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July 10, 2015


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The San Pedro Sun

Costa Maya Festival – a celebration of beauty and culture
Every year without fail, San Pedro Town welcomes hundreds of visitors to the island – many from our mainland – to the International Costa Maya Festival®! What started in 1992 as the Sea and Air Festival, the celebration has evolved into a musical and cultural festival that also brings a touch of beauty to the three-night extravaganza. This year’s event will take place from Thursday, August 6th to Sunday, August 9th. Local and international musicians, deejays, performers, artisans and even carnival fair-style rides fill the Sunset Boardwalk venue, where throngs of festival-goers enjoy different events each night. Organizers of the festival try and spread the entertainment to incorporate the entire family. Always held on the first weekend of August, Costa Maya® begins on a Thursday night. This is now officially kicked off with the selection of a Costa Maya beauty ambassador. Representatives from Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Panama grace the stage in hopes of capturing the crown.

Memorial service held for Leovijildo ‘Leoli’ Varela
The Varela family commemorated the life of 80-year-old Leovijildo ‘Leoli’ Varela on Sunday, July 5th with a mass service and blessing. The well-known island resident was the owner and boat captain of Varela’s Cargo Service Limited. Varela was lost at sea on Thursday, June 25th in a tragic boat incident. Even though his body has not been recovered, family members came together at the San Pedro Roman Catholic Church at 10AM on Sunday to say their last goodbyes. Following the church service, Varela’s barge was blessed in a short ceremony. The Varela family would like to extend their sincerest appreciation to all those who have shown them support during this difficult time. Special thanks goes out all those who came out for the memorial service. May he rest in Peace.

Caribbean Villas Celebrates the 4th of July
The Caribbean Villas Beach Resort certainly brought the 4th of July celebration to San Pedro over the weekend! Saturday, July 4th, marked the 239th anniversary of the United States Independence from Great Britain. The management of Caribbean Villas saw it as an opportunity to celebrate with its American customers and start a tradition with its first ever 4th of July Beach Extravaganza. During the day, there were many activities lined up to entertain all the attendees. From raffles, trivia competitions, and fun games, both children and adults had a wonderful time. A DJ kept the ambiance well alive with a mix of great American beats from the 80’s to present time. On the beach, a huge grill was loaded with succulent American style hot dog sausages. While people were enjoying the music, and keeping the bartenders busy, preparations were being finalized for the night’s grand activities.

Belizeans win Gold at Central American Championships
The Belize delegation captured 11 medals at the 26th Central American Championships in Athletics held in Managua, Nicaragua from Friday, June 19th to Sunday, June 21st. Among those medals were three golds in the disciplines of Heptathlon, Triple Jump and Men’s 4x100m Relay. The competition is organized by the Central American Isthmus Athletic Confederation and sees the participation of athletes from Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Panama, Honduras and Nicaragua. 18 athletes, along with officials from the Belize Athletics Association (BAA) formed the Belize delegation. The games were held at the Estadio Olímpico del IND Managua. By the end of the tournament, Belize had claimed three gold medals, four silver medals and six bronze medals.

Maya Leaders Alliance seek international assistance in upholding Communal Land Rights
The Maya Leaders Alliance (MLA) has sought international assistance after 12 villagers of Santa Cruz were charged for the unlawful imprisonment of Rupert Myles. MLA claims that they were only attempting to protect the Uxbenka Maya Site where Myles was building his home and the Government of Belize (GOB) is not respecting the Maya’s rights. The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples has since urged GOB to respect the right of the Maya people and remove the charges against them. The incident started on Saturday, June 20th when Myles was unlawfully arrested by Santa Cruz villagers. After Myles reported the incident, police arrested and charged the villagers for the crime of “Unlawful Imprisonment”, “Common Assault” and “Aggravated Assault”. Prime Minister Dean Barrow even condemned the actions of the Santa Cruz villagers, stating that the treatment of Myles is “outrageous”.

Ambergris Today

Miss Mexico and Miss Guatemala for Costa Maya Pageant
Miss Mexico and Miss Guatemala have been the biggest contenders throughout the years at the Miss Costa Maya Pageant, with Mexico claiming the most wins, followed by Guatemala. This week the Costa Maya Festival introduces the delegates of these two countries. The only delegate left to be announced is of the host country Belize, which will be done shortly. This year the pageant is taking place on Thursday, August 6, 2015 as the Costa Maya Festival runs from August 6 – 8. All the contestants arrive on July 29 and will be hosted at Noche Sanpedrana social event at Ramon’s Village, before pageant night.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

San Pedro Sailing Club News
Forrest's Antigua journal. Yesterday, July 8, on the strength of two 5th place finishes, Kevin vaulted ahead 37 places to rank 73, after 6 races. Trent improved 2 places to 96. Jazmine moved up 5 spots to 136. Nashira slipped to 150, but the week is not over. Team racing today. In our first race, we face the strong home team, Antigua, and our 4 have never team-raced before. If we lose to them, we face another team that lost in the consolation series. If we lose to them, we are out. If not, we keep going. Whatever, our kids are excited, and they plan to have Fun.

The Inspiration Center of Belize
The Inspiration Center is a Non-Profit Organization located in the country of Belize. We are the leading comprehensive outpatient Center in the country that focuses entirely on the needs of children with disabilities. Our Vision is to be a leading resource center in the region providing sustainable high quality services to empower children with disabilities to participate in society. Our core values are Empowerment, Rights Based Services, Integrity, Passion, and Respect. We offer children with disabilities from ages birth to 16 years old primary medical care, Speech, Physical, and Hydro therapies, and Social Work services using a traditional Medical model at the Center. We also provide a Community-Based Rehabilitation (CBR) Program nationwide in which our Rehabilitation Field Officers visits children, and their families in their homes. Using local resources and networking they promote empowerment, advocacy, education and inclusion. The use of a dual model of care ensures that our families and children with disabilities receive comprehensive services to maximize their potential.

Belize participates in EXPO Milano 2015
Belize is participating in EXPO Milano 2015, under the theme of “Feeding the planet, Energy for life” as we can foresee Belize partnering with other stakeholders and becoming one of the leading “breadbaskets” in our region. Bordered by Mexico in the North, Guatemala in the West, and the Caribbean Sea in the East, Belize is the only country in Central America, with English as its official language, and whose British colonial history bridges its sister CARICOM countries to mainland Latin America. Belize has a hard-working, diverse, friendly, bi-lingual, and well-educated workforce that bolsters an economy, focused on growth. Being world renowned as a tourist destination, Belize brags for having the second largest barrier reef in the world and is reputable for its beautiful beaches and all year round tropical climate that has made us the country of choice amongst its growing number of returning tourist.

OFFICIAL BY ELECTIONS RESULTS (from Elections and Boundaries Department)

Benque Clean Up Campaign
We make an invitation to all members of the community to join the Clean-Up Campaign this Friday July 10, 2015 starting at 8:00 a.m. at the entrance of Benque Viejo! Project is being headed by Organization of American States (OAS) and the Matanza Project Committee working in conjunction with other organizations including: Benque Community Projects, Benque Cadets, CACHE Benque, Belize Training & Development Institute, Dys Belize, Benque Viejo Town Council, Opening Roads for Future Generations Organization. The 'Welcome to Benque Viejo' sign at the entrace will be repainted and a fundraising sale for the Matanza Project will take place.  If you would like to make any donation for snacks, refreshments or garbage bags, please contact us at: 604-4048  Let's keep Benque Clean! Come out and support this initiative!"

Another successful year for Caye Caulker Lobster Fest 2015
Thanks to all who attended our festival and those who made it another successful year for Caye Caulker Lobster Fest 2015. I would like to extend a big thank you to Ms. Enelda Rosado, Mrs. Ellie Gomez our food vendors, the non profit organizations, the Djs, and our family who support us every year. Most importantly, thank you to my committee members: Chantel, Matt, Ilda, Nathan, Maynor, David, Guadz, Julian, Fatima, Kristel, Andrew, Seleny, Elizabeth, David and Kevin, our bar staff and helpers, who worked their butts off from beginning to end!! As a small committee, we try our best with hard work and dedication, to bring you a bigger and better festival every year. We are grateful for the continued support from our locals who help make our festival a successful one. Together we have made this event beneficial for all and we hope to continue working along with the community for the betterment of our Isla Cariñosa!

Vigil on Caye Caulker for Ms. Caroline
There will be a candle light vigil for our beloved friend Ms.Caroline this saturday at 7pm at her home behind of Mr.Juni's house for all those who are willing to accompany us in this time of greavement your all welcome!!!

Cindy Novelo in Concert
PRESENTING HER NEW CD RELEASE: ‘MEDITATION’. A CELEBRATION OF GRACE AND PEACE. HAUNTING… SOULFUL… MAGICAL… An award-winning singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Cindy Novelo’s music is a mesmerizing fusion of Americana, classical and world music – soulful sounds that rise from the hollows of Appalachia, Europe, India and beyond. Her new CD ‘Meditation’ – to be released August 15 – pushes the boundaries of her innovative and luscious sound, resulting in a deeply moving musical experience that invites you to fall into grace. Influenced by seventeen years of life overseas and a lifetime of spiritual seeking, it is Cindy’s deepest desire to help the world find healing through the unveiling of the heart and the letting go of the things that divide. Her music is rich with wide open landscapes, deep inner musings and full-on passion. “The human condition – bold and beautiful – is what speaks to us through her music.”

Mr. Frank Mena to be appointed as Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security
The newly elected Area Representative of the Dangriga Electoral Division, Mr. Frank Mena will be sworn in by His Excellency Sir Colville Young, Governor-General of Belize, on Friday July 10th, 2015 at the Belize House in Belmopan City at 10:30 am. Mr. Mena will be appointed as the Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security and will later take the official Oath of Office as a Member of the House of Representatives at its next sitting.

H.E. Alexis Rosado Presents Credentials to the President of the Republic of Costa Rica
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is pleased to announce that his Excellency Luis Guillermo Solis Rivera, President of the Republic of Costa Rica, received H.E. Alexis Rosado in a solemn ceremony on Wednesday, 8th July 2015, on the occasion of the presentation of credentials accrediting Mr. Rosado as Belize's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Costa Rica. Belize and Costa Rica have enjoyed relations of friendship and cooperation since Belize became an independent country. Both countries have a tradition of peace, democracy, and the respect for human rights and the rule of law. There are several agreements in the areas of trade and cooperation that we now must activate. Both countries are members of the Central American Integration Process (SICA) and the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) which allows us to engage in dialogue and functional cooperation with other sister countries in the region. Costa Rica and Belize have equally given priority to international concerns regarding climate change, deforestation and to the inadequacy of graduating middle income countries through standard international measurements.

BOLEDO DRAWING for Thursday, July 9, 2015: 59. FANTASY 5: 19 22 39 27 16 N

Seeking a new image and TV personality
If your passion is fashion, modeling and show host, ladies here is a great opportunity to be part of an event like no other! The Corozal Free Zone in collaboration with Turquesa Group Ltd. is looking for You! So contact us at 423-7346 or stop by our office Radio Turquesa Belize 91.5 FM located in the Corozal Free Zone for more information! You must be 18 or older to apply! Let's reactivate the Corozal Free Zone

OPTINAM 2015. Antigua. Team Racing
LOTS of photos!

Power interruption 7:00am to 1:00pm on Sunday, July 12: portion Benque Viejo Town
Including Church Hill, St. Joseph St, Baron Bliss St, Chapel Hill, Benque New Site and new Cemetery area; also Arenal, Succotz, Shawville, Clarissa Falls, Calla Creek and Corozalito. BEL to replace utility poles and equipment and remove hazardous vegetation along power distribution system in the area.

Cayo Summer Splash
The big Cayo Summer Splash is Sunday, July 12th, on the Macal River. They'll have a lot of fun, games, and food for everyone.

Channel 7

The Numbers Are In For Griga By-Election: UDP Won Big
As we told you last night in our very extended by-election newscast - the UDP's Frank Pawpa Mena is the new representative for Dangriga, Hope Creek And Sarawee. The final numbers shows that his victory was large and decisive. Of the 3704 persons who voted, Mena got 2164 votes or 58% of the total - while his opponent Anthony Sabal got 41%. That's a very sharp downturn for the PUP's political fortunes in this southern seat - seeing that just three years ago - their candidate Ivan Ramos for 54% of the vote. That's a very significant slippage for the opposition, but for the UDP, it's quite consistent with the support the party saw in March's municipal elections - where they got 60% of the vote. This time it's 58% and Mena now joins the House of Representatives as one of only 10 members who earned more than 58% of the vote in their constituencies.

Mena Going to 'Pan, But Staying Grounded in Griga
And as a reward for his strong showing, it was announced today that Mena will be made Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security. He will be sworn in as a member of Cabinet by the Governor General tomorrow. And while he's going to Belmopan, last night in Dangriga at around 9:00 when the result was official, he said it's all about keeping close to his hometown:.. Hon. Frank "Pawpa" Mena, UDP Representative - Dangriga "Listen to me, I will give it my best shot. There are nothing that really frightened me in this world Jules because I come from humble beginning and I will give it my best shot, because my people believes in me and I have to deliver and if I can't really deliver to my people, I am willing to come to my people and have them understand that this is a fight I can't win and I will keep with my people to make them understand that we need to win this together." "You see too much things separate us in Dangriga and we have to have the conversation Jules and maybe, politically I am not saying the right things, but we have to have the conversation because at the end of the day it's about my people and I am not going anywhere from here. I will stay right here. It might be kind of rough, but at the end of the day it's about here."

Despite Loss, PUP Leader is Encouraged
And Standard Bearer Sabal seems to have a very bright future in the PUP - unlike the swiftly dismissed Richard Harrison, who was the last PUP candidate to lose a by-election. Not so for Sabal, he's a keeper, and today at a post mortem press briefing, PUP Party Leader Francis Fonseca said that it's a disappointment, but an encouraging one:.. Hon. Francis Fonseca, Leader of The Opposition "Obviously we are disappointed with the loss, because we believe Anthony Sabal is such a good candidate and we believe would have made an excellent representative for the people of Dangriga. There are many factors that contributed to the results that we saw in Dangriga yesterday and not the least of which were the fact that the United Democratic Party is in government. They were fairly well organized. Their machinery is well fueled by money. So, I think those are key factors. I think clearly it's a case in which our representative Hon. Ivan Ramos resigned from the National Assembly, someone who had run for the party, resigning from his seat as a member of the House of Representatives. I think that had an effect on some voters. As we were campaigning around Dangriga in particular, some voters felt that he had abandoned them. Sabal became our standard bearer there on May 13th and really only had a few weeks to campaign actively in the area. He is a well-known teacher, but politics is a different business."

Fonseca Has Tight Hold On Leadership
But politics is Francis Fonseca's career - has been from the late 90's. And now, he has the un-enviable distinction of being the only mass party leader to oversee three major elections losses in six months. That's two by-elections and a raft of municipal elections. So, is his leadership in trouble? Well, he told the press today: not at all:.. Jules Vasquez "Will you still be leader when the PUP faces the next general election? And that has a sub-question. Have you contemplating resigning? You lost 3 elections in 6 months under your leadership and second, might there be those in the party who wish to remove you as leader?" Hon. Francis Fonseca, Leader of The Opposition "I serve at the will of the members of People's United Party. But the short answer is yes, I will lead the party into the next general elections. I have as I've said earlier, received calls from just about everybody in the party - our standard bearers, leaders - some of them sent messages. But everybody expressed support. Everybody expressed the view that they were proud of the fighting spirit displayed by the party yesterday.

Is The Opposition To Blame For UDP's Electoral Successes?
And so, regardless of outcome, Fonseca gets to hang in there - but the outcome - as we said at the top is telling. It sees the PUP losing major ground in terms of popular support in that seat in just three years - at a time when the UDP, in its eighth year of a second term should be the one losing popularity. But it's the other way around - and Frank Mena has been vaulted into the House of Representatives with a large mandate - breaking the PUP's lock on the south. The bottom line is that the opposition now has one less seat in their House minority - and it's the second seat the party is losing since the start of the year. So, what's the problem? What's causing the popularity pendulum to swing in favour of the government - when it should be swinging against it? That's what we asked the opposition leader today:.. Jules Vasquez "What we are seeing is that Frank "Pawpa" Mena is almost at 60% in a division that never goes over 60%. You have never seen those numbers yourself. Even very popular representatives like Said Musa in the upper 50s. So, that puts Frank "Pawpa" Mena, like Omar Figueroa in a very exclusive club. Are you all properly assessing the totality of the significant lost..."

PUP Blame The Resigning of Ramos
And while the PUP is encouraged by their mobilization - as you heard, they blame the defeat partly on the sudden resignation of their former representative Ivan Ramos. But, should the party be blaming itself for pushing Ramos out? That's what we asked Fonseca today:.. Jules Vasquez "If you all lost voters due to haste, abrupt and disorderly departure. Isn't the blame for that upon your national executive or the leadership of the party?" Hon. Francis Fonseca, Leader of The Opposition "I think what I encountered on the ground was a sense of abandonment as I said that people felt that they had voted for a PUP representative. That representative mid-term walked away from his sworn duty and obligation to them. But, clearly the resignation of Ivan Ramos is something as a party we have to bear responsibility for."

Barrow's Teflon Administration?
And so who should the PUP blame for failing to gain ground since the municipal elections in March? After all, the months since that time have seen the release and ventilation of many issues that should have damaged the Barrow administration, and affected the electability fo their candidate. But there was hardly any slippage in Dangriga for the UDP between the municipal result and the by-election. We asked the opposition leader why the results are not tipping in his party's favour - even with all the flak that the Barrow administration is getting:.. Jules Vasquez "Since the municipals, when the UDP got 60% there in Dangriga, the government has been hit with these successive attacks. You can start with the Edmund Castro undoing - the ignominious retreat in the Supreme Court. You can point to the Council of Churches, you can point to the Melvin Hulse case, you can point to the ongoing Petrocaribe issue. Yet they lost not hardly a percentage point of support in Dangriga. Is this an indication either that: a) UDP is, despite all these attacks, overwhelming well-liked or is it b) that the PUP is irresistibly unappealing to the voter?" Hon. Francis Fonseca, Leader of The Opposition "Well I know which one you would choose. I think Jules, there is a lot of, if you like, corruption fatigue and a lot of scandal fatigue, if you like among our voters. You will hear that quite a bit. It's almost as if many of them have come to expect these things. I think that's a factor."

Changing Tack on Petrocaribe
And while the PUP is still waiting for a general election political tsunami, will it continue to hammer the Petrocaribe programme as their main political pitch? The results of the recent elections would suggest that the voters aren't buying the PUP pitch. So will the PUP change up? Fonseca said they might have to:.. Jules Vasquez "Is that something the party needs to rethink? Is it focusing too much of its energy on a program which appears may have popular support?" Hon. Francis Fonseca, Leader of The Opposition "I think that's a valid observation Jules. I think what we have to rethink and revisit is our message about the Petrocaribe program."

Shots Ring Out In Ghost Town
Just after 10 this morning police responded to a shooting incident at the corner of Sibun and Vernon Street. So far- over the past 2 weeks- violence in this neighborhood has claimed 3 lives. But this morning no one was hit in the spray of bullets. According to witnesses in the area, the gunman came from the direction of Lakeview Street and opened fire on construction workmen in the area - most of whom are from the neighborhood. This is indicative of the internal turmoil in the Ghost Town Gang. Police are seeking a well-known figure from the area for questioning.

Loathe Thy Neighbor?
Gay rights activist Caleb Orozco has made it well known that LGBT persons are harassed and verbally abused for their sexual orientation. And today, he took a man to the Magistrate's Court where he pressed a criminal complaint of using indecent words and throwing missiles. The man he accused, Emerson Picart, was found guilty. Orozco is Picart's neighbour, and he testified that in October last year, while he was in his yard Picart shouted words which were meant to insult his sexual orientation. Orozco said Picart then threw a bottle at him. In his defence, Picart denied that he committed the offences. He said that he had just come out of his house because he and his wife were having problems, and that's when Orozco made sexual advances at him. Despite the fact that the investigator made errors in following up on the report, Chief Magistrate Smith found Picart guilty of the offences, remarking that Orozco had given an account of the incident which is believable.

The Heated Atmosphere in Griga
Last night during our live coverage of the by-election in Dangriga, we told you about the confrontational mood that prevailed at polling stations throughout the day. But, due to time constraints, we weren't able to coherently show you the full-on action from the morning to the announcement of the results. So tonight we bring you a detailed account of the day from the first fight exploded to the final moment of truth. Courtney Weatherburne reporting Swarms of party supporters converged near the "Drums of Our Fathers" monument in Lakeland Dangriga. Standing in front of the tents and fluttering flags were the guards of the camp - carefully monitoring the opposing team. On the streets, pockets of supporters roved - greeting fellow campaigners and latching unto voters. Everyone seemed quite composed and calm - with opposing sides standing face to face.

Hon. Omar Almost Run Over
And one more accident which didn't get reported or make it into that story involved Cayo North Representative Omar Figueroa. We saw him limping slightly on Front Street yesterday - and found out that he was almost run over. Mayor of Dangriga Francis Humphreys witnessed the accident and was irate when we spoke to him yesterday afternoon:.. Francis Humphreys, Mayor - Dangriga "See that "No Entry" sign there. That was moved a side by a van for the PUPs. The van backed up right along Front Street here towards the north. Dr. Figueroa and his companion were walking on the right-hand side of the street. The vehicle backed into him and he was saved by his companion who pulled him out of the way." Hon. Omar Figueroa, UDP Rep - Cayo North "Well I didn't see it coming. I was walking down going towards my truck and the vehicle hit me from behind. I just heard Oscar say watch out and he pulled me out and I think that if he didn't pulled me out, the knock would have thrown me forward and it could have been a little bit worse. But I am okay."

Hard As It Is, PM Stands By Hon. Castro
When we caught up with the Prime Minister yesterday, we also asked him about his scandalized minister of state Edmund Castro. The PUP are having a field day with the fact that he had to withdraw his libel and defamation suit against whistleblower Alverine Burgess. The opposition has called for him to be removed from the cabinet because they say that has effectively admitted to wrongdoing. Yesterday the Prime Minister laughed at that assertion:.. Jules Vasquez "The Opposition is a release has called on you to take Minister Edmund Castro out of your cabinet as a minister of state or for him to resign immediately. They say that he has effectively admitted to corrupt acts when he withdrew his case in court." Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister "Well that's a hell of a stretch. I don't accept that at all. He was the one who brought the suit for defamation. He obviously withdrew on the advice of attorney and you can make what you will of it. It was not exactly covered in glory, in terms of the withdrawal, but I don't know you could get to say that is an effective admission of corruption. I reject that out of hand."

PM Says Father Leslie Equivocated
Earlier, you saw how the Prime Minister didn't have anymore to say on the Edmond Castro matter - but he did have quite a bit to say about the Catholic Church's rejection of the Petrocaribe legislation. As we have reported, the church sent out an unusual press release this weekend saying that while Senator Father Noel Leslie had voted in favour of Petrocaribe - the Catholic Church didn't support it. That's a major diss for the Barrow government - but yesterday the Prime Minister said that's not at all how it went down when he met with the council of churches to go over the legislation:.. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister "At the meeting that I held with the Council of Churches and the Evangelical Association. Pastor Longsworth was there for the Evangelicals, Bishop Phillip Wright, Rev. Papaloute, Bishop Glancy and Father Leslie for the Council of Churches. We went through the original Petrocaribe act and we went through the amendments which I had provided. Father Leslie volunteered without any prompting from any of the others - volunteered his satisfaction with the amendments. Made clear that he always supported the Petrocaribe program, but that he had had clearly his reservations about the original act. Said that with the amendments in his own mind, it had all been clarified and he would therefore be happy to vote for the amendments at the next session. I ask him "Father, do I have you leave to say this" and I think I might have told you about this on camera - "Do I have your leave to say this when I talk to the other social partners," because I knew that there was going to be certainly a meeting with the NTUCB and he said 'please, by all means do so, because I am satisfied and that's how I am going to vote.' I was therefore a little taken aback, not that he was reversing course, but that he should say that from the start, he was not personally in favor of the amendments, but had determined to vote yes only because that was the wish of the other church people that were there."

Yearwood Case Wraps
Last night, we told you about the lawsuit that the Yearwood family started months ago against the Police Department and the Government of Belize. They are seeking financial compensation for the death of Police Constable Dean Yearwood, who was shot and killed by a fellow police officer, Constable Glenwayne Grant. Despite the fact that neither the police, nor the DPP's Office have brought criminal charges against Grant, the Yearwood family wants the Supreme Court to examine the facts and determine if Grant was reckless or excessive in the use of lethal force when he fatally shot Dean Yearwood. That case finally began in the court room of Justice Sonya Young yesterday, and it continued today. The ballistics expert from the National Forensic Science Service took the stand and gave his report on his findings of the shooting. When he finished the case was completed, and outside, we spoke with the attorney for the Yearwood family. He summarized the evidence that the judge now has to rule on:?

The Cotton Tree Claim
The Cotton Tree Village Council finally got its day in court today after suing the government for allegedly violating the law when it didn't consult them when lands in their village were being shared up. Viewers may remember that early last year, the Government decided to set aside 240 lots to be shared up between eight UDP controlled Belize City constituencies. The village council members say that they weren't even consulted, or offered these lands, and they quickly filed suit against the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Lands Department. After months of case management, the Chief Justice was finally ready to allow both sides to present their cases, which was quite short. The witnesses from both sides were called, and when the case was completed, we spoke with the claimants about how it went: The Chief Justice will deliver his decision at a later date.

A Pugilist's Playground
The first ever boxing expo will be held this Saturday in Belize City. Boxers from across the country will be competing, while showcasing their mastery of the sweet science. We found out more about the idea behind it from the organizer: The Expo will take place on Saturday at the Wing Stop in Belize City. IT starts at 11:30am and tickets can be purchased at the gate.

Ambassador Alexis in Costa Rica
Belizean Ambassador Alexis Rosado was in Costa Rica yesterday where he was received by that country's president, Luis Guillermo. A ceremony was held in which Rosado presented his credentials to Guillermo as Belize's new Ambassador to the Republic of Costa Rica. During his visit, he paid a courtesy call on Costa Rican Foreign Minister Manuel Gonzalez Sanz, and he also made arrangements for the opening of a new Consulate of Belize In Costa Rica. Rosado is the Belizean Ambassador to Guatemala, and with this ceremony, he will now serve as the non-resident Ambassador to Costa Rica as Well.

Hon. Francis Got Out The Vote
As we've shown you, in a divisional by-election, the landscape is distorted because politicians from all over the country descend on a single area to get out the vote for their party. Yesterday in Dangriga, even the leader of the Opposition did his part:..

Come Back Blue Machine
And while Fonseca did his part yesterday - he told the media he is encouraged, despite the loss - and that's because the PUP showed real signs of life after being badly outmatched by the UDP in Cayo North. Now, those vital signs weren't nearly close enough to deliver a victory, but for Fonseca, to whom victory is always on a fast approaching horizon - it's indicative of a change in the air:… Tomorrow we'll have more from Fonseca's post election press conference when we ask him whether his national campaign manager Godfrey Smith's job is on the line.

Channel 5

‘Papa’ Mena Victorious at the Polls, P.U.P. Loses Dangriga Seat
The results of the Dangriga bye-elections were known early on Wednesday night. In fact by seven thirty it was clear that the U.D.P.’s Frank “Papa” Mena had established a commanding [...]

What’s the Prime Minister’s Thoughts on the P.U.P. Machinery?
One of the biggest stories on Election Day was the political muscle present from both parties – and indeed, it’s hard to remember the last time the P.U.P. put on [...]

‘Papa’ Mena to be Sworn in as Minister of State
While some may quibble over and analyze the numbers to suit their own specific agendas, a win is a win, even if only by one vote so six hundred and [...]

P.U.P. Campaign – Spirited and Unifying Despite Time Constraints
Despite a brief and spirited campaign, the People’s United Party has suffered yet another loss at the polls.  In the wake of a fourth consecutive defeat under the direction of [...]

Anthony Sabal Remains P.U.P. Dangriga Standard Bearer…
In his first crack at electoral politics, retired educator Anthony Sabal was squarely routed by his former student, Frank ‘Papa’ Mena, by a margin of fifty-nine to forty-one percent at [...]

…But Will Francis Fonseca Resign as Party Leader?
The People’s United Party, under the leadership of Francis Fonseca, is yet to win an election.  Having suffered defeat in the 2012 general elections, a singular trouncing in the January [...]

Surveillance Footage Shows Police Response After Kareem Clark Murder
At around one Monday morning, young media personality Kareem Clarke, twenty-seven, was brutally gunned down as he rode home on Vernon Street. He was shot five times – twice to [...]

Caleb Orozco’s Neighbor Found of Gay Bashing and Throwing Missiles
Caleb Orozco had his day in court against his neighbor. Thirty one year old Emmerson Picart, a clerk with the Ministry of National Security, was found guilty of throwing missiles [...]

PM Steadfast on Petrocaribe Funds, Elections Results are Proof
This is the third significant election victory for the United Democratic Party just this year – the Cayo North bye-election in January, followed by the municipals in March and now [...]

Belize Jaguars Leap Forward in FIFA World Cup Standings…
In the next few weeks Belize, FIFA will determine which country national team will play in round three of the World Cup qualifying games having badly beaten the Dominican Republic [...]

…But is the F.F.B. Financial Prepared for Related Expenses?
The Football Federation of Belize has since spent over four hundred thousand dollars on the last two qualifying rounds of the World Cup Games. But the upcoming match will need [...]

Smart Holds Annual Football Summer Camp
Move over, Deon McCaulay! There is a group of boys getting ready to take over that striker position with the Jaguars. Well, not just yet, but they are well on [...]


Papa Mena To Be Appointed Junior Minister In The Ministry Of National Security
A day after being elected as Area Representative for Dangriga a release from the Government states that Frank Mena will be appointed as Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security. Mena will be sworn in by His Excellency Sir Colville Young, Governor-General of Belize, on Friday July 10th, 2015 at the Belize House in Belmopan City. The release ends stating that Mena will be appointed as the Minister of State and will later take the official Oath of Office as a Member of the House of Representatives at its next sitting.

North Experiencing Egg Shortage And An Increase In Price
You may have noticed a shortage in eggs over the last 2 weeks at your local grocery store. And if you are lucky enough to find eggs, either the price is too high or you are only allowed to buy a certain amount. Presently, on average, eggs are being sold two for a dollar or 9 dollars for a tray. Belize has two main egg suppliers, Country Food and Caribbean Chicken. This afternoon we spoke via telephone with President of the Belize Poultry Association, Orlando Habet, who told us that he is not aware of any such shortage since he has been out of the country and returned today. Habet said however, shortages are usually caused because of the illegal flow of eggs from Belize over to Guatemala and Mexico where there is an egg crisis. Based on the information provided by both egg suppliers, an estimated 204,000 eggs are distributed to the entire country on weekly bases. It still does not compare to the Mexican demand where the country poultry industry states that Mexico consumes the most eggs in the world per capita. It is estimated that on average, Mexicans consume more than 430 eggs a year, while in Belize, Belizeans eat over 160 eggs per person per year.

NDACC Conducts National Secondary Drug Prevalence Survey
Last year, the National Drug Abuse Control Council Belize conducted a National Secondary School Drug Prevalence Survey. It focused on a population of 8,929 students from 30 selected Belizean secondary schools between the ages of 13 and 17 years. Many adults however, were skeptical about the results, since they portrayed excessive consumption of alcohol among the youths. Today, we spoke with Director of the National Drug Abuse Control Council Esner Vellos on the matter. “This national secondary survey is conducted every two years in all OAS members states and these are basically to look at the prevalence of drugs and where as a country and as a region we stand in the consumption of drugs among our young people, the survey was focused primarily on a population of approximately 8929 students from thirty Belizeans secondary schools between the ages of 13 and 17 years throughout the country of Belize.”

Alexis Rosado Accredited Belize's Ambassador To The Republic Of Costa Rica
Belize and Costa Rica have enjoyed relations of friendship and cooperation since Belize became an independent country. Both countries have a tradition of peace, democracy, and the respect for human rights and the rule of law. And in that vein, on Wednesday during a solemn ceremony, , President of the Republic of Costa Rica his Excellency Luis Guillermo Solis Rivera, received His Excellency Alexis Rosado on the occasion of the presentation of credentials accrediting Mr. Rosado as Belize's Ambassador Extraordinary to the Republic of Costa Rica. Both countries are members of the Central American Integration Process (SICA) and the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) which allows us to engage in dialogue and functional cooperation with other sister countries in the region. Costa Rica and Belize have equally given priority to international concerns regarding climate change, deforestation and to the inadequacy of graduating middle income countries through standard international measurements.

Team Jaguars Moves Up In FIFA's Ranking
Yesterday Belize’s very own Deon McCauley was featured on the FIFA web page and today there is more exciting news coming out from the world of football as the monthly release of the FIFA Coca Cola World Football Rankings is out. The news is that Belize is now ranked 118th of 209 nations, and 15th in CONCACAF, the best position ever, after two defeats upon Dominican Republic in World Cup qualifying last month. We now achieved the best move by ranks of 37 for this month. Belize however continues to trail in Central America, leading only Nicaragua in the standings. Belize’s next opponent will be learned in the preliminary draw for round three of CONCACAF qualifying on July 25 in St. Petersburg, Russia. The round two ten survivors along with Jamaica and Haiti will be separated into two pots according to this month’s rankings and paired off, with matches taking place from 31 August to 8 September.


Parents Want Missing Daughter to Come Home
Tonight Maricela Galdamez and her common-law-husband Julian Alvarez have come to us for help looking for their seventeen year old missing daughter, Loani Janet Alvarez. Loani has been missing since June 25 and is a resident of 43b Marage Road, Ladyville Village, Belize District. She was last seen at home by her younger brother wearing a […]

Mena Gets Minister of State in Ministry of National Security
Last night as the Prime Minister exited the counting station at the Sacred Heart Parish Hall in Dangriga following the announcement of Mena’s victory in the bi-elections, he was asked by the media whether he will be bringing Mena into the fold of the Cabinet. Here is how the Prime Minister responded. DEAN BARROW “Absolutely; […]

Bi-Election Held in Dangriga – UDP Claims Victory
It was only one month ago on June 9, that the duly elected Area Representative for Dangriga, Ivan Ramos had submitted his resignation from the House of Representatives. Today, we can tell you that via the electoral process, Ramos has been replaced. With the three candidates, Anthony Sabal for the PUP; Frank Mena for the […]

Opposition Leader Disappointed but not Surprised at PM’s Response
In a press briefing today with PUP’s Party Leader, Francis Fonseca, we asked him what he had to say about Barrow’s remarks regarding the Castro situation. FRANCIS FONSECA “At least Mr. Barrow is being consistent. That is the same thing he said when people were calling for the resignation of Pablo Marin as the Minister […]

PM Says Castro Stays in Cabinet Despite Opposition’s Request
Last Friday, July 3, the Minister of State, Edmond Castro, dropped his lawsuit against Alvarine Burgess – a woman, who had made allegations against Castro and his involvement in a hustle of selling visas. As a result, Castro now has to pay thirty thousand dollars to Burgess, as ordered by the court. Since then the […]

Court News: Illegal Immigrants Imprisoned …. Duo Charged with Grievous Harm
Four Cubans, three men and one woman, were each fined one thousand dollars today by Magistrate Stephanie Gillett after they pled guilty to illegal entry. They were ordered to pay the fines forthwith. They were unable to pay so they were taken to prison to serve six months after which they will be expelled from […]

Emerson Picart Found Guilty of Harassing Gay Activist
Emerson Picart, a resident of Zericote Street in Belize City charged with using indecent words to gay rights activist, Caleb Orozco and throwing missiles at him, was found guilty of both charges today by the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith. He was fined one hundred dollars for each offence; if he defaults on payment, he […]


Munchi and Gapi Square off at Dangriga By-Elections?
And while the main battle was between Sabal and Mena at the polls, in the Village of Hope Creek things started heating up around 11 am especially after an alleged scuffle between Ramon Cervantes Jr. and Hon. Gaspar Vega. The two men are enemies both politically and now in court. There are several v...

PM speaks on Castro’s case withdrawal
The Prime Minister spoke today on the issue of Edmund Castro’s withdrawal of the case against Alvarene Burgess. Castro was suing Burgess for defamation of character after she alleged that Castro was paid to facilitate visas for Asian nationals but just before the announcement of the verdict, Castro...

Dangriga by-election takes place today
Today was election day for the Dangriga Constituency as voters headed to the polls to choose their new area representative. This bi-election came about as a result of Ivan Ramos, PUP member of the House of Representatives, stepping down and resigning as Area representative. To replace Ramos, the Peo...

Belize sends delegation to Pan American Games
Toronto, Ontario, Canada will host the 17th Pan American Games from July 10 to July 26. The Pan American Games are the world’s third largest sporting competition after the Olympic and Commonwealth Games and are held every four years after the Commonwealths and before the Olympics. Belize’s delegatio...

Fire damages house on Kelly Street
There was tragedy averted this morning on Kelly Street in Belize City. A fire broke out at a residence in the middle of the morning and neighbours quickly acted to limit the damage. We spoke to a neighbour of the family whose house was attacked by fire. Neighbor of Fire Victim “I was coming ou...

Alvarine Burgess’ case file submissions in Castro defamation case
The case of Edmund Castro versus Alvarine Burgess for defamation of the Area Representative’s character was withdrawn last week . Burgess had alleged that Castro had facilitated hundreds of Visas for Asian nationals at a set price per visa. According to Castro’s attorney, the Honorable member of the...

Angel Tzec loses court case over land
The Supreme Court today issued a decision in the case of agronomist Angel Tzec, who says the Lands Department began to share out parcels of his 250-acre plot in the Cayo District in 2012, following the general elections that year, despite his holding a paid-up lease that he was scheduled to renew wi...

Strategy planned to address adolescents with HIV
This week there is a workshop on to discuss the epidemic of youth with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. While there has been a reduction of new cases countrywide so far this year, there are gaps to be addressed with regard to youths and particularly young men who have caught the deadly virus. We spo...

Police reorganize Eastern Division
On the heels of a triple murder weekend in Belize City, the Police Department announced an already planned reorganization of the entire Eastern Division which essentially is all of the Belize District. It involves a return to command for a former star of City policing that stepped aside to obtain a ...

Guatemalan man arrested for kept ammunition
On July 7 at 6:30p.m., while police were on mobile patrol near the Pueblo Nuevo Ferry Road they stopped and search 22-year-old Arnoldo Peck, a Guatemalan national of Bella Vista, Toledo District. On him, police found a box which contained nine 16 gauge cartridges inside a blue knapsack which he had ...

9 mm now in hands of criminal
A 9 mm pistol is now in the hands of criminals after it was stolen off a gulf cart in San Pedro. On the night of July 4, a 35-year-old man of San Mateo Area, San Pedro Town, parked his golf cart in front of the San Pedro Church on Barrier Reef Drive and walked a few feet away to talk to someone. He ...

Brothers charged for keeping bar open past closing hours
It may be bad news for those accustomed to carousing, but under the law, bars in Belize do have closing hours, usually midnight. However, two brothers from Ladyville, Belize District, 38 year old Jose and 34 year old Oscar Mejia, naturalized Belizeans originally from Honduras, are accused of keeping...

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Papa Mena delivers Dangriga for UDP
Frank ‘Papa’ Mena is the new area representative for the Dangriga constituency after a by-election was held on Wednesday July 8. Mena secured 2,164 votes against his opponents Anthony Sabal, who received 1,526 and a third party candidate, Llewellyn Lucas who received a mere 14 votes. 31 ballots were rejected. The total number of registered voters in the constituency is 6,275 making the voter turnout 59.52%. It is a significant victory for Mena and so too for the United Democratic Party which has been pushing an agenda of development over the past couple of years. Following the resignation of Ivan Ramos from the National Assembly, this by-election was something like a referendum on the UDP’s Petro Caribe powered development agenda. The UDP’s promise to Dangriga, Sarawee and Hopecreek was more development for the constituency via the Petro Caribe program. Even before being elected, Mena had successfully lobbied Central Government for resources that are currently seeing major infrastructural development across the constituency. His ascension now to the National Assembly will now guarantee that even more will come to Dangriga.

Josephine Wins Rich Pot of $500,000
Dillon Jones is such a jokester and trickster that it is hard to take anything he says seriously. So what would you do if he called and said you have just won $500,000? This is the call that Banak Street resident Josephine Humes received after Thursday night’s, July 2, drawing of Mek Mi Rich. Humes has been purchasing Mek Mi Rich tickets since the game debuted nine months ago and has always been hopeful that one day she would win. “Whenever it come on, I would say that I wah get it. If noh the thousand, the five thousand. I can’t believe it is the five hundred thousand.” She tripled up for Thursday’s drawing by purchasing three quick picks. When Jones called to congratulate her she was asked to read out the numbers on her ticket. The first set of numbers she read did not match the winning numbers. However, the numbers from the second ticket: “30, 14, 28, 13 and 3” matched the winning numbers of the Mek Mi Rich $500,000 jackpot.

The irony of Pastor Scott Stirm
First gaining momentum on the bootstraps of the UNIBAM movement, Pastor Scott Stirm has once again become vocal concerning the LGBTQ+ community. Despite my doubts that anyone really cares what he has to say, he has been the go to for media outlets (assumably desperate for controversy on a slow news day) to interview in light of the coming Gay Pride celebration in Southern San Pedro. Pastor Stirm, will, if asked for his issue with, well, just about anything progressive happening in Belize, express something along the lines of “foreign powers, with money to throw around” attempting to “defile the morality of Belize,” a morality that he has been a large part of shaping. At the very least, you have to admire his consistency; this has been his go-to scapegoat for his bigotry since his first surge in popularity and relevance. What’s curious about this justification, however, is that Stirm himself is not Belizean. He is a missionary pastor from Texas with orthodox baptist leanings, railing against foreigners evangelizing their beliefs to the Belizean people. Stirm, just one, in a long line of black coated missionaries sent to spread the good word to the godless heathens near the equator cannot possibly, in his position, understand the undeniable irony of this. Neither, it would seem, can his followers who cheer on his condemnations of homosexuality and championship of “good old fashion Belizean values,” but the irony is there.

From street cop to attorney at law Chester Williams takes over Southside Belize City
“It's not a matter of whether or not it will happen - we will reduce crime on Southside Belize City."– Senior Superintendent Chester Williams, new Police Commander of Belize City Southside. Senior Superintendent Chester Williams is back in Southside Belize City and this time he is not acting as but he is the actual boss of police officers assigned to the area, over 300 of them. This is after a reconfiguration of the Belize Police Department’s Eastern Division in which the Division has now been divided further into three formations: Eastern Division South, Eastern Division North and Eastern Division Rural. Assistant Commisioner of Police, Desiree Phillips, is in charge of Eastern Division North which includes Northside Belize City. Sr. Superintendent Edward Broaster is responsible for Eastern Division Rural which includes Belize Rural Central and Belize Rural South. Williams is in charge of the largest formation in the country, Eastern Division South, which covers Southside Belize City.

The 13th installment of the Belize Archaeology & Anthropology Symposium held in Cayo
The Annual Belize Archaeology and Anthropology Symposium (BAAS), a signature event and in series for the 13th time, began on Tuesday of this week at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel. Given that there are intense intellectual activities over the four days, from June 30th to July 3rd, this year’s event is being jointly brought forward by the Institute of Archaeology(IA) and the Institute for Social and Cultural Research (ISCR). Special topics to be covered during this week include Settlement and Landscape Archaeology, Social Organization & Political Boundaries of the Ancient Maya as well as the Representation of Indigenous Peoples in Belize and the Region. Giving a presentation in the Bedran Hall on Wednesday evening was Lyra Spring and Juan Cho, who both described the potential of cacao for Belizean entrepreneurs. Juan Cho spoke about the fifth generation IXCACAO Maya Belizean Chocolate operation, formally established in 1985 that is fulfilling the local and international demands for chocolate derived products such as confectionaries, soaps and lotions. According to Juan Cho some 1600 visitors came to his facility in 2014 and from that alone he was able to generate US$68, 000.00 While IXCACAO Maya Belizean Chocolate was producing products with stone tools a few years ago, they now have machinery to do the work.

HIV/AIDS Workshop
Often times, we tend to be ignorant toward some of the most widespread, evolving issues around us. HIV/AIDS has become something so discreet, yet significant in the country of Belize; simply because we lack the courage to face our very own demons. Today, HIV/AIDS is still an alarming issue in the country of Belize; affecting adults, youths, and young ones. Having a growing population, the Government of Belize has made youths its main focus, ensuring to pave a successful future for them. In an effort to target the issue of HIV/AIDS, the National AIDS Commission of Belize (NAC) is currently hosting a workshop focused mainly on creating a strong and effective strategy of response for youths being affected by HIV/AIDS. For the past two months, NAC has set out to assess the impacts of HIV/AIDS in the everyday environment of youths across the country of Belize, since in youths especially; the rates of infection are still high. In 2014, eighteen out of every one hundred new infections were affecting youths between the ages of fifteen and twenty four. Although there are many systems and services in tact to benefit youths, there is no national strategy for a response that brings all aspects of the situation together, nor is there a viable national decision made on how to respond to HIV/AIDS in youths. The lacking a response strategy for youths that are affected with this phenomenon can be very risky in the short term future of our country.

Mouth Could Cost Her $$$$
Attorney at Law/Media Personality, Audrey Matura-Shepherd, may have to pay a huge some of money for being unable to keep her mouth shut. After a long legal battle between the Government of Belize and the Belize Grassroots Youths Empowerment Association over the use of the buffer zone in Harmonyville, the two sides were finally about to reach a mutually acceptable settlement. However, one of the terms of this settlement is that the terms are not to be publicly discussed until the agreements are final. In simple terms, neither party is to reveal the terms of the settlement. This settlement was proposed on February 26, 2015, and on that very same day Matura-Shepherd gave an interview to Channel 5 and other media houses in which she completely ignored the gag order that was an essential part of the agreement.

Petrocaribe: Not the only source of development for Belize
The Government of Belize has dedicated itself to infrastructural, economical and social development, to provide a promising future for every Belizean. For a developing country, it is important to have a very stable government as the backbone for the country. Over the past year, development for the country was made possible not only by Petrocaribe funds, but also from the Overseas Investment Fund (OPIC) agency. Honorable Prime Minister Dean Barrow spoke at a press conference on Sunday, July 5, 2015, to highlight some of the future developments in store for the country. Even before the Petrocaribe loan became a reality for Belize, funds from OPIC were already approved for further development in the southern areas of Belize. Essentially, the entire country of Belize is experiencing varying degrees of improvement; on balance, Petrocaribe is not the only source of development for Belize. Because of influence from the opposition, citizens tend to forget that the present Government of Belize has ensured development through other source of funding apart from the popular Petrocaribe fund. The complete reconstruction of the Hummingbird highway is being initiated with funds from the OPIC funds. More specifically, the OPIC funds were designed to rebuild those six single lane bridges in southern Belize, and make them more easily accessible by trucks and motor vehicles. From the very beginning of development in Belize, those bridges were constructed in order to effectively communicate with those southern parts of Belize that particularly relieves a large percentage of the agricultural industry, as well as regional trade between Belize and Central American countries. By reconstruction of the narrow bridges, transportation will flow more smoothly and securely, rather than waiting for a break to cross each consecutive bridge, which adds to the extensive time it takes to travel on the highway.

Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow, Special Envoy for Women and Children of Belize, Leads a Delegation to Visit the Republic of China (Taiwan)
At the invitation of the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Special Envoy for Women and Children of Belize Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow leads a delegation of four persons to visit Taiwan from July 5th to 10th 2015. Since Mrs. Barrow was appointed as the Special Envoy for Women and Children in 2009, she has made significant efforts in helping the handicapped children in Belize. Mrs. Barrow launched a campaign to establish the “Inspiration Center” in 2011, intending to provide a shelter for the handicapped children. Regardless of the challenge of her own health, Mrs. Barrow has been working tirelessly in raising fund for the Center. With the opening of the Belize Inspiration Center in September 2013, affordable medical service and assistance have thus been accessible to the disadvantaged children in Belize. Mrs. Barrow’s tireless devotion for many years finally bears fruits. To recognize her outstanding contribution over the years, Chou,Ta-Kuan Foundation, a prestigious NGO in Taiwan, will award her “Fervent Global Love of Lives” medal during her visit.

Youth Talks
The word ‘success’ is used in many contexts but has been overly used in the sense that those who want to achieve their goals are doing so as if they are in a competition. A competition where everyone wants to accomplish something so that they can show off to their friends and family; to show everyone that they are better than them and to impress them. But in my personal opinion, success is everything to me. You’d have to go through some sort of hardship or realization in order to understand the full meaning and potential of that word. How do we go a day in school and college without a thought of being “successful”. When asked “what do you want to do or be when you’re older”. Simple answer would be “to be successful” and why? “to make money” or “to live life to its full potential”. But success doesn’t only entail being paid the most or having the best position. If we are truly happy with our careers and where our lives are taking us that is true success. After all, success is not the key to happiness; happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.

Young woman killed inside her apartment in PG
Juana Cardinez, a 29 year-old resident of Punta Gorda Town was found by police inside her apartment dead. It appears that she had been stabbed and her throat was cut, and whoever took her life, left her in the apartment for almost 48 hours. On Friday, July 2, after searching for her 2 days, police officers visited her apartment, located at the corner of King and Jose Maria Nunez Streets in PG. They report that a stench was coming from her room, and so, that made them suspicious. Inside they found her lying on the bedroom floor in a decomposing state. The officers observed what appears to be trauma to the head and neck area. A post mortem was conducted on the body in Belize City by Dr. Mario Estradabran who certified that cause of death as bleeding out due to the slashing of the common carotid artery in her neck. Right now, police are investigating, and they suspect that her killer may have been someone she knew. She was reported missing on Wednesday by her ex-common-law husband, Alberto Coleman.

Emmerson Cain killed and dumped into Haulover Creek
The body of Belize City resident Emmerson Cain, an elderly man, was found killed and dumped into the Haulover Creek behind Spoonaz Café. It appears that he was assaulted, thrown in the water, left for dead. Reports are that around 4 a.m. on Sunday, July 5, the 65 year-old was hanging out behind the Village Kitchen Restaurant on North Front Street. He was somehow assaulted by several persons, and it is believed that someone bashed him over the head with a rock, injuring him to the forehead and chin. He was then thrown into the nearby creek, and 2 hours later, his body was retrieved and taken to the Belize City morgue.

After 7 months on remand, woman is set free after accused of stabbing a man over a stolen bicycle!
Sandra Perez, 30 year old, has been on remand at the Belize Central prison since her arraignment in December 2014, after being unable to meet bail. Perez allegedly stabbed Kenrick Pennill, 48 year old, once to the abdomen while being in an altercation on Cemetery Road, Belize city. On December 29, 2014, Pennill reported to the police that Perez approached him, accusing him of stealing a bicycle. Upon denying the accusations, Pennill said that Perez pulled a knife and stabbed him in his abdomen. On Wednesday, July 08, 2015, Perez appeard unrepresented before Senior Magistrate, Sharon Fraser, to answer to two offenses of grievous harm and use of deadly means of harm. Meanwhile the police officers, who were initially connected with the case to bear testimony, were present in court, the victim, Pennill, could not be located to prove his charge against Perez.

Man sentenced to one year in prison for handling stolen goods
Harrison Gilbert Powell, a 47 year old resident of #3863 Central American Boulevard, Belize City, has been sentenced to one year imprisonment for handling stolen goods. Powell, who has been on remand since his arraignment on April 28, 2015, was initially accused of entering the home of Kayla Hamilton, located on Miller Street, Belize City, as a trespasser, and stole $1,165 total in household items. Powell appeared unrepresented before Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith, on Friday July 3, 2015, where he was reread his two offences and charges. Powell changed his plea to guilty of handling stolen goods, after he was found riding Hamilton’s stolen bicycle, with her belongings on the handle of the bike. Thereafter, Powell was slapped with a one year jail term for his two crimes of dishonesties including burglary and handling stolen goods. Since Powell pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods, the court prosecutor, Inspector Egbert Castillo, withdrew the burglary charge against him.

Police in Benque Viejo del Carmen meet with the community
The Benque Viejo Police Formation held a very important meeting with members of the community at the Mount Carmel High School on Friday night of last week. In meeting with members of the public, Benque Police are seeking to create a team effort to combat crime. Master of Ceremonies for the meeting was Corporal Josua McKoy. The welcome address was given by Officer in Charge of the Benque Viejo Police Formation, Daniel Arzu; as well as his Deputy, Stanley Bowden. Daniel Arzu promised to improve services with positive changes, so that the community of Benque Viejo could regain the confidence and respect for a community based police force. Daniel Arzu also stated that he is committed for the community and police to work together.

Government gets BSI to extend sugarcane crop - Radicals have farmers holding over 330,000 tons of cane
There are many cane farmers who have not yet delivered a single piece of cane from their fields as the set date, July 7, for the close of the 2015 sugarcane crop season has come and gone. The numbers are showing that despite a decrease in sugarcane deliveries to the factory this year there will be a record set in production of sugar. Therefore, the long delay to the start of the crop has not hurt the Belize Sugar Industry Limited one bit. On the contrary, with so many farmers unable to put even a dent in their quotas, the delay could have serious consequences to small farmers. Fortunately, Hon. Gaspar Vega, Minister of Agriculture, has stepped one foot into the gates of the factory and urged them to keep accepting sugarcane for at least five more days. “There were several cane farmers who have not been able to deliver a single piece of sugarcane and that was a huge concern because I feel that everyone should be given the opportunity to deliver atleast a percentage of their quota,” says Vega. He then made several phone calls to the Directors of BSI and finally got them, over this past weekend, to agree to extend the crop for five days.

The Not So Invisible Hand
Last week after the Senate Meeting Sentator Shoman was a guest on the Vibes Radio Morning Show , where she made the pronouncement that the Roman Catholic Church would be releasing a statement shortly. Lisa sounded as if she knew exactly what would have been contained in that, at the time, yet to be released statement. She may not have said so directly but that is what any sensible person would conclude. The question many Belizeans are asking and certainly I am asking is how did she know what was contained in what was at that point a not yet RELEASED STATEMENT, is she Miss Cleo ? When it comes to the well received and appreciated infrastructure and social projects fuel by the PETROCARIBE FUNDS the Peoples United Party is PETROfied to the point where they know no bounds . It now seems that there may be forces within that party that may be using some sort of pressure to take PARTY POLITICS into Church affairs. Another possibility is that person or persons may be using their closeness with the Bishop to take advantage of him not being in good HEALTH. We hope NEITHER of the two situations is the case.

The Skepticis and Political Pundits were having a field day during the by-elections, second guessing as to why the voters were not turning out to the polls. At the close of the polls though they were proven wrong as usual. See the constituency of Dangrigra, Sarawee and Hope Creek had around the same voter turnout it had in 2012 when it was a double election. So the 60 % turnout for an election that would not change the balance of power was a good turnout. Lets look at the actual numbers in 2012. The total amount of voters were 5,904 of which 3,827 voted, a 64.84%. The PUP candidate Ivan Ramos got 2,036 (53.20% of the votes cast) UDP’s Arthur Roches 1,699 (44.40% of the votes cast). Therefore Ramos defeated incumbent Roches by 337 votes. Fast forward to the July 8th By-election, total amount of voters 6,275, with a turnout of 3,734 (59.50%) UDP Frank “Papa” Mena received 2,164 (57.95% of the votes cast ) to defeat the PUP’s Anthony Sabal who received 1,526 (40.86% of the votes cast) by a difference of 638 votes. What Mena did was to turn around a division in favor of the UDP by a TOTAL of 975 votes and even eclipsed the PUP’s total votes from 2012 by 128 votes. And those are the NUMBERS simple as 1 2 3 !

Young journalist killed in Belize City
Promising young Journalist, Kareem Clarke, known for his personality behind the pen at the Amandala Newspaper, was murdered near the Vernon Street Bridge at around 1 a.m. on Monday, July 6. The way he was executed would suggest that he was a notorious street figure, but those who know Clarke would assert that he was all about his family and his work as a reporter, a hardworking and dedicated member of the press. According to police investigation, the 27 year-old was riding his bike on Vernon Street, heading in the direction of the bridge. As soon as he was approaching, a gunman ambushed him and shot him 5 times: 2 in the head, 3 to the body. He fell to the ground, and he died on the spot. The police who were stationed about 3 blocks away on Vernon Street – near the entrance of the territory of the Ghost Town Crips gang – ran over to respond to the shooting. By then, the shooter had already fled, and when the police finally managed to transport Clarke to the KHMH, he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Two city men walk from double murder charges!
On Monday, July 6, 2015, twenty four year old Charles Young Jr. and 27 year old Derrick Kuylen appeared represented in court for the double murder charge of 17 year old Daniel Puerto and 34 year old Ian Martinez. Both men were killed during a shooting incident that occurred at the corner of Tribuce and Hibiscus Street, on the night of February 4, 2011. At around 5:30- 6:00 p.m. that evening, twin brothers Darnel and Daniel Puerto, along with Ian Martinez were getting ready to leave their homes, when a gold in color four door vehicle approached the area where the men were standing. Shortly thereafter Young and Kuylen reportedly exited the vehicle and opened fire in their direction, hitting the Puerto brothers and Ian Martinez. Both Daniel Puerto and Martinez died on the scene, while Darnel Puerto received a total of four gunshot wounds for which he was treated at the hospital.

Man remanded to prison for grievous harm upon his common law wife
Mark Anthony Lord Sr., 46 year old taxi driver, is on remand at the Belize Central Prison for grievous harm and damage to property. Lord Senior allegedly committed a serious act of domestic violence against his common-law wife, Diane Waight, as well as property damage to her cell phone, which was described as a black Samsung Galaxy S3. Lord appeared unrepresented before Magistrate, Hettie Mae Stewart on Monday July 6, where he was read one count of grievous harm and one count of damage to property. He pleaded not guilty to his charges and requested bail; prosecutor, Cpl .Kennard Clark objected to bail on the grounds that the offense carries a mandatory jail term of 7 years imprisonment upon conviction. He added that the court take into consideration the likelihood that, if Lord is granted bail, he will interfere with the victim since he shares a home with the victim, and that he will hinder the prosecution's case. He also asked the court to take into consideration the prevalence of the offence.

Two brothers are accused of keeping license premises open when required to be closed
Oscar Mejia, 34 year old bar owner, and Jose Mejia, 38 year old construction worker of Ladyville, were accused of having their nightclub located at #50 Weed Pecker Street, Ladyville Village, between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 2:45 a.m., which is against the regulations of a night club liquor license. On Wednesday, July 08, 2015, both Mejia brothers appeared unrepresented in court, before Senior Magistrate, Sharon Fraser, for a joint charge of a rare liquor license offense. While the Mejia brothers both pleaded guilty to the offense, the Magistrate objected to their plea, leaving the police officers to prove their case against them in trial.

Young man killed resisting gang recruitment
Lacroix Boulevard Resident David Steven Rivas believed that his enemies in the gang world in Belize City would have taken his life before he managed to reach his 22nd birthday. And his prediction turned true when an assailant gunned him down hours before he turned 22, and he passed away an hours after his birthday. It happened at around 9:50 p.m. on Friday, July 2, when Rivas was walking his girlfriend home on Roaches Street. He stopped to speak to a few friends who wanted to wish him a happy birthday. That’s when a gunman came up and blasted several shots at them. One of his friends, 16 year-old Shannalyn Augustine, was shot to the left side of her chest, and in the left side of her back. Rivas, however, received multiple gunshots to the left buttock, the left thigh, and the left calf. He also received an injury to the pelvis which was especially devastating, according to his family. Both shooting victims were rushed to the KHMH, but Rivas passed away because the bullet traveled from his pelvis area and damaged a major artery, which caused him to succumb while undergoing treatment at around 1:18 a.m. on Saturday.

Donicio Salazar acquitted after third murder trial
On Thursday July 2, 2015, thirty year old Donicio Salazar was tried for a third time for the murder of 22 year old Rodney Richard August, son of UDP Chairman, Alberto August, which occurred in June of 2004. At 12.00 noon, a jury of 6 men and 6 women, who had been hearing the evidence in his murder trial which began on June 22, 2015, stepped into the deliberating room to decide his fate. Young Rodney August reported to the police that he was hanging out at the river side in San Ignacio with his girlfriend, Janelle Longsworth, when a man by the name of Donicio Salazar aka “Life”, or “Vida” in Spanish, attacked him from behind at about 2:30-3:00 p.m., and chopped him several times to his back. The chop wounds resembled a “V”, that is believed to have been done for letter first letter of the accused nickname, “Vida”.

Man with blood stained clothing found near San Ignacio Town
A patch of blood stained grass in the Lynette Perdomo Area near the San Ignacio Community Hospital is now the only remains of tragedy that struck down a 58 year-old naturalized Belizean, Pedro Garcia on Wednesday of last week. It has been revealed that Pedro Garcia would daily take that route in a scarcely populated area where lots are normally being bought and sold quickly. At about 3:00 pm last Wednesday, San Ignacio Police received information that there was a lifeless body of a male person in an open lot between the Bishop Martin Primary School and the Hospital Compound. The body of the Hispanic male had multiple chop wounds to his head, back and both of his hands. Police did not discover any personal documents on the male person, but were able to retrieve a cellphone and so were able to contact the Guatemala Council, where they were then able to get help from a female in Arenal Village. It was with the help from the female in Arenal that police were able to confirm that the murder victim was Pedro Garcia.

Crooked Tree cashew vendor busted in possession of weed
Leonard Tillett, 41 year old cashew vendor and a father of 8 children from the Crooked Tree village, was busted in the city on Saturday, July 4, 2015; at about 2:36 p.m. Tillett was detained by WPC, #1824, D. Alarcon who was on patrol on Regent Street in Belize City. A search for illegal drugs and firearm was conducted on Tillett after Alarcon saw him acting nervous in the area. During her search, Alarcon found green leaf like substance, which was suspected to be cannabis, inside a bag Tillett carried on his shoulder. Tillett appeared unrepresented in court before Magistrate Hettie Mae Stewart, on Monday, July 6, 2015, to answer to a single charge of drug trafficking. He pleaded guilty to the charge, which the court accepted sparing him a huge fine of $10,000 and or 3 years imprisonment. Though not free from the charge, the Magistrate decided to fine him $3,000 which he must pay the court by September 30, 2015, or in default 2 years imprisonment.

Sports Reach Organisation working with National Junior Female Softball Team
The National Junior Female Softball Team that is currently in training for the XI Central American Junior Female Softball Championship scheduled for San Salvador, El Salvador, from 31 July -3 August, 2015, is currently benefiting from the visit of Sports Reach, a non-profit Sports Organisation out of Kentucky, USA. Sports Reach is headed by Robby Speer and is made up of Mike Pollock Assistant Coach at Campbellsville University; Allison Lawless, Assistant Coach at Campbellsville High School in Girls Fast Pitch and a graduate of Campbellsville University where she was an all conference pitcher; Kelly Robey, pitcher at Union University, All Conference and All Regional Pitcher at Union University; Madison Tennyson a sophomore shortstop from Union University; Emily Bennett, a freshman outfielder at Union University and Abbey Sheets, Freshman outfielder at Campbellsville University. The Sports Reach Team arrived in Belize on Saturday, 4 July, 2015 and is expected to leave the country on July 11, 2015.

C-Ray Cycling Club Summer Series continues
The C-Ray Cycling Summer series continued on Sunday 5th July at 1:00 pm on Princess Margaret Drive (in front of Marion Jones). This week saw the participation of 65 children who participated in 9 different categories. There are 3 more weekends of this year’s series remaining: 19th July, 9th August and 16th August. Below are the results: This Sunday, 12th July, the C-Ray Cycling Club and participants of the Youth Series will be supporting the King of the Hills Classic in San Ignacio, Cayo. The series continues Sunday 19th July same venue, same time.

Orchid Girls and Double Head Cabbage leads Belize Rural Softball Competition
The Belize Rural Female Softball Competition continued on Sunday 5th July, 2015, with three games on the schedule. In the first game played, UB Jaguars defeated Orchid Girls by the score of 16-9. The winning pitcher was Karlene Williams and the losing pitcher was Therese Baptist. In game two, Lord’s Bank Sunrise defeated Country Rose by the score of 21-5. The winning pitcher was Stacey Smith and the losing pitcher was Angie Tucker. In the third and final game of the day, Easy Does it defeated Willows Bank by the score of 30-2. The winning pitcher was Margaret Hendy and the losing pitcher was Steffie Pandy. The competition will continue this coming Sunday 12 July out in Rancho Dolores with three more games on the schedule. In the first game of the day at 11:00 am UB Jaguars will go up against Lord’s Bank Sunrise. In game two, Orchid Girls will see action against Easy Does It and in the final game of the day it will be the host team Country Rose against the Double Head Cabbage squad.

Belizean athletes to XVII Pan American Games in Toronto
Belize will have participation in the XVII Pan American Games scheduled for July 10-26, 2015, in Toronto, Canada. Belize first participated in the Pan American Games that were held in Panama City in 1976 and every other edition thereafter. Its biggest contingent to the Pan Am Games was in 1979 when Softball, Boxing, Cycling and Lawn Tennis were represented. The country has won two Bronze Medals in the Pan Am Games with both coming in female softball in 1979 and 1983 respectively. In the XVII Pan American Games, Belize will participate in Triathlon (Amid Figueroa) and Athletics (Kiana Martinez and Mark Anderson. The Chef-de-Mission to the games is Allan Sharp while Deon Sutherland is the delegate for Athletics.

Rebels United leads John Saldivar Softball Competition in Cayo District
The Cayo Softball Association 2015 Senior Female Competition that is being played under the sponsorship of the Hon. John Saldivar continued on Sunday 5 July at the Dembeigh Fuller Softball Stadium in Camalote Village with three games on the schedule. In the first game played, Rebels United from Unitedville the current leader’s in this year’s competition blanked the favourite Roaring Creek Grace Kennedy by the score of 1-0. The winning pitcher was Francine Salazar and the losing pitcher was Leandra Guy. In game two, Camalote Spokane won over the Belmopan Emeralds by the score of 9-7. The winning pitcher was Nadina Coye and the losing pitcher was Dana Mae King Sr.

Youths Hold Vigil for Victims of Violence
The last few weeks have been tough for Belize’s youth community. 15-year-old Tyrique Thompson and 16-year-old Ruben Leslie were gunned down within a few days of each other and just one block apart, Thompson on Lakeview Street and Leslie on Banak Street. Then early Monday, July 6, one of the youngest member of the press corp, 27-year-old Kareem Clarke, was executed in the same area, at the corner of Vernon and Lakeview Street. None of these young men are known figures of the criminal underworld and many believe that they were all killed as messages between rival gangs that operate in the area. This has been tough for the community to swallow; especially, for other innocent youths whose sense of security has been threatened by the seemingly random set of shootings. In an effort to display a spirit of unity, the youth group called Guide Light Production held a candle light vigil at the Battlefield Park on Tuesday night, July 7.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Caleb Orozco attacker fined for insults and bottle throwing
Executive Director of United Belize Advocacy Movement (UNIBAM) Caleb Orozco was in court today, not for his major case against the Government in the Supreme Court, but in the Magistrate’s Court completing a trial over a complaint he made last year against Zericote Street resident and neighbour Emmerson Pickart. […]

Two charged for fight near school
Two men were charged for ganging up on another man last month and giving him a broken nose. 28 year old Darwin Howard and 19 year old Selwin McDonald are charged with grievous harm against Johan Polanco, who told police that the two attacked him on June 19 […]

Cuban men and woman jailed for illegal entry
A group of Cuban men and a woman began six-month sentences on a charge of illegal entry after not being able to pay the mandatory fine. 27 year old Glendis Candero; 28 year old Libon Rosales; 23 year old Ruben Palma and 33 year old Pedro Martinez were […]

Family of Dean Yearwood sues Government
The family of deceased Police Constable Dean Yearwood took the Government of Belize, the Belize Police Department, the Commissioner of Police and Officer GlenWayne Grant to court yesterday for what they claim to have been the unlawful and unnecessary death of their loved one in a shooting incident that dates […]

“Pawpa” joins Ministry of National Security
The victorious representative for Dangriga, Frank “Pawpa” Mena, will officially have the title “Honourable” affixed to his name when he takes the oath of office as a Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security. Mena will be sworn in by Governor General Sir Colville Young in […]

PUP “highly encouraged” by Dangriga result
The People’s United Party called a press briefing at short notice this afternoon at Independence Hall to offer a post-mortem report on Wednesday’s by-elections in Dangriga. According to PUP Leader Francis Fonseca, the 637-vote defeat for candidate Anthony Sabal reflected the short period of campaigning and preparation for […]

Ambassador Alexis Rosado visits Costa Rica
Former CEO in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Alexis Rosado was last year appointed as Ambassador to Guatemala and resides there. He now adds another Central American country, Costa Rica, to his portfolio. Ambassador Rosado officially presented credentials to be accredited as Belizean ambassador, non-resident, to the Republic to its […]

The National Meteorological Service of Belize predicts more rain for the next couple days
Today’s weather outlook calls for relatively moist and unstable conditions to prevail as a tropical wave exits our area and another approaches. The National Meteorological Service of Belize is predicting cloudy skies with a few showers and isolated thunderstorms mostly inland this afternoon. Some showers and a few thunderstorms will […]

Frank Mena to be appointed as Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security
The Government of Belize today issued a press release announcing that Frank Mena, the new area representative for the Dangriga Division will be appointed Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security. According to the statement, Mena will be sworn in by His Excellency Sir Colville Young, Governor-General of […]

Belize reaches highest FIFA ranking ever
The monthly release of the FIFA Coca Cola World Football Rankings is out and there is excellent news for the Jaguars, the men’s national football team of Belize. Belize is now ranked 118th of 209 nations, and 15th in CONCACAF, the best position ever, after two defeats of the Dominican […]


Adventures by Land and Sea: Coral Gardens Caye Caulker day sail
One of the many great things about living on a tropical island is that you can be on an adventure within minutes. In this post, I decided to give you a taste of driving north on roads less traveled and a Coral gardens sail and snorkel where we ended up with a hitchhiking Cowboy on our way home. As for the story behind the first set of pictures, I asked to ask my friend Sperry and he was happy to to share his thoughts about our drive. Sperry is coming from the perspective of never having been too far from town center on any of his visits. I recently took an unusual a day trip up north of San Pedro with tacogirl. To my surprise she was more adventurous than I could have hoped for and what I thought would be a short trip just over the bridge to Palapa Bar for a cold one, turned into a trip that I will always remember. The sometimes harrowing road which she traversed so easily lead us to places that dreams are made of. The quietness the serenity and the breath taking beauty just left me in awe of my surroundings. There are no photos that could ever depict just how incredible this place was. I was pleasantly surprised that the further north we drove the more clearer the waters became. The colors from mid green to cyan to deep deep blue (completely indescribable ).

Some Changes Around Ambergris Caye, Belize – From A New Casino To A Truck Stop/Beer Garden
There have been a few changes going on around San Pedro Town – and yesterday, on a walk from home (about 1.5 miles south) to town, I took a few pictures. Here are some things that I saw. The old Belize Yacht Club, a resort/condo development on the island, that has been around for a while (15 years?) and seen many changes, is now split up into three different pieces. There is the main bit – “Isla Bonita Yacht Club” under good management and definitely on the rise. At the South end, there is the newest development Sands Villas – which too is under new ownership and management. BUT in that “center part” a casino is under construction AGAIN. In my 8 years on the island, we have seen this building become a casino, close after about a year…move to a slightly smaller building next door, and close after a year…

International Sourcesizz

Three Havens Where Residence is Easy
There are many countries around the world that offer you the right to residence without having to be physically there. The biggest benefit of having residence in another country is the ability to avail of offshore and financial protection strategies that would otherwise be unavailable to you as an America citizen. For example, international banks are more willing to accommodate non-resident U.S. citizens than those living in the United States. So if you’re a U.S. citizen with a legal residence in another country, investment restrictions imposed on U.S. residents by international banks (like opening an international bank or brokerage account) may not apply. Two of the most popular second residence options that don’t require actual physical presence are Panama and Belize. Another good choice is Uruguay.

Welcome to Belize!
Tropical rainforests, Mayan ruins and temples, stunning beaches, picturesque mountains and a rich history and culture. This is only the beginning of what you’ll experience in Belize. Located in Central America, Belize is approximately four hours from both New York City and Detroit, six hours from Seattle, five hours from Los Angeles, three hours from Dallas and two hours from Miami. Many people believe Belize to be an island, however it is a Central American country bordered by Mexico to the north, Guatemala to the south and west and the Caribbean Sea to the east. This mistaken impression is understandable though, given that one of the biggest draws to Belize is for its hundreds of “cayes” (islands, pronounced “keys”) dotted along a spectacular Barrier Reef, the second largest (behind Australia’s) in the world. Once here, you will find that and so much more, as Belize is home to some of the greatest historical, cultural and ecological diversity in the world.

UN Urges Belizean Government to Protect Rights of Indigenous People
The UN special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples urged the government of Belize to ensure respect for the rights of the country’s Mayan population. “I am concerned by the inaction of the government of Belize to assist Maya villagers to protect their property rights in the face of threats to those rights,” Victoria Tauli-Corpuz said in a statement. The special rapporteur’s call comes after the arrest of 12 Mayans charged with unlawful imprisonment for their actions to expel a non-Mayan individual from their village for allegedly building a house on ancient Maya ruins. “It appears as though the repeated requests to local police by Santa Cruz village leaders for assistance in removing the individual from the archaeological site within their village lands went ignored,” Tauli-Corpuz said.

10 Questions to Ask Before Deciding to Retire Abroad
The concept is intriguing: Move to another country and live for a fraction of what it costs in the U.S. For retirees, that's one surefire way to make a fixed income go further while living in an exciting new place. Many Americans are happily spending their retirement years in Mexico, France, Spain, Panama, Thailand, Costa Rica and other spots around the world, but packing up and moving your life from Port Charlotte, Florida, to Puerta Vallarta, Mexico, requires some planning. However, experts say, it's easier than ever to find information and start your new life abroad. "The Internet has changed everything," says Dan Prescher, a senior editor for International Living magazine, who has lived outside the U.S. with his wife, Suzan Haskins, for 14 years, most recently in Cotacachi, Educator. "With the Internet, you can explore … communities before you go. Research is a huge part of making this move."

Another look at Abraham Lincoln and the colonization of ex-slaves
Three historians wrote us to register concern about our recent fact-check of neo-Confederate websites that claimed that Abraham Lincoln made plans to send "all freed slaves" to Central America once the Civil War was over, and that only his assassination kept it from happening. We rated the claim False. Phillip W. Magness of George Mason University, Michael Douma of James Madison University and Sebastian Page of Oxford University told us they agreed that Lincoln did not pursue forcible deportation of ex-slaves to overseas colonies. But they argued that a new trend in Civil War research suggests that he continued to pursue colonization policies quietly, behind the scenes, after he issued the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863, the date historians we contacted cited as the point of no return for colonization. "Far from turning away from the policy after Jan. 1, 1863, Lincoln actually shifted strategies away from the colonization arrangements with private contractors mentioned in his public appeals and toward a new approach of conducting colonization by way of a series of agreements with foreign governments that were willing to accept black colonists on a voluntary basis," Magness wrote to PolitiFact. These included an agreement to send up to 50,000 African-American recruits to British Honduras (now Belize), approved by the president in June 1863 and continuing until it faltered for political reasons at the end of the year, Magness said. He added that Lincoln's administration negotiated and signed a formal treaty in 1863 with the government of the Netherlands to permit the voluntary colonization of freed slaves in their Caribbean colony of Suriname, though in early 1864 political reasons again prevented its submission to the U.S. Senate for ratification.


  • Belize Casting:Drone, 2min.

  • Central America Trip - Mexico and Belize, 14min. Follow Maxwell Harrington, Jamie Scott and Daulton Boughton taking on Central America for 5 weeks, here is part one of the journey taking them through the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico into the British Carribean colony of Belize

  • Made in Belize, 4min.

  • Turning Point Mission Trip 2015, 4min.

  • Goldfish in Belize, 4min. Alex Tyler, owner of Goldfish Swim School in St. Charles, travels to Gales Point, Belize to teach swim lessons to villagers.

  • Howler Monkeys Belize, 1min.

  • Tropic Air The Official Airline of Belize, 1min.

  • Belize opens first child-friendly Family Court in Punta Gorda, 5min. On June 30th, the Supreme Court of Belize, with support from UNICEF, opened the first child-friendly Family Court in Punta Gorda.

  • Destination Truth - S05E02 ''Return to the Haunted Forest/Belize Goblin'', 43min. Josh's former cameraman, Evan, returns two years later to the woods where he believes he was assaulted by an angry, dark spirit.

    July 9, 2015


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    The San Pedro Sun

    It’s Happy Hour!!
    Face it; you’re on the island and on holiday. Your sole responsibility is to have fun and relax, enjoy doing nothing, and get exhausted doing so if necessary. This little guide is for those of us who enjoy partaking in some fine alcoholic adventures – and if you can save some extra cash to get Uncle Joe that Belikin t-shirt, well, why not?! This here is your guide to happy hour – and in some cases, happy hours! Why not start directly across from our esteemed offices, where the bartenders at Caprice Bar & Grill will whip up some amazing deals for you during their weekday happy hour of 3PM and 6PM. We’ve been thoroughly spoiled by their two-for-one deal on margaritas and local rums.

    Launch: Discover How To Be A Belizean Traveller
    July marks the beginning of the Belize Tourism Board’s local ad campaign launch. The theme of the campaign is “Discover How To Be A Belizean Traveller.” This campaign is centered on getting Belizeans to travel locally and to promote the regional icons, which were developed as a part of our rebranding. The objectives of the campaign are: 1. To encourage Belizeans, living in the country, to travel locally in order to keep our dollars at home and promote local businesses 2. Sensitization of the regional icons

    Dangriga Constituency By-elections kickoff
    Three candidates are contesting at the Dangriga Constituency by-election happening today, Wednesday July 8th. A total of 6,275 registered voters will be casting their votes at six polling station to elect their new area representative. Contesting for the title of Dangriga Constituency Area Representative are The United Democratic Party’s (UDP) Frank “Papa” Mena, People’s United Party’s (PUP) Anthony Sabal and Independent (Indp) Candidate Llewelyn Lucas. Polls have been opened since 7AM and are scheduled to close at 6PM. Polling stations are located at Dangriga Town, Saeawee Village and Hope Creek Village. While the electoral process had a slow start in the first hour with only 562 or 9% of registered votes casting their votes, it is expected to increase at noon. Historically, the Dangriga Constituency has had an overall voter turnout between 52-60%. In the last municipal election, there was a 56% voter’s turnout. However, the two major political parties (PUP and UDP) are predicting voter turnout to be just below the 60% margin.

    Town Library educates children on Technology
    The San Pedro Town Library held a one-week summer program under the theme “Technology: past and present”. Divided into two segments, one camp saw children ages six to nine participating from 9AM to 11:30AM and children ages 10 to 13 participating from 1:30PM to 3:30PM. The program ended on Friday, July 3rd and had the combined participation of about 30 children. Each day the children learned a new lesson on technology, such as technological devices, research tools, software and social media. “The first day we taught them about technological devices that have been used in the past and compared it to today’s technology. The second day they learned how to research books and information in the library. They also learned how to research online using credible sites for homework and projects. The third day the children were given a class on how to use Microsoft Word. They also did research, where they had to choose an animal and present a research document on it in a Word document. The fourth day they were given a Power Point class, where they learned how to design and make a power point presentation of a specific technological device. The last day, the children were given a class on social media, its benefits and potential risks,” said library assistant Brianne Leiva.

    Four Belizean Sailors attend 2015 Optimist North American Championship
    Four young Belizean sailors are in English Harbour, Antigua participating in the 2015 Optimist North American Championship. From Sunday, July 5th to Monday, July 13th, 13-year-old Kevin Vasquez, 12-year-old Trent Hardwick, 13-year-old Jazmine Campos and 13-year-old Nashira Ricardez will be sailing the unchartered waters of Antigua in their first ever international competition. The championship is being sponsored by Seaboard Marine and organized by Antigua Yacht Club under the authority of the International Optimist Dinghy Association (IODA). A total of 162 sailors representing 23 countries are participating: Argentina, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands Antilles, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, St Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Switzerland, Uruguay, USA, US Virgin Islands and Antigua.

    Child Friendly Initiative Seminar held in San Pedro
    The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF,) in collaboration with the Government of Belize (GOB) and the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC), held a Child Friendly Initiative workshop on Friday, July 3rd, in San Pedro Town. The seminar’s main purpose was to set in place pillars to later develop in an effort to address children’s issues on the island. Six main topics were discussed aimed at the betterment of conditions for the survival, growth, and development of children including ensuring that their rights are at the forefront of policy-planning and policy implementation at the local level. This initiative, which was launched in September 2014, received wide recognition and the official endorsement by all Mayors across the country. UNICEF Monitor and Evaluation Specialist Paulette Wade called on children’s participation on the island. “It is important to know if children have a right to be heard in any judicial proceedings that may be affecting them. It is also important to have arrangements to ensure consideration of the perspective of babies and very young children and respect the views of the child promoted to the public and in particular to parents,” said Wade.

    Ambergris Today

    San Pedro Pays Tribute to Rosita Baltazar
    Another beloved Belizean yields to that treacherous and mysterious disease that is cancer. This time around it is beloved Rosita Baltazar, the artistic director for the San Pedro Dance Company. Rosita is a founding member of the Belize National Dance Company and many years ago under the invitation of Lily Nuñez and Mayor Alberto Nuñez, she accepted to be the director of the San Pedro chapter of the Dance Company. Needless to say, she took our dancers to greater heights and earning much glory at home and abroad. There are a lot of good things that we learned thought the years about Teacher Rosita. She had great taste and looked forward to events to show off her dancers. She exhibited commitment and dedication to her group. She was a professional in all the sense of the word. Rosita was calm and relaxed with her girls, yet firm in her discipline; she inspired confidence and self control and was a role model and a great leader. Rosita touched the lives of many boys and girls in San Pedro. Those who knew her well will attest to her well poised mannerism. Her inward and outward beauty combined with her high sense of humility to make her an outstanding artistic director, coach and dance instructor. Even though Rosita belonged on a stage, when it was show time, she preferred for her girls to take the applause.

    Flashbacks: The Evolution of Boca del Rio Cut
    In this Flashback of San Pedro you see two tourists enjoying a refreshing swim at the Boca del Rio which is the opening of the canal leading to the back of the island. They are at the edge of the south side and looking towards the north, you see a post seawall of a property belonging to a Belize City businessman, one Mr. Gutierrez. The canal mouth was very shallow with seaweed or sea grass on both sides reaching only up to one’s knee or legs. The middle of the canal was about two and a half feet deep and a lot of people were able to cross to the other side without getting totally wet, especially on a low tide. A dory or small boat could easily traverse down the canal or river as we used to call it. As the need for larger boats arose, the center of the canal was dug and made deeper and wider. This was done by the village council in conjunction with Caribeña, the fishing cooperative, to facilitate navigation of its large fishing boats to the west side of the village/island where the processing plant and ice plants were located. As time went by the Boca del Rio was dug/dredged to about five or six feet as it stands today to meet the demands of large sea vessels, and of course the demands of traffic and the bridge. Will add that it was not a popular swimming site, but indeed a very popular fishing spot, especially at night time. A five-pound snapper was very common at this spot.

    BTB Launches Discover How To Be A Belizean Traveller Campaign
    July marks the beginning of the Belize Tourism Board’s local ad campaign launch. The theme of the campaign is “Discover How To Be A Belizean Traveller.” This campaign is centered on getting Belizeans to travel locally and to promote the regional icons, which were developed as a part of our rebranding. The objectives of the campaign are: 1. To encourage Belizeans, living in the country, to travel locally in order to keep our dollars at home and promote local businesses 2. Sensitization of the regional icons (shown below in chart) 3. Get local industry partners on board to facilitate locals travelling to various destinations country wide.

    Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

    2007 LGBT tourism event
    In 2007, probably what was the biggest LGBT tourism event in Belize (and ever will be) was held at Banana Beach Resort. The gay & lesbian group Diving for Life came to Belize to dive, party and primarily to support the local AIDS Commission - to whom they donated $5000. This event was held without any fanfare, any trouble and many locals enjoyed the party thoroughly. Their donation helped so many people in the community. Hopefully they'll come back one day.

    2015 Belize Fashion Week postponed
    Due to an impending inclement weather system, the 2015 Belize Fashion Week scheduled from Thursday, July 9th to Sunday, July 12th has been postponed. This event was set to be mostly outdoors, and the rains would severely affect the show. The Belize Fashion Week organizing committee humbly apologizes for any inconveniences caused. A new date will be later announced.

    Belize – Winner in Caribbean Countries of the Future – fDi-Financial Times

    Caye Caulker Lobster Fest 2015
    Belizeans converge on the island destination to celebrate the opening of lobster season and take photos with mascot, the Happy Lobser!

    Channel 7

    The By-Election Hype In Griga
    Its bi-election day in Dangriga and the polls were closed about 30 minutes ago. For most of you, it might have just been another calm and ordinary day in your neighbourhood but it was anything but calm in the culture capital today. Courtney Weatherburne is in Dangriga right now covering the election, we join her now: Courtney, What’s it like in the Culture Capital right now? What is the report on the grounds? Courtney Weatherburne "We're here with Mr. Cordel Hyde, PUP standard bearer for Lake Independence. Sir how is it going so far? Explain to us the sentiments and the feelings out here on the ground." Cordel Hyde - PUP Standard Bearer, Lake Independence "Well it's been going good, you know it's early in the morning so everybody is energised. The question will be whether we'll be able to maintain that energy all day because it's a long day. And what happens at 7, 8 o'clock in the morning may not reflect what happens 3 or 4 in the afternoon, so we have to prepare to grind all day. So far it's been going good. When you know the challenge for us, this is a candidate who is probably - has the shortest possible time to get ready, less than 3 weeks to be precise. You'll always go and second guess yourself and wonder what you could have done differently in terms of strategy, in terms of support, in terms of work. But we're here and as I said we have an awesome candidate and his resume speaks for itself and the people here know that. Sometimes at the end of the day it comes down to what's inside your gut, what's inside the gut of the voter. And I think deep down inside the voters know that Anthony Sabal is the man."

    The By-Election Candidates: Sabal Vs Pawpa
    And while those were all the additional political characters on the ground who were zoned in on this single division, in the foreground were the candidates: Frank Pawpa Mena for the UDP and Anthony Sabal for the PUP. Today, Courtney Weatherburne spoke with both of them:… Frank "Papa" Mena, UDP Candidate "Well the thing the work, the work well. Early on the scratch and so but everything tighten up and the thing the work well." Anthony Sabal, PUP Candidate "The machinery is well oiled. If you notice we have gotten support from north, south, east and west. Bi-election is very important and yes we're very confident and it's working." Frank "Papa" Mena, UDP Candidate "The people energised. As I tell them it's one love. Sometimes things just get out of hand, you see something you get pushed to the edge - but we got that under control. The energy is up! The energy is up! And this is what it is."

    Glenn Grant & the Police Department Being Sued For Officer Yearwood's Death
    Viewers may remember the very controversial shooting which happened in September 2013 in which Police Constable Glenwayne Grant shot and killed a fellow officer, Constable Dean Yearwood when he was allegedly responding to a robbery in progress. Well, his family wants the Government of Belize to pay financial compensation for his death, which they say is unlawful and unnecessary. Police Commissioner Allen Whylie and the investigators said that it wasn’t murder, but as we told you, Yearwood’s family believed that it was an unlawful killing. So, since it has been 2 years without any prosecution against Grant, the Yearwood family sued the Government of Belize, the Police Department, the Police Commissioner, and Officer Grant. They are seeking damages and whatever reliefs the court sees fit to order. So, what’s being examined in this case? Well, viewers will remember that PC Yearwood - dressed in plain clothes was walking front of Public’s Supermarket on Central American Boulevard. That’s when Brian Vasquez allegedly tried to rob him. The off duty Yearwood, who was carrying his police department issued .38 revolver fired at him.

    Angel Tzec Hits Fertile Ground In The Courts
    Just over a month and a half ago, we told you about how agronomist Angel Tzec sued the Ministry of Natural Resources because they shared up a section of a piece of land that he was the lease holder for. His lease for 250 acres in the Cayo District expired in 2011, but just before that happened, he cleared up his arrears and in even pre-paid his land fees to the government a few months ahead of the time. He was under the impression that the Government acknowledged his interest in the land, and he went there shortly after the lease expired to speak with the Lands Department staff to start the process to get it renewed. That process was notoriously slow, and shortly after those meetings, the 2012 General Elections happened. Tzec found out afterwards that the Lands Department had given out a lease to a portion of the land he was paying fees for. He says that he went to both the Lands Commissioner and the Minister of Lands who assured him that the error would be cleared up, but weeks later, they started giving him the run-around. Frustrated, he sued the Government and got his day in court on May 22. Today, Justice Shona Griffith delivered her oral judgment. She didn’t out rightly dismissed his case, but she noted that his public law case was misguided. She offered him an opportunity to come back and sue the Lands Ministry not as a Government agency, but as a party to a private contract. His attorney explained the implications of the conclusion of the case:

    Dispute Between BSI Shareholders?
    3 months from now American Sugar Refinery will have been the majority shareholder in the Belize Sugar Industries Limited for 3 years. Viewers may know that this is the company which owns the factory, which then mill the cane from the farmers after they have been delivered. They came into the picture as a strategic investor who bought out the company’s indebtedness of 64.8 million US dollars to the Netherland financiers in exchange for 78.6% equity in the company’s shares. They bought out a significant portion of the shares owned by the BSI Employee’s Holdings Limited. So, they went from being a majority shareholder to a minority shareholder. Well the BSI Employee’s Holdings Limited, and the Belize Workers Union, to which the employees belong as members, are both complaining that since ASR became the boss of the factory and the company, they have refused to release any financial statements of profits made in the past 2 crop years. The employees say that they were given an assurance by the company and by the Government – which facilitated the deal – that prior arrangements in relation to the declaration of dividends and the payment of additional bonuses if profits meet certain thresholds will remain as they were before ASR.

    By-Election Battles: Gapi Vs Monchie
    But while the candidates should have been the biggest news, the real news was the very heated atmosphere and the numerous confrontations between rival political parties. IT was unlike anything we’ve ever seen and it was crowned by a confrontation between Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega and his political opponent and accuser Ramon Munchy Cervantez. It happened in Hope Creek this morning – and we got very differing accounts from both sides: Courtney Weatherbune "Sir on the topic of emotions and tensions leading up to this day and of course later on for the results, we have been to several polling areas and they have been several arguments or brawls also at these different polling areas. We also understand that there was some misunderstanding, there was was some disagreement between you and the deputy prime minister Gaspar Vega. Tell us exactly from your account what happened? And how it all started?" Ramon “Munchie” Cervantes - PUP, Orange Walk Standard Bearer "It wasn't an misunderstanding. I was taking a voter, she's a PUP lady and the deputy prime minister came and pushed me out of the way. I turned around to react and one of his henchmen threw 2 punches at me and I slipped the punches, I ducked the punches and then one of my friends came and punched him in the jaw and he landed on his rear on the pavement. Then Gaspar Vega fell in the drain on the side of the road and then ran towards the voting boot to save himself."

    Fists Thrown In Lakeland In Griga By-Election
    And while we didn't catch that fight on camera, we did see one that happened at the Holy Ghost polling area. Here's how that one went - and what both sides say happened:...

    Another Dead Manatee; Washes Up To CZMAI Compound
    Very regularly, we feature stories in this newscast on the unfortunate death of manatees, a mammal which you, the viewers, know is an endangered species. Still, incidents continue to happen on the coastline in which these animals come in contact with boats and they get severely injured by the boat propeller. One of them washed up on the sea front of the Coastal Zone Management Institute, the organisation which takes the lead in trying to protect the manatee population in Belize. The animal had already been dead for some hours, after suffering cut injuries from a boats propeller. Even more obscenely ironic than that is that the CZMAI staff and the other agencies who work to protect manatees were in the midst of their second day of a workshop. It’s a strategy to better track and advocate for the animals. One of the attendants saw the dead manatee and alerted Jamal Galvez about it. He told us that it is a disheartening sight:

    The First Miss Carnival Pageant
    The Carnival Association of Belize is hosting the first ever Miss Carnival Pageant. The event takes place on Friday night at the Bliss Institute - where 6 junior queens and 8 seniors vie for the title of Miss Carnival Queen 2015. Today 7news caught up with the ladies at rehearsals. The event will be held at the Bliss on Friday night. It starts at 7pm sharp and tickets are 5 dollars for children, 10 dollars for general and 15 dollars for reserve.

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    Anthony Sabal versus Frank “Pawpa” Mena in the Dangriga Bye-Elections
    As we bring you the news tonight, Elections and Boundaries officials, escorted by Police, are transporting boxes from six polling areas to the Father Phillip Marin Parish Hall where they [...]

    Voter Turnout at the Polls
    The last figures for voters’ turnout in the Dangriga bye-elections were issued at five this evening, an hour before the polls closed. That figure stood at fifty-three percent and the [...]

    P.U.P. Leader Calls for Castro to be Removed
    On Friday, Minister of State Edmond Castro took a devastating personal, if not political blow, when he was advised to discontinue a defamation case against visa scandal whistleblower, Alvarene Burgess, [...]

    PM says Castro Ain’t Going Anywhere
    Of course, that call by the Opposition at this point is nothing more than a rhetorical flourish. Castro’s involvement in a visa scam is a moot point because he recently [...]

    Fonseca Comments on “Pawpa” Mena’s Visa Memo
    And since the P.U.P. is on the subject of visas and a visa scam, Fonseca is also taking a hard look at the U.D.P. Dangriga candidate, Frank “Pawpa” Mena. Just [...]

    PM Has No Praises for Catholic Church and Father Leslie
    On Tuesday night, P.U.P. Leader Francis Fonseca praised Senator Father Noel Leslie and the Roman Catholic Church. Leslie and the Church have called on the government to repeal the controversial [...]

    Barrow Comments on Latest Secret Recording from Hulse
    On Tuesday night we told you about a recording – another recording – of senior U.D.P. former Minister Melvin Hulse. In that recording Hulse claims that the U.D.P. will need [...]

    6 Prisoners Escape from the Benque Viejo Jail
    Six Honduran nationals have escaped from the Benque Viejo Police Station—only one has been recaptured up to news time. Did they have help from the inside? Well, that’s what we [...]

    Cardinal Lemott Detained for Murder
    A teen believed to have been involved in the brutal murder of two American nationals in Teakettle more than a month ago was apprehended this weekend in Belize City. Due [...]

    Sandra Perez Acquitted
    A woman who was accused of stabbing a man once in the abdomen is tonight free of charges of Grievous Harm and Use of Deadly Means of Harm upon Kenrick [...]

    Is G.O.B. Responsible for the Alleged Wrongful Death of PC Dean Yearwood?
    Will G.O.B. be held liable for the alleged wrongful death of Police Corporal Dean Yearwood, who was shot to death by another cop back in 2013 during a robbery in [...]

    Live from Dangriga Bye-Elections 2015
    The ballot boxes from six polling stations have arrive at the Father Phillip Marin Parish Hall in Dangriga where counting is about to get underway to determine the new area [...]

    Revising the Manatee Recovery Plan
    Will Belize’s manatees get the help that they need? For a very long time we have reported on the cases of manatee injury and deaths. Over the past few years [...]

    Preliminary Round of National Song Competition 2015
    Musical content, lyrics and stage performance….the first round, to determine the winners of the 2015 National Song Competition, is in full gear. This weekend, in Belize City and Punta Gorda, [...]

    Unions Maintain Salary Adjustments Are Not From Petrocaribe Funds
    In early June, the government announced that teachers and public officers will be receiving a whopping eight percent increase as a salary adjustment. Some, but not all public officers, are [...]

    Union Presidents Explain Formula for Salary Adjustments
    The Collective Bargaining Agreement is for a three-year period, but was in the pipeline for six years. Back in 2008, the proposals were for a thirty percent adjustment for teachers [...]

    A New Licensing Regime for Teachers
    But salaries aside, there is another issue that teachers are confronting. It has to do with licenses, which come 2016 will be mandatory. Those who have not obtained a valid [...]


    San Pedro Resident Targetted By Thieves
    A resident from San Pedro Town is crying foul tonight after he was targeted by a thief who made away with his licensed firearm. According to Walter Medina, Saturday night around 7:30 he parked his blue golf cart in front of the San Pedro Church on Barrier Reef Drive and walked a few feet away to talk to someone. Upon his return he noticed that his bag that was on the front seat of the cart was missing. The bag contained his licensed black and silver Taurus brand .9mm pistol with a magazine containing (13) 9mm live rounds, cash and other personal belongings. Island cops say they have no leads at this point.

    Calling On Musicians
    The annual National Song Competition is back again and the National Celebrations Commission and Atlantic International Bank issuing a last call for songwriters and musicians to enter their song for the 2015 competition in both junior and senior categories. This year the commission is doing things a bit different as they will be branching into the municipalities across the country for elimination rounds. Winners from these rounds will face each other off on stage on August 14th in Belize City. In its release the Commission states that quote, “the competition was created to give both professional and amateur song writers and performing artists an opportunity to showcase their original pieces on the grand stage each year,” unquote. The competition is held in two categories which include the Belize Song competition in which contenders enter an “original song that reflects strong Belizean identity, flavor and rhythm and should inspire a sense of national pride and unity. It should evoke a blessing or celebrate the history, traditions and diversity of the Belizean culture.”

    Six Honduran Nationals Escape From Benque Viejo Prison
    Police in Benque Viejo Del Carmen are tonight looking for five of six men who escaped from police custody. At around eight on Tuesday night, police officers checked the holding cell area and discovered that six Honduran nationals who were in police custody were nowhere to be seen. When they conducted further checks in the cell they realized the men had dug a hole in the wall and slipped out. So far police have recaptured one of the men and believe that the other five have fled across the border into Guatemala. The men had been detained in Benque Viejo Del Carmen for illegal entry into Belize. Police is asking the public that if they see any suspicious individual in their neighborhood to call the police.

    Guatemalan National Found In Possession Of Unlicensed Ammunition
    And keeping with the stories from the Corozal District, a Guatemala national was arrested and charged for keeping unlicensed ammunition. Around 6:30 last night while police were on mobile patrol near the Pueblo Nuevo Ferry Road they stopped and searched 22 year old Arnoldo Peck, Guatemalan National of Bella Vista in the Toledo District. The search led police to a green and gold box containing nine 16 gauge cartridges. Puck was arrested and charged for the offence of “Kept Ammunition without a Gun License.”

    Shots Fired At Teenager From The Corozal District
    A teenager from Corozal is lucky to be alive tonight after he was targeted by a lone gun man. According to 18 year old Alvin Rancharan of 10th Avenue, Corozal Town, yesterday around 1:50 in the afternoon he was hanging out at a residence in the Venezuelan Site Area of Corozal Town when a red and white pickup stopped in front of the residence. According to Rancharan the driver pulled out a firearm and fired a shot in his direction. Police have since detained one person of San Andres Village, Corozal Town pending charges of Aggravated Assault and discharging a firearm.


    Fultec Systems celebrates anniversary with IT summit
    Fultec Systems is celebrating its twenty third Anniversary. Bjana Smith-Bradley, Operation Manager for Fultec Systems spoke about the anniversary celebrations and the IT Summit that they are hosting. Strategic partners joined with Fultec and are present at the summit to give updates about the newest technologies and how these partners have contributed to not only […]

    US basketball team makes donation to youths in the Toledo District
    Officials from Cleveland Basketball School in the United States have concluded a visit to the Toledo District. Paul Mahung reporting… “The visit was part of a four day basketball skills camp from July 2-6 with direct participation from Ohio Cleveland’s basketball school founder and manager Paul Haut.” Paul Haut, Manager “It’s our second time in […]

    YWCA holds summer programs
    The YWCA started their annual Summer Program on Monday. The summer program has been in effect for 58 years and is a program that the children look forward to every year. Most programs are thirty to forty dollars along with a five dollars registration fee. There are approximately 12 different activities that are planned for […]

    Guatemalan national charged with firearm offences
    22-year-old Guatemalan national Arnoldo Peck has been charged with kept firearm without a gun license. Police say they were on mobile patrol near the Pueblo Nievo Ferry Road when they stopped and searched Peck of Bella Vista in the Toledo District. Police say they found a green and gold box which contained nine sixteen gauge […]

    San Pedrano reports licenced firearm stolen
    Police are investigating reports of a stolen firearm in San Pedro. 35-year-old Walter Estuardo Medina of San Mateo Area reported that on Saturday about 7:30 p.m., he parked his blue golf cart in front of the San Pedro Church on Barrier Reef Drive and walked a few feet away to talk to someone and upon […]

    Four men detained for robbery in Hopkins Village
    Dangriga Police have detained four men from Hopkins Village pending their investigation of a robbery. A couple reported to Police that last Thursday they were sitting on the verandah of a local guest cabin on the north side of the village about ten o’clock that night when they were approached by six male persons. One […]

    Minister weighs in on upcoming gay pride event
    A hot topic of discussion is the upcoming gay pride event scheduled for September in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. Our reporter, Renee Trujillo asked Minister Michael Finnegan to weigh in on the debate. Michael Finnegan – Minister of Housing “Life is never 100% and people have a right to be what they want to be, […]

    Foreign Minister updates on notes sent to Guatemala
    On a couple occasions the Government of Belize has sent protest notes to Guatemala following incidents in which it is believed our sovereignty was infringed upon. Today Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wilfred Elrington was asked about Guatemala’s response to the notifications. Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs “I can’t’ tell you specifically in detail but […]

    Family of slain police officer seeks compensation
    PC Dean Yearwood Junior was shot and killed on September 8, 2013 on Central American Boulevard in Belize City. The man who pulled the trigger was a fellow police officer, PC Glenwayne Grant. Yearwood’s family is seeking compensation from the government. A trial hearing began today before Justice Sonya Young. Representing the Government are attorneys […]

    Motorcycle accident leaves two men hospitalized
    Two villagers of Armenia Village remain hospitalized following a motorcycle accident last night. Fem Cruz reporting… “One man is in a critical condition at the KHMH and another is in a stable condition at the Western Regional Hospital following a motorcycle accident last night. Love News understands that on Tuesday night July 7th sometime around […]


    Hilux stolen from Lands Department
    It seems that it is Hilux Season again. Last year 2014 around this same time of the year, vehicles assigned to government agencies in Belmopan were disappearing. Police suspected that the vehicles were being transported across the Western Border to Guatemala where the vehicles are later sold. By the...

    Thief makes off with Embassy Money
    A thief made off with some $70 thousand dollars worth of Embassy money yesterday. According to reports, the driver for the Embassy of the Republic of China(Taiwan) was robbed yesterday, July 6th, while exiting Belize Bank on Albert Street. According to reports, the driver was about to exit the park...

    PUP calls for Castro’s resignation or termination
    Meanwhile, the People’s United Party has issued a statement, demanding the resignation or dismissal of Edmund Castro . According to the PUP press release, “… by failing to clear his name and his reputation and by withdrawing his law-suit in the Supreme Court, Minister Castro is effectively admitting...

    Accused killers freed after surviving victim drops charge
    24 year old Charles Young,
    urder. They were accused of the February 4, 2011 murders of 17 year old Daniel Puerto and 34 year old Ian Martinez, and attempted murder of Daniel’s twin brother Darnell. . At trial Monday morning in the S...

    Teen Charged With Burglary in Connection to Double Murder
    Belmopan Police are gaining some ground in the case of the Teakettle double murder which occurred on the 19th of May 2015. In May, Shaylon Santos, 18 year old resident of Teakettle Village, appeared before chief Magistrate Aretha Ford in Belmopan where he was arraigned on charges of burglary in conn...

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    Frank “Papa” Mena is the new Dangriga area representative
    Just after nine this evening, returning officer Colin Griffith announced from Sacred Heart Parish Hall that United Democratic Party candidate for today’s by-election in the Dangriga division, Frank “Pawpa” Mena, had received 2,164 of 3,738 votes or 57.89%. Opponent from the People’s United Party (PUP), Anthony Sabal, received […]

    Frank “Papa” Mena wins Dangriga Bye-election
    Frank “Papa” Mena, candidate of the United Democratic Party for the Dangriga division has won the bye-election that was held today. According to unofficial reports, Mena (UDP candidate) obtained 2,163 votes, Sabal (PUP candidate) 1,526 votes, and Lucas (Independent candidate) 8 votes. 36 votes were rejected. This is a developing […]

    The 6pm weather forecast calls for showers across the country
    The general weather situation is predicting that a tropical wave will cross the country later tonight and tomorrow morning and maintain relatively moist and unstable conditions. The 24 hour forecast is for cloudy skies with some showers and a few thunderstorms over most areas but especially over the central and […]

    Brothers charged for keeping bar open past closing hours
    It may be bad news for those accustomed to carousing, but under the law, bars in Belize do have closing hours, usually midnight. However, two brothers from Ladyville, in the Belize District, 38 year old Jose and 34 year old Oscar Mejia, naturalized Belizeans originally from Honduras, are accused of […]

    About a third of Dangriga voters have cast votes in by-election
    As of 2:00 this afternoon, 38% of Dangriga voters – 2,404 of 6,275 have cast ballots in today’s by-election. The seat is being contested between the People’s United Party’s Anthony Sabal, the United Democratic Party’s Frank “Pawpa” Mena, and the Belize Green Independent Party’s Llewellyn Lucas. Polls close in four […]

    FIFA “bigs up” Deon McCaulay
    After two rounds of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, Belize stands on the threshold of an unprecedented appearance among the game’s elite. In a profile released today on, the man who put them there gets his just due. 27 year old forward Deon McCaulay proved every bit of his worth […]

    Six Honduran Prisoners escape from Benque Viejo Police Station
    Reports reaching our newsroom are that six Honduran nationals captured in Benque Viejo Del Carmen for illegal entry in Belize have escaped from their cell. According to Benque Police, on Tuesday night around 8 pm, officers on duty made physical checks on the holding cell area and noticed […]

    Single mom is $425,000.00 richer after winning Mek Mi Rich lottery
    Belize City housewife Josephine Humes is the first winner of the grand prize of the television program “Mek Mi Rich,” aired twice weekly on local television stations. She officially won $500,000 playing the draw aired on Thursday, July 2, where the winning numbers were 30, 14, 28, 13 and 3. […]

    Heavy rain halts voting in Dangriga Bye-election
    The voting at Holy Ghost Primary School in Dangriga came to a halt this afternoon due to a heavy rain with strong winds. And while the rain has subsided, voters are now being brought in a continuous line of vehicles to cast their vote. Chrisbert Garcia, our journalist who is […]

    Belize will participate in Pan American Games
    The Pan American Games are the world’s third largest sporting competition after the Olympic and Commonwealth Games. Held every four years after the Commonwealths and before the Olympics, the competition comes to Toronto, Ontario, Canada, from July 10 to 26. Belize’s delegation leaves today, headed by Chief of Mission Allan […]

    Why “Pawpa” will win Dangriga by-election
    Today is the by-election in Dangriga constituency, which includes the town and the villages of Sarawee and Hope Creek. Voters will select a replacement for PUP Representative Ivan Ramos who resigned his seat recently. There are three candidates running for this seat: for the UDP, Frank “Papa” Mena, for […]


    “Catch Us If You Can” in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.
    C’mon now, admit it. You did, didn’t you. You were attracted to this edition by the headline. You thought it must be a post about John McAfee fleeing Belize with Samantha Vanegas , his girlfriend at the time, in December 2012 (yes, it was that long ago). But no, it’s not about that so if you clicked to read about the eccentric McAfee now is the time to leave this blog post and search again. I really don’t want you here under false pretences because it has nothing at all to do with McAfee. It’s all about the lobster. Since first coming to Ambergris Caye back in 1998 I’ve spent a fair bit of time with lobsters. Although I have to admit that I first fell in love with a lobster much, much earlier. Around 1985 I think. I’d been invited out to lunch by a business acquaintance, an older and far more worldly chap than me. And a far, far, far more wealthy chap as well. “Would I like to go to The Ivy” he asked. “Absolutely” I replied without a moments hesitation. I knew of the restaurant but never dreamt I’d actually go there. This is a restaurant that unless you are “someone” or know someone who “is someone” you can wait months to get a table.

    Sailing Down the Coast of Belize
    I didn’t think that Central America could get any better — and then I got to Belize. I’ve never really dreamed about Belize as a destination. I knew I’d like it, but it didn’t occupy my imagination the way Nicaragua did. In this country, I found a land of Mayan ruins and caves filled with human sacrifices, of laid-back Caribbean islands and the most turquoise water you’ve ever seen. The culmination of my trip was my favorite adventure of the year so far: sailing down the coast of Belize for three days with Raggamuffin Tours. Our boat was an elegant white catamaran that had lots of space to chill out on board, including a net above the water. Each day would begin with a few hours of sailing through fluorescent turquoise waters. The water around the reef is quite shallow and you could almost always see the bottom.

    Best Places to Visit in Belize
    Occupying one of the last, remaining unspoiled places on earth just south of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, Belize is a beautiful Caribbean getaway where tourists can laze away on white sandy beaches, dive in the Western Hemisphere’s largest barrier reef, hike through lush jungle, and explore ancient Mayan ruins all in one vacation. An English-speaking country with a multicultural population, Belize is best known for its tropical beauty and outdoor adventures. The hundreds of cayes and coral islands are also among the best places to visit in Belize, with their stunning beaches and world-class diving sites.

    Must Visit Places in Belize
    The largest of Belize’s several hundred islands, Ambergris Caye is a dreamy, tropical place where shorts and flip-flops are the dress code, golf carts are the mode of transportation, and lazing away on sandy white beaches is the primary activity. A short plane flight or ferry ride from Belize City, Ambergris Caye is one of the best places to visit in Belize because it presents the ultimate Caribbean getaway with classic beaches, world-class accommodations, fabulous dining and ultra relaxation. The Belize Barrier Reef is a 300 kilometer (190 miles) long section of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, the second largest coral reef system in the world after the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. It is Belize’s top tourist destination, popular for scuba diving and snorkeling and attracting almost half of all its tourists. A large portion of the reef is protected by the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, which includes 7 marine reserves, 450 cays, and 3 atolls. The reef also includes the Great Blue Hole, the most famous dive destination in Belize.

    Myles Away: The Meaning of Santa Cruz and the Possibility of Ethnic Conflict. Written by Dr. Jerome Straughn
    It has been almost two weeks since an incident in the village of Santa Cruz in the Toledo district when a black Creole Belizean by the name of Rupert Myles was unlawfully detained by Mayan villagers and the photos of him handcuffed and surrounded by villagers have sparked an at times heated discussion about his detention. Based on his account of what happened, his detention is seen as a clear case of racism and proof is in the photos. But in the immediate aftermath of the incident Mayan community leaders backed by the Maya Leaders Alliance stated that they did not discriminate against Mr. Myles but were simply enforcing their communal land rights. The MLA later issued a statement regarding the attempted eviction and detention of Myles. Mayan leaders stressed that Myles was detained because he showed little respect for the Alcalde of the village and was belligerent. Worse, he threatened villagers telling them he had firearm in a vehicle.

    Mario Lara’s thoughts on the Santa Cruz incident in Belize
    Most people who read this essay may already have strong opinions about the Santa Cruz incident, the characters involved, the subsequent aftermath, and all the various related issues. A lot has already been said about this incident as it seems to have dominated the radio airwaves and social media. I must admit that I’m feeling very intimated as I attempt to put my thoughts on paper because I’m not entirely sure that there is anything more that can be said and I am not a blogger. But, a new friend of mine, Aria Lightfoot, with whom I’ve already had some very spirited debate on this and other topics, has invited me to write on her blog. And, I decided that this might be a good opportunity for me to step back and do a bit of reflection. I have been accused, by Aria and by others, based on some comments that I’ve made, of romanticizing the Maya and being biased in their favor. Perhaps by forcing myself to reflect some more, I might be able to disabuse myself of any negative bias that I may have. I encourage all Belizeans to step back a bit and do the same. While it is important for us to speak our minds, it is equally, if not more important, to step back and reflect a bit. First of all, this is a very unfortunate episode in Belize for all parties involved. In the heat of the moment, there seems to be no winners here at all. But, I am of the conviction that something positive can and must come out of this tragic set of circumstances and that Belize and Belizeans can get through this stronger and more united with a clearer sense of who we are as a nation and a people, and what it means to be a Belizean in all of our various multicultural and ethnic flavors.

    Culture Clash. Written by Aria Lightfoot
    I have gone back and forth with my thoughts regarding the incident in Santa Cruz. Unlike many people, I was not taken aback seeing a Black man hogtied by the Mayans because I have seen that image before. The time before that, the detained man was a child molester in a village somewhere in the Cayo District. I grew up in a smaller community in Belize, I know that residents many times take matters into their own hands, with follow up help of the police department. Village justice if you will. However, when I heard Myles’s claim of discrimination and eviction due to that discrimination, I was taken aback. He claims that he was a victim of racial discrimination. The feisty Mayan woman in the background seems to support his claim, even though she said nothing, her body language suggested a frustrated woman. The video showing the interview with Myles also presented a young polite Mayan police obviously carrying out the will of someone else.

    The Mayan struggle for integration within Belize’s modern day society By: Hubert Pipersburgh
    The rule of law is for all Belizeans and no one group should be excluded from her protection. If we are truly going to live in a peaceful constructive nation as envisioned by our forefathers then we must have laws that promote and uphold justice for all Belizeans from the Rio Hondo to the Sarstoon. In a liberal constitutional democracy the constitution is the supreme law of the land. Mayan, Garifuna, Creole, Mestizo, East Indian and all other ethnicities that live in our nation are protected by the Constitution of Belize. In the case of indigenous or customary communal rights, as worthy as they may be; human rights, common decency, and societal norms cannot take a back seat to it, in short, those rights ends where international human rights begins. Sweeping the Santa Cruz incident under the rug and kicking the proverbial ball down the road only leads to more of the same. It will continue to fester just below the surface. The Santa Cruz event grants us an opportunity to seek some concrete solutions. We can live and let live or we can tackle the issue of race relations, as uncomfortable as it may be.

    Christopher Nesbitt’s thoughts on the Santa Cruz Incident in Belize
    I am probably going to offer a counter narrative to this discussion, but it is based on an intimate understanding of the alcalde system. Like most Belizeans who saw the image of Mr. Rupert Myles, a black man, handcuffed, tied to a rope, on the side of the road, I was shocked and offended. The images that came out of events in Santa Cruz village were reminiscent of images of slavery, part of Belize’s painful colonial legacy. I found it jarring to see Belizeans holding another Belizean like that. When I first heard that Mr. Myles had been refused permission to live in the village of Santa Cruz, and was being forcibly removed, I was more than shocked and offended. I was outraged. To think that a man who wanted to live in the community where his wife was born and raised, with their children, and had been refused did not sit well with me. It seemed to me to be a huge injustice. I think many people who saw the images felt similar feelings. I had the opportunity to work with the people of Santa Cruz and Santa Elena in 2012, installing photovoltaic lighting systems in their schools and in the Rio Blanco National Park. I found the people to be hard working, good company, fun, concerned for the future. At that time, the highway was being run through their villages, and graders, and dump trucks, and bulldozers and other heavy machinery were passing through the village all day. While the work environment as we built the photovoltaic systems was good, the conversation was about the future. The threat everyone identified was Guatemala.

    NEITHER OIL NOR WATER-By Therese Belisle Nweke
    In AMANDALA’S editorial of 15 May, 2015, “THE OIL OR WATER …” the position advocated was that tourism (water) should be the preferred alternative to the oil industry. Beyond any doubt, the Barrow administration of Belize is determined to fully pursue the fossil fuel route in its avowed aim to develop Belize. However, there is a caveat to this “Drill, we will” approach. It is a known axiom that nations which rely on natural resources alone to develop their economy not only come to grief, but eventually end up in a bad way. The following should be carefully noted: Nations with an abundance of natural resources, particularly non-renewable ones like oil, gas and minerals, tend to have less economic growth and develop at a slower pace than those with very little or none. While Africa is the world’s most mineral endowed continent, it is also the poorest! Oil wealth invariably creates a crony capitalist culture and a rentier economy, in which a tiny, powerful elite flourishes at the expense of the development and human rights of the majority. This is true in Nigeria, Angola, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, and Latin America, but also in the Middle East, where although the Saudi and Qatari rulers in many ways have bettered their people’s lives materially, democratic institutions are either weak or in abeyance.

    The Release of Auggy, the translocation howler monkey - Ilke provides her perspective, as Auggy's career
    As some of you may know, I recently spent 7 weeks volunteering at a primate and manatee rehabilitation centre in Belize: Wildtracks. I want to share with you an unforgettable and incredibly amazing experience I was lucky enough to be part of, one which helped me reflect on the importance of conservation work - the importance of conserving many unique species on earth which are endangered due to human impacts whether it be through habitat destruction (the major cause of species extinction) or illegal hunting, introduction of non-native species or many other reasons. Not only that but the conservation of our planet, to take care of our environment so as to give not only our species a better future, but every species on earth as well. My story to share is that of the August Pine Ridge Howler Monkey. He is thought to have been chased out of the forest by his troop and was found malnourished and starving in a small village with nowhere to go, since the rest of the area had been deforested. He was brought into Wildtracks to be rehabilitated and then released back into the wild in a protected forest, Fireburn, that would support him. I was very fortunate to be assigned as his carer. Auggy quickly captured my heart, being the most handsome monkey at Wildtracks (in my opinion), being very observant at all times and always sporting the smartest look on his face. It was as if he could read people inside out with just a look and he always knew what was going on. For about a month I went in with him four times a day to feed him and clean his enclosure, always respecting and keeping in mind that he was a wild animal.

    3 tips for guests!! Free/fun stuff to get before you coffee options....avoiding seaweed woes!
    1.) Before you get here, while you are planning your fun, I just found out something interesting this week. BTB--Belize Tourism Board, which is the board who asks for your passport info, and who makes the magazines you see, and promotes tourism here, collects money with each hotel guest. Part of what they give back, is a FREE service to incoming guests.....they will send you a bunch of information to your home for FREE if you sign up here: 2.) I will try to be as nice as I can for #2 :).....Guatemala is known for their coffee, right? I am not sure if this is something Belize is really known for. What I know is, there are coffee bags available at all the stores. I have tried all.of.them. Some are really expensive and some are cheap, but this has little to do with the taste. BIG TIP here.....I am noticing a lot of guests buy the Belize coffee in the green bag, and then leave almost the whole bag in their cabana when they leave.

    Lobsterfest 2015....What if it rains on my trip?........Beach art ideas!
    Lobsterfest 2015 was a great success again! The only negative was that it was really windy, so the duck race was cancelled, but everyone had a great time. The supposed "rainy" season hasn't been so rainy, only a few showers here and there, mostly at night. It was REALLY hot here about 2 weeks ago, but this past week has been perfect--enough cloud cover to keep the temps down, a nice breeze, and not such oppressive heat :) Here are a few pictures from Lobsterfest: Many people ask about rainy season, and you will find you get a lot of different answers. Basically, it rains MORE than dry season, but usually at night, so besides waking up to a wet ground or puddles, you don't know it is rainy season :). The tropics are so unpredictable; you can have several days in a row of rain in dry season, which happens from time to time, and long stretches of dry in the rainy season.

    Placencia Lobsterfest 2015
    The Lobster Festival is primarily a fundraising event held in the quaint, seaside village of Placencia. Coordinated by the Placencia Village Council and Placencia Chapter of the Belize Tourism Industry Association, the event plays a major role in tourism and the sustainable development of local business. Upon arriving to the main area of the festivities, one could smell the distinct aroma of fresh seafood in the air being grilled and prepared in a plethora of flavours. There was definitely no shortness in creativity. At this point, of course, the only natural thing to do was…EAT! If Lobster wasn’t in your plans for the day, select vendors carried many other dishes running down the list of chicken, fish, steak, pork and a bunch of vegetarian delights. With an influence of Creole, Garifuna, Mayan and other cultures, Placencia’s Lobster Fest has become one of the major tourist engagement experiences in Belize. The atmosphere was absolutely amazing. Live music from the marching band, cooling drinks on every corner and not to mention, the weather was perfect. Popular DJs and musicians had many on their feet, gyrating to the sounds of the Caribbean. It was definitely a moment of true unity for everyone. The festivities ran each day from Friday the 19th up until the night on Sunday the 21st, a great way to have ended both the festivities and Father’s Day.

    San Pedro Lobsterfest 2015
    The 9th annual San Pedro Lobsterfest was held this past week (June 14th – 20th) and while we couldn’t make it to all the weeks’ festivities, we did manage to attend the grand Block Party finale on Saturday June 20th. The evening was kicked off around 5:30 pm with a series of popular steel pan melodies by the Pannerifix Steel Band, a group of talented youths who are truly impressing the local music scene. Booths that housed popular restaurants and chefs from across the island were set up and ready to cater to the large crowd that was expected to attend the event this year. Not only were lobster dishes such as fritters, pizzas, chowder and the popular grilled lobster tails being prepared, but some bartenders were also testing their imagination and skills by infusing lobster in their mixed cocktails and drinks. As visitors made their rounds to the various booths, local DJ’s and musicians including well-known Punta Artist – Supa G, graced the crowd with a mixture of both local and international hits that had many dancing and bopping their heads to the smooth music.

    It is just a high-end resort on an uninhabited island, Leo. You aren’t saving the world.
    Just west of Ambergris Caye in Belize is a long and narrow, 104 acre island called Blackadore Caye. If I had to guess, I would say that it has existed well protected on the leeward side of Ambergris at least since the days when buccaneers and privateers and pirates sought shelter inside the barrier reef. It has existed unchanged for the decade or so since actor Leonardo DiCaprio bought it for a pittance. But now, DiCaprio and his investors have decided the time has come to “rescue” this helpless piece of sand and mangroves from itself. They will do so by building a super high-end resort that will require development of 55 percent of the land. There will be an airstrip — but it will be made of solar power generating photovoltaic cells. Enough, I wonder to offset the carbon footprint of private jets flocking to this Caribbean playground? There will be 68 villas — but they will be built over the water. There will be 48 estate homes — each with the privacy that $15 million price tags can purchase. Also on land will be three restaurants, a clubhouse, infinity pool and wellness center that promises to turn back the clock for aging one percenters and carries the Deepak Chopra brand name. All of this will be laid out in something called a “sacred geometry” which presumably mitigates the 55 percent development footprint. According to the Delos press release “the proportions of buildings are derived from the Fibonacci Sequence and mathematical proportions found in nature. In addition, the proportional relationship of the sun, earth and moon drive the design in order to introduce further meaning to guests and visitors.”

    International Sourcesizz

    McCaulay, Belize's missing link
    Something was missing when Belize opened their Russia 2018 qualifying account against the Cayman Islands. The ball seemingly did not want to go in the net. Pressure mounted over two legs and it took a late free-kick from Elroy Kuylen to seal passage through to the next round by a slim away goal. “We missed Deon,” the scorer said, clearly relieved, making no mystery about the missing link. The Deon in question is Deon McCaulay. The 27-year-old forward is his country’s top all-time scorer. “Play him through five times and I guarantee he’ll score at least three,” Kuylen added of the national hero. Coach Jorge Nunez agreed too, hardly hesitating to heap praise on the No9. “Deon solves all of our attacking problems.” These words carry weight. They are not just excuses from a team that underperformed. McCaulay proved it in the next round against the Dominican Republic. He scored twice on the road in the first leg and blasted home a thumping header late in the second, sparking a 5-1 aggregate win. As the coach predicted, all scoring problems were solved. With McCaulay in the team, the floodgates had opened.

    Belize Going 100% Renewables As Part Of 10 Island Challenge
    The Caribbean nation of Belize is now aiming to go to 100% renewables, based on recent reports — with the idea being for all of its electricity needs to be met via renewable energy, and it’s transportation sector to fully embrace electric vehicles (EVs). The announcement follows the country’s decision to join the Carbon War Room’s high profile Ten Island Challenge. To be clear here, though, the new goal is for the country to receive 89% of its electricity via renewable energy resources by 2033 — with the longer term goal being to go 100% renewables. The new plans call for a buildout of wind energy infrastructure, predominantly — complementing the country’s already substantial hydropower. Energy efficiency retrofits are expected as well, with hospitals being a possible first target. The Belize Ministry of Energy, Science & Technology and Public Utilities’ representative Senator Joy Grant commented on the recent announcement: “Belize is extremely pleased to join the Ten Island Challenge. As a regional leader in the use of renewable energy, this partnership with the Carbon War Room and Rocky Mountain Institute will allow Belize to make significant strides in realizing its renewable energy production target of 89% in the electricity sector by 2033.”

    Belize is Going to Get Hauter with Itz’ana Resort & Residences
    Belize is working hard to be the next hot destination for luxury travelers. Midway down Central America, Belize is home to some of the worlds best diving sites, with the worlds second largest barrier reef, 900 known Mayan sites and not one McDonalds, Burger King or Starbucks in the entire country. Right on the Caribbean Sea, it is no surprise why a celebrity like Leonardo DiCaprio has already jumped at the chance to buy an island in Belize to build his very own eco-resort and residences. From the creators of Ka’ana Resort in San Ignacio, Belize; comes Itz’ana Resort and Residences. Located in Placencia, a quiet strip of land on the Caribbean coast, Belize Itz’ana is one of the many new luxury projects coming soon to the tiny country. Named after the Mayan God of Day and Night, Itz’ana is being built in a quaint coastal village. There will be two sizes of villas to choose. Itz’ana offers beachfront villas or villas on the lagoon side of the resort and residences.

    Microsoft's Paul Allen launches major conservation project during 'shark week'
    Saving sharks from extinction may not be the first thing that comes to mind during Shark Week, which is famous for frightening tales of shark attacks. But a new project spearheaded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's charity aims to help conserve sharks worldwide, which face threats from human fishing, pollution, climate change and other causes. While the recent rise in shark attacks along the East Coast certainly don't bolster general sympathy toward the sea creatures, this lack of awareness is also largely due to the fact that there are many things that we simply don't know about these creatures, which live in the vast abyss of the ocean. On Tuesday, Vulcan Inc. announced the Global FinPrint initiative, a research survey designed to provide key data needed in order to design and implement plans to save sharks from extinction. Vulcan Inc. is a private investment company run by Microsoft founder Paul Allen, who also started the Great Elephant Census to combat Africa's elephant extinction crisis. According to Chapman, Global FinPrint has already kicked off and set baited remote underwater video to survey sharks in the Bahamas and in Belize. Survey results will be published in scientific journals and be used to advance conservation efforts for sharks and the reefs that many of them depend on. "The Bahamas will be interesting to study," he says, "because they haven't commercially fished sharks in over 20 years."

    Shark Attack Risk Is Down Sharply Since 1950
    Although the overall number of reported shark attacks around the world has gone up, a person’s individual risk of being bitten by a shark has plummeted, according to a new study. Researchers from Stanford University found that the chance a person in California who goes into the ocean will be bitten by a great white shark fell 91 percent from 1950 to 2013. The Stanford team compared shark bite records with data on human use of the ocean in California, and calculated that an ocean swimmer there in 2013 had only a one in 738 million chance of being bitten by a great white. Surfers, the most likely to be bitten, had a one in 17 million chance. Scuba divers had a one in 136 million chance.

    Commentary: Let's stop ignoring 'Baby Daddy Disorder'
    On the heels of Father’s Day a few weeks ago, let’s continue the conversation about the significance of fathers. The issue of consistency and participation regarding black fathers is a necessary dialogue not just in the United States but even in the Caribbean. A good father is critical to the optimal development and well-being of a child (Lipscomb, 2011). Being a successful father contributes to many aspects of a child’s life such as healthy child development, gender identity, responsible sexuality, emotional and social commitment and financial security. Perhaps you remember the moving tribute last year by Kevin Durant to his mother. It came during Durant’s acceptance speech after being named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player. Kevin recalls his mother waking him up before dawn to work on his game, making him run, practice, and play his best game possible. “You made us believe, you kept us off the streets, put clothes on our backs, food on the table. When you didn’t eat, you made sure we ate. You went to sleep hungry. You sacrificed for us. You’re the real MVP.” At that point, his mother Wanda Pratt is in tears and the crowd gives her a standing ovation. By stark contrast, Durant’s acknowledgment of his father, Wayne Pratt, is short and obligatory. He refers to the road they have traveled and the support his father has given “from afar.” It turns out Wayne Pratt abandoned his wife and two boys when Kevin was 1, because, as he told the Washington Post in 2012, “I was immature, selfish; I was young.”

    BOLEDO DRAWING for Wednesday, July 8, 2015: 53. PICK 3: 0 2 5

    23 new photos.

    July 4th at Cayo Welcome Center
    The July 4th celebrations at the Cayo Welcome Center were a sight to see. They crammed 12 minutes of fireworks into 3 minutes, if you were wondering what all the explosions were. And just about every local band was there playing throughout the night. Thanks, Bamboo Bar, Bambu Tee, and the SISE Town Council for one of the best celebrations ever at the CWC!


  • Day of the Iguana, 9min. Great video of the Green Iguana Conservation Project. Coolest attraction to see in San Ignacio. "When you get to San Ignacio check out the Iguana project at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel. This a great tour to do when you have a couple of hours and you dont wish to go to far. The guides are great and we actually learned a little about Iguana's. It is a great outing with kids. The San Ignacio Resort Hotel is a great place to stay eat or just take this tour. We thought it is was great Barb might not agree completely .. oh Abdon I would love to see the pictures you took that day .. see you all next year"

  • Belize 2015, 5min. Our summer vacation to Belize!

  • 2015 Project Belize - Bonefish, 6min. Bonefish and Tarpon Trust's 2015 bonefish tagging trip to Belize River Lodge. Join today. Protect tomorrow.

  • Belize Trip, 8min. 7 Adventurous Days in Belize.

  • Snorkeling - Hopkins (Belize), 12min. A very relaxing day snorkeling and enjoying the beautiful scenery and weather.

  • Judson University: Belize Missions 2015, 19min. Footage from a week with Judson and the amazing people of San Antonio.

  • Victoria + Bobby :: Placencia, Belize :: Trailer, 2min. We cordially invite you to a little known piece of paradise: Placencia, Belize! It’s a unique blend of pristine nature, diverse geography, and endless adventure…and in this case, Victoria and Bobby's absolutely stunning wedding held at the Chabil Mar Villas.

  • Skydiving into the Blue Hole - Belize, 7min.

  • I can't Belize it's the end (Vlog #5), 5min. My last 2 weeks in Belize in 5 minutes. Activities include: cave tubing, ziplining, hiking, snorkeling, and adventures at the zoo.

  • Diving San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize, 5min.

  • Lobster Fest 2015 San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye Belize with The Paradise Guy, 11min. Experience some of the fun, festivities, and foods from the 2015 Lobster Festival in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, Belize.

  • Belize 2015, 5min. Our summer vacation to Belize!

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    Summer Water Activities
    Summa time deh ya! And we have nothing or no one in mind more than our beloved readers! We’re coming up with ways to keep you both cool and entertained for those days when you know, sunbathing becomes too much of a chore! Jet Skis, Banana Boat Rides, SUP Paddle Boarding, Snorkeling, River Tubing.

    Media Colleague Kareem Clarke falls victim to gun violence
    Amandala journalist, 27-year-old Kareem Jabbor Clarke was murdered on Monday, July 6th at around 1AM at the corner of Vernon and Lakeview Streets in Belize City. Clarke suffered five gunshot wounds, which resulted in his immediate death. While police still have no suspects, the incident has left family and media colleagues grieving throughout the country. According to initial reports, Clarke was travelling on bicycle in the area when he was approached by a gun man that opened fire at him. Clark received injuries to the left side of the forehead, back of the head, abdomen, right upper back and middle of the back. Ironically, the heinous murder took place about a 100 meters away from a police check point which was implemented to reduce violence in the area.

    San Pedro Solid Waste Transfer Station is now open!
    The long awaited Solid Waste Transfer Station, located on Marina Drive, was inaugurated on Friday, July 3rd in grand fashion. A project of the Belize Solid Waste Management Authority (BSWMA) and funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the San Pedro transfer station had been under construction since 2013 and is one of four transfer stations built across the country. The transfer station is expected to alleviate the major issue of improper garbage disposal by allocating a venue for collecting and sorting garbage before being barged off of the island to the mainland.

    Costa Maya Festival® Presents: Miss El Salvador, Miss Mexico and Miss Panama… El Chevo to bring ritmo y sabor to the stage!
    The 2015 International Costa Maya Festival® is really coming together. With the latest exciting announcement of another international performer, El Chevo, there truly will be something for everybody! The Honduran electro-punta singer/musician El Chevo is renowned for his collaborative work with Grupo Santa Fe, Las Chicas Rolands, Kazzabe Group, Los Silver Star and more. His popular hit song “Metele, Sacala” truly combines his country’s native rhythm with his popular electronic fusions. Be sure to see him performing live on Friday, August 7th! Genesis, Samantha and Maria join Miss Nicaragua Yuliset Laguna, Miss Costa Rica Corlina On Porras and Miss Honduras Gabriela Vanessa Salazar Valle as they await the announcement of Miss Belize and Miss Guatemala for 2015 Reina de La Costa Maya®. The coveted crown is currently held by Miss Mexico Elisa Gomez, and a night of pageantry and beauty will determine the next title-holder on Thursday, August 6th.

    Area Representative honors top PSE scorers on the islands
    Two students from San Pedro Roman Catholic Primary School (SPRCS) and one student from Caye Caulker Roman Catholic Primary School (CCRCS) were honored on Thursday, July 3rd for receiving high marks in the Primary School Examinations (PSE). Betty Alpuche and Shanelly Gutierrez were jointly the top PSE scorers for San Pedro Town while Tristan Magaña was the top scorer for Caye Caulker Village. Alpuche and Gutierrez both scored 91.3, while Magaña scored 88.5 in the test. For their momentous achievement, Area Representative Manuel Heredia Jr. recognized the bright students by presenting them with a plaque and $500 check, each. The short ceremony was held at the Belize Tourism Board (BTB), San Pedro office with Caye Caulker Chairman Wayne Miller, Caye Caulker Councilor Emelda Rosado, CCRCS Vice-principal Adelita Verde and the parents of the awardees present. Heredia indicated how proud he is of all three students and he hopes that they continue performing excellently at their secondary education institution of choice. The recent primary school graduates will soon be embarking in their high school journey. Magaña will be studying at Muffles College High School in Orange Walk, while Alpuche and Gutierrez will be attending San Pedro High School.

    Ambergris Today

    San Pedro Takes One Step Forward in Solid Waste Management
    The Ministry of Natural Resources and Agriculture and the Solid Waste Management Authority hosted the inauguration of the San Pedro Transfer Station located on Marina Drive by the D.F.C. Area on Friday, July 3, 2015. The transfer station is a processing site where the garbage (solid waste) will be temporarily deposited, and sorted before being transferred to a larger waste disposal site. This means that San Pedro will eliminate the process of dumping the island’s garbage waste in the current landfill site and burning it. This should alleviate any issues associated with the dump including the smoke affecting the resorts and residents in the area and the harmful effects to the environment. The site will eventually be covered with white sand.

    Extreme Selfie in Belize with Poisonous Lion Fish
    Extreme Selfie, Right!? We surely think that taking a selfie with a very poisonous Lion Fish just inches from your face and body is extreme. It's a normal day at work for local tour guide Gilberto Alamilla Jr., of Belize Pro Dive Center. He loves the water and taking pictures when he goes skin diving and even scuba diving. He has plenty of pictures with sharks, sea turtles, stingrays and manatees.

    Miss El Salvador and Miss Panama for Costa Maya Pageant 2015
    The Miss Costa Maya Pageant (Reina de la Costa Maya) has become a prestigious pageant with in the Central American region and the eight participating countries send their top beauty ambassador representatives each year to compete for the coveted crown. The Miss Costa Maya Pageant takes place every year at the beginning of the San Pedro International Costa Maya Festival. This year the pageant is taking place on Thursday, August 6, 2015. This week we present you with two more contestants – Miss El Salvador and Miss Panama!

    Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

    SAGA Pasta Spectacular Cook-off July 14
    hosted by Crazy Canucks Beach Bar.

    Music on Caye Caulker
    Luiz AMAURYS Leyva Suarez will be playing at " Il Baretto" tomorrow July 8th from 7.00 to 9.00pm

    In Memory of Michael Femrite, June 12th, 2005

    Passing of a true Belizean Patriot, Ms. Rosita Baltazar
    She is a woman who was very proud of her Garifuna people and their culture but will be most remembered for her passion for the art of Dance. She was not only a great Belizean Dancer but has taught so many others to be passionate about dancing. May you continue to dance in heaven and as you show in your photo here, God has finally fished you away from this earth for eternal blessings. I watched my grand kids who are now 21and two 19yr old dance with the San Pedro dance company, she brought out the best in all the kids and was so proud of them, met Miss Rosita many times, always talked about dance lessons, we never did, but dance for us in heaven Miss Rosita, will do a little shake when I think of you....RIP beautiful lady

    Crazy Cocktails
    Come get crazy with shapes. Tomorrow at 2:00pm, Crazy Canucks Beach Bar. Beachfront at Exotic Caye Beach Resort, Coconut Drive, San Pedro

    On the 7th July, 2015, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between BELTRAIDE, on behalf of SBDCBelize, and Peacework. The objective of the MOU is to support the “Belize High School Innovation Challenge 2015”. The assignment includes: capacity building and technical assistance to the selected high school teams (Belize Rural High School, Ladyville Technical High School, and Ocean Academy) in the development of business model and follow up support on implementing the small grants awarded.

    BOLEDO DRAWING for Tuesday, July 7, 2015: 31

    Dia de San Pedro activities held on June 27 - 29th, 2015

    Commentary: Why UDP will defeat PUP in the upcoming by-election on Wednesday
    By Wellington C. Ramos. On Wednesday, July 8, 2015, the people of Dangriga town, Sarawee and Hope Creek villages will go to the polls to vote for a new representative to replace PUP Ivan Ramos who resigned recently. The election is between UDP candidate Frank “Papa” Mena and PUP candidate Anthony Sabal. All indications are that when all the votes are counted, UDP candidate Frank “Papa” Mena will be the new representative for this constituency. I agree with the assessment that is being made for the following reasons: (1) The way the PUP removed Ivan Ramos as their party representative; (2) The candidate PUP picked to replace him, (3) The differences between Frank “Papa” Mena and Anthony Sabal; (4) The resources of the UDP and the PUP; and (5) The UDP is now the government of Belize and Dangriga people will not leave themselves without having the opportunity to get some money.

    Poets Corner: Sovereign immunity
    Guatemalan gunboat given “sovereign immunity” In other words crown immunity Powerful forces are working against Belize internationally Legal protection that prevents a sovereign state from prosecution Belize told to back off Guatemalans just the laugh Harriers made their pass Signaling that Elizabeth still dah the boss Damages is 46,000 according to preliminary evaluation When historically it’s always exceed $100,000 Belize’s token government refuses to take a stand Belize’s government is being paid by the Guatemalans Just as Antonio Soberanes, former union leader Just as PUP were during the Price era The games are the same the only difference is the players

    Commentary: The rise and fall of Garifuna nationalism
    By Wellington C. Ramos. When my Garifuna people were removed from their homeland “Yurumein”, now known as St Vincent and the Grenadines on March 11, 1797, their nation state was dismantled by the British. They then passed decrees to forbid my people from speaking their language, practicing their religion or to engage in any cultural preservation act. The darker skin Garifuna people were then removed to the island of Baliceaux as prisoners of war, unlawfully imprisoned, tortured and the survivors subsequently removed to the British colony of Roatan in Central America off the coast of Honduras where they landed on April 12, 1797. The British were now happy because in their minds they have gotten rid of the "troublemakers” in the region. Our people fought to resist colonialism and slavery against the colonial giants Spain, France and Great Britain and were successful in many battles. This label, troublemaker, is still being used today by the leaders of many governments in the Caribbean countries, when their citizens stand up for their rights against them. My people were handed over to the Spanish like cargoes on a ship and their names were changed to cut off any ties with their families in their motherland St Vincent and the Grenadines. Little did the British realize that the physical removal of the Garifuna people also contained the spirits of their ancestors, which are embedded in us. These are the spirits that give our people the power to endure suffering and be resilient to all enemy forces who are trying to control and dominate us.

    Caribbean prosecutors join forces to clamp down on corruption and money laundering
    Chief prosecutors from Commonwealth countries in the Caribbean region have gathered for the first time to discuss recurrent issues that interfere with the prosecution of corruption and money laundering and the recovery of the proceeds of these crimes. Organised by the Commonwealth Secretariat in collaboration with the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF), the three-day regional forum takes place in St Lucia from 30 June to 2 July 2015. Directors of public prosecutions and heads of prosecutions of anti-corruption agencies from the Caribbean will have the opportunity to exchange ideas and explore best practice options in their respective jurisdictions.

    Corozal Dream Wall
    An amazing week full of energy and creativity! Over 50 children were captivated with all of the activities during the Environmental Art program. A huge thank you to the JICA volunteers who were outstanding!

    King of the Hills 2015
    The King of the Hills bike race is this Sunday, July 12th, starting at 10:00am. Catch them as they loop around Cayo.

    BAS Summer Camp Visits Blue Hole
    The Belize Audubon Society took their Summer camp students to do some tubing a St. Herman's Cave. "We kicked off summer the only way we know how...with nature and fun! Exploring and Enjoying St. Herman's Blue Hole National Park on July 4th. It was an awesome day. Thank you to all the participants."

    Flor de la Feria Pageant
    The Flor de la Feria pageant is this Saturday at the Cancha Marshalleck, starting at 7:00pm. There will be a dance after the pageant.

    ANNOUNCING...National Song Competition 2015!!!

    Condolences to the family of Ms. Rosita Balthazar
    The world of Dance and Culture in Belize and my island community of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye has suffered a great loss and it is with sadness that I and my family extend our condolences to the family of Ms. Rosita Balthazar , the Belize National Dance Company and the San Pedro Dance Academy. Ms. Balthazar was a founding member of the Belize National Dance Company which was established in October of 1990 and served as the Assistant Artistic Director of the Dance Company. She was also Artistic Director of the Junior Company of the Belize National Dance Company.


    Channel 7

    The Day Before In Dangriga
    Starting at 7:00 am tomorrow, 6275 voters in Dangriga, Hope Creek and Sarawee will have the chance to vote for a new area representative in a bye-election. They will choose between Frank Pawpa Mena for the UDP, Anthony Sabal for the PUP and independent candidate Llewelyn Lucas. If trends hold, when polls close at 6:00 pm, just under four thousand, or 60% of those voters - are expected to turn out in an election that means little for the balance of power in the House of Representatives, but much for the overall momentum going into what is expected to be an early general election in 2016. Today we visited the camps of both major mass parties as they were putting the last pieces of their election machinery in place - Courtney Weatherburne has the story:... Courtney Weatherburne reporting Whether it's chatting beneath the shade of a coconut tree, greeting fellow party supporters with a spirited handshake or sharp hail or even its playing dominoes and joking around under "The Shed". It's all a part of building momentum for tomorrow's bi election in Dangriga. When we visited each party's divisional headquarters today, last minute preparations were in high gear:

    Police Have No Leads In Murder of Journalist
    Tonight, police still have no one detained for and no major leads in the murder of Amandala journalist Kareem Clarke. The 27 year old was shot 5 times - twice in the head - as he left a female's home riding early on Sunday night. Clarke had been a journalist for 3 years, known for his relentless work ethic, he had no known gang ties, nor was he connected to the underworld - so, the murder, the very deliberate and cruel nature of it - has baffled friends, colleagues and family. What we do know is that he was in a gang ridden area that had witnessed a senseless murder of a teen two weeks earlier. Surveillance footage from a private security camera on Vernon Street shows Clarke in his last moments alive, about to approach the bridge when 2 men on bike are ride past the camera. A police mobile is next in the frame, a few minutes behind those 2 persons, and then somewhere out of the frame, Clarke is murdered.

    The 70K Was Stolen From The Taiwanese Embassy
    Last night we told you about the dramatic heist in front of the Belize Bank in downtown Belize City. Today police confirmed that seventy thousand dollars in cash was stripped from an employee of the Taiwanese Embassy as he walked out of the bank at around 3:30 pm. The embassy driver told police he went to the bank to do his regular deposits and withdrawal for the Embassy, but as he was about to leave the bank parking area, a man strode up, put a gun in his face and demanded the money. He handed over a manila envelope containing $70,000.00 dollars in cash. After this very brazen, very lucrative, broad daylight heist, the man then got on a bicycle that he had parked nearby and rode off into the flow of traffic. Police have made no arrests so far.

    Kelly Street Community Came Together To Help Family
    There was a fire on Kelly Street in Belize City today just before midday in which an entire family lost almost all their belongings. Luckily, a few of their neighbors were at home, and with the combined effort of the community, the fire was contained before it got completely out of hand. Still, the homeowners experienced significant water damage when the Fire Department arrived shortly after to snuff out the blaze completely. Local Musician Gilbert Alamilla, better known as 'Mr. Program', lives in the area, and he was the first to be alerted by the children living at the house that a fire had started. Here's how he explained what happened next: Gilbert Alamilla "Mr. Program," first responder "I just came from Belize Bank and when I was coming in I noticed some flames in the back yard. When I came out I see people and I see the kids in front there crying. A little girl looked at me and yelled that the house is on fire. I got panicky and I ran back there and broke a water pipe (I don't want them to say that I broke their pipe and they charged me), and I ran back and got a bucket of water and started to threw it on the house. I saw the babies came out and I one trying to run back in the house, and so I ran back in thinking that somebody was in there too."

    UN Human Rights Scolds GOB Over Mayans
    The dispute between the Government of Belize and the Mayas of the Toledo District over the arrest and criminal charging of the Santa Cruz 13 has hit the international stage, and the United Nations has taken a note of it. Writing from Geneva, Switzerland today, The UN Expert, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz , who is the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, filed a report in which she outlines the events as she's been informed of them. In it, she sticks pretty closely to the script that's been presented by the Mayas, and declares, quote, "The Maya village of Santa Cruz holds customary rights to its village lands which the government must respect and protect, as affirmed by a 2007 decision of the Supreme Court of Belize...The current situation of conflict and mistrust cannot be allowed to persist." End Quote. Shortly after UN Expert's public statement went out, the Toledo Alcaldes Association released a follow up statement. They note also that the Government of Belize was sent a letter by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, an arm of the Organization of American States in which they inquired about the circumstances of the Santa Cruz incident as well.

    PUP Call On Castro To Resign
    Last week we told you about the embarrassing end to Edmond Castro's ill-fated lawsuit against whistleblower Alverine Burgess. Basically, the judge told him to ditch a losing case and cut his losses - even if it meant having to pay Burgess's and Channel 5's costly legal bills. And he also has to pay a hefty political price. The PUP issued a release early this morning saying, quote, ""It was expected that on the withdrawal of his lawsuit, the Minister of State would have offered a public apology and tendered his resignation." It continues, quote, "In the interest of decency, the integrity of the high public office he holds and the principles governing Ministerial office..,Minister Castro must resign his office or be fired by the Prime Minister." The opposition formally calls on Castro and/or the PM to take such action. There has so far been no comment from the government, but neither of those things is likely to happen.

    Tailoring HIV Message For Teens
    Regularly, we tell you on the news how the National AIDS Commission, works to drive down the number of new cases of HIV/AIDS infections. Most of the efforts have been focused on adults, but what about youths and adolescents? Recent studies have shown a spike in teenaged pregnancies, which suggests a simultaneous increase in sexually active youths. That also means that the corresponding risk of new HIV infections is increasing in that group, and so the NAC has been preparing a strategy tailored for that population. For a few months, the commission members did research in Jamaica where they travelled around with that country's Ministry of Health. Today, they unveiled the corresponding strategy for youths at a workshop for all the advocates and workers trying to lower this endemic in Belize. Here's what the coordinators told us about it: Sherlene Tablada - Consultant, Behavior Change Communication, NAC "What we've done, we've brought together about 60 stakeholders from a number of organizations across the country to focus on adolescence and youth prevention in HIV, as this is one of the gaps in the national response. We have strategies to address many vulnerable populations, but currently we do not have national strategy that addresses adolescence and youth."

    The Church And The Gay Bash On San Pedro
    Last night, we showed you our interview with Fr. Noel Leslie, the Senator representing the Council of Churches, as he discussed why he voted yes for the General Revenue Supplementary Appropriation Bills approving Petrocaribe spending - when, in fact, his church does not support it. Well, that also gave us an opportunity to ask him for the Council's position on the upcoming gay pride event on San Pedro. Hotelier Peter Lawrence is catering to what his PR team is calling the biggest gay pride event in Belize's history, starting from September 5th to the 12th. He wants LGBT tourists to come to Belize and have their vacation at his resort in which they will participate in event planned to attract that population. We've already told you what the Belize Evangelical Association of Churches had to say about that, but what about the other group, the Belize Council of Churches? We asked him about the event, and here's what he had to say: Daniel Ortiz "Are you prepared and able to make any comments? Have you all as members of the different churches discuss this amongst yourselves?"

    Will New Southside Commander Meet With Gang Leader To Increase Peace?
    Last night we told you all about the new structure in the police eastern division - where southside Belize City is now a branch unto itself. The new commander Senior Superintendent Chester Williams has all kinds of ideas about changing police strategy - but in the middle of a gang war, will he touch that third rail of urban diplomacy?; that is, will he meet with gang leaders? Yesterday, he didn't rule it out:.. Sr. Supt Chester Williams, Commander Eastern Division South "I don't see a problem with it, if that is something that can work. I am willing to try whatever could be done to ensure that we address the crime situation. But I can tell you I will not be meeting with them over and over as if I am begging them to behave themselves. I will give them a fair opportunity like anybody else and let them know what are my intentions, what I expect of them and if they continue to perpetrate crimes, then the next thing to do is to enforce the law against them."

    Murder By Numbers For Cops
    And while he may meet with gangs - Williams says he isn't going to do anything until he gets a handle on the crime statistics and the patterns that it suggests. Here's how he explained it:.. Sr. Supt Chester Williams, Commander Eastern Division South "I have also met with this morning with my "comstat" people and I am looking at the crime trend, because it is important for me to know what the crime trend to know exactly what I need to do. I cannot come to this post like a chicken without head, just say I am going to do this and do that without having study what is happening on the ground. So, I have met with them and that is also a part of the plan to look at the current crime trend and see what can be done to change that trend."

    Cops Will Focus On Community Policing
    And this version of Chester Williams says that he's going to focus hard on community policing in the southside. Now we've heard this before and the old version of tough street cop Chester Williams may have scoffed at it - but this time, he says he's serious:.. Sr. Supt Chester Williams, Commander Eastern Division South "What we will do is to ensure that we are out there policing the city, patrolling, meeting the people and coordinate events with the public, because we want the public to see the friendly aspect of the police. We don't want that when people see us, al they see is brutal force or whatever. We want them to see a different image."

    Biggest Jackpot Winner In Bze History
    Can you imagine how it would feel to come up on a cool half a million dollars? Well, Belize City resident Josephine Humes - doesn't have to imagine it - she's living the dream after winning the richest jackpot prize in Belize's history. That's the first Mek Mi Rich jackpot winner since the game launched in September, 2014, five hundred thousand dollars - and today she was introduced to the press at the Princess Ramada:.. MMR said it will provide a financial advisor free of cost to Humes - who buys 3 tickets per draw.

    Visionaries On A Quest
    In December of last year we showed you the participants and the winner of the Sagicor Visionaries Challenge. The aim of the challenge was to get high school students to come up with innovations in Science, Technology and Mathematics. The winner of that challenge was Bishop Martin High School in Orange Walk with their Chaya project called "Mayan Power For Modern Times". Well, they traveled to Tampa, Florida to participate in the Regional competition and also to be a part of a 7 day STEM Ambassador Programme. But the experience doesn't end there: while in Tampa, the group will be exposed to nanotechnology and space, engineering, prototyping and testing. They, along with other regional winners, will visit the Kennedy Space Center, as well as the Epcot Centre, where they will go on a Behind the Seeds Tour to interact and learn about different plants, insects and fish, and discover the latest plant-growing techniques. Their Tampa experience will end with a visit to the University of South Florida labs and the announcement of the regional winner. The regional winner will be announced at the upcoming STEM Ambassador Programme in Florida.

    Athletics Gets Some Support
    Often in the news, we tell you about how the Belize Amateur Athletics Association has delegation of Belizean athletes winning regional tournaments and bringing home medals despite the fact that the country's leading track facility, the Marion Jones Sporting Complex has been closed for a few years. Well, that facility is closer to completion for the first time in a long time, and the association's members now enjoy limited access to the facility since the soft opening by the Ministry of Sports. Another challenge that the BAAA has been experiencing is the lack of equipment and so yesterday, the Belize National Olympic Committee handed over some much need items to help the athletes train and develop. We were there for the handing over, and we spoke with both sides about its importance: Owen Sony Meighan - VP, Belize National Olympic Committee "We've got shotput, we've disks, stop watches, hurdling equipment, marker, which aims to mark the fields easily - that's about it. Everything they requested we've got." Reporter "Tell us about why the NOC believe it was important to donate these sorts of equipment?" Owen Sony Meighan "Well we've just gotten a new track and the equipment they had before had been burnt and lost and we foresee a lot of our young athletes now, very good potential in them and we figure with this help, they will be able to perform much better."

    GSU Gets
    Earlier you saw Commander of Eastern Division Southside Chester Williams say that he wants to focus on community policing, and while he may want to play Mr Nice Guy, last we checked, the GSU has its own playbook and its own chain of command. They also have their own press releases - and the latest one notes that a member of the Ghost Town Crips Gang was arrested and charged with a drug offense. On Sunday at around 8:15 the GSU searched the house of 31 year old Denvoy DOMINGO of Lakeview Street. The GSU found a transparent plastic bag containing (7) hand rolled cigarettes each wrapped with tobacco leaf containing cannabis to a total weight of 8.6 grams. As a result Denvoy DOMINGO and 21 year old Neika MC DOUGAL were arrested and charged for Possession of Controlled Drugs. And later on at 10 on Sundat GSU found more weed and guns on Taylor's Alley. The GSU searched an abandoned lot and found (1) 9mm pistol and a magazine containing (10) live 9mm rounds of Ammunition wrapped in a shirt. Also in that yard, GSU found a transparent plastic container with 472 grams or 16 ounces of cannabis along with a metal magazine for a .40mm pistol. Police believe the firearm and cannabis belong to members of the Taylor's alley Gang.

    UDP Under Pressure To Maintain Momentum
    Tonight in Dangriga - but major mass parties are in the last feverish stage of pre-election preparations. But while the PUP stand to lose a seat, the stakes are higher for the UDP - who stand to lose momentum. They have to not to just win but to win big. We asked Minister Patrick Faber about it. Hon. Patrick Faber, Minister of Education "In fact we are indeed looking for a good size victory here and of course when you win so much you have to wonder what it is we are doing right. We want to make sure that we keep on doing what is right. So it is a measuring stick. We will look at all of the numbers at the end of the day and we will try to determine whether what we are doing is good, if people are indeed starting to just maybe slip back down a little bit. All of that we will look at and of course it's very essential for us looking on to the general elections to see what happens here in the bi-election in Dangriga and for us to use it to help to formulate our strategy forward into the general election whenever they come."

    BTB Wants You!
    Often in our newscast, we tell you about different promotional initiatives that the Belize Tourism Board launches to attract international tourists. Well, the latest bit of advertising from the tourism body is being put together to entice you into becoming a tourist in your own country. The PR Manager told us today that it is set up to help the tourism industry during the slow season, as well as giving you huge discount on vacation packages: Be sure to look out for those promo-code on the news, or in the local newspapers.

    Channel 5

    Secret Recording Released on Eve of Dangriga Bye-Election
    Both major political parties are in the south right now on the last sprint to Wednesday’s bye elections. News Five will have period reports all day from Dangriga as the [...]

    P.U.P. Call for Resignation of Edmond Castro
    Earlier today, the People’s United Party issued a statement on the withdrawal of a lawsuit in the Supreme Court by Minister of State, Edmond Castro against Alverine Burgess and Great [...]

    Fonseca Praises Catholic Church and Calls on Other Churches to Follow Suit
    Last week Senator representing the Council of Churches, Father Noel Leslie, surprisingly voted YES for the very controversial Petrocaribe Amended Loan Act. We say surprisingly because on May first, when [...]

    Franks Eddy Chopping – Common-law Wife and Her Family Injured
    Late on Monday evening, four members of the same family were released from the Western Regional after they had been hospitalized following a chopping incident that happened on Saturday shortly [...]

    No Arrests in the Murder of Reporter Kareem Clarke
    It has been over twenty-four hours since the execution-style murder of beloved print journalist Kareem Clarke.  At news time tonight, Belize City police are no closer to ascertaining a motive [...]

    Do You Support the Repeal of the Petrocaribe Loans Act?
    And tonight’s question is: Do you support the repeal of the Petrocaribe Loans Act? Send your comments and responses using your SMART phones to 8686 or post your vote on [...]

    P.U.P. Leader Predicts Victory in Dangriga
    On Wednesday political newcomer Anthony Sabal, the P.U.P.’s David, will go up against veteran politician and the U.D.P.’s goliath, Frank “Pawpa” Mena. The U.D.P. has boasted that its victory will [...]

    Fonseca says Decision to Contest Election Good for the Party
    Three weeks ago, there was some doubt that the P.U.P. would contest the bye-election and indeed, without serious internal agitation, perhaps it wouldn’t have. But today, Fonseca says the decision [...]

    Arrest of Cristina Coc and the Santa Cruz 13 Gets More International Attention
    The arrest of Maya activist and spokesperson for Maya Leaders Alliance, Cristina Coc and other Maya leaders, is getting further local and international attention. Earlier today no less than the [...]

    Chester Williams on Quality of Life Crimes
    On Monday’s newscast we told you about the changes to the organization structure and the ranks at the Eastern Division in Belize City. Former Officer Commanding the Eastern Division, Assistant [...]

    Daring Robbery of $70K from Taiwanese Mission
    There was a daring robbery in the downtown area on Monday afternoon. A Taiwanese member of staff at the Embassy concluded transactions and had just exited the Belize Bank on [...]

    5 Persons Hauled to Court for Weed Possession
    Five Belize City men charged, in separate incidents, with weed possession were before the courts today.  The first to be arraigned was forty-six year old Michael Wade, who was accused [...]

    Developing a National HIV Prevention Strategy
    The focus of the National AIDS Commission is on men getting them tested and providing them with prevention tools. But according to studies, the youth are also a most vulnerable [...]

    Belize City Resident Wins $500,000 from Mek Mi Rich
    The Mek Mi Rich Game Show was introduced to the country nine months ago with a jackpot of half a million dollars. The televised game show plays three times weekly [...]

    Iconic Dancer, Rosita Balthazar, Passes
    And finally to end the news, there is sad news to report.  The Institute of Creative Arts and the country have lost an icon in the creative arts industry. Rosita [...]


    BWU Up In Arms In Request Financial Report From BSI
    Tonight, the members of the Belize Employees Holding (BEH) Protectors aligned with the Belize Worker’s Union are up in arms in what they claim as “being left in the dark” by BSI/ASR. From what we have been able to gather, the minority stakeholders are frustrated and dismayed with what they view as a deliberate attempt to keep workers in the dark as it relates to issue of payment for dividends and bonuses. On March 30th, 2015, an organizational announcement was posted by the Chief Executive Officer of BSI/ASR, Jose Montalvo who indicated that neither dividend nor additional bonus was declared for the fiscal year 2014. While the announcement was made there was no further explanation attached. Viewers may recall that since the transaction between ASR and BSIL was made, there have been numerous changes that have been detrimental to the workers interests. Chairman of the Executive Committee at the Belize Worker’s Union, Ramiro Gongora says after countless correspondences to get BSI/ASR to disclose their financial reports, they believe that the miller is deliberately concealing their financial position in order to prevent them from entitlement to dividends.

    Cubans Remanded To Prison
    Authorities in Orange Walk Town have their hands full investigating several reports including a missing person. At the same time they are aggressively seeking the perpetrator or perpetrators of a burglary that occurred over the weekend. We start off with the group of Cubans that were found in Orange Walk on Friday July 3rd and detained for illegal entry into the country. As reported the Cubans were fined for illegal entry after appearing at the Orange Walk Magistrate Court. And while most of the men and women could not meet the fine, today they were transported to the Hattieville Prison. Deputy Commander at the Orange Walk Police station Sergeant Nicolas Palomo told us more. SRGT. NICOLAS PALOMO – Deputy Commander, OW Police “They were charged a thousand and five dollars and that is the penalty for illegal entry and they have been sent to Hattieville prison and they will face a six months sentence and then deportation to Cuba.”

    Congress Of Mayan Teachers Weighs On Maya Issues
    But the United Nations is not the only one throwing punches at GOB. So is the Congress of Maya Teachers in Toledo, Belize. The congress is saying that Belize needs to tackle its issues brought to light following the Santa Cruz Village incident, through education. Belize hasn’t heard much, if any at all of the Maya Teachers Congress before now. It was founded in 2009 and aims at improving the quality of education in southern Belize and indicates that as educators the congress is quote, “compelled to register our position on this incident and to contribute for a better understanding of the Alcalde System,” unquote. They start by strongly rejecting the proposition of abolishing the Alcalde System which according to them is a unique system that has made its way into the laws of Belize.

    National Youth Engagement & Empowerment Calls For National Prevention
    The journalistic community is still reeling in from the unprecedented murder of Kareem Clarke who was gunned down on the morning of Monday July 6th. Clarke’s assassination shocked many and continues to capture the attention of many across the country. Today the National Youth Engagement & Empowerment Initiative issued its sentiments on the senseless killing of the young and promising journalist. In its release the organization said and we quote, “as a “new” Youth – Initiative, is calling on the Government of Belize, and Law – Enforcement Agencies, to embark on a National Crime Prevention Concept, to curb this Violent Crime Wave that is sweeping across the entire country of Belize; especially on South – Side Belize City. We as an Organization, stand “ready” to work along-side any existing organizations, whose sole purpose is to “work” toward tangible results, to endeavour to Inspire our Youth, and reduce Violent – Crimes, especially on South – Side Belize City,” unquote. Twenty-seven year old Kareem Clarke was gunned down around 1:00am on Monday morning as he rode his bicycle on Vernon Street heading towards the Vernon Street Bridge. Clarke sustained gunshot wounds to the left side of the forehead, back of the head, abdomen, right upper back and middle of the back. Police recovered eight 9mm expended shells from the scene. So far no one has been detained for Clarke’s murder and the motive behind his killing is still unknown.

    Dangriga Prepares For Bi-election
    An keeping the stories in the political ring, tomorrow, constituents from Dangriga will take to the polls for the Bye-election between PUP’s Anthony Sabal and UDP’s Frank “Papa” Mena. This bye-election comes after the resignation of Honourable Ivan Ramos on June 8th, 2015 as area representative of the Dangriga electoral division, including Hope Creek and Sarawee. Political apprentice Anthony Sabal will go up against veteran politician and former U.D.P. Mayor Frank “Pawpa” Mena and from all indications will make for great fight. Leading to the date, the P.U.P. had considered boycotting the election because of a lack of resources. Meanwhile, on the other side of the red fence, Papa Mena has the support of the Government with its high-powered Petrocaribe program. And while both candidates are ready, a bulletin floating in social media is raising eyebrows as it is alleging that Frank Papa Mena has been involved in the passport hustling ring. The bulletin is dated July 29th, 2013 and is addressed to Maria Marin, Director of the Immigration Department.

    Driver Of Embassy Of Republic Of China Robbed Of $70,000.00
    The Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) is today reeling in from a huge financial loss as a lone thief targeted their driver who was running the embassy’s financial business and had in his possession thousands of dollars in cash. According to police, the Embassy’s driver reported that on Monday, he went to the Belize Bank located on Albert Street in Belize City to do his normal deposits and withdrawal for the Embassy. However, as he was about to exit the parking lot of the bank he was approached by a male person who placed a hand gun to his face and demanded the money. Fearing for his life, he handed over a manila envelope containing $70,000.00 in cash which is the property of the Embassy. The male person then got on a bicycle that was nearby and rode off making good his escape. Up to news time, police were no closer in identifying the perpetrator or the monies recovered.

    Belize Participating In Pan-american Games
    The Pan-American Games or Pan Am Games as it is also called is a major sporting event in the Americas featuring summer sports, in which thousands of athletes participate in a variety of competitions. The competition is held between athletes from nations of the Americas, every four years and it is governed by PASO, The Pan American Sport Organization. This year Pan Am Games will be held in Toronto, Canada from July 10th to the 26TH and Belize will be among the 41 countries which will be competing in 36 different sporting events. These Games are the world’s third largest international multi-sport games.

    Police Investigates Allegations Of Police Brutality
    As mentioned police have their hands full as among the cases they are investigating is also an allegation of police brutality. As reported yesterday, a resident from Tower Hill in the Orange Walk District is alleging police abuse at the hands of the officer commanding Douglas Village. While we cannot reveal the officers identity as yet, since no charges have been levied, Sergeant Palomo says the officer in question is being investigated. PALOMO ON PC GONGORA “Yes we had a complaint against a police officer but we are investigating the case right now and probably before Friday we will wrap up the case and we will know what we will do with the police officer but we saw a medical form that certifies injuries to a complainant as harm so we are investigating the matter.”

    The UN Calls On Belize To Respect Rights Of The Mayas
    The case of Rubert Myles versus the Maya leaders has dominated the news since it was reported that Myles was detained by the Alcaldes of Santa Cruz in the Toledo District on the 20TH of June. Myles was handcuffed and hauled out of the village as the Alcaldes have stated that he squatted on land near their Uxbenka Archaeological Site, and destroyed a portion of it when he bulldozed a road to access to his house. Myles on the other hand accused the villagers of Santa Cruz of being racist and since he believed that his rights were violated, decided to report the matter to police. As a result 13 Mayans of Santa Cruz Village including Cristina Coc were arraigned at the Punta Gorda Magistrate Court and charged for unlawfully detaining Myles. That was approximately three weeks ago and today the issue is still alive and has captured the attention of the United Nations.

    PUP Calls On Edmund Castro To Resign From Its Position In Cabinet
    Last Friday the Minister of State Edmund Castro withdrew his case against Great Belize Productions and Alvarene Burgess for allegations made against him by Burgess which were aired on Channel 5. These were made and aired in October 2013 and Castro said that these allegations had brought him shame and damage to his reputation. Castro sued both Great Belize Productions and Burgess that same year and on Friday July third, when closing arguments were to be heard, Castro withdrew his suit. Castro’s attorney, Rodwell Williams, told the media that his client discontinued the suit as he felt he had been vindicated by taking the matter to court and furthermore, he withdrew the case because of his friendship with Alvarene Burgess, which he did not want to end quote, “on a sour note”. Burgess and her attorney, Anthony Sylvester and attorney for Great Belize Productions, Godfrey Smith, all felt however, that Castro withdrew the suit simply because he had a losing case. So that’s the end of that.


    Belmopan Deputy Mayor heads delegation to Honduras
    Angelica Cruz reporting… “Deputy Mayor Jaqueline Burns and a team of six left the country on July 2nd en route to Travesia Cortez Honduras for a cultural exchange and to establish a sister city relationship. Deputy Mayor Jaquelin Burns spoke to Love News about the success of the trip.” Jaqueline Burns – Deputy Mayor “Well […]

    Woman picks up half a million dollars prize
    Today fifty four year old Josephine Humes received a check for half a million dollars. It was handed over to her by Dillon Jones, the host of Mek Mi Rich game show and that’s because Humes won the five hundred thousand dollar jackpot. This is the first time since the game commenced over nine months […]

    Revision made to Manatee Recovery Plan
    Thirty five Antillean manatees have been killed this year in Belize. For experts, that number is alarming especially since the Antillean manatee is an endangered species. But there is a plan to reduce the number of manatee deaths. A two day workshop is underway at the Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute to update and […]

    Robber makes off with seventy thousand dollars
    An armed thief escaped with seventy thousand dollars yesterday. Police say that the driver of the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) reported that he went to Belize Bank Branch on Albert Street to do his normal deposits and withdrawal for the Embassy, however, as he was about to exit the parking lot of […]

    Student of Belmopan High School wins award
    A student of Baptist High School in Belmopan received the Police department’s do the right thing award. Fem Cruz reporting… “Doralyn Sabal, a third year student from Belmopan Baptist High School this morning was awarded for doing the right thing. Sabal is a great example and she showed us that when we do good things, […]

    National HIV Prevention Strategy discussed
    Stakeholders in the fight against HIV/AIDS met today to discuss a National HIV Prevention Strategy for adults and youths. A Jamaican delegation representing UNICEF is also a part of the discussions. UNICEF and the National AIDS Commission plan to use these strategies in the most populated areas of the country such as the Belize, Stann […]

    Justices of the Peace meet in Punta Gorda
    Reports of illegal practices of a few Justices of the Peace and Commissioners of Supreme Court in Punta Gorda were addressed during a recent meeting. Paul Mahung reporting… “The welcome address at Sunday’s meeting was given by Punta Gorda Mayor Fern Gutierrez. Report on activities of Toledo Branch Justices of the Peace and Commissioners of […]

    Cuban nationals detained for illegal entry
    A total of 20 Cuban nationals were detained in the course of 12 hours for illegally entering Belize. The first detention occurred Friday morning at the Orange Walk by-pass when police intercepted a blue Toyota van. At the time the van was being driven by 39 year old Lucilo Mes of Louisville Village, Corozal district. […]

    Man charged for burglary, other charges expected
    No murder charge has been laid in connection with the murder of two American nationals in May in Tea Kettle Village. Belmopan Police have made an arrest for burglary in connection with the incident. Superintendent Howell Gillett, Officer in Charge of Belmopan “As you may remember on the 15th of May of this year, two […]

    BTB introduces new campaign
    Have you ever been a tourist in your own country? Well the Belize Tourism Board encourages you to be. The BTB has decided to launch a new campaign entitled, “Discover How to Be a Belizean Traveller”. Marketing & Public Relations Manager, Noriko Gamero told us more. Noriko Gamero – Marketing & Public Relations Manager, BTB […]


    Belizean press remember Kareem Clarke
    We almost never get to see the people behind the news on a daily basis. Yes, we are competitors, but believe it or not, we are also friends. A good story never gets in the way of the friendship and camaraderie we share doing this unique job of bringing the world to you our viewers on a nightly basis... Man’s body found near riverside
    The third murder took place near the downtown area of the City. Police responded to a report of a body floating in Haulover Creek around 5:15 Sunday morning. Upon visiting the area behind Village Kitchen Restaurant they found the body of Michael Emmerson Cain of Water Lane along the river bank, show... Audrey Matura-Shepherd defends charge of breach of confidentiality.
    While the BGYEA matter is now complete, the organization’s attorney faces charges that she breached the confidentiality of the process when she gave multiple press interviews in February. The mediation process is closely guarded and the attorney opposing BGYEA, Senior Counsel Rodwell Williams,... Couple hit by gunfire, 21 year old is dead
    There were two other murders in Belize City over the weekend. The first took place on Friday night where 21 year old David Steven Reveres of LaCroix Boulevard was shot to the left side of the pelvis, left buttock left thigh and left calf, while 16 year old Shannalyn Augustine of Alvarez Street was s... Journalist Kareem Clarke shot to death
    It never gets any easier to report the many murders taking place in Belize City or elsewhere. But when the victim is well-known, and well-liked, and in fact one of our very own in the press corps, it is especially painful.We have the sad duty tonight to report the passing of 27 year old Kareem Jabbo... BGYEA completes Harmonyville mediation process with Government
    Back in February, the government of Belize and the Belize Grassroots Youth Empowerment Association, headed by President Nigel Petillo, reached agreement by mediation on a majority of issues concerning their case in the Supreme Court. The government had sued to stop the implementation of a planned pr... Mexicans Reported Missing In Belize
    Mexican nationals are reported missing in the Pine Ridge area. According to Police reports on Wednesday July 1st 27 year old Carlos Tapia, a Mexican farmer of Quintana Roo informed his brother Luis Tapia that he was going on a hunting trip with Regino Garcia and Noe Garcia in August Pine ridge, whic...


    Kremandala loses Kareem
    As Kremandala employees began arriving at their workplace this morning, a somber mood began enveloping the compound, a heavy sense of wretchedness that progressively grew more intense, as word began to spread that one of our colleagues, one of our shining stars who had quickly become a pillar in so many aspects of what we do, had been tragically murdered. Kareem Jabbor Clarke, 27, a prolific, dedicated Amandala journalist and a constant, reassuring presence on the Kremandala compound, was gunned down around 1:00 o’clock this morning at the corner of Vernon and Lakeview Streets – in a scenario that was ironically similar, in the most bitter of ways, to incidents he himself had described with his unmistakable, elegant prose in so many of the articles he had written which covered tragic shootings on the Southside. Clark had been shot multiple times and apparently died on the spot. The gunshots punctured the silence a stone’s throw away from the Ghost Town Crips neighborhood, where a police checkpoint has been set up to stem the surge of inter-gang rivalry in a neighborhood that has been incessantly plagued by gun violence and death.

    Labor Office worker murdered in Punta Gorda
    Juana Alberta Cowo, 29, who is originally from Independence village but was working in the Punta Gorda Labor Office, was found dead and decomposing in her apartment at the corner of King and Jose Maria Nunez Streets in Punta Gorda. Cowo, a mother of one, was found at about 8:30 Friday morning by family members who were looking for her after she had not answered her phone since Wednesday evening, and had not shown up for work on Thursday morning. At the time she was living alone in her apartment. Her ex-common-law husband, Alberto Coleman, 55, a bus driver of Hopeville, New Site, Punta Gorda Town, who became worried after his calls to her were not answered and she did not show up for work on Thursday, reported her missing on Thursday evening.

    Marked for death – gunned down on his birthday
    A man was brutally gunned down on Friday, around 10:00 p.m., in the Lake Independence area. David Steven Rivas, 21, a welder who grew up in the rough surroundings of La Croix Boulevard but who later managed to walk a straight and narrow path, even obtaining a sixth form education, told his family last October that he was marked for death. Death came to Rivas on his birthday as he was socializing with friends on Roches Street; an assailant emerged and sprayed murderous gunfire in their direction. Rivas was shot multiple times. He sustained gunshot injuries to the left side of the pelvis, the left buttocks, left thigh and left calf. Rivas succumbed to his injuries around 1:18 a.m. on Saturday, July 4, while undergoing treatment at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.

    17-year-old girl missing 11 days
    Loani Alvarez, 17, of Ladyville, left home last week on the morning of Thursday, June 25, and has failed to return. Her mother, Marisela Galdamez, went to the police and reported her missing on Friday, June 26, and shortly after, the girl called her mother and reported that she was okay and that she was with a friend, but when the mother called back to ask where she was, she could not reach her and the calls went to voice mail. The mother reported that the girl called back later that same Friday and said that she had been beaten, tied up and kept locked up in a room, but when the mother tried to press for details, the phone went silent, and since then, she could not contact her daughter in spite of the many phone calls she has made.

    Sugar production up 32%; crop extended 5 days
    Agriculture Minister Gaspar Vega announced in Parliament last Friday that Tuesday, July 7, would mark the close of the sugar crop for this year; but in a press conference held today in Orange Walk, he announced that the owners of the Belize Sugar Industry had agreed to extend the crop by 5 more days, so that all cane farmers could at least get to deliver at least part of their quota. Although the July 7 date had been mutually agreed by the major stakeholders in the industry – the farmers and the officials at the Belize Sugar Industries – Gabriel Martinez, chairman of the Sugar Industry Control Board (SICB), told our newspaper Friday that farmers had requested an extension of the season until Wednesday, July 15, because there is still a lot of sugarcane on the ground. However, BSI wanted to stick with the originally agreed date of July 7, because it has a program of major repairs and maintenance work that need to be done on the factory in advance of the new crop year. Martinez said that farmers subsequently made their case to the Ministry of Agriculture. Even before the crop season’s extension was announced, Agriculture officials were already calling it a record year for sugar production.

    Maya tell CCJ that GOB should pay damages
    Monica Coc Magnusson, attorney for the Toledo Maya, is going back to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) with a request for an order against the Government of Belize, claiming a series of declarations, pecuniary and moral damages as well as costs over allegations that the Government of Belize has failed to uphold its end of the bargain in relation to the April 2015 consent order entered by the CCJ. It appears that the filing, announced at a press conference held on Friday in Golden Stream, Toledo, was partly triggered by the recent controversy over the attempted eviction of Rupert Myles, a Kriol Belizean who has a common-law wife with a child in Santa Cruz, Toledo. The CCJ application by Coc Magnusson contends that, “The Government of Belize, through its agents, the police and armed forces, failed to respond at all to multiple requests from the village of Santa Cruz for assistance dealing with interference by a third party, Rupert Myles, with Santa Cruz’s use and occupation of its village lands.

    The sports desk mourns “KC”
    Kremandala journalist Kareem Clarke joined us on a number of occasions in these sports pages, while his major duties involved other news stories for both the newspaper and Krem radio. Bubbling with enthusiasm and talent, his work was his passion, and he enjoyed every minute of it. As the Amandala editorialized in its Sunday, July 5, issue, things indeed fell apart for us behind the zinc fence today, Monday, as it has on many a day in many a neighborhood in southside Belize City, with the shocking news of his violent passing. Sincere condolences to his family. Our hearts are heavy, but we must trod on, as we mourn the passing of our beloved little brother, the great Kareem Clarke, R.I.P.

    Rupert “Canalete” Anderson, Belize’s best in his day
    We promised to give a flashback/tribute last week on two outstanding names in Belize football lore, one for his outstanding performance on the field, and the other for his all-around talent and contribution on and off the field in Belizean football/music/culture. Technical difficulties have handcuffed us (our malfunctioning micro-cassette recorder has rendered much of our taped interviews with these gentlemen obsolete in the digital age; unless we can somehow locate a functioning micro-cassette recorder); but we will begin sharing what we have available this week on Canalete. After Canalete, we will discuss Winty J. When you talk about football from the late 1960’s through the mid 70’s, one man who stands out as the giant “between the sticks” is without a doubt Rupert “Canalete” Anderson, who was the starting goalkeeper on a number of All-Belize selections in that era. There are a number of big goalkeeper names that dominated the Belize City football scene at different times over the period of the late 1950’s through the ‘70’s, including Charlie Gardiner, Wilfred “Palmer” Davis, Nelson “the Roo” Robinson, Elston “Bouza” Stoddard (deceased), and then there was Rupert “Canalete” Anderson. After Canalete, other big names come to mind like Karl “Bunu Cal” Robateau, Noel “Flying Fargo” Ferguson (deceased) and Orin “Coco” Orio of the mid to latter1970’s era.

    Belize to participate in Toronto 2015 Pan American Games
    With just one week to go for the opening of the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games, Belize’s athletes are ready to represent in Athletics and Triathlon. The delegation will be headed by Chief of Mission, Allan Sharp. The contingent consists of triathlete Amed Figueroa, athletics delegate Deon Sutherland, and athletes Kaina Martinez and Mark Anderson who will both be doing the 100m. The Pan Am Games is set to take place in Toronto, Canada from July 10 (opening ceremony) – 26, where 41 countries will be competing in 36 different sporting events. These Games are the world’s third largest international multi-sport games held every four years. Team Belize will travel to Toronto on Wednesday, July 8. Triathlon takes place from the 11th – 12th and Athletics, the 21st – 25th.

    Editorial: The Church challenges the state
    Only as a matter of historical reference, it should be noted that there were two famous occasions in English history when high-ranking Roman Catholic churchmen challenged the King of England. The first challenge was in the twelfth century, when Thomas a Becket, then Archbishop of Canterbury, ran afoul of King Henry II. Henry II’s followers murdered the Archbishop. In the sixteenth century, Thomas More, the High Chancellor of England, disagreed with King Henry VIII’s decision to separate the Anglican Church from Rome. More was tried for treason and beheaded. In Belize over the weekend, Roman Catholic Bishop, the Right Rev. Dorick Wright, called for the repeal of the 2015 Petrocaribe Loans Act and its amendments. The Church, through a release from Fr. Noel Leslie of Belize City’s St. Joseph’s Parish, called for a return to the legal guidelines of the Finance and Audit (Reform) Act of 2005. This constitutes a direct challenge to the power and authority of Prime Minister/Minister of Finance, Right Hon. Dean Barrow, and the Church, we would say, is aware of that. The release pointedly mentioned the fact that the Roman Catholic congregation or flock in Belize is 40 percent of the Belizean population.

    From the Publisher
    In our editorial last weekend we said that British colonial authorities and the Christian schools in British Honduras had colluded to ensure that in Belize there was no knowledge of the Caste War in the Yucatan, which lasted from 1847 to 1903 and was taking place just north of Belize. In our editorial last weekend we said that British colonial authorities and the Christian schools in British Honduras had colluded to ensure that in Belize there was no knowledge of the Caste War in the Yucatan, which lasted from 1847 to 1903 and was taking place just north of Belize. A similar collusion took place with respect to the uprising of Belizean Ex-servicemen which took place in Belize Town on July 21 and 22 in 1919. The story was suppressed over the years to the point where it was as if it had never happened. The British, with the cooperation of the Christian schools, decided in 1898 to begin glorifying the events of September 1798 and make the Battle of St. George’s Caye an annual calendar event and a part of our colonial consciousness. It was cleverly done, and these were people who had the power to do this. They had the power to make us innocent native children believe what they wanted us to believe, and the power to obliterate the heroic deeds of our roots ancestors.

    UDP Glenda P
    Dear Editor, I write about your Editorial in the Tuesday, 23rd June Amandala which was reprinted on Friday, 26th June entitled “Submission or resistance”. In this Editorial, you said that: “In 2003, for instance, the then Opposition UDP could not galvanize Belizeans at the roots masses level, because the UDP leadership refused to get out of bed with Lord Michael Ashcroft, who owned the Belizean telecommunications monopoly at that time and had the law firm of the UDP Leader on his payroll. Even though there were PUP financial scandals already available for the UDP to exploit, the UDP were unable to do so, and they were badly beaten in the March 2003 general election.” Those statements are so wrong on so many levels that it is an amazing rewrite of history or just living in a fantasy world! First of all in 2003, it was the PUP that was floating in Ashcroft-type campaign contributions – remember the “caliente girls” and “welcome to the party”? However, just for a little background history, you may recall that it was in the 1989–1993 PUP term that the PUP allowed Ashcroft to buy the 25% of shares that the Social Security Board owned and therefore gave him more than 50% ownership when that was added to the other shares (25% from MCI plus a few others) that he already owned. 1989–1993 was the PUP term when Rt. Hon. George Price served in his last term as Prime Minister, but Ralph Fonseca was pulling the financial strings behind the scenes as the Budget Management Minister, appointed via the Senate.

    Catholics want Petrocaribe law repealed
    When the Petrocaribe Loans Act was presented in Parliament in March 2015, Senator Rev. Noel Leslie, who represents the church community in the Senate, voted “no” to the legislation, and he had told us back then that at the very least, there should be some changes to the Petrocaribe Loans Act, for which he said Belize could face some wider repercussions down the road. After Parliament passed the new Petrocaribe law, both the unions and the private sector called for its repeal, and it was revealed in a statement released this weekend, on Saturday, July 4, that the Roman Catholic Church, the largest Christian denomination in Belize, is also in favor of its repeal. Leslie told Amandala today that the position against the Petrocaribe legislation was affirmed in a meeting held in June by several members of the church community, including representatives of the Anglican, Methodist and Salvation Army denominations, but the group, which consisted of the major Christian denominations in Belize, had said that they would like to meet with the Prime Minister to see what could be done about the concerns.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    BTB promotes local tourism with discounts for attractions
    How would you like to visit San Pedro, Placencia or San Ignacio at half-off? Belizeans are often told to “be a tourist in your own country.” And with no shortage of attractions of interest, it’s not that difficult – except that some of the costs can be expensive for […]

    Police to work with City on quality of life crimes
    Since last September the Police Department, at the order of Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie, has been enforcing and insisting on tackling what they call “quality of life crimes” – the minor offences that police usually ignore in order to focus on major crimes. But with crime in […]

    Strategy planned to address adolescents with HIV
    This week there is a workshop on to discuss the epidemic of youth with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. While there has been a reduction of new cases countrywide so far this year, there are gaps to be addressed with regard to youths and particularly young men […]

    Fire damages house on Kelly Street
    There was tragedy averted this morning on Kelly Street in Belize City. A fire broke out at a residence in the middle of the morning and neighbors quickly acted to limit the damage. There were several children at home at the time while their parents were at work. […]

    Cayo schools burglarized; police warn against buying stolen items
    Police have warned residents of the Twin Towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena that it is a crime to purchase stolen goods. This comes as police in San Ignacio investigate separate burglaries at two primary schools – Santa Elena R.C. School and St. Andrew’s Anglican in San […]

    Cubans caught entering Belize illegally
    A group of Cubans are now facing time on remand after they were caught in Orange Walk on Friday, July 3rd, without proper documentation to be in Belize. According to cops in the north, they were on mobile patrol on Friday morning and noticed a group of people acting suspiciously beside a […]

    Driver of the Republic of China Embassy robbed in the old capital
    The Embassy Republic of China (Taiwan) is today reeling in from a huge financial loss as a lone thief targeted their Driver who was carrying thousands of dollars in cash. According to police, the Embassy’s driver reported that on Monday, he went to the Belize Bank located on Albert Street […]

    Accused killers freed after surviving victim drops charge
    24 year old Charles Young, Jr., and 27 year old Derrick Kuylen are free of a charge of murder. They were accused of the February 4, 2011 murders of 17 year old Daniel Puerto and 34 year old Ian Martinez, and attempted murder of Daniel’s twin brother Darnell […]

    GOJoven 2015 Cohort begins training
    Since 2004, GOJoven has been building the capacity of young leaders and organizations to create positive change in Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health (ASRH) programs, policies, and services in Belize, Honduras, Guatemala, and Quintana Roo, Mexico. Last weekend, the 2015 Cohort gathered at the Chiclero Camp Resort in […]

    UN expert warns of GOB “disregard” of Maya property rights
    The Government of Belize has been told to respect the rights of the Maya people to non-discrimination and traditional property. United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, announced in a statement today that, “Under international human rights standards, indigenous peoples have the […]


    Snorkeling with Sharks in Belize
    Splashes erupted from the side of the sailboat. Giant brown sharks thrashed out of the water, surrounded by silvery tuna, each of them vying for the fish bits thrown on the surface of our daredevil crew. Sharks. Sharks were waiting for us. And it was time to dive in and swim among them. Snorkeling with Sharks The single best activity I did in Caye Caulker was a one-day snorkeling trip with Ragamuffin Tours, who offered me a complimentary trip. If you’re a longtime reader, you might remember that I have a big fear of fish. Touching fish while I swim, to be exact. It goes back to my summers camping in New Hampshire, shrieking when the little minnows swam too close to me. And because of that, I’ve mostly steered clear of swimming with sea creatures. I snorkeled for about five minutes in Koh Phi Phi, Thailand, then got scared when I saw a school of big black fish hanging out by the ocean floor.

    A Special Mystic River Resort Tour: Sapodilla Falls and Blancaneaux Cave
    We took the back road towards San Antonio village – a predominantly Maya area – and…who knew? The peanut capital of Belize! I learned something new that day. I had always thought that the pines grew here due to higher elevation but that is not the case. It’s the soil…and it changes when you go over streams…or certain hills. The sandy acidic soil produces pines and brush and you drive a few feet and you are in broad leaf jungle. Many of the trails had been cleared by the Mystic River staff only the day before…and were treacherously awesome driving.

    Belize Archaeology and Anthropology Symposium 2015
    This is the 13th Annual Archaeology & Anthropology Symposium currently being held at the San Ignacio Hotel in Cayo, Belize. The symposium will be held June 30th- July 4th, 2015. It is being hosted by two departments of NICH: The Institute of Archaeology and the Institute for Social and Cultural Research.

    501(c)3 Status Belizean Organizations in the United States
    Below is a list of Belizean Organizations that are registered with the IRS under 501(c)3 status should you ever want to make tax deductible donations.The info below is pulled directly from the IRS website. This is only a listing of the names and general information. We are gathering more detailed information like address, phone No., email and website. As soon as we have those we’ll be creating a page including it all for future reference.

    The BTB Branding: How to Be Eurocentric & Why Not in Belize
    It’s been two years since the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) launched the “Discover How to Be” promotional tourism video (“Discover How to Be”, 2013). However, it was until this week that I encountered the video on Facebook and I must express a grave dismay with the production. I would like to call attention to the segment (time slot: 1:11-1:20) which displays the text “be primitive” and “be peculiar” with our Maya archeological sites in the background. The representation of our indigenous heritage and people as “primitive” and “peculiar” is the perpetuation of Eurocentric discourse which facilitated the enslavement and exploitation of indigenous peoples and non-Europeans in general. To allow this representation of Belize for local and international consumption is disrespectful and prejudicial. The use of the terms “primitive” and “peculiar” in this context are derived from and are reflective of European colonization, enslavement, and hegemony over non-Europeans. These historical processes established a set of violent terminologies which carried great weight in how Europeans viewed and interacted with non-Westerners. On the one hand, Europeans were represented as “civilized”, “advanced”, “cultured”, and “intelligent”. On the “Other” hand, we were “savage”, “primitive”, “pagan”, and “barbaric”. It is from this history in which Europeans are announced as “normal”, “developed”, and “civilized” that the phrases “be primitive” and “be peculiar” locates its common-sense appeal, touristic romance, and vulgarity.

    Health, Well-being, and a Beach Home in Belize
    Lara Goldman is living her dream in Belize. She lives just 100 yards from the beach for a fraction of what it would cost in the U.S. As a single woman who owns her own home on Ambergris Caye, her outgoings come to just $1,500 a month. She found this perfect home on her very first trip to Belize in 2006. “I walked over the threshold of the house and instantly knew it was meant to be mine,” says Lara. She immediately bought the two-bedroom, one-bathroom house with a loft, and moved into it within a year. Now she relishes the view of the spectacular Caribbean Sea every day from her comfy home. She runs on the beach, or walks with her dog whenever she pleases. “I love this country and the people. People come to Belize for the attractions. But they return because of the wonderful Belizean people. I don’t need to impress anyone. Nobody really cares what I do for a living.”

    Banana Cashew Nut Muffin
    These muffins are so easy to make and take no time at all. You can make them plain or with chocolate chip or nuts. They are light and go well with coffee or tea.

    Belize: A Reading List
    If you regularly read this blog you’ve noticed that I lately haven’t been publishing consistently. This is due to a few factors, predominantly because I got a new apartment and had to move. Toronto has a serious, serious problem, it lacks rentals and prices are ridiculous. Also, I’ve been amazed by what I’ve seen during my search…I would constantly be flabbergasted by the condition of the apartments and how expensive it still was. Enough about apartments, the next major reason why I’ve been busy was because I was applying to grad school and fortunately those woes are over. As of September 2015 I will be enrolled at the University of Waterloo doing a Masters in Local Economic Development. I am very excited about the program because it will allow me to develop my knowledge in things that I am passionate about: tourism, entrepreneurship and community development. Anyway, enough about me, I’m writing this post to share a few books to read on Belize. These books are great to read while in Belize or before you visit. You can find them at most Belizean bookstores and gift shops, and some can be bought online. Enjoy

    Taking a long walk to the airport makes me homesick for San Pedro — already
    This first leg was a modest one, from our home to the San Pedro airport. I suppose that I might have grabbed a cab, or a watertaxi or hitched a ride with a southbound friend. Sooner or later somebody I know would be driving down the road. It is the only road, after all, north to south. But this was a beautiful, cool morning and I was still abuzz from a great day yesterday. Walking just seemed like the right thing to do. I didn’t have to walk far, out to the main road, a distance of about 40 years where a guy named Steve in a big Pilot four-wheeler stopped and offered me a lift. Hey, just because I started walking doesn’t mean I had to walk.

    Of sand bars, secret beaches and soccer — life in Belize gets no better than this
    Have a seat: The Sandbar offers a variety of seating, from semi-dry sand to 5 inches of warm and soothing saltwater. Beverages are optional. Sometimes all it takes is a boat full of friends, a spit of sand and a glorious day in Belize to make you feel all is right in the universe. Adam and Jackie Feldman of Casa Picasso restaurant wanted to have a special welcome for their longtime friend and fellow restaurateur Hasni Ghazali. What better way to offer up a taste of the island than a daytrip with good friends to the backside and our favorite spot in all of Ambergris Caye — The Sandbar? The Sandbar is just that: a spit of sand on the south side of a very small island just off the “back side” of Ambergris Caye.

    Learning a thing or two as a teacher in summer school in Belize
    A diphthong is not a bikini designed for safe swimming. Of course, you know that. And I know that. But honestly, if someone came up to you and said, “What’s a diphthong?” would you know? I didn’t. I haven’t even heard the word since college. It came up this week while I was volunteering at summer school at Holy Cross Anglican School in San Mateo, a San Pedro neighborhood built on dreams and stilts over the lagoon. The question came from another volunteer who was filling in, at the diphthong table, apparently. I knew it had to do with the combination of letters but couldn’t recall a thing beyond that. I now know it is the combination of two vowels in a single syllable.

    Rock, lobsta! A day on Caye Caulker is like no other day . . . anywhere
    Right around Lobsterfest time you wait, and wait, for the call. “We’ve got a boat. Are you in?” And you are happy. And of course you are in. There is no better way to experience the Caye Caulker Lobsterfest than on a boat full of friends, on a Sunday, under clear blue skies. No better way. OK, now I’m just going to add a ton of pics. I’ll return later today after I teach school to add captions where possible. I just want to get these out there before the memory grows cold!

    International Sourcesizz

    Ambergris Caye, Belize: Back to Nature, Back in Time
    As I stepped off the plane in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize, I knew that this is the sort of island that Tom Hanks wished he was stranded on. Life in this lush, tropical paradise moves at a slower pace. In place of automobiles, there are golf carts. Jungles of concrete are replaced by coconut trees, and instead of smog-filled skies, your view is of the emerald-green Caribbean Sea and multi-hued crimson sunsets. Unfortunately, this relatively small country is still a mystery to many Americans who don’t know much about it. With a population of 300,000, Belize is nestled in Central America between Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras. It is easily accessible from many cities in the U.S. and just a short flight from Miami or Houston. After arriving at Belize International Airport in Belize City, I hopped aboard a short puddle jumper flight via Tropic Air en route to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. The flight was quite spectacular with vistas of turquoise-green water, numerous small islands and coral reefs. I couldn’t wait to check in to my room and explore the island. On the way back to my room, I stopped by a little frozen custard shop called DandE’s. “What makes your custard different?” I asked Eileen, the owner. “Taste it,” she said, offering me a sample. If there is such as thing as being hooked on frozen custard, then I am guilty as charged. Chocolate, coconut and mango sorbet are all on my must have list and I am already plotting how to get back for another fix. As it turns out, both Eileen and her husband Dan are expats from the states, and when they initially moved here, they bought the local newspaper and ran it for six years. After Dan could not find a chocolate malt he liked, they both decided to rectify that problem forever and opened their own shop.

    Maya Leaders Arrested in Belize As They Peacefully Protect Sacred Site
    Maya leaders of Southern Belize were arrested on Wednesday June 24th, 2015 in a gross violation of their rights. On the early morning of that day, traditional leaders of the Maya people of Southern Belize were violently arrested in their homes by police on the charges of unlawful imprisonment. The charges were brought against 12 people, including the Village Chairman, and the Second Alcalde, elected by their communities according to traditional practices. Also arrested was Maya Leaders Alliance (MLA) spokesperson, Cristina Coc, a peaceful and well-respected advisor to the traditional leaders and mother of two. At an arraignment that afternoon, bail was initially set at $8,000 Belizean Dollars (US$4,000) each. When one of the attorneys for the Maya defendants explained that this was beyond the means of Maya farmers, the Magistrate increased the amount to $10,000 Belizean Dollars (US$5,000). According to local attorneys, bail for this level of offenses is usually between $1000-$3000 BZD. Bail was posted by other Maya villagers from various communities and all were released. The group warrant was never presented to the attorneys or their clients. The case has been adjourned until July 28, 2015.

    McCaulay, le balaise du Belize
    Le Belize a entamé timidement sa campagne de qualification pour Russie 2018 face aux Îles Caïmans. Il lui manquait quelque chose, ou plutôt quelqu'un pour pousser le cuir dans les filets. La pression n'a cessé de monter au fil des deux manches, jusqu'au coup franc tardif d'Elroy Kuylen qui a permis aux Jaguars de franchir le premier tour à la faveur d'un but marqué à l'extérieur. "Deon nous a manqué", avoue le buteur visiblement soulagé. À 27 ans, Deon McCaulay est le meilleur réalisateur de l'histoire du football bélizien. "Sur cinq bons ballons, il en rentre au moins trois, c'est garanti", ajoute Kuylen à propos de l'icône nationale. L'entraîneur Jorge Nunez confirme : "Deon résout tous les problèmes de l'attaque". Ce ne sont pas des mots en l'air... Auteur d'un doublé à l'aller à l'extérieur et d'une tête victorieuse à la fin du match retour, McCaulay a joué un rôle clé dans la victoire des siens 5:1 en score cumulé. Comme l'entraîneur l'avait prédit, avec McCaulay sur le terrain, le compteur se débloque.

    9 Reasons Why We Need Sharks
    Sharks are good. In fact, life in the oceans and even on earth would not be nearly so productive if it weren’t for sharks. Shark attacks generate sensational headlines and provoke the irrational urge to kill as many sharks as possible. But in fact, there are on average only around 70 shark attacks on humans every year, and of those, only 10 people are killed. By comparison, somewhere between 20 and 30 million sharks are being killed by people every year, a number that cannot be sustained if we want to prevent sharks from going extinct. It is absolutely critical to come to the defense of sharks, which is easier if we understand why we need sharks in the first place. Here are 9 good reasons. 1) Sharks are magnificent animals. They have inhabited Earth for over 450 million years. They are beautiful, complex, amazing creatures that inspire awe and stoke our imagination. The world would be a less remarkable place if there were no sharks.

    Suffolk’s Katy Sealy wins gold at Central American Championships
    Bawdsey-based heptathlete Katy Sealy won the Central American Championship title for Belize in Nicaragua last week. The Ipswich Harrier finished on 4614 points, 253 points clear of Guatemala’s Ruth Morales Merida in second. Sealy qualifies for Belize through her father and followed her success up with victories at the Southern Athletics League, in the javelin and long jump.

    6 of the Best Places on the Planet to Experience Wildlife
    For us, exploring nature is part of what globetrotting is all about. If you have been hankering to find some of the best spots for wildlife, then we have you covered. What follows are some of the best spots on the planet for observing wildlife. Along with some well-known staples, there are a few surprises. Pack your bags and have fun — the wild is calling, it's time for you to answer. Belize: This is a more wild and untamed adventure, not for the faint of heart. Diving here requires a guide, but allows you to get up close and personal with sharks and stingrays. If you prefer to journey on land, takes a 2 1/2 hour drive out from Belize City to the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary. Here you can view China guinea pigs known as pacas, as well as something a bit more dangerous … jaguars.

    Have You Ever Wondered What Divers In The Belize Blue Hole See?
    What’s it like to dive the Belize Blue Hole? The Belize Blue Hole is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Lighthouse Atoll Belize. It is visited by countless tourists every year who scuba dive it to enjoy the breathtaking reef and the marine delights it has to offer. What’s in there? What do divers see when they descend into the hole? The good folks of Belize Diving Services in Caye Caulker, Belize have put together an incredible video tour of this Belizean national treasure. Grab some popcorn, grab a seat, and come along for the ride! The day starts early A round trip boat ride to the Belize Blue Hole is about 50 miles each way from Caye Caulker, Belize and takes about two hours each way depending on the weather conditions. To get to the Blue Hole the boat will have to pass four reef walls. The first of these walls is just offshore Caye Caulker where the reef breaks and creates a natural channel (1). The dive boat will then travel on the open sea for about an hour until it gets to Turneffe Atoll, cross a reef to get inside the atoll (2), meander through Turneffe Atoll a bit, exit it (3), cross open seas again, and then enter the Lighthouse Reef atoll (4) where the Belize Blue Hole is located. Whew!

    All United Airlines flights in US grounded due to computer system glitch
    United Airlines flights in U.S. were grounded on Wednesday due to computer system glitch, according to FAANews. A call to the airline was not immediately returned.


  • Belize 2015, 9min.

  • Artifacts of East Indians in Belize, 3min. East Indians in Belize comprise four percent (7,000 persons) of the population. Understandably, they have lost almost all of their traditional Indian culture. Interestingly, Indians in Belize are longing to rediscover and re-claim their Indian history, heritage and culture. They are looking towards Trinidad for inspiration, interaction, support and sustenance. Formally known as British Honduras, Belize is the only English-speaking country in Central America. Bordered by Mexico in the North and Guatemala in the West and South, it lies at the heart of the Caribbean Basin. Belize has giant Mayan pyramids and the world’s second largest barrier reef. It has a mélange of over ten different cultures which are concentrated in the six districts. Unlike any other Caribbean country, Belize experienced three waves of Indian migration, commencing in 1858. The first wave of migrants consisted of 1000 deported ex-soldiers (and their families) who had rebelled against the British Government in India’s First War of Independence/Sepoy Rebellion. The second wave of Indians, ex-indentured workers from Jamaica, went to Belize in 1872. The third wave of Indian migrants to Belize came from Guatemala, from where they had gone to work in the coffee plantations in Cafe Mountains.

  • Bocawina Rainforest Resort & Adventures - Birdwatching Belize, 2min.

  • Belize Trip, 8min. Trip to Belize: ATM cave tour, zip-lining, swimming with sharks, cave-tubing, zip-lining, and exploring...all in a week. What a wonderful time and an equally wonderful country.

  • Lina Point: Overwater Development in San Pedro, Belize, 7min. 8 overwater cabanas and the main 3 story cabana on the Point with rooftop restaurant and bar all connected by 500' concrete pier that drops you off to land where you can get to all of the San Pedro attractions within minutes.

  • British Army Jungle Exercise Mayan Warrior, 34min. The British Army Training Support Unit Belize (BATSUB) has been a hub for jungle warfare training for decades, but in 2011 it was scaled right down. Just six ...

  • Fishing: A Belizean Way of Life, 30min. This 30–minute video documentary is about the sustainable fisheries initiatives underway in Belize that employ various management tools, such as rights-based or managed access and replenishment or no-take zones, and the reaction of fishers to these measures. New technologies to improve enforcement are also featured, such as the use of the SMART software and conservation drones.

    July 7, 2015

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    The San Pedro Sun

    Government Primary School to come in 2016
    Area Representative and Minister of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation Honorable Manuel Heredia is continuing his efforts to have a government school built on the island. Heredia announced in February 2015 that land and monies had been allocated for the construction of a government primary school. While he aimed to have the school inaugurated for the 2015/2016 school year, delays in the land acquisition have made that impossible. The goal is now set to have the school opened by the 2016/2017 school year before his third term in office expires. In an interview with The San Pedro Sun, Heredia shed some light on the status of the construction of the government primary school which he announced on February 16, 2015. “From last year I have been lobbying for a government primary school to be built in San Pedro. The need is evident. The population is growing and there isn’t enough space for all the children in our schools. Cabinet has indicated to the Ministry of Education that the priority for a new school construction is on San Pedro. There are various school developments planned for across the country and if one has to be eliminated to accommodate the construction of a school in San Pedro then that’s what will have to be done,” said Heredia.

    Ambergris Caye Starfish Summer Camp is set to go!
    Now that school is over, summer camps are taking place across the island and for the second time, the extra-special Ambergris Caye Camp Starfish is back! The camp caters to children with disabilities both mental and physical. Dalia Alamilla, one of the camp organizers stated that everything is ready for the camp, which will start on Monday, July 27th and run for two weeks at the Lion’s Den. After an excellent turn-out and support at last year’s Camp Starfish, it was imperative to hold another this year. The main purpose of the camp is for children with special needs to have some fun.” Every summer we see people having summer camps for children and those with special needs, due to their disabilities are not able to participate. So we designed the camp to offer support to them, while also assessing the children with special needs on the island,” said Alamilla.

    Announcing Belize Fashion Week 2015
    The 3rd Annual Belize Fashion Week is set to take place from July 9-12 in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye and promises to bring nights of glamour, glitz and beauty. The event will feature Belizean models showcasing lines from local and international designers. But it’s not all about fashion, Belize Fashion Week will also have top of the line entertainment for a fabulous three-night extravaganza. The event will start on Thursday, July 9th with the Social Night at the Caprice Bar at Holiday Hotel. Guests will have the opportunity to meet and greet the designers and models during a fun cocktail party. On Friday, July 10th, the glamorous runway show takes place at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium. The event will include giveaways and guest performance by Belizean Artist Denise Castillo. The runway show continues on Saturday, July 11th, followed by an epic after party with international award winning DJ Geraldo. Finally on Sunday, July 12th the event closes with the Trunk Expo Show taking place at the Central Park, where the general public will have the opportunity to purchase the designers’ products.

    Ambergris Today

    25 Years Ago: How Sanpedranos Lit Their Houses Without Electricity
    How would you like to do your homework with the aid of a kerosene lantern? Is it possible to do some sewing or embroidery or even knitting under the light of one of these lanterns or candlelight? As for the men, would it be comfortable to weave a fish net at night using the light of a dim gas lantern? These are relevant questions we can ask today but in the 1950’s this kind of lighting was the order of the day. Here’s how it went. The first mode of lighting was the candle but eventually we got the “kinque” or kerosene lantern to brighten up the homes. Whenever night fell and there were some chores to do, we would light up the “kinque” and get down to business. To read or write your homework, you had to be at least three feet away from the light source. Mom could prepare the evening tea or supper with a lantern in the general area of the kitchen. At times dad would have a fish net, whether it was a cast net or seine, to complete and he would work several hours during the afternoon, but still had the need to work at night. Again, with the aid of the brilliant light of the gas lantern, he would progress in this chore quite comfortably. It was quite romantic passing by the small thatch huts along the street and watching the glow of light coming through the curtains of the windows of the homes. You knew that there was activity going on in the home because by eight or nine o’clock there would be total darkness.

    Belize to Participate in Toronto 2015 Pan American Games
    With just a few days to go for the opening of the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games, Belize’s athletes are ready to represent in Athletics and Triathlon. The delegation will be headed by Chief of Mission Allan Sharp. The contingent consists of triathlete Amed Figueroa, Athletics delegate Deon Sutherland, Kaina Martinez and Mark Anderson who will both be doing the 100m. The Pan Am Games is set to take place in Toronto, Canada from July 10th (Opening Ceremony) - 26th, 2015 where 41 countries will be competing in 36 different sporting events. These Games are the world’s third largest international multi-sport games held every four years. Team Belize will travel to Toronto on Wednesday, July 8. Triathlon takes place from the 11th - 12th and Athletics the 21st - 25th.

    Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

    Sea turtles are increasingly characterized as keystone species in maintaining and structuring seagrass and coral reef communities. Although their importance to the ecosystem has been recognized and well documented their population is still under threat from both anthropogenic and natural sources. Their nesting habits is of prime concern since it is in conflict with human activities. Turtle nesting beaches are prime real estate for tourism development. The Ambergris Caye Marine Turtle program is an initiative to document and quantify nesting behavior on the beaches of Ambergris Caye, Northern Belize. This project has consistently compiled 5 years of data on sea turtle nesting activities on the island. A total of 77 nests were found throughout Ambergris Caye in 2014 and all were found on sandy beach ridges on the windward side of the Island. Nesting is concentrated on the northern beaches of Robles and Rocky Point. Robles Beach is approximately, 1000 meters long with the southern 200 meters having rocky intervals. Rocky Point is a smaller Beach approximately 100 meters in length. Nesting Results 2014: In 2014 there was a 20% decrease in the total number of nests when compared to the previous year. Rocky point had 21 nests, Robles Beach 49, Basil Jones 6 and one was recorded on WataView Resort on South Ambergris Caye.

    Golf Carts and ATV Traffic Affect Turtle Nesting
    Seven Loggerhead turtle nests have been found north of El Secreto in Ambergris Caye. The problems is that Golf Carts and ATV use this section of Beach as a road and damage the turtle nests. One of the main problems we have observed is that these vehicles compact the sand and make it impossilble for hatchling to come out of the nests. Five nests have been relocated in this area to prevent loss of the entire clutch.

    It's a Boy...a Girl...and another Boy
    Congratulations!! San Ignacio Resort Hotel celebrates the hatching of 36 rescued Green Iguana eggs at their Conservation Project.

    The Key Biodiversity Areas (KBA) project, housed within the Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development (MFFSD), is seeking a qualified individual to fill the post of Communications Officer. Note that the deadline for Statements of Capability is Monday, July 27th, 2015. The Communications Officer will be assigned to the Forest Department. MFFSD is seeking to recruit a suitable individual to fill the following position, the critical minimum requirements for the position is listed below; however, applicants are asked to view the detailed terms of reference: - At minimum, possession of a Bachelor’s Degree in mass communications, public relations, advertising, communication analysis & planning or related disciplines.

    "Proyecto Luz Amarilla" (Project Yellow Light)
    The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) partners with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to launch the Second Edition of "Proyecto Luz Amarilla" (Project Yellow Light), founded by Julie Garner, an American who lost her 17-year-old son in an automobile accident in 2007. Young persons living in CDB and IDB member countries, who are between 18-30 years of age, are invited to participate. The top three finalists will win a trip to Mexico in October 2015 to present their work and attend the Formula 1 Gran Prix, while the fourth- and fifth-place finishers will receive iPad Mini’s. Entries should be 25 or 55 seconds in length and be submitted by September 21, 2015.

    Green Iguanas Galore
    Feelgood news of the day. They have 27 newly hatched green iguanas at the Green Iguana Conservation Project. The eggs were rescued last month from the Belize City area, and most of them hatched. Now's a great time to go pay them a visit, get some pictures with them, and welcome them to the world. "Remember the story of the 36 rescued Green Iguana eggs that we blogged about last month? Well, these beautiful baby Green Iguanas have hatched...27 to be exact! So be sure to visit the Green Iguana Conservation Project and meet the newest addition to our family! They’re so adorable, check them out!"

    Channel 7

    The Cruel Killing Of Kareem
    In last week Friday's Amandala, Kareem Clarke wrote the headline story - tomorrow his murder will probably be the headline. That's the depressing bottom line after the promising young journalist was brutally gunned down early this morning. 27-year-old Kareem Clarke had left a female's house on his bicycle at around 1:00 this morning when he was ambushed and gunned down at the corner of Lake View and Vernon Street - a gang infested area. The killing was deliberate and cruel: He was shot twice to the head, and three times to the body. But why would anyone want to kill this well-known reporter with such dramatic finality. Today his mother told Courtney Weatherburne that he left out at 8:00 last night: Courtney Weatherburne reporting This morning close relatives and friends of Kareem Clarke gathered on the street side on Freetown Road - openly mourning the loss of a son, a brother, uncle, and friend.

    Cops Don't Know Who Killed Kareem
    And while Clarke's family and media colleagues have many questions surrounding his murder- the police have very few answers so far in the case. No motive has been established and no one has been detained. But what is known is that a police patrol is set up a few hundred feet away from where Clarke was murdered. So should the police presence have been more effective as a deterrent against fatal violence - after all this is the second murder in this very same area in two weeks. This is what we asked the police today. Supt. Hilberto Romero, O.C., CIB, Belize City Police "No, we don't have a motive. We know he came from that general area. He went to visit someone there and then he was targeted when he was riding near to the bridge." Jules Vasquez "Sir, this is the same area where that teenager was shot and killed - subsequently die about two weeks ago. From all indications the youth was just targeted - to send message. Might Mr. Clarke have been involved in the same kind of situation?"

    Senior Shakeup In Eastern Division Makes Chester The New Southside Sherriff
    And to grapple with crime in the city that's reeling out of control - the Police have changed their game plan completely. The Eastern Division structure that has stood for decades, is no more. Eastern used to be basically all of the Belize District - with its major crime hotspots of Belize City, San Pedro and Ladyville. Well, now, it is broken up into Eastern division Southside, Eastern Division Northside and Eastern Division rural. The news is that the former Commander of all of Eastern Division, Assistant Commissioner Dezeree Phillips is now in charge of Eastern Division Northside and San Pedro - while Senior Superintendent Chester Williams, recently returned from Law School takes over the hottest seat in the country, southside Belize City - which may also be the most murderous urban area per square mile in the world. A staggering statistic, but real talk, and today Williams says he embraces the challenge:.. Sr. Supt Chester Williams, Commander Eastern Division South "It is the hot seat and I must say that I am proud to be in the hot seat. I would not be have been contented being in a seat where it is not hot, because I like to see that things is being done and as the commander of this division, I can assure the people on the Southside Belize City that myself and my team will do whatever is necessary to ensure that we reduce the murder rate on Southside Belize City. Currently, we are on a path to surpass where we were last year. It is my hope that that will not happen. We will be looking at different policing strategies. Today is my first day in office and I am meeting with my senior managers, I am doing consultations, because at the end of day what I will do, I will devise a strategy that we will employ to ensure that we put in place the right mechanisms to reduce crime on Southside Belize City. It's not a matter of whether or not it will happen - we will reduce crime on Southside Belize City."

    Williams Will change Ghost Town Policing Strategy
    And one area where he plans to change things up immediately is the gang-ridden zone between Lakeview Street and Vernon Streets. It's the site of an ongoing gang war between neighbors who life just a few dozen feet from each other - and as we told you earlier - in the last two weeks two people who are not known to be gang affiliated - Kareem Clarke and second former, Tyrique Thompson have been killed in this area - while another teenager, Ruben Leslie was fatally shot on Magazine Road which is in the same general area. All this while an active police checkpoint dominates the area. Williams says changing the policing strategy at this location is his highest priority:... Sr. Supt Chester Williams, Commander Eastern Division South "Yes the area is policed, but I do not think that is well policed and with my commanders this morning, had a discussion about the area and we are re-strategizing in that area. I am not going to say what our strategy will be, but we are re-strategizing in that area to ensure that we are going to address any future situation like this. Our objective will be to prevent crime before it happens. One of the things that I intended to do and had discussed this morning with my commanders, is to look at how we deploy our human resources, because I believe that if you have one hundred men and you cannot use them effectively, you would not get the result you would get from ten men if you deploy them effectively."

    Belize Bank Customer Robbed of Big Bucks While Walking Out
    Downtown Albert Street in Belize City was very busy this afternoon, as it usually is on the weekday. But that didn't stop a robber from snatching a large amount of cash right from the hands of a Belize Bank Customer. The victim, a Chinese business man, had only just finishing his banking inside, and while he was walking to the parking area, a thief ran by, grabbed his manila envelope and ran away with it. We understand that he may have gotten away with as much as $70,000 dollars. Police say they'll have details tomorrow.

    Dead Before 22: Rivas Fatally Shot on Day Before Birthday
    At the top of the news, we told you how 27 year-old Kareem Clarke, the young journalist from the Amandala Press, was gunned down last night. Well, he was only the last victim of a weekend filled with violence. The first victims were 22 year-old David Steven Rivas and a minor who were shot on Friday night. Rivas was walking his girlfriend home on Roaches Street when he was stopped by 3 friends who wanted to wish him happy birthday in advance. In a few hours he would have celebrated his 22nd birthday. It became tragic because, just that moment, a gunman appeared from out of the darkness and fired several gunshots at them. He was hit multiple times, but reports say that his assailant made sure to finished the job by then turning him over and shooting him a few more times before leaving the scene. He and the minor were rushed to the KHMH but at around 1:19 a.m. on Saturday, his birthday, he passed away. In a press briefing today, police told us what they know so far:

    Elderly Man Attacked, Dumped In River To His Death
    Around 5:15 on Sunday morning the lifeless body of an elderly man was discovered floating along the river bank located behind Village Kitchen on North Front Street. He was identified as 65-year-old Michael Cain. Cain was retrieved from the water where multiple apparent wounds were seen to his face. According to police, Cain was at the back of Village Kitchen when he was allegedly attacked by 3 men and a woman who then threw him into the river. Here's what his brother told us about his cruel end:.. Frank Cain - Brother of Deceased "More or less that he was beaten up by several persons and was left there. He has really bad bruises, abrasions over the face and eye, and was pushed into the river. He doesn't really interfere with anybody, he usually kept to himself. Again too, knowing the environment he socializes in, that he chooses to be in, I wouldn't say I was expecting it, but it happened." Monica Bodden "When you say environment...." Frank Cain - Brother of Deceased "When I say environment, well, the type of people that hangs out in those areas and such."

    Matura Shepherd Battles Contempt
    Almost 11 weeks ago, we told you how attorney and trade union leader Audrey Matura-Shepherd was to face contempt of court proceedings. Well, that happened today, but it appears that the Government's attorney, who's pushing this issue, would like her to be sanctioned by the court with an order that she must pay court costs. As we told you, the case that this contempt accusation comes from the is BGYEA case. Viewers may remember that the grassroots organization, and its leader, Nigel Petillo, were being sued by the Government for road reserve that they wanted to use to plant corn. The case was instead to be settled via mediation, but according to the complaints from the Government, Matura-Shepherd revealed the terms of the settlement. Reports are that there was supposed to be a gag order until the case was properly resolved, and so the Government attorney submitted today that she violated the terms of the mediation. He's pressing the court to order her to pay costs of the litigation, which would mean lawyer fees on both sides, as well as whatever legal fees were incurred to get to this point. This court proceeding took place in the chambers of Justice Courtney Abel, and when Matura-Shepherd's attorneys exited, we asked them to explain their defence against the "contempt" accusation. Here's how they did:

    Sr. Supt Williams Says Quality Of Life Crackdown Wasting Police Time
    Earlier in the news you heard from the new commander of Eastern Division Southside, Senior Superintendent Chester Williams. He spoke candidly about the changes he wants to make in the policing strategy in the Ghost Town area. But that's not all he wants to change: Williams says that the crackdown on bicycle bells is making criminals of law abiding citizens and wasting police man hours:.. Sr. Supt Chester Williams, Commander Eastern Division South "The quality of life crimes are in the books, and they are there to enforce. But like you rightly said, I do not believe that we are to arrest everybody for each and every minor infraction in law. so what I intend to do, I will write to the commissioner of police and I will propose to the commissioner to propose to the mayor to probably do some kind of bi-law where we can now address quality of life crime through a ticketing system. So just like how you give a ticket for a traffic violation, those like riding bicycle without bell, we do have it, the city council can issue it. But we want the power to be given to the police as well, because when the police has to leave his area of patrol to come to the police station to process a man, for riding a bicycle up one way street or without a bell, it takes about 2 hours from his patrol time at the station when he could be out there being very productive. It is not my intention to make criminals good citizens because at times people do mistakenly commit infractions of these minor offenses. So would that occur then, I think the police should be reasonable, should use their discretion and see how best we could work with people. And if we do that we'll find that more people will be on our side than against us."

    Was Eastern Division Broken?
    So now that Senior Superintendent Williams has a new vision of policing for Eastern Division - are we to conclude that the previous structure of the Eastern Division was flawed? That's what we asked Williams today: Jules Vasquez "They say that if it ain't broke, don't fix it. So then, the fact that there is now a reconfiguration. Is this an admission that something was broke in the eastern division structure and this is an attempt to fix it?" Sr. Supt Chester Williams, Commander Eastern Division South "I will not venture to say that something was broken. But what I can tell you is that this was a strategy devise by the commissioner of police to ensure that there is more accountability on the ground and to ensure that one commander is not tasked with too much of a burden in policing. We are hoping that with this strategy, we will be able to reduce crime, because the commanders in the different divisions will have less responsibility, they will have more supervision - more time to supervise the personnel under their command and we should yield some very fruitful results from that."

    Was ACP Phillips Effectively Demoted?
    So then the new Eastern Division structure is as follows, Williams and his Deputy superintendent Alden Dawson will run the crime ridden southside. Former Eastern Division boss Assistant Commissioner Dezeree Phillips and her deputy Senior Superintendent Alford Grinage will run the northside and San Pedro/Caye Caulker, while Senior Superintendent Edward Broaster will run the Rural areas of Belize District. IT's a big change - especially for Assistant Commissioner Phillips - she was in charge all of Eastern Division with more than 500 police officers across the big bad Eastern division under her command - now she's only in charge of a few hundred in the much calmer northside. So did she get dissed? We asked Williams that today: Sr. Supt Chester Williams, Commander Eastern Division South "I would not say that it is a demotion for Ms. Phillips. Ms. Phillips maintained her rank of assistant commissioner and the post of the divisional commanders is an ACP post. So it's not like she's been placed in a post that is below the rank that she currently holds. So to say that it's a demotion, I think is also an understatement. it's just a matter like a said before that we are re-strategizing to ensure that commanders are not burden too much with the task of policing a huge city which is exploding population wise."

    Sr Supt Williams, The Attorney, Frowns On His Past Tactics
    So, now that he is a trained attorney, does Senior Superintendent Williams look back on his years as a tough street cop with regret or shame. Surprisingly to us, today he acknowledged that he knows better now:... Jules Vasquez "Sir you are now a trained attorney. How does that knowledge of the law both theoretical and practical, how will that apply to your work now and specifically as it addresses one of the issues that has "dog" you throughout your career. Maybe they don't say it to your face but they certainly say it behind your back that, "Chester, will get you arrest but it's a statistical arrest."" Sr. Supt Chester Williams, Commander Eastern Division South "Jules, I will say that I am no saint. In the past, yes I used to do things in a certain way that probably it could have been done better, having now been trained legally I am more familiar with the way how the law operates and I intend to used my legal knowledge to make this division more effective and I will tell you, I do not believe in statistical arrest, because last year over the summer, I happened to do internship at the Solicitor General's Ministry and the amount of money I see the Government of Belize paying out for police brutality and different police misconduct, it is appalling. And if the Government could save those money, we could get ourselves some resources. So I have a zero tolerance on police brutality. We will police with common sense and not by force."

    What Kind of P is Sr. Supt Chester?
    And while his professional outlook has changed - what about his political one? Early into the Barrow administration's first term back in 2008 - Williams was labeled a PUP supporter - and that's kind of what drove him to law school, because, under the UDP he had kind of hit a glass ceiling here in Belize. So what P is he now? He told us today:.. Sr. Supt Chester Williams, Commander Eastern Division South "The only "P" I am is police. And I will continue to be that "P." I work for the government of the day. I have a duty to serve this country under which ever government exists. I am not a politician and I do not intend to be a politician. So, if that was said, where it came from I don't know. But that is not an issue to me. I am here to work and if I work to the satisfaction to be powers that be and they see they need to give me a promotion, then so be it. I welcome it and if I am not promoted, so be it. I continue to be a police."

    Father Leslie And The Vote
    Last week, we told you about how the senate debate over the Petrocaribe Loans Amendment Act was extensive, and fiery, and quite the opposite of the House Debate on the bill where the PUP walked out. One issue which has been cause for some raised eyebrows is the vote that Father Noel Leslie, the Senator Representing the Churches casted in favor of the General Revenue Supplementary Appropriation Bills approving Petrocaribe spending which were passed by The House of Representatives. In the debate, we showed you the PUP accused the Government of wasting public funds in a wanton manner, and so, quite a few observers thought that the Church Senator would vote no once again. But, instead, he voted in favour. But, this weekend, the Catholic Church sent out a release saying that they voted one way, but felt another. Now it's not quite as high as Simon Peter's three acts of denial - but it is an odd turn. The release says that he and the Roman Catholic Church and its Senator would have wanted to vote no to everything connected to the Petrocaribe Loans Act, but the other members of the Council of Churches, who are the majority, have now begun supporting the law since the amended changes.

    Shooting In Northside Park Laves Man Seriously Shot
    There was another city shooting this weekend. This one wasn't fatal - but it was unusual because it happened on the northside, in a park not far from the Prime Minister's house. On Friday night at 10:10p.m., police 24-year-old Jerome Smith was in the Buttonwood Bay Park sitting on top of the bleachers when he was shot by a man who walked from beneath the bleachers to open fire. Police told us more:.. Supt. Hilberto Romero, O.C., CIB, Belize City Police "Police responded to that area around 10:10p.m. where they found Jerome Smith with gunshot injuries to the chest and to the legs. He was taken to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where he is in a stable condition." Smith received a gunshot wound to the back of the neck, one to his chest, and to his arms. The shooter escaped in a grey car that was waiting by the park. He is currently listed in a stable condition.

    The Media Remembers "Reemo"
    As we told you earlier in the newscast - 27 year old Amandala reporter Kareem Clarke was gunned down in the city this morning. His murder has left his family and media colleagues grappling with the loss of this rare talent. Today, 10 of his media colleagues took time out to remember Kareem Clarke and how much he meant to them. The Amandala sent out a statement on Clarke's murder today. It states that "The Kremandala family deeply regrets the loss of our outstanding colleague, journalist and friend, Kareem Clarke…we are still in disbelief over the tragic loss of this very promising and ambitious young journalist. It continues by saying that "on a day like today, Kareem would have been hard at work, juggling several stories for publication in the mid-week edition of the Amandala newspaper. His murder has left a vacuum that will be very hard to fill." According to the release Kareem began working at Amandala two years ago, in July of 2013.

    A Vigil Against Violence
    And while we mourn Kareem Clarke - his name is now added to the dozens that have been senselessly murdered in 2015. In their memory - and especially the teenagers among them - a candlelight vigil for victims of violent crimes will be held tomorrow evening at the Battlefield Park. It is hosted by a group of youths belonging to the organization called Guide Light Productions. The vigil is to honor victims of crime while alerting the public to the realities of crime, and express hope for a less violent future. The vigil starts at 6pm tomorrow evening.

    Extending The Sugar Crop
    Tomorrow was supposed to be the end of the 2014-2015 cane crop, but thousands of tonnes of sugar cane would have been left sitting in the field, which would have caused some farmers to risk financial ruin due to their bank commitments. So, after a number of pleas to the Sugar Industries Control Board and the Ministry of Agriculture, the Government representatives collaborated with the factory owners to delay the close of the season. The Deputy Prime Minister told the press this morning in Orange Walk that this should allow farmers with cane in their fields an opportunity deliver and collect on their investment: When the season does actually close, we'll will tell you all about it.

    19 Cubans are facing charges of illegal entry into the country and failing to present a visitors permit. 6 of those Cubans were caught on Friday morning around 11 in Orange Walk. Police were conducting patrols near the bypass in Orange Walk when they saw a Toyota Van and a group of people acting suspicious. When police approached, they saw several people hiding in the drain nearby and when asked about what they were doing, they could not provide an answer. All 6 Cubans along with a Belizean driver were charged: The Cubans were all charged with illegal entry by the Immigration Department and as for the Belizean driver who was with them - Lucilo Mesh - he was charged for aiding and abetting illegal immigrants. Mesh met bail and was released. Now that same evening, 13 more were intercepted in Orange Walk, this time at a bus terminal. Police approached the 13 on Dunn Street boarding the bus and when police asked them for their visitors permit they could not provide any. All thirteen were arraigned and fined one thousand and five Belize dollars each. It has to be paid forthwith and if they fail to comply they will serve 6 months in prison. Immigration Department also requested through the court a removal order from the country and for the Cubans to be deported to their home country.

    Channel 5

    A Life Cut Short, Promising Young Journalist Killed In Early Morning Assault
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    Media Colleagues Pay Homage to the Literary Talent that was Kareem Clarke
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    Was Foiled Gang Recruitment Motive for Weekend Murder?
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    Elderly Watchman Murdered and Tossed Into Haulover Creek
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    A Pair of Belize City Men Acquitted of Double Homicide Charges
    While the murder rate continues to increase, two men went to court this morning and even before their trial started, they were freed. Twenty-four year old Charles Young Junior along [...]

    Church Senator Breaks Silence on Endorsing Petrocaribe Amendment Act
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    Roman Catholic Bishop Objects to Controversial Legislation
    According to Father Leslie, he is equally obligated to support the position of his bishop, despite having voted in favor of the majority in the council.   Rev. Father Noel [...]

    Did Council of Churches Yield to G.O.B.’s Petrocaribe Carrot?
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    Anthony Sabal Hits Campaign Trail Ahead of Dangriga Bye-election
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    Audrey Matura-Shepherd Back in Court for Contempt in BGYEA/G.O.B. Mediation
    Attorney and activist Audrey Matura-Shepherd was called into the chambers of Justice Courtney Abel today. The application for sanction was brought in relation to the G.O.B. versus BGYEA Court ordered [...]

    BGYEA on Outcome of Mediation
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    Domestic Dispute Lands Taxi Man Behind Bars
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    Sugar Crop Extended Amid Record Year
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    Reshuffling the Scope of the Belize Police Department
    There are major changes to the top brass of the police department in the City. First, there is no more Eastern Division. That was revealed today at a press briefing [...]

    Chester Williams is Back to Tackle Crime in the City
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    Jerome Smith Survives Near Fatal Attack at Buttonwood Bay Park
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    Guidelight to Hold Vigil for Slain Youths
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    Sport Stats with James Adderley
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    2014/2015 Crop Season Extended
    The sugar crop 2014/2015 has been extended to five more days following requests from farmers. The crop was scheduled to close on July seventh and after continued requests from the associations, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Natural Resources & Agriculture Gaspar Vega says he stepped in to lobby in favor of the famers. He announced the extension today in a short press conference at the Sugar Industry Control Board building. “There were several cane farmers who had not been able to deliver not even a piece of sugar cane and that is when I more than ever, that very same concern and thought that everyone should get an opportunity to deliver at least a percentage of their quota. We spoke over the telephone several times to Mr. McLachlan and we were in communication for a couple days and with Mr. Celestino Ruiz and we finally get to extend the crop for five more days and so they did compromise and they said that the best they could do is to extend the crop by five more days.” So far the crop continues to be a record breaking one and as of midnight last night, the factory is reported to have milled 1.137 million tons of sugar cane. Given the five days extension, the factory aims at milling some 1.175 million tons, which will be about thirty thousand tons less than the last crop. But even though less sugar cane is being milled for this season, more sugar has been produced this time around. In the last crop, 120, 000 tons of sugar was produced while this year, since this weekend, 141,000 tons of sugar has been produced. This is 21,000 tons or fifteen percent more produced with less sugar cane.

    Works At BSI To Undergo Repairs As Soon As Crop Is Over
    With the new extension in the sugar crop, the stakeholders hope for good weather to meet their goal. Belizario Carballo says that they have agreed on five more days taking into consideration the time needed to conduct maintenance at the mill and other matters they want to carry out during the out of crop period. “The reason why we had agreed on the 7th of July is a combination of factors which from the factory perspective clearly has to take into account the time we need for repair and maintenance and the mill has worked to produce 141,000 tons this year and it is a record production and it is also reflect how hard the mill has worked this crop and we need to have a proper repair and maintenance and it is indicative of a good crop which needs a proper repair and maintenance and we also have a number of capital project that we have plan for the out of crop period and next crop, we have a new cane dumper that we want to put in, we have modification in the cane yard that we need to do to accommodate the additional cane dumper, we have additional juice heaters that we want to put in and we have a new bagging line that we want to install and we have some automation in the yard that we have to complete and overall we have significant plan for this out of crop and very conscious that we want to bring back this crop into cycle and for those reasons we are approaching the end of the crop but we are very pleased that we were able to extend to the 12th of July at six o’clock.”

    Catholic Diocese Calls For Repeal Of Petro Caribe Act
    Apart from defending the constitutionality of Section 53 of Belize’s Criminal Code, the Roman Catholic Diocese is stirring up much opposition against the Government’s elusive Petrocaribe Program. A release from Reverend Father Noel Leslie of the Diocese revealed that in their senate meeting on July 1st, Leslie on behalf of the churches voted in favour of the General Revenue Supplementary Appropriation Bill and the General Supplementary Appropriation and the Amendments to the Petrocaribe Loans Act 2015. The release says and we quote, “As a senator nominated by the Council of Churches, I am obligated to vote in accordance with the majority decision of that body and which I represent in the senate. The release continues to state, “The roman catholic church of Belize which shepherds 40% of the Belizean population respectfully holds a different position from the one I (Leslie) presented in the Senate on July 1st”. In the release Father Leslie goes on to state and we quote “The bishop of Belize and Belmopan His Excellency Bishop Dorick Wright joins me in calling for a repeal of the Petrocaribe Loans Act 2015 and its amendments and for the return to the adherence to the principals outlined in the finance and audit reform act 2005.” end quote. So what does all this mean? Simply put, the Church feels that the Petrocaribe Loans Act was derived to correct transgressions in the borrowing and spending of public funds and encourages greater transparency and accountability of the public purse.

    Traffic Accidents Recorded In The Northern Districts
    A road traffic accident in Orange Walk left a pedestrian suffering from severe injuries to the head and body. Around 8:00 on Friday night, police visited the Northern Regional Hospital where they saw 44 year old Florencio Patt, a resident of San Jose Village, suffering from a large wound to the back of the head, a broken nose and a broken left foot and in an unconscious state. Initial investigations revealed that Patt was walking on the side of the highway in San Jose Village apparently under the influence of alcohol when he was knocked down by a grey car that was coming from the direction of Corozal heading towards Orange Walk Town. Patt was transported to the Northern Regional Hospital and later to the K.H.M.H. where he was admitted in a critical condition. So far, no one has been detained but according to police, they know who they are seeking for questioning. The second traffic mishap occurred in the Corozal District and six persons are lucky to be alive after the driver of the vehicle lost control. According to authorities, on Sunday night around 8:06, police responded to report of a traffic accident on the Phillip Goldson Highway where they saw a Silver tracker off the side of the road facing in the direction of San Joaquin Village. Initial investigation revealed that 37 year old Lilian Judith Flores of San Jose Village was driving her silver Tracker from Corozal Town heading towards San Jose Village along with five other passengers when she lost control of the vehicle. Flores reported to police that upon reaching between miles 81 and 82 on the Phillip Goldson Highway she lost control of the tracker and ran off the road colliding into a cement lamppost. The passengers were later identified as 43 year old Amir Gonzalez ,40 year old Juan Carrillo, 18 year old Edson Chuc, 33 year old Teresa Suarez all of San Jose Village and 27 year old Gallardo Campos of San Narciso Village, Corozal District. The individuals received varying degrees of injuries and were transported to the Corozal Hospital with the exception of Gallardo Campos who was transported to the Northern Regional Hospital in a critical condition.

    Crop Extended But Cane Will Stay In The Field
    And while farmers are hoping to be able to deliver a bit more sugar cane to the factory given the extension, there will still be some loss incurred by farmers. We spoke with representatives of all three associations this morning who were present at the announcement and while they were all optimistic about the extension, their hope is that each farmer can get a fair opportunity to deliver some of their cane to the mill. Ezekiel Cansino – BSCFA “Ya habíamos sumado que hasta el quince íbamos a venir logrando hasta el 80% de lo que es la primera estimación que se dio o sea basado en las toneladas y hasta el 15 íbamos a estar llegando a ese 80% así de esa manera todos lo caneros que están en ceros íbamos a ver que ellos quiebren ese cero y si nos va a ayudar bastante a reducir la caña que ya está por quedarse en el campo.” Elvis Canul – Chair, CSCPA “Nuestra Asociación tiene registrado 91000 toneladas y esto nos ayuda, estos cinco días no ayuda aproximadamente 2000 toneladas más que íbamos a traer en la fábrica.” Cosme Hernandez – General Manager, PSCPA “Nosotros comenzamos con 979 miembros con una cantidad de 279000 toneladas de caña.” Dalila Ical – Reporter CTV3 “La zafra se iba a cerrar mañana, que tan significante iban hacer la perdidas y con esta extensión de cinco días como les ayuda?”

    Mexican National Dissapears On Belizean Territory
    Authorities in the north are investigating the bizarre disappearance of a Mexican farmer. According to a report made by 30 year old Luis Arturo Tapia, Mexican farmer of Ejido Pioneros Del Rio, Quintana Roo, Mexico, around 8:30p.m.on July 1st, his 27-year-old brother Carlos Tapia, Mexican farmer of the same address informed him that he was going on a hunting trip along with two other individuals namely Regino Garcia and Noe Garcia of the same village. About 11:30p.m. on the same night, Noe Garcia returned to Tapias residence and informed him that he along with Regino and Carlos Tapia had gone hunting in an area known as Pine Ridge which is on Belizean territory near the Belize/Mexico border at approximately 10 kilometers north of Tres Banderas monument. Garcia reports that while they were hunting in the area he heard several gun shots and he got afraid and fled the area. Luis Tapia further stated that the following day, upon noticing that his brother had not returned home, organized a search party and visited the area where Carlos Tapia had gone hunting and recovered 2 Aguila brand 20-guage cartridges and a black rechargeable flashlight which he recognized as his brother belongings. The items were found approximately 800 to 900 yards from the border in Belizean territory. The entire surrounding area was searched but Carlos was nowhere to be found. Up to the time that the report was made Carlos has not returned home.

    More Cubans Detained For Illegal Entry
    On Friday we reported that six Cubans along with a Belizean Driver were intercepted by Orange Walk police as they made their way on the Bypass in a blue Toyota Van. The six Cubans have been arraigned in court and charged for illegal entry by the Immigration Department. But there is more to this story. On Friday evening, based on intelligence police descended to the temporary Bus terminal on Dunn Street here in Orange Walk where they met 13 Cuban Nationals boarding the bus. Upon further checks, police detained the group of thirteen men and women on the basis that they could not provide any visitors permit. This afternoon all thirteen were arraigned including: 26 year old professor Eduardo Rodriguez, 27 year old technician Dilio Ochoa, 22 year old construction worker Geovannie Sanchez Obedo, 29 year old baker Yanzel Perrera, 28 year old teacher Erosuel Perrera, 32 year old housewife Yarisleidy Vega, 27 year old dirver Jorge Manuel Aries Guevarra, 30 year old security Jordan Ramos, 43 year old fisherman Jorge Rodriguez Moralez, 43 year old construction worker Marco Antonio Biltre, 32 year old pharmacist Eliel Espinoza Reyes and 22 year old fisherman Darrel Diaz Torres. They were all fined One thousand and five Belize dollars each; to be paid forthwith failure to comply will result in 6 months imprisonment. Immigration Department also requested through the court a removal order from the country, to be deported back to Cuba. It is of note that the Belizean driver in Friday’s incident has since been identified as Lucilo Mesh. He was charged for aiding and abetting illegal immigrants. Mesh met bail and was released.

    Le'Mars Burglarized, Surveillance Camera Captures Burglary
    Orange Walk police is seeking one male person in connection to a burglary that occurred at Le’Mars Emporium on Dunn Street in the wee hours of Saturday morning. We have been able to retrieve some surveillance footage which shows that around 1:40am, the opportunistic thief made his way inside the building by prying open the shutter and then breaking the store’s glass front door. The footage does not reveal the entire ordeal since the first thing on the criminal’s agenda was to cut the wires of the surveillance cameras. And that is when the camera captured the male person who was wearing a sweater type hoodie. Obviously the individual was in search of cash and he found some and of course helped himself to it, more than $600.00. He also made away with a stereo worth US$150.00. Employees made the discovery the following morning when they arrived to work and saw the glass door broken. We understand that the perpetrator cut himself as he pried open the shutter and left his hand prints on one of the walls of the store. Anyone that can assist the police with identifying the perpetrator is asked to call the Orange Walk Police Station.

    Orange Walkeno Alledges Police Brutality
    Tonight, there is another report of police abusing their authority and this time, the victim claims his innocence by filing for court action. According to Javier Patt, a resident of Tower Hill in Orange Walk, on Saturday he went to visit his aunt in the village of San Jose also located in Orange Walk. Patt alleges that went to purchase some flour from the local store when on his way, he was approached aggressively by the officer commanding the Douglas Village substation. The officer says Patt, ordered him to stand still and placed him under arrest. Patt alleges that the officer, who reeked of alcohol, came off his motorbike and insisted that he was the person who stole a bicycle from within the village. Patt says the entire ordeal has left him in physical pain since the officer fired a shot at him at close range to try to get him to confess. He came to our studios this morning and gave us an account on what he describes as unjust treatment. “You mussi di mistake me I told him and he say no, no, no and give me your hand and then he put handcuff on me and then he grab me from my throat in front of all the people who were by the street and then he was choking me and he was asking me where is the bike and I told him officer I did not take any bike please don’t hurt and then when he let me go he punched me hard and I dropped and all the people saw me there and then he told me well you no want to talk then I will make you talk right now he told me and then he called Orange Walk station that he is detaining me and that he is talking me to Douglas and he will lock me up because of thieving a bike and then he come and he pulled his gun and then he pointed the gun at my head and he told me that he could just kill me up like a dog and nobody will know he told me and then I told him well you could go ahead and kill me because I am with God and he know I did not do anything and I am innocent I told him."


    Belize prepares for regional Under 19 softball competition
    Belize will be represented at the under nineteen junior softball championship which comes up July 3 to August 3 in El Salvador. Nelbert Flowers is the coach of the team. Nelbert Flowers, Coach “Well the ladies that are out here are from all over the country. We have about six from Cayo, ten from Belize […]

    Belize Olympic Committee donates to Belize Athletics Association
    The Belize Olympic Committee handed over equipment to the Belize Athletic Association today. Handing over the donation was the Vice President of the committee, Owen Meighan and receiving it was Deon Sutherland, the President of the Belize Athletic Association. Owen Meighan – Vice president, BOC “We have starting blocks, shot put, discusses, we’ve got javelins […]

    Man shot while at Belize City Park
    Belize City police are trying to figure out who shot 24 year old Jerome Smith. According to reports, just after ten o’clock last night, police responded to a shooting incident at Buttonwood Bay Park located at Corner Seashore Drive and Bay Street where they saw sitting on the top of the bleachers, bleeding. He reported […]

    Changes at Police Eastern Division
    There has been a shakeup of Eastern Division of the Police Department. Senior Superintendent Chester Williams shared the details with the media. Sr. Supt. Chester Williams “Eastern Division as we have traditionally know it to be, no longer exists. Eastern Division has now been divided into three divisions. We have Eastern Division south, Eastern Division […]

    Youths organize candlelight vigil
    Much has been said of the gun violence on the streets, especially in Belize City. A youth organization, Guide Light Productions, has organized a candlelight vigil to get more people, especially the youths involved in the fight against crime. Andrew Munnings is the Executive Director of Guide Light Productions. Andrew Munnings – Executive Director, Guide […]

    Silk Grass villagers up in arms over water situation
    Harry Arzu reporting… “Residents of Silk Grass village in the Stann Creek village are up in arms over an electricity bill amounting to over $5,000 that they say was incurred by their water board. They further complained during a meeting that was held on Sunday June 5th at their community center about low water pressure […]

    Case against attorney for contempt goes before the court
    In late May attorney Audrey Matura Shepherd was charged with contempt of court. Matura is the attorney for the grassroots organization, BYGEA in their fight against the Government of Belize, specifically the Ministry of Natural Resources. Both parties agreed to go to mediation, a confidential process, however Matura Shepherd was cited for comments she made […]

    Mediation process over buffer zone at Harmonyville ends
    The grassroots organization, BYGEA has been in court with the Government over the right to plant within the buffer area of Harmonyville. Both sides agreed to take the matter to mediation. That process concluded today. David Barnett an executive of BYGEA spoke with the media. David Barnett – Executive member, BYEA “Certain agreement we’ve come […]

    No suspects in Friday night murder
    Belize City Police are also investigating the murder of 22 year old David Steven Rivas of La Croix Boulevard. According to police reports, at about 10 o’clock on Friday night, they were called out to Roaches Street and when they arrived there they saw Rivas suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was shot to the […]

    Body of elderly man retrieved from river
    Early yesterday morning the body of 65-year-old Michael Emmerson Cain was found floating in the river on North Front Street in Belize City. According to Superintendent Hilberto Romero, Cain was seen with multiple wounds to the forehead and chin. Superintendent Hilberto Romero – Head, Criminal Investigations Branch “On Sunday the 5th day of July around […]

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    We Hear Your Pain
    Why so many parents are failing and it is a direct contributing factor as to why our evening news is plastered with the destruction of our most valuable resource, ever – young, strong, healthy adults who ought to be building Belize – however, instead, they are destroying each […]

    BGYEA completes Harmonyville mediation process with Government; attorney charged with breaching confidentiality of process
    Back in February, the government of Belize and the Belize Grassroots Youth Empowerment Association, headed by President Nigel Petillo, reached agreement by mediation on a majority of issues concerning their case in the Supreme Court. The government had sued to stop the implementation of a planned project in […]

    Media colleagues remember Kareem Clarke; police clueless
    Belize City police continue to investigate the senseless murder of 27 year old Amandala journalist Kareem Clarke, who was shot to death around 1:00 this morning while riding his bicycle toward the Vernon Street/Lakeview Canal bridge. Supt. Hilberto Romero of Eastern Division says they have neither motive nor […]

    Police reorganize Eastern Division
    On the heels of a triple murder weekend in Belize City, the Police Department this afternoon announced an already planned reorganization of the entire Eastern Division which essentially is all of the Belize District. It involves a return to command for a former star of City policing that […]

    Murder at Village Kitchen Restaurant
    Over the weekend, the lifeless body of 65 year old Michael Emmerson Cain, a Belize City resident of 13 Water Lane was found floating along the river bank behind Village Kitchen Restaurant on North Front Street in Belize City. According to authorities, they were called to the restaurant at around 5:15 […]

    Intoxicated Guatemalan man chops his whole family with a machete
    San Ignacio police visited a residence in the Camino del Rio area around 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 5th, where they saw 24 year old Guatemalan National, David Coc suffering from a large chop wound to the head. Initial investigation revealed that Coc, while under the influence of alcohol physically […]

    Accident on Phillip Goldson Highway lands several in the emergency room
    A traffic accident between miles 81 and 82 on the Phillip Goldson Highway on Sunday, July 5th, injured five persons and left another in critical condition. The incident occurred around 8:06 p.m when a Silver tracker being driven by 37 year old San Jose Village resident, Lilian Judith Flores, ran […]

    Opposition declares political war with UDP
    The People’s United Party held its quarterly National Party Council Meeting in Dangriga on Saturday, July 4th, where two resolutions were ratified: No to the International Court of Justice and supporting the Cervantes family in bringing justice for Don Ramon Cervantes Sr. Another major item on the agenda […]

    Mainly fair conditions to prevail over the country
    Weather conditions for the Country over the next few days are expected to remain fair. The National Meteorological Service of Belize predicts sunny skies with cloudy spells today and partly cloudy skies tonight. Thunderstorms or showers will be isolated. For the remainder of the week, current weather conditions are expected […]

    New closing date for the Sugar Cane Crop season 2014-2015
    There’s good news for cane farmers up in the north. This morning Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Hon. Gaspar Vega announced on a press briefing that the Sugar cane crop season for 2014 – 2015 will be extended one more week. New closing date is […]


    The what makes the best kind of party?
    The best kind of party is one that is fun, entertaining and has people talking about it long after it is done. The 1st annual 4th of July party at Caribbean Villas is definitely going to be one of those parties. Leave it to a Brit in Belize to bring on the best fireworks for the biggest U.S. 4th of July party. Earlier in the day I had texted Paul to see when the fireworks were due to go on, and he replied 7:30. A few of us at the party us knew they would end up on Belize time. We were jokingly comparing the 3 different times everyone had heard and that the reason for delay was they had to locate the barge captain. It was totally worth waiting for and, for many the show will be an unforgettable fireworks on the beach experience. Several people I spoke to the next day said the fireworks rivaled anything they would have seen if they were back home doing a Stateside 4th party. That is one thing about Pedro; he is a go big or go home kind of guy and this time “all in” meant traveling to Guatemala to get the wow factor.

    The West or Leeward Side of Ambergris Caye…It’s Just Heaven
    Let me give you a sense of perspective. We have Ambergris Caye, the largest caye in Belize, at 26 miles in length. We have the amazing glorious barrier reef along the east side. You can see the break on the reef below right off shore San Pedro town. We have San Pedro town at the southern end of the island. One the west side, the water is shallow and clear and dotted with large and small cayes. Many of which have shallow sandbars at their southern ends. We also have Blackadore Caye – or “Leonardo DiCaprio’s Caye” – that is already being surveyed for an amazing/over-the-top project. ‘The main focus is to do something that will change the world,’ said the Titanic actor. Can you set expectations any higher? Sigh…

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    International Sourcesizz

    “The Oceanmaker,” a short animated film, brings hope to a world without rain. Imagine a world without rain, where lighthouses and ships sit atop sand dunes, where cloud pirates steal every droplet before it gets a chance to fall. This is the world that Austin-based filmmaker Lucas Martell and his fellow animators bring to life in The OceanMaker, a riveting 10-minute short released on Earth Day but screening later this month at the Belize International Film Festival. (I suggest watching it for free right here and right now.) The film mixes the excitement of World War I dogfights with Mad Max–esque aircraft towing bizarre water-robbing machines. There is one fighter pilot, however, who wants the rain to fall for all—and she is our hero. Her land is a fictional one, but as climate change exacerbates extreme weather patterns around the world, water wars are sure to get just as intense—though, they’ll hardly be as beautiful. In The OceanMaker, dramatic visual effects combine with an orchestral score that will keep you at the edge of your seat (or office chair).

    What To Know Before Your First Visit To Central America
    Central America: This bridge of land that connects Mexico and South America might appear tiny, but it’s jam-packed with rich cultures and exciting adventures. And with the Atlantic Ocean on one side, the Pacific on the other, and ample jungle, volcanoes, valleys, and lakes in between, this slender slither of countries is a nature lover’s dream come true. If you’ve never traveled to Central America before, the stories can be intimidating. Though it’s a favorite spot for luxury travelers, family travelers, backpackers, solo female travelers, and everyone in between, many still recount tales of being robbed or feeling unsafe. But with a bit of planning and local knowledge, a visit to Central America can be the trip of a lifetime. Central America is made up of seven countries, including Belize, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. Each country has different cultures, different histories, different levels of commercialization, and different safety rates. For example, Costa Rica has had no standing army for over 65 years while, in contrast, Guatemala has endured Central America’s longest civil for 36 years.

    Face of Defense: Army Nurse Sails High Seas on USNS Comfort
    Even in the middle of the ocean, the ‘spirit of jointness’ is alive,” Army Capt. Rory Walton wrote from the high seas of the Caribbean. The operating room nurse assigned to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center is one of 43 Walter Reed staffers aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort, deployed for the Continuing Promise 2015 humanitarian mission to Central America, the Caribbean and South America. The mission is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored and U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet-conducted deployment focused on civil-military operations. It includes providing medical, dental, veterinary and engineering support, along with disaster response preparation, to partner nations.

    Yucatán, USA?
    “Surprising History in Yucatán” — Introduction to the Series. Justo Sierra O’Reilly found Washington a surprisingly unimpressive city, too small and “low class” to be the capital of a wealthy and powerful nation. The President’s residence was a modest house where anyone could go to the door, ring the bell, and be admitted. It was November 1847, and Sierra spent the next six months knocking on a lot of Washington’s doors. His work almost made Yucatán part of the United States. The governor of the independent Republic of Yucatán had dispatched Sierra as its special “commissioner and agent.” The United States and Mexico were at war, and although Yucatán had declared itself a nonbelligerent, the U.S. Navy was occupying the important seaport of Carmen and pocketing badly needed tariffs. Sierra’s assignment was to win relief from the trade restrictions.


  • Landing in Belize City, 1.5min.

  • Belize 2015, 8min.

  • LaQua Plantations 3 Year Video Review, 6min. Enjoy a 5 minute video review of hard work, passion, energy and finances coming together to build and grow paradise in Belize!

  • Belize Scuba Diving 2015, 3min. April 2015 scuba diving in the Belize Barrier Reef.... Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Blue Hole, Half Moon Wall, and The Aquarium. Video compiled by RiffReel.

  • VACATION VLOG!!!! Cozumel, Belize, and mahogany Bay Cruise!!!, 7min. We went on a cruise ship to the ports of Coumel, Belize, and Mahogany Bay and had a BLAST!!! I wasen't able to film my experience of swimming with dolphins and snorkling but I did that aswell!!


  • Diving Belize, 4min. Diving in Belize, April 2015 - Silk Cayes, Half Moon Caye and the Great Blue Hole. We did try for the whale sharks at Gladden Spit, but they didn't show up that day :-(

  • Beautiful Belize City BZE Landing - Delta Flight 703 from Atlanta, 3min. Delta Flight 703 from Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport ATL and landing at Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport in Belize City BZE on a beautiful Wednesday morning (June 17, 2015). Recorded on an iphone 6.

  • Ambergris Caye Belize 2015, 6min. This video takes place in Ambergris Caye Belize and the Belizean Jungle. On our trip we explored the island on golf carts, went fishing, snorkeling (highly recommend snorkeling at Mexico Rocks & Shark Ray Alley), and Hungout at casa Amarillo (very cute place). We also flew to the jungle and went cave tubing and went to the ATM cave (highlight of the trip).

  • Belize 2015, 5min.

  • Belizean Honeymoon 2013, 11min.

    July 6, 2015

    The news will be a bit brief for the next week or so due to time constraints


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    Specials and Events

    Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, West Vision (Cayo) and CTV 3
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    The San Pedro Sun

    Rays of Belize
    Belizean waters are home to countless species of marine wildlife. Among the most common are our graceful rays. Popular dive and snorkel destinations off the coast of Ambergris Caye such as Shark Ray Alley and Hol Chan Marine Reserve boasts these beauties in abundance. A trip to any of these reserves give you the opportunity to not only see, but also swim among these critters in their natural habitat. There are thee main species of rays you can look out for when snorkeling, diving, or maybe just walking along the beach or pier. They are the Southern Stingrays, Spotted Eagle Rays, and Manta Rays. Belize is such a melting pot of cultures, and this even transcends to our marine critters! Just ask anyone about the Southern Rays and Nurse Sharks! But don’t take our word for it, see for yourself with a trip to Shark Ray Alley. These gentle rays are best buds with nurse sharks! Southern Rays are also often seen in shallow waters,meaning a simple stroll along the beach can almost guarantee you the chance of spotting the large rays catching some sun and grazing on plankton right near the shoreline.

    Wolfe’s Woofer: Blind Date
    “Do you know who would make a great couple?” Sherry asked. “No; I don’t,” I replied, “but I’ll bet you’re going to tell me.” She ignored my remark and said, “I just found out that Vince and Linda have never met even though both of them have lived on Ambergris Caye for several years.” “That’s […]

    New Horizon SDA School Health Club Students Host Health Fair
    Submitted by Peace Corp Volunteer Diana Sanchez On June 24th the Health Club at New Horizon SDA School held their first ever, school wide Health Fair. The Health Fair was free to the students and a lot of fun. The Health Club got its start with a collaboration between the Ministry of Health, the Quality […]

    Doctor Love: Marriage
    Readers, please send your letters. They can be emails, formal letters or handwritten notes. They are edited solely for grammar and spelling. Also, they are sometimes edited for length. Dear Doctor Love, I have been married for two years and I am getting unhappier all of the time. Me and my husband are always fighting […]

    Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

    The People of My Mayan Village Exhibit
    The People of My Mayan Village art exhibit is currently at the Benque HoC. They had the opening ceremony on Friday, and they got video of most of the paintings. There's some beautiful, and cultural, art there. Thanks go out to the Mexican Embassy for bringing this here. "The People of my Mayan Village Travelling Exhibitions is now at the Benque House of Culture, stop by and appreciate these beautiful masterpieces courtesy of the Mexican Embassy in Belize."

    Rotaract 2015 Induction
    The Rotaract Club of San Ignacio had their 2015 Induction, and it was a grand event. Best of luck to the incoming team! In related news, the Rotaract Club of Benque Viejo had their induction last week. Change the world! "Rotaract San Ignacio starts a new Rotary year with the theme 'Be a Gift to the World.' Guest Speaker Mr.Joe Awe, past Rotaractor gave an enlightening speech to motivate our young professional to continue working. This new Rotary year introducing our new Rotaract President: Manuel Matus, Vice-President: Carlos Waight, Treasurer: Anwar Juan, Secretary: Jiselle Awe. These are the highlights of the night that took place at San Ignacio Hotel. New Inductee and New Directors. International Director: Abbie Godoy, PR Director: Louie Godoy, Club Service: Ledell Lemoth, Professional Development: Yasel Acosta, Fundraising and Community Service: Jorge Ruiz. We thank the Rotaract Club of Benque Viejo and Rotaract Club Belmopan for attending, clubs looking forward in working together. We encourage others to join and Be a Gift to the World."

    The Reporter

    GOB too nonchelant about the economy, says BCCI
    The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) is calling on the Government of Belize to take international warnings about the economy more seriously. This past week BCCI President, Arturo Vasquez, speaking on the latest warning by the International firm Moody’s that Belize needs fiscal policy amendments, said that GOB needs to consider the international implications of that kind of warning. “They should not be looked at and thrown aside”, Vasquez said. “I want to think that since these Moody’s reports are internationally read and reviewed, it can have a significant effect on your foreign direct investments.” Vasquez added that while he respects that GOB may have a different opinion on the country’s economic outlook, dismissing the reports is not an advisable stance to take.

    Catholic Diocese breaks away
    The Catholic Diocese has dissented from the Council of Churches’ decision to support the PetroCaribe Loans Act. Senator Representing the Churches, Fr. Noel Leslie, issued a release this week saying that while he votes as instructed by the Council, the Diocese does not support the Act and wants it repealed. “I am on record as having opposed the PetroCaribe Loans Act 2015 on Monday the 30th of March 2015,” Leslie said. “The Bishop of Belize and Belmopan, His Excellency Dorrick Wright, joins me in calling for a repeal of the PetroCaribe Loans Act and its amendments.” Leslie added that the Diocese is also calling on the Government of Belize to return to adhering to the principles outlined in the Finance and Audit Reform Act 2005. The Senate voted on and approved the Act on July 1. The majority of the senators voted yes with the exception of Opposition Senators Lisa Shoman, Patrick Andrews and Anthony Sylvester, along with Business Senator, Mark Lizarraga and temporary Union Senator, Adelaida Guerra all cast a “no” vote for the amendments, and it.

    “Belize supports reparations”, says PM
    Prime Minister Dean Barrow, this past week, affirmed government’s support for the Caribbean Community ( CARICOM)’s push for reparations for slavery from Europe. “There is a CARICOM initiative to seek reparations , and as a member of CARICOM we support that”, Barrow said. He added that if Belize is prepared to sign on to a convention, if one arises from the 36th Meeting of the CARICOM Heads of Government. Prime Minister of Barbados, Freundel Stuart, prior to the conference, said that reparations was definitely on the list of topics to discuss. Stuart underscored that the heads of government need to strategise how they will engage in meaningful discussions with the former slave-owning states. “What we want is to discuss a way forward in terms of development of this region”, Stuart said, “in the context of under-development which has resulted from slavery itself.”

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Jerome Smith shot in Belize City
    Belize City Police responded to reports of a shooting incident at Buttonwood Bay Park at around 10:10 p.m on Friday, July 3rd, where they saw Jerome Smith, a resident of the Buttonwood Bay Area, Belize City, sitting on top of bleachers and bleeding from what appeared to be gunshot wounds. […]

    Couple shot in Belize City; boyfriend dies
    A young couple was socializing on Friday night in Belize City when they came under attack from gunfire. On Saturday, July 4, 21 year old David Steven Reveres of La Croix Boulevard died in hospital, while his 16 year old girlfriend, Shannalyn Augustine of Alvarez Street, sustained injuries from which […]

    Belize City man stabbed while sleeping
    A Belize City man received an unpleasant surprise on waking up early on Friday morning. According to Craig Street resident Albert Leiva, Sr., he had gone to sleep around 2:00 in the morning on June 3. About an hour later, he awoke to extreme headache and dizziness. Upon sitting up […]

    Police detain older man in Juana Cardinez death
    Police have detained a 55 year old man of Punta Gorda Town pending investigation into the death of Juana Alberta Cowo Cardinez, 29. Cardinez’s body was discovered by police around 7:15 Friday morning on the bedroom floor in her apartment at the corner of King and Jose Maria Nunez Streets […]

    Man gets electrocuted in Spanish Lookout
    Information reaching our newsroom is that an employee of Farmers Light Plant Corporation LTD in Spanish Lookout got electrocuted yesterday afternoon while he was working on an electric power plant. According to our sources, the man is in a critical condition in Flores, Peten and will mostly likely be flown […]


    Caves and Waterfalls With Mystic River Resort and Not Just Any Caves – ATM!
    Travelling in Belize doesn’t take much…a pair of shorts or two…multiples changes of shirts, some flip-flops and bug spray, numerous bandanas for just about every reason and…voile. Ready to roll. But I was headed out to Cayo…the jungle. And I knew one of the most popular tours at Mystic River was the ATM Cave. THE ATM CAVE! Better throw in an old pair of sneakers. But…UGH…I was scared. One of the top 10 caves in the world. One of the most talked about tours in Belize (rivaled MAYBE by the Great Blue Hole). A sacrificial site that can only be reached with a 40 minute (flat) hike and then a mile hike/climb/swim underground to see the Crystal Maiden. When you go in, you will see why. It is absolutely amazing…you honestly CAN NOT BELIEVE you should be in there. Take a few steps…look down and there is a bone or a piece of pottery.

    International Sourcesizz

    Belizean sustainable fisher receives award
    Since she was seven years old, Anna Ramirez, now 63, has been fishing with her family off the coast of Belize’s southernmost district – Toledo, but her gender has not stopped her from working just as hard as the men do while at sea. Her most challenging moments have involved braving the rough seas, even under the threat of hurricanes, to ensure they make it to shore safely. “It’s not easy. You have to be brave and willing to take chances – big chances too!” she said. “The same way a man could fish, you can. The same way they drive an engine, you could do it too. The same way they could throw a net, you could throw a net!” Anna says. “It’s the way they raised me,” she later explained. Mrs. Ramirez has three brothers and seven sisters, and like her brothers—Carlos, Daniel, Eugenio—she took up fishing for a living. She is the daughter of Francisco Castellanos and Petrona Flores, who once lived on several islands off the coast of southern Belize, including Punta Ycacos, Punta Negra and Wilson Caye.


  • Feeding Jaguars at the Belize Zoo, 5min.

  • Belize summer 2015, 5min. Summer Trip to the Belize Summer 2015.

  • A Taste of My Belize Adventure, 2min. VERY AMAZING.

  • San Mateo Belize, 5min. 9 year old filmmaker Gigi Harris shares the difficult living conditions in San Mateo, Belize. This film won 1st place in category Documentary, Division II, at the 2010 Reel Spirit Young Filmmakers Showcase, the Youth Division of Kansas City Film Fest. This film also earned a "REEL Inspiration Award for Making a Difference".

  • Welcome to Belize, 6min.

  • Tikal e Belize, 13min. Nessa edição irei mostrar as Ruínas Maias de Tikal e as belíssimas praias caribenhas de Belize, especificamente na Ilha de Caue Cauker.

    July 5, 2015

    The news will be a bit brief for the next week or so due to time constraints


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    Specials and Events

    Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, West Vision (Cayo) and CTV 3
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    The San Pedro Sun

    It’s an Island We Have to Keep Clean!
    Amidst the usual children playing on the jungle-gym and tourists sun-bathing on the beach, a different group gathered at the Boca Del Rio Park, Tuesday, June 30th with a purpose other than playing or relaxing. Their purpose? Cleaning up! Members of the community along with missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints united their efforts to help make the park and surrounding areas even more beautiful. Armed with gloves and garbage bags, they went out to serve – picking up trash along the way. Community member Marlene Coral said of the activity, “It was fun! I would do it again!” Missionaries organized the project as part of a church activity “San Pedro Service Week,” a week full of activities designed to get the community excited about serving others. Other planned activities include visiting the elderly, making cards for the sick, and a youth-focused service night. Maria de Leon also loved the activity, saying, “I feel happy and satisfied because we gave service where we live. It’s an island we have to keep clean!”

    Fun and learning with Coral Reef Ed-Ventures 2015
    The Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Coral Reef Ed-ventures has once again started providing children with an educational summer camp on the marine ecosystem of Ambergris Caye. The program is done in collaboration with students from Smith College in Massachusetts, USA. This year six students have travelled to San Pedro to be counsellors for the summer program. The first phase of the program took place at the San Pedro High School and involved children aged 12 and above. The second part of the program is taking place at the San Pedro Roman Catholic Primary School (SPRCS) from 9am to noon, and features children ages7-12. At the end of the camp, the children are expected to be well acquainted with the reef ecology and conservation. Children between the ages of 7-12 started their program on Monday, June 29th. The Coral Reef Ed-ventures counsellors will be taking the children through several topics that will cover the conservation and development of the local marine habitats. Topics being explored are the coral reef, deep sea, mangroves and respect for the environment.

    Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

    Kids Yoga Summer Classes
    Kids Summer Yoga Classes will start on the 13th of July, and run through the 7th of September. They'll be held at the Manzanero Mall, at the Full Lotus Yoga Studio. "Classes are on Mondays and Wednesdays ages 4-7 @ 2pm-2:45 and ages 7-12 @ 3pm- 3:45. Kids yoga runs during the summer for two months only so please pass this along to anyone that might be interested. July 13th to Sep 7th with a group yoga party at the end of the camp open to all ages, even parents. $6 per class, $10 for the week, or unlimited classes for $75 per child for the duration of the camp* *partial or full scholarships are available, please request an application or see Sera to apply"

    EL Pilar For Birding
    El Pilar might be in the news a lot because of the discovery of the new 'citadel,' and it's always been a great spot for birding. "A particularly intriguing feature is a causeway that extends from the eastern part of the ruins across the country border into Guatemala. Thus far, 12 pyramids and 25 plazas have been found at El Pilar. This is triple the number found in nearby sites such as Xunantunich and Cahal Pech. The site was occupied between (500 BC) and (1000 AD) periods. A variety of residential structures were discovered during excavations, in addition to elite household compounds and ceremonial structures. In contrast to other nearby sites, El Pilar remains virtually the same way today as when it was discovered. Most structures are in the early stages of excavation. Currently there are five trail systems at El Pilar, three archeological and two primarily nature trail intended to provide insight into the agro-forestry of the ancient Maya. This provides the visitor with a sense of what the site looked like before archeologists began their research on the area. The site and its surrounding vegetations make a perfect birding destination."

    Sights of the BAAS 2015
    NICH's Institute of Archaeology had this year's Belize Archaeology and Anthropology Symposium, which ran from Tuesday to Friday. This year's BAAS was streamed live. Mark your calendars for next year.

    The Reporter

    CARICOM summit begins with calls for focus on youth and perfecting regional integration
    Outgoing CARICOM chairman, Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie, urged his colleague leaders to pay more attention to the educating and employing young people. He also made a call for more emphasis to be placed on teaching methodologies to meet the learning needs of the bottom 50 per cent of students in the school system. “Chief amongst my concerns and that of The Bahamas is the future of the young people of ourregion and our country . . . They are last in and first out in any crisis,” Christie said as he addressed the opening ceremony of the 36th Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM Thursday evening, adding that the region’s youth are “looking to us to help secure their future and dispel their sense of hopelessness”. “We cannot surrender them to crime and criminality . . . It is our responsibility to ensure that they get a good education, become part of the formal economies of our countries and become beneficiaries of the practice of social mobility, equity and fairness,” he said.

    Police say PG labour officer was murdered
    Police have determined that 29-year-old Juana Cardinez, a labour officer and resident of Punta Gorda, was murdered. The pathologist ruled, from the findings of a post mortem examination, that her cause of death was hemorrhaging to due to stab wounds to the neck. Officer commanding the Punta Gorda police formation, Superintendent Simeon Alvarez, said that police believe that the assailant was someone that Cardinez was familiar with. Cardinez, who had been reported missing by her ex-commonlaw husband Alberto Coleman, was discovered in the bathroom of her apartment at the corner of King and Jose Maria Nunez streets, already beginning to decompose. Police had to get help from the fire department to enter the house. Investigators have since detained a 55-year-old man from PG in connection with the incident.

    Belizean athletes ready for Pan Am Games
    A delegation of Belizean athletes are preparing to represent the country in the upcoming 17th Pan American Games. The delegates leave for Toronto, Canada on Wednesday to participate in the Athletics and Triathlon events. The delegation will be headed by Chief of Mission, Allan Sharp. The contingent consists of triathlete Amed Figueroa, Athletics delegate Deon Sutherland, Kaina Martinez and Mark Anderson who will both be doing the 100m. The event, which is the third largest multi-sport competition in the world will run from July 10-26. The triathlon takes place from the 11th -12th and A athletics from the 21st – 25th. Forty-one countries will compete in 36 disciplines at the event, which is held once every four years. 5he events include: archery, judo, golf, cycling, boxing, basketball, and bowling.

    Belizean delegation at CARICOM meeting
    Three top level government officials are in Barbados representing Belize at the Thirty-Sixth Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community The Minister oforeign Affairs Wilfred Elrington, his Chief Executive Officer Lawrence Sylvester, and the CEO in the Prime Minister’s office Audrey Wallace, left Belize earlier this week for the conferee, which runs from July 2-3 At the conference the heads of government discussed topics such as food security, regional energy programmes, crime and the regional push for reparations from European nations. The conference is set to end on the eve of the 42nd anniversary of the signing of Treaty of Chaguramas on July 4 1973, which established the community. Apart from being a party to the original treaty, Belize also signed the revised treaty in 2001 which established the CARICOM single market economy. The directorate of foreign trade in the ministry of Ministry of Trade, Investment Promotion, Private Sector Development and Consumer Protection, held a weeks worth activities this week to commemorate the signing of the treaty.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Senator for the Churches issues position on the PetroCaribe Loan Acts 2015
    This evening, Rev. Father Noel Leslie, Senator for the Churches issued a press release explaining to the nation the position of the Roman Catholic Church of Belize regarding the PetroCaribe Loan Acts 2015. According to Rev. Father Noel Leslie, he has an obligation to vote in accordance with the majority […]

    Ministry of Natural Resources inaugurates garbage transfer station
    An initiative established several years ago has changed the collection and disposal of garbage from across the central corridor of Belize – the islands, Belize City, Belmopan and San Ignacio. The Belize Solid Waste Management Authority has overseen the construction of multiple transfer stations where garbage is collected and sorted […]

    Minister accuses Maya of undermining court order
    Senator Lisel Alamilla, the Minister for Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development, has accused Maya leaders of undermining the court order issued by the Caribbean Court of Justice in May concerning what rights they hold over lands within and surrounding the Maya communities of the Toledo District. According to the Senator, […]

    Haiti complains of mistreatment of “foreign” Dominican citizens
    According to the Haiti Sentinel, the Dominican Republic has violated certain protocols for the deportation and return of “foreign” citizens, particularly Haitians. The two countries share the land mass of Hispaniola in the middle Caribbean, and according to the Sentinel the Dominican Republic decided several months ago to retroactively “denationalize” […]

    Plenty of dry weather this weekend
    The National Met. Service of Belize is calling for mostly dry weather for the next 24 hours. The 24 hour forecast is for sunny conditions with only a few cloudy spells today and partly cloudy tonight, only isolated showers or isolated thunderstorms are expected to occur. The wind blows at […]

    PUP National Party Council Holds Meeting in Dangriga
    The PUP National Party Council is currently holding a meeting in Dangriga to prepare for the upcoming bye-election that is scheduled for Wednesday, July 8th 2015. According to our sources, the national party council is also passing resolutions on national issues that are affecting the country like crime, poverty, nepotism […]

    Channel 5 hails Castro victory for “whistleblowers”
    Elsewhere we have covered the sudden discontinuance of Minister of State Edmond Castro’s defamation case against Alvarene Burgess and Great Belize Productions/Television (Channel 5). Yesterday the television station released a statement, which stated, “Great Belize Productions/Channel Five believes that it has been vindicated in this high profile case […]

    Jury finds Donicio Salazar not guilty of murder
    A third trial against Donicio “Life” Salazar of San Ignacio concluded Thursday evening with a unanimous verdict of not guilty of either murder of manslaughter following near seven hours of deliberation by a jury of six men and six women in the courtroom of Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin. […]

    Ministry of Education promotes positive discipline in schools
    School may be out for the July-August break but that doesn’t mean teachers are taking it easy. A two-day workshop to train trainers in implementing models of positive discipline in schools concluded today in Belize City. The genesis of this workshop lies in the decision of the Ministry […]

    Belize City restaurant to offer special sauce in market
    Belize City residents are familiar with the fast food stand known as Fibbers on Cemetery Road. They sell a variety of fast foods for reasonable prices, but the real attraction over their 12 years in business has been their uniquely special sauce. It is more than just a […]

    International Sourcesizz

    Will Cuba change Caricom?
    The agreement between Cuba and the United States to reopen or establish embassies in their respective capitals concretises the resumption of diplomatic relations and it portends the eventual full normalisation of relations. Many believe that normal relations are still far in the future because of the continued application of the Helms-Burton Act and the Republican control of the US Congress. Yet, the lessons of US political history show that the change could happen overnight. Few foresaw that normalisation would have proceeded to where it is at this time. A Republican administration could reverse its traditional stance because the Cuban vote in Miami is no longer a determining factor in winning the state, and indeed, the new generation of Cuban-Americans are not interested in returning to Cuba. Many favour normal relations with Cuba so that they can come and go freely to their ancestral home. In addition, the corporate lobby, particularly the exporters of agricultural products, has been pressing to open the Cuban market. The American business community is salivating at investment opportunities in Cuba and as an export market.


  • Descent into the Blue Hole, Belize, 9min.

  • OATS - Route of the Maya - Day 13 --- 11/04/13, 44min. Last full day on this Mayan Adventure Trip ... After breakfast at our hotel in Belize City, We travel by boat to visit the Mayan ruins at "Lamanai" ... Later returned to our hotel for farewell drinks and trip highlights discussion and gifts from Vinney... Then off to our Farewell Dinner at Celebrities Restaurant in Belize City

  • Project Belize - Bonefish, 6min. A video highlighting a recent BTT research mission to Belize to tag and release Bonefish. Belize may have jungle ruins, exotic animals and amazing reefs, but it also has some of the best flats fishing in the world.

  • Swimming with dolphins in Belize, 1/2min.

  • Nicole's Belize Gel Trip 2015, 8min.


  • Project Belize - Bonefish, 8min.

    July 4, 2015

    The news will be a bit brief for the next week or so due to time constraints


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    Specials and Events

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    The San Pedro Sun

    Belize Bird Rescue Avian Rehabilitation Centre & Bird Sanctuary – Caring for our Feathered Friends
    he country of Belize is blessed with a bounty of beautiful animals. Some may be rare and exotic, some may be as common as an iguana, but regardless of who the creature may be, it is safe to say that in a time of need there is most likely an organization in the country ready to come to its rescue. Many of these non-profit organizations originated from a series of serendipitous circumstances that changed the lives of their founders forever, and more often than not it was the animals who found them…not the other way around! Such is the story behind the Belize Bird Rescue (BBR) Avian Rehabilitation Centre & Bird Sanctuary. Founded in 2004 by Nikki Buxton and Jerry Larder, the British couple originally moved to Belize from Trinidad with the goal of retiring. They purchased several acres in the Roaring Creek area just outside of Belmopan and were ready to relax and enjoy the good life of country living when fate slowly redirected their plans. As chance would have it, locals were bringing Nikki injured animals in hopes that she could treat them. Over time, and with a lot of research, she became quite good at fixing up injured birds, housing surrendered parrots and rehabilitating proper candidates for wild release. It wasn’t long before her lovely countryside property started sprouting habitats and aviaries for these wayward birds.

    SPBRC holds second Blood Drive of the year
    On Saturday, June 27th, the San Pedro Belize Red Cross (SPBRC) held it second blood drive of the year. A collaboration with the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II and the Belize Blood Bank, SPBRC strives to build the islands blood supply. While the blood drive was not as successful as the previous, a

    Pageant Kicks of 21st Caye Caulker Lobster Fest
    The Caye Caulker Lobsterfest is a celebration that Belizeans and tourists look forward to each year. For some it may be the weekend of party they enjoy the most, while for others it is the amazing food, but no one will deny the most anticipated part of the festival is the Miss Lobster Fest Pageant!

    Caps, Gowns and Diplomas: Preschoolers Graduate
    San Pedro continues to celebrate education with graduation ceremonies across the island. Over the past week, the last primary school held commencement exercises, along with five out of the six island preschools. The first toddlers to graduate were those from Holy Cross Anglican Preschool (HCAP) on Wednesday, June 24th. This was their second graduation class

    Caribbean Villas to host LGBT Pride Event
    Caribbean Villas Hotel in San Pedro is gearing up to host the first Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Week from September 5th to the 12th. The event, which will be the first of its kind in Belize’s history has been dubbed as the largest ever and has been tagged with the name “Temptation

    Football Marathon kicks off five-a-side Football Tournament
    Hundreds of football fanatics attend the opening of the Island Citizens Sporting Club (ICSC) Five-a-side Football Tournament on Sunday, June 28th. Held at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium, organizers held an all-day football marathon to showcase the skills of all the participating teams. Games started from 10AM and went through till about 9PM. At the end […]

    Ambergris Today

    Hon. Manuel Heredia Awards Top Island PSE Students
    Three island students were awarded $500.00 each and a plaque from Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr., Minister of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation and Area Representative of Belize Rural South, for having scored the highest grades in the Primary School Examination (PSE) in San Pedro and Caye Caulker. Betty Alpuche and Shanelly Gutierrez of the San Pedro Roman Catholic School tied with the highest score on the island, scoring 91.3, while Tristan Magana of Caye Caulker Elementary school scored an 88.5. Checks in the amount of $500 were presented to the children and their parents to assist them with supplies and books for the new school year at the high school level on Thursday, July 2, 2015, at the BTB office in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. In attendance at the ceremony were Minister Heredia, parents of the children, Ms. Emelda Rosado a Councilor of Caye Caulker Village, Mr. Wayne Miller the Chairman of Caye Caulker Village and Ms. Adelita Verde Vice Principal of Caye Caulker Elementary School. After the short ceremony, the children and parents joined the Minister for lunch.

    Learn How to ‘Tippy Toe’ at Costa Maya with Rising Star El Chevo
    The International Costa Maya Festival is organizing a high-energy event with a program of entertainers to suite everybody’s taste. Already announced for Saturday night, August 8, 2015, is the romantic Grupo Ladron to close the festival with a bang on International Night. But this year it seems that every night of the festival will be an international night filled with entertainment from all over the region. This week the festival committee announces the performance of rising artist El Chevo from Honduras, but has an impressive lineup of high-energy music that he calls ‘Electo Punta’. Friday Night will ignite with El Chevo who is becoming well known in the US market as he has teamed up with Sensato and other famous international artists. Just listen to his songs – Que lo Que, Metela Sacala and Fiesta (links below) and you will start dancing. Plus learn to dance his newest hit ‘Tippy Toe’; it’s contagious.

    Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

    Inauguration of the San Pedro Transfer Station
    Ministry of Natural Resources and Agriculture and the Solid Waste Management Authority hosted the inauguration of the San Pedro Transfer Station located on the Marina Drive by the D.F.C. Area. After the invocation given by Pastor Clive Welsh, Mayor Daniel Guerrero welcomed everyone to the inagural event where he expressed his gratitude for the realisation of the project and shared briefly the evolution of waste disposal in San Pedro Town. Following the Mayor's address, Deputy Mayor Gary Greif approached the podium and stated that the completion of this project will be one that will benefit the island, especially for the tourism industry as people flying over the island will no longer see the plume of smoke from the burning garbage from the dump site. Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr., Minister of Tourism, Culture & Civil Aviation, also shared how the evolution of garbage disposal in San Pedro has moved on so rapidly due to the rapid growth and development of the island. He remembers how the area where he currently resides was once a garbage disposal site when San Pedro was a fishing village.

    Power interruption 5:00am to 7:00am, Sunday, July 5: entire San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye
    BEL to replace protective device at Maskall Substation.
    The SISE House of Culture is having a Summer workshop for kids ages 8 to 15 next week. Kids will learn how to make art from 'up-cycled trash' with bottle caps and the like. Thanks, NICH!

    CACHE Cultural Theme Competition
    CACHE is having a Theme Competition for the International Festival of Culture. The theme should relate to culture and community, and is open to kids between 12 and 18 years old. The deadline is the 31st of July. In related news, the CACHE Cafe has been painted, and looks really nice. Ready for the Summer and September festivities. "Notice!!!!! to all those that are between the ages 12 and 18 years old. We are having a Theme Competition for the International Festival of Culture held in the month of December. If there are any question please feel free to contact Mr. Ricky Cunil at 604-4048 or email him at [email protected] LOTS of complimentary Prices will be given to all those submitting Their Themes. Due Date July 31, 2015."

    Beach Rave at Playa del Cayo
    The Beach Rave at Playa del Cayo was a blast. Everyone had a great playing on the beach and getting foamed. Can't wait for the next one. The 501 Boyz got some great pictures of the event. Pictures on fb.

    Channel 7

    Quite Unexpectedly, Castro Drops Lawsuit Against Ch 5 & Alvarine Burgess
    In a recent Belize Rural North convention, UDP Minister of State Edmond Castro proved his popularity when supporters turn rout in record numbers to support him. But while he still enjoys popularity in the 27 villages between Bomba and Boom, in the wider society, his public image has taken a pounding over the last 18 months. And today, he can add one more humiliation to that meltdown: he threw in the towel on the libel case against Channel 5 and Alvarine Burgess - and, to boot, he has to pay their 30,000 dollars in legal bills. Oral arguments in the case were supposed to start this morning, but before that could happen, Justice Abel called both parties into his chambers and essentially indicated that he does not consider the case presented by Castro to be strong and prevailed on him to withdraw, lest he face an adverse judgment. After due consultation, Williams presented the motion to discontinue the case. It's kind of like a technical knockout in boxing - where Castro didn't leave the ring on a stretcher, but his reputation is certainly battered and bruised. That's because Alvarine Burgess who made the allegation of corruption against Castro, stuck to her guns when she testified in May, insisting that Castro had taken money to recommend unknown Asian nationals to come to Belize. Under cross examination, Castro was forced to admit that he had done everything except take money.

    Furious Over The Santa Cruz 13; The Mayans Go Back To The CCJ
    Ever since the 13 Mayans of Santa Cruz Village were arraigned at the Punta Gorda Magistrate Court, they and their sympathizers within the communities have been quietly simmering with outrage. They believe that they were justified in detaining Rupert Myles for building in their village without the permission of their leaders. Moreover, they say that he squatted on land near their Uxbenka Archaeological Site, and destroyed a portion of it when he bulldozed road access to his house. They say that the detention was the very last resort that they wanted to take, but it was Myles' arrogant and allegedly violent attitude toward their concerns which left them with no other choice. Myles, on the other hand, has asserted that the Chairman of the village, displayed racist attitudes toward his attempts to get a legitimate permit though the communal system to be granted access to the village. He says that the chairman openly offended him by asserting that his common-law wife, who is a Mayan Native of Santa Cruz, would not be welcomed back because she had become the spouse of a Creole man, a non-Mayan. What followed after, as viewers are well-informed, was that the situation came to a head with Myles' detention, and their subsequent criminal prosecution of his 13 by the police for the charge of

    Why Raid Santa Cruz Before Dawn?
    So, what do Punta Gorda Police have to say about this allegation from the Mayans that they were brutalized and roughly handled by the officers who conducted their detention on that day? Well, on the day of the arraignment, we approached all the commanders of the south who were present, but they told us that they couldn't speak on the matter. This time around, when we asked again, Superintendent Simeon Alvarez was willing to oblige us. He explained what happened that day, from the police's perspective: Supt. Simeon Alvarez - OC, Punta Gorda Police "That operation was led by my deputy at that time, Inspector Ornel Domingez. We decided to go around that time because we knew that all players were farmers. These farmers usually go early to farm and if we go there broad daylight we would not have caught up with them. So I recommend as the officer, commanding that we move around that specific time. And with the assistance of police officers from Dangriga. We went into the area and we brought in everybody. Once they were in custody, nobody complained of any injuries to them. Nobody complained of any pain or damages done to them by the police.

    How Outsiders Get Accepted Into Mayan Communities
    Ever since the story broke, and the Mayans have insisted that they did not discriminate against Ruperto Myles, and that he was not being forced out of the village for being an outsider, much less being of a different race. He has stuck to his version of events, but that has given the Mayans a bad public image, one which they say that they don't deserve. Present at today's press confirmed in Golden Stream Village, was a number of Alcaldes from other villages, and one of them felt compelled to set the record straight as to how all non-Mayans - or any person who is not a member of a village - is granted access to reside there. Here's his explanation of the procedure: Ligorio Coy - Alcalde, Santa Ana Village "First, if any one of us the Maya people want, for example, if I want to go to live in Santa Elena, I must consult with the Alcalde and he will set me date when he will called his public meeting and then it is the community to decide whether they accept me or not. If they accept me, there is an entrance fee that you need to pay. Not only that, there are rules and laws in the community - free practices that we do in the community. We have fahina, we don't get paid for that. We have burial of our dead loved ones.

    Young Woman Found Dead In Her PG Home; Police Say Murder
    There was a murder in Punta Gorda Town of 29 year-old woman. Juana Cardinez was discovered early this morning in her Apartment on the outskirts of the town. Her throat was cut, and there was signs that she had been dead for more than 24 hours. We managed to speak with the Commanding Officer of the Punta Gorda Police, who provided additional details as they are known to the investigators at this time. He said that she was reported missing on Wednesday: Supt. Simeon Alvarez - OC, Punta Gorda Police "Sometime around 3:45pm Alberto Coleman, 55 years old, ex-common law husband, for one Juana Cardinez, 29 years old, came and made a report for her missing. Reported at the last time, she was seen alive was around 6:45pm. He made checks at her apartment which is situated at the corner of the Jose Maria Nunez St. and King St. However, nobody responded to his call. The police took note of the information and around 7:15am this morning, the police continued the investigation because we made several calls to her phone yesterday. It rang out and no response. So we went with the assistance of the member from the Fire Department, we checked her apartment because stenches was coming from inside the building according to the police that first went on the scene. So as a result of that, they broke open the apartment and there they saw the lifeless body of a female, who was later identified to be Juana Cardinez. She was in the second room and apparently with some injuries from the head. Blood was coming from that particular area. The scene was processed and taken to Punta Gorda hospital where she was pronounced dead by the doctor on duty."

    The Turneffe Six Arraigned
    This evening, the 6 men who the coast guard caught Wednesday on Turneffe Caye with a gun were taken to court. As we told you, 21-year-old Everon Teck, 43-year-old Emilio Camara, 29-year-old Geovanni Murillo, 52-year-old Goldburn Goff, 21-year-old Dion Usher, and 33-year-old Jerome Bowen were on Turneffe Island on Wedneday when a Coast Guard team decided to search their camp. They found a gun, a number of bullets, a small quantity of drugs, and 183 undersized lobster. In court, Deon Usher took ownership of the 183 undersized lobsters. He was fined $100 for the offense, the minimum imposed of a $500 penalty fine, and an additional $20 for each undersized lobster which added up to almost $4,000 in fines. Since he pleaded guilty to this fisheries offense, the charge was withdrawn from the other men.

    Placencia Police Finds Gun
    Another gun was also seized in the south. On Friday 3rd June 2015 at about 11:55 am, based on information received, police proceeded to the Crimson Park area. Upon arrival, police made checks within an area, and at about three feet from the road side, they found a black plastic bag which contained a 9mm caliber pistol, Taurus Brand with 5 magazines four of which was empty and one inside the firearm. Because no one was in the area, it was deposited as found property.

    The Education Reform: Positive Behavioral Intervention
    Positive Behavioral Interventions: That was the main topic of today's education forum. It was held at the Radisson this morning and the discussion centered on setting behavioral expectations for kids and properly reinforcing them to promote positivity and social and emotional growth in children. Today the general and local mangers met a today's forum to discuss these expectations and to find ways to weave this initiative into the existing educational framework - all with the hope of enhancing the child's educational experience. Candy Armstrong, Director - Education Support Service "This is for general managers, local managers and others resource persons that supports the school management, in terms of implementing a positive behavior, intervention and support systems in primary schools." Courtney Weatherburne "Could you delve deeper into the system?" Candy Armstrong, Director - Education Support Service "Ok, the system is a pro-active and a preventative approach to school discipline. So it basically forms the foundation and the concepts of teachers or schools having clearer expectations for student's behavior. Those expectations are taught and then students are supported or they are targeted in the intervention for those students who are challenged meeting behavior expectations. It includes things like having a team of persons who work with the school to help them implement the system.

    Protest In Front of La Immaculada Credit Union
    There was protest yesterday in Orange Walk. Disgruntled La Inmaculada Credit Union members walked along with their signs and placards in front of the establishment. Now, why are the protesting? Well, on May 8th the Board of Directors put the General Manager - Yolanda Gomez on administrative leave and apparently did so without explanation or consultation with the members. That's what's got the members heated and they decided to make their voices heard in the streets yesterday. With the help of our colleagues at CTV3 - we have hear from Union members - they are demanding answers to the fate of their general manager and the future of union. Salome August (Credit Union 9) "I used to work at the credit union. I am a member of the credit union. In trying to tell the public to stand up. Let's stand up strong. Let's stand up for what is right. Let's get the answers that the people, the public are asking for. Don't stand for intimidation. The staff members are intimidated. I was one but I stood up and because I stood up I lost my job. Let's come together. Let's make the change. Let's make the right decision."

    Track Athletes Brought Back Medals
    The Central American Track and Field Senior Championships were held in Managua Nicaragua last weekend. Eighteen senior athletes represented Belize at the tournament and brought home a total of 13 medals. Those included 3 gold, 5 silver and 5 bronze medal. The group returned home yesterday by road and today 7news caught up with some of the athletes at the Marion Jones Stadium. The team is now getting ready to participate in the World Youth Games that will be taking place in Cali Columbia on July 16 to the 19th.

    Belize City: Nachos World
    Nachos - they're a combination of pretty much the best foods out there, and there's a new restaurant which caters to that only. We found why today when we visited Nacho World in Belize City. With a menu packed to capacity with just about everything on it, we had a chance to try something new: The owners of Nacho World plans on venturing off in the districts.

    The Fibbers Sauce, Now for Sale
    And if nachos isn't your thing how about a new sauce? You are probably accustomed to spreading ketchup or even BBQ sauce over fries, in your burgers and among other food selections but there is a new multi-purpose Belizean sauce that you can spread or glaze over anything. We found out from the Co-owners of Fibbers Sauce today what sets their sauce apart. It is available everywhere in the country.

    The Colors Rave Party; Straight Out Of Miami
    There is a new kind of party coming to Belize for the first time. It's called the Miami Colors Day Rave. DJ's and artists from Miami and New York will be coming to Belize to showcase just how they "Gwaff" at a Bashment. For this party - sure it's about the music, the performances and not to mention the liquor but it's also about hyping the place up with bright colors. Today we spoke with one of the DJ's and he told us why you all can't miss this one. The Colors Rave party will be held this Sunday from 3 to 12 midnight. Kids pa $3 and adults pay $10. There is also a special party deal. The party will be taken to Bahamas next week.

    A Summer Camp For Up-And-Coming DJ's
    For most of you kids: Schools out! And there are a numbers of summer camps you can enroll in to keep you entertained and busy for the long break. We already told you about the Lake Independence Sports Camp but if sports isn't really for you then - maybe you can join the DJ summer camp where you can learn about the basics and at the same time just enjoy the beats. The coordinator came to our studios this morning and he told us more. The camp starts on the 20th of this month and will run until the 14thof August. Girls and boys are invited. It will be held at the Department of Youth services and if you want to sign up you can call Lindy D at 602-1445 or pick application forms at the Dept of Youth services office. This is the 2nd year this camp is being held.

    Channel 5

    Minister Castro Drops Bombshell & Lawsuit
    There is monumental news coming out of the Supreme Court – a legal and political bombshell which burst all over Minister of State Edmond Castro. In late 2013, Castro had [...]

    Channel 5 & Alvarene Burgess Vindicated
    Alvarene Burgess made two appearances on Channel Five – an interview played in the news and an appearance on the Dickie Bradley talk-show. During those appearances she described in explicit [...]

    Release Claims Victory for Whistleblowers
    Following the withdrawal of the case by the Minister of State, Great Belizeans Productions/Channel Five issued a statement saying that it has been vindicated in this high profile case because [...]

    Maya Leaders Converge in Toledo
    Maya leaders converged today in Golden Stream, Toledo, in solidarity with the Santa Cruz Thirteen. The gathering is their first since the arrest of Cristina Coc and twelve other Maya [...]

    Bus-Owner is Prime Suspect in PG Murder
    After being reported missing by her boyfriend to police earlier this week, the motionless body of twenty-nine-year-old Juana Cardinez, a public officer working out of the Labor Department in Punta [...]

    Guatemalan Fugitive Detained in Yo Creek
    The long arms of the law finally caught up with a Guatemalan fugitive wanted by Interpol. Uefrin Aldana Cassasola was found living in Yo Creek Village, Orange Walk when police [...]

    6 Fishermen Remanded for Drugs, Guns & Ammo
    This afternoon, six fishermen accused of being in possession of a firearm, ammunitions and Illegal drugs while on Turneffe Atolls were back in court. On Wednesday, July first, 2015, while [...]

    4 Men Charged for Heroin Get Bail
    Four persons, including a Chinese national, who were busted in possession of over seven kilograms of heroin, were offered bail this evening by Supreme Court judge, Justice Denis Hanomansingh. Chinese [...]

    LICU Speaks on GM’s Administrative Leave
    On Thursday, News Five brought you footage of a protest held in Orange Walk Town involving the La Inmaculada Credit Union. Actually it surrounded the removal of General Manager Yolanda [...]

    GSU Accused of Excessive Force…AGAIN
    Members of the Gang Suppression Unit struck again on Thursday in the Jane Usher Boulevard Area. Around six p.m., officers attached to the GSU stormed the house of Leroy Slusher [...]

    Allegedly Shoot Dog in Front of Children
    Aside from roughing up the elderly man and the minor, the family dog, Prince, was shot twice and killed, allegedly at the hands of the officers. Joyce says that the [...]

    Senators Rumble Over Mayan Communal Rights
    As you heard earlier in the newscast, the situation in Santa Cruz is still very much on centre stage, and so is the issue of the CCJ consent order – [...]

    San Pedro Transfer Station Inaugurated
    The Ministry of Natural Resources and the Belize Waste Management Authority inaugurated the San Pedro Transfer Station. It’s a station that is a part of a solid waste management system [...]

    Lily White Summer Camp Kicks Off in the City
    It’s the summer and that means camps are popping up across the city – camps on sports, education and even the creative arts. Today, however, the Lily White Summer Camp [...]

    Get Your Fibbers Sauce Today!
    For those Belizeans who’ve fallen in love with Fibber’s Fried Chicken on Cemetery Road, there is some good news tonight. The local company which has been serving tasty local chicken [...]


    Health project to benefit children in Southern Belize
    Paul Mahung reporting… “The inspection visits to project sites under construction in rural Toledo was done by Toledo District Health Council chairman Alejandro Vernon. Alejandro Vernon – Chairman, TDHC “We embarked on a one day rural health visit to various communities, inspecting some of the projects going on under the Japan grant which was launched […]

    New Belizean sauce hits the market
    There is a new sauce on the shelves. Eliom Ellis and Hortence Young have started the production of their sauce, Fibber’s Sauce. They told us more. Eliom Ellis – Business owner “We have two flavors, the original and the hot and spicy. These are for the pepper lovers these are for the people for your […]

    Lucky winner to pick up five hundred thousand dollar cheque
    And while no one collected the half a million Fantasy Five Jackpot, a lucky woman from Belize City will received a check from Mek Mi Rich for half a million dollars. This is the first time in nine months that someone has won the Mek Mi Rich jackpot. We spoke to Mek Mi Rich General […]

    Fantasy Five jackpot grows after prize remained unclaimed
    The second the clock hit 12 o’clock midday the Fantasy five Ticket that was once valued half a million dollars now valued nothing. In the first draw of 2015, was held on January 3 and back then the jackpot was at five hundred and nine thousand dollars. But no one collected the winnings and after […]

    Couple injured in traffic accident
    Fem Cruz reporting… “30 year old Pedro Tech along with his wife 27 year old Sara Tech both residents of Arizona area are recovering at home after they were knocked down from behind by a motorcycle last night. Love News visited the family in the Arizona area of Tea Kettle village and spoke to Sarah […]

    Special Envoy for Women and Children heads delegation to Taiwan
    Special Envoy for Women and Children, Kim Simplis Barrow will lead a delegation to Taiwan from July 5 to 10. This is at the invitation of the Government of the Republic of China on Taiwan. Mrs. Barrow will be awarded the Fervent Global Love of Lives medal during her visit. According to a release from […]

    Dangriga prepares for bi-election
    On Wednesday, July 8, voters of the Dangriga constituency will be going to the polls to elect a new standard bearer. This is after the seat was left vacant by the resignation of Ivan Ramos. The men looking to fill the vacant post are Anthony Sabal from the People’s United Party, Frank Pawpa Mena of […]

    Maya leaders hold meeting to state their position
    An assembly meeting of Toledo Alcaldes Association was held this morning in Golden Stream Village, Toledo. Paul Mahung reporting… “The Maya leader’s alliance MLA program coordinator Pablo Mis.” Pablo Mis, MLA Program Coordinator “The purpose of the meeting is to update the Alcaldes on the recent incident in Santa Cruz and also the reaction of […]

    Cuban nationals charged for illegal entry
    Six Cuban nationals were caught illegally in Belize this morning. They are three men, 37 year old Duniesky Cupul, Yurixander Escalona, and Gardenia Figueredo. The three females are 37 year old Yusdenia Peña, Andria Peralta, Anisely Reynaldo. Sources to Love News is that police got tipped off that a taxi van was enroute to the […]

    Orange Walk Police nab wanted man
    Yesterday evening police in Orange Walk conducted a raid at a residence in Yo Creek village which led them to the detention of an international fugitive. According to Orange Walk Police, the special branch had been following some leads from Interpol about a certain individual who had turned a resident of Yo Creek village. In […]


    Man remanded for robbery and attempted murder of cop
    A man who first posed as a Good Samaritan by offering assistance to a uniformed police constable, but who at the first available opportunity, allegedly almost bludgeoned the police constable to death before stealing his car, was remanded to prison after he was arraigned on attempted murder, robbery, and other indictable charges this afternoon. An enraged Darren Gillett lunged at Amandala’s court reporter’s camera and had to be restrained by a court police officer who was leading him to the courtroom of Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith. Gillett, who was undefended by an attorney, did not have to enter a plea after the Chief Magistrate arraigned him on the charges. The court prosecutor objected to bail for Gillett on the grounds that the virtual complainant, whom he attempted to murder, PC Jason Hall, remains hospitalized in a critical condition. Objection to bail was also made on the strength of the prosecutor’s case against Gillett and also on the basis of the fact that he escaped from police and is therefore considered a flight risk.

    Beef prices expected to increase
    Starting today, Thursday, beef retailers and consumers across the country are expected to experience an increase in the price of that popular commodity. The rise, we understand, has come about due to increasing regional wholesale prices in addition to issues related to supply and demand. In an interview with Amandala yesterday, CEO in the Ministry of Agriculture, Jose Alpuche, explained that since demand is currently exceeding supply on the regional market, Belizean consumers will now have to dig deeper into their pockets when purchasing that type of meat from the processors. He said, “The price of beef has gone up regionally. [Previously], we’ve had a relatively low [wholesale] price here in Belize compared to Guatemala and Mexico, but demand has increased tremendously and it has actively impacted the [retail] price.” Alpuche explained that beef is not a regulated commodity that is subject to price control like some of the other basic commodities; instead it has a market-driven price, which means that when demand is very high and supply is limited, the retail price will go up.

    Donicio “Life” Salazar, in 3rd trial, not guilty of 2004 murder
    A jury of six men and six women deliberated for a record 6 hours and 58 minutes in the Supreme Court of Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin before returning into the courtroom to announce their unanimous not guilty of murder and not guilty of manslaughter verdict in the trial of Donicio Salazar, 30, accused of the murder of Rodney Richard August. Salazar has been tried twice before for the June 28, 2004 murder of August, a 22- year-old man who was found on the bank of the Macal River in San Ignacio, Cayo District, with a large chop wound to the middle of the back. August died some nine hours later while undergoing treatment at the Western Regional Hospital, in Belmopan. Before he died, however, August named “Life” as the man who had inflicted the massive chop wound to him. August had told three persons that “Life” was the one who had chopped him. He told Desol Neal, a Justice of the Peace; a police corporal, Pedro Ical; and his mother Elizabeth Mejia, to whom he had mentioned that he was going to die.

    Man, 24, accused of raping brother-in-law, 13
    A 13-year-old Silk Grass boy was carnally known (penetrated anally) by his brother-in-law, the common-law husband of his sister, while he (the boy) and his mother were visiting his sister in Silk Grass on Saturday. During that visit to his sister’s home, the boy and his brother-in-law, 24, went to get wood in the bush. The boy told police that while in the bush, the brother-in-law held him down, took off his pants and raped him. After the ordeal, the boy and his brother-in-law returned to his sister’s house, and the boy told his mother what had happened. The boy was taken to a doctor in Dangriga, where the doctor concluded that he had been penetrated and that the injury to him, as a result of the sexual assault, was wounding. The brother-in-law was arrested and police charged him with committing an unnatural crime. He was taken to the Dangriga Magistrate’s Court this afternoon where he appeared before Magistrate Patty Arana, who arraigned him on the charge. He was then remanded to the Belize Central Prison until September 28, when he will be returned to court.

    $70 million more in Petrocaribe spending
    Overspending to the tune of almost $70 million, exclusively from the proceeds of Petrocaribe funds, was hotly debated when the Senate met in Belmopan today, Wednesday, and while the overspending was approved by a 7-5 majority vote supported by ruling United Democratic Party senators and the senator for the churches, the Opposition senators as well as the senators for the private sector and the trade unions registered their firm positions against the spending. As we reported some months ago, when Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Dean Barrow presented his 2015 budget speech – right after the ruling United Democratic Party swept all but one town in the Municipal Elections – Barrow had given notice that he would return at mid-year with a set of supplementary appropriation bills. Barrow said that the proposed 2015-2016 budget, which called for $1.068 billion in spending, “…cannot long survive the tectonic shift caused by last week’s results,” and added that “…the political muscularity of the voters must be matched by the spending muscularity of the Government.” On Friday, June 26, Barrow was back in Parliament with the promised supplementary budgets, but there was no debate on the bills, because the Opposition walked out in protest of a decision by the Speaker, Michael Peyrefitte, to put Senator Patrick Andrews out the House meeting for laughing too loudly while UDP Collet area representative Patrick Faber gave account of spending of Petrocaribe funds for a recent family day. Today, however, the Opposition made a strong showing in the Senate debate.

    The greatest love of all
    Parishioners of the Spring of Living Water Pentecostal Church of God on the outskirts of San Ignacio Town are mourning the loss of fellow church member, Myra Carbajal, 38, of San Ignacio, who died as a consequence of a tragic freak accident that occurred outside their church last night. Police said that at around 8:20 p.m. yesterday, Wednesday, they were called out to the aforementioned church, which is located near Mile 59 on the George Price Highway, where they observed Carbajal pinned under the front portion of a blue pickup which had hit a large metal sliding gate, along with five other persons – including one adult and four children, three of them hers – who were suffering from varying degrees of superficial injuries, at the entrance of the church. Carbajal – who was at the time positioned between the vehicle which had run into the gate and the church building – was extracted from the wreckage with the assistance of police officers and civilians, and rushed to the San Ignacio Town Hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries later that night while undergoing treatment.

    Boxing Federation Sunday Knockouts, June 28 at CET gym
    A couple dozen fans turned out this afternoon at the CET gym to support the Boxing Federation of Belize’s (BFB) ongoing effort to rejuvenate the sport of boxing in Belize. BFB President, Moses Sulph, while expressing appreciation for the volunteering effort of doctor in attendance, Dr. James Williams; referee Roberto Ordonez; and judges Roberto Ordonez, Jr., Elton Anderson, Leshawn Pollard and Francis Henkis; made a call for more corporate and government support to the Federation, which is doing its best with very limited resources. “We need equipment,” said Moses, lamenting the fact that a pair of boxing gloves was recently stolen from the gym. After the singing of the national anthem, the ringside bell was tolled ten times in memory of recently passed veteran Belize City boxer, Henry Gill; and then the action began.

    Stann Creek District Wamule Cup Championship Finale
    This Sunday is the Wamule Cup championship finals at the Ecumenical Football Field. In semifinal action on Sunday, July 28, game 1 saw Umadagu FC with the 2-1 victory over New Site FC. Abraham Chavez (18’) and Earl Cacho (61’) shook the net for Umadagu, while Darnell Swazo (62’) scored for New Site. And in game 2, Hope Creek Pumas dropped Hopkins, 3-1, with a goal apiece from Kieran Fernandez (48’), Joseph Brooks (75’) and Raymond Peters (85’); while the sole tally for Hopkins was by Tony Avila (54’). With the semifinal round completed, we now move into the finals. The third place match will be followed by the final to crown the Wamule Cup 2015-2016 Champion of Champions. Sunday, July 5 2:00 p.m. – (3rd place) Hopkins FC vs New Site FC 4:00 p.m. – (championship) Hope Creek Pumas vs Umadagu FC

    BDBA Firms Basketball update

    Judo Association of Belize holds 1st All Belize Judo Championships
    The Judo Association of Belize (JAB) has brought to Belize the First All Belize Judo Championships, which opened just over a half hour late at 10:35 a.m. due to last minute registrations, but wound up finishing on time at around 2:00 p.m., with Referees and Judges Franz Menzies (President), Leon Guild (General Secretary) and Juan Card (Vice- President) initially officiating, and Event Coordinator Remus Betancourt helping to ensure a smooth tournament. In the intervening 3 ½ hours however, the full house audience was treated to an action packed Judo Championships, starting with the youngest kids who proved to be the bravest at throwing themselves, literally, into action. The outstanding young judoka to emerge victorious from Category 1 of the Kids Division was Christopher Young, who came away with the Gold Medal Award. Shaheed Perez won Silver, and Ronan Solis came up with Bronze. In Category 2 of the Kids Division, Leandro Hegar emerged victorious with Gold, Sebastian Garcia took Silver, and Nishan Martin settled for the Bronze.

    The Maya and Christianity
    Myles incident should have taken place in a Maya village called Santa Cruz. There was a village called Chan Santa Cruz in the southeastern part of Yucatan before the Caste War broke out in 1847. As the Caste War became extended, the Maya rebels made Chan Santa Cruz their retreat and stronghold, whereupon they re-named the village Noh Cah Santa Cruz. There, the Maya held their rebellion together with a kind of religion called “The Talking Cross.” Today, what was once Noh Cah Santa Cruz is a town called Felipe Carrillo Puerto. Thousands and thousands of Belizeans pass through Felipe Carrillo Puerto every Easter on their way to and from the Mexican resort city of Cancun, but, regrettably, there are only a very few Belizeans who know the historical importance of the area and its relevance to Belize. Remember now, when we speak of the Maya of Noh Cah Santa Cruz, we are talking about Yucatec Maya, whereas the Maya of Toledo today are mostly Kek’chi and Mopan Maya. The legendary Jesus Ken, a descendant of the Santa Cruz Maya of the Yucatan, has told this newspaper that the Maya were never a monolithic nation, that there were at least twelve or thirteen different Maya nations. Also, the territory we call Mexico today sustained different Indigenous peoples who were not Maya, such as the Aztecs, the Toltecs, the Olmecs, the Yaqui, and so on. But, the Yucatan itself for centuries after Columbus was a territory unto itself. In fact, you should note that until modern times, it was much easier to travel by sea from the Yucatan to Texas than to travel from the Yucatan to Mexico City, the capital of Mexico. Both the Yucatan and Texas were Spanish possessions, and they both had a history of secessionist tendencies with respect to, first, New Spain, and later, to federal Mexico. Eventually, Texas ended up as a state of the United States in the mid-nineteenth century, around the same time that the Caste War broke out in the Yucatan.

    From the Publisher
    I’ve lived long enough to see the United Democratic Party (UDP) achieve the kind of exalted power which the People’s United Party (PUP) enjoyed in the 1960s and for some of the 1970s. There is a danger to our Belizean democracy which arises from exalted power. That danger involves the fusion of police power with street power, and I will go on to explain what I mean. In the summer of 2003, Ralph Fonseca’s power had grown so immense that he could send underworld elements after me. My wife is not a coward, but she was scared. The civilian citizen in such a desperate situation like mine at that point, turns to the police. But Ralph was in charge of the police. I could not make contact with Carmen Zetina, who was then the Commissioner of Police. The senior police officer I managed to make contact with, treated me in such an offhand manner that I came to a certain conclusion. In early 1978, I had experienced a similar situation with Deputy Premier of Belize, C. L. B. Rogers. The era of Mr. Rogers’ power was the first time Belize saw street power and police power in the hands of the same man. At the point when a specific underworld thug began stepping on me, I was supposedly in alliance with the ruling PUP. When I mentioned the situation to Mr. Rogers, I concluded from his response that the underworld thug perhaps had his blessing.

    The odds against us are greater, says De La Fuente
    After also enduring acts of kidnapping and terrorism at the hands of the Guatemalan military, the Northern Territorial Volunteers stand in full solidarity with the brave men and women of the Belize military, who stood resolute against the Guatemalan military on May 29, 2015. Our military men and women can now attest to the Guatemalan military bullying of Belizeans while our Belizean Government seemingly continues to apologize for their violations. This appeasing action towards Guatemala has placed Belize in a precarious situation. It will now take an intelligent and patriotic leader and a resolute populace to take Belize out of this position of weakness. The odds against us are greater, and more is a stake than during the pre-independence era. Belizeans, wake up and unite in calling out Government to be resolute in its actions against the invaders.

    The “GREAT” effort to curb the influence of gangs on school youth
    The community policing arm of the Belize Police Department today held a graduation ceremony at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts for another 464 students from Belize City who took part in its ongoing Gang Resistance Educational and Training (GREAT) program. Since its inception in 2011, the focus of the gang and violence prevention program – which is facilitated by some 90 trained police officers – has been to provide meaningful intervention for schoolchildren who might be inclined to juvenile delinquency and/or gang membership not only in Belize City, where gangs are prevalent, but also in different parts of the country, since it also addresses the often difficult family life and other personal issues affecting young persons within the primary and high school system. “It is important that when a student goes through these challenges, there is someone that they can lean on, and that’s our police officers who can assist in helping them to be a better person for tomorrow”, said Officer in Charge of Community Policing at Precinct 2, Eastern Division, Sergeant Brent Hamilton.

    New HIV infections in Belize lowest since 1998
    Information just received from the Ministry of Health indicates that the number of new HIV infections recorded in Belize for 2014, totaling 221, was the lowest since 1998, when 184 new cases were recorded. According to the TB, HIV/AIDS & other STIs 2014 Statistical Report, this represents a decrease of 20% when compared to 2013 data. “This continued trend of decreasing new infections reported as of 2007, in light of continued increasing total number of tests being done, highlights the relative success of the programme in the scaling up of its strategies and efforts,” the report said. Of note is that HIV transmission among homosexual males exceeded transmission among heterosexuals. The data indicate that more than 65% of the new HIV cases were in men who have sex with men (MSM), some of whom also transmitted HIV to their female partners. The second largest affected group are heterosexuals who have casual relations (roughly 22%), and the third largest are heterosexuals in stable relationships (accounting for less than 10%).

    First ever child-friendly Family Court inaugurated in PG
    For the first time, Family Court matters will be dealt with outside Belize City, and to facilitate that process, a first-of-its-kind court with child-friendly features was officially inaugurated today in Punta Gorda Town, Toledo District. The two-storey building includes two child-friendly interview rooms, two one-way mirror rooms, and a play area, and was the product of a joint 3-year project between the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Supreme Court called “Promoting Children’s Access to Justice” which, we understand, is aimed at establishing a child-friendly justice system in Belize. As part of that project, new policies and procedures have been developed to respect children’s rights and needs as part of an institutional reform of the court system to protect children involved in court cases. The reform is a comprehensive strategy, which encompasses the provision of adequate physical infrastructure, as well as capacity building, and thus included child justice training sessions for Belize’s judges and magistrates. “Today marks the day when the spirit of the Family Court legislation is given new significance… It is intended that this facility will offer the services required to respond to and respect the needs of children”, said Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin, in concluding his remarks at the opening of the building.

    Cop beaten unconscious by thief, who then stole his car
    Constable Jason Hall, of Precinct 3 Police in Belize City, is presently fighting for his life at the intensive care unit of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) due to head injuries he suffered as a result of being beaten in the head with a piece of wood by a thief who had pretended to be a Good Samaritan. Hall is unconscious, and has been listed as being in a critical but stable condition. The incident which led to his injuries occurred at about 8:00 yesterday morning. Police reported that PC Hall, who was in his uniform, was travelling in his car from Orange Walk to work at Precinct 3 at the Queen Street Police Station in Belize City, when on arriving at Rhaburn Ridge Village in the Belize District, his car suffered a blowout. While Hall was changing his wheel, a man came up to assist him. After the wheel had been changed and the policeman was getting into his car, he turned his back on the helper, and the man hit him in the head with a piece of wood, causing the policeman to become unconscious on the roadside. The thief then stole Hall’s car and drove toward Orange Walk Town.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Maya’s Cool Spot hit by armed robbers
    San Ignacio police are at the scene of an apparent armed robbery of a business in Santa Elena Town, Cayo District. Around 9:30 tonight, two masked men entered Maya’s Cool Spot in Santa Elena the corner of George Price Avenue and the low-lying wooden bridge. They demanded money from owner […]

    National debt approaching $2.3 billion; Venezuela now Belize’s largest bilateral creditor
    The Central Bank of Belize reports that at the end of 2014, Belize’s national external debt was closing in on $2.3 billion, with some $84 million due on the cumulative interest rate of 3.7%. The restructured 2008 “Superbond” now stands at 46.8% of the total external debt, with […]

    IACHR questions arrest of Maya leaders
    The Inter American Commission of Human Rights has written Attorney General and Minister of Foreign Affairs over the arrest of Maya Leaders Alliance spokesperson Cristina Coc and 12 residents of Santa Cruz, Toledo District. In the July 1 letter the IACHR officially asks for information on the whereabouts, […]

    Katy Sealy leads Belize contingent in C.A. Games
    British Belizean athlete Katy Sealy beat competitors from Guatemala and Nicaragua to the gold medal in women’s heptathlon at the Central American Games in Nicaragua. Sealy scored 4,614 to 4,361 for Ruth Merida of Guatemala and 3,599 for Nicaragua’s Maria Briceño. Sealy also holds the new national record for javelin throw […]

    Woman’s stabbed body found in P.G. apartment
    Police in Punta Gorda are investigating an apparent murder, that of labour officer Juana Cardinez. Cardinez’s body was said to have been discovered on Friday morning in an apartment at the corner of Jose Maria Nunez and King Streets, showing apparent stab wounds. Not much is known at this time […]

    Police detain girl and young man in Desmond Usher disappearance/murder
    Hattieville police have closed in on two suspects as they continue to investigate the disappearance and apparent subsequent murder of 23 year old Desmond Usher Myers, also known as “Mumuch.” An underage girl and a 21 year old man are reported to be in police custody at this time. Usher […]

    17 year old goes missing in Ladyville
    The mother of 17 year old Loani Alvarez of Ladyville says she fears for her daughter’s life after she left home last Thursday, June 25. Alvarez’s mother, Marisela Galdamez, says that Loani called her about 10 minutes after she reported her missing at the Ladyville police station, saying that she […]

    Cuban Immigrants intercepted in Orange Walk
    Reports reaching our newsroom are that a group of Cuban immigrants were intercepted on the Orange Walk By-pass by authorities. Information is still sketchy but BMG was informed by a reliable source that the men were traveling in a taxi van with Corozal license plates. This is a developing story […]

    Hon. Castro discontinues lawsuit against Channel 5 and Alvarine Burgess
    Reports reaching our news desk is that Hon. Edmond “Clear the Land” Castro and his attorney Rodwell Williams have decided to discontinue with the case against Channel 5 and Alvarine Burgess on the lawsuit for defamation. While there is no official judgment both Channel 5 and Alvarine Burgess were granted […]

    Punta Gorda Police find dead woman in an apartment
    Reports reaching our newsroom are that police in Punta Gorda found a female body in an apartment. This is a developing story and we will be updating as more information becomes available. This is a developing story and we will be updating it as more information becomes available.

    Guatemalan fugitive apprehended in Orange Walk Town
    Yesterday, authorities in Orange Walk Town apprehended Lefron Aldana, a Guatemalan fugitive who is wanted in his home country for murder. According to reports, Aldana was living in the outskirts of Yo Creek Village and was arrested at his home by Orange Walk Police. This is a developing story and […]


    Mystic River Resort: Something Special Carved Out of the Jungle
    About 8 years ago, a tiny lady bought a large piece of gorgeous jungle on the Macal River and decided to build a resort. She and her new husband Tom (both former residents of Ambergris Caye, Belize – a far cry from the jungle) set out to carve their own world – on over 180 acres. And they did it…absolutely beautifully. Mystic River Resort, just outside the tiny village of Cristo Rey, is set in the broad leaf “jungle” right on the wide Macal River – about a two hour drive directly west from Belize City. Once you hit San Igancio, you turn up hill and into higher elevations…and a totally different landscape. One that can change in just a few feet. It is perfectly situated for all sorts of adventures…from trips to the the Mayan sites like Caracol and Tikal to ATM Cave (which I NEED to tell you about) to one of a kind Polaris trips to water falls and secret caves.

    International Sourcesizz

    Tyler resident runs for 12 hours to send 2 kids on Belize mission trip
    Tyler resident and father of two, Paul Bradshaw, took a message from his associate pastor to heart and ran with it — literally. Bradshaw ran in a 12-hour run at Chapel Hill High School’s track beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, after raising $3,600 — enough money to send two kids to Belize for a missionary trip with Friendly Baptist Church later this month. “Do what you can, where you are, with what you have, for the Glory of God was the message that stuck with me,” Bradshaw said. “I couldn’t go on a missionary trip myself and couldn’t personally fund someone to go, but I have two legs that work, so I challenged my friends to donate money for me to run.” This is Bradshaw’s second year to raise funds for a missionary trip with his church. Last year, enough money was raised to send two kids on the trip — an accomplishment that meant Bradshaw ran a 31-mile trail race in June and then another 100 miles on his own later in the year. Luckily, many of his friends came to the 100-mile run and donated their miles to the cause, too, and all together they ran more than 150 miles that day.


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    July 3, 2015

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    The San Pedro Sun

    Sly Dog wins the Dia de San Pedro Fishing Rodeo!
    Eight vessels participated in the annual Dia de San Pedro Fishing Rodeo held on Sunday, June 28th. From 6AM, island fishermen were out at sea, casting their lines in hopes of reeling in the big ones. By 4PM, a large crowd of spectators had gathered at the Boca del Rio Park to await the vessels coming in with their day’s catch. Qualifying fish in the tournament were required to be above a certain weight and of the listed species: snapper, jack, barracuda, Spanish mackerel, king fish, wahoo, dorado, tuna and grouper. All fish caught by those on vessel were jointly weighed to get one cumulative weight. The team with the highest weight would take home the grand prize of a Honda Motorcycle. Taking the first place prize of the Honda Storm Motorcycle with license and registration was team ‘Sly Dog’, captained by Robby Guerrero. Captain Guerrero and his crew managed to pull in an outstanding 179.9 pounds of fish. In second place was team ‘Fishing Unlimited’ with 170.75 pound and captained by Hilberto Lara. They walked away with $2,000. ‘Bill Collector’, captained by Alberto Bradley, took the third place prize of $1,000 with a cumulative weight of 164 pounds of fish. Individual cash prizes were also given for the largest tuna, largest snapper, largest dorado, largest barracuda, largest grouper and youngest angler on board a vessel.

    Leovijildo ‘Leoli’ Varela tragically lost at sea
    Tragedy struck Varela’s Cargo Service Limited on Thursday, June 25th, when owner and tug boat captain, 80-year-old Leovijildo ‘Leoli’ Varela was lost at sea and is yet to be found. The incident occurred sometime around 9PM, when the vessel experienced problems while trying to dock at the Port of Belize, In Belize City. Several searches for Varela was conducted, but on Sunday, June 28th, the Belize National Coast Guard (BCG) concluded the search declaring Varela dead. While family members in San Pedro are still in shock, they have accepted the death of their loved one and are now in the process of planning a memorial service. According to initial reports, due to inclement weather conditions, the crew had detached the barge from the tug boat, “San Vicente”, to avoid colliding with the pier. But the heavy rains and rough water conditions caused the tug boat to swerve, crashing into the barge where Varela was on deck. The force of the impact sent him overboard and Varela did not resurface. Crew members claim that they saw blood in the water immediately after the incident, which led to speculation that Varela might have suffered some sort of trauma, which prevented him from resurfacing.

    Costa Maya Festival® Presents: Miss Nicaragua! Grupo Ladron confirmed for 2015 International Costa Maya Festival®
    It is official! The International Costa Maya Festival® will be hosting Grupo Ladron as its international artist on Saturday, August 8th. Be sure to get ready to storm the festival grounds at the Honorable Louis “Cuz” Sylvestre Sporting Arena in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye for a night of romantic ballads. Group Ladron is a Mexican musical “Grupero” romantic group that formed in Nuevo Leon, Monterrey in 1991. It is currently composed of Sergio Villarreal (vocals), Orlando Contreras (drums), Jorge Salas (keyboard) and Raul Zambrano (bass). They became a musical sensation with their international hit song ‘Tú me quieres lastimar’, launched in 1992 by Discos Sabinas. Of course, their music spans the decades (and generations), and will be sure to bring memories for those who attend. Also bringing memories will be our third contestant looking to represent her beautiful country of Nicaragua at the Reina de la Costa Maya® Pageant. Yuliset de Los Angeles Sotelo Laguna is a 22-year-old Business Administrator who stands at 5’5”. The lovely brunette enjoys dancing, listening music, family outings, reading (magazines), modeling, traveling and visiting new places.

    Ambergris Today

    Grupo Ladron to Highlight Costa Maya: Meet Miss Nicaragua
    El Grupo Ladron has been booked by the Costa Maya Festival to highlight International Night and bring their romantic grupero vibes to Saturday night, August 8, 2015. The group fits the line of entertainment provided by the festival highlight and conclude the three-day festival that takes place annually in August. El Grupo Ladron is one the most successful Mexican groups in the romantic grupero musical category. They originated in Monterrey, Mexico and it was the song ‘Tu me Quieres Lastimar’ that launched them to international status and win awards in countries including Chile, Argentina, Paraguay, Guatemala, Mexico, Belize and the United States of America, among others. Grupo Ladron’s music is categorized as Grupero, regional Mexicano, Balada and Cumbia.

    Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

    4th of July All Day BEACH BASH
    Tomorrow at 11:00am AMBER Beach Bar & Grill in San Pedro, Belize

    San Pedro Junior College Now Accepting Applications for New School Year

    Caracol Demolished
    Joe Awe wrote an article, coinciding with the BAAS, about the 'star wars' between Caracol and Naranjo. Well done. "Throughout the central part of of Central America sat these great cities built by one of the greatest American civilisations. These people dared taming the vindictive tropical forests within which they would create history. In a place such as this one, alliances were key to survival. Not only for the particular destinies of kings but more importantly, for an entire civilisation."

    Western Spirit Dominates 2015 Nationals
    Congratulations, Ron and Liam, for winning the 2015 Nationals. Western Spirit did really well all around. Pictures here, and here, and here. "To all western spirit fans Ron Vasquez and Liam Stewart made us proud yesterday by becoming the elite and master champion of the country! Also Nissan Aranna a new member of the western spirit place 2nd in the elite road race and Tyson Pyne second in the elite time trail!"

    Channel 7

    Arenal Man Viciously Chopped To Death
    The body of 58 year-old laborer Pedro Garcia, a resident of Arenal Village, was found just outside of San Ignacio Town on the Bullet Tree Road. Police observed multiple chop wounds on the face, hands, and neck area. At this time, it appears that he was attacked there and left to die, but at this time, there is no explanation as to why he was viciously chopped. Our news team was in San Ignacio Town today, and Courtney Weatherburne reports: Courtney Weatherburne reporting Only this blotched patch of grass and twigs remains after yesterday's murder 58 year old Pedro Garcia was killed in this empty lot early yesterday morning and his body was left among these bushes now stained with his blood Garcia's body laid there all day, partially shaded by this. It's only until the early afternoon that his body was found. According to a witness, he takes this shortcut to work every day…But yesterday - his daily route led him to this horrific discovery. Voice of Witness "I was coming to work about 2:30pm yesterday evening when walking through here when one person came running frightened saying that he found a dead man. He was trembling. I came and saw the body there chopped up right there."

    A Mother Sacrifices Her Life For Her Children
    Also from Cayo, a mother sacrificed her life for her kids. 38 year-old Myra Carbajal, a resident of Santa Elena had just come out of a meeting at her church last night when a vehicle broke down the iron gate and slammed into her in the church compound. Carbajal was standing by the entrance of the church and the vehicle pinned her against the church. Seeing the vehicle coming towards her she grabbed onto and covered about 5 kids who were near the door. It's a story of both heroism and sorrow, and our news team found out more today. Courtney Weatherburne spoke with the police and her family: Courtney Weatherburne reporting A small altar was placed on the living room table in the Carbajal's Santa Elena house this afternoon. This candle was burning in the memory of accident victim 38 year old Myra Carbajal. Her pictures were placed on either side and the bible was open to the page with her favorite verse. While this altar displays may portray a peaceful scene, but in the background pain and agony overshadows. Elaida Carbajal, Sister "Yesterday I was at home in San Pedro and my cousin called me and she told me that Myra was in an accident. I ask her what had happened and she said that Myra was coming out of the church and a car hot her, but she didn't tell me anything else. Then she called me back and then she said Myra is dead, come quick. I told her that my sister cannot be dead, because I was just there a couple of days ago and I call and then they told me that the doctor said that she was dead already. I feel it a lot. She is my sister. I love her so much. My little niece and nephew also got hurt. We just have to be strong."

    Owen Parham Convicted Of Burglary; Gets More Jail Time
    Santa Elena resident Owen Parham is already spending time in prison for firearms convictions, but today, he got more bad news when he found out that he will get more jail time. That's because he was convicted of burglary today in the San Ignacio Magistrate's Court. The Prosecutor made the case against him that on July 24, 2012, he broke in to the home of Shahira McKoy in Camalote Village. Once inside, he stole $4,436 in cash. It seems a simple enough case to prove, but the law enforcement had a tough time with him as a defendant because he fled Belize before any criminal action could be taken against him. He only faced prosecution after he was deported in 2014.

    Donicio's Third Murder Trial
    Right now, a jury of 12 is deliberating today in the court of the Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin to see if it can reach a verdict for 30 year old Donicio Salazar, aka "Life', who charged with the murder of Rodney Richard August. The incident occurred between 2:30 and 3 p.m. on June 28, 2004. According to the evidence, August was sitting on the bank of the Macal River in San Ignacio socializing with a female friend, Janelle Longsworth, when his assailant chopped him in his back. August succumbed to his injury shortly after 11 P.m. at Western Regional Hospital. Before he died he told 3 persons that it was "Life" who chopped him. The 3 persons testified. They included his mother, Elizabeth Mejia, Justice of the Peace Desol Neal and Pedro Ical, who was a police corporal at the time. In his defence, Salazar testified that at the time of the incident he was at home recovering from a stab wound he had received about a month before the incident. He called 2 witnesses to support his alibi. They included his mother, Soledad Salazar, and Verona Chacon, a family friend. Both of them said that Salazar was at home at the time of the incident.

    A Gun At Sea
    Tonight, Belize City Police have 6 men in custody, while they are preparing firearms charges for them after they were allegedly caught at sea by the Coast Guard with an unlicensed firearm. 21-year-old Everon Teck, 43-year-old Emilio Camara, 29-year-old Geovanni Murillo, 52-year-old Goldburn Goff, 21-year-old Dion Usher, and 33-year-old Jerome Bowen were on Turneffe Island today when a Coast Guard team decided to search their camp. That led the officers to find a 9 mm pistol, and so, all 6 men were detained and transported to the Coast Guard Base. They were handed over to police who are preparing charges for them them. They will be arraigned at the earliest convenience.

    The Salary Adjustment Causes An Expansion Of The Wage Bill
    Government's wage bill - every year it represents a huge chunk of the national budget and over the past two years it went up by almost one fifth. That's a result of the wage increase given to teachers and public officers in successive years. How much does it all cost? The prime minister and minister of finance gave an overview at Friday's house sitting: Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister "Our teachers and public servants, our police officers and soldiers - all 12,000 of them will benefit from an 8% salary increase and for most, 10.5% salary surge when the annual increments are taken into account. The value of this upward salary adjustment is estimated at an astonishing $43 million dollars for fiscal year 2015/2016. This $43 million is one and half times larger than the size of last year's salary increase and increment. In that fiscal year 2014/2015, teachers and public officer shared a bounty of $29 million dollars more in salaries and increments, representing at that time a 6% salary increase in addition to the 2.5% increment. So then in 2 fiscal years since a partnership was forged between Government and the unions, this UDP administration will deliver a cumulative 19% salary and increment increase for teachers and public officers. The equivalent of $72 million more in the collective pockets of public servants."

    The Sugar Season Soon Close
    Keeping on unfinished House business, the Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources announced last Friday that the Sugar Season is coming to a close. He declared that even though there is less sugar cane delivered when compared to last year, more sugar was produced. Here's his explanation in the House of Representatives: Hon. Gaspar Vega - Ministry of Natural Resources/Agriculture "Last year we milled 1,152,000 tons of sugarcane and produced a 125 thousand tons of sugar. It is clear that this year the cane farmers and the entire industry is having a huge increase in production of sugar. At the end of the day we won't be able to deliver as much sugarcane than last year but by far reproducing much more sugar. Mr. Speaker, last year in the 2010/2011 crop, we delivered 843,786 metric tons and this year to the 24th of June we have delivered 1 million 63 thousand 148 tons of sugar cane. We have been falling short almost a 100 thousand tons of sugar compared to last year. The crop this year is going to come to a closure 1 day prior to last year's. So we are not going to be able to blame the weather. It's simply because of the lateness on the start of the end of crop."

    Wally Garbutt: Educator, Philosopher, Fisherman... Politician?
    On Tuesday's newscast, we told you about the vacant post created when Melvin Hulse resigned as the Stann Creek West Standard Bearer for the UDP. Delroy Cuthkelvin wants to run in a convention to replace him, but the Prime Minister says that he ought not to. The man who the PM hopes will emerge victorious is career Educator Walter Garbutt. He undoubtedly has the respect of the Prime Minister, and so, that piqued our interest to find out what type of man he is. That opportunity presented itself last night, and we asked him why politics now, while he's in his 60's. He explained it to us: Walter Garbutt - Aspirant, UDP Standard Bearer, Stann Creek West "My profession, my career, my passion: education and fishing and I have had the best of both worlds. I spent 50 years in education and I am 65. I'll be 66 next week Wednesday and I am so proud of my age and I have spent about sixty five and a half years fishing. So, I've been fishing longer than I've been teaching." "It was difficult. Even now sometimes I almost had a nightmare about a night or two ago, because I was getting into politics - "really all that crowd and that noise and I am not accustomed to that, but Stann Creek West calls and if Stann Creek West or Toledo East or that kind of area calls me - Belize call.

    A Garbage Problem In The City's Secondary Market?
    For some time now, we've been receiving low profile grumbling from the fruit and vegetable vendors who set up shop in the open Belize City lot owned by Arun Hotchandani. That's right next to the Michael Finnegan Market, and the complaints have been that there is an unsanitary buildup of garbage. So we went out to see it for ourselves over the last two days. We spoke with a few of the personalities who frequent the area, and they told us what's been causing unsanitary situation where food is being sold: Brian Reneau - Customer "I think the market is in deplorable condition. The vendors pay their money every week and Government have to send help to send the health department in here. You see all the dirt in here and the stench all over the place. This is not humane. I think they should sent some health inspectors to see what is happening in here." Javier Cocom - Customer "The proper authorities they are not doing their job because time and again I go and come from San Pedro. I would pass by to buy some fruits and things, but looking at this whole mess here, it doesn't give me that enticing thing to buy food and vegetables because to me it's not healthy. So I guess that proper authorities should look into it and do something because I have a friend here also. He says that he pays his dues so that the place could look good."

    Loani Is Missing; Mother Frets
    A 17 year old girl is missing. Loani Alvarez left her Ladyville home last week Thursday morning and hasn't returned since. According to her mother - Marisela Galdamez, Loani called her moments after she left home that Thursday to assure her that she was okay. But it was yesterday's phone call that has Galdamez in distress. Galdamez came to our studios this morning to plead for her daughter's safe return home. Marisela Galdamez, Mother of missing girl "Last Thursday, I left home 8:10 am and when I came around 8:20 am she was missing already." Reporter "So, that same morning you came back....?" Marisela Galdamez, Mother of missing girl "The same morning. Yes, I went to the Ladyville Police Station to do the report. Now, she called me 10 minutes after I did the report. She called me and told me that she was waiting for the bus and then she shut down the phone. Then she called station and said she's with a friend but she didn't say where."

    A COMBI-nation Program To Eradicate Vector Borne Diseases
    In recent years the number of new cases of infection from dengue have been low, but the Ministry of Health is trying to eradicate it completely. For that, they need the public's help, and so, they're trying to change the behaviors which causes the perfect breeding grounds for the disease vector, the mosquito. Today, the Central Health Region held a workshop to unveil a new program funded by the European Union. The Health Officials explained more: The program is being rolled out countrywide.

    The Unceasing Petro-Tacos Debate
    Petro patronage… right now, the debate over the misuse of the Petrocaribe money - whether real or perceived - is focused on the Mother's Day Cheer Program… And, Collet Area Rep., Patrick Faber remains the point of the debate - or ridicule - depending on who you're talking to, simply because he decided to host a Mother's Day outing in the Corozal Bay. It came up once again at yesterday's Senate Debate, and here's what the representatives from both sides of the floor had to say about it: SO, that's the new term for it, Petro-tacos, and while she had the opportunity, PUP's Lead Senator took a jab at Godwin Hulse, the Senator in charge of Government Business. She was quite candid in her criticism of his recent positions as a member of the Barrow Administration:

    Channel 5

    58 year old Naturalized Belizean Murdered in San Ignacio
    There has only been one murder in San Ignacio since the start of the year, but the body of a man was found on Wednesday afternoon in the area of [...]

    Mother Killed in Peculiar Accident While Saving Children
    A peculiar accident claimed the life of a mother and left two of her children and two others injured on Wednesday night in Santa Elena, Cayo. It happened at a [...]

    Arrests of Maya Leaders Goes Before the O.A.S. Human Rights Commission
    The arrest on June twenty third, 2015 of Maya Leaders Alliance spokesperson Cristina Coc and twelve other residents of Santa Cruz Village has become an international issue. The Inter-American Commission [...]

    Jury Deliberates in Murder Trial of Dionicio Salazar
    The trial for murder against thirty year old Dionicio Salazar started on June twenty-second before Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin. And at noon today, a jury of six men and six [...]

    Protest in Orange Walk
    The La Inmaculada Credit Union, headquartered in Orange Walk, is one of the largest in the country. It has assets around fifty million and about twenty-one thousand members, but it [...]

    Nolle Pros – Brian Welch Freed of Attempted Murder Charge
    In the Supreme Court before Justice Troadio Gonzalez, the office of the D.P.P. entered a nolle prosequi in the case against twenty-eight year old Brian Welch of Belize City. He [...]

    Coastguard Detain 6 Men on Turneffe Caye for Unlicensed Firearm
    Six men are in custody tonight in respect of an unlicensed firearm found on Turneffe Caye. The men were detained by the Belize Coast Guard on the caye and handed [...]

    The Testy Back and Forth Between Senators Thimbrel and Shoman
    And inside the Senate on Wednesday, things got testy between Senators Thimbrel and Shoman. The U.D.P. senator said that the “U.D.P. Government” is spending the monies wisely and that the [...]

    Senator Shoman on Petrocaribe Tacos
    And there is no debate of Petrocaribe without the now famous ‘tacos and beer’ trip to Corozal. Well, in the senate, Senator Godwin Hulse justified the use of Petrocaribe funds [...]

    Senator Joy Grant Speaks on Petrocaribe
    And whether it sounded like a debate or not, things were a bit calmer when Senator Joy Grant presented. She served up the usual figures and little political jabs here [...]

    Breaking News – Dionicio Salazar Not Guilty of Murder
    And just before seven o’clock tonight, Dionicio Salazar learnt his fate in his third trial for the murder of Rodney August. As we said earlier in the newscast, a jury [...]

    A Bumper Sugar Crop
    The 2015 sugar cane crop, which started very late in January, will close next week Tuesday, July seventh at six pm. The opening was delayed by hostile negotiations between the [...]

    Vendors Complain About Condition of the Pound Yard Market
    The area comprising the Pound Yard Private Market, the Michael Finnegan Market and the Bus Terminal is busy all the time. That’s the main hub where commuters come and go, [...]

    Primary School Teachers Look for an Alternative to the Rod
    With the removal of physical punishment from primary schools across the country in 2013, there has been a need for administrators and teachers to employ a proactive approach to student [...]

    MOE Says More Teachers to be Trained
    The initiative was designed to offer information, training and support to schools.  It commenced in the 2014/2015 academic year with twelve schools.  The introductory step continues to grow and principals, [...]

    Healthy Living Puts to Rest Concerns about Sleepless Nights
    If you suffer from insomnia you know all too well the devastating effects it can have on your body. There’s a difference though, between, having a rough couple of nights [...]


    Guatemalan Fugitive Captured In Yo Creek Village
    Tonight, one of Guatemala's most wanted fugitives is in police custody. Based on information received, Orange Walk Police apprehended Lefron Aldana of Guatemala who absconded from authorities in that City after allegedly committing a murder. Information is still sketchy at this time but we understand that Aldana was found living in the outskirts of Yo Creek Village. We do not know if he was living alone or for how long he has been living in the village. But what we can tell you is that authorities descended to the village, found the area and with a warrant in hand searched the home. Inside police found Aldana’s Guatemalan passport and he was immediately taken into custody. It is not yet known when exactly Aldana entered the country. We will have more on this story in tomorrow newscast.

    LICU Conducts Press Briefing
    And while we could not get comment from Gomez, we did manage to get a few words out of the chairlady of LICU’s board of directors, Ena Martinez. But on this instance, we were not allowed to ask any questions since she read from a prepared a statement. Here is that clip… “Today a handful of the close friends and families of Mrs. Gomez participated in a small protest across from our offices in Orange Walk Town. We wish to remind our members that we are currently investigating some of the actions and decisions that were taken by Mrs. Gomez at the Institution, currently both the Central Bank of Belize and the Auditors are reviewing the information we have provide to them, once the review is completed by the various departments our Attorneys will advices us accordingly and we understand that this should be completed soon , we do not wish to make any formal statements at this point in time until the review by the Auditors is completed, we believe in full accountability and we will come to our membership as soon as the investigation is completed. The board takes it mandate very seriously and every action taken is always for the best interest of our membership and our staff, we are pleased to inform that we have reviewed our performance from April 1st 2015 to June 30th 2015 and we continue to enjoy our usual impressive growth thanks to the unwavering support and patronage and thousands of our members who have visited our office for this financial quarter.”

    Police Attacker Slapped With Few Charges
    On Monday we told you about an attack suffered by police constable Jason Hall and tonight, he remains at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. The good news is that police have arrested and charged his attacker who was identified yesterday as 28 year old Darren Gillett, a Belize City resident. Yesterday, Gillett appeared before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie and was slapped with a slew of charges including Attempted Murder, Use of Deadly Means of Harm, Dangerous Harm and Robbery. For context, Hall reported to police that the vehicle he was travelling in from Corozal to go to Belize City suffered a blow-out at mile 37 on the Philip Goldson Highway. Reports are that a man, who police believe to be Gillett, assisted Hall in fixing the tire and allegedly shortly after attacked him with a gas tank. Hall’s injuries were classified as severe as he was hit multiple times on the head and face area. Police say Gillett then robbed Hall of his cell phone and $450 dollars and made good his escape in his Mazda vehicle. During the ordeal, there were several persons that witnessed the attack and assisted police in identifying Gillett. A day later, Gillett and the car were located on Pine Street in Orange Walk Town. Family members say they are worried for Hall’s prognosis since he hasn’t been able to eat. Hall has been working at precinct three of the Belize City police department for quite some time now.


    Annual football camp underway at MCC Grounds
    Stars Summer Camp is in session again this summer. The camp is a free two week camp and has morning and afternoon sessions. The two week camp looks to teach kids the basics of football, and gives them an enjoyable activity to keep them busy. Stanley Reneau, Coordinator “This summer camp is to teach football […]

    Residents say market area need urgent attention
    The media was called out early this morning to one of the markets near the Belize City bus terminal. Some market customers pointed to the private market situated at the pound yard. Vendors there complained of not only deplorable conditions but also of an unsanitary and unhealthy environment. Some customers voiced their concerns. Customers “I […]

    Man found guilty of burglary sentenced to seven years
    Thirty seven year old Owen Parham is tonight behind bars serving time for reportedly committing a burglary. His case was called up today at the Belmopan Magistrate’s court and in Santa Elena town he was sentenced to seven years imprisonment. We understand that his sentence is to run consecutively as he is already serving for […]

    Two persons charged for drug offences in the Stann Creek District
    Harry Arzu reporting… “During an anti-drug operation that was conducted this morning in Pomona Village in the Stann Creek district, Dangriga police have arrested and charged two persons for drug related offences. Police here say that about 7:30 am they conducted a search at the residence of 50 year old Martha Chaveria a vendor of […]

    Health personnel discuss strategy to fight vector diseases
    Ministry of health personnel engaged at a workshop to look at the COMBI project for Malaria and Dengue. Senior Public Health Inspector, Javier Alpuche said they are looking at preventative measures which includes behavioral changes. Javier Alpuche, Senior Pubic Health Inspector “We are here today working on our COMBI plan for the Belize district, let […]

    Motions debated
    Yesterday, the Senate ratified five motions during its meeting in Belmopan. A resolution was passed authorizing Belize to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhumane or Degrading Treatment or Punishment Motion 2015. Through this, Belize is committing that it will effectively address issues concerns the convention and allow, without […]

    Union Senator explains nonsupport of bills
    It was Adelaida’s Guerra first presentation at the Senate Meeting yesterday. Guerra represented the Unions and Civil Society as result of Senator Ray Davis being out of the country. Guerra who is the Vice President of the National Trade Union congress of Belize, voted against the Petro Caribe Amendment Bill and the two general revenue […]

    Church Senator calls for better accountability of public funds
    Yesterday the Senate met in Belmopan to debate several bills including the Petro Caribe Loans Amendment Bill and two general Revenue supplementary appropriation bills. While it was expected that the PUP Senators, the Senator for the Private Sector and Senator representing the Unions and Civil Society would vote against the bills and that the UDP […]

    San Ignacio Police investigate murder
    Police in San Ignacio are investigating the murder of 58-year-old Pedro Garcia nationalized Belizean of Arenal Village in Cayo. His body was discovered yesterday evening at around 3 o’clock in an open lot in the Lynette Perdomo Layout area in the vicinity of the San Ignacio Community Hospital. Deputy Commander of San Ignacio Police, Inspector […]

    BDF soldiers charged with drug offences
    Fem Cruz reporting… “According to police on Wednesday evening July 1 sometime around 5:49 pm, members of the mobile interdiction team were conducting vehicular checkpoints between mile 30 and 31 on the George Price Highway when a blue four door Ford Escort car that was coming from the direction of Belmopan to Belize City suddenly […]

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Jury deliberating the fate of Donicio Salazar
    A jury of 6 men and 6 women is deliberating today in the court of the Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin to see if it can reach a verdict for 30 year old Donicio Salazar, aka “Life’, charged with the murder of Rodney Richard August. The incident occurred between […]

    Annual regional testing initiative on HIV/AIDS
    Do you know your status? That is, are you positive or negative for HIV, the virus which causes AIDS? About 1% of Belizeans – 4,000 – are confirmed to have the virus but the number may be higher because many do not, in fact, know their status. On Wednesday in Belize City […]

    Body found on Bullet Tree Road is of Guatemalan National
    The dead body that San Ignacio Police discovered yesterday afternoon on Bullet Tree Road is of 58 year old Pedro Garcia, a Guatemalan National from the village of Arenal in the Cayo District. According to police reports, sometime after 3pm on Wednesday, they visited an area known as […]

    Senate meets on finance bills
    Both Supplementary Allocation Bills and the Petrocaribe Loans Act (Amendment) Bill, 2015, were narrowly passed by the upper chamber of the National Assembly, the Senate, which met in Belmopan. Executive of the National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB), Adelaida Guerra, was appointed a temporary Senator for this session to […]

    Santa Elena woman dies while saving kids in traffic accident
    The community of Santa Elena in the Cayo District is today in shock and sorrow after learning that a devoted mother sacrificed her life to save her children in a traffic accident. According to reports, the family was coming out of a church ceremony last night when an […]

    Buena Vista Water Board Under Investigation
    An investigation in the village of Buena Vista, Cayo continues today after allegations were made that Julio Castillo, the chairman of the water board of the village was stealing public funds. According to reports, suspicious cheques surfaced after the Chairman of the Village Council conducted his own investigation and alleged […]

    Darren Gillett arraigned in court for offenses against constable Jason Hall
    Police constable Jason Hall was traveling from his home in Corozal to work in Belize City when one of his vehicle tires blew out and a man who appeared to be a Good Samaritan stopped to render aid. That man then waited for the opportune time to assault the officer […]

    PM answers PUP questions about Guatemalans being given citizenship
    The meeting of the House of Representatives was interrupted on Friday when the members of the opposition stormed out of the house after an incident which was allegedly staged as a form of protest. Despite that incident, many topics were still touched in the sitting and one of the questions asked by […]

    LICU members hold peaceful demonstration in Orange Walk
    Armed with placards and signs, it was clear that these peaceful demonstrators are fed up with the way the La Inmaculada Credit Union is shutting them out. Members of the Union organized a demonstration to voice their discontentment and dissatisfaction at the way things are being handled […]

    An open letter to Peter Lawrence of Caribbean Villas Hotel
    With last week’s decision by the US Supreme Court to make same-sex marriage the law of the land in the US, it is more urgent than ever that we let the world know that We Are Belize. The US Supreme Court may be known as “supreme” […]


    Recap of June weather in Belize and 3 celebrations
    Slow season is upon us once again although it was not feeling so slow for a while due to my involvement with the Red Cross’ 3 back to back volunteer vacation groups. Which explains my absence of late, for some much needed R&R. Hosting the groups was fun but it wore me out. :) That, and I broke my baby toe opening night of lobster festival and have been in recuperation mode while it heals. Some days I look out over the calm water and flat surf; feel the sun warm on my skin and think “why in the world is this slow season?” Hurricanes and rainy season right?! Well, not so much in the reality of things. People do look at the Caribbean with slight trepidation these months. The thought of rain and wind, fear of hurricane and ruined vacations play in their heads; however the reality of this situation is calm and quiet lends well to unforgettable vacationing. This year for example, the wind averaged about 7 knots (13kph, 8mph), rainfall although at times it seemed torrential, was only 6mm (less than an inch). The average temperature was 29°C (83°F), Which often felt like like 34°C (94°F) due to high humidity.

    20 Belize Fruits and Vegetables from Chaa Creek’s Maya Organic Farm!
    The Lodge at Chaa Creek’s 33 acre Maya Organic Farm in Belize’s Macal River Valley produces fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers, local dairy and meat products in soils that have an abundance of organic matter and natural nutrients. Traditional Maya farming is used with more advanced systems of irrigated raised beds of composted soil fed with nutrients derived from natures store house.

    International Sourcesizz

    Project Belize: Volunteering as an Employee Development Tool
    Volunteering involves providing your knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as your time and energy, without establishing an employment relationship and usually without any monetary compensation. Employees who take on volunteer roles are able to build new skills and practice existing skills in a different setting from their day-to-day job. PwC’s Project Belize, an initiative that partners PwC employees with schools in Belize City, is primarily focused on financial literacy and environmental sustainability. Specifically, some 200 PwC volunteers—partners, staff, and interns from across the United States—traveled to Belize City, Belize, in the summer of 2011. The PwC team connected with more than 1,200 students in 10 schools in some of Belize’s poorest areas and focused on hosting a youth financial literacy camp, leading a scholar's mentoring program for current and former Belizean students, providing financial and technology training to teachers.

    Coral reefs and shifting baselines
    Twenty years ago I had an opportunity to join Earth Island Institute to lead an Elder Eco-tour to Turneffe Atoll off the coast of Belize, part of the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere. Together we snorkeled through dense and massive clusters of branching elkhorn and staghorn coral and later we shared ideas on how to protect these important ecosystems. I benefited from a magical conversation with a group of environmentally minded individuals 40 to 50 years my senior who shared their first wondrous experiences with the natural world and how that world has changed over their lifetimes. This month, I made my return trip to Belize to rekindle that earlier magic and revisit an ecosystem that I literally immersed myself in 20 years past. This time I returned as the elder (to some degree) ready to share my earlier experiences with my daughters and friends, and to reignite a sense of awe for the natural world through living and snorkeling on a small island atoll off the coast of Belize. I was welcomed by many of the small friends that had amazed me in my youth. With my first breadth I was welcomed by the parrot fish that now are benefiting from nationwide fishing restrictions. The conch lumbered by in vast numbers within areas protected from fishing. The Nassau grouper welcomed me with large soundless hellos, growing more abundant in areas where fishing bans had been implemented and enforced. But alas, the corals were gone. Not totally — but very much missing. The vast and massive sheets of coral competing for space and light were no longer there to cover the bottom with colors of yellow, orange, brown and green. The massive inter-braiding network of the elkhorn and staghorn corals that I so fondly recalled were practically missing, only a few small recruits within the vast debris of its previous self. The brain corals were present and fairing far better than most.


  • Sturgis World Challenge 2015 - Belize, 76min.

  • Johnsons Belize Adventure 2015, 13min. This video is about our trip to Belize (Caves Branch and Hopkins) in 2015.

  • Stranded N Dangriga Belize - Caribbean Movie - HD, 75min. GOASTAFA PRODUCTIONS a multi media film company that produced the Belizean movie STRANDED N DANGRIGA and over 30 concert DVD’s featuring popular Jamaican, Belizean, Trinidadian and other Caribbean artist, around the world.

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  • Nikki Parasailing San Pedro Belize, 12min.

    July 2, 2015

    The news will be a bit brief for the next week or so due to time constraints


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    Specials and Events

    Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, West Vision (Cayo) and CTV 3
    Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, Rise and Shine Morning Show, and the Dickie Bradley Specials

    The San Pedro Sun

    FIVE cool summer activities you can’t afford to miss !
    With schools closed for summer break until September, we’ve compiled a list of several activities specifically catering to the island youth! Get involved in the community and check out some FREE activities you can do to make your vacation a memorable one! Become a Volunteer Dog Walker at Saga, Basil Jones Summer Camp, Join Local Sport Tournaments, Become an Optimist Sailor, Camp Starfish.

    Athletes showcase talent at Weekend Triathlon
    Island athletes of all ages once again participated in a triathlon competition organized by the San Pedro Sports Committee (SPSC). Held on Sunday, June 28th, the triathlon coincided with the Dia de San Pedro festivities. Organizing the event was Councilor Hector “Tito” Alamilla and Kent “Bob” Gabourel, and the swim, bike and run challenge was divided into five categories. The first race kicked off shortly after midday. First to race was the youngest of athletes participating in the under 13 category. They were challenged with one lap of each discipline. At the end of the race Tiownie Paguada captured the first place prize and trophy, with Mcleish Lambed taking second place and Alexander Fitzgerald taking third place. The under 15 category followed shortly after. A bit more seasoned, these athletes were definitely in the spirit of competition. Kylin Belisle was the first to finish the race, taking the first place trophy and prize. In a close second was Dixon Paguada, who left Melvin Trujio in third place.

    Dispute between Villagers of Santa Cruz and Rupert Myles grows
    Two weeks after the unlawful arrest of Rupert Myles by villagers of Santa Cruz, Toledo, the dispute continues to build. Myles was detained by village leaders on Saturday, June 20th to evict him from a property they claim he is occupying illegally. The land in question is a parcel sacred within the Uxbenka Maya Site. The villagers claim that they had asked Myles to remove himself from the area, but after he refused to move they took the law into their own hands. The incident has only grown more volatile, as police have arrested and charged the villagers for the crime of “Unlawful Imprisonment”. Myles, who is of Creole descent, had lived in the village since October, 2014 after marrying a woman from the village. The villagers claim that he had destroyed structures in Uxbenka in the process of building his home, and to prevent further damage asked him to leave the area. After Myles refused to relocate, the villagers went to his home where they subdued him with force, handcuffed him, tied a rope around his hands and dragged him out of the area. In the process of the arrest, Myles took out his licensed fire arm in an attempt to calm the mob; but to no avail.

    Victor Nal wins first ever Ceviche Competition
    For the first time ever, Area Representative and Minister of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation, Manuel Heredia Jr. hosted a ceviche making completion. Being an island with strong ties to the sea, San Pedro residents consume large amounts of seafood, and one of the best ways to prepare it is in ceviche. As such, on Sunday, June 28th, five residents tested their ceviche making skills and put their best dish up for judging. Each competitor had 30 minutes to prepare their tasty treat. Contestants were judged on taste, skill and presentation. Among the panel of judges was Heredia himself, who is always eager to try a good ceviche. The contestants artfully prepared the ceviche, mostly using shrimp as their protein. However, there could only be one winner, and that title went to Victor Nal. He receive a Mac Laptop and $500 cash. In second place was Christon Hazel who walked away with $1,000 cash, while Angel Cocom took third place and a $500 prize.

    Ambergris Today

    Green Reef Youth Summer Camp Has Space for 100 Campers
    PACT Environmental Support Grant for Summer Youth Camp from July 6 to July 31 – The non-government marine conservation organization Green Reef announced this week that it was awarded a PACT Environmental Support Grant of $9,900Bze to undertake a four-week summer camp at Camp Basil Jones on North Ambergris Caye adjacent to the Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve. The Summer Youth Camps is being spearheaded by Green Reef in collaboration with Oceana, Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Marine Education Research & Rehabilitation Institute (MEER), Tranquility Bay Resort, The San Pedro Sun, the Department of Youth Services and the San Pedro House of Culture (NICH) with financial support from the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT). One hundred campers will have the unique opportunity to participate in this fun-filled adventure and experience the thrill of a lifetime at a week-long summer camp. Campers will pack their bags and head to an idyllic beachside retreat, where they will indulge in over-the-top competitions inspired by classic camp games, learn about Belize’s marine natural resources and create unique art & crafts from sustainable materials.

    Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

    Ten-day Weather Outlook, July 1 – 10, 2015
    The NHC is expecting no tropical cyclone formation during the next five days. Also, a moist, unstable air-mass with an associated low level jet (LLJ) will favor more outbreaks of showers and thunderstorms around Bze through Friday and during next week. The TRIMM remote sensing data indicate that rainfall across Belize was above normal in June, 2015. A seasonally moist, easterly airflow associated with the leading edge on a persistent, low level jet across the Caribbean is enhancing some brief showers and thunderstorms over northern Central America and Belize. A tropical wave around 85 W this afternoon will reach Belize within the next 24 hours, favoring an increase in convection over most districts later on Thursday and Friday. Expect maximum rainfall rates in some areas in the order on 0.60 of-aninch (15 mm) for Wednesday and early Thursday and near 0.50- 1.00 inch later on Thursday and Friday. A second tropical wave moving into the western Caribbean on Friday will dissipate as it moves closer to Yucatan and Belize. Convection will cease somewhat on Saturday.

    Removal of Persons during a House Meeting
    Standing Order 87 of the House, provides for the Speaker to deal with and removal of strangers from the gallery during a House Meeting and Standing Order 44 provides for the Speaker to remove Members of the House during a House meeting but it does not address how to deal with a Senator who is in the gallery during a House Meeting. It goes without saying that a Senator has to be in the gallery because he has no right to sit in the actual chamber where the 31 members plus the Speaker sit during a House Meeting. Standing Order 91 of the Standing Orders of the House of Representatives of Belize states: “(1) The Speaker shall have power to regulate the conduct of business in all matters not provided for in these Standing Orders. (2) The decision in all cases for which these Standing Orders do not provide, shall lie within the discretion of the Speaker, and shall not be open to challenge. (3) The Speaker shall be responsible for the management and general administration of the chamber.” Based on this Standing Order I have made a rule pertaining to behavior of people in the galleries during the House Meeting. Anybody who has ever listened to and/or been to a House Meeting since I have been the Speaker can recall that I repeat this rule to people in the galleries almost every House Meeting.

    Put out of The Split
    Ok so Mr. Andrew, d cake man just told me a little while ago that he got put out of The Split (Lazy Lizard)!! Well, dats another local being banned. Reason being, he cannot sell anything on d property caz he is slowing down their business! Wat a pile ah crap!! Let's see how many more locals will be added to this growing list of theirs!! What a shame!!

    Channel 7

    Petro Amendment Bill Debate That Should Have Happened
    From since Friday, the news has been dominated by the discussion of the PUP’s decision to walk out of the House meeting. It had been planned for weeks before as the Opposition’s opportunity to challenge the Barrow Administration on the decision to amend the Petrocaribe Loans Act instead of repealing it. Well, at today’s session of the Senate at the House of Representatives, an in-depth discussion took place from both sides of the floor in which all the technical points for and against the amendments were hammered out. Here’s a few excerpts of the points presented: Senator Mark Lizarraga – Business Senator "We’re told that these amendments today will ensure greater transparency in the spending of our petro dollars. But in fact Mr. President, these amendment today do nothing to strengthen our management of public funds. On the contrary what they do is seek to validate and encourage poor budgeting practices. Mr. President tax payers, shouldn't we be concerned when independent reports speak to the failure of this administration to properly manage and account for our monies?" Senator Lisa Shoman – PUP Senator "You would believe Mr. President that by putting in here a section that says and I quote, ”The money borrowed from ACBEL shall be kept in a fund at the central bank of Belize which fund form a part of the consolidated revenue fund and maybe withdrawal time to time as the need arises.

    Senator Ray Absent: Interim Senator Guerra Replaces Him
    But, before the meeting could start, the senators had to welcome an addition of a new peer, Adelaida Guerra. She’s the First Vice President of the National Trade Union Congress of Belize, but in order for her organisation to have a representative present, she had to sworn in as a Senator. Now, the circumstance of that necessity are a bit peculiar. The man who usually serves the labour movement is Ray Davis, who viewers know very well as the Labour Movement’s man in the Legislature for years. Well, it appears that he’s out of the country, and he did not inform the general membership of the NTUCB that he was leaving. President Marvin Mora told us that as soon as he was informed of absence of Senator Davis, he quickly moved to convene a meeting of the representatives of the unions under the umbrella of the NTUCB to find a temporary replacement. Guerra had the most support of those present, and she was chosen as the member of the NTUCB as the person who would speak on behalf of the Unions today. Here’s an excerpt of her speech given as a first-time member of the Legislature:

    Senators Hard-Talk On Over-Expenditure By GOB
    The Newly Sworn in Senator Guerra was speaking on what became a very divisive discussion over 2 Revenue supplementary bills to the budget which was passed today. Our understanding of these money bills are that they are the result of Government expenditure which exceeded the budget, but which they are seeking the approval of the House for. The Opposition seized on the opportunity to accuse the Barrow administration of wasting Petrocaribe money: Senator Mark Lizarraga – Business Senator "We draw attention to the instances of spending done in contradiction of the law Mr. President, which exceeded the legal threshold and timeframe for bringing it to the national assembly. We emphasise that the law is very clear and that it is only under serious circumstances where to do otherwise would seriously injury the public good that the minister of finance is allowed to ensure such additional expenditure without first coming to the national assembly for permission." Senator Anthony Sylvestre – PUP Senator "What this appropriation supplementary bill number 2 has highlighted and it has shown is that this government, rather than working within the framework of our constitution had contemplated. The seem to be overspending and spending and then after the fact, come to the national assembly and seek approval and authorisation. And again the point has to be made that it's not their money, it's the people’s money."

    Police: Darren Gillett Assaulted An Officer
    Last night, we told you about Constable Jason Hall who was heading from his home in Corozal to his work Place in Belize City. He experienced a blowout in Rhaburn Ridge, and was helped by a man who pretended to be a Good Samaritan. As soon as the opportunity presented itself, the man assaulted the Police officer, who was in his uniform, stole his vehicle and fled to Belize City. Well, as we have told you, police caught the man yesterday and retrieved the vehicle. He is Darren Gillett, and tonight he’s at the Belize Central prison. He was arraigned today before Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith on the charges of attempted murder, dangerous harm, use of deadly means of harm, and robbery. At today’s proceedings, the prosecutor objected to bail on the grounds that Gillet had escaped from police custody, that Hall is still in a critical condition at the KHMH and that the prosecution has a strong case. Chief Magistrate Smith upheld the objection and she remanded Gillet into custody until August 4.

    Buena Vista Water Board Investigation Now In The Hands of the Ministry
    Last night, we took you to the Cayo Village of Buena Vista where an allegation of theft of public funds emerged this weekend. A number of questionable cheques have surfaced after months of inquiry by the Chairman of the Village Council. He suspected that the Chairman of the Village’s Water Board had pocketed money that the villagers were paying to get access to water. Well, his persistence paid off when the Water Board’s bank released the copies of the cheques, some of which was in the name of the chairman, Julio Castillo. As we’ve shown you, he has declared his innocence explaining that he only cashed cheques in his name to get access to the money to do the work of the Water Board. He and his secretary have shown us written records which they assert should prove their innocence.

    A Sickening Sodomy In The South
    There is a disturbing case of sodomy in the south. Reports are that a 40 year old woman from a southern village went to visit her daughter on Sunday in a nearby southern village and took her 13 year old son with her. The woman’s daughter lives with her common law husband in the village. Now, while at the house, the common law husband took the 13 year old boy to collect wood in the bushes nearby and that’s when he took the little boy’s pants off and sodomised him. The common law husband, a 24 year old, was arrested and charged today for Unnatural Crime. His case has been adjourned until the 22nd of September.

    Sexual Assault In The North
    There is also another sexual assault case against a minor but this time in the north. A 10 year old girl along with her mother reported to police that a man touched the little girl’s privates on several occasions. The girl said that the man touched her 3 weeks ago and again last week Thursday evening in her home around 6:30. Reports are that the mother was taking a shower on that Thursday evening and when she came out she caught the man with his hands on her daughter. It is still not known what is the nature of the relationship between the man and the mother or child – whether he is a family friend or neighbour but both incidents happened at the mother’s home. When we spoke to police, they told us that the case officer knows who this man is and when he is brought in he will be charged with sexual assault.

    Challenge Against NCL Hanging By A Thread
    For the last two days, expert testimony was being recorded by the Supreme Court in the case of the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) and the Government, on behalf of the Department of the Environment (DOE) and the National Environmental Appraisal Committee (NEAC), and Belize Island Holdings Limited, the owners and managers of the Harvest Caye project on behalf of Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) has been particularly dramatic. The BTIA won leave for judicial review last year. The Department had approved the environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the island after receiving NEAC's recommendation, but the BTIA successfully applied to the court on two grounds: that the terms of reference and legal requirements were not met, and that there was not enough opportunity for the public to properly review, be consulted with and comment on the EIA. 7 News was in Independence Village for the fiery public consultation on the project, where about 300 residents - a figure disputed on the witness stand by the Chief Environmental Officer Martin Alegria who says he counted about 500 - got a chance to have their say, but BTIA says there should have been a public hearing.

    Being Energy Efficient In The Home
    Energy stakeholders want to help you save more money on your electrical appliances. Yesterday a meeting was held to launch the Adaptation of Labeling and Standards for Energy – Efficient Equipment initiative. This is part of a broader project called Energy for Sustainable Development in Caribbean Buildings. From the technical aspect, the main focus is to regulate the energy use and increase energy performance in the electrical appliances and in turn this will improve the quality, prolong the life span of the appliance and even reduce cost of maintenance. Yesterday, we spoke with Energy Specialists at the George Price Center in Belmopan and they told us how this initiative will work. A Standards and labelling report will be drafted and sent to the Ministry of Energy and Science. The coordinators will be meeting with other stakeholders including the Chamber of Commerce, importers, retailers and customs officers throughout this week. Another meeting focusing on the same topics will be held today at the ITVET in Belize City.

    The Coalition's Booklets; Fighting Off-Shore Oil Drilling
    The Belize Coalition to Save our Natural Heritage was formed by a group of conservationists who want to bring public pressure on the Government Administrations to enact legal policies against offshore oil drilling, especially in protected areas. They’ve been working on innovative ways to get the public informed and involved. The organization launched 2 new media with an interesting form of distribution, and on Monday, its president, Tanya Williams, explained it to us: Tanya Williams - President, The Belize Coalition to Save our Natural Heritage "Actually launching two things. One, preprinted postcard and the second one is an activity booklet. The preprinted postcards are being targeted towards tourists. And so we have gotten involved with people within the tourism industry or partners within the tourism industry like the BTA. And the booklet are going to be at restaurants, we're talking about local children. We want when children to that particular restaurants with their parents or family - they look at the booklet and read and colour, etc.

    Regional HIV Testing Day
    Today is Regional HIV Testing Day and testing booths were set up behind the Scotia Bank to commemorate this day. Now, there are a number of commercials and a series of awareness campaigns geared towards educating the public on HIV. But is it working? Is the message being effectively communicated? According to the National Aids Commission, it is. Today the Communications and Program Officer, Arthur Usher discussed the progress so far and other approaches used to encourage people – especially men - to get tested. Arthur Usher "This is a major part of what helps people to understand the importance. We do multiple variation of out reaches, it's ongoing throughout the year. Big events like this are usually for us is twice a year which is June and world aids day. The organisation like BFLA and PASMO and ministry of health and all these organisations - they're consistently educating people and consistently out reaching. So it's throughout the year and the impact has been felt. What we are doing is called bring a man campaign. The person who bring the most men gets a gift at the end of the day. And for the first 25 men this morning got a official regional testing day mug. So again that's something to kind of change the mentality and work with people to get prizes. We also have 2 social medial competitions that we're doing. We have a selfie competition and 30 to 60 second video competition. And you can just take a selfie with a little caption and upload it to our facebook. You could win up to 500 dollars for first price and 250 for second prize."

    Ministry of Health Hilux Crashed
    In most cases when we report on vehicles assigned to the Ministry of Health - it’s because it was stolen. But tonight’s report is about a crashed health vehicle. On Saturday afternoon, the driver for the Corozal Community Hospital, 33 year old Aaron Babb was driving the health vehicle around 12 midday when he slammed into a cement post on a street in the Finca Solana area in Corozal. Apparently, his foot got stuck between the gas and accelerator pedal. That's when the vehicle speed off and rammed into the post. Babb received abrasions to his forehead and complained of pain on his chest. As for the Toyota Hilux pick-up it received damages to its bonnet, bumper, it has a broken grill, broken headlights ( on both sides), the radiator is damaged, both side fenders are dented and the windshield is shattered. According to the information Officer at the Ministry of Health, Babb was on official business heading back to the hospital when the accident happened. The truck has been sent to a mechanic to assess the cost of damages. The Ministry is treating this incident as a case of human error and so, no sanctions will be brought or sent to Babb.

    A Donation of Musical Instruments From The Taiwanese Embassy
    In a hand-over ceremony on Monday, a consignment of marching band instruments, valued at over $50,000, was presented by His Excellency Mr. Benjamin Ho, Ambassador of Taiwan to the Governor- General, Sir Colville Young. It was as a contribution to his Music in the Schools Program. The ceremony took place at the Belize House in the City of Belmopan. Sir Colville thanked Ambassador Ho for his generous gift to the young people of Belize and explained that most of the instruments would be given to St. Andrews Primary School in San Ignacio and the Anglican Cathedral College in Belize City.

    The Mexican Marimba Quartet
    Keeping it on music, a Mexican Marimba Quartet is in Belize. It’s called the Mario Nandayapa Quartet. But they are more than just a band – their family, literally – the band consists of mother –who is the manager, the father who is the director and the kids who play along as well. The director – Mario Nandayapa is a 4th generation Marimba player and he told us today how this type of music is deeply rooted in the family tradition. If you want to experience this deep familial and cultural connection, you can - tonight at 7 at the Institute of Mexico. Mario Nandayapa has performed in over 13 countries and has recorded over 30 albums.

    Summer Camping In Lake I
    Football, basketball, sun and fun: sounds like summer right? Well, today one of those summer camps began today in the Lake Independence area. Over 100 kids are enrolled in this camp and it caters to kids from ages 6 to 16. Today we spoke to two of the kids and they told us how this summer camp will keep them out of trouble. Hon. Mark King - Area Representative, Lake Independence "We are filling the constituents with sports this summer. We have several sporting programmes that we are going to be holding. However right here on this field we have 100 kids. These kids will be learning today life skills training in the morning - they'll be given a snack at lunch break. And then in the afternoon we have them having a competition, whereby we have jerseys and everything for them - prizes and everything. It is all about life skills training, discipline, having the children do something for the summer and this area has been crying for this. We've been able to give them a few programmes but this year we have been able to convince the government, the prime minister, the ministries and so forth and everybody is collaborating to see these kids have a wonderful summer.

    Channel 5

    Senators Rumble over Supplemental Appropriations
    On Friday, the House meeting was abbreviated when the Opposition walked out of the House in protest, so the first actual debate on Petrocaribe occurred today in the Senate. The [...]

    Church Senator Votes YES to Appropriation
    Opposition Leader in the Senate Lisa Shoman asked for a division in votes for the approval of the supplementary appropriations for 2014/2015. That led to the bill being passed with [...]

    Debate on Petrocaribe Loan Amendment Bill Opens
    The debate on the amended Petrocaribe Bill started after two this afternoon. Right off the top it was classified by Senator Lisa Shoman as nothing more than a pig wearing [...]

    House Speaker Explains Ejection of P.U.P. Senator
    Senator Patrick Andrews was removed from the House at the instructions of the Speaker, Michael Peyrefitte during last Friday’s House meeting. That measure prompted the opposition representatives to walk out [...]

    MIT Seizes AK-47 and Ammo
    Police have made a huge bust of an arsenal that includes a high powered weapon as well as a hundred and six live rounds of ammunition and have arrested two [...]

    Harvest Caye EIA Questioned in Supreme Court
    Thursday, July second, makes exactly one year since Supreme Court Justice Courtney Abel granted leave for judicial review to the Belize Tourism Industry Association (B.T.I.A.). The B.T.I.A. is challenging the [...]

    Harvest Caye Attorney Pushes to Strike Out Case
    While the association anticipates a positive outcome, the fact that the case is still proceeding seems to baffle Senior Counsel Eamon Courtenay. We also spoke with him at the end [...]

    Man Who Brutally Beat Cop is Charged
    The man responsible for the brutal attack against a police officer on Monday is tonight behind bars after he was charged and arraigned for the attempted murder of Police Constable [...]

    Policeman Still Hospitalized
    The officer was in his uniform when he was physically attacked and robbed of his vehicle. Hall has been working at precinct three of the Belize City police department for [...]

    Patnett Acquitted in Supreme Court
    Today, Shelda Patnett was formally acquitted of the charge of Manslaughter by Negligence by a nine member jury who was instructed by Judge Troadio Gonzalez to return a not guilty [...]

    Guatemalan National Freed on Ammunition Charge
    Tonight, Guatemalan national, Mauricio Perez who has been on remand at the Belize Central Prison serving a six month prison term for an immigration offense for being illegal in Belize, has [...]

    Chamber Speaks on PM’s Public Putdown
    Still on Petrocaribe…It is well known that there’s been bad blood between Prime Minister Barrow and the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The latest fall out was last Friday.  [...]

    President ‘Tux’ Vasquez Says Chamber Still Awaits a Response
    The Chamber has called for transparency, accountability, adherence to the rule of law, and good governance and says that while these may be trivial in political calculations, they are important [...]

    National AIDS Commission Hosts Regional Testing Initiative
    More than one percent of the population is living with HIV/AIDS and that number could very well be higher. The fear of discrimination and confidentiality remain one of the biggest [...]

    Mexican Marimba Quartet Showcased
    Right now at the Mexican Institute, ‘Mario Nandayapa,’ a world famous Mexican Quartet is set to kick off a free show. The family quartet plays Mexican and international selections on [...]


    Rotarians take to the stage for a good cause
    The Rotary Club of Belize will be putting off its latest stage production beginning on Thursday night at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts. Rotarian Sandra McKay shared what the audience can expect. Sandra McKay, Rotarian “The play is called God’s way and it’s written by Dalia Harris from Jamaica. It’s a story about […]

    House speaker said he was within his right to evict Senator from House of Representatives meeting
    Speaker of the House, Michael Peyrifitte issued a release today explaining his removal of Senator Patrick Andrews from the National Assembly building last Friday. The release says while standing Order 87 of the House, provides for the Speaker to deal with the removal of strangers from the gallery during a House Meeting and Standing Order […]

    Archaeology and Anthropology Symposium underway in San Ignacio
    The thirteenth Belize Archaeology and Anthropology Symposium began on Tuesday in San Ignacio. Rolando Cocom from the Institute of Social and Cultural Research spoke of this year’s symposium. Rolando Cocom, ISCR “The symposium this year is also done once more in conjunction with the Institute for Cultural and Social Research branch of NICH along with […]

    Ministry of Energy, Science and Technology and Public utilities launches new initiative
    Fem Cruz reporting… “The Ministry of Energy Science and Technology along with the PUC with support from the global environment facility in association with the Caribbean Community Climate Change launched a new project called the adaptation of labeling and standards for energy efficient equipment. Ambrose Tillet, Energy Director spoke to Love News about this new […]

    Two men charged for prohibited firearm and ammunition
    Angelica Cruz reporting…. “On Monday evening, June 29, sometime around 5:55, based on intelligence received, the mobile interdiction team intercepted a green BBOC bus between mile 31 and 32 on the George Price Highway which was travelling from the direction of Belmopan en route to Belize City. A search was conducted on two Hispanic male […]

    Man charged for attempted murder of police officer
    Darren Gillett, a labourer, was charged with attempted murder and three other offences when he appeared today before the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith. The other offences included dangerous harm, use of deadly means of harm and robbery. According to the allegation, on June 29 at Rhaburn Ridge, Gillett beat police officer Jason Hall with […]

    Senators dissect General Revenue Supplementary Appropriation Bill Number 2
    The Senators also had a chance to share their view on the General Revenue Supplementary Appropriation Number 2 Bill 2015. Senator representing the Business Sector, Mark Lizarraga went on the point out that the Government has been overspending the people’s money and he was backed up by the PUP senators.

    Senators debate Petro Caribe Loans Amendment Bill
    Vice President of the National Trade Union Congress of Belize, Adelieda Guerra, was sworn in this morning as the temporary Senator for the unions. This came after Senator Ray Davis left the country without notifying the NTUCB of his departure. We have been reliably informed that the NTUCB had called an emergency meeting in order […]

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Chamber of Commerce: we want serious dialogue on economy
    Prime Minister Dean Barrow has dismissed the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry concerning dialogue over the Petrocaribe program which the Chamber has strongly opposed in its current format. They wrote the PM on May 14, 2015, asking for respectful and serious dialogue, but speaking after the House meeting, the PM said he had not […]

    BTIA challenges Harvest Caye project in court
    One year ago this week, the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) won leave for judicial review of the decisions of the Department of the Environment (DOE) and the National Environmental Appraisal Committee (NEAC) to, respectively, approve the environmental impact assessment for the project on Harvest Caye in contravention of the terms of reference and legal […]

    Speaker: I had right to remove Andrews
    Speaker of the House of Representatives says that while there is no specific standing order or legislative provision concerning what took place in the House last Friday morning, he properly exercised his discretion to remove Senator Patrick Andrews through police from the gallery, after the Senator had interrupted […]

    Police find dead body on Bullet Tree Road
    Reports reaching our newsroom are that a body of a male person has been discovered on Bullet Tree road near the San Ignacio Community Hospital. It is alleged that the victim has multiple stab wounds. We are also told that a contingent of officers are combing the area looking for […]

    Atlantic Bank Albert Street Branch to host annual back to school fair
    The annual Atlantic Bank back to school fair is an opportunity for the public to take advantage on lowered interest rates for school loans and deals on school supplies. This year, participating businesses include; Mikado, Sigertronics, Uniform Shop, A&R, Grace Kennedy Ltd., and VIP Wireless among many others. This year’s […]

    Belmopan Police make huge firearm and ammunition bust
    Two men are today in Belmopan police custody pending charges for possession of a prohibited firearm. According to police report, a little before 6pm they intercepted a green passenger bus en route to Belize City between miles 31 and 32 on the George Price Highway where a search was conducted. […]

    Police have no answers on teens’ killing
    Two teenage boys were shot in the head last week in Belize City for no apparent reason. Over the weekend, 15 year old Tyrique Thompson and 16 year old Ruben Leslie succumbed to their injuries. During a police press briefing on Tuesday morning Supt. Hilberto Romero, O.C., CIB, Belize City […]

    BTIA begins lawsuit over Harvest Caye
    One year ago this week the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) won leave for judicial review of the decisions of the Department of the Environment (DOE) and the National Environmental Appraisal Committee (NEAC) to, respectively, approve the environmental impact assessment for the project on Harvest Caye in contravention of the […]

    Cuba’s victory against Aids transmission
    It was announced yesterday, June 30th, that Cuba has made history by becoming the first country to end HIV and Syphilis transmission from mother to child. This announcement has been labelled as one of the greatest public health achievements possible and an important step towards an Aids-free generation by the […]

    First child friendly Family Court in Punta Gorda
    Tuesday, June 30th, marked the opening of the first ever child friendly Family Court in Punta Gorda Town, Toledo district. The symbolic cutting of the ribbon was done by Honorable Chief Justice of Belize, Kenneth Benjamin and Ivan Yerovi of UNICEF. This new building is the first of its kind […]

    International Sourcesizz

    Eight prime locations for a destination wedding on a budget
    The proposal may have come as a surprise, but what shouldn't at this point is just how much that resulting wedding is going to cost you. Because whether you've said "I do" once before, stood at the altar as a member of a wedding party or simply attended a destination wedding, you know just how pricey they can be. But this doesn't mean you have to quash your dreams of getting married overlooking the ocean or on a hillside retreat. did some research and found eight romantic locales where you can have a beautiful destination wedding on a budget. Belize offers visitors more diversity than your run-of-the-mill beach destination, and flight prices are about the same as those you'd find to popular wedding locales such as Mexico. Not only does Belize boast beautiful sandy beaches, but it's also home to lush rainforests, Mayan ruins and the second-largest barrier reef in the world. And once you're there, it's easy enough to save some green -- and go green, for that matter. Belize has very few expensive mega-resorts and instead is dotted by eco-lodges and inns where room and board can be found cheap -- if you're willing to give up some "luxuries" such as air-conditioning and Wi-Fi. Another perk? With lobster being a local specialty, it comes much cheaper here than stateside, so you can impress wedding guests with a lobster dinner for a lot less.

    Fisher lady of Punta Gorda, recognized as CRFM Fisher of the Year
    Since she was 7 years old, Anna Ramirez, now 63, has been fishing with her family off the coast of Belize’s southernmost district – Toledo, but her gender has not stopped her from working just as hard as the men do while at sea. Her most challenging moments have involved braving the rough seas, even under the threat of hurricanes, to ensure they make it to shore safely. “It’s not easy. You have to be brave and willing to take chances – big chances too!” she said. “The same way a man could fish, you can. The same way they drive an engine, you could do it too. The same way they could throw a net, you could throw a net!” Anna says. “It’s the way they raised me,” she later explained. Mrs. Ramirez has 3 brothers and 7 sisters, and like her brothers—Carlos, Daniel, Eugenio—she took up fishing for a living. She is the daughter of Francisco Castellanos and Petrona Flores, who once lived on several islands off the coast of southern Belize, including Punta Ycacos, Punta Negra and Wilson Caye.

    Caribbean Tourism Stakeholders Hope To Rise With Tide of Cuban Tourism
    The heightened interest in travel to Cuba among U.S. citizens following the Obama administration’s recent moves to restore diplomatic relations with the country has not gone unnoticed by Caribbean tourism stakeholders. On the contrary, some eye the specter of competition with Cuba for U.S. travelers as not only likely, but also as an opportunity to win greater support for the entire Caribbean region. That group includes the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), which last week submitted a position paper to the U.S. International Trade Commission calling for the creation of a Caribbean Basin Tourism Initiative (CBTI) to “contemplate policy and technical support to the region.”

    Caribbean Prosecutors Join Forces To Clamp Down On Corruption And Money Laundering
    Chief prosecutors from Commonwealth countries in the Caribbean region have gathered for the first time to discuss recurrent issues that interfere with the prosecution of corruption and money laundering and the recovery of the proceeds of these crimes. Organised by the Commonwealth Secretariat in collaboration with the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF), the three-day regional forum takes place in St Lucia from 30 June to 2 July 2015. Directors of public prosecutions and heads of prosecutions of anti-corruption agencies from the Caribbean will have the opportunity to exchange ideas and explore best practice options in their respective jurisdictions. The forum will review strategies to prevent executive interference in the prosecution of corruption-related crimes. Practitioners will consider the interface between corruption and money laundering and the understanding that money laundering could be prosecuted with or without a predicate offence disclosed.

    Cuba-Caribbean business forum in Santiago de Cuba
    Representatives of 10 Caribbean countries will meet in eastern Santiago de Cuba city July 16 and 17 for the Cuba-Caribbean Business Forum. The forum will be attended by ministers of Belize, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Saint Lucia, the Bahamas, Antigua and Barbuda, and the presidents of the chambers of commerce of Grenada and the Bahamas. Trinidad Tobago, Barbados and the Caribbean Communities will have their delegates at the meeting along with directives from the Cuban Foreign Trade and Investment Ministry, the Chamber of Commerce and other institutions, according to the event´s organizing committee. The forum will include presentations of business and trade opportunities in the region by Caribbean Export promotion organization and about business opportunities in Santiago de Cuba.


  • San Pedro, Belize May 2015, 4min. Visiting San Pedro. Snorkeling at Shark Ray Alley and playing some ball.

  • YMCA and The Belize Red Cross concluded traing for women of Trial Village, OW, 4min.


  • Remember Mr Ramon Cervantes after one year of his death, 3.5min.

  • BTV PROMO VIDEO, 1min.

  • Military Jungle Warfare Training - US Marines In Belize, 5min. Military members from multiple nations participate in Jungle Warfare Training during Tradewinds 2015 at Guacamallo Bridge, Belize, June 20, 2015. Tradewinds 2015 is a combined, joined U.S. Southern Command-Sponsored Exercise and an opportunity for the participating partner nations to come together to enhance regional security

  • Belize Mission 2015 at Barton Creek with ROW Kids, 7min. LCC team on mission with ROW Kids to San Ignacio Belize. Sunday was our first day which was spent team building through an amazing adventure at Barton's Creek in the mountains of Cayo district.

    July 1, 2015

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    The San Pedro Sun

    Another year honoring the Patron Saint of Fishermen: San Pedro
    Over the past weekend, islanders ended the celebration of Patron Saint Peter in grand fashion, with both religious and festive activities. From special mass services at the San Pedro Roman Catholic Church to a karaoke competition and lots of live entertainment in between; activities were plentiful. Due to inclement weather condition, some of the previously scheduled events had to be canceled, but, nevertheless there was still lots of family fun. Among the activities canceled was the first ever Junior Karaoke Competition scheduled for Friday, June 26th to kick off the Dia de San Pedro weekend. Instead, celebrations officially opened on Saturday, June 27th at the Honorable Louis Sylvester Sporting Arena. Speaking at the opening ceremonies was Mayor Daniel Guerrero and Area Representative Honorable Manuel Heredia Jr. Both emphasized the importance of keeping culture and tradition alive, especially that of celebrating St. Peter (San Pedro). St. Peter is the patron saint of all fishermen and the island is still strongly rooted in the fishing industry.

    Tres Cocos residents express concern over garbage dumping
    Residents of Northern Ambergris Caye have grown very concerned over illegal dumping of garbage on vacant lots and beaches. They are claiming that the dumping is taking place near populated areas. The neighborhood affected the most is Tres Cocos and north of the Boca del Rio Bridge. Complaints also included an increase in the rodent populations, which has prompted an infestation around the area. Although the issue has been addressed with the culprits, they refuse to comply, forcing those concerned to reach out to the media and the Town Council. Residents are especially frustrated as they have taken the initiative to hold monthly clean ups in an effort to keep the neighborhood clean. According to Deputy Mayor, Gary Greif, they are aware of the problem, but have yet to inspect the area. Greif also indicated that the SPTC is currently addressing similar issues south of the bridge, but plan to deal with the North Ambergris Caye problem as soon as possible. With the increase in illegal garbage dumping, even the Department of Environment (DOE) has issued a press release. The release noted that most of the illegal dumpsites reported to date consist of waste from households, including organics, plastics, glass, and paper. According to section 31 (2) and 3 of the Pollutions Regulations, the disposal of solid or liquid waste on any land is prohibited without the written permission of the Department. It stipulates that any person who contravenes any of the provisions of this Regulation shall be guilty of an offence and liable to a penalty of not more than five thousand dollars.

    Mexican Navy Vessel experiences ‘Soft Grounding’ by Blackadore Caye
    Another navy vessel has ran aground in Belize’s waters. The incident occurred on Friday, June 26th south of Blackadore Caye. Reports were that a 55 feet Mexican navy vessel, a Polaris-Interceptor, experienced a ‘soft grounding’ (a type grounding that does not lead to adverse effects on the ship) on the mud flats and shoals just south of Blackadore Caye sometime in the early hours of the morning. Belize Coast Guard personnel were quickly deployed to the area and had the boat removed by 4:30PM of that same day. In a press release, the Belize Ministry of Foreign Affairs indicated that the Mexican vessel was within Belizean waters legally, as they had requested special permission from the Government of Belize to transit from a base in the Chetumal Bay, Quintana Roo, Mexico and their southernmost outpost in Xcalak, Mexico. Navy vessels customarily take this route on a scheduled routine basis, but on this transit the vessel experience navigational errors, which resulted in the grounding. After receiving a report of the incident, Coast Guard personnel stationed at the Ambergris Caye southeastern Forward Operating Base responded at around 8AM. The Mexican Navy cooperated with Coast Guard to remove the vessel as quickly and effectively as possible. The Belize Port Authority, the Department of the Environment, and the Fisheries Department then coordinated an assessment on the impact of the grounding to the surrounding environment. Initial assessments reveals that no major damages was made to the sensitive ecosystem in the area.

    Ambergris Today

    Island Mourns Loss of Local Barge Operator Lost at Sea
    Hope, prayers, support of the community and the memory of a beautiful life is what keeps the Varela family together this week after the tragic disappearance of 80-year-old Leovijildo ‘Leoli’ Varela last week Thursday, June 25, 2015. This week the search for his body lost at sea has been suspended and the Varela family mourns and plans to celebrate/commemorate his life in a special mass this coming weekend. Both search efforts by the Belize National Coast Guard and that of the family for Mr. Varela’s body concluded by Sunday, June 28, after all means available were exhausted in hopes of finding him alive. Today, Mr. Varela is presumed dead after an accident on his barge service caused him to get lost at sea. Leovijildo Varela was the owner of Varela's Cargo Services Ltd. a barge company that provided service between San Pedro, Ambergris Caye and Belize City. He was on-board his tug boat on Thursday, June 25, traveling with cargo late at night from San Pedro to the Belize Port with his crew. The weather conditions that evening were less than favourable with high winds, choppy seas and heavy rains and while the tugboat was pulling the barge into the Port a strong squall diverted the boat’s course into the Port.

    Fun Island Activities to Celebrate Dia de San Pedro
    Dance, cultural and entertainment were crammed into Saturday, June 27 due to the postponement of Friday’s program due to rain. The fair grounds teemed with activity as island residents enjoyed the celebrations. The Alborada celebrations were held at Friendship Park that included the cultural aspects and entertainment by mariachi singers and folkloric dance presentations. Sunday was highlighted with a big beach party held at the Boca del Rio Park where the first ever Ceviche Cooking Competition that was sponsored by Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr. (Minister of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation), Jennie Staines and Elvi’s Kitchen. Five cooks displayed their skills in preparing the island’s favorite appetizer – the delicious ceviche.

    Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

    First Friday of July Trash Pick Up, San Pedro
    Join us at the Paradise Theatre (just north of the bridge) for our monthly two hour roadside and beach clean up! Locals, expats and tourists are all invited to help out! Please be there by 9:00 am :-)

    July 4th Celebration
    Bamboo Bar, Bambu Tee, and Mazda Auto Select are having a July 4th celebration, with fireworks and all, at the Cayo Welcome Center this Saturday, July 4th. Have some food, drinks, music, and a great time. The festivities start at 2:00pm.

    CARICOM Marathon
    The CARICOM Marathon in Belmopan went well, and the proceeds raised went to BAY. Happy CARICOM Week! "We'd like to say a big thank you to everyone who supported the CARICOM Week Marathon on Sunday, June 28th to kick off the week of festivities. The proceeds from the event were donated to the Belmopan Active Youths. Thank you to the Directorate of Foreign Trade for their kind consideration and donation to our organization. Let's continue to promote 'Endless Opportunities for Belize!' and of course, for our youths."

    Xunantunich Upgrade
    Xunantunich is going to get an 'upgrade' over the next 4 years. The announcement, which coincides perfectly with this year's BAAS, happening now at the SIRH, makes it seem like the site will be expanded to include more of the plazas, and possibly a new one. Everyone loves Xunantunich! "It's confirmed by Doc Awe that the site core of Xunantunich will completely changed in the next 4 four years. YES! In the next four years work will be done on structures A7, A8, A17, A9, B group, the sunken plaza behind El Castillo, also in C group and D group not even on this map. He also does not expect 13 tombs to be found in A3 building Xunantunich site core that is currently being excavated... Says people of Xunantunich we're not as wealthy as those of Cahal Pech where 13 tombs have been found over the years on B1 building."

    Channel 7

    Public Funds Theft At The Water Board In Buena Vista?
    Since the weekend, there has been a developing story in the western village of Buena Vista, near the vicinity of Spanish Lookout, Cayo. A string of dubious cheques has emerged in the name of one member of the Village's Water Board. Money of equivalent value is missing, and he has to answer questions because the immediate perception is that he pocketed money he ought not to have access to. It has wider implications because this money is public funds to be used to fund the village's water access. Our news team has been out in Cayo following up the story, and Courtney Weatherburne Reports: Iris Yande Garcia, Buena Vista Villager "We have to wash early in the morning and we had to wait for the water." Courtney Weatherburne reporting 24 year old Iris Yande Garcia is only one of the residents who had to wait for the water supply to be restored to the village this morning. It was cut out last night at around 8. And turned back on until around 10 this morning. But this is not just another case of not to pay the water bill. The residents are paying for the service but according to the chairman of the Village Council, the bulk of the money is being pocketed for personal use.

    Police Officer On Duty Assaulted; Left Hospitalized
    Often in the news, we tell you about allegations of police brutality in which officers on duty are accused of attacking members of the public. But the story tonight is that a police officer on duty became the victim of an assault which has left him hospitalized with head injuries. So, what's the reasoning behind it? Well, it appears that the man who assaulted him simply wanted to steal his car. Today, the Commander of the Eastern Divisions Criminal Investigations Branch disclosed the details of the attack on Constable Jason Hall: Supt. Hilberto Romero, O.C., CIB, Belize City Police "We had an incident yesterday in the general area of Rhaburn Ridge on the Phillip Goldson Highway where Police Constable Jason Hall received a blowout on his vehicle; he got assistance to repair and get the vehicle going. At some point, the said person that assisted him inflicted an injury to the side of his face after which he stole the vehicle and made his way to Orange Walk. The constable regained consciousness thereafter and he asked for assistance. The police came and he was taken to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where he remains in a critical condition. An investigation was conducted. The suspect were detained and brought to Belize City in connection to this incident. The vehicle was also recovered."

    Any Headway In The Investigation Of Mumuch's Murder?
    Last night, we told you about 23 year old Desmond Usher also known as "Mumuch" was found yesterday at around 8:30 a.m. in Mahogany Heights. He left his house on Friday night, after 3 days, he was discovered, with obvious signs of violence on his body. The police were unavailable yesterday for comment, but Superintendent Hilberto Romero fielded questions on it from the press. Here are the police details as they know it at this time: Supt. Hilberto Romero, O.C., CIB, Belize City Police "On Monday the 29th June, 2015, police personnel visited an area off a road at Mahogany Heights where they found the lifeless body of Desmond Usher, partly decomposed. He was last seen alive on Friday. Post mortem was conducted on the spot and he had blunt trauma injuries to the head. An investigation is being conducted at this time, we have several persons in custody and we are continuing with this investigation."

    Police Need Help To Solve The Murders of The Teenage Students
    As we told you last night, the two high school students, 15 year-old Tyrique Thompson, 16 year-old Reuben Leslie succumbed to gunshot injuries they suffered to the head. At this time, there is no plausible explanation as to why 2 young men with no apparent gang connection would be killed so mercilessly. So, do police have any answers at this time? That's what we asked today: Supt. Hilberto Romero, O.C., CIB, Belize City Police "We had Tarique Thompson who succumbed to his injuries on the twenty-sixth day of June 2015 and Reuben Leslie also succumbed to his injuries on the twenty-seventh day of June, 2015. These were two shooting incidents. One of them was shot on Magazine Road and the other had been shot on Lakeview Street." Daniel Ortiz "Sir we are told that it is in the same general vicinity, the same neighborhood. Are police looking into an angle that it may be connected in some fashion?"

    Accused Of Owning Killer Dogs, Patnett Is Acquitted
    Viewers may remember the public outrage caused when 65 year old man Edmund Spain was killed by 2 vicious pitbulls. Well, the defendant who was criminally charged with his death has been acquitted because the prosecution was unable to establish the ownership of the dogs. She's 31 year old Shelda Patnett, a store clerk of Tropical park, Hattieville, who stood trial for manslaughter by negligence in the court of Justice John Gonzalez. It was alleged by the Crown that on May 31, 2010, two dogs purportedly owned by Patnett, attacked Spain. He was bitten on his right hand and he succumbed to his injuries 5 days later at Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. The prosecution called 9 witnesses to prove that Patnett was negligent and that she was the owner of the dogs. But there was no evidence of negligence and there was no evidence that Patnett was the owner of the dogs. In addition to that there was no evidence that Patnett resided at the house where the dogs were.

    BTIA Vs The NCL Project To Court
    Recently, the lawsuit between Developer Mike Feinstein, the Government and the Principals of the Fort Street Tourism Village, has been making the news regularly over the future of cruise tourism in Belize City. Well today, the lawsuit on the other big development, Norwegian Cruise Line's Harvest Caye started in the Supreme Court. The BTIA is challenging separate decisions of NEAC and DOE in relation to the environmental impact assessment (EIA) for Harvest Caye, a project managed by Belize Island Holdings Limited on behalf of Norwegian Cruise Lines. The BTIA argues that the NEAC decision to recommend approval of the EIA without a public hearing and in violation of environmental law statutes and the DOE decision to approve the EIA in contravention of the terms of reference and minimum requirements of the law, as well as a legitimate expectation that the Government would abide by the National Sustainable Tourism Master Plan which outlaws mass cruise tourism in the South.

    Delroy Cuthkelvin Offers Candidacy; PM Says Stand Down
    Last week, we told you how UDP's Melvin Hulse willingly threw himself on his sword and resigned as the Standard Bearer for Stann West. That's after 4 days of scandal which raged in the wake of a leaked conversation in which he was backbiting his Party Leader and Prime Minister. We've told you how the Stann Creek West Executive Committee has chosen its chairman, Nathan Young, as the man who should become Hulse's successor. Well, two other players have emerged on the scene, but the most controversial character who's expressed interest is Delroy Cuthkelvin. Viewers will remember that at the convention held in March of last year, Melvin Hulse was chosen in an open convention to return as standard bearer. That's a convention which Cuthkelvin contested but one which he boycotted last minute after complaining that the party had taken off his voters approved list. That's not something that should be taken lightly, but since the standard bearer's position is vacant once again, Cuthkelvin has announced that he wants back in the race. Over the weekend, he told Love News why: Delroy Cuthkelvin "As you know, the situation has arisen where Mr. Melvin Hulse has resigned from the position of Standard Bearer of the United Democratic Party in Stann Creek West. And so the party has indicated that there is a need for a new standard bearer and a name has been suggested by Mr. Hulse. And as the party leader said, 'if no one else has stepped up then you would have probably be endorsed'.

    FIU's New Director Discusses Titanic Losses
    9 months ago, it made headlines in practically all the news outlets in the country when the US Department of Justice unsealed indictments accusing offshore securities trading companies in Belize of scamming the US Government of 1 billion dollars in taxes. We're of course referring to the indictments brought against Belizean Andrew Godfrey, Bahamians securities traders, Kelvin Leach and Rohn Knowles, Canadians Brian De Wit and Cem "Jim" Can, and American Robert Bandfield. Among the accused companies were IPC Management Services, LLC; IPC Corporate Services Inc.; IPC Corporate Services LLC; Titan International Securities, Inc; Legacy Global Markets S.A; and Unicorn International Securities LLC (Unicorn). A few days later, the law enforcement agencies in Belize cleaned out the offices of Titan Securities International of every single document and electronic equipment. The Attorney General's Ministry and the Financial Intelligence Unit also got orders of the Supreme Court to freeze the financial assets of these defendants which were in Belizean banks.

    Was There An FIU Investigation Into The Immigration Scandal?
    One more inquiry which the press took the opportunity to ask of the FIU Director was a supposed investigation into the immigration scandals. Yes, they've become ghosts… remembered now and again by the politicians from the Opposition Party who remind that a great wrong was committed against national patrimony 18 months or so ago. So, we thought we'd ask the new director for an update on it. He told us that he had no information to share on it at that moment: Eric Eusey - Director, FIU "I am not aware of that investigation, it may have come as a request probably from the Auditor General but I am not aware that that investigation was ongoing." Daniel Ortiz "So then sir, this whole immigration scandal which there was a private constitution attempt that failed. An appeal of that private prosecution that failed. DPP office said it cannot get involved unless there are certain things done by the police, then the Ministry of the National Security says that the police are the ones involved with it. But there seems to be no movement with it all together and now you're saying that the FIU is not aware of the case. Does that mean that it has been left on the way side?"

    The PUP Fix To the Petrocaribe Law
    Since Friday, we've been telling you how the PUP walked out of the biggest House Meeting on the calendar year yet. They were supposed to debate the amendments to the Petrocaribe Loans Act, but then, the Speaker had Senator Patrick Andrews ejected. The PUP followed behind, and with them went all the research and preparation made to challenge the Government in a proper debate. So now, the PUP has to resort to a media manufactured discussion to inform the general public on what their position is, something which the Prime Minister refers to as a cheap knock-off. Still, we must oblige the Opposition on their agenda, since they make up portion of the Elected Representatives in the House. So there's one more excerpt we must share with you, the viewers. It involves the Leader of the Opposition's revelation of a Petrocaribe Revenue Management Bill, a document drafted as their fix to the problem that Petrocaribe access creates. Here's that explanation from Francis Fonseca: Hon. Francis Fonseca, Leader of the Opposition "A team of legal advisors headed by Senior Counsel Andrew Marshalleck, has examine this very important issue of the Petrocaribe loans act and have come up with a draft "Petrocaribe revenue Management Fund Bill 2015." This bill is not drafted from scratch. It is fashioned from Belize's Petroleum Revenue Management Fund act, which in turn was based on recommendations from the Commonwealth Secretariat Petroleum advisors to Belize. Our draft bill proposes the introduction of Petrocaribe revenue management fund provisions on the use of the fund, provisions dealing with annual as well as exceptional withdrawals from the fund an independent oversight board drawn from a list of esteem local organizations and transparency and public access to information."

    Central Bank On Political Spending Of Public Funds
    And Recently, whenever the Opposition Party criticizes public spending from the UDP government, the members usually imply or directly accuse the Barrow Administration of using public funds - or Petrocaribe funds - for political patronage. The suggestion is usually that these important monies, which are often needed elsewhere, but instead, they are spent to court voters or keep them loyal to the party. So, what does the Governor of the Central Bank have to say about such an accusation being repeated at every opportunity? That's what we asked him yesterday, and he told us that there is no evidence that he has seen to support it: Daniel Ortiz "As far as you're aware as the banker of the government, can this allegation of public funds being used for politicking by the UDP government be a legitimate case that can be made to the general public?" Glen Ysaguirre - Governor, Central Bank of Belize "I haven't seen any evidence to indicate if that can be so. Whether or not the government makes or as a policy, the government in its budget makes allocation for instance to provide money for constituencies and area representatives to host these social events. From my understanding of the Petrocaribe arrangement, and I was at the anniversary celebration this morning, there is a component intended for social activities and social events. "

    SSB Approved Loans For Citrus And Banana Companies; Any Connection To Jonny Zabs?
    Last week, news broke that the Social Security Board had approved loans to two companies Meridian Enterprises Limited and Diverse Development Limited. One is a banana growing company and the other is a citrus processing company. But, there has been a lingering suspicion that Johnny Zabaneh has some interests, either as a beneficiary, or as the personality behind the curtains that is orchestrating the push for financing. Viewers may be well aware that Zabaneh is one of the biggest banana producers in the south, but in 2012, he was blacklisted by The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control. This sanction, under the US Kingpin Act, prevents any US Nationals and US companies from conducting business with him, and it has put a hurting on his business empire. So, that's why when the proposals from both companies landed on the desk of the SSB Investment Committee and they were approved, eyebrows were raised. We got an opportunity to ask the Chairman about it yesterday. Here's what he had to say about the risk of the investment of the contributions made by the workers of the nation:

    The Marijuana Decriminalizing Committee Sticks To 10 Grams
    That's what SSB Chairman Doug Singh had to say on the recent loan approvals. He also wears the hat as a member of the Committee looking into the Decriminalization of Marijuana. So, we took the opportunity to ask him for an update. As we've shown you months ago, the committee is proposing to the Government to decriminalize the possession of 10 grams of marijuana or less. The committee is also proposing to lessen the penalties of this quantity of week. Instead of being jailed and being given a criminal record if convicted, a person will be given a fine. But in the era of mass decriminalization and legalization of weed in other parts of the world, pro-marijuana persons say that 10 grams is too limited a quantity to remove criminal penalties for. They are pushing for larger amounts, and since Jamaica, as of February, has decriminalized up to 2 ounces. That's almost 57 grams, six times the amount in this proposal, and so since then, has the Committee revisited its figure to Cabinet? Singh said "no" in our conversation yesterday. Here's how he explained why not:

    Armed Robbery At Atlantic Insurance Belmopan
    A woman was held up at knife point at her workplace in Belmopan. It happened on Friday evening between 4:30 and 5 at the Atlantic Insurance Company in the Garden City Plaza. The Office Manager 28 year old Mishelene Guerra was alone in the office and was getting ready to close up when two men walked in and held her up at knife point. The men then tied her up with shoelaces and stole an undisclosed amount of money along with several of her personal items. After the men ran off, she let herself loose and called the police. When we spoke to Belmopan police this evening they told us that they are looking for these two men in connection with this incident. This is the second burglary in Belmopan in about a week. The other happened on the 18th at The Belize Infrastructure Limited at the Market Square. In this case, the culprits entered the building through the roof and stole an assortment of electronic devices. Police still haven't caught those men in connection with that burglary and they told us that they do not have sufficient evidence to link both incidents. Police continue to follow lead on both cases.

    A Child-Friendly Family Court
    Child friendly isn't the term that comes to mind when you talk about court rooms. But, the fact is, children are very much a part of court proceedings and so the first child friendly family court was officially inaugurated today in Punta Gorda. The construction of the child friendly family court began in December of last year and was completed last week. The 2 story court building has 2 child friendly interview rooms, 2 one way mirror rooms and a play area for the kids. The construction of this building is just a part of a joint project between UNICEF and the Supreme Court called "Promoting Children's Access to Justice". This project also entails institutional reform of the court system to better cater to and protect children involved in court cases. Efforts are being made to build another child friendly family court in San Ignacio. The overall cost of this project is $1 million and will run for about 3 years.

    Police Influence In Resisting Gang Life
    This morning four hundred and sixty four Belize City students graduated from the police department's Gang Resistance Education and Training Program. GREAT - as it is better known is one of the department's attempts at intervention into the lives of the children. It is a life skills program facilitated by police officer. The program first started out as a pilot project in 2011 and quickly expanded. Today 7news was present at the graduation. Two thousand and fifty students from around the country are graduates of this year's program

    A Summer Camp For Photography
    This afternoon 7news caught up with a group of photography students in one of their sessions. The youngsters partake in the 2 day workshop this week to help improve on their skills. The sessions were facilitated by Dirk Francisco: Francisco will be conducting other photography sessions throughout the summer.

    The New SISE Bridge In Cayo
    The residents of San Ignacio and Santa Elena will finally have a new bridge. Today the contract for the construction of the bridge was signed at the Ministry of Works and according to the design plan the bridge will have unique safety features and help with ease the heavy traffic on the road. The CEO in the Ministry of Works told us more. The project costs $19,961,575 Belize Dollars and is funded by the Government and the CDB.

    Channel 5

    Cop Beaten & Left for Dead
    Stories of police brutality are mainstays in our newscast, but tonight, the report is that a police officer is on the receiving end. The constable Jason Hall attached to precinct [...]

    Mumuch Laid to Rest
    There is closure tonight for the Usher family who earlier today lay to rest one of their own: Desmond Usher, a twenty-three year old resident of the Mahogany Heights community [...]

    Police Clueless in Murders of 2 Teenagers
    Two Belize City high school teenagers were murdered last week following separate shooting incidents on Monday and Wednesday nights in the Old Capital. Fifteen year old Tarique Thompson was shot [...]

    Should the Opposition have walked out of the House Meeting on Friday?
    And our question for tonight is: Do you believe the Opposition should have walked out of the House Meeting on Friday? Send your comments and responses using your SMART phones [...]

    Woman Walks From Manslaughter Charge
    For the past five years, thirty-one year old year Shelda Patnett has been waiting for her day in court to prove that she was not the owner of two pit [...]

    City Residents who Shots Cops Remanded
    Two police officers on motorcycle patrol over the weekend were shot at, but fortunately the gunman missed his targets. But the alleged shooter, Phillip Bowen, ran out of luck when the [...]

    Police Investigate Separate Allegations of Sexual Abuse
    There are two heinous reports of a sexual nature to report tonight. In Silk Grass in the southern Belize, a young boy was sexually abused by someone he knew well, [...]

    UNICEF Opens Child-Friendly Family Court
    The Supreme Court, with support from UNICEF, officially opened Punta Gorda’s first child-friendly Family Court. In release issued, the child-friendly court is hailed as “a leading milestone and part of [...]

    Will Delroy Be Allowed to Contest Stann Creek West?
    U.D.P. loyalist, Delroy Cuthkelvin’s intention to contest the upcoming convention in Stann Creek West, is almost dead in the water.  Cuthkelvin has worn several hats within his party including working [...]

    1 Week to Dangriga Bye-Election
    In other political news…Just one week away, Belize will see its second bye-election. The first was in Cayo North earlier this year and this time it will be the constituency [...]

    Fonseca Says P.U.P. Poised for Victory in General Elections
    And after that bye-election is over on July eight, the focus is the road to General Elections. While speculations are that it may be as early as the end of [...]

    FIU Director Speaks on Anti-Money Laundering Progress…
    Belize has come under intense scrutiny from agencies within the region for failure to meet international standards in the fight against money laundering and terrorist financing.  The Caribbean Financial Action [...]

    …Says FIU Has Undergone Internal Strengthening
    Those shortcomings, according to Eusey, were quite a few, beginning with laws and amendments that were both antiquated.  The move, he says, has been to successfully bolster the autonomy of [...]

    GREAT Program Graduates 400
    The Police Department held a graduation ceremony for its GREAT Program students today at the Bliss.  The program, which official got underway in 2008, is operated under the umbrella of [...]

    G.O.B. Provides Update on Citizenship in 2014
    Friday’s House meeting was cut short after the Opposition People’s United Party walked out in protest, but a lot was still said inside and outside the House. The P.U.P. used [...]

    Julius Espat Says House Speaker is a U.D.P. Agent
    When the P.U.P. lost its national audience in the House last Friday, they made up for it with a fiery impromptu press session outside. We’ve brought you much of what [...]

    Espat Blasts Government for Petrocaribe Spending
    Espat has led the Opposition’s charge where the use of Petrocaribe money is concerned. In fact, he is named as the claimant in a lawsuit seeking the Court’s judgment on [...]

    APBEL Celebrates 10 Years of Petrocaribe
    While Espat is concerned about the spending of Petrocaribe funds, the initiative turned ten on Monday. The milestone achievement was celebrated in grand fashion at the APBEL office in Belize [...]


    One Person Detained For Attacking Police Constable
    Yesterday we told you about the police constable who was attacked and his vehicle stolen as he made his way to work from Corozal Town to Belize. Today, police in Orange Walk are reporting that the person who placed a beating on 36 year old police constable Jason Hall and then stole his vehicle has been has been caught and his vehicle has been recovered. For context, around 3:25p.m yesterday, Hall, who hails from Corozal Town, was repairing a flat tire on his car along with another male person when that same individual hit Hall on the head with an object. The male person then left the area in the constable’s vehicle. Hall then made his way to the village of Rhaburn Ridge where he was assisted and taken to the Northern Regional Hospital for treatment. Hall’s 4-door Mazda was recovered on Pine Street here in Orange Town and as mentioned one man has been detained pending charges of Aggravated Assault.

    Ministry of Education Looks Deeply Into PSE Results
    Last week we reported on the recognition given to the highest ranking Primary School Examination students. Although there is the general fluctuation in the results which we have been seeing for a number of years now, all three, the Math, English and Science have dipped slightly. This year the results revealed Social Studies making a rebound when compared to last year. The Ministry says that the average has remained constant over ten years with spikes in 2008 and 2010, but with a slight overall increase over the last four years. And so looking into next year’s PSE, the Ministry is looking at several methods to introduce that can positively impact the students’ performance. Deputy CEO in the Ministry of Education, Allan Genitty says under the School improvement planning initiative they plan on developing a Parents Association. “The research has shown that whenever you have parental involvement in the child’s wellbeing and the academic schooling children do better in school and not only that but we wanted to move away from parents only being called upon to do fund raising but to be more involved in the whole academic improvement and the school improvement that we hope it will come about with the school improvement planning initiative.”

    Search For Missing Fisherman Suspended
    And in an update to a story we ran on Friday, after three days of continuous searches, officials at the National Belize Coast Guard have suspended their efforts in locating missing at sea captain, Leoli Varela. The 80 year old was reported missing at sea on Thursday night. Reports are that he was on-board his tug boat traveling with cargo from San Pedro to the Belize Port with his crew. The weather conditions that evening were less than favourable with high winds, choppy seas and heavy rains and while the tugboat was pulling the barge into the Port a strong squall diverted the boat’s course into the Port. The boat crew tried to avoid a collision onto the pier by detaching the barge from the tug as they were also afraid of tipping over. In the process, the tugboat collided with the barge while Varela was on deck. The impact sent him overboard, and some of the crew said that he seemed to have been injured as he fell into the water. Since then, search efforts have been futile as authorities indicate that there have been several changes in the weather conditions over the past few days. It is believed that shifts in currents may have caused the body to drift out to sea.

    Barbados Will Not See FIFA World Cup Russia 2018
    For those following the road to FIFA World Cup Russia 2018, then you should know that Barbados has been booted out of the FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifiers. They have paid the penalty for playing an ineligible player in the return leg of their second round qualifier against Aruba at the Usain Bolt Sports Complex on June 14th. Winger Hadan Holligan had two previous yellow cards and should have missed the match. Ironically, Holligan scored the only goal of the game and gave the home team a 3-0 aggregate after they had won the first leg 2-0 in Aruba on June 10th. A release on FIFA’s website declared that Barbados had forfeited the game and awarded a 3-0 victory to Aruba as well, giving the Dutchmen the upper hand to reach the next round.

    CWU Signs New Collective Bargaining Agreement
    This afternoon the Christian Workers Union singed a new Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Central Bank of Belize to cover the Bank’s Security Officers. During the signing CWU President Audrey Matura Shepherd stated and we quote “Much credit needs to be given to our Members themselves, who were engaged in drafting their CBA.” end of quote. Signing on behalf of the bank was Central Bank Governor Glenford Ysaguirre who in his remarks voiced satisfaction with the businesslike and cordial fashion in which the negotiations proceeded leading up to today’s signing. He also expressed the hope that the pending CBA to cover the rest of the CBB Staff, also represented by CWU as a separate Bargaining Unit, will follow a similar course once negotiations start in July.

    Fishermen Of Sarteneja Fall Victims To Pirates
    Lobster is a delicacy to many, but have we ever wondered how many tedious hours of labor fisherman put into bringing in the day’s catch? Or worst even, the risk that they go through while at sea? Since the opening of the Lobster season many fishermen have reported that they have fallen victims to pirates. But these are not men who are after gold. What they are after is the fishermen’s product. One fisherman who has fallen victim to pirates while out at sea, is Ferbanto Guerrero who told us that all his product was stolen by ruthless criminals. “Mi primer viaje que estamos dando fuimos asaltados por los piratas, nos pararon y puro cuerno de chivo tienen haya e hicieron que nos votemos al agua y se llevaron el bote y el producto y fuimos fracasado y nos dijeron que no nos quieren ver más allá y que son sus aguas de ellos y que no van a permitir a nadie haya, ya hemos dado reporte al Coast Guard y ellos no hacen nada solo van los agarran y los vuelven a soltar.”

    Police Hunts For Man Assaulting a Ten Year Old Female Minor
    Tonight there is disturbing news coming out of Corozal Town involving a ten year old female minor and a man whom police are looking for. The individual is being accused of fondling the ten year old on several instances. She, in the company of her mother, reported the matter to police yesterday. The mother told authorities that on the 25th of June while she decided to check on the minor who was taking a bath, she discovered that the male person who they both know was fondling her daughter on her private parts. The mother also reported that the minor told her that she has been assaulted on several occasions.


    Rotary clubs worldwide change executive members
    At midnight tonight more than 34 thousand Rotary Clubs in 210 countries will boast new executive members. The incoming governor for Rotary District 4250 which comprises Belize, Honduras and Guatemala is Dr. Rene Villanueva. Dr. Rene Villanueva – Governor, Rotary District 4250 “As we start the new Rotary Year 2015-2016 I take this opportunity to […]

    Over four hundred students graduate from Police Department’s GREAT program
    The Gang Resistance Educational and Training, GREAT Program, has been targeting schools kids to stay away from gang activities and focus on their education. The program has been impacting the lives of thousands of students across the country and today, 464 students from eight primary schools in Belize City were recognized for successfully completing the […]

    Central Bank Governor speaks on Petro Caribe payback
    Yesterday we aired a portion of the interview with the Governor of the Central bank, Glenford Ysaquirre. The topic was Petro Caribe and the process that the Government follows in order to access money from that account. Now one key question that has been raised in the public forum is how will Belize pay back […]

    First child friendly court opens its doors
    The first child friendly Family court in Belize was opened earlier today in Punta Gorda. The new building was designed to be suitable for children and includes child-friendly play rooms as well as interview rooms with video link equipment. With the use of this technology those working in the court will be able to ensure […]

    Belize City man charged with burglary
    Forty year old Sheffield Brown, was charged with burglary and damage to property when he appeared today before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser. Brown pled not guilty to the charges. He was offered a bail of five thousand dollars and his case was adjourned until August 30. The incident occurred around 11:30 p.m. on June 27. […]

    Woman acquitted of manslaughter by negligence charges
    Thirty-one year old Shelda Patnett, a store clerk of Tropical Park, Hattieville, charged with manslaughter by negligence, was acquitted of the charge today in the court of Justice John Gonzalez. It was alleged by the Crown that on May 31, 2010, two dogs purportedly owned by Patnett, bit 65 year old Edmund Spain. Spain was […]

    Man charged for shooting at police officers
    Twenty-two year old Phillip Bowen, a resident of Freedom Street, was charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm against two police officers when he appeared today before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser. Bowen pled not guilty to the charges. He was remanded into custody until August 14. Two police constables, Anton Simpson and […]

    Doug Singh updates on marijuana decriminalization
    Doug Singh is also the chairman of the Committee looking into Decriminalization of marijuana in Belize and he gave us an update on that matter. Doug Singh – Chairman, SSB “The bottom line is that the committee was tasked with the decriminalization, not the legalization. I think there are tremendous differences between what Jamaica has […]

    Social Security Chairman speaks on one point five million dollar investment
    A couple of weeks ago we noticed that the Social Security Board publicized a notice of investment in the local newspaper. The notice read that the SSB Board proposed to lend 1.5 million dollars to Diverse Development Limited for quote, “purchase of fertilizers and other inputs”, end of quote. After we got a hold of […]

    FIU Director updates on recent bust
    In last night’s newscast, we told you about the press conference of the Financial Intelligence Unit where they shared good news about Belize’s international standing after it participated in the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force’s Plenary Meeting in Port of Spain, Trinidad. Well during the press conference, the media asked the Director of the FIU, […]

    Caye Caulker Chronicles

    Belizean Sailors To Take Part In Optimist North American Championship
    While no Hicaqueno sailor is being represented in this international meet, we tip our hats nonetheless to all the little sailors of Caye Caulker who have made us proud and continue to make us proud, and to the adults who work tirelessly to make it happen for them. The Belize Sailing Association (BzSA) is a fledgling NGO born a mere 5 years ago. The majority of its members do not themselves know how to sail. A handful or two are self-taught sailors, and fewer members than that were professionally trained and have extensive sailing and racing experience under their belts. The non-sailors rally support, because, like the experienced sailors, they have witnessed first hand how sailing leads to a child’s joy and to early development of essential life-skills including critical thinking, self-esteem and confidence, the ability to focus and concentrate, and social skills.


    Speaker removes PUP senator … for laughing too loudly!
    –In the recent months, there has been much public debate and commentary from social partners over the controversial Petrocaribe Loans Amendment, and in response to concerns raised by social partners since the bill was approved by Parliament in March, an amendment was tabled in the House of Representatives today, as well as a set of supplementary appropriation bills to cover unbudgeted spending for the last fiscal year and for the first quarter of the 2015-2016 fiscal year, as well as proposed spending for the next quarter. Whereas it was expected that the debate on the Petrocaribe amendment and supplementary appropriation bills would have been the highlight of today’s House meeting, a walk-out by the Opposition People’s United Party at 11:20 this morning—over the ejection of Senator Patrick Andrews, who laughed aloud while United Democratic Party Collet area representative Patrick Faber was talking—stole the show. It all unfolded after Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Dean Barrow introduced a supplementary appropriation bill, amounting to $15,958,604, for the fiscal year 2014/2015.

    Two charged for murder of Hattieville taxi operator
    Two Belize City men were arraigned on a charge of murder this afternoon in connection with the shooting death of Hattieville taxi operator Patrick Spencer Tillett, 39. Charles Middleton and Cesario Chuko did not have to enter a plea after Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith read the murder charge to them. Smith asked the two accused men if they understood the charge, before she asked the court’s prosecutor for an adjournment date. The court prosecutor set September 25 as the adjournment date, and the Chief Magistrate remanded Middleton and Chuko to the Belize Central Prison until that date, when they will be brought back to court. Police charged Middleton and Chuko with the June 24 murder of Patrick Spencer Tillett, who was shot multiple times on Cairo Street.

    Mark Swaso, 39, found dead off South Water Caye
    A Sunday afternoon fishing outing ended tragically for a Dangriga man who works on South Water Caye as a tour guide with International Zoological Expeditions (IZE). Friends and relatives learned on Sunday afternoon that Mark Swaso, 39, also known as “Karm,” was missing and after several hours searching for him, recovered his body near the island around midday today. His body was returned to Dangriga close to 5 o’clock this evening. His wife, Trudy Joseph Swaso, said that Mark, who loved to fish in his free time and who would usually go alone on such trips, had gone on his kayak to fish near South Water Caye on Sunday, and they found out after 2:00 p.m., when he didn’t show up to take his guests snorkeling, that he was missing. Vonetta Dawson, Swaso’s relative, told Amandala that Swaso had gone to fish at about 1:00 p.m., and when she was asked if weather could have been a factor in his disappearance, she noted that the weather was fine. She also said that Swaso was a very good swimmer. His wife also mentioned that Mark was in good health.

    Was “Mumush” tortured to death?
    The search for Desmond “Mumush” Usher (also known as Myers), 23, of Mahogany Heights, who was reported missing since Saturday, concluded at about 9:30 this morning when his decomposing body was found in a pimento patch near the water reservoir behind Mahogany Heights. The body was discovered by Usher’s relatives and friends who had been searching for him since Saturday, after he failed to return home Friday night. He apparently had been beaten and tortured to death. Sharima Neal, his devastated common-law wife who was a member of the search party who found her husband, told Amandala this morning that he was at home in Mahogany Heights on Saturday, then went out, but returned at about 8:30 Saturday night, bringing her food at her mom’s house. He then told her to get ready because he would be coming back for her to take her home, but he was first going to see his father, in the village, and then he left the house.

    PUP proposes new Petrocaribe law
    The Opposition People’s United Party (PUP) leader, Hon. Francis Fonseca, invoked an old mantra of the Party, “touch one, touch all,” on Friday at the House of Representatives meeting when the Speaker of the House, Hon. Michael Peyrefitte, decided to eject PUP senator Patrick Andrews from the gallery. Because they walked out of the House meeting, the PUP parliamentarians did not take part in the debate on the amendment to the Petrocaribe Loan Act that the government side passed on in March. At a press conference this morning, Fonseca, flanked by PUP Deputy Leader, Hon. Julius Espat (the member for Cayo South and chairman of the House Public Accounts Committee), explained the PUP’s position on the amendment to the very controversial Petrocaribe Loans Act. In opening the press briefing at the PUP’s Independence Hall headquarters, Fonseca said, “The Petrocaribe Loans Act and the amendment act passed last Friday are insults to the Belizean people. These laws are not worth the paper they are written on. In every corner of this country, the call has been loud and clear: The Petrocaribe Loans Act must be repealed, not amended, repealed; it must go.”

    Guatemalans constitute largest number of persons receiving Belizean citizenship
    Guatemalans constitute the predominant national group among persons receiving Belizean citizenship. At today’s meeting of the House of Representatives, Prime Minister Dean Barrow disclosed, in answer to a question from the Opposition People’s United Party, that 104 Guatemalans were among the 439 new citizens sworn in during 2014. Barrow said that the Guatemalans had been sworn in after they renounced their Guatemalan citizenship and completed the necessary processes to become Belizean citizens. Under Belize’s Constitution, Section 29.3, “No person shall be entitled under the provisions of this Part to be a citizen of Belize or be granted citizenship of Belize if such person shows any allegiance to or is a citizen of a country which does not recognise the independence, sovereignty or territorial integrity of Belize: Provided that the Minister may in his discretion grant Belizean citizenship …”

    Belize to 2015 Optimist North American Championship
    For the first time ever, Belize is to be represented, along with 22 other countries, at the Optimist North American Championship in Antigua. Young sailors from our Belize Sailing Association will represent the Jewel, and the below article appears on the web site that introduces all the participants. 163 sailors, including 40 girls, from 23 countries will participate in the event. Participating countries are: Antigua, Argentina, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands Antilles, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Switzerland, Uruguay, US Virgin Islands, and USA. Here is what they have to say about Belize: Mon. June 29, 2015–The Belize Sailing Association (BzSA) is a fledgling NGO born a mere 5 years ago. The majority of its members do not themselves know how to sail. A handful or two are self-taught sailors, and fewer members than that were professionally trained and have extensive sailing and racing experience under their belts. The non-sailors rally support, because, like the experienced sailors, they have witnessed first hand how sailing leads to a child’s joy and to early development of essential life-skills including critical thinking, self-esteem and confidence, the ability to focus and concentrate, and social skills.

    Former boxing champ, Eustace Hendy, a.k.a. “Jack Budd,” passes
    Today, residents of Cayo are saddened and mourning the passing of former boxing champion, Jack Budd, as he was affectionately known. Jack Budd was highly regarded in the boxing world and particularly popular in down town San Ignacio. Jack made himself even more popular in December, 2014, when he became one of the boxers in the grand boxing match against Ludigario “Kukulick” Paiz… Jack Budd will be missed by many. May his soul rest in peace and rise in eternal glory!

    Government’s Summer of Sports Sponsorship Programme 2015
    The National Sports Council is pleased to announce that it has completed the vetting exercise of the Government’s Summer of Sports Programme 2015. Ninety-one applicants from all over the country met the requirements and will be receiving sponsorship for their summer camps. All successful applicants have been contacted, and the National Sports Council thanks all those who applied. The successful applicants will be signing agreements and receiving their initial disbursement of funds commencing today, Friday, June 26, at 10:30 a.m. at the National Sports Council office, located at Rogers Stadium, corner Cemetery Road and Dolphin Street, Belize City.

    Knockout semifinals in Smart 13 & Under
    The last regular season games in Week 11 of the 2015 Smart 13 & Under Football Tournament took place on Saturday, June 27, at the MCC Grounds, and the stage is now set for the playoffs this coming Saturday, in which the top 4 teams will square off – #1 seed vs #4 seed, and #2 seed vs #3 seed in one-game knockout semifinals. Before our report, a correction from last week’s report on Week 10, where we erroneously allocated the Ladyville Jaguars goal to D’Jon Canelo in their important 1-nil win over rivals Hattieville Youths. Actually, D’Jon assisted on the goal, which was actually scored by Alex Croft. In the Week 11 schedule opener on Saturday, Face of Belize won by default over Third World. In game 2, Ladyville Jaguars strengthened their playoff hopes with an exciting 1-1 draw against Rising Stars, also based in Ladyville. Emilio Salazar put Rising Stars in front, but D’Jon Canelo equalized for the Jaguars. Game 3 saw Collet Strikers and Young Warriors, #2 and #3 ranked, respectively, playing to a nil-nil stalemate. These same two teams will clash in the semifinals, where a winner must be produced. In game 4 on Saturday, it was London Strikers, 1-0, over Heights FC, on a goal by Keffer Perteau. In game 5, City Boys got a goal apiece from Dwayne Tillett and Rasheed Lord, to register the 2-nil victory over Charlston FC.

    Editorial: The Southside puzzle
    Two teenaged students were separately, critically injured by gunfire on the Southside of Belize City on Monday night, June 22, and Wednesday night, June 24, respectively. Tarique Thompson, 15, a second form high school student, was shot on Monday on Lakeview Street and died over the weekend. Ruben Leslie, 16, was shot at the corner of Magazine Road and Banak Street on Wednesday, and continues to fight for his life. A few years ago, it was established by professional academic research that the frequency of gun violence and murder on the Southside of Belize City has reached civil war levels, if we use the measuring stick for such matters used by the United Nations. Nowhere in the nation-state of Belize have young boys and young men been dying at the rate they have been dying on the Southside. The irony of the situation is that nowhere in Belize is there the concentration of powerful Government Cabinet Ministers that there is on the Southside. There are six historically Southside political constituencies, and a seventh constituency which had been exclusively Northside since 1961, became partially Southside for the first time in 2008. That is Pickstock, which sent Foreign Minister/Attorney General Wilfred Elrington to the House of Representatives in the 2008 and 2012 general elections. The longtime Southside constituencies are Queen’s Square, Mesopotamia, Port Loyola, Albert, Collet, and Lake Independence. These constituencies sent in 2012, in that order, Prime Minister/Minister of Finance Dean Barrow, Housing Minister Michael Finnegan, Local Development Minister Anthony Martinez, Junior Minister Herman Longsworth, Education/Sports/Youth Minister Patrick Faber, and Junior Minister Mark King to the House of Representatives and the Cabinet Room.

    From the Publisher
    It is clear that there was an organized attempt at the highest levels of the Government of Belize to downplay the incident at the Sarstoon River Island which took place between Thursday, May 28, and Friday morning, May 29, when armed elements of the Belize Coast Guard and armed elements of the Guatemalan navy confronted each other. At the time of an incident, exactly three months before this May 28/29 incident, when armed elements of the said Guatemalan Navy kidnapped 37 Belizeans who were under the banner of Belize’s Northern Territorial Volunteers (NTV) from the same location in the Sarstoon River mouth and forced them to go to the Guatemalan port of Livingston, the response of the various Cabinet Ministers of the ruling United Democratic Party (UDP) had been inappropriate. One high-ranking leader of the Belize Government actually referred to the NTV mission as “misguided patriotism.” In the House of Representatives, the Toledo East area representative of the Opposition People’s United Party (PUP), it should be noted, took a similar line, when he criticized the NTV and similar groupings for behavior which he said would provoke violence from “those people” (the Guatemalans).

    Punta Gorda fishers dominate in outstanding fishers award
    For the first time today, 5 Belizean fishers were publicly recognized for their outstanding contributions to fisheries in Belize on the occasion of Fisherman’s Day: Vonetta Dawson of Dangriga, Toribio Parchue of Punta Gorda, Joel Casimiro of Punta Gorda, Carlton Young of Placencia and Anna Ramirez of Punta Gorda. Mrs. Ramirez was presented with the Punta Fuego Fisher of the Year award while Mr. Young was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Both Ramirez, 63, and Young, 74, have been fishing for over 50 years, and they are still actively engaged in the industry. Young, born in Punta Gorda but raised in Monkey River, told us that he is planning to venture out to the seas on Wednesday. All awardees, 4 of whom are connected with Punta Gorda, were recognized at official ceremonies held at the Coastal Zone Training Room in Belize City, to commemorate Fisherman’s Day – a collaborative effort of the Belize Fisheries Department, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), the Caribbean Network of Fisherfolk Organizations (CNFO) and the Nature Conservancy, with awards organized in collaboration with Punta Fuego, a Love FM radio drama after which the awards are named.

    The untimely death of Tarique Thompson, 15
    Tarique Thompson, 15, a 2nd form student of Canaan High School, today unfortunately succumbed to gunshot wounds he suffered while making his way home at around 8:30 on Monday night in Belize City. The teenager was walking on Lakeview Street, heading to his home on Sibun Street, which is just one block away, when he was targeted by a pair of gunmen, one of whom was reportedly wearing a fisherman’s hat. Thompson was shot in the head and neck and was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH), where he remained in an induced coma until around 12:00 p.m. today, when he died after clinging to life for three and a half days. His family maintained that he was a gentle, kind and mannerly young man who was not involved in any of the gang activities that took place in his neighborhood, which lies on the fringes of the nearby gang turf known as “Ghost Town”, and therefore, did not deserve such a violent, horrible fate.

    At public forum, BNTU says no to Petrocaribe Loan Act and amendment
    The government of Prime Minister Dean Barrow tabled the amendment to its controversial Petrocaribe Loans Act today in the House of Representatives, where it was not debated by the Opposition People’s United Party (PUP), whose members walked out the House due to their objection to another matter. Two days ago, however, the Petrocaribe Loans Act and its proposed amendment, which is now on its way to the Senate for approval, were the subject of a public forum by the Belize National Teachers Union, (BNTU) at the Holy Redeemer Parish Hall. In his introductory remarks at the forum, the BNTU president Luke Palacio described the amendment to the Petrocaribe Law as “cosmetic.” “The government has also refused to repeal the section that speaks to retrospectivity,” Palacio continued. “They [the government] have spent so much money without going to the National Assembly, and BNTU and its council of management said no,” Palacio further noted. He also stated that the actions of the government are heading toward “tyranny, and dictatorship.”

    APBEL celebrates 10 years of Petrocaribe in Belize
    Alba Petrocaribe Belize Energy Limited (APBEL), the Belizean company through which Petrocaribe fuel is bought from Venezuela, today commemorated the 10th anniversary of the Petrocaribe agreement between the governments of Venezuela and Belize at its headquarters on Coney Drive in Belize City. The regional social development loan program, which was the brainchild of former Venezuelan president, the late Hugo Chavez, has, of late, become one of the most widely discussed topics in local public circles, and depending on who you listen to, the spending of the funds that are made available by means of that loan program has either been touted as a means for unprecedented infrastructural works, or criticized as a slush fund through which the ruling party has been able to muscle its way to a series of political successes. A Petrocaribe alliance, which is made up of 17 Caribbean and Central American states, in addition to Venezuela, was launched in June 2005 when it was decided through the Bolivarian Alliance of the Americas that the initiative would go beyond oil production to promote economic cooperation as well.

    Barrow says Maya needed eviction order from court
    The attempt by the Maya of Santa Cruz to evict Rupert Myles, a Creole Belizean who has a child and common-law wife living in the village, and the subsequent move by law enforcement authorities to arrest several Maya villagers, the village alcalde, Manuel Pop, and Maya activist, Cristina Coc, have fueled a national debate, and today, Prime Minister Dean Barrow, who reiterated the Government’s commitment to put proper systems in place to make provisions for special rights of the indigenous Maya, issued a call in the House of Representatives Friday, via a formal statement, for Belizeans to exercise maturity and restraint, by abiding by the status quo until progress can be achieved on this front and discouraged confrontation and violence. Barrow recalled the recent airing on national television of “very graphic and extremely disturbing images” of Myles tied hand and foot and imprisoned by Maya Belizeans in the village of Santa Cruz and footage of an earlier encounter of Cristina Coc of the Maya Leaders Alliance and another ethnically mixed Belizean, Joseph Estephan. He added that both what was said by Coc and what was done by Santa Cruz villagers raise some hinge issues that he felt the need to address.

    CARICOM states strong objection to EU “blacklist”
    The Caribbean Community Secretariat has recorded its strong objection to a recent action by the European Union, listing Belize and several other Caribbean territories as international tax havens, as a part of a scheme which the EU has launched to crack down on tax avoidance. “The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) strongly objects to the recent decision by the European Commission to ‘blacklist’ a number of Member States of CARICOM on the pretext that there is no cooperation on tax law enforcement with the countries of the European Union (EU),” the statement from the Caribbean Community on European Union List of Non-Co-operative Tax Jurisdictions and Countries said. CARICOM goes on to say that the assertion by the EU “is patently false in view of the continued efforts made by member states to comply with the onerous and unilateral regulatory measures put forward by the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) which sets international standards on tax cooperation.” As our newspaper noted when we reported the story, Belize has signed a string of agreements with several foreign countries, including some belonging to the EU.

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    O.W. P.C. critical after beating in Rhaburn Ridge
    Police Constable Jason Hall is in critical condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital after being beaten by a would-be Good Samaritan on Monday. Orange Walk police captured the suspect, who is now in Belize City expecting charges of aggravated assault. Around 3:25 in the afternoon Constable Hall […]

    Girl, 10, molested in Corozal
    Police are seeking a man of Corozal Town pending charges of indecent sexual assault against a female child aged 10. According to police, the student and her mother told them that she was first touched by the suspect, who is known to her about three weeks before making […]

    FIU, PM laud banking compliance
    Caribbean countries listed recently by the European Union for being “non-cooperative jurisdictions” in the offshore services sector have hit back at the designation, saying they are in fact fully or largely compliant. Fighting to ensure that their correspondent banking relationships appears undamaged, the countries have gotten support from the […]

    Police graduate 400 GREAT students
    The Gang Resistance Education and Training Program (GREAT) of the Belize Police Department held ceremonies in Belize City today for over 400 students from eight City schools. This program was not about math and ABC’s, but about helping them avoid the lure of the gang lifestyle. Officer in […]

    More consultation planned over marijuana
    The Government of Belize has entertained proposals for a decriminalization of possession of ten grams of marijuana. This puts Belize well behind regional counterparts such as Jamaica which has decriminalized small amounts of marijuana since April and anticipates a taxed and regulated medical marijuana sector. But here in […]

    Social Security Board allowed loans to Zabaneh companies?
    The Investment Committee of the Social Security Board (SSB) has approved loans to two companies based in the banana and citrus belt in Belize in the Independence area. They are Meridian Enterprises Limited and Diverse Investments Limited. But behind the innocuous names, some see the moving shadow of […]

    Police looking for answers after “Mumuch” death
    Superintendent of Police Hilberto Romero, officer in charge of Eastern Division Criminal Investigation Branch, says police investigations haven’t gotten very far in the death of 23 year old Desmond Usher, also known as “Mumuch.” His body was found 8:30 Monday morning in a remote area of Mahogany Heights […]

    Woman acquitted of manslaughter over dogs
    It was a cause celebre five years ago when two dogs bit a senior citizen so badly that he died in the Tropical Park area of Hattieville, Belize District. 65 year old Edmund Spain sustained dog bites to his right hand and died five days later in hospital. […]

    Search suspended for missing TugBoat Captain
    The family of eighty year old San Pedro businessman, Leovijildo Varela is today coming to grips with the reality that they may not locate their loved one who was lost at sea last week Thursday. Reports are that Varela was thrown off of a tugboat which was pulling a barge […]

    Accused murderers of taxi driver charged
    39 year old Patrick Spencer, also known as Patrick Dean Tillett, was murdered on Wednesday night, June 24, in Belize City. The taxi operator of Hattieville who worked in Belize City was socializing on Cairo Street when he was shot several times in the left armpit and arm […]

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    29 local residents provide medical care on mission trip to Belize
    First Baptist Church of Conway, First Nazarene Church of Conway, Second Baptist Church of Conway and Fellowship Bible Church of Conway had 29 medical and dental team members provide care for a small town in Belize from May 23 to 31, 2015. A clinic was constructed in the local Nazarene Church of Succotz. The team triaged 1,451 people, filled 3,046 prescriptions, performed 74 dental extractions and five dental fillings, distributed 450 pairs of glasses, and distributed 600 Bibles; 33 people decided to follow Christ. The team also visited two orphanages and provided medical and dental care to King’s Children’s Home in Cotton Tree Village, with 80 children ranging in age from 12 months to 18 years, and Maria’s House of Hope in Mountain View, with 20 children ages 2 months to 18 years.

    Marines offer tougher training in Central American exercise
    Marines turned up the heat in Belize during an annual partnership exercise this month, offering more demanding training, as well as new riverine and jungle warfare tracks. About 250 troops from Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean participated in the second phase of Tradewinds 2015 alongside about 100 Marines. Roughly two dozen of those Marines hailed from the brand-new Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-South, which deployed in early June to provide humanitarian support and assistance to Central American nations during the six-month hurricane season.

    C’bean countries urged to pay closer attention to crime and security
    A three-day Caribbean Basin Security Initative (CBSI) conference began here Monday, with Barbados urging regional countries to pay closer attention to the crime and security agenda agreed to by the regional leaders in 2013. Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite said he was also concerned that with CARICOM leaders due to meet here later this week, not enough attention was being paid to establishing the crime and security strategy. “We have the strategy, we have the organs that are supposed to implement the strategy, but it is my opinion that we are not giving the organs the wherewithal to implement it,” said Brathwaite, who is also Minister of Home Affairs. Brathwaite was addressing the opening of the Customs and Border Protection Border Security Professional Exchange conference, being held under the theme “Information Sharing and Collaboration as a Strategy to Counter Transnational Criminal Organisations”. He told delegates that regional Governments had a responsibility to ensure that the vehicles used to implement the crime and security strategies in the region were given the necessary resources without totally relying on the United States or other international partners.

    Caribbean Countries Demand Removal from EU Tax Haven List
    The Organization of Eastern Caribbean States said it is determined to have 13 Caribbean countries removed from the European Union’s list of 30 international tax havens. “We said we are going to aggressively pursue getting this thing to be removed,” the current OECS chairman, Grenada Prime Minister Keith Mitchell, said Monday at a meeting of the group. “It is not a positive assessment, so therefore it is something we must move to get rid of and that’s why collectively we are going to do whatever we have to do and we are taking our case to the CARICOM (Caribbean Community) region, because Barbados was also named,” he said.


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