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August 20, 2017

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The San Pedro Sun

Island athlete Ada Cordova receives sports scholarship to the University of Belize
A recent San Pedro High School (SPHS) graduate has been awarded a full sports scholarship to the University Of Belize (UB). On Friday, August 11th, during a ceremony at the UB Jaguar Auditorium in Belmopan City, Ada Cordova of the graduating SPHS Class of 2017 was officially presented with a scholarship for the upcoming academic year. Cordova is no stranger to the sport scene, having represented the SPHS at several national tournaments, and joining the Belize team at international tournaments such as the Under-17, Council for Sports and Recreation of Central America (CODICADER) games. The Student-Athlete Scholarship Program is funded by UB and has been in existence for the past 11 years. The scholarship caters for students who excel in both academic and athletic skills. Scholarships are given to both male and female students in the disciplines that range from Basketball, Football, Softball, Cycling and Canoeing. At the ceremony, all scholarship recipients were presented with their awards and signed their contract agreements which include stipulations for good behavior, good grades, and community service.

New Auditor General’s Report showing Mismanaged Accounts
On Friday, August 18th, the House of Representatives reviewed the Auditor General’s report on the Government of Belize’s (GOB) April 2012/ March 2013 Financial Statement. The Financial Statement in question was for the first year of Prime Minister Dean Barrow’s and the United Democratic Party’s (UDP) second consecutive term in office. While ministerial comments on the report are yet to be released, an initial review of the document by the Belizean media quotes the Auditor General as claiming ‘mismanaged accounts’. A statement within the Auditor General’s report indicated “in the analysis of Financial Statement 2012/2013 most bank accounts along with other Government of Belize accounts managed by the Accountant General were not reconciled. These accounts have not been reconciled for a number of years. In some instances, accounts have significant discrepancies, and in all instances, have a material effect on the overall presentation of the Financial Statements.”

San Pedro Food Bank to be renamed in Honor of Colleen Schwendinger
Raise Me Up (Belize Non-Governmental Organization) is excited to announce that the San Pedro Food Bank program will be renamed in honor of the late benefactor Colleen Schwendinger of Rendezvous Restaurant. Her husband, Glenn Schwendinger decided that on the second anniversary of his wife Colleen’s untimely death, her memory should have meaning. Through donations collected at “Colleen’s Celebration of Life” memorial service, and from long-time friends Matt Russell, and Al and Janet Kruebbe, over $14,000 dollars will have been donated to Raise Me Up for its food bank program. Currently operating as “San Pedro Food Bank”, and located at the San Pedro Lions Den, the program will relocate to Hope Haven, a children’s shelter and community outreach center located adjacent to Maya Island Air’s terminal in San Pedro Town of Ambergris Caye. Upon its relocation, the name will be officially changed to “Colleen’s Kitchen at San Pedro Food Bank”.

Government of Belize Officially Announces Legislation on Indefinite Moratorium on Offshore Oil Exploration
oday, Friday, August 18th, in the sitting of the House of Representatives, Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow officially announced Cabinet’s August 15th decision to legislate an indefinite moratorium on offshore oil exploration in Belize’s territorial sea, including the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Prime Minister Barrow stressed that the current administration has had, and has committed to for some time now, an official policy decision to abstain from oil exploration in our territorial sea and EEZ. Cabinet’s decision is in furthering that policy decision, to assure citizens, the environmental community, and investors, that the Government of Belize is committed to sustainable development.

Misc Belizean Sources

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Closing Ceremonies for Zone 4 Neighborhood Watch Summer Program a Success
Kids had a week full of activities such as art & crafts, games, and guest speakers as well as presentations by local entities in the community.

Our Country Desk Officer, Benjamin, came for a visit to get to know Belize and the experience of Peace Corps Volunteers here
He'll take his new-found knowledge back to the States to help future applicants prepare for successful service in Belize. Thank you Ben!

Student says athletic scholarship made the difference
The athletic scholarship lead me to Student Gov’t. & a Bachelors Degree "It is with my utmost sincere gratitude, that I write to the Dean of student affairs and all those who operate under her supervision, expressing how thankful I am, to have been granted the opportunity to further my education through the means of the Student Athletic Program. As another semester has come to end, and as I am on the last leg of my journey; I reminiscence on how this program has not only contributed to my development as a young person academically, but has also contributed to my personal development, in areas such as: being responsible, committed, maintaining proper discipline, and last but not least, understanding the importance of giving back.

Job opening at BEL
A vacancy exists for the post of Customer Care Representative II in the Customer Care Department (San Ignacio) of Belize Electricity Limited.

Below the Surface Exhibit
Valerie Penner is having an art exhibit at the Wildfire Artmosphere next Saturday, August 26th. The exhibit is entitled 'Below the Surface,' and will start at 7:00pm. "I will be having an exhibit showcasing the journey of a set of paintings that came to life under a period of more than three years. Together they show the life below the surface of the mind."

Clean Water Camp evaluation survey
Two of the many smiling faces welcoming us in San Mateo as we start the 2017 Kids for Clean Water Camp evaluation survey with Belize Community Conservation and Caribbean Youth Environment Network - Belize.

LOVE FM

Harvey has Belizeans in suspense, will it hit or miss?
The National Emergency Management Organization issued its first advisory on Tropical Storm Harvey earlier today. At the time of the advisory Tropical Storm Harvey was located near latitude 13.4 North, and longitude 62.9 West or approximately 1,700 miles east of Belize. Harvey has sustained winds of 40 miles per hour and was moving to the […]

Offshore Drilling Moratorium to become Law
Today, Prime Minister Dean Barrow officially announced government’s plan to convert the moratorium on offshore oil exploration into a permanent piece of legislation. As we had reported yesterday the Prime Minister wrote to the Vice President of Oceana, Janelle Chanona in respect to Belize’s moratorium on offshore oil exploration. In his letter, the Prime Minister […]

House to decriminalize Marijuana
Eight bills were introduced during today’s Special Sitting for the House of Representatives. One of those bills is the Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) Bill, 2017. This bill seeks to ‘decriminalize the possession of cannabis in amounts not exceeding ten grams, to provide for the imposition of monetary and non-recordable penalties for the possession of cannabis […]

PM says Shoman comments may land her in hot water
Yesterday we told you about the open letter written to Prime Minister Dean Barrow by former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Senator, Lisa Shoman. Shoman’s letter was in response to a recent comment made by the present Foreign Affairs Minister, Wilfred Elrington in regards to the Guatemalan Belize territorial dispute. In an interview, Elrington said […]

Hon. Julius Espat walks out over Auditor General’s Report
Tabled today during the Sitting of the House of Representatives was the 2012-2013 Auditor General’s Report. As we have been reporting, the audit conducted focuses on several government ministries and departments including the Ministry of Works, Ministry of National Security, Ministry of Education and the Department of Sales Tax. Yesterday the Leader of the Opposition, […]

Re-registration saga
The topic of re-registration was brought up today in the Sitting of the House of Representatives. As you may already know, the Governor General signed a Statutory Instrument recently delaying it until July 2018. The Government says it does not have the money to carry out the exercise which would cost up to twenty million […]

Will GOB create Maya Lands Registry?
Last week The SarstoonTemash Institute for Indigenous Management (SATIIM) announced the launching of its own Maya Lands Registry with Crique Sarco being the first Maya village to make use of it. The creation of the registry came after two years that the CCJ handed down a ruling ordering the Government of Belize to “create an effective […]

House discuss Town Council Bill
The eighth bill that was introduced today at the Special Sitting of the House of Representatives in Belmopan was the Town Councils Amendment Bill 2017. The bill makes provisions for greater autonomy to the Town Councils for raising funds for capital projects. Opposition Leader John Briceno and Prime Minister Dean Barrow debated the bill. John […]

Is the fish on your plate safe?
The Ministry of Health has issued an advisory after suspected ciguatera or fish poisoning was detected in persons that had eaten barracuda bought from a fish vendor in Ladyville. The Ministry says ciguatera poisoning is normally seen in predatory fish, mainly barracudas. However, other fish such as the coral trout, red snapper, donu, parrot fish, […]

NICH comments on BSCAP
The National Institute of Culture and History says it is saddened at the state of affairs that is on-going with BSCAP and the now Ex-CEO Shyne Barrow since the situation destabilizes the movement towards copyright and fair economic rewards for our Musicians. NICH says it is very supportive of copyright and artist development in Belize […]

The Reporter

Rotaract and Westrac support education at Ebenezer Methodist school
Today, the Rotaract Club of Belize City and Westrac Limited, assisted 150 students from Ebenezer Methodist School today with school bags containing school supplies. Representatives from the Rotaract and Westrac met with students, parents and the staff of EMS at 10 a.m., to hand over the bags, which also contained Westrac T-shirts. The Rotaract’s Jalen Good explained that the donation forms a part of the organization’s back to school initiatives which have been running for about four years. Good said that the bags were distributed to Infants 1 and 2, along with Standard 1 and Standard 6 classes. Westracs’ Julian Thiessen said that the entire donation was valued between $2,500 – $4,000, and forms a part of the company’s initiatives to support education and sports for youths.

NEMO on alert for Tropical Storm Harvey

New Bills passed during House Meeting
Following the House of Representatives special sitting on Friday, town councils now have more autonomy when it comes to raising funds for Capital Projects; and the Government of Belize has placed a moratorium on offshore oil exploration in Belize. The town councils have been empowered through the Town Council Amendment Bill 2017, one of eight Bills tabled, and the only one to go through its full reading. Prime Minister Dean Barrow explained that one of the major reasons for the amendment was to give the San Ignacio Town Council the ability to borrow the money to complete the construction of its new town hall. The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) says it is on alert, given the pending Tropical Storm Harvey, but has not activated. The latest advisory from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which was issued this morning, warns that Harvey is moving toward the west at around 21mph, with maximum sustained winds of 40mph and some higher gusts. NOAH added that Harvey is expected to strengthen within the next 48 hours. Meteorologists have noted that Harvey is a “rather disorganised system” that has already brought 4.5 inches of rain to Barbados.

NEAB makes statement on marijuana decriminalization
The National Evangelical Association of Belize, on Friday, spoke out against the Government of Belize’s decision to decriminalize 10 grams of marijuana. NEAB said that it is convinced the move is an incremental step towards full legalization of marijuana in Belize. The organization, which says it represents over 250 churches countrywide, noted that it had made a presentation to the Prime Minister, quoting studies from sources such as Harvard Medical School, and the University of Australia, which emphasized that marijuana is harmful and decriminalizing it is a bad policy decision.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Harvey weakens to Tropical Depression
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is reporting that Harvey has weakened to a Tropical Depression. As of this afternoon, the center of Harvey was located near latitude 14.1 North, longitude 70.0 West. The depression is moving toward the west near 22 mph (35 km/h) […]

Man shot by Customs Officer dies
Four days ago, on Tuesday August 15, 31-year-old Dwayne Almendarez was shot by a Customs Officer in Yo Creek. Since then he had been hospitalized in a critical condition and had even gone into a coma. However, just before 7:00 a.m. today he succumbed […]

Peruvian singer, Rossi War, in Belize
The Miss Estereo Amor Pageant will be held tonight at the Sacred Heart College Auditorium in San Ignacio. Eight contestants from around the country are vying for the title of Miss Estereo Amor 2017. The talented young ladies will compete tonight: Selena Urias – […]

Harvey continues to move west
The National Hurricane Center (NHC), reported this morning, that Harvey remains a tropical storm but is less organized than yesterday. As of this morning, Harvey was located 1,010 miles east of Cabo Gracias a Dios on the Nicaragua/ Honduras border with maximum sustained winds […]

Blogs

A Myriad of Meals: Lunch Options on Ambergris Caye
In Belize, lunch is often the big meal. The busiest time by far is Noon to One. Some businesses – like govt offices or shops – close during that time for lunch hour. And if you get to some of the most popular local delis after those hours — the daily special (whether it’s Escabeche, pig tail or Black Soup) can be sold out. There is even MORE of a reason to love your lunch these days. With the growth of our island – both in popularity and population – we have SO many choices. An overflow of options. An abundance of alternatives. To highlight just some of it, here is what I ate just this week on Ambergris Caye. If you had shown me this list 10 years ago…when I first moved to San Pedro…I wouldn’t have believed it. An ode to my favorite meal and the massive DELICIOUS selection that we have in San Pedro.

International Sourcesizz

US calls out Caribbean on religious freedom
Though religious freedom is generally upheld in most, if not all, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries, the United States has called out some nations for what it describes as religious intolerance. In releasing the 2016 International Religious Freedom Report earlier this week, the US Department of State said that almost 20 years after passage of the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998, “conditions in many parts of the world are far from ideal,” including those in the Caribbean. The Department of State, therefore, cited instances of what it regarded as religious intolerance in some CARICOM-member states, particularly in the larger ones.

On mission trip to Belize or facing Lamar Jackson, UK’s Stephen Johnson won’t be rattled
You can take Stephen Johnson to Central America. You can confront the Kentucky quarterback with challenges — repairing churches, rebuilding fences, laying cement — that stretch his skills. Yet even on a mission trip this summer to Belize with his family and other members of the Abundant Living Family Church, Johnson couldn’t be rattled. “He was asked to do a lot of things, maybe, he hadn’t done a lot of before,” the UK quarterback’s father, also named Stephen Johnson, said of the trip. “But you know Stephen: He just kept his head and put in hard work.”

Videos

  • The crocs that live in the lake beside our pool, 1min. Never seen them do this before. Apparently it's feeding time and somebody has them in a routine!

  • Eating termites in Belize, 1/2min.

  • Belize- Aug 2017, 3min. 5 Days in Caye Caulker.

  • Hol Chan Tunnel, Belize 2017 - outside reef, 2min.

  • 1977 SJC St John's College Class of 1977 Reunion Complete Slideshow Belize City July 29, 2017, 17min.

  • 1977 SJC St John's College Class of 1977 Reunion Complete Video Belize City July 29, 2017, 68min. St John's College Class of 1977 Reunion. 40 years!

  • Lamanai Archeological Site in Belize, 15min.

  • Furrowed Wood Turtle, 1/2min. A tiny turtle was crossing the highway which cuts through the Golden Stream Corridor Preserve so our team gave this little guy a hand. It turned out to be a Furrowed Wood Turtle (Rhinoclemmys areolata).

    August 19, 2017

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    Specials and Events

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    The San Pedro Sun

    ADVISORY NO. 1: TROPICAL STORM HARVEY MOVING WESTWARD IN THE CARIBBEAN
    The National Emergency Management Organization in collaboration with the National Meteorological Service hereby informs the general public that Tropical Storm Harvey is located near latitude 13.4North, and longitude 62.9 West or approximately 1, 700 miles east of Belize. Harvey has sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (mph) and is moving to the West at 21 miles per hour. If it maintains its projected path over the next 3-4 days based on the forecast, the country could be affected by tropical storm or higher conditions sometime between Tuesday and Wednesday or thereafter. Over the next 3-4 days the only concern

    DFC Eco Rangers benefit from Blue Water Grill’s Monthly Donation Program
    A group of young environmentalist have set out to make San Pedro Town a cleaner place. Since inception, the DFC Eco Rangers have been hard at work, cleaning up their neighborhood and raising awareness for proper garbage disposal. The actions of these children have not gone unnoticed as several businesses have stepped up to show support by donating to their cause. Most recently, the DFC Eco Rangers received a substantial donation of $3,531 from the Blue Water Grill (BWG), The Phoenix Resort and Wine de Vine. The donation was part of the businesses’ Monthly Donation Program where customers make monetary contributions that are matched 100%. During the month of July, BWG customers donated $1,462, The Phoenix customers donated $275 and Wine de Vine customer donated $29. After matching the donations, a grand total of $3,532 was handed over to the Eco Rangers. “They made us a great trash bin that we will install on the beach in front of our restaurant. If you doubt the work ethic, selflessness, and intelligence of young people in Belize, you should spend time with these kids. We guarantee that your perception will change,” says BWG.

    CZMAI reiterates Catch and Release Law
    On September 26, 2009, Statutory Instruments (SI) 114 and 115 were passed into law. SI 114 of the Fisheries Act, Chapter210, cites the three main fish species designated for protection including other common sport fish species: Tarpon (Megalops atlanticus), Permit (Trachinotus falcatus) and Bonefish (Albula vulpes). These fish species are intended for ‘Catch and Release’ fishing only. “Catch and release is a practice within recreational/ sport fishing, intended as a technique of conservation. After capture, the fish are unhooked and returned to the water before experiencing serious exhaustion or injury,” says CZMAI. “SI 115 of the Coastal Zone Management Authority Act, Chapter 329 states that ‘every person desirous of engaging in sport fishing within Belizean waters shall apply… for a sport fishing license.’ The CZMAI is thus responsible for the distribution of licenses and the collection of fees from the sale of these licenses.”

    Belize Network of NGOs disapprove postponement of Re-registration Exercise
    The decision to hold the re-registration of electors until after the 2018 Municipal Election has left several organizations dissatisfied. Among those voicing their concern is the Belize Network of NGOs (BNN), who has indicated their disappointment over the postponement of the exercise. The postponement of the national re-registration exercise was officially published in the Government Gazette on June 30, 2017, after Governor General Sir Colville Young signed a statutory instrument and proclamation to push back the exercise until next year.

    Martin Dawson and 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu team up to bring self-defense training to San Pedro
    Island residents are honing their Martial Arts skills during a week-long seminar. The summer program is organized by 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu, an international group implementing the non-traditional system of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu developed by Eddie Bravo, and local MMA fighter and instructor, Martin Dawson. The free program taught valuable self-defense techniques to both children and women. The summer program was held from Tuesday, August 15th to Friday August 18th at a training room on Barrier Reef Drive. Participants were encouraged to bring the whole family to take part in this once-in-a lifetime self-defense class led by Dawson and 10th Planet instructors Matt Salinas and Aaron Smith. “I hope that this seminar will give the people an understanding of the discipline of MMA. By taking these lessons, participants can get an idea of what MMA is, building self-confidence and learning self-defense techniques,” said Dawson.

    Ambergris Today

    Tropical Storm Harvey Sets Sights On Belize Nemo Issues First Advisory
    Tropical Storm Harvey Moving Westward in the Caribbean - The National Emergency Management Organization in collaboration with the National Meteorological Service hereby informs the public that Tropical Storm Harvey is located near latitude 13.4 North, and longitude 62.9 West or approximately 1,700 miles east of Belize. Harvey has sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (mph) and is moving to the West at 21 miles per hour. If it maintains its projected path over the next 3-4 days based on the forecast, the country could be affected by the tropical storm or higher conditions sometime between Tuesday and Wednesday or thereafter. Over the next 3-4 days, the only concern for Belize is Tropical Storm Harvey.

    Success In Sight Against Offshore Oil Activity In Belize
    - Government of Belize Announces Commitment to Legislate Indefinite Moratorium on Offshore Oil in Belizean Waters - Right Honorable Prime Minister Dean Barrow officially announced in the House of Representatives today, Friday, August 18, 2017, his administration’s commitment and plan to legislate an indefinite moratorium on offshore oil activity in Belize’s territorial sea including its Exclusive Economic Zone. The Belize Coalition to Save Our Natural Heritage welcomes this decision and commends the Prime Minister for his decisive leadership. The Coalition takes this announcement as a commitment by the Government of Belize to fully incorporate the value of our natural resources in developing a sustainable economy.

    Massive Land Clearing Has Island Residents Very Concerned
    Once it became obvious last week that the clear cutting was not going to be confined to a small area, residents of south Ambergris Caye started mobilizing and expressing their concerns to local authorities. It’s acres upon acres that have been leveled completely by developers and area residents say they had no regards to any impact on the environment. The large lots of land located in Holiday Lands LLC include property adjacent to Royal Caribbean Resort that extends all the way to Pelican Reef Villas, a distance almost a mile long. Neighboring residents are outraged at the destruction of trees, including mangroves that are natural habitat to many wild animals living in the area.

    Misc Belizean Sources

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    Reef Radio's 18th Anniversary
    Let us celebrate Reef Radio's 18th Anniversary at the Hon. Louis Sylvester Sporting Complex on Saturday August 19th, 2017. Entrance fee only 10.00 and includes a drink courtesy of Travellers. See You There!!!

    Suspected Ciguatera Poisoning Detected in Fish Consumers
    The Ministry of Health informs the public that suspected fish poisoning (Ciguatera poisoning) was detected in persons that had eaten fish bought from a fish vendor in Ladyville, Belize District. Further investigation into these cases has linked and identified that the fish consumed was barracuda. Consumers are warned that ciguatera poisoning is normally seen in predatory fish, mainly barracudas. However, other fish such as the coral trout, red snapper, donu, parrot fish, grouper, Spanish mackerel, red emperor, wrasse, reef cod, sturgeon fish, trevally and moray eel may also cause ciguatera poisoning. It is key to note that this toxin does not affect the appearance, odor or taste of the fish; and freezing or cooking the contaminated fish will not prevent the poisoning. Anyone who consumes fish contaminated with the ciguatera toxin will become ill. ndividuals who consume any fish that contains the toxin can experience many symptoms including tingling and numbness in fingers, toes, around lips, tongue, mouth and throat; nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and/or abdominal cramps, joint pains, headache, and difficulty breathing.

    First Regional Media Co-Op program is underway in Los Angeles and we are proud to have Andrea Polanco from Channel 5 represent Belize!
    The program focuses on community policing and citizen security issues and includes participants from Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and El Salvador. The program will explore successful at-risk youth community and school-based programs that focus on vocational training, remedial education, life skills and job placement; examples of private sector initiatives that target at-risk youth; conversations with relevant government agency representative at the national and local levels, and with NGOs involved in countering gang violence; and visits to violence prevention programs that could demonstrate the effectiveness of incorporating police, municipal government and local community members into law enforcement and prevention efforts. Participants will also conduct interviews with mayors or municipal representatives in Los Angeles, and Boston.

    Paradise Theater playing this weekend
    Playing this weekend .. SCREEN 1: Goon the last of the Enforcers @ 7, Baywatch @9. SCREEN 2: The Lion King @ 7, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 @ 9.

    "GARVEYISM", BELIZE, IBO TOWN & ISIAH MORTER!
    Belizean Legends pay special tribute to the Marcus Garvey Movement in Belize that this monument of the legendary Belizean "Garveyite", Isiah Morter, is depicted here in the photograph. Isiah Morter, like Africa's richest man in the world, Mansa Musa, King of Islamic Mali in Africa, was considered also as one of Belize's richest men; and had at one time owned the Belizean island of Caye Chapel. Morter who made millions from his coconut business, donated most of his wealth to Marcus Garvey's United Negro Improvement Association (UNIA). The Isiah Morter symbol of African slave resistance and power in Belize was erected in what was once named, "Ibo Town" in the Yabra Area of Belize City by Belizean musical artist and Kriole activist, Bredda David Obi, through the assistance of the Belize City Council in the 1990s. The statue of Isiah Morter represents Marcus Garvey's vision in Belize of African liberation in the most symbolic form.

    Francis Reneau's 'Timeless Motown Memories'
    Mark your calendars .... Aug. 31 and Sept 1, Bliss Centre

    NEMO ADVISORY No.1 - TROPICAL STORM HARVEY MOVING WESTWARD IN THE CARIBBEAN
    The National Emergency Management Organization in collaboration with the National Meteorological Service hereby informs the public that Tropical Storm Harvey is located near latitude 13.4 North, and longitude 62.9 West or approximately 1,700 miles east of Belize. Harvey has sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (mph) and is moving to the West at 21 miles per hour. If it maintains its projected path over the next 3-4 days based on the forecast, the country could be affected by the tropical storm or higher conditions sometime between Tuesday and Wednesday or thereafter. Over the next 3-4 days, the only concern for Belize is Tropical Storm Harvey.

    Government of Belize Officially Announces Legislation on Indefinite Moratorium on Offshore Oil Exploration
    Today, Friday, August 18th, in the sitting of the House of Representatives, Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow officially announced Cabinet’s August 15th decision to legislate an indefinite moratorium on offshore oil exploration in Belize’s territorial sea, including the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Prime Minister Barrow stressed that the current administration has had, and has committed to for some time now, an official policy decision to abstain from oil exploration in our territorial sea and EEZ. Cabinet’s decision is in furthering that policy decision, to assure citizens, the environmental community, and investors, that the Government of Belize is committed to sustainable development.

    NEMO Training in Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis
    Yesterday, August 17, 2017, a number of public officers from various departments, who are stationed mainly in Belmopan, Cayo District and Orange Walk District, participated in a training workshop on Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis (DANA) conducted by the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO). The training covered sub-topics such as how to conduct efficient and quality assessments in disaster management situations so that relief can be provided in a timely manner and fair order of priority; differentiating four basic levels (or categories) of flood and hurricane damage; reviewing assessment forms, and understanding how the assessments are used.

    Long line today in the Northern Border of Belize
    Long long lines at the Northern Border Corozal, FREE ZONE worker and Corozaleños needs to unite and protest demonstrate, take action because if we wait for politicians to do something they will never do. Theres some days that only one immigration officer is working.

    Corozal Women's Forum
    What an awesome time we had today at our meeting. Ms. Adela Pederson and members of Toone Masehualoon (We are Maya) provided information about the Mayan people of Northern Belizean as well as the mission of the group to bring together Mayan's from the North and South of Belize as one and to ensure their culture is never lost. One of the highlights of today's meeting was the singing of the Belize National Anthem in the Mayan language!

    Unsung Hero: Mr Arthur “Banza" Arnold
    Hurricane Hattie must have created 100s of unsung heroes that we may never know about because their heroism may have been lost through the passage of time, or nobody around to tell their stories. One of these unsung heroes was no other than Arthur “Banza" Arnold. I have no picture to post of Mr. Arnold and I am not sure if he is even still alive. I am hoping he is though. I am also hoping a relative, or a friend will see this post and will post a picture of this unsung hero for everyone to see. Here is as excerpt from the book “Hurricane Hattie” by John D. Friesen, which shares with us his extraordinary feat of bravery.

    Channel 7

    House Meeting History: Small Amounts of Marijuana Decriminalized
    History was made at the House Meeting in Belmopan today when the bill to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana was introduced. Minister of Home Affairs Wilfred Elrington bought it to the house for the first reading:.. Hon. Wilfred Elrington - UDP Area Rep.: "To decriminalize the possession of cannabis in amounts not exceeding ten grams. To provide for the imposition of monetary and non-recordable penalties for the possession of cannabis in such amounts occurring on school premises in specified circumstances, to decriminalize the smoking of cannabis in private premises and to provide for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto. This bill has long been in gestation. I think it is recognized by members on both sides of this House that the present regime which we have dealing with marijuana is not equitable. As a matter of fact, it is viewed that it is unduly prejudicial, particularly to the poorer members of our society, who for one reason or the other use marijuana in smaller quantities and this is a small step towards ameliorating what we consider to be an injustice over the years perpetrated against our people."

    "Weedists" Celebrate, Evangelicals Lament, GOB Calls It Progress
    And while tonight "weedists" all over Belize are celebrating, evangelical church leaders are lamenting, and we'll have their points and counterpoints for you later on in the news. But for the Barrow Administration, they are taking it as a progressive and worthwhile step forward. The Prime Minister explained:... Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister: "I feel both as a matter of conviction that it is something good to do, but also that as a society as a whole will support it." Jules Vasquez - Reporter: "Sir, the most cynical interpretation will be that, well, there is an election in a few months and the UDP has had this on the backburner for some while but your government brought it to the front burner to give it a little boost for the elections since you don't have a lot of money to spread around."

    Hon. Julius Espat Walks Out, Not Dragged Out
    But going back to today's House Meeting, Cayo South Representative Julius Espat did it again! He clashed with the speaker over the very same subject that got him carried out of the house by police exactly one year ago! 51 weeks ago on August 26, 2016, he insisted that he would speak on the audit of the Immigration Department - and when the speaker did not allow him, and ordered him to leave the house, Espat refused to budge, forcing police to drag him out - certainly the most shameful, eye-popping moment in Belize's parliamentary history. Well today - on the adjournment Espat asked to speak again on the latest report coming form the Auditor General's office. But, just as in the last case - the speaker did not permit him, except this time, he played it cool, and simply walked out. Here's how the whole exchange went:..

    Espat Says Audit Doesn't Dig Deep Enough
    What he also has a problem with is the auditor general. Espat says her new audit doesn't dig deep enough, and it doesn't examine the most important ministry with any depth:... Hon. Julius Espat: "I believe the auditor general has not gone far enough. I believe that you have the biggest budget in all the ministries is the Ministry of Finance. That has not been audited at all, not even mentioned- one section with the GST was mentioned. I believe that even the analysis that was done in the ministry of Works was insignificant. You are talking about 1.2 million dollars being lost when they only analyzed 1.7 million. So of 1.7 million dollars the auditor general is reporting that 1.2 has been lost as revenue and that sends up a lot of signals because the Ministry of Work's main expenditure is not the purchase of tires, it is the awarding of contracts throughout the entire country and no mention has been made of that and no analysis has been made of that."

    Finnegan Throws Serious Shade At His Cabinet Colleagues
    And in that same spirit of condemnation for corruption in both parties, UDP Party Whip Michael Finnegan had some very uncharitable words for his own parliamentary colleagues. Based on what we have picked up about tensions in the UDP, we asked him how he feels to be seated just a few feet from his much scandalized colleague Gaspar Vega. Finnegan gave a telling and compelling answer:... Jules Vasquez, reporter: "You are 3 seats away from Mr. Vega who is a back bencher, but has been brought to the front bench and backbenchers don't belong on the front bench and also I would think that those on the front bench like Mr. Faber and Mr. Saldivar who have leaders aspirations maybe feel a bit unfortunate about that." Hon. Michael Finnegan, UDP Party Whip: "Mr. Vega probably have company, because a lot of them out of the 31 don't belong in the house any at all."

    PM Says Hon. Espat's Walkout Was Wrong
    That's heavy stuff, and the PM was not so outspoken - but he did lament the irregularities which have been raised in the audit:... Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow- Prime Minister: "There are things in the report that clearly are worrying, things in the report that are worrying, with respect to things that happened not just under our administration, it went beyond that, certainly, under education. But any report from the auditor general deserves to be ventilated and must be ventilated and there are clear provisions in our laws and in the standing orders for that to be done."

    PM Cagey When Discussing Alleged Misuse of Funds At BAA
    And one statutory board that does seem to need an audit is the Belize Airports Authority. In 2014, it erupted in a patronage scandal when it was discovered that funds were being used for the then Minister's constituency. That Minister Edmond Castro was stripped, and measures were taken to ensure that it didn't happen again. Except, it now appears that it has. Government has been keeping a tight lid on what the Authority's former accountant pointed out as irregularities supposedly involving misuse of funds. And today, when we asked the Prime Minster about it, he toed the fine line of plausible deniability:...

    They Came By River: Big Money Heist at Bowen and Bowen
    There was a big money robbery at Bowen & Bowen's Slaughterhouse Distribution Center last night. Armed thieves stole over twenty-five thousand dollars. At around 7:45, 4 masked men - two of them armed - went into the sales office, held up the employees and helped themselves to all the cash they had collected form the day's sales. The foursome then escaped in a boat which sped off toward the Belcan Bridge. Police are investigating, and it appears that they suspect that it may be an inside job. That's caused a lot of worry and concern for the Belize City family of 22 year-old Selywn McDonald Jr. He's a high school graduate who recently began working at the company. He reported for work for his usual evening shift yesterday, but never got home - because police took him into custody.

    Beware of the Barracuda
    For you barracuda lovers, if you don't want to end up in the hospital - DON'T EAT IT ! That's the warning from public health officials. This is after 10 people had to be hospitalized since August 9th, with fish poisoning also known as Ciguatera Poisoning. Now, no one has actually died from this illness but it causes some serious symptoms and it can severely impact persons with other conditions such as diabetes. Today Senior Public Health Inspector Lisa Tillett explained what Ciguatera is why you have to stay away from barracuda at this time because of it. Lisa Tillett, Sr. Public Health Insp., MOH: "So whatever is a toxin mostly in Barracuda fishes. We have other fishes that they can have it also. How the Barracuda gets the Ciguatera toxin inside them is they would eat on the smaller fishes and the smaller fishes would have the toxin them because they eat the little algae from the bottom of the sea."

    Church Council Conservative on Cannabis
    As we told you in the first segment, the government introduced the amendment to the Misuse of Drugs Act today in Belmopan. While no vigorous debate had begun as yet, we asked Methodist Bishop and President of the Belize Council of Churches, Roosevelt Papaloutte to give his preliminary reaction to the legislation. He was quite diplomatic and open minded on the matter. So he didn't take a hard line stance, but he did say that many factors need to be considered especially when it comes to how this change will impact youth.

    PLUS TV Faces Off, PM Barrow Walks Away
    And today, one of the members of that National Evangelical Association of Belize, Nazarene Pastor and media personality Luis Wade wore both his hats when he got into the media scrum with Prime Minister Dean Barrow. He wanted to ask some very technical questions about the rationale for legalizing 10 grammes of marijuana. But that's after the PLUS TV cameraman and reporter put in his own testimony about the ills of marijuana use. Here's how that led to a rather awkward back and forth with 7News smack in the middle: Cirillo Choco, "Marijuana destroyed my life": "12 years now that I don't smoke no more. I have money, I have my family and I'm moving forward. I had to take myself and rehab myself so that I can come out of this lifestyle of marijuana that's why I want to say, why pass it? Why?"

    The Good and The Bad of Ganja
    As you just saw Pastor Louis Wade is against the passing of the amendment to the Misuse of Drugs Act. We spoke to Wade, after his sharp exchange with the Prime Minister, about what he doesn't like about the law. But first, here's what someone on the opposite side of the argument has to say. Clinton "Pulu" Lightburn is a long time proponent for the legalization of marijuana, and has voiced his opinion on the subject on this newscast several times before. He gave us his thoughts on the newly read amendment, and what he thinks is the way forward...

    Hilux Home
    The stolen white Toyota Hilux which was found in Melchor two days ago - has made it back to Belize in record time. Last night we told you that authorities on that side of the border had opened an investigation because the new owner was trying to pay duties on the pickup. Well, that has been worked out and today we confirmed that the pickup was back on the Belize side of the border.

    Offshore Drilling Moratorium Ad Infinitum?
    And while the controversial marijuana decriminalization issue took the headlines tonight - the other major announcement coming out of today's house sitting is that government has made it official: it will introduce legislation to enact an indefinite moratorium on offshore oil exploration in Belize's territorial sea. Here's the Prime Minister making the announcement: Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister: "We agreed, some time ago, to a policy decision that there will be a moratorium but there were those who wanted a more permanent ban and I've always said that I am completely against that and I am still against that. A moratorium is a different thing. Even though it is indefinite, the fact is that it is not permanent..."

    OCEANA Overjoyed
    OCEANA's Vice President for Belize Janelle Chanona attended today's house sitting to hear the announcement that her organization has fought so long for. Outside the houses he told us it's exemplary leadership which will benefit all Belizeans:... Jannelle Chanona - VP, OCEANA Belize: "Today is a very momentous day, this is an example of exemplary leadership, we hope it will be replicated around the globe but certainly, I think, as the Prime Minister referenced in his comments, it affords Belizeans the peace of mind, that all Belizeans deserve on this issue, that they have stated and restated, that they want to be involved in this issue, so once this law is passed that is exactly what they would be able to enjoy. That, you know, once this indefinite moratorium is passed, that our marine resources will be safeguarded from the inherent hazards of offshore oil development."

    Deviling the Details of Moratorium
    As Chanona mentioned, OCEANA will now have to look very carefully at the legislation to make sure that what they agreed to is what they get. The Prime Minister discussed some of the finer details and how the decision came about in the first place:... Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow- Prime Minister: "Madam Speaker, I take great pleasure in announcing to the house and to the nation that cabinet on a meeting on Tuesday, agreed to have prepared and to bring to parliament, a bill that would enshrine into law the moratorium against offshore oil exploration activity. In consequence of conversation with Oceana and the Belize Coalition to Save our Natural Heritage, cabinet felt that the time has come to put the policy commitment into law. It makes no practical difference since under either regime, there is not going to be any licenses granted for offshore oil exploration activity but it certainly, I believe, gives comfort to those who require such comfort that this is a step beyond just the policy commitment."

    Harvey Hit Barbados
    Yesterday we told you about Tropical Storm Harvey, the storm that is projected to make landfall in this general area on Tuesday. Well, at the time, Harvey was gathering strength off the coast of Barbados and it swept through the small island nation last night. In preparation, all flights in and out of the country were cancelled and all government offices were closed and public transportation was suspended. So far reports say that Harvey caused minor damage and flooding, and officials believe that no widespread public utility outages occurred.

    Is Harvey Coming This Way?
    So, what's next for Tropical Storm Harvey? Well, as of 6:00 pm today the storm was moving west at 21 miles per hour with maximum winds of 40 miles per hour. Currently, it's about 1,700 miles east of Belize, and forecasters say that it will not arrive close enough to affect the country until around next week Monday or Tuesday. But, there is a lot that the storm could do before it is close enough to become a serious threat to Belize. This evening, the deputy meteorologist told us via phone that Belizeans should be closely monitoring this storm to find out what it eventually does. Here's what he had to say: Derrick Rudon, Deputy Chief Meteorologist: "Nothing has changed really from last night or from this morning. The forecast is still the same. Coming out if the national hurricane center, they still forecast Harvey to strengthen a bit and to move over the Caribbean Sea and by next week Monday/Tuesday should be over the northwest Caribbean which is basically in our area. The center of the cone comes right over Belize, but it is not necessarily have to go right up the center, it could be anywhere in the cone, in the area at that time."

    PM on Banos-Vega Land Deals: It is What It Is
    10 years into government, Prime Minister Dean Barrow has clearly grown tired of having to answer for the less than stellar conduct of many in his cabinet. That was clear today when the press asked him to answer for the Bano's-Vega land deals which we showed you two weeks ago. Its a series of transactions, where Ramon Rosendo Banos - who is Rene Montero's sideman - would acquire crown lands in the name of every imaginable member of his family and then sell those lands to Eduardo and Alma Vega. Today, the PM said he saw our story, and concludes, resignedly, "it is what it is":

    PM Says Shoman Has Answering To Do
    But the PM did regain some of his trademark wit when we asked him about that letter that former Foreign Minister Lisa Shoman sent him yesterday. The open letter complains lyrically about the many failings of current Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington. And with clear relish, the PM suggested that the letter may have gotten Shoman into some trouble:... Jules Vasquez, reporter: "Former Senator Lisa Shoman, former foreign minister has written you a letter. Will you respond to it, what do you make of it?"

    Aimee Flores On Making It
    And that's it for politics tonight. For a more refreshing perspective, we have a little leftover from our interview with Belizean Biochemistry Researcher, Aimee Flores. In our profile last night we told you about the groundbreaking stem cell research team which she led. But, breaking into the research world wasn't as simple as it might seem from the outside. She had done her masters in Pathology and got into the research setting by volunteering in a lab. That's where she met some of the most highly regarded published researchers, and top international students entering the Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research. We asked her how she competed with the best in the US and the world:

    CODICADER Kids
    On Sunday, 110 Belizean youth athletes will embark on a journey to Tegucigalpa, Honduras where they will participate in the 2017 CODICADER students sports games. This evening at the Marion Jones conference room, a press conference was held to introduce the team and here's what they had to say: Jones and the sports council also donated 2 motorcycles to Police Superintendent Moody. The bikes will be used to heighten security around the area while those who use the facility are exercising.

    Mayor Loves Track and Field Athletes
    And that wasn't the only attention given to young athletes today. Earlier on in the afternoon, a few of Belize City's youngest and most talented track and field stars were invited to City Hall for a small award ceremony. Mayor Darrell Bradley and his Councillors distributed plaques as well as a monetary token as a way to recognize their achievements. We spoke to Bradley after ceremony about why he felt the ceremony was an important gesture... Bradley also presented awards to the parents and coaches of the athletes.

    Channel 5

    Julius Espat Walks Out After Being Denied Speaking Time on Audit Report
    The House of Representatives’ special session in Belmopan today was chock-full of news inside and outside. There were eight bills presented, one of which was taken through all its stages, [...]

    G.O.B. Begins Road to Decriminalizing Marijuana
    Five years after the first proposals were made and three years after an officially constituted committee, today G.O.B. brought legislation to the House to amend the Misuse of Drugs Act. [...]

    P.M. and Louis Wade Clash over Science of Decriminalization
    But there will be opposition to the bill, primarily from church groups. They believe that marijuana along with alcohol is a ‘gateway drug’ to harder drugs such as cocaine and [...]

    NEAB Says No; P.M. Has ‘Ultra-Liberal’ Agenda
    The National Evangelical Association of Belize has registered its disagreement with the proposed new legislation, which it says is a wrong move in the wrong direction that will bring wrong [...]

    Oil Moratorium Becomes Law, but Has Anything Changed?
    By its next session in October, a bill formally legislating the indefinite moratorium against offshore oil exploration activity should be before the House of Representatives. It is considered a major [...]

    Environmentalists Savor Victory ‘For All’
    OCEANA in Belize has been lobbying tirelessly for a complete ban on offshore exploration since it established itself in the country under the leadership of Audrey Matura.  During that time, [...]

    Harvey Coming; Belizeans get ready
    Going into the weekend, the National Emergency Management Organization, NEMO, has issued its first advisory in respect of Tropical Storm Harvey which continues a westward path in the direction of [...]

    Bowen Distribution Center Robbed; 2 Detained
    The distribution center of Bowen and Bowen located at Slaughterhouse Road in Belize City was robbed on Thursday night. The brazen robbery occurred before eight o’clock and involved four masked [...]

    Shooting Victim in Customs Incident Remains under Coma
    The family of thirty-year-old Dwayne Almendarez is demanding answers from the Belize Police Department.  The Yo Creek resident remains in an induced coma at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital after [...]

    Why It’s Better to Wait for Re-Registration
    The decision to postpone re-registration to 2018, after the municipal elections and before a planned referendum to the International Court of Justice, has raised hackles. Having waited twenty years, opponents [...]

    Should Government Settle B.S.I./B.S.C.F.A. Impasse?
    The first issue raised on the adjournment of the House was the ongoing impasse between the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association and American Sugar Refining/Belize Sugar Industries Limited. The Association [...]

    P.M. Says Lisa Shoman Under IDB Investigation for Elrington Comments
    On Thursday, former Foreign Minister Lisa Shoman publicly criticized current Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington for his repeated statements suggesting that Belize does not have internationally recognized borders, especially with Guatemala. [...]

    No Bail Yet for Christian Espat
    Twenty-one year old Christian Espat of San Pedro Town will remain behind bars for another week since his bail application was not heard today. The Director of Public Prosecutions’ office [...]

    Twin Towns and Other Municipalities Get Power to Borrow
    In our last story from the House, the sole bill introduced today to go through all its stages was an amendment to the Town Councils Act which purports to give [...]

    Warning Issued for Ciguatera Fish Poisoning
    The Ministry of Health says that suspected fish poisoning, specifically Ciguatera poisoning, was detected in persons who had consumed barracuda bought from a vendor in Ladyville, Belize District.   The toxin [...]

    NICH Demands BSCAP Present Certified Audit
    The National Institute of Culture and History is calling on the BSCAP Board to present certified and audited financials to its membership at an annual general meeting to be convened. [...]

    CitCo Recognizes Top Track Athletes
    This afternoon Mayor Darrell Bradley and several of his councilors hosted three National Team Track and Field athletes and their coach at the City Hall. The team was presented with [...]

    N.S.C. Raises Funds for CODICADER Team
    Over a hundred young athletes under the age of fifteen years, are traveling to Honduras this weekend to participate in the CODICADER Games.  Despite initial concerns that Belize would be [...]

    Belize Getting Support from Central American Partners
    Chief of Mission, Charlie Slusher, also shared with the audience the sentiments of other CODICADER executives who are in support of Belize, despite the financial difficulties in defraying the cost [...]

    Patrons of Inspiration Center Enjoy Fun Day
    Over a hundred persons with disabilities and their families converged at the Inspiration Center just outside Belize City. But today’s session was not for the routine visits for therapy, the [...]

    The Highlights of Channel Five’s Summer Fest 2017
    Just before we close tonight’s newscast, we have the highlights of our ninth annual Summer Fest held this morning on our outdoor stage right here at our compound on Coney [...]

    LOVE FM

    Lisa Shoman calls remarks made by Minister of Foreign Affairs concerning our borders “ridiculous” and “wrong”
    Former Foreign Minister Lisa Shoman has written an open letter to Prime Minister Dean Barrow asking him to reject statements made by Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington. Last night when questioned on the Belize Guatemala issue and going to the International Court of Justice, Elrington had this to say. Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs “I […]

    Opposition Leader comments on Auditor General’s report that will be tabled in the House on Friday
    Tomorrow Area Representatives will meet in Belmopan for the Special Sitting of the House of Representatives. During that sitting, the 2012-2013 Auditor General’s Report is expected to be tabled. In Chapter 4, the report zeros in on the Ministry of Works, Ministry of National Security, Ministry of Education and the Department of Sales Tax. According […]

    Opposition Leader comments on amendments to the Misuse of Drugs Act
    Also expected to be tabled during tomorrow’s Sitting of the House of Representatives is a bill to amend the Misuse of Drugs Act. The bill comes after a Decriminalization of Marijuana Committee was formed in 2012 and its final report was presented to cabinet in 2015. The bill seeks to decriminalize up to ten grams […]

    BSI and BSCFA must meet to discuss impasse
    The Belize Sugar Cane farmers Association and the Belize Sugar Industries Limited, BSI, are still at odds after not being able to agree on the proposed changes to the existing Commercial Agreement. As we reported, BSI is willing to invest twenty two million dollars to produce direct consumption sugar as soon as the new crop […]

    Opposition Leader says Castro borthers must be held accountable for misdeeds
    Yesterday Jafari Castro, son of UDP Minister Edmond Castro was arraigned on a charge of harm. Castro along with James Young and Gilbert Franklin who were also charged for harm, were released on a bail of one thousand five hundred dollars. They are accused of beating 21 year old Kevin Brown. This is not the […]

    HFLE Curriculum revised after consultation with churches
    At the beginning of the month we reported on the training of trainers’ workshop that was held and which surrounded adjustments made to the HFLE Curriculum for the upcoming academic year. In 2012 the Ministry of Education had come under fire by stakeholders especially the churches who expressed serious concerns over the HFLE Teachers’ Manual […]

    DPM explains why new Civic to be privately managed
    The Civic in Belize City is nearing its completion. The thirty two million dollars infrastructural investment began in 2015 and it’s now expected to be completed three months before the scheduled time and within its budget. It will be a multipurpose, structure that will be privately managed. This means that after Medina’s Construction and International […]

    More emphasis to be placed on ITVET’s curriculum
    Technical and vocational institutions, including the ITVETS in Belize, need to improve its curriculum. According to the Minister of Education, Patrick Faber, they have engaged with several stakeholders who have told government that the quality of the instruction in the ITVETS and other vocational and technical institutions in the country don’t meet high standards. He […]

    University of Belize holds first ever matriculation ceremony
    Almost six thousand students are enrolled at the University of Belize for the new school year. Yesterday, these new students were welcomed to the University of Belize with the first of its kind matriculation ceremony held at the Belmopan Campus. The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Youth and Sports, Patrick Faber was the […]

    Road Safety Unit hopes to curb the number of road traffic accident
    Pauline Soberanis Tillett reporting… “This morning a special meeting was held at the Road Safety Unit, the purpose of the meeting was to address the number of road traffic accidents occurring primarily on the weekends. On board to address the issues were Senior Superintendent of Police Howell Gillett, Transport Officer Valen Hyde, Manager of […]

    Amandala

    Works’ $1.7 mil deal with Special Effects
    There have been five outstanding audits of the Government of Belize, but that will be reduced to four when the 2012-2013 annual report of the Auditor General of Belize is tabled at a special meeting of the House of Representatives this Friday. Since parliamentarians began receiving their papers last week, the questionable relationship which the Ministry of Works had with two companies — Special Effects and Special Effects Performance — has come to light. According to the report of Auditor General Dorothy Ann Smith-Bradley, the Government, which should be spending public funds with a view of obtaining value for money, lost well over a million dollars under the arrangement it had with those companies.

    Garifuna leaders disapprove of reinstatement of Eldred Neal
    Leaders of two prominent Garifuna organizations, the United Garifuna Association Inc., representing Garinagu residing in the United States, and the National Garifuna Council (NGC), representing Garinagu in Belize, have expressed their disapproval of the decision by the Council of Management of the Public Service Union (PSU) to rescind the suspension of their president, Eldred Neal, which was effected in May in consequence of a recording on which he was heard to be making derogatory remarks against the Garinagu in general, and specifically, against Garifuna members of the union. Neal, elected in 2015, came under fire over allegations that he intended to “purge” the executive of the union of its Garifuna members. It was also alleged that anti-Garifuna comments were made by him — that the Garifuna people would do anything to ascend to power and are by so doing claiming high ranks in the public service.

    Tropical Storm Harvey could threaten Belize early next week
    Belizeans are keeping an eye on Tropical Storm Harvey, the 8th named storm for the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane season, which formed east of the Caribbean islands earlier today with winds of 40 miles per hour. On its current track, Harvey is a concern for Barbados, Martinique, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, which could feel direct impacts tonight and tomorrow. Tropical storm warnings are now in effect for those territories. Early next week, it could become a concern for Belize, Mexico, Honduras and Nicaragua – which are all within the 5-day cone of uncertainty.

    Omar Gomez, 22, remanded for burglary of Caribbean Tires
    Omar Gomez, 22, who had spent the last three years as a truck driver at Caribbean Tires, has been arraigned for the burglary of his workplace. Today, he appeared before Magistrate Hurl Hamilton in the San Ignacio Magistrate’s Court, and was charged with the offences of burglary, handling stolen goods and damage to property. Gomez, who was represented by attorney Rachael Montejo, was offered bail of $20,000. However, he was unable to meet bail and was remanded to prison until November 17, when he is scheduled to reappear in court.

    Update on Hummingbird Highway low-boy accident
    Three of four men who were traveling in a low-boy truck survived a road traffic accident when the truck overturned between Miles 38 and 39 on the Hummingbird Highway, near the Hershey community, at about 6:00 yesterday morning. The driver of the truck, Winston Dawson, 36, died of the injuries he sustained as a result of the accident, but three men who were with him survived the accident. They are Kenton Pollard, 29; Dorian Buckley, 21; and Albert Che, 21, all employees of Benny’s Home Center of Mile 2, Philip Goldson Highway, Belize City. Police said that Pollard discharged himself from the hospital, while Buckley, who suffered two cut wounds and abrasions on both arms and both knees; and Albert Che, who received abrasions to both arms and both knees, have received medical treatment.

    Male inmates at the Belize Central Prison are mostly Creole; female inmates are mostly Hispanic
    The Kolbe Foundation has released January to June statistics for the Belize Central Prison, which as of the end of June, had a population of 1,297 inmates. The data is very revealing, especially when it comes to the ethnic make-up of the prison population. Two ethnicities stand out: Creoles, who make up 50% of the inmate population, and Hispanics, who make up 25%, but the primary reasons for which inmates from those ethnic groups end up in prison are vastly different. In the case of Creoles, the majority of those inmates who belong to that ethnic group are there for murder and crimes of dishonesty: robbery, burglary, theft, etc., while the majority of Hispanic inmates are at the prison for immigration offences and crimes of dishonesty.

    “In the Paint” : INTEROFFICE BASKETBALL – Dragons rout Grace Kings, 94-45, while Bulldogs prevails over Kings, 65-62
    League leaders, Dragons won their 7th game of the season in eight outings last Friday night in Interoffice basketball, this time in blow-out fashion over the lowly Kings of Grace Kennedy. An early 18–0 run created an 18-point lead (27-9) at the conclusion of first quarter play, and the Dragons cruised into the winner’s circle from there. Everyone on the Dragons roster scored, with Eyan Rene’s final line being 16 points on 7-of-18 shooting, to go with 3 rebounds and 1 steal. Meanwhile, Devon Defour scored 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting, while adding 3 rebounds and 1 steal, with Denford Bevans adding 13 points of his own. Grace Kings’ Alex Gordon scored a game high 23 points, however, had no other teammate scoring in double figures.

    Introduction of Belize delegation attending the 2017 CODICADER Under-15 Games
    The Belize delegation of one hundred and ten (110) members is scheduled to leave the country on Sunday, August 20, en route to Tegucigalpa, Honduras for the VI CODICADER Student Sports Games for 13–14 year-olds from August 20 – 26. A press conference will be held on Friday, August 18, at 3:30 p.m. in the Marion Jones Sports Complex Conference Room to introduce the Belize delegation.

    2017 Strong and Weak Doubles Table Tennis Tournament results
    The 2017 Brodie’s Annual Strong & Weak Doubles Table Tennis Tournament took place this past Sunday, August 13, at the BES Auditorium, the home of table tennis. Competing in a Double Elimination format, 13 Strong & Weak Doubles teams began competing for this year’s title. Last year’s winners, Carlos Cui and Terry Su could not form a pair this year, as Terry has grown significantly into a strong player of his own.

    Billiards News – Belikin 8-Ball Nationals this weekend in Belize City
    The championship in Orange Walk was decided yesterday between Infierno and Team Picame. In the 3rd place game at 1:00 p.m., Chattas defeated Eagles two straight after blowing them out in game one on Friday, 4-0, securing the 3rd place. Ramon Witz defeated Joseph Jacobs, 3-1; and Miguel Chatta defeated Ernest Arzu, 3-0. In the championship game Friday night, the mighty Picame defeated the upstart Infierno, 4 to 1, on their table. Infierno had the momentum going into this game, after blowing out the number 2 seed Eagles, 6-0, just to run into a brick wall with team Picame. Sunday saw game two, with Picame needing two wins to seal the deal. Infierno won the first two games, as Abimael Godoy defeated Zadiel Smith, 3-0; and Jose Carballo defeated Byron, 3-0.

    Editorial: Garvey’s 130th
    As we write, today, Thursday, August 17th, 2017, is the 130th birthday of Marcus Mosiah Garvey (1887-1940). Two of the reasons Garvey comes to mind for us are the white supremacist incidents in Charlottesville, Virginia, last Sunday, and the tabling of a marijuana decriminalization bill in the Belize House of Representatives tomorrow, Friday, August 18. Marcus Garvey was a black nationalist who was born in Jamaica but reached the peak of his power and fame when he led the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) from headquarters in Harlem, New York City in the 1920s. The British Empire abolished the African slave trade in 1807 and emancipated its slaves in 1838. The United States of America freed its African slaves in 1863, and Western Hemisphere countries like Brazil and Cuba did the same in 1888, fifty years after the British.

    Belize’s onerous departure tax
    Dear Editor, History is littered with ill-conceived policies that were rashly implemented to fix problems, only to make them worse. Often made in haste, and without proper consultation, these so-called solutions have created problems much bigger than the ones they were designed to solve. A recent example is the GOB’s recent increase to the departure tax imposed on travelers leaving Belize – a legislative “fix” that has been shown to make matters worse, and has already resulted in Tropic Air abandoning three travel routes. In what is looking like a classic case of killing the golden goose, the government is milking Belize’s visitors to cover budgetary shortfalls, and in doing so is compromising the very lifeblood of our economy. In a very volatile and fragile global tourism market, and with a country that is already one of the region’s most expensive travel destinations, such a heavy-handed impost carries a very real potential to backfire – and backfire disastrously.

    Rough vibes from Russell Czarnecki
    Dear Editor, Is it mere incompetence, or is it simple GREED ? Let’s put down our rum and Cokes for a minute and ask ourselves, what has the GOB ever done that contributed to the stability and betterment of society? A free T-shirt and a bucket of chicken at election time don’t count! Belize, what is your future when you acquiesce to, and tolerate these scoundrels?

    Heighway’s discussion of “social protection”
    Dear Sir, The recent discussions between members of the current Belize City Council are interesting from a political point of view with municipal elections in the near future. But of even more importance I believe, is that it starts a conversation about how we support the most vulnerable people in our society – a system of support called social protection. Social protection is commonly understood as “all public and private initiatives that provide income or consumption transfers to the poor, protect the vulnerable against livelihood risks and enhance the social status and rights of the marginalised; with the overall objective of reducing the economic and social vulnerability of poor, vulnerable and marginalised groups”.

    Bernard Bulwer’s two cents
    Dear Editor, I’m out of circulation, FB/social media, but from what I’ve glimpsed (and maybe I shouldn’t comment because I haven’t digested or discussed deeply), this smells of a dangerous game at Belize’s expense. Could Taiwan, a country under existential threat, be cozying up (to such a great financial extent) to Guatemala—a country that poses an existential threat to Belize—in the form of a potential Trojan horse? So this is my 2 cents: • Option 1. Belize can easily get Taiwan’s attention if it really wants, and sign up to the PRC-One China policy, unless Taiwan reconsiders

    Guatemala claims and the Special Agreement
    News is that the Guatemalan Congress has approved the holding of the Referendum to take the Guatemalan claims to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), their public education campaign has commenced, and their national referendum is scheduled to be held by the end of 2017. Noting Guatemala’s theatrics, it is very unlikely that said referendum will be held as indicated; however, should Guatemala surprise us and hold said referendum then the probability is very high that a YES vote will be realized. The simple reason being that Guatemala, unlike Belize, has virtually nothing to lose by going to the ICJ and can only gain if the ICJ rules in their favour. There is no doubt that our Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) is monitoring said public education campaign in an effort to sensitize the Belizean public and prepare itself should we need to go to the ICJ. We will not know exactly what Guatemala claims will be unless both Belize and Guatemala vote YES in their national referendum. As Belizeans, we need to know what are the claims Guatemala will be advancing at the ICJ so that we can properly vote in our national referendum and be prepared for any eventuality.

    JANUS 2
    A few weeks ago an aspiring political candidate visited my home seeking endorsement. I was not at home, and he said he would return. He hasn’t! If he does, my answer will be: I will publicly support the party and the candidate who promises to return to me, my Belize, Constitution and my school. As far as I know, there is only one place where I have been mentioned in a historical document. It is on page 262 of the “Years of Grace”, the history of the Catholic Church in Belize. It says: “Scholastic Paul Rodriguez left the Society.” This happened in 1964, a time of peaceful political change in British Honduras. However, it was an era of upheaval in the Catholic Church worldwide. Vatican 2, inspired by Pope John 23rd, had been in session for almost 2 years. Here and elsewhere, cosmetic changes took place with nuns getting rid of habits and leaving convents to live in private homes to appear to be more like ordinary women.

    Guatemala claims and the Special Agreement
    News is that the Guatemalan Congress has approved the holding of the Referendum to take the Guatemalan claims to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), their public education campaign has commenced, and their national referendum is scheduled to be held by the end of 2017. Noting Guatemala’s theatrics, it is very unlikely that said referendum will be held as indicated; however, should Guatemala surprise us and hold said referendum then the probability is very high that a YES vote will be realized. The simple reason being that Guatemala, unlike Belize, has virtually nothing to lose by going to the ICJ and can only gain if the ICJ rules in their favour. There is no doubt that our Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) is monitoring said public education campaign in an effort to sensitize the Belizean public and prepare itself should we need to go to the ICJ. We will not know exactly what Guatemala claims will be unless both Belize and Guatemala vote YES in their national referendum. As Belizeans, we need to know what are the claims Guatemala will be advancing at the ICJ so that we can properly vote in our national referendum and be prepared for any eventuality.

    Eulogy for William “Chi Chi” Fonseca
    TRIBUTE TO DAD: August 8, 2017–On my Dad’s last birthday September 14th he published his second collection of poems entitled Poems to Ponder. Both his collections Lessons in Living and Poems to Ponder provide many wonderful lessons about life, love, faith, and hope. These lessons came from the many memorable experiences he had in his many years working as a teacher, counselor, Chief Education Officer and founding member of the Belize Council for the Visually Impaired. Dad’s poems and reflections focus on the lives of ordinary persons like a caretaker, a curandero, a teenage girl, a riverboat captain, a young widowed mother and persons with disabilities – persons of exemplary qualities of character and commitment who every day faced many challenges in their lives but refused to allow these challenges and obstacles to dictate how they should live their lives. He wrote about the personal challenges of three blind persons like himself who he considered to be family: Teresita Moh, Donovan Reneau, and Hector Hoare, who all faced discrimination, prejudice and marginalization because of their disability.

    RIGHT TO THE POINT: It is property you get while married!
    The topic of matrimonial property has sparked many questions and has clearly shown that many do not appreciate how the changing circumstances in a relationship can actually affect the property rights of each spouse in the marriage. For example, all property obtained during the subsistence of the marriage can be affected by death in a different way than it would be affected by divorce. Property affected without divorce: Now it has always been an unsettling issue for me that a man and woman may work together and even build an empire, yet the legal rights of all those property may lie solely in the name of one of the spouses. Yes, this happens more often than not. Too often when the marriage is sweet… or merely holding together, the property remains in the name of only one spouse, yet at the critical point of separation, abandonment, or even divorce, the other spouse may find him/herself displaced and in an desperate situation..

    Over $600,000 for BSCAP CEO; $2,500 for BSCAP members
    Seven days ago, Music Ambassador and political aspirant, Shyne Barrow, son of Prime Minister Dean Barrow, dropped a bombshell with his sudden resignation from his post as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Belize Society of Composers, Authors, Publishers (BSCAP). Barrow claimed that his departure was triggered by the actions of his predecessor, Heather Cunningham, who, he alleges, claimed that BSCAP owed her over $600,000 to cover her salary (and expenses) for the period 2010-2013. In his resignation letter, Barrow explained that amidst Cunningham’s claims for compensation, there was, “absolutely nothing to show as far as generating revenues [for BSCAP] or getting the nation to be copyright compliant.”

    Crazy gunman shoots boys, 9 and 12, and man, 27
    Two minors and an adult were hit by a hail of bullets in San Pedrito, San Pedro Town, on Saturday night. According to police, at around 9 o’clock they received information about a shooting, and thereafter visited the San Pedro Polyclinic. They saw 9-year-old Jaheem Martinez with a gunshot wound on the left wrist, 12-year-old Armando Bernardino Hernandez, Jr., with a gunshot wound on the right side of his buttocks, and 27-year-old Lloyd Tyndall, who suffered the worst injuries, with three gunshot wounds to the left side of his abdomen and three to his left leg. Police investigations revealed that the three victims, were at a social gathering in the Easy Does It, A & A, Wood Work Shop, when two gunmen, with dark blue rags concealing their faces, emerged. The men stood at the front of the establishment and recklessly fired into the crowd. The victims were transported to the San Pedro Polyclinic and later to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH).

    1 dead, 3 injured after 18-wheeler overturned on Hummingbird
    At about 6:00 this morning, an 18-wheeler lowboy truck that was traveling on the Hummingbird Highway from Belize City, transporting construction material from Benny’s Home Center to the south, overturned between Miles 38 and 39 in the vicinity of Hershey Community. The truck reportedly suffered a front-wheel blowout, causing it to veer off the road to the right. The driver lost control of the vehicle, and it overturned. As a result, the driver, identified as Winston Dawson, 45, a truck driver of Belama Phase 3, Belize City, suffered massive head and body injuries, and died almost immediately.

    Prices up for regular gas and diesel
    At midnight last night, pump prices were increased for regular gasoline and diesel at service stations across Belize. In the case of Belize City, the price of regular gasoline increased from $9.70 a gallon to $10.21, an increase of 51 cents on the gallon. The price of diesel went up in the City by a much smaller margin, from $8.68 to $8.82 – a difference of 14 cents. Meanwhile, there has been no price change for premium gasoline, which remains at $10.49 a gallon, and kerosene, which is still priced at $5.09 a gallon.

    The Reporter

    Bail for Castro and friends
    Jafari Castro, son of Transport Minister Edmond Castro, is out on bail this week, after being formally charged and arraigned on a single count of harm against Kevin Brown. Police charged Castro, 21, jointly with James Young, 19, and Gilbert Franklin, 21. All three men […]

    Gas prices go up again
    This week, gas prices had its tenth price adjustment since the start of 2017, with both Regular and Diesel fuels seeing increases. The increase took effect at 12:00 a.m. on Wednesday, sending Regular fuel up by 51 cents, from $9.70 a gallon to $10.21. Diesel went up […]

    Diabetes could be better control with new medical inventions
    The invention of artificial pancreas device system, coupled with a digital contact lens, patented by Google, that can measure blood glucose levels from tears may be two inventions that can help to better control diabetes. The world’s first artificial pancreas has been proven to monitor […]

    Taiwan makes contribution to health
    The Republic of China (Taiwan) this week gave the Ministry of Health US$ 221,850 for the Prevention and Control of Chronic Renal Failure project. The donation on Monday at the Corozal Community Hospital is the first disbursement for the project. Taiwan’s Ambassador to Belize, H.E. […]

    The BSCAP back and forth
    The ongoing conflict between the Belizean Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (BSCAP) and former Chief Executive Officer Moses Shyne Barrow, continued this week, with both parties taking their side of the story to the media. Barrow had resigned from BSCAP last week, claiming that the former […]

    Mexico helps light Marion Jones Stadium
    Mexico’s Agency for International Cooperation in Development (AMEXCID) has allotted US$10 Million for the building of an indoor basketball and volleyball facility at the Marion Jones Sports Complex in Belize City, which included state of the art lighting for the football pitch at the stadium. The $500,000 lighting installation is […]

    Belize to benefit from IDB investment
    Belize will be among the nations benefitting from funding that the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is providing to Mesoamerican countries in the areas of transportation, logistics and integration. The IDB announced this week that it is planning to fund special studies, investment and action plans for regional […]

    Police looking for daring Dangriga Treasury bandit
    Dangriga police are searching for a brazen gunman who walked into the Dangriga Sub Treasury last Friday afternoon and robbed the cashier at gunpoint. According to police, sometime after 12:30 p.m. on August 11, the thief escaped with approximately $1,750 in cash along with two cellphones. According […]

    Two children, one man shot; suspect charged
    Two children and a man suffered gunshot injuries in San Pedro town on Saturday night, but police have charged a suspect. Sometime around 9:00 p.m., Jaheem Martinez, 9, Armando Bernardino Hernandez Jr., 12, and Lloyd Tyndall, 27, a farmer of Dump area, Toledo were in […]

    Man found dead on George Price highway
    Roaring Creek are looking for a hit and run suspect who knocked down and killed a Camalote resident in the wee hours of Saturday morning, near Cotton Tree village. The victim, 41-year-old Oscar Cermenio, was discovered near mile 45 on the George Price highway laying in the […]

    Supreme Court bail for cop and friends busted with stolen Guatemalan firearm
    Three people, including a police officer, who were accused of smuggling a stolen weapon into the country from Guatemala were granted bail by the Supreme Court last Friday. Police Constable Franklin Ramirez, Trevor Brown and Elorey Graham were granted bail by Justice Herbert Lord for the sum […]

    Editorial
    Sometimes in the tide of times, advice comes too late. It may be so in this case, but we feel honour bound to offer it. The Government of Belize is about to introduce legislation to decriminalize the use of small amounts of marijuana for recreational smoking. The legislation, we believe, […]

    Marijuana Decriminalization Bill going to House
    After five years of consideration, the Government of Belize is preparing to take the first step in decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana. Authorities have confirmed that the Misuse of Drugs Amendment Bill 2017, which will decriminalize possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana among […]

    Belizean makes groundbreaking scientific discovery on hair loss
    A hometown girl is making great strides in the global scientific community, having been featured in the journal Nature Cell Biology for groundbreaking new research with the potential for developing new treatment for hair loss and baldness. Aimee Flores, the author of the benchmark study is a Belizean student completing […]

    Tropical Storm Harvey treks towards Belize
    Belizeans may be in for a real threat from Tropical Storm Harvey, which formed over the Eastern Caribbean on Thursday afternoon. The projected path of the storm puts it directly over Belize by Tuesday of next week, if it continues on the westward track that […]

    San Pedro tour guide shot and killed
    San Pedro police are investigating a case of murder after tour guide Scott Charles was shot on the island on Wednesday night and died on Thursday afternoon. Charles, 24, was at his home in the Bayside area of San Pedro on Wednesday night when someone […]

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Lisa Shoman in trouble for comments about Sedi?
    Prime Minister Dena Barrow, today confirmed that former foreign Minister Lisa Shoman may be in trouble with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) for statements made against Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington. Barrow explained that Shoman had written an open letter to him regarding the Foreign […]

    NEMO issues advisory 1 on Harvey
    The National Emergency Management Organization in collaboration with the National Meteorological Service is informing the general public that Tropical Storm Harvey is located near latitude 13.4North, and longitude 62.9 West or approximately 1, 700 miles east of Belize. Harvey has sustained winds of 40 […]

    National Evangelical Association of Belize disagrees with GOB intent and steps in decriminalizing marijuana
    The National Evangelical Association of Belize (NEAB) and it’s 250+ represented churches expresses its disagreement with intent and steps of the Government to decriminalize marijuana, according to a press release issued by NEAB today. NEAB says that they are convinced that the move is […]

    GOB Officially announces Legislation on Indefinite Moratorium on Offshore Oil Exploration
    Today, in the sitting of the House of Representatives, Prime Minister Dean Barrow officially announced Cabinet’s August 15th decision to legislate an indefinite moratorium on offshore oil exploration in Belize’s territorial sea, including the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Barrow stressed that the current administration […]

    NEMO trains public officers in Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis
    Yesterday, a number of public officers from various departments, who are stationed mainly in Belmopan, Cayo District and Orange Walk District, participated in a training workshop on Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis (DANA) conducted by the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) at NEMO headquarters […]

    Goldson House teams up with BCVI for 3 day Summer Camp
    The National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) through The Goldson House for Democracy and Patriotism in Belmopan will be holding a 3 day summer camp with the Belize Council for the Visually Impaired (BCVI) from August 16-18, 2017 from 9:00a.m. to 12:00 p.m. BCVI is […]

    Belize Coalition responds to PM’s commitment to legislate moratorium on offshore oil activity
    The Belize Coalition to Save our Natural Heritage (BCSNH) today issued a statement in response to Prime Minister Dean Barrow’s official announcement in the House of Representatives that his administration has committed and plan to legislate an indefinite moratorium on offshore oil activity in Belize’s […]

    Corozal police find weed, gun, and ammo
    Yesterday, police visited the residence of David Salvador Samos of Altamira area, Corozal Town; however, he was not at home at the time. Police then conducted a search of his residence which was witnessed by a relative who resides in another house in the same […]

    Orange Walk retiree missing
    Reymunda Wright,59 of #3 Barbados Street, Orange Walk Town reported to police that yesterday evening around 5, her 84-year-old father Nicolas Wright, retiree of the same address left home. Wright said that he was going for a walk but has not returned since. He […]

    Bowen & Bowen robbed of $25K
    The warehouse manager for Bowen and Bowen Distribution Center located at #1 Slaughter House Road, Belize City reported that last night around 7:45, four masked men entered the office. Two of the men were armed with firearm, held up the personnel and took $25,594.22 in […]

    Julius walks out
    Member for Cayo South, Julius Expat has walked out of today’s special sitting of the House of Representatives. Espat rose to raise an issue contained in the Auditor General’s Report, but was told by the Speaker of the House, Laura Longsworth to stick to […]

    Fort George Area Rep calls for Re registration
    Former Prime Minister of Belize and Fort George area representative, Said Musa today at the sitting of the House of representatives stressed on the importance of the re registration exercise in Belize. Musa accused the present administration of winning elections by corruption. ” Winning […]

    GOB to pass bill on offshore oil exploration in Belize
    A letter circulated on social media from the office of the Prime Minister to Oceana, in which he assured that legislation will go to parliament to “ enshrine the moratorium, already in effect as a policy matter, on offshore oil exploration in Belize.” The […]

    Ministry of Health warns of fish poisoning
    The Ministry of Health today informed that suspected fish poisoning (Ciguatera poisoning) was detected in persons that had eaten fish bought from a fish vendor in Ladyville, Belize District. Further investigation into these cases has linked and identified that the fish consumed was barracuda. […]

    GOB to pass bill to decriminalize 10 grams of weed today
    A special sitting of the House of Representatives is in session today in Belmopan. Eight bills will be introduced today including an amendment to the Misuse of Drugs Bill. The bill proposes to “decriminalize the possession of cannabis in amounts not exceeding ten grams, […]

    Stolen Hilux still in Guatemala
    Last Friday, a Toyota Hilux was stolen from a mechanic shop in San Ignacio. According to police reports, the Hilux was found in Melchor de Mencos and Guatemalan authorities were making arrangements with Belizean officials to return the vehicle. However, according to a report […]

    Tropical Storm Harvey moving into the Caribbean
    The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is reporting that Tropical Storm Harvey continues to move west into the Carribbean and could make landfall next week as a hurricane. Harvey is also drenching the Windward Islands with rain. As of this morning, Harvey was located about […]

    Former Harlem Globetrotter, Melvin Adams, in Belize for charity event
    Former Harlem Globetrotter, Melvin Adams, has been spotted in Belize. He was seen at the National Fire Services Office in Belize City where he delivered an inspirational speech to the fire fighters. Information to BBN is that he will be in Belmopan tomorrow night for a […]

    Blogs

    Tropical Storm Harvey Pointed Towards Belize
    Tropical Storm Harvey is now poised just east of Barbados – the easternmost island in the Caribbean and almost 2000 miles away from our shores. He is moving forward at about 14 miles per hour. Always a storms scariest look – the satellite image. Here are the projections as of now. Again, they are talking landfall on Monday and Tuesday…and slight jogs to the north could change quite a bit. That is all reflected in forecast cone.

    Top 10 ways to stay fit on your vacation to Placencia, Belize! (Yoga, Gym, Crossfit, and more!)
    We get this question from guests pretty often (and if you just want to lay on the beach, there are PLENTY of people doing that and nothing more.) Here's what we learned from our past guests about their favorite ways of staying fit while they are in Placencia... 1.) Bike riding - Placencia is a 16-mile peninsula, with one road all the way to the "top"- this is a GREAT ride, very interesting for people and sight seeing. There are plenty of places to stop on the way up and get water, have lunch, jump in a pool/the sea. Most people will stop when they get to the "Placencia Hotel," this is north of Maya Beach in the "Plantation" area of the peninsula. If your hotel doesn't offer free bikes (many do) you can rent from a place in town.

    How to Explore the Blue Hole by Air – Belize
    It’s a hole. And it’s blue. But really, it’s so much more. After getting glimpses of this amazing oceanic formation from afar, we knew that we could not go to Belize without exploring this natural wonder. The Blue Hole, otherwise known as the Great Blue Hole, is a large submarine sinkhole off the coast of Belize. The Belize Barrier Reef, Lighthouse Reef Atoll and Turneffe Atoll are other beautiful sites that you’ll fly over. If you’re lucky, you’ll spot manatees, rays, sharks and dolphins. We went with Tropic Air from San Pedro on the island of Ambergris Caye. There are 2 ways to see the Blue Hole with Tropic Air: A private charter or a scheduled tour. We did the private charter, as we wanted more flexibility with our days and times.

    5 Questions to ask your international mortgage loan officer
    There comes a time in life when you become mentally ready to take the steps toward fulfilling a dream or making the biggest investment of your life, but are you financially prepared? You might be interested in seeking funds from an international bank, and thanks to technological advancements, this is another option available for you to get the financing you need. However, going overseas for a loan may cause doubt and fear so research is important when it comes to choosing the right bank. Begin with emailing, calling or scheduling Skype meetings with a few different International banks for an interview and consultation. To help you prepare, we’ve outlined 5 important questions you should ask your loan officer during or before the loan application process so as to remove any doubts on the process of a loan with an international bank.

    Celebrating a Decade at Ka’ana
    It’s almost September and we wanted to let you know in advance just what an exciting month it will be in Belize and at Ka’ana Resort. The country is alive with celebrations, parades, street parties and crowds celebrating Independence Day on September 21. And this year, we’re also commemorating our 10th Anniversary on the same day! We’ve already been commemorating our 10 Year Anniversary Celebration for several months, but the real party comes on September 21, when we invite you to a grand fête. Enjoy celebratory cocktails with our general manager Wolfgang Brandl at The Wallace Bar, where our talented mixologists craft specialty drinks using our homegrown produce. And on the yoga deck, we’re hosting a Maya barbecue with live music—a feast honoring both 36 years of independence and 10 years of award-winning service here at Ka’ana. An outdoor screen will be showing movies under the stars as well. And at the end of the night, fireworks will light up the jungle sky.

    Meet the Birds of Belize
    With over 590 bird species, it is safe to say that Belize is a paradise for birdwatchers. Interestingly, even regular folks who aren’t really into bird watching are drawn to this recreational activity when in Belize – may be it’s because birds are so easy to spot here. Most of the birds in Belize are local species and approximately 20 percent are migrants who fly down to Belize during the harsh winter months in North America. With almost half of Belize’s land made up of protected areas, it doesn’t matter if you are inland or on the cayes, you will encounter numerous beautiful birds. I recommend you visit the jungle lodges in western Belize, it is especially easy to spot birds there. At many of those resorts, in the morning you can have your breakfast while you’re treated to a ceremonial chatter of several types of birds. Another option is waking up early and going to the Mayan sites – the ruckus of the rainforest is absolutely amazing.

    Tropical Storm Franklin never came for a visit, but Dopey the potlicker did!
    Just one year and three days after Hurricane Earl decimated our tiny island, we had another intruder lurking at our door. His name was Franklin and he was a tropical storm. The morning that Franklin was to hit, the SAGA Humane Society put out the call, “We have over 20 dogs living at Fort Dog that need shelter for the storm.” We asked Dooley Bear if he wanted to have another slumber party and he was all in. We drove over to SAGA to pick up our foster potlicker. We introduce to you, Ms. Dopey! We introduce to you, Ms. Dopey!

    International Sourcesizz

    Belize Loses Bid To Block Assignee In $27.4M Award Row
    A D.C. federal judge chided the Belizean government Friday in a decision that allowed a Turks and Caicos entity to pursue a confirmed $27.4 million arbitral award over a tax arrangement with banks, discounting Belize’s “meritless” arguments to keep the case with another plaintiff. U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ruled that Belize brought arguments that are “meritless and require little discussion” in trying to prevent Midway Investments Ltd. from taking over the litigation for a $27.4 million arbitration award. The judge wrote that Belize had regularly...

    Belize Asks High Court To Review $18.5M Arbitration Award
    The government of Belize has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its appeal of a decision that enforced an $18.5 million London arbitral award in a case involving a Central American bank. The Belizean government said in its filing, dated Aug. 8, that the D.C. Circuit wrongly affirmed a lower court opinion that said the arbitral award could go forward. Because Belize is not party to the New York Convention, an international agreement providing for the reciprocal enforcement of international arbitration awards, U.S. courts should...

    Turlock’s Mr. Safety finds himself ‘Naked and Afraid’ in Belize
    Cory Williams has always been up for a challenge, however, the Hilmar High grad and former Turlocker didn’t know his love for adventure would eventually find him “Naked and Afraid.” On Sunday, the world will be able to watch Williams, an original YouTuber, and pro surfer Anastasia Ashley try to survive in the jungles of Belize in the Discovery Channel’s popular reality show that takes two strangers and leaves them naked and stranded on a desert island.

    Videos

  • Naked and Afraid 8x06 Season 8 Episode 6 “Belize Breakdown”, 48min.

  • WE SWAM WITH SHARKS & STINGRAYS! BELIZE DAY 3, 6min.

  • Secret Beach Belize - By boat, 3min. Video of approaching Secret Beach by boat in the crystal clear waters of Ambergris Bay.

  • Garifuna Settlement Day - Main Stage Party in Dangriga, Belize, 100min. Garifuna Settlement Day is a public holiday in Belize, celebrated each year on November 19. In this video you will see Garifuna Artist from Belize such as Guwie . In this video is the Main Stage Part - 18th Night bring in 19th Yurumein (The reenactment of the arrival of the Garifuna people in Dangriga, Belize. For more. Beautiful village southern coast in Belize. After the LIVE Musical street and beach parties that went on throughout the night until morning. Punta Drumming. The coastal town of Dangriga in the Stann Creek District of Belize comes alive with the celebration of Garifuna Settlement Day. A colorful, lively and big parade.

  • Belcampo Belize, 3min. Belcampo Belize is a remote and unique eco-tour and fishing lodge in southern Belize. They have deep roots as a fishing lodge, set in some of the most fertile permit fishing grounds anywhere in the world and employs expert flats fishing guides. Belcampo describes the lodge as "agritourism-chic" featuring a Jungle Lodge, organic farm, and a 12,000-acre nature reserve. Belcampo Belize offers the best in local food and culture, active adventures, wildlife viewing, saltwater fly-fishing, and world-class hospitality.

  • Prime Minister Dean Barrow in the House of Representatives; August 18th 2017, 2min.

  • The South Ambergris Caye neighborhood. Sadly they still have plenty more land waiting to be cleared., 2.5min. ow sustainable can this indiscriminate clearing of mangroves and wildlife habitat be for our island San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. The southern end is one of the most ecologically sensitive areas on the entire island, as it is one of the narrowest ridges filled with wetlands,savannas and is the corridor to the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Has anyone thought about the carrying capacity of the island. How far are you going to destroy our ecosystem for these so called developments? It cannot continue to go one way. There has to be a sustainable balance between our ecosystem and development.

  • Scuba diver surprises wife with underwater wedding, 3min. Dave and Kristy have been married for 25 years and have had a marriage and a life filled with love and adventure. When Dave looked back and realized that he had not proposed in a very exciting way all those years ago, he decided he could do much better. He started scheming about the most romantic and surprising way to propose again and to renew his vows. Kristy loves few things as much as she loves scuba diving and swimming among the ocean life on the coral. There could be no better setting than 60 feet under the waves.

  • Belize Now - August 18, 2017, 34min. In tonight’s headlines: The Belize Film Commission is courting international film makers, Taiwan aides Belize in fighting kidney disease, Marion Jones Stadium gets lit up, and Beltraide is looking for talent. These stories and more on this week’s edition of Belize Now. Thanks for joining us on this Friday, August 18th, 2017!

  • Belize Diving 2017 Swimming With Sharks, 1.5min.

  • VISITING BELIZE!! PART ONE, 11min. I visited Belize for my 25th birthday and it was an awesome experience!

  • We know exactly how you feel Madi :), 1min. Madison Pearl reacting to the news that the government of Belize has committed to legislating an indefinite moratorium on offshore oil in Belizean Waters.

    August 18, 2017

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    The San Pedro Sun

    Meteorologists monitoring three storms in the Caribbean
    So far, the National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on a Tropical Storm Harvey, located several hundred miles east of the Windward Islands. The low pressure’s center is located 13.0 N 55.8W moving at 18 miles per hour (mph) with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph. Meteorologists are predicting that the low pressure has a 100% chance of developing into a Hurricane within the next 48 hours and 100% chance to grow further in strength within the next five days. Another low pressure, Invest 92L being monitored is located about 1,200 miles east of the Leeward Islands and continues to show signs of organization. As it moves west-northwest at near 20 mph, the low pressure has 60% chance of forming into an organized storm in the next five days.

    Scott Charles shot at his Elliot Subdivision residence
    The sound of gunshots once again disrupted the tranquillity of island residents on Wednesday, August 16th in the Elliot Sub-division of San Pedro Town. Police confirmed that 24-year-old Scott Charles a Belizean Tour Guide, suffered gunshot wounds to the lower part of his abdomen and his upper thigh. He was transported to the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II where he was stabilized, and later airlifted to Belize City for further medical treatment. Police are yet to make any arrests as investigation continues. According to eyewitnesses, over a dozen gunshots were heard. Many of the residents around the neighbourhood took cover under their tables and beds when the shots rang through the area. “At first I thought it was fire crackers, but after I saw some commotion on the street I realized something had happened,” remembers one witness. “It was like a war zone out there. What is happening to our island?” People keep asking. The official report from the Police Department indicates that around 8:40PM, while Charles was at home someone knocked on the door. As soon as he opened the door, a barrage of bullets greeted him, causing his injuries.

    BTB holds workshop with hoteliers and property managers in San Pedro Town
    The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) hosted a two-day workshop with representatives of the hospitality industry in San Pedro Town from Monday, August 14th to Tuesday, August 15th. The workshop took place at the Lions Den and was aimed at training participants in emergency planning, climate change adaptation, being resilient to climate change, crisis management and how to share information when a crisis takes place at an establishment. Attendees from small properties to large ones participated, after the two-day training, participants expressed satisfaction with the new information acquired. This nationwide initiative from BTB aims to better prepare the accommodation sector of the tourism industry. According to Memory Castro, Capacity Building and Sustainable Tourism Manager at BTB, the idea came after their audits showed a lack of emergency planning at most of the hotels countrywide.

    Ambergris Today

    Help Bring Justice For Faye Lin Cannon Make A Sworn Statement
    David and Anke Doehm will appear in court on August 24, 2017, in San Pedro Magistrate court for the hearing on their charges for “Cruelty to a Child”. The entire country has been appalled by the circumstances surrounding the death of Faye Lin Cannon and by the lack of evidence from the police department to charge anyone for her death. First on the list of murder suspects are David and Anke Doehm, Faye Lin Cannon’s adoptive parents, but police and prosecution have not been able to obtain enough strong evidence to charge them with murder.

    Look At The Baby Turtles Hatching
    Turtles are hatching on North Ambergris Caye and the Ambergris Caye Marine Turtle Program (ACMTP) has this awesome video to share. This year they have recorded 92 nests on the island and most of the turtles are hatching at the moment. The ACMTP closely monitors all the turtle nest their personnel find along the beaches north of the island and ensures they are protected from poachers. They also keep a close count and record data that can be use for research. Turtle nesting Season is at its peak with green and loggerhead turtle nesting July/August. The season runs from June to October.

    Man Shot As Assailant Opens Fire At His Residence
    Police reports indicate that Scott Charles, 24 years Belizean Tour Guide of Bay Side Area, San Pedro Town, was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in Belize City via air ambulance after suffering from gun shot wounds last night, Wednesday, August 16, 2017. Police say they visited the San Pedro Poly Clinic where they encountered Scott Charles suffering from a gunshot wound to the lower part of the abdomen and a gunshot wound to the upper part of the thigh. Initial police investigation revealed that about 8:40p.m., whilst Charles was at home, someone knocked at his door and upon opening several shots were fired at him causing his injuries. Police are investigating; more information as it becomes available.

    University Of Belize Records 4,668 New And Returning Students For 2017
    Students Welcomed at Historic and First Matriculation Ceremony in Belmopan - The new Academic Year 2017-2018 has begun for the University of Belize (UB). Faculty, staff and the leadership team formally welcomed students at the historic and first matriculation ceremony in Belmopan on 16th August, 2017. The packed ceremony took place from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the UB Jaguar Auditorium. Professor Emeritus Clement Sankat, President of UB indicated to students that the matriculation is a formal ceremony “to mark your enrollment as a student of the National University of Belize. It symbolizes your right of passage into this University, that you have met the standards for entry into our University and that you are now all enrolled as a student in a Certificate, Associate Degree or Degree program of the UB”.

    Misc Belizean Sources

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    Introduction of Belize Delegation Attending the 2017 CODICADER Under 15 Games
    The Belize Delegation of one hundred and ten (110) members is scheduled to leave the country on Sunday, 20th August 2017 in route to Tegucigalpa, Honduras for the VI CODICADER Student Sports Games for 13 – 14-year-olds from 20th – 26th August 2017. A press conference will be held on Friday, 18th August 2017 at 3:30 p.m. in the Marion Jones Sports Complex Conference Room to introduce the Belize delegation.

    Belmopan Ministry of Labour, Local Government & Rural Development Office Relocating
    The Ministry of Labour, Local Government & Rural Development (Belmopan Office) hereby informs the public that our Ministry will be relocating effective from August 28th, 2017. Our new office will be located at the following address: Corner 29 Raccoon Ave & 6129 Brown Street (Upstairs Daily Superstore, beside Peace Corps) Mountain View Area, City of Belmopan Our phone numbers, fax numbers and email addresses remain unchanged. We look forward to serving you at our new location.

    School items gifted to SPTC
    Ms. Linda Clark-Fonda of Lake Charles Louisiana brought some school goodies to the San Pedro Town Council on her visit to San Pedro Town. She would like to give thanks to her friends at the Eye Clinic - Dr. Mark Crawford, Dr. Tom Price, Dr. Lori Goldberg, as well as her friends and grandchildren, who gave up some of their most treasured and personal items.

    EXPORTBelize and the Belize Bureau of Standards hold Stakeholders Consultation
    EXPORTBelize in collaboration with the Belize Bureau of Standards held a Stakeholder Consultation on Tuesday August 15, 2017 at BELTRAIDE’s Headquarters in Belmopan City. This consultation was aimed to review and discuss the Final Draft for the CARICOM Regional Standard on Cocoa and Chocolate Products where approval or disapproval of the standard would be commented on and submitted by Belize for further submission to CROSQ, the regional organization for standards. The session consisted of those key stakeholders within the cacao industry who the regional standard, when passed, would ultimately impact.

    Caye Caulker September Holidays
    Our final calendar coming soon!

    Kathak Ballet group of Hemantha Kalita
    You are kindly invited to this wonderful cultural experience presented by the High Commission of India to Belize, Tuesday August 22nd. August 22nd at Las Vegas Hotel, Free Zone, Corozal starting at 7:00 p.m.

    Ricardo Elias "EL BUKY" from Monterrey, Mexico
    Coming to you live at the Princess Casino Free Zone, Corozal this Friday, August 18th and Saturday 19th. It is a comical, magical and musical show you don't want to miss. It all starts at 10:00 p.m. No cover charge. Plus get a chance to win and enjoy yourselves.

    Teaching vacancy at Concepcion R C School
    A teaching vacancy exist for one school year at Concepcion R C School. All applicants must possess a background in Primary Education, a valid Full License to Teach in Belize and Police Record. Candidates must meet the Belize Teaching Service Commission requirements to teach as posted before. Applications must be Address to: Assistant Local Manager, Corozal Catholic Public Schools, St. Francis Xavier Parish, Corozal Town, P O Box 34. For further information call 422 2018 or email corozalcps@gmail.com Deadline for submissions of applications 24th August.

    Great News for women entrepreneurs!
    Vital Voices Global Partnership opened 2018 VV GROW Fellowship application to women business owners from around the world. The Fellowship: A Leading Global Accelerator for Women Entrepreneurs is a highly competitive one-year global accelerator program for women owners of small and medium businesses. The program includes customized business skills training, technical assistance, leadership development, and access to networks to grow their businesses and increase their leadership impact.

    The young cacao trees being grown in Belize’s first agroforestry concession (within a protected area) are getting lots of love
    29 farmers of the Trio Farmers Cacao Growers Association were involved in a practical pruning training over a two-day period. The farmers are expecting their first harvest early next year and we are excited! This unique conservation model – guided by a management plan, conservation agreement and expertise of Ya’axché – is providing a lot of success!

    Caye Caulker September Celebrations Calendar of Events

    UB’s First Matriculation Ceremony
    The new Academic Year 2017-2018 has begun for the University of Belize (UB). Faculty, staff and the leadership team formally welcomed students at the historic and first matriculation ceremony in Belmopan on 16th August, 2017. The packed ceremony took place from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the UB Jaguar Auditorium. Professor Emeritus Clement Sankat, President of UB indicated to students that the matriculation is a formal ceremony “to mark your enrollment as a student of the National University of Belize. It symbolizes your right of passage into this University, that you have met the standards for entry into our University and that you are now all enrolled as a student in a Certificate, Associate Degree or Degree program of the UB”.

    Chevening scholarship
    We would like to congratulate our friend and colleague Sylvia on receiving a Chevening scholarship and will be pursuing her graduate degree in Public Archaeology at the University College of London!

    Channel 7

    Man Killed, Gunmen Ambushed Him At Door
    There was a shooting last night on San Pedro, which unfortunately, has now turned into a murder investigation. The victim is 25 year-old Scott Charles, a tour guide of the Bay Side area of the island town. His loved-ones say that he is a hard-working family man, but last night, gunmen went hunting him at his house. Reports to police are that gunmen knocked on his door, and when he opened it, they opened fire. We've spoken with his family today, and their account is a little different. They believe that his killers were watching him, and as soon they realized that he was alone, they kicked in his door and shot him to death.

    Retired Cop Beaten, Loses Tooth
    Well-known retired Assistant Superintendent of Police Francis Williams was badly beaten by three men who allegedly jumped him one week ago. Police have arrested the suspects and they appeared today before Acting Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser today. They are 24 year old security guard Darrell Brown, his brother, 29 year old personal trainer Rayford Brown, and 28 year old sales agent Eckert Powell, from Freedom Street. They all pleaded not guilty.

    Not Another Tropical Storm!
    About a week and a half ago, stores, banks and businesses countrywide closed down early in preparation for Tropical Storm Franklin. Fortunately for us, Franklin veered north, and his rains and winds had very little effect on Northern Belize. But before you can properly say, "Farewell Franklin", it may already be time to say "Hello Harvey!" - with a clear sense of dread! That's right, today, a weather system that formed off the coast of Africa has made its way into the Caribbean, and as of 3:00 this afternoon, has been upgraded to a tropical storm, and its projected path has it coming straight to Belize by early next week. Now, we stress this is just a projection, but we spoke to the Deputy Chief Meteorologist, Catherine Cumberbatch, to get a clearer idea of where this storm may be heading...

    Stolen Hilux Almost Made It Back Home
    The next story about a stolen vehicle almost has a happy ending, but not quite. It's about a Toyota Hilux pickup that was stolen from a mechanic shop in San Ignacio last week Friday. And like every other stolen Hilux it ended up in Melchor. But, yesterday there was a major break in the case, when the Hilux showed up at the border and Guatemalan police were ready. They had been told to look out for the pickup and they dutifully impounded it.

    Finally! Carnival Route Finalized
    After much anticipation and speculation, the route for the 2017 Carnival Road March has been confirmed. It's been an unresolved issue for months now because authorities insisted that the safety hazards posed by the route were just too great: it blocked Belize's two major highways and the entrance to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital for hours. The carnival committee has been weighing multiple options and routes, and has finally made a decision. The vice president of the Committee told us what the route will be:..

    Belize Biochemist Groundbreaking Stem Cell Research
    A young Belizean's groundbreaking research has been published in a top US medical Journal. On Monday, Aimee Flores, who is pursuing a Ph.D in Stem Cell Research and Bio-chemistry at UCLA had her paper published in the "Nature Cell Biology", a leading medical journal. She's in Belize on a week's break and sat down with Jules Vasquez - to talk about her project. We looked back at her long history of academic excellence which has brought her to where she is now:

    Wilfred Riles Them Up Again
    Foreign Affairs Minister Wilfred Elrington is no stranger to controversy - and his seemingly blasé comments about the border always find a way to properly tick people off. And, last night, he did it again, which is why, tonight, he's the subject of an open letter of protest which Former PUP Foreign Minister Lisa Shoman addresses to Prime Minister Dean Barrow. She's angry about what Elrington told the press yesterday in an interview about the Jacobo Arbenz 4-lane freeway to Puerto Barios . Here are his remarks:... Hon. Wilfred Elrington - Foreign Minister: "The whole issue of the building of the road under the 1859 treaty was regarded by the British as a non-issue, that's a non-issue. So whether they build it or not is not of any moment, it's not going to affect in any way the litigation in which we have, that's a non-issue, it has no real bearing on the issue. Why we have to go to ICJ is because we don't have borders that are internationally recognized and that can put us in trouble."

    Cunil For Cultivation
    Yesterday police conducted a search on small farm about 4 miles West of Cotton Tree Village where they found 47-year-old Rosendo Cunil relaxing in a hammock under a palm hut. The cops searched him and found about 2 ounces of cannabis. They proceeded to search the rest of the hut, where they found a 16 gauge shotgun and 6 shotgun cartridges. Police then inspected the surrounding area and found 3 small marijuana plantations about 100 feet away from the hut. In total the cops found 638 marijuana plants ranging from 3 inches to 3 feet in height.

    Pounds of Weed in Bze District
    Police made two weed busts in the Belize District yesterday. The first one occurred in the evening at mile 19 and a half on the Phillip Goldson Highway in Sandhill. The team searched a bushy area and found a crocus bag with one pound of weed divided into 4 parcels. No one was in the area, so it was labelled as found property. The second bust was made last night. Going on a search warrant, the south side strike team searched the residence of David Haulze on Aloe Vera street. They found 4 plastic bags weighing in one pound of weed. Haulze was charged with possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply.

    Capital Cops Crackdown on Highway Craziness
    Just this week, we've reported on two fatal accidents on the George Price Highway. And that's why the Road Safety Project Management Unit, Belmopan Police, National Transport Department and Belmopan Municipal Traffic Department met today to discuss traffic management on that Highway and within Belmopan. Police statistics show that most serious and fatal accidents occur mostly during the weekends and so they have agreed to increase patrols during peak hours on the Western corridor and also on the Hummingbird highway, and within the Capital city. Motorcycle offenders will specifically be targeted.

    Yoga Therapy Expert in Belize
    Earlier this week we told you about the BELTRAIDE "Maya Spa Experience Brand Competition". Well, today, an expert in another kind of massage arrived in Belize to offer training to masseuses at resorts and spas across the country. Sudevi Kramer will conduct a training in Vedic Thai yoga therapy at the Om Shanti yoga studio here in Belize City. She explained her craft to us today:.. Sudevi Kramer, Vedic Thai Yoga Instructor: "The roots of this work actually are in Thailand and it goes back about to 500 BC and its actually part of their medicine. It originated with the indigenous people and it's around because it works. Its accessible folk medicine yet in the last degree of a physician training they study Thai massage. That kind of says it all. So it's not just people coming for a massage to feel good although that's certainly part of it. It can be taken to the level where if somebody has like frozen shoulder or rotator cuff or a sprain ankle or any just mundane things that happen to us in life. Certainly it's not a surgical procedure, but it is everyday first aid for the mind, the body, the spirit. It works with energy lines in the body."

    BELTRAIDE Wants To Find You A Job
    We have reported extensively on many entrepreneurship trainings and small business programs hosted by Beltraide. Well, they want to go a step further by connecting you to your potential employer. They plan to do this through an online registration system and if you were unable to register today you can do so tomorrow at their talent fair. Today was day one of the fair and We dropped by to find out how you can finally get that job you were desperately looking for.

    CITCO Looks to Kid Advisors
    This afternoon, the Belize City Council held a grant ceremony to recognize 15 children who they will assist with back-to-school funding. They are all members City Council's Child Advisory Board, which was set up to give youths a seat at the table where City Hall makes policy decisions. The Councillors say that the Child Advisory Board often give their opinions on different policies that could affect the children of the City. For over 2 years, they've been diligently working with these municipal leaders, and today, as show of appreciation, they were gifted with a back-to-school package. 7News was there, and we spoke with the City Councillor responsible for children about the advice they have gotten from this board:

    Fire At FUNDAECO, Guatemala
    Fundaeco is a Guatemalan NGO that operates on the other side of the Sarstoon river. They recently got a grant along with Toledo's TIDE NGO to invest in communities. TIDE built piers and tourism attraction in Punta Negra and Monkey River while FUNDAECO built a restaurant for the fishing co-op on the Guatemalan side. Well, that restaurant - opened only weeks ago by the German funders and Belize's Ambassador to Guatemala - went down in flames this week. Reports from FUNDAECO say that it was caused by a faulty gas tank while other reports say tensions are high on that side between the fishermen and the CO-OP.

    John B Defends Home Turf On Campaign Trail
    We're about 7 months away from the 2018 Municipal Elections, and both political parties are getting in campaign mode. Apart from the paid political ads on the evening news, many of you have started getting visits from the municipal candidates. The PUP, which hasn't won a major election since 2003, has a lot of ground to make up for because the ruling UDP won 8 out of the 9 municipalities countrywide, and 62 of 67 seats in 2015. The PUP was only able to hold on to a split council in Orange Walk Town, and now PUP Leader John Briceno has to defend his home turf. Our colleagues at CTV3 News caught Briceno on the campaign trail earlier this week where he spoke about the importance of retaining Orange Walk.

    Channel 5

    Murder Victim “Shot Up” at San Pedro House
    The latest murder victim is a tour guide and fisherman from San Pedro killed within days of a shooting that left an adult and two minors injured. On Wednesday night, [...]

    Public Accounts Chair Julius Espat Says Report Must Be Ventilated
    Friday’s meeting of the House of Representatives in Belmopan should see the tabling of the 2012-2013 Auditor General’s Report on which we have been reporting all week.  It is all [...]

    More Audited Irregularities in G.S.T., B.D.F., but Not Lands or Finance
    Two of the largest ministries in the government service – Finance and Natural Resources – were not included. Coincidentally, the same man, Prime Minister Dean Barrow, is currently directly in [...]

    1-Year Integrity Commission ‘a Joke’
    Formed last December, the Integrity Commission was intended to provide independent assessment of the assets of Belizeans in public life. But a few weeks ago it was announced that the [...]

    Lisa Shoman Tells P.M. to Reject Elrington’s ‘No Borders’ Comment
    Foreign Minister Wilfred ‘Sedi’ Elrington, in an interview with the media on Wednesday, once again raised the ire of many, including former Foreign Minister Lisa Shoman.  While speaking on the [...]

    Former Foreign Minister Says Guatemala Must Respect our Borders
    Shoman who has been an advocate for going to the I.C.J. has now changed her position in light of what is being said by the incumbent foreign minister.  That is [...]

    Can Guatemala’s Referendum Be Trusted?
    Following a round of fruitless bilateral discussions with Guatemala in Istanbul, Turkey in May 2016, which ultimately failed to produce a Sarstoon Protocol, the former foreign minister’s perspective on the [...]

    Carnival Goes through Belchina This Year
    While the Battle of Saint George’s Caye and Independence Day remain the twin towers of the September Celebrations Calendar, in Belize City, the Carnival Road March reaches those heights.  September [...]

    Relief for Indigent Property Taxes is Based on Process
    Campaign efforts to elect a U.D.P. mayoral candidate for Belize City are in full swing and, as expected with any political race, promises are being made ahead of the August [...]

    Julius Promises Governance Reform under P.U.P.
    As you’ve heard at the top of the news, two-term representative Julius Espat is under no illusions about the state of Belize’s governance, which he says can be traced back [...]

    Don’t Let UNCAC Die!
    Belize is now a signatory to the United Nations Convention against Corruption, which was signed in December. But there has been no discernible movement to implementing its dictates and Cayo [...]

    Storm Harvey Coming to Belize Next Week?
    Belize is in the projected path of newly formed Tropical Storm Harvey.  And we say projected because it is still early to determine whether it will really head this way. [...]

    CitCo’s Child Advisory Board is Going Back to School
    This afternoon, a handful of students, all of whom are members of the Child Advisory Board, an arm of the Belize City Council, were recipients of back-to-school grants.  The initiative [...]

    BELTRAIDE Plays Employment Matchmaker
    If you are looking for a job, here is an opportunity that can help you. BELTRAIDE today launched a talent fair to create an employment database to meet the demands [...]

    Ministry of Education Expands Response on Medical Schools
    A month or so ago, the president of Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action and his counterpart in the Poor People’s Organization for a Healthy and Righteous Society, visited the [...]

    Reward to Return 3 Months’ Missing Erin Linarez
    In May, thirty-two-year-old Erin Linarez left his family home on the island of Ambergris Caye to voluntarily check himself into the REMAR rehabilitation center in Bullet Tree Village. Linarez, battling [...]

    Healthy Living Gets You Ready for Back to School
    If you’re a parent, you have definitely heard the advice that children enjoy routines. There are only a few weeks left before the start of the school year. And, that’s [...]

    LOVE FM

    Three men charged for harm following assault on Kevin Brown
    This afternoon twenty one year old Jafari Castro, twenty one year old James Young and eighteen year old Gilbert Franklin appeared before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser who read them a single charge of harm. The three men are accused of brutally beating 21 year old basketball player Kevin Brown on August 6 while at the […]

    Accident on the Hummingbird Highway leaves one man dead and three others injured
    Pauline SoberanisTillett reporting… “An early morning traffic incident on the Hummingbird Highway just before reaching Hershey claimed the life of one person and left three others injured. Love News was called to the area and upon arrival saw a trailer truck loaded with building materials on the right hand side of the highway in a […]

    Foreign Affairs Minister speaks on proposed amendment to Misuse of Drugs Act
    On Friday, a piece of legislation to amend the Misuse of Drugs Act will be tabled in the House of Representatives. As we had reported yesterday, the bill seeks to decriminalize up to ten grams of marijuana. We are not expecting much debate on the matter since parliamentarians from both sides of the house have […]

    Belize represented at Human Trafficking Seminar in Washington
    Belize is participating in a Human Trafficking Seminar in Washington D.C. Representing Belize are Minister of Human Development, Anthony Martinez and Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte. (VO STARTS) Both men met with the Deputy Attorney General for the US Department of Justice, Rod Rosenstein and discussed the partnership between both countries to halt human trafficking. During […]

    Marion Jones Sporting Complex gets state of the art lighting system
    The Mexicans have invested one million Belize dollars to have a lighting system for the football pitch at the Marion Jones Sporting Complex. Those lights were officially inaugurated and tested last night during a ceremony that saw the presence of one of Mexico’s Vice Minister, Ambassador Agustin Garcia-Lopez. The ambassador explained to Love News that […]

    Minister Elrington comments on reports of Taiwanese loan to Guatemala
    This evening the media caught up with Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wilfred Elrington. One of the questions posed to the Minister was in respect to the recent news that had emerged from Guatemala in respect to the hundreds of millions of dollars purportedly being loaned to the Guatemalan government by the Taiwanese Government. However, as […]

    Education Minister stands behind Chair of Gwen Liz Board
    Dr. Lorna McKay came out to the media earlier this month after receiving a letter formally putting her on administrative leave for twenty days. The letter was personally delivered to her on August 7 by the School Board Chairman, Roosevelt Blades. Dr. McKay has claimed victimization and has stated that the intimidation tactics by Blades […]

    Minister Faber responds to Commonwealth report on youth work in Belize
    At the end of July we told you of a report from the Commonwealth Secretariat has expressed dissatisfaction at the support being given to youth workers in several of the member countries with Belize performing extremely low. The 275-page document reveals the outcomes of a study done in thirty five Commonwealth countries and the steps […]

    Update on the Church State Commission
    By now the findings of the Church/State Commission should have been tabled to Cabinet and there should have been a definitive way forward by now on the Gender Based Policy and the issues arising out of the Section 53 ruling. There was a hiccup in the plan, however, when the Council of Churches and the […]

    Auditor General’s Report goes to the House on Friday
    The 2012-2013 Auditor General’s Report will be tabled at the House sitting on Friday. It looked at a number of areas within government, and among many things, the Auditor General points that most bank accounts and other government accounts have not been reconciled for several years. But there is more in the report, and these […]

    Deputy PM comments on his trip abroad
    Deputy Prime Minister, Patrick Faber returned home last week after going away for business and pleasure. Last night we caught up with him at the Marion Jones Sporting Complex where he spoke of his trip and its success. Patrick Faber – Deputy Prime Minister “It was not all holiday, I was engaging with the […]

    Minister Wilfred Elrington questioned about Progresso Heights Limited
    Last month we reported on a case involving politician and attorney, Wilfred Elrington. The case was heard by the Justices of the CCJ on July 21. It was Progresso Heights Limited versus Pitts and Elrington Law Firm. The matter dates back as far as seven years when both parties were in business together. Progresso Heights […]

    Man hospitalized after being shot by law enforcement officer
    Police in Orange Walk have confirmed a shooting involving BDF soldiers, customs officers and civilians. That shooting happened yesterday evening and left 30 year old Dwayne Almendarez wounded. Police say that BDF Soldiers and customs officers conducted a search on a bus in Yo Creek Village. Uncustomed goods were found and the authorities attempted to […]

    Juan Sis charged for beating a police officer
    Twenty year old Juan Sis, a sales clerk of Antelope Street who allegedly beat a police officer, was charged with grievous harm when he appeared today before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser. Senior Magistrate Fraser told him that she will not take a plea because the complainant is still in the hospital. The prosecutor objected to […]

    Search in Chan Chen Village nets over nine pounds of marijuana
    Today Corozal Police made a huge drug bust, recovering over nineteen pounds of marijuana. According to police, a team of officers in Corozal conducted a joint operation and searched an open lot in Chan Chen Village in the Corozal District early today. There they found nineteen and a half pounds of compressed marijuana. No one […]

    Police make arrest in burglary at Caribbean Tyre
    Police have charged 22 year-old Omar Gomez, a Belizean truck driver of Billy White Village for the burglary of Caribbean Tyre in Spanish Lookout. Gomez has been charged with burglary, handling stolen goods and damage to property. He was arraigned at the San Ignacio Magistrate Court and was granted bail of twenty thousand dollars. His […]

    Students receive book scholarships
    Paul Mahung reporting… “The annual book scholarship program is a project of Toledo Institute for Development & Environment as explained by TIDE’s Operations Manager and coordinator of the Scholarship program, Stephanie Supaul.” Stephanie Supaul – TIDE’s Operations Manager and coordinator “The TIDE scholarship program began in 2001 with a total of ten high school students. […]

    Taiwanese Ambassador donates to Albert area representative
    Ambassador Charles Liu of the Embassy of the Republic of China, Taiwan today handed over a donation to Area Representative for the Albert Division, Tracy Taegar-Panton for a back to school drive under the Constituency Development Initiatives for the constituency. Minister Panton says aside from the donation, she will be holding further discussions with the […]

    Councilor Dion Leslie donates gardening equipment to Samuel Haynes Institute
    This afternoon Belize City Councilor Deon Leslie handed over gardening equipment worth over one thousand dollars to Samuel Haynes Institute of Excellence to benefit their Landscaping & Beautification Program. The handing over ceremony occurred on the school grounds. Barbara Elrington, one of the Directors of the Samuel Haynes School of Excellence spoke to the media […]

    BWS employees and ITVET teachers complete training on plumbing code
    The Public Utilities Commission held a training on the plumbing code with sixteen participants including ITVET teachers and field supervisors of the Belize Water Services Limited. The group received their certificates of completion this morning at the ITVET compound in Belize City in a brief ceremony. Director of the water and waste water sector at […]

    The Guardian

    Decriminalize It
    The National Assembly will be meeting on Friday August 18, and one of the items on the agenda is a bill to amend the Misuse of Drugs Act. This amendment proposes to “decriminalize” a certain quantity of marijuana which is a control drug. This particular subject has been part of the Belizean discourse for some time now and after much consideration and consultation, the government is tabling the bill at this Friday’s House Sitting. In essence what this bill will do is to make the possession of a certain amount of Marijuana – in this case 10 grams an offence which can be dealt with via a ticketing system. It also means that persons caught with 10 grams or less of cannabis will no longer be liable to serve prison time nor will it be reflected in their police record.

    Shyne resigns from BSCAP saying artists are being chanced
    Shyne Barrow, Belize’s Music Ambassador, has resigned from the Belize Society of Composers Authors and Publishers (BSCAP). He is accusing the board and the former CEO of financial mismanagement, which he thinks is going to hurt the over 100 artists who became members to collect their earnings for the use of their intellectual property. In a letter dated Thursday, August 10, Barrow wrote, “Dear BSCAP members, I resigned as CEO… I cannot justify why my predecessor, Heather Cunningham, currently the Chairwoman of the BSCAP Board, is claiming $600,000 in expense and salary from 2010-2013… Yet, at this year’s AGM, the paltry sum of $2,500 is being proposed to distribute to BSCAP members… The only reason I agreed to become CEO of BSCAP was to empower artists!”

    Towhead turns over results in fatality
    Around 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 16, 2017, Belmopan Police responded to a report of a traffic accident in the vicinity of Hershey Community where they saw an overturned towhead truck. Winston Dawson of Belama Phase 3 was reportedly driving in a southerly direction and upon reaching an area around Mile 38, the truck’s front wheel blew out and the truck overturned. As a result, Dawson died on impact. Traveling with him were Albert Che of Lord’s Bank, Dorian Buckley of Hattieville, and Keaton Pollard of a Belize City address, all employees of Benny’s. The other men were taken to the Western Regional Hospital and treated for injuries. They were transporting construction materials.

    Albert division tapping into new areas for youth support
    Its back to school time and as parents and guardians go about getting their children ready for the new school year, it is not only they who are making preparations. Among those who also take on the responsibility of assisting children to return to school well equipped are Area Representatives. For the United Democratic Party reps its always about doing more for the children. One such area rep is Hon. Tracy Panton who is not only focused on helping children get back in school well equipped but her goal is always about doing more.

    Remember Marconi...
    This past Sunday, the People’s United Party (PUP) held a convention at the Sacred Heart College in San Ignacio Town to elect a mayoral candidate for the 2018 municipal elections. A total of 863 persons voted in the polls which opened at 9 a.m. and closed at 5 p.m. Three candidates vied to lead the PUP team. Marconi Matus, won with 345 votes. Arthur Smith, was second with 261 votes, and Javier Castellanos, was third with 240 votes. There were 17 spoilt ballots. After the results were announced Matus made the following speech in front of the media. “Today is the start of a fight against the United Democratic Party; against corruption and transparency.

    Belmopan slate good to go!
    On Sunday August 13th, the United Democratic Party successfully completed its convention to select a team in Belmopan to contest the upcoming municipal elections of March 7, 2018. A total of 1067 persons cast their ballots and the results are as follows: Angel Pastrana received 786 votes; Jacklyn Burns received 769 votes; Jem Pascacio got 754 votes; Louise Willis got 747 votes; Isidoro ‘Richie’ Galvez got 734 votes; Paul Chun got 702 votes and Anna Banner-Guy received 512 votes.

    Customs Officer shoots civilian in an attempt to diffuse rowdy altercation
    On Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 5:05 p.m., police visited the Yo Creek Village in Orange Walk where they saw 30-year-old Dwayne Almendarez of Union Town area, Orange Walk Town, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Investigations revealed that earlier that evening, a Customs officer supported by BDF soldiers conducted a search on a passenger bus in the area where they attempted to confiscate some uncustomed goods. An altercation reportedly ensued during which Almendarez assaulted the officers. The crowd threw rocks at the team. The team fired a warning shot as a result. The shot did not deter Almendarez. He continued to attack the officer who, in fear for his life, pulled out his 9mm pistol and fired several shots causing injuries to Almendarez.

    What is Derek up to these days?
    Ask someone to name a work of science fiction off the top of their head and chances are they’ll say Star Wars. It’s got space ships, aliens, robots, futuristic inventions, the whole nine yards. We in Belize may not have any SciFi movie being made here, but it is not because of a shortage of SciFi Writers. We may have our version of a SciFi writer right here in Belize. It seem that one such person who has the potential of and skills of such a writer is Derek Aikman. This gentleman, was once poised for greatness some 30 years ago, until his arrogance got the better of him and like Humpy Dumpy , Derek had a great fall.

    The Im-Pastor and marijuana
    There is a certain “Im-Pastor” who has his panties all tied up in a bundle over the proposed tabling of the amendment to the Misuse of Drugs Act to Decriminalize Marijuana. This guy is all over social media spewing lies and haft truths linking the decriminalization of 10 grams of Cannabis to the end of the world. In one of his posts he cites a study carried out by Dr. Natalie Castellanos Ryan at a University in Montreal Canada as his authority for opposing this move. What he failed to mention is that the effects of smoking marijuana are social in nature and not neurological.

    Dion Leslie makes donation to Samuel Haynes Institute of Excellence
    On Wednesday, August 16, 2017, Councilor Dion Leslie, made a donation valued at $1,000 to the landscaping program at the Samuel Haynes Institute of Excellence. There to receive the donation of hoses, sprayer, wheelbarrows, and an array of shovels and hoes was Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Area Representative of the Pickstock division. The program has somewhere around 55 members and it is the intention of Leslie to superimpose the blueprint of the program to include more people, even outside Pickstock. Leslie is looking for an expansion of the program throughout the city which will include single mothers and fathers as well as having a positive effect on the city.

    Mexico lights up Marion Jones Stadium and assists in school feeding project
    The Ministry of Sports signed a contract in October 2016 to place “Class Two Lights” on the Marion Jones Sporting Complex’s football field. The contract was one for a half of a million dollars, a part of a larger USD $5 million dollar plan. The project is one funded by the Government of Mexico as a plan to build an indoor sporting facility. On Tuesday, August 15, 2017, the lighting system at the stadium was inaugurated. The Lighting System of the Marion Jones Sports Complex was officially opened by Hon. Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports, during the visit of the Executive Director of the Mexican Agency for the International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID), Agustín García-López. The opening ceremony was also attended by the Governor-General, H.E. Sir Colville Young, Ambassador of Mexico Carlos Quesnel, Deputy Foreign Minister, Hon. Patrick Andrews, and the Director of the National Sports Council, Ian Jones.

    OUT OF THE BLUE
    Well, the municipal elections are just around the corner, and things are beginning to heat up. Then again, that might not be too accurate a characterization, because while the RED machine is certainly revving up, the other side (the once invincible BLUE machine) is finding it difficult, if not impossible, these days to even crank up. Their first two contested municipal conventions have been, to say the least, disappointing. In Dangriga, over three weeks ago, among aspiring mayoral and councillor candidates, they barely pulled out 500 votes. And this past weekend, in San Ignacio/Santa Elena, with three mayoral candidates contesting, they only managed to bring out a total of 850 votes. That turnout, proportionally, was actually worse than Dangriga because, after Belize City, San Ignacio/Santa Elena is the most populous municipality in the country, with a total of over 13,000 voters. So, their turnout this past weekend was a pathetic 6.4 percent of the total number of voters in that municipality.

    Rural Eastern Police Division distributes almost 200 back to school packages
    The Rural Eastern Police Division embarked on its Back to School Drive. A total of 195 bags with school supplies were distributed to students of the entire rural region. Those supplies included exercise books, erasers, folders, crayons, pens, pencils, sharpeners, rulers, and glue, all donated by members in the community since the initiative was a community effort.

    Winner selected for Queen of the West
    The San Ignacio & Santa Elena Town Council along with the September celebrations committee would like to congratulate Miss Alyssa Grant, Cayo North Candidate on her win of Miss Queen of the West 2017-2018! The first runner up at the pageant was Miss. Amy Reyes from Santa Cruz, followed by Miss. Samantha Cruz from Cayo West. Referring to the winner Miss. Alyssa Grant, pageant organizer Karen Fernandez told the Guardian, “She did a wonderful performance and we are proud of her” Some 350 persons crowded the Octavia Waight Center on August 12th to select a highly talented Queen.

    Road Safety is a priority says UN Special Envoy
    While the Belize Road Safety Project is about to come to an end, a visit by a United Nations delegation last week has underscored a commitment to keep road safety in Belize as a top priority. On Thursday, August 10th, the Government of Belize, through the Ministry of Economic Development and Petroleum, received the United Nations Special Envoy for Road Safety Mr. Jean Todt. Special Envoy Todt and his team are in Belize to meet with the Road Safety Unit, as they prepare to launch the Road Safety Project’s national communications strategy.

    Republic of China (Taiwan) donates toward Chronic Renal Failure Project in Belize
    On Monday, August 14, 2017, the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) announced the first disbursement of US$ 221,850 to Hon. Pablo Marin, Minister of Health, for the Capacity Building Project for the Prevention and Control of Chronic Renal Failure in Belize at the Corozal Community Hospital. There, the donation was made by H.E. Ambassador Charles Liu, on behalf of the Republic of China (Taiwan). The project, implemented on February 10, 2016, has seen the training of 51 medical officers, 7 dialysis nurses, and 79 community health workers. They were trained by 4 Seed instructors in 2016. The dialysis nurses have each also all been certified as “Registered Dialysis Nurse” by the Nurse and Midwives Council of Belize.

    Cop caught tampering with urine sample
    Police Constable Ishmael Monima, a police officer posted at the Corozal Police Station, has been charged with the offense of perverting the course of justice. He is being accused of abusing public trust and his office in an attempt to destroy evidence. A police corporal reported that at 4:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 10, he went into the Corozal Police Station’s Traffic Office, where he placed a urine sample inside a refrigerator. This sample was supposed to have been used in the prosecution of alcohol related offenses for a defendant. The officer told his police bosses that he returned about 12 hours later, and made a check to ensure that all was in order.

    Traffic accident leaves three people hospitalized
    At around 10:30 a.m on Sunday, August 13, 2017, Azel August, a 19-year-old of Santa Elena, was driving a Pontiac SUV on the Loma Luz Boulevard in the direction from Hon. Rene Montero Bridge to La Loma Luz roundabout when he collided into the rear end of a Toyota pickup travelling in the same direction. The Toyota was being driven by Justin James. The impact caused the pickup truck to careen and flip off the road and onto the guard rail on the road As a result, James, 19-years-old, and Thais Escober, 18-years-old, received severe head injuries and both were taken to KHMH. Evian Escober, 13-years-old, received abrasions on the right elbow and back. She complained of pain to the lower hip. She was transported to San Ignacio Community Hospital.

    Joshua Augustine and Antwone Rivero denied bail for robbery
    A woman, Kaysha Arnold, was robbed on Saturday, August 12, 2017 in Belize City. Although she managed to put up a fight against her two attackers, they managed to overpower her and run off with her cell phone. The incident occurred on Newtown Barracks. According to Arnold, she was walking toward the Ramada Hotel when she was approached by two men. According to the victim, one of the men grabbed her around her neck while she was on her cell phone. The other man rushed toward her and although she did not see an object in his hand, fearing for her life she dropped her cell phone. The men ran off with the phone and managed to escape until they were picked up by police and jointly charged with robbery.

    Burglary at Caribbean Tires
    Acting upon information received of a burglary at Caribbean Tires Limited in Spanish Lookout on August 12, 2017 at 7:15 a.m. police visited the area. There, 54-year-old David Reimer reported that between the hours of 6:15 p.m. on August 11, 2017 and 7:00 a.m. on August 12, 2017, someone broke into the business establishment and damaged an iron safe located in a room at the lower flat of the building and stole USD $20,000, BZD $5,000, banking cheques, and an undisclosed amount of cash.

    Carlos Coronado is found with over 2 pounds of weed
    Carlos Coronado was intercepted by police when he walking from East Collect Canal to West Collect canal heading towards the Novelo’s bus terminal on August 13, 2017. He was found to be in possession of 1,149 grams of cannabis, over two pounds of weed. He was arrested and charged with drug trafficking. Coronado, a Belize City laborer, appeared in court before Magistrate Carlon Mendoza on August 14, 2017 to answer to a single charge of drug trafficking. He was unrepresented and pleaded not guilty to the charge. There was no objection to bail and he received it in the sum of $1,000 plus one surety of the same amount.

    Accused drug trafficker receives bail
    Richard Borland, a 22-year-old employee of the Radisson Fort George Hotel as a House Keeper, is out on bail after he was read a single charge of drug trafficking. Borland appeared in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court before Magistrate Aretha Ford on August 11, 2017 where he was read a single charge of drug trafficking for having 2,124.6 grams of cannabis in his possession.

    Fatal hit and run on George Price Highway
    About 10:40 p.m. on August 10, 2017 acting upon information of a road traffic accident in St. Matthew’s Village in the Cayo District, Roaring Creek Police visited a scene between miles 37 & 38 on the George Price Highway where they saw 57-year-old Juan Eulalio Chavin Vitzil of St. Matthew’s Village on the road side with injuries to the head and body. Beside him was a damaged bicycle.

    Robert Flores punished too harshly
    Robert Flores, a 41-year-old fisherman, was tried at the Magistrate’s Court for handling stolen goods. Flores pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods on March 1, 2016 before Magistrate Carlon Mendoza. The allegations against Flores are that on February 16, 2016, he dishonestly assisted in the retention of 12 bottles of Lindeman’s Chardonnay wines value $372.00, property of Premium Wines and Spirits. Pleading guilty typically results in leniency but Flores was initially sentenced to two years in prison for the crime since March 1, 2016.

    Stabbing robbery in Hatieville
    On August 10, 2017, police responded to a robbery on Ysaguirre Boulevard in Hattieville where they spoke with 36-year-old Otoniel Pech, a driver for Quality Poultry Products. Pech reported that at approximately 1:00 p.m., he, along with 36-year-old Heraldo Chiac and 29-year-old Orlando Teul, arrived in Hattieville to make a delivery.

    Orange Walk teenager denied bail on firearm charges
    Crevaun Cardenas, an 18-year-old from Orange Walk, has found himself at the Belize Central Prison after he was charged with two criminal offenses of kept a firearm and ammunition without a gun license. He was arraigned before Magistrate Carlon Mendoza where he was read two criminal charges, one count of aggravated assault with a firearm upon Bernard Wade and one count of escaping from lawful custody.

    PC Ramirez and two others out on Supreme Court bail
    A Police Constable Franklin Ramirez along with 2 others- Trevor Brown and Elorey Graham were all granted Supreme Court bail when they appeared in the Belize City Supreme Court on August 11, 2017 before Justice Herbert Lord. The trio was charged in the Belmopan Supreme Court on firearm charges. Their arrest was made following a Mobile Interdiction Team (MIT) bust on Monday, August 7, 2017 when they stopped a white Ford Explorer travelling from San Ignacio to Belmopan.

    Police shoot rape suspect in Maya Center, was excessive force used?
    On Saturday August 12, 2017, a 19-years-old female, reported to police that sometime around 4:30 p.m. that same day she caught a ride on a motorcycle with a male person unknown to her to get from Hopkins Village to the junction of the Southern Highway. Upon reaching the junction, the driver did not stop. He proceeded towards Maya Center Village. She stated that the man drove past Maya Center and between miles 18 and 19, he took her into a feeder road and raped her. During the ordeal, she observed a tattoo on the assailant.

    Robbery in West Landivar
    On August 10, 2017 about 7:00 a.m., 35-year-old Andre Castillo, a car dealer, reported that while in the West Landivar area, he was approached by 2 male persons. One reportedly pointed a firearm at him and demanded his belongings. He was then relieved of his wallet, personal belongings, and jewelry amounting to $7,850.00. The robbers then made good their escape.

    Stabbing victim has to recover in prison
    Kendall Green, a 24-year-old victim of a stabbing incident, is behind bars after he was accused of being involved in a shooting incident. Green appeared unrepresented before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser on August 14, 2017. Green is being accused of injuring 27-year-old Marvin Ramirez during a shooting incident which occurred on Thursday, August 10, 2017 on Antelope Street Extension. Also shot and injured was 34-year-old Ryan Arnold. Both men have been listed in a stable condition.

    Brandon Taylor out on bail for firearm offense
    Brandon Taylor, a 31-year-old man who beat a murder rap in March of this year and who was recently dragged to court after allegedly possessing a firearm, is back on the city streets after he was granted Supreme Court bail on August 11, 2017 before Justice Herbert Lord. Taylor was arraigned on Tuesday, August 8, 2017, in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court before Magistrate Aretha Ford for one count of kept unlicensed firearm without a gun license and one count of kept ammunition without being granted a gun license.

    Toyota Hilux missing in Cayo
    A Toyota Hilux was allegedly stolen last Friday morning in the Cayo District. Isias Banner, an employee of Key Works reported to police that last month a mechanic had come to pick up his Hilux for repair. This Hilux had on a license plate SI C-04065 and was worth $30,000.00 The mechanic communicated to Banner on Friday that his Hilux had been driven away from Joseph Andrews Drive, San Ignacio Town.

    Lerone Williams is accused of stealing motorcycle
    In court on August 15, 2017, the fisherman found to be in possession of a stolen motorcycle, was brought before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser where he was unrepresented. He has been identified as 31-year-old Lerone Williams of Faber’s Road. The motorcycle was assigned to the Ministry of Education and was recovered by police in possession of Williams. According to Williams, he met a group of minors swimming in an area of Belize City and he said that it was from the minors that he got the motorcycle. His claim was that he was taking the motorcycle to the Police Station.

    Cops charged for extortion
    Two police officers from Punta Gorda Town have been charged with extortion after a career educator accused them of taking advantage of her in a moment of desperation. A principal from Toledo reported to police that on Tuesday, August 8, she was driving her vehicle when she arrived at a police checkpoint, where she was stopped by Woman Police Constable Jenny Tanner and Constable Arden Jones.

    Trevor McFoy receives sentence and fine
    The Belize River Valley Supplies Gas Station located in Scotland Half-moon Village Belize Rural District was robbed in March 2016. The Manager and two patrons were also robbed of their personal belongings and cash at gun point. The quick response of police in the area at the time led to the arrest of the men who were found not too far from the scene. Over a year later, the arrest led to the conviction of 25-year-old Trevor McFoy and 19-year-old Kendall Staine. They were both found guilty of the charges of robbery and for keeping an unlicensed firearm and ammunitions when they appeared before Magistrate Carlon Mendoza in court on August 16, 2017.

    San Pedro man shoots two students and an adult
    Christian Espat, a 21-year-old San Pedro resident, was rushed over to the Belize City Magistrate’s Court late Monday, August 14, 2017 to be arraigned on seven criminal offenses. He appeared before Magistrate Carlon Mendoza who denied him bail due to the nature of the offense he allegedly committed. As a result, Espat was remanded into custody at the Belize Central Prison until November 14, 2017.

    Taxi driver attacker remanded to prison
    One of two men accused of badly beating an interdicted police officer, now taxi driver, has been identified as 20-year-old Juan Sis. Sis appeared before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 after more than two days of lock down. Doctors have yet to determine the level of injuries inflicted on the victim, therefore no plea was taken from Sis. He was arraigned on a single count of grievous harm.

    Caribbean Tires burglar receives $20,000 bail
    Acting upon information received on August 12, 2017 at 7:15 a.m. of a burglary at Caribbean Tires Ltd. in Spanish Lookout, police visited the area. There, 54-year-old David Reimer reported that between the hours of 6:15 p.m. on August 11, 2017 and 7:00 a.m. on August 12, 2017, someone broke into the business establishment and damaged an iron safe located in a room at the lower flat of the building and stole USD $20,000, BZD $5,000, banking cheques, and an undisclosed amount of cash.

    Digicell inches a step closer to regaining prestigious Belize City Softball Title
    The Digicell Senior Female Softball Team, moved a step closer in regaining the prestigious Belize City Senior Female softball title, that it lost four years ago when it defeated Beacon, in an extra inning game by the score of 13-12 to take game one in the best of three series, which was played on Friday 11th August, 2017, at Rogers Stadium. The lead in the game changed hands many times before Digicell was able to pull out the stops to secure its first win in the championship series. The winning pitcher was Mary Flowers and the losing pitcher was Hortence Thurton.

    Belize Athletics Association to hold National Track and Field Championship
    The Belize Athletics Association invites all athletes and track enthusiasts once again to be a part of its National Track and Field Championship event. The event will be hosted at the Marion Jones Sports Complex on the 26 – 27 August, 2017. All athletes 16 years and older can participate in the events.

    Belmopan Bandits open defence of national football title on the right footing
    The Premier League of Belize 2017-2018 Opening Season commence on Saturday 12th August, 2017, with two games on the schedule. On Saturday 12th August, 2017, at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan, the defending National Football champions of Belize, the Belmopan Bandits opened its defence on the right footing when it blanked the San Pedro Pirates FC by the score of 2-0. The first goal of the game was scored by Jerome James in the 6th minute of play while the 2nd and final goal of the game was scored by Elroy Smith in the 90th minute of play to give the defending champions the win. While at the MCC Grounds, the Belize Defence Force FC edged out the visiting Placencia Assassins FC by the score of 2-1.

    HUMAN RACE: JUSTIN WILLIAMS
    Justin Williams was still in the saddle, already in the 54×12, ready to explode toward the finish line and away from the sound of splintering carbon fiber. The 2017 Dana Point Grand Prix would be over in about 12 seconds, but in that moment, he still had two Cylance Cycling teammates in front of him and two dudes fighting for his wheel. Williams had been banging bodies with one of them, the racer with No. 99 pinned to his jersey, a few laps earlier and had pushed him off a teammate’s wheel. “That guy had been riding aggressive all day,” Williams recalls. “This is my home race and my whole squad was out there. Sometimes you just need to establish dominance.”

    Mayan Man Warriors win back to back games in firms’ competition
    The Belize District Basketball Association 2017 Firms’ Competition continued over the last weekend with a number of games on the schedule. On Thursday 10th August, in the first game played, Belize Bank Bulldogs defeated Grace Kings by the score of 74-46. The top scorers for Belize Bank Bulldogs were Roscoe Rhys with 17 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 1 steal; Dominique Guzman with 16 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals and Akeem Richardson with 10 points, 6 rebounds and a steal. Meanwhile, the top scorers for Grace Kings were Alex Gordon with 16 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 steals and Wayne Garbutt with 8 points, 8 rebounds and a steal.

    Words of Life with Pastor Barry Fraser
    Our topic this week is “Be Positive Minded.” In the Old Testament book of the prophet Jeremiah, chapter 15, verse 16, we read: “As your words came to me I drank them in, and because I belong to you.” Television Preacher and author Joyce Meyer said, “Thinking positive in a negative situation is the best thing you can do for yourself.” This is because no matter what we do we can never eliminate all the problems in our life. As long as we are on earth we will never have the perfection we desire. If we fail to think positively, we will end up always trying to look for something in which to drown our sorrows. This is what is normally referred to as coping mechanisms.

    Feeding Program to be boosted by thrift shop in San Ignacio
    A cozy thrift corner was opened on the Bullet Tree Road on Saturday by the Non Profit Cornerstone Foundation to boost its feeding program for the new school year- come September 2017. The thrift shop sells an assortment of shoes, clothing, jewelry and books with the profits going towards Cornerstone’s main foundation; to feed 80 kids from the San Ignacio and Santa Elena Areas. Cornerstone Feeding Program caters to the needs of children from the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic, Saint Andrews and the Nazarene Primary School in San Ignacio. During the course of a normal school year, children are also fed daily at the Santa Elena Roman Catholic Primary School.

    “…THE ICJ WILL END UP BEING OUR BEST OPTION, OR OUR ONLY OPTION…”
    I urge you to read for yourself the rational of publisher Evan X Hyde on page 13 of the Friday, August 11th, 2017 issue of AMANDALA. He made it abundantly clear that when “some of [his] activist friends immediately went public with a complete denunciation of the ICJ proposition he, “did not do what they did.” He did not say if he had discussed the matter with them. Did he ask them to explain their reasons? Human beings are born with free will and it may very well be that he respectfully made a mental note of their position. Stubbornness is a trait of some humans. Just this morning Keith was trying once again to teach me about ‘the subtleness of science and the exactness of art.’ Just as I was getting ready to take him seriously; he blurted out how very close he was to Ms. Nora. At that very second I was hearing her voice in my head – she never called his name to me but rather preferred the moniker “Old Liad.” Go figure…

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Former Harlem Globetrotter, Melvin Adams, in Belize for charity event
    Former Harlem Globetrotter, Melvin Adams, has been spotted in Belize. He was seen at the National Fire Services Office in Belize City where he delivered an inspirational speech to the fire fighters. Information to BBN is that he will be in Belmopan tomorrow night for a charity event.

    Tropical Storm Harvey forms in the Caribbean
    This afternoon, the Hurricane Hunter found that the tropical disturbance in the Caribbean has formed into Tropical Storm Harvey. Harvey is the eight named tropical storm of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane season. An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter Aircraft indicated that maximum sustained winds […]

    Belmopan police and traffic officials meet to discuss traffic management
    Today, members from the Road Safety Project Management Unit, Belmopan Police, the National Transport Department, and the Belmopan Municipal Traffic Department met to discuss traffic management on the George Price Highway and within Belmopan. Sr. Supt Howell Gillett said that based on statistics, serious […]

    University of Belize holds matriculation ceremony
    The new Academic Year 2017-2018 has begun for the University of Belize (UB). Faculty, staff and the leadership team formally welcomed students at the historic and first matriculation ceremony in Belmopan on August, 16th 2017. The packed ceremony took place from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 […]

    Belize delegation departs Sunday for CODICADER Under 15 Games
    The Belize Delegation of one hundred and ten (110) members is scheduled to leave the country on Sunday, August 20th, 2017 in route to Tegucigalpa, Honduras for the VI CODICADER Student Sports Games for 13 – 14-year-olds. The event will take place from August 20-26th ,2017. A press […]

    Ministry of Labour, Local Government and Rural development relocating office
    The Ministry of Labour, Local Government & Rural Development (Belmopan Office) informs the public that the Ministry will be relocating its office effective August 28th, 2017. The new office will be located on the Corner of 29 Raccoon Ave & 6129 Brown Street (Upstairs Daily Superstore, […]

    Police detains ganja farmer in Cotton Tree
    A farmer of Cotton Tree Village, Cayo District has been detained by police. According to reports, yesterday evening around 5, police visited a farm located about four miles west of Cotton Tree Village where they observed a palm hut. Police met Rosendo Cunil, 47, a Belizean […]

    Foreign Ministerial Bull
    By Lisa Shoman: Two years ago, I accompanied over a hundred Belizeans to the Sarstoon, one of the internationally recognized borders between Belize and Guatemala. Despite the fact that my own government disavowed my participation as a sitting Senator, to Guatemala in a diplomatic note, and […]

    Belizean scientist authors groundbreaking new study on hair loss treatment
    Aimee Flores, a Belizean student completing her Ph.D in Cellular and Molecular Biology at UCLA in Los Angeles, California was the lead researcher of a group from the university that discovered a new way to activate the stem cells in hair follicles to make […]

    Tropical cyclone could become hurricane in east of the Caribbean
    The National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami has begun issuing advisories on Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine. According to the NHC, the disturbance is centered as of 11 a.m. AST about 365 miles east of Barbados and is moving toward the west near 17 mph. The NHC says that this motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days.

    Belize~ Decriminalization of Marijuana
    Cannabis, also known as marijuana among other names, is a psychoactive drug from the Cannabis plant intended for medical or recreational use. The main psychoactive part of cannabis is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC); one of 483 known compounds in the plant, including at least 65 other […]

    Belize City man busted with weed
    Last night, police conducted a search with a warrant at the home of David Hauze on Aloe Vera Street, Belize City. Police found 4 black plastic bags containing cannabis which amounted to a total of 445 grams. Hauze was arrested and charged for possession […]

    BTIA Cayo invites you to its Cocktail Party
    The Belize Tourism Industry Association, Cayo Chapter is inviting all tourism stakeholders to its cocktail party to be held on Friday, August 18, 2017 at the Wine House in San Ignacio Town. The BTIA is inviting hoteliers, restaurateurs, tour operators, bar owners, gift shop […]

    Blogs

    The Amazing San Pedro Scavenger Hunt!
    Always on the lookout for new, fun entertainment, the Truck Stop hosted their first ever scavenger hunt race. Based off the popular show The Amazing Race, The Amazing San Pedro Scavenger Hunt brought residents and visitors together for an afternoon of fun challenges and solving cryptic clues in what seemed to be a Mario Cart race come to life!

    Introduction, Birding Spanish Creek Blog
    My name is Francis Canto Jr, I'm a birder 23 years old from the small Central American country of Belize hence the name of the blog, 501 is the phone code of Belize. I started seriously birding in late 2015 after an Urban Birdwatch organized by the Belize Audubon Society. After that I fell in love with birding and even more with photographing birds, since then I've birded in all of the districts in Belize, seen 415 species and photographed 325 of those species. I decided to start this blog to share my various birding adventures with other while showing them the importance of protecting the vulnerable environment we currently live in.

    We get to use the pool too?
    A lunch invitation took my friend Aimee and I 3.5 miles north of San Pedro town to O Restaurant at Las Terrazas resort. While there we got to talking with the new general manager Julian. When he mentioned wanting to include the local crowd more in regards to the restaurant versus just the tourists the first thing out of my mouth was “pool option”? This has been an ongoing occasional thing on the Belize forum (general link) as many people want to know which resorts allow you to use their pool. He gave us the official word that both locals and tourists are allowed to use the pool at Las Terrazas with food and or drink purchase. As you can see from the featured image above the it is worth a visit – more pics below.

    Come visit Caye Caulker, Belize
    Belize’s tranquil island getaway of Caye Caulker floats gracefully atop the glistening aqua and emerald waters of the Caribbean Sea. Surrounded by swaying palm trees and rustic boat docks, the shores of Caye Caulker lie just a few hundred meters inside the second largest barrier reef in the world. The reef’s coral formations shelter a clear, shallow canvas of water that takes on an ever-changing array of multicolored shapes and hues.If you can pull yourself away from the transfixing Caribbean waters, when you set foot on the shores of Caye Caulker, you’ll quickly get a sense that the island moves to its own beat, fitting its well-deserved billing as the tranquil, laid back member of Belize’s northern cayes. Caye Caulker might be described as lightly developed, with just enough business establishments and services to make for a comfortable vacation without jeopardizing the local culture and authentic tropical island atmosphere.

    Mechanical rides are once again here in Corozal District Civic Center

    GOVERNMENT TO ENSHRINE BAN ON OFFSHORE OIL EXPLORATION
    Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow has written a letter to Vice President of Oceana Belize, Ms. Janelle Chanona, informing her that Cabinet has decided to move to enshrine into law their policy decision to abstain from offshore oil exploration in Belize’s territorial sea and the exclusive economic zone. According to the Prime Minister, the moratorium, which will be in effect indefinitely, will be presented to the House of Representatives in October of this year It is expected that the legislation will receive bipartisan support in the House, and be well received in the environmental community.

    Wildtracks Update
    We've been a little slow on updates recently, but for those manatee lovers out there, here are Mitch and Lucky - about to enter soft release in the lagoon, and Khaleesi and Twiggy - already in the soft release phase... And, of course, Hope! All five are doing very well!

    Two 15 minute power interruptions 7:00am to 7:15am & 4:45pm to 5:00pm, Friday, August 18: entire Orange Walk & Corozal Districts
    BEL to replace transmission poles in the area.

    Belize Educational Service Group Ceremony
    The Belize Educational Service Group had their handing over ceremony this week. They donated computes to many of the local primary schools. The NTHU student group recently finished their community service project in Cristo Rey, and are heading south to do another one. Thanks, NTHU! "Today I was part of the Handing over ceremonies of Desktops and Laptops to schools from the Belize Educational Service Group from Taiwan. I want to commend them for the great job they have been doing in schools and in Belizeans lives. It is not easy to do community service and fly to another country to carry out your project. Every year they are helping schools in rural areas with computers, with class room equipment and other stuff to make school environment student friendly. This year computer award recipient were the following schools: Buena Vista Government School Cristo Rey R.C School Hidden Paradise Government School La Gracia Government School New Life Government School St. Joseph R.C School St. Martin De Porres RC. School St. Matthews Government School St. Vicent Pallottie RC. School Department of Youth Services Benque"

    International Sourcesizz

    Protocol to the special agreement between Guatemala and Belize
    In the Official Gazette of August 9, 2017, the Government of the Republic of Guatemala, published the Protocol of the Special Agreement between Guatemala and Belize were both ratified to submit the Territorial, Insular and Maritime Claim of Guatemala to the International Court of Justice, May 25, 2015. The text of the Protocol signed by Guatemala and Belize was published along with the preceding ratification and the concluded agreements are as follows:

    Mayans accurately predicted solar eclipses hundreds of years in the future
    People today aren’t the only ones who are fascinated by darkness descending in the middle of the day. Ancient civilizations tracked solar eclipses, too — although their calculations were done without the benefit of today’s scientific equipment. The Mayans were extremely literate, University of Colorado anthropology professor Payson Sheets said. Not just literate, but the most literate of any new world civilization “by a long shot.” The ancient civilization would diligently record its history, including when kings and queens were crowned, equinoxes and solstices, and solar and lunar eclipses. “Every century of recording, they would get more accurate,” Sheets said. “The prediction would be more precise.”

    9 Caribbean Countries That Have Seen A Drop Off Of Foreign Investments
    At least five Caribbean countries recorded a net positive increase in foreign direct investments last year but nine saw a definite drop off. News Americas Now analysis show they are: The Central American CARICOM nation of Belize took the fourth spot on the declining foreign direct investments rank. Belize saw a 32 percent drop-off last year – down to just USD 33 million compared to USD 65 million in 2015. With this second consecutive year of decline FDI reached levels similar to those of the 2000s. Capital inflows were the largest FDI component, accounting for 58 percent, and their contraction could not be offset by the increase in reinvested earnings.

    Videos

  • The Amazing San Pedro Scavenger Hunt, 4.5min. The Amazing San Pedro Scavenger Hunt brought residents and visitors together for an afternoon of fun challenges and solving cryptic clues in what seemed to be a Mario Cart race come to life!

  • THE JOURNEY Part 1 | PLAYA DEL CARMEN to BELIZE | CROSSING THE BORDER!, 7.5min. Day 1. Playa del Carmen. Belize Border. Then into Belize. This is the plan at least. We expect that, being prepared, the Belize border should not be too difficult but with a strange and messed up immigration system in Mexico, I have a "hold" on my immigration process, therefore it is not the Belize border, but crossing OUT through the Mexican border that may cause the problem.

  • 1 Week In Belize, 2min. Completed a House For a Family in Need; - Taught summer school to over 100 kids each day; - Met the family again that we built the house for last year;

  • I want to Belize 2, 12min.

  • Weltreise 2016, Belize, GoPro, 4min. Belize, Caye Caulker.

  • Swim little guys!, 1/2min. Green Turtle Hatchlings... Turtles are hatching on Ambergris Caye. This year we have recorded 92 nests on the island

  • Belize day 1/fishing, 15min.

  • Belize Diving 2017 Green Moray Eel, 1min.

  • Belize 2017, 3.5min.

  • Talk Ah Di Town August 17, 2017, 35min.

  • Digital Marketing Strategist, 38min.

  • Former Harlem Globetrotter inspire youths through basketball, 36min.

  • Caribbean Motors is raffling a new Wingle, 18min.

  • Belize Bonefish, 28min. Belize River Lodge Bonefish of Belize.

    August 17, 2017


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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, and other specials


    The San Pedro Sun

    Another shootingin San Pedro
    San Pedro Police are investigating the latest shooting on the island which left one person injured. Witnesses state that more than 12 gunshots where heard in the Bayside area adjacent to the San Pedrito Subdivision . The victim has been airlifted to Belize City for further medical treatment. Police continue investigating.

    Boat with tourists capsizes near Caye Caulker
    A 23-foot boat with nine passengers and two crew members reportedly capsized in the northern coast of Caye Caulker Village on Tuesday, August, 15th. A search and rescue team was immediately dispatched from E-Z Boy Tours after they received a distress call about the incident. Near 6PM, the occupants of the vessel were found drifting away on the waters of the Caribbean Sea. Everyone was brought to safety and no injuries were reported.

    Introducing DigiNet – BTL hosts corporate mixer to discuss fastest internet for Belize
    On Friday, August 11th, Belize Telemedia Limited hosted a DigiNet Corporate Mixer at the stunning Rain Restaurant & Rooftop Terrace located at Grand Caribe. The event served as an opportunity to learn about the new fiber-based broadband high-speed internet service being made available on Ambergris Caye, as well as to socialize with members of BTL staff, Huawei representatives and other businesspeople. While guests mingled, several fun raffles were held, with fabulous prizes, including phones and electronics giveaways. CEO of BTL, Rochus Schreiber, spoke of the exciting new service currently being installed on Ambergris Caye. He encouraged BTL internet subscribers to check with their local BTL offices about the new upgrades and to sign up for service.

    Community can help bring justice for Faye Lin Cannon
    Faye Lin Cannon was only 13 years old when she was found dead in her bedroom at a condominium complex apartment in northern Ambergris Caye on July 3rd. Initial investigation revealed that she had been murdered, and her adoptive mother Anke Doehm and step-father David Doehm were arrested as prime suspects. The Doehms were later charged with ‘Cruelty to a Child,’ and were remanded to the Belize Central Prison until a bail hearing in Belize City on July 21st. They were both granted bail for $10,000 and have since been out of prison and residing in Belize City. As their next court date approaches on August 24th, prosecutors are gathering evidence to lay further charges on the couple. Thus, the public is being asked to assist by making sworn statements that may possibly bring justice to Faye and her remaining siblings.

    Ambergris Today

    South Ambergris Caye development razes vegetation to the ground
    Large amounts of vegetation have been razed in southern Ambergris Caye as developers level their properties with no regard to the impact it is having on the environment. Neighbours are outraged at the sight of destruction, as many mature trees and natural habitat have been bulldozed. According to residents in the area, native wildlife has been displaced, and the site resembles that of ‘a warzone.’ Residents fear that the continued cutting down of trees will lead to erosion and even potential flooding from the lagoon side. They are urging the respective authorities to step in and put a stop to this horrendous destruction. The local and environmental authorities have yet to weigh in on this issue.

    Misc Belizean Sources

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    JOB VACANCY NOTICE - IICA Delegation in Belize

    Here's a great opportunity to learn about National Hero Philip Goldson, his life, and contributions to Belize
    Hi Everyone! The Goldson House with the collaboration of Belize Council for the Visually Impaired will be having it's first summer camp starting tomorrow. The 3 day Summer Camp (Aug 16th, 17th & 18th) Will have interactive activities for the children. A BCVI rehab officer who works with blind children will be doing a presentation on BCVI, her role as a rehab officer, displaying her equipment used in teaching blind persons and the importance of inclusion of blind persons in main stream society. Also a blind employee at BCVI, will do the same and make a presentation on his experiences as a visually impaired individual. The summer camp is free of cost and will be from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. on all 3 days. For Ages - 6- 15 We would be happy to have your children attend our first ever summer camp! Address: #82 Orange Street, Belmopan

    Two 15 minute power interruptions 7:15 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. & 5:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, August 17: Entire Orange Walk & Corozal Districts
    BEL to replace transmission poles carrying high voltage power lines in the area.

    The Women's Forum at The Corozal House of Culture
    Always fiercely in Action. Toone Masehualoon will be this month's key note speakers at this months meeting of The Women's Forum at The Corozal House of Culture this Thursday August 17th 2017 at 10:00 a.m. Come join us and learn about this very active, vibrant group with a huge goal for the future in Belize.

    Artists in the Park
    Artists in the Park is happening Saturday at the Cayo Welcome Center. There'll be many kinds of arts from many different artisans, and Ascenthium will be playing. It's a free event. See you there. "Catch us this Saturday at The Welcome center in San Ignacio! Alongside Stig Da Artist and Casanova. Come show your support for Artists in the Park!"

    Angel Coral Street closed to vehicle traffic Thursday
    The Traffic Dept advises the public that Thursday the 17th August, Angel Coral Street will be closed to vehicle traffic. This is to allow for WASA to carryout some work. Access to Super Buy will be allowed from Caribena St but no vehicles will be able to travel south past Super Buy. Please use alternate routes and allow extra time for your journey. We would also inform you that BTL workers are busy installing the new Fiber Optic cable at numerous locations, Please slow down and take extra care where they are working. Thank for your continued co-operation. Drive Safely

    NEMO Flood Mitigation – Jacintoville – Toledo
    Flood Mitigation works in the Toledo District are ongoing as equipment from the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) is being used to excavate, and clear drains and culverts in Jacintoville. This area was affected by severe flooding just over a month ago when a portion of the highway was submerged by water for a few hours and was temporarily closed to vehicular traffic. NEMO Toledo District Coordinator Kenton Parham says the works taking place should greatly improve the situation in the area, allowing water to flow off quickly in the event of excessive rainfall. Similar works will be carried out, starting later this week, in the village of Red Bank and other flood-prone communities in the Stann Creek District as NEMO continues its countrywide Flood Mitigation Program.

    Goldson House Summer Camp
    This morning our team visited The Goldson House for Democracy and Patriotism-NICH, on the first day of its summer camp, to see what the children were up to. Thanks to Coordinator Ms. Kendra Griffith for inviting us to be a part of a fun and educational morning. Here are a few photos from our visit!

    Belize Represented at Human Trafficking Seminar in Washington D.C.
    Today, August 16, 2017, the Minister of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation Hon. Anthony Martinez, accompanied by the Attorney General Hon. Michael Peyrefitte, met with Rod Rosenstein, Deputy Attorney General for the United States Department of Justice. Hon. Martinez and Hon. Peyrefitte are in Washington D.C. attending a Roundtable of Human Trafficking Seminar. During the meeting, Attorney General Rosenstein conveyed the United States’ commitment to strengthen ties with Belize to further address human trafficking, while Hon. Peyrefitte reported on the measures Belize has implemented to thwart human trafficking and prosecute offenders.

    It's with great pleasure that we introduce to the public Eastern Police Division Rural; Strike Team and Traffic Branch
    These officers are making your community a safer place for all.

    2nd Annual MISS CARNIVAL QUEEN PAGEANT - senior and junior Queens Competition. COROZAL TOWN
    Saturday, September 2nd. Corozal Civic Center.

    Corozal Heritage Plaza Public Consultation
    Residents and stakeholders shared ideas, concerns and interests on the project. Developing Corozal as a tourism destination!

    Now Recruiting - Bowen & Bowen Ltd
    Vacancy for Presalesman in Corozal. Email resume at recruitment@bowen.bz

    What Can You Do to Use Less Plastic?
    By 2050, our oceans will have more plastic in them than fish. UN Environment has ideas how YOU can take action to Save Our Ocean.

    Channel 7

    Man Shot Four Times By BDF/Customs Team in Contraband Hotspot Area
    Last night, we told you about the confrontation between BDF and Customs officers and the passengers of an Orange Walk bus that ended in the Dwayne Almendarez getting shot. According to reports, Customs and the BDF jointly stopped a bus on the Santa Cruz Road and began searching for uncustomed goods. Santa Cruz is the village right across the border from Botes, Mexico which is a contraband hotspot. Sometime after getting unto the bus, some passengers on the bus began to attack the officers, who responded by firing several shots. Four of those shots hit Almendarez, and he was rushed to the hospital where he underwent surgery and is listed in critical but stable condition. Today we spoke to his sister about the incident...

    Benny's Towhead Driver Dies From Blowout on 18-Wheeler
    There was a terrible accident this morning at 6:00 on the Hummingbird Highway. An 18 wheeler loaded with construction supplies for Benny's Hardware had a front end blowout and overturned at mile 38, which is not far from Armenia village. Police say the driver Winston Dawson from Belama Phase 3 veered to the right when the wheel blew out, and overturned on the shoulder. Dawson was crushed and died on impact. His three sidemen, 21 year old Albert Che of Lord's Bank, 21 year old Dorian Buckley of Hattieville and 29 year old Keaton Pollard of a Belize City address are all employees of Benny's and they suffered various injuries. They were rushed to the western regional Hospital in Belmopan for treatment.

    Finally, Arraignment Of The Kevin Brown Beatdown Three
    Last night, we told you how 21 year-old Jafari Castro, and 18 year-old Gilbert Franklin Jr. were in police custody. Today they were joined by 21 year old James Young Jr who turned himself in this morning. On Monday, police named them as the main suspects in the beatdown of Kevin Brown. Well today, 10 days after Brown's savage beating on San Pedro, Police escorted all 3 alleged perpetrators to the Magistrate's Court for their arraignment. They were taken before Acting Chief Magistrate Sharon Frazer, who read them a single charge of harm. Police had said that they intended to charged Gilbert Franklin with the additional offense of aggravated assault, but that didn't happen before their arraignment today.

    Caribbean Tyres Employee Charged For Safe-breaking
    Caribbean Tyres employee, 22 year old Omar Gomez has been charged for breaking open his company's safe at their Spanish Lookout store. The resident of Billy White village was formally arrested and charged with Burglary, Handling Stolen Goods and Damage to Property today. He was arraigned this evening at the San Ignacio Magistrate court and was granted bail of $20,000 with an adjournment date set for 17th November 2017.

    Depenalization Legislation Going To House
    As we told you last night, the government is tabling an amendment to the Misuse of Drugs Act at Friday's House meeting. This has to do with the decriminalization of small amounts of weed – and depending on the outcome of Friday's meeting it can mean that those who are caught with a joint won't have to worry about any criminal charges. Today Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington put it into perspective. Hon. Wilfred Elrington - Foreign Minister: "My own understanding of it that what they are seeking to do really is to enable people who smoke small quantity of marijuana to be able to do so without running the risk of going to prison."

    PM Writes OCEANA, Commits To Offshore Moratorium Long-Term
    And while the legislation to decriminalize small quantities of marijuana will be tabled in the House this Friday, we have received reports that another highly contested policy will be heading the there in a few months. According to our sources, Cabinet has decided to send legislation that would uphold the moratorium on offshore oil exploration in Belize's territorial waters for an indefinite duration. A letter form the Prime Minister to the Vice President of OCEANA says government plans to take it to Parliament in October.

    Willoughby Says Mayor Has It Wrong
    Last night, Mayor Darrell Bradley made it clear that contrary to what councillor Phillip Willoughby told us last week - the Council has no property tax forgiveness program in place for the indigent. This is after the council members - who are all supporting Dion Leslie for Mayor - felt that Willoughby had made a unilateral declaration that wasn't backed up by any council resolution. So they mayor said in no uncertain terms that there is no policy of property tax forgiveness - but today Willoughby asked for an opportunity to respond. He said it's not a matter of policy; it's the law. Here's how he put it:

    Dion Leslie Goes The Diplomatic Route
    Councillor Phillip Willoughby isn't wrong in saying that property tax forgiveness for the poor is in the law but he should have taken it to the council first before making a public statement on it – that's his opponent Councillor Dion Leslie's position on that matter. In yesterday's interview with Mayor Bradley, Bradley out rightly rejected any policy for tax write off's and went on to call it "irresponsible". Well today, Councillor Leslie took a more diplomatic approach by saying that the council will have to thoroughly consider all factors, especially financial, before any tax exemptions can made.

    Foreign Minister Speaks On Guat-Taiwan Relations
    For the past week, we've been reporting on the $650 million US dollar aid package that Taiwan has supposedly given to Guatemala. According to Guatemalan media reports, the money is to build the Jacobo Arbenz 4-lane freeway to Puerto Barrios. It's that road that the British were supposed to construct out of the 1859 treaty. They never did so and now, President Jimmy Morales says, the Taiwanese are chipping in. But according to Foreign Affairs Minister Wilfred Elrington, the Guatemalans shouldn't get too happy because they are the ones who asked Taiwan for the assistance and it is not clear if the Taiwanese will actually grant them aid. Now, one major concern has been if this road will have any impact on Belize. Elrington told us today that it will but certainly not as it relates to the broader Belize- Guatemala dispue.

    Education Minister Not Happy With Audit
    On Friday at the House of Representative, a new report from he Auditor General will be tabled. It deals with irregularities found at the Ministry of Works from 2012 to 2013, and other ministries including the Ministry of Education. And the Minister of Education says he isn't happy with what he saw in there: Hon. Patrick Faber - Minister of Education: "Just preliminarily I know that their might be other questions down the road but just preliminarily I am disappointed in the fact that the Auditor General and her team who ever the team was went into the ministry to do an audit on the tertiary unit of the ministry that deals with the scholarships and when they found certain things they said Mr. CEO could you answer to these things."

    Hon. Faber Supports Gwen Liz Chairman Against Principal
    We also asked Minister Faber about the situation at Gwen Liz High School. That's the only high school in his Collet constituency and it's been going through upheaval recently. The Principal Dr. Lorna McKay was placed on suspension earlier this month - and she did not leave quietly. Instead she said that Chairman, Roosevelt Blades - who is Faber's political officer in Collett - has been bullying and intimidating her for years. Today, Faber said that the Ministry had to go in to do an investigation based on complaints: Hon. Patrick Faber - Minister of Education: "We have longed heard complaints about the management of Gwen Liz high school and so what we did as the ministry we sent in an investigation team, that team was made up of very veteran secondary educators and they went in and they wrote a report giving their findings, they interviewed all who was concerned, parents, the teachers, the administration..."

    Marion Jones Indoor Facility Delayed
    Faber also told us about the latest plans for the indoor facility at the Marion Jones Sporting Complex. Last night, the Mexicans flipped the switch on a new lighting grid for the football field. But that's only a few hundred thousand dollars spent out of 5 million US which the Mexicans donated for an indoor sports facility. It's a multipurpose volleyball and basketball facility being administered by UNOPS - which means no local deal cutting and kickbacks with favored contractors. But, still, something has gone awry because the UNOPS consultant last told us that the complex would be ready in February 2018, but construction hasn't even started yet! The Minister of Sports today told us that the date of completion has been pushed back:

    Juan Sis Allegedly Beat Up a Cop
    Today 20-year-old Juan Sis appeared in the Magistrate's Court today after being accused of beating a police officer. According to reports, on Sunday PC Sacario Cuz, who is on interdiction, was operating a taxi on Central American Boulevard when he and Sis got into an argument. Things escalated and Sis allegedly beat Cuz, severly injuring him and sending him to the hospital.

    Chan Chen Compressed Ganja
    Chan Chen is is the northernmost village in Belize - and with increasing volumes of marijuana coming in through the north - it's not unexpected to find whole sale quantities of weed passing through. Today in Chan Chen police conducted a joint operation that turned up 19.5 pounds of cannabis in an open lot. No one was around, so it was labelled as found property.

    Shyne Versus Heather Cunningham, The Miniseries
    Last night, we gave you both sides of the very public departure of Shyne Barrow out of the Belize Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (BSCAP). The former CEO says that he cannot continue to support management of BSCAP because their spending practices have saddled the organization with hundreds of thousands of dollars in unsustainable debt, much to the detriment of the struggling artists who need every penny they could get in the fight to get the country copyright compliant. Barrow is accusing the Board, and specifically, former CEO Heather Cunningham of financial mismanagement. A leaked internal Financial report say that over the course of her 4-year tenure, BSCAP spent just over $389,000. That same report says that Cunningham is claiming $260,000 in salaries as compensation for her years of service.

    AG and Human Dev. Minister In DC To Improve Belize's Human Trafficking Rating
    In the US State Department's Trafficking Persons Report, Belize was classified as a tier 3 country, one of the two worst trafficking offenders in the entire western Hemisphere - according to the USA. So, it's making news tonight that representatives of the Belize Government are in Washington DC for the US State Department's Roundtable of Human Trafficking Seminar. Human Development Minister Anthony "Boots" Martinez" and Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte met with Rod Rosenstein, the Deputy US Attorney General from the Department of Justice. A press release from the Government of Belize says that Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein, quote, "conveyed the United States' commitment to strengthen ties with Belize to further address human trafficking," end quote, while Hon. Peyrefitte reported on the measures Belize has implemented to thwart human trafficking and prosecute offenders.

    Ana Banner, The Price of Loyalty?
    UDP Belmopan City Councillor Ana Banner Guy tried valiantly to fight the UDP establishment when she ran her candidacy outside the chosen slate - but she came 200 votes short in the convention. So, her candidacy - while valiant - was ultimately failed - and observers say she ended up on the outside because she supported Patrick Faber when he and John Saldivar went head to head for the UDP's Deputy Leadership. Saldivar has rejected that narrative, but Faber still has Banner - Guy's back. He told us he hope she will see this as a learning experience:

    Faber Says COLA Mercenary
    Faber also spoke on COLA's recent protest against the American Global University School of Medicine, or as it is now called the Columbus Central University School of Medicine. Daniel Ortiz has that story. COLA President Geovannie Brackett called out Faber saying his Ministry of Education was not doing the required oversight. Faber said that it was a mercenary move by COLA: Hon. Patrick Faber - Minister of Education: "Clearly this is a kind of mercenary venture on the part of COLA and PPOHRS. I believe if I'm to be kind that COLA has a bit more credibility but PPOHRS man. The school that is in question had a name change because of difficulty, they asked us to keep the charter because of course their needed to amend the continuity when they are marketing they need to be able to say we have been operating for all of these years before..."

    No final Plan Yet For Carnival
    Faber also donned his hat as Minister of Culture and spoke about the Carnival route. He is chair of the September Celebration Committee, and we asked him about the proposed change of route for Carnival 2017. As we've reported, authorities want to change the route because it blocks access to both major highways and to the KHMH, which is the national referral hospital. Faber says he sees the logic of that argument, but he would not support taking the Carnival from the Southside - mainly his Collet division: Hon. Patrick Faber - Deputy Prime Minister: "The problem is that the suggestions that came up boxes out the Southside, most of the suggestion and I will tell you while I've not heard a final recommendation coming if it is that I have the final say, my position is the Southside must be included in the carnival and so while I'm not absolutely sure it is my decision only to make and it will be my final decision."

    Wilfred Not Worried About CCJ
    And finally tonight, we have a comment from Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington on the Progresso Heights case where he was being sued by his former business partners in a real estate development - a case that went all the way to the CCJ. It's a private transaction but he's a public figure and on July 21st. the CCJ ordered that Elrington and his law firm, Pitts & Elrington, return all the conveyancing documents Progresso Heights Ltd sent from Florida to the law firm between September 2009 and June 2010, together with title certificates that had been issued in respect of eight of those documents. The Court gave Elrington and his firm 30 days from the date of the July 21st. hearing to deliver to Progresso the relevant documents. Today, Elrington said he didn't want to discuss the case as a private matter, but seemed in no hurry to produce any land documents:

    Props For Plumbers
    Two weeks ago we aired a segment about a workshop for Belize's plumbing lecturers held by the Public Utilities Commission along with the Ministry of Education and ITVET. Today 16 participants graduated from the course. Each received a certificate and a vast amount of new knowledge to help master their craft. The Chairman of the Public Utilities Commission John Avery spoke about the future of plumbing:

    Taiwan Helps Albert
    It is about that time of year when the sweet days of summer vacation say goodbye and the glorious days of the school year say hello to young students. But there's not much about this time that's sweet or glorious for area representatives who are under pressure to help provide important school necessities like books and supplies. Today the area representative for the Albert division Tracy Taeger Panton got a boost to do just that. She worked with the Taiwanese Embassy and received a donation of $3,000 US dollars for school necessities in the Albert division. the Ambassador told us why his office helped:

    Dion Doing It For Wilfred
    The landscaping and beautification program at the Samuel Haynes Institute of Excellence can now be expanded after Councillor Dion Leslie and his team donated over $1000 dollars in tools. Today at a short handing over ceremony, Institute Director Barbara Elrington gave us more details on the program. Councillor Leslie discussed his plans for expansion. The program has been on-going for 3 to 4 years now. 55 persons have been trained since then. 15 are currently enrolled.

    Channel 5

    3 Arraigned for Beating of Kevin Brown; Court Simmers with Tension
    There was high drama in the Magistrate Court today when twenty-one-year-old Jafari Castro of Maskall , the son of Minister Edmond “Clear the Land” Castro, eighteen-year-old construction worker Gilbert Franklin [...]

    Experienced Trucker Loses Life in Mishap on Hummingbird Highway
    There was loss of life on the Hummingbird Highway this morning. Around six a.m., a terrible accident left one person dead and three others injured. Winston Dawson along with his [...]

    Police Say Shot O.W. Man Challenged Customs Officers at Yo Creek
    Thirty-year-old Dwayne Almendarez, an Orange Walk resident of the Union Town area tonight remains in a critical but stable condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital after he was shot [...]

    More on the Special G.O.B. Relationship with ‘Special Effects’
    An audit conducted for the period 2012-2013 by the Auditor General is exposing blatant disregard for the appropriation law and other government regulations. On Tuesday night, we reported on sweetheart [...]

    Education Ministry Spent Thousands on Tertiary Assistance; Minister Says He Can Explain
    From Works to Education…The Ministry of Education also came under significant scrutiny for its handling of tertiary financial assistance grants during the period April 2004 to March 2012.  Examining various [...]

    Minister Elrington Says Decriminalization of Marijuana No Big Deal
    An amendment to the Misuse of Drugs Act is to be tabled this Friday at a special meeting of the House of Representatives in Belmopan.  For years, a committee headed [...]

    Can New Guatemala Road Help Belize? Foreign Minister Looks at the Bright Side
    The Guatemalan press reported that Taiwan is to grant that country six hundred fifty million U.S. dollars in assistance to construct the CA-Nine Highway to Puerto Barrios, Guatemala. But the [...]

    Sedi Deals with Progresso Heights Case Privately
    Minister Elrington was also asked about an embarrassing case that has gone as far as the Caribbean Court of Justice, brought against him by Progresso Heights Limited.  The court had [...]

    Education Minister Stands by Gwen Liz Investigation
    Doctor Lorna McKay, principal of Gwen Lizarraga High School, was sent on administrative leave on August seventh during the Tropical Storm Franklin scare, when she was visited with a letter [...]

    Charge for Employee Accused of Robbing Caribbean Tire
    In an update to a burglary at Caribbean Tires in Spanish Lookout, Cayo, over the weekend, police have arrested a company employee. He is twenty-two-year-old Omar Gomez, a truck driver [...]

    Weed Recovered in Chan Chen
    Corozal police made a significant bust in a joint operation in the village of Chan Chen earlier today. In an open lot, they found nineteen point five pounds of compress [...]

    The Lights are On at Marion Jones; Athletes Will Make it their Home
    Wednesday night saw the launch of lighting fixtures for what is expected to be the crown jewel of Belize’s sporting facilities, the Marion Jones Sporting Complex. The Mexican Agency for [...]

    Faber Says ‘Chin Up’ to Anna Banner-Guy
    Incumbent Belmopan area representative John Saldivar’s slate came in together in the August thirteenth U.D.P. convention for the City Council, freezing out Anna Banner-Guy, who is left to serve out [...]

    No General Elections till 2020
    With municipal elections coming up in March 2018, the speculation has been that the U.D.P. will be pulling a fast one and calling general elections at the same time so [...]

    Belize Rural Kids Get School Bags for New Year
    The new school year starts in a couple of weeks for primary school children across the country. Today, the Rural Eastern Division of the Police Department had a back to [...]

    Taiwan Helps Out with Back to School for Albert Division
    Today, we also found politicians tying down loose ends in assisting residents with expenses for the new school year.  This morning, Albert Area Representative Tracy Panton received a donation from [...]

    CitCo Donates for Samuel Haynes Institute’s Beautification Program
    For the past three to four years, the Samuel Haynes Institute of Excellence has been facilitating a landscaping and beautification program for single mothers and youths from the Pickstock constituency. [...]

    CTV3

    Minister Faber Expresses Disappointment In Auditor General's Report
    Today Hon Patrick Faber also spoke on the Auditor General’s findings in particular those that dealt with the Ministry of Education. The Minister also expressed disappointment, but on the content which the Auditor General reports. Honourable Patrick Faber - Minister of Education, Youth and Sports: “I am disappointed in the fact that the Auditor General and her team or whoever the team was, went in to the ministry to do an audit I think it is the tertiary unit of the ministry that deals with the scholarships and when they found certain things they said well, Mr. CEO could you answer to these things, now the way I understand it but I may be completely wrong but I don’t think so that once you get in there and you are doing an audit and you find certain things you give the entity an opportunity to respond”

    John Briceno Speaks On Auditor General's Report Of Government Expenditures
    On the agenda also for Friday’s House Sitting, will be the presentation of the 2012-2013 Auditor General’s report of Government expenditures. If you’re wondering why the 2012-2013 report is just being published, it is because the audit process is very tedious and painstaking. For the auditor general’s office, the work is even made more difficult because of insufficient human resource and support provided by the Ministry of Finance. In her reports, the Auditor General Dorothy Bradley makes continuous mention of the need for more resources for her Department to be able to carry out its work timely. Looking closer at the contents of the report, there are serious questions raised about financial decisions taken by Government Ministries. On such is the Ministry of Works and its relationship with a vehicle parts business known in Belmopan as “Special Effects”.

    Will The Opposition Support Decriminalization Of Marijuana?
    On Friday, the House of Representatives will meet to consider a number of bills, one reportedly being a proposed legislation to decriminalise the use of Marijuana in Belize. In 2012, a Committee known as the Decriminalization of Marijuana Committee (DOMC) was established to carry out extensive research on the issue and provide recommendations. One of those recommendations is for the de-penalization of marijuana possession for quantities of 10 grams and less. For several years, the recommendation has remained on paper but it appears the Government is now prepared to propose the necessary legislation required for changes to the law to take effect.

    Briceno Warns Taiwan About Dollar Diplomacy
    Opposition Leader Hon. John Briceno also discussed the heavy dollar diplomacy being played by the Taiwan Government with the Barrow Administration. As we had reported last week, Taiwan’s Ambassador to Belize H.E. Charles Liu handed over financial support of $60m to Prime Minister Dean Barrow, part of which will go towards budget support. The concern is that Taiwan is helping to prop a Government that has failed economically and financially, and has provided an easy way of keeping the Government’s pocket full which the country remains broke. Briceno had stern words for this kind of dollar diplomacy, warning the Taiwan Ambassador that he cannot trust the Barrow Administration.

    Belize Participates In Human Trafficking Workshop
    Back in the month of June, the US State Department issued its 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report which demonstrated that Belize remains as a tier 3 country and is classified as the worst trafficking offender in the Central American region. The report indicated that Belize does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking and that the Government is not making significant efforts to do so. The US State Department also claimed that there is an alleged high level of trafficking-related complicity by government officials.

    LOVE FM

    Bill to decriminalized small portion of marijuana to go to the House on Friday
    Love News has confirmed with Solicitor General Nigel Hawke that a bill to amend the Misuse of Drugs Act will be tabled on Friday during a special sitting of the House of Representatives. The piece of legislation seeks to decriminalize up to ten grams of marijuana. The Decriminalization of Marijuana Committee chaired by Douglas Singh […]

    Former CEO questions BSCAP’s figures
    Last Thursday Love News obtained a letter in which Shyne Barrow resigned as CEO of the Belizean Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (BSCAP). His resignation followed internal financial conflict within the organization. According to Barrow, former CEO Heather Cunningham, and current Chair of the BSCAP board is claiming six hundred thousand dollars in expenses […]

    Belizean musicians throw support behind former BSCAP CEO
    Tanya Carter, one of Belize’s top artists is currently a member of BSCAP but today she told the press that she will remove herself from the organization after what has come to light. Tanya Carter – Musician: “To be honest with you about maybe five or six years ago we received a cheque for $20 […]

    BSCAP’s Chair responds to allegations
    Last Friday the BSCAP Board sent a release in response to Barrow’s allegations. In it, BSCAP accepted Barrow’s resignation from the post of CEO. The board also expressed regret on how Barrow had chosen to address the situation saying it was best to deal with it outside the media. It also stated that the allegations […]

    Belize Network of NGOs decries postponement of re-registration exercise
    The voices that object to the postponement of the re-registration continue to be heard. Yesterday the Belize Network of NGOs registered its discontent that the exercise has been put off another year. In its release the BNN says given that the last re-registration exercise was conducted two decades ago, the electors list is very likely […]

    Taiwan makes donation for the fight against chronic renal failure
    Yesterday the Republic of China, Taiwan, officially handed over more than two hundred and twenty thousand US dollars to the Ministry of Health for its Capacity Building Project for the Prevention and Control of Chronic Renal Failure in Belize. The handing over was held in Corozal Community Hospital where the Minister of Health, Pablo Marin […]

    Dialysis patients must pay for treatment according to Minister of Health
    The Minister of Health also spoke about dialysis offered to patients. A patient would need dialysis when they develop end stage kidney failure –usually by that time they have lost about 85 to 90 percent of their kidney functions. The purpose of dialysis is to balance the body by removing waste, salt and extra water […]

    Minister of Health calls for ban of soft drinks in schools
    Last month the Ministry of Health released statistics which named cardiovascular diseases as the number one cause of death in Belize so far for this year. Cardiovascular diseases have also placed in the top non communicable diseases list along with hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and chronic renal disease. Minister of Health, Pablo Marin says that it […]

    Belize backs Taiwan for observer status at World Health Assembly
    Belize and the Republic of China, Taiwan, have been close allies for decades. So it was no surprise that Cabinet Minister in charge of Health, Pablo Marin had been lobbying members of the World Health Organization to allow Taiwan to be an observer at the World Health Assembly. The World Health Assembly was held back […]

    Minor missing from Burrell Boom Village
    12-year-old Catherine Esmeralda Claros of Burrell Boom Village was reported missing by her mother, Silvia Janeth Simon, a Honduran national. Simon told police that she last saw her daughter at approximately 6:30 a.m., on Saturday, August 12, when she left home. Claros is five feet three inches, of brown complexion, has shoulder length curly hair […]

    Teenager charged with rape
    Nineteen year old Andy Pop has been charged with rape and is scheduled to appear in court tomorrow in Punta Gorda. Pop was shot on the leg when he attempted to escape on a motorcycle after allegedly raping a nineteen year old female. The girl had accepted a ride with Pop who took her to […]

    ACP Chester Williams says all reports of Police corruption will be investigated
    It has been less than a stellar month for the Belize Police Department. As of late, at least five police officers including a superintendent have been accused of illegal activities. While some have been criminally others are being investigated by the Professional Standards Branch headed by Assistant Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams. Williams says that […]

    Woman deported from Belize makes Court appearance in Canada
    Last week we told you about the deportation of thirty three year old Canadian National Robin Leanne (Greenway) Trockstad. She was arrested by Belizean authorities after a warrant for her arrest was issued in Canada. She is accused of abducting her four year old son TreysonTrockstad-Greenway. Reports from Canada are that Trockstad appeared today in […]

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    GOB to decriminalize marijuana?
    Belizeans at home and abroad are eagerly awaiting Friday’s upcoming Special Sitting of the House of Representatives following several media reports that the Government of Belize will decriminalize small amounts of marijuana. Several local media houses have reportedly confirmed that Government will pass a Bill, which follows the recommendations given by the Decriminalization of Marijuana Committee, commissioned by Prime Minister Dean Barrow in 2012. Several church related groups have already begun to voice their discontent with the decision over social media, pointing out that the decriminalization may actually make marijuana more accessible to Belizean youths.

    City Hall not backing Willoughby’s promises
    Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley has debunked claims made by Mayoral candidate Phillip Willoughby that the council will be writing off property taxes for needy Belizeans. In an interview with Channel 7, Bradley explained that he did not know Willoughby made any such promise but clarified that the council has no such policy in place.

    Body found in Belmopan
    According to reports, the lifeless body of a man was found behind his house this evening in Salvapan, Belmopan.

    Six Corozal students get scholarships
    Six students from the Corozal District have received scholarships courtesy five-time Mr. Belize, Rigo Vellos and his gym, Spartan Fitness, located in Corozal town. Yesterday morning Vellos presented the official letters to two primary school and four high school students, which commits to covering their cost of tuition once they keep their grades up and provide community service hours monthly.

    Jafari Castro arraigned in Belize City
    Today, 21-year-old Jafari Castro, son of Transport Minister Edmond Castro, was arraigned in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court on a single count of harm, with respect to the August 6th assault of Kevin Brown. Castro was jointly charged with James Young and Gilbert Franklin. They all pleaded not guilty, and Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraizer granted them bail in the sum of $1,500 plus one surety, on the condition that they surrender all travel documents and refrain from having any contact with Brown or his family.

    Retired NBA Star is in Belize
    Retired American basketball player, Charles Smith, is in Belize City for the next four days. He was spotted at the Philip Goldson International Airport sometime this morning. According to reports, Smith is in Belize to collaborate with the Sport Council.

    Caribbean Association of Pharmacists holds AGM in Belize
    The Pharmacists Association of Belize (PAB) hosted the 37th Annual Convention and Annual General Meeting of Caribbean Association of Pharmacists in Belize last week. The AGM was hosted under the theme “Caribbean Pharmacists Contributing to Improved Health and Wellness of our Communities”.

    Man charged for robbery at Caribbean Tire
    Today in San Ignacio town, Oscar Gomez,22, a truck driver of Billy White Village, Cayo District was formally arrested and charged with burglary, handling stolen goods and damage to property.

    NEMO excavating and clearing drains in Jacintoville
    Flood mitigation works in the Toledo district are ongoing as the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) is currently excavating and clearing drains and culverts in Jacintoville. This area was affected by severe flooding just over a month ago when a portion of the highway was submerged by water for a few hours and had to be temporarily closed to vehicular traffic.

    Garifuna groups express outrage over Eldred Neal reinstatement
    Three Garifuna groups within the diaspora have issued a joint statement condemning Eldred Neal’s reinstatement as President of the Public Service Union (PSU). The United Garifuna Association, Garivision and All Peoples Foundation, issued the statement this morning, contending that Neal’s reinstatement sends the wrong message to the PSU’s Garifuna members, as well as the membership on a whole.

    Custom officer guns down alleged contrabandista
    A contrabandista refusing to peacefully surrender his goods to Custom officials was gunned down yesterday. According to police reports, shortly after 5 p.m. cops visited Yo Creek Village in Orange Walk District where they saw Orange Walk resident, Dwayne Almendarez, 30,suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Police investigation revealed that Custom officers and BDF soldiers conducted a search on a passenger bus near La Union.

    Motorcycle thieves in Belize City continue string of theft
    Motorcycle thieves in Belize City continue to steal around the clock. Police have issued a report on the two latest victims of motorcycle theft. Dwayne Reneau, 31, told police that between Monday night and early morning morning his red Meilun brand cycle with license plate number BZ M- 085 valued at $2,187.00 was stolen.

    Fatal traffic accident on the Hummingbird Highway leaves one dead, several injured
    According to reports, early this morning a Benny’s towhead delivery truck heading to PG overturned on the Hummingbird Highway. Confirmed reports are that the driver Winston Dawson, 45, passed away. Three other persons were also severely injured in the traffic accident -Dorian Buckley 21, Albert […]

    Three men detained for Caribbean Tires robbery
    Caribbean Tires in Spanish Lookout was robbed of US $20,000 and BZ $5,000 sometime between 6:15 Friday night and Saturday morning. The thieves broke down the door of the iron safe and stole the money. According to reports, the main suspect is an employee […]

    Man reportedly shot by Customs officials in Orange Walk
    According to a report from 7News, a man was shot by customs officials in the Santa Cruz area of Orange Walk last night. This area is known as a hot spot for illegal border crossings over to Botes, Mexico. The man was reportedly shot […]

    Castro and Franklin Jr. to be charged for Kevin Brown assault
    Yesterday, police informed the media that cops had detained Jafari Castro and Gilbert Franklin Jr. for the assault of Kevin Brown in San Pedro last week. Brown was badly beaten, air lifted from San Pedro and taken to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where […]

    Blogs

    Pirate’s Pizza – Where a Slice is always Nice!
    On September 1, 2016, Serge Lalonde and Susan Young of Montreal Canada made the big leap and became business owners on Ambergris Caye. Now owners of Pirate’s Pizza, Serge and Susan take pride in selling delicious pizzas to the local community and visitors who stop by as well. “We have been very busy since we started…we have repeat customers and even know their order before they ask!” they said. They have a fabulous local staff, and thus refer to their pizza as Belize-style. “It’s made here in Belize, by Belizeans, containing the freshest ingredients. Of course it’s as Belizean as it can get!” The pizza looks a little bit different, as hot, melty, bubbly cheese is on top, and those delicious ingredients like sausage, pepperoni, veggies, are under that layer of gooey cheese!

    The Eclipse in Belize & Approaching Weather Potential
    First – a look at the weather map. It’s mid-August and the time when weather disturbances tend to spin off the west coast of Africa. Picking up steam over the WARM Atlantic and threaten our coast lines. Right now, things are getting heated. They are still quite a ways off. But the one closest to us is forecasted to reach our general area early next week. These are only forecasts! But DO keep an eye on them. The main celestial event next week, especially in the United States, is the total solar eclipse. The moon will be passing over the sun, mid-day, and in the path of totality – will completely block it out.

    ak's Single-Origin Brownie Flights Will Make You a Better Chocolate Eater
    I approached the flight like I would a wine tasting (minus the swirl and spit), smelling them, inspecting the texture, and then taking a bite. (I wish Zak's would throw in some raw coco beans, too, for a visual examination of the differences that begin at harvest.) The brownies were arranged from Belizean to Madagascar to Guatemalan, and I assumed this was an intentional order based on intensity. I was right. The brownie made with beans from Belize smelled like a typical chocolate brownie, the comforting, homey smell unadulterated with any other aromatic notes beyond the coco and sugar. The cake-like interior crumb was sweet and mellow. It was an easy to eat and easy to love rendition of the childhood classic.

    Without a Scholarship I wouldn’t be here today. Support UB Endowment Fund
    “Like other recipients of the UB athletic scholarship, it came at a time of heavy financial constraints for my family. I was good in shotput and the discus, so a track and field scholarship combined with God's grace, paved a path. It was of great relief to my parents. We were struggling to pay for my education up to that point. This scholarship gave me and many others an opportunity that is awarded to very few people. That opportunity was to be able to finish our degree programs. The responsibility was great but the reward was even greater. Had I not receive this scholarship, life could have been very different and I may not be where I am today.

    Good Cops donate to kids in the Community
    The Police Department's Rural Eastern Division embarked on its Back to School Drive. 195 bags with school supplies (exercise books, erasers, folders, crayons, pens, pencils, sharpeners, rulers and glue) were distributed to students of the entire region. Its a community effort during which members of society donated cash and supplies.

    International Sourcesizz

    Triple tropical threat looms in the Atlantic, Caribbean
    Two of three budding tropical systems in the Atlantic will approach the Caribbean, Central America and the United States in the coming days. Three batches of thunderstorms are moving westward across the tropical Atlantic within a swath of moisture at midweek. From west to east, the systems have been dubbed 91L and 92L. The third system is likely to be 93L. "Nintey-one L may become a tropical depression or storm as it moves through the Lesser Antilles on Friday and the Caribbean Sea on Saturday," according to AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski. This feature is likely to bring an uptick in showers and thunderstorms in the Windward and southern Leeward Islands from Thursday night to Friday.

    Modern genetic sequencing tools give clearer picture of how corals are related
    The documentary “Chasing Coral,” released on Netflix in July, is a cinematic warning about how the bleaching of coral reefs may foreshadow how these marine animals will respond to climate change. Corals are key to ocean health because they support the densest, most diverse ecosystems — harboring species from turtles to algae to reef fish. University of Washington scientists are looking at the burgeoning field of coral genetics to better predict, and maybe even prepare for, coral’s future threats. Their new study uses modern genetic-sequencing tools to reveal the relatedness of three similar-looking corals. “This coral appears to be three different species, but it’s been debated whether it’s really three separate species or whether it’s one that’s really variable in its appearance,” said first author James Dimond, a UW doctoral student in aquatic and fishery sciences.

    Fly Fishing for Permit: Stalking tailers in Belize’s Permit Alley
    Saltwater Sportsman Magazine on chasing for Permits in Belize! An ever increasing angler's choice in Belize. Of note is that the permit is a catch and release fish in Belize. Great article.
    Overcast skies and gusting winds over 20 miles an hour are hardly ideal for finding permit, but with legendary Belizean guide Lincoln Westby poling the boat, I still liked our chances. Not 25 yards down the slim coral shoal we were tracing, two shadows moved in from the adjacent depths and crossed our path. They were a pair of 20-pounders, and Westby turned the boat, affording me a better casting angle. I sent a permit crab fly sailing toward the fish, but before it touched down, the permit exploded and dropped back off the edge. Shaking our heads in disbelief, we resumed our search. After 44 years of guiding, Westby returns to the sites of some 2,000 permit hookups, aided only by memory and a compass atop his panga's -console, to offer anyone willing to risk sanity and self esteem plenty of shots at fish regularly surpassing 20 pounds, within earshot of waves breaking against the barrier reef.

    Videos

  • Amazing macro-footage of nursery-grown, outplanted elkhorn corals spawning, 1min. At Laughing Bird Caye National Park, Belize, 13 Aug 17

  • BELIZE SOFTBALL LEGENDS REUNION "WHEN WE WERE QUEENS: CELEBRATION!, 3min. This specular reunion of the legendary Belizean women of softball "Hall of Fame" comes to you the "Belizean Legends" audience as a special tribute to the these outstanding Belizean athletes of Belize. Let's honor them through this celebration of being the best ever of their time and throughout the years, and remember this as a monument of greatness achieved for Belizean generations of athletes of the past, present and the future.

  • THE BELIZEAN SOFTBALL ROUNDTABLE---RHAMDAS, SMITH & ELLIS (PART ONE)!, 15min. We seldom at "Belizean Legends" hear a variety of voices by the legendary Belizean softball players serenading the moment of victory of the "1974 Golden Medal" victory that Belizean athletes won for Belize at the Central American & Caribbean Games, and the win against the United States "Orlando Rebels" by the "1979 Bronze Medal Team" of Belizean softball hall of fame.

  • BELIZEAN SOFTBALL COOL OPERATOR---SHE IS BERNADINE MCDOUGALL! , 25min. The outstanding Belizean softball player from the 1974-1979 Belize national softball championship team, Bernadine McDoudall's discussion with yours truly two years ago was very enlightening. Just revisiting these sports classics on Belizean women athletic greatness of an unprecedented and historical time unmatched today, speaks volumes of this bred of athletes like McDougall.

  • BTIA Tourism Expo in Orange Walk... on August 26th. Don't miss out!, 1.5min. On Saturday, August 26, 2017, join us as we bring to you our 3rd Annual BTIA Orange Walk Tourism Expo. The fun starts at 10am until 10pm! Don't miss out and see you there!

  • SWIMMING WITH SHARKS, 5min. We head out to Secret Beach on the West Coast of Ambergris Caye to check out whats going on and capture some footage.

  • George Price on Guatemala border dispute, 26min. The father of Belize. He said not an inch of land or a blade of grass for Guatemala. He said it in his own words. Listen and share. The message need to get to the last Belizean.

  • British High Commission, 32min.

  • BELTRAIDE Talent Fair from August 17th-19th, 2017, 22min.

  • Belize Network of NGOs discusses re-registration deferral, 30min.

  • The Power Of The Mind, 34min.

  • Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship, 21min.

  • David and Anke Doehm spotted all the way in Cayo District, min. Friends over at San Ignacio wanted us to share these videos. Court date is set for August 24 in San Pedro.

  • Passion Kite Belize WOW!!!, 1min. Martin John Leslie of Passion kite Belize takes flight on a breezy day in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.

  • Aerial View of the National University in Belmopan, 1min. If you don't know the Belmopan Campus,this short tour will show you the layout of our main campus in the Capital, Belmopan.

  • A Ghost of Andrea, 7min. This is a short film created out of my Intensive 5-Day Audio/Video Production Workshop sponsored by NICH - Belize. June 19-23, 2017. The story and characters were conceived and developed as part of the workshop activities: From concept-to Script-to Screen. Participants were asked to write out character descriptions – Name, occupation, brief history and three characters were voted on and selected. After a story connection was made, the 4th character of Andrea was added. Cast is made up of workshop participants.

  • Montoge Belize trip, 6min.

  • Belize, 10min.

  • Project Belize pt 3, 11min. This was our first two mission days. Day one is Temash and day 2 is Corazon.

  • SPIEGEL TV Maya Belize, 47min. Dokumentarfilm ueber die Maya in Belize.

  • LOOK WHAT WE CAUGHT! BELIZE DAY 2, 9min. This is Day 2 of the Vlogs while Spencer is in Belize! CHECK IT OUT! We caught Lobsters and Lion Fish! -

  • ¡NADÉ CON TIBURONES! Caye Caulker,Belize/Jarro Alvarez, 11min. Esta vez nos fuimos a dar una vuelta a una isla de belice, "CAYE CAULKER". Hicimos muchas cosas, snorkeling, nadamos con tiburones gata, windsurf, padre y mas.

    August 16, 2017


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    Specials and Events

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    The San Pedro Sun

    Jafari Castro and Gilbert Franklin arrested for August 6th Aggravate Assault incident
    Police have officially released an arrest warrant for the alleged culprits involved in an incident that left 21-year-old Kevin Brown unconscious. Initial reports indicated that the incident was cause by Wasani and Jafari Castro, sons of Minister Edmond Castro. However, the Belize Police Department Press Office immediately dispelled the allegations as just rumors, citing that “no report has been made”. It was not until a week later, on Saturday, August 12th, that warrants for the arrest of Jafari Castro, Gilbert Franklin Junior and James Young Junior were issued. Brown, who was attacked during a dispute over a piece of jewelry on Sunday, August 6th at a resort south of San Pedro Town, was hit in the head with fire extinguisher. He was taken to the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II at around 9:05PM in an unconscious state. Brown was later transported to the Karl Huesnuer Memorial Hospital in Belize City, where he regained consciousness and his now recovering at home in Camalote Village.

    Ambergris Today

    Slaying Lionfish In Belize
    They are an invasive species in the region, wreaking damage on the marine life of Belize. Lionfish are actually a threat to the livelyhood of the Belize Barrier Reef, so it is encouraged to kill as many of them as possible. The good part is that they are delicous (taste like grouper)! Ben Popik shares with us his great pic of Douglas McLain, the "Lionfish Legend", of SeaStar Belize with a spear-full of Lionfish. "How does he do that?"

    Belize Network Of NGOs Call For Re-Registration Before Municipal Elections
    The Belize Network of NGOs (BNN) has issued a press release expressing its grave disappointment that the national re-registration exercise that was to have been initiated in July 2017 has been postponed to next year. The BNN stated that voting systems are an integral component in the equation of our political democracy. The right to vote (including who can vote) and a fair and free election process are fundamental rights guaranteed by the Belize Constitution. The Press Release goes on to say that; “Given that the last re-registration exercise was conducted two decades ago, the electors list is very likely compromised which means that the very integrity of our political democracy is severely undermined.

    Misc Belizean Sources

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    Splashers
    Come paint with us tomorrow at Crazy Canucks Beach Bar. We will be painting "Home Sweet Home" inspired by local artist Marcus Larious.

    CHEVENING IN BELIZE! Deadline is approaching. Apply now!
    Applications for 2018/2019 Chevening Scholarships are open between 12:00 BST on 7 August 2017 and 12:00 GMT on 7 November 2017 (both midday UK time). Chevening is the UK government's global scholarship programme that offers future leaders the unique opportunity to study in the UK. These scholarships are awarded to outstanding professionals from your country and beyond to pursue a one-year master’s degree in any subject at any UK university.

    Two 10 minute power interruptions 7:15 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. & 5:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, August 17
    Entire Orange Walk & Corozal Districts. BEL to replace transmission poles carrying high voltage power lines in the area.

    Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project
    A part of the Hard Components of the Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project is to restore three Heritage Buildings in the downtown area. These buildings are in addition to the Government House Property buildings which will commence renovations in September or October. The uploaded picture shows the location where the vacated Women's Department building located on Albert Street. A new building will be built in this location utilizing the Colonial Style architecture of downtown. The completed building will be incorporated to the Eco-Museum concept to be developed in downtown.

    Seedlings are available for sale at the Ya'axché Conservation Trust nursery
    Through August, fruit and timber seedlings are going for BZ$2.00 per plant.

    BHA launches a New Marketing Video initiative for its Members!
    The Belize Hotel Association, in conjunction with the Belize Tourism Board and our new BHA member Love Television, has embarked on a new and exciting marketing initiative for our membership. We are planning to produce several Destination videos highlighting each of our members in each area. Each destination video will be two minutes long, more or less, and each member hotel will receive approximately fifteen seconds of airtime during the video, highlighting their rooms and amenities. These videos will be aired daily on Love FM channels each month, starting immediately, for the entire membership year, giving added exposure to our members locally. They will also form an integral part of our marketing presentations at all the international Tradeshows we attend. BHA Members who wish to produce a longer segment for their own marketing efforts, can discuss this with Love TV studios separately. These destination videos will be used for BHA marketing purposes only, so there will be no cost to our membership for filming, production or airtime. BHA Marketing Director, Tessie Tonaco will be contacting all our member properties in the upcoming weeks to schedule the date and time for each property shoot and also to request assistance from our membership to provide accommodations in each area for the Love Television crew.

    Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships
    Research Fellowship, Academic year: 2018-2019, Country: Belize

    Why you should support the UB 1st President's All-Inclusive Endowment Fete
    Support the UB Endowment Fete on September 17th, 2017. The Soca event is a fundraiser that will offer scholarships to well deserving Belizeans. It is sponsored by Best Western Biltmore, Scotia Bank, UB, Travellers, BTB, LoveFM and The Guardian.

    Creating A Safe Space Agenda!
    The U.S. Embassy in Belize is proud to support the Young Women Christian Association in its effort to increase and maintain the productivity of girls and youth through personal action and capacity building. At two separate ceremonies in Belmopan and Belize City, over 200 students graduated from the various programs carried out between 2016-2017 focused on providing alternative educational opportunities for youth, remedial programs and building capacity for future employability and entrepreneurship.

    Channel 7

    Kevin Brown Suspects In Custody
    They were wanted for beating down Kevin Brown and tonight Jafari Castro and Gilbert Franklin Jr are in police custody pending charges. Reports say they were caught today in the Conch Shell Bay area and taken to the Queen Street police station. Police have confirmed that they are being held pending charges. Now, only James Young Jr remains at large. All three young men have well known fathers.

    Fuel Prices Goes Up At Midnight
    If your vehicle uses regular fuel or diesel, you'd be well advised to put in gas tonight. That's because prices are going up sharply at midnight. Regular gas is going up 51 cents per gallon, while diesel is going up fourteen cents per gallon. The increase on regular fuel amounts to a 5.5% hike, while the increase on diesel amounts to 1.75%.

    Mayor Says He Doesn't Know What Willoughby Talking About
    Last week Wednesday, UDP Belize City Mayoral hopeful Phillip Willoughby lit up the evening news when he staged a media event to say that the council would be forgiving property taxes for those who have demonstrable need. Here's how he put it:.. Phillip Willoughby - City Councillor: "We do the due diligence and then we proceed to write off the tax and give those persons who fall within the law that ease that they need." Willoughby also read the relevant law from the Towns and Property Act. But since last week we've been hearing heavy rumblings from inside the council saying that he made this declaration unilaterally and without any basis since the council took no such resolution. This week it's been causing all kinds of chaos for his rivals on the campaign trail where - in poor areas - voters are clamoring for a write off. So today, the mayor - who endorses Willoughby's opponent Dion Leslie came forward to say he doesn't know what Willoughby is talking about because that is not the policy of the city council:

    Family Says GSU Pepper Sprayed 2 Year Old
    After what they say has been about a week and a half of harassment from the GSU, the Gonguez family is speaking out. According to the family, the GSU started making regular, hostile visits to their home on Curl Thompson Street around the beginning of the month, when they were hosting a birthday party for one of the toddlers. The Gonguez's say that the GSU told them that they were looking for guns and ammunition and broke up to party to conduct a search. Since then, the GSU have allegedly been stopping by the family's home, and harassing them on a regular basis for no reason. The altercations between the GSU and the family came to a climax yesterday, after the GSU chased a neighbor into their yard, assaulted multiple people, fired shots and pepper sprayed a 2 year old girl. We visited the Gonguez family today and spoke to them about the traumatic confrontation...

    Customs Law Enforcement Team Shot Orange Walk Man
    Tonight 7News has received multiple credible reports which say that a Customs Law enforcement team shot a man in the area of Santa Cruz Orange Walk this evening. The circumstances are not known - but we do know that this is one of the most commonly used illegal border crossings - which goes over to Botes, Mexico. Persons on the bus in the area when the shooting happened and his sister in law claim that Dwayne Almendarez was shot in the back. He survived and was rushed to the Northern Regional Hospital - where reports say he is still alive.

    Decriminalization For Small Quantities of Marijuana Coming
    The fight to de-penalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana that sees so many persons hauled to court every week, could be gaining major ground on Friday. Legislation for the decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana will be tabled at Friday's House of Representative's meeting. Former police minister Douglas Singh and a committee of other stakeholders recommended that the government make an amendment to the Misuse of Drugs Act that would see the decriminalization of possession of up to 10 grams of weed - that's about three to four joints.

    Shyne And Artists Speak Up Against BSCAP
    Last week we told you how Belize's Music Ambassador, Shyne Barrow, resigned rather suddenly from his post as CEO of BSCAP, the Belizean Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. This is the organization set up over 10 years ago to fight on behalf of Belizean artists so that whenever you hear their music on the radio, on TV, or being used by any company, that these artists are being paid for their creation. But, Barrow resigned last week accusing the the Board of financial mismanagement, which he says is severely hurting the pockets of those artists who are trying to make a career off their craft.

    BSCAP's Side Of the Story
    So, as you've seen, BSCAP's is going through a public relations nightmare, with the board being accused of taking advantage of the very same artist community that they are supposed to be serving. We made contact with several of the board members, and this evening, they organized a press briefing via Skype with Heather Cunningham, who is in the US. It happened about 1 hour or so before the start of news, and it ran for over 25 minutes. We start first with the board's response to Barrow's accusation, with a portion of Cunningham's prepared statement. Here's what she had to say just before news time:

    Alleged San Pedro Shooter Arraigned
    Alleged San Pedro shooter, 21 year old Christian Espat was arraigned and remanded to prison yesterday in Belize City Magistrate's Court. Espat appeared before Magistrate, Carlon Mendoza at around 4:15 p.m., and was read seven criminal offenses. He was charged with two counts of attempted murder, three counts of use of deadly means of harm with a dangerous weapon, and two counts of dangerous harm upon primary school students, aged 12 and 9, along with 27 year old Lloyd Tyndall.

    No Charges Yet In Caribbean Tyres Heist
    No one has yet been charged for the safe breaking robbery at Caribbean Tyres. Three men are detained after San Ignacio police were able to recover close to 50 thousand dollars from an area in Billy White Village. That's also here they arrested the main suspect. Now police have detained two os his suspected accomplices, and today investigators were out in the field gathering further evidence to see if they can also lay charges against two other suspect.

    Latest Info on Customs/BDF Shooting
    And to update a story we had at the top of the last segment, a customs joint law enforcement team shot a man in the area of Santa Cruz Village near Botes, Mexico this evening. New information says that police cannot confirm at this time whether it was a BDF soldier or a customs officer who shot Orange Walk resident Dwayne Almendarez. According to latest information from CTV-3, there was a confrontation between Orange Walk residents and lawmen from the BDF and Customs department somewhere along the road from Santa Cruz Village to Orange Walk town. CTV-3 reports that that Customs and BDF officials were searching a bus traveling towards Orange Walk Town for uncustomed goods, the situation then allegedly took a turn for the worst as passengers of the bus reportedly attempted to attack officers, who then allegedly discharged several shots.

    Castro and Franklin Arrest Happened on Northside
    As we told you earlier in the news - police have arrested two of the three men accused of being involved in the Kevin Brown beatdown which happened on San Pedro 9 days ago. The suspects in custody are Jafari Castro and Gilbert Franklin Jr. Initial reports told us that they had been found in the conch shell bay area, but subsequent reports say that the Northside strike team detained them at Gilbert Franklin's home on Dunn Street, Kings Park area. They are expected to be charged for harm tomorrow. James Young Jr is still at large.

    Caught With Cycle, Man Says He Was Taking It To Police
    He was caught pushing a stolen motorbike, but Lerone Williams says he was taking it to the police station, not stealing it. The 31 year old said he found the motorcycle with some minors who were swimming in the sea near BTL Park on Regent Street and he was taking it to Raccoon Street Police Station when the police came and took him into custody. Williams was offered a bail of $1,500 and his case was adjourned until October 20. The LIFAN motorcycle, valued at $1,800, was stolen from the compound of the Ministry of Education.

    Police Looking Into Beating
    In yesterday's newscast, we gave you extensive coverage of the press conference with Assistant Police Commissioner Chester Williams to discuss the high profile allegations of lawless police behavior before the Professional Standards Branch. As you saw, the Department is under pressure from the recent spike in the reporting of those cases, but one more which we didn't include last night was a report of police brutality out of San Ignacio. The Commander gave us the details:

    All Of The Lights At Marion Jones
    In October of 2016, the Ministry of Sports signed a half a million dollar contract to put what are called "Class Two Lights" on the on the football field at the Marion Jones Sporting Complex. It is a project funded by the Mexican government, part of a 5 million US dollar plan to build an indoor sporting facility not he Marion Jones compound. Today Ambassador to Belize, the Executive Director of the Mexican Agency for the International Cooperation for Development came to turn the switch:

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    Five years later, Audit finds that G.O.B. had favorable relations with ‘Special Effects’
    Late this evening, News Five has been able to get a sneak peek at the 2012-2013 Auditor General’s Report which is expected to be tabled this Friday in the House.  [...]

    Artists rally as Shyne renews challenge to BSCAP
    There are more details available tonight on the state of finances of the Belizean Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Last week, Shyne Barrow resigned abruptly when it became known [...]

    BSCAP Chairperson Heather Cunningham hits back
    Late this evening, BSCAP’s chairwoman, attorney Heather Cunningham, responded to claims being made by Shyne during a press conference earlier today.  Those statements cast a negative light on Cunningham, as [...]

    Defending against ‘slander,’ Cunningham says artists got their funds
    Cunningham has taken umbrage to the allegations made by Shyne because she says they are slanderous.  According to the chairwoman, the twenty-five hundred dollars that has been earmarked for distribution [...]

    Castro and Franklin in custody; police say Insp. Yearwood info was not official
    At news time this evening, police confirmed that Jafari Castro and Gilbert Franklin are in police custody pending charges. The duo was detained earlier today in the south side of [...]

    Christian Espat arraigned for weekend shooting
    As police were announcing the arrest of twenty-one-year-old Christian Espat on Monday evening for charges of attempted murder, deadly means of harm and dangerous harm for a shooting incident on [...]

    Fuel prices for regular and diesel going up again
    It’s been a month since the last increase at the pumps, but get ready for another crunching increase in fuel prices.  At midnight tonight, regular gasoline rises by a whopping [...]

    Cop facing charges for gun bust
    One week ago, Police Constable Franklin Ramirez was busted by fellow officers in the Mobile Interdiction Team along with three civilians. He was driving a vehicle carrying a gun hidden [...]

    Two more suspects in Caribbean Tire robbery
    San Ignacio police continue to investigate the burglary of the Caribbean Tires depot in Spanish Lookout, Cayo District, which is believed to be an inside job. On Saturday some twenty [...]

    Immigration, Mines to charge Chiquibul gold panners
    Over the weekend San Ignacio police received six Guatemalan nationals – thirty-eight years old Agusto Perez Gonzalez of Dolores, Petén; twenty-six years old Wilfredo Antoniel Chavez of Barrio Nuevo; eighteen [...]

    Lerone Williams charged for handling stolen motorcycle
    A motorcycle stolen from the Ministry of Education has been recovered by police from the possession of a fisherman.   Today in court, Lerone Williams, a resident of Faber’s Road [...]

    N.C.I.B. to process Chunox file to D.P.P.
    The Professional Standards Branch of the Belize Police Department is inundated with cases of alleged police misconduct and there were several updates coming out of Monday’s press conference with its [...]

    Professional Standards Branch confirms charged for P.G. cops accused of extortion
    In Punta Gorda, two cops have been accused of shaking down a school principal for money to hush up an alleged violation of insurance expiration. They agreed to accept money [...]

    Customs shot a man in Santa Cruz, Orange Walk
    Though not confirmed, there are reports of an altercation between Customs and a group of Belizeans in the Santa Cruz area of Orange Walk. This village is particularly known for [...]

    Fires on Guatemalan side of Sarstoon River
    Our newsroom has also received photographs of a fire in the Sarstoon. The reports state that several structures on the Guatemalan side of the river went up in flames earlier [...]

    Francine Pitts dies; survived loss of daughter Eyannie Nunez and City house
    Belize City resident Francine Pitts gained public attention when her young daughter, Eyannie, was shot and killed as she slept at home. Pitts would go on to experience a long [...]

    Who can build the ultimate Maya Spa Experience?
    BELTRAIDE and the Belize Spa and Wellness Association are organizing the first ever “Maya Spa Experience Brand Competition.”  The overall objective of the competition is to have certified massage therapists [...]

    KTV the Remix is back for semi-finals
    After a brief hiatus, KTV, the Remix is back tonight live at the Bliss and the show promises to be as entertaining and ram packed with great performances.  The remaining [...]

    CTV3

    Orange Walk Resident Shot During Altercation With Custom And BDF Officers
    Unconfirmed reports to CTV3 news is that a confrontation between Orange Walk residents and officials from the BDF and Customs department shortly before news time tonight lead to one man being shot as many as four times. While full details surrounding the incident are still sketchy, CTV3 news understands that the incident transpired somewhere along the road from Santa Cruz Village to Orange Walk Town while authorities were conducting daily patrols. Reports are that Customs and BDF officials were conducting search on a bus traveling towards Orange Walk Town for unaccustomed goods, the situation then allegedly took a turn for the worst as passengers of the bus reportedly attempted to attack the officers, who then allegedly discharged several shots in self-defense.

    Regular and Diesel Prices Increase
    If your gas tank is running close to empty, our advice to you would be to full up before midnight because at one minute past 12:00, prices for regular gasoline and diesel will see a major increase across the country of Belize. Here in Orange Walk Diesel will see an increase of fourteen cents, sending the price from eight dollars and seventy five cents to eight dollars and eighty nine cents. Regular Gasoline is increasing by a whopping fifty one cents and instead of nine dollars and seventy seven cents, Orange Walkenos will now pay ten dollars and twenty eight cents per gallon.

    Minister of Health Says Corozal Town Council Has Served The People
    Yesterday you heard UDP Corozal Bay area representative Pablo Marin openly throw the entire weight of his support on Richard Quan over Town Councillor Rafael Castillo ahead of Sunday’s convention in Corozal Town. That has turned out to be a major endorsement for the current Traffic Manager over the seasoned politician and former Deputy Mayor. With municipal elections on the distant horizon, we also asked Marin whether he felt that the Town Council has delivered the goods and services to the town residents of Corozal. As expected, he was highly optimistic.

    Will Mayor Campos Move Out Of Town Hall and Into The CCFZ
    We also asked Marin to comment on strong but unconfirmed reports that the Corozal Town Mayor was being considered to take up the post of Chief Executive Officer at the Commercial Free Zone at the Santa Elena Border. While Marin did not confirm or deny, he couldn’t help but indicate his support for the idea. Hon. Pablo Marin - Corozal Bay Area Representative: “If the Mayor do receive that post at the Free Zone he has served Corozal town for a good while and think that is more than enough to say that he is good for that post and I will always be supportive for someone that have shown for the people of Corozal the amount of work that he has put.”

    Jafari Castro And Gilbert Franklin Now In Police Custody
    After almost a week of being sought by police in connection with a case of aggravated assault, Jafari Castro and Gilbert Franklin were detained today and are tonight in police custody pending charges. If you have been in tuned to the news lately, you may be aware that Castro and Franklin along with James Young were wanted by police for ‘harm’ after they allegedly assaulted twenty one year old University student and San Ignacio Basketball athlete, Kevin Brown on Sunday August 5th, 2017 in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye.

    Mr. Belize Awards Scholarships To Six Lucky Recipients
    This morning six students from the Corozal District received tuition scholarships from Mr Belize, Rigo Vellos, through his gym, Spartan Fitness. The gym offered five scholarships back in July, four for primary and one for high school but due to the needs at the high school, there was a high volume of applications which saw Vellos distribute two primary school and four high school tuition scholarships this morning. We were there as the students received their official letters and pledged to commit to similar values which have kept Vellos on top of his game.

    LOVE FM

    Police “officially” issue warrant for three men including Jafari Castro in brutal beatdown of Kevin Brown
    San Pedro police have issued arrest warrants for Gilbert Franklin, James Young and Jafari Castro, son of Government Minister, Edmund Castro. They are wanted by police for the brutal beating of 21 year old basketball player, Kevin Brown. The trio is wanted for the crime of harm. Franklin is also wanted for the crime of […]

    ACP Edward Broaster speaks on former press officer’s transfer
    Over the past week, there have been some inconsistencies and confusion over Kevin Brown’s brutal beating on San Pedro Town last week Sunday. The Castro brothers had been unofficially named as being part of the group who attacked Brown and on Wednesday morning police press officer Inspector Fitzroy Yearwood told the media that the Castro […]

    Corozal Police Officer charged for perverting the course of justice
    The Belize Police Department is investigating one of its own. Police Constable Ismael Monima has been charged with Perverting the Course of Justice. He is accused of tampering with evidence. On Thursday August 10 a Corozal man was detained and charged for traffic offences. A urine sample was collected and it was placed inside the […]

    Senior Officer caught with contraband pharmaceuticals being investigated
    The Professional Standards Branch is also investigating a senior cop of the police department. On August 4, Superintendent of Police Dinsdale Thompson was caught transporting contraband pharmaceuticals. He was intercepted by Customs Officers who found him in possession of a batch of medicines including antibiotics and vitamin supplements. But unlike PC Ismael Momina, the case […]

    ACP Chester Williams updates on police officers charged for extortion
    Last week, Police Constable Arden Jones and Woman Police Constable Jenny Tanner were charged for extorting a principal. The principal reported to Punta Gorda police that Tanner and Jones stopped her at a check point in Punta Gorda and told her that she was being detained for driving with expired insurance. According to the Principal, […]

    Cayo Police Officer accused of pulling his firearm on a young boy
    The Professional Standards Branch is also investigating the conduct of a police officer attached to the San Ignacio Police Station. That officer is accused of punching a man and pulling his gun at a thirteen year old boy. ACP Chester Williams shared more. ACP Chester Williams – Head, Professional Standards Branch “Yes there is also […]

    Eldred Neal reinstated as PSU President
    The Public Service Union Belmopan Branch called a Special Meeting at the Belmopan headquarters to resolve the matter of the suspension of the President, Eldred Neal. Neal was suspended after a recording was leaked in which he made disparaging remarks about the Garinagu. The recording was deemed offensive and racist and Neal was suspended on […]

    Major political parties hold conventions out west
    Mayor Khalid Belisle will once again head the slate for the United Democratic Party into the next municipal elections. A convention was held yesterday to finalize the slate. There was some controversy as Councilor Anna Banner Guy was omitted from the official party slate. Banner Guy was not pleased as she felt she was shunned […]

    Corporal Michael Atkinson represents Belize at international fundraising event in London
    Paul Mahung reporting… “A member of Belize’s Jaguars Football team participated in an international fundraising event in London and continues to do well in Senior Level British Forces Football Competition in England. Mother of Corporal Michael Atkinson, IldaMuschamp Atkinson originally of Punta Gorda spoke to Love News.” Ilda Muschamp Atkinson “In July my son Michael […]

    Fatal RTA reported on the outskirts of Belmopan
    Fem Cruz reporting… “Based on information received on Saturday morning, Roaring Creek Police visited an area at the outskirts of Belmopan at mile 44 on the George Price Highway where they saw a Hispanic male person lying face up in the middle of the highway when travelling from an east to west direction with multiple […]

    Amandala

    WANTED!
    On Saturday afternoon, police confirmed that warrants had been issued for the arrests of men believed to have been involved in the severe beating of Galen University student, Kevin Brown. The men — Jafari Castro, Gilbert Franklin, Jr., and James Young, Jr. — are all wanted for harm. Franklin is additionally wanted for aggravated assault. Jafari Castro is a son of Minister of NEMO and Transport, Hon. Edmond “Clear the Land” Castro, whose constituency is Belize Rural North. At press time tonight, however, police say that the men have not been found.

    Francine Pitts, Belize City Council tax collector, dead at 46
    Francine Pitts, who was employed as a tax collector for the Belize City Council, was pronounced dead on arrival on Saturday, August 12, at the Western Regional Hospital. The mother of 6 children, an asthmatic, Pitts was found unconscious on the floor of her mother’s house in Mahogany Heights. She was rushed to the Western Regional Hospital by her son, Eandre Nunez, 17, but was pronounced dead, one of her sons, De’ Zhaun Humes, 22, told Amandala tonight in a telephone interview. Although a post-mortem exam has not yet been performed on Pitts’ body to determine the cause of her death, her son, Humes, is of the view that their mother died from heart failure and an asthma attack.

    Anna Banner-Guy loses bid to remain on Belmopan CitCo slate
    The United Democratic Party (UDP) held an endorsement convention today for its mayoral candidate for the Belmopan City Council race that is scheduled to take place next year March. Khalid Belisle, the incumbent mayor, will head the UDP Belmopan City Council slate again. It wasn’t smooth sailing for the UDP to fill the six slots for their city council candidates. Infighting in the ruling party had led to one incumbent councilor, who has served two terms, to be left off the party’s main slate. And this councilor had decided not to go away quietly. So, notwithstanding the fact that the party had chosen a slate for Belmopan, the rejected two-term councilor, Anna Banner-Guy, put her name on the ballot for today’s voting, which took place at the Belmopan Civic Center from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Eldred Neal reinstated as PSU president
    Eldred Neal, who was suspended after a May 19 meeting of the council of management of the Public Service Union (PSU) over a secretly recorded conversation he had with other union members in which derogatory remarks were made against the Garinagu, is being reinstated as the union’s president after a meeting was held this past weekend. Neal appeared at a Council of Management meeting held on Saturday, August 12, 2017, at the PSU headquarters, requisitioned by members of the Belmopan branch. Edmund Zuniga, Jr., who heads the Belize City branch of the PSU, told Amandala that at the meeting, Neal admitted to making the controversial statements and apologized to the Garifuna people of Belize and those present at the meeting. Although nothing was demanded in writing, Neal will apologize to the wider membership at the AGM, Zuniga indicated.

    The Dangriga Sub-Treasury jacked
    A bare-faced thief with a sawed-off shotgun robbed the Dangriga Sub-Treasury, which is located in a building complex on Main Street, today. Reports are that the thief entered the premises, pointed the gun at the clerk, and demanded money. She got scared and handed over $1,700 cash that was in a drawer. The man then escaped on his bicycle with the stolen cash.

    PG cops charged with extortion of school principal
    On Friday, two police officers were dragged into the Punta Gorda Magistrate’s court, where they were arraigned on charges of extortion. They both pleaded not guilty and were offered bail of $3,000 each, which they met. According to a complaint sheet, on Tuesday, a principal from the Toledo District was driving in the town when she came to a checkpoint being regulated by Woman Police Constable (WPC) Jenny Tanner and Police Constable (PC) Arden Jones. WPC Tanner informed the principal that the insurance on her vehicle had expired two days earlier, and indicated that she would be arrested and charged.

    PLB 2017-2018 Opening Season kicks off with a bang!!
    Despite the two-week delay in commencement and very little fanfare to mark the occasion, the Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2017-2018 Opening Season nevertheless kicked off with a real bang, with all 8 teams seeing action over the past weekend; and it promises to be a hotly contested season, judging from the scores in Week 1 of the tournament. (San Pedro Pirates FC has replaced FC Belize in this tournament.) Here at the MCC Grounds on Saturday, visiting Placencia Assassins had hosts BDF FC “on the ropes” after a corner from the left side resulted in a header from close quarters by Assassins defender Elroy Coe glancing off the torso of BDF defender Ricky Ricketts (45’ Own Goal) and rolling inside the left goal post for the 1-nil Placencia lead just before the intermission.

    BDFA Interoffice Football Week 5 results
    Week 5 games in the Belize District Football Association (BDFA) Interoffice Football Tournament 2017 were played last week Wednesday and Thursday, August 9 and 10, at the MCC Grounds. In the opener on Wednesday, Tourist Village Tennants dropped Latino FC, 3-0, with goals from Keeron Young (23’) and Carlos Guerra (4’ & 62’). And in the nightcap, Brodies shut out Customs, 2-0, with Travyon Martinez (30’ & 53’) netting both goals.

    Pickstock Lake gets first win in Week 11 of National Over-40
    –It’s been a long time coming, but Pickstock Lake-I finally gained their first victory in the FFB‘s National Over-40 Tournament 2017, and it came in at the expense of the BDF Veterans at the MCC Grounds on Saturday, August 12. BDF Veterans took a 1-nil lead on Saturday with an early goal from Steven Ortega (5’); but Pickstock Lake rebounded in second half with goals from Stanley Thomas (75’) and Jermaine “Bowfoot” Zunga (82’ & 87’) for the 3-1 win, their first of the season. Also on Saturday, San Pedro Veterans visited Independence and dropped home standing Mango Creek Veterans, 4-1, with 2 goals from Christopher Hendricks and 1 each from Orlando Pinelo and Alex Garcia; while Mango Creek’s lone goal was by Kirk Mayen.

    Rural softball regular season ends; playoffs this Sunday in Lords Bank
    The 2017 Belize Rural Female Softball Tournament wound up its regular season over the weekend with games at Bermudian Landing on Saturday, August 12, and at Flowers Bank on Sunday, August 13. In game 1 on Saturday in Bermudian Landing, Unity DHC won, 11-4, over Orchid Girls. Winning pitcher (WP) was Herlet Bull; and losing pitcher (LP) was Valorie Vernon. Game 2 saw Power Outage with the 13-1 victory over Lords Bank Sunrise. WP – Eyvette Flowers; LP – Karen Hilton.

    Editorial: Corruption as PUDP culture
    In this newspaper’s 48 years of existence, we have been privileged, at various points in time and for various periods, to work with all four Prime Ministers of Belize – Right Hon. George Price, Right Hon. Manuel Esquivel, Right Hon. Said Musa, and Right Hon. Dean Barrow. At various points in time and for various periods, we have also felt it incumbent upon us to criticize and challenge all four Maximum Leaders Belize has known. As we have written in these pages before, many Belizeans felt a great urgency to effect a change of government in 1984, because the People’s United Party (PUP) was the only native government we had ever known and there was a hope, now exposed as naïve, that the United Democratic Party (UDP) would be honest and pure in power. In 2017, we can now see from this newspaper’s perspective that there are certain patterns of behavior which are common to both the PUP and the UDP when they are in power.

    RIGHT TO THE POINT: Matrimonial property … division upon divorce
    Thus it stands to reason that the term “matrimonial property” seeks to address the properties that were obtained during the said marriage. If a person marries several times, in each marriage, only what is obtained during that marriage can be dealt with upon the divorce from that marriage. And the word “property” is not limited to land, as it may include shares, money, savings, bonds, vehicles, machinery, equipment, vehicles and any material item of some value. The principle upon which division of matrimonial property operates under, is to ensure that when the marriage ends, any of the property (using the term loosely) the married couple worked towards obtaining, is divided between them and only them as the entitled ones.

    Eulogy for Stuart Simmons, Sr.
    Written and delivered by Lexia Juria Simmons (Monday, August 7, 2917) Good morning, everyone, I’m standing here today to read to you my farewell letter to my grandfather. The last section I will attempt to read it in Spanish as a tribute to the fact my grandpa was bilingual. And I know, I’ll try to remember to roll my “rrs.” Hi Grandpa, as I stand here today I see you. I see you in the 4 sons, 10 grandkids and 4 great-­ grandkids, whom you’ve left behind, some of us who sit here today, all of us who will miss you forever. I know you feared death, grandpa, but I hope you find peace up there knowing you live on through us. And when you do get there, grandpa, please, please, try to be good. I know you didn’t belong to just us though. You impacted so many people in the 82 years you inhabited this earth. You were the definition of a pillar in the community. If I had a dollar for every time someone said, “Oh! You da Mr. Simmon grand-daughta,” I would have more than enough to send you on that Spain trip you dreamt of taking.

    http://amandala.com.bz/news/guatemala-pacific-coast-country/
    If you look at a map of Guatemala you will notice that their capital, Guatemala City, is around 300 miles from the Caribbean Sea (Atlantic side), but not much more than fifty miles away from the Pacific Ocean. Prior to Guatemala City becoming the capital of Guatemala, their capital was Antigua, which is even closer to the Pacific than Guatemala City. Antigua was devastated by an earthquake in 1773, hence the move of capital. Guatemala City, which is just a few miles from Antigua, became that country’s capital in 1776. Coffee was king in Guatemala and this is an area where they had their largest plantations. The story, History of Coffee in Guatemala, says that there were half a million coffee trees around Antigua in 1859. And by 1880, coffee accounted for 90% of that country’s exports. El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua are also Pacific coast countries. If you look at a map you will see that those countries’ capitals – Tegucigalpa, San Salvador, and Managua – are near to the Pacific. There’s a sound reason why these countries developed with a look toward the other ocean in our hemisphere. British buccaneers might have something to do with it. Then there was the trouble with hurricanes.

    Marijuana decriminalization laws ready for Parliament
    Belize moves for the first time to remove criminal sanctions for possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana. It is not the same as ‘legalization,’ as fines would be levied for offenders, as is the case with traffic offenders. Doug Singh, one of the leading members of the committee which had been tasked several years ago to come up with recommendations for the decriminalization of up to 10 grams of marijuana, told Amandala today that the enabling legislation—an amendment to the Misuse of Drugs Act—is due to be tabled in the House of Representatives when it meets in special session on Friday, August 18.

    Marconi Matus wins PUP mayoral vote
    On Sunday, members and supporters of the People’s United Party (PUP) converged at the Sacred Heart College in San Ignacio Town to elect a mayoral candidate for the 2018 municipal elections. A total of 863 persons voted in the polls, which opened at 9 a.m. and closed at 5 p.m. Three candidates vied to lead the PUP team in the battle for the twin towns next year. When the final ballot was counted, Marconi Matus, a career businessman, won the day with 345 votes. Community activist, Arthur Smith, was the second choice with 261 votes, and retired BDF Colonel, Javier Castellanos, was third choice with 240 votes. There were 17 spoiled ballots recorded.

    Inside job – over $50,000 cash stolen from Caribbean Tires
    In 2005, Caribbean Tires Limited in Spanish Lookout opened its offices for business for the first time. Since then, the company has not been subject to news coverage until over the weekend when burglars made off with over $50,000 in cash and checks from the company. According to police, David Reimer, 54, reported that between the hours of 6:15 p.m. on Friday and 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, someone broke into the establishment and gained access to a lower flat of the building where an iron safe was kept. The culprit or culprits then wrenched off the door of the safe and helped themselves to US$20,000, BZ$5,000, along with a string of checks valued at $13,000 and another undisclosed amount of cash.

    6 Guatemalan men busted panning for Belize gold
    Over the weekend, six Guatemalan men were busted inside the Chiquibul National Park panning for gold. According to a statement issued by the Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD), at around 3 o’ clock on Saturday afternoon, soldiers of the Belize Defence Force (BDF) and FCD park rangers were on patrol in the Chiquibul. The patrol unit reportedly heard voices coming from a camp located near the Ceibo Chico Creek, situated at the south end of the national park. When the patrol unit got closer to where the voices were coming from, they observed four men inside a pit digging, while two other men were carrying water in small containers.

    The Dangriga Sub-Treasury jacked
    A bare-faced thief with a sawed-off shotgun robbed the Dangriga Sub-Treasury, which is located in a building complex on Main Street, today. Reports are that the thief entered the premises, pointed the gun at the clerk, and demanded money. She got scared and handed over $1,700 cash that was in a drawer. The man then escaped on his bicycle with the stolen cash. The incident occurred at about 12:30 this afternoon. The clerk, who was the only public official at the Treasury at the time, told police that she was behind the counter, engaging in a business transaction with a woman, when a man walked into the office with a bag.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Gas prices going up again
    Today, the Belize Bureau of Standards announced that effective midnight tonight, Regular gas is going up by 51 cents. Regular gas, which was priced at $9.70 prior to he latest increase will now cost $ 10.21 per gallon.

    Jafari Castro and Franklin detained by police
    A short while ago, the Belize Police department informed the media that Jafari Castro and Gilbert Franklin have been detained by police. A warrant was issued earlier this week for Castro and Franklin’s arrest in connection with an attack of Kevin Brown,21, basketball player from Camalote Village.

    Does the Audit Report on Ministry of Works reveal another hotbed of corruption???
    BBN has obtained a copy of the Auditor General’s Report on the Ministry of Works for the period April 2012 to March 2013 and it is wrought with irregularities. The Report is still being perused by our reporters but, just like the recent Audit Reports on the Immigration and Nationality Department, the observations made by the Auditor General on the Ministry of Works are mindboggling.

    “Numbers don’t lie,” says Shyne
    Shyne Barrow, former Chief Executive Officer of the Belizean Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (BSCAP), held a press conference today, providing evidence to his claim that the former CEO had claimed over $600,000 in salaries. Barrow held the conference at the Belize City House of Culture this morning, providing a document that showed former CEO and current Chair of the Board, Heather Cunningham, had claimed over $600,000 in salaries and expenses for the period, 2010-2013.

    San Ignacio police officer investigated for police brutality
    A police officer attached to the San Ignacio police formation is being investigated for a report of police brutality and pulling out his firearm at a minor. PC Chris Usher is being investigated by the Belize Police Department’s Professional Standards Branch and the San Ignacio police formation. BBN reported of an incident that occurred last Thursday night in Santa Elena town, in which a 20-year-old driver, accompanied by his two brothers – one 18, the other 13, and some employees were returning from delivering items in San Ignacio town.

    Northern customs bust 79 cases of contraband beers
    According to a report from 7News yesterday, customs officials busted 79 cases of Corona and Superior beers on Saturday in San Victor village, Corozal.

    Belmopan teen missing
    The family of Hellen Ethelma Adolphus,15, is worried over her disappearance and is seeking the public’s assistance in locating her. According to her family, she was assigned a councilor and ran away from the Belmopan Government Plaza on Tuesday, August 8 around 4:00 p.m.

    IDB blog makes recommendations on how Belize can improve juvenile justice
    Sin Medios, a blog operated by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), has commended Belize’s approach to dealing with juvenile crime and made recommendations on how those efforts could be improved. Following the release of a GAP analysis published by the IDB on the “Community Action for Public Security (CAPS),” financed by the IDB, which measures desired outcomes against actual outcomes, the blog pointed out that Belize could benefit from law reforms, which would remove the ability for minors to be sentenced to life without parole. The blog pointed specifically to the charge of “uncontrollable behavior” which are offenses that do not involve criminal acts, noting that in 2015, 44 percent of minors in the system stood accused of such crimes.

    Diasporan organization joins calls for voter re-registration
    Belizeans United for Equal Rights at Home and the Diaspora (BUFERHD), is calling on Belizeans to reject that voter re-registration has been postponed until next year. The organization, in a statement released to day, said it joins all concerned parties taking issue with the fact that re-registration was deferred until after the municipal elections set for next March.

    Burrel Boom teen reported missing
    Yesterday around 9:05 a.m., Silvia Janeth Simon, a Honduran domestic from Burrell Boom village, Belize district reported that on Saturday, August 12, around 6:30 a.m., her 12-year-old daughter Catherine Esmeralda Claros left home and has not returned since. Claros is of brown complexion, slim […]

    Western Dairies celebrates 50th Anniversary
    Western Dairies (WD), the popular ice cream and dairy producing company in Spanish Lookout, celebrated its 50th anniversary last week. WD is the leading milk manufacturer in Belize and their well-recognized ice cream is largely considered the tastiest frozen treat made in the country. […]

    Police recover money stolen from Caribbean Tires; employee detained
    BBN reported on Sunday that Caribbean Tires in Spanish Lookout was robbed of over $50,000. David Remier, 54, reported that between the hours of 6:15 pm on Friday, August 11, 2017, and 7 am on August 12, 2017, someone broke into the business establishment and damaged an iron safe by […]

    Belize Network of NGOs call for Re registration before Municipal elections
    The Belize Network of NGOs (BNN) today issued a statement expressing its grave disappointment that the national re-registration exercise that was to have been initiated in July 2017 has been postponed to next year. According to the BNN, given the impending national referendum regarding […]

    Belize financial regulator warns of bogus securities company
    The International Financial Services Commission (IFSC), Belize’s financial regulator, has issued a warning regarding Trine Markets Group Ltd. According to the IFSC, it has noted that Trine, which operates under the trading name TRINEMARKETS, is falsely claiming to be ‘controlled’ by the IFSC. The […]

    PUP introduces San Ignacio/Santa Elena Municipal Slate
    The People’s United Party (PUP) held a convention on Sunday, August 13, 2017 in San Ignacio to elect its Mayoral Candidate that will represent the Party in the March 2018 Municipal Elections. According to the PUP, the venue for the convention was Sacred Heart […]

    Belize to get big bucks from IDB
    The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is set to provide close to US$800,000 in technical cooperation grants of US$400,000 each for Development and Integration Development for Mesoamerican Project member nations. Belize is a member nation which stands to benefit along with Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, […]

    Vehicle claims life of man on bicycle
    A fatal road traffic accident in the Cayo District has claimed the life of one man. According to police reports, just before 11 p.m. on Thursday night police visited mile 37 on the George Price Highway where they saw 57-year-old Juan Eulalio Chavin Vitzil […]

    Blogs

    The diversion factory called Truck Stop has come up with a corker
    I imagine it started with the Sunday pig roast. Since roasting a pig is a slow and tedious process that the average person can watch for no more than 11 minutes tops, somebody came up with the idea of a cornhole tournament to fill time. Suddenly the tournament became a Big Deal, carrying loads of pressure and enthusiasm way beyond its fighting weight. It began drawing crowds. Drinking crowds. People actually PRACTICE to win the cornhole tournament. And some give SERIOUS THOUGHT to the names of their teams. For cornhole. That must have triggered something in the merry pranksters who created this shop — Ben and Joanna Popik and Adam and Jackie Feldman. (And working with them is their own Steve Bannon of Creative Diversions, a master of ceremonies in his own right, Joe Chung!) Next thing you know, there are interesting movies being screened right out on the lagoon under star-lit skies on Wednesday nights. And now there are family movies on Friday nights, too.

    Belize after Dark
    An “Accidental Tourist” tour of Island life after Sunset When many think of traveling the Caribbean, the first thought is of the amazing adventures you’ll experience on the water. Clearly, that’s a focus when you think of coastal Belize. From Southern Placencia to Northern Ambergris Caye, thousands of divers look forward to experiencing the Barrier Reef, Great Blue Hole, the Hol Chan Marine reserve, and countless other dive/snorkel destinations. But when the sun goes down, there’s more to do than eat a fantastic meal and call it a night. The Belizean coastline is dotted with hundreds of bars and nightclubs. Many, have a DJ or live music. Who doesn’t want to dance the night away with the Barrier Reef as your backdrop? Over 30 days (and nights) I listened to the music that entertain the life blood of this country. Each year, millions of tourists finance the economy of this tiny country with dollars, euros, pesos, yen and countless other forms of currency. While you may see day photos mixed in, many of these places thrive on nightlife.

    Soaring over Ambergris Caye
    Years ago while visiting, I met a couple of brothers who ran a diving business in San Pedro. Ecologic Divers is widely popular and respected here. Their services are superb and the staff is 100% customer & safety focused. Eric & Kendall Beymer operate the business. Despite my sometimes less than intelligent tourist questioning, they always gave friendly and accurate answers. Even during this trip, a friend wanted a last minute snorkeling adventure. Eric of course made a phone call and it was all set! When I visited last year, Kendall spoke of moving (expanding) part of the business to Roatan, Honduras. It’s another slice of paradise down the coast (way down the coast). That’s where Kendall was during this trip. Perhaps I’ll see him next time.

    Videos

  • Hol Chan Marine Reserve, San Pedro Town, Belize C.A.,1 min. Hol Chan Marine Reserve is one of the most popular areas to dive or snorkel while here on Ambergris Caye. Established as the first marine reserve back in 1987, this area offers vast numbers of both macro and pelagic marine life as well as different types of coral. “Hol Chan” is a Mayan word meaning “small” or “little” channel, This channel is a natural “cut” through the barrier reef system which is a little more than 75ft/23m wide and 30ft/9m deep creating 2 mini coral walls.

  • How to Apply for a U.S. Visa Online. It’s easier than ever!, 2.5min. Every year, millions of people are issued visas to travel to America, some for tourism, some to visit friends and family, some to study, some for medical treatment, some for business meetings and even some who just like to shop.

  • Going Back to School, 24min.

  • A few seconds with Island Guitar Legend & Luthier Dale Wallace Sr., 1/4min. Catch him at Elvi's Kitchen starting this Saturday @ 6:30p.m.

  • Belize Tourism, 4min.

  • Belize Caye Caulker Stressless Snorkeling Tour, 4.5min. Big thank yous to Keith for this wonderful snorkeling tour around the Belize Hol Chan Marine Reserve. From sea turtle to nurse sharks, we had an incredible time swimming and discovering the Caribbean's wonders.

  • Ziplining Tour GoMaya Belize Adventures, 3min. Getting There: The adventure begins at 9:00AM with a pick up at your hotel or in San Ignacio Town. We embark on our journey out of San Ignacio on an hour and 15 minutes’ drive along the George Price Highway (paved road) until arriving at the junction of the Jaguar Paw Cave Tubing outpost. The drive into the site’s parking lot is another 10 minutes or so on paved road.

  • Paddle-Boarding in Belize! (First Time!), 1min.

  • Belize River Lodge - Bow to the Silver King Tarpon, 37min. Tarpon, Snook, & Bonefish on the flats of Belize.

  • TOP 5 THINGS to do in BELIZE! Ocean Lovers PARADISE!, 7min. If you are a water baby like me, you have to visit Belize. It's the up and coming destination in Central America and full of stunning views and fantastic wildlife. Here are my Top 5 Tips for what you need to do while there!

  • Police Check Point Talk Show Live, 60min.

    August 15, 2017


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    Specials and Events

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    The San Pedro Sun

    Christian Espat charged for August 12th San Pedrito shooting
    Police have officially arrested and charged 21-year-old Christian Espat for the August 12th shooting incident in the San Pedrito Area. Espat, a fisherman of the same area, is being charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of dangerous harm, and three counts of use of deadly means of harm. Espat has been transported to Belize City, where he will be arraigned at the city’s Magistrate Court. Police had initially detained two persons in connection with the shooting incident. According to the official report, Police visited the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II, where they saw three male persons suffering from gunshot wounds. The persons were identified as one 9 year old student of San Pedrito area, who received a gunshot wound to his left wrist, one 12- year- old student who received a gunshot wound to his right buttock, and Lloyd Tyndall, 27 years old, a farmer of Dump area, Toledo, who received three gunshot wounds to the left side of his abdomen and three gunshot wounds to his left leg.

    San Pedro Pirates make their debut in the Premier League of Belize
    The newly formed San Pedro Pirates Football Club made its debut in the Premier League of Belize (PLB) on Saturday, August 12th, playing against current champions, the Belmopan Bandits. The game took place at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan City, and the island boys fell short to the home team in a tight 2-0 match. The game opened the new PLB season, which will see semi-professional football teams from across Belize competing for the 2017-2018 League title.

    Shyne Barrow resigns from BSCAP; Business owners unhappy with proposed copyright music policy
    Belize’s Music Ambassador, Jamal ‘Shyne’ Barrow has resigned as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Belize Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (BSCAP). The announcement was revealed through a leaked letter to the media on Thursday, August 10th, responding to former CEO, Heather Cunningham’s claims that the organization owes her over half a million dollars. The leaked letter says that [Barrow] cannot support an organization that will take away from the artists, particularly for administrative costs.

    Ambergris Today

    SPHS Class Of 1977 Reunion
    WOW! Former Principal of San Pedro High School, Mr. Angel Nuñez, says he fondly remembers his early years at San Pedro High School like if it were yesterday. This weekend he joined part of the alumni of the second gradating class of SPHS. Celebrating 40 years as San Pedro High Graduates included Celi Jean, Ema Varela, Rosela Guerrero, Cris Nuñez, Gach Guerrero and Luis Nuñez. (Missing from the pic are - Andy, Bob, Gil, Lupe and Mario - Mario passed away on June 13, 2017.)

    BTL DigiNet Corporate Mixer Held In San Pedro
    Faster Internet is coming to Belize and San Pedro, Ambergris Caye will be the first to access it. Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) held a DigiNet Corporate Mixer this past weekend, Friday, August 11, 2017 at the Rain Rooftop Terrace. Special invitation was sent out to corporate businesses and key island personnel for the Telemedia company to discuss the fastest fiber based broadband service that will be available in the entire island of Ambergris Caye. The mixer was a great opportunity for invited guests to network and also win great prizes. Lucky guests went home with DigiCell items, gift bags and even 4GLTE phones. DigiNet is arriving soon to Ambergris Caye; visit the BTL Branch Office in San Pedro to sign up for faster internet at lower prices! It’s gonna be awesome!!!

    La Isla Bonita Telenovela To Debut At Barbados Carifesta
    Last week La Isla Bonita Telenovela of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, announced that its pilot episode has been selected to be part of the Carifesta, the annual Festival of Arts in Barbados. The cast and crew have expressed their delight to have such an opportunity to showcase the island talent at the festival. CARIFESTA is the Caribbean festival of arts held every two years by CARICOM AND CARIFORUM countries to celebrate the best in Caribbean culture through music, literary arts, visual arts, theatre, dance and film. It has been a while since Belize has made its presence through film, until now.

    Misc Belizean Sources

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    Downtown Rejuvenation Project at BCCI Expo 2017
    The Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project will be at the BCCI Expo 2017 on Sept. 16th and 17th at Booth #59. Come and learn more about the progress of the Downtown Rejuvenation Project. We will have games and prizes for our visitors. All Children under seven years old get a free helium balloon while stocks last. See you there!

    Handing over the Ambergris Stadium to the people of San Pedro Town
    On August 8, 2017, the Belize Infrastructure Limited (BIL) officially handed over the Ambergris Stadium to the people of San Pedro Town and Mayor Daniel Guerrero was present to accept the honor. Also present at the event was Councilor Hector Tito Alamilla Jr., Mr. Kevin Gonzalez and Mr. Billy Leslie whom attended the National Management Workshop, along with Mayor Guerrero, where they learnt the various guidelines on the proper management of the Ambergris Stadium, as they will serve as the management committee of the said stadium.

    Corozal Heritage Plaza Public Consultation
    If you consider yourself a proud Corozaleno, it's time you become involved in the planning of our town. Let's sit on the sidelines no more. Tag your Coro peeps and let your opinion count. Also share this invite with those that always complain how they are never informed about what's going on.

    Belize Fishing Report, August 7th - August 13th 2017
    Permit around in large numbers. Each of our permit anglers are getting multiple shots during the day and most have been successful landing the elusive permit. First time anglers are often the most successful. Funny how it works that way for the first time permit anglers!


    Belize has been nominated for destination in the AFAR Travelers’ Choice Awards! Vote for us now at http://AFAR.com/TravelersChoiceAwards … #AFARtravelerschoice

    The rich #mangrove forests along the Haulover Creek are simply amazing
    Mangroves protect our coastlines from storms, prevent erosion and provide habitat to hundreds of species of marine and land animals. Why wouldn't we protect them?

    Belizean Patriot: Elfreda Standord Trapp Reyes
    Elfreda Reyes (1901-1992) was a labor organizer, suffragette, women's rights activist and political activist during the British Honduran struggle for independence from Great Britain. She helped found the Jobless Workers Union and pushed for labor reforms, including wage and hour laws, as well as the Women’s League, which fought for social, economic and political empowerment of women.

    Benque Maya Site
    On the outskirts of Benque Viejo Town is a small medium size Maya site that at one time served as the household of a rural elite family. Previous archaeological investigations of the settlement indicate that it was affiliated with the large ancient Maya city of Xunantunich.

    Keep Cows And Save Jaguars
    #KeepCowsAndSaveJaguars is the new campaign slogan for the human-jaguar conflict work here in southern Belize! At Ya’axché’s summer camp, 30 children of the Maya Golden Landscape learned about the elusive jaguar, its prey and how livestock farmers are becoming more in conflict with this apex predator. They also learned how to use a camera trap which Human Jaguar Conflict Officer Marchilio Ack uses around cattle ranches to get a better picture of the problem.

    Channel 7

    San Pedro Shooter Hurt Two Kids
    Police have charged a 21 year-old San Pedro resident for a weekend shooting on the island which left an adult in critical condition at the hospital, and 2 minors injured. He's this man, 21 year-old Christian Espat, a resident of the San Pedrito area, and reports to 7News are that he has caught the attention of police before. It happened on Saturday night just after 9:00 in the San Pedrito area, which is also where the main suspect lives. 27 year-old Lloyd Tyndall, a resident of Toledo, was at the "Easy Does it A&A Wood Work Shop." Also with him in the yard at that time was a 9 year old boy and a 12 year-old boy. And that's when 2 gunmen, who were wearing rags covering their nose a mouth, ran into the yard and opened fire.

    Two Men Killed In Hit And Run's On Phillip Goldson Highway
    On Friday night's news we told you about the road safety project on the Western highway which brought down the accident rate significantly since 2013. In fact, from January to July 2017, there had only been one fatality between Belize City and Belmopan. Well, tonight - just like that - the accident rate had trebled - and there are two more fatalities to report, right on the stretch of road between miles 38 and 44. The first happened on Saturday morning at 1:00 am. That's when Oscar Cermenio was killed in a hit and run within Cotton Tree Village at mile 44. We spoke to the first responder to the accident who saw him lying in the road.

    Man Dies Three Days After Hit And Run
    And there was another hit and run but this time in the neighboring village of St. Matthews - just 6 miles away. It happened on Thursday night. Father of 11, Juan Chavin was riding home after he had been hanging out friends. But he was knocked down between miles 37 and 38 on the Western Highway. His son rushed over after he got the call, only to see his 57 year old father splayed on the road - gasping for air. The 57 year old lived for three days, but cumber to his injuries yesterday. We spoke to his son about this tragedy today.

    Cops Catch Caribbean Tyres Safe-Cracker
    Police have moved quickly to crack the case of a big money burglary - after a thief cracked the safe at Caribbean Tires in Spanish Lookout. Sometime between 6:15 on Friday night and 7:15 on Saturday morning, a man wearing a cap pulled low over his face, wrenched off the door of the iron safe, and stole 20 thousand US dollars and five thousand Belize dollars. But, by this evening, San Ignacio police had arrested the culprit and recovered the money. The San Ignacio Officer commanding told us more via phone a short while ago:..

    Police About Turn, Prepare Arrest Warrant For Castro
    Last week, we were closely following the case of 21 year-old Kevin Brown, the basketballer from Camalote Village. You'll remember him as the island visitor who was mobbed and beaten by a group more than 10 men on Sunday August 6, during the Costa Maya weekend. In that fight, near the Banana Beach Resort, he suffered a massive blow to the head, and he's still recovering from that injury. Well, police say that he and other eyewitnesses have given statements naming his attackers, and it's a surprising turn of events.

    ACP Pressed on Castro/Fitzroy Flip Flop
    Assistant Commissioner Broaster also had to explain the police department's flip flopping on the status of Jafari Castro. He answered a few pointed questions from the press on the Police Press Office's denial, and their change of position. Here's the back and forth: Isani Cayetano - Ch 5 News: "Can you clarify for us what may have been a confusion in terms of, at least the Castro brother being named in the first instance, and then the police department having mentioned that this individual wasn't wanted for questioning at that time, or anything involving the incident. Now, you have since walked that back to issue a warrant for his arrest."

    Police: PC Monima Tampered With Sample
    And while that looks like a public fumble, the police also has few other embarrassments that they must manage. The latest happened in Corozal, where a police officer is being accused of tampering with evidence. A police corporal reported to his bosses that at around 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, he placed a urine sample he collected from a defendant in a special refrigerator at the Corozal Police Station's traffic office. This urine sample was supposed to have been used in the prosecution of an alcohol related offence.

    Supt. Dinsdale On Leave
    And while we had an opportunity, we asked Assistant Police Commissioner Williams about other cases involving police officers charged for improper behavior. 10 Days ago we told you how Superintendent Dinsdale Thompson was caught by customs in Arenal with contraband pharmaceuticals. ACP Williams says that Thompson is on leave at this moment, and the Professional Standards Branch is attempting to compile a file which will be sent to the Security Services Commission. Here's what Assistant Commissioner Williams had to say about the procedure that will be followed for Thompson's case:

    Delays In Chunox Excessive Force Investigation
    So, while his office is directly in charge of the Dinsdale Thompson investigation, he told us today, that the head of the National Crimes investigation Branch is in charge of the inquiry into the shooting in Chunox. That's the one where Richard Allen Garcia, a resident of the village, was shot and killed by police in June. The officers have reported to their bosses that he approached them with a machete, which forced them to defend their lives by using deadly force. The villagers have rejected that completely, but the cops are still not finished with their investigation into that shooting.

    Three Teenagers Survive Scary Accident
    3 teenagers are at the KHMH tonight fighting to stay alive after they were involved in a serious accident yesterday morning in San Ignacio. It happened at around 10:30. Justin James was driving his Toyota truck heading towards the Loma Luz Boulevard when his brother in law, Azel August came up behind him in his SUV and bumped the Toyota's rear end. August was trying to avoid hitting an oncoming vehicle. Seeing the damage, it is something close to a miracle that everyone survived the impact. Courtney Weatherburne went to Cayo to find out more about this accident. Albert James Sr., Father: "I just hope and pray, hope, everybody hope and pray that he make it through." And that's hope for his 19 year old son Justin James. He was in an accident near the Rene Montero Bridge on Sunday morning.

    Former Alleged Murderer, Kendale Green Back Before Court
    Today 24-year-old Kendale Green appeared in the Magistrate's Court, where he was charged with deadly use of harm and wounding. According to reports, Green shot one Margaret Ramirez on Thursday and was subsequently caught by police and arrested. Green appeared before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser who explained that she would take no plea because his offense is indictable. She was likewise unable to offer Green bail because the offenses were committed with a firearm. Green was remanded into custody until October.

    The Grabbed Kayja's Phone
    Two more men appeared in court for criminal charges today. Joshua Augustine and Antoine Rivero were both charged with robbery by Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser. According to police, on Friday, Kayja Arnold was standing near the Princess Hotel and Casino talking on her cellphone when someone suddenly grabbed her by the neck. Arnold says another person then made a stabbing motion towards her. Fearing for her life, Arnold handed the phone over, but managed to flag down a police mobile patrol and report the incident not long after. The cops then tracked down and apprehended Augustine and Rivero.

    Cops Shoot Alleged Rapist As He Rides Off
    On Saturday a 19-year-old woman reported to police that some time around 4:30 that day, she caught a ride with a stranger on a motorcycle, heading from Hopkins to the Southern Highway junction. But driver didn't stop at the junction; he continued past Maya Center Village and eventually turned down a feeder road between Miles 18 and 19. After they stopped, the man allegedly forced himself upon the woman and raped her. She was eventually able to escape and ran onto the highway where a passerby gave her a ride to the Santa Cruz Police Station. Police took the woman back to the scene where she was able to identify the alleged rapist by his tattoo. Police ordered the man to stop but he sped off, causing police to set chase. During the chase, the cops fired one shot hitting the motorcyclist on the left foot and disabling the motorcycle. The man was then taken back to the police station, where he was identified as 19-year-old Andy Pop and later transported to the Southern Regional Hospital.

    PSU Pres Eldred Neal Re-Instated For a Week
    He may only have a few more days left in the job - but Eldred Neal has been reinstated as president of the PSU. A release from the PSU says that at a Special Meeting on Saturday Neal apologized for, quote, "uttering those discriminatory words against the Garifuna people of this country and members of the council of management." So, with that, the council of management agreed to lift his suspension, but on the condition that he does not char the union's Annual General Meeting which will be held this Saturday. A new president will be elected at that meeting.

    More Gold Panners Caught
    A joint patrol team in the Chiquibul has caught 6 more Guatemalan goals panners. They caught them on Saturday the 12th in the area of Ceibo Chico which is five miles within Belize in the southern Chiquibul. The patrol team, comprising BDF and an FCD park ranger heard voices coming from a camp near the Ceibo Chico creek. They approached and saw four men digging inside a pit, while two others were carrying water in small containers. FCD says the water is used to sift out the earth coming out from the pit, as they separate the gold deposits. Two camps were equipped with clothes, food, machetes and a homemade shotgun.

    Customs Caught Cervezas
    And while those Guatemalans were looking for gold - in the north their gold is contraband. And in San Victor village on Saturday, Customs intercept 79 cases of it - in Corona And Superior Beers. This major contraband cargo was impounded at customs in Corozal.

    Taiwan ambassador Rejects Jimmy Morales Boast About 650 Million USD Support Package
    10 days ago, all the news was about the 650 million US dollar assistance program that Guatemala had gotten from Taiwan to build a road right up to the Atlantic coast. It was announced by president Jimmy Morales who was reported as saying, quote, "By the grace of God, in a few months, if God helps us, we will officially offer, no longer a highway to the Atlantic but a 4-lane freeway to Puerto Barrios, before 2020". Well, God may help, but the Taiwanese say they aren't - because the kind of assistance exceeds their foreign affairs budget. Here's how the Taiwanese Ambassador to Belize put it today:

    Taiwan Helps Corozal Community
    We caught the Ambassador at the Corozal Community Hospital where Taiwan, donated about $222,000 US to the Ministry of Health in Corozal. The donation will be used to provide funding to the Ministry's Renal Failure Prevention Project, which has so far trained 137 medical workers in dialysis treatment. This morning Minister of Health Pablo Marin and the Taiwanese Ambassador spoke on the importance of the project.. Some of the money will be used to facilitate a national survey to identify Belizeans at risk of chronic kidney disease.

    PG Cops In Crosshairs
    So, early in the news, we told you about a number of the recent cases that have landed on the desk of Assistant Police Commissioner Chester Williams. He's no longer in charge of the challenging Belize City Eastern Division South jurisdiction, but make no mistake, he has no shortage of work at this time. On Friday's newscast, we told you about the extortion case from PG where two officers were accused of shaking down a principal for $400. That happened on Tuesday, after they found that her vehicle's insurance expired. ACP Williams told us why they've acted swiftly to charge 2 of their own:

    PC Franklin Ramirez Has Troubles Ahead
    In our last story from today's press conference with the head of the Professional Standards Branch, he told us that Police Constable Franklin Ramirez will be facing disciplinary charges, as well as the firearms offenses he's now charged with. He's the officer who was busted by the Mobile Interdiction Team while he was driving a vehicle which was carrying a gun hidden in a secret compartment under the dashboard. It is believed that he and his 3 passengers were bringing the weapon from across the Guatemalan border. Assistant Police Commissioner Williams told us that he is overseeing the internal investigation being conducted by the MIT:

    A Class For Massage
    Today BELTRAIDE and the Belize Spa and Wellness Association launched it first ever "Maya Spa Experience Brand Competition". The event is designed to have a certified massage therapist along with three other collaborators, develop an authentic and easily identifiable Maya Spa experience. Twelve teams have signed up to be judged by a panel of experts in both the spa and beauty industry, as well as Maya culture. We spoke to the organizers and some of the judges about the competition so far... The overall goal of the competition is to develop a signature Belize massage.

    Saldivar's Slate Prevails, Easily
    And finally tonight we have the results of the UDP's municipal convention in Belmopan. The bottom line on this one is that the slate of 6 put together by area representative John Saldivar was elected - meaning that the only person left off the slate, Anna Banner Guy was the only one not elected. She got 512 votes, about two hundred too few to get elected. The UDP's returning Mayoral candidate says he's happy with the slate of three new comers and three of his current councillors: There was a total of of 1,067 votes cast. The PUP also had a municipal convention on Sunday - but theirs was in San Ignacio/Santa Elena. A total of 846 ballots were cast in a convention for a mayoral candidate. Former councillor Marconi Matus won with 345 votes.

    Channel 5

    Police “Officially” Confirm Suspects in Kevin Brown Beating, including Jafari Castro
    After a week of much hesitancy and serious backpedaling, the Belize Police Department has finally confirmed the names of three men, including Jafari Castro, who are wanted for the vicious [...]

    ACP Broaster Denies Any Political Interference in Case
    So with all the confusion surrounding the whodunit mystery, is the department attempting to protect Jafari Castro and his alleged accomplices?  According to ACP Broaster, there hasn’t been any political [...]

    Cop Charged for Unlawfully Removing Urine Sample
    This morning, Police Constable Ismael Monima was taken before the Corozal Magistrate’s Court for tampering with evidence. The junior officer is being accused of perverting the course of justice after [...]

    Chester Williams Says No Mercy for Cops Accused of Wrongdoing
    On Friday, Monima was charged with Perverting the Course of Justice and was held in lockdown until today when he was arraigned. Assistant Commissioner of Police Chester Williams says that [...]

    Superintendent Dinsdale Thompson to Face Security Services Commission over Drugs
    Superintendent Dinsdale Thompson is on personal leave from his desk at the Queen Street Precinct, amid an ongoing investigation being conducted by the Professional Standards Branch.  A probe into the [...]

    Police Nab Suspect, Cash in Caribbean Tire Robbery
    Some twenty thousand U.S. dollars in cash, five thousand dollars in checks and an undisclosed amount of Belizean currency were stolen over the weekend from the Caribbean Tires office in [...]

    2 Primary School Students and 1 Adult Injured in Shooting on Ambergris Caye
    There’s more crime to report…a trio, including two minors, escaped grave injuries on Saturday night when a pair of gunmen opened fire on them at a woodwork shop in San [...]

    Anna Banner Guy is Odd Woman Out in Belmopan
    This weekend, there was political activity in two major western municipalities. The incumbent United Democratic Party sought to fill six councilor seats from seven participants in Belmopan, joining an incumbent [...]

    P.U.P. Returns Marconi Matus in Twin Towns
    In San Ignacio/Santa Elena, the People’s United Party gathered at Sacred Heart College.  Former mayor Marconi Matus defeated rivals Javier “Colonel” Castellanos and Arthur Smith to head up the team. [...]

    Corozal’s Marin Backs Richard Quan to Replace Hilberto Campos
    Last week we told you that Mayor Hilberto Campos of Corozal Town will not be seeking reelection in the upcoming Municipal Elections 2018 and already two U.D.P. hopefuls have put [...]

    N.G.O.s Say No Excuses For Re-Registration
    The Belize Network of Non-Governmental Organizations has joined the call for re-registration even though it has been put off to next year. In a press release, the organization says the [...]

    P.S.U. Re-Instates Apologetic Eldred Neal
    An official mediation between members of the Council of Management of the Public Service Union and its president, Eldred Neal, took place on Saturday in Belmopan. An official statement from [...]

    Belmopan Mayor: We Didn’t Get Request to Save School Land
    On Friday, we showed documents detailing the transfer of just over an acre of land in the Las Flores area to a resident by the Belmopan City Council. Amy Anabella [...]

    Cop Catches Rapist in Maya Center
    While the police department is reeling from a string of infractions conducted by its own, one officer is being commended tonight for apprehending an alleged rapist over the weekend.  The [...]

    6 Guats Caught Going for Chiquibul Gold
    Friends for Conservation and Development have reported the detention of six Guatemalan gold panners over the weekend in the area of the Ceibo Chico creek in the southern Chiquibul National [...]

    Man Charged for Antelope Street Shooting
    Twenty-four-year-old Kendall Green is back behind bars tonight following a shooting incident last week. This morning, Green who is no stranger to the police or to the court was arraigned [...]

    2 Shooting Incidents in Jane Usher Area; 1 Injured
    There were two separate shooting incidents in Belize City on Friday night. Teenager Alden Lara was on Levi Slusher Street in the Jane Usher Boulevard area when he was shot [...]

    Have You Seen Missing Helen Adolphus?
    A teenage girl from the west is missing and police and the family needs help in locating Helen Adolphus. The fifteen-year-old ran away last Tuesday from the area of the [...]

    Taiwan Helps Health Ministry Tackle Kidney Disease
    The government of Taiwan stepped up to the plate today with a generous donation of cash and equipment. This gift will be used to assist the Ministry of Health in [...]

    The Highlights on Sports Monday
    Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.   [Highlights of weekend sporting activities....]

    CTV3

    Taiwan Ambassador Sets The Record Straight On Funding For Guatemala
    Last week Taiwan’s Ambassador to Belize H.E. Charles Liu addressed the controversy triggered by reports from the press in Guatemala that the Taiwan Government had offered their Government up to $680 million in support during a visit by Taiwan’s Foreign Minister David Lee. The controversy is that Lee had been in Belize just day’s prior and had presented a $60 million financial assistance package to Prime Minister Dean Barrow. Ambassador Liu told the media that the amount didn’t sound right and that he didn’t believe the reports, but would look into it. Today, Ambassador Liu was in Corozal handing over some much needed equipment to the Corozal Hospital which we will tell you about in a few. But first here is what he told us when we took the opportunity to ask him what’s up with the reported big love for Guatemala, and he confirmed what he already suspected.

    PSU President Reinstated Under Conditions
    On Saturday a special meeting was held at the Public Service Union headquarters in Belize City with the aim of seeking a resolution to the recent contentions within the union as it relates to the suspension of President of the PSU, Eldred Neal. As you may be well aware, Neal’s suspension came about as a result of derogatory remarks made by him against the Garinagu community during a private conversation among himself, President of the Belize Water Service Workers Union, Lorelei Westby and General Secretary of Belize Energy Workers Union, Marvin Mora which was recorded without Neal’s knowledge and later leaked to the media.

    Sarteneja Resident Venture Into Food And Cosmetology Businesses
    Back in January we had introduced the group of 30 men and women who were enrolled in a 6-month skills-based training course aimed at providing alternative opportunities to those in fishing communities in northern Belize that are most affected by climate change. The training was a project conducted by the Fisheries Department with support from the World Bank’s Adaptation Fund under a project known as Marine Conservation and Climate Adaption Project. Having completed the course, this past Saturday August 12th the first graduating cohort of 29 men and women joined their families in special ceremonies held at ITVET Corozal. Among the graduates, two students, Jose Alvarado and Deidy Munoz, both of Sarteneja Village, were recognised as the top achievers in the Food Preparation and Cosmetology courses. Following the ceremonies, we got feedback of the initiative from graduate Jose Alvarado.

    Minister of Health Pick Sides In UDP Convention
    As we have previously reported, the United Democratic Party will be holding a convention to choose a Mayoral and Councillor Candidates to contest the upcoming Municipal elections this weekend. The two individuals vying for the post are Richard Quan and Rafael Castillo. Quan is currently an employee managing the Traffic Department, and Castillo is a former Deputy Mayor and current Councillor under the Hilberto Campos-led Town Council. There have been rumours that Quan enjoys major support in the UDP, including the support of UDP Area Rep Pablo Marin. Well, today the Minister of Health wasn’t shy about confirming those reports and even explained why in Sunday’s race Quan will have his full support.

    Guatemalans Detained For Panning For Gold In Belizean Territory
    Over the weekend, a patrol unit consisting of BDF soldiers and an FCD Ranger managed to detain six Guatemalan nationals who were panning for gold in Belizean territory near Ceibo Chico, Southern Chiquibul. Official reports indicate that on Saturday sometime around 3:00 p.m., the patrol unit detected the sound of voices which came from a camp located near the Ceibo Chico Creek. Upon approaching the said area, authorities observed four male individuals excavating inside a pit while the other two men were carrying water in small containers which is used to sieve the soil coming out from the pit, separating it from the gold deposits. A total of two camps were located which contained clothing, food items, machetes as well as a homemade shotgun which was hidden under the clothes.

    The Reporter

    Accident leaves three injured
    A traffic accident on Sunday morning has left three persons injured. The incident happened at around 10:30 when Azel August, 19, of Santa Elena town was driving a Pontiac SUV on the Loma Luz Boulevard in the direction from Hon Rene Montero Bridge towards the La Loma Luz round-about, when he collided into the rear end of a Toyota pickup travelling in the same direction. As a result, Justin James, 19, who was driving the pickup, as well as Thais Escober, 18, suffered severe head injuries and were taken to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.

    Woman raped; suspect caught
    A woman was reportedly raped on Saturday in the Stann Creek district. Maria Teul, 19, reported to police that sometime around 4:30 p.m., she got a ride on a motorcycle with a man she did not know. She said the lift was supposed to from Hopkins village to the junction of the Southern Highway, but when they reached the junction, the man did not stop, and proceeded past Maya Center village to a feeder road between miles 18 and 19 and raped her. She said that she saw a tattoo marked “Rosita” on the man before she managed to escape and run to the highway, where a passerby helped her to the Santa Cruz police station.

    Shooting leaves three injured
    Three persons are recovering from gunshot injuries they suffered in San Pedro on Saturday night. Police say that shortly after 9:00 p.m., they learned of a shooting and went to the San Pedro poly clinic where they saw Jaheem Martinez, 9, with a gunshot wound to his left wrist, Armando Bernardino Hernandez Jr., 12, with a bullet wound to the right side of his buttocks, and Lloyd Tyndall, 27, a farmer of Dump area, Toledo with gunshot wounds to the left side of his abdomen and left leg.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Police recover money stolen from Caribbean Tires; employee detained
    BBN reported on Sunday that Caribbean Tires in Spanish Lookout was robbed of over $50,000. David Remier, 54, reported that between the hours of 6:15 pm on Friday, August 11, 2017, and 7 am on August 12, 2017, someone broke into the business establishment and damaged an iron safe by wrenching off the iron safe door located in a room at the lower flat of the building.

    Belize Network of NGOs call for Re registration before Municipal elections
    The Belize Network of NGOs (BNN) today issued a statement expressing its grave disappointment that the national re-registration exercise that was to have been initiated in July 2017 has been postponed to next year. According to the BNN, given the impending national referendum regarding taking the Guatemalan claim to the International Court of Justice, the urgency of compiling a legitimate voters list is stronger than ever.

    Belize financial regulator warns of bogus securities company
    The International Financial Services Commission (IFSC), Belize’s financial regulator, has issued a warning regarding Trine Markets Group Ltd. According to the IFSC, it has noted that Trine, which operates under the trading name TRINEMARKETS, is falsely claiming to be ‘controlled’ by the IFSC.

    PUP introduces San Ignacio/Santa Elena Municipal Slate
    The People’s United Party (PUP) held a convention on Sunday, August 13, 2017 in San Ignacio to elect its Mayoral Candidate that will represent the Party in the March 2018 Municipal Elections. According to the PUP, the venue for the convention was Sacred Heart College and three Mayoral Candidates vying for the title were: Javier Castellanos, Marconi Matus and Arthur Smith.

    Belize to get big bucks from IDB
    The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is set to provide close to US$800,000 in technical cooperation grants of US$400,000 each for Development and Integration Development for Mesoamerican Project member nations. Belize is a member nation which stands to benefit along with Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and the Dominican Republic.

    Vehicle claims life of man on bicycle
    A fatal road traffic accident in the Cayo District has claimed the life of one man. According to police reports, just before 11 p.m. on Thursday night police visited mile 37 on the George Price Highway where they saw 57-year-old Juan Eulalio Chavin Vitzil of St. Matthew’s Village on the road side motionless. He was observed with injuries to the head and body.

    Unitedville teen goes missing (again)
    A minor from Unitedville in the Cayo District has gone missing without a trace since Saturday. However, it is not the first time she has done so. According to police reports, Radiance Gillett, 52, a missionary of Unitedville told police that , sometime between […]

    Bull valued at close to $12,000 stolen from farm
    A businessman of August Pine Ridge Village in Orange Walk District is in a state of distress after his American Brahma Bull valued at $11,700.00 was stolen from his farm situated one mile north of August Pine Ridge Village. According to police reports, Felipe […]

    Corozal police find homemade gun
    On Saturday night police in Corozal town took a homemade gun off the streets and out of the hands of criminal elements At around 10:30 p.m. Corozal police visited an empty overgrown lot on 2nd Street North, Corozal Town. A search of the lot led […]

    Dangriga man busted with weed in Belize City
    At around 4:30 pm yesterday, police were on patrol in the area of West Collet Canal in Belize City conducting stop and search operations. Police reportedly stopped and searched Carlos Roland Coronado, 28, who is from Dangriga town. The searched led to the discovery of […]

    Moist conditions to continue
    The 24-hour forecast is for moist and unstable conditions to continue with a few showers and some isolated thunderstorms. The wind will blow from the east to southeast at 10-20 knots. The sea state will be choppy to moderate. High temperatures are expected as […]

    Blogs

    The Phoenix Hotel is giving back to the community
    "The resort has been awarded recognition for its continuous community efforts and fundraising for various causes such as Oceania and hosts popular weekly beach cleanups to help keep Belize beautiful." When history, modern sophistication, Caribbean beaches, and a free happy hour come together in one place, we need little convincing to visit. Then you throw in The Phoenix resort’s prime location, pristine property, and “give where you live” philosophy, and we’re ready to relocate to the charming town of San Pedro on the island of Ambergris Caye in Belize. The upscale resort sits where the historic Paradise Resort Hotel, Ambergris Caye’s second ever hotel, was originally built in 1970. Owners Jerry and Linda McDermott sold the property in 1991 before repurchasing in 2004. Today, the McDermotts’ daughter Kelly McDermott Kanabar, her husband Mukul Kanabar, and their business partner Mark Maggiotto have started from the ground up, turning the ever-favored thatched cabanas and beachfront bars into a high-end destination.

    International Sourcesizz

    Why These Mexican Writers Are Ditching Spanish for Ancient Languages
    It was standing room only in the Los Angeles Central Library last July. The crowd of some 300 ranged from multigenerational Mexican immigrant families to young Californians of indigenous Mexican extraction to academics, some of whom had traveled across the country for the event. The participants enjoyed readings of poetry and short stories and a rap performance by Pat Boy. And yet none of the material was in Spanish — it was in Zapotec, Tzotzil, Mayan and other languages spoken long before Europeans washed up on the shores of what is now Mexico. Octavio Paz, Juan Rulfo, Rosario Castellanos, Carlos Fuentes … Mexico’s Spanish-language literature is one of the richest in Latin America. But for hundreds of years, the literature written in languages that existed before European colonization were all but silenced on the global scene — even though they were well-recognized by many Mexicans. Now, interest in this writing is surging worldwide. And it has its own rich history: In some traditions of pre-Columbian Mexico, when an estimated 130 languages were spoken, books were bound in deerskin, students were obliged to memorize poems and songs, and a misused or forgotten word was considered a cause of illness or death.

    Uptick in Atlantic tropical systems may continue as new features bear watching
    In the wake of Gert, a large batch of thunderstorms over the central Atlantic Ocean has the potential to spawn a tropical depression and storm this week. Gert will turn away from North America but has become the second hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic season. Thousands of miles farther to the southeast, a plume of moisture continues to grow westward from Africa to the south-central Atlantic. Interests from the northern islands of the Caribbean to the Bahamas and coastal areas in the southeastern and south-central United States may want to monitor the progress of this area of disturbed weather. Most of the inhibitive dust, dry air and strong westerly winds aloft may remain north of the path of the area of concern through this week. The lead system may pave the way for others in the train.

    Young boy allegedly abducted by mother three years ago back in Canada
    Police in southern Alberta say a young boy allegedly abducted by his mother and taken out of the country three years ago is back in Canada. A brief statement from Lethbridge police says the four-year-old boy returned on Saturday and is in the care of his father, who has sole custody of the child. The family is requesting privacy and no further details are being released. Last week, police said the boy's 33-year-old mother had been arrested in Belize.

    October 2017 - Trade Mission To Belize
    Tri-County Regional Black Chamber of Commerce (TCRBCC) will host its fourth quarter International Business Development and Investment Opportunity Trade Mission in Belize for October 10-14, 2017 and October 17-21, 2017. TCRBCC’s third quarter trade mission to Belize, July 18-22, 2017, resulted in the formulation of TCRBCC’s International Strategic Plan designed to create an advantage for small business owners seeking small to medium sizable investments in Belize to achieve international entrepreneurial success.

    New Data Reinforces Link Between Guns, Violence in Latin America
    New US government data tracking the international flow of firearms provides additional evidence that guns remain a driving force behind high levels of violence and insecurity in Latin America. The National Tracing Center (NTC) of the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) released new firearms trace data on August 8. The data covered the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean; Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Panama in Central America; and also Mexico. For each region, pistols were the most common type of firearm that authorities traced. Of 2,340 firearms traced in the Caribbean, almost two-thirds were pistols. In Central America and Mexico, that figure was more than 50 percent.

    Archaeologists Have Uncovered One of The Biggest Maya Tombs Ever
    An international team of archaeologists working in Belize has uncovered one of the biggest royal Maya tombs ever, containing a male corpse, animal bones, obsidian blades, and hieroglyphic panels that offer new insights into the legendary 'snake dynasty'. The team uncovered the tomb in Xunantunich, an ancient city in Western Belize that once served as a ceremonial centre for the Maya, under the stairway of a temple. "In other words, it appears that the temple was purposely erected for the primary purpose of enclosing the tomb," team leader Jaime Awe from Northern Arizona University told Alan Yuhas from The Guardian. "Except for a very few rare cases, this is not very typical in ancient Maya architecture."

    Videos

  • Caribbean Motors, 24min.

  • International Day of Youth, 47min.

  • Grace & You, 25min.

  • World Renowned Legal Expert in International Law Makes Case for Territorial Dispute between Belize and Guatemala, 6min. We hear about the Belize - Guatemala territorial dispute countless times, this is because it has been a problem for the two countries Since 1859. Now, a hundred and fifty years later the dispute has still not come to a peaceful resolution. Our Belize Now team spoke to key dignitaries, including a world renowned legal expert, involved in working towards a resolution to the ongoing disagreement. They told us what’s next for Belize.

  • Should we Decriminalize Marijuana?, 52min.

  • BELIPO - Intellectual Property Rights, 31min.

  • As the latest addition to the National Health Insurance Program, residents of the Corozal District are receiving top notch medical care at newly renovated facilities., 1min.

  • Belmopan Youths Get Lessons in Agriculture, 5min. On Saturday, August 5th, the week-long 2017 Youths Engaged in Agriculture Summer Program concluded at the National Agriculture and Trade Showgrounds. We joined the children for a few days at their camp to see what they were up to.

  • I can’t ..belize.. how good this place was!, 2min.

  • Belize 2017 with Korey, Kim and Family, 8min. Belize 2017 - Congratulations to Korey and Kim! Enjoy a long and happy life together.

  • BZE 2017, 7.5min. Belize Diving

  • Belize Primary School Volleyball Championship 2017, 28min. Belize Primary School Volleyball Championship 2017 Holy Redeemer RC vs Howard Smith Nazarene.

  • San Pedro Belize, 6.5min. 7 day adventure in San Pedro.

  • Belize River Lodge Tarpon Snook Bonefish, 23min. Belize River Lodge - Back Country Slam.

  • Belize Travel Experience 2017, 13min.

  • Traveling by bus in Belize, 5min. Belize formerly British Honduras, is an independent country on the eastern coast of Central America. Belize is bordered on the north by Mexico, on the south and west by Guatemala, and on the east by the Caribbean Sea. Its mainland is about 290 km (180 mi) long and 110 km (68 mi) wide.

    August 14, 2017


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    The San Pedro Sun

    Wolfe’s Woofer: Wallpaper
    I’ve decided on the wallpaper I want for the kitchen,” Sherry said. “Where are you buying it?” “I’m ordering it from Amazon and having it sent to Bruce and Becky’s house in Texas. Becky says they’ll bring it when they’re here on vacation.” “Good God!” I said, when she told me the price. “We’ll have to get a loan from the bank to pay for this stuff. How many rolls are you buying?” “I’ll leave that up to you to figure out. I’m not that good with math.”

    Letter to the Editor: Caye Caulker Croc Concern
    Dear San Pedro Sun Editor, Although an article published in The San Pedro Sun on January, 21, 2017 titled “Caye Caulker is a model for how to co-exist with crocodiles,” suggests that man and crocodile are living in harmony on La Isla Cariñosa, the sad fact of the matter is that this couldn’t be further from the truth. Since the release of this article, the American Crocodile Education Sanctuary (ACES) has been contacted numerous times by several residents of Caye Caulker, who which to remain anonymous, with reports of dead crocs; people feeding the crocs, not just chickens or scraps, but unwanted puppies too; people setting baited hooks to catch them, kill them, and sell the meat; kids stoning and killing hatchlings and young crocs; and, there was even a report of kids with a small croc, appearing dead, on a rope swinging it in circles above their heads which was witnessed by a tourist. Not quite the model for “how to co-exist with crocodiles” that ACES supports; and, definitely not the model other researchers led the public to believe exists in the said article.

    Doctor Love: She’s Mine ad Trimmed
    Dear Doctor Love, My husband and I are from two different cultural backgrounds. He is Asian and I am Caucasian. We have a baby daughter who is now one year old. She looks nothing like me. She is a beautiful little girl who looks completely Chinese. This difference in our appearance seems to attract attention from everyone we meet, and it is very common that people take it for granted she is adopted or my husband’s daughter with an Asian mother. When I took her to a new doctor last week even the receptionist assumed I was not her mother. It upsets me that people put me in the position to have to answer what I consider to be an intrusive question. How do I handle these wearisome situations? /s/ She’s Mine

    Ambergris Today

    Three Injured In San Pedrito Area Shooting
    Police reports indicate that two persons have been detained in connection with a shooting that injured three people (including two minors) in the San Pedrito Area of San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, Belize, at around 9:00p.m. on Saturday, August 12, 2017. Acting upon information received of the shooting incident, San Pedro Police reports visiting the San Pedro Town Poly Clinic where they saw (3) three male persons suffering from gun shot wounds. Jaheem Martinez nine-year-old student of San Pedrito area, who received a gunshot wound to his left wrist; Armando Bernardino Hernandez Jr, 12-year-old student received gunshot wound to his right side of buttocks and Lloyd Tyndall 27-year-old, farmer of Dump area, Toledo who received (3) gunshot wounds to his left side of abdomen and (3) to his left leg.

    Misc Belizean Sources

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    CLASSIC RADIO BELIZE!
    Whether Belizeans want to called it a government monopoly radio station of the 1960s, 70s, 80s and 90s, or the only radio station across Belize that brought them the news, views and reviews, and hits upon hits; we may all agree that the legendary Belizean broadcast medium was everything "Belizean"! When Belize had no television, and the only means of which to know what was going on in Belize City and across the country besides the common "yereso" kind of information that passed along by word of mouth, was to touch that dial to "Radio Belize" on the old transistor radio based inside a mahogany cabinet polished to a shining brown, and tucked in a nice corner of the hall across the linoleum floor. A Belizean living room was not complete without it, and the voice of Eddie "Seferino" Coleman, Manfred Arkins, Everal Waight and many others, entertained the Belizean spirit day by day.

    CLASSIC RADIO BELIZE!
    Pat Bennett rose to become one of Belize's greatest softball players of all times. She has also become one of the best Belize softball archivist today in terms of Belizean softball history in general. Formerly one of the presidents of the Belize Softball Federation (BSF) in the 1980s and 90s , Bennett also rose to prestigious athletic status as one of the most skillful Belizean softball base stealers of the 1960s and 70s. She was known for her great speed and base steals, and probably the Belizean athlete that wrote the "softball book of steals" so to speak that she is remembered for. She possessed the athletic ability of sliding like an ice skater on dry grass and ground at Belize's Rogers Stadium and MCC Grounds to beat the opposing team defenders. Another one of Belize's most accomplished softball athletes of the period, Sonia Buller-Davis, reflected on Bennett's awesome skill and stated in an Belizean Legends interview with yours truly that Pat Bennett was the best she has seen.

    Total Solar Eclipse 21 August 2017
    Only in the central USA will it be Total, but Belize should see a little bit of it, about 20 - 30% around about midday, so start checking from 11 am, may only last for 5 - 20 minutes in our location.

    The UDP municipal slate for the City of Belmopan
    Three incumbents, three new candidates & Mayor Khalid Belisle of the UDP will contest the municipal elections in 2018.

    $50,000 stolen from Caribbean Tires
    A burglary at the Caribbean Tires Limited in the Spanish Lookout, Cayo. Police visited the the area where 54 year old DAVID REIMER reported that between the hours of 6:15 p.m. on 11/08/17 and 7:00 a.m. on 12/08/17 someone broke into the business and damaged an iron safe (27 inches by 30 inches) by wrenching off the iron safe door located in a room at the lower flat of the building and stole $20,000.00US, $5,000.00, Banking Checks and an undisclosed amount of cash.

    Does the owner of the Lazy Lizard have an exemption to the 66' foot rule?
    So the American proprietor of The Lazy Lizard on Caye Caulker has created a real shit storm for himself. He got butt hurt over a review a local gave him for the price of beer ($7). So he went off on the woman, calling out her place of employment and even insinuated that due to her job she could easily afford $7 beers. In short, he behaved like a bully. But he also exposed himself as a foreigner who really does not care for locals or their business. Now if he wants to cater exclusively to tourists, that's his prerogative. BUT IS his establishment is on PUBLIC land? In Belize, all land within 66 feet (20 meters) of water is PUBLIC (unless there has been a exemption given). This American believes he can post signs banning outside food and drink on the public beach. According to others who live on Caye Caulker he has also banished vendors from "his beach". But does he have that right?

    Corozal Cop stole the peepee
    A male resident of Corozal Town was charged with an alcohol related offense. The officer on the case reported that at 4:30 a.m. on August 10, 2017 he placed the urine specimen inside a refrigerator at the Corozal Police Station's Traffic Office. About 5 p.m. he checked in the refrigerator and discovered the specimen and the "chain of custody" were missing. Information was leaked revealing that Police Constable Ismael Monima, Police Constable was seen in the office just before the specimen went missing. About 7:50 a.m. pm August 11, Monima handed the peepee to a co-worker. P.C. Monima has since been charged with Perverting the Course of Justice. He will appear in Corozal Town Magistrate court on Monday morning.

    19 year old shot after alleged rape
    On Saturday 12/8/17 a woman reported to police that at 4:30 p.m. she caught a ride on a motorcycle with a stranger to get from Hopkins Village to go to the junction of the Southern Highway. However, upon reaching the junction the motorcycle driver did not stop but proceeded up the highway towards Maya center Village. He drove pass Maya Center and somewhere between mile 18 & 19 he took her into a feeder road and raped her. During the rape, she saw tattoo with the name "Rosita" and some stars around the name. She managed to escape and run to the highway where a passerby assisted her to the Santa Cruz Police Station. With the assistance of the police, they returned to the area where the male was identified to the police. He was ordered to stop. He fled and police fired one shot hitting him on the left foot and disabling the cycle. He was identified as 19 year old Andy Pop of Maya Center Village. He was taken to the Southern Regional Hospital.

    The Belize Times

    Cops Covering Up for Castros AGAIN?
    On Wednesday morning, the Police Press Office confirmed via release that Police are “looking for the Castro Brothers” for questioning about a violent altercation in san Pedro Sunday night. In response to a query for clarification, the Press Office confirmed that the Castro Brothers referred to in the release were Wasani, 23, and Jafari, 21, both sons of UDP Minister Edmond Castro. But by this morning, Police did an amazing about turn. The Police Press Office went to pains to state that there was no report involving the Castro brothers Wasani and Jafari Castro and that they were not being sought by Police. We were unable to clear up the confusion because the report fingering the Castro brothers had been released by Inspector Fitzroy Yearwood of the Press Office. Today, also, we were informed that he is no longer with the Police Press Office, and that the report issued by him was ‘wrong.’ Today’s new Police Press Office minus Inspector Yearwood also claims that none of the Castro brothers or affiliates of theirs was detained after the brutal beat-down on Saturday in San Pedro, an attack which almost killed Kevin Brown, 21.

    Toddler Dies in Fiery Blaze
    Another Belize City baby died in a fire which left 17 persons homeless on Santa Barbara Street. The toddler was Tyreik Roberts, who burnt to death inside his home when it caught on fire. The blaze started on Sunday night, August 6, at around 9:00pm, and it is said to have originated from the home at #32 Santa Barbara Street where the baby was inside sleeping. His grieving mother, Shaneeka Roberts, told the press, “The quickness of how this happened I couldn’t save my baby.”

    Three City Murders in Three Days
    Southside cops have their hands full tonight investigating three separate murders in as many days. The latest victim is Christian Velasquez, 23, a mechanic. At around 11:00pm last night Velasquez was standing on Antelope Street Extension when a vehicle drove by and a gunman opened fire, hitting him to the left side of the chest and killing him instantly. According to Supt. Daniel Arzu, preliminary investigation has indicated that Velasquez may not have been the target and was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Early Wednesday murder there was another murder, this time of a Guatemalan man, Ruben Esquivel Aguilar, 45. Aguilar was at home with his sister and her family on Mahogany Street when two men entered through a window, with burglary as the motive. While Aguilar’s sister Aura Esquivel locked herself in her room, he went to investigate and that’s when he was shot three times and died instantly.

    Everywhere is WAR…
    As we go to press, there are reports that the UDP municipal convention scheduled for this weekend in Belmopan may be cancelled because of increasing discord within the municipal body which has spilled out to the national level. We are also reliably informed that Mayor Khalid Belisle has threatened, again, to take his name off the slate because of the increasingly nasty and personal infighting. Currently social media is blowing up as Belmopan Area Representative John Saldivar has launched a tirade against Councillor Anna Banner, who he does not want back ono the slate. Banner responded by accusing Saldivar of deliberately pushing her out because she did not support his at the UDP Deputy Leadership Convention last year. When Saldivar announced his new slate for the City Council, because it is a known fact that he wields total control over the Council, Banner responded by running on her own for re-election.

    For God’s Sake Stop It…
    I’m writing this on a Wednesday afternoon. It’s been 47 days since Elvin Penner killed Kenrick Myvette on the George Price Highway. San Ignacio Police say they still haven’t gotten back the results of the test taken to determine if he was under the influence when he smashed into Myvette’s cycle which he says just “appeared in front of him.” How do you like them apples? You know what…I’ll just stop asking about it. It’s a waste of time. The Officer Commanding the San Ignacio Police Formation is said to have been Penner’s Campaign Manager at one time. And he is very close to Rene Montero. I was going to say he is known to be a political prostitute but lately I’ve been trying to be calm and at peace with myself and others.

    The Power is in Your Hands
    There is a new set of land documents going around. As with others before them, they detail, in black and white, what was happening in the hotbed of corruption under then Minister of Natural Resources Gaspar Vega. Scores of documents released in the past year have shown how Vega enriched himself and family members through shady land transactions and the abuse of his ministerial power. And there is no doubt it is the tip of the iceberg. In civilized countries politicians have gone to jail for much less than has been revealed about Vega, with corroborating evidence. For much less, in civilized countries, the ill-gotten assets of corrupt politicians have been seized. But if you speak to Mr. Barrow tomorrow, or next week or next month, he will say the same thing he has said on multiple occasion before. He will say that he has not seen the evidence and if there is indeed any evidence he will act on it. He will puff out his chest and with patented stare say, “You know me. I operate on the straight and narrow. You know I do not tolerate corruption.” And it will be, as it is every single time he says it – utter and absolute, unapologetic bullshit…something at which Dean Barrow is very, very good.

    A TRIBUTE TO DAD – William Fonseca
    On my Dad’s last birthday September 14th he published his second collection of poems entitled Poems to Ponder. Both his collections Lessons in Living and Poems to Ponder provide many wonderful lessons about life, love, faith, and hope. These lessons came from the many memorable experiences he had in his many years working as a teacher, counselor, Chief Education Officer and founding member of the Belize Council for the Visually Impaired. Dad’s poems and reflections focus on the lives of ordinary persons like a caretaker, a curandero, a teenage girl, a riverboat captain, a young widowed mother and persons with disabilities – persons of exemplary qualities of character and commitment who every day faced many challenges in their lives but refused to allow these challenges and obstacles to dictate how they should live their lives. He wrote about the personal challenges of three blind persons like himself who he considered to be family: Teresita Moh, Donovan Reneau, and Hector Hoare who all faced discrimination, prejudice and marginalization because of their disability.

    Connected – Taking Control of Your Sexual Health
    What is there in a number? A whole lot. In the “Women Empowerment” forum held on July 29th, a particular number jumped out that reflects a huge risk for women. It is the estimated amount of Belizeans infected with HIV/AIDS (3000) and the number of new cases per year (225). The districts reporting the majority of the new cases are Belize, Stann Creek and Cayo districts. For a population of approximately 350,000 and in a society that is still very much a church-state system in which sex education and sex discussion is still not openly discussed, this is a critical number for women (and girls who are sexually active) to monitor. Women empowerment has become such a buzzword globally and often times it is discussed within the content of economics, politics and education. Although not often considered in these conversations, women empowerment has a just as important context in health, and in particular with sexual health. Within this context, women empowerment begins with each young woman. Each woman has the power within them to insist on using a condom to prevent sexually transmitted diseases including HIV/AIDs. Each young girl and woman has the right to protect their bodies and their health.

    Thinking Out Loud
    By: Kevin Bernard. As I write this, the northern districts are preparing for heavy winds and rain as Tropical Storm or Hurricane Franklin passes just above us, impacting our Mexican neighbours directly. We give thanks to God that we seem to have avoided the worst of Franklin, and hope that our people in Corozal and further north stay safe. And of course, I pray that there is no loss of life. Here in Orange Walk we are prepared for the heavy rains. Our drains have been cleaned and cleared and garbage carted away, and our teams are on standby for any emergency situation. We will continue to work hand in hand with NEMO to ensure that our residents are kept safe and comfortable as Franklin passes by. Currently, if I could provide an update, we have been working on completing the paving of San Francisco Street while preparing the entire San Francisco Boulevard for paving. Simultaneously, we have been working in the Pasadita Area of Orange Walk East which lies within our jurisdiction. You have my commitment that these streets will be improved significantly in the days ahead. We may be held back for a day or two by heavy rains brought on by this natural disaster, but it will not stop the work. We will continue to do everything we can for the residents of this town.

    MY PERSPECTIVE – THE BAIN AFFAIR PART I
    I have just finished reading all 137 pages of the Judgment of the Jamaican Full Court (Three Judges) in the Claim of Professor Brendan Bain against The University of the West Indies. It took a while! And what a read in the huge dust up caused by the Report of Dr. Bain in the Caleb Orozco constitutional challenge in our Supreme Court. Let me say at the start that Dr. Bain’s was no real win at all in my estimation. Of the twelve reliefs he sought he was successful in only one of them. He was awarded only twenty per cent of his court costs and also J$4.2 million which is about US $33,000 as three months’ pay, his salary if he had served the three months after notice from UWI.

    Faber’s Political Thug Attempts to Eject Gwen Liz Principal
    Police were called out to Gwen Lizarraga High School in Belize City on the afternoon of Monday August 7th, as the City prepared for possible effects from Tropical Storm Franklin. But the requested presence of the authorities had nothing to do with any emergency mode. They were called on the order of school board chairman Roosevelt Blades, who happens to be the right hand man of Education Minister Patrick Faber. That afternoon he handed a four-page letter to the principal of 13 years, Dr. Lorna McKay informing that she was being placed on 20 days paid administrative leave with immediate effect while the Board investigates charges against her.

    If Dah Noh Soh
    Untouchables… Instead of clearing the land maybe he should have been clearing the cobwebs off those condoms and maybe we wouldn’t be having this conversation today. One of these days the three dread wonder is gonna get a call and it’s not going to be pleasant. His sons keep messing with people because they seem to think because daddy does crap and gets away with it they can too. They’re going to mess with the wrong people and it’ll get very messy. Just a matter of time. I hear triple dread is defending his sons because he heard Police are looking for them. I hear they’ve gone running to the choice attorney for UDP penny ante thugs, hooligans, drunks and jackasses Herby Panton. It don’t matter if you swear for them, Minister NEMO. Your word is worth much less than your credibility, and that’s about as much as that one ply toilet paper in public restrooms…really piss me off how unnu behave. Serious!

    Questions to Ministers
    Would the Member for Queen Square and Prime Minister please say how many tens of millions the government will now be seeking in disaster relief even though Tropical Storm Franklin completely missed Belize? Would the Member for Collet and Minister of Education please say why he is trying to force out the Principal of Gwen Lizarraga and is using his political thug Roosevelt Blades to harass her? Could he say why he is so intimidated by strong women? Would the Member for Corozal Bay and Minister of Health please say why he insists on having his wife Danini Contreras Marin remain as Director of the Drug Inspectorate even though he has been advised on multiple occasions by health officials that it is a blatant conflict of interest?

    The Council that WORKS!
    As we go to press, the Orange Walk Town Council is fully engaged in paving San Francisco Street and San Francisco Boulevard, while upgrading works to multiple streets in the Pasadita Area which is located in the East of the Town. And while that is going on, Mayor Kevin Bernard and his team are already planning another stage of road works which will get underway when this is done. And a monument to honour Belize’s heroes, placed prominently in Central Park, is also underway. And while all that is being handled efficiently, the Council’s primary responsibility of sanitation, maintenance of drains and upkeep of parks and playgrounds are being done like clockwork.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    UDP holds councilor convention in Belmopan
    Today, the United Democratic Party (UDP) held a convention in Belmopan for 6 councilor candidates and endorsement of incumbent Mayor Khalid Belisle at the Belmopan Civic Center. Voting opened at 10 in the morning and ended at 5 this evening.

    Six more gold panners detained in southern Chiquibul
    On August 12, 2017, a patrol unit comprised of Belize Defense Soldiers (BDF) and Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD) Park Rangers stationed at the Ceibo Chico Conservation Post detained 6 gold panners in the area of Ceibo Chico, southern Chiquibul. According to a press release from FCD, the patrol unit detected human activity due to the sound of voices coming out from a camp located nearby the Ceibo Chico Creek.

    Marconi Matus wins PUP Mayoral Convention in San Ignacio
    The People’s United Party (PUP) held a convention today to elect a mayoral candidate for the 2018 municipal elections for San Ignacio and Santa Elena towns. Three mayoral candidates vied for the post: Javier “Colonel” Castellanos, Arthur Smith and Marconi Matus.

    Man seriously injured after motorcycle collides with SUV
    According to police reports, last night around 8:30, Christian Delcid, 24, of Belize City was driving his Melium motorcycle on the Phillip Goldson Highway heading to Belize City when he collided into a parked Ford Escape. Delcid sustained a broken right leg, sprain right arm, and multiple abrasions all of over his body.

    Police issues official report on major accident on new Santa Elena/San Ignacio bridge
    This morning around 10:30, Azel August, 19, of Santa Elena Town was driving a Pontiac SUV on the Loma Luz Boulevard in the direction from the new San Ignacio/Santa Elena Bridge to the La Loma Luz roundabout when he collided into the rear end of a Toyota pickup travelling in the same direction. The Toyota pickup was driven by Justin James, 19.

    2 minors, 1 adult shot in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye
    Last night around 9:10, acting upon information received of a shooting incident, San Pedro Police visited the San Pedro Town Poly Clinic where they saw three male persons suffering from gunshot wounds. The victims were identified as two minors (9 and 12 years old) and an adult. The 9 year old received gunshot wound to his left wrist, the 12 year old was shot to the right side of his buttocks, and the adult was shot to the left side of his abdomen and to his left leg.

    Police officer charged for stealing urine sample
    A police corporal in northern Belize reported to authorities that on August 10, 2017 at 4:30 a.m., he placed a urine specimen obtained from a male resident of Corozal Town who was charged for an alcohol related offence inside a refrigerator in the Corozal Police Station and at around 5 pm, the officer made checks in the refrigerator and discovered that the specimen was missing.

    Eldred Neal reinstated as President of the Public Service Union
    The Council of Management of the Public Service Union (PSU) has reinstated President Eldred Neal, after two months of suspension. At the meeting held at the Hilltop Hotel in Belmopan yesterday and mediated by Solicitor General Nigel Hawke, the council decided to reinstate Neal on the condition that he will not chair the upcoming Annual General Meeting.

    Another major accident on new Santa Elena/San Ignacio bridge
    Just after 10 this morning another major accident occurred at the new bridge linking Santa Elena and San Ignacio in the Cayo District. A Toyota pickup and a white car were both travelling towards Santa Elena and had just crossed the new bridge when the accident occurred.

    Police: Robbers Steal over $50K from Caribbean Tire in Spanish Lookout
    Belize police are reporting a burglary that took place yesterday morning in the Spanish Lookout Community, Cayo District. According to reports, yesterday at 7:15 am, authorities received information of a robbery at Caribbean Tire Limited.

    Toyota Hilux pick-up valued at $30,000 stolen in San Ignacio Town
    Police in the Cayo District are reporting that a Toyota Hilux pick-up was stolen on Friday morning around 8:45 from a garage situated on Joseph Andrews Drive, San Ignacio Town.

    US college basketball player in Belize for friendly games
    Xavier Sneed, of the Kansas State University Wildcats basketball team, is currently in Belize on a five-day basketball tour. The sophomore forward arrived in Belize on Friday and will remain here until August 18. According to US news outlets, Sneed is here via the Sports Reach Movement, which is a faith-based organization out of Campbellsville, Kentucky. Sneed and the other members of his team played their first game against Hoop Dreams Belize at the Princess Hotel.

    PG officers busted for extortion
    Punta Gorda Police have arrested and charged two of their own officers for extortion. The officers pleaded not guilty to the offense and were granted bail of $3,000 each but are still expected to face disciplinary action from the Professional Standards Branch of the police department. The incident happened on Tuesday, when WPC Jenny Tanner, and PC Arden Jones, offered to let a Toledo school principal off of a charge for driving her vehicle without insurance in exchange for $300.

    Blogs

    Saturday Afternoon in San Pedro: The Town Goes Wild
    I had a few errands to run yesterday in San Pedro, Belize. I wanted to visit my friend’s pop-up jewelry store, grab some groceries/supplies for a rare Sunday when we wouldn’t go to town and pick up Jeff – who was returning from a 2 night stint at Cayo Francis Farm & Fly. Yesterday was a GORGEOUS – hot and clear. Hot even for August. But NOT too hot for a race. As I was driving to town, Ambergris Caye hotspot The Truck Stop was open early and PACKED. There is always something going on – and yesterday it was the Ambergris Caye version of the reality show – the Amazing Race. If you don’t know the show, Wikipedia says: The race is generally split into twelve legs, with each leg requiring teams to deduce clues, navigate themselves in foreign areas, interact with locals, perform physical and mental challenges, and vie for airplane, boat, taxi, and other public transportation options on a limited budget provided by the show.

    Videos

  • RESPECT DORETH MARTINEZ: YOU PLAYED CHAMPIONSHIP SOFTBALL FOR BELIZE!, 24min. One of Belize's most outstanding softball athletes, Doreth Martinez, who had also become one of Belizean softball most skillful base stealers in the tradition of the likes of the great Pat Bennett, has continued to support sports in Belize relentlessly, and has not given up once since her migration from Belize. From Belizean Cricket to softball, Doreth had amazed me, and seeing her work two years ago for a big reunion event for the "Golden Girls" of Belizean softball demanded from me serious respect for her passion for progress beyond the softball diamond. Doreth's exciting discussion with yours truly of "Belizean Legends" will illuminate the dark in terms of how good the 1979 Belize national softball team were that beat the United States 2-1 in the Pan America Games thirty-eight years ago. She spoke out here expressing the power that went into their game, and the fearless nature that they played with not even intimidated by the world's greatest softball team in the crushing power of the United States "Orlando Rebels".

  • Eagle Rays in Belize, 1.5min.

  • Vaca Lake Tour, 2min.

  • Believing in Belize., 7min. Come along with me on my journey to Belize.

  • Kayaking in Belize & the Biggest Starfish Ever! (San Pedro / Ambergris Caye), 11min. We hopped in clear kayaks and went out in the beautiful, clear water of San Pedro, Belize (Ambergris Caye). While out there, we found one of the biggest starfish I have ever seen!

  • Island Hunters S04E09 "From the Desert to Belize" F-u-L-L, 49min. Island Hunters Season 4 Episode 9 From the Desert to Belize

  • Singing dolphin in Belize, 10sec. Dolphins in Belize trailing us and singing for us! Plus a guest appearance from a nurse shark.

  • Trip in Belize 2017, 13min.

  • Belize 2017, 7min. San Pedro Belize. Snorkeling in Hol Chan Marina and Shark Ray Ally.

  • Belize Progressive Radio, 20min.

  • Belize - Days 6-8, 4min. We spent a few days exploring San Pedro and Caye Caulker! We survived a "tropical storm", flooded roads that caused our golf cart (Carlos) to die on numerous occasions, movie nights in the hammocks, giant uno, creeping crocodiles and so much more!

  • BELIZE 2017, 2min. Ambergris Caye!

  • 9 Days in Paradise - Belize, 3min. I was lucky enough to take a trip with my girlfriend and her family this summer, capturing these amazing moments. The memories I made on this trip are priceless.

    August 13, 2017


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    The San Pedro Sun

    Shooting in San Pedrito
    Police have confirmed a shooting incident in the San Pedrito Area. Initial information indicates that three persons were injured. No further report is available at this time.

    Belize’s Cabinet undergoes reshuffling
    On August 10th the Government of Belize released an updated list of Cabinet and Chief Executive Officers (CEO) within the Ministries of governance. This marks the third reshuffling of the Cabinet since the last General Election in 2015. The first change in Cabinet came on August 1, 2016, nine months after Prime Minister Dean Barrow installed the members of his Cabinet and Senate who would be assisting him in running the country for the 2015-2020 term. The urgent reshuffling on August 2016 came after corruption scandals within the Ministry of National Security erupted, and when key Cabinet Ministers were alleged to be associating with accused murdered and international con-artist William ‘Danny’ Mason.

    Caye Talkers Donates $10,000 to Hope Haven Children’s Shelter
    Raise Me Up has received a donation of $10,000 towards the Hope Haven (Children’s Shelter) project by Caye Talkers Limited, located in Belize City. Raise Me Up board members received this donation at the shelter, which is currently under construction, located across from the Maya Island Air terminal. Raise Me Up will utilize this substantial donation to assist in the completion of the development phase of the project, and it comes at a time that is crucial to purchase the necessary construction materials to complete the first floor, which will serve as the community center (operated by SHINE). The donation not only allows for the purchase of materials, but shows the commitment of Belize-local organizations that endorse the need for a children’s home and services center on the island of Ambergris Caye. Caye Talkers joins the list of Belizean company donations towards Raise Me Up and its projects, alongside Belize Bank Limited, Atlantic International Bank, Belize Telemedia Limited, and Benny’s along with Grand Caribe.

    Shark fishing season comes to a close; Marine conservationists continue advocating for shark protection
    The Belize Fisheries Department (BFD) is reminding licensed fishermen and the public in general that the shark fishing season officially closed from August 1st until October 31, 2017. At such, everyone is also reminded that no person or establishment shall have in possession any shark meat during the closed period. The fishing activity continues to cause controversy within environmental organizations in Belize. In previous occasions they have called upon the Government of Belize (GOB) to consider making changes in fishing legislation and protect the shark population in the country, but so far nothing has been done.

    Pilot episode of La Isla Bonita Telenovela along with other Belizean films to debut at Barbados’ Carifesta
    Three Belizean films have been selected to be featured at Carifesta, the annual Festival of Arts in Barbados. The festival takes place from August 17th to the 27th and will feature Caribbean culture, music, literary arts, visual arts, theatre, dance and film. La Isla Bonita Telenovela and ‘I Had To do It, will make its debut at the festival on Saturday, August 19th and will have a second screening on Wednesday, August 23rd , while, ‘Manna,’ will be screen on Monday, August 21st ,Wednesday, August 23rd , and Saturday, August 26th at the Olympus VIP Theatres.

    Misc Belizean Sources

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    Which internet speed works for you?
    Ok So Diginet is now officially advertised. Some useful info for people who aren't too savvy in bandwidth. I am an active online gamer and stream regularly. In the different packages they claim you cant game online or stream HD on package 1 & 2. Is this a marketing scheme or someone needs to adjust this and say Not recommend? And Why? because as I can recall gaming and streaming recommend that you have 2Mbps or higher. As long as I can remember even though DSL was crappy at times gaming and streaming was good on 2Mb & 4 Mb connections...just incase some people are trying to save a lil money and choose the right plan

    The Republic of China (Taiwan) bestows USD$221,850.00 to Belize for the Prevention and Control of Chronic Renal Failure
    The Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) is pleased to announce that on Monday, August 14th, 2017 at 11:00AM at the Corozal Community Hospital, H.E. Ambassador Charles Liu, on behalf of the Republic of China (Taiwan), will bestow the first disbursement of US$ 221,850 to Hon. Pablo Marin, Minister of Health, for the Capacity Building Project for the Prevention and Control of Chronic Renal Failure in Belize (hereinafter referred to as the “Renal Failure Prevention Project”). The “Renal Failure Prevention Project” was implemented on February 10, 2016. Through this project, 51 Medical Officers, 7 Dialysis Nurses and 79 Community Health Workers were trained by 4 Seed instructors last year. The 9 Dialysis Nurses as well have been certified as “Registered Dialysis Nurse” by the Nurse and Midwives Council of Belize.

    Shooter misses victim who was talking to a cop
    As a result of reports of shots fired on Friday night, police made checks in the Jane Usher Boulevard area where 2 male persons approached 44 year old Sidney Ellis. Ellis was talking to two females one of whom is a WPC or Woman Police Corporal. One of the men shot at him but missed and Ellis returned fire with his licensed firearm and the two gunmen escaped.

    "kastro Kid" wanted again for incident police previously said he was not wanted
    Since the reports are regularly being called false, I leave the exact quote sent from police press officer Raphael Martinez who has not been transferred out of the unit as Fitzroy Yearwood has following his report of Castro being wanted. Martinez says "Reference to the assault upon Kevin Brown on 6/8/17 warrants have been issued for the arrest of Gilbert Franklin, Jafari Castro and James Young for Harm while Gilbert Franklin will be additionally charged for Aggravated Assault.

    Driver Park Ranger opening
    FCD announces a Job opportunity. Contact us promptly

    Warm welcome from Mayor Cunningham of Waulkegan, Illinois (on my right) and Ambassador Daniel Gutierrez
    the new Belizean ambassador to the United States (on my left). We are here to support a scholarship fundraising gala tonight for Belizeans at home - UBNI - United Belizeans in Northern Illinois!

    Social Media for the Travel Industry Training
    Attention Corozal Tourisn Stakeholders. Free Social Media for the Travel Industry Training for all Corozal BTIA Members.To register and secure your space contact us at membership@btia.org or 227-1144.

    Corozal Heritage Plaza Public Consultation
    Tuesday, August 15th at 6:30 p.m. at the Corozal Town Hall.

    Gift of Life Belize's Pediatric Cardiology Center
    Please help us share the word on our Gift of Life Clinic sessions for August 2017.

    The Reporter

    Man critical following traffic accident
    Juan Chavin, 57, a resident of St Matthew’s village is in a critical condition following a traffic accident on the George Price highway. Chavin was ridimg a bicycle between miles 37 and 38 on Thursday night when he was struck from behind, leaving him with severe facial injuries. Chavin is in the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, and police investigations continue.

    Two police officers charged with ‘extortion’
    Two police officers assigned to the Punta Gorda police station have been arrested and charged with ‘extortion’ against a high school principal. The charge against WPC Jenny Tanner and PC Arden Jones follows an incident on Tuesday when a vehicle was intercepted at a checkpoint for not having valid insurance. The principal reported to police that the officers transported her to the police station, and that on the way, Tanner told her that the offense was a serious one, and that her driver’s license would be revoked and her vehicle impounded. According to the principal, Tanner said she should settle with them. She continued that Jones, who was at the checkpoint, arrived at the station and asked her how much she was willing to pay them to overlook the matter and she said $300. She said Tanner allowed ber to go for the money and she came back and gave them $400, after which she was released.

    Fatal hit and run on George Price highway
    A man was knocked down and killed on the George Price Highway early Saturday morning. The incident happened at around 1:00 a.m., near Cotton Tree village and claimed the life of Oscar Cermenio. Police say Cermenio was still alive when they found him with broken legs, and chest and head injuries. He died at about 5:15 a.m. Police investigations continue.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    BSCAP rejects Shyne’s claims
    The Belizean Society of Composers and Publishers (BSCAP) has issued a release accepting former CEO Shyne Barrow’s resignation adding that it is “disappointed and saddened by the way Mr. Barrow is choosing to handle this matter.” “Specifically as it relates to the financial accusations – the […]

    Warrant issued for arrest of Jafari Castro in Kevin Brown assault
    A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Jafari Castro, Gilbert Franklin and James Young for the assault of Kevin Brown, which happened last week in San Pedro and reportedly caused Brown to fall into a coma. According to police, Castro and Young are […]

    Fatal hit and run near Cotton Tree
    One man is dead following a hit and run accident which happened just before Cotton Tree village around 1:00 this morning on the George Price highway. According to police, Oscar Cermenio was found on the highway alive but had sustained severe injuries including two broken legs, […]

    Twelve nations address Venezuela crisis
    The Foreign Ministers and Representatives of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay and Peru met in Lima, Peru on August 8, 2017. The meeting was to address the critical situation in Venezuela and explore ways to contribute to the […]

    BTB conducts Digital Marketing training for tour operators
    The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) is conducting a digital marketing training as part of its strategic plan to equip tour operators with pertinent marketing skills and information in order to be more competitive. The training workshops saw 16 tour operators participating in Placencia village and Belize […]

    Youths Engaged in Agriculture Summer Camp Concludes
    The Belmopan Police department and the Ministry of Agriculture concluded their 2017 Youths enga.. Youths Engaged in Agriculture Summer Camp Concludes The Belmopan Police Department and the Ministry of Agriculture concluded their 2017 Youths Engaged in Agriculture summer camp on Saturday, August 5. The camp […]

    Judgment day for Eldred Neal
    The Belmopan branch of the Public Service Union (PSU) is summoning PSU President Eldred Neal to a special meeting tomorrow, to put an end to Neal’s suspension and the surrounding issues. Neal, who has been on suspension since May, due to derogatory remarks he made about the […]

    International Sourcesizz

    Belize Bar considers calling for Guyana-born CJ’s resignation
    The Bar Association of Belize is considering calling for the resignation of Guyana-born Chief Justice (CJ) Kenneth Benjamin, given the extensive backlog of cases which presently exists. This is according to media reports which state that a decision was made to delay its call in keeping with a promise made by Justice Benjamin to work on remedying the situation during his vacation time.

    Videos

  • Invasion of the crabs, 1/4min. Creepy right?! There were hundreds scurrying across in the yard last night. Watching, waiting...

  • Fight Night in San Ignacio , 2.5hr.

  • El Oro Dulce Azucar: Orange Walk, 5.5min. Documentary from long ago: Orange Walk people you will see includes Baldemar Hernandez. BSI personel Gregorio Nah, Felicita Cantun.

  • Cockscomb Jaguar Reservat: Tiger Fern Trail • Belize, 10min. Heute waren wir im Cockscomb Jaguar Reservat in Belize und sind den Tiger Fern Trail gelaufen. War gar nicht so anstrengend, wie einige behaupten und am Ende sogar mit einem Wasserfall allein für uns!

  • San Ignacio, Belize | Exploring caves in Belize!, 3min. Today we went tubing through some of the caves in San Ignacio! We decided not to go for one of the hard core caves, but to have a relaxing float down the river! It was a nice introduction to caving, without being to strenuous or freaky!

  • A view of secret beach in Belize, 2.5min.

  • Beautiful Belize, 6min. Lark Caye, Private Heaven, Bird Island, King Lewey's Island Resort, Placencia, Belize Barrier Reef, Belize

  • Diving Turneffe Atol, Belize with Allison & Jerry,11 min. This was an excellent dive on the Turneffe Atol, in Belize while we were staying in Caye Caulker, Belize. Check out the hawks bill turtle, free swimming moray eels, tons of tropical fish and nurse sharks. This was an amazing dive trip.

  • Diving San Pedro, Belize with Allison & Jerry, 12min. San Pedro is packed full of fantastic dive sites. You simply can not go wrong on this trip. We were diving with Belize Dive Services out of Caye Caulker and we thoroughly enjoyed our experience with them.

  • Lamanai: Mayan Site, 43min. Speedboat trip up the New River to the Belize Mayan site of Lamanai (submerged crocodile). According to our guide, 50 thousand people inhabited this one location at its peak. Monkeys, crocodiles, and colorful birds are seen on New River and at Lamanai.

  • Logging in belize, 3min.

  • San Pedro Belize Mexico Rocks, 12min.

  • Belize Isla Caye Caulker, 6min.

  • Belize 2017 - Ziplining in Bocawina Rainforest, 2.5min.

  • Belize 2017- San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, 4min.

    August 12, 2017


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    The San Pedro Sun

    Elections and Boundaries Department encourages electorates to prepare for 2018 Municipal Elections
    With the next municipal elections slated for March 7, 2018, the Elections and Boundaries Department is beginning the process of preparing the electorates list. To facilitate this, the countrywide Election and Boundaries’ registration offices will be open on Saturday, August 26th from 9PM to 4PM for those seeking to transfer from one electoral division to another, register for a Voters’ Identification Card (ID) or simply pick up their Voter’s ID. The 2018 municipal election will see the selection of mayors and councilors for nine destinations, including Corozal Town, Orange Walk Town, San Pedro Town, Belize City, Belmopan City, Santa Elena Town, San Ignacio Town, Stann Creek Town and Punta Gorda Town. Only persons registered under the specified areas can vote during the municipal elections. As recent as June 2017, 109,003 Belizeans can validly vote during the upcoming elections.

    Injured crocodile Phineas fully recovered and back in the wild
    As some of you may remember, a few months ago on March 18th, members of ACES (American Crocodile Education Sanctuary) were alerted to an almost lifeless croc in Boca Del Rio area of San Pedro Town. Some very cruel person, (or persons) had caught this croc, taped his mouth shut, tied it shut with wire on top, and inflicted an incredibly deep wound to his neck. He was then released in that condition to die a slow and horrible death. Truly a disgusting act of animal cruelty. Thankfully for us and him, Dr. Ines Ventura of the San Pedro Animal Hospital came to the rescue! Although terrified of the croc, she put aside her fears and spent over two hours stitching closed the wound in his neck. The surgery went well, and the stitches appeared to be holding, and although still sick and stressed, Phineas the croc started to eat on his own without having to be force-fed, which was a great weight off all our minds.

    DOE announces new sewage treatment system for Ambergris Caye
    In an effort to diminish the threat of any negative environmental impact on Ambergris Caye, the Department of the Environment (DOE) has issued an advisory to all new commercial and tourism developments on north and south Ambergris Caye, to invest in a proper sewage treatment system. In a press release issued on Monday, August 7th, DOE encourages future developers/investors to select the most appropriate system available on the international and local market, and then submit for the Department’s approval.

    Tropic Air cancels international flight routes –GOB’s Increased Departure Tax takes the blame
    The Government of Belize’s (GOB) decision to increase Belize’s Departure Tax was met with resistance from the very beginning. Now, four months after its approval, tourism stakeholders reiterate their stance that an increase from BZ$78.50 (US$39.25) to BZ$111.00 (US$56) is having negative impacts on Belize’s tourism product, mainly overnight tourist arrivals. Most recently, Tropic Air discontinued three of its international flight routes as a result of reduced passenger rate due to the increase in departure tax. Stakeholders are of the mind that if the GOB does not rectify this issue, there will be further negative impacts on the tourism industry.

    Ambergris Today

    What If You Could Make A Difference?
    I am the adoptive father of Zoe Lin Cannon, Mia Lin Cannon, Faye Lin Cannon and Siri Lin Cannon. I would like to thank the Citizens of San Pedro Town for your heart felt condolences and your support for my daughters and I during these difficult times. I know that Sanpedranos are dedicated to knowing the TRUTH about what happened to my daughters and dedicated to Justice For Faye Lin Cannon. I know that many people witnessed how my daughters were treated over the last 5 years that they lived here in San Pedro Town. I am asking everyone who witnessed, first hand , how my daughters were treated to please go to the San Pedro Police Dept. and make a Sworn Statement to one of the Criminal Investigations Bureau Officers, so that the TRUTH WILL COME OUT!!

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    Business owners in top Belize destination want increased mangrove protections
    Walking the shore of San Pedro provides a solid picture of the tension between natural resources and the economy in this, the top tourist town in coastal Belize. White coral sand gives way to several hundred feet of stunningly deep blue water out to where Caribbean waves strike the Mesoamerican Reef, the world’s second longest barrier reef, which stretches from Honduras in the south to its Mexican terminus to the north. But walk north along the beachfront just a little ways and your path is diverted away from the water by a wiry stand of mangrove trees growing in the gentle waves. This mangrove belongs to yet another open-air bar, La Choza, and reminds one of what this whole area once looked like. “If I cut those trees, erosion will get our bar,” owner Luis Cabanas explained when asked. “The mangrove protected us from Hurricane Earl last year, the roof didn’t go.” Cabanas has been in San Pedro 28 years and remembers the beachfront at that time was a lot wilder, with mangroves marching right into the waves along much of it. When asked if he keeps the mangrove trees for any other reasons, he added with a smile, “We like to give homes to the little fishes.”

    A new plan to save Belize's livelihood-giving reef and coasts
    The coastal nation of Belize is at a crossroads. The Belize Barrier Reef System supports the livelihoods of more than half the nation’s population and provides numerous benefits including cultural heritage, protection from storms, and habitat for endangered species. But this same ecosystem is under threat. In 2009, the reef system was added to UNESCO’s List of World Heritage in Danger. It remains on the list today because of mangrove deforestation, unsustainable coastal development and offshore oil exploration. The good news is a coastal zone management plan can safeguard Belize’s natural assets and produce a win-win opportunity for the people and environment. New research by WWF scientists and collaborators describes the government-led planning process which identified risks posed by human activities and measured how different development decisions impact the Belizean people and species.

    51st ANNUAL SAN JOAQUIN FIESTA
    THE #1 FIESTA IN THE NORTH! PARK GROUNDS, SAN JOAQUIN VILLAGE, COROZAL, AUGUST 8-15 . 5:00 pm NOVENAS AT SAN JOAQUIN R.C. CHURCH. FRIDAY AUGUST 11 10.00pm DANCE WITH ONE LOVE BAND. SATURDAY AUGUST 12 10:00pm DANCE WITH GILHARRY 7 BAND. SUNDAY AUGUST 13 10:00pm DANCE WITH DYNAMICS OF BELIZE BAND. WEDNESDAY AUGUST 16 FEAST MASS IN HONOUR OF SAN JOAQUIN. FOOD|BEVERAGE|GAMES|GAMBLING|MECHANICAL GAMES|GRAND DANCE|MUCH MORE!!!

    SSBA Basketball Summer Camp 2017
    The SSBA is having their 2017 Basketball Summer Camp from Monday, August 14th through Saturday, August 26th. There will be 2 camps for the younger kids, one held at the SHC auditorium, and one at the Santa Elena Sports Complex. There will be one for the older kids, and it will take place in the evenings at the SHC auditorium. Thanks, SSBA!

    Statement from Dave Cannon
    My name is Dave Cannon, I am the adoptive father of Zoe Lin Cannon, Mia Lin Cannon, Faye Lin Cannon and Siri Lin Cannon. I would like to thank the Citizens of San Pedro Town for your heart felt condolences and your support for my daughters and I during these difficult times. I know that San Pedranos are dedicated to knowing the TRUTH about what happened to my daughters and dedicated to Justice For Faye Lin Cannon. I know that many people witnessed how my daughters were treated over the last 5 years that they lived here in San Pedro Town. I am asking everyone who witnessed, first hand , how my daughters were treated to please go to the San Pedro Police Dept and make a Sworn Statement to one of the Criminal Investigations Bureau Officers, so that the TRUTH WILL COME OUT!!

    Bienvenidos a la Fiesta de San Joaquin!
    Welcome to San Joaquin Fiesta! August 11, 12 & 13!!! Don't miss out!!!

    Benque Zone 4 Neighborhood Watch summer camp
    It's August 14th -18

    4th Annual Yellow Ginger Festival
    The East Indian Council of Belize-Southern Chapter is presenting the 4th Annual Yellow Ginger festival in Eldridge Ville, Toledo District located five miles outside of Punta Gorda Town. We are inviting everyone from far and near to come out and learn more about the Belizean East Indian cultural food, practices and heritage and much more. Mark it as a family date on your calendar!!!!!!!!!!

    EVENT DETAILS BIRDS ISLE GRAND OPENING BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
    8 teams, winner takes all $1,000. Adults $3 Kids Under 12 Free. Food, snacks, and drinks. Bring the Island Back!

    CYEN's Biennial Youth Exchange 2017
    CYEN's Biennial Youth Exchange 2017 is just around the bend and we're excited to join together to go to......BELIZE! The Exchange seeks: To foster closer collaboration and working relationships between CYEN members throughout the Caribbean. Get members to learn about, understand, and value environmental issues within the various Caribbean territories. Encourage members to better appreciate the geography, socio-economic, and cultural elements of the Caribbean territories. The dates for Exchange 2017 are 12th - 19th August, 2017

    Corozal Junior College developes and launches its mobile APP for its students
    The CJC Mobile App has been successful in facilitating effective communication with our students, parents, teachers and other stakeholders. Download it today!

    "WAYITO Y BENITA TUCUCH" at Princess Casino Freezone
    Another Laugh Out Loud weekend this Friday, Aug 11th and Saturday, Aug 12th at the PRINCESS CASINO FREEZONE COROZAL for the live comical show "WAYITO Y BENITA TUCUCH" beginning at 10:00 p.m. No cover charge.

    Escuela Secundaria Tecnica Mexico - Parenting Session and Orientation Day
    Parenting Session Monday - August 14th 1st Form :- 9:00a.m. - 11:00a.m. 2nd Form:- 1:00p.m. - 3:00p.m. Tuesday - August 15th 3rd Form :- 9:00a.m. - 11:00a.m. 4th Form:- 1:00p.m. - 3:00p.m Orientation Day Thursday August 17 1st & 2nd Forms - 7:55a.m. to 12:30p.m. Friday, August 18th 3rd & 4th Forms - 7:55a.m. to 12:30pm.

    Job Preparedness Training
    The Santa Elena DYS is going to have job preparedness training on Mondays and Wednesdays, starting on August 21st. Interviewing skills and interpersonal communication skills can be honed, allowing for a better interview. "The Department of Youth Services Santa Elena Job Preparedness Training will start on the 21 of August 2017, whereby this training will assist our young people to be prepared as they go along searching for employment opportunities in our area. This Training will be offered twice a week Monday and Wednesday from 1pm to 4 pm. Registration forms are available now at DYS Santa Elena office located at 28 Peter August Street Corner of Eve Street just above the Santa Elena Post office."

    Belizean Patriot: Nicholas Anthony Pollard Sr.
    Nicholas Anthony Ignatius Pollard Sr. (March 22, 1924 - January 21, 2003) was a Belizean politician and trade union leader. He was born in 1924 in Bacalar, Quintana Roo, Mexico to Belizean parents, Stella Alberta Gill and Juan Castro Pollard. He was a founding member of the People's United Party (PUP) in 1950. The same year, he was elected president of the General Workers Union. He made major contributions to the development of the trade union movement in Belize. On September 29, 1956, Pollard and nationalist leader George Cadle Price co-founded the Belize Times, now one of the largest newspapers in Belize. In 1958, Pollard broke away from the PUP and formed the Christian Democratic Party of Belize (CDP). The CDP contested the 1961 elections, but the PUP won all 18 seats.

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    He Robbed Treasury Dept. With a Sawed Off And a Bicycle
    Tonight Dangriga police are looking for a daring thief who robbed the town's Treasury office today, using a bicycle and a sawed off shotgun. At about 12:30, he slipped into the building, pulled the sawed off shotgun out of a bag, and held up the cashier and a customer and left with 1,700 dollars in cash. He rode off on a bicycle, and slipped away. Police investigators have been frustrated so far because the security cameras on the building have been out of commission for months, and none of the persons who saw the robber have been able to identify him from pictures in the police "rogue's gallery."

    Police Speak on Pierced Window At Agric Ministry
    Did someone shoot at the Ministry of Agriculture? Was some vandal trying to send a message? And should employees there feel at risk? Those are the questions that have been at play in the public discourse after what looks like a bullet hole was seen in a glass window at the Ministry on Queen Elizabeth Avenue in Belmopan town. Today, the commander of the Belmopan police spoke about what they know so far:... Sr. Sup. Howell Gillet - OC, Belmopan: "What we know so far is that there is a piercing in the glass that faces the Queen Elizabeth Boulevard. We are not certain, so I cannot say with certainty that it was gunshot or anything that caused it. We've done swabbing of the hole to see and that will be sent to the forensic laboratory for testing. There is a very small piercing, but what amazes us is that there was no marking anywhere else in the building. So it could be a number of things, but I don't want to speculate. We are very hopeful that the forensic testing will tell us what actually pierced the door."

    Two Cops Accused Of Extorting Principal Face Criminal Charges
    Today, two Punta Gorda police officers were taken to court and criminally charged for extortion. On Tuesday a Toledo school principal was driving in PG when she she was stopped at a checkpoint by WPC Jenny Tanner. Tanner informed the principal that the insurance on her vehicle had expired two days earlier, and told her that she would be arrested and charged. Tanner and another officer at the checkpoint, PC Arden Jones, then took her to the Punta Gorda Police Station, where they told her that she had committed a serious offense and that her car would be impounded and driver's license revoked. That's when Jones allegedly suggested that the principal settle the matter with he and Tanner. Jones asked her how much she was willing to pay, and after she proposed $300, Jones allowed her to leave to withdraw the money from the bank. She returned with $400 and handed it over, and then was allowed to leave. After the incident, the principal immediately reported what had happened to the Toledo OC, ASP Clement Cacho, who moved quickly to retrieve the money from Jones.

    American Busted With Weapons And Weed In Corozal
    An American man living in Corozal has been charged for possession of weed, weapons, and a trio of smoking pipes, or "bongs." 63 year old Dale Irwin was caught after someone called the 922-TIPS hotline. Corozal police told us more about the search at his home in the Chula Vista area of Corozal Town: Supt. Sinquest Martinez - OC, Corozal Police: "We search the residence of Dale Irwin, an American national where the police found a double barrel shotgun, a .22 rifle, along with some drugs, pipes and ammunition. I got to thank the 922-TIPS who assisted us in respect to the information that we received. So we went out there and executed and we found those stuff there. He was formally arrested and charged for 2 counts of kept unlicensed firearm, 2 counts of kept ammunition, 2 counts of drug trafficking, 3 counts of possession of a pipe, 3 counts of drug possession and we continue to do these operation simultaneously within the town of Corozal and the villages."

    Cops Found Bulletproof Vest
    Yesterday police conducted several routine searches throughout Belize City. Starting on Kelly Street, the cops searched the residence of 22-year-old Richard Rowland where they found a plastic bag containing about 7 ounces of cannabis. After arresting and charging Rowland for drug trafficking, the police moved on to New Road, where they found another 7 ounces of cannabis. No one was in the area where those drugs were found, so they were labelled as found property.

    Bail For Police Caught Allegedly Smuggling Gun
    On Tuesday's news, we told you about the Police Constable, Franklin Ramirez, and his 3 passengers who were intercepted by the Mobile Interdiction Team in Ontario Village. They were busted with a gun police believed was smuggled in from Guatemala, but tonight, they are out on bail. Their attorneys, Oscar Selgado and Herbert Panton, applied for Supreme Court bail, and Justice Herbert Lord granted them an audience today. After hearing from both sides, Justice Lord granted them bail of $6,000, with the conditions that they must report to the Raccoon Street Police Station every Friday, attend all adjournments of the case against them, and that they do not interfere with the prosecution's witnesses.

    Kevin Brown's Beatdown, An Eyewitness Account
    All this week, Kevin Brown's name has been in the news. He's the 21 year old basketballer from Camalote village who was hit over the head in a brawl in San Pedro Town on Sunday night. While he recovers, police still have not arrested the man or men who beat him. It was a brawl on the island - all because of a bracelet. Tonight, for the first time we'll hear the account of an eyewitness - one of Brown's friends - who says that first there was a fight at the Luna Loca in San Pedro - that was the prelude to the bigger brawl. But the male witness fears for his safety, and so It's only a voice interview WHICH HE GAVE TO PLUS TV and his voice has been altered to mask his identity.

    Police Did State That They were Seeking Castro's
    And a you heard that witness say, quote, "I just know one guy and it's the dread guy who is always in the news," and we're assuming he's referring there to one of the Castro brothers. And that is substantiated by what former Police Press Officer Inspector Fitzroy Yearwood told the media. But Yearwood's statement was then rescinded by the police press office in an extraordinary disavowal. But, Fitzroy was telling the media just what San Pedro police told him. 7News has obtained a copy of the text sent by San Pedro police to the press office and other commanders. It says clearly: "Persons wanted: the Castro Brothers". We know one of the brothers was out at San Pedro, another had flown out that morning.

    Armed Robbers In Hattieville
    Yesterday, Otoniel Pech, Heraldo Chiac and Orlando Teul drove a Quality Poultry Truck to Hattieville to deliver an order to Blessed Love Shop on Ysaguirre Boulevard. As the men pulled up in front of the shop they were approached by a gunman, who held them up. He demanded money, so Pech handed over a bag containing an undisclosed amount of cash, and the gunman fled, but not before allegedly stabbing Pech in the leg. Police have since detained two men.

    Road Safety Rockstars in Belize
    TODAY, the Belize Road safety team got a quick but special visit from the United Nations Envoy for Road Safety Jean Todt. It is his first time in Belize. A short press conference was held this morning at the UNDP conference room in Belmopan where Todt spoke on the effectiveness of the 5 year Road safety program and on what other important elements need to be addressed in Belize. I went to Belmopan to find out more. In just a couple of minutes, your life can end - just like that. Many people have died in accidents over the years. Especially on the Western highway. Based on the statistics, the Western Highway was the deadliest stretch of road. But in 2013 the Road Safety project was launched to try and reduce the number of traffic fatalities on the highway.

    Did UDP's John Saldivar Muscle UDP Councillor Ana Guy Off Municipal Slate?
    Ana Banner Guy is a two term city councillor in Belmopan - and she's also a close political ally of UDP deputy leader Patrick Faber. When the UDP had a convention to select a Deputy Leader in 2016 - that put her in direct conflict with Belmopan area representative John Saldivar. And she says that's what's gotten her left off the slate for Sunday's UDP municipal convention in the Capital City. Today she told me it's because she did not support Saldivar in the Deputy Leader's Convention: Anna Banner Guy, City Councillor - Belmopan: "There was a slate out and it was posted on Facebook and that is how I became aware." Courtney Weatherburne: "Unfortunately you name should have been on that slate."

    Capital Cops Looking for Killer
    In other news out of Belmopan, police there are still looking for a murder suspect. Two weeks ago Sam Mendez was killed as he cut grass in Salvapan, and police say the main suspect is 22 year old Angel Antonio Orrellano. They put out a wanted poster for him 10 days ago, but still, they haven't found him. The Officer commanding discussed it today:.. Sr. Sup. Howell Gillet - OC, Belmopan: "There is no update in terms of finding the person. We are following a number of leads. Some of them is nowhere near the truth, because you're getting reports in one area that he is there and then he is at another location. I don't want to say what we believe occurred but we are doing our best to try to bring him into custody, but we continue to follow it. It's that a murder case will always be a murder case regardless of how long it takes to bring the person to justice."

    Stealing The Doors
    Belmopan police are also looking for a thief or thieves who stole four doors form a development project at the Capital's Independence Park. OC Gillette told us more:... Sr. Sup. Howell Gillet - OC, Belmopan: "Last night it was reported to us that 4 of the doors to 4 separate booths were stolen. We have 4 persons in our custody and we also have a vehicle that we believe was used to transport the doors and there is a strong likelihood that the 4 individuals will be charged for the missing doors. As I said, I don't know if I said this, we also have the doors in our possession."

    Will Cops Charge Teakettle Villagers For Civil Disobedience?
    And while police are moving ahead decisively with this investigations, they're moving a little slower when it comes to finding out who set those tyre fires in Teakettle in late June. Villagers did it as a form of protest to say police weren't doing enough to solve a murder mystery. Today the OC said that police are using emotional intelligence:.. Sr. Sup. Howell Gillet - OC, Belmopan: "Sometimes we have to be emotionally smart. The people believed at that time that the police would take action, but we were taking action. There were misconceived that the police wasn't doing sufficiently, but we were doing what we were supposed to do but the person was on the loose and I could tell you based on what I know that we had officers placed in many different areas to try to locate him. Someone did that on their part but there are consequences when you step outside. But yes emotionally the right thing would be to not charge the people, but if an offense is that glaring to us we have to investigate and if we find that someone or some people were involved then we have to lay charges in the future."

    Ashcroft Alliance Changing Positions
    2 months ago, we told you how Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin discharged the temporary injunction that the Government of Belize had gotten in the Belize Courts to block the Ashcroft Alliance from enforcing the approximately 50 million US dollars in the US Courts. So, with that one barrier out of the way, the battle over enforcement of the mega judgement is continuing in the US Court. The latest news now is that a Turks and Caicos company, Midway Investments Limited, went before a DC Federal judge on Wednesday to ask that it be substituted in enforcement case. If successful, it would replace for BCB Holdings Limited - now known as Caribbean Investments Holdings Limited - and Belize Bank Limited as the holder of the award against Belize. Midway's attorneys attempted to convince the DC Federal Court judge that Belize's arguments on the case clearly demonstrate why they must be substituted as the petitioner in the place of Belize Bank and BCB Holdings.

    PSU Council of Management Opposes Language of Belmopan Union
    President of the Public Service Union Eldred Neal has been under suspension for May for derogatory remarks made about Garifunas in the public service. And now - one weeks before the unions annual meeting - the Belmopan branch is trying to get him reinstated. Last night we told you about a release from the Belmopan Branch of the PSU which has organized a special meeting to, quote, "(settle) the impasse between the parties" because, quote, "This issue of the suspension has dragged on for too long to the detriment of the functions and the image of the Public Service Union of Belize." But the PSU council of management sent out a release saying it is not in agreement with the language of the release - which is very sympathetic to Neal. Council member Edmund Zuniga Junior told us more via telephone today:...

    BSCAP Says, See Ya Shyne!
    Last night, we told you how Shyne Barrow abruptly resigned from his post as CEO of B-SCAP. That's after he complained that the Chairwoman was claiming exorbitant fees for her expenses and earnings. So, Shyne is out, and his exit brings the organization into disrepute, because his allegations suggest that the artists aren't getting any real financial benefits that copyright protection should be affording them. Shyne made a Facebook post today which says, quote, "I always said on record that as CEO of BSCAP I would never tolerate a situation where all we are doing is paying administrative costs….After looking at the 2016 financial statement presented by my predecessor and current BSCAP chairwoman I have lost all confidence that BSCAP will indeed get the money to the artists." End quote.

    Help With Blood
    Having large quantities of blood stored up in blood banks is important for dealing with disasters and emergencies. It's even become important for patients undergoing surgery to get the blood necessary before hand, but it's difficult to keep up those stores when there isn't a constant flow of donations. That's why the Belize Red Cross is holding a blood drive in Belize City this Saturday, and they're inviting everyone to come out and donate. We spoke to a Red Cross official today, and he told us more about the drive. Fredrick Hunter -Belize Red Cross: "People always come to the Red Cross when they need blood, because we have a network of volunteers and contacts countrywide and we always get on the phone, and this is from the 10 years I've been here, from day 1. We need some blood A+ or O- or something and we get on the phone and we start to send out the emails and texts and start to contact all our people around the country."

    Welcome Back To Bird's Isle
    Last week Tuesday, we told you how the owners of the Bird's Isle Basketball court had revived it after Hurricane Earl smashed it to bits in August of 2016. And so now basketballers around the city can return to the iconic court. The owners are staging a grand re-opening event, to show that high-level basketball play is back at that location. An all-day marathon tournament will be held there on Sunday, and here's what the organizer and one of the athletes had to say about event which announces the return of Bird's Isle:

    Bandits Did Well, But Not Well Enough, Fail To Advance
    The Belmopan Bandits gave it a good show but they failed to advance in the Scotiabank Concacaf League. Last night at Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan, the Bandits more or less outplayed the Walter Ferretti team from Nicaragua but still lost the game. Ferrite's Robinson Da Silva scored the lone goal to earn the visiting team a 1-0 win in the Scotiabank CONCACAF League Round of 16. Walter Ferretti advanced to the quarterfinals, 5-1 on aggregate score.

    NAH FOR SEXUAL OFFENSE
    Another defendant who got Supreme Court bail today was 25 year-old Ruben Nah, a construction worker from Cristo Rey Village. He's being accused of fondling a female child. The child, who's below the age of 14, reported to police that the incident happened on August 4 in Corozal. She said that Nah kissed her and touched her touched her breasts. Police investigated her report and charged him with sexual assault. He was remanded to the prison, until today when his attorney, Leslie Hamilton, applied to Justice Herbert Lord for Supreme Court Bail.

    Crevan Cardinez At Court
    18 year-old Crevan Cardinez, a resident of Orange Walk is at the Belize Central Prison after being charged aggravated assault and escaping from lawful custody. His accuser, Bernard Wade, reported to police that on June 30 in Belize City, Cardinez pulled a gun on him and threatened him with it. Well, police investigated the report, but they couldn't charge him with any offense because he reportedly escaped from police custody. He was located on Wednesday night in Orange Walk town, and he was charged yesterday with aggravated assault and escape. He was arraigned before Magistrate Carlon Mendoza, who couldn't offer him bail, since one of the offense was allegedly committed with a firearm.

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    BSCAP Made No Money During C.E.O. Heather Cunningham’s Tenure
    Shyne Barrow’s abrupt departure as chief executive officer of the Belizean Society of Composers, Authors and Producers, BSCAP, on August tenth, is mired in controversy.  Belize’s Music Ambassador has demitted [...]

    Organization Accuses Shyne of ‘Inflammatory, Misleading and Inappropriate’ Comments
    Late this evening, BSCAP issued its release on the claims made by Shyne. The organization accepted his resignation, but goes on to call his comments to be “wildly inflammatory, misleading [...]

    Why Did Belmopan CitCo Give Away Land Next to Community School?
    Residents of Las Flores, a subdivision of Belmopan, are demanding answers about a recent transfer of land to a resident of Belmopan by the Belmopan City Council. One Amy Anabella [...]

    Police Officers in P.G. Reported for Extorting Teacher
    It has been a less than stellar week for the Belize Police Department, as the men and women of law enforcement have been finding themselves on the wrong side of [...]

    Constable Franklin Ramirez and Co-Accused Bailed for Guatemalan Gun
    Police Constable Franklin Ramirez as well as Trevor Brown and Elorey Graham were all granted bail of six thousand dollars, plus two sureties of three thousand dollars when they appeared [...]

    Dangriga Treasury Robbed for $1700
    A daring robbery was reported at high noon in the Culture Capital, Dangriga, today. According to police, a single armed man walked into the Dangriga Sub-Treasury on Saint Vincent Street [...]

    Wrong Place, Wrong Time for Christian Velasquez
    There have been four murders in south side Belize City alone since the beginning of August, but unfortunately, no one has been charged for any of the crimes. The most [...]

    “Weche” Eludes Belmopan Police 10 Days after Murder
    Belmopan police continue looking for twenty-two-year-old Angel Antonio Orellano, also known as Weche, in connection with the July thirty-first murder of twenty year-old Samuel Mendez, a Salvapan resident and security [...]

    Prison Population is Varied; No Gangs Allowed
    Earlier this week, we joined youths from Belmopan on a tour of the Hattieville prison. The initiative was intended to discourage and deter young people from engaging in criminal activity. [...]

    Anna Guy Looks to Upset the Odds to Return as U.D.P. Belmopan Councilor
    In political news….earlier this week, incumbent councilor for Belmopan, Anna Banner Guy, finds herself the odd woman out at the United Democratic Party convention scheduled for Sunday, August thirteenth. Guy [...]

    Veteran Officer Fitzroy Yearwood Challenges Transfer, Castro Story
    Inspector Fitzroy Yearwood was summarily transferred from his post as a Media Relations Officer on Wednesday and is now preparing himself for legal action against the Belize Police Department.  His [...]

    Magistrate Norman Rodriguez to Learn Fate on Rape Charge
    Magistrate Norman Rodriguez was back in court earlier this week. The interdicted magistrate appeared in the Dangriga Magistrate Court on Thursday for disclosure of the evidence the Crown has against [...]

    Weed and Vest in Northside Searches; One Charged
    Police were busy across the city on Thursday conducting searches within hotspots of the Old Capital. Now, it is a crime for anyone to be in possession of a bullet [...]

    Quality Poultry Truck Targeted in Hattieville
    There was the robbery of a Quality Poultry Products truck on Ysaguirre Boulevard, Hattieville. Around one p.m., thirty-six-year-old Otoniel Pech was along with Heraldo Chiac and Orlando Teul and when [...]

    Thieves Took Mahogany Doors Off Hinges at Independence Park
    An attempt to create employment in the style of B.T.L. and, less successfully, Memorial Park, in Belmopan threatened to backfire except for Police’s quick intervention. Thieves struck at Independence Park [...]

    Police: We’re Not Giving Up Tire Fire Investigation
    In the wake of the disappearance of Teakettle resident Mark Mendez, who was found murdered in June, residents of the village got frustrated with the police’s response and set tires [...]

    The Bizarre ‘Shooting Incident’ at Agriculture Department
    An apparent bullet hole was discovered on Thursday in the glass window at an office of the Agriculture Department in Belmopan. It shares space with the Ministry of Natural Resources [...]

    Bus Drivers Head-To-Head and Caught on Camera Near Bus Terminal
    Bus lines sparring over passengers? According to one video that has gone viral on Facebook that is what happened between two bus drivers from different companies. It appears that bystanders [...]

    Belize Makes Strides in Road Safety
    The Belize Road Safety Project was established in 2013 in direct response to increasing numbers of fatal traffic accidents across the country. The near-fifty-mile stretch between the entrance to Belize [...]

    Fatalities Cut in Road Traffic Accidents on George Price Highway
    But how is Belize doing in terms of reducing the incidence of road traffic accidents and their causes? There are still far too many reported, with many fatalities. But according [...]

    3 Films to Represent Belize in CARIFESTA
    CARIFESTA is the Caribbean festival of arts held every two years by CARICOM AND CARIFORUM countries to celebrate the best in Caribbean culture through music, literary arts, visual arts, theatre, [...]

    Back to School, Time for a Trim
    The annual Back to School Trimming Drive is on its seventh year and once again primary and high school students from across the city are being invited to come out [...]

    Barbers Thank Sponsors for Haircuts
    According to co-organizer, Brian Dena, the annual event is made possible through donations from members of the public, as well the as efforts of volunteers who give of their time [...]

    LOVE FM

    Another Ashcroft Attempt to Enforce Arbitration Award
    Looming over Belize is the twenty seven point four million US dollar arbitral award that was initially issued to BCB Holdings Limited and the Belize Bank Limited. It is an award whose enforcement is long being sought via the United States. Since the confirmation of the award, the Ashcroft companies assigned it to an entity […]

    IDB Analyses Citizen Security Initiatives
    There was a Gap Analysis Report on Belize which was published earlier this month by the InterAmerican Development Bank which focused on mapping existing citizen security initiatives and recommends actions for future programs. It is a 67-page report that looks at several areas including juvenile justice, legal aid, the prison system, mental health as well […]

    Court News: Firearm, Sexual Assault and Wounding
    Four persons who were remanded into custody in connection with a stolen gun, were released on bails of six thousand dollars each that was offered to them today by Justice Herbert Lord. They are police constable Franklin Ramirez, Trevor Brown, Elorey Graham and a 17 year old boy. They were charged with handling stolen goods […]

    Diocessant Day for the Anglicans Set For Sunday
    Hundreds of Anglicans from around the country will converge at St John’s Cathedral on Sunday, August 13 for a special Thanksgiving Mass in celebration of what they call Diocessant Day. Bishop Philip Wright spoke to Love News on what can be expected and why. Bishop Wright says the Anglican Church has been celebrating Diocessant Day […]

    Two PG Cops Nabbed for Extortion
    Two police officers in the Toledo District have been charged with extortion and are facing a number of disciplinary charges. The charges follow a report made by a school principal of Toledo. The Principal says that on Tuesday August 8, police at a checkpoint in Punta Gorda Town notified her that her insurance was expired […]

    The Challenges In a Growing Population of Importers
    The Ministry of Health is still developing its national online drug registry with the objective of having quality and standard medication distributed to consumers in Belize. The participation of all importers of pharmaceuticals is essential for the success of the registry. However, some importers have expressed concern over the Ministry’s move and with the number […]

    BSCAP Responds to Shyne’s Reported Resignation
    Yesterday we told you of Shyne Barrow’s resignation from the Belizean Society of Composers Authors Publishers (BSCAP) with immediate effect. Today, a very brief release was sent to our news centre indicating that they have not received any such letter and only until they do will they respond to the charges made by Barrow. Barrow […]

    FFB Taking On an Environmental Cause
    Yesterday we told you about the eco conference held in Belize City where the Executive of Eco Nature and Recycling Company met with potential partners to discuss the company’s future in Belize. The company’s goal is to develop a plant in Ladyville where recyclable materials will be transformed into plastic wood which would then be […]

    Nicaragua Beats Belize at Football
    The Belmopan Bandits Football team played against Nicaragua’s C.D. Walter Ferretti Football team last night in Belmopan. The game began at eight o’clock at the Isidoro Beaton Football Stadium. During the first half, and precisely during minute 17, the first goal was scored against the Belmopan Bandits. The game finished with a one nil score. […]

    Ending the Violence For Children and Teens
    A two day workshop concluded today in San Ignacio, Cayo. Stakeholders gathered to focus their efforts to end violence against children and adolescence. Katie Vaughan, Project Manager for the Sustainable and Child Friendly Municipality Initiative gave more details. The workshop will be held in all municipalities.

    Amandala

    Christian “Flash” Velasquez, 23, shot dead on Antelope Street Extension
    Christian “Flash” Velasquez, 23, was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting at about 11: 00 last night on Antelope Street Extension. The young man, who is the son of popular Neal Pen Road vehicle electrician and mechanic, Victor Velasquez, also known as “Flash”, was shot in the chest and back and reportedly died on the spot. In an interview this evening at the Racoon Street Police Station, Superintendent Daniel Arzu, Deputy Commander of Southside Belize City Police, said that they believe Velasquez was not the target of the gunman. Police believe that he was at the wrong place at the wrong time. Two expended 9mm shells were found at the scene.

    Shyne Barrow resigns as CEO of BSCAP over Heather Cunningham
    Music Ambassador and political aspirant, Shyne Barrow, has today officially resigned from his post as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Belizean Society of Composers, Authors, Publishers (BSCAP). Amandala saw his resignation letter sent to the BSCAP membership which is filled with a number of reasons for his sudden resignation from the organization tasked with protecting the intellectual property rights of our local artists. In the letter, Barrow claimed that his predecessor, Heather Cunningham, a Belizean lawyer living in the US, who is the current chair of the BSCAP board, is claiming $600,000 to cover her expenses and salary for the period 2010-2013.

    Kevin Brown, 22, survives cruel beat-down in San Pedro
    Galen University student Kevin Brown is at home in Camalote recovering after he was almost beaten to death in San Pedro, Belize District, by a gang of about twenty men. Information to Amandala is that Brown, 22, and three friends had gone to San Pedro to take part in the Costa Maya celebrations on Saturday night. While near the Banana Beach Resort, an argument erupted between the group Brown was with, and the gang of men over a bracelet. The gang attacked Brown, kicking him in the body and beating him in the head with a vase until he was unconscious. Reports are that two of Brown’s female companions who tried to shield him from the assault were nevertheless also assaulted by the gang.

    Gwen Liz trouble – Roosevelt Blades vs Dr. Lorna McKay
    On Monday, the relationship between the board and the administration of Gwen Lizarraga High School reached boiling point when the chairman of the board, Roosevelt Blades, served principal Dr. Lorna McKay a letter informing her that she was under investigation and as a result, was to be put on immediate administrative leave. Amandala has obtained a copy of the four-page letter sent from Mr. Blades to Dr. McKay, which provided a detailed report of an audit of the school. That audit revealed that the school suffered several major shortcomings including the improper and inadequate keeping of minutes of board meetings, the lack of a school improvement plan, the lack of monitoring in regards to teachers going to classes on time, and the principal’s frequent failure to carry out the approved decisions of the board.

    Taiwan MOFA says “totally impossible” for Guatemala to get US$600 mil
    Official sources from Taiwan are refuting reports which appeared at the end of July in the Guatemalan press (see links at the end of this article) saying that Guatemala’s president Jimmy Morales had announced that Taiwan would be assisting the country with a US$600 million funding package—US$250 mil to be donated, and US$350 mil to be loaned at 1.25% for 30 years—for a 4-lane highway project leading to the Atlantic. Speaking with Amandala today, Taiwan’s Ambassador to Belize, H.E. Ambassador Charles K. Y. Liu, said that the funding remains still a proposal, but he went further to say that Taiwan cannot afford to provide so much money. He told us that it is still a “pie-in-sky” request: “You can watch it, but you cannot eat it!”

    “In the Paint” – HISTORY REVISITED
    –To us who grew up in the late 1980’s, the name Penta Lakers still stands legendary as one of the more decorated and successful semi-pro franchises every assembled in the Jewel. And on Wednesday night I was one of the fortunate fans to be present at the SCA Auditorium to see this legendary team take to the court once again against one of their fiercest rivals – the Bulls, in a game organized to mark the Lakers’ 30th anniversary (1987-2017). For me, it was truly a night of nostalgia, a trip down memory lane – so to speak. Being in the presence of Belizean basketball legends such as Clinton “Pulu” Lightburn, Alvan Haynes, Frank Lord, Charles Ellis, Emory Bennett, Wilfred “Chickiblue” Nicholas, Peter “Paco” Neal, Frankie Bob, Gordon “Gas” Tillett, Roger “Lash” Tillett, Brads Neal, Jim Scott, Keith Acosta, Leroy Forbes, Harry Dawg, Peter Usher, Cecil Mortis, and all the others was truly an amazing experience, for myself and all those fans that attended the game.

    Dangriga sports stats – Basketball in ‘Griga
    Dangriga Basketball Association (DBA) started their Under 21 Basketball Tournament last week Saturday at Ecumenical Basketball Auditorium with 2 games. In game one, Harlem Shockers won over Foreshore Pelicans, 61 to 59. Top scorer for Harlem Shockers was Donnel Arzu with 15 pts and 13 rebounds, along with Dwayne Avila with 9 pts and 3 rebs. Top scorer for Foreshore Pelicans was Rackeem Lewis with 16 pts and 5 rebs, along with Deon Castillo with 11 pts and 9 rebs. In game 2, New Site Raiders won over Hopkins Assassins, 88 to 70. New Site was led by Alrick Nicholas with 36 pts and 23 rebs, along with Kyron Molina with 10 pts. For Hopkins Assassins, Najib Casimiro had 18 pts and 5 rebs, along with Justine Ford with 12 pts.

    Belizean Hener Cruz excels in canoe racing in USA
    Following is a summary of Belizean Hener Cruz’s races that he did during his three months stay this year in the USA: On May 6, Hener and Kyle Mynar of Texas won the Texas River Marathon. On May 29, Hener and Kyle finished 11th in the Clinton Classic in New York. Hener and Kyle won the world’s toughest race – The Texas Water Safari, a 260 mile nonstop race in the USCA-C2 class, coming in 3rd out of 150 teams. On July 16, Hener and Wade Binion of Texas won the Texas State Championships in the USCA-C2 class. Hener and Wade did the Spike’s Challenge on July 23, and came in 12th place out of 62 teams.

    Belize wins 2 Bronze Medals
    Belize participated (for the third time) in the 2017 Central American Pre-Infantile U-13 & U-11 Table Tennis Championships, which took place in Tegucigalpa, Honduras from August 3rd to the 6th. Seven (7) countries participated in this event, including Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Panama, Costa Rica and Honduras. Teams were comprised of two players each, and each country could register up to two teams (with the exception of the host country, Honduras, who were allowed four). The Belize delegation comprised of seven players, including two male teams and, for the first time, a female team as well. These were: Taye Parkinson and Devesh Hukmani (both age 12) for Male Team A, Jofny Paguaga (age 12) and Goran Gabourel (age 13) for Male Team B, and Gabrielle Gabourel and Abigail Thurton (both age 12) for Girls Team A. One other female, Sarai Paguaga (age 10) also participated in the Mixed Doubles and Singles events.

    “In the Paint”
    Tuff E Nuff’s Raul Roches’ game high 38 points 10 rebounds 3 assists was obviously pivotal in his team’s surprising 82-75 win over league leading Dragons, in a game played last Friday night in Interoffice basketball. Roches was extremely efficient, hitting on 13 of his 20 field-goal attempts in little over 38 minutes of play. Tyrone “Joka” Edwards was no slouch himself, hitting 5 of 11 from the field for 13 pts; while teammates Louis Pitterson, Justin Wade and Orlando Ferguson all contributed 8 pts apiece in the win. The Dragons, who currently lead the tournament in wins with 6, had three players scoring in double figures, led by Andrew Vasquez and Eyan Rene 19 pts each, and Steve Bonell with 13 pts 8 rebs.

    Editorial: The Saldivar saga
    As we write this editorial early Thursday morning, the national football champions of Belize, the Belmopan Bandits, are preparing to defend Belize’s honor this evening against a visiting football club from Nicaragua. This is the home end of the home-and-away two-game series which are characteristic of these regional football tournaments. The Belize team was losing narrowly in Nicaragua last week Thursday night, but gave up two goals very, very late in the game which made the final score Nicaragua 4, Belize 1. The Bandits will therefore have a tough three-goal hill to climb in Belmopan on Thursday night. At this newspaper, as supporters of sports and Belizean nationalists, we are saddened by the ambivalence with which we have to view tonight’s game. We are unable to support the Belmopan Bandits with the patriotic intensity the team’s players and management deserve, because the football club is John Saldivar’s personal fiefdom. He used his political power to bring both his football team and his basketball team to 2017 national championships in The Jewel.

    From the Publisher
    Personally, I don’t want to go to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for a ruling on the claim Guatemala has been making on Belize. When this whole Special Agreement (compromis) thing came up in 2009/2010, some of my activist friends immediately went public with a complete denunciation of the ICJ proposition. Personally, I did not do what they did, because I felt that it may be that the ICJ will end up being our best option, or our only option. That was my position then, and that is my position now. I wish that Mr. Goldson was still alive, so that I could hear his 2017 opinion. You know there are pro-ICJ Belizeans who have said that in 1967 Mr. Goldson was in favor of the ICJ route. But, that was fourteen years before Belize’s independence with territorial integrity in 1981. I also wish that Leroy Taegar and Odinga Lumumba were still alive. I would have liked to hear their opinions.

    The Asian Bukut
    For those who have been messaging, texting and emailing me questioning what is my issue with the Asian population in Belize and why I continue to attack them, here is my simple response. First of all, nothing that I have said and written is not factual. Two, I have said nothing racist, discriminatory or prejudicial against Asians as a people and a culture. Let’s not confuse or muddy the issues. If you Belizeans who are so bent on defending a foreign interest would put as much effort in defending real Belizeans and the nation, the country would not be in the deplorable state it is in today. I have no problem with any race of people and would not unilaterally dislike any race or culture. As a person of Garifuna heritage, I have felt the sting of discrimination, prejudice and racism and it is something I would wish on no one. However, in case you have not realized it, hardworking, middle class Belizeans have now become third class citizens in their own country. For all purposes there is little if anything we can leave for our children and grandchildren because it has all been gobbled up by the connected, the political elite, the politicians, the corrupt businessmen and foreigners.

    Right to the Point
    Matrimonial property is a critical area of the law, which few married persons consider before getting into a marriage. I myself was not aware of the intricacies of this area before I first got married because when you fall in love it seems common sense falls out of your brain! But now I know that before marriage, when getting “marriage counselling”, a series of the sessions should address the legal aspects of matrimony and not just the spiritual aspect or the family aspect. This is especially critical given that marriage, in law, is really a legal contract that you enter into and being that it is governed by laws, then every wise adult must know about the law that will govern this contract impacting on the very intimacy of their life.

    Leonides Sanchez is Belize’s artistic Sleeping Giant!
    If we step aside for a moment and ask why there has been such deep sense of consciousness that has gone into the building of this model boat here called the “Black Star Line,” the only answer that would be warranted is that the artist, Leonides Sanchez of Belize’s southernmost town of Punta Gorda in the Toledo District, is a Belizean artist with an African-centered approach to life in general. Being Emancipation Day, August 1, 2017 when Sanchez completed this masterpiece in wood in commemoration of the crime against humanity that brought his African ancestors to the shores of Belize, it would not have been possible to do if we consider the patience, skill and perfection that went into this work. But it was as if this artist was fighting against the stolen time and legacy that were not afforded his enslaved ancestors, and passionately pushed his artistic brilliance to the brink of their cry across the Atlantic. He was involved in his own war for freedom, pulling strength from five hundred years of memory that is embedded in his Garifuna soul.

    Guatemalan farmer, Cesar Monroy, murdered in Alta Vista
    Dangriga police are investigating the murder of Guatemalan farmer, Cesar Augusto Monroy, 49, of Alta Vista, whose body was found in a state of decomposition on the Davis Falls Road at about 6:30 yesterday morning, in Alta Vista. Monroy had been chopped on his neck, in the back of the head, and on his right arm. A post-mortem exam conducted on his body yesterday certified the cause of his death to be traumatic shock due to blunt sharp force trauma due to multiple chop wounds.

    Murder in gacho shop
    Ruben Esquivel Aguilar, 45, a Guatemalan, who came to Belize City to visit his sisters and relatives who own and operate a gacho shop on Mahogany Street, located just about a block away from the Mahogany Street Police Station, died after he was shot multiple times by one of two bandits who gained entry into the living quarters attached to the food shop. Aguilar was shot in the head, chest and leg. After a post-mortem exam is conducted on his body, his remains will be returned to his home in Guatemala. At about 3:30 this morning, Esquivel and his sister were sleeping in the living quarters of the gacho shop when they were awakened by movement in the other portion of the building. Aguilar got out of bed to investigate when he saw two thieves in the living room, and there was a struggle between them.

    Cop remanded to prison after he was busted with stolen firearm
    Instead of patrolling the city streets of Southside Belize City, busting criminals and combatting crimes, Constable Franklin Ramirez, of Precinct 2 Belize City, has been remanded to the Belize Central Prison until November 9 after he was busted, along with three others, with a stolen 9mm pistol that contained three rounds in its magazine. He was charged with handling stolen goods and keeping an unlicensed firearm and ammunition. The incident occurred last night in Ontario, Cayo District, at Mile 56 on the George Price Highway. Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Edward Broaster, Commander of Operations of the Police Department, said that at about 9:30 last night, the Mobile Interdiction Unit was manning a vehicle checkpoint in Ontario when they stopped and checked a Ford Explorer, which PC Franklin Ramirez was driving, and in which three other persons were passengers.

    Gunman targets 14-year-old youth
    On Monday night, a mother of five and a Wesley College student were both shot in Belize City. Police reported that at around 10:00 p.m. that night, they visited the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH), where they saw Fiona Spain, 35, suffering from gunshot injuries in her right lower back, while Jaheim Pipersburgh, 14, was seen suffering from gunshot injuries in the left wrist, upper left chest and upper right back. Information to Amandala is that Pipersburgh was sitting on a chair on the verandah of a home on Cleghorn Street when a man walked past the house and then opened fire at him. Pipersburgh, although injured, was able to run into the home of Spain, who is his neighbor.

    The Reporter

    Toddler perishes in fire
    A 21-month-old baby boy burnt to death in a fire on Sunday night in Belize City. The tragedy unfolded shortly after 9:00 when a wooden house at #32 Santa Barbara Street caught on fire, burning the toddler, Tyreik Roberts, who was locked inside while his […]

    Police constable, minor and associates busted smuggling stolen Guatemalan gun
    A Police Constable attached to Precinct Two in Belize City is facing criminal and disciplinary charges after he and three other people including a minor, were busted smuggling a stolen Guatemalan firearm with three magazines on Monday night in Ontario village, Cayo. On August 7, the Mobile […]

    Galen student knocked down and killed after alighting bus
    Alma Flowers, 21, a student of Galen University lost her life on Sunday night when a vehicle knocked her down just after she had alighted a bus and was crossing the Philip Goldson highway en route to her house. The incident happened just after 7:30 […]

    Guatemalan farmer found dead in southern Belize
    The badly decomposed body of a Guatemalan farmer was discovered with multiple cut wounds laying beside the Davids Falls road in Alta Vista village, Stann Creek early Tuesday morning. Dangriga police confirmed that 49-year-old Cesar August Monroy was discovered laying on the left hand side of the […]

    BTIA calls for repeal of departure tax amendment
    Following Tropic Air’s cancellation of three flight schedules due to departure tax increases, the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) is calling on the Government of Belize to repeal the amendment which gave rise to that increase. The BTIA said on Thursday that the government must […]

    Belize dodges an economic bullet
    Belize was spared a huge economic disaster this week, when Tropical Storm Franklin passed the country without causing any damage. While Franklin was a relatively weak storm, Belize is counting on an incident free hurricane season for the sake of the recovering agricultural industry and for the […]

    SATIIM launches Maya Lands Registry
    To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples on Wednesday, the Sarstoon Temash Institute for Indigenous Management (SATIIM) launched a Maya Lands Registry. SATIIM, in collaboration with the villagers of Crique Sarco developed a Mayan model that identified traditional territorial […]

    Belize and Mexico meets to discuss international transportation
    A Mexican delegation offering technical support to Belize visited on Monday as part of a follow up meeting between top Belizean and Mexican transport officials. The group met to discuss the framework for a Memorandum of Understanding for international motor carrier, passenger and freight transportation between both […]

    The storm that never came
    Hurricane Franklin – the weather system that was projected to cross somewhere in northern Belize as a tropical storm on Monday evening avoided Belize altogether, with little more than a drizzle and no wind gusts at all. Earlier on Monday, the outer feeder bands associated […]

    “Let the experts handle it,” says National Jaguar Working Group
    Following the death of a jaguar captured by farmers in the Belize district, the National Jaguar Working Group released a set of recommendations for farmers when dealing with jaguar encounters. The working group issued four recommendations on Tuesday, with accompanying rationales, in an effort to raise awareness […]

    Organs healed with single touch of breakthrough device
    A new technology, Tissue Nanotransfection (TNT), that can generate any cell type of interest for treatment within the patient’s own body may be used to repair injured tissue or restore the function of aging organs, blood vessels and nerve cells. Researchers at Ohio State University’s […]

    More help for HelpAge
    HelpAge Belize now has access to a physiotherapist to help elderly persons regain or maintain their mobility. HelpAge introduced Cuban physiotherapist Dr. Aline Ayrado, on Monday, who will be working with HelpAge Belize and the Inspiration Centre, for the next two years. HelpAge Executive Director, […]

    Editorial
    Belize needs to find a more accurate way to track storms and hurricanes to keep the population informed of exactly where the storm is. The electronic maps showing an elongated blob of fierce weather pointing towards Belize does nothing to inform the population or to calm its fears. Belize lies […]

    Taiwan sets record straight on US $650M for Guatemala
    Reports in the Guatemalan press last week – that Taiwan has provided US $650 million to Guatemala to build a road that some say is the same one that sparked Guatemala’s claim over Belize , are false, Taiwan’s Ambassador to Belize, Charles Liu told the […]

    One killed, two others shot in 24-hour span on Antelope Street Extension
    Three people were shot within a 24-hour span on the Antelope street extension in Belize City, with one person being killed and two others recovering from gunshot wounds. The first incident – the murder of Belize City mechanic, Christian Velasquez – happened around 11:00 on […]

    Conflicting police reports over Castro brothers’ involvement in assault
    The Belize Police Department released conflicting information this week, regarding the possible involvement of Transport Minister Edmond Castro’s sons Wasani and Jafari in a brutal case of aggravated assault. On Wednesday, Inspector Fitzroy Yearwood, who at the time was attached to the Police Public Relations […]

    Canadian woman arrested in Belize for kidnapping her son
    A Canadian woman living in Belize for the last four years, was arrested and sent back to her home country on Wednesday for kidnapping her son after Canadian authorities issued a warrant for her arrest for violating a court custody order. Robin Leanne Greenway Trockstad, […]

    Franklin moves northeast of Belize City
    Tropical Storm Franklin has taken a slight shift north of the track it had kept since Sunday, threatening to directly hit just north of Chetumal, Mexico in the next few hours. The storm is likely to strengthen to a hurricane by the time it makes […]

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    BTIA says departure tax increase is negatively impacting tourism
    Yesterday, the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) issued a statement expressing its solidarity with its long standing member and industry partner, Tropic Air Belize, in relation to its decision to discontinue its regional flights to Chetumal, Merida, and San Pedro Sula, Honduras, as of […]

    Orange Walk Police find .22 pistol in abandoned lot
    Police in Orange Walk are reporting that they found a .22 Berretta pistol and an empty magazine in an abandoned lot during a mobile patrol on the Chan Pine Ridge Road. The pistol and empty magazine has since been deposited as found property. © […]

    American national in Corozal arrested for drug trafficking and keeping ammo and firearm without license
    Dale F Irwin, 63, an American national living in Corozal was arrested yesterday morning around 3:15 for drug trafficking and keeping ammo and a firearm without a license. According to Corozal Police, they conducted a search at his residence on Chula Vista area, Corozal […]

    Two 16-year-old boys arrested by Police for stealing a motorcycle
    Yesterday police in Belize City arrested two teens for stealing a motorcycle. According to reports, Joan Pakeman,52, of Belize City reported that about 1:00 a.m., she saw two male persons both of whom she recognized reportedly stealing her 2014 Blue, Meilun brand motorcycle bearing license plate […]

    Police in Hattieville arrest minor and woman for drug trafficking
    Police in Hattieville arrested two persons last night for drug trafficking. According to reports, police conducted a search at a house on #32 Myvette Street in Hattieville Village occupied by a minor and 26-year-old Shakira Smith where in the back of a tube television […]

    Car dealer robbed at gun point in West Landivar
    Police in Belize City are reporting a gun point robbery that happened yesterday morning in the West Landivar area. According to reports, Andre Castillo, a car dealer was approached by 2 men in the West Landivar area and one of the men pointed a […]

    Quality Poultry delivery truck robbed at gun point in Hattieville
    Police in Hattieville are reporting a gun point robbery that happened on Tuesday, August 8, 2017. According to reports, police responded to the robbery on Ysaguirre Boulevard, Hattieville Village where they spoke with Otoniel Pech, 36, a driver for Quality Poultry Product who told […]

    Belize deports child abductor to Canada
    Robin Leanne Greenway-Trockstad, 33, was detained by Belize Police and deported to Canada where she was charged with abduction and remains detained. Her charges date back to three years ago on January 6th when she abducted her then eleven month old son and fled the country. […]

    Shyne resigns as CEO of BSCAP in protest
    Today Shyne Barrow announced his resignation from his post as CEO of the Belizean Society of Composers Authors Publishers (BSCAP). In a letter leaked to the media, it was revealed that Barrow’s predecessor Heather Cunningham, the current chairwoman of the BSCAP board, is claiming […]

    Police Media Relations Officer abruptly transferred amid latest Castro brothers controversy
    Fitzroy Yearwood, former Media Relations Officer at the Police Press Unit has been abruptly transferred from the department leaving the media with more questions than answers into the reasons for his sudden departure. Just yesterday, Yearwood, via the official Belize Police Department (BPD) Whatsapp […]

    Blogs

    Visit Belize and enjoy our warm culture!
    There’s lots of ways you can immerse yourself into the variety of cultures we have in Belize, from homestays with the Maya in the Toledo District, to attending one of our many festivals. You must get in there and dance with us, eat with us, play with us, and party with us! Recently I had the distinct honor of being invited to a baby shower. You may think, how can that be so culturally different from one in the USA, where tea and cake are the mainstay, silly games might be in order, and after gifts are opened your home in a couple hours. Well, as they say in Belize, “Mek a tell yu!”; they know how to celebrate a baby on the way!

    International Sourcesizz

    Sneed to travel to Belize with Sports Reach
    Sophomore forward Xavier Sneed will get some international experience in the coming week as he will take a 10-day, five-game tour of Belize with Sports Reach from Aug. 11-18. Much like Athletes in Action, Sports Reach is a faith-based organization out of Campbellsville, Kentucky, that runs exhibition tours in various sports around the U.S. and world. Sneed left the United States on Thursday and arrived in in the capital of Belize City on Friday, where the nine-member squad will begin its five-game schedule against Hoop Dreams Belize at the Princess Hotel. The team will make the hour-long trek north to Maruba on Saturday and will play a second game against the Orange Walk Running Rebels.

    Belize’s IFSC Warns Against TrineMarkets over False Regulatory Claims
    Belize’s financial watchdog (IFSC) today warned investors that Trine Markets Group Ltd, which operates under the trading name TrineMarkets, is falsely claiming to hold an International Business Company registration in Belize while it’s not licensed by the commission or any other competent authority in the country. According to the Belize’s watchdog, all persons concerned should exercise extreme caution and take note, as the aforementioned entity is fraudulently claiming to hold a trading licence in financial and commodity-based derivative instruments and other securities licence. It is not yet clear how many clients may have been affected by the firm. This is therefore a warning sign of other potentially fabricated aspects of its business with regard to credibility.

    Father embraces opportunity to speak with young son for first time in years
    An Alberta man looks forward to reuniting with his son following a separation that lasted more than three years while authorities searched for the boy throughout Central America. “It was just so huge and exciting to finally get that call we’ve been waiting so long for.” Chad, whose last name is being withheld in order to protect the identity of his four-year-old child, says the last time he saw his son was in January of 2014. Chad’s ex-wife, the boy's mother, sent him a text message indicating she had fled the country with their son and had no plans to return to Canada. The woman was tracked throughout Central America but remained on the run for more than three years. Last month, police received information she and her son were living in San Ignacio, Belize. Local authorities apprehended the suspect on charges related to improper immigration documents and she was returned to Canada.

    Videos

  • Simply Belize:The Yucatec Maya part 1 Day of the dead, 10min. This documentary shows one of the Yucatec Maya traditions known as Hanal Pixan "Food for the fouls" more commonly known as Day of the dead or finados . For Hanal Pixan there are different kinds of altar the ones shown in the documentary of Simply Belize:The Yucatec Maya are more Roman Catholic influence ,Many Mayas in northern Belize also put traditional Maya altars made of all natural things ,while others make a more modern Maya altar with a combination of Aztec influence or some the combination of 3 of them .

  • #1 Pupusaria! Belize!, 2.5min. A pupusa is a traditional Salvadoran dish of a thick corn tortilla stuffed with a savory filling of chicken, pork, and/or vegetables.

  • Belize Now | Episode 30 - Friday, August 11th, 2017, 27min. In tonight’s headlines: A world renowned legal expert in international law makes our case for the territorial dispute, Belize Infrastructure Limited hands over sporting facilities, Belmopan youths are learning agriculture, and The Road Safety Unit is making strides in awareness. These stories and more on this week’s edition of Belize Now. Thanks for joining us on this Friday, August 11th, 2017!

  • San Pedro, Belize - Unbelizeable, 3min. Here is my trip report for San Pedro, Belize In this video you'll see: Ambergris Caye, A'kbol Yoga Resort, Hol Chan, Shark Ray Alley and Secret Beach A REMARKABLE EXPERIENCE, Definitely a HAPPY PLACE TO GO :)

  • best BELIZE that! | travel., 10min. i'm baaaack with a travel vlog of my incredible trip to belize! my boyfriend vin and i had an amazing time and wanted to share it all ...

  • Belize Honeymoon / 1st Anniversary Trip, 2013, 12min. Our first amazing trip to Belize for our Honeymoon/1st Anniversary back in May/June of 2013. It feels good to have finally checked this project off the bucket list! We spent the first days in Caye Caulker at Colinda Cabanas, then in Placencia at Tri-Tan Cabanas, and finally at Hatchet Caye private island resort. It was really fun looking back at all our old footage of Caye Caulker after having just been back there this past May. So much has changed!

  • Mordu De La Pêche - Pêche XXL - BELIZE, 50min.

  • Belize 2017, 18min.

    August 11, 2017


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    The San Pedro Sun

    MOH and PAHO promote Breastfeeding
    From Tuesday, August 1st to Monday, August 6th, Breastfeeding Week was celebrated under the theme “Together we can make Breastfeeding Sustainable”. In Belize, the Ministry of Health (MOH) partnered with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to host several events to promote breastfeeding, from health fairs to photo contests. The official ceremony to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week was held on Friday, August 4th at the San Narciso Health Center Grounds, San Narciso Village, Corozal District. The event provided attendees with information on breastfeeding, as well as fun activities and giveaways.

    National Sustainable Tourism Policy looks at the next 10 years
    Belize’s tourism industry now earns up to 38% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and has been growing steadily with arrivals of overnight visitors increasing at an average rate of 7.1% per year from 2010 to 2015. Cruise visitor arrivals have also been increasing steadily, with minor hiccups in 2012-2013. Overnight arrivals for the first half of this year increased 7.8% over 2016, and arrivals in June are rivalling the figures for January, which was traditionally regarded as the high season month, suggesting that the tourism season is broadening to more months. Indeed tourism professionals would like to see year-round tourism with consistent numbers of arrivals throughout the year and throughout the country to offer steady employment for all. This interest brought 90 tourism property owners, tour operators, investors, bankers and other stakeholders to offer their input when the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation presented its draft National Tourism Policy for 2018-2028. The industry consultation was held at the Belize Best Western Biltmore Plaza Hotel last Thursday, August 3rd.

    San Pedro Pirates to take part in 2017 Premier League of Belize
    The new season of the Premier League of Belize (PLB) is set to start on Saturday, August 12th and semi-professional football teams across the country are preparing to compete. Among this year’s participating team is the newly formed San Pedro Pirates Football Club. The island’s first semi-pro team, the San Pedro Pirates are gearing up to represent the island in the largest football tournament in Belize. As official participants of the tournament, the San Pedro Pirates are in the process of drafting the players who will be representing the team throughout the PLB season. Since 2001, PLB has been the tournament that determines the team who represents Belize at the Scotiabank Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) Champions League.

    Ambergris Today

    BTIA Calls On Government To Remove Increase Of Departure Tax
    The Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) hereby expresses its solidarity with its long standing member and industry partner, Tropic Air Belize, in relation to its decision to discontinue its regional flights to Chetumal, Merida and San Pedro Sula, Honduras, as of September 2017. The position paper (posted below) presented by the BTIA on the 15 March 2017 identified the potential negative impacts that an increase in the departure tax would have on the tourisrm industry. The BTIA calls on the Government of Belize to repeal the Amendment to the PACT Act that resulted in the departure tax increase. Tropic Air's decision is sufficient evidence that tourism arrivals may be negatively impacted by the increase in the departure tax.

    BTB Conducts Digital Marketing Training For Tour Operators
    As part of its strategic plan to equip tour operators with pertinent marketing skills and information in order to be more competitive, the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) over the past weekends conducted digital marketing training workshops for 16 tour operators in Placencia Village and Belize City. The first workshop was held at the Placencia Village Center on August 5 and 6 and a similar training was held at the Samuel Haynes Institute of Excellence in Belize City on July 29 and 30. Both training events were organized by the BTB and conducted by Maynor Larrieu, a digital strategist. The workshops covered the components and benefits of digital marketing including: websites and SEO contents, blogs, online video content, email marketing, social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.) and mobile marketing.

    Tres Pescados Slam And Sports Fishing Enthusiasts
    Belize’s only catch and release fly-fishing tournament, the 9th Annual Tres Pescados Slam would turn out to be one of the best in recent years. Once again the Holiday Hotel would be ground zero for the weekend festivities. The Captain’s dinner Wednesday night brought 17 teams together from Mexico, Canada, Belize and the US. Day one would not disappoint as weather forecasts showed perfect conditions for the start the following morning!! On schedule, beautiful skies and tides greeted anglers and guides for the start of day one. The fishing would prove to be outstanding. Five tarpon, five permit, numerous bonefish and two daily slams mixed up the leaderboard by the end of day one.

    Misc Belizean Sources

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    Caye Caulker Electoral Notice
    The Elections and Boundaries Department hereby notifies the public that a team of officers will be at the Caye Caulker Community Centre situated on Front Street in Caye Caulker Village on Saturday, 19th August 2017 from 9:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m.

    Registration Offices countrywide open 26th August 2017
    The Elections and Boundaries Department hereby notifies the public that all Registration Offices countrywide will be open on Saturday 26th August 2017 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

    A BELIZE LEGACY DEPARTS
    Pat the Cat, a former cattle killing “problem Jaguar” who was rehabilitated at The Belize Zoo, has peacefully passed away in his home at the Milwaukee County Zoo at the ripe old age of 19. He happily lived at MCZ since 2008 with a fantastic family of caretakers and admirers. “Pat” contributed a stunning amount of awareness on behalf of his species, the mighty jaguar, both in Belize and the USA. Besides drawing attention to human-jaguar conflict which occurs in their native home ranges, Pat brought the world of jaguar beauty and excitement through his charismatic character, and through the development of a superb children’t book, PAT THE GREAT CAT. The unique profile of this delightful story is that it was written by children in Milwaukee and by children in Belize. Soaring to great levels of popularity, Pat the Cat, for over eight years, brought pride to countless people about a very rare and special species. Pat left a happy legacy to the captive jaguar world. Handsome and charming Pat the Great Cat sired 3 cubs. His spirit will live on, and his glorious impact will be forever felt.

    Belize Fishing Report: July 31st - August 6th
    Some nice bonefish landed by the tournament anglers this week as well as our anglers not participating in the tournament. The weather has been good, and the tides are changing during the optimal times of the day. Every week our anglers experience the opportunity to go after as many bonefish as they desire with the abundant populations of the fish we all love to catch.

    International Costa Maya Festival: Pageant Night and Other Festival Highlights

    Belize Cabinet/CEO Listing

    BELTRAIDE Talent Fair 2017 – Belize City Edition
    The Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE), through its technical units of BelizeINVEST and the Belize Training and Employment Centre (BTEC), is pleased to announce the official launch of its first ever Talent Fair 2017 to be held at the BTEC Enterprise Room on the ITVET Compound on Freetown Road in Belize City on August 17th, 18th and 19th (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. The aim of the Talent Fair is to enable potential employees to join BELTRAIDE’s employment database through a brief registration in an effort to better match talent capacity with potential existing and future investments in Belize.

    Poets Corner: Unemancipated
    By Abdulmajeed K Nunez. Emancipation begins in the womb It there self hate is sowed allowed to bloom Having sex with gangsters thug buffoon Under the influence that clogs the tubes Creating tombs Creating a loom Creating dead souls, spirits that inflated with hate like a balloon Women need to emancipate their womb Planned Parenthood and contraceptives turn it into tombs You need a Marcus Garvey broom You need to find emancipated grooms Life is real, it’s not a cartoon You have to find the healthiest of the stock so health mushrooms Women need to emancipate their wombs

    Wildtracks Update: Meet Franklin...
    e is the 116th primate to arrive at Wildtracks over the last five and a half years, and the 93rd howler monkey. Many of the howler monkeys that come in as surrendered or confiscated pets are in poor condition - skeletally thin, with giardia and hookworm, both internal parasites that can be transmitted to humans Franklin is no different. He was surrendered to Forest Department yesterday and is now settling into life in quarantine in the Nursery Unit here at Wildtracks. He has slept a lot today as he starts to regain his strength, and LOVES food - he has a very healthy appetite! He is rehydrating and has started a course of medications to deal with his parasites. He has a dedicated carer who spends time with him, ensuring he keeps alert and active, and builds up his stamina. She is starting, even now, to prepare him for integration into Ernie's group (Ernie, Prim, Piper and Tulie) - once he has completed his 30 day quarantine period, and his health check comes back clean. Franklin has a high chance of eventually living free, back in the wild. He will grow up as part of a troop of howler monkeys, learning social skills, climbing skills, foraging skills, communication skills - all the skills he will need when his troop is released in Fireburn two years from now.

    2ND ANNUAL QUEEN OF CARNIVAL PAGEANT
    September 2nd. 7:00PM. An Official September Celebrations Event.

    UN Special Envoy for Road Safety visits Belize
    Welcome to Belize, the UN Special Envoy for Road Safety and President of the FIA Foundation Mr. Jean Todt! Safe roads means safe communities, and we applaud your efforts and dedication to this crucial aspect that touches all our lives!

    Gift of Life Belize's Pediatric Cardiology Clinic for children
    From birth to 18 years. Please take advantage of Dr. Carson and his team of Tampa, Florida as they turn to Belize.

    Paradise Theater playing this weekend
    Had so many requests from people to replay a few movies because they were too busy or broke during Costa Maya .. so for those.. The Mummy, Everything, Everything, How To Be A Latin Lover, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. See ya at the movies!

    The doom and gloom of Belize's general elections
    As municipal elections draw closer and closer, PG, like so many of our other towns and municipalities, will increasingly become a political beehive, with swarms of political bees buzzing around. There will be the buzz of rage hurling at each other's throats, cynicism, contempt, deceit, praises, and self-pontification. For those who know my style and swagger, I'm not into the naming and slandering and character assassination of anyone, here on Facebook or anywhere else. But I will tell you this much. I will be critical, and will direct my criticisms at someone's course of action or lack thereof. Ideas to me are far more important than personalities. I merit a person more on what he or she has done than what he/she says he will do. I want to see deeds, actions, not a mouthful of hot air. Talking is cheap. Facebook is free. You don't build a reputation by what you intend to do for PG; you build it by what you have done for the town.

    LEGENDARY BELIZEAN CYCLIST & CYCLING COACH KENRICK HALLIDAY!
    Belizean Legends have been honored with an future exclusive interview through a recent communication with the legendary four times Belizean Cross Country Cycling Champion, Kenrick Halliday. We look forward to sitting down with this Belizean cycling giant and bring you the Belizean Legends audience this incredible story of a Belizean cycling powerhouse!

    WHO WAS PETE MATHEWS!
    This moving and passionate story of one of Belize's most prolific musicians and saxophone players of all times, Pete Mathews, rose to an amazing acclaim in Jazz and popular music in Belize. Pete Mathews whom we see here in this classic photo (on the left hand side) as the horn player in the legendary "Lord Rhaburn Combo", was the brainchild behind the legendary Belizean band of the 1960s, "The Messengers".

    THREE BELIZEAN FILMS SELECTED FOR CARIFESTA 2017
    The National Institute of Culture and History, NICH, congratulates the three Belizean films that have been selected by CARIFESTA to screen in Barbados this August during the 13th edition of CARIFESTA. In our ongoing effort to share Belize's culture and filmmaking talent globally, NICH is assisting with some travel expenses to resident filmmakers. The three films, all past winners at the prestigious Belize International Film Festival, are: I HAD TO DO IT - Directed by Ras Pin, Produced by Michael Flores. Winner Most Notable Belizean Film at the Belize International Film Festival 2015 (Screening on Fri. Aug. 19 and Wed. Aug 23rd). LA ISLA BONITA - Directed by Matthiew Klinck and Produced by Horacio Guerrero. Winner Best TV Dramatic Series at the Belize International Film Festival 2015 (Screening on Fri. Aug. 19 and Wed. Aug 23rd). MANNA – Directed by Daniel Hyde. Winner Most Notable Belizean Film at the Belize International Film Festival 2016. (Screening Mon. Aug. 21, Wed. Aug. 23rd and Sat. Aug. 26)

    Channel 7

    Third City Murder In Four Days
    Christian Velasquez, a 23-year-old mechanic, was gunned down in a drive-by shooting on Antelope Street Extension last night. Velasquez, who lives on Neal Penn Road, is not believed to be the intended target of the shooting, but was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Today, our news team spoke to the Velasquez' family and the police about the incident. Here's Alex Courtenay with the story... Last night, 23-year-old Christian Velasquez was with his friends at his usual hangout on Antelope Street Ext. when a car pulled out next to him and opened fire. Velasquez was shot in the abdomen several times, and fell over onto the street as the assailants fled. Police arrived on the scene not long after and began their investigation.

    Are Cops Doing Enough to Counter Crime Spike?
    Velasquez is the third man to be murdered in Belize City this week. Since April, murders in the city have been few and far between with many attributing the peace to a gang truce orchestrated by former Southside OC, Chester Williams. Now that three men are dead in just four days, we asked the new Deputy OC, Superintendent Daniel Arzu, what the police are planning to do to end this murder spike... Supt. Daniel Arzu - Deputy OC, Southside Police: "If you look at our crime fighting strategies, the efforts that we have been putting into keeping the streets safe. If you look at, we have been quiet over a month or even long before. I am talking about since we came in as officers in charge, we have been ensuring that the streets are equip with police officers, if I may use that word. The police officers have strict mandate to be out there to ensure that we reduce crime at all costs and we have been doing that. Our officers are all around, but criminals also find a way to commit crime and this is exactly what happened. It's not that we are having our guards down, we have our patrols effective foot, mobile, motorcycle patrols in place and it is just that opportunities, criminals are seeking opportunities to commit their crime, but definitely we are out there in full force doing what we are required to do in terms of keeping this city safe."

    Did Someone Shoot At the Ministry Of Agriculture
    Was someone trying to send a message to the Lands Department in Belmopan? That's what some have concluded after this apparent bullet hole was found this morning in the glass at the office of the Agriculture Department. The building on "Queen Elizabeth the Second Boulevard" houses both the Lands and Agriculture Ministries - and the puncture hole was seen on a window on the side of the Agriculture Department. But it used to be the Lands Department and some suggest that rather than just idle vandalism - it could be a message sent. That office area was used by to the Commissioner of Lands a couple years ago.

    Two Pounds Of Weed In a Phase Four Home
    Police found just over two pounds of weed in a Belama Phase 4 home at 5:00 this morning. Both residents Ryan Ashly Smith and Lydia Young were charged for drug trafficking for those plastic bundles of weed found in the bedroom and possession for two other very small amounts found in the house.

    Corozal Cops Collected A Couple Of Shotguns
    Corozal Police are reporting that they made a bust of several weapons, drug paraphernalia, and marijuana. Just before 4:00 this morning, they searched a home in the Chula Vista Area of the town. That's when they found these 2 shotguns, 3 pipes - 2 of which appear to contain unused marijuana - 7 ounces of marijuana in these plastic bags, and in this tray, and 1 live round of ammunition.

    Crooked Tree Villagers Protest For A Safer Junction
    On Monday's newscast, we told you about the fatal traffic accident at the Crooked Tree Junction, which killed 20 year-old Alma Flowers. She died on Sunday night when she hopped off a bus after a day trip to Melchor. Various accounts say that she got off and walked into the road, trying to get across, when she was hit vehicle driven by Belmopan resident 25 year-old Leonel Del Valle. It is still unclear who is at fault for the deadly accident but her fellow villagers want her to be the last Crooked Tree Villager run over and killed by vehicles passing the junction at high speed. The villagers say that - over the years - had a dozen people have lost their lives while attempting to get across. They organized a protest this afternoon to demand that the Government installs either a speed bump here, or a pedestrian ramp, so that it becomes easier and safer to get home. Our 7News team was there for the demonstration, and Daniel Ortiz has that story:

    Insp. Fitzroy Out In a Flash
    No one has been detained for the aggravated assault of Kevin Brown - but we know that eyewitnesses have given police the names of men who were involved in the melee. And those suspects do not include the Castro brothers, Wasani and Jafari. Yesterday police press officer Inspector Fitzroy Yearwood erroneously sent out information that they were wanted. His release recounted the incident, and concluded, quote, "Police are looking for the Castro brothers for questioning." Well, that was the last release he'll ever send! That's because Inspector Yearwood has been transferred out of the public relations office to precinct three effective immediately. He told LOVE FM that he asked for the transfer, while police sources told us that he was transferred by the acting OC of Eastern Division, Edward Broaster. Broaster today confirmed that he effected the transfer because he was not satisfied with Yearwood's work ethic. He stresses it had nothing at all to do with yesterday's release.

    Eldred Neal's Day Of Reckoning, And Reason
    PSU President Eldred Neal has been on suspension since May when he was secretly recorded in a private conversation making prejudiced remarks about the Garifuna members of the pubic service union. Well, now the Belmopan Branch wants to bring his suspension to a close - since his it has been lingering indefinitely. They've gathered signatures to force a Special Meeting of the Union to summon President Neal and the Council of Management to a Special Meeting to be held on Saturday, August 12th, 2017 at 1:00 pm at the PSU Headquarters Conference Room. Independent Mediators will be there, quote, "to bring the issue of the suspension to a close."

    BTIA Stands With Tropic Air
    Last week Tropic Air announced that it would be suspending 3 of its regional flights partly because of the Barrow Administration's increase in Departure Taxes. Well, the Belize Tourism Industry Association sent out a release today saying it stands in solidarity with Tropic Air - which is also a long time member of the BTIA. Executive Director John Burgos told us why:... John Burgos - Executive Director, BTIA: "The reason why we sent out the press release today is that we hope that government takes this into consideration. The negative impact that is already had on one of our main players in the tourism industry. I think this is a sign that has already impacted. What if the international airlines follow suit, what if they begin to realize that it is too expensive, our flyers are looking at the numbers and then comparing to Mexico, comparing to Cuba, they are comparing to Guatemala, to Honduras, Roatan."

    Prison's View On Crime Stats
    Last night we took you to the Belize Central Prison where the inmates had a very interesting sit-down with 29 kids from Belmopan. The prisoners spoke on the life they had and how it was all taken away after they were incarcerated. It was a wake-up call for those youths especially young boys who are getting a taste for life on the streets. Well, as part of that session the Prison CEO Virgilio Murrillo broke out some figures to show the kids what the broader picture of crime in Belize looks like and why we don't need them to be another statistic. According to Murrillo, the leading crimes committed between January to June 2017 are crimes of dishonesty and violent crimes

    Belize City Sends The Most Prisoners
    And Belize City accounts for 37% of the imprisonment rate but Murrillo says other districts are following closely behind. Virgilio Murrillo, Acting CEO, Belize Central Prison: "When you compare the district last year with this year for the same period we saw that Belmopan had a slight reduction, Belize City had a little reduction, nothing much to talk about Corozalbut if you look at Independence it shot through the roof along with San Pedro."

    Principally Blacks and Hispanics Make Up Prison Population
    Murrillo also shared the breakdown in crime by ethnicity. More Creole's and Hispanics are being incarcerated for crime. Here's more. Virgilio Murrillo, Acting CEO, Belize Central Prison: "When you look at ethnicity, who came to prison for this period mostly Creole and Hispanics. It's just not making any sense at all, it needs to stop, well of course we know the Hispanics is because of illegal entry mostly because 187 of those are pretty much for illegal entry then of course we have the mestizos then the Garifuna's."

    Youths In Jail, By The Numbers
    And of course in that mix are the youth under 18. Murrillo explained where they factor into the figures in terms of crimes committed. Virgilio Murrillo, Acting CEO, Belize Central Prison: "This is the youths, this is the young children, a total of 64 of them came to prison from January to June out of that only 6 were convicted so the other 58 were remanded. The majority of the crimes they were here for are crimes of dishonesty as you can see and violent offenses. This chart shows you that the population as of the 30th of June stood at 23 with 8 of them on remand for murder that is a whopping 35%."

    The Rehab Side of Crime and Punishment
    Now, last night we showed you a snippet of the different outdoor activities that the prisoners can keep busy with - they can build all kinds of furniture including coffins, design different wooden craft, they can do mechanic work, rear chickens and pigs, and cook, among other things. It is part of the rehabilitation program that should transform these criminals into positive and productive citizens. Murrillo told us more about the program and one of the inmates also shared how the program has impacted him. Virgilio Murrillo, Acting CEO, Belize Central Prison: "We have the Ashcroft Rehabilitation Center that offers rehabilitation program to the inmates. It is 3 phase program and it ranges a lot on the 12 step program so that caters to prisoner's criminogenic needs as well as their addiction whatever addiction they may have whether it is drugs or otherwise. But it is a program that is designed to let them first of all admit that they can't really help themselves and they need help and secondly it allows them to have what you call discussions among themselves as inmates where they can share experiences and that kinds of thing."

    Shyne Resigns
    For months now, Shyne Barrow has been on the media pushing the issue of copyright respect and revenue for Belizean artists. He took the lead as the CEO of B-SCAP, which is the Belizean Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Well, today we received a leaked copy of a letter saying that he has abruptly resigned that post. The reason? He has a dispute with with the Chairwoman of B-SCAP Heather Cunningham. He makes specific claims alleging that she is claiming exorbitant charges for expenses and salary dating back to 2010. He says this stands in contrast to quote, " the paltry sum of $2,500to distribute to BSCAP members, the equivalent of $12 per writer member and little more for producer members." Shyne concludes, quote, "I cannot defend the approach of administrative expenses first and BSCAP members last!" In the letter, he says he's lost his "confidence that BSCAP is the entity that will look after the best interests of the artists."

    Caribbean Pharmacists Converge On Belize
    Since yesterday, Pharmacists from all across the Caribbean have been in Belize. They're here to attend the 37th annual convention of the Caribbean Pharmacists' Association. It's an opportunity for the pharmacists to meet with their colleagues and tackle the shared problems in their profession. This year, the convention is being held under the theme "Caribbean Pharmacists Contributing to Improved Health and Wellness of our Communities". The Umbrella organization is being hosted at the Raddison Hotel by the Pharmacist Association of Belize, and today, we stopped by to find out what they've been up to:

    Taking Care Of Trauma In a Violent Society
    In March, psychotherapist, Dr. Alex Depaz, visited Belize to conduct a training program aimed at teaching people who have lost loved ones to cope with the trauma. Today, Depaz returned to Belize to continue that training, and take it to a much bigger scale. Depaz plans to take the training sessions across the country, so that she can teach as many people as possible the techniques and skills needed to get over the traumatic loss of a loved one. Today Depaz was joined by Belize City Councillor Phillip Willoughby for one of those sessions. We spoke to them, as well as a participant, about the importance of this kind of program...

    Japanese Jujitsu In Belize
    An American Martial Arts instructor is here in Belize to teach the basics of that most elegant martial art called jujitsu. Matt Salinas has been training for 12 to 13 years as part of the Prevail Combat Club in the US. He's here to host a seminar this weekend at Body 2000. Salinas told us today that anyone can learn this fighting art form. Matthew Salinas, Martial Arts Instructor: "Jui Jitsu is basically the art and science of controlling another person with only using your body. We are not going to do any striking or anything so no punches, kicks or biting or anything like that just think about wrestling with chokes or joint locks and using your body weight to control the other person if you ever seen MMA - mixed martial arts or UFC the stuff they do on the ground, controlling the person is pretty much it."

    Bus Dispute, Machetes Drawn
    And two northern bus drivers could have used some of that unarmed jujitsu on Saturday in Belize City. That's when they had a machete confrontation with the driver from a competing bus line. It happened right on East Collet Canal on Saturday at midday. The two men with machetes in their hands work for Cabrera's Bus Line. They confronted the driver of Kamal's bus line. The reason? Just like that road-hogging bus we showed you last week, they're competing for passengers.

    Channel 5

    Mechanic Shot Dead in Ride-By for Fourth Murder in 8 Days in City
    Gun violence is creeping back in the south side of the City where another senseless murder took place less than twenty-hours after the shooting death of Guatemalan national Ruben Esquivel [...]

    2 Shot in Same Area Hours Later
    Even as police continue to investigate the murder of Velasquez, this afternoon shots rang out in that same area of Antelope Street Extension. Information to News Five is that around [...]

    Criminals are Eluding Reach of Police
    The murder of Christian Velasquez is the third in four days on the south side of Belize City. The two others are Wednesday morning’s home invasion turn murder of Ruben [...]

    Shyne Pulls Out of BSCAP; Complains of ‘Obscene’ Debt to Former C.E.O./Chair
    Artist Shyne Barrow dropped a bombshell today when he abruptly resigned from the Belizean Society of Composers Authors Publishers.  A leaked letter bearing today’s date and signed by the PM’s [...]

    Inspector Fitzroy Abruptly Transferred from Media Relations Unit
    Inspector Fitzroy Yearwood…he was one of three liaison officers within the Belize Police Department assigned to facilitate the media with daily situation reports and interviews.  Tonight, he is no longer [...]

    Murder Accused Nevis Betancourth Charged; his Family Insists He was Defending Himself
    As we told you on Wednesday night, Nevis Betancourth was charged with the murder of Jose Castellanos that happened at a restaurant in Santa Elena, Cayo on July twenty-eighth.  Bentancourth [...]

    Police Removed Hospitalized Suspect from Private Hospital to Lay Charges
    Dueck says that Betancourth still needs medical attention for the chop wound on his arm and remains in pain. But he says that Police didn’t allow him to receive that [...]

    Crique Sarco Village Defines Land Space for First Time
    The first Maya Land Registry was launched in southern Belize this week. After two years of inaction to a ruling by the Caribbean Court of Justice that determined that a [...]

    B.T.I.A. Says Gov’t Must Scrap Departure Tax
    The Belize Tourism Industry Association today issued a stinging release against the Government and in support of Tropic Air. The carrier last week announced plans to suspend three of its [...]

    B.N.T.U. May Step in on Behalf of Dr. Lorna McKay at Gwen Liz High
    The Belize National Teachers’ Union may soon be involved in the battle between principal of Gwen Lizarraga High School, Doctor Lorna McKay, and chairman of the school’s board of management, [...]

    Belama’s Ryan Smith Pleads Guilty to Weed Possession
    A couple living in the Belama area went to court this afternoon for two counts of possession of controlled drugs and one count of drug trafficking with intent to supply [...]

    A Speed Bump for Crooked Tree Junction Could Save Lives
    On Monday you heard about the fatal traffic accident that claimed the life of twenty-year-old Alma Flowers on the Philip Goldson Highway at the entrance to Crooked Tree Village. She [...]

    Charges for Hit & Run Mechanic, But Why Did Police Manhandle Victim?
    Three weeks ago Blackman Eddy resident Obed Mojano knocked down and killed Seine Bight resident Dorla Flores. The thirty-nine-year-old cook was struck along with forty-four year old Lavern Arzu and [...]

    How Will P.S.U. Deal with Suspended President Eldred Neal?
    There is internal turmoil in the Public Service Union tonight. This afternoon, the Belmopan branch of the Union issued a release announcing plans for a meeting on Saturday with mediators, [...]

    Caribbean’s Pharmacists Promoting Community Health and Wellness
    This week pharmacists from across the Caribbean and some international colleagues are convening in Belize for the annual conference of the Caribbean Association of Pharmacists. They will be discussing latest [...]

    Local Pharmacists to Benefit from New U.B. Program
    Twenty-four students will form the first cohort of a new program awarding Bachelor’s in Science degrees in Pharmacy at the University of Belize. It’s the first program of its kind [...]

    Healthy Living: Watch Out for Zika!
    We are in the middle of the rainy season when mosquito borne illnesses tend to increase. Dengue continues to infect a number of Belizeans each year and now Zika is [...]

    The Guardian

    Belmopan opens UDP convention season: 7 candidates seek 6 positions in Belmopan City Council
    acklyn Burns, Paul Chun, Isidoro Galvez, Jem Pascascio, Angel Pastrana, Louise Willis and Anna Banner Guy are the 7 candidates in Belmopan who will be seeking to fill 6 positions for the upcoming municipal elections. The mayoral seat will be uncontested and current mayor, Khalid Belisle will be the representative of the party in the upcoming March 7 Municiapl Elections. The elections will take place at the Belmopan Civic Center from 10a.m. and will go to 5p.m.

    Burglary turns murder on Mahogany Street
    At 3:30a.m. on Wednesday August 9, police visited a house on Mahogany Street in Belize City where they saw the body of Ruben Esquivel Aguilar, a 45-year-old Guatemalan man, lying in the kitchen area with multiple gunshot wounds and apparently dead. Investigations revealed that at around 3:20 a.m., Aguilar’s sister was awoken by a noise in the house. She then heard Aguilar shouting her name and shortly thereafter she heard gunshots.

    Who is stealing gas from the PUP secretariat?
    Information reaching the Guardian newspaper is suggesting that there is an investigation within the People’s United Party Secretariat as it relates to how its meager resources are being spent. Allegations are being made that there are some within the secretariat who are abusing their rights to fuel as well as for the paying of accommodations. We understand that there is one particular individual on whom all the scrutiny is falling upon . That person, as we understand it has been known to write bounce checks to some businesses. It is no wonder how they ended up in the PUP bowels. Nevertheless, the investigation is rife with allegations that the one individual is abusing gas privileges claiming far more gas allowances than what is allowed in order to conduct the PUP’s business. Additionally we understand that the individual is also putting in for hotel payments from a town where he resides. We will keep following up on this story as it becomes available.

    26 Belizean students receive Taiwanese Scholarships
    The Taiwanese-Belizean relationship has, for years, been one that aside from economic development, promotes educational advancement. A total of 334 Belizean students have been lucky enough to have been selected over the course of many years to study in various programs and at many different universities in Taiwan. This year, a total of 26 students will venture to the Republic of China (Taiwan) in an effort to pursue Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in very many fields that will no doubt be of benefit to their home country, Belize. Of the 26, 5 were awarded their scholarships by the Taiwan Scholarship Program while the remainder was granted their scholarships by the Taiwan International Cooperation and Development Fund (Taiwan ICDF). The scholarships entail airfare, accommodation, tuition, books, and a monthly allowance with which the recipients are responsible to live off.

    The Blue Concas pitches on the Civic Center
    The PUP Blue Concas Syndrome has started to flare up again. This time it is over the almost completed brand new Belize Civic Center, that has them all hot and flustered. In particular it is the plans for the management of the Civic Center that is causing them to go on the attack. This all started a few weeks ago when the Belize Infrastructure Limited (BIL) sent out the following PRESS RELEASE: “The new Belize Civic Center Sport Complex is nearing completion. With international standard volleyball and basketball courts, bleachers, concession rooms, locker facilities, stage venue, tickets booths, a skateboard park, gym area and exterior five-a-side football pitch and many other amenities. The complex will help to transform Belize’s sporting and cultural life. The Government of Belize, through Belize Infrastructure Limited (BIL), will soon be looking for experienced and dedicated private partner to take on the maintenance and operations of the Belize Civic Center Sports Complex.

    Public Sector Workers Trust ignores Supreme Court orders
    The Guardian Newspaper has confirmed that the Public Sector Workers Trust which was deemed back in March of this year as being invalid and unenforceable is continuing to operate. Its functioning is flying in the face of a Supreme Court order which stated as follows: “This Court therefore declares that the Deed of Trust dated the 29th August, 2013 between the PSU and the BNTU purportedly as “settlors” of the first part and Raymond Davis (PSU), Nadia Caliz (BNTU), Phillip Castillo (NAB) and Enrique Iglesias (BPA & BDF), purportedly as “Trustees” of the second part of the Public Sector Workers’ Trust (“the Trust”), is invalid and unenforceable in that:

    New outpost inaugurated in Chiquibul
    On Monday July 31st, the Forestry Department, Belize Defence Force and the Friends for Conservation and Developmment (FCD) inaugurated a new outpost in the Chiquibul to curb the various threats facing the forests. Coming at a value of 115 thousand dollars the new facility will be able to accommodate 14 persons, with one of those accommodations specifically designed for a female. The building and watch tower were constructed in under a month. Additionally a road was cleared to the outpost in order for personnel to be able to access the facility at a faster pace. Minister Omar Figueroa, in addressing the gathering at the opening stated that, “we accomplish another major milestone in the historic Chiquibul forest Investment Initiative. The extremely important but very challenging task of protecting the ecological and territorial integrity of this immense landscape is today made a little bit easier with the inauguration of the strategic Caballo Conservation Post.” The outpost he said will help curb problems facing the Chiquibul.

    Market improvements at Show Grounds in Belmopan
    For the second weekend in a row, the Department of Agriculture has spearheaded a successful market day to the benefit of farmers and customers alike near the Belmopan area. The National Agriculture Show Grounds, with additional infrastructural improvements has become a main attraction for customers and their families in need of consuming a range of wholesome produce. Over this past weekend children participated in a free rodeo show with famed singer Desmond Berry coming out to entertain the crowds with karaoke. But this is just the beginning of what NATS has to offer to the public.

    Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation Presents Draft Update to the National Tourism Policy
    Over 90 public, private and civil sector tourism stakeholders attended a presentation of the draft update to the National Tourism Policy held in Belize City on August 3, 2017. Dr. Richard Denman, the consultant contracted for the revision process, presented the draft revised National Tourism Policy, which will guide the sustainable and resilient development of tourism in Belize for the next 10 years. The revised National Tourism Policy was drafted after extensive consultations with tourism sector stakeholders in February and May of 2017. The policy is a deliverable of the Sustainable Tourism Program II, which is being implemented by the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, through the support of the Inter-American Development Bank. During the forum, stakeholders were able to provide recommendations to further refine the draft policy.

    Crime Stoppers training Belizean law enforcement personnel
    An international team of officers are now being trained in the Nation’s Capital to be proactive about crime. Some 20 Belize Police officers, 5 customs officers and 10 Guatemalans are being trained by a Crime Stoppers Regional initiative, with the help of Salvadoran police, in the areas of counterfeit goods, gangs and contraband cigarettes. Brand owners from Tommy Hilfiger, Nike, Puma and others will be making presentations at the Police Training Academy in Belmopan on how to identify counterfeit goods during Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.

    Shyne in Sports and Music
    Most will agree that sports and music are two productive and safe ways to develop young people and Music Ambassador, Shyne Barrow, knows this all too well as he continues to promote both for the betterment of Belize’s youth. Most recently Shyne has been involved in a number of initiatives to promote both these programs and while it may not have made headlines Shyne donated a Jean Baptist tenor saxophone to the Samuel Haynes Institute of Excellence music program. This is in line with the ambassador’s push to promote music learning to young persons. The saxophone will be key to the music program as it promotes the playing of music.

    UB President Assumes Leadership of the Council of Central American Universities - CSUCA
    President Clement Sankat of the University of Belize has assumed the Vice Presidency of Consejo Superior Universitario Centroamericano (CSUCA - Central American Higher Education Council in English) for this academic year (July, 2017 - June, 2018) and will thereafter be President of the 69 year old organization, for the following academic year (2018-2019). The University of Belize under the leadership of its President, Professor Clement Sankat, has been asked by the Secretary General of CSUCA Dr. Alfonso Fuentes Soria to assume these leadership positions of the consortium based in Guatemala City, Guatemala.

    Fatal Accident claims life of 19-year-old
    On Sunday, August 6, 2017, police responded to the scene of an accident at the Crooked Tree Village junction at Mile 31 on the Philip Goldson Highway. There they saw the body of a Creole female lying on the right side of the highway. The victim identified as Alma Flowers, a 19-year-old Belizean student, had injuries to the head, right shoulder, and left foot. She was pronounced dead by Dr. Flores at the KHMH. Initial investigations revealed that she alighted a bus and was about to cross the highway when she was knocked down by a vehicle travelling from Orange Walk to Ladyville. The driver of the vehicle was Leonel Del Valle, 25-years-old. A Notice of Intended Prosecution was served on Del Valle and a blood sample was obtained from him.

    Adjournment in the case of Hard Rock’s murder
    On June 15, 2017, 3 weeks after the murder of 42-year-old Andrew Ian “Hard Rock” Bennett, police arrested and charged 26-year-old Belize City resident, David Richard Arnold, for his murder. Bennett, who was loved by many, was executed in cold blood on Central American Boulevard in front of his home. Arnold was taken back to court on Wednesday, August 9, 2017, two months after Bennett’s death, where he appeared before Magistrate Aretha Ford. Arnold’s case was given another adjournment because there is no case file against him yet. Arnold is expected back in court on October 31, 2017.

    Attacker out on bail after fracturing a man’s jaw
    A Santa Barbara Street man, 29-year-old Jonathan Figueroa, has been accused of fracturing another man’s jaw after an incident ensued on Youth for the Future Drive. The incident that has left 22-year-old Alexander Vasquez hospitalized occurred on June 11, 2017. According to Vasquez, a man walked up to him and demanded money. After telling him that he did not have any money, he was punched in his mouth by the attacker. Vasquez sought medical assistance and a medico legal form was signed by a doctor who examined and certified his injury as grievous harm.

    Father crushes toddler with an SUV near Spanish Lookout
    A family near Spanish Lookout is still trying to come to terms with the loss of their youngest child. A fourteen month old toddler was crushed by an SUV at about 4:00 pm on the Iguana Creek Road in Spanish Lookout last Thursday. Stephen Hochstetler had arrived in his vehicle from Spanish Lookout to unload electrical and other building supplies. Upon finishing, Hochstetler not seeing anyone around his vehicle, decided to reverse and upon doing so heard a bang behind his vehicle. He then came out of the vehicle and discovered to his horror that his daughter Hannah Grace Hochstetler had been hit. Hochstetler then pulled her from under the vehicle and found out that she was not breathing and was unconscious.

    Bail for manslaughter charge
    At a Special bail hearing at the Supreme Court on Thursday, August 3, 2017 where he was represented by attorney Peta Gar Bradley, Justice Denis S. Hanomansingh granted bail to 29-year-old Cayo resident Errol Smith. Smith was accused of beating up his friend Marlon Peters on July 4, 2017. Allegations are that Smith and Peters were interacting in Santa Elena on July 4, 2017 when they had a misunderstanding. Smith got enraged and attacked Peters who was knocked unconscious and left to die. Injuries from the altercation led to the death of Peters.

    Burglar is set free in unsafe conviction
    Roger Bradley, previously convicted for several crimes of dishonesty, is a free man despite being convicted of a home burglary which occurred in 2014. On March 25, 2014, Bradley was convicted of burglarizing the home of Launa Sosa located on Freetown Road where he stole 2 leapfrog games valued at $916 along with 3 cartridges. Bradley was caught red handed inside Sosa’s home by the babysitter, Maria Williams, who testified in the trial.

    Two women found with ammunition in Benque
    Police found a sizeable amount of bullets in the peaceful town of Benque Viejo del Carmen last Friday. An alert police officer observed two women, Shanice Monique Flowers, 25 years and her companion, Robin Tameka Whitaker, 18 years, acting suspiciously by the Centennial Park in Benque. Police conducted a search on them and were able to retrieve a grey in color sling bag, which contained .45 live rounds—99 of them. Both Belize District residents from the Mahogany Heights area have been charged for the possession of prohibited ammunition.

    Shooting on Cleghorn Street leaves minor and woman hospitalized
    Police visited the KHMH Emergency Room on Monday August 7, 2017 where they saw Fiona Spain, a 35-year-old Belizean domestic, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the right lower back and a 14-year old Belizean male student suffering from apparent gunshot wounds to the left wrist, upper left chest, and upper right back. Initial investigation revealed that at 10:00 p.m. on the same date, the minor was sitting on a chair on a verandah on Cleghorn Street when a male person walking in front of Rivero’s Welding fired shots in their direction, causing their injuries. The gunman then ran down Cleghorn Street towards New Road and made good his escape. Police investigations continue.

    Chinese businesswoman injured during robbery
    Police visited Brother’s Store in Lords bank Village on August 7, 2017 where Chun Mie Lui, a Belizean Chinese businesswoman, reported that three men entered her store. One of the men, armed with a 9 mm firearm, demanded cash and hit her with the firearm. As a result, she received a cut wound to the head. Stolen was $150 in coins, $200 Belizean notes, 1 Samsung S5 cellular phone valued at $400, and 1 Samsung flip phone valued at $50. One person has been detained pending investigation.

    Consultant on bail for a count of sexual assault
    A Consultant for James Brodie & Company Ltd. was granted Supreme Court bail for the offense of sexual assault allegedly committed against a 15-year-old girl from Western Belize. Fredy Espinosa, 32-years-old, appeared before Supreme Court judge Denis S. Hanomansingh for his bail application on August 3, 2017 where he was represented by attorney Anthony Sylvester. The incident occurred on July 24, 2017 in Belmopan. He was arrested and charged on July 25, 2017 in the Belmopan Magistrate’s Court on a single charge of sexual assault.

    Octogenarian killed in Orange Walk
    Police have found Gregorio De Leon, an 85 year-old retiree, dead inside his Orange Walk Town home. The cops believe at this time that he was killed when an assailant or assailants went to rob him in his own house. On Friday August 4, at around 8 a.m., his family found him dead inside his house on San Estevan Street. He had suffered deadly injuries to the head that are a mystery at this time; it is not known what type of weapon was used to hit him in the head. A post-mortem has revealed that he died of manual strangulation.

    Honduran doctor to be extradited
    A Physician who was busted on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 in Orange Walk after he entered Belize illegally through the Rio Hondo River was ordered to be extradited to his home but as to where his home is, that is presently unknown. That is because Juan Jose Garcia was born in Honduras but has been living in the United States for some years now. Garcia, a 68-year-old physician, was arraigned on August 3, 2017 before Magistrate Aretha Ford. Garcia, who was unrepresented before the magistrate, pleaded guilty to illegal entry, an Immigration offense.

    Illegal immigrants to be extradited after serving 10 month sentences
    Three immigrants, a Honduran national and two Salvadoran nationals, were caught living in Belize illegally. On August 9, 2017, the Belize Immigration Department took them to court to answer to a single charge of illegal entry. They have been identified as 19-year-old Honduran national Tony Salomon Hernandez Almendarez along with 25-year-old Moises Isaias Franco Reyes and 35-year-old Salvador Antonio Clavel, both Salvadorans. The trio appeared before Magistrate Aretha Ford with Lindsay Wada as Immigration Prosecutor.

    Homeless and mentally ill man sentenced prison
    Dennis Wagner, a 49-year-old homeless man often seen in downtown Belize City, was taken to court on August 4, 2017 on a single charge of possession of a pipe used for the purpose of smoking drugs. In court where he was unrepresented, he pleaded guilty to the offense. In mitigation, the court was asked to impose a fine but given his long history of 10 previous pipe and drug convictions, Magistrate Aretha Ford refrained from imposing a non-custodial sentence. Wagner was sentenced to 7 months in prison effective August 4. His sentence was set to run concurrently with any other pending conviction

    Kraal Road laborer receives gunshot wounds
    At 12:10 a.m. on August 9, 2017, police responded to a shooting incident and visited the K.H.M.H where they saw 34-year-old Michael Aspinal, a laborer of Kraal Road, Belize City, with multiple gunshot wounds. Investigations revealed that around 12:05 a.m., Aspinal was riding his bicycle on Sarstoon Street when the shooter emerged from behind a house and fired several shots at him. Police investigation continues.

    Alta Vista villager chopped to death
    Police have found the body of a 49 year-old Guatemalan Farmer from the Stann Creek Village of Alta Visa. The cops believe that the victim, Cesar Augusto Monroy, was murdered, and left in that location, where it was already decomposing. Dangriga Police found Cesar Monroy on Tuesday, August 8, 2017, at around 6:30 a.m. They were called to Davis Falls Road, which is in his home village. An inspection of his body led the officers to find a large cut wound to the back of his neck, and another on his left hand.

    Caye Caulker resident fined for Fisheries offenses
    Miguel Angel Moreno, a 31-year-old resident of Caye Caulker, maintains that he is not a fisherman nor was he engaging in commercial fishing despite the fact that a Fisheries Officer caught him in possession of a number of sea products including lobsters. Moreno appeared in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court on August 3, 2017 to answer to two offenses, one count of engaging in commercial fishing without a fisherman’s license and escaping from a fisheries officer. The incident occurred on June 27, 2017 on the West side of Caye Caulker while he was fishing with his 10-year-old son as a family outing.

    Nevis Betancourt arrested and charged for murder
    After receiving treatment in the hospital for his injuries in an altercation that has left a man dead, Nevis Betancourt has been released and formally arrested and charged for the death of said man. On July 27, 2017, San Ignacio Police saw the body of Jose Leonardo Nunez Castellanos, a 37-year-old Honduran construction worker, face down under a business establishment. Castellanos’ body was seen with apparent gunshot wounds which he received during an altercation with Betancourt. Castellanos inflicted a chop wound to Betancourt during the altercation which caused Betancourt to draw his licensed 9 mm pistol. Several shots were fired in Castellanos’ direction and one shot was fatal. A post mortem examination on the body of Castellanos certified the cause of death as asphyxiation due to trachea aspiration due to multiple gunshot wounds.

    House party leads to stabbing in San Pedro
    On August 6, 2017 at around 8:30 p.m., police visited the DFC area in San Pedro where they met Manuel Sam, a 37-year-old Belizean construction worker of the area, suffering from a large wound to the left side of his neck, four cut wounds to the chest, and a large cut wound to his abdomen. Initial investigation revealed that while at a house party, a domestic dispute occurred and Sam intervened. As a result, Richard Briceno inflicted said wounds.

    Placencia businessman’s shop is burglarized
    Erwin Westby, a businessman of Placencia village, reported that sometime between 7 p.m. on August 7, 2017 and 9 a.m. the following day, his business place “Hardcore Fishing Charters” was burglarized. Stolen were 2 Penn reels 130’s with bent pole valued at $10,000 each, 5 Penn reels 80’s with pole valued at $2,500 each, 2 Penn reels 50’s with pole valued at $500 each, 2 Penn Battle #2 4500 reel valued at $400 each, and 2 Penn 6500 reel with pole valued at $400 each, all to a total value of $45,100. Some of the items have been recovered. Two persons have been detained pending investigation.

    Canadian woman loses skiff to theft
    Ruth Duke, a Canadian businesswoman, reported that between the hours of 12:00 a.m. on August 5, 2017 and 10:00 a.m. on August 6, 2017, her white and grey 23 foot fiberglass skiff named “Demo” valued at $20,000 was stolen. Attached to the skiff was an outboard engine valued at $19,000. The items were stolen while moored behind her yard. Police are investigating.

    Taximan killed and dumped in Belize City canal
    Thomas Arthur Staine, a 39 year-old taxi driver from Belize City, was found stabbed to death. His hands were bound, and he was found lying face up. His grieving family insists that he was a quiet, law-abiding citizen who stays out of trouble, and so, they are completely stunned that he was tied up and killed. Early on Monday morning, August 8, 2017, police were called to the corner of East Collet Canal and Racecourse Street where Staine’s body was found. That’s where they found him with some articles of his clothing removed. He was lying face up, at the edge of the canal, with his hands tied behind his back with a black shoe lace. The officers observed multiple stab wounds to the upper chest and the right hand.

    Two men charged with robbery with a firearm
    Two of three men believed to have been involved in an armed robbery in the Lord’s Bank area were arraigned on August 9, 2017 in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court. They have been identified as 18-year-old Steve Ferrel of a Belize City address and 23-year-old Veris Ventura, originally from Hopkins Village. The duo appeared before Magistrate Aretha Ford where they were each read a single charge of robbery with a firearm. In court where they were both unrepresented, Ferrel and Ventura pleaded not guilty but due to the nature of the offenses, bail was denied and they were both remanded to the Belize Central Prison until October 18, 2017.

    Beacon advance to finals of city senior female softball competition
    The Belize City Softball Association 2017 Senior Female competition is fast winding down at Rogers Stadium in Belize City. On Friday 4th August, Beacon eliminated the four time defending Belize City champions the Belize Bank Bulldogs, when it defeated it by the score of 9-8 in the third and final game of the playoff series between the two teams. Beacon, batting in the top of the first inning, drew blood first when it scored 2 runs to take an early 2-0 lead. The Belize Bank Bulldogs replied with 4 runs of its own in the bottom of the 1st inning to take a 4-2 lead.

    12th minute of play to give his team an early lead
    The return match between the Belmopan Bandits and CD Walter Ferretti Football Club in the second match of the home and way Scotiabank CONCACAF championship will be played at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium on Thursday 10th August, 2017. In the first game played out at Estelli, Nicaragua on Thursday 3rd August, 2017, the host team CD Walter Ferretti Football Club defeated the Belmopan Bandits by the score of 4-1. The CD Walter Ferretti Football club drew blood first when Davila M. Mendez scored the 1st goal of the game in the In the second half of the game, the host team continued its dominiance of the visiting Belmopan Bandits when J. Laureiro scored the first of his two goals in the 75th minute of play to increase his team lead to 2-0.

    Belmopan Bandits to host CB Walter Ferretti Football Club
    The return match between the Belmopan Bandits and CD Walter Ferretti Football Club in the second match of the home and way Scotiabank CONCACAF championship will be played at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium on Thursday 10th August, 2017. In the first game played out at Estelli, Nicaragua on Thursday 3rd August, 2017, the host team CD Walter Ferretti Football Club defeated the Belmopan Bandits by the score of 4-1. The CD Walter Ferretti Football club drew blood first when Marcos Mendez scored the 1st goal of the game in the 12th minute of play to give his team an early lead.

    Mayan Man Warriors upend The Kings in Firms’ Basketball competition
    The Belize District Basketball Association 2017 Firms’ competition continued on Saturday 5th August, at the Swift Hall in Belize City with two more games on the schedule. In the second and final game of the night, Mayan Man Warriors upended the previously unbeaten The Kings by the score of 68-63. The top scorers for Mayan Man Warriors were Marvin skeet with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals and Kevin Lorenzo with 9 points, 1 rebound and 3 steals. Meanwhile, the top scorers for The Kings were Jacob Leslie with 23 points, 4 rebounds and 5 steals and Farron Louriano with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

    Premier League of Belize 2017-2018 Opening Season to commence shortly
    The Premier League of Belize inform its football family, supporters, friends and fans that due to Club License which is a CONCACAF requirement, the league had to delay the start of the 2017-2018 Opening Season so as to give the clubs time to complete their obligations. The Premier League of Belize hereby informs clubs that the start dates is set for August 12th and 13th. Any club that does not meet their Club License requirement will not be allowed to participate in the upcoming tournament.

    Belize to participate in UNCAF female football in Nicaragua
    The Football Federation of Belize (FFB) was made aware of false news circulating on social media that the winner of the NAWL, Belize City FC will not be participating in a female tournament in Nicaragua. The FFB investigated the matter and can confirm that the news is indeed false and that Belize City FC, now Orchids FC, will be participating in the upcoming UNCAF Female tournament. This was made clear by the Central American affiliate, UNCAF, under which the said tournament will be held. Please see attached tournament schedule.

    Words of Life with Pastor Barry Fraser
    Our topic this week is “Activate God’s Power.” In Ephesians 1:19-20, the apostle and missionary Paul wrote: “I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe Him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated Him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.”

    THE BELIZEAN MEDIA SORORITY AND ITS TOTAL DISRESPECT OF THE NATION STATE
    The vast majority of ‘media personnel’ in Belize cling to each other more tightly than they do to the country. The treatment of the Belize – Guatemala Differendum proves my point completely! Generally, the painted faces and icons that we see, read and hear on a daily basis, display a crazy commitment to each other, rather than to the citizens of the Jewel. When dodo bird Mose laid a foul egg over the very basic word ‘artificial’ the majority of his colleagues followed him blindly. Not a one tackled the subject by research and explanation. Not a one of them opened the dictionary. They care more about their social connections and the warm feelings of friendship, closeness and loyalty shared among them, rather than providing a hungry public with truth!

    Road traffic accident leaves drivers hospitalized
    On Saturday August 5, 2017 at about 6:45 p.m., police, acting upon information received of a road traffic accident on the George Price Highway in front of Woodlands at Benque Viejo Town, visited the scene where they observed a motorcycle with its front wheel and front portion extensively damaged. A Geo Prizm taxi was also seen with its front portion extensively damaged. Initial investigation revealed that a few minutes earlier, the driver of the Prizm took a sudden left turn that caused the motorcycle to collide into the front portion of the car. The motorcycle was being driven by Frederick Joseph Bradley, a 45-year-old Belizean security officer of Branch Mouth road, San Ignacio Town, while the taxi was being driven by Francisco Javier Garcia Jr., a 34-year-old Belizean taxi driver of Benque Viejo Town.

    1-year-old baby boy dies in fire
    A house fire that took place on Sunday, August 6, 2017 has done more damage to the family than losing their house and other items. CIB personnel responded to a fire that was underway on Santa Barbara Street in Belize City where two wooden structures as well as a two-storey building with wooden upstairs and concrete downstairs were engulfed in flames. Although Fire personnel managed to extinguish the flames, the houses and their contents were completely destroyed. In that fire, 17-month-old Tarique Roberts lost his life. According to his mother, he was asleep when she left him in her room while she went to the shop. Shanica Roberts, the 20-year-old mother, said that upon returning about 5 minutes later, she saw a fire coming from inside the house. She attempted to get into the room but the fire was already out of control.

    Youth Talks - New school year, new opportunities; new me
    The summer holiday is all but over. It is time to think of the new school year. With some effort, a little strategy and game plan, you can have a terrific academic year. It is important to be a good student. Why? In our day and age, with uneducated basketball players, rappers, models and actresses being on top of the money game, education seems more... optional. You might be down with your reading writing and arithmetic and passing on to the next grade, but putting in the extra hours and going the extra mile might not seem as appealing to you. However, maximizing on your learning experience is invaluable.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Belize deports child abductor to Canada
    Robin Leanne Greenway-Trockstad, 33, was detained by Belize Police and deported to Canada where she was charged with abduction and remains detained. Her charges date back to three years ago on January 6th when she abducted her then eleven month old son and fled the country. A court order granted the child’s father sole interim custody and ordered the return of the child but Trockstad never adhered to the order.

    Shyne resigns as CEO of BSCAP in protest
    Today Shyne Barrow announced his resignation from his post as CEO of the Belizean Society of Composers Authors Publishers (BSCAP). In a letter leaked to the media, it was revealed that Barrow’s predecessor Heather Cunningham, the current chairwoman of the BSCAP board, is claiming $600,000 in expenses and salary from 2010-2013. According to Barrow, there is nothing to show how she arrived at those figures.

    Police Media Relations Officer abruptly transferred amid latest Castro brothers controversy
    Fitzroy Yearwood, former Media Relations Officer at the Police Press Unit has been abruptly transferred from the department leaving the media with more questions than answers into the reasons for his sudden departure.

    Honduran businessman robbed at gun point in Ambergris Caye
    Last night, Omar Flores, 36, a Honduran businessman of San Mateo area in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye reported that around, two male persons entered his store and pointed a firearm at him demanding money. He reportedly opened the cash register and the culprits took […]

    Police find cocaine in Benque Viejo
    On Tuesday night around 7:30, police were patrolling in the vicinity of the Benque Viejo Public Library where they saw two young men running away from the area. In the process, one of the men dropped an object and upon making checks, it resulted […]

    Man shot and killed in Belize City
    Last night around 11, police visited the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (K.H.M.H ) where they saw 23-year-old Christian Velasquez with gunshot wounds to the chest and back. Investigation revealed that Velasquez was standing in front of Antelope Street Extension where several shots were fired […]

    Belize~ Unity is a Verb!
    By Richard Harrison: Verb ~ a word used to describe an action, state, or occurrence. Unity ~ the state of being united or joined as a whole. In the before times, Belizean families were much more united….and why was this so, one might ask? Because UNITY is […]

    FFB schedules extraordinary congress
    The Football Federation of Belize (FFB) has scheduled an extraordinary congress for Saturday, September 2, 2017. This time unlike the 9th annual congress, the FFB is hoping to reach a quorum. At the meeting scheduled, the FFB is hoping to approve its budget, review […]

    Important message from Elections and Boundaries Department
    The Elections and Boundaries Department has issued a statement notifying the public that all Registration Offices countrywide will be open on Saturday, August, 26th 2017 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. This is to facilitate: a) Persons who wish to be transferred from one […]

    The Lord at it AGAIN!
    By M. Vargas: To Editor and Commissioner of Public UtilitiesGentlemen: We the ‘probreza’ of Belize, need your assistance. The billionaire Lord is stealing our phone credits now! Since the installation of the new system at Smart, any remaining phone credit and data credit can NO LONGER be extended […]

    Police still looking for Castro brothers; Reports are that suspect may have left the country
    BBN reported yesterday that the children of Minister Edmond Castro are in trouble with the law again. Police say they have been looking for Wasani and Jafari Castro since Sunday in connection with a brutal case of aggravated assault that happened in San Pedro, […]

    Nevis Betancourt charged for murder
    Nevis Betancourt, 31, is accused of shooting and killing Jose “El Chele” Castellanos at a restaurant in Santa Elena Town on July 27, 2017. According to reports, the incident unfolded after a petty discussion that Castellanos had with Betancourt’s mother. Castellanos was shot multiple […]

    Another report of police brutality in San Ignacio Town
    There is a disturbing report of police brutality in San Ignacio, Cayo. According to reports, a 20 year old driver accompanied by his brothers – 18, a minor 13, and some employees were returning from delivering items in San Ignacio Town. They met a […]

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    Buy Travel Insurance
    This blog post is way past due, but a very important one nonetheless. Earlier this year in March, I moved into a beautiful apartment with a local and a couple from Canada. This place was amazing; not only did we have a a view of the ocean from our living room, I only had to pay $350 US for a private room. This place also had a roof with a 360 view of Caye Caulker and was only steps from the beach. It was great to see a sense of community as those passing by formed a bucket brigade to put out the fire, even though it was in vain. Ironically, this was the only trip I have ever gone on without travel insurance. All my clothes apart from the ones I was wearing were burned, and I was left with a backpack containing my most essential items. This is why it's important to buy travel insurance. You just never know when something like this can happen. Another tip is to check if your accommodations have smoke detectors. I could have been burned to a crisp if this had happened during the middle of the night.

    Five Things In San Pedro, Belize
    Let’s get all corny for a moment – gratitude makes my life better. Seriously! Even giving it a try at the end of the day – just one thing each around the dinner table – or with your partner when you are about to fall asleep – ONE thing that made you thankful that day – it may sound preachy but this stuff WORKS! I’ll leave it at that. I am very grateful to live where I live. As everyone who comes on vacation to Ambergris Caye on vacation see, there is a TON to be grateful for. But when you live here…live anywhere, sometimes you need to step back and smell the hibiscus. This week, here are the things I’m really digging on Ambergris Caye.

    Pet Friendly Hotels
    Pets are like family and some people like to take them on vacation too. Others may be moving to Belize and need to line up a place to overnight with a pet depending on time of arrival and how they choose to get where they are going. This list of Pet Friendly Hotels created by the Belize Tourism Board is a great resource for anyone traveling with pets in Belize. (No matter how you book your accommodations, always double check with the Hotel on their current pet policies.) For your convenience, each hotel listed will be linked in blue to their website, Trip Advisor reviews and best pricing for reservations. A pdf will soon be made available with the full list to go with the Hurricane Pet Plan. Hotels and Resorts with a Trip Advisor 3 star and lower was left off in the interest of time due to Tropical Storm Earl fast approaching. I do recognize as long as it was a safe option some people may settle for lesser accommodations than they might normally.

    Reef to Ruins: Where to Go for the Best of Belize
    If the ancient Mayans had a buzz word destination, it was probably Belize. With beautiful shores and lush mountains, it’s a popular destination even today, offering adventure, discovery, and a low-key, relaxing atmosphere. With so much to do, where do you go for the best of Belize? Most people come for two things: Mayan Ruins and the Barrier Reef. Happily, both are easily reached from nearly anywhere in the country; it’s not what you would call “vast” (just a little smaller than the U.S. state of Vermont). If you’re looking for city life, you’ll have to look elsewhere. Belize City is the largest in the country, with about 58,000 people, and the country’s only international airport. Whether you arrive by ship or plane, you’ll start your Belizean vacation here. You might want to stay here, too. A variety of tours can take you to all the sights you’ll want to see. If your style is more DIY, planes, buses, and water taxis, can get you almost anywhere in the country without taking all day to do it.

    Dear Tropical Storm Franklin, what can I do if you make it rain on my vacation to Placencia, Belize?
    Ugh there is a big tropical storm Franklin headed our way tonight.....which is always a good time to consider what you can do in the rain around here??? Also, what should you pack if it is calling for rain in the forecast when you are here?? Here you go! Top 15 things to do in Placencia Village in the rain 1.) Jaguar Lanes in Maya Beach - this is indoor bowling fun! Great pizza too, you can get a cab up there. (pic from their facebook page) 2.) INDOOR DINNER - I'd take this opportunity to visit the new spa called Naia and eat at 1981, where they have a fully enclosed restaurant. It is super cute, and somehow Mayan Modern! (pic from their facebook page) 3.) Pickled Parrot - this is not right on the sea, so you aren't going to get the lashing wet sea breeze. This is a huge, dry palapa bar and everyone in there is always fun and cheerful. The crowd favorites are Thursday trivia, the meatloaf (great rain comfort food), and you can play with Mia and Ziggy, the awesome dogs that live there and will play fetch with you for hours (wait till you see Mia's piercing stare right through your soul.) (pic from their facebook page)

    Snorkeling and Scuba Diving in Belize
    Forty years ago, few people outside of the western Caribbean were aware of the wonders of scuba diving and snorkeling in Belize. But that all changed in 1971 when famed French marine biologist and documentarian Jacques Cousteau visited the area and declared it one of his top 10 all-time favorite dive spots. Today, the Belize Barrier Reef is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a mecca for scuba diving and snorkeling. Thousands of visitors from around the planet flock to Belize to explore the reef. The crystal clear water, the sandy white seafloor, and the incredible diversity of marine flora and fauna have made Belize one of the most sought after dive and snorkel sites in the world. Whether you're an experienced diver or have never tried snorkeling before, there is something for everyone on the Belize Barrier Reef. Even for visitors unable to swim, the reef has many beautiful islands where visitors can simply wade into the water and look under the surface to see an astounding kaleidoscope of colorful fish, anemones, rare sea turtles, and the playful dolphins that call the reef home.

    Fun times with Dooley Bear Adventures at Camp Starfish
    “What do you do all day?” “Do you get bored?” These questions are asked of us every time we meet somebody new. And our answer is always the same, “Absolutely not. In fact, there are always too many things going on.” Here is one example of how we “didn’t get bored” this July. For two weeks each summer Sarah Jean and Dalia Neysie Alamilla hold Ambergris Caye Camp Starfish. Camp Starfish is not just any summer camp – it’s a very special, free, summer camp for the special needs children here on the island. In addition to all of the lesson planning, Sarah Jean also organizes volunteers from the states. The volunteer’s backgrounds range from special education to physical therapy to mental health. All volunteer their time for 2 weeks to help out our island community.

    International Sourcesizz

    Alberta woman sought for allegedly abducting son arrested in Belize
    Lethbridge police say an Alberta woman sought in the alleged abduction of her young son has been arrested in Belize. Police had been searching for the woman for three years since her ex-husband reported she had fled the country with their 11-month-old son. An arrest warrant was issued for the 33-year-old, who can’t be named under a publication ban, and police had tracked the pair to Mexico, Guatemala and Belize. Lethbridge police say they received a tip from Belize police in July and managed to find the pair in the town of San Ignacio.

    Jails Help Turn Kids into Criminals. In Belize, There’s a Better Way
    In recent years, heavy-handed strategies and mass incarceration have been the preferred tactics used by many politicians in the region. Now, facing evidence that this approach has not been effective in lowering levels of violence, some governments are ready to take a different path. Belize, a country of only 350,000 residents, is extremely vulnerable to natural disasters and climate change. An investment in crime prevention and alternatives to imprisonment may seem difficult, but the reality is that reallocating resources from punitive strategies to community services and treatment is probably more efficient and less costly. A gap analysis report, published this month by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), provides a mapping of existing citizen security initiatives and recommends actions for future programs. The analysis is based on the experiences of the program, "Community Action for Public Security (CAPS)," financed by the IDB.

    Assignee Says Belize Still Trying To Escape $27.4M Award
    A Turks and Caicos entity that was assigned a confirmed $27.4 million arbitral award, originally issued to BCB Holdings Ltd. and Belize Bank Ltd. following a tax dispute with Belize, told a D.C. federal judge Wednesday that it must be substituted for those companies if the award is to be enforced in the U.S. Midway Investments Ltd. had asked the court last month to be substituted as the petitioner in the proceeding, which was originally initiated in 2014 by BCB and Belize Bank to enforce the...

    MSAS Airmen increase Belize Defense Force aviation capability
    A mobile training team of eight Airmen assigned to the 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron recently deployed to the Belize Defense Force Air Wing in Ladyville, Belize, July 12-29. The MSAS plays an essential role in establishing and maintaining relations with strategic partner nations. This engagement was vital in developing greater aviation capacity and the ability to provide mutual support during air mobility operations. The team’s mission was to provide several courses of instruction such as helicopter maintenance, helicopter operations, aircrew flight equipment, fuels and emergency management supporting the safe operations of the BDF-AW UH-1 Huey helicopters. As well as promoting interoperability with a number of agencies for disaster preparedness and disaster relief.

    This Is the Shortest Flight in the World
    It takes around 90 seconds. Belize is home to one of the other shortest flights in the world, covering a 2.4 mile distance between Caye Caulker and Caye Chapel in approximately two minutes, the Telegraph reported.

    Videos

  • Los Lobos Futbol, Belize, 5min. We are excited to help Tony Zetina raise money for his unselfish efforts to bring the love of Futbol (soccer) to the youth of his village in San Andreas, Belize.

  • Belize 2017 Part 2, 3min. Our trip to Belize April 2017

  • Belize 2017 Part I, 4min. Our trip to Belize April 2017

  • Lighthouse Reef Belize 2017, 5.5min. Reef sharks, Grouper, Trigger Fish, and Rays.

  • Scuba Diving through Dark Tunnel in Belize, 2min. Scuba Diving off the Coast near San Pedro.

  • Talk Ah Di Town August 10, 2017, 18min.

  • Belize hosts 37th Annual Convention of Caribbean Association of Pharmacists, 41min.

  • Veterinarian Association of Belize discuss animal care, 28min.

  • Expressions of Emmanuel speak on its missionary work for the deaf, 31min.

  • International Day of World's Indigenous People, 50min.

  • Chocolate Festival of Belize, 1min.

  • Mexico Rocks Belize snorkeling, 7min.

  • Belize Ocean Life, 11.5min.

  • Butts Up Cave Tubing - Belize, with Jimmy, 39min. his is a video of out Cave Tubing excursion we took in Belize with Butts Up Cave Tubing: They picked us up right outside the cruise terminal. After leaving town, it took about an hour to get to the national park. Along the way Jimmy, our guide, provided useful information. - The "hike": About 30 minutes. Mostly a reasonable dirt path through the woods, a couple of points where it is a bit steep up or down a hill and 3 points where you wade across a river (under 2 feet deep at the deepest) - The water: Refreshing after the hike. Most of your body doesn't actually get wet. You wade onto and off of the tube, and your butt is in the center of the tube, but while riding the river you stay fairly dry. This wasn't "whitewater" - it was more of a "lazy river" - The guides: they work their butts off pushing and pulling the tubes and at points doing so while swimming. - Fear of drowning: Pretty minimal. Most of the time the river is only a few feet deep and it's not that fast a current. You're wearing a lifevest, you're on an inner tube, and there's a guide ratio of at least 1:8 required by the park -In conclusion it was the best money we spent the entire cruise, well worth the money. Jimmy was an Excellent guide. After the tour lunch was great and we were returned to the port doorstep. definitely a must do in Belize.

  • Backpack fundraiser San Pedro Belize, 1min. Hi friends, Angelina and Kyla are providing school supplies and gently used backpacks to the Rise Me Up foundation in Sand Pedro Belize this Sept 2017.

  • Kriol Drum Camp, 4min. The National Kriol Council, in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, is having their annual Kriol Drum Camp in Belize City. The camp, sponsored by the Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project, aims to preserve the rich musical customs of Kriol in Belize. Here is short video promoting the Drumming Summer Camp that the Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project is currently sponsoring in collaboration with the National Kriol Councilas part of our soft components' pulbic awareness and capacity building campaign. We would like to thank the Government Press Office for the production of this video. As part of our MoU agreement with the Council, the particpants are to conduct a five minute performance at the Opening Ceremony at the Expo on Saturday, September 16th at 11:30 a.m. so if you are at the Expo on that date and time please stop by to see their performance.

  • La Infiel Reybinky feat. Memo Mc, 3min.

  • Preparation for Tropical Storm Franklin, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize, 1min.

  • Nearly as big as our 38ft boat!!! whalesharks 3 of them!!, 1.5min. This is an awesome closeup encounter with whale sharks in southern Belize

  • A BASE STEALING PAT BENNETT ROSE TO BECOME ONE OF BELIZE'S BEST IN SOFTBALL!, 27min. Pat Bennett rose to become one of Belize's greatest softball players of all times. She has also become one of the best Belize softball archivist today in terms of Belizean softball history in general. Formerly one of the presidents of the Belize Softball Federation (BSF) in the 1980s and 90s , Bennett also rose to prestigious athletic status as one of the most skillful Belizean softball base stealers of the 1960s and 70s. She was known for her great speed and base steals, and probably the Belizean athlete that wrote the "softball book of steals" so to speak that she is remembered for. She possessed the athletic ability of sliding like an ice skater on dry grass and ground at Belize's Rogers Stadium and MCC Grounds to beat the opposing team defenders. Another one of Belize's most accomplished softball athletes of the period, Sonia Buller-Davis, reflected on Bennett's awesome skill and stated in an Belizean Legends interview with yours truly that Pat Bennett was the best she has seen.

  • BELIZEAN SOFTBALL "QUEEN" MARGARET USHER PITCHED WINNERS GOLD FOR BELIZE!, 17min. Belizean Legends featured two years ago the legendary Belizean ace pitcher, Margaret Usher, from the 1979 Bronze Medal Team, that struck out the American batters in a historic game that gave team Belize an advantage to beat the softball world champions the United States, "Orlando Rebels", 2-1 in the 1979 Pan American Games. Margaret Usher stole the hearts of many Belizean sports enthusiasts who still feels that she has become Belize's best pitcher of all times because of her strikeout averages, and having taken Belize to international acclaim standards in the historic game against the world best softball team at the 1979 Pan American Games. She also led Belize's national team to win the gold medal in the 1980 Central America softball tournament in Mexico City just after the national team came back from the Pan American games in 1979.

  • ELAINE SMITH'S BELIZEAN SOFTBALL TEAM SPIRIT EMPOWERED THE 1974 GOLD MEDAL TEAM!, 17min. The documentary series called Belizean Legends profiled the legendary Belizean softball player and gold medalist, Elaine Smith, two years ago during a very spirited discussion on Belize's "Golden Girls" of Belizean softball Hall of Fame. Smith, who contributed effectively as a skillful utility player and pitcher that sometimes would be used to relieve the dynamic Belizean ace pitcher, Linda Lewis, in international and national softball tournaments Belize played, was heavily relied upon by her coach Raymond Lashley. She played on the Belize national selection that won the gold medal in the 1974 Central American & Caribbean Games in Santa Domingo, and became one of the cadre of outstanding Belizean softball athletes that had built the "Gold Medal Team" to world class standards.

  • BPP'S PATRICK ROGERS DISCUSSES THE ICJ, COMPROMIS & GUATEMALA'S CLAIM TO BELIZE (PT. 1), 31min. The featured interview here on Belizean Legends highlights the work of the Belize Progressive Party's (BPP) political leader, Patrick Rogers, who has emerged today as a progressive voice on the Belize political scene after many years as an activist for many Belizean causes on the ground in Belize. Rogers, who is also an astute Belizean historian with credible historical facts to drive home his political views on the Belize / Guatemalan Dispute, spoke with Belizean Legends producer and host, Bilall Morris, about the insidious and treacherous Compromis signed by the Belize and Guatemalan governments in December of 2008, without the consent of the Belizean people, to take the aged old Anglo Guatemalan Dispute to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

  • BELIZEAN SOFTBALL SUPERSTAR---BEVERLY "BUNNY" RHAMDAS!, 27min. Belizean softball player and Gold Medalist Beverly 'Bunny' Rhamdas who played on the Belize national selection that won the gold medal in the 1974 Central American & Caribbean Games in Santa Domingo continues today to become the best archivist for that era of Belizean softball greatness we called here, "The Golden Age of Belizean Softball". Rhamdas' sharp memory of the historical period when Belize athletic ability among its women were are its best is greatly celebrated here. Belizean Legends is grateful to her for the outstanding assistance she has shared with us over the years almost three years since she honored this documentary series with her incredible story of triumph and glory as one of the best Belizean softball players of her time. We honor her presence among us here in Los Angeles, California, and it would not have been able to tell this spectacular story without her.

  • SAME OLD ME"---BELIZE'S MUSICAL STAR HARRINGTON TRAPP!, 28min. The legendary Belizean musical artist, Harrington Trapp, musical career span from his time as as a vocalist in the 1960's with bands in Belize like The Promoters and Glenn Bood & The Telegrams, to his work as a musical artist and vocalist in the United States in the 1970's and 80's with Belizean bands like the legendary, The Webb, to the reggae band called the Babylon Warriors. Since making his mark as an outstanding vocalist and trombone player with the Webb, Trapp later went on to carve out a career for himself as a solo artist and vocal stylist in the 1990's and beyond. His incredible body of work has warranted much respect and admiration from new and younger Belizean artists of today who credited the veteran Belizean artist, producer, and musician, with a model to emulate in their careers.

  • WHEN BEULAH GILLETT PLAYED SOFTBALL FOR BELIZE & BEAT THE BEST IN THE WORLD!, 20min. The feature brings to you the work of the legendary softball player, Beulah Gillett, one of the Belizean softball players from the 1979 Bronz Medal team that beat the United States Orlando Rebels at the 1979 Pan American Games 2-1, and the 1980 Gold Medal Team that won the Central American Softball Championship in Mexico City, Mexico. They include ace pitcher Margaret Usher, Doreth Martinez, Glenda Ellis and many others. Gillett's story of remarkable athletic performance done two years ago, will thrill you the Belizean Legends audience as one of Belize's best short stop players in the game. Her creative production in this exclusive interview was made possible here through the videography skills of her daughter who lives with her "Belizean superstar" mother in Chicago, Illinois.

  • BELIZE'S HUMBLE SOFTBALL GIANT---BRENDA JOHNSON-GABROULLE!, 34min. The documentary series, "Belizean Legends", profiled the legendary Belizean softball player and gold medalist, Brenda Johnson-Gabroulle two years ago, who played on the Belize national selection that won the gold medal in the 1974 Central American & Caribbean Games in Santa Domingo. Johnson discusses her softball career in Belize with "Belizean Legends" host Bilal Morris and revisits highlights of the game where Belize won its first gold medal in an international sports competition, and the homecoming reception that the Belize national team received from Belizeans and government alike.

  • SUPA G - Party Insane (Official Music Video), 3min. The official music video for "Party Insane" -- the first single from the upcoming new album! Directors: Ben Popik & Joanna Popik of Island Films

  • Belizean Boil Up | Smacking Noises, 22min.


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