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Today's Belize News: November 16, 2018

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Today's Belize News: November 16, 2018 - 11/16/18 12:49 PM


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The San Pedro Sun

Letter to the Editor: This has to be a community effort
Dear Editor, The goal for the San Pedro Belize Tourism Industry Association (SP BTIA) 4 day cleanup was to hit multiple locations in multiple neighborhoods, but we couldn’t even finish just one road because of how bad it was. There was an army of seriously dedicated people working from 8 am to 5 pm and multiple vehicles hauling trash non-stop all day long, but the road is still covered in garbage. Literal tons of trash were pulled from the environment, but many tons still remain. The past 4 days cleaning the San Pedrito Highway, a road that is only 2 years old, was not fun, it was not easy, and it broke everyone’s’ hearts to see the severity of the trash problem on Ambergris Caye. How did this happen and why does it still happen?

SPHS Sharks win 3rd place at NSSSA volleyball championships
The San Pedro High School Sharks won 3rd place at the National Secondary Schools Sports Association (NSSSA) volleyball championship organized the tournament, hosted by the Belize Rural High School at the Multi-purpose Complex in Orange Walk Town last Friday and Saturday, November 9-10. After winning the Northern Zone championship at the same venue on October 27, the SPHS Sharks represented the north at nationals. They dominated the Western Zone champions – the Mopan Technical High School boys in the consolation match for 3rd place on Saturday morning.

Maya Island Air inaugurates new terminal in San Pedro
As tourism continues to thrive in Belize, the local aviation industry has been prompted to keep up with the increasing flow of visitors by providing not only the best service in air transportation to the island, but also spacious and comfortable terminals. Thus, Maya Island Air invested in a second terminal at the John Greif II Municipal Airport, and it was inaugurated on Wednesday, November 14th, with an interactive open house for invited guests to take a first a look at the new two-story terminal facilities. The new terminal will be officially open for business as of Thursday, November 15th, accommodating even more customers in an elegant ambience with panoramic views of the tarmac and parts of downtown San Pedro. The new facility offers a spacious waiting lounge featuring mahogany and granite finishing, stunning Carolyn Carr reproductions and crystal chandeliers.

3D printed artificial reef installed at Mexico Rocks Reserve in Ambergris Caye
Hoping to find more environmentally friendly devices to attract fish, a 3D printed artificial reef, created by island visitor Sam Suchin was installed at Mexico Rocks Reserve, located inside Hol Chan Marine Reserve on Saturday, November 10th. For many years, fish aggregating devices (FAD’s), have been used to attract fishes, especially marlin, tuna and mahi-mahi. FAD’s are floating devices tethered by rope with buoys and anchored to the water bed with a drum of cement to keep everything in place to avoid drifting. According to Gil Nunez from Canary Cove, he met Suchin while he was vacationing in Belize. Suchin told him that he wanted to print an artificial reef to test out in San Pedro. “I’m always open to finding solutions that are more ecofriendly than the FAD’s or the iron objects that people put inside the water to attract fish,” said Nunez.

Ambergris Today

Belize Struggling With Battle Against Gillnet Fishing
Nine months after announcement, Gillnet Task Force is dead in the water - Fishers and fisher associations, private sector groups and NGOs warn political intransigence is compromising thousands of Belizean jobs, a 100-million-dollar industry and undermining sustainability. When the Ministry of Fisheries announced the formation of a task force to “reduce the harmful impacts of gillnets” in February 2018, it was framed as a serious step to address a long-standing issue. But time has only served to drown any hope that the Government is prepared to take leadership in protecting the more than 3,000 Belizeans who depend on sports fishing jobs and the more than 2,547 commercial fishers who do not use gillnets to fish and whose livelihoods are compromised by gillnet fishing.

Misc Belizean Sources

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South Ambergris Caye Cleanup Day Nov. 17th!
SATURDAY November 17, 2018. Please come out and join the SACNW and our community to help clean up our neighborhood. We will start the day by meeting at the Patrol Station for groups and areas to be assigned. Kids are also welcome to join the beach cleanup! The cleanup should take no more than 2 hours as long as enough people participate. Garbage bags will be provided. Please bring your own work gloves. sturdy shoes. bug spray. sunscreen. tools (shovel, machete. etc.) Bring drinking water. We would also like to take this opportunity to ask the public to help us keep our neighborhood clean! Dumping any kind of trash on the side of the road is illegal and can result in penalties of up to $500 for each offense.

ACAT
Acat the Maya representation of tattooing or as some want to call it "God of Tattoo". Acat meant “reed” in Maya, Ah Cat meant “He of the storage jar” and may have been a reference to the ink of the tattoo artist.

Customer Service Training Opportunity in San Ignacio/Santa Elena
The Belize Training and Employment Centre (BTEC), a unit of BELTRAIDE is coming to San Ignacio/ Santa Elena once again! Improve your customer service skills with this two day training which covers telephone etiquette, handling customer complaints and much more!

Call for Applications is now Open for the Commonwealth Masters Scholarship
For studies in the UK in the following themes: *Science and technology for development *Strengthening health systems and capacity * Promoting global prosperity * Strengthening global peace, security and governance * Strengthening resilience and response to crises * Access, inclusion and opportunity For the application form and more information click on the link below. Completed applications should be submitted to the Ministry of the Public Service, Energy and Public Utilities, Ground Floor. Sir Edney Cain Building, Belmopan no later than 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, 19 December 2018.

TEXT 2 WIN a SCHOLARSHIP TO GALEN UNIVERSITY!
Digi Belize, in partnership with Galen University, Belize and BELTRAIDE, is inviting all DigiCell PrePaid & PostPaid customers to Text to Win a once in a lifetime scholarship opportunity. To enter, Text “1” to 946. Cost of text is ONLY $1 per entry. RULES: • Send as many texts as you wish to the number 946 daily • Scholarship can be used to pursue any Bachelors or Master’s Degree Program offered by Galen • Scholarship can also be gifted to a new or existing student Winner will be announced at BELTRAIDE’s 4th annual EntreCon 2018 on Nov 30th. Visit www.belizeentrecon.com for more information.

Garina Garifuna Museum in Libertad Village
A proud Garifuna woman, Mrs. Simeona Zuniga, who is the curator of the Garina Garifuna Museum in Libertad Village. We congratulate and support Miss Simeona on her initiative in creating and sustaining a cultural museum. In celebration of Garifuna Settlement Day her museum will be open 9-5 Friday and Saturday for viewing. Feel free to visit and support this labour of love.

A glimpse of the U.S. Marine Corps 243rd birthday celebration in Belize!
or years, Marines have been telling each other "Happy Birthday". This year, the first Marine Corps Ball in Belize was celebrated at the Best Western (Biltmore) Hotel. The Marine Corps' Birthday is a day of pride and respect, and its celebration is one of the most revered traditions in the Corps. Marines around the world celebrate what they see as their "second" birthday, the day the United States Marine Corps was born. Thank you for your outstanding service!

Barranco House of Culture Visit
Oceana's Toledo Field Representative, Analee Chuc, attends the opening of the Garifuna house of culture in Barranco, Toledo in celebration of Garifuna Settlement Day

NINE MONTHS AFTER ANNOUNCEMENT, GILLNET TASK FORCE IS DEAD IN THE WATER
Fishers and fisher associations, private sector groups and NGOs warn political intransigence is compromising thousands of Belizean jobs, a 100-million-dollar industry and undermining sustainability. When the Ministry of Fisheries announced the formation of a task force to “reduce the harmful impacts of gillnets” in February 2018, it was framed as a serious step to address a long-standing issue. But time has only served to drown any hope that the Government is prepared to take leadership in protecting the more than 3,000 Belizeans who depend on sports fishing jobs and the more than 2,547 commercial fishers who do not use gillnets to fish and whose livelihoods are compromised by gillnet fishing.

Channel 7

Company That Bought Hilltop Has Bogus Registration Address
The Public Service Union and the Belmopan City Council are still in a deadlock over the disputed sale of the hilltop property which houses the union’s Headquarters.   But, tonight, it’s the property’s new owner who is under scrutiny. Simplex Design Limited was formed on October 9th, the day before it bought the property.  It is described as a construction company with one single shareholder, Xin Ni.   In the companies Register, Simplex gives its address as 38 Santa Rita Layout in Corozal.  But, that’s bogus.  That is actually the home and property of Amelio Lizarraga Cal - who happens to be a PSU official from Corozal. Today, he posted on Facebook - and told CTV-3 by phone that no one else lives or has ever lived there other than his family:..

Sen. Valerie Woods Was Director of Dubious Sittee River Wildlife Preserve
We’ve been reporting on the Sanctuary Belize situation for days now.  That’s the real estate scam based in southern Belize which has defrauded scores of US investors.  The Federal Trade Commission in the US shut it down - after it named that company and two dozen others in a civil complaint.   But the collateral damage and contamination n Belize is significant.  We’ve already discussed the effect on Atlantic Internal Bank, but it goes even deeper.  One of the related companies named in the complaint is a non profit NGO called Sittee River Wildlife Preserve.  As we understand it this not for profit holds the 14,000 acres of land where the development was supposed to be based.  

Soldier Loses Eye In Fall
Tonight a BDF soldier is in serious condition after he had a terrible fall yesterday.  It happened at the Forward Operating Base at the edge of the Sarstoon.  Private Fidel Williams form the BDF Boat unit was unhitching a boat to go on a patrol when he slipped and fell. Police told us more today: ACP Joseph Myvett - Head, NCIB: "Sometime after 9 AM, Punta Gorda police received information of an incident involving one private Unesimo Chulum. The initial information is that he is stationed at the Sarstoon and sometime early yesterday morning he was in the process of preparing a boat for patrol and whilst on the wharf, he slipped and fell into the water where he fell on a steel which was in the water which penetrated his left eye socket. As a result he was transported to Punta Gorda where he was airlifted to Belize City."

Teenager Arraigned For Executing Father of 2 on San Pedro
37 year old father of two Cyril Jones was executed in front of his home in San Pedro Town on Wednesday night.  He responded to someone whistling from outside, and a gunman was waiting for him as he stepped out.  The killer shot him right below his nose.   Today police said an arrest was imminent: Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino - CIB, Belize City: "Well at this point I don't have any information in regards what the motive may be. The investigators are out there continuing their investigation but I don't have any details in regards to any motive. The investigation yielded the detention of several persons and there should be an arrest by the end of the day."

Man Freed After Second Re-Trial
After spending 9 years on remand at the Belize Central Prison, 27 year-old Warren Lewis is free tonight. A jury of 8 women and 4 men has acquitted him in a second re-trial of the 2009 murder of 22 year-old Alberto Allen. Allen was found dead on August 18, 2009 at a dump site, which was located at mile 4 on the George Price Highway. His killing was particularly gruesome; his throat was slashed, he suffered a gunshot to his back, and his killer or killers rammed a piece of stick down his throat.  Crown Counsel Rene Montero prosecuted the case, and his main piece of evidence against Lewis was a caution statement that he gave to police. In this confession, Lewis allegedly admitted to police that he killed Allen.

Belize Prepares For Puerto Rico
Right now, Belize’s National Football Team is preparing to play its third match in the CONCACAF Nations League Tournament.  That game is set for tomorrow and the Jaguars are going up against Puerto Rico. On September 7th, Team Belize defeated the Bahamas at home, but on October 14th, they travelled to Montserrat, for the second match, and they lost 1-nil. Like the other 35 CONCACAF countries, Team Belize wants to qualify for next year’s Gold Cup, but to do that, they have place in the top 10 in this tournament. Right now, Belize is at #18, and a lot of variables have to line up for the Jaguars to qualify for next year. But, tomorrow night, they need a blow-out victory against Puerto Rico.  This morning at the Marion Jones, the FFB, the National Team’s Coaching staff, and a few members of the team hosted a joint press conference with representatives of the Puerto Rican National Team. The media questioned the local football authorities about that game they lost last month, and about the Belize’s real prospects for qualifying to the Gold Cup. Here’s what they had to say:

CITCO Will Launch Bond, Is It Platinum or Powda?
Two weeks ago, Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner wasn't forthcoming with the details about the council’s new municipal bond. But today at their 8th Month Financial Report press conference, the mayor officially announced the bond and discussed the structure. It is a $6 million bond and he says he already has a $5.6 million dollar commitment from investors. Wagner calls this bond – genius. Bernard Wagner - Mayor of Belize City: "This is a genius paper, this is not the typical salary assignment paper. The municipal paper, the purpose, to smooth out short cash flow and reduce our financing charges. We will also fund a one year interest service reserve account, the amount we are subscribing to is 6 million in denomination of 5 thousand. The term, 91, 182 days and 365 days right, very unique, genius type paper..."

Mayor Boasts of Increased Collections
Mayor Wagner also discussed the council’s financial performance between April and September 2018 and compared it with the previous UDP council’s performance in that same period in 2017. Wagner says this PUP council has done a much better job in collecting taxes and various license fees. Bernard Wagner - Mayor of Belize City: "Taxes under 2017 was 2.7 million collected, this is property taxes by the way, for us it was 2.8 million, improve by 4%. Isn't that great? Property taxes for the current year in 2017 1.2 million, for us 1.8 million, improvement 57%, that is awesome. We move on to trade licenses and the narrative continues. 2017 208 thousand collected by the previous administration by us 367 thousand..."

New Council Cuts Expenses
As it relates to expenditure, Wagner says his PUP council has significantly cut expenses which he says was just wasteful spending on the part of his predecessors. Bernard Wagner - Mayor of Belize City: "They spend 406 thousand in operating cost; we spend 327 thousand, bringing it down by 19%. Maintenance cost, this is the cost where we maintain our machinery, maintain buildings and etc. 452 thousand, we cut that by half to 56% and despite my good friend the prime minister stating that pastor will christen his pickni first we still survive. We have still survived with not one copper from the government. The difference then between us and them is clear, night and day."

No More “Social Assistance” From City Hall?
The social assistance program is one of the expenses that the council reduced. While many of their supports won’t be happy about this, the PUP City council says they simply don’t have the money for hand-outs – and that is what they say the UDP council had been doing and labeling it social assistance. Wagner and his team says they will re-assess this expenditure and create lasting programs that can benefit more people. Bernard Wagner - Mayor of Belize City: "Social assistance and contributions, we had to cut a bit but it's not something we intend to carry on but it will not be in this area. 423 thousand in social assistance and contributions, we cut that 140 thousand and we are still delivering to the people in our social assistance program. So we cut that by 67%, that is awesome."

Cutting Back The Discount
Another adjustment that some people might not be too happy with either is the discontinuation of the 20 percent discount for early property tax payment. In the past, those who paid their tax early, before its due in March and April got a 20 percent discount. Those off season inflows allowed the council to at least scrape by in the low season. Well, Wagner says that 20 percent is just too much. But he didn’t rule out a discount completely. Bernard Wagner - Mayor of Belize City: "The 20% discount program effect; what are the facts? You ask what the facts are. This is a clipping from the minutes of these meetings. I didn't make this up. This is a clipping. The mayor stated that as a norm the council offers a discount for payment on property tax. The amount, normally, is 20% prior to December 1st and 15% made through December 31st, 10% made through January 1st to March 31st..."

Making Climate Change Modifications Meaningful
For the last 2 days, the World Wildlife Fund has been hosting a climate workshop for Government agencies, and marine protected areas managers from Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras.  It’s called Climate-smarting Marine Protected Areas and Coastal Management in the Mesoamerican Reef. Its aim is to educate the authorities from these 4 countries on best practices for marine protected areas management and coastal development policies in the climate change era. Scientists from NASA and the Columbia University were called upon to present their scientific data on climate change, and how it affects coastal communities. The experts also explored policy decisions they can make on issues like infrastructure, to make these communities more resilient to climate change.  This morning, we stopped by for day 2 of the workshop, and we got a few more specifics from the experts today:

Ownership of Coastal Road Narco Rides Still a Mystery
Police still aren’t saying who owns two Belize -registered vehicles which were caught on major illicit missions off the coastal highway.   The first one was a Prado found two weeks ago stuffed with a Thousand pounds of cocaine. The second was a Ford Explorer found on Sunday - stuffed with 6 heavily armed men.  Police have both vehicles impounded and know who they are registered to - but have refused to share that information with the media and have made no arrests. We tried again today at the press brief:..

No Charges In Fatal Accidents
46 year old Greg Choc has not been charged for knocking down and killing Francisco Cis. The 56 year old Cis was killed on Monday night near San Marcus Village in Toledo. Police told us more:… There have also been no charges brought in the case of 57 year old Belize City taxi-man Arthur Requena who lost his life in an accident on Monday afternoon.

ITVET Teachers Stage Two Day Sitout in OW Over Late Pay
16 Teachers at the ITVET in Orange Walk have been staging a sit-out for the past two days.  They refuse to go into the classroom to teach because of late salaries - and the 300+ students have just been sitting out as well. The problem is apparently a recurrent one - which happens every year. This afternoon, an emergency meeting was held in Orange Walk with the Teachers, The Deputy Chief Education Officer and the BNTU. A staff spokesperson spoke with the media when it was finished at 5:15:… Luis Ramos - OW ITVET Staff Spokesperson: "Well the issue is that we went on a sit out because of some of the concerns that our staff had and the last resort was to have an audience with the relevant authorities which we had today."

Pen, The Master Takes A Look Back
Garifuna Settlement Day is on Monday and tradition dictates that master artist Pen Cayetano is having his annual exhibit at the Belize - Mexico Institute.  It’s a career retrospective for the 64 year old self-taught artist and musician.  Pen told us today that it accurately depicts his evolution as a painter from when he started in the 70’s to the present:.. This exhibition open to all tonight at 7:00 pm at the Institute. Entrance is free.

A People’s Park In Lake-I
Earlier on in the news, you saw the mayor talking finance - but this afternoon he showed his softer side with the opening of a park in the Lake Independence area.  It’s off Western Avenue in an area called Ring Road. The mayor unveiled the plan and broke ground.  He told us its important to that under-served community:.. No date has been set for completion at this very initial stage. The Ring Road in that area has also been paved. 

Big Regional Meeting in Belize Next Year
The leaders of the Caribbean Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors are in Belize for a 3-day session, which started today, and will conclude on Saturday.  They are planning a big conference for insurance providers from all across CARICOM. That conference takes place in the Cayo District from May 5th to the 9th, 2019. The leadership of CARAIFA is here to ensure that the logistics and planning for a contingent of about 500 participants are properly in place for next year. 

Channel 5

Xin Ni Uses Bogus Corozal Address to Purchase Hilltop
The sensational story involving the questionable sale of choice land between the Belmopan City Council and Chinese businessman Xin Ni continues to unravel.  Tonight, the plot thickened because the Vice [...]

Belmopan Mayor Circumspect on Who CitCo Negotiated Hilltop Land Deal With
On Tuesday, Mayor Khalid Belisle hosted a press conference during which he refuted claims made by the Public Service Union.  When asked who from Simplex Design brokered the deal with [...]

Teenage Minor Held for Deadly Shooting in San Pedrito
Police believe they have cracked the latest murder in San Pedro. Late this evening, a fourteen-year-old minor was charged for the execution of Cyril Jones, a thirty-seven-year-old BWS employee who [...]

Accused Murderer Found Not Guilty
Twenty-seven-year-old Warren Lewis became a free man on Wednesday night after he was found not guilty of murder. Lewis stood trial for the 2009 killing of twenty-two-year-old Albert Allen. After [...]

B.D.F. Soldier Loses Eye at Sarstoon F.O.B.
The Forward Operating Base at the mouth of the Sarstoon River is placed at a strategic location at Belize’s southernmost border with Guatemala.  The post is manned around the clock [...]

Francisco Sis is Knocked Down and Killed near Dump
The lifeless body of fifty-seven-year-old Francisco Sis, a farmer of San Marcus Village, was observed in the middle of the Southern Highway on Monday night.  He had been fatally struck [...]

Charges Pending for BAHA Inspector after Fatal RTA near Easy Inn
Well-known Belize City cabbie, Arthur Requeña, will be laid to rest on Friday.  The taxi driver was knocked down and killed on Monday morning while attempting to cross the Philip [...]

What’s Up With Guns and Vehicle Found on Coastal Road?
There was suspicious criminal activity involving a group of heavily armed men along the Coastal Road last weekend. This occurred on the heels of a sting operation by the police [...]

Valerie Woods Clears Her Name in Sittee River Wildlife Scam
Senator Valerie Woods is away in Ukraine attending a meeting of Parliamentarians for Global Action, but when her name began circulating earlier today, in respect of a scam involving the [...]

Orange Walk ITVET on Sit-Out!
Since Tuesday of this week, ITVET Orange Walk teachers have been on a sit-out. They have been showing up to school, but have not been teaching so the three hundred [...]

Will Orange Walk ITVET’s Sit Out Continue?
When the teachers emerged from the meeting, they were hopeful.  They say they made some progress and that Ramirez-Smith documented their concerns. So, what happens next? The teachers say that [...]

Mayor Wagner Says City Council Spending Way Less
Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner announced today that the council has been able to collect significantly more income due to the council’s efficiency in revenue collection, hard stance against political [...]

P.U.P. City Council to ‘Blanket the City with the New Manhole Coverage’
The P.U.P. Belize City Council has also made plans to address the city’s manhole problem. Mayor Wagner says that the manholes will soon be covered while the council embarks on [...]

W.W.F. Tackles Adverse Effects of Climate Change
A three-day information gathering session continued today in Belize City. Climate change stakeholders, led by the World Wildlife Fund, are participating in a regional project which aims to mainstream climate [...]

Southside Belize City to get Ring Road Community Park
In the north side of Belize City, there are the B.T.L. and Memorial Parks, two social recreation areas enjoyed by city residents mainly of the surrounding areas. The Belize City [...]

Belize Jaguars Versus Puerto Rico at Isidoro Beaton Stadium
The results of an international match this Friday at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan will determine whether the Jaguars will advance to qualify for Gold Cup in 2019. The [...]

Pen Cayetano: Master Artist
The Embassy of Mexico is honouring Belizean master artist Pen Cayetano with an exhibit which opened tonight for viewing at the Mexican Institute of Culture in Belize City. The exhibit [...]

An Expo at Saint John’s College
There was no lack of creativity and innovation at the annual Saint John’s College Junior College expo. Every year, the students get the opportunity to test and expose products and [...]

LOVE FM

Pen Cayetano Celebrates a Retrospective in Art
The exhibition of “Pen Cayetano Master Artist” is being held tonight at 7pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute. It is a retrospective exhibition of the years of his contribution to Belize’s cultural art legacy. And this afternoon Love News Spoke to Cayetano about his career as an artist and the works which are on display. …

Belize Jaguars Face off with Puerto Rico
e Belize Jaguars will play against Puerto Rico tomorrow night at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan. The game is expected to be tough as it is close to a ‘do or die’ situation for both Belize and Puerto Rico if they have any chance of qualifying for the Gold Cup. Love News met the …

Spreading Awareness about Premature babies at the KHMH
To have healthy babies, proper nutrition, vitamins, and scheduled visits to the doctor are required. Yet at times some babies will be born prematurely and have some health conditions that require immediate attention. Of the 300 babies for the year, Neroli Williams the Unit Manager for the NICU unit at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital …

ITVET’s Teachers hold sit out
There is another matter unfolding in the north that has demanded the attention of the Minister of Education, Patrick Faber. The core instructors at ITVET are unhappy being on contract and they are now demanding to be a public service worker. There are several other issues on the table for those at ITVET as we …

Faber weighs in on PSU’s dilemma
Since the Public Service Union (PSU) made it public that the land their office is on was sold by the Belmopan City Council, there has been clarifications and explanations coming from all quarters including the council and the Ministry of Lands. What was also interesting to find out in this entire saga, is that the …

MOE and BNTU plan to meet again to flesh out issues
We told you of the meeting between the Education Minister and the Belize National Teachers Union in which they had agreed to move forward in settling their differences. Another meeting is scheduled in the coming days and as Minister Faber explained it, there are three primary issues that they have agreed to flesh out. Patrick …

Warren Lewis walks from murder charge
27-year-old, Warren Lewis was on remand for about eight years and had applied for bail on multiple occasions and was only successful on the third try. He is a free man today, however, as last night just after seven o’clock the jury in his trial concluded their deliberation and found Lewis not guilty of murder …

CitCo holds groundbreaking ceremony for new park
Today, the Belize City Council held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new park that the residents of the Lake Independence area will be able to enjoy. Mayor Bernard Wagner told the media that having such a park in the area will help the residents’ quality of life. Bernard Wagner, Mayor of Belize City: “We are …

CitCo’s financial report
The Belize City Council held a press conference this morning aimed at providing the media with a report on the first eight months in office. Mayor Bernard Wagner did the presentation himself in five areas, namely, the financial report, the council’s challenges and accomplishments coupled with the way forward. Mayor Wagner says their system is …

Minister of Culture refutes claim of price discrimination
The Battle of the Drums Secretariat had expressed upset and outrage at the decision by the National Sports Council to charge them five hundred dollars per day for use of the Punta Gorda Sports Complex plus ten percent of their revenue made during the event. Chairman of the Secretariat, Darius Avila believes that they should …

Caribbean Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors in Belize
The Caribbean Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (CARAIFA) is hosting a conference for stakeholders in Belize in May, 2019. The member countries include: Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines …

NGO’s List of Demands
Acting as the Belize Coalition for Sustainable Fisheries, the Belize Federation of Fishers, the National Sports Fishers Association, the Belize Game Fish Association, Turneffe Atoll Trust, MarAlliance, and Oceana in Belize, asserts that the continued use of gill nets in fishing is a gross disrespect to the 3,000 Belizeans who are employed in the sports fishing …

Maya Island Air has a new state of the art terminal
Appearance is everything to the people who only have one opportunity to make a first impression. Belize has made an impression as a tourism product and maintaining quality in service is paramount. With Belize fast becoming a tourist destination Maya Island Air saw the need to build a new state of the art terminal in San …

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Belize~ Thanks to British and Commonwealth
The views expressed in this article are those of the writer and not necessarily those of Breaking Belize […]

Fisheries organizations join hands to demand national gillnet ban
Today, a coalition of fisheries organizations issued a joint release informing the public that the […]

Soldier slips from rotten pier at BDF Outpost and receives severe eye injuries
A soldier from the Belize Defense Force (BDF) sustained a major eye injury after […]

Authorities destroy found cocaine
The Belize Police Department yesterday destroyed 1,056 pounds of cocaine. The drugs were burnt after […]

Mexican Embassy presents Pen Cayetano: Master artist exhibition
The Embassy of Mexico is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Mexican Cultural Institute in Belize. […]

Discovery channel to broadcast live from bottom of Blue Hole
Environmentalists, nature lovers, ocean experts and scientists are anticipating the debut of the expedition into Belize’s Blue hole, one of the largest submerged sink holes in the world. According to Yahoo news, the Discovery channel will broadcast a two hour special entitled, Discovery Live: Into The Blue Hole.

Blogs

Cold felt in Belize: A low tide in Corozal
This the time when the temperatures in Belize should be getting warmer and should stay in the 70's and 80's. A northern cold front approached Belize and has since been affecting us since last week Friday. And, for us 60's and low 70's in Belize is cold for us. Since the cold front, those warm jackets has since been taken out of the closets. Around the country, the heavy fog has been seen at unusual places like San Pedro Ambergris Caye. Today, I walked the bay of Corozal as far as I could walk as seen at the picture below. This low tide made me see the biggest rocks on the side of the sidewalk. I saw broken glasses on the water that has never been removed. I saw trash that was brought by the waves. I saw the fishermen out on the catching fish with a taralla. The sand was created by the small waves as the tide went low.

Maya Island Air’s New Terminal: Bling & Bagels At San Pedro Airstrip
Tropic Air upgraded and upsized their terminal in 2009 and yesterday Maya Island Air opened the doors to the larger new terminal that is opening today. And now located a few hundred feet to the south is a HUGE new cement building. And inside? HOLY MOLY. Not at all what I was expecting. Take a look. Marble, mahogany and chandelier!

International Sourcesizz

McAfee Founder Held Liable For Death Of Belize Neighbor
A Florida federal judge on Wednesday held that John McAfee, founder of the eponymous cybersecurity software company, is liable for the death of a man who owned a vacation home next to his in Belize. U.S. District Judge Gregory A. Presnell entered a default judgment in favor of the estate of Gregory Faull in a wrongful death suit accusing McAfee of being responsible for the 2012 murder of Faull, a Florida resident who owned and vacationed in a beachfront property next to McAfee. The Florida Wrongful Death Act suit claims McAfee hired a local person to kill Faull following the neighbors’ dispute over McAfee’s “pack of 8 to 12 aggressive dogs,” which were poisoned by an unknown individual. Citing the Eleventh Circuit’s unpublished February opinion reviving the suit, Judge Presnell held that the estate's claims plausibly alleged wrongful death and ruled it was entitled to a default judgment as to liability. However, the judge rejected the estate’s request for a jury trial on damages, instead ordering that a bench trial be held in January to determine the issue.

Discovery Sets Live Broadcast From Bottom of Blue Hole
Discovery will explore a remote spot off the coast of Belize when Discovery Live: Into the Blue Hole premieres Sunday, Dec. 2. The show airs 4-6 p.m. ET. The Blue Hole is known for crystal-clear water and an abundance of sharks and sea life. Discovery said it has only been fully explored once, by Jacques Cousteau in 1971. “Venturing into the unknown as well as exploring the world with new technology in the name of science and entertainment has always been at the core of Discovery’s DNA,” said Scott Lewers, executive VP, multiplatform programming and digital media. We’re thrilled to be bringing such a major expedition to Discovery.”

Copalli: An Organic Rum Emerges From The Rainforests Of Belize
In the rainforests of Belize, caimans swim the waters, jaguars roam the land at night and the sound of howler monkeys, one of the loudest animals on earth, pierce through the dense wilderness. Marine conservation Todd Robinson began buying land here in 2005, and established the Copal Tree Lodge, a luxury resort with a sustainable focus, in Punta Gorda, just north of the Guatemalan border. Along with partner Anya Fernald, CEO of Belcampo, they began producing organic crops on the property and promoting agritourism in the area. Their latest project is Copalli Rum, an organic spirit produced at a new distillery on the resort grounds, and just released to the U.S. Market. I spoke to Fernald about the inspiration for the brand and the sustainable methods behind it.

Caribbean swamped by seaweed that smells like rotten eggs
“It was like something out of a science fiction movie,” says Barbara Hall from the office of the beachside hotel she runs in Placencia, southern Belize. “I woke up at 6am, looked out my window and realised we had a big problem. It was absolutely overwhelming.” The sight that greeted her that morning was a gargantuan tide of sargassum – a type of ocean seaweed that had swept in overnight. At sea, sargassum is an essential habitat for some marine life, but when it reaches land it rots, sucking up oxygen from the water and emitting hydrogen sulphide gas, which smells like rotten eggs. It has washed up in the Caribbean in unusually large amounts since 2011, but this year the largest volumes ever have appeared on shores from Barbados to Mexico, with piles several feet deep stretching for miles, and dozens of metres out to sea.

Loyola professor discovers new species of kissing bug
A Loyola professor discovered a new species of a “kissing bug,” known to transfer a deadly parasite to people and pets. While most cases are found in Latin America, the bug is also found in the U.S. Loyola professor Patricia Dorn has studied a life-threatening parasitic disease called Chagas for more than two decades, and recently discovered a new species during a research trip in Belize. "These parasites from the Rio Frio cave in Belize carry the deadly parasite at really high numbers," Dorn said.

17 Reasons the Caribbean Should Be at the Top of Your Travel Itinerary
The promise of sunshine and sandy shores draws travelers to the Caribbean every winter, but this year there is another reason to fly south, particularly for hotel junkies: A host of new and renovated properties are launching just in time for the holidays. While 70 percent of the Caribbean islands were unaffected by 2018’s Hurricanes Maria and Irma, others were hit hard—and many of their hotels have spent the past year renovating. Properties that were older or already had updates in the works have taken the opportunity to fine-tune their offerings (read: to make them over-the-top). “Not only have hotels in the Caribbean recovered, but forced closings allowed for some major enhancements to many properties,” says Jack Ezon, president of Ovation Vacations, a Virtuoso agency.

The case against cruises
Cruises are increasingly popular, but they raise safety and environmental concerns. This year, a projected 27.2 million passengers are expected to set sail on cruises, up from 25.8 million in 2017. Cruises are popular, increasingly so. According to Travel Agent Central, cruise-going increased 20.5 percent from 2011 to 2016. And it’s not just seniors who are interested. A study by the Cruise Line International Association found that the demographic with the highest growth in bookings is people ages 30 to 39. From 2016 to 2018, this demographic booked 20 percent more cruises. But cruises are still uniquely polarizing vacations. But there are bigger problems than being trapped in a consumerist funhouse. Ships can also be dangerous, with high sexual assault rates, frequent poisonings, and the ever-present possibility of going overboard. And, of course, cruises are horrible for the environment: Their heavy and growing use of fossil fuels means someone on a seven-day cruise produces the same amount of emissions as they would during 18 days on land. And they can damage fragile ocean ecosystems, due to practices like irresponsible disposal of sewage.

8 incredible Central America Nature Reserves you'll want to visit immediately
Central America is renowned for being home to some breathtaking natural wonders and epic national parks, so it's no surprise that the region boasts plenty of UNESCO Biosphere Reserves. These reserves are given their status for creating a balanced and sustainable relationship between people and nature. The best part? You can go and explore the dramatic landscapes, and it makes for a show-stopping getaway. But with so many to choose from, where do you start?

Stakeholders to take stock of region’s sustainable energy drive at CSEF in Belize
Energy experts in the Caribbean and beyond, policymakers and the private sector representative, are among officials heading to Belize next week for the sixth edition of the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum (CSEF). The Forum will be held in Placencia, 18-21 November, under the theme ‘Clean Energy, Good Governance and Regulations’. The CSEF VI is being co-hosted by the CARICOM Secretariat and the government of Belize, in partnership with the Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC) and the Organisation of Caribbean Utility Regulators (OOCUR).

Videos

  • Sailing to South Water Caye Belize,27 min. Before Sailing to South Water Caye Belize we enjoy our last morning at Lighthouse Reef, out in the offshore atolls of Belize. We spend the morning playing cards and reflecting on our thoughts of Belize as a cruising destination. We then set sail for one of Belize's most beautiful islands!

  • Press Conference, Belize vs Puerto Rico, 26min. CONCACAF Nations League Week 3

  • Welcome to the Dark Side Environmental Superheros Day Two, 2min. This video is from day two of the massive four day clean up on Ambergris Caye organized by the Belize Tourism Industry Association San Pedro Chapter (BTIASP) with the assistance of American Crocodile Education Sanctuary (ACES) It starts with a small bit of clean up that was able to get done in Boca del Rio then goes back to the area that took all the allotted time, San Pedrito Highway. This area runs along the airstrip. This area has been an illegal dumping ground for years. Not only is it the way home for many, but it is also the first thing everyone on half of the plane sees when they come in for a landing or take off from San Pedro airport.

  • OCEANA at Hol Chan Marine Reserve - BELIZE, 2min.

  • WIR BESUCHEN DIE MAYA-RUINEN VON XUNANTUNICH / Kanutour in Belize, 15min. Wir besuchen die Maya-Ruinen von Xunantunich und machen eine Kanutour auf dem größten Fluss in Belize. Wir erklären euch warum Belize uns so verzaubert.

  • Caves Branch in Belize!, 21min.

  • Diving in Belize, 5min.

  • BELIZE HIGH COMMMISSIONER SPEECH, 5min. H.E. Perla Perdomo, Belize High Commissioners Speech at the CCL Commonwealth Fair 2018 .Belize was the host Country in this years Fair in aid of Commonwealth Girls Education Fund

  • The Birds of Belize, Version 14 - 374 species with Introduction and Locations/Credits, 69min. A video with 374 species of birds, filmed in Belize from 2005-2018, many with songs/calls.

  • BELIZE entre Jungle et Corail juillet Août 2018, 2.5hr. BELIZE, un si petit pays avec autant de choses aussi diverses à voir : De part le monde, c'est rarissime : la jungle avec ses fleurs,animaux, oiseaux, insectes, les restes de la civilisation mayas (2 millénaires), la mer avec la grande barrière de corail, ses couleurs et poissons

  • Mia’s Belize Documentary, 8min. A tour of one of the Cemetery's in Corozal. And a car ride from the cemetery to our home in Paraiso Village.
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