culture and our struggle . When the Spanish came they ask the lord of Chactemal to give tribute to Spain, Nachan Can answer was that his only tribute will be “turkeys in the shape of spears and corn in the shape of arrows" .

Taste of Belize 2018 Winners!
An impressive display of Belizean culinary ingenuity and mixology took place over the weekend as part of this year’s Taste of Belize, the BTB’s signature culinary competition. The event was held on Saturday, July 21st at the Ramada Belize City Princess. The following are the results of the competition in the four main categories.

Update on Re-Registration of Electors Exercise
The Elections and Boundaries Department is pleased to update the public on the ongoing Re-registration of Electors Exercise. An update is hereby provided for the period 15th to 21st July 2018. Registration Centers continue to be open in all thirty-one (31) electoral divisions country-wide to facilitate the acceptance of applications for the registration of electors. During the period, a total of Eighteen Thousand Five Hundred (18,500) applications have been accepted, therefore the total number of applications received as of 21st July 2018 is Fifty-Four Thousand Four Hundred and Fifty-One (54,451).

Police Cadet Annual National Camp
Two hundred and thirty (230) participants between the ages of 10-17 are being housed this week at the Toledo Community College for the Police Cadet Annual National Camp. Our Department participated in the opening ceremonies yesterday 22/07/2018 and returned today 23/07/2018 to conduct presentations on our Department and the work we do nationally. DYS salutes the Police Department for a camp well organized and for the positive work they continue to do with young people.

Youth Hangout and Information Sharing Day
Saturday, June 28, 9am-1pm. Hon. Louis Sylvestre Sporting Arena in San Pedro

B.D.F Summer Camp

Empowering young people through sports!
Orange Walk Sports Council - empowering young people through sports! On Friday, the Department Of Youth Services gave a talk to bring awareness to bullying and team building. We are inviting all kids to come out as the camp continues this week!

First Regional Summer Camp for Youths Engaged in Agriculture
The Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with the Belmopan Police Department is hosting their first regional summer camp for Youths Engaged in Agriculture. The camp will last for two weeks and will have participants from the Cayo and Belize Districts. The Belize District participants will attend from July 23rd to July 27th, while the Cayo District group will attend from July 30th to August 3rd. The objective of the summer camp is to make agriculture more appealing to the youths, recognizing it as a vital career, especially with an ageing population of farmers. The camp also serves as a means of keeping youths engaged in positive activities, reducing incidences of crime committed by youths.

Casting Call for Both Miss Earth Belize and Miss World Belize

Miss East Indian "Capture Cultural Rhythm"
COROZAL ORGANIZATION OF EAST INDIAN CULTURAL HERITAGE (COEICH) Presents Mis East Indian "Capture Cultural Rhythm" at the Andres Campus Civic Center this Saturday, July 28th at 7:00 P.M. Tickets:- General Admission $5 - Reserve $10 & $15. This news shack apologizes for the quality of the flyer. We can't see the names of the candidates or the phone number of the members to buy the tickets from. Please support our East Indian Culture. It is an integral part of our northern culture and lives. Contact Miss Millie to get tickets with her number at 622-5679 or at her home number.

Poaching camp
Poaching in the Chiquibul is becoming more organized. Recent camp shows containment area for wildlife caught. No one in Belize knows the extent of wildlife losses due to illegal wildlife trafficking.

Channel 7

Toddler Shot As She Slept, Mother Injured
A family of 3 was shot at while they were asleep in their Gill Street home in the early hours of Sunday morning. Fortunately they all survived but the couple's 3 year old baby is in a critical condition at the KHMH tonight. Baby Etana was shot to the head, and her parents 30 year old Roy Bennett also known as "Talla" and 28 year old Alva Moody are praying that they will get to see their child healthy again. It is another case where the innocent got caught in the middle of ongoing gang warfare. Roy Bennett is part of the Felix family - and has already lost two brothers and a sister to violence. In fact, his sister was killed 5 years ago on the same bed where his daughter and common law were shot on Sunday morning.

Baby Etana Is Critical
Baby Etana's mother Alva Moody was discharged from the hospital this afternoon. We spoke to her this evening and she gave us a firsthand account of what happened early Sunday morning. Alva Moody, Shooting Victim: "Three of us were asleep but I didn't hear any gunshots until the last two gunshots. We were still asleep and I wake up, shake the baby and see if she okay but she talk and afterwards we took her out in the living room to check her to see if she was okay. Then I saw the side of her head was bleeding and then same time I notice I got shot too because my belly was bleeding."

Police Looking For Answers And Suspects
Now, as we mentioned - there are likely deep undercurrents of a gang dispute fueling this vicious and indiscriminate attack on a sleeping family. Today police told us what they know so far about the background: "Some of the people in the neighborhood believed the shooting of the Felix family house may have been related to Mr. Arnold, in the sense that they are being targeted by specific group of young men. Is that what your investigation is revealing?"

Females Being Targeted in Retaliation?
And while that shooting happened early Sunday morning, by Sunday night - another female was shot - possibly in an act of retaliation. At 8:15, 21 year old Monica Ferguson was at a home on Arlington Drive standing in the doorway while her boyfriend stood on the verandah. A man ran into her yard and is believed to have fired directly at her. It could be a case of a woman being targeted because a woman and little girl had been shot 16 hours earlier. We asked police about it today:... ASP Alejandro Cowo - OC, CIB Belize City: "Last night just after 8:30pm. This happened at Arlington Drive. A female was along with her common-law-husband outside in their yard when they were approached by a male person. The female identified herself as Monica Ferguson. A 21 year old Belizean from #24 Faber's Road..."

Mahogany Street Man Found Sliced To Death Long Way From Home
And while those shootings injured three females, it's two men who got killed this weekend. The most recent murder victim was discovered after dawn this morning- at mile 5 and a half on the Northern Highway. The body of Samuel Cosme from Mahogany Street was found in an abandoned area around 6:00 AM. He appears to have been sliced up. Police told us more:... ASP Alejandro Cowo - OC, CIB Belize City: "Some time this morning, just after 5:30am, Ladyville police acting upon information, visited a road that is near the Haulover Bridge just before entering Belize City and about 300 yards inside the road, police found suspected blood on the street..."

Machete Melee Leaves One Man Dead
And the weekend's other murder came out of a chopping which happened on Sunday in Dangriga Town. Around midday Calvin Figueroa and Anthony Picart got into a machete war - which left both men badly injured. Picart died last night at the western Regional, while Calvin Figueroa is in a serious condition at the KHMH under police guard. Police told us what they know so far. ACP Joseph Myvett, Head - NCIB: "Dangriga police were called to the southern regional hospital on Sunday 20th July, shortly before 12:30pm where they observed 2 persons with multiple chop wounds to the body...."

Killer at Large For Raymond Arnold Murder
The cops also discussed last week Thursday night's murder of Raymond Arnold. He's the stevedore who was gunned down while riding his bicycle on Central American Boulevard. Arnold was traveling with another stevedore when a man rode up on a motorcycle and shot him from behind to the chest and abdomen. He died within hours at the KHMH. Today, we asked police about his murder, and here's what the cops had to say:

Re—Registration Continues At Steady Pace
In its third week, re-registration continues at a steady pace. From the 15th to the 21st July, 18,500 persons applied to be registered. That's slightly down from the previous week's 19,281 applicants, but still higher than the 16,670 that came out in week one. So far, Fifty-Four Thousand Four Hundred and Fifty-One (54,451) persons have applied to be re-registered. That's a fair number, but not a high one. We haven't got a division by division breakdown, but from observation, re-registration rates in the city continue to lag, and seems to be at a generally higher rate in areas outside Belize City.

Phil’s Forthwith Resignation
Last week we told you that UDP political aspirant Phillip Willoughby was being made to resign from NEMO if he wanted to pursue has candidacy in a Port Loyola convention. And so he did, Willoughby submitted his resignation, with a nice three months' notice taking him up to mid-October, when he would slide into a November convention. But, sources tell us that cozy plan got shot down - and Willoughby was made to resign forthwith. So, he sent his CEO Ruth Meighan a letter today saying he's resigning at the end of this week.

Convicted Killer Goes Home After 7 Years In Jail
In 2011, he killed a teenager in a schoolyard brawl when he was just 17 - and tonight, after beating a previous murder conviction and a sentence of life imprisonment, Orange Walk resident Abimael Pott is at home, a free man. That's what Justice Colin Williams ordered after considering his sentence for two months. Pott was originally charged for murder but, back in May 2018, he pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter. Today, in a lengthy decision, Justice Williams commuted his sentence to time served. He said the sentence should have been 12 years, but took off 4 years because Pott pleaded guilty. Because there were no aggravating factors, Justice Williams subtracted another 2 years from the remaining 8. He then noted that Pott spent 7 years on remand, which actually exceeded the remaining 6 years by 1 year.

Court Found Lemoth Killed, But Without Intent
And in a somewhat similar case, accused murderer 29 year old Justin Lemoth was found guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter today. Justice Adolph Lucas delivered the verdict today. Lemoth was initially charged with the 2014 murder of 17 year old Richard Waight Jr. Justice Lucas said that the Crown, represented by Senior Crown Counsel Shanice Lovell, did not prove that when Lemoth stabbed Waight he had the specific intention to kill. Waight was fatally stabbed to his chest with a knife during a fight on a basketball court in Hattieville in April 2014. Lemoth gave a statement from the dock in which he said he made a stab motion because someone threw a stone at him and another person stomped at him.

Belizeans In ADO Bus Accident In Mexico
A team of Belizean basketball players were on an ADO passenger bus that was involved in a major collision about 60 miles north of Chetumal this morning. The team was coming from Cancun when the bus crashed head on into an open bed lumber truck. According to reports in Mexican media, there were 40 passengers on board and one of them died. Reports allege that the bus driver and conductor abandoned the scene. The team is the Trojans from Belmopan which had just participated in the Copa Cancun tournament and were heading home.

BWEL Truck Runs Off Road
One man is reported to be seriously injured after a BWEL truck ran off the old Northern Highway near Boston Village this afternoon. Details are scarce so far - but reports say three men were in the vehicle when it ran off the road, snapped a lamp-post and ended up in the bushes. Now, while the butane tank on the bank may suggest that it was a volatile cargo - we are told the tank posed no fire risk because it was empty and was simply being transported to be used at another location.

LPG Explosion at Tomza In Guate City
But, the perils and the volatility of butane, or liquid petroleum gas - as it is properly known - were brought into sharp focus this weekend in Guatemala City when there was a terrible fire at a Tomza gas depot. It happened early on Sunday morning when the propane gas plant burst into flames in a series of violent explosions that caused panic on the nearby residents of zone 12 in the Guatemala city. News outlets from Guatemala report that persons fainted at the sight of the giant explosion - which launched gas tanks into the air one after the other like rockets or missiles. According to reports some two thousand four hundred gas cylinders exploded during the ordeal.

Woman Shot In PG
At the top of the news, we told you about the weekend shooting which has left a 3-year-old baby girl hospitalized in a critical condition, and her mother recovering from a gunshot injury to her her hand. And then there was another woman who was shot twice to her feet while she was standing on her common-law husband's verandah. All that happened in the city, but a fourth woman was also shot, this one in Punta Gorda. She's Renita Jackson, and police say that she was standing on Church Street in PG on Friday night at around 9 o'clock. She was in the company of 2 other persons, when 2 men rode up on bicycle and opened fire on them. She was injured to her right hip.

Daylight Shooting on Regent Street In City
And back in Belize City, 22 year-old Royan Mendez, a Yabra Road resident, was shot at by men who police believe he knows. That happened on Saturday afternoon at around 3:00, and police say that he and other family members were standing in front of Sunshine Pre-School, on Regent Street, when 2 men approached him. The cops told the media what they know so far about the failed attempt on wood-carver's life: As soon as Byron Jeffords and Charles Robert Myles are arraigned for aggravated assault, we'll tell you about it. Jeffords has been in the news a number of times as a shooting victim.

Robbers Brazen In Belmopan
Police are also investigating an armed robbery at the Belmopan business place known as Diversified Life Solutions. That happened on Last Friday afternoon at around 1:00, when armed robbers assaulted the on-duty employee and demanded all the money that was in the cash pan. Police told us more: ACP Joseph Myvett, Head - NCIB: "On Frdiay July 20th shortly after 1:10pm, Belmopan police was informed of a robbery at Diversified Life Solution's office on Mahogany Street in Belmopan City. Upon the police's arrival the cashier reported to them that shortly after 1p.m., the office was approached by two dark-complexion male persons wearing peak caps; one of whom was armed with a firearm..."

Patchakan Weed Bust
A man from the Village of Patchakan in the Corozal District was busted for attempting to traffic weed. He is 24 year old Dean Renald Bruhier. Police told us how they caught him packing a knapsack stuffed with pounds of weed:... ACP Joseph Myvett, Head - NCIB: "On Saturday 21st July, shortly before 9pm Corozal police was on mobile patrol on Seventh Avenue in Corozal Town when their attention was drawn to a male person riding a black motorcycle..."

His Worshipping
Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner today received some awards from a group of American kids that are in Belize for a 10 day culturally intensive trip. They are part of the Campaign for Black Male Achievement from Louisville, Kentucky and Detroit Michigan. The brief awards ceremony was a gesture of gratitude for the mayor's involvement in the project. The mayor and the vice president of the campaign told us more. The city council said they will continue this partnership and intends to organize youths in Belize to reciprocate the trip in the US.

Fantasy Five Win Couldn’t Have Come At A Better Time
A San Narciso villager had his luck transformed when he landed on the winning combination of numbers for the Fantasy Five jackpot. He is Esequiel Yupit and he says that this was only third time playing the game. But the third time proved to be the charm, and his big win came just as his family was going through some financial difficulties. On the verge of tears he told us his story off camera: Yupit's take home from the jackpot is $198,900 after a 15% tax take. The next Fantasy Five Jackpot has been started at $200 thousand.

A Camp To Teach Life Lessons About Diet and Fitness
Over 400 million people in the world live with diabetes, a figure which includes many children. That's why the Belize Diabetes Association is hosting its 8th annual juvenile diabetes summer camp where kids receive interactive lessons about living life with diabetes. We found out more. 35 children registered for the program which will be ongoing this entire week. To learn more about how you can become a part of it you can visit the association's office at the corner of the Central American Boulevard and Mahogany Street or call their number at 203-3333.

A Camp For Young Farmers
And from a Diabetes Summer Camp to one where kids can learn to grow food that will ensure they don't get diabetes! We're talking about agriculture. The Ministry of Agriculture and the police department are trying to get kids interested in life on the farm through their summer camp. 200 Southside Youth from the city along with kids from the Cayo district are participating in the two week camp beginning today. They will learn about vegetable production, pig and tilapia rearing, cheese and ice cream production, horse husbandry, grafting and budding. In a release it states "The objective of the summer camp is to make agriculture more appealing to the youths, recognizing it as a vital career, especially with an ageing population of farmers.

Belize Gets Silver in B-Ball Tourney
Belize won a silver medal at this weekend's FIBA Americup Qualifiers. The three country tournament was played this weekend at the City Center. The Belize team lost to Costa Rica 57 to 52 in the gold medal game. Turnovers and terrible shooting by the Belize side proved to be the difference maker in this contest. So, Costa Rica left with Silver and went undefeated with a 2 and 0 record, while Belize went 1 and 1, and El Salvador still got bronze although it lost both its games.

The Fight Over FiestaRama
If you are a resident of Orange Walk, you'll know all about Fiestarama. It's an annual event held by the Orange Walk Town Council, in which all types of entertainment are presented for Belizeans all across the country to come out and enjoy. The Town Council foots the bill to organize it, and they say that whatever profits they make goes directly into works for the municipality, and community projects for the residents, such as school fees for children from needy families. It's hosted every year at the People's Stadium in the Town, but up until this evening, there was uncertainty about whether or not it would happen this year. That's because the PUP Town Council was in a contractual dispute with the National Sports Council.

Channel 5

The Felix Family Home is Ambushed and Showered with Bullets; a Wife and Daughter Are Seriously Injured
Just before news time, a Felix family member told News Five the tragic news that a three-year-old girl has succumbed to gunshot injuries to the head. She reportedly died at [...]

Man Chopped to Death in Dangriga; Was it Self-Defense?
A chopping incident between two men in Dangriga has left one person dead and another hospitalized. Anthony Picart was chopped multiple times to the head and body; he underwent surgery [...]

Samuel Cosme Found Fatally Stabbed
There was a second murder over the weekend. Ladyville police are investigating the fatal stabbing of Belize City resident, Samuel Cosme. The forty-three-year-old was found brutally murdered early this morning [...]

Police Say Rivero Street Resident was Killed on His Way Home From Work
A thirty-four-year-old stevedore was shot and killed on Thursday night as he rode his bicycle from work at the Port of Belize Limited.  Raymond Arnold, a resident of Rivero Street [...]

Another Woman is Attacked and Shot in Spate of Weekend Gun Violence
A shooting on Sunday night, a short distance away from Faber’s Road, has left a twenty-one-year-old woman hospitalized with injuries to both feet.  Monica Ferguson was in the company of [...]

Third Woman Shot in Punta Gorda
Two Punta Gorda residents have been arrested and charged for a shooting in that southern municipality in which a third woman was injured over the weekend. Police believe that on [...]

National Sports Council Says OW Town Council Owes Them Cash
Orange Walk’s Fiestarama is scheduled to take place this coming weekend at the People’s Stadium, but an impasse between the National Sports Council and the Orange Walk Town Council has [...]

OWTC and NSC to Negotiate Fiestarama Contract
But one person who is not satisfied is Orange Walk Town Mayor Kevin Bernard. In an email, Mayor Bernard reminded Jones that “Fiestarama is a municipal fundraising event and revenues [...]

Over 54,000 Belizeans Re-registered
The Elections and Boundaries Department has released its latest figures relating to the number of electors who have made it to re-registration centres around the country. In the past week, [...]

Belmopan Basketball Team on Bus Involved in Fatal RTA in Quintana Roo
A basketball athlete from the Belmopan Trojans team is tonight hospitalized in Chetumal after the passenger bus the team was traveling in collided into a truck near Bacalar, Quintana Roo. [...]

He Pleaded Guilty, Was Sentenced but Now Abimael Pott is a Free Man
Guilty of causing the death of nineteen-year-old Shamir Gonzalez, this morning twenty-four-year-old Abimael Pott walked out of the courtroom of Justice Colin Williams feeling like a free man. Pott was [...]

Charged for Murder, Justin Lemott Found Guilty of Manslaughter
Justin Lemott was found guilty for causing the death of seventeen-year-old Richard Waight Junior. The twenty-nine-year-old was originally charged for the murder of Waight but today he was found guilty [...]

Armed Thieves Hit Belmopan Business
On Friday afternoon just as the lunch hour expired, armed thieves ambushed a well-known business on Mahogany Street in Belmopan. The cashier at Diversified Life Solutions Office was beaten to [...]

Patchakan Resident Charged for Trafficking 9.5 Pounds of Weed
Up north, Patchakan resident Dean Renald Bruhier was stopped and searched at the corner of Seventh Avenue and Fifth Street, Corozal Town on Saturday night just before nine o’clock.  Inside [...]

Things Settling Down with New Administrator at City Hall
It’s been just about three weeks since the Belize City Council hired a new city administrator. Stephanie Lindo-Garbutt assumed the post left vacant for months following the suspended and thereafter [...]

Campaign for Black Men Achievement in the U.S. Comes to Belize
Mayor Bernard Wagner and the City Council hosted some twenty-one young African American men from the United States, who are part of the Campaign for Black Men Achievement in the [...]

Mayor Bernard Wagner Awarded by Mayor of Louisville, Kentucky
City Council is working along with Ambassador Shabazz with the tour across the city. At today’s event, Mayor Wagner also received a prestigious award from one of the chaperones on [...]

The Best of the Best at Taste of Belize
Over the weekend, the Belize Tourism Board held its signature Taste of Belize competition where twenty master chefs, five junior chefs, four pastry chefs and six bartenders from across Belize [...]

The Weekend Sports: Costa Rica Beats Belize in International Basketball Tournament
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.   [Highlights of the weekend sporting activities….]

LOVE FM

3 year old killed and mother shot
Early Sunday morning, shots rang out inside the Felix family yard on Gill Street in Belize City. The Felix family matriarch had protested against violence for years -three of her children were killed. Feesha Felix was killed several years ago by a bullet that went through her bedroom window in 2013. This time her older …

Orange Walk Town Council and National Sports Council to iron out differences over the People’s Stadium
Fiestarama 2018 is happening as scheduled this coming weekend. That has been confirmed by Orange Walk Town Mayor Kevin Bernard who indicated that the Council and the National Sports Council (NSC) reached a settlement late this afternoon over the rental of the People’s Stadium. As we have reported, the event was placed on hold after …

2018 Taste Of Belize Champs announced
The Master Chef winners of the 2018 Taste of Belize competition are Eliza Carr of Hamanasi, who secured first place. In second place is Cesar Gomez of Mahogany Bay and in third is Michael Acal of Chef Rob’s Gourmet Café. The winners took part in the Belize Tourism Board’s Taste of Belize Competition that was …

Belizean Basket Ball team members injured in bus collision in Mexico
Members of the Belmopan Trojans basketball team were in an accident when the ADO bus they were on board collided into a parked truck in Mexico. The ADO bus had left Cancun this morning and was destined to Veracruz. The incident is reported to have happened in the area of the highway along Felipe Carrillo …

Woman wanted in connection with Murder
But a few miles away, before sunrise, a Belize City resident was killed. This morning a body was discovered this morning after five thirty about seven hundred yards on a dirt road near the Haulover Bridge. The body was later identified as that of a Belize City man, Samuel Elias Zelada Cosme, a construction worker. …

Shootings in the City
Earlier on the newscast we told you about the shooting on Gill Street, which is only one hot-spot that the police is having to douse. When one area flares up, it’s usually results in other shooting incidents in other parts of the City. Assistant Superintendent of Police Alejandro Cowo briefed the media on two …

Attorney says it is possible to fight Revenge Porn
2017 was the year social media and Facebook became rampant for revenge porn as a page was opened called Belizean cheaters. It was used to shame people by sharing their nudes. Attorney Lisa Shoman says it has happened once again via a link to hundreds of images. She has taken on the task of …

Yupit hits the jackpot
The winner of Saturday’s Fantasy Five jackpot claimed his prize today. Esequiel Yupit, a father of three who lives with his family in the Corozal District, won two hundred and thirty-four thousand dollars. Yupit’s winning numbers are 24, 25, 9, 12, and 8. An elated Yupit told the media how he learned he won all …

Belize Diabetes Association saving lives through education
Diabetes is a condition in which the body does not make enough insulin to help the glucose from the food one eats to get into the body’s cells. Diabetes can lead to serious health problems in cases where it is not managed properly. These include heart disease, blindness, kidney failure and amputation of a limb. …

Rotary International President, Barry Rassin on tour in Belize
Rotary International President, Barry Rassin and his wife, Esther arrived in Belize today. The visit is part of his presidential tour for the Rotary Year which commenced July first, 2018 and ends June thirtieth, 2019. The tour forms part of efforts to strengthen the public image of Rotary and Rassin’s visit to Belize will see …

The Reporter

DANGRIGA MAN DIES FROM CHOP WOUNDS
The Reporter has been able to confirm that a laborer from Dangriga Town, Anthony Picart, 53, has died as a result of wounds he received while socializing with a friend on Sunday. Police were called out to the Southern Regional Hospital on Sunday afternoon and observed two men with multiple chop wounds to the body.

BODY FOUND NEAR HAULOVER BRIDGE
Police have reportedly been able to identify the body of a Hispanic male found near the Haulover Bridge on the Phillip Goldson Highway early this morning. The deceased was seen with multiple stab wounds and was reportedly clad only in underwear.

BUS ACCIDENT INVOLVING MEXICAN BASKETBALL TEAM
At around 4:00am this morning, an ADO bus carrying members of the Trojans basketball team from Belmopan was involved in a massive collision about an hour outside of Chetumal, Quintana Roo. Several members of the team have been hospitalized, while one person identified as a Mexican national has been reported dead. We’ll have more information as soon as official details are released.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Belizean-American firefighter collects items to donate to Belizeans
Belizean American firefighter, Krishna Craig is collecting items to bring to Belize next week. […]

Department of Youth Services host Financial Literacy Summer Program
The Benque Viejo Department of Youth Services (DYS) today commenced their Financial Literacy Summer Program. […]

Over 54,000 Belizeans have re-registered
The Elections and Boundaries Department today issued an update on the ongoing Re-registration of Electors […]

Orange Walk Mayor calls on Sports Minister to intervene for use of People’s Stadium
Last week, Breaking Belize News reported on an on-going issue in Orange Walk Town between […]

Police youth cadet camp commences
Yesterday, the opening ceremony for the National Belize Police Youth Cadet Annual Camp 2018 was […]

Police Department and Ministry of Agriculture to host regional summer camp for youths
The Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with the Belmopan Police Department is hosting their first […]

NEMO to conduct Emergency management Training
The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO), in partnership with the United Nations’ Emergency Task Team […]

Corozal resident wins Fantasy 5
The latest lucky winner of the Fantasy 5 Lottery is a resident of San Narciso, […]

Senate Special Select Committee draft report near completion
Following a year’s worth of public hearings, the Senate Special Select Committee is almost finished […]

Belizean basketball team involved in fatal traffic accident in Mexico, 1 Dead
An ADO bus transporting the Belmopan Trojans Basketball Team was involved in a fatal accident […]

National basketball team places 2nd in tournament after loss to Costa Rica
Last night Belizeans at home and at the Belize Civic Center were disappointed after our national […]

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BTB Digital Marketing Summit 2018
On Friday July 13th, the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) held its annual 4th Digital Marketing Summit at the Biltmore Plaza in Belize City. The event, themed “Performance Driven”, gave the opportunity for large companies, small businesses, and individuals alike to learn about a variety of topics within the digital aspect of sales and marketing, such as current travel trends, brand differentiation, and how to remain afloat and stay on top of the constantly shifting digital environment. The Summit consisted of four panel categories: Online Content, Travel Trade, Social Media, and Digital Strategy and showcased prolific speakers from renowned companies such as Google, Lonely Planet, MeltWater, travAlliancemedia and regional airline company Tropic Air, to share their expertise and advice on effective ways to achieve success using online tools.

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Mysterious masses of seaweed assault Caribbean islands
In retrospect, 2011 was just the first wave. That year, massive rafts of Sargassum—a brown seaweed that lives in the open ocean—washed up on beaches across the Caribbean, trapping sea turtles and filling the air with the stench of rotting eggs. “It presented immense challenges,” says Hazel Oxenford, a fisheries biologist at The University of the West Indies in Cave Hill, Barbados. Before then, beachgoers had sometimes noticed “little drifty bits on the tideline,” but the 2011 deluge of seaweed was unprecedented, she says, piling up meters thick in places. “We’d never seen it before.” Locals hoped the episode, a blow to tourism and fisheries, was a one-off. But a few years later “it came back worse,” Oxenford says. Now, the Caribbean is bracing for what could be the mother of all seaweed invasions, with satellite observations warning of record-setting Sargassum ​blooms and seaweed already swamping beaches.

Masses Of Seaweed Threaten Fisheries And Foul Beaches
In Barbados, Hazel Oxenford says sargassum is more than a headache, it's a national emergency. Oxenford, a fisheries biologist at the University of the West Indies, says the seaweed piles up on the shoreline there 10 to 12 feet high. Even worse, she says, masses of the weed cover the water near the beaches. "It creates tremendous problems for the natural ecosystems," she says. "We've had significant loss of endangered sea turtles that have actually drowned because they can't get to the surface because the sargassum above them is so high."

Videos

  • FUNNY VOICE OVER - Diving Belize Mexico Rocks, 15min. Diving with family and friends with the Dive Bar in San Pedro, Belize.

  • Plant-based Pancakes & More @ Juice Dive - San Pedro, Belize, 2min. When exploring all of the restaurants in Belize, we had never found one that we could fully say fits the Grassfed philosophy until we met Justin Solis and his family, owners of The Juice Dive in San Pedro, Belize. The Solis Family has roots in Belize, so it was a no-brainer when they decided to come back and build a dedicated base for clean food, fresh fruit juices, and the empowerment of healthy lifestyles. Their work is untouched throughout the entire country, true trailblazers. From plant-based pancakes, vegan chips and guacamole, or a shot of turmeric juice to start your day...The Juice Dive has it all!

  • Podcast about Sargassum on "All Things Considered" on NPR, 4min.

  • Table Rock Jungle Lodge, 14min. We stayed at the incredible Table Rock Jungle Lodge, one of the best belize resorts in our opinion. Belize hotels run the gamut but Table Rock was luxurious and quiet and incredibly friendly. We loved the jungle sounds in our brief adventure there, and the eco lodge aesthtic. The staff was great and it was such a great break from the hostel path we'd been following. Check the post linked above for even more details. We'd go back in a heartbeat!

  • Chem Ha Cave, 18min. William discovered the cave in 1989 while hunting a gibnut (agouti paca) with his dogs. He shares with us his knowledge and enthusiasm for the land, its natural history, and its Mayan history. The hike to the cave is as educational as exploring the Mayan Cave.

  • Diving in Belize, 4min. Diving the coral reef in Belize. The reef drops from 30ft to 3000ft in just over 100feet of distance. Pretty awesome stuff!

  • Kids Of Belize, 5min. Another amazing 2 days on our Belize trip for school! We went to a school and brought them much needed school supplies.

  • Restoration Works on 200 year old St John's Cathedral Church, 24min.

  • Legal Opinion on Re- Registration Process, 31min.

  • Drumming Session, 23min.

  • Talk Ah Di Town July 19, 2018, 31min.

  • DuPont’s in Belize 2018, 3.5min. From the Mayan ruins in San Ignacio to the beaches in Ambergris Caye

  • Belize South Water Caye, 5min.

  • Big Rock Falls Adventure with Belize Caving Expeditions, 2min. A Trip to Big Rock Falls in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve with Belize Caving Expeditions.

  • Canary Cove, Belize - Summer 2018, 1min.

  • Belize: Cave Tubing through the Mayan Underworld, 24min. The most belize adventure vacations activity is, surprisingly, cave tubing. The Yucatan Peninsula is made up almost entirely of limestone and that means caves carved by water. In central Belize, you can float down rivers through several caves. We arranged this trip through Table Rock Jungle Lodge where we were staying.

  • Xunantunich, 8min.

  • NSHS Biology Belize Adventure 2018, 2.5min. NSHS Biology Belize Adventure 2018

  • ORANGE WALK TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL 2008 GRADUATION, 43min.
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