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Today's Belize News: September 27, 2018

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Today's Belize News: September 27, 2018 - 09/27/18 12:01 PM


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The San Pedro Sun

Suspected Ciguatera Poisoning Detected in Fish Consumers
The Ministry of Health would like to alert the public that suspected fish poisoning (Ciguatera poisoning) was detected in ten persons that had eaten Barracuda Fish bought from a fish vendor at the Vernon Street Fish Market in Belize City. Further investigation into these cases has linked and identified the fish poisoning with the consumption of Barracuda.

First round of PLB 2018 concludes: San Pedro Pirates win 2-1 against Dangriga Wagiya F.C
The first round of the Premiere League of Belize (PLB) 2018 Opening Season concluded this past weekend, with four matches taking place across the country. On Sunday, September 23rd, the San Pedro Pirates F.C travelled to Dangriga Town, Stann Creek District to face Wagiya F.C. The island team claimed 2-1 victory, gaining three more points in the PLB chart and moving to third place in the tournament standings.

UK Armed Forces to continue training in Belize: Revised Status of Forces Agreement signed
A revision of the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) concerning the legal framework of the Armed Forces of the United Kingdom (UK) while in Belize was signed on Wednesday, September 19th. The revised SOFA and its Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the Minister of National Security, Honorable John Saldivar, on behalf of the Government of Belize (GOB) and the UK Minister of Defense, Right Honorable Mark Lancaster. The SOFA is an agreement that allows the UK to have military forces stationed in Belize without it being considered an act of military occupation.

Boca Bombers and Ambergris Combined are leading the 2018 Copa San Pedro
The 11th week of 2018 Copa San Pedro saw ten intense matches at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town. So far Boca Bombers lead the tournament with 22 points, while Ambergris Combined’s 21 points lead in the female category. The football weekend started on Thursday, September 20th with a tight match between Sandy Point F.C and Genesis F.C that ended in a 3-3 draw. At 9PM, Boca Bombers defeated San Pedro Pirates U-17 with a 5-3 score. 2018 Copa San Pedro continues this weekend starting, on Thursday, September 27th at Ambergris Stadium at 7PM. All islanders are invited to come out and enjoy a weekend of football. Food and drinks will be on sale during all games.

Ambergris Today

Suspected Ciguatera Poisoning Detected In Fish Consumers
The Ministry of Health would like to alert the public that suspected fish poisoning (Ciguatera poisoning) was detected in ten persons that had eaten Barracuda Fish bought from a fish vendor at the Vernon Street Fish Market in Belize City. Further investigation into these cases has linked and identified the fish poisoning with the consumption of Barracuda.

SPTC Declares Sargassum Beaching A Natural Disaster
The San Pedro Town Council recognizes the massive natural disaster caused by the significant amount of sargassum that has been washing up on our beaches. While we have experienced this phenomenon in the past, this has been the worst we have seen over recent years. Over the past months, the council has used all its resources available to ensure that our beaches are clean to an acceptable level. Nonetheless, this is now something that requires more than just efforts of the local government and as such the council is declaring this issue a natural disaster.

Misc Belizean Sources

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BATTLE OF THE DRUMS 2018 and Belize Garifuna Musical Festival
The night commences with the 13th Annual Battle of the Drums Competition and Show. This is a Competition and Show that allows groups to compete and display their musical artistry in playing five (5) different categories of Garifuna drumming. The first Battle of the Drums was held in Punta Gorda Town on November 17, 2006, and was well received by spectators from home and abroad. In 2007, there was even a bigger audience and greater enthusiasm. As of 2008 the event has evolved into an international drumming competition and show involving drumming groups from various parts of Belize as well as from neighboring Guatemala and Honduras. This competition and show have become a major local and tourist attraction and a catalyst for significant economic activity in the Punta Gorda Area during the period when it is hosted. The Battle of the Drums Competition and Show is held every year on Saturday immediately preceding the 19th day of November.

Suspected Ciguatera Poisoning Detected in Fish Consumers
The Ministry of Health would like to alert the public that suspected fish poisoning (Ciguatera poisoning) was detected in ten persons that had eaten Barracuda Fish bought from a fish vendor at the Vernon Street Fish Market in Belize City. Further investigation into these cases has linked and identified the fish poisoning with the consumption of Barracuda. Consumers are warned that ciguatera poisoning is normally seen in predatory fish, mainly Barracudas, however, other fish such as the Coral Trout, Red Snapper, Parrot Fish, Grouper, Spanish Mackerel, Red Emperor, Wrasse, Reef Cod, Sturgeon Fish, Trevally and Moray Eel may also cause Ciguatera poisoning. It is key to note that this toxin does not affect the appearance, odor or taste of the fish and that freezing or cooking the contaminated fish will not prevent the poisoning. Anyone who consumes fish contaminated with the ciguatera toxin will become ill.

Logo Competition for 2nd Annual Shipstern Day
Inviting ALL HIGH SCHOOLS & 6TH-FORM STUDENTS throughout Belize to participate in a Logo Competition for our 2nd Annual Shipstern Day Event. Last year's prize was a Scholarship & a SURPRISE trip to Bacalar Chico NP & MR. This year's grand prize is a secret. So we'll allow your imagination to run wild for a bit

August 2018 External Trade & Consumer Price Index
The latest results of the Statistical Institute of Belize’s monthly Consumer Price Index (CPI) survey show that for the month of August 2018, the All-Items CPI stood at 105.4, an increase of 1 percent from 104.4 recorded in August 2017 (see Figure 1). This means that, on average, Belizean households experienced a 1 percent rise in the cost of regularly purchased good and services when compared to the same month last year. For the first eight months of 2018, a year to date inflation rate of 0.2 percent was recorded.
During the month of August 2018, Belize’s imported goods were valued at $172.5 million, up 16.1 percent or nearly $24 million from the $148.5 million imported in August of 2017. The total value of Belize’s domestic exports for the month of August 2018 was $22.9 million, up by a negligible 1.1 percent from the $22.7 million recorded for August of 2017.

International Monetary Fund Reports Positive Economic Growth in Belize
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has concluded its annual Article IV consultative visit to Belize. A report published by IMF on September 24, 2018, has stated that Belize’s economic recovery has grown by an estimated 5.4 percent during the second quarter of this year and the real Gross Domestic Product grew by 1.4 percent since last year. The IMF delegation, led by Daniel Leigh, was in Belize from September 11th to 20th. While in Belize, the delegation met with Acting Prime Minister Hon. Patrick Faber, H.E. Joy Grant, Governor of the Central Bank of Belize; Joseph Waight, Financial Secretary; senior government officials, representatives of the opposition, private sector and public sector unions.

Representatives of SICA Meet in Belize for SICA Preparatory Cooperation Meeting
Under Belize’s Presidency Pro Tempore of SICA, representatives of the countries of the Central American Integration System (SICA) met in Belize on Monday, September 24, 2018, for the SICA Preparatory Cooperation Meeting. The objective of the Preparatory Cooperation Meeting was to evaluate and prioritize the 25 regional cooperation projects and 1 project for the Strengthening of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Central America. The projects are to be presented for approval at the XVII Mixed Commission between Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and the Republic of China (Taiwan), to be held in Belize in December 2018.

Paint N Splash
See you this week at from 2-4pm Thursday to paint “Sail Away”- inspired by a photo by Kay Scott!

Mirab’s NEW Department store in Belize City opens Wednesday, October 10
“Immerse yourself in over 100,000sq. ft. of Retail Therapy” We’re Excited!!!

Urban Birdwatch 2018 Schedule

2018 Military Parade
The 2018 military parade was last week, and the 501 Boyz captured some great shots. The Minister of National Security got some nice pictures too. The GoB has a video of most of the event., and the MoNS has a short video of the parade.

BWRC Gala Fundraiser 2018
The Belize Wildlife Referral Clinic is having their annual gala fundraiser on Saturday, November 24th, at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel. They'll have amazing food and a silent auction with many great items. If you can donate for the auction, let them know. "Join us for BWRC's annual Gala fundraiser with silent auctions, door prizes, cash bar, games and more. Find that special gift, Christmas present and enjoy good food and company. Join us to celebrate BWRC's 6th year of service with a brief review of patient and activity highlights and help BWRC to provide free veterinary care to injured, orphaned, neglected or imperilled wildlife, rehabilitation and environmental outreach. Menu, ticket prizes and further info forthcoming soon. Thanks for your support!"

Happy Birthday Minister Manuel Heredia!
Saturday is his birthday, but the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation's staff celebrated is birthday Wednesday with a luncheon on his behalf. Eleven years and counting as Minister of Tourism.

Channel 7

NICH Board Decides To Reinstate And Terminate
The NICH Board of Directors met today in Belize City and took some major decisions. First, based on the findings of the external auditor, they took a resolution to re-instate President Sapnah Budhrani who Cabinet placed on administrative leave 4 weeks ago. But, it's not that clear cut- we're told tat the matter will first have to go to Cabinet for approval - and pending their approval, she will be re-instated. But, the other resolution was more clear cut - and this one needs no Cabinet approval. 7News has confirmed that the board took a decision to terminate internal auditor Roberto Matus. He's the one who started the whole uproar with an interim audit that pointed to all kinds of irregularities at NICH.

Hon. Jose Mai Liable For Traffic Death
2 months ago, we told you about the lawsuit that the Arana family brought against Jose Abelardo Mai. Back in April 2016, The PUP Area Rep. for Orange Walk South was driving a Toyota Hilux which knocked down Julia Arana, a resident from Trial Farm Village. She suffered severe head and bodily injuries, but she survived, and after spending 2 very difficult months at home trying to recover, her health deteriorated, and she passed away. Her son, elite cyclist Nissan Arana, was the member of the family who brought a private claim against Mai. He and his family believe that Mai should be held responsible for the accident, and her death, which Mai completely rejects. He insists that the accident happened so fast, there was nothing that he could do to avoid hitting her.

The BSAG 8 Get Free After Historic Murder Charge
In February, it made national headlines when 8 lawmen - 7 BDF soldiers and 1 police officer - all members of the Belize Special Assignment Group - were charged for the murder and attempted murder in Orange Walk. The accused were 21 year-old Bladimir Escaraga, a resident of San Jose Village; 23 year-old Francis Sho, a resident of Belmopan; 31 year-old Patrick Villagran Sr., a resident of Ladyville; 26 year-old Edmar Petillo, a resident of Carmelita Village; 26 year-old Patrick Diego; a resident of Pomona Village; 28 year-old Mateo Bolon, a resident of Jalacte, Toledo; 33 year-old Elvis Cobb, a resident of San Victor Village, and 29 year-old Lennart Cajun. That was history - as all 8 were sent to jail on remand. Well, tonight they are free men after Senior Magistrate Michelle Arana threw the case out.

A Sad And Heavy Day In Orange Walk, Four Fire Victims Sent To Grave
Today was a sad and heavy day in Orange Walk Town. A throng of townspeople came out to see the joint funeral for four members of the Petillo family. It was held at the St. Peter's Anglican Church for 36 year-old Alfredo Petillo, his 14 year-old stepson, Kevawn Clarke, his 10 year-old daughter, Mia Petillo, and his 12 year-old daughter, Jayda Petillo, who all perished in a fire on Sunday morning in Orange Walk Town. All four family members were placed into two large coffins, carted out of the small church and then taken in an especially sombre funeral procession. It's the second time in as many months that four persons have bene lost in a house fire.

OW Mayor Says Nearby Hydrants Were Working
And while the town mourns, the scrutiny on the Fire Department remains very high. The town Mayor Kevin Bernard doesn't buy the story that the fire hydrant closest to the Petillo family home at the corner of Cinderella and Progress Street was not working. The Fire Department says that because of that failure they had to get water from a hydrant almost a mile away - leaving the fire raging and the fire trucks without water for as long as ten minutes. But, Mayor Bernard has sent us BWSL's list of hydrants and it shows that a hydrant two blocks away, on Progress Street by Lito Urbina's resident was working, as was another even closer at the corner of San Andres and Progress Street. Yet, he says, the fire department went all the way to Asuncion and Stadium Street to get water.

Cops Find Gun, May Be One Of Theirs
Orange Walk Police have found a big gun - and our sources say, it may be one of their own. It was found in a cornfield which is located about 2 miles west of the Northern Road Airstrip. A sweep of the entire area led police to this AR-15, 5.56 rifle, the type used by law enforcement. It also had a magazine which contained 5 live rounds of ammunition. We're told the weapon may be linked to a police formation in the north. This is also an area where drug planes are believed to land, and the weapon could be tied to questionable law enforcement activity. We'll keep following it.

The Clash At Claver In PG
A teacher staff of two is no staff at all when you have 85 students to teach. Well, that is the situation at the Claver College Extension in Punta Gorda. As we told you last night, Chairperson Lisel Alamilla fired nine of eleven teachers after they staged a sickout last week. This is after the teachers and the two-person board could not come to an agreement on a new employment contract. Now, the teachers want their jobs back but are not prepared to settle for the new payment terms and Chairperson Alamilla isn't about to wait on these teachers to change their minds; she is looking for replacements. Today our news team traveled to PG to get both sides of this dispute. Here is that story. During the day, these teachers are Toledo Community College educators. In the evening, starting at 5:30, they, along with nine others, teach at the Claver College Extension.

The Dispute Over Pay Periods
Now for some background, the teachers say they have been going back and forth with the board since the contract was first presented on August 20th. There was a revised contract that was never agreed on and a number of failed meetings that yielded no solid compromise between the teachers and the board. This breakdown in communication has unearthed a host of issues and concerns. The teachers brought up points that this was a political move because Education Ministry officials refused to intervene on behalf of the teachers and simply stated that "their hands were tied". Teachers also expressed their outrage that the board would simply terminate them after some teachers have dedicated over thirteen years of service to the college extension; and they stressed they stayed on that long for the love of it, not for the money. That's a lot of pent up grievances. But one of the main points that the teachers raised is that the payment system reflects a tertiary level module rather than secondary, which the teachers say should not be the case. Chairperson Lisel Alamilla begs to differ.

Is Claver Properly Governed?
Another big issue the Claver College Extension teachers have is that they have a two-person board. The say a proper board should have a teacher, ministry and church representative, and that is not the case. The teachers are not happy that Chairperson Alamilla made what they call a unilateral decision that affected 95 percent of the staff. Here are their points on this topic. Vanna Noralez - Claver College Ext., Teacher Rep.: "Let me just point out also that our board is currently only two people- our chairperson and our treasurer. Now, that is also something that we have been pushing to get alleviated because we need to have a board that is made out of more than two people to make the decisions that will benefit our teachers our staff and our institution on a whole."

Guat Pesticide Smugglers Face Half a Million Fine
Guatemalans Humberto Alfonso Monroy and Ervin GARCIA both farmers from Melchor are expected to go to court tomorrow where they will face a half a million dollar fine for attempting to smuggle 40 cases of insecticide into Belize. On Saturday morning, a police patrol caught them on the Calla Creek Road with 40 cases of Rainbow Respekt Insecticide - which is a pesticide not registered in Belize. That means it is prohibited, and it's also vary value. Customs puts the value at almost 172 thousand dollars - and the fine is three times that.

Ciguatera Re-appears In Belize’s Barracuda
The Ciguatera toxin has again been detected in Belize. The Ministry of Health says it was detected in ten persons who ate Barracuda bought from a fish vendor at the Vernon Street Fish Market in Belize City. This is not the first time we have heard of ciguatera poisoning in Belize. Here is what to look out for in an interview on the last time it was detected in the Sandhill area:

Alleged Pen Road Shooter Remanded
22 year-old Steve Crawford, a construction worker of Curl Thompson Street, is on remand at the Belize Central Prison tonight after he was taken to court for a shooting which happened last week. 35 year-old Jermaine Garbutt and 40 year-old Everal Neal reported to police that at around 6:50 p.m. on September 19th, they were sitting on the steps of a house on Neal Penn Road, when they were approached by 2 men riding on a motorcycle. 1 of the men on the motorcycle pulled out a weapon and opened fire on them. Neal was injured to the left side of his hip, while Garbutt suffered gunshots to this left knee, his right knee, and his left leg. They had to be hospitalized for those injuries.

Murder Trial Proceeds With Positive ID’s
The Supreme Court trial for accused murderers Andy Forbes, Clinton Fitzgibbon Harris, and William Vasquez started yesterday before Justice Collin Williams. These 3 men are accused of the June 2012 murder of 21 year-old Joseph Myers. It happened at the Living Hope Preparatory School, on Maskall Street in Belize City. Joseph Myers was among a group hanging out on the verandah socializing when 2 gunmen snuck up from behind the building and opened fire on them.

Land Rights Commission Working on Policy
The Maya Land Rights Commission - which is the body set up by government to implement the decision of the CCJ - has been much in the news - usually on the receiving end of attacks from the Maya Leaders Alliance and the Toledo Alcaldes Association. Those groups say the Commission simply isn't doing its work - that they're not working seriously ti implement the decision and give real meaning to customary land rights tenure. Well, today the Commission Chairman engaged us to prove otherwise. Lisel Alamilla was in an intensive session with international consultants to discuss the first draft of a customary land tenure policy. She explained:...

IMF Reports Favorably on Belize Economy
The IMF has finished its Article Four consultation with Belize, and have issued a farily favourable report. They say, quote, "Belize's economic recovery is strengthening, the government is making significant progress toward debt reduction, and the Central Bank of Belize has taken resolute actions to improve financial soundness." But, the fund warns, "public debt is elevated, the external current account deficit remains large, and international reserves are just above 3 months of imports of goods and services." furthermore, the bank states that there are substantial risks, including quote, "Contested legacy claims, estimated at about 5 percent of GDP, (which) could lead to large public and external financing needs."

Channel 5

Mass Firings of Teachers at Claver College Extension in Punta Gorda
There has been a mass firing of teachers at the Saint Peter Claver College Extension in Punta Gorda. As many as nine teachers, who represent ninety percent of the teaching [...]

Decision Was Unilaterally Made by Chair and Treasurer
The decision was unilaterally taken by the Board of Saint Peter Claver College Extension. But that board consists of only the Chair, Lisel Alamilla and the treasurer, Mark Miller.  The [...]

PG Adjunct Teachers to be Replaced
Alamilla became chairperson of the institution back in November of 2017 and since then, the student population has doubled. There have also been various improvements at the facility. She contends [...]

Arana Family Awarded over $200K
The Supreme Court has handed down a hefty fine on Orange Walk South area representative Abelardo Mai to pay over two hundred and twenty thousand dollars in damages to the [...]

Justice’s Ruling Was Monumental, Here’s why:
Today’s ruling was monumental. It sets a new precedence in amounts to be paid to grieving families in Belize for fatal traffic accidents. Attorney Sheena Pitts explained that the conventional [...]

Murder Charge against ‘BSAG Eight’ Dismissed
Eight lawmen jointly charged for murdering forty-six-year-old Ariel Audinette had the charges dismissed this morning when they appeared in the Orange Walk Magistrate Court.  Police officer Lennart Cajun; B.D.F. soldiers [...]

Prosecution Was Waiting for Further Instructions from D.P.P. Office
According to attorney Oscar Selgado, the Crown told the court that the case file is not ready because the prosecution has not received further instructions from the Office of the [...]

NICH Prez to be Reinstated; Internal Auditor Terminated
The Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber will be holding a press conference on Thursday where he will be asked about the situation at the National Institute of Culture and History. [...]

Calling on All ‘San Pedranos’ to Help Fight Off Sargassum Attack
The San Pedro Town Council has declared the sargassum beaching a natural disaster and is calling on its residents to come out on Thursday and Friday for a massive cleanup. [...]

Toledo Maya Land Rights Commission Holds Consultations to Draft Land Tenure Policy
For the past two days, the Toledo Maya Land Rights Commission has been meeting with consultants to develop a draft of a Maya Customary Land Tenure Policy.  On Tuesday, the [...]

While Maya People May Not Agree with Process, Goal is the Same
But the Maya Leaders Alliance and the Toledo Alcalde Association have often complained of not being included in the discussion and that government doesn’t show the political will to respect [...]

IMF Preliminary Findings Published
A team from the International Monetary visited Belize earlier this month and met with government officials as well as with the private sector and unions. It has released a preliminary [...]

Steve Crawford Charged for Attempted Murder of Neal Pen Road Brothers
Twenty-two-year-old construction worker, Steve Kent Crawford of Belize City has been charged with two counts each of Attempted Murder, Deadly Means of Harm and Dangerous Harm. Crawford is believed to [...]

Red Bank Villagers Detained for Illegal Logging in Maya Mountain Forest Reserve
Reports of illegal logging have been on the increase. On Tuesday, the Compliance Management Unit of the Forest Department responded to one such report of the illegal activity taking place [...]

High Powered Firearm Discovered in Orange Walk
The Orange Walk Police have picked up a high-powered rifle, described as a Rockriver arms with serial number C.M. one-seven-six-five-eight. The firearm was found during a search at a cane [...]

UB President Says Thanks for Support During a Difficult Time
On Monday, we reported on twenty-two-year-old Nishal Sankat, the son of the University of Belize President Clement Sankat, who was detained in Orlando, Florida.  Late last week, the young man [...]

LOVE FM

Fish Poisoning at the Market
The Ministry of Health is alerting the public that suspected Ciguatera poisoning was detected in ten persons that had eaten fish bought from a fish vendor at the Conch Shell Bay Fish Market on Vernon Street Fish in Belize City. Further investigation into these cases have linked and identified the fish poisoning with the consumption …

Love Foundation receives anti-corruption grant from US
As the Love Foundation strives towards creating a positive impact and a change within Belize, many have seen its dedication towards improving the lives of Belizean citizens. As a result, in times of need, blessings are received and this time was no different. Recently, the foundation has received numerous grants, garnering the support of many …

Security Forces all say YES TO ICJ
The three sister agencies of the Ministry of National Security: the Belize Defense Force, the Police Department and the Belize Coast Guard usually collaborate and share resources to combat narco-trafficking. The last joint initiative in September resulted in capturing a very large shipment of cocaine from a plane that landed in the Orange Walk District. …

NCFC and UNICEF: Child Marriages and Unions becoming an epidemic among Belizean children
In an effort to end the vast majority of child marriages and early unions occurring in Belize, several organizations such as the National Committee of Families and Children (NCFC), the Technical Working Group for Child Protection (CPTWG), UNICEF, UNFPA and the CAMY fund partnered to spearhead the first workshop of its kind in Central and …

Guatemala’s President Ready for Belize’s Referendum
Guatemala’s President Jimmy Morales addressed the general debate at the 73rd Session of the General Assembly of the UN on Tuesday. He told the General Assembly that the U.N. backed International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) that has tried to prosecute him was a “threat to peace”. Morales also spoke about their April 15th …

Hawksworh Bridge closes due to construction
The public is to be advised that for an entire three week period, starting October first to the twenty-first of this year, the Hawksworth Bridge between San Ignacio and Santa Elena, Cayo, will be closed due to works being done on the roads within the area. The public is advised that they are to now …

BNTU says it will consult members before responding to MOE
Will the union organize a strike action? That’s the question weighing on the minds of many teachers and school administrations tonight. That is because the Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU) is at odds with the Ministry of Education (MOE) over the re-categorization of hardship and rural allowances for teachers. The BNTU indicates it was done …

Jose Mai ordered to pay over $200,000
The court has ordered Jose Mai, the PUP Orange Walk South Area Representative, to pay over two hundred thousand dollars in damages for causing the unlawful death of Julia Arana. Sheena Pitts, the attorney for Edgar Nissani Arana, the Administrator of the Estate of Julia Arana, spoke to the media about the outcome of the …

Inflation was up 1% in August
The Statistical Institute of Belize released its latest figures for August, which shows an increase of one percent in the prices of goods. The All-items Consumer Price Index went up from 104.4 in August 2017 to 105.4 in August 2018. The category that recorded the largest inflation rate was transport with 2.7 percent increase, mainly …

Imports up by 16.1%
During the month of August, imported goods were up by 16.1 percent, a total value of $172.5 million from $148.5 million imported for August of 2017. Meanwhile, the total value of domestic exports was up by a negligible 1.1 percent, a total value of $22.9 million, from the $22.7 million recorded for August of 2017. …

SICA held meeting in Belize
Representatives of the countries of the Central American Integration System (SICA) met in Belize on Monday for the SICA Preparatory Cooperation Meeting. The objective of the meeting was to evaluate and prioritize the 25 regional cooperation projects and 1 project for the Strengthening of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Central America …

Steve Crawford charged with attempted murder
Twenty-two year old Steve Crawford, a construction worker was charged with two counts of attempted murder when he appeared today before Magistrate Khadeem Palmer. Crawford was also charged with two counts of dangerous harm and two counts of use of deadly means …

High Power Weapon Found
The police department has discovered a high powered weapon during an operation. On September 26th, Orange Walk Police went to a cornfield about two miles west of the Northern Road Airstrip. They then walked about ten yards from the roadside into the field where they found …

The Reporter

WEAPON FOUND BY POLICE NEAR DRUG PLANE SITE
According to Police, acting on information received they recovered an AR-15 with five live rounds in a corn field two miles west of what they call the Northern Road Airstrip. While not much information has been provided, the Reporter has been informed that the assault rifle was located near to where a drug plane landed recently.

SEVEN B.D.F SOLDIERS WALK, CASE FILE NOT AVAILABLE
Seven BDF soldiers and one Police Officer, all assigned to the Belize Special Assignments Group (BSAG) in February 2018 when they were accused of beating Ariel Salazar to death, walked free today in Orange Walk after Magistrate Patricia Arana struck out the case. We are told that she did so on the grounds that the case file was not available.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Kenrick Longsworth charged with aggravated assault
Belize City police have today charged Kenrick Longsworth with three counts of aggravated assault. The charges come […]

Belize~ Will there be more investment if we go to the ICJ?
By Richard Harrison: One of the principal arguments being used by proponents of “Yes to ICJ” is that there would be more investments in Belize and Guatemala. The evidence shows that Foreign Direct Investments in both countries have declined significantly […]

Representatives of SICA Meet in Belize for Cooperation Meeting
Under Belize’s Presidency Pro Tempore of SICA, representatives of the countries of the Central American Integration […]

Baseball and Softball Foundation to Discuss Proposal to Build Fields and Stadiums in Belize
The Belize Visionary Foundation of Baseball and Softball, a non-profit organization, today issued a release informing […]

7 BDF and 1 police officer walk free from murdering unarmed civilian
Eight law men accused of murder, walked free today in the Orange Walk Magistrate Court. According […]

Trump: No US support, No US foreign aid!
Belize, a country often dependent on foreign aid, might soon find itself in an uncomfortable position. […]

German teacher busted with cocaine at Koko King
Stephan Bernstein Fisher, a teacher from Germany, is in serious trouble with Belizean authorities. That is […]

Adrienne Barillas’ death criminally investigated by US army
Earlier this week we reported that Belizean national, Adrienne Barillas, 22, died on a United States […]

Two men take turns to rape Belizean woman
Police have charged a Guatemalan national with the atrocious rape of a Belizean woman. He is Esperanza resident, […]

Man who allegedly shot at police turns himself in
He was wanted for allegedly shooting at two police officers and a soldier on Saturday morning […]

Belize and Russia tackle bilateral cooperation
TASS, a Russian News agency is reporting that Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Minister of […]

Suspected Ciguatera Poisoning Detected in Belize City
The Ministry of Health would like to alert the public that suspected fish poisoning (Ciguatera poisoning) […]

International Sourcesizz

Commonwealth Secretary-General’s Innovation for Sustainable Development Awards
We are delighted to inform you that the Commonwealth Secretary-General’s Innovation for Sustainable Development Awards have just been launched. With a total of Ł30,000 available in prize money, the Awards seek to celebrate and support impactful innovations and forward-looking solutions that are helping Commonwealth countries achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), while advancing the values in the Commonwealth Charter.

Here’s How You Can Win A Belize Vacation To Play A Giant Game Of Hide ’N Seek
Now that summer has gone and temperatures are quickly dropping, I'm already dreaming of tropical, sun-drenched beaches in anticipation for the cold and gloomy months ahead. If you've been sleeping on booking a fall getaway for when sweater weather starts dragging, you're in luck, because the government of Belize is offering five individuals with superior hide 'n seek skills the chance to banish travel FOMO once and for all this fall. Get ready to tap into your inner child, because here’s how you can win a Belize vacation and compete in a giant game of hide ’n seek come November. You'll want to bring your A-game, because this countrywide tournament is definitely a few steps up from your childhood games in grandma's basement.

Belize Is Hosting a Nationwide Game of Hide & Seek — and They Will Fly You Out There for Free
Belize is upping the ante on one of your favorite childhood games. The Belize Tourism Board has recently announced that they will be selecting five participants to play the first-ever nationwide game of Hide & Seek, set on what is undoubtedly the biggest stage to date: the entire country of Belize. Here's how it works: Of the five participants, four Hiders will be scattered throughout Belize to relax in true seclusion, enjoying the Central American country's remote resorts, subtropical jungles, hundreds of miles of coastlines, and gorgeous cayes.

The Great Barrier Reef May Be Restored Using Electricity
Reef Ecologic's electric grid project promises to dramatically interrupt the effects of mass coral bleaching events. On the minds of many has been the fate of the Great Barrier Reef, the large coral reef system which has been directly impacted by climate change. Although efforts have been underway to protect and preserve other reef systems, for instance in Belize, the Great Barrier Reef seems to have been continuing to dwindle, decreasing in size and vibrancy as the years pass. Now, however, one environmental group is developing a coral reef management system it hopes will provide relief in restoring the ecological balance provided by the Reef. Specifically, they are aimed at reversing the impact of coral bleaching, a process by which coral release their algae reserves in warm water. Australia-based Reef Ecologic is behind the massive project involving steel frames that emit small doses of low voltage electricity. The electricity, in turn, promotes limestone growth on the reef structure as a result of interacting with natural minerals found in the seawater.

Caribbean Leaders To Begin UN Address Thursday
Caribbean Community, (CARICOM), leaders will begin delivering their annual address to the UN today, Sept. 27th, as the 73rd session of the United Nations’ General Assembly, (UNGA) continues this week. Haiti and Jamaica will be the first Caribbean nations to address the General Assembly this year, doing so today. Representatives of Guyana, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, the Bahamas, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Barbados will address the forum the debate tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 28th.

Mennonites and empire
Empire mattered. It seized land for settlement. It provided a global set of destinations. It enabled communication and transportation. It said yes, sometimes no. And it persisted. In the late 1950s, British Honduras (later renamed Belize) offered Mennonites a privilegium and moved 1,700 individuals from Mexico. Empire also changed the ethnic and cultural composition of the church. The first Mennonite mission fields were all located in colonies or territories opened by imperialism: the Dutch East Indies, Indian reservations in the American West, British India, China, and the Belgian Congo.

Videos

  • Miren este mini tornado un remolino la berda aki es mui pork berlos,1/2 min. Look at this mini tornado/ whirlpool

  • Inside the Water slide at the Splash Pad in Harvest Caye, Belize, 15sec.

  • Pirate’s Not-So-Secret Bar, Belize, 1/2min.

  • Marine Biology Class Travels to Belize, 2.5min. Moraine Valley’s Marine Biology class travels to Belize every year as part of the curriculum. They explore the diverse coral reef as well as the culture and food of the country.

  • First night flight landing at the Caye Caulker airstrip, 1/2min.

  • Birthday surprise vacation to Belize!, 4min.

  • Shark and Ray Alley - Belize, 7min. Jane and I had an amazing time exploring the Great Barrier Reef, Belize, September 2018. Encountered Shark, stingray, moray eel and much more!

  • Exploring Ambergris Caye, Belize on 5 Brand New Jet Skis, 7min. Hey Everyone, It's William Narod, The Paradise Guy and in today's video, we explore the islands of Ambergris Caye and Blackadore Caye, Leonardo Di Caprio's Island on 5 brand new jet skis. We also stop off at Secret Beach on the West coast.

  • Swimming with a Moray Eel in Belize, 1min. I learned to not get to close to a Moray eel in Belize. Luckily I didn't have to learn this the hard way.

  • Teakettle Village and Mayan Ruins, 14min. We traveled by bus to Teakettle Village and then San Ignacio to see Mayan Ruins.

  • Sports Talk Show, 2hr.

  • La Xtabai, 3min. Many of us Maya from northern Belize grew up hearing the stories of the Xtabai . Our Maya tatitos from Corozal and Orange Walk use to lay in their Hammocks and tell us this stories . La Xtabai is part of our beautiful Yucatec Maya culture of Belize .
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