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The San Pedro Sun

San Pedro’s male U-15 advance to playoffs in Inter-District Football Tournament
The playoffs in the U-15 and U-17 Inter-District Football Tournament continues, with the remaining top teams fighting for a spot in the finals. San Pedro’s U-15 teams continue in the nationwide tournament, while its U-17 team was eliminated. The island’s U-15 will now head to northern Belize to face a crucial game against Orange Walk at the People’s Stadium on Saturday, August 24th. In the U-15, San Pedro and Orange Walk will face each other at the People’s Stadium. While Belize and Stann Creek will play at the Marion Jones Sports Complex in Belize City. Meanwhile in the U-17, Belize will host Corozal at the MCC Grounds, and Toledo will travel to Independence Village to take on Mid-South at the Michael Aschroft Stadium. Games in the U-15 begin at 1PM and in the U-17 at 3PM.

2019 National September Celebrations Calendar Now Available
The 2019 National Celebrations Calendar has been released today! While the calendar is sought after for the listing of events such as the Queen of the Bay Pageant, Carnival King and Queen Competition and the various municipalities' Carnival Road Marches. It is also a guide to the many national events that show our patriotism, our appreciation of our historical achievements and our love for Belize. The annual listing of national, traditional, patriotic and festive events will be delivered and available in your municipalities by the end of the week.

Ambergris Today

The 2019 National Celebrations Calendar Released
The 2019 National Celebrations Calendar has been released! While the calendar is sought after for the listing of events such as the Queen of the Bay Pageant, Carnival King and Queen Competition and the various municipalities' Carnival Road Marches. It is also a guide to the many national events that show our patriotism, our appreciation of our historical achievements and our love for Belize. The annual listing of national, traditional, patriotic and festive events will be delivered and available in your municipalities by the end of the week.

Official Sashing Ceremony For Miss San Pedro Delegates
It was a cozy social evening that the five beautiful delegates of the Miss San Pedro Pageant shared with their family members, their official sponsors and special invited guests. It was a time for the ladies to get to know each other and spend time with their sponsors. Each of the delegates was presented with their official sash bearing their sponsor’s name and were addressed by Mayor Daniel Guerrero and outgoing Miss San Pedro 2018 Miss Chelsea Munoz.

Team Belize Participates At XIX Central American Beach Volleyball Championship
Belize Volleyball Association Congratulates Team Belize on its Performance at the XIX Central American Beach Volleyball Championship The Belize Volleyball Association congratulates the athletes from all three Belize teams (Bryton Codd/Francis Hauze, Michael Jenkins/Edgar Martinez, and Emma Hoare/Clara Sabal) on their performance at the XIX Central American Men’s & Women’s Beach Volleyball Championship, held at Kukumba Beach, Old Belize from August 16-18, 2019. Our female team ended the tournament in 8th place out of 9 teams, and our two male teams finished 5th and 9th out of 10 teams.

The 2019 National Celebrations Calendar Released
All Belizeans, and the many visitors in Belize at this time, look forward to the more renowned 10th of September’s Official St. George’s Caye Day Ceremony and Parade, the 20th Night’s Official Flag Raising Ceremonies and Fireworks Displays, and the 21st of September’s Official Independence Day Ceremony and Citizen’s Parades. We take this opportunity to encourage your attendance to other key National events such as the Launch of the September Celebrations to be held in Punta Gorda on August 31st as this is the symbolic start of the month of celebration and patriotic pride.

Various Belizean Sources

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Caye Caulker Village Council update
It has been another busy week for the C.C.V.C. Firstly, we would like to sincerely express gratitude to Friends of Caye Caulker for sending out their equipment to work on our streets. We take the opportunity to sincerely thank Mr. Joshua and Mrs. Cassia Marin owners of Sassy Barge for ferrying the equipment free of charge to Caye Caulker. Without your contribution, this project would not be possible. We would also like to make special mention of Councilor Delcid for lending the Council his tank and use of his golf cart to wet the streets.

Power outage 6:00 am to 10:00 am on Sunday, August 25 to affect entire Orange Walk and Corozal Districts
BEL to replace protection device on the power distribution system at Copper Bank, transfer power load at Buena Vista Substation to mobile substation and conduct maintenance of Orange Walk Substation.

Showing of the Mexican film: They Called Me King Tiger
The Embassy of Mexico in Belize has the honor to invite the general public of Belize to the special presentation of the Mexican documentary film: They Called me King Tiger, directed by Angel Estrada Soto. Special screening on the occasion of National Day of Mexican Cinema 2019, cultural event to be held this upcoming, Friday August 23rd, 2019, 6:30 PM at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Belize City. Trailer.

Executive members of the Bi-National Watershed Alliance Meet
At a time when the dry weather seems to prevail and the streams and rivers are running an all time low, the work of the Bi-National Watershed Alliance has become more relevant. Executive members of the Alliance from both Belize and Guatemala, representing 20 communities, met to devise steps forward to strengthen their effort. This initiative was began by FCD since 2007.

Speaker of the House of Representatives Attends FOPREL Meeting in Mexico City
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Laura Tucker Longsworth, recently attended the 22nd Extraordinary Meeting of Presiding Officers of National Parliaments of Central America and the Caribbean Basin (FOPREL) that was held in the Chamber of the Mexican Senate in Mexico City. The extraordinary meeting of FOPREL was held on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the regional institution that comprises of Legislative Assemblies/Congresses of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Belize.

Summerfest Ready!!!!
OYE's Summerfest 2019 kicks off at 6:30 a.m. today at our Coney Drive Studios.There'll be great performances from our talented kids! The Corozal Communitty College Dance Company is this year's special guest. The first 100 children get a backpack courtesy Caribbean Tires and the second 100 children get a gift package courtesy Wellworth. We've got raffles and lots of prizes. San Cas Ltd., Grace Kennedy Belize and Caribbean Tires will have booths with fun games and prizes. Bring out the family and come have fun with us. Summerfest 2019 begins at 6:30 a.m. Admission is free!

Public Meeting on Issues Affecting the New River (Corozal residents are urged to attend)
The Department of the Environment (DOE) will be holding a public meeting to present information on issues affecting the New River and to give the public the opportunity to voice their concerns on the matter. The DOE encourages the public to come out to be informed of the state of the river, corrective actions that have been taken, and future actions that will be put in place to protect the New River. The meeting will be held on Friday, August 23, 2019, at the Gala Lounge, located on the Belize/Corozal Road, Orange Walk Town, starting at 7:30 p.m. The public is invited to participate in this very important meeting.

Back to the Grotto Vol. 2
The 1st Back to the Grotto dance was such an amazing success, the SIRH has set the date for the next one, and it's going to be on September 21st, which falls on a Saturday this year.

BTB Job Vacancy
The BTB is looking for a skilled lawyer to take on the role of Legal Counsel! If you are interested in applying, read below for more information.

CTO Caribbean Week
The Caribbean Tourism Organization is hosting its Caribbean Week which focuses primarily on Canadian Travel Trade and targeting higher end travel agencies in Canada.

Paradise Theater playing this weekend
Men in Black International, John Wick Chapter 3, Pets 2, Get Home Safe. *Note: the 'Frenemy'* Live comedy will be taking up both rooms until 9ish .. so there will be no movies at 7 but we will play John Wick and MA at 9:30, After the show.

KAKASBAL
Kakasbal or k'aak'as ba'al ( ka = twice, káas= bad, damn, baal = hidden) is a being of a evil nature belonging to Maya culture . It was said that Kakasbal confused people by speaking to them, because those who listened to him thought that his internal voice was the one who addressed them, and Kakasbal was actually the one who sought ruin, suffering, and separation from unity. This voice made men turn bad, violent, greedy, ambitious and ultimately impossible to satisfy. His only purpose on earth was to overshadow the hearts of mortals. It is said that few were those who realized the danger and emerged victorious, because when someone realized that a strange shadow was what caused the evil to pass away died for no apparent reason.

Hoarder’s Haven: Yard Sale
One person’s trash is another’s treasure... Hope Haven is having its monthly yard sale, and we need your help! While we have some great stuff available, we’re always on the lookout for more! If you’ve got any household goods or gadgets or lightly used clothing lying around, won’t you consider donating it for our yard sale? Large items/appliances? No problem! We’ll pick it up! Otherwise, your donations can be dropped off at Hope Haven Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, or Sunday from 3-7pm. Message us or call Kristina at 226-2333 to schedule a pick up for large items!

Channel 7

He Attacked, Stabbed and Robbed Grandma!
64 year old Fernanda Garcia is scarred and badly bruised tonight, but she is alive, having bravely fought off the assailant who attacked, stabbed and robbed her in her own home.  And the prime suspect is her own grandson! Allegedly because he wanted to rob grandma. It happened yesterday evening around 5:30 - shortly after he asked her for some money.  She told him that she didn't have any - but didn't take into account that, earlier on, he had seen her give her husband 10 dollars out of a purse that she keeps in her clothing.  Today, she told Cherisse Halsall about the attack:

Still No Arrests in Hattieville Bus Stop Slaying
Earlier this week, we told you about the murder of 47-year-old Clive Kevin Hyde in his home village of Hattieville.  On Monday evening at 4:00, this working man was in his security guard's uniform, and he was on the way to his job site at the Belize City Council. He was at the village bus stop, when two gunmen pulled up, shot him multiple time and ran off.  His family believes that his killers mistook him for someone else, and they also criticized the reaction time of the Hattieville Police, since the station is only a stone's throw away from the crime scene. Police told us what they know so far:

Grocery Store Held Up In King's Park
A mini supermarket was held up in the King's Park area of Northside Belize City today.  This after around 1:30, 4 robbers stormed into UN store near Lopez Mateos Park on D Street.  Reports say the men - three with guns and one with a knife - were in the store for quite a while as they locked the doors, terrorized the owners, and stole cash, as well as the two security recording systems.   They left in a white car that was waiting.  Police are still gathering information and we'll have more tomorrow.

Cops Say He Burnt Down Ex's House
On Monday's news, we took you to Lords Bank Village, where Kimberly Betancourt's home was destroyed by fire on Sunday night. Betancourt suspected arson, and the authorities have now agreed with her. They've since arrested and charged her ex-common-law husband, 32-year-old Jose Manuel Portillo, with arson. He was arraigned today before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford, who explained to him that she will not take any plea because the charge is indictable. The police prosecutor made strong objections to bail, and though his attorney, Richard "Dickie" Bradley made counter submissions, the Senior Magistrate agreed with the prosecution. She remanded him to the Belize Central Prison until October 30th, his next court date. 

Public Officer Among those Charged For Drug Trafficking
A public officer was hauled to court in his uniform today after he was caught up in a weed arrest.  Employee of the Ministry of Natural Resources, Errol Sebastian, was allegedly along with 7 others who were found at a San Pedro residence where the cops collected 89 grams - about 3 ounces - of weed. They are 41 year old Victor Lara, 40 year old American national Breea Stanke, 34 year old Alex Salazar, 42 year old Sebastian Young, 25 year old Marcus Nunez, 30 year old Joslyn Daniels, 28 year old Hilberto Hoare, and 30 year old Camille Bodden. They were brought to Belize City where they appeared today before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford where they were charged for drug trafficking.

SICA Meets With Indigenous People
Today, representatives from SICA and members of Belize's indigenous groups met at the Biltmore. They discussed ways to improve the overall quality of life for the disadvantaged groups in Belize. We spoke to a SICA representative and two participants about the importance of inclusion.  Edly Hall - Central American Black Organization Rep.: "This meeting is part of a project of the general secretariat of SICA and it is accompanied by the civil society which is the CC SICA which is a part of SICA. This project has been sponsored mainly by the Duke of Luxembourg that is an observer of SICA and it's aimed to have full participation of indigenous groups and afro descendants. They are considered the most vulnerable groups in the area. The process is to have a diagnosis of what is the main situation and what possible projects can happen to attend those situations."

One Woman Takes A Stand Against SICA
Now while that meeting was going on inside the Biltmore, activist YaYa Marin Coleman staged a one-woman protest outside. She told us that the the representatives in the meeting should not be making decisions for the indigenous collective without consulting everyone. We also spoke to the acting president of the National Garifuna Council about Marin's protest and he said she should bring her views to the meeting. Here are YaYa's comments first, then National Garifuna Council's Acting President Andrew Castillo's response. YaYa Marin Coleman - Activist: "If this is the 4th meeting we are saying who will come back and tell we the decision they are making on African people behalf, they the move full steam ahead with no accountability so I am out here to alert Belizeans..." Courtney Weatherburne
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City Shooting Victim Clings To Life
On Monday's news, we told you about the shooting of 44-year-old Belize City resident, Brindel Munnings. On Sunday night at around 11:00, he had just left his home, located near the Inspiration Center. He was riding his bicycle on the way to Police Street, but before he arrived there, a gunman ambushed him in the alley and shot him multiple times. He was rushed to the KHMH in a critical condition. Police say his condition has worsened: 

Sinsonte Suspect Still At Large
We turn now to Monday night's shooting of 44-year-old Brian Chavarria. He's the mechanic from Sinsonte Street in Belmopan who was gunned down, allegedly by one of his friends. As we reported, Chavarria was socializing with several friends at his home, which is also his mechanic shop. He allegedly got into an argument with one of those friends, and he asked everyone to leave. For some unknown reason, one of those men returned to continue the confrontation, and, during the quarrel, that man allegedly pulled out a weapon and shot him in the chest. 

Man To Be Charged For Home Invasion/Rape
And police are getting ready to charge 1 man for a terrifying home invasion in Belize City, where the female victim was raped. Sometime during the hours of Friday night, August 16th, and the following Saturday morning, 2 men broke into the woman's home in Belize City, which is located along the George Price Highway. Once they gained entry, they sexually assaulted her.  When they escaping the following morning, the surveillance camera of a nearby business place captured them. Police were able to use that footage to build against one man, who has pending charges against him.  Here's more:

Faber's Shooting Still Unsolved
The cops were a bit more forthcoming when they discussed the Tuesday afternoon shooting of Lloyd Faber.  According to the cops, he was socializing with a friend on Amara Avenue when a vehicle drove up, and gunman jumped out and started firing shots at them: Supt. Alejandro Cowo - OC, CIB Belize City: "Sometime about 3 p.m., police visited the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where they observed Mr. Lloyd Faber suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. What police established is that he was along with another friend, sitting on Amara Avenue, when a vehicle stopped. Someone exited the vehicle and fired shots at him, causing the injury to him. Fortunately, it was a minor graze that he received. He was treated and discharged that same night."

Cops Following Up On Bus Accident
Today's press briefing also gave us an opportunity to ask about a traffic accident has left 30-year-old Carlos Pena hospitalized with multiple broken ribs. You'll remember him as the resident of Cristo Rey Village in Corozal. On Saturday, he was at the village bus stop waiting for a bus to get to work. One did stop, and he reportedly tried to board it, but someone from inside pushed him out, and he ended up under it. The bus then ran him over, severely injuring his abdomen, and left him with 9 broken ribs. You'll remember his father's outrage that his ordeal wasn't being given any priority, and so, we asked police about that complaint today:

Mitigating Farming Risks
Last night, we showed you the plight of the grain farmers from Blue Creek Village in Orange Walk.  The months-long drought that has been most intense the northern districts has decimated their corn crops. They are at risk of over 2 million dollars in revenue lost because the drought has stunted the growth of their corn.  They can't get any commercial value out of the crop, and so, most of it was salvaged to provide feed for cattle ranchers.  Yesterday, they showed us 2 separate fields of corn. One was kept healthy by mechanical irrigation, which they say is expensive and unsustainable. The other waited for the rain which never came, and the crop had to be scrapped.

The Sickle Cell Struggle Is Real
People living with, and parents having to care for kids with sickle cell disease know that it is a daily struggle.  Viewers will remember our April 2018 feature on 9 year old Orlando Romero from Punta Gorda and 18 year old Jasmine Ramclam – both suffering from sickle cell disease. Everyday continues to be a challenge for both of them. But the aren't the only ones battling this disease. We spoke to a city mother today who has two children with sickle cell disease: her 15 year old daughter Samica and her 1 year 7 month old baby boy Shaquan. This morning she told us of her struggles and why she needs your help and support to keep her kids alive.

Getting Safer Meds To Belizean
The Health Ministry, along with PAHO and an official from the UK's Medicine and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency just finished a 2 and half day meeting to talk about pharmaceuticals.  The ultimate objective is to ensure that medicines are safe for consumers. Here is more from the mission visit:

City Hall Closing Busy Street For Repairs
The City Council is planning some major repairs on one of the busiest stretches of street in the country.  Regent Street, from in front of the Supreme Court right up to the swing bridge will be closed form Sunday august 25th to Friday September 6th. The City Council's communication manager says it is much in need of repair:.. Tamara Minto - Communications Manager, The Belize City Council : "We're going to close from the end of the Battlefield Park to the swing bridge on Sunday August 25th and it will be closed until approximately before or on September 6th. At this time if you can notice on Regent Street It's the only section of Regent Street that the street desperately needs repair..."

Coope's Big Break
One of Belize's moist beloved national basketball team players Clency "Coope" Lopez has gotten a full basketball scholarship from Midland College located in Midland, Texas, USA. It's a huge break and the man who set it up for him is Milton Palacio - who also went to Midland Junior College before his career in the NBA.   Palacio told us that his former coach was looking for tough players, and Coope fit the bill: Milton Palacio - National Team Coach: "You know all year long he's telling me that he needed some players, he needed some guys that could play or had some heart and that could kind of send the school in a good direction, the program in a good direction, you know being tough and the way he coaches, I know he's a touch coach, so Coope came to mind. To be honest with you if I said that Coope came in mind the first year that I coached him, no - but after this tournament against the Bahamas and Cuba and Antigua, I felt Coope was ready.

Channel 5

65 Year-Old Woman is Stabbed by Grandson; He Steals her Money
A sixty-five-year-old woman is attacked by her own grandson while she is resting inside her house in the village of Trinidad, Orange Walk. Fernanda Garcia has lived alongside her husband [...]

2 Hispanic Men Sought for Murder of Kevin Hyde
The police today provided updates on a number of recent crimes.  Police say that they are looking for two Hispanic men who were in the area of the bus shed [...]

Who Shot Brindel Munnings?
While police could not confirm whether the killing of Kevin Hyde is a case of mistaken identity, investigators say that Belize City resident, Brindel Munnings was the intended target in [...]

The Search Continues for Main Suspect in the Shooting of Belmopan Mechanic
Police are also searching for Anthony Williams; he is the main suspect in the attempted murder of Brian Chavarria in Belmopan. On Monday night around eight o’clock, Chavarria was conversing [...]

Ministry of Agriculture Assessing Impacts of Deadly Drought in the North
The deadly drought in northern Belize is crippling farmers and by extension certain sectors of the agriculture industry. Corn farmers and soybeans producers in Blue Creek Village in the Orange [...]

Ministry of Agriculture and Famers to Discuss Way Forward
According to C.E.O. Jose Alpuche, not much can be done to assist farmers who have lost their investment in their corn plantations. He says that after the assessment, farmers will [...]

Water Taxi Fee Suspended for Now
There is good news for commuters tonight as a fee of one-dollar to have been imposed on passengers travelling on water taxis has been withdrawn.  The fee should have kicked [...]

City Hall Moves to Commercial Center
The Belize City Council is moving City Hall and its operations to the Commercial Center at Market Square, a year and a half into the term of Mayor Bernard Wagner [...]

Regent Street Closes to Vehicular Traffic
Relocating to Market Square will also inconvenience motorists in the downtown area for the next two weeks, beginning on August twenty-fifth.  The Belize City Council has announced that as of [...]

Is It the Right Time to Close Down Regent Street?
With the historic Swing Bridge under repair and Regent Street soon to be resurfaced, is it the opportune time for these works to be carried out, and is the schedule [...]

Suspect Detained for Oliver Peter’s Stabbing
There has been a breakthrough in the stabbing case of Oliver Peters, which occurred over the weekend. While the weapon used to inflict the wounds has not been recovered, Superintendent [...]

Who Targeted Lloyd Faber and Why?
He is well-known to the law, and on Tuesday afternoon around three o’clock, Lloyd Faber was targeted by a gunman on Amara Avenue, Belize City.  Faber was socializing with a [...]

9 Persons are Arraigned for 89 Grams of Weed
Even as the law allows for a person to be in possession of up to ten grams of weed, a group of nine persons, including a theologist, were before the [...]

International Decade for People of African Descent
The UN General Assembly proclaimed 2015-2024 as the International Decade for People of African Descent citing the need to the full enjoyment of rights such as economic, social and political [...]

Yaya Marin Coleman Rings the Bell for African Descendants in Belize
Chairperson of the United Black Association for Development, Yaya Marin Coleman today protested the two-day conference saying that the discussions held do not truly represent the interest of the black [...]

Alleged Arsonist Arraigned for Lord’s Bank Fire
An alleged arsonist was before the court to answer charges in respect of a fire at a woman’s house in Lord’s Bank Village.   Jose Manuel Portillo was arraigned for an [...]

Eugene Ramirez Violates Parole and is Back in Jail
After serving five of thirteen years for burglary, criminal figure Eugene Lloyd Ramirez of Taylor’s Alley is back in jail where he will serve an additional six months for violating [...]

Farmers Were Informed of Continuous Drought
Data collected from the National Meteorological Service of Belize confirms a short-term drought developing over the Corozal, Orange Walk and northern Belize Districts. This drought is gravely affecting the farmers [...]

Drought to Spread Across Belize
Meanwhile, areas under a short-term drought watch where short-term drought is also possible include southern Belize such as Stann Creek and the extreme northeastern portion of the Toledo district near [...]

Is Louis Zabaneh and Yellowman’s Row a Civil Matter?
On Friday, P.U.P. Dangriga Standard Bearer, Doctor Louis Zabaneh filed a complaint against macebearer Brian ‘Yellow Man’ Audinette, whom he claims repeatedly called him a thief during the sitting of [...]

Chester Williams Weighs in on Recent Drug Seizures
The police department has been successful in intercepting a number of drug shipments over the past few weeks and that achievement has been the result of intelligence led operations, as [...]

The 2019 National September Celebrations Calendar
The 2019 National September Celebrations Calendar has been released and is now available online and at municipalities across the country.  The calendar has all the details on highly anticipated events [...]

Belize Tax Service Department Refuses Visit of P.S.U. President & his Team
The recently elected President of the Public Service Union, Gerald Henry, has concluded three weeks of his countrywide familiarization tour. Henry traveled the country visiting government offices and while he [...]

Healthy Living: Advice for Parents
The summer is over, and schools across the country have begun re-opening their doors. Tonight’s Healthy Living offers some helpful advice for parents to aid their children through the upcoming [...]

The Reporter

A Closer Look At The Plan To Create A New LPG Gas Consortium
Much of Friday’s house meeting was spent chatting about China. Apart from the 50 million US dollar loan granted by the Taiwanese, there were some important pieces of legislation passed.

Robbery At Popular Chinese Grocer In Kings Park
The Reporter has confirmed that the UN Chinese store located in front of Lopez Mateos Park in the King’s Park Area was robbed this afternoon shortly after 1pm.

LOVE FM

YATA’s latest production: Wake
YATA is famous for hosting theatre production which seeks to explore the challenges faced by our society. This year’s production is entitled “Wake” and it will be held at the Bliss Centre for the Performing Arts. Joseph Stamp-Romero, the Director of YATA, said that the production looks at ethical differences that exist in our society. …

Nine charge for drug trafficking
A group of nine persons including a theologist appeared in Belize City Magistrate’s Court on a charge of drug trafficking. 41-year-old Victor Lara, a tour guide along with his common-law wife, 40-year-old, Breea Sanker; an American national of SpringField Missouri, 34-year-old, Alex Salazar; a resident of San Pedro, 42-year-old Sebastian Young, tour-guide and boat captain …

San Pedro man went missing in Benque
18-year-old, David Marcos Hob, a resident of San Pedro, went missing while he was visiting family and friends in Benque Viejo Del Carmen, Cayo District. Love News spoke to his mother, Sharon Torres, who said that the last time she saw her son was a month ago when he left the island. Sharon Torres, Mother …

Bees attack in Lord’s Bank Village
This morning members of a family came under attack by Africanized bees also known as killer bees. The attack sent them retreating into their home for refuge. Love News spoke with Shandae Moody about the incident. Shandae Moody, Bee Attack Victim: “This morning my mom and my dad were outside, we were bathing the dog …

Jose Portillo charge for arson
32-year-old, Jose Manuel Portillo was arraigned before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford on a single charge of arson; however, no plea was taken since the matter is indictable. The prosecutor, Corporal Kennard Clark had objected to bail since the accused threatened the victim and actually followed through with his threats by burning down the victim’s home. …


The month of September is upon us and, as such, the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) has issued the 2019 September Celebrations calendar. As every Belizean knows, September is a month full of activities for adults and children throughout the country. To highlight some of the activities, we start at the end of …

A mother struggles to take care of her children with Sickle Cell
Sickle Cell disease is a life-threatening blood disorder which results from the lack of sufficient red blood cells to transport oxygen throughout your body. Stephanie Garnett has not one but two children with the disease. Love News spoke to Garnett and her daughter, Samica Nicholas about the trials they face as a result of the …

Pathlight 2019 Scholarship Awards
School days are described as the best days of your life and for those students who receive scholarships, it should be even sweeter. Over the summer we have been reporting on different organizations which have been lightening parents’ financial burden that accompanies higher education. Pathlight International is the latest organization which has issued scholarships to …

Teachers must undergo training to maintain their full license
As we told you teachers have been given until December 1, to apply for their full teachers’ license. Ministry of Education, Chief Education Officer Dr Carol Babb, spoke to the media on the deadline, adding that teachers are required to do one hundred and twenty clock hours over a five-year period in order to keep …

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Belize City Council hosts back to school drive for children of fallen employees
Today, the Belize City Council held its second annual back to school drive. This initiative […]

Elderly woman stabbed by relative who demanded money from her
An elderly woman has been treated and released after she was attacked by a relative. […]

Shyne Barrow to hold 5th annual school bag distribution in Mesopotamia
Shyne Barrow will distribute 1,000 school bags to the children in the Mesopotamia constituency this […]

Police: Brian Chavarria shot by a friend in Belmopan
Last Monday night, Brian Chavarria was shot at his home in Belmopan. Police say that […]

Two Hispanic men sought for murder
Hattieville police have confirmed that two Hispanic men are being sought for the murder of […]

Brother punches sister in Belize City; gets fine $800
An argument between siblings this week escalated to a full-blown public confrontation, leaving a father […]

National Security Minister engages in senior officers conference
The Minister of National Security, John Saldivar is engaged in a 2-day Senior Officers Conference. […]

“Coope” Lopez to Midland College on basketball scholarship
Smart Belize Hurricanes and Belize National Team point guard Glency “Coope” Lopez is off to […]

Robbery in Belize City
Authorities are investigating a robbery that occurred shortly after 1 pm today. The culprit/s targeted […]

Cayo Animal Welfare Society to host fundraiser event this month
If you are an animal lover, a fan of sweet treats or both, the Cayo […]

BELTRAIDE Launches 2nd Edition of Made in Belize Catalogue
EXPORTBelize, a unit of BELTRAIDE, will be launching the 2nd Edition of the Made in […]

Belize~ The $90 Million Land Tax heist
The stroke of a politicians pen in Belize can make you or break you! All investors in Belize are at the mercy of the broad […]

Blogs

Is Belize Safe?
Since I write about Belize, I do get questions: IS BELIZE SAFE? Is Belize safe for single travelers? Is Belize safe for women? For older travelers? Is it safe to ride the bus in Belize? My immediate answer is YES. Belize is safe to visit. I have been safe and felt safe here for 12 years living full time on Ambergris Caye. But like almost everywhere else on earth, there is crime in Belize. And like the Caribbean and Central America (and most of the world), a lot of it is related to the drug trade. If you use your common sense, follow a few basic guidelines and tips, your trip should be fun and safe.

Bar Hopping on Ambergris Caye!
IF YOU LIKE TO GO OUT AND ENJOY A COCKTAIL, HERE ARE OUR TOP 15 BARS FOR YOU TO CHOOSE FROM WHEN VISITING SAN PEDRO TOWN! here is ONLY one Palapa bar and it is owned by Scott and Jodie! This is an institution here on Ambergris Caye. If you are looking for a romantic place to grab a glass of champagne, or try a French 75 cocktail, the Victoria House, located south of town, is your stop. The grounds are magnificent, the view of the Caribbean Sea is breathtaking. We are placing Boca Del Rio Drive as a one stop shop. Sandy Toes is our first stop when Belize Happy Adventure guests arrive. Ishmael (“Ish”), your happy owner, awaits you. He’ll regale you with fun local stories

Babymoon Bliss in Belize
our little bundle of joy is on the way and you’ve decided to go on a babymoon as final hurrah before the big arrival! You know exactly what you’re looking for in a vacation-quality time with your partner, relaxation, comfort and a great place to spend your days reading books and catching up on the little pleasures you soon might not have time for. Firstly, you don’t want to travel too far and, where possible, you should keep flying time at a minimum when pregnant. Belize is an easy flight from many major North American destinations, with flight times of approximately 2-3 hours on average. This gives you more time to enjoy your pre-baby escape with less travel stress.

International Sourcesizz

Forecasters keeping a watchful eye on Atlantic basin as season heads into 'tropical red zone'
AccuWeather forecasters are keeping a watchful eye on the skies over the Atlantic hundreds of miles off the southeastern coast of the United States as peak hurricane season, or the "tropical red zone" as AccuWeather Chief Broadcast Meteorologist Bernie Rayno likes to call it, gets underway in earnest. The Atlantic hurricane season peaks around Sept. 11, on average, and just this week a brief tropical storm flirted with hurricane forecasters. During the next couple of weeks, the risk of additional tropical storm and hurricane formation will increase substantially from its midsummer lull. But things can change rapidly, particularly given the developing conditions in the Atlantic Ocean and in the atmosphere above it. As Rayno puts it, "The entire Atlantic basin is open for business."

CARIBBEAN TRAVEL NEWS ROUNDUP- AUGUST 23, 2019
Here are the top stories making news on the Caribbean travel scene for the week-ending Aug. 23, 2019: A Connecticut man made an appearance in an Anguilla court Thursday to answer charges in the death of a hotel worker. The next preliminary hearing is set for September 9th and expected to last five days. Two men working on the Carnival Fascination cruise are being dubbed heroes are rescuing a girl in a wheelchair who fell into the water in St. Thomas.

Barbados draw with Belikze in CONCACAF opener
A spirited performance by the ladies of the Barbados U17 national football team saw them earn a draw last night at the Barbados Football Association (BFA) Wildey Turf as Group C of the Concacaf Women’s U17 Championship kicked off. Barbados came from behind to tie with Belize 1-1 in front of a small but appreciative home crowd. The opening minutes for the lady Tridents displayed some nerves and the visitors took advantage of this with a number of early attacks on the Barbados goal.

Videos

  • Student volunteers of the National Tsing Hua University, 32min. Student volunteers of the National Tsing Hua University have been routinely making visits to the country to support schools and educational programs locally. Today we caught up with the student volunteers to talk about their experience in Belize and how it has impacted them.

  • Bruk it Down Jenny - Getting Children ready to go back to school, 42min. Bruk It Down with Jenny focused on getting children ready to go back to school. Jenny Lovell, Mental Health Therapists, gave us guideline of how to prepare children both physically and mentally to get back into a school routine. She also talked about the important conversations parents need to have with children who are transitioning from one level of schooling to the other.

  • The Belize Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BCCI) - Health at Work, 22min. The Belize Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BCCI) is holding an introductory workshop about Safety and Health at Work. The main objective is to provide participants with an overview of the concepts of Occupational and Health Safety at work both for employers and employees. We talked with Yorshabell Cattouse, Manager Member Relations, about the content of the training and the benefits to participants. She also provided an update on the work of BCCI and NTUCB and the OSH Bill.

  • Jenny-Lee Cruz is the winner of KTV-The Remix Season 3, 6min. This season of KTV-The Remix came to a close on Tuesday night with a spectacular show. The Bliss was overflowing with fans from all over in anticipation of the announcement of the 2019 KTV champ. A total of four bands performed as the three finalists belted away their closing number before enthusiast supporters. The audience was on their feet as Jenny Lee Cruz from Roaring Creek proved to have the talent to take home the ten thousand dollars in cash plus a long list of prizes. In second place was Maureen Budram and in third was Orelle Castillo, both from Dangriga. Here is a report with Dalila Ical.

  • Keeping Garifuna Cultural Experience alive, 1min.

  • Miss Queen of the Bay 2019-20, 3min. August 31, 2019 and work their way to the prestigious crown of Miss Queen of the Bay 2019-20.



  • Official Presentation Belize National Team Coach Vincenzo Alberto Annese, 35min.

  • Places to Grab a Bite in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize, 6.5min. We rented a golf cart from Rock's so we could hit some of our favorite spots like the Truck Stop, Palapa Bar, Carlo and Ernie's Runway Bar and Wayo's and find some new favorite spots like Latitudes, Elvi's Kitchen, PUR, Sandy Toes and Croc's Sunset and Sports Bar...

  • Honduras and Belize Fly Fishing, 6.5min. 2018 Trip to Roatan, Honduras, as well as Belize, was full of learning opportunities, connecting with people, and fly fishing.

  • The Prophecies of Chilam Balam from 1980-2060, 15min. The Books of Chilam Balam are sacred books of the Yucatec Maya.

  • Talk Ah Di Town August 22, 2019, 21min.

  • Consultation on Hol Chan Marine Reserve protection strategies held on San Pedro, 5min. A consultation on the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and protection strategies was held on the island with over two dozen residents attending.

  • San Pedro, Belize, 6min.

  • Belize City Cruise Port Tour Sightseeing the City on Carnival Freedom, 28min.

  • SIMS Learning Session: Belize Advanced Mapping Training, 27min. Ashley Schmeltzer and Dan Joseph, both GIS Officers with the American Red Cross, discuss their learnings and experience with conducting an advanced training on mapping tools and techniques to connect to Red Cross projects. Tools include are focused on OpenStreetMap and open source including: Field papers, OpenMapKit (OMK), Street-level imagery with Mapillary, drone imagery collection with OpenDroneMap and OpenAerialMap, and Portable OpenStreetMap (POSM).

  • Mahi mahi fishing aboard the Shelbydee in Belize, 3min. A day well spent with good friends on the intrepid

  • 3rd annual Grand Caribe Deep Sea Classic 2019(Belize), 2min. First place winning fish. Tournament at Ambergris Caye Belize

  • Belize Day 2, 3min. This time we dived down the Blue Hole. Afterwards, we visited a trench not too far from the Hole and met some friendly friends.

  • Introduction to Belize, 3min. A revamp of Belize Tourism Board's(BTB) "Be One With Belize" video. Special Thanks to Minister of Tourism, Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr. for allowing us to borrow some clips in an effort to market Belize and all its natural, wonder to the world.

  • Macaws at Sleeping Giant!, 1/2min. Gosh look at how many macaws are at Sleeping Giant! Right now! It would be wonderful if this becomes their chosen spot.

  • It’s coral spawning season in the Caribbean. , Pretty cool images and videos shared on this platform. Anyone noticing signs on night dives? Dendrogyra spawning last night (August 18, 2019 +3 AFM) in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, observed by The Nature Conservancy and amazing volunteer divers from STX East End Marine Park, Coral World, and University of the Virgin Islands.
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    Specials & Events
    10 hours ago
    One person’s trash is another’s treasure... Hope Haven is having its monthly yard sale, and we need your help!

    While we have some great stuff available, we’re always on the lookout for more! If you’ve got any household goods or gadgets or lightly used clothing lying around, won’t you consider donating it for our yard sale?

    Large items/appliances? No problem! We’ll pick it up! Otherwise, your donations can be dropped off at Hope Haven Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, or Sunday from 3-7pm. Message us or call Kristina at 226-2333 to schedule a pick up for large items!

    Otherwise, please join us on Thursday and Friday, August 29-30, to come check out some great stuff at great prices!

    100% of proceeds go towards Hope Haven operations, which include our children’s shelter and food bank meal services.
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    Weather
    10 hours ago
    Areas under a short-term drought watch where short-term drought is also possible include southern Belize such as Stann Creek and the extreme northeastern portion of the Toledo district near Savannah. Areas under a long-term drought watch where long-term drought is possible to include the Belize and Cayo districts as well as most of the Stann Creek district. Gordon says that the weather is expected to return to its neutral state by early November.

    Ronald Gordon, Climatologist

    “We are looking at some parts of the country indeed in the west and so on that may be experiencing long term drought in the future. When we bring up those terms there are looking at two factors. We are looking at past rainfall and projected rainfall. In an area might be receiving below normal rainfall at the moment but we don’t have them under drought, it might be because out forecast for the future is projecting that they will be getting some rainfall in the future. The models are suggesting that the current weak and moderate that we had is gradually dissipating and we are looking to a return that is called a neutral condition that is average temperature in the Pacific.”

    There is no short-term drought concern elsewhere over the country.

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    Ambergris Caye
    10 hours ago

    Hol Chan Marine Reserve takes 2019-2024 Management Plan to Public Consultation.

    A consultation on the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and protection strategies was held on the island with over two dozen residents attending.

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    Belize District
    11 hours ago
    The City Council is planning some major repairs on one of the busiest stretches of street in the country. Regent Street, from in front of the Supreme Court right up to the swing bridge will be closed form Sunday august 25th to Friday September 6th.

    The City Council's communication manager says it is much in need of repair:..

    Tamara Minto - Communications Manager, The Belize City Council
    "We're going to close from the end of the Battlefield Park to the swing bridge on Sunday August 25th and it will be closed until approximately before or on September 6th. At this time if you can notice on Regent Street It's the only section of Regent Street that the street desperately needs repair. There is no ideal time for closures such as this. It's a busy street regardless of any time of the year. It is not the most ideal time we know that it will have a lot of inconvenience for our residents but we do thank you for your support and cooperation but at this time we really find it necessary that we need to close and repair the street leading up to the swing bridge prior to the September celebrations especially because that is almost upon us. This will actually make for a much better drive downtown, no more potholes just before you come on the bridge. We will have a continuity of a better road all the way down Regent Street."

    In other news from City Hall, the Council is moving into its new digs at the renovated Commercial Center.

    The City council will be fully operational for service to the public at their New location on Monday August 26th.

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    Environment
    Yesterday at 02:38 PM
    For all of us suffering from Sargassum, consider this:

    There is a connection between the Sargasso Sea and eels. Eels spawn in the Sargasso Sea and then return to Europe.

    Young eels - smoked, fried, and otherwise prepared - are considered a delicacy in northern Europe and Japan.

    There is a shortage of eels

    Perhaps, their breeding ground has been disrupted?

    Perhaps there is an enterprising person/company/organization/country, which can corral the seaweed, and produce eels……….. make money and save the Caribbean?
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    News
    Yesterday at 12:37 PM


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    Specials and Events

    Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, Reef TV, KREM, and CTV 3. Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, Belize Now, Talk Ah Di Town, and other specials.


    The San Pedro Sun

    Copa San Pedro Opening Season rolls into week 3
    The third week of the opening season of the 2019 Copa San Pedro saw six intense games between Thursday, August 15th and Sunday, August 18th. The teams competing over the weekend included G-Strikers, San Pedrito Scorpions, Terror Squad FC, Captain FC, Legends, Los Catrachos, Assassins, Boca Bombers FC, Alaia, Ambergris Hopes FC, San Pedro High School (SPHS) and Genesis FC.

    CrossFit Wolf excels in first edition of Cancun Games
    Over the weekend of August 17th and 18th, seven athletes from CrossFit Wolf competed at the first ever Cancun Games held in Cancun, Mexico. The CrossFit competition tested the skills and endurance levels of the competitors in beginners, intermediate, masters, RX-advanced and teen categories. At the end of the two-day event, Gabriel Nuńez Jr. managed to place second in the intermediate category making his CrossFit box and the island very proud. The other members of the delegation from Ambergris Caye included Lilian Matute, who competed in the beginners’ category, followed by Gian Rivero and Jonathan Reyes in the intermediate division. Rene Reyes Jr. and Marko Pech competed in the RX-advance division, and Karissa Vasquez participated in the teen category.

    Various Belizean Sources

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    Fish Kill upriver from Tower Hill
    A resident from the Tower Hill area sent us these photos taken earlier today upriver from the Tower Hill bridge -- a massive fish kill. The foul smell is affecting quality of life and businesses along the river. This is heart wrenching to watch, but shows that while the river may have cleared up downstream from the bridge, the problem still persists -- our New River is suffering.

    Corozal, it's Soca Overload!
    September 7th @ SKY BAR

    BELIZE FISHING REPORT: AUGUST 11, 2019 THROUGH AUGUST 18, 2019
    Good weather and wind conditions for most of the week provided plenty of action on all of the areas that El Pescador guides fish. On the windy days; anglers still managed to land some nice fish in protected areas. Bonefish action was good even on windy days. Anglers have done well landing larger than average Bones.

    Missing Person in San Pedro
    18-year-old David Marcos Hob of San Pedro Town was reported missing today, Wednesday, August 21st. According to police, he was reportedly last seen sometime in July of this year by his mother. David is of a dark complexion with short afro hair, about 5 feet 2 inches tall. He is slim and has a round face. If seen kindly call 911, 922 or the nearest police station.

    September Celebrations Calendar Released Today!
    The 2019 National Celebrations Calendar has been released today! While the calendar is sought after for the listing of events such as the Queen of the Bay Pageant, Carnival King and Queen Competition and the various municipalities' Carnival Road Marches. It is also a guide to the many national events that show our patriotism, our appreciation of our historical achievements and our love for Belize. The annual listing of national, traditional, patriotic and festive events will be delivered and available in your municipalities by the end of the week.

    Official Sashing Ceremony for the Miss San Pedro Beauty Pageant at El Patio Restaurant
    Eileen Reyes - Miss Jaguars Temple Night Club, Litzy Castillo - Miss Ramon’s Village, Helen Barrera - Miss Toucan Gift Shops, Tanisha Rhaburn - Miss Castillo’s Hardware, Blanca Velásquez - Miss Captain Sharks.

    Vote for Destination of the Year
    Have a favorite Belize destination? Now you can vote for it to win Destination of the Year at this year’s National Tourism Awards! This new category will allow you to vote once a day for your favorite destination. BTB’s National Tourism Awards introduces a new award of Destination of the Year where you get to pick the winner! Vote below for your favorite destination* in Belize and it’ll receive an award at the ceremony on October 19th. You can vote once a day until September 26th, so share this link with friends and family!

    How the Mayas Abused their White Prisoners
    "On the 12th of Aril Lieutenants Plumridge and Twigge report to Seymore (the Governor) on their mission to demand an apology from the Santa Cruz Mayas. They say they and their entire party were taken prisoner and conducted to the Temple of the Speaking Cross. The Oracle spoke at midnight defying the British Government and Army. For the next three days they say they were subjected, 'to the most degrading familiarities' such as being pulled and hauled about, forced to swallow red pepper, drink vast quantities of aniseed. hug and kiss the Chief, and dance and sing"

    TEAM BELIZE WINS GOLD & SILVER!
    Glenford Williams and Kenrick Gordon of Team Belize (Athletics) who captured GOLD and SILVER in the 100 Metres Race at the 2019 U15 CODICADER Games in Tegucigalpa, Honduras!!! Good luck to the Belize delegation participating in Athletics, Volleyball, and football!

    Channel 7

    Cops Look to Mental State Of Mother of Strangled 9 Year Old
    Tonight, the mother of 9 year old Danielle Hall is under scrutiny as the likely suspect in the child's death by strangulation. The little girl was found dead on Friday morning at her Unitedville home. After relatives heard a commotion, the father, Daniel Hall rushed home from work to find his little girl dead and his common law wife, Emily, in an altered state. But, the Commissioner of police told the media that the DPP will have to decide on charges because of the mother, Emily Ico's mental state:...

    Cops Trying to Curb the Hostility At Girls' Hostel
    The Commissioner also commented on ongoing problems at the youth hostel at mile 21 on the Western Highway. For the past weeks, we've been receiving multiple reports of girls breaking out of the facility - and it happened again last night. Williams said it is a sore and difficult subject from a law enforcement perspective:... Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: "We need to do something where youth hostel is concerned and I had tasked Mr. Vidal and Mr. Dawson to go and meet with the administrators of the youth hostel to see what can be done to prevent this constant escape..."

    Senator Designate Zabs Complains About "Yellows"ť
    Switching now to a police matter that intersects with politics - the new PUP Senator Designate, Dr. Louis Zabaneh claims he had a harsh introduction to the Parliament building on Friday from no less than the mace bearer, Sergeant at Arms, Brian Audinett, known as Yellowman. Zabaneh - who is the PUP standard bearer for Dangriga and was in the gallery at Friday's House meeting. He made a police complaint that Audinett insulted him. We heard the commissioner got involved to tell police not to act on the complaint, so we asked him why today:

    Canuck Confesses To Cultivating Cannabis In Corozal
    Yesterday, police - acting on Special Branch intelligence - found a marijuana nursery behind a Canadian man's home on the Sarteneja road. At around midday, police searched the residence of 48 year old Mathew MEREDITH at 31 ½ Miles on the Sarteneja Road. Police told him they were looking for drugs and he admitted to having loose weed in the house, and weed trees at the back. Police found that he had no less than a marijuana nursery, including marijuana drying in the house, 52 cloned marijuana plants, 40 marijuana plants in plastic buckets up to 3 feet in height, and 25 plants in the ground up to 5 feet 8 inches tall.

    Do Marijuana Movements Cause Murders?
    And, while Meredith says his weed was for medical purposes; the fact is, trafficking marijuana is big business across Belize. In the past two months, police have found large amounts stowed in the Belize district - most recently Scotland Half Moon - where almost 40 pounds were found last Friday. And while possession of 10 grams or less is legal, trafficking is not legal in any quantity. And wherever drugs are trafficked, large sums of money are involved. When busts are made, those large sums of illicit monies are lost, and - often - persons involved in the trade, get killed.

    Manslaughter Cops Dismissed
    Two police constables, Leonard Nunez and Hallett King got off a manslaughter conviction with time served. It is a decision bitterly rejected by the family of the man they killed, Hilberto Sotz. And while they walked out of court free after serving less than two years, we learnt today that the two men have been dismissed from the police department because of that conviction.

    Man Gets 2 Years For Molesting 8 Year Old Girl
    Moises Flores, charged with sexual assault of a child, was sentenced to 2 years today by Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford. The incident occurred some time in 2017. The child, who was 8 years old at the time, testified that Flores went to where she was lying on a bed, fondled the child with penetration, and then told her not to tell anyone otherwise he would kill her and her family.

    The In's And Out's Of Teacher Licensing
    As we told you on Monday, the deadline for the renewal of full teaching licenses has been extended until December 1st, 2019. One of the requirements to maintain the license is that the teacher undertake 120 hours of Continuous Professional development which must be completed within a five year period. This has caused concern among teachers who have completed masters degrees in educational leadership. There is concern that despite their efforts to obtain higher qualification there is a possibility of their licenses being revoked, should they choose not to participate in the Ministry of Education's mandated courses.

    Pathlight Pupils
    62 outstanding Belizean students received scholarships from Pathlight international this morning at their Belize City offices. Pathlight is a faith based program that provides teacher training and works with sponsors to offer what they claim to be the only comprehensive high school scholarship in the country. We stopped by their scholarship ceremony to find out more about the organization and all the ways in which they are supporting education in Belize.

    Cab Secss Son Gets Student Debt Write-off From Parliament
    Every so often, the Minister of Finance has to take write off motions to the house. That is where government has irrecoverably lost an asset or funds, and must write it off. But, it cannot do so without parliament's approval. The write off's don't usually attract much attention or controversy, but one of them from Friday's meeting did. That's because it was a write off for a student loan to Cabinet Secretary Carlos Perdomo's son. Here's the reading of this write off:

    Compol Goes Back To Gunglung
    So far on the news tonight, you've seen the Commissioner of Police in a couple of stories. We met him back in his old haunts, the Eastern Division on a police meet and greet. We haven't covered one of those in over a year - but Williams says the exercise continues. And today in the Gungulung area he said he got some valuable feedback:

    The Curfew Continues
    Residents also asked the commissioner about the ongoing children's curfew in Belize City. It was launched a month ago, and the COMPOL says it is working:,..,

    Compol's Gripes With Gualberto
    We also pressed the commissioner to report to the media on the situation with Superintendent Gualberto Garcia. He's the adjudicator for police tribunals who was removed from that post with immediate effect on Friday. That's two days after he ruled against a directive from the commissioner. That directive was the police officer under interdiction for the manslaughter of Allyson Major, Corporal Kent Martinez could still be a defence advocate in a tribunal. It is considered irregular for a cop under interdiction to act as an advocate in a tribunal.

    Cops Catch Aggravated Burglar, Seek One More
    And in other police news, there was a home invasion and sexual assault at a home on the George Price Highway on Saturday morning. It happened at mile one at around 8:00 am. Using surveillance video from a nearby business, police have been able to charge one person and are looking for one more:.. "There was a home invasion over the weekend, could you talk to us that investigation and if anybody has been arrested?"

    Drought Decimates Corn Crops In North
    Last night, we told you how the extended drought in the northern districts has devastated the corn farmers of Blue Creek Village in Orange Walk. Well today, we got to see the extent and cost of the damage to this year's corn crop first hand. Daniel Ortiz has that story: Rodney Dyck - Grain Farmer, Blue Creek Village: "It's supposed to be twice this size, 3 times this size for sure. At this stage, you'd call it the stage to make tamalitos. But, there's nothing left."

    Any Relief For Farmers?
    So, now that the Belizean public knows the extent of the pain that the drought has inflicted on these farmers from Blue Creek, is there any aid that they can access to mitigate the financial loss? That's what we asked their Orange Walk South Area Representative today:

    Fish Kill On New River
    The drought is also affecting the New River - which has now witnessed a massive fish kill. An organization called Friends of the New River, said, quote, "A resident from the Tower Hill area sent us these photosupriver from the Tower Hill bridge. The foul smell is affecting the quality of life and businesses along the river. This is heart-wrenching to watch, but shows that while the river may have cleared up downstream from the bridge, the problem still persists - our New River is suffering" End quote. The Department of Environment has scheduled a Public Consultation on Friday night in Orange Walk Town, and most-likely, these photographs will be brought up.

    Play Named Wake is "Woke"
    If you're a fan of the theater you won't want to miss the premiere of Wake, a play written and directed by Joseph Stamp Romero. This is the 6th production organized through Romero's Youth Advocacy through Arts program, an organization that seeks to create social change through the arts. Azizi Hoy who plays Nadia in this weekend's production stopped by our studio to tell us about the play and why it's extremely relevant to the modern Belizean experience.

    Scott Regional Boss Non Comital on Sale
    For weeks, there have been murmurs about a rumoured sellout of Scotiabank's Belize operation. Well, the Bank has denied it and, last week, the Central Bank put out a release saying, quote, "Scotiabank's management has not advised the Central Bank of any proposal to sell their Belize operations to another bank." And, today, the Jamaica Gleaner quotes David Noel, the head of Scotia Group Jamaica, who oversees specific countries in Scotiabank International's regional operations.

    September Playbill Released
    Better late than neverThe 2019 National Celebrations Calendar, or playbill was released today. Notably, the Carnival Road March will be held on Saturday September 7th, and the 21st official ceremony and parade will be held on Saturday the 21st even though the Monday is a holiday.

    Another Missing Male On San Pedro
    Another man has been reported missing one San Pedro. Her is 18 year old David Marcos Hob a Belizean of San Pedro Town. He was reported missing on August 21, 2019, and reportedly last seen sometime in the month of July 2019, by his mother.

    Channel 5

    Blue Creek Farmers Lose Millions in Corn Crop due to Drought
    As changes in weather patterns rise due to climate change, a drought is wrecking havoc in agricultural fields in northern Belize. Earlier today, the Meteorological office issued a drought warning [...]

    Drought May Force Importation of Soybeans
    Soybean plantations in Blue Creek and other parts of the country are also being affected by the continuous drought. In Blue Creek, farmers there were expected to plant two thousand [...]

    Jose Mai Says Fresh Injection of Capital Can Save Farmers
    Parliamentarian Jose Abelardo Mai says the Government must pay attention to the farmers’ plights. Ignoring such issues can have detrimental effects on not only the economy but also on households, [...]

    New River’s Health Continue to Deteriorate
    The Department of Environment will be holding a public meeting on Friday to disclose information regarding the health of the New River. The public is expected to be informed of [...]

    Supt. Gualberto Garcia Stripped of Adjudicator Post
    Corporal Kent Martinez remains on interdiction, having been arraigned on a charge of manslaughter by negligence for the shooting death of Allyson Major Junior which occurred on July sixteenth. Despite [...]

    ComPol Williams Says Police Department Must Enforce Discipline
    According to Commissioner Williams, the police department has been grappling with the issue of public perception where it concerns intra-departmental discipline of its officers. The fact that the former adjudicator [...]

    Jenny-Lee Cruz is the winner of KTV-The Remix Season 3
    This season of KTV-The Remix came to a close on Tuesday night with a spectacular show. The Bliss was overflowing with fans from all over in anticipation of the announcement [...]

    Still No Charges in Death of Danielle Hall
    Tonight, there is still no decision on what charges will be brought against Emily Ico, the mother of nine-year-old Danielle Hall who died in her care at the family residence [...]

    Chester on Sarkis Abou-Nehra’s Home Invasion Case Falling Apart
    In respect of the case involving a gang of thieves who reportedly broke into the home of businessman Sarkis Abou-Nehra in Burrell Boom in December 2015.That case continues to come [...]

    Unrest at Princess Royal Youth Hostel
    There was another disturbance at the Princess Royal Youth Hostel on Tuesday night where police officers were called in to assist with a group of unruly girls.  During their response, [...]

    Moises Flores gets Two Years for Sexual Assault
    A man is serving two years behind bars after he was found guilty of sexually molesting an eight-year-old girl. Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford convicted Moises Flores, a Belize City resident, [...]

    Dengue on the Rise in Northern Belize
    The number of cases of persons infected with dengue fever continues to rise in the northern districts.  According to Director of Health Services, Dr. Marvin Manzanero the spike in new [...]

    Only Two Deaths from Dengue Fever says MOH
    While the numbers in Belize and Toledo districts are fairly low, they may be the result of an under-reporting of cases.  Despite the number of hospitalizations across the country, the [...]

    Belize Youth Movement appalled at debt write-off of Joshua Perdomo
    The Belize Youth Movement, which is an arm of the People’s United Party, says it is appalled at the write-off of forty thousand dollars owed to the government by the [...]

    Pathlight awards 62 scholarships to Belmopan and Belize City students
    Classes are about to begin so this morning more than sixty students were recipients of scholarships that ensure they continue their studies at various colleges. The scholarships are part of [...]

    Thieves in Belmopan Attempted to Hit Several Locations in Spate of Burglaries
    A string of businesses in Belmopan was struck by thieves in the early hours of this morning. A construction site across from the National Agriculture and Trade Show Grounds, where [...]

    Belizean athletes competing in the CODICADER Games are snatching the medals
    A contingent of Belizean athletes left Belize without fanfare and are currently in Honduras where they are competing in the U-15 CODICADER games in Tegucigalpa. The local team is taking [...]

    Police Meet and Greet Goes to Gungulung
    A phalanx of police officers descended on LaCroix Boulevard this evening before making its way into Holy Emmanuel Street where they broke off into individual groups to introduce themselves to [...]

    Policing Gungulung is No Joke” – ComPol Chester Williams
    Gungulung is well-known for the feuding gangs within that neighborhood and policing the area has been a quite challenge.  According to the top cop, while the Special Patrol Unit focuses [...]

    The Reporter

    MOH Increases Warning About This Flying Monster
    New dengue figures released by the Ministry of Health have prompted health officials to embark on an aggressive vector control program in four districts where marked increases have occurred.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Belizean athletes performing well in CODICADER games

    Today was a successful day for team Belize at the Central American Athletic Championship (CODICADER) Under […]

    Belize U-17 plays well, finishes 1:1 against Barbados in first game of Concacaf Women’s Qualifier
    The National Women’s U-17 side gave a good account of themselves in a battling display […]

    Moises Flores guilty of sexual assault of 8-year-old child; gets two years in jail
    A first time offender accused of fingering a female child’s private area, then threatening her […]

    National Assembly moves to expand, improve press coverage
    Soon – likely before the end of the year – you can see the goings-on […]

    Cane price stays low despite record production
    Farmers of sugar cane have gotten 91.5% of their second payment estimate for the just-ended […]

    Efforts underway in citrus industry to combat greening disease
    Citrus producers in Belize are implementing measures to combat the Citrus Greening Disease or Huanglongbing, […]

    FFB and Town Council partner for 5-a-Side Football Pitch at Falcon Field
    A partnership between the Football Federation of Belize (FFB) and the San Ignacio and Santa […]

    Family loses home in a fire
    Authorities are still investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed a home in Lords […]

    National Geographic pays homage to researcher responsible for the creation of Jaguar preserve in Belize
    Today, National Geographic Magazine published an article on the importance of protecting jaguars while paying […]

    BYM questions ‘write off’ to Joshua Perdomo
    The Belize Youth Movement (BYM) issued a statement today saying that it is appalled at […]

    Reknowned saxophonist in Belize
    Renowned saxophonist and founder of the Kilgore Music Foundation, Ryan Kilgore is in Belize. The […]

    Mexican Institute to show the film: “They called me King Tiger”
    The Embassy of Mexico in Belize is inviting the public to a special presentation of […]

    Meeting to “SAVE THE MACAL RIVER” to be held on Friday
    Residents of San Ignacio and Santa Elena are organizing a ‘Save the River’ meeting to […]

    The New River is suffering!
    Belizeans are gravely concerned about the contamination of the New River in Northern Belize. Several […]

    More cloudy spells and a few showers expected
    The National Meteorological Service of Belize says that today’s weather calls for cloudy spells with […]

    Central American firefighters share operational knowledge with US Counterparts
    The Joint Task Force-Bravo’s 612th Air Base Squadron is hosting a multinational firefighting exercise at […]

    Shooting reported in Belmopan
    Reports to our news desk are that there was a shootout between police and burglars […]

    Ambassador of Music donates Saxophone
    H.E. Shyne Barrow gave ACC 1st form student Eanne Daley a saxophone at yesterday’s PeaceWork […]

    Men accused in Abou-Nehra aggravated burglary walk free
    The last of nineteen persons charged in connection with the Burrell Boom home invasion of diplomat […]

    Blogs

    Amazing Mainland Adventures in Belize
    You will arrive in this amazing country by air, boat, car, or even a bus. Though a small country, only about the size of New Hampshire, Belize is amazingly diverse. The country is complete with mountain ranges, the jungle, and a coastline on the Caribbean Sea. It’s a favorite location of eco-tourists and adventure seekers who love to get down and dirty, burn tons of calories, soak up the sun, and forget about the stress and chaos of their everyday lives. Here is our list of Must Do excursions when visiting this amazing country.

    International Sourcesizz

    Aquarium Breakthrough Could Save FL’s Endangered Coral
    Florida Aquarium have successfully reproduced a group of endangered Atlantic coral in a lab setting. The breakthrough, which enables sexual reproduction to occur entirely outside of the ocean, could ultimately help save local marine invertebrates from extinction. “When history is made, there is hope, and [this] scientific breakthrough … gives us real hope that we can save the Florida Reef Tract from extinction,” Roger Germann, president and CEO of The Florida Aquarium, said in a statement.

    Belize's fishers net bounty of trailblazing approach – in pictures
    A strict conservation programme is helping protect the tiny country’s marine ecosystems, despite the growing threat of steadily warming waters Why Belize is a world leader in protecting the ocean All photographs by Tony Rath.

    Concacaf Women’s U17 qualifying kicks off this evening
    The Cayman Islands joins 15 other countries Wednesday (21 August) in their 2019 Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Championship Qualifying campaign. One of the four qualifying groups will be held at Truman Bodden Sports Complex on 21, 23 and 25 August. Group B will feature Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Martinique, and hosts – Cayman Islands. The winner of each group will advance to the 2020 Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Championship.

    Videos

  • The Police Link Up Show, 1hr.

  • Chilling in Caye Caulker, Belize, 10min. Come and chill as we explore the beautiful island of Caye Caulker in Belize. See the local area of Caye Caulker and explore the amazing scenery of the underwater barrier reef.

  • The Mexican Cultural Institute Belize, 20min. The Mexican Cultural Institute Belize continues its programs to introduce Belizeans to contemporary Mexican Art. Representatives of the Institute and visiting artists were our guests to talk about an event featuring Embroidery and Painting. On our couch: Elizabeth Calzado - Artist/Curator, Pilar Córdoba - Embroider/Painter, Manuel Mathar - Painter, Diego Sapien - Cultural Attache, Mexican Cultural Institute.

  • KTV The Remix Season 3 is in its final week of competitions, 43min. KTV The Remix Season 3 is in its final week of competitions. We invited the finalist to have a chat with us about the experience and to make their plea for your support. On our couch: Jenny-Lee Cruz - Finalists, KTV Season 3. Orelle Castillo - Finalists, KTV Season 3. Maureen Budram - Finalists, KTV Season 3.

  • Breadfruit tacos and fries in poutine gravy, min. It's breadfruit season! We brought in Tim August who is the owner of Stone Kraab Grill & Bar and Executive Chef at Dog House and Rum Dog in San Pedro. He prepared breadfruit tacos and fries in poutine gravy.

  • The XIX Central American Beach Volleyball Championship, 20min. The XIX Central American Beach Volleyball Championship is scheduled for this weekend. We spoke with the Belize Team about their final preparations. The games takes place at Kukumber Beach at Old Belize from 16th to 18th August. Belize's first game will be played on Friday. On our couch: Bryton Codd - Player, Belize Team. Edgar Martinez - Player, Belize Team. Juan Carlos Perdomo - Coach, Belize Team.

  • 6 Belizean female artist who are using music to share their stories, 37min. Chapters is a collaboration of six Belizean female artist who are using music to share their stories and spread positive messages of empowerment and upliftment. We invited the artists to talk with us about the project and to share their experiences that inspired the music. On our set: Shamira Humes - Coordinator/Managing Director, Diamond-Peace Productions. Sharon Martinez -Artist, Boss Lady - Artist, Brithney Starr - Artist, LB Fynest - Artist.

  • Belize Birding Festival, 25min.

  • Upgrading sporting facilities countrywide, 1/2min. By building new and upgrading existing sporting facilities countrywide, the Government of Belize is promoting health and wellness, social engagement, and community development throughout Belize.

  • Parrot Nest Artsy Video, 1min. Daniel Velazquez, who's made scores of documentaries around Cayo and Belize, has put together an artsy video highlighting Bullet Tree and the Parrot Nest Lodge. Well done.

  • Riding through the Jungle of Belize, 2min. The boat ride from the Lamanai Mayan Site back to the truck to go back to Belize City.

  • Sailfish fishing in Belize, 3min.

  • Sports Talk Show | Hosted by Raynord Garbutt, 60min.

  • Chilam Balam Prophecies(1860-1980), 15min.

  • Underwater light rays, 1/2min.
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    It's breadfruit season! We brought in Tim August who is the owner of Stone Kraab Grill & Bar and Executive Chef at Dog House and Rum Dog in San Pedro. He prepared breadfruit tacos and fries in poutine gravy.
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    08/21/19 12:49 PM


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    Specials and Events

    Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, Reef TV, KREM, and CTV 3. Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, Belize Now, Talk Ah Di Town, and other specials.


    The San Pedro Sun

    San Pedro Building Unit hosts informational session, talks new amendment to Building Act
    The San Pedro Building Unit hosted an informative session on the Unit’s functions and a new regulation that mandates all municipalities to establish a building unit. The meeting was held at the Sunbreeze Hotel on Friday, August 9th, and saw the presence of personnel from the Central Building Authority (CBA), the Department of Environment, the Ministry of Housing and Planning, Architects and Engineer Association of Belize, and The San Pedro Town Council. Mayor Daniel Guerrero addressed the attendees, thanking them for attending the informational meeting. He told them that building is another big industry on the island, and they should take advantage of such events to clear doubts or learn something new.

    San Pedro Pirates remain winless in PLB’s 2019 opening season
    The defending champions of the Premier League of Belize (PLB), the San Pedro Pirates, continue without a win in the current PLB opening season. On Sunday, August 18th, the island team travelled to San Ignacio Town in the Cayo District, where they faced Verdes FC at the Norman Broaster Stadium. Despite having dominated most of the game, the Pirates were not able to seal the victory, and the match ended in a 3-3 draw. The Belmopan Bandits and Verdes continue to lead the PLB chart with ten points each. On Saturday, August 31st, San Pedro Pirates will be facing BDF FC at the Ambergris Stadium. Game starts at 7:30PM.

    Various Belizean Sources

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    Dengue: Office of Director of Health Services
    Our current data in reference to dengue indicates that we have 950 laboratory confirmed cases and 814 clinical suspect cases for a total of 1,764 cases - this is up until this past weekend. Last week alone saw the number spike up to 215 cases in one week with 4 districts still reporting the greater number of cases. Note that not all suspect cases are being tested/will be tested for dengue given the current phase we are in and only those having dengue with warning signs or severe dengue will be hospitalized. For now. 3.2% of our cases have classified as being severe cases! Our call continues to be for the community to continue to engage in prevention and elimination of mosquito breeding sites.

    Corozal Queen Of The Bay Pageant
    Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 7 AM – 11:55 PM, Andres Campos Civic Center Corozal.

    Power outage 6:00 am to 9:00 am on Wednesday, August 28 to affect a portion of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye
    Including Almond Street, Barracuda Street, Basil Jones Street, Beach Front, Bermuda Beach, Blue Dolphin, Buena Vista Area, Boca Del Rio, Bonefish Street, Bright Waters Street, Canary Cove area, Coco Beach Area, Deer Street, Habaneros Area, Iguana Street, Indigo Street, Jewfish Street, Lagoon Street, Laguna Street, Mangrove Drive, Middle Street, Pescador Drive, San Juan Area, Sandpiper Street, Seagull Street, Seaweed Street, Spider Lily Street, Lina Point, Mata Grande, Mata Villas, Mexico Rocks Subdivision, North Ambergris, Nunez Subdivision, Playa Blanca, Punta Arena Street, San Feliz Area, Tres Cocos, and San Mateo Subdivision. BEL to repair hotspots on the distribution system in the area.

    CTO Caribbean Week
    The Caribbean Tourism Organization is hosting its Caribbean Week which focuses primarily on Canadian Travel Trade and targeting higher end travel agencies in Canada.

    EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
    The U.S. Embassy is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the following position: Security Investigator (Senior Foreign Service National Investigator) Closing date: September 4, 2019

    Paint N Splash
    See you this week at from 2-4pm Thursday to paint “Bopping Along”!

    "Frenemy, A Comedy" Aug. 24th in San Pedro
    Let’s support our Belizean artists, Saturday, August 24th.

    3rd Maya Heroes Day
    It is with great pleasure that we invite everyone to come out on Saturday August 31st 2019 and celebrate with us the third Maya Heroes Day, honoring our heroes - past and present - who have in one way or another helped to preserve our rich Maya Heritage. The Maya Heroes Day ceremony starts at 9:00 a.m at the Battle of Orange Walk Monument. Everyone is invited.

    Belize Diabetes Association Corozal Branch Office - FUNDRAISER
    August 31st at #27, 7th Avenue. From 11:30 a.m. until sold out.

    International Youth Day
    August 12, was celebrated as International Youth Day across Belize, under the theme: “Transforming Education”. FCD in collaboration with the Department of Youth Services commemorated this day with an educational field visit to the Chiquibul Forest with youths from Belize City. Director of Youth Services Mrs. McKenzie wrote, “They all had an awesome experience that I am certain will be shared with their families and friends.”

    5th ANNUAL SHYNE BARROW BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT IN MESOPOTAMIA!!!
    For the past 5 years Shyne Barrow has been engaging the Mesopotamia youth in Sports to keep them occupied with athletics as oppose to crime and violence. The 2019 Mesopotamia Basketball Tournament Championship trophy went to Unruly who beat Baba Shop who placed second. 3rd was Bungi who best Tigris street to place. $1800 in cash prizes were given out to the 2019 Champions and runners up. Basketball Icon Pulu Lightburn was in attendance as well as the Commissioner of Police who has overseen a significant reduction in crime on the South Side.

    The legend of Sac-Nicte and Canek
    Sac-Nicte means white flower. She was born in Mayapan: the powerful alliance that lived in peace—Mayab, Uxmal, and Chichen Itza. Canek means black serpent, a brave prince with a kind heart. When he turned 21 years of age, he was chosen as king of Chichen Itza. That same day he met princess Sac-Nacte. She was 15 years of age. Both quickly fell in love; however Sac-Nicte was destined to be married with young Ulil, prince of Uxmal. The legend says that a young adviser to the princess told Canek that Sac-Nicte would be waiting among green flowers and that it would be necessary to fight for her, before destiny fought against them.

    Channel 7

    Man Was Pushed Out of Bus, Run Over
    Tonight, 30-year-old Carlos Peña Jr., a resident of Cristo Rey Village in Corozal, is at the KHMH recovering from broken ribs and other injuries. That's after he was run over a bus on Saturday. Pena was attempting to board a bus at around 7:00 that morning at the village bus stop. His family tells us that he was walking into the bus when someone inexplicably shoved him down the steps. The allegation is that the driver then moved off, dragging him along until he ended up under the bus. Today at the KHMH, his father, Carlos Sr. lamented that no one is being held responsible for what happened:

    City Shooting Was Drive-By
    There was a shooting in Belize City this afternoon. It happened at 3:15 on Amara Avenue - right in front of the office of Area Representative Michael Finnegan. According to reports it was a drive by shooting where the victim, Floyd Faber, known as "Deuce" was standing on the street side when he was shot in the back. Faber was reportedly strong enough to get into a taxi which took him to the hospital.

    Mechanic Shot At His Shed In Belmopan
    There was also a shooting in Belmopan. On Monday night 44 Year old Brian Chavarria, a Mechanic of Sinsonte Street, Belmopan, was socializing with friends including Anthony Williams at his home and mechanic shop, when he was shot to the chest. Reports are that the two men started arguing at about 9:20. Williams reportedly left during the initial altercation, however he allegedly returned with a firearm and fired a shot at Brian causing his injuries.

    9 Year old Girl Dead, Suspect Mother Under Police Guard
    Danielle Hall's family is still grappling with her violent and incomprehensible death. As we told you, little Danielle was strangled. It happened on Friday morning while at home with her mother, Emily Ico. Relatives and neighbors say they heard a lot of commotion from the house and that is when the girl's paternal grandfather called Danielle's dad, Daniel Hall.

    Hattieville Suspects Shoot At Cops
    No one has been arrested for yesterday's broad daylight murder of Clive Kevin Hyde. The 47 year old year old security guard, was killed as he waited at the Hattieville village bus stop. He was ambushed by two gunmen who appear to have been waiting for him. His family - which includes the village chairlady is certain it was a case of mistaken identity. Reports say the men may have been targeting another security guard from the village. And while police have made no arrests yet - they do have persons of interest.

    An Opposition Oops! PUP Did Nominate Councillor As Senator
    Last week Friday's newscast, we told you how PUP Chairman Henry Charles Usher scolded the media for reporting the quote, unquote, "rumor" that the Opposition had appointed Dr. Candice Pitts as a Senator. He insisted that there was nothing official on her appointment, and suggested that we were making things up for sensation. But, we weren't - and tonight we can show you the black-and-white proof of the proposed appointment.

    MEDIA AND THE HOUSE...
    The meetings between the Clerk of the National Assembly and the media continued today. Except, this time, there was a far better representation of a wide cross section of media, including LOVE TV, KREM Radio and TV, the Guardian, The Amandala, The National Channel, PLUS TV, and Channel 7. As we told you, last week, the purpose of the meetings is to propose a way forward for a modernized video system in the House. This will capture, distribute and stream house meetings using optical angles, and optimal interfaces for working journalists. The Clerk of the National Assembly told the media representatives at the outset of the meeting what it is all about.

    Dengue Outbreak May Worsen With Rains
    And, now, we have an update on the latest Dengue statistics and trends in Belize. There are almost two thousand reported cases - but health experts say that with the onset of rains - those numbers could increase rapidly. Here's what the Vector Control Chief told us today in Belmopan:... Kim Bautista, Chief of Operations - Vector Control: "At the start of week 34, but at the end of week 33 we were at 950 laboratory confirmed - that both public and private sector and 814 clinical for a total of 1,764 dengue cases. We are still anticipating that it could or it may or may not increase at this point, because we are anticipating the rains to start in the coming weeks. So that figure could change for the worse. Starting today and for the next month we have an additional 16 staff deployed to the specific districts that we are targeting at this time which includes Corozal, Orange Walk, Cayo and Stann Creek. So we are anticipating that we will keep those persons on for at least towards the end of October or November."

    Corn Crops Wither Without Rains
    And Dengue rates are highest in Orange Walk and that is partially because of the northern drought - which has forced water storage in drums - perfect breeding grounds for mosquitoes. And that is only one negative effect of the drought. Corn farmers in the Village of Blue Creek are feeling the effects of the very dry weather. Reports say that 6 farmers have cumulatively lost over half a million dollars in revenue and investment because of the lack of rain.

    Caught on Camera, Sherwin Says He Did It
    Not guilty to guilty: 21 year old Sherwin Santos changed the plea for his armed robbery charge before the Chief Magistrate, Sharon Fraser. He was sentenced to 3 years, 2 years less than the minimum sentence for robbery. Before Fraser decided on the sentence, she took into consideration the fact that he pleaded guilty and saved the court time and also that Santos he has seen what prison is like and he wants to make a change in his life. She explained to Santos that she cannot give a suspended sentence like she gave the minor who was convicted of the same offence because he has previous convictions.

    Mansion Home Invasion Case Continues To Crumble
    Back in early 2016, police charged 19 persons for the home invasion at the residence of the Lebanese Diplomat, Sarkis Abou Nehra. It's a mega prosecution that quickly crumbled. And, tonight, 3 of the 4 defendants have been freed of all criminal charges connected with that crime. You may remember the case from December 4th, 2015. That's when culprits barged into the Abou Nehra's home, located several miles outside of Burrell Boom Village. 8 masked men stormed the compound and held the caretaker and his spouse hostage. They then searched Abou Nehra's estate and stole an assortment of jewelry valued at ten thousand dollars, $1,500 US dollars in cash, two 9mm pistols, a 12 gauge shotgun, and a .22 rifle.

    Kilgore the Creator
    Ryan Kilgore, saxophonist in Stevie Wonder's band, is in Belize with his Kilgore music foundation. The foundation spearheads music drives in which he provides instruments to children ton inspire and equip the next generation of musicians. Kilgore and his team reached out to the Peace work organization with an offer to pledge a donation of musical instruments and to provide outreach for musical education in Belize.

    How To Defuse Conflict In School
    Last Friday, we told you about the 6-day workshop that Restore Belize organized for teachers and school administrators. It's called Developing Safe Schools, and last week, the focus was on how these educators could connect with Belize City children who live with the trauma of gun violence and the gang culture. The training ended today, and in this part of the professional development workshop, the focus was on conflict mediation. Now, as viewers are aware, talking things over in a civil manner isn't exactly the norm of how today's Belizean youths address conflict. There is a tendency to resort to aggression instead, and tensions may then escalate to violence.

    BBB Blasts New LPG Monopoly
    The National Gas Company which got the green light in the House of Representatives last week Friday is coming under scrutiny tonight. As we told you, the company is a public private partnership, a state-protected monopoly which will supply all the LPG - or what we call butane to Belize. It's a major shift from the Mexican supplier which owns all the major butane companies. But at what cost? Tonight, the Belize Business Bureau - which is very rarely heard from - has issued a scathing press release blasting the new company, and the National Liquified Petroleum Gas Project Bill which sets it up as a monopoly.

    Tangible Progress! Belize Excels In Regional Table Tennis
    A delegation of 10 players and their two Cuban coaches traveled to Merida last weekend to participate in the 5th Edition Circuit of the State of Merida-Yucatan Open 2019. Players participated in the Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles categories. And, they did really well! The Table Tennis Association reports that the Belizean delegation excelled in all categories and turned out an excellent performance earning 3 Gold medals, 2 Silver medals, and 3 Bronze medals.

    Channel 5

    Kevin Hyde’s Murderer on the Loose
    The family of Kevin Hyde of Hattieville, Belize District is still coming to terms with his untimely and senseless killing on Monday evening. Hyde, a forty-seven-year-old security guard employed by [...]

    Kevin Hyde Was Murdered A Stone’s Throw from Police Station
    Kevin Hyde was waiting on a bus so he can report to work at City Hall. He was under the bus shed in Hattieville village under the nose of the [...]

    Mechanic Critically Injured in Belmopan Shooting
    A Belmopan resident is clinging to life tonight at the Western Regional Hospital where he was rushed to on Monday night.  Forty-four-year-old Brian Chavarria was shot by a person he [...]

    Belize City Man Shot
    A man was shot earlier this afternoon in Belize City. He is the third shooting victim in the past twenty-four hours.  It happened at around three o’clock on Amara Avenue [...]

    Will Emily Ico be Charged for the Killing of her Daughter?
    A nine-year-old girl was killed inside her home in the village of Unitedville, Cayo. At the time of her killing, the other person in the house was her mother, Emily [...]

    Evaluation to Determine Mental Health State of Emily Ico
    According to Edwardo Ico, a psychiatric evaluation will be conducted on Emily to determine her mental health. Ico lives in Sarteneja Village, Corozal. He was only able to see Emily [...]

    Business Bureau Chides National Gas Company as Worst Idea this Decade
    The passage of a new piece of legislation which paves the way for the formation of the National Gas Company, via a public/private partnership to regularize the liquid petroleum gas [...]

    Joshua Perdomo Gets Amnesty After Defaulting on Government Debt
    On Friday, a number of write-off motions, including the waiver of a forty thousand-dollar debt owed by Joshua Perdomo, were brought before the House of Representatives.  Joshua is the youngest [...]

    Yellow Man Reportedly Insults and Threatens Louis Zabaneh at House Meeting
    There is a criminal complaint against Brian “Yellow Man” Audinette, the macebearer in the National Assembly and a well-known U.D.P. stalwart.  Following Friday’s house meeting, People’s United Party Dangriga Standard [...]

    Teachers Commence Renewal of Licenses
    The 2019 academic year is less than two weeks away and while students are busy preparing for back-to-school, educators have commenced the process of renewing their teaching licenses.  The move [...]

    Teachers are Concerned About One-year Contracts
    According to B.N.T.U. National President Elena Smith, while the process of renewal is underway, a discussion is yet to be had with the Ministry of Education to iron out further [...]

    C.E.O. Dr. Babb says Meeting with B.N.T.U. Reps Went Good
    Also speaking on the meeting and what came out of it is Chief Education Officer Doctor Carol Babb. According to Doctor Babb, teachers who had full licenses will not be [...]

    Group Charged for Home Invasion at Sarkis Abou-Nehra Walk Free
    A home invasion at the property of a well-known businessman fell apart this morning in court.   As many as nineteen persons were charged initially for the home invasion at the [...]

    Sherwin Santos Pleads Guilty to Armed Robbery of New Fortune Restaurant
    Belize City resident Sherwin Santos, accused jointly with a fifteen-year-old minor of robbing New Fortune Restaurant in July of last year, is tonight serving a three-year jail sentence. The term [...]

    Land Tax Amnesty Only Favorable to Wealthy Landowners?
    The House sitting on Friday was chock full of write offs. Aside from debt write-offs, a general pardon has been granted by G.O.B. to a handful of landowners who are [...]

    PM Barrow Blames PUP for Obscene Land Giveaways
    In responding to Hyde’s criticism, Prime Minister Barrow says that the vast amount of properties acquired by the so-called big landowners took place under the tenure of the People’s United [...]

    Who Will be the Winner of KTV-The Remix Season 3?
    The grand finale of the hottest summer television show gets underway at the Bliss auditorium at eight-thirty tonight.  The event starts with a red carpet affair featuring the finalists and [...]

    Salvation Army School Students Get Much Needed Financial Assistance
    Children First and Last Belize, C-FAL, today awarded nine scholarship grants to students of Salvation Army Primary School in Belize City. The organization’s mission is to help children to realize their [...]

    Sixty Belize City Students Receive Scholarship Grants
    Sixty Belize City students today were recipients of scholarship grants courtesy of PricewaterhouseCooper. PWC, through a partnership with the Ministry of Education, has been financially assisting students for almost a [...]

    Amandala

    The strange death of Danielle Hall, 9
    A 9-year-old girl died suddenly at her home in San Ignacio of unknown causes. A post-mortem exam later revealed that the child had been strangled. The tragedy occurred at about 10:00 Friday morning at the home of the child’s father, Daniel Hall, in San Ignacio. Hall said that when he left home that morning, his daughter, Danielle, 9, was in good health. The devastated father told police that at about 11:00 Friday morning, he got a call at his workplace telling him to come home, and on his arrival, he saw his daughter motionless on her bed, and his wife was acting strangely and was breaking things in the house.

    Clive Hyde, 47, murdered at a bus stop in Hattieville
    shots that was fired at a bus stop on the George Price Highway, not far from the Hattieville Police Station, and two men of Hispanic descent were seen running away from the area. People and police rushed to the bus stop, where they saw Hattieville resident Clive Kevin Hyde, 47, a security guard of Ranger Security posted at the Belize City Council, dead. He had been awaiting a bus to come to the city to his work.

    $100 million loan for Sarteneja road upgrade
    This morning, Prime Minister Dean Barrow tabled a motion for a loan of US $50 million ($100 million Belize) from the Republic of China (Taiwan) for the rehabilitation of 47 miles of road from Corozal Town to Sarteneja Village and the upgrading of two bridges, Pueblo Nuevo and Laguna Seca. In his introduction of the motion, Barrow told the House that US$50 million of financial support from the Export Import Bank in the Republic of China would be received by the government in the form of a long-term loan with low interest rates. The loan is for 20 years and it has a grace period of 5 years, Barrow explained.

    Liquefied Petroleum Gas Project Bill will create Belize National Gas Company
    An important piece of legislation that made its way through the House of Representatives today was the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Project Bill, which will give legal status to the Belize National Gas Company that government is banking on to bring about a reduction in the price consumers pay for LPG (butane gas). Presently, Belizeans get their supply of butane gas from a group of Mexican companies which have control of that particular market. The Belize National Gas Company will be a public/private company which will initially be licensed for 15 years to provide butane to consumers.

    Hon. Kareem Musa’s China trip takes center stage at House meeting
    Before proceeding with the day’s agenda at today’s House of Representatives meeting, Prime Minister Dean Barrow made a Minister’s Statement in which the primary focus was a trip to mainland China by a delegation that was led by the Opposition People’s United Party’s Kareem Musa, the Caribbean Shores area representative, who was accompanied by Belize City Deputy Mayor Oscar Arnold, City Councilor Michael Noralez and attorney Kevin Arthurs. Musa’s trip became even more controversial after the Belize Chinese Association denied any involvement in the trip.

    SEARCH FOR “AMANDALA”!
    Returning home to Belize after my migration in April of 1981 just a few weeks after the 1981 Heads of Agreement revolution that rocked the Belizean nation heading towards independence, it was always my desire to see where the revolutionary AMANDALA newspaper was located in Belize City, Belize. It is interesting looking back at it now in this 50-year anniversary of a Belizean newspaper that gave me national pride, love for country and the identity of self, that in reading the Belizean publication so many times living in Belize that its place of origin was never known to me before.

    Bandits and Verdes still undefeated, defending champs Pirates winless at Week 4 of PLB 2019-20120 Opening Season
    Frontrunners Bandits Sport and Verdes FC are both still undefeated, while defending champion San Pedro Pirates FC drew for the third time, and are still without a win at Week 4 in the Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2019-2020 Opening Season. In the only Saturday night game in Week 4, star studded Wagiya FC travelled to the M.A. Stadium in Independence to face Altitude FC, who held the visitors scoreless, and grabbed the 1-nil home win with a late goal from Elroy Coe (90’).

    Kulture crushes San Pedro in Game 1 of National Over-40 Football Finals; Game 2 on Saturday
    The much anticipated clash of last year’s finalists, Kulture Yabra and San Pedro veterans in the National Over-40 Football Championship, was quite a surprise, as Kulture Yabra Veterans visited the Ambergris Stadium on Saturday night, and came away with a massive 6-nil victory over San Pedro Veterans. Kulture got 2 goals apiece from Kevin Rowland (12’ & 37’) and Albert “Chicken” Arnold (33’ & 63’), and another from David “Manu” McCaulay (80’) along with an own by San Pedro’s Phillip Leslie (31’ OG). It was a total blow-out in a game that many expected to be a slug fest, after San Pedro had bombarded Belmopan Veterans, 6-nil, just a couple weeks earlier, with their veteran star striker, Orlando Pinelo accounting for 5 of those goals.

    BCC 2019 Summer Basketball League final standings
    The 2019 Belize City Council (BCC) Summer Basketball League culminated its 5-week tournament with All-Star games and a friendly clash featuring Mayor Bernard Wagner/Belize City Councillors vs the U-17 All Stars on Thursday evening, August 15, at Swift Hall. Below are the final standings for the U-15 and U-17 categories of the tournament.

    Stann Creek F.A. Smart U-13 Mundialito Week 7 scores
    The Stann Creek Football Association (SCFA) Smart U-13 Mundialito Tournament continued on Friday, August 16, with Week 7 games at the Carl Ramos Stadium. In game 1, Pomona Warriors bombed Harlem (Montise), 10-0, with 3 goals from Tyronel Castillo, 2 from Kimanie Smith, and 1 each from Harrison Roches, Jr., Corey Hynes, Zafeer Moralez, Alston Acosta and Kenyon Roches.

    Editorial: The unions can give Belize economic independence too
    It is the favorite pastime of the Prime Minister, especially, and other elite members of the governing UDP too, to point the finger at the Opposition PUP and holler at them that they were corrupt when they held the reins of government. The Prime Minister is relentless in persecuting the PUP for their past sins. He has either never read the Gospels, or, if he has, he didn’t learn anything from them. This UDP is no relative of Esquivel (former Prime Minister, Hon. Manuel Esquivel), and the present Prime Minister keeps hurling mud as if he and his party are as pure as when they left government in 1998.

    “AMANDALA” IS POWER TO THE PEOPLE!
    Reading the book by the renowned Belizean writer, Evan X Hyde, North Amerikkkan Blues, at the young age of 16 years old as a high school student in Belize in the 1970s, lifted my educational spirit and opened my passion for writing after Dr. Colville Young, who was the principal of the historical St. Michael’s College, wrote an essay on the arts for us to copy that exploded with the opening sentence, “The art of a person begins when someone in the community feels the urge to create!” Almost forty-five years ago after reading what to me was literature that my soul could find itself in, the other best reading material for me that connected with me in terms of reading something enjoyable was the AMANDALA newspaper.

    Agree with one of three callers to the WuB
    Mr. Matthew Smiling called the WuB, KREM Radio’s morning talk show, last Tuesday to express his sorrow over this crazy violence in Belize City. He also declared that it is wrong to describe the genocide in Belize City as mostly a South Side problem because it extended to the entire city. Mr. Smiling said that in his neighborhood, which is on the North Side of Belize City, there are five gangs/sets of rivals, and the separation between two of them was just a fence. Mr. Smiling is sincere, but he has to realize that his establishment is North Side, but because of their proximity to the South Side, whatever good or bad is on that side is bound to come his way. That part of North Side naturally has to be included in the South Side description.

    Democracy, Dictatorship and Impunity
    The constitution of Belize does not reflect democracy, but rather a monarchical dictatorship where the power lies in the hands of a few who can dictate as they please without respecting rules and regulations, and as a result, after 38 years of independence they have established a path of corruption and impunity. Belize needs an urgent surgery in its constitution. National Plan for Prevention and Fight against Corruption 2013-2017 – Ecuador Acts of corruption:

    Statutory Instrument needed to enforce breathalyzer results in court
    Ten breathalyzer kits were handed over to police to be used during police highway patrols and other operations to be carried out by police. Commissioner of Police Chester Williams, however, said that before a driver can be convicted of driving with alcohol in his blood above the legal limit, which would be determined by means of a breathalyzer test, a Statutory Instrument (SI) must be passed into law so that the findings of the breathalyzers can be admitted in court.

    Oliver Peters, 45, stabbed on Boots Crescent
    Oliver Peters, 45, a laborer of Boots Crescent, is in a critical condition at the Intensive Care Unit at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, with stab wounds to his chest and body. Peters was stabbed while socializing with family members on Boots Crescent at about 9:00 Saturday night. Somehow, Peters became involved in an argument which escalated to a physical altercation, during which he was stabbed. He was then rushed to the KHMH.

    Customers of Gentleman Bar of St. Matthew held up and robbed
    Sixteen customers who were drinking in Gentleman Bar in St. Matthews were all held hostage at gunpoint and forced to lie down on the floor of the bar and were robbed by four bandits who were not masked. The four bandits, three of whom were armed, stole customers’ cell phones, wallets and their personal belongings. The bar was not robbed, and luckily, no one was hurt, although the bandits fired six shots to remind the customers that they were serious, then they escaped.

    Fire destroys house in Lords Bank
    A lumber house belonging to Kimberly Betancourt, 32, a Lords Bank resident, was completely destroyed by fire at about 8:00 last night. The Ladyville Fire Service was called to the scene of the fire in Lords Bank, and the firemen were able to contain the fire and prevent it from spreading to the other buildings in the area.

    The Reporter

    In Guatemala, The President’s Son & Brother are off the hook
    A Guatemalan court on Monday acquitted members of the family of of outgoing President Jimmy Morales, his son Jose Manuel and his brother, Sam Morales. The development comes after an anti-corruption com-mission accused the men of wrong-doing.

    Child Dies Suddenly in Mother’s Presence in Cayo
    Today, August 19th. a post mortem examination conducted on the body of Danielle Hall, 9, determined that she had been strangled. The lifeless body of Hall was found by her father on Sunday.

    LOVE FM

    Artists of the Future
    Today youths were given the opportunity to meet one of Stevie Wonder’s Band Saxophonist, Ryan Kilgore, during today’s scholarship award ceremony. Youths who were invited were recipients of scholarships from Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC). Carol Babb, Chief Education Officer, spoke of the collaboration with Kilgore and how this event came about. Carol Babb, Chief Education …

    BNTU advises teachers on applying for full license
    Yesterday we told you of the BNTU’s notice to teachers, urging them to apply for their full licenses. The decision came after a back and forth between the union and the Ministry of Education which ended with a meeting over the weekend between the ministry’s Chief Education Officer, Dr Carol Babb and the Union President, …

    Conflict Training
    Secondary school teachers were engaged in a weeklong training on how to act as mediators in school conflicts. The programme was held by Restore Belize in partnership with the Youth and Community Transformation Project as well as the Ministry of Human Development. The programme seeks to help alleviate conflicts within schools, particularly those that end …

    BNTU remains vigilant concerning UNCAC
    In 2016, the Belize National Teachers Union, BNTU, flexed its muscles by holding an 11-day strike, refusing to return to the classrooms unless certain conditions were agreed to by the government. One of those conditions had to do with Belize signing unto the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC). The Government conceded some months later, …

    Belize City man critical in the hospital after being shot
    Within the last twenty-four hours there have been three shooting incidents. The most recent occurred today in broad daylight; this time in the old capital. 36-year-old, Lloyd Faber, was shot once in the back on Amara Avenue sometime around three this afternoon. Reports are that Faber, who goes by the alias ‘Deuce,’ was standing on the …

    Family furious at police’s response in murder of Hattieville man
    Yesterday, the life of 47-year-old, Clive Kevin Hyde was ruthlessly taken. Hyde was sitting alone at a bus stop in Hattieville Village, Belize District, when two Hispanic men allegedly opened fire in his direction. He was reportedly shot six times, and died on the spot. His family believes it was a case of mistaken identity, …

    Trio acquitted of aggravated burglary
    Brandon Baptist, John and Sheldon Grinage walked away from a charge of aggravated burglary when they went to court today. The charge is in connection with the invasion of the home of Lebanese diplomat, Sarkis Abou-Nehra in Burrell Boom. As many as nineteen persons were charged initially for the home invasion. Today, the trio appeared before …

    Sherwin Santos sentenced to 3 years for robbery
    21-year-old, Sherwin Santos was sentenced to three years imprisonment after pleading guilty to robbery. Santos appeared unrepresented today before Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser. While the minimum sentence for robbery set out in law is five years, Chief Magistrate Fraser was lenient and gave him two years less. Santos’ run-in with the law comes after 54-year-old Xinhui …

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Lloyd Faber, 36, shot in Belize City
    A man was shot in Belize City just before 3 o’clock this afternoon. He has […]

    Accused restaurant robber jailed for three years
    Aaron Humes: Sherwin Santos,21, threw himself on the mercy of the courts after pleading guilty to the robbery […]

    Mass emigration from Nicaragua could destabilize the region says United Nations refugee arm
    As the socio-political climate in Nicaragua worsens, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says […]

    What is happening to the Macal River?
    The Macal River in western Belize was once known to attract many visitors to its […]

    Community organization donates scholarships to children at Salvation Army Primary School
    Nine children from Salvation Army Primary School were given the gift of education this morning […]

    Caye International Bank leads way toward sustainable banking sector
    A little known but fast growing bank based in San Pedro, Belize, aptly named Caye […]

    Shyne Barrow hosts 5th annual Mesopotamia Basketball tournament
    Shyne Barrow, the UDP stand bearer for Mesopotamia in Belize City held his annual basketball […]

    Security guard murdered in Hattieville
    Authorities are investigating the murder of Clive Hyde, 47, security guard of Hattieville, Belize. Around […]

    Councilor Goodin to host free haircut drive in Lake-I
    Belize City Councilor Micah Goodin recently distributed scholarships to 43 students, completed a summer basketball […]

    Over 900 confirmed cases of dengue
    The Office of the Director of Health Services today informed that up to this weekend, […]

    Young man reported missing in Benque Viejo
    The family of eighteen-year-old David Hob are concerned about his whereabouts. Hob was last seen […]

    Cordel Hyde celebrates 46th birthday
    Cordel Hyde, the PUP’s National Deputy and one of few sure-bet candidates with as much […]

    Massive Christian Parade coming to San Ignacio and Santa Elena
    The Christian community in San Ignacio and Santa Elena is inviting all residents to the […]

    Teachers need to renew their licenses,” advises BNTU
    The Belize National Teacher’s Union (BNTU) has informed its general membership and all other teachers […]

    Cabinet to listen to Waterloo over Port of Belize expansion
    Belize’s largest port, the Port of Belize Limited, is looking to get even bigger. Its […]

    Gunshot victim needs blood
    Sometime around 10 o’clock last night, a man was shot in Belmopan. He has since […]

    Patrick, are you ready?
    Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber is looking ahead to the party’s national convention in Belize […]

    Blogs

    Postcard From San Pedro, Belize: Water Taxi, Pedicure And Photos
    I’m working on a longer post for tomorrow about Safety in Belize – so today I will keep it a bit lighter. As we wait for rain (MAYBE…this has been on DRY summer), here are some pictures of my trip to town yesterday and a walk about… I walked next door to Xtan Ha Resort – my Coastal Xpress water taxi stop – for the 11:30am boat.

    If you only had A DAY IN Hopkins
    Find yourself venturing along the winding turns of the Hummingbird Highway of Belize, enjoying the views on the most naturally impressive drive to the eastern coast of the country. Be sure to keep an eye out after the cut off for the sign prompting ‘HOPKINS VILLAGE’. Turn left onto a road that will take you through a savannah teeming with wildlife. Watch as Wood Storks and Jabirus gracefully curtsy to fish for their meals and as butterflies and dragonflies flutter at every corner. A straight drive will lead you to the end of the road where you’ll find a quaint fishing village – Hopkins.

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    Florida hurricanes predicted by scientist with unique technique
    Months after Hurricane Michael bruised the Florida Panhandle and Irma slammed into the Florida Keys, the state is bracing for what comes next. One scientist is digging for those answers underwater. "It's a relatively new science," said Joanne Muller, a scientist in the Water School at Florida Gulf Coast University. Muller said she has been "coring" for more than 20 years. The technique involves digging in the dirt underwater to uncover information about hurricanes from thousands of years ago that can help predict how strong future hurricanes will be. "We sample the cores, we can date the sediment using radio-metric tools, and then we know how old those hurricane layers are, going back through time," Muller explained.

    The struggle to protect a vital jaguar corridor
    Jaguars roam throughout a massive territory, as far south as Argentina and north all the way to Mexico—and wandering males have recently been sighted in Arizona. But despite being so widespread, DNA analysis shows that the big cats are remarkably similar throughout their range, which has only been appreciated in the past few decades. Researcher Alan Rabinowitz was one of the first to argue that this connectivity it vital, and the key to saving the animals. Prior to the idea of connectivity, the conventional thinking “was of scientists glued to a site or a region,” says Howard Quigley, Rabinowitz’ long-time friend and colleague. “Alan saw this as small thinking.” Rabinowitz, a pioneering jaguar researcher, traveled throughout this area beginning in 2017 on a years-long campaign called the “journey of the jaguar.” The purpose of the quest was to study and protect the areas in the cat’s vast range, which spans 18 countries and millions of square miles.

    Scotia Continues In Belize
    David Noel, the head of Scotia Group Jamaica, whose remit includes oversight of select countries in Scotiabank International’s regional operations, says Belize remains within the Caribbean network. It was as close as he seemed prepared to get in addressing unconfirmed reports that Scotia Belize was being acquired by a Jamaican bank. Asked specifically whether Scotia Belize was being sold, Noel chose not to comment directly but instead cited company policy.

    Aeromapper Talons Fly BVLOS Missions Over Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve In Belize
    Two units of amphibian Aeromapper Talons were utilized successfully during a set of trials during an expedition to beautiful Turneffe Atoll in Belize, in a workshop lead by the Zoological Society of London and the Turneffe Atoll Sustainability Association. The drones, built by Canadian company Aeromao, were used to detect and document illegal fishing activities and ecology research toward conservation efforts. The Turneffe marine protected area (MPA) in Belize, was delineated in 2012 but is difficult to manage, in part due to illegal fishing, its remoteness, and high running costs. The water-landing and waterproof fixed-wing, long-range, multi-camera drones were trialed to monitor and survey marine megafauna (such as turtles, dolphins, and sharks) but also as an exercise to gather evidence of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU).

    The Amazon is burning and smoke from the fires can be seen from space
    Forest fires in the Amazon are generating smoke that can be seen from space and may have caused a daytime blackout more than 1,700 miles away in the country's largest city. In the middle of the day on Monday, the sky above Săo Paulo was blanketed by smoke from the wildfires raging in the Amazon region, according to local media reports. The smoke resulting from some of these wildfires was also captured in satellite images released by NASA last week. "The smoke did not come from fires from the state of Săo Paulo, but from very dense and wide fires that have been going on for several days in Rondônia and Bolivia. The cold front changed the direction of the winds and transported this smoke to Săo Paulo," Josélia Pegorim, Climatempo meteorologist, told Globo.

    Videos

  • Belize airport To Water Taxi | San Pedro Belize Express Price List, 2min. Belize airport To Water Taxi - San Pedro Belize Express

  • A Socio-Ecological Study of Impacts from Pollution to the New River Belize Central America, 9min. During the week of July 22, 2019 Dr. Kristin Drexler and graduate student, Mariana Jimenez with American Public University, with faculty from Muffles Jr. College, Mr. Omar Castillo and Mr. Carlos Tun, conducted a study on the New River. They were joined by a group of concerned citizens from Orange Walk.

  • Belize IV FamilyFriends Trip July 2019, 22min.

  • Lobster Diving and Spearfishing in Belize, 1min.

  • What Comes Out at Night? (Belize Underwater, Radio Narration), 7min. See the creatures that come out underwater at night in Belize. Scuba diving at night in Ambergris Caye, Belize.
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    Specials & Events
    08/21/19 12:35 PM
    Let’s support our Belizean artists, Saturday, August 24th. This play is performed by Jankunu Productionz Written by Oliver Samuels, the Jamaican King Of Comedy, This show was sold out 3 nights in a row in Belize City.

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    08/21/19 11:50 AM
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    San Pedro Building Unit hosts informational session

    The San Pedro Building Unit hosted an informative session on the Unit’s functions and a new regulation that mandates all municipalities to establish a building unit. The meeting was held at the Sunbreeze Hotel on Friday, August 9th, and saw the presence of personnel from the Central Building Authority (CBA), the Department of Environment, the Ministry of Housing and Planning, Architects and Engineer Association of Belize, and The San Pedro Town Council.

    The Technical Manager of the island’s building unit, Anthony Usher, expressed that the new regulation is intended at strengthening the municipality’s relationship with the CBA. He said that the new policy calls for each building unit at every municipality to be comprised of a technical manager and an inspector. Usher put as an example the San Pedro Building Unit, which has been in existence a little over a year and how successful it has been. Usher then handed over the microphone to the respective presenters of the evening, who explained the procedures of applying for a building permit.

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    The San Pedro Sun

    Belize Signs PSA Letter of Intent with the Republic of China (Taiwan)
    The Government of Belize and the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) (RoC) signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) on August 15th, in Taipei, Taiwan, to engage in the negotiation of a Partial Scope Agreement (PSA) with the objective of formalizing trade relations between the two countries. The LOI resulted from a full week of discussions and engagement with RoC officials and the Belize delegation from the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Commerce.

    Ambergris Today

    Introducing The Miss San Pedro Pageant Delegates
    The Miss San Pedro Pageant is set to take place on Saturday, September 7, 2019 under the theme “Jewels of the Sea”. Five beautiful young ladies have signed up to compete for the coveted crown and title of “Miss San Pedro”, they are Eileen Reyes, Tanisha Rhaburn, Litzy Castillo, Helen Barrera and Blanca Velasquez.

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    Changes in the Pump Price of Fuel Effective August 20, 2019
    The Ministry of Finance announces that at midnight on August 20, 2019, the pump prices of two fuel products will change. The prices for regular gasoline and diesel will register decrease as follows: Regular gasoline will decrease by 43 cents from $10.55 to $10.12 per gallon; and Diesel will decrease by 04 cents from $10.08 to $10.04 per gallon. The prices for premium gasoline and kerosene will remain unchanged at $11.12 and 7.63 per gallon, respectively.

    Corozal Art in the Park This Saturdday

    Visit to the Chiquibul Forest
    The role of the Judiciary in environmental compliance is paramount. We were therefore, honoured in hosting for a two day event the Honorable Chief Justice, Mr. Kenneth Benjamin, Chief Magistrate, Ms. Sharon Frazer, two judges and 10 magistrates into the Chiquibul Forest with the aim of presenting the beauty and challenges of this singular ecosystem. FCD remains grateful for the time spent with us and for their guidance as we pursue improved effectiveness. The event was made possible with financing from the US Department of the Interior.

    The Reef Radio invites you to celebrate with us our 20th anniversary!!!
    Buy your tickets today!!!! August 31 at Banana Beach Resort!!! See you there.

    National Women’s Commission condemns insensitive comments continuously made on social media pages
    The National Women’s Commission condemns the disrespectful and insensitive comments continuously made on social media pages following reports of gender-based violence. It is unfortunate that such insensitive comments have become the norm in the aftermath of any reports of violence against women and girls be it sexual violence, online bullying, domestic violence, and even murder. Public insults, shaming, and casting aspersions on the character, not only revictimizes victims of violence, but also impedes others from coming forward. Such insensitive comments on social media are, however, merely a by-product of the social norms and inequities linked to broader issues of gender inequality and discrimination. It is a merely sample of what many women and girls experience within their homes, workplaces and communities on a daily basis.

    Park Way City now open in Corozal
    Located across from the Police Station. It’s a new grocery and purchase stuff for your personal stuff. T-shirt, birthday bags, watches, buy groceries stuff and much more.

    Join us starting today and be part of our Mesoamerican ball-game team!
    Encourage your child to be involved in positive activities in the community.

    Channel 7

    Brazen, Broad Daylight, Bus Stop Murder in Hattieville
    A security guard was murdered this evening in Hattieville. It has shocked villagers - because Clyde Kevin Hyde was at the bus stop - on the highway in the center of the village at around 4:00 this evening when he was shot as many as 7 times. His sister - who is the village chairlady says it may be a case of mistaken identity by gunmen not from the village. We spoke to her half hour ago after the police moved the body: Sylvana Barrow, Sister of Deceased: "Well I was at the centre with the kids practicing for the upcoming carnival and one of the kids ran in there and said that they are calling me, because somebody had gotten shot by the bus shed. When I came I see my brother down there. He is not a person that gives trouble. He goes and come to work and barely talk to anyone, but I think its mistaken identity." 9 Year Old Girl Was Strangled To Death
    A 9 year old girl was strangled to death in Unitedville. Those post-mortem results were released about 30 minutes ago in this bizarre and deeply disturbing case. At first, it was being treated as a sudden death case and there were already too many unanswered questions but now it's shock and terror times 100 because the little girl was actually killed. Courtney Weatherburne went looking for answers out west and here is her story before the post-mortem results were known. 9 year old Danielle Hall died under mysterious circumstances. Efraine Lemus, Resident: "I saw some people were watching down the street that is where she live and we were wondering what happen there and then I took a walk there and I just heard the girl died right. That is the only thing I heard in that moment." Man Accused of Stabbing Uncle To Death is Stabbed & Critical In Family Dispute
    Tonight, a 42 year old is at the KHMH in critical condition. Oliver Peters was stabbed multiple time on Saturday night on Boots Crescent in the Port Loyola area. But, he wasn't attacked by a stranger; reports say he was stabbed by a member of his immediate family. Police shared details today: "We had Saturday night just about minutes to 9:00 Mr. Oliver Peters 42 years was transported to the KHMH with stab wounds to the body..." It Was A Family Dispute
    Police are looking at a member of his immediate family as their prime suspect. And that's a jarring coincidence because Oliver Peters just come out of jail a few months ago - after spending five years on remand for killing his Uncle. And now he is the one fighting for his life - after being stabbed allegedly by a member of his immediate family. Today his sister told us that two brothers were fighting:... Chopping Murder In Hope Creek
    A man was chopped to death in Hope Creek Village in the Stann Creek District on Saturday morning. 40-year-old, Salvadoran farmer of Melinda Road, Kelvin Esau Hernandez was found chopped up near a village bar. Sr. Supt Hilberto Romero, NCIB: "On the 17th of August 2019 around 12:18 am Dangriga Police responded to a report of a chopping incident at Fuentes Billiards Bar located in hope Creek..." Man Shot Close To Home
    44 Year old Brindel Munnings had only ridden his bike a few yards from his home when he was shot. It happened after 11:00 on Sunday night near the Inspiration Center. He was riding his bike through an alley on the way to Police street but he wouldn't get there because a male shooter cut him off in his tracks. Supt. Alejandro Cowo, Officer Commanding, CIB: "Shooting last night of of Mr. Brindel Mullings 44 years Belizean. He was walking behind The Inspiration center..." Fire Guts Apartment, Occupant Suspects Arson
    Tonight, a man and a woman from Lords Bank Village are homeless. That's after their house was completely destroyed by a fire, and they believe it's arson. At around 8:00 last night when their wooden home caught fire. Our news team went to the village to find out what happened, and Daniel Ortiz reports: This pile of burnt rubble used to be the home of 37-year-old Kimberly Betancourt. She was living here with a male friend who she was kindly sheltering. Cops Can't Say Arson
    So, as you heard in our story, the fire victim is claiming arson, and she asserts that she knows who did it and why. At today's police press briefing, the police investigator said that as of right now, they are waiting for a full report from the experts at the National Fire Service: Supt. Alejandro Cowo, Officer Commanding, CIB: "Last night just after 8:00pm Ladyville Police visited #16 Lord's bank where they observed a three feet elevated board house engulfed in flames..." Scotland Half Moon Villager Charged for Large Weed Bust
    Joel Sutherland, a 42-year-old construction worker from Scotland Halfmoon Village in the Belize District, is at the Belize Central Prison. Police say that he was trafficking a huge amount of weed, 12.46 kilos - or 27 and a half pounds. On Friday, carting on special branch intelligence, a joint law enforcement team consisting of officers from the Mobile Interdiction Team and the K-9 Unit, showed up at his house to conduct a search for illegal items. When they combed through the entire property, they ended up finding all those drugs in Sutherland's backyard, amounting to 12,465 grams. COMPOL Sends Home Adjudicator Saying He Was Too Lenient
    There's some internal friction in the police department after a senior cop has been barred from acting as an adjudicator. And it also involves Police Corporal Kent Martinez who that same adjudicator barred from acting as a defense advocate in a police tribunal last week. We start with Corporal Martinez - whose name was much in the news last month when he was charged for the manslaughter of Allyson Major. That criminal charge resulted in him being placed under interdiction. The police legal advisor, senior Superintendent Bart Jones took that to mean that he could NOT appear as a Defence Advocate before a police tribunal. Teachers Union Reaches Agreement; Ministry Extends License Period
    5 weeks ago, we told you about a press release from the Belize National Teachers Union, in which, the union was advising its members to ignore a directive from the Ministry of Education to apply for the renewal of their licenses. The Union first wanted to meet with the top leaders within the Education Ministry to address concerns about this directive, which they asserted was contrary to what is set out in the education rules. Well, in the weeks that followed, the Union has finally met with the Ministry, and they are now sufficiently satisfied with those discussions. Judges In The Jungle
    The Friends For Conservation and Development (FCD), which co-manages the Chiquibul National Park,had a very special visit last week. Members of the judiciary spent 2 days with them and learned first-hand about the difficulties of trying to preserve the Chiquibul Forest. On August 16th and 17th, Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin, Chief Magistrate Sharon Frazer, 2 Supreme Court Judges, and 10 Magistrates made the trip to the Las Cuevas Research Station and then to Caracol. Once there, the FCD told them all about their conservation efforts over the last 11 years, since they entered into the co-management with the Government. Teenager Survives Accident
    A 16 year old August Pine Ridge resident crashed into a Police Constable's vehicle, fortunately no one was hurt. The teen, Edwin Chi is tonight recovering at the Northern Regional Hospital from injuries. It happened on Sunday evening around 5:00. Vehicle Flips At Mile 17
    And there was another non-fatal accident but this time at mile 17 on the Western Highway. It happened around 10:00 this morning. A man who was driving a Dodge Calibre was overtaking a truck when he swerved into the truck's lane to avoid an oncoming vehicle. He clipped the front of the truck and flipped unto the side of the road. Here is an interview with an eyewitness. Voice of: Eyewitness: "The truck and car were going in the same direction, the other vehicle was coming and to let him not have a head on collision he pull in too fast and hit the front of the truck that made him turn over." Nicaragua Dominates Beach Volleyball Championship
    Belize hosted the 19th Central American Men and Women's Beach Volleyball Championship over the weekend. All Central American countries minus Panama were present and brought both male and female teams. Belize fielded three teams, two male and one female, but none of them placed - still, their performance was far superior to that of previous years. Ultimately both Nicaraguan male and female teams placed 1st place, both Guatemalan teams came in 2nd, and both Costa Rican teams placed 3rd. NWC Stands Up For Gender Based Violence Victims
    We have been reporting on the Belmopan rape case since last week. As we told you, a woman reported that 2 men raped her at a Tiger Town area house party. Well, it seems people have been doing their own reporting and speculating on social media. Her police report, that should have been kept confidential, was circulated on Facebook and people have been mocking and ridiculing her. Now, the National Women's Commission's release speaks to this case and the wider issue of bullying women and girls. The release states "The National Women's Commission is dismayed by disrespectful and insensitive comments continuously made on social media pages following reports of gender-based violence..." Opposition Laments Murder of Elderly
    Last week, we told you about the senseless murder of Ofelia Hernandez. She's the 69-year-old Mexican woman who was killed inside her home on the Salt Creek Road in Sand Hill Village. The PUP's United Women's Group is now speaking out on this terrible crime. A press release says quote "The United Women's Group condemns the brutal murder of a hardworking, elderly woman in what should have been the safety of her own home in Sandhill on Tuesday..." Pump Prices Fall, Slightly
    Fuel prices are changing at midnight. The price for regular gasoline and diesel will decrease marginally, while premium gasoline and kerosene will remain unchanged.

    Channel 5

    Security Officer Murdered in Hattieville in Brazen Shooting
    A man was murdered down in a brazen late evening shooting today in Hattieville Village, Belize District.  Forty-seven-year-old Kevin Hyde was sitting at a bus shed along the highway in [...]

    A 9-Year-Old Girl is Strangled to Death in Unitedville, Cayo
    The unexplained death of a nine-year-old girl was baffling police authorities, but late this evening, it was confirmed that the Danielle Hall was killed by manual strangulation.  The child was [...]

    Salvadoran Man Hacked to Death in Hope Creek
    A Salvadoran farm hand who worked at the Marie Sharp farms in southern Belize was hacked to death on the eve of his birthday.  The forty-five year old, according to [...]

    Brindel Munnings Shot During Armed Attack near Police Street
    Gunshots rang out in the vicinity of the Inspiration Center late on Sunday night and when the shooting subsided forty-four-year-old Brindel Munnings was suffering from multiple injuries to the body.  [...]

    Fire Destroys House in Lord’s Bank Village
    Around eight o’clock, a fire broke inside an elevated wooden house in Lord’s Bank Village on Sunday night. The home was occupied by an elderly person who escaped unhurt. The [...]

    Prices for Diesel and Regular Gasoline Take a Dip
    At midnight on Tuesday August twentieth, the pump prices of regular gasoline and diesel will see a decrease. The prices for regular gasoline will decrease by forty three cents from ten [...]

    Oliver Peters Viciously Stabbed During Family Dispute
    Oliver Peters was acquitted of the murder of his uncle on June eleventh, after spending almost five and a half years on remand at the Belize Central Prison.  Tonight, he [...]

    Patrick Garbutt is Charged for Wounding an Officer of the Belize Port Authority
    A retreat outing for an officer almost ended fatally when he was attacked and stabbed in the face and injured on the hand by another co-worker.  There is no motive [...]

    Scotland Half-moon Resident Arraigned for Big Drug Bust
    A Scotland Half-moon resident is behind bars following his arraignment for a huge amount of marijuana.  He is forty-two-year-old Joel Sutherland, a construction worker from rural Belize District.   Sutherland, [...]

    100 Million Dollar Loan to be Administered by Taiwanese Company in Guatemala
    Government’s fifty million U.S.-dollar loan from Taiwan to upgrade the Sarteneja Road will be administered through a Taiwanese company in Guatemala.  It’s an interesting bit of information revealed during Friday’s [...]

    Julius Raises Proposed Port of Belize Expansion in House Meeting
    The Port of Belize Limited is looking to expand its operations and its principals have put together a presentation to be made before Cabinet’s investment subcommittee in the days ahead.  [...]

    PM Barrow Responds to Julius on PBL
    Prime Minister Dean Barrow, in responding to Espat, admits that while Waterloo has written to government informing of its intention to expand its docking facilities at the Port of Belize, [...]

    G.O.B. Approves CitCo’s Municipal Paper
    The Belize City Council, led by Mayor Bernard Wagner, has gotten government’s approval for a municipal paper; a means of short-term financing that is useful in improving CitCo’s cash management [...]

    Kareem and PM Barrow Trade Barbs on Ageing
    Friday’s house meeting wasn’t without its share of banter and potshots.  While there were a number of heated exchanges across the floor, the funniest tit-for-tat came by way of Caribbean [...]

    P.U.P. Condemns Violation to Women & Cyber-bullying
    The People’s United Party is condemning the brutal murder of an elderly woman in what should have been the safety of her own home in Sandhill last week Tuesday. Ofelia [...]

    M.O.E. and B.N.T.U. Find Common Ground on Renewal of Full Licenses
    As the new school year approaches, representatives of the Belize National Teachers Union met with Chief Education Officer, Doctor Carol Babb, and M.O.E. Crown Counsel, Delvit Samuels, regarding the application [...]

    The Weekend in Sports
    Good evening, I’m James Adderly and this is Sports Monday.   [Highlights of the weekend in sports...]

    LOVE FM

    19th Central American Beach Volleyball Championship
    The 19th Central American Beach Volleyball Championship ended yesterday with Belize Team 1 placing fifth. First, second and third prize for both male and female went to Nicaragua, Guatemala and Costa Rica respectively. We spoke to Allan Sharp, President of the Belize Volleyball Association, who told us what lessons have been learned during this weekend’s …

    Cross-Border Meeting on Migration
    When it comes to Belize, it is uncertain at this time, how many people are migrating from Mexico to Belize and vice a versa. Belize and Mexico are in the process of building capacity as it relates to migration in order to better understand the dynamics between the two countries. Several meetings have taken …

    Man gunned down in broad daylight
    There was a murder just before five o’clock this evening in Hattieville Village, Belize District. 47-year-old, Clive Kevin Hyde, an employee at the Belize City Council was under the bus shed on the George Price Highway, along the stretch where the Hattieville Police Station sits. Reporter, Courtney Menzies was at the scene shortly after and …

    Jealous boyfriend reportedly sets woman’s home on fire
    A fire last night in Lord’s Bank Village, Belize District has left a woman displaced and in need of help. Kimberly Betancourt, the owner of the home, was reportedly not at home when her estranged boyfriend allegedly lit her wooden house on fire. Betancourt’s neighbor, Bert Ramos, told us that there are reports the boyfriend …

    Man reportedly stabbed by his brother
    42-year-old, Oliver Peters was stabbed multiple times in the back and neck, reportedly by his own brother. The incident unfolded on Saturday night just after eight o’clock. According to Peters’ niece, who lives next to him in an apartment building on Boots Crescent, she believes that Peters was set up by his daughter, step-daughter and …

    Man Shot to Death
    44-year-old, Brindel Munnings also known as “Brambles” was shot last night sometime after eleven o’clock. The bullets were fired a few feet away from his house, in an alley near Police Street, Belize City. Alejandro Cowo, Superintendent of Police, gave us more details during today’s press brief. Alejandro Cowo, Head of Crimes Investigation Branch, Belize …

    What lies ahead for Belize’s citrus industry ?
    According to Citrus Products of Belize Limited, CPBL, the Citrus Greening Disease or Huanglongbing has severely affected the industry. Last year’s production stood at 2.4 million boxes, while, in previous years when the industry was at its peak, production stood at 7.1 million boxes per year. Nikita Usher, the Chief Administration Manager at CPBL, told …

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Man shot in Belmopan
    A short while ago there was a shooting in Belmopan. A masked man reportedly fired […]

    Hattieville murder victim identified
    Earlier today, we reported that a man was gunned down near the bus stop in […]

    Santa Elena vendor knocked down and killed
    Gregorio Requena, a well known vendor from Santa Elena was knocked down around midnight last […]

    9-year-old child from Cayo was strangled to death
    It shocked the country on Friday when 9-year-old Danielle Hall lost her life in mysterious […]

    Man killed in Hattieville, Belize
    Reports to our news-desk is that a man was shot minutes ago in Hattieville, Belize. […]

    National Women’s Commission expresses dismay over treatment of victims online
    The National Women’s Commission issued a statement saying that it is dismayed by disrespectful and […]

    Man stabbed by family member
    Belize City police say that an argument between family members led to a stabbing. It […]

    Three detained, one being sought for last night’s shooting
    Just before midnight last night, a man was shot in Belize City. He has since […]

    Fire reported in Lords Bank
    Sometime after 8 o’clock last night, Ladyville police were called to a report of a […]

    Police investigating fatal bar chopping
    Shortly after midnight on Saturday, there was a fatal chopping at a bar in Hope […]

    United Women’s Group demands action
    The United Women’s Group (UWG) of the People’s United Party condemns the brutal murder of […]

    Members of Belize’s Judiciary visit Chiquibul
    On August 16 and 17, 2019, members of the Judiciary visited the Chiquibul Forest. Chief […]

    Government is monitoring gas prices
    The Ministry of Finance announces that at midnight on August 20, 2019, the pump prices […]

    Regular and Diesel gas prices decreased
    The Belize Bureau of Standards has just issued new gas prices effective midnight tonight. Belizeans […]

    Smart donates $4,000 to Police Department for shoe drive
    Smart Belize handed over a cheque for $4,000 to the Belize Police Department on Friday, […]

    Celebrating birthdays at Western Dairies Belize!
    Belizeans and visitors enjoy Belize’s best, Western Dairies (WD) ice-cream. But, these days, the company […]

    PACT hosts workshop on Environmental, Social and Gender Risk Management System
    Last week, the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) in collaboration with the German Society […]

    Cricket is becoming more popular in Belize
    The finals for the 2019 Sir Barry Bowen/Harrison Parks Cricket Competition is currently being played […]

    The UWI – a key partner on Sargassum Research in the Caribbean
    For almost 10 years, the Caribbean region has been experiencing massive influxes of the sargassum […]

    Blogs

    Setting Strong Foundations
    A wonderful group from United Methodist Church in Johnstown Colorado (UMC) took a volunteer summer vacation and came back to San Pedro. They have done group mission trips 3 times in Belize now. Hope Haven had a great project for them. A Lady named Daisy and her five kids greatly needed a new house. The lot had less than ideal conditions for building a house. As soon as Maureen, her husband Tracy and I toured the site with Hilton (the site foreman), our minds sprang into action. We learned that because this job had originally been slated for a later date, there was going to be no fill at the initial stages of the construction. Thankfully it came sooner than later.

    Finding Peace And Beauty In Caye Caulker, Belize
    Ahh, Belize… just saying the word makes me smile. Palm trees swaying in the wind, azure sea, endless sky, parrots, fresh pineapple…and no shoes. I had become intrigued with this small central American country after reading articles touting it as a retirement destination. I liked the fact that English was the official language, that it was affordable, warm, and not too far away. So, when I found myself needing to detox from working life and a horrific divorce, Belize was my goal. I needed to heal my soul by the sea. Luckily for me, a friend with the same dream headed there first. I visited after she had acclimatized. Both single women, we were excited for the adventures ahead in a complete change of life. We weren’t looking for resorts or to replicate our lives back home–we wanted to experience an entirely different culture, an entirely different world, and people we would never meet otherwise.

    Guest Blog - Top 10 Things to Know While Building in Belize...
    We are very lucky to have Sonia Alvarez of Latitude 20 Architecture on the peninsula in Placencia, Belize. She is a very impressive architect and as a female entrepreneur, has started Latitude 20 Architecture. She has a fantastic resume including some of the most impressive designs and projects in Belize, including Naia Resort and Spa, Palm Reef Resort, and recently - the new Margaritaville in San Pedro - among many others. She has a vast range of knowledge about the building and designs that work best in Belize - there is some unique knowledge needed in building here because of many factors including the infrastructure, materials available, (relatively speaking) small number of skilled workers, tropical climate, and more. Sonia's breadth of knowledge makes this blog very valuable for those looking to build in Belize, and we are fortunate to have gotten the following insights about building here!!

    What Is Glover’s Reef Atoll? And Why Is It So Special?
    Across all of the world’s oceans ranging from the storm-tossed waters of the Southern Ocean to the frigid northern regions of the Atlantic Ocean, you will not find a single atoll outside of the Pacific Ocean. Yet just a few miles offshore from Belize lie three atolls, the only true exceptions to the rule. And the crown jewel of these three iconoclastic atolls is Glover’s Reef. What is an atoll? In regions where coral grows, it sometimes grows in a ring shape around a seamount or volcano. If the volcano or seamount begins to erode and slips beneath the surface of the water, a lagoon forms in the interior, the definition of a true atoll. Glover’s Reef is one such atoll located approximately 22 miles (35 km) offshore from mainland Belize. Glover’s Atoll is part of a protected marine reserve called the Gladden Spit and Silk Cayes Marine Reserve (GSSCMR), one of the most beautiful and eco-diverse regions of the reef.


    If you had to describe the climate of Belize in one sentence, you could say that it’s very similar to South Florida. Officially, Belize is a sub-tropical country that enjoys warm weather year-round, gentle trade wind breezes, and a mean humidity of around 83%. Unlike North America, Belize only has two seasons, often referred to as the “dry” season and the “green” season. The “dry” season is also the “high” season for tourists, roughly corresponding to winter in North America but featuring long stretches of sunny days and delightfully warm temperatures. The “green” season is the “low” season, roughly corresponding to summer in North America but without any significant elevation in temperatures.

    Belize The Cradle Of Civilisation? New Discoveries Unearth Interesting Facts About Our Earliest Settlers
    As featured in various scientific publications, including a 22 July, 2019 article in the online Science Daily, “waves of immigrants” coming from North America some 13,000 years ago brought with them tool technologies that the earliest Belizean settlers used to adapt to a changing environment and eventually led to the highly advanced Maya civilisation that flourished in the region. Researchers from the University of New Mexico (UNM) recently published the results of archaeological dig in Belize’s Bladen Nature Reserve that unearthed some of the very earliest stone tools used in southern Mesoamerica.

    Spreading The Benefits Of Sustainable Tourism (And A Lot Of Smiles) In Belize
    Not very long ago we posted an example of management and staff taking Chaa Creek’s brand of sustainable tourism to heart, by contributing their own ideas, energy, time and money towards projects that benefit the land and people of Belize. It was good to see that Chaa Creek’s Macal River Cleanup Day 2019 received so much media attention and resonated with readers around the world. Well, today we have the pleasure of highlighting another initiative –one that strengthens support for neighbours and local communities. Corozalito Back To School Fun Day, step into the light and take a bow.

    International Sourcesizz

    Diving into Research
    This summer, Professor Lisa Greer led a five-week Keck Geology Consortium project for nine rising sophomores (and one rising senior peer mentor) from schools around the country to Ambergris Caye, Belize to study the coral reef. The goal of the project was to measure how much of the once-dominant staghorn coral is still standing after years of detrimental factors, such as rising ocean temperatures and hurricanes, have decimated the reef. We took pictures of these corals along an established stretch of reef and then painstakingly digitally traced every single branch of living staghorn coral in every picture. This allowed us to quantify the percentage of the reef that is still living coral and compare it to data from previous years of this study.

    Eye on the tropics: Meteorologists monitoring multiple areas of interest in the Atlantic
    While there are some areas being watched, including the Gulf of Mexico and off the New England coast, explosive tropical development over the Atlantic basin seems unlikely this week. Much of the Atlantic basin, which is warm enough to support tropical development, has seen an overall decrease in the amount of dry air, Saharan dust and wind shear over the past week or so. However, wind shear appears as though it will continue to inhibit development in two areas that have a remote chance of tropical development. Meanwhile, about 2,000 miles farther to the southwest, over the western Gulf of Mexico, showers and thunderstorms are forecast to gather later this week. This is part of a broad area of disturbed weather centered over the western part of the Caribbean Sea and the eastern Pacific Ocean.

    Belize Automobile market forecast explored in latest research 2019 to 2025
    The Belize automobile Market report provides a complete perspective on the trends shaping the Belize Automobile market. The Belize automotive market is slowly shifting towards a service oriented model with new players focusing extensively on customer experience and consumer data. Transitions in automotive markets are providing opportunities for some parts while other components face stiff decline over the forecasts. The report presents the impact of current business and economic trends on the future of automobile industry in Belize. Key macroeconomic driving factors of consumption including GDP, disposable income, population, inflation trends are forecast from 2005 to 2025.

    9 incredible vacation spots that are closer than you think
    If traveling more in 2019 wasn’t high on your list of New Year’s resolutions last January, it’s not too late. Summer is young, and there’s an abundance of flights to great places that are probably nearer than you think. That means more vacation time actually spent on vacation. There’s a lot that surprises about Belize. Did you know English is the official language of this tiny Central American nation located some six hours south of Cancún, and that it was a part of the UK up until 1981? It’s also the least populous (and least population-dense) country in Central America, yet has a strikingly rich and diverse history and an equally impressive catalog of natural attractions.

    Videos

  • Cayo Frances Farm & Fly, 3min. If you are at all interested in fly fishing...or just the crazy gorgeous west side of Ambergris Caye, take a look at this video of our camp - Cayo Frances Farm & Fly. Jesse stayed there last week and THIS VIDEO! SO COOL! Almost makes me want to learn flyfishing. Almost.

  • Belize Tourism Board | Finishing Sentences, 1/2min.

  • Belize Tourism Board | Clara, 1/2.

  • Belize Tourism Board | Phil, 1/2.

  • Ambergris Caye, Belize 2019, 4min. Trip to Ambergris Caye, Belize in February of 2019. Insanely fun time! Special thanks to Wayo from Wayo's Bar and Chris from Toucan Bungee Trampoline!

  • Robins Kitchen in San Pedro, Belize, 1min.

  • Belize City Streets at Night, 9min. Tour of Belize City streets at night for August 2019.

  • The Reef Radio invites you to celebrate with us our 20th anniversary!!!, 1min. Buy your tickets today!!!! August 31 at Banana Beach Resort!!! See you there

  • Rappelling in Belize, 1min.

  • Belize dives 2019, 22min.

  • Xunantunich Mayan Ruins History in Belize, 4min. Tour guide describes the history of Xunantunich

  • Accion Deportiva, 22min.
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    Specials & Events
    08/20/19 11:07 AM

    The Reef Radio invites you to celebrate with us our 20th anniversary!!! Buy your tickets today!!!! August 31 at Banana Beach Resort!!! See you there.


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    Daily news prior to today
    08/19/19 12:16 PM


    FOR TODAY'S BELIZE WEATHER, CLICK HERE

    Click for our Daily Tropical Weather Report.

    Specials and Events

    Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, Reef TV, KREM, and CTV 3. Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, Belize Now, Talk Ah Di Town, and other specials.


    The San Pedro Sun

    Wolfe’s Woofer: Engagement
    “How is Sylvia doing?” Sherry asked. “Like most twenty-year-old girls,” Seńora Morales said. “All she thinks about is that boyfriend Ralph and getting married.” Sherry doesn’t have The Little Red dessert shop anymore, but she still does a lot of baking for us and a lot of other people. She hires Seńora Morales to help with the baking. “That girl getting grown-up,” the old lady continued. “Time she gets married before she gets in trouble. Even if that Ralph is a drunk.”

    Letter to the Editor: Beware of Scotiabank
    Dear Editor, Recent events leave me no choice but to advise the public of an ongoing situation at Scotiabank. If you have a credit card account or accounts; Beware! If you are being charged late fees and interest, through no fault of your own - as I am, it is basically wrong and possibly criminal. Scotiabank systematically sends out the monthly statements late. On my Credit Card statements with Scotiabank, the statement date is printed on the 11th of each month. So why does it take Scotiabank 21 days to get the statements to the Post Office in our small town when I only have 25 days to pay it?

    Doctor Love: A sensitive Friendship
    Dear Doctor Love, I am one of a group of five girls who’ve been close since we were toddlers. We went to school together and graduated from the same class in the same year. A few of us have moved away and we are all married and starting families but we stay in touch regularly and each year we take a trip together. One girl in our group has been unsuccessful in her attempts to have a child. She’s had many miscarriages, one in her last trimester.

    Various Belizean Sources

    mzz

    Corozal Zone 4 Neighborhood Watch Summer Program
    Aug 19-23, 8a,-11:30am, Sam's Community Park, Arenal Road

    SSBA Basketball Tournament 2019
    he 2019 Digi/BECOL Basketball Tournament starts on Saturday, August 31st. Register now.

    Kimberly Santos Wins Queen of the West
    Congratulations, Miss Kimberly Santos! She won the Queen of the West pageant last night at the Octavia Waight auditorium, and will represent Cayo for the 2019-2020 season. Pandy has a video of the pageant. Adma and Mary Robinson have a short montage of Ms. Santos.

    POPOL VUH:The Hero Twins
    Once upon a time, a long time ago, there lived two brothers.The brothers tried very hard to be good gardeners. But even the rabbit that rooted in their garden for food each day knew they were not very good at gardening. What they were good at, great at, absolutely excellent at, were ballgames. Onlookers cheered so loudly whenever the boys played ball that the noise attracted the attention of the Lords of Death. The Lords of Death lived in the Underworld. They liked to trick people into dying. They especially liked tricking people who were bothering them, and the boys were bothering them. They were far too noisy! The Lords of Death sent a message to the brothers praising their wonderful talent. The message included an invitation to play a ballgame in the Underworld. The brothers were instructed to bring their ball and their protective gear as none could be provided. No one played ball in the Underworld normally, so this would be a great treat for everyone.

    The Reporter

    R.T.A On The Placencia Road
    There was an accident on the Placencia Road this afternoon which involved 2 vehicles, thus far there are no reports of fatalities...

    Fire Reported At Bar Near Fish Market
    There are reports of a fire at a bar near the fish market bridge on Vernon Street in Belize City...

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Accused murderer granted bail
    Twenty-two-year-old Kafele Garcia, an American national charged with the murder of 25-year-old Ervin Franklin, was […]

    Stumbles all around tighten race for Premier Football League top spot
    All of the Premier League leaders dropped points this weekend in tightly contested matchups. On […]

    Kimberly Santos is the new Queen of the West!
    Miss Cayo North, Kimberly Santos, is the newly crowned Miss Queen of the West. Santos […]

    Verdes to honor football legend, Theo Lennan
    Verdes FC are taking on the San Pedro pirates today at 4:00 p.m. at the […]

    Belize beach volleyballers out of top 3 at Central American Championship
    Belize’s men finished fifth today, and the women can finish no higher than 7th, after a disappointing weekend […]

    Tourism Board appeals to Belizean travelers
    It’s not just true about Kansas, says the Belize Tourism Board: there is no place […]

    Police retrieve firearm from fleeing suspects
    San Ignacio Police recovered a firearm last night that was dropped by one of three suspects […]

    John Doe in Hope Creek murder identified
    By BN Staff: Police have learned the identity of the man that was killed in Hope Creek Village, Stann […]

    CitCo summer league semifinals results
    Yesterday the Belize City Council’s summer basketball league entered the semifinals round. In the U-15 […]

    Murder in Stann Creek
    Police are trying to determine the identity of a man that was killed in Hope Creek […]

    Blogs

    Eats: Best of the Best Food on Ambergris Caye
    Here’s our picks for the best food and drink items on the Caye! If you need some nummy recommendations for great places to eat with their own special flair in San Pedro Town, then this is the post you must read! This list is no particular order, just by their amazing dishes! When it comes to traditional Belize dishes, El Fogon located downtown just across the street from Tropic Air, serves the number one salbutes on the Caye. What is a salbute you ask? First you should know that it is the salbute originated from the Yucatan and is a staple in Belize.

    International Sourcesizz

    Parts of the U.S., Mexico on alert for tropical development in the coming week
    While tropical storm formation has been scarce so far this tropical season, the area near Central America may become a breeding ground for tropical activity later this week. Over Central America, patches of heavy rain and thunderstorms will continue to gather compliments of a large and slowly-spinning, non-tropical storm, called a gyre. "The large gyre over Central America will continue to bring an active pattern to northern Central America and southern Mexico the next few days," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Max Vido. "Periods of heavy rain will continue to effect these areas over the next several days, leading to flooding and potentially higher-terrain mudslides from Columbia to southeastern Mexico," Vido added.

    Videos

  • Day 3 | XIX Central American Beach Volleyball Championship | Kukumba Beach Old Belize, 6.5hr.

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  • Queen of the West Pageant, 3hr.

  • XIX Central American Beach Volley Ball Championship | Belize | Final, 8hr.

  • Mennonites in Belize, 10min. This is a compilation of pictures and video clips shared with me by friends, neighbors and relatives to give you a glimpse of the variety of Mennonite branches who have made Belize their home. Not all of them are white-skinned and blond-haired, and not all of them speak Plautdietsch (Low German) and not all of them live in colonies.

  • Belize Blue Hole - Flying Over, 3min.

  • Shark Diving -Belize Barrier Reef, 1min.

  • Zip lining and Cave Tubing in Belize, 6min. Julie and I went zip lining and cave tubing for the FIRST TIME in Cayo, Belize. It was such an amazing experience for the both of us.

  • Belize 2019, 10min. Our weekend trip in beautiful San Pedro, Belize. We stayed at the Coco Beach Resort (link below) which was so gorgeous; we loved their pool and swim up bar. The highlight of our trip was an unforgettable "Chill" Cruise with Island Dream Tours (link below). They took us on a guided snorkel tour of Hol Chan Marine Reserve on the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef and stopped in Shark Ray Alley. There was also an open bar on board and they served delicious food throughout the day. A must if you're ever in Ambergris Caye!

  • Belize Zoo Adventures, 17min. Showing just a taste of the beautiful animals at the zoo in Belize.

  • Island Hunters - Season 5 Episode 10 (S5.E10) "Beachin' Belize", 49min.
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    Daily news prior to today
    08/18/19 12:38 PM


    FOR TODAY'S BELIZE WEATHER, CLICK HERE

    Click for our Daily Tropical Weather Report.

    Specials and Events

    Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, Reef TV, KREM, and CTV 3. Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, Belize Now, Talk Ah Di Town, and other specials.


    The San Pedro Sun

    Clarification of Enlisted Soldiers Increment Adjustment
    The Ministry of National Security hereby clarifies some false information that has been circulated regarding increment adjustment for enlisted soldiers. In May of this year, the Ministry announced that an exercise was completed to correct an anomaly in the yearly increments for Warrant Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers, and Privates of the Belize Defence Force (BDF) which took effect on June 1, 2019. As was indicated in that release, the adjustment provided for a slight increase in most cases for the serving enlisted members of the BDF.

    The Importance of blood drives
    Blood drives are held by the Belize Red Cross every three months around the country via its local branches to collect the vital liquid and have it available for any emergencies at the blood bank in Belize City. A pint of blood can save up to three lives when a transfusion is imperative, and additional blood may be needed after surgery. On Ambergris Caye, the local chapter of the Red Cross is very active throughout the year, but in recent drives, they have observed a decline in the collection of blood, leading to the depletion of the current reserves.

    Honoring the memory of Mr. Winston Franklin Panton
    After an arduous battle with cancer, Mr. Winston Franklin Panton passed away on Friday, August 2nd. Mr. Panton was a beloved member of the San Pedro community, having integrated himself in the island life just as he had served the country for decades. The San Pedro Sun extends sincerest condolences to all his family and friends, and we join in mourning the loss of a good man, a father, husband, son, friend and mentor. We remember Panton as an intelligent, soft-spoken gentleman who had vast knowledge of a variety of subjects. Primarily known as the go-to weatherman during times of hurricanes and storms, The San Pedro Sun was fascinated to learn more and featured him in one of our popular “Our Community” columns.

    SPBE’s plans for proposed beachfront water taxi terminal continues to face rejection
    After acquiring the property formerly known as Ruby’s Hotel in downtown San Pedro in December 2018, the San Pedro Belize Express Water Taxi (SPBE) revealed that they had plans of building a large beachfront water taxi terminal in front of the hotel. The water taxi company is currently operating from the Municipal Dock, and is anticipating its relocation as soon as the terminal is built. However, this idea has not been well received by many islanders, including businesses and even The San Pedro Town Council (SPTC). They believe the size of the project is not suitable for the location, given the fact that it is near a primary school, and will add to the already congested area in downtown while affecting neighbors and businesses.

    The BTB and BHA award scholarships to ten outstanding Belizean students
    Ten outstanding Belizean students received scholarship awards from the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) and the Belize Hotel Association (BHA) during a joint award ceremony held at the Biltmore Plaza Hotel in Belize City on Wednesday, August 14th. This year’s BTB scholarship recipients include Glenroy Godwin, Fermin Espinoza, Adali Espinoza and San Pedro’s Roney Espinoza, who will pursue their Bachelor’s Degrees at the University of Belize and Hugh Rodney Hulse who will pursue a Culinary Degree at Stratford University in the United States of America.

    Various Belizean Sources

    mzz

    Witzil Hi' Family Farm
    A magical place I love visiting is called Witzil Hi' Family Farm; it is located in the beautiful village of San Antonio, Toledo! Over the past 15 years, my colleague Eugenio Ah has done remarkable work developing his farm into a gem. The sunrises and sunsets are breathtaking; the coffee is heart warming; the meals cooked over fire hearth is comforting; the hammock swings are soothing; the birds are melodious; the micro-climate is cool; the river is so refreshing; and Eugenio's family is great company. Eugenio has a deep connection to nature, which is evident; he eagerly shares insights into his farming practice – agroecology. Eugenio has welcomed the likes of Senator Osmany Salas, yours truly, local and international visitors.

    Prime Minister Barrow Departs on Medical Leave
    The Office of the Prime Minister informs the public that the Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow departed the country today, August 17th, 2019 to attend a follow-up medical appointment in Cuba. During the Prime Minister’s absence, Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Patrick Faber will act as Prime Minister. The Prime Minister will return on Sunday, August 25th, 2019.

    Channel 5

    Death of 9 year old Danielle Hall
    San Ignacio police are investigating the death of 9 year old Danielle Hall. Details leading to the girl’s death are sketchy and strange at this time. Reports are that her father was called to their house in Unitedville on Friday morning where he found his wife in a frantic state. Danielle was seen lifeless and quickly rushed to the Loma Luz Hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival.

    The Reporter

    Multiple Personalities, ONE GOAL
    edical triage is a process in which patients are prioritized based on their immediate need for emergency medical attention. To break this down a little, it is the categorizing of patients based on how quickly they can become complicated and die. In medicine time is very important.

    Chopping Death in Hope Creek Village
    Police say that the fatal chopping in Hope Creek Village, Stann Creek was the result of a dispute between two men at a bar in the village sometime before midnight last night.

    STRANGE – Child Dies Suddenly in Mother’s Presence in Cayo
    San Ignacio Police are investigating the sudden death of a little girl, age 8, on Friday, August 16th. The child’s father, reported to Police that he got a call around 11:00 am, at his work, urging him to report home because his wife was breaking up things inside the house.

    National Butane Company to Reduce Costs to Consumers
    The House of Representatives met in Belmopan on Friday and one of the Bills tabled was for a National Liquefied Petroleum Gas Project. This is a proposal by a slew of Belizean investors – mostly PUPs – to have a National Gas Company that will be a public/private sector partnership.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Prime Minister leaves country for medical appointment
    Prime Minister Dean Barrow left the country today for a follow-up medical appointment for his lower back problem in Cuba. […]

    Sargassum hits Belize hard
    For the fifth consecutive year, influxes of sargassum seaweed have begun piling up on beach fronts in major tourist destinations in Belize. Breaking Belize News has confirmed that beaches in Placencia are now covered with the seaweed, which emits a putrid odor when it begins to decompose. […]

    Accused rapists granted bail
    Devin “DJ Perf” Peyrefitte, 24, and 21-year-old Denzel Usher are out on bail after a charge of rape laid against them earlier this week. Their attorneys, Albertha Perez, and Emerita Anderson, made bail petitions on their behalf before Justice Herbert Lord yesterday. […]

    Police hid cop accused of rape after being granted Supreme Court bail
    Police Constable Hernan Milian, attached to the San Ignacio Police Formation is out on bail for eight counts of unlawful sexual intercourse for allegedly having sex with a 13-year-old girl from that jurisdiction. […]

    Child dies under mysterious circumstances
    A little girl who just completed Standard 1 died last night under very mysterious circumstances in Unitedville, Cayo district. Details are sketchy but villagers confirm to BBN that the child’s mother was at home in Unitedville, Cayo acting ‘strangely’, breaking up things in the house and rolling frantically on the floor. It is alleged that the woman was ‘demon possessed’. […]

    Department of Environment calls Public Meeting to discuss Issues Affecting the New River
    The Department of the Environment (DOE) will be hosting a public meeting to present information on issues affecting the New River and to give the public the opportunity to voice their concerns on the matter. […]

    Body found in Hope Creek
    A body was found minutes ago in Hope Creek, Stann Creek. According to reports, the body found was observed to be a man with cut wounds to his neck. […]

    Blogs

    Fly Fishing Camp Life on Ambergris Caye
    Things are slowing down on Ambergris Caye – the sun feels hotter, the air more humid and tourists are starting to wane. I spent a few days at “the camp” this week – my home away from home. We had a group of 6 visiting from Costa Rica – guys who do A LOT of fishing down there. In rivers, in the Pacific and they were all blown away by the gorgeous flats of Ambergris Caye. And while I STILL know little to nothing about fishing – you’d think I would have picked up SOMETHING during my 4 years hanging out at Cayo Frances…I do love…just hanging out. And taking pictures of course.

    International Sourcesizz

    Forecasters monitoring multiple areas near US for tropical development
    While tropical storm formation is not anticipated over the Atlantic and eastern Pacific oceans in the near future, the area near Central America may become a breeding ground for tropical activity during the week of Aug. 18-25, 2019. "Wind shear has been quite extensive across the Atlantic basin the past few weeks and is, in part, one of the reasons why we have not seen any tropical storm development across the Atlantic Basin since mid-July with Barry," according to AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski. "Long-range forecasts show less extensive shear but still enough to cause problems with westward-moving tropical waves, or disturbances, during the next week or so," Kottlowski said. Meanwhile, over Central America, patches of heavy rain and thunderstorms will continue to gather as a large slowly-spinning, non-tropical storm, called a gyre, develops this weekend and into early next week. "Areas from Colombia to southern Mexico will be trouble spots for flash flooding and mudslides into next week due to the uptick in the downpours," Kottlowski said.

    Videos

  • Rain in Corozal Saturday, 1min.

  • Day 2 | BZE vs COS | XIX Central American Beach Volleyball Championship | Kukumba Beach Old Belize, 43min.

  • Day 2 | XIX Central American Beach Volleyball Championship | Kukumba Beach Old Belize, 8.5hrs.

  • Day 2 | XIX Central American Beach Volleyball Championship | Kukumba Beach Old Belize, 8hrs.

  • Xunantunich Mayan Temple in Belize, 2min.

  • Xunantunich Mayan ruins in Belize walking up., 1.5min.

  • Belize 2019 Dive To Survive Scuba, 4min.

  • Blue Hole Vacation Belize September 2019, 13min. Belize is a beautiful country and there is much to see. This video only covers Ambergris Caye, and San Pedro. Ambergris Caye is a beautiful Barrier Island off the coast of Belize. A reef runs for 175 miles off the coast and the diving is amazing. An amazing waiter who became a friend, Wayne, had his cousin bake me a key lime pie. What an amazing friend! It was the best pie I have ever eaten! I am strongly considering moving to Belize to live. My Next Belize Vacation will be to dive with Whale Sharks off the coast of Placencia on the southern end.

  • SCUBA in Belize Is Un-Belize-able, 43min. August 2019 SCUBA diving in Belize. Diving Rico's Ledge, Rico's Point, The Blue Hole, Half Moon Caye Wall, The Aquarium.

  • Birding at Chan Chich Lodge, Belize, 8th-14th February 2016, 27min. Birding highlights from a 6 night stay in February 2016 at the superb Chan Chich Lodge on the Gallun Jug Estate in western Belize. Some of the star birds included are Ocellated Turkeys, Lovely Cotinga, Guatemalan Screech-owl, Black-throated Shrike-tanager, Northern Royal Flycatcher, Slaty-trailed Trogon, Northern Schiffornis, Long-billed Hermit, Pale-billed Woodpeckers, Crested Guan, Aztec Parakeet, White-whiskered Puffbirds, Band-backed Wren and White Hawk. The trip was a mixture of self-guided walks around the lodge and excursions with the lodge's excellent guides.

  • The Split. Caye Caulker, Belize, 1min.

  • Belize 2004, 30min.
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    Nature
    08/17/19 12:53 PM
    The Board of Trustees, Management and Staff of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve [“HCMR”] cordially invite the general public for a consultation on the new proposed 2019-2024 HCMR Management Plan to be held at the San Pedro Lion’s Den on Tuesday, August 20th, 2019 at 6pm.

    The draft management plan will be presented, and highlights the importance and purpose of the reserve, as well as the challenges and threats it faces. It also addresses the new management policies, strategies, programs, objectives and actions, including the monitoring and evaluation plans for the period 2019-2024.

    Given the importance of the HCMR to tourism, fisheries and the general socio-economic wellbeing of the Ambergris and Caye Caulker communities, we invite you to participate in this consultation, to voice your opinions and concerns, to make comments and ask questions as it relates to the new proposed Management Plan for the Hol Chan Marine Reserve.

    For more information please contact us at [email protected] or call at 226-22
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    News
    08/17/19 12:13 PM

    PM Accuses Opposition of Duplicitous Diplomacy on China

    The House of Representatives met today in Belmopan and talk of mainland China dominated the exchanges across the floor.

    That's partly because a 50 million US dollar loan from Taiwan was tabled in the house today - and also because the PUP's Kareem Musa recently made a one week trip to mainland China.

    As you probably know, communist China - which is a global superpower - claims its neighbor Taiwan - a small, but prosperous island democracy. So, any flirtation with China creates a major alarm in Taiwan - since countries must choose either one or the other - Belize cannot be allied to both.

    And, in the past two years, China has been steadily and systematically sniping off Taiwan's allies. So, this morning, the Prime Minister opened the sitting with a Minister's statement - speaking about the enduring importance of Belize's friendship with Taiwan - and the peril that he claims the PUP is creating with by flirting with mainland China. He said that when Kareem Musa went to China, he violated an understanding both major political parties have that they will stick with Taiwan:...

    Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister
    "I don't know how it is that what as I said has been fertilized by by both parties over these many long years can all of a sudden can be put in prejudice by members of the People's United Party and I note that there has been no official statement from the party. The member for Caribbean Shores has had a lot to say. I don't know that I have heard from the 2 city councillors, but he clearly was the leader of the delegation. He's had a lot to say, but his leadership has not in fact indicated that this was a sanctioned mission and I for one hope that it is not, but I would like to hear officially from them if there is going to be a departure from what as I said we thought was a national understanding. We need to know. Somebody who is a neophyte in diplomacy, a novice in matters of state, has had the hubris to decide, perhaps, entirely without the concurrence or leave of his party that he can be some sort of master of state-craft. This simply cannot be. Why then do we act in a way that suggest to the world that we are contemplating the betrayal of Taiwan, that we would sell out this bedrock relationship for a mess of political pottage. They must be aware of the tremendous increase in tension between the United States and China and I don't think it is any secret. I am sure what the Americans have come to tell me, they have also gone to tell the leader of the opposition and that is this, that they are not going to look kindly, after what happened with Panama and the Dominican Republic, on China poaching any small country that is located in what the Americans, what it pleases them to call their backyard."

    PUP Alleges UDP Ministers Went To China

    We note that PUP leader John Briceno was absent from today's sitting because he's still recovering from his accident related injuries, so we couldn't ask him if the trip was approved or not.

    But, the PUP's point man today, Deputy Leader Cordel Hyde said that it was a personal trip and the PUP weren't "tripping" about it since they'd heard of a senior UDP Minister going to Beijing a few months ago, as well.

    Here's how Hyde put it:

    Hon. Cordel Hyde, PUP Deputy Leader
    "When a few weeks or months ago we heard when a senior member of the UDP cabinet had visited mainland China in a most clandestine manner..."

    Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister
    "Madam Speaker, to talk about some member of this administration having gone to mainland China without any kind of evidence to support that."

    Hon. Cordel Hyde, PUP Deputy Leader
    "When we heard that you did not hear a pipsqueak from us. We did not say anything. We did not put out any release, because we understand and we assume that in an independent nation, consenting adults can visit any country on this planet if they can afford to go. The Prime Minister tries to make it seem as if though they are the only ones who supports Taiwan and there is some shift in our policy, when he well knows there is shift in our policy. We have spoken. He is hypocritical Madam Speaker, they have big time relations with people from mainland China, big time relations with Brads. Isn't he from mainland China? If fact one of their candidates is a Chinese candidate."

    Hon. Kareem Musa, PUP, Caribbean Shores
    "They are using my private personal trip as a distraction, when in fact deputy prime minister was also in China. You want to talk about that. The member from Dangriga was also in mainland China."

    Hon. Patrick Faber, UDP - Collet
    "That is an outright blatant lie. He is maligning my name and he is using the comfort of this honourable house to do so, because if he says that outside, he knows I could sue him, but in here he is enjoying the comfort of this house."

    Hon. Kareem Musa, PUP, Caribbean Shores
    "You want me to produce the plane ticket?"

    Hon. Pawpa Mena, UDP Dangriga
    "Madam Speaker it is unfair for the member from Caribbean Shores, I was in Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong, that's not mainland China. Good. His problem, he always try to pontificate and pull his own little stories. Stop the lies."

    Faber Denies Beijing Backdoor

    So UDP Dangriga Rep and Minister of State Frank Pawpa Mena went to Hong Kong - which is under Chinese control, and known as a Special administration Region of China.

    But it's not considered "mainland China."

    But, he's just a Minister of State - Patrick Faber is the Deputy Prime Minister - so the big burning question is: did he go to Beijing? He denied it on the house floor but we put it squarely to him outside the house meeting:

    Reporter
    "Have you travelled to China as has been allege on the house? We heard that there have had been meetings with you and the Chinese."

    Hon. Patrick Faber, UDP - Collet
    "What has been said is that I have had travelled there and in fact I have gone there with the Boledo man. I would say this that in earlier this year, in May, I was invited to go to China by UNESCO meetings that have been held there and I had thought with the idea of going yes, but the Taiwanese weren't very comfortable with me taking that on even though it was a UNESCO meeting and so I decided not to go on that trip and then there were rumours that I have a plan to go China in October and I think they are getting it all wrong. I am slated to go for the national day of Taiwan where we will commemorate the 30 year old friendship with Taiwan, so that is coming up in October. My position I must make absolutely clear that I am 100% in support of the government and people of Taiwan in keeping them as our partner. There were blows thrown this morning as it relates especially to Chinese business people. I think it is an unfair blow. While we do not have diplomatic relations with mainland China, there are many Chinese people who are here and who are Belizeans and the kind of blows that were thrown this morning was certainly very much uncalled for and so that is very unfortunate, including the blow against Brads."

    Reporter
    "To be clear, you have not travelled to China?"

    Hon. Patrick Faber, UDP - Collet
    "No. I have not, on any kind of invitation from the BCA or of Brads or of anybody like that, so I am making that absolutely clear. I have not been Hong Kong either."

    Reporter
    "Have you had any backchannel meetings with any functionary of the Chinese government outside of China in a neutral territory?"

    Hon. Patrick Faber, UDP - Collet
    "None at all, sir."

    Later on in the news you'll hear more from Faber as he discusses whether the possibility of taking over from Dean Barrow in the first quarter of next year.

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    Food & Recipes
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    Hobbs The Crafted Beer of Belize | New Brewery in Placencia, Belize
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    Specials and Events

    Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, Reef TV, KREM, and CTV 3. Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, Belize Now, Talk Ah Di Town, and other specials.


    The San Pedro Sun

    Projects Abroad host a successful 2019 Health Fair
    Projects Abroad, along with other island organizations, held their annual health fair at Central Park in San Pedro Town on Friday, August 9th. Held under the theme: “Not All Wounds are Visible”, the fair was aimed at providing essential health services and information to the community that may not typically be readily available. Services offered included rapid HIV testing, blood pressure, kidney urinalysis tests, blood type, breast cancer checkups, among many other options. There were also booths from various organizations educating attendees on various health practices and providing countrywide statistics about mental health and relevant topics. Members of Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II were also present, including the dental unit, two Maternal and Child Health nurses, two Outpatient Nurses, and Florencio Tun and Health Inspector Christina Sanchez from Public Health and Vector Control.

    San Pedro Town gets 13 new Tourism Police Officers, donated vehicles and essential items
    To make San Pedro Town safer for visitors and residents alike, the Belize Police Department added 13 new constables to the island’s Tourism Police Unit (TPU) on Wednesday, August 14th at an official ceremony held at the Angel Nuńez Auditorium. They will join the current four tourism officers in San Pedro, bringing the number to a total of 17. The official event also saw the presentation of six motorcycles, a golf cart, air condition units, a computer, printer, and firearms to properly equip the officers with everything they need to effectively police the island. The new constables also received a vehicle (Jeep), which was donated by the North Ambergris Caye Neighbourhood Watch (NACNW).

    After more than a year in prison for manslaughter, Caye Caulker police constables released on time served
    Police constables Leonard Nuńez and Hallet King, formerly attached to the Caye Caulker Police Formation, are free from remand as of Tuesday, August 13th. They had been incarcerated for the death of Hilberto Sotz, who died under police custody in 2015. The pair were facing manslaughter charges and was taken to the Supreme Court to be sentenced by Justice Colin Williams. She sentenced them to nine months’ imprisonment, minus time served. Nuńez and King had already spent over a year on remand; thus, they were released and walked out as free men from the court.

    Earth Journalism Network trains Belizean journalists to improve coverage on sustainable coastal management
    The Earth Journalism Network (EJN), a global community of over 8,000 journalists covering environmental issues, held a two-day workshop from Saturday, August 10th to Sunday, August 11th, to discuss coverage of sustainable practices, coastal management, and issues pertaining to the Meso-American Barrier Reef. Over a dozen Belizean journalists along with conservationists convened at the Radisson Fort George Hotel and Marina in Belize City for a round of presentations and discussions regarding the state of the barrier reef...

    Ambergris Today

    New Tourism Police Ready To Patrol On Ambergris Caye
    On Wednesday, August 14, 2019, Commissioner of Police, Mr. Chester Williams was on the island of Ambergris Caye to officially install thirteen newly graduated Tourism Police Officers. These recent graduates are from the 23 newly graduated Special Constable Tourism Police Officers of which Placencia also received officers. Mr. Rob Eckeblesh officially handed a Jeep Liberty vehicle to Superintendent Chris Noble of the San Pedro Police Department, which was purchased by the North Ambergris Caye Neighborhood Watch. The Police department also received a golf cart, four - 9 millimeter pistols, two shot guns, four computers with printers, a water cooler, microwave and an Air Conditioning unit.

    Boat To Boat Outreach At Turneffe Atoll Focusing On Climate Change
    The Belize Fisheries Department along with Mccap Fisheries and Tasa Turneffe Belize conducted boat-to-boat educational outreach to fishers on August 6th – 8th, 2019, to discuss climate change and how it’s affecting the fisher’s livelihood. The outreach is part of MCCAP’s ‘Climate Change - Let’s Save Our Belize’ campaign, aimed at raising awareness among fishers on its effects.

    Various Belizean Sources

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    BELIZE FISHING REPORT: AUGUST 4, 2019 THROUGH AUGUST 11, 2019
    Good weather and wind conditions provided lots of opportunities to fish a variety of areas. Highlights of the week included Joel landing two Tarpon on his last day and a Father/Son double on Tarpon by Wade and Matthew. Bonefish action has been good for both numbers and size. Many anglers have landed hefty Bones over 20".

    Land for the the high school and village expansion
    There is good news for the community of Caye Caulker. Thanks to the diligent work of Minister Honorable Manuel Heredia Jr. he has been working profusely to acquire land for the the high school and village expansion. We can safely say, his promise to his people has finally been materialized for 26.4 acres of land, which 5 acres will be distributed to the high school leaving 21.4 acres for the village expansion. We thank our Area representative for his hard work and dedication to satisfy the highly demanded request for land. We look forward to the distribution and congratulations to the Minister on a job well done.

    Caye Caulker Village Council update
    We have finally gotten to some ground work in our community. This week the staff took to cleaning and trimming of overgrown trees in different areas of the community. The Children's Park was also given a through cleaning and is looking well kept. The Council is in the implementing phase of schedules for the upkeep of the children's park and the cemeteries. C.C.V.C. take the opportunity to ask the community to be considerate of our staff out on a hot day and offer them a drink to cool off. Your gesture would go a long way for our guys.

    Ms. Rilma Rivero passes away
    Mayor Daniel Guerrero, the San Pedro Town Council and Staff would like to extend it's most sincere condolences to the Rivero friends and family on the sadly passing of Ms. Rilma Rivero, also known as Tia Rilma by many. She was a person full of joy and will be greatly missed. May her soul rest in peace.

    Ms. Victoriana Martinez passes away
    Mayor Daniel Guerrero, the San Pedro Town Council and Staff would like to extend its sincere condolences to the Martinez friends and family on the sadly passing of Ms. Victoriana Martinez. May her soul rest in peace.

    Launch of BTB’s Belizean Traveller Campaign
    The Belize Tourism Board's (BTB) long awaited Belizean Traveller Campaign, which encourages Belizeans to be tourists in our country, was officially launched this morning at the Radisson Fort George Hotel in Belize City. The campaign is a joint venture between the BTB and the Belize Hotel Association (BHA). Its specific objectives include: * Create awareness of Belize as a destination to its residents and citizens * Boost domestic tourism and allow Belizeans to enjoy attractive discounts being offered by the industry in collaboration with BHA. * Highlight what Belize has to offer as a perfect vacation paradise educating all on the activities and amenities of our hotels and resorts

    Belize Signs PSA Letter of Intent with the Republic of China (Taiwan)
    The Government of Belize and the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) (RoC) signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) today, August 15th, in Taipei, Taiwan, to engage in the negotiation of a Partial Scope Agreement (PSA) with the objective of formalizing trade relations between the two countries. The LOI resulted from a full week of discussions and engagement with RoC officials and the Belize delegation from the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Commerce. The LOI clearly lays out the nature of the agreement as being only partial in its scope of product coverage and should conform to the rules of trade under the auspices of the World Trade Organization (WTO). It also recognizes Belize’s obligations to the CARICOM-CSME under the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas including the CSME.

    Certification and Inaugural Ceremony for the Corozal United Sheep Producers Cooperative Society Ltd
    hosted its certification and inaugural ceremony for the Corozal United Sheep Producers Cooperative Society Ltd. The ceremony was held at the Ministry of Agriculture office in Corozal Town. The objective of the Cooperative is to provide a singular enterprise through which members will market their product, promote the economic and social welfare of members, provide other activities that will enhance the economic and social development of members and the community, and advance in the Cooperative values, principles and philosophies.

    BEL Appoints Mrs. Dawn Sampson-Nuńez to Head its Legal and Corporate Services Division
    Belize Electricty Limited (BEL) is proud to announce that its Board of Directors has appointed Mrs. Dawn Sampson-Nufiez to the new post of General Manager, Legal & Corporate Services within the Company's Leadership Team with effect from August 1, 2019. In this capacity, she now takes over responsibility for Human Resources, Corporate Communications, Legal Affairs and Executive Services. She will have the further distinction of becoming, amongst other things, Bas first in-house Legal Counsel. Mrs. Dawn Sampson-Nufiez started employment with BEL on November 27, 2000 as a Public Relations Officer.

    Virtuoso Travel Week
    Belize is being represented at Virtuoso Travel Week, which features opportunities for personal networking between member agency and preferred partner attendees, and a celebration of Virtuoso, the world’s top luxury travel network.

    Chargé Gilges and the Embassy team visit the majestic Altun Ha archaeological site

    THE PHEASANT,DEER AND THE RATTLE SNAKE
    Long ago, but a long time ago, Mr. Itzamná decided to create a land that was so beautiful that everyone who knew it would want to live there, in love with its beauty. Then he created the Mayab, the land of the elect(The chosen ones), and planted in it the most beautiful flowers that adorned the roads, created huge cenotes whose crystalline waters reflected the light of the sun and also deep caverns full of mystery. Later, Itzamná gave the new land to the Maya and chose three animals to live forever in the Mayab and whoever thought of them would remember it immediately. Those chosen by Itzamná were the pheasant, the deer and the rattlesnake. The Maya lived happily and were in charge of building palaces and stone cities. Meanwhile, the animals chosen by Itzamná never tired of touring the Mayab.

    Channel 7

    PUP's Senate Shuffle Turns Into Stumble
    It might have been a classic sendoff when PUP Senator Valerie Woods signed off with these words in the Senate back in April when she abstained from a key vote for the opposition: Hon. Valerie Woods- PUP Senator: "I am compelled to abstain on today's voting. And if it should be my swan song, Mr. President, I am comforted that it should be on an issue of existential importance to this country. So, if my head will be rolled, let it roll on this most critical national issue. And let the chips fall where they may."

    Dengue Could Have Caused Two Deaths in Belize
    The number of Dengue cases in Belize continues to grow and up to August 4th, there were a total of 1,294 cases recorded. That number is more than twice the total in 2018, and a report from the ministry of health warns that the outbreak could intensify when rains come. The Districts most affected are Orange Walk with 420 cases, Cayo with 354 and Stann Creek with 228. Significantly, 53 severe dengue cases have been reported, several in high risk groups including pregnant mothers, elderly persons and young children. At least two deaths are being investigated as linked to sever dengue, but neither has been confirmed. The Ministry of Health is responding at the district level with clean up campaigns and health education.

    Cops Piecing Together Murder of Mexican Woman
    Last night, we told you about the disturbing murder of 69-year-old Mexican Ofelia Hernandez Cruz on the Salt Creek Road in Sand Hill Village. She and her common-law husband had been taking care of a piece of private land belonging to her husband's boss for over 10 years. But on Tuesday evening at around 5 o'clock, an assailant, who may or may not have accomplices, went to their home on the private property. She was alone on that evening, and her neighbors only heard her screams of distress while she was being assaulted.

    Belize and Taiwan Agree to Partial Scope Trade Agreement
    Even as the opposition PUP may be making covert overtures to mainland China, the Barrow administration continues to cozy up to Taiwan. Minister of State with responsibility for Investment, Trade and Commerce Tracey Taegar Panton is on an official visit to the Asian country, and she's inked an agreement for Belize to enter into a major trade agreement with Taiwan. Tager Panton and her counterpart, Jong-Chin Shen, Minister of Economic Affairs today signed a Letter of Intent in Taipei to engage in the negotiation of a Partial Scope Agreement to formalize trade relations between the two countries.

    Alleged Stick Up Man Sambula To Stand Trial
    Last year, 19-year-old Everald Sambula was charged as one of the 3 robbers who held up the Premium Wines and Spirits Liquor Store, in the Kings Park area of Belize City. They made off with over $55,000 in cash and valuables. Today, he learned that he will have to face a full trial in the Supreme Court. A preliminary inquiry in the case was held today before Magistrate Emerson Banner. The police prosecutor handed over the investigation file to Magistrate Emerson Banner. It contained 11 witness statements which the prosecution intends to rely on in the trial. At its conclusion, the Magistrate ruled that Sambula, who is charged with 4 counts of robbery, must stand trial in the October sessions of the Supreme Court.

    Be A Tourist In Your Own Country, for Free
    "Be a tourist in your own country" - we've all been hearing that mantra for decades, but, who can afford it? Well, the BTB has a free solution for the creative types. The new Belizean Traveller Campaign has an interesting twist. They want to boost domestic tourism from August to the end of October - which I the customary low season - and here's how you can do it for free. Cherisse Halsall reports: We've all seen the lavish images of Belize's finest tourist attractions: From lush jungles, sandy beaches, Belize has something for every type of traveler.

    San Pedro Man Allegedly Robbed Senior Court Officer
    In April, we told you about the armed robbery at the seat of the Judiciary in Belize City. The Registrar General, Trienna Young, was held up, and she was robbed of almost 2,000 dollars, funds belonging to the Government of Belize. Well, 4 months later, police have made an arrest. He's 23-year-old Jovani Augustine, a resident of the San Pedrito area of San Pedro. He was arraigned today before Magistrate Stephanie Gillett on the single charge of aggravated burglary. He pleaded not guilty, but due to the nature of the offense, he was denied bail. He has been remanded into custody until October 15th, 2019. The allegations are that Augustine and another man entered the Registry Department on the evening of April 15th. They pulled out a firearm, and held up Young, robbing her of $1,976 in cash. Reports were that the robbers walked into the building, and robbed Young without alerting the on-duty security personnel who were stationed to keep the courthouse safe. No one noticed that anything was amiss until they saw the duo running out of the building.

    Making Belize Businesses Modern
    The rest of the world is surging ahead with the adaptation of technology in the market place, to form successful digital ecosystems, where goods and services are sold online. To ensure that Belize's entrepreneurs aren't falling behind, Mervin Budram, a Belmopan businessman who specializes in digital marketing, has collaborated with the US State Department, the Small Business Development Center, as well as other digital tech companies out of the US. They've created the Innovate Belize Summit, which is designed to provide professional development workshops to Belizean entrepreneurs who interested in providing their businesses with a strong online presence.

    Teenagers Pounced On Old Man
    Two teenagers were arraigned today for beating up an elderly man in the streets. They are 18 year old Tyrique Quinn Smith and 19-year-old Prince Alex Copious. The victim is 63-year-old Lizbrown Ivan Sydney Flowers. He reported to police that on Tuesday, at around 6:30 he was walking on LaCroix Boulevard, when the two young men attacked him for no reason and beat him up badly. The duo appeared before Magistrate Stephanie Gillett where they were both read a single charge of wounding. They pleaded not guilty and prosecutor, Corporal Christopher Smith had heavy objections to bail being granted to the teens. Prosecutor Smith submitted to the court that the act allegedly committed by the duo is cold and calculated and that a message needs to be sent to the public that persons cannot just take the law into their own hands and start to beat up on the elderly citizens for no reason.

    Is Embroidery Art?
    When we think of embroidery, we usually refer to it as a hobby, or a craft. But is it art? Not quite. Or that's what we thought until we saw a new Exhibition at the Mexican Cultural Institute called "CORDOBA/MATHAR Contemporary Practices in Embroidery and Painting." We got a preview of the exhibit earlier today and spoke to the artists as well as the exhibit's curator: Elizabeth Calzado, CURATOR: "It was a challenge in some way at first. To think about how two techniques as different as they are could be brought together in a smooth way..."

    Man Takes Plea and Prison for Gun and Weed
    Yesterday morning, a special branch led operation descended on a home in Ladyville. The police went to 313 Lily Road and saw someone throw a black object through the window. When the cops retrieved the object they saw that it was a 9 millimeter Taurus pistol with 3 rounds of ammunition in its magazine. As a result all three persons at the home were arrested and charged.

    The Last Summer Camp
    It is pretty much back to school for most kids, which means all the summer fun in the sun or on their tablet is over. Well all the kids who participated in the Belize camping experience summer camp have come to terms with it as the camp ends tomorrow. The Director for Belize Camping Experience along with two volunteers came by our studio today to tell us how this year's summer camp went. Alexander Perez, Director, Belize Camping Experience: "Well another year has come and gone. We are finishing up summer camps this week and we are wrapping up and we had the opportunity to work in the city, in Burrell Boom, in Hattieville and Ladyville. We were able to impact a lot of children in that neighborhood. 15 camps were done and over 74 young people who came from across the country to volunteer."

    BEL Gets First In-House Counsel
    It's one of Belize biggest companies, and, now, BEL has its first in-house counsel. Former 7News reporter, Dawn Sampson-Nuñez - just back from the UK as a trained attorney will now take up that post. She has also bene named as the General Manager of Legal and Corporate Services.

    Police Looking Deeply Into Belmopan Rape
    And, back now to police news, one other case that Assistant Commissioner Joseph Myvette discussed in today's press briefing was the rape allegation out of Belmopan. As we told you, a 38-year-old woman reported to police that on Monday night, she was at a party in the Tiger Town area of the Capital City. When she engaged in a conversation with one of the party-goers, he allegedly lured her into one of the bedrooms. She claims that he then forced himself on her and raped her, and before she could get herself together and escape, one of his friends entered the room and he then allegedly raped her.

    Scotiabank Sellout or Just Speculation?
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    Channel 5

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    The Reporter

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    LOVE FM

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    SIB standardizing statistical reports
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    BTB launches Belizean Traveller Campaign 2019
    Report figures show that tourism contributes approximately thirty-eight percent to Belize’s Gross Domestic Product. Therefore, keeping this industry viable is crucial to the economic well-being of our country and that is where the Belize Tourism Board comes in. They are tasked with marketing Belize both internationally and locally. As part of their strategy, they embarked …

    Two deaths possibly caused by dengue
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    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

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    International Sourcesizz

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    Caribbean Business And Finance Report
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    Caye Caulker
    08/16/19 11:34 AM
    There is good news for the community of Caye Caulker. Thanks to the diligent work of Minister Honorable Manuel Heredia Jr. he has been working profusely to acquire land for the the high school and village expansion. We can safely say, his promise to his people has finally been materialized for 26.4 acres of land, which 5 acres will be distributed to the high school leaving 21.4 acres for the village expansion.

    We thank our Area representative for his hard work and dedication to satisfy the highly demanded request for land.

    We look forward to the distribution and congratulations to the Minister on a job well done.

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    08/15/19 05:11 PM
    After more than a year in prison for manslaughter

    Police constables Leonard Nuńez and Hallet King, formerly attached to the Caye Caulker Police Formation, are free from remand as of Tuesday, August 13th. They had been incarcerated for the death of Hilberto Sotz, who died under police custody in 2015. The pair were facing manslaughter charges and was taken to the Supreme Court to be sentenced by Justice Colin Williams. She sentenced them to nine months’ imprisonment, minus time served. Nuńez and King had already spent over a year on remand; thus, they were released and walked out as free men from the court.

    Hilberto’s mother, Carmelina Sotz, spoke to the media outside of the court, expressing how hurt she was after finding out that the constables were set free. “This is not fair,” she said, questioning the judicial system of the country. The Sotz family is also considering filing a lawsuit against Nuńez and King because the court did not rule on any compensation to the family for their loss.

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    08/15/19 12:32 PM

    Police Commissioner Chester Williams also briefly spoke on the investigation of the double murder of prominent American Doctor Gary Swank and San Pedro tour guide Mario Graniel. Both men were fatally shot on Sunday, June twenty-third while out in the lagoon in Graniel’s skiff. Investigators believe that the gunman was after Graniel, and Dr. Swank was collateral damage. The investigation revealed that Graniel had a misunderstanding with one of the island’s most notorious gang figures. No one has been charged for the shocking double murder which prompted cabinet to take security measures on the island. Today, Williams told the press that there is a development in the case.

    Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

    “That investigation remains a live issue. We have a very interesting development yes, but I am not going to divulge it at this time.”

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    08/15/19 12:07 PM
    On August 13, 1969, the first issue of the Amandala, the organ of the United Black Association for Development (UBAD), rolled off a Gestetner machine in Belize City. For the next three editions, the newspaper was given away to members and supporters of UBAD.

    After the third edition, however, a charge of 5 cents was charged. Since that first edition 50 years ago, and despite the changes in technology, Amandala has continued to be a staple for the reading public and a voice for the voiceless Belizeans in our midst.

    The UBAD organization, which was formed in February 1969, was a cultural organization which aimed to instill a sense of self-love and pride in Belizeans of African ancestry by emphasizing the rich history of African peoples and fusing it with what was happening in the United States, from which the “black and proud” slogan was brought home to Belize.

    UBAD’s rhetoric was militant. In fact, it was too militant for the then colonial society to simply absorb, and so, the powers that be set themselves on a mission to crush Amandala and its young revolutionary leaders in its infancy.

    The number 17 issue of Amandala, which was published on February 20, 1970, caught the attention of the powers that be, and Amandala’s publisher and editor, Ismael Omar Shabazz, and Evan X Hyde, were arrested and charged with seditious conspiracy for a satirical article entitled “Games Old People Play.”

    “Sedition is a political crime,” Amandala publisher and chairman of Kremandala, Evan X Hyde, told us in an interview this morning.

    “It was a way to attack the organization before it revived, because UBAD had allied itself with the People’s Action Committee (PAC) that was led by Assad Shoman and Said Musa.

    “PAC had its own publication named Fire, and so Amandala became ‘Amandala with Fire.’

    “But that alliance didn’t work. I didn’t really analyze why, and then came the arrest for sedition in January, 1970,” Hyde said.

    At 23, Hyde became a revolutionary in colonial British Honduras.

    “I felt that I owed it to the African-American students to support their fight against racism and so on, and that kind of revolutionized me,” Hyde said.

    Hyde explained that due to his youth and inexperience, he did not realize what he was getting himself into when his UBAD organization decided to support Philip Goldson in the City Council election in 1971.

    “I was young, and got myself into some deep waters,” he said.

    We asked the publisher to outline the technological changes that Amandala went through after the Gestetner period.

    “We got an old letter press in about 1971; it was a Chandler and Price letter press. The motor never worked, so we used to pump it by hand,” Hyde explained.

    “The major development in Amandala technologically came in 1977 when the PUP led an initiative by Said Musa; me and my family invested half-half with Said Musa, and we got the offset press that enabled us to compete with the Reporter Press … And I think that by 1981, we had become the leading newspaper,” Hyde recalled.

    “The present challenge is the internet and social media. How do you see Amandala faring in this new era?” we asked him.

    Hyde explained that in the US, a lot of newspapers have folded because of the internet, and the newspapers that have survived are those which have invested in top-notch reporters.

    “The most important thing for me to say is to express my gratitude to the people who have supported us. Their loyalty to us is real, and I don’t get a chance to say thanks to them individually,” Hyde said.

    We asked the publisher to reflect on the future of Amandala in this technological era.

    “There is a changing sociological landscape. I have no idea going forward. Do you know that the Gleaner, Jamaica’s leading newspaper, has been around since 1834? There had to have been several points where major adjustments have had to be made,” Hyde explained.

    “At the height of Amandala’s popularity, we diversified into radio and then television, because these are important methods of communication, because our people are not being properly educated as far as reading is concerned,” Hyde went on to say.

    Hyde recalled one of his classmates, Carlson Gough, who is an engineer whom he went to school with from Standard 3 at Holy Redeemer primary school, all the way to SJC sixth form.

    Hyde recalled that, during a conversation he had with Gough a few years ago, Gough told him that to learn mathematics, you have to know how to read. He’s an expert, Hyde said.

    “You have to know how to read the text, and Belizeans are not being taught to read because social media employs methods of communication that are not formal. Serious writing is important, because ideally, you have to learn how to read,” he said.

    The half-a-century journey that Amandala has made has been remarkable, and even dangerous at times, but the newspaper remains committed to its core principle of being a voice for those less fortunate Belizeans for whom hardly anyone ever speaks.

    As the leading newspaper, Amandala has never been afraid of speaking truth to power, even though that could be a costly exercise at times.

    The newspaper, however, continues to persevere, although the journey gets difficult at times; Amandala continues to mean “power to the people.” The newspaper has never forgotten how it got here – not through the support of the rich, but the support of the poor and marginalized Belizeans. It is a debt that we will continue to pay.

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    Editorial: 50 years of Amandala – never wavering

    Today, August 13, 2019, marks the 50th year since the Amandala newspaper came into existence, on Wednesday, August 13, 1969, and we pause to celebrate, and to reflect on the journey of this remarkable newspaper and its iconic leader, its publisher — Evan X Hyde.

    For fifty years, since it first appeared as an information sheet about the activities and objectives of UBAD (United Black Association for Development), the weekly (presently bi-weekly) Amandala has been the most exciting Belizean production. For a short period it was only exciting, and then it became the most important too.

    There is excellence and there is longevity, and when they meet we have greatness. It is not possible to separate Amandala from its publisher because he is the reason that the newspaper is what it is. X Hyde, a trained writer, has explained that his dream was to become a novelist and playwright, but in little Belize he got caught up in politics because of his passion for his people, and his art and his cause merged and found expression in these pages.

    One of the Amandala publisher’s many important contributions to Belize is his capacity to recognize talent and his zeal to give it every opportunity to flourish. There have been many contributors to the Amandala story, and on this important occasion we mention two of the most storied — Glenn Tillett and Adele Ramos.

    Glenn was a young, aspiring writer when he came to the Amandala, and his shared passion with the publisher must have struck a chord, for he soon had full reign over the paper’s weekly news features, and every opportunity to hone his craft.

    When Adele returned to Belize from studies abroad, and offered her services to the Amandala, the publisher remarked that his organization didn’t have the finances to pay a talent of her caliber, but his organization also couldn’t afford to not hire her. It did, and the news stories she researched and wrote for the newspaper set the bar in Belize at its highest standard. They are considered some of the finest, in quality and accuracy, ever produced in the country, anywhere.

    Amandala’s columnists always have wide latitude to express their opinions, unfettered, as long as they are honest. Amandala’s readers never have to worry about hidden agendas. The publisher of the Amandala, who maintains a “From the Publisher” column, and had written almost all the editorials in the newspaper over the years, never throws stones and hides his hands. His insistence on intellectual integrity might be as great a contribution to Belize as his writing excellence and his passion for the things he believes in.

    Those who pick up the torch when the Amandala publisher passes it on, as he must one day, must not only be true to the cause, they must also revere intellectual integrity.

    Originally, the Amandala was a stenciled newsletter whose primary purpose was to report on the objectives and activities of the United Black Association for Development (UBAD), which had been formed just a few months prior. Ismael Shabazz, the secretary/treasurer of UBAD (which became a political party in August of 1970), was listed as its publisher, and the organization’s president, Evan X Hyde, did most of the writing.

    Shabazz and X Hyde were brought before the Belize Supreme Court in July of 1970, for seditious conspiracy, after the latter’s creative flair got them into trouble with the establishment. The court found the pair “not guilty”, and sometime during, or shortly after the trial, Shabazz, a spiritual leader, and mechanic, handed over the reins of the paper to X Hyde, the trained writer.

    UBAD’s purpose was to uplift the masses in Belize, especially the most downtrodden, the darker-skinned children of the slaves, and among its core missions were voting rights for 18-year-olds, freedom of the air waves, and the teaching of African and Indian (Mayan) history in Belize’s schools. It started out as a cultural organization, morphed into a political party, and dissolved in November of 1974 when its sole candidate in the general election that year, was defeated at the polls.

    No longer the organ of UBAD, but still firmly grounded in the mission of lifting up the masses, the Amandala embraced the new path of a national newspaper.

    Amandala attained national status, becoming and maintaining the position as the most widely read newspaper in the country, but there are members of some demographics that regard the Amandala with a certain amount of suspicion. This is fueled to an extent by confusion about the name of the organization that gave birth to the Amandala. This confusion is encouraged by rivals, for their purposes.

    In the world of the British, who controlled Belize up until 1981, one’s cultural status and one’s economic chances improved the closer in appearance one was to the colonial master. Some members of the light-skinned tribes, including the lighter-skinned Creoles, did not readily accept UBAD’s message that black was beautiful, and they didn’t grasp that their lighter color, which gave them advantages here, did not count for anything in the larger world.

    The publisher of the Amandala had been exposed to the system in the USA, a country where all non-white people — black, brown, red, and yellow — were classified as black, and it was his view, and that of many leaders of UBAD, that Belizeans should accept that we were not white, and that we should unite, so we could better face the world that was now under the domination of the Americans.

    The perception, encouraged by some, that the Amandala’s concern was only for a certain segment of the population, and the newspaper’s readiness to challenge the status quo, have dogged it over the years, with many businesses and institutions never, or rarely ever, doing business with the organization.

    Some purists believe that challenging the status quo is not enough, that the newspaper could do more investigative journalism, dig deeper behind the issues. In the early 1980s the newspaper published an article from a Mexican newspaper that suggested that in some way then Prime Minister, Hon. George Price, and a member of his government, were not blind to the drug trade that was beginning to increase in our country.

    The immediate response of the government was to declare that the Prime Minister was a sacred cow, and the accused member of his government too. The men could have depended on their declaration of innocence, and asked the Mexican newspaper to provide evidence to support its insinuations, but they chose to slap the Amandala (and other media that had published the same article), with a lawsuit.

    The judge in the case might have penalized the media minimally, considering that no independent media in Belize had the finances to carry out an investigation to prove a charge made against our leaders in a foreign newspaper. The judge, however, dropped the full weight of the gavel.

    Fast forward to the Sanctuary Bay scandal and we see the present Prime Minister declaring himself a sacred cow. The laws which allowed drug dealers to hide behind Prime Minister Price’s coattails are the same laws PM Barrow just dusted off for his purpose. The two major political parties are both armed with a battery of lawyers who work to insulate them from scrutiny.

    We live in precarious times. A few years ago a promising, impressive young journalist for this newspaper was murdered, and the law authorities can’t explain why he was killed and can’t find out who killed him. A senior journalist from one of the newspaper’s close affiliates (KREM TV) was physically, publicly roughed up by the police in the service of the government.

    Some businesses do not support the Amandala, and governments have turned their wrath on the newspaper, but in this adverse environment the organization perseveres in providing information with integrity, in creating jobs in the media and also in sports and entertainment, and also in continuing the legacy of UBAD through the UEF (UBAD Educational Foundation).

    In the most difficult times the newspaper has survived through the Grace of God, and the support of the people, who respect the organization for its hard work, and its dedication in providing the unspun truth. Through 50 years the support of the people has never wavered, and the Amandala has never wavered in its commitment to them.

    Amandala means Power to the People.

    From the Publisher

    On this day, the occasion of our newspaper’s fiftieth anniversary (no development concession), I would like to express sincere gratitude to those of you who have supported us from creation and enabled me to take care of my parental responsibilities.

    At some point in my high school career at St. John’s College, encouraged by the late John Stochl, S.J., I had thought of becoming a professional writer. I guess, thinking about it after all these years, the brothers Herbert and Ernest Cain had been professional writers (and printers) with their Belize Independent in the early part of the twentieth century, as had Dr. Frederick Gahne with his Guardian in the latter part of the nineteenth, Hon. Philip Goldson with his Belize Billboard in the 1950s and 1960s, and the late Rudy Castillo, who did a lot of the writing for the ruling People’s United Party (PUP) in their various information publications during their glory days in the 1950s and 1960s.

    For myself, when I thought of becoming a professional writer, I was thinking primarily of, aspiring to be like, people like Roger Kahn and Arnold Hano, brilliant writers who did feature articles in the monthly American sports magazine called SPORT, which was imported into Belize by a business called Hollywood Magazines, operated, and I suppose owned, by one of Mr. Rudy Castillo’s sisters, incidentally.

    Oh, how I used to dodge the monthly arrival of SPORT. The lady proprietor must have been amused by my repeated visits. Once I got possession of the magazine and brought it home, I still had to wait, and wait, and wait, until my dad, who was a voracious reader, got first crack.

    I was a soft child at school, losing more fights than I won, and prohibited from playing with the neighborhood children in the streets. The Gillett youth, from Cubali Alley I believe, were working at Carlos Romero’s bakery across the alley from where I lived at #3 West Canal Street before Hurricane Hattie in 1961. They had to come into the Hyde yard to play marbles and tops and a little caparuche.

    As the core of my anniversary column, I want to talk about a “21” basketball tournament, I think it was for first and second forms, at S.J.C., where, if my memory is correct, the finals ended up between my team and me – Norman Alamina (from Caye Caulker, I believe) and Haldane Burn, against Hector Yorke’s team – Hector, Percy Mutrie, and a small but very macho Hispanic named Raul Villanueva.

    The matchups were Raul guarding the much taller Haldane, Percy against the taller Alamina (whose sister, Ilna, had taught my class at Standard IV at Holy Redeemer Boys School in 1957), and me against Hector. Percy and Alamina were in the middle around the basket, Raul and Haldane on the wings, and Hector and I could be described as the point guards.

    If I had known as much as I know now, I would have moved Norman out of the middle and let Haldane post up against Raul. But that might have caused a fight. Raul, who wore jewelry and fancy shoes, was giving up a tremendous amount of height to Haldane, but Haldane, who went on to become a national basketball star in Belize some years later, was soft, like me. Raul would threaten and intimidate him to the point where I worried about Haldane sometimes. Raul had a deadly, deadly shot from l5 or 18, but he should never have been able to release it with Haldane guarding him.

    Anyway, just by the by, Percy Mutrie had a sexy younger sister named Marian who was going to Pallotti and liked me. But she must have thought I was older than I was. I was scared of girls, and would go to all kinds of lengths on my bicycle to avoid her. Boy, oh boy. We’re talking almost six decades ago.

    For me, the centerpiece of this anniversary column is Hector Yorke (a younger brother of Roland and Edgar), who died in Los Angeles as much as three decades ago. Hector was something special. When he came down the middle off the top of the key, it seemed to me, trying to defend him, that he was moving in every different direction at the same time. Hector Yorke was a real problem.

    I believe we won the tournament. We had a big height advantage with Norman Alamina, not to mention Haldane. But that was a bitter series. A few years later, a Jesuit scholastic by the name of McElroy, took a baseball game between Wesley College, led by Arthur “Paulie” Usher, and St. John’s College, with myself as the pitcher, lightly. It must have been difficult for an American to appreciate the seriousness of the rivalry between the city high schools in 1964 – primarily S. J. C., Wesley, and Michael’s. (Technical was just beginning to come on strong.)

    In 1969 I married a young lady who had attended Wesley Primary School on Albert Street. Many years later she told me that whenever the primary school year came to an end in those days, around April or so, she and her posse would march to the area of Augusto Quan where they would clash with some of their Holy Redeemer Girls counterparts coming down off the Swing Bridge. Innocent I man had no idea all this was going on back in the day. Perhaps some older policeman somewhere may remember something.

    There are very few of us Belizeans who became educated who were dedicatedly roots. Amongst these I would rate attorney Simeon Sampson highly. Most of Belize’s educated people became educated in my colonial time by segregating themselves from roots, and that is why the history of our city and our country is so skewed. The people who can write nitty gritty ignore the real history of Belize.

    Over the last two weekends, I spent many hours travelling with Rufus X in Crooked Tree, his dad’s home village, and Lemonal, his mom’s home. I listened a lot to Rufus, his friends, and their family members, and I learned a lot. These were families who basically worked for the Belize Estate and Produce Company in the rural and bush when BEC ruled Belize. There is really nowhere you can go in Belize where you can read a real history of villages like Gallon Jug, Hill Bank, and the aforementioned Crooked Tree and Lemonal in the days before $250 concerts took over in town. You know who is to blame for that lack of information and history? The people who are to blame are all your stuck up educated Belizeans with their noses up in the air. Well, how about the politicians who take their orders from white supremacy?

    I should not speak this way to you, but I am tired and angry after all these decades. Imagine now, the Jamaicans appear to have actually taken over Belize theater and are telling us the stories they choose to narrate. Belize, Belize, there has been a power structure in place which oversees the secretive and systematic crushing of everything that is authentically roots Belizean. This is the reason all the foreign immigrant oligarchs now lord it over us and we “petty men walk under (their) huge legs and peep about to find ourselves dishonorable graves.”

    Power to the people. Amandala.

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    [Linked Image] A female tourist was attacked by an estimated 10 to 12-foot crocodile while swimming in the sea on Monday, August 12th after 9PM. The victim was staying at a resort south of San Pedro Town and was seriously injured on her left arm during the ordeal. She was assisted by a team of rescuers – a combination of members of the South Ambergris Caye Neighborhood Watch and Rickilee Response and Rescue – then transported to the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic, where she received over 100 stitches. She has since left the country, while the American Crocodile Education Sanctuary (ACES) is trying to locate the animal under the authorization of the Forestry Department.

    A formal report has not been issued, but San Pedro Police confirmed the incident saying that it took place in the sea and that the injuries were not life-threatening. Unofficial reports are that the victim was swimming, apparently looking for a piece of jewelry in the water. Unexpectedly, she was attacked by the crocodile, which caused severe injuries to her left arm.

    The San Pedro Sun reached to Chris Summers at ACES, who told us that is not unusual for a crocodile to be in the sea, particularly in the northern or southern parts of the island. “The attack is unusual though, that’s not normal behavior for these species, they are generally very shy,” said Summers. He stated that after the tourist was assisted, they spotted the crocodile on the sea, but did not manage to capture it. When captured, the animal would ideally be placed in captivity.

    Summers added that they are planning to start working with resorts on the island and get signs erected advising guests against swimming in the sea at night. This will be emphasized on the properties located on the northern and southern areas of Ambergris Caye, where it is more likely that these reptiles might cross from the lagoon to the sea.

    Organizations that assisted in this emergency:

    ACES is a non-profit organization, permitted by the Belize Forest Department, dedicated to conserving Belize' critical wetland habitats and protected species, specifically crocodilians, through scientific research and education in order to preserve Belize's wildlife for future generations. For help dealing with problematic crocodiles or other wildlife issues/emergencies, contact ACES via phone at 623-7920 or email [email protected]

    Triple R is a non-profit, quick response team that assists both island residents and visitors alike in emergencies. The group was formed in memory of American National Rickilee Mercer, who perished on the leeward coast of Ambergris Caye in March 2017. Triple R utilizes 15 plus volunteers and staff, and is always looking for volunteers, donations, and help in growing within the community. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram, or visit their website at www.rrr.life. For any emergencies, Triple R can be reached any time by calling 627-1117.

    South Ambergris Caye Neighborhood Watch is 100% donor funded by neighbors of South Ambergris Caye - there is no government funding, there is no charitable organization - they are it. Their patrol staff keeps an eye out for criminal activity in the secluded neighborhood. You can donate to keep them going via this link.

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