Today's Belize News: June 19, 2019 - 06/19/19 12:43 PM
Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, and CTV 3. Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, and other specials
Rescue Team locates and rescues missing girl at sea
On Thursday, June 6th, The Rickilee Response and Rescue Team (Triple R) along with local authorities managed to find and rescue a young girl that had gone missing at Secret Beach north of San Pedro Town. The young female tourist had gone kayaking with her father without a life jacket, and after losing her, the dad returned to Secret Beach looking for help. Pirates Secret Beach Bar and Blue Bayou personnel made calls to Triple R for assistance. The Triple R Response team arrived at the scene by boat, along with Hol Chan Marine Reserve Rangers and immediately had the grid leaders get to Secret Beach.
Sea Star Belize wins Hol Chan Marine Reserve Lionfish Tournament 2019
San Pedro’s 2019 Lobster Fest opened with Hol Chan Marine Reserve’s annual Lionfish Tournament on Thursday, June 13th. Hosted at Estel’s Dine by the Sea, the tournament saw the participation of Sea Star Belize, Island Divers, and Amigos Del Mar. Teams competed in three different categories, including ‘Most Lionfish,’ ‘Largest Lionfish’ and ‘Smallest Lionfish. When all the catches had been counted and weighed, the respective winners were announced. First place went to Sea Star Belize, who caught a total of 190 fish, thus winning the grand cash prize of 2,500 dollars.
A Time When Fishermen Considered Lobsters A Pest
Before 1920 the spiny lobsters were considered trash fish or pests by the San Pedrano fishermen. The waters of Ambergris Caye were infested with them and the fishermen complained when the lobsters got trapped in their fishing nets. Although nobody was buying them commercially, the locals had discovered that it was a delicacy. So even though they spent hours at times casting them out of their fish traps, they also enjoyed this delicious yet cheap delicacy in various menus like hashed fried, boiled or steamed, or in an aphrodisiac soup called "chechac" by the locals. (probably Yucatec Maya)
Misc Belizean Sources
2019 Nursing Scholarship
The Ministry of Health in partnership with the Ministry of Education announces the opening of submissions for suitable applicants for the 2019 Nursing Scholarships. Deadline for submission is July 19th, 2019.
Scholarship Opportunity: Jovito-Perez Scholarship
Calling all youth who reside between Benque Viejo and Santa Elena Town. This opportunity is for you! Applications are available at the DYS Benque Office.
The National 4-H Youth Development Center is now accepting application forms for the Youth in Agriculture Training Course
The National 4-H Youth Development Center is now accepting application forms for the Youth in Agriculture Training Course which will operate for forty (40) weeks from September 2019 to June 2020. This course will provide enrollment opportunities for 35 youth (male or female) who are out of the formal education system, mainly from rural Belize. 20 males who do not reside in the Cayo District will be given residential status while 15 females or males will be given commuting status.
DISSOLUTION OF VILLAGE COUNCILS
WHEREAS, Section 10 (1) of the Village Councils Act Chapter 88 of the Laws of Belize, Revised Edition 2000-2003, provides that the Elections and Boundaries Commission shall, at least seven days before any general election of members of the council becomes due under the provisions of this Act or any regulations made there under, dissolve that council, by Order published in the Gazette and on the radio; AND WHEREAS, the general election of members of the Village Councils set out in the Schedule hereto becomes due during the period 23rd June, 2019 to 28th July, 2019.
Power outage 6:00am to 2:00pm on Sunday, June 23 to affect the portion of the Cayo District from Georgeville to Arenal
Including San Ignacio, Santa Elena, Benque Viejo, Georgeville, Central Farm, Esperanza, Billy White, Duck Run 1 & 2, San Miguel, Cristo Rey, San Antonio, Santa Cruz, Bullet Tree Falls, Branch Mouth, Santa Familia, Calla Creek, Corozalito, Succotz, Floral Park, Arenal and surrounding communities. Two 10-minute outages will affect Unitedville and Blackman Eddy from 6:00am – 6:10am and from 3:50pm – 4:00pm. BEL to replace poles, conduct substation and distribution system maintenance, and clear vegetation from along power lines.
Belize Archaeology Symposium 17th Annual Meeting
June 26-28, San Ignacio. The BAS is the hallmark event through which current archaeological research in Belize is shared with the people of Belize, the tourism industry and the general archaeological and anthropological community. The event will be held under the theme: “From the Early Formative to the Postclassic in Northern and Southern Belize: Challenges to the Narratives of Ancient Maya Civilization.”
Ministry of Agriculture Hosts Train-the-Trainers Workshop on Climate-Smart Agriculture
The Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza (CATIE) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) through the Japan Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (J-CCCP) is hosting a five-day Train-the-Trainers Workshop on Climate-Smart Agriculture. The training aims to strengthen the capacity of Extension and Cooperative Officers from the Ministry of Agriculture, lead farmers and high school teachers for increased resilience to climate change in the agricultural sector of Belize. The training consists of theory and practical sessions centered on the use and implementation of Climate Smart Agriculture and Farmer Field School methods using the Climate Smart Agriculture approach.
Don't miss the Placencia Lobster Fest this weekend!
The Placencia Lobster Festival is an annual event that celebrates the reopening of lobster season in Belize. Is a three day event where you can experience live music entertainment, a lot of food and drink. Belizeans and visitors come and enjoy an extensive menu of lobster dishes such as: lobster pies, grilled lobster, lobster pizza and even lobster fajitas. This event also features games like the Cast Net where players attempt to throw a fishing net over a coin on the ground, in such a way that the coin ends up in the very center of the net. You cannot miss this adventurous event where you can win prizes!
Job Vacancy: Have a passion for Belize as a sustainable destination?
As the Capacity Building & Sustainable Tourism Manager, you’ll be helping to promote Belize’s natural and cultural resources. Read on for more information.
Ya’axché Farmers' Expo
Ya’axché Farmers' Expo will happen on Saturday, 22nd of June 2019 at Indian Creek village school grounds. There will be lots of fresh, organic farm produce, live music by a DJ, food, drinks, fun games with prizes and a grand football marathon! We will be awarding outstanding farmers of the Maya Golden Landscape and having booths with information on climate-smart farming practices. Join us for a fun day at the Ya’axché Farmers' Expo!
Juan Chuc or Juan Bautista Chuc was a Yucatec Maya General second in command of Crescencio Poot . By 1864 Bonifacio Novelo,Berdardino Cen and Crescencio Poot became the leaders of the Maya nation . While Juan Chuc became a Tata Polín(Guardian) from the Maya Cross in 1864 . Through this leadership by 1869 the Cruzo'ob Maya collected rents from the British mahogany cutters . Since the 1880's General Chuc made various trading trips to Belize City. In the 1884 Juan Chuc and some delegates from the Maya nation of Chan Santa Cruz visited Belize City to sign a peace treaty with the white Yucatecos. The Yucatecan Governer Teodocio drunk disrespected Aniceto Dzul(Maya Commander) during the celebration of the treaty .
8 Year old Killed By 15 Year Old Driver
The Our Lady of Guadalupe Primary school family in Belmopan is reeling after one of their own was knocked down and killed this afternoon near the school compound. 8 year old Gabriela Corales was riding her bike home after school around 3:35. When she was crossing the pedestrian ramp near Brodies, the driver of an SUV knocked her down.
The Most Dangerous Junction in Belize Proves Itself Again
A man is critical after he was knocked down this morning at the most dangerous intersection in the country. We're talking about the airport junction on the Phillip Goldson highway, which has seen more than its share of accidents and fatalities. And, this morning at 6:30, 30 year old Jimmy McLaughlin, was the latest victim. The Belize city resident was on a motorbike headed to the city when he ran into a Kia Sportage which as turning into the airport.
Danny Mason Trail Stalls Again
In Mid May we took you to the Belmopan Supreme Court to meet Danny Mason's new Guyanese lawyer Dextor Todd. That court session was mostly for Todd to get up to speed with the particulars of Mason's case. The court also appointed 4 other attorney's to represent the other accused men. As we told you in March, Todd and the other lawyers had to come on board after Herbert Panton walked off the murder trial and asked to be relieved of the defense of the 5 accused. Now, in that May session, it was decided that the trial will resume today, but that was not the case.
Social Security Defends Itself Against Political Aspersions
Last night, you heard how the PUP went "all-in" on the Management of the Social Security Board. The Opposition accused them of mismanagement, which they say has forced the crisis that will result in you having to pay more to keep the fund viable for future generations. The background is that after extensive consultations by SSB, the Government has approved a phased increase in contributions of 2 percent spread out over 3 years, starting next month. This has become urgent because there has not been an increase in the last 17 years - meaning it's 7 years overdue.
SSB CEO Colin Young Takes on PUP
And so since, CEO Colin Young took the most hits from the PUP yesterday, he also took the opportunity to respond to the allegations made against him. Here's what he had to say about their spin from yesterday: Dr. Colin Young - CEO, SSB: "When I went to present to Cabinet in January of this year, and during that presentation, while the Administration understood the financial situation of the fund, they were also very concerned about the political implications..."
When Will Social Security Come Back To Take More From Your Pay?
But, all the politicking aside, today's press conference did give the media an opportunity to ASK when workers should expect them to come back and ask for yet another increase in contributions. If the increase went immediately from 8% to 10%, it would mean that the SSB would remain viable for another 10 years before they would need to request another increase. However, the social partners rejected that, and, after a back-and-forth, the two sides agreed that a phased increase would be more easily digestible. The final decision is that come next month, you will start to pay 8.5%, and in 2020, you'll pay 9%. By 2021, the final increase kicks in, and you'll be expected to pay that 10%.
CCJ Issues Major Regional Judgement
The Caribbean Court of Justice has ruled that the Government of Guyana must call new elections. This is after the Guyanese parliament passed a no confidence motion against the David Granger administration in December of last year. That's when Charandas Persaud, a member of the Government side, joined the 32 Opposition members in supporting a no confidence motion, resulting in 33 members voting in favour of the motion and 32 voting against. That should have triggered the resignation of the President and the Cabinet, and new elections in three months, but Granger's government did not resign; it resisted - saying that 33 was not a clear majority of 35 - and even retained Belizean Senior Counsel Eamon Courtenay to make arguments before the CCJ in May.
Police Issue Mental Health Memo
How Police handle mentally ill persons has come under scrutiny since Nestor Vasquez Jr was killed in custody by Colin Francis, a dangerously violent mentally ill man. In what can only be interpreted as a deliberate act, Police put Vasquez in a cell with Francis, who beat him viciously to the head; he died from brain injuries a few days later. And now, the cops have sent out a curious memo - which seems to be urging police to take more of a hands-off approach, and, wherever possible, leave the mentally ill for the Ministry of Health to deal with.
BATSUB Has Open Court Martial For Sargeant Who Killed Man
In September of 2016, a British Military Officer ran over and killed a man at a nightclub. But the 41-year-old British Sergeant, named Lee Humphreys, attached to BATSUB was never charged for the death of 43-year-old Salvadorean Jose Chinchilla Molina. Chinchilla was crushed under his wheel and died on the spot. At the time police told us, it is not a regular criminal prosecution because of the agreement with BATSUB. Well, now, Sargeant Humphreys is facing a Court Martial - which is a military court hearing - at BATSUB headquarters in Ladyville and it is open to the public - which is a first.
Meshek Allegedly Stabbed Common Law
29 year-old Meshek Banner, an electrician from mile 8 on the George Price Highway, is at the Belize Central Prison tonight. That's after he was taken to court for allegedly stabbing his common-law wife to the right side of the chest. The incident happened on Sunday, June 16th, and police report that at around 6 a.m. on that day, they received reports of a domestic dispute at #28 Guadalupe Street. When they arrived, they found 36 year-old Orlette Sanchez suffering from that stab wound. She reported to them that she and Banner, her common-law husband, had a quarrel which escalated when he pulled a knife and stabbed her with it. She was taken to the KHMH in a stable condition. Police say she was trying to separate from him.
Entrepreneurs Rising Up
The spirit of entrepreneurship isn't easy to kindle and now, a consulting group has teamed up with the Department of Youth Services to find entrepreneurial talent among single mothers between the ages of 18-28. Samos Consulting and the Department want winning business proposals from the young mothers. One winner will be selected to qualify for startup funding, and that person will be celebrated at the Rising Entrepreneurship Gala in November.
Collective Going Strong
The Garifuna collective has resumed its world tour which will take them to a dozen countries on 3 continents. The first week took them from Switzerland to Poland where they played a variety of world music festivals. And, inc coming weeks, they'll go to the United Kingdom, Slovenia, Norway, Demark and Germany playing at several world-renowned festivals.
“How the U.D.P. Can Leverage S.S.B.’s Sustainability to Gain Political Advantage”
A three-page memo explaining “How the U.D.P. can leverage S.S.B.’s sustainability to gain political advantage” does exist. The document, written by Chief Executive Officer, Doctor Colin Young, with the support [...]
S.S.B. Chairman Supports C.E.O.’s Memo to Cabinet Ministers
The memo details five reasons why the United Democratic Party should implement the reform this year. The first reason listed is ‘leveraging political capital.’ The memorandum explains that it is [...]
Chairman Says S.S.B. is Not Broke
According to the opposition party, the people’s money has been pumped into projects and investments which it claims are unjustifiable. The P.U.P. is charging the C.E.O. of politicization of the [...]
P.U.P. and S.S.B. Officials Met to Discuss Contribution Reform
And finally, the P.U.P. says that the S.S.B.’s directorate has failed miserably and must be held accountable. The party calls on the government to immediately desist from playing politics, but [...]
San Pedro Men Still Missing: 1 Vehicle Impounded, 1 Man Detained
It’s been five days since two men disappeared on Ambergris Caye. Silverio Cal and Melvin Montesino were last seen alive on Thursday night heading to the north side of the [...]
Female Student Knocked Down and Killed
A young girl was knocked down and killed this afternoon in Belmopan. The incident occurred near Our Lady of Guadalupe RC Primary School. Witnesses say that the female student was [...]
Mason’s Trial Adjourned
William Danny Mason’s murder trial has been adjourned until Monday. Today, Mason’s lawyer was a no-show for what should have been the restart of the trial in the Belmopan Supreme [...]
C.C.J.: Motion of No Confidence in Guyanese Government was Properly Passed
We have been following closely the latest political developments in Guyana since the passage of a no-confidence vote in the National Assembly last year. This morning, the Caribbean Court of [...]
Was Charandas Persaud Eligible to Vote as Dual Citizen?
The issue of Persaud’s eligibility to vote as a dual citizen was also challenged before the C.C.J. In Guyana, dual citizens are not allowed to run for office in elections [...]
Meshek Banner Remanded for Attempted Murder of Common-law Wife
Twenty-nine-year-old Meshek Banner, a resident of Western Paradise, appeared unrepresented in the courtroom of Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford today where he was arraigned for the attempted murder of his common-law [...]
Detainee Escapes from Custody by Casually Walking Out of Police Station
Charles Foreman Junior, who was in lawful custody for common assault against his girlfriend, has been slapped with another charge after casually walking out of the Queen Street Police Station [...]
A Look at 2014/2015 Audit Report
In January of this year, Auditor General Dorothy Ann Bradley submitted to the Prime Minister’s office her financial reports on the accounts of Belize for the year 2014/2015. In the [...]
Village Councils Dissolved for Upcoming Elections
Over the course of the next six weeks, one hundred and ninety villages will elect new councils. Village council elections are scheduled to commence on Sunday, June twenty-third. More than [...]
Court Ruling Won’t Stop ACCSD’s Commitment to Protecting Cayo Rosario
The Ambergris Caye Citizens for Sustainable Development says a decision by the court will not stop its members from the commitment to protect Cayo Rosario. On May thirtieth, the Supreme [...]
The Fisheries Administrator Has the Final Say in Cayo Rosario
But even with the green light, is there still an opportunity to stop the project – at least when it comes to the over-the-water structures that will be erected within [...]
Sargassum Task Force Working on a National Plan
The Sargassum Task Force, which is a public-private committee charged with the responsibility to lead mitigation and adaptation measures to address the impact of Sargassum on four tourist destinations, says [...]
Sargassum Management Comes at a High Cost
And so, while the tourism stakeholders have been getting some relief, there is still the issue of sargassum and how it must be managed. The task force with support from [...]
Rising Entrepreneurship Gala is Here Again
The 2019 Rising Entrepreneurship Gala is drawing near and young business minds, particularly single mothers, are being called to come forward. The goal is to raise eight thousand dollars that [...]
Female security guard shot dead
A female security guard was shot dead while on duty at the Crystal Bottling Company, located on the Bowen and Bowen Ltd. Compound on the Airport Camp Road in Ladyville, at about 4:00 yesterday morning by an unknown person, or persons. Marcia Talbott, 40, of Double Head Cabbage, Belize District, was shot multiple times in her chest and died almost immediately in her guard booth, while Mansa Baptist, 41, of Bermudian Landing, Belize District, a security guard who was working with her, was shot in his left lower back. He was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where he was admitted in a critical condition.
Bert Vasquez fails at Court of Appeal
Bert Vasquez, a Belize City businessman who is serving multiple sentences for sexual offences, appeared in the Court of Appeal this morning, clutching his court papers and legal documents in large manila envelopes that has become standard practice for him since he began acting as his own defense attorney at his last Supreme Court trial late last year. Vasquez managed to beat a forcible abduction rap (a charge for which he had been convicted in another case before another judge), but failed to convince the jury on the attempted rape indictment, of which they found him guilty.
Ernesto Lewis, alleged woman beater, charged with grievous harm
Ernesto Caddy Lewis, 33, a tour guide of Nargusta Street, Belmopan, who allegedly attacked his ex-common-law wife, was charged with grievous harm when he appeared today before Magistrate Michelle Trapp. Lewis pleaded not guilty to the charge and was released on bail of $3,000; his case was adjourned until August 19, and bail was granted on the condition that he doesn’t interfere with the virtual complainant, Maria Cristina Cawich, 22.
Two lives lost in traffic accidents on the Philip Goldson Highway
Road traffic accidents claimed the lives of two men in two separate incidents. The two persons who lost their lives in the traffic collisions are Castellanos Mendoza, 33 and Yancey Nelvio Eck, 30, both the father of three children. Police said that Mendoza was driving his vehicle from August Pine Ridge to Trinidad at about 9:00 p.m. Friday night when he lost control of the vehicle and it ran off the road and slammed into a culvert, causing it to overturn.
At the Court of Appeal, Deon Bruce’s attorney argues that he is being held unlawfully
Belizean national Deon Bruce, for whom the United States Government has issued an extradition request to the Belize Government, for him to be sent to trial in Chicago, Illinois, where a grand jury has indicted him for the murders of Aaron Carter and Bryan Rodgers, which occurred in July, 2010, has been at the Belize Central Prison since January 2014, from where he has been fighting his extradition case in the court. This afternoon, Bruce, 34, and his attorney, Anthony Sylvestre, appeared in the Court of Appeal to argue his ground of appeal that the committal warrant on which he has been sent to prison was irregular and did not fulfill the requirement of the extradition treaty.
Tourist Welcome Center to be constructed on Paslow Building site by year’s end
The empty land at the foot of the Belize City Swing Bridge, on the northside, where the landmark Paslow Building once stood, is being reclaimed as part of the Downtown Rejuvenation Project and will now be the location of a Tourist Welcome Center, the Ministry of Tourism announced this week. The once famous Paslow Building, which got its name from one of Belize’s slave owners, which history has recorded as having been a cruel man, was destroyed by fire in 2002. A government employee who worked at the Magistrate’s Court, which was located on the third floor, was charged with arson in connection with the fire which destroyed the building. The employee, however, was acquitted.
COBY Basketball Camp and 3 on 3 Knockout Tournaments return to Bird’s Isle, June 20-22
Returning to Belize today for his 11th Annual COBY Foundation/FIBA 33 Youth Basketball camp and tournaments for youths at Bird’s Isle is 1970s Belize basketball star, Evondale “Coby” Coburn, who will personally coordinate the weekend of activities with the cooperation of a number of his veteran basketball teammates and friends.
Belize City primary school basketball semifinals results; finals on Tuesday at Bird’s Isle
The Belize City Primary School Basketball Tournament 2019 had its male semifinal games today at the Bird’s Isle court. (Earlier games in the season were at the Civic Center.) In the first semifinal, St. Martin De Porres crushed Belize Elementary, 40-28. Tarique Solis led St. Martin’s with 17 points, while Maddox Heusner had 8 points for Belize Elementary. And in the other semifinal, St. Mary’s rolled over Holy Redeemer, 47-25. Top scorer for St. Mary’s was Jayson Orosco with 18 points, while Roy Blades led Holy Redeemer with 16 points.
FFB National Amateur League quarterfinals end; semifinals start this weekend
Starting with 20 teams, 2 each from the 10 different “football regions” of the country, it was down to the Round of 16, then the 8-team quarterfinals, all home-and-away affairs; and with the completion of the quarterfinals this past weekend, it is now down to 4 teams in the Football Federation of Belize (FFB) National Amateur League Championships 2019, which will kick off its semifinals with the first leg games this coming weekend. Three of the 4 quarterfinal series were decided in regulation, but one went all the way down to a penalty shootout, in which the Belmopan champion prevailed. Interestingly, both the Belize City based teams have made it to the semifinals.
Smart 13 & Under Mundialito continues at the MCC
All 12 teams were active on Saturday at the MCC in the 2018-2019 Closing Season of the Smart 13 & Under Mundialito. In game 1, City Boys bombed Brown Bombers, 6-1, with 3 goals from Tom Moguel, 2 from Raymond Gentle and the other from Shemar Thomas; while Fladen Carter scored for the Bombers. Game 2 saw Elite FC Jr. with a 3-nil win over Belize United, courtesy of a goal apiece from Tyrick Aranda, Norman Munoz and Kenyon Pratt.
Editorial: It will be better for the fishing family when gill nets go
Ten, twenty years ago, many fisher folk who used gill nets noticed that their catch was dwindling, realized that that method of fishing was unsustainable, and destructive, and on their own, without any prodding or legislation from the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, they gave up their nets. The fisher folk of today who are clinging to their gill nets don’t seem to realize that the reason they are still making a catch is because many stopped fishing that way. If those fisher folk who quit using gill nets started setting them again, the fishing industry, where it concerns scale fish, would be in much deeper trouble.
Business is the sole rationale for gay nuptials
My elder sister, Christine — I have two, and the elder is one year older than I am – and my youngest brother, Ronald, two years my junior, have been at it in our email conversations these past two weeks about gay-related matters, particularly gay marriage. I think the topic has been engaged in because Ron, a Belizean-American, is supportive of candidates for the Democratic Party, one of whom he will put his chips on to dethrone the American president, Trump. If you’ve been on a retreat you may not know that a prominent candidate for the Democrats is named Buttigieg, and he is a gay man proudly toting a husband.
Corozal’s 19th century elite
Cornelio Lizarraga, whose father came from Valladolid, in northern Yucatán, installed modern milling equipment at San Máximo, which he leased from Schofield. He married Petrona Staines (niece of Bernabé Carillo), and their daughter married Leopoldo Rosado, son of merchant José Remígio Rosado and sister of Catalina María Rosado de Schofield. Juan de la Cruz Ramírez, whose parents both came from Mérida, owned sugar mills at San Francisco and San Pedro Patchacan; from there his sons, Juan, Felipe, and Luís Felipe, expanded into stock raising and more shops, and in 1958 Luís Felipe bought the 377-acre San Pedro estate from William Schofield.
Ancient Egyptians were distinctly African
The ancient Egyptians were distinctly African people. They were not Hamites, as some history books tend to indicate. The manners and customs and religions of the ancient Egyptians suggest that the original home of their prehistoric ancestors was south in a country in the neighborhood of Uganda and Punt. (The Biblical land of Punt is believed to be in the area now known as Somalia.) In many ways, Egypt is the key to ancient African history. Unless Egypt is seen as an African nation, African history becomes distorted. The invasions of Egypt that started about 1675 B.C. and continued until after the Roman period brought into Egypt large numbers of people who were not indigenous to the country.
Accomplishments and disappointments
This is the graduation season, and I must say it makes for a lot of happy moments and I am absolutely happy and overjoyed when I see so many youths graduating and sharing this joy with their families. I know for many or the majority it has been a struggle, since many of these students are from lower- middle-income situations and even below the poverty line and come from homes where their single parent is working very hard to see them through school. Of course, there are those middle- income to upper-middle-income families who are a little bit better off and who are barely making it comfortably but still not having life as hard and challenging as others.
Melvin Montesino, 27, and Silverio Cal, 26, missing from San Pedro
Melvin Montesino, 27, and Silverio Cal, 26, both laborers of San Pedro, have been reported missing from San Pedro since Thursday, June 13. Police said that the men were socializing at a house on the island when Montesino received a phone call and told his friends that he was going to the northern San Pedro area, and he and Cal left the house on a motorcycle. They have not been seen or heard from since.
The embarrassing police promotion exam failure rate, and the departmental silence
The Belize Police Department has been silent after the news got out that there was an 80 percent failure rate at the recently held police promotion exams, which leaves the department with a number of vacant spots that need to be filled. Commissioner of Police Chester Williams, who has always been forthcoming with the media, has been silent on what could be perceived as a major embarrassment on his watch, that a large number of policemen and women failed to make the promotion grade, putting the department in a predicament in terms of promoting the officers to the vacant posts which need to be filled.
Michael Hulse, 31, auto mechanic, charged with 2 counts of drug trafficking
Michael Rodney Hulse, 31, an auto mechanic of 262 Sundial Avenue, was arraigned on 2 counts of drug trafficking when he appeared on Friday, June 14, before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford. The charges were for 5.6 grams of cocaine and 52 tablets of methamphetamine. Hulse pleaded not guilty to the charges and was released on bail of $5,000; his case was adjourned until August 13.
Undocumented Cubans taken to court
Seven of twelve undocumented Cubans were taken to the Orange Walk Magistrate’s Court on Friday on charges of illegal entry into Belize. Reliable reports to us are that four of them pleaded guilty and were fined $2,000, which they had to pay immediately to avoid a 6-month prison sentence, and it was ordered that they be deported afterwards. Three others remain in custody pending application for refugee status.
Student Dies After being Knocked Down By SUV Near School
A student from Our Lady of Guadalupe RC Primary School in Belmopan was knocked down this evening near the School. She was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the Western Regional Hospital.
Motor-Cyclist Seriously Injured In A RTA Near The Airport Junction
A motor-cyclist was seriously injured in an accident near the airport junction on the Phillip Goldson Hwy.
Motorcycle driver in critical condition after road traffic accident
A man is in critical condition after colliding into a vehicle with his motorcycle this […]
Belmopan student dies in tragic traffic accident
A student from Our Lady of Guadalupe in Belmopan lost her life to a tragic […]
Minister of Education touring primary schools countrywide
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Patrick Faber is on a national tour to […]
Belize Represented at Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean
Director of the Women and Family Support Department in the Ministry of Human Development, Anna […]
Deon Bruce still fighting extradition
Deon Bruce was ordered to be extradited by then Chief Magistrate Ann-Marie Smith in 2013 […]
Father accused in common assault escaped police to take care of son
Charles Foreman of Pickstock Street, Belize City took advantage of a lapse in concentration by […]
Upcoming symposium to challenge what you know about child abuse
The community organization Children First and Last Belize is inviting professionals in the field of […]
Saldivar steps up bid for party leader – appoints Shary Medina as head of Women’s Brigade
By Facebook announcement this morning, candidate for leader of the United Democratic Party (UDP), John […]
A tribute to Calbert “Cinco” Flowers
By Micah Goodin:On a sunny day like this, you can be sure to find Calbert “Cinco” Flowers in […]
The Garifuna Collective embarks on Tour Europe 2019
Belize’s own, The Garifuna Collective recently embarked on its largest ever world tour. The band […]
Ministry of Agriculture hosts Train-the-Trainers Workshop on Climate-Smart Agriculture
The Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza (CATIE) […]
Time for the Government of Belize to implement a plan to deal with the issue of Mental Health in our country
The views expressed in this article are those of the writer and not necessarily those of Breaking Belize […]
Trinity Methodist Primary burglarized over the weekend
Authorities are investigating a burglary that occurred sometime over the weekend at Trinity Methodist Primary […]
Dissolution of village councils
Today, the Government of Belize informed of the dissolution of village councils. WHEREAS, Section 10 […]
Team of chefs represent Belize in Taste of the Caribbean
Belize’s team of elite chefs will again be competing in the Taste of the Caribbean […]
Football Federation of Belize announces new coach
The Football Federation of Belize (FFB) announced, this week, that it has hired a new […]
Police: Jacinto Luna kidnap claims filled with inconsistencies
Jacinto Luna, 31, reported that he was kidnapped and a rental he was driving was […]
Belize to improve Solid Waste Management with Support of IDB and Japan
PM Barrow and Country Representative of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Dr. Cassandra T. Rogers, as well as […]
Cops close down vendors but Peddlers license does not limit time of operation
Last week there have been some reports of vendors being ordered to shut down their operations at night. Dozens of food vendors survive by catering to people who work night shifts and patrons of nightclubs who desire a plate of rice and beans or hotdogs after burning calories at the nightclubs which are strewn across …
BTIA will hold bi-annual AGM next month
The Belize Tourism Industry Association’s bi-annual general meeting will be held next month, on July 4th at the George Price Center in Belmopan. The executive director, John Burgos, told us more about what can be expected at the meeting. John Burgos – Executive Director, BTIA: “At the end of May we presented the Sustainable Tourism …
The Trust of the Americas discusses outcomes of Open Government Project
Open Governance, Transparency and Accountability are buzz words that have been around for some time. The terms are more dominant during an election season when numerous promises are made. This next story looks at open governance minus the campaign season. It is about a project dubbed, ‘promoting an open government ecosystem in Belize’. This tripartite …
City Council pays School Bills for Students to graduate
Three thousand dollars was gifted to St. Luke Methodist Primary School last week during an official visit by the Belize City Council. Last week Mayor Bernard Wagner and Councilor Ryan Elijio stepped in to assist students who had outstanding bills with the school. Without the cash donation, the students would not have been able to …
City Bond will bring savings
The Belize City Council is preparing to deal with seasonal cash flow issues that occur this time of year. The Municipal paper, short-term financing tool is expected to raise $6 million dollars in short-term securities structured over three tranches. The tranches will have pay interest rates of 3.20%, 3.45%, and 3.70%, which is much higher …
Beachfront Hotels receive Sargassum tax relief
Sargassum has become a plague that is especially affecting tourist destinations in our country. Not only is it unsightly, but the smell is nothing short of unbearable. It has become such a problem that last year, a Sargassum Task Force was created which comprises of several institutions including the Ministry of Tourism, Belize Tourism Board, …