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September 22, 2017


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The San Pedro Sun

San Pedro Veterans to take on Benque Vets FC in semi-finals match
After coming out on top during the regular season of the 2017 Over-40 League, the San Pedro Veterans are in the semi-finals looking for the big win. The tournament between eight veteran football teams from across the country is winding down, with only two games left before the anticipated finals. The first round of the semi-finals matches were played on Saturday, September 16th, where the San Pedro Veterans soundly defeated the Benque Vets FC in a 3 to 1 point game. Also taking the win in their first semi-final game were the Mango Creek Veterans, who defeated the Belize City Kulture Yabra 4 to 0. In the next round, the home team will once again take on the Benque Vets FC at the Ambergris Stadium on Saturday, September 23rd. Everyone is invited to come out and support our football veterans. The game starts at 7:30PM.

Belize commits to sustainable energy future
On Wednesday, September 13th, Belize took a step towards the possibility of providing reliable and sustainable energy to all Belizeans, after a commitment was agreed upon between government officials and members of the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) and Rocky Mountain Institute and Carbon War Room (RMI-CWR). Representing the Government of Belize (GOB) were the Minister of State in the Ministry of Public Service, Energy and Public Utilities, Honourable Frank Mena, Chief Executive Officer of Belize Electricity Limited (BEL), Jeffery Locke, and Chair of the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), John Avery. The platform is meant to provide Belize with a reliable source of energy through participation in the Belize Consolidated Project Plan (CPP).

Mr. Pedro Salazar Sr. honored at the Tribute to the Belizean Patriots award ceremony
A group of outstanding Belizeans were honored on Thursday, September 14th at the annual Tribute to the Belizean Patriots Ceremonies. Among the honorees was Ambergris Caye’s very own Pedro ‘Pete’ Salazar Sr., who was bestowed with the Meritorious Service Award. The award ceremony is part of the September Celebrations, and was held at the Bliss Centre for Performing Arts in Belize City. Don Pedro, as he is affectionately called, has been an educator, politician, community activist and today remains a successful entrepreneur. After graduating from St. John’s College in June of 1963, Don Pedro became a primary school teacher at the San Pedro Roman Catholic School for about a year and a half. He soon saw an opportunity to be of much assistance to his fellow islanders, and thus took employment in the newly established Caribeña Producers Society, chartered in March of 1963. He was initially hired as a cashier/payroll master and due to his dedication and hard work, he ended up becoming the General Manager of the company. Under his guidance, the cooperative achieved its highest peaks of exportation in seafood products, such as lobster, conch, and shrimp.

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Caye Caulker Photos by Carlos Ayala
My Belize! How much I love this Beautiful island and its People's! Happy Independence.

Independence Day Address by Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize

UB 1st “President’s All-Inclusive Endowment Fete”
On Sunday, September 17th UB formally entered the Independence month celebrations calendar with the “UB 1st President’s All-Inclusive Endowment Fete” which literally rocked the roof of the Belize Bird’s Isle in Belize City. “The University of Belize Development & Endowment Fund” was recently established to assist students across the country with scholarships and bursaries and for other capital development at the country’s National University. The financial struggles of students’ families are many and the University of Belize (UB) President Professor Emeritus Clement Sankat has begun this fundraising drive, including this celebratory event in Belize City.

Independence Day Ceremony & Uniform Parade
Belize celebrates it's 36th Anniversary of Independence

A fun filled Independence Day parade in San Pedro Town!
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Independence Day Parade in Belmopan!

The Guardian

Jose Carballo and the PUP refuse new High School for Palmar
Last week we told you about the inauguration of pre and primary schools in the Toledo District. It is always good news when we hear schools are being opened across the country in line with Government’s commitment to ensuring that education is accessible to all. The Government of Belize through the Ministry Of Education’s Implementation project unit is in the process of identifying communities country-wide for the construction of 35 new institutions of learning. This week the news is not so good. Officers of the Unit responsible for conducting surveys and identifying areas where the construction of these schools will have the most impact held a presentation/consultation session in San Jose Nuevo Palmar in the Orange Walk District on Sunday September 17. After having made assessments and surveys in the Orange Walk Area it was decided that Nuevo Palmar was in a strategic position to house a High School, which would service the Louisiana area of Orange Walk Town as well as surrounding villages, where the demographics demand such an institution. Honorable Elodio Aragon who also saw the need for this High School in this area became very instrumental in trying to see that this school be built in Palmar.

BSI breaks ground for $22M investment
Belize Sugar Industries Limited broke ground on Monday September 18 for the construction of facilities that will see the production of direct consumption sugar in Belize. According to a press release, the company will invest Bze. 22 Million dollars in the facility. The decision comes even before the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association has signed on to a cane purchase agreement with the mill. In its release BSI was unapologetic with proceeding with the investment quoting ASR Group VP of International Relations, Mac McLachlan as follows: “In this industry, the convoy cannot sail at the speed of the slowest ship. We need action now. That is why BSI, with the support of all but one of the industry stakeholders, has decided to move ahead with this significant investment for the benefit of the whole industry and nation. We sincerely hope that the divisiveness we have seen in this industry in recent years disappears with the preferential EU pricing that supported this luxury in the past.”

Sharon Fraser appointed New Chief Magistrate
The judicial and Legal Services Commission appointed Ms. Sharon Fraser as the new Chief Magistrate for the Magistrate’s Court on September 1, 2017. Magistrate Fraser is now tasked with the administration of the ten Magistrate’s court country wide. Also announced was the promotion of a new Clerk of Court, Mrs. Diana Hendy who was appointed by the Public Service on August 11, 2017, when Ms. Orleen Pitzold went off on pre-retirement leave. Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser is a Belizean and veteran public officer who first entered the Public Service in October of 1988 as a Customs Officer. In 1993, she applied for study leave where she ventured to fulfill her true passion and left the country to enter law school.

Security company owner kills manager and kills himself
A disturbing double tragedy in Belize City over the weekend has caused 2 families to be caught in the torment of grief. It happened at the Headquarters of the AAA Security Firm last Friday. It is suspected, but unproven at this time, Robert Godfrey, the owner of the security company shot and killed his employee, General Manager Delcie Smith, and then committed suicide. Police have been very delicate about the handling of the case referring to it at this time as a “death investigation”. In a police press conference, held on Monday September 18, Assistant Police Commissioner Joseph Myvette, the Head of national Criminal Investigations Branch, refused to comment on who inflicted the injuries to the victims. When asked about it, he responded, “I think at this point, based on this stage of the investigation, I do not want to answer that.”

Grenade blasts in San Pedro
Law enforcement authorities are reporting that a disturbing first has happened on the island of San Pedro. Someone detonated a grenade in an attempt to attack a family and cause harm or destruction. The explosive was lobbed in the yard of Amancia Martinez, who lives in the San Mateo Area of San Pedro. This particular community is about a mile or so away from Downtown San Pedro, yet, those residents who live closer to the downtown were still able to clearly hear the blast of the explosion. At around 8:20 p.m., on Saturday, September 16, 2 young men were reportedly seen throwing an object into Martinez’s yard, and hastily making a retreat. Moments later, the explosion was heard. The homeowner told police first responders that she was inside her house when she heard the detonation, and then felt her house shake. Those officers immediately realized that it was an explosive device which went off.

Badmouthing the Civic Center
PUP operatives are all lining up to attack the brand NEW BELIZE CITY CIVIC CENTER . Now it is Senator Bacon who is the latest Anti-Civic Center Crusader. Like all other PUPs including his leader Johnny, who has tried to attack the construction of this historical sporting complex, he is referring to the COMPLEX as just a BASKETBALL COURT. Maybe because he like his many co-crusaders are athletically challenged and may not know the difference between a Basketball Court and a Sporting Complex. So in order to teach him the difference we will direct him to first go visit Anglican Cathedral College (ACC) one of his Albert St. neighborhood schools. When he arrives there, he should look for that huge slab of concrete on the ground, that is a basketball court. He can then go to Yabra Cemetery right near the bridge to see another basketball court. Upon completing those two visits, he should go the Belize Civic Center and notice the difference. Word of advice to the Bacon Bandit “KEEP TO WHAT YOU KNOW SIR”

Belize signs visa waiver for diplomatic and officials of India
Today, the Government of Belize and the Government of the Republic of India signed a Visa Waiver Agreement for holders of diplomatic and official/ service passports as a means of deepening bilateral relations. Signing on behalf of the Government of Belize was Minister of Foreign Affairs and Home Affairs Hon. Wilfred Elrington, and on behalf of the Government of the Republic of India was the High Commission of the Republic of India to Belize, His Excellency Muktesh K. Pardeshi.

National 4H Youth Development Center holds orientation in Belmopan
“Getting Back to our Roots with a focus on Agriculture, skills and leadership!” Such is the theme aptly coined for the National 4H Youth Development Center in Belmopan for the 2017-2018 period; as announced during orientation for both trainees and parents. Over a dozen students from across Belize showed up on Monday, September 18, to get guidance from both the staff and teachers at the educational institution that will bring the agriculture vocation as its main focus. We now “Go back to fully agriculture as well as skills development and leadership of our young people,” announced Mr. Martin Castillo, who is now the acting Manager of the National 4H Youth Development Center in Belmopan.

Attorney General’s Ministry Reports on the status of the Implementation of UNCAC
Since acceding to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) on the 12th of December, 2016, significant preliminary steps have been taken towards implementation. The Government of Belize through the Attorney General’s Ministry, the designated Focal Point for UNCAC, has made a concerted and devoted effort to assess the legal and institutional framework in Belize, with the aim of identifying and strengthening anti-corruption regimes in Belize. Contextually, Belize is considered as a country with an economy in transition, as such, any plans and programmes to combat corruption have to be measured in line with Belize’s capacity financially, technically and otherwise. Nevertheless, the Government of Belize on a voluntary basis has subjected Belize to the implementation review mechanism established by the Conference of the State Parties to review and monitor implementation of the UNCAC (the Mechanism). The Mechanism includes a review process that is intergovernmental in nature.

Salvadoran men seeking asylum in Belize
Three Salvadoran men appeared unrepresented before Magistrate Aretha Ford on September 18, 2017 where they were all read a charge of failure to comply with the conditions of their visitors permit. They are 25-year-old Roberto Carlos Ramirez Carpio, a vendor of Antelope Street, 32-year-old Rene Juarez, and 18-year-old Louis Chavez, both of Iguana Street Extension. Carpio has been living in Belize since he entered on August 4, 2017. He was given until September 3, 2017 to remain in the country legally while Juarez, who was issued with a visitor’s permit on July 5, 2017, was given until July 29, 2017 to remain in the country.

Bar association threatens to remove Chief Justice
The Bar Association of Belize met on Friday September 15 when it passed a resolution that if the Chief Justice does not adhere to a timeline he set for passing judgments on 28 matters that are outstanding for anywhere between 2 to 5 years, that they will ask for his resignation. In the resolution that Bar states that “the Hon. Chief Justice’s failure to discharge his constitutional duty to afford litigants a fair hearing within a reasonable time, constitutes misbehavior in office.” They called on Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin to comply with delivery of judgments which he has undertaken. If he refuses to deliver these judgments on the stated dates they request that the CJ resigns. And if he fails to do so they will move to file a complaint to the Judicial and Legal Services Commission to have him removed on the grounds of misconduct.

Belize Global Giving Scholarship Bursary
The University of the West Indies, Open Campus Belize is pleased to announce the recipients of the Belize Global Giving Bursary Scholarship Awards. Awardees were selected for the following awards: • Two (2) Bursaries of BZ$5,000 each and one (1) Bursary of BZ$3,000.00:Graduate includes PhD/EDd/Masters/Post Graduate Diploma

Alcaldes trained and sworn-in in Punta Gorda
On Saturday, September 16th, officials from the Attorney General’s Ministry, including the Attorney General, Hon. Michael Peyrefitte, and the Solicitor General, Nigel Hawke, travelled to Punta Gorda Town where a sensitization training was held for the Toledo Alcaldes Association, followed by an official swearing-in ceremony for the First and Second (Deputy) Alcaldes. Seventy-eight (78) Alcaldes and Second Alcaldes attended the training, where Solicitor General Hawke, joined by Crown Counsels Agassi Finnegan and Marcia Mohabir, presented the Inferior Court Act (the guiding law for Alcaldes), discussed the powers and limitations of the Alcaldes, and presented the way that Alcalde-initiated proceedings are to occur. After the presentations from the Ministry, questions and concerns from the participants were raised and addressed.

Government of Belize to join relief efforts for Dominica
The Government of Belize expresses our distress and sympathy in learning of the damage inflicted upon Dominica and the other Leeward Islands by the deadly Hurricane Maria, a Category 5 storm. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of this devastating storm who may have lost loved ones and who have had their homes and properties destroyed. While the level of devastation is still yet unknown, the Government of Belize stands ready to join with other CARICOM nations to coordinate and support relief efforts in any way possible within our human and financial resources.

Kevin Bernard promotes disunity in September Celebrations
The fiasco that was the crowning of two Queens of the Bay is something that most Belizeans would want to put behind us as quickly as possible. But this is not the case for Kevin Bernard, he continues to promote disunity in the September Celebrations. Traditionally the Queen of the Bay winner, in this case ... Ysaguirre, participates in the Independence day activities in Orange Walk with her being featured on a float during the Orange Walk Carnival. Well it seems that Bernard is totally against this and in an incendiary post on Facebook he posts as follows.

Belize Benefits from the Republic of Korea’s Development Assistance Programme
On Monday, September 18th, the Government of Belize received a donation of office equipment and two vehicles from the Government of the Republic of Korea through an official Development Assistance Programme for the fiscal year 2017. Presenting the donation on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Korea was His Excellency Lee In-ho, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea in El Salvador, and receiving the equipment and vehicles on behalf of the Government of Belize was His Excellency Patrick Andrews, Chief Executive Officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belize.

Coming soon: The Story of Lynam
Most people know the story of Lynam college as an anecdote to Belize’s history. It was an agricultural college that was infamously turned into a prison. And while that may be as much as some know about Lynam, there are a group of alumni from the school who want to change the view of the learning institution turned into prison. Rudolph Bowman, one of the first graduates of the school has undertaken, along with others to write the story of Lynam and the main goal is to, “bring justice to the school and alumni.” Bowman who has spent most of his life in the U.S. is a graduate of the school and had the thought of writing the story of his Alma Mater. He said that, “Lynam became a jail and many people look back at Lynam and remember it more as a jail than as a learning institution, we want to change that perception. We want to show that there were very many good people, nation builders that came out of Lynam; in politics, in government, in agriculture, in teaching, that’s why we want to present the story and that is the story we want people to remember.”

NEMO holds dam-breaking simulation briefing
Deep into the Hurricane/Rainy Season, the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) and related agencies continue to review and refresh their emergency management plan on various fronts. On Tuesday, a briefing was held in advance of a simulation exercise to prepare for the eventuality of a dam-break in the Cayo District. The simulation exercise is to be conducted next week, and the session was to brief all participants, including representatives of Belize Electricity Company Limited (BECOL) and the Department of Environment (DOE) who will be executing the simulation, members of the Emergency Operations Centers (EOC) and NEMO Headquarters staff who will be evaluators of the exercise.

Presentation of Credentials
His Excellency Antoine Evrard, Ambassador of Belgium, presented his Letter of Credence today to the Governor General of Belize H.E. Sir Colville Young at the Belize House in the City of Belmopan. Ambassador Evrard expressed his pleasure in being in Belize during the 36th anniversary of independence, and conveyed his country’s commitment to continue to strengthen bilateral relations with Belize. The Governor General accepted his credentials, welcomed him to Belize and expressed his gratitude to Belgium’s commitment to Belize.

Taiwan donates to the promotion of culture
On Friday September 15th, Taiwanese Ambassador to Belize, H.E. Charles Liu, Handed over a check for one hundred thousand dollars to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture, Hon. Patrick Faber. The money is part of the Taiwanese Government’s continued support for culture in Belize. The money will be used to support some of the September Celebrations activities as well as other culturally based events including the Mr. Peters International Bram to be held at the Central Park in Belize City during the Christmas Season. Other programs will be the gateway steel pan project where youths will be trained in learning to play the steel pan and an Art in School Program which will be extended into secondary schools with a component for teacher training added on.

Standards implemented for new and used tires in Belize
The Belize Bureau of Standards (BBS) in the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Commerce has informed the public that given Section 4(1) of the Standards (Preparation and Declaration) Regulations, 1997 it proposes to recommend to the Standards Advisory Council that the following various draft standards be declared compulsory Belize Standards. Such standards include the following: As a way forward, the BBS facilitated a stakeholder consultation at its headquarters in Belmopan last Friday. There was a morning session for stakeholders of new tires and an afternoon session for stakeholders for used ones where a total of 30 persons participated from across Belize.

Will Maheia the attention seeker - again!
Wil Maheia and the Belize Territorial Volunteers (BTV) were up to no-good again on Saturday, September 16, when they went to the Sarstoon Island to aggravate the Guatemalan navy. Since the BTV’s flamboyant and dangerous missions from August 2015, the Belizean public are very well aware that the Guatemalans have taken a more aggressive and unreasonable stance about the Sarstoon River. Fortunately, the volunteers had not been in the evening news for a while now. So, the attention-starved BTV and their splinter group Northern Territorial Volunteers (NTV) went back for the second Sarstoon Island Eco-Challenge. The premise is simple. It’s supposed to be a kayaking and canoe race from Barranco Village to Sarstoon Island, once around the island, and back to Barranco. Last year, it went off without incident, and so, the agitators among the ranks of the volunteers decided to escalate things this time around.

Tribute to Belizean Patriots 2017
On Thursday September 14 the annual Tribute to Belizean Patriots and awards ceremony was held. A total of 22 exemplary persons received awards of distinction. Of those, two persons received the Order of Distinction while the remaining twenty men and women received the Meritorious Service Award. The annual event was held at the Bliss Institute for Performing Arts and serves as an opportunity to recognize and honor Belizeans who have dedicated their lives to serving their country and people. In a message from the Prime Minister of Belize, the Rt. Hon. Dean Oliver Barrow, the event continues to be an important part of our September celebrations and although it does not draw the crowd of the annual fireworks display, “it has developed into one of the outstanding high points to our celebrations.”

Colombian national stays in Belize illegally, receives jail time
Julian Gonzalez Palomique, a 43-year-old Columbian national and architect, was found living in Belize in violation of the condition of his visitor’s permit. He was taken to court where he appeared unrepresented before Magistrate Aretha Ford. He was read a single charge of failure to comply with the conditions of his visitor’s permit. He pleaded guilty to the charge. The allegations against Palomique are that he entered Belize on July 4, 2017 via the Belize Northern border and was granted a visitor’s permit to remain in Belize until July 21, 2017 but since that, he failed to get further extensions.

Ladyville bus driver robbed
On September 16, 2017 at 8:00pm, Seth Beltzasar, a 21-year-old Belizean bus driver of Marage Road, visited the Ladyville police station and reported that while driving his bus on Egbert Quilter Street earlier that night, he slowed down and two masked men armed with a firearm jump on the bus. One of them hit him with the firearm in his face causing an injury to his lip. The other male person hit him to the back of the head with the firearm and caused another cut wound. A struggle ensued between Beltzasar, the two men, and the conductor of the bus, 17-year-old Hernan Serrano, of Lord’s Bank. One of the male persons relieved the conductor of about $200 and they both made good their escape. Beltzasar was transported to the KHMH.

Bicyclist knocked down on Coney Drive
Police visited the KHMH on September 16, 2017 where 47-year-old Noel Reyes, a resident of a Belama address, was suffering from head and body injuries. Reyes was seen in an unconscious state. Initial investigation revealed that Reyes was riding his bicycle on Coney Drive when a vehicle hit him from behind. The driver of the vehicle did not stop to render any assistance. Reyes is presently at the KHMH where he is listed in a critical condition. Police investigation continues.

Burglar is denied bail
Richard Ferguson, a Belize city certified A/C Technician, has picked up another charged for crimes of dishonesty after he appeared before the Belize City Magistrate’s Court to answer to two counts of burglary. He appeared unrepresented before Magistrate Aretha Ford on September 15, 2017 where he was read two burglary charges. Allegations being made against Ferguson are that on September 13, 2017, he burglarized the home of two residents. He entered the apartment of Criston August as a trespasser and stole a necklace, slippers, a Casio watch, a bed sheet, and other household item, all to a total value of $315.00. He also entered the neighboring apartment, the residence of Pauline Samuels.

One fisherman takes the rap for twelve others
The Belize Fisheries Department was forced to take 13 fishermen to court after they were found in possession of 121 undersized lobsters on board a vessel “Luisanne” on September 6, 2017. The group of 13 appeared unrepresented before Magistrate Aretha Ford on September 18, 2017. The men were read a single charge of possession of undersize lobsters. The fishermen have been identified as Graciano Alfonso Tun; 41, Delcio Jeremias Tun, 31; Adalberto Galindo Mesh, 19; Adir Alexis Tun, 27; Valdir Edgaer Santoya, 31; Wilson Jeovany Santoya, 21; Bernaldo Iginio Santoya, 36; Isair Uriel Mendez, 19; Erbert Joismar Mendez, 28; Marquitos Heraldo Mendez, 37; Cesar Genaro Reyes, 30; and Alvaro Alejandro Babb, 40.

One killed and two injured in separate shootings in Belize City
Santos Miguel Bernardez, a 51 year-old Honduran resident of Belize was the third person to die from gun violence over the weekend. It appears at this time that Bernardez may have not been the intended target, because he was murdered by a gunman who fired into a group of people. Investigations are indicating at this stage that Bernardez was socializing with other persons in a yard on Lara Dunn Street, on Saturday, September 16. At around 9:50 that night, while he and others were playing dominoes, a gunman approached the yard and fired several shots at the group. One of the shots injured Bernardez in the head and he died right there at the table where he was sitting down.

Honduran woman says she just wants to go home to her sick child
Idana Swazo, a Honduran national, appeared unrepresented before Magistrate Aretha Ford on Monday, September 18, 2017 where she was read a single charge of illegal entry into Belize. The allegations against Swazo are that on September 1, 2017, she entered Belize illegally through the banks of the Mopan River in Cayo. The bust was made on September 16, 2017 when personnel from the Mobile Interdiction Team conducted a search at a home on Iguana Street. According to the officers, Swazo was acting suspiciously and when she was asked to produce her papers, she could not. She was escorted to the police station where Immigration officers were called to interview her.

Richard Santiago captures annual September Cycling Criterium
The Cycling Federation of Belize in partnership with the Belize City Council and Leslies Imports held its Annual September Cycling Criterium on Sunday 17th September, 2017, on Albert and Regent Streets in Belize City. In the female category, 1st place went to Alicia Thompson of the Belize Bank Swoosh and she was followed by Kaya Cattouse of C-Ray’s Cycling with 3rd place going to Taralee Ordonez. In the Junior category, 1st place went to Shaun Codd who is unattached, 2nd place went to Derrick Leslie who is also unattached with 3rd place going to Gian Lino of Cabral Marin Cycling Team.

Belize Athletics Association to hold Annual General Assembly
The Belize Athletics Association will hold its 2017 Annual General Assembly at the Edward P Yorke High School, Princess Margaret Drive, on 21st October, 2017 at 2:00 pm. All members are required to pay their 2017 annual dues by the 16th October, 2017. All members are asked to please bring along their identification cards. The highlight of the General Assembly will be the elections of officers for the executive. The closing date for all nominations, proposed motions or other items of business is the 30th September, 2017, and is to be submitted to Mrs. Liesje Chung, Secretary General, at 1440 Coney Drive, Belize City, Belize or by email to belizeathleticsassociation@gmail.com.

Dragons and Belize Bank Bulldogs in the finals of the Belize District Firms’ Basketball competition
The Belize District Basketball Association Firms’ competition will commence its championship round on Friday 22nd September, with the first game in the best of three series at 8:00 pm at Swift Hall in Belize City between the top seed the Dragons and the number two seed the Belize Bank Bulldogs. The second game on the series is scheduled for Saturday 23rd September at 8:00 pm at Swift Hall in Belize City, and if a third game becomes necessary, that game will be played on Friday 29th September, 2017, also at Swift Hall.

The Cayo North Sports Committee announced football winners
The Cayo North Sport Committee has announced that it would like to congratulate all the U13 Teams that came out on Sunday and were a part of their recent tournament. Although they are all winners, congratulations have gone out to YWAM for placing 1st, Hearts Primary 2nd and Heartz FC 3rd. “We look forward for another U13 in the near future. We saw amazing talents out there and we encourage parents to support their kids in the sport,” announced the Cayo North Sports Committee. “A big Thanks to Hon. Dr. Omar Figueroa [Representative for the Cayo North Division] for always making sure that sports play an important role in the lives of our kids and youths.”

Ladyville FC and Sandhill Blue Hawks lead in Leal’s Cup Tournament
The 2017 Leal’s Cup Tournament continued on Sunday 17th September, with four games on the schedule in Sandhill Village. In the first game played, HVYSC defeated Sandhill Scorpions by the score of 2-1. The goal scorers for HVYSC were Curtis Young and Keaton Dyer, while the goal scorer for Sandhill Scorpions was Charles August. In game two, Ladyville FC defeated Sandhill New Site Warriors by the score of 12-0.The goal scorers for Ladyville FC were: David Solozarno (3), David Ramos (2), KevinYoung (2), Trey Everett (2), Raheem Staine, Jael Ottley and Tyrone Parchue.

Belmopan Bandits maintains lead in Premier League Football Competition
The Premier League of Belize 2017-2018 Opening Season competition continued over the last weekend with four games on the schedule. On Saturday 16th September, 2017, at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town, the home team San Pedro Pirates FC edged out Police United FC by the score of 3-2. The host team, San Pedro Pirates FC were the first to make it unto the scoreboard, when Louis Valdez, scored the 1st goal of the game in the 12th minute of play to give his team a 1-0 lead. However, the lead was short lived when Camilo Sanchez scored the equalising goal in the 16th minute of play to tie the score at 1-1. Jesse Smith scored the 2nd goal of the game for the San Pedro Pirates in the 20th minute of play via a penalty kick to give his team a 2-1 lead. The San Pedro Pirates leas was further increase when Hector Martinez scored his team 3rd and final goal of the game in the 29th minute of play for a 3-1 lead.

National Track and Field Championship set for October
The Belize Athletics Association invites all athletes and track enthusiasts once again to be a part of a National Track and Field Championship event. The event will take place at the Marion Jones Sports Complex on October 7-8, 2017. All athletes 16 years and older can participate in the events. Registration forms can be obtained from and returned back to the Belize Athletics Association via email belizeathleticsassociation@gmail.com or from their Facebook page (Belize Athletics Association) or at the Marion Jones Sports Complex. The registration fee to participate in the National Track and Field championship is $10.00. The events will include: 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 4x100m relay, 4x400m relay, Long Jump, Triple Jump, High Jump, Javelin, Shot Put and Discus.

The Reporter

Cases of “Pink Eye” on the rise
Cases of Conjunctivitis, otherwise known as “pink eye” are on the rise, the Ministry of Health has warned. The Ministry reports that the eye infection is prevalent in the northern and central portions of the country. Conjunctivitis causes irritation and reddening of the eyes, which is uncomfortable. It is caused by bacteria or viruses which can spread easily from person to person.

Integrity Commission reminds parliamentarians to declare assets
The Integrity Commission of Belize has reminded people in public life, primarily parliamentarians, of their duty to declare their financial assets for the year 2016. This is in accordance with the Prevention of Corruption Act. In a press release issued Wednesday, the Commission also reminded these people to adhere to certain sections of the Act. In accordance with Section 14 of the Act, the Commission published in the Gazette, dated July 11 of this year, the list of names of people who failed to file a declaration.

Belize celebrates 36 years of Independence
Today Belizeans celebrate our 36th anniversary of Independence from Great Britain. The road to Independence started from the first meeting in 1950, among a group of men, including Leigh Richardson and former Prime Minister, George Price, who felt that the time had come for Belize (then British Honduras) to run the affairs of the country on her own. The men were also against the devaluation of the Belize dollar by the then British Governor. The initial gathering led to a series of public meetings locally and talks with Great Britain, which eventually resulted in Belize attaining Self-Government in 1964. This meant that Belize managed all the ministries, except Foreign Affairs and Defence. Then in 1973, the country’s name was changed from British Honduras to Belize.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

“PetroCaribe will roll it once more!”: PM to Belize
Prime Minister Dean Barrow, during his Independence Day speech today, announced that PetroCaribe will roll it once more! According to Barrow, after announcing last week that Belize would be suspending shipments of fuel coming in from Venezuela under that country’s PetroCaribe program, President Nicholas Maduro dispatched a high-level delegation to Belize to fix the problem. PM Barrow says he met with that delegation on Tuesday and were able to make new arrangements that guarantee reliability of supply for all of Belize’s fuel needs.

Belize celebrates 36th Independence anniversary
By Zoila Palma: Today, Belizeans at home and abroad are celebrating the 36th anniversary of Belize’s Independence from Great Britain. This year’s celebrations are being held under the theme: Belize: Confronting Challenges, Celebrating Triumphs, Renewing our resolve!

Unhappy Independence Day to all Belizeans!
The festive September season, beyond all its shallow liquor-infused profit motivated promotions, should be a time of reflection and evaluation; reflection on our history and the important lessons we ought to have learned and evaluating our current conditions and charting a proper way forward.

Ministry of Health responds to increased reports of “Pink Eye”
The Ministry of Health reports that there is an increase in the number of reported conjunctivitis cases (more commonly known as “pink eye”), particularly in the northern and central health regions.

PUP Leader briefs diplomatic corps on state of Belize
Today at the Biltmore Plaza Hotel in Belize City, the Leader of the Opposition, John Briceño briefed the Resident and Non-resident Ambassadors and other members of the Diplomatic and Consular Corps in Belize on the true state of the country.

Blogs

Shopping for Your Home AND the Largest Retail Space in Belize
When I was invited to visit Mirab’s FURNITURE Store in Belize City – I was all in. I’ve been to their home decor imporium by the water taxi/cruise ship port and I love it. It’s the Target, Macy’s and HomeGoods of Belize. (Here’s my last visit for Mothers’ Day) But it was time to visit the furniture store AND get a sneak drive by peak at the NEWEST Mirab. Located on the Western Highway not far from the furniture store – the soon to be – MEGASTORE! 3 floors, 105,000 square feet, shopping, gathering spot, enveloped in white marble. HOLY MOLY! The homegoods & department store will be open in town until after Christmas while this HUGE space is finished. That store will close when this one opens. I’m excited for the grand opening! But let me show you all of the pictures that I took around the furniture store. I can’t afford everything that I like but it’s so nice to be around beautiful inspirational stuff. I mean…I’m not one who would think of a gold chandelier but…it looks gorgeous. Who knew?

Celebrating September Celebration in Corozal; Uniform Parade 2017 was held at Corozal
Thursday, September 21, 2017, marked the 36th years of Independence Day held in Belize. BDF, Scouts, Students, and teachers, along with other marching Band gathered at the Corozal Civic Center for the Ceremony that commenced at 9am.. Today, schools came out with their uniform to participate in the parade and give tribute and respect our national flag. During the show, Crowning of Miss Independence, Carnival Parade, Dance where awarded on stage. Then, at 10am Uniform Parade and Citizens’ Parade walked through the town of Corozal. Similar ceremonies were held countrywide and included the traditional speeches given by Belize’s foremost parliamentarians, dignitaries and Mayors. After the parade had ended in Maimi Beach after party is being held at this moment in Corozal.

Belize, 36 years old and still partying like a youngster
As expected, this morning’s 10 a.m. Independence Day jump-up parade in San Pedro, Belize, began right on time: about 12:30 p.m. Once it begins, the parade is a force of nature — bodies undulate to mad beats from flatbed sound systems. Fistfulls of hard candy hurl toward scrabbling kiddos. Beers are poured and cups refilled from handy coolers. Brilliant feathers, gaudy gimlet costumery, shiny beads and brilliant smiles create a booty-shaking kaleidoscopic snake that works its way down Middle Street before rounding for home in Central Park. Baby, it’s hot out there, and the steamy weather doesn’t help either. This year, half the parade was nearly AWOL. The incumbent UDP council and its followers and floats and dancers and town employees had long since marched to the finish before the PUP and its contingent reached the end of Middle Street. Hmmm. Was there a little political cock-blocking going on? Remember what the Prime Minister said: “so let it be always: that red and white (UDP) and blue and white (PUP) in the end merge to become red, blue and white.” Ultimately, in Central Park, that is what happened, goaded on by flowing beer, cheap food and loud music. Although, PUP had its own party going on, on Boca del Rio later in the day, with live music from the Caribbean Kings.

International Sourcesizz

New Study Helps Improve Roadmap Essential to Baird’s Tapir Conservation
On the eve of Independence, an important article about our beloved National Animal.
Preventing the extinction of the endangered Baird’s tapir requires an understanding of the specific habitat currently sheltering the estimated remaining 3,000 to 5,000 tapirs across Central America. A new study from Global Wildlife Conservation, the University of Texas, the IUCN SSC Tapir Specialist Group and partners has helped provide the most comprehensive and accurate maps to date of the forests and woodlands these tapirs rely on—and highlights the collaborative spirit of a network of conservationists using these data to save the species. “As our scientific tools and methods continue to advance our understanding of the natural world, it is imperative that we use that information to develop strategies that help prevent extinctions and recover our planet’s biodiversity,” said Cody Schank, a University of Texas PhD student, GWC associate conservation scientist and lead author on the paper. “This is a great example of how cutting-edge science can be designed to inform effective on-the-ground conservation to save a species as unique, charismatic and threatened as the Baird’s Tapir.”

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Happy independence day Belize!!!!

Albert Speer Jr., Architect and Son of Hitler Confidant, Dies at 83
Albert Speer Jr worked on Mahogany Heights and was in Belize twice.
Albert Speer Jr., an internationally prominent architect who sought throughout his life to distance himself from the dark legacy of his father, a member of Adolf Hitler’s inner circle, died on Sept. 15 at his home in Frankfurt. He was 83. His death was announced by his architectural firm, AS & P, in Frankfurt. It said the cause was complications of surgery he had undergone after falling at his home. Mr. Speer was the eldest of six children of Albert Speer, one of Hitler’s closest confidants. The elder Speer was Hitler’s chief architect and later his armaments minister, and was convicted of war crimes for his use of slave labor.

Education, adventure at San Ignacio Resort Hotel in Belize
The iguanas were clamoring on top of each other, pushing each other aside for the chance to nibble on a handpicked leaf. They surrounded us, but far from being creepy or scary, it was an enjoyable part of our experience with the Iguana Project, an on-site conservation program for green iguanas at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel in San Ignacio, Belize. The program started in 1996 out of a concern for declining numbers due to overhunting. It currently has 40 iguanas and 116 eggs. "They are almost endangered, but nobody knows how many are left," said Nigel Velasquez, the tour operator for the project.

A Belizean Resort That Hooks You With Lures And Lavishness
It takes a lot to run a smooth resort operation. It takes even more ingenuity to run one that’s situated so far from civilization. “We’re an hour and a half off [the mainland],” says Alain Allemeersch, who serves as co-general manager of Belize’s Turneffe Island Resort with his wife, Maya. “We know we’re never going to be on the grid for anything.” But for whatever the resort sitting 35 miles from Belize City lacks in accessibility, it more than makes up for with astonishment. Belize is the home of the world-famous Great Blue Hole, a 984-feet-wide sinkhole, and nearby Turneffe takes full advantage of its proximity by offering shark- and scuba-diving excursions at the attraction. The resort is also proud of its fishing opportunities. True anglers know the area well for its bonefish, tarpon and permit, or the elusive “Caribbean Grand Slam.” Turneffe is actively trying to lure more laymen to the property for this very reason.

Videos

  • 2017 San Pedro Independence Day Jump Up Parade, 6min.

  • It's celebration time. Independence Day Parade!! Happy Birthday Belize, 17min. San Pedro

  • Independence Day Address by Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize, 37min.

  • Official Independence Day Celebration in Belmopan, 40min.

  • Itvet culture day with Cocono Bwoy, 8.5min.

  • Antorcha 2017 Belize independence succotz, 9min.

  • Machel Montano (Live) - Leave Me Alone & Fast Wine (Belize 2017), 5min. Machel Montano Live @ Soca Jazz Fest in Belize 2017.

  • Belize Study Abroad Spring Break UNL 2017, 10min.

  • Melvan McGregor and sons of Thunder, belize independence day LA 2017, 5min. Melvan Mcgregor Daughters of Juda/Sons of Thunder...Onstage at Belize independence day celebration in Inglewood ca. Sept 17th 2017

  • San Pedro Parade Part 2, 10min.

  • San Pedro Independence - sweets for all - pinata - San Pedro Style, 6min.

  • Orange Walk 21st Parade, 13min.

  • Miss Shaena Gilharry , Miss East Indian Belize, 1min. Miss Shaena Gilharry , Did a great job at last night's pre Independence celebration. We wish her all the best as she prepares to represent Belize at the International Divali queen pageant in Trinidad and Tobago on October 16

  • Lobster Diving - Belize, 1/4min.

  • Barracuda Shot - Belize, 1min.

  • Belize Independence 21st Celebration, 6min. Celebrating was a song written as a tribute to September 21st, Belize's independence day from England. Fresh off their debut album Midnight Run and their performances on MTV, the group hit their first tour of Central America with Machel Mantano and Xtatic. After 3 shows across Belize the Wooddwellas wanted to write a thank you to fans of their country for all the love and energy they experienced on tour and Celebrating was born.

  • Belize National Dance Company, 3min. BNDC Performing for Belize Independence Day Ceremony 2017.

  • Belize Independence!, 2min. Let me show you guys a bit of how we belizean people celebrate our Indepence. I am a proud brown belisean girl!

  • Canoe/kayak racing belize, sarstoon island eco challenge 2017, 2min.

  • Visiting the JUNGLE in BELIZE!, 3min. We head into St. Herman's blue hole national park to check out the amazing Belize inland blue hole and cave system! After that, we head to the Belize Guatemala border to check out rivers and rope swings. This Belize Jungle adventure was an awesome time!

  • Happy Independence Day to all Belizeans at home in the Jewel, 6min. And to those in the Hills of Scotland , the Aegean Sea in Greece , the old capital of Nija, Accra Ghana . Sydney Australia , Johannesburg South Africa , The Big Apple . Smokey London , Trenchtown Jamaica , Diego Martin TnT , Paris France , Santa Cruz Bolivia , Georgetown Guyana, Taipei Taiwan , Dubai, Haifa Israel , The West Coast , Chitown, The Big Easy

    September 21, 2017

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    Specials and Events

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    The San Pedro Sun

    Opening the official Independence Eve Celebrations
    Speeches by Mayor Daniel Guerrero, Representative of the Opposition Andre Perez and Area Representative Honorable Manuel Heredia Jr.

    Flag raising ceremonies for Independence Celebration
    San Pedro Town counts down to Belize's 36th Anniversary of Independence.

    Island Students Celebrate Independence Day with a Children’s Rally
    With the purpose of promoting patriotism among Belizean children during the September Celebrations, the annual Children’s Rally was celebrated across the country on Friday, September 15th. San Pedro Town was no exception, with upper division, primary and secondary school students, along with educators of San Pedro Town gathering at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium to celebrate Belize’s 36th Independence. Under the theme “Belize: Confronting Challenges! Celebrating Triumphs! Renewing our Resolve”, they all enjoyed musical performances, poems and drama, as well as an inspirational speech from Ismael Kay. The Children’s Rally commenced with a musical rendition of the National Anthem performed by the San Pedro High School (SPHS) music class. Mistress of Ceremonies Maryurit Trimino then invited two students from Isla Bonita Elementary School to give the welcome address. Each participating school had a presentation, showcasing their patriotism and delighting the crowd in attendance.

    Ambergis Caye Fishing Guide Association holds a consultation at San Pedro Lion’s Den
    The Ambergris Caye Fishing Guide Association (ACFGA), held a meeting at the San Pedro Lion’s Den on Wednesday, September 13th. Attending the meeting were fishermen and stakeholders who had a variety of topics to discuss. At the top of the agenda were the results from a petition that had been submitted to the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) by the ACFGA, along with other fishing associations throughout Belize. The petition was submitted the month prior, and focused on some issues fishermen were facing due to their boat size, number of passengers, and requirements from the Belize Port Authority (BPA). Some fishermen claim that while aboard their ‘lanchon’ boats, whether on the job or simply running errands, they are sometimes stopped by the BPA and given a summons. The summons is a result of requirements that currently ask boat owners to have a helper on board any boat 24 feet and under, with or without passengers.

    Lina Point inaugurated on Ambergris Caye
    Lina Point Over Water Island Resort held its ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday September 16th. In attendance were the Mayor of San Pedro Town, Daniel Guerrero, and Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Manuel Heredia Jr., Developer Rick Jennings, wife Chelsie and their daughters Kyla and Angelina welcomed a host of family and friends, employees and invited guests to a fun evening celebrating the start of their new venture. Construction began in 2014, and the ceremony celebrated the completion of the main building, which houses eight 1-bedroom suites, a pool, rooftop restaurant ‘Hooked’, a game room, bar and lobby. Two over-water cabañas have been completed, with six more to be built over the next year. Jennings gave a brief tour to guests, showcasing the over-water buildings designed to capitalize on the free-flowing water below, visible from the glass tiles underfoot. An outdoor plunge pool on the outdoor deck offers leeward island vistas.

    Red Cross hosts blood drive on Ambergris Caye
    The Belize Red Cross, San Pedro Branch (BRCSPB) hosted a successful blood drive on Saturday, September 16th in San Pedro Town. Held at the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II, a total of 15 pints of blood were collected from 9AM to 3PM. While potential donors made their way to the clinic, a dollar drive was held on the streets, collecting a grand total of $362.77. According to the BRCSPB, donors began arriving from early in the day, providing the much needed units of blood for Ambergris Caye’s reserves at the blood bank. They reiterated the importance of donating blood, which in return can save the life of someone else. The BRCSPB encourages island residents to donate on a regular basis in order to keep the stock of blood for the island at its highest level. The blood is then available for any islander who may need a blood transfusion in the case of an emergency, thus, it is important to support and donate all blood drives, which take place every three months.

    Ambergris Today

    Government Of Belize To Join Hurricane Relief Efforts For Dominica
    In a press release issued yesterday, Tuesday, September 19, 2017, the Government of Belize has expressed its distress and sympathy in learning of the damage inflicted upon Dominica and the other Leeward Islands by the deadly Hurricane Maria, a Category 5 storm. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of this devastating storm who may have lost loved ones and who have had their homes and properties destroyed,” stated the press release. While the level of devastation is still yet unknown, the Government of Belize stands ready to join with other CARICOM nations to coordinate and support relief efforts in any way possible within our human and financial resources.

    Misc Belizean Sources

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    Government of Belize to Join Relief Efforts for Dominica
    The Government of Belize expresses our distress and sympathy in learning of the damage inflicted upon Dominica and the other Leeward Islands by the deadly Hurricane Maria, a Category 5 storm. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of this devastating storm who may have lost loved ones and who have had their homes and properties destroyed. While the level of devastation is still yet unknown, the Government of Belize stands ready to join with other CARICOM nations to coordinate and support relief efforts in any way possible within our human and financial resources. The Government encourages all Belizeans who are able to offer some form of assistance to the Government and people of Dominica to do so by supporting local relief initiatives being undertaken by reliable agencies, businesses or organizations.

    SBDC Workshop: INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS TAX
    Presented by: Mrs. Lisa Clare, Ag. Supervisor of Objection, Appeal and Training, Income Tax Department. Location: Welcome Center, San Ignacio, Cayo. Workshop Date: 28th September, 2017. Time: 9am to 12 noon. Free of cost. Income Tax was enacted in Belize in 1924 and remained in that basic form up to July 1998, when Business Tax was introduced. The Legislation is now called "The Income And Business Tax Act", with an effective date of January 1999 in its current form. The Act is divided into three parts with Income Tax under Part 1, Income Tax on Profits arising from Petroleum under Part 11 and Business Tax under Part 111. This Information session will help you understand the ACT in details.

    Exhibitions: "Frida & Diego: A Smile at the Crossroads" and "Mexican Cities: World Heritage"
    Embassy of Mexico to Belize invites you to attend the opening of the following exhibitions: "Frida & Diego: A Smile at the Crossroads" and "Mexican Cities: World Heritage" They are unveiled on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 6:30 PM at the Mexican Cultural Institute on Newtown Barracks & Wilson Street in Belize City

    Belize City Parade Participants

    Great News! Employment Opportunities! Apply Now!
    The U.S. Embassy has two job openings: Generator Mechanic and a Plumbing/Carpentry Foreman. The U.S. Mission in Belize provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation. The Department of State also strives to achieve equal employment opportunity in all personnel operations through continuing diversity enhancement programs.

    Happy Independence Day Belize!
    by Oceana Belize. Natural colors are our national colors. Our challenges are many but our resolve is strong. By working together, we can celebrate the triumph of a bright future that includes clean energy, sustainable resource management and bountiful beauty. May God bless Belize. Happy Independence Day Belize.

    Ya'axche Institute dontaes seedlings
    Ya'axche Institute for Conservation and Education (YICE) donated 100 seedlings to University of Belize, which were planted yesterday in commemoration of National Service Day.

    Caye Caulker ready for Celebrations!

    Ministry of Health Responds to Increased Reports of Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)
    The Ministry of Health reports that there is an increase in the number of reported conjunctivitis cases (more commonly known as “pink eye”), particularly in the northern and central health regions. Conjunctivitis is an irritation of the eye, which is very uncomfortable, caused by bacteria or viruses which can spread easily from person to person. Symptoms of conjunctivitis include: • Redness in the white of the eye or inner eyelid • Watery eyes

    Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Upgrade of Hopkins Village Main Street and Water System Phase 1
    The public is hereby informed of the groundbreaking ceremony of the Banana Accompanying Measures (BAM) 2013 – Upgrade of Hopkins Village Main Street and Water System Phase 1 Project, on the 22nd September 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Basketball Court, Hopkins Village, Stann Creek District. The upgrade of Hopkins Village Main Street and Water System Phase 1 for a length of 3.2 km (2 miles), worth a total of € 1,222,220.48 (BZ$ 2,688,885.10), is being financed by the European Union and the Government of Belize through funds from the BAM 2013 programme. The Hopkins Village Main Street is of major importance for the social development of southern Belize. The village main street rehabilitation includes the supply, construction, installation and completion of over three (3) kilometers of road with base material and double chip seal to pavement standards; eighty (80) meters of road concrete pavement; three hundred (300) meters of concrete culverts and nearly three (3) kilometers of vee drains; over six (6) kilometers of water supply pipeline with assemblies and fittings along the road; two (2) concrete pedestrian crossings; road markings and over hundred (100) traffic signs.

    CARICOM Commends Belize's Contribution to CARICOM as it Marks its 36th Independence Anniversary
    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has commended the “invaluable contribution” of Belize as it marks its 36th Independence Anniversary. The Central American CARICOM Member State celebrates its independence on Thursday 21 September under the theme Belize: Confronting Challenges! Celebrating Triumphs! Renewing our Resolve! In a congratulatory message sent to Prime Minister of Belize, The Hon. Dean Barrow, CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque commended his leadership in the CARICOM Quasi-cabinet for Justice and Governance. “The Community is also highly appreciative of Belize’s initiative to encourage dialogue and collaboration between CARICOM and Central America.

    HERE IS THE FINAL LINE UP FOR THE INDEPENDENCE DAY 2017 JUMP UP PARADE!
    PLEASE TAKE NOTE. LINE UP STARTS AT 9 AM AND PARADE STARTS AT 10 AM. SEE YOU THERE! LONG LIVE BELIZE!

    Happy Independence Day Celebrations to everyone from all of us in Sarteneja!
    SACD was honored to once again be part of the Independence Day schools parade for this year. Here are some photos of yesterday's schools parade.

    Belize Fishing Report, Sept. 11th - Sept. 17th, 2017
    After a week like last week it is hard to top, but as usual, the bonefishing remains strong. All of our anglers are catching bonefish when fishing for them. There are so many bonefish around at any given time that even if you are not a seasoned angler, you will be successful. Come join us in the bonefish fun.

    Channel 7

    American Couple Accused of Child Cruelty David and Anke Doehm Back to Court
    After a month's adjournment, Americans David and Anke Doehm went back to Magistrate's Court today for the continuation of the case against them for the charge of cruelty of to a child. They're waiting for the prosecution to provide them with the rest of the evidence which will be used to prove that they are criminally responsible for the death of their 13 year-old adopted daughter, Faye Lin Cannon. At the last hearing, Crown Counsel Jacqueline Willoughby informed the court that the prosecution was waiting for the results of forensic tests which will make up part of the evidence the Doehm's will have to face. There was an undertaking that if those results were ready, they would be disclosed to the defendants on today's date, if not, the case would be adjourned to a further date to allow for more time.

    Amy Forte's Attorney Doesn't Want To Speak
    Opposition Leader John Briceno says that he's disappointed that the police won't investigate Amy Forte's allegation that someone forged her signature in a fraudulent land conveyance to Andre Vega. The land Vega got was private, so the Ministry of Natural Resources, which was being led by Vega's father, Gaspar Vega, compensated him with 7 acres of prime real estate on Mosquito Caye. When Forte brought it to the attention of Prime Minister Dean Barrow, he cancelled the title; while Andre Vega said that he gave it back. So, it's a dubious case, but at this moment, it appears that no further action is being taken.

    Belize Coalition for Natural Heritage Takes On Elrington For Dissing Offshore Moratorium
    Last night on 7News, you heard Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington blast the entire concept of conservation and diss the idea of an offshore moratorium. He said he couldn't rationalize it in a country where there is so much need. Here's how he put it to a gathering of UB students and lecturers at a Security Symposium on Monday: Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Home Affairs: "We can't pay for hospital. We can't pay for education. We can't pay for schools, but we are not supposed to touch the petroleum. We are not even to find out what is there, because the attitude is don't touch it. I don't know why it's being left there. The history has shown that you can exploit petroleum. But we are not into find out what we have. Because somehow or the other that's going to hurt us. That's going to destroy the reef. In this day and age we have got to think for ourselves. Because if you are starving, but it is content first to starve so as to ensure that the fishes are there - that the manatees are going to survive, why the human beings are dying. I can't rationalize it."

    Her Daughter Was Murdered, And Now Her House Burnt Down
    On Monday night at around 11:00 on a back street in Mahogany Heights, a bungalow house burnt down to nothing. The house belonged to tourism Police Officer, Joy Dougall. Sadly, this is not the first major loss for her. In June of last year, her 17 year old daughter Jasmine Petillo was viciously stabbed to death and now her house is gone. We did go to the scene of the fire but Dougall was not available for an interview - and when we reached her later, she declined comment. We were able to speak to her neighbor who saw the fire.

    OW Woman Alleges Rape, then Being Left On Road Nude
    There is a very disturbing sexual assault report coming out of the north. A 21 year old woman told police she was raped and then dumped naked on the side of the road in Orange Walk town. The woman reported to police that on Monday morning after 10:00 she got into a green taxi on Zericote Street. She says she doesn't remember anything after that. Only that she woke up naked on the side of road at the junction of Liberty Avenue and Belize Corozal Road by Zeta Auto Parts. Her clothes, phone and purse were all thrown beside her. She says she got up, put on her clothes and walked unto Riverside Street until she came up to her cousin's house. A medical examination certified that she had been raped. The police don't have much to go on at this point - the license plates are unknown and the only description the woman gave is that the man is black, slim built and he had on a cap. Police have not released any information on this report, but we will keep following up.

    Scary Motorbike Collision on Albert Street
    There was a scary motorbike collision yesterday evening at the junction of Albert and King Streets. It happened at 5:10 pm, just as everyone was heading home from work in the downtown area. As this security video from Mikado shows, a Ford Focus Sport is crossing from one side of King Street to the other, across Albert Street. The driver doesn't make a full stop, because all she can see coming is a slow moving car. So she starts to drive across the intersection, which is when this Kawasaki Motorbike whips out from behind the slow moving car, and jets into view. The driver of the car sees it racing to her, and not knowing what to do, she freezes and stops in the middle of the intersection. That's when the motorbike hits the car's front fender at high speed and the driver flies over the hood and lands on the street.

    Three Way Pile-up With Vehicle Being Towed
    There was another accident on the Hattieville Boom Road, near Fresh Pond, some time around midday today. We found the Chevy 1500 Pickup truck with the driver's side door smashed in. That's after the authorities flipped it over, because as these pictures show, the truck actually came to a stop while completely flipped over and its wheels in the air. There was also this blue Jeep Patriot with its front end extensively damaged. Police say that a Gold GMC Canyon, which was being driven by Anna McCauley, was towing the grey Chevy pickup. Francis McCauley was in the driver's seat of the Chevy pickup, and he was steering it. The towing strap gave way, and sent the Chevy pickup in the opposite lane. The Jeep Patriot, which was being driven by Raymond Garbutt, was driving by at the same time, and he couldn't avoid the pickup. They crashed into each other, the impact sent the Chevy pickup barreling off to the side of the road.

    Hurricane Maria, The Images From Dominica Show What She Did
    Tonight, as Hurricane Maria continues to churn towards Turks and Caicos, the storm has been downgraded to a Category 2. But that's after pommeling Puerto Rico and St. Crioix in the US Virgin Islands as a category 4 storm. The damages on those US territories are still being calculated, but tonight more is known of the damages to the Caribbean Nation of Dominica. At least 8 people are dead, and as these images show, destruction caused by the 175 miles an hour winds is massive and widespread. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has officially declared a state of emergency and a curfew from 4 PM to 8 AM. There are no phone services - only satellite phones, and Hartley Henry, the Principal Advisor to Prime Minister Skerrit put out a statement saying there has been tremendous loss of Housing and Public buildings. Here's what he told ABS TV in Antigua this morning:

    Death Toll Keeps Going Up In Mexican Quake
    And from that unfolding wide-scale disaster in our Caribbean sister state, to a tragedy of untold dimensions in our neighbor to the north. Mexicans in the states of Morelos and Puebla are still trying to recover after yesterday's 7.1 magnitude earthquake. This is the second earthquake in Mexico in 12 days. The first one struck off Mexico's west coast near the border with Guatemala. That was an 8.1 magnitude - one of the country's most powerful quakes in a century. As we showed you, many Belizeans felt the effects. 61 Mexicans died during that quake but yesterday's powerful tremor has caused more deaths - up until this morning it was at 220 and counting.

    Man Critical After Libertad Stabbing
    A man was stabbed in Libertad village, Corozal last night. Not much information is known at this time, all police have at this point is that at about 10:00, 33 year old Juan Rosado was stabbed to his upper body while socializing. Rosado is listed in critical condition at the Northern Regional Hospital.

    Integrity Commission Tells Politicians To File
    The Integrity Commission, of which much has been said, but from which nothing has been heard since their swearing in ceremony in January, released a statement today. They say that they've contacted all politicians elected to public office to advise them that they need to file a declaration of their financial affairs for the year ending December 31, 2016. The Commission has also reminded these elected politicians that they need to adhere to the Prevention of Corruption Act, and for those who did not file, their names were published as part of a list in the July 11 Gazette. That list of the delinquent public office holders who have still not filed a declaration of their assets has since been sent to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

    Bail for a Murderer?
    Last Thursday, we told you about the very shaky start to the murder trial of 30 year-old Nelson Henry. The prosecution's main witness against him is a former police officer, who is not cooperating with the prosecution. And now, Henry's attorney, Oscar Selgado, wants him released on bail. Now, in 99% of cases, defendants charged with murder aren't eligible for bail, but Selgado has made an application before Justice Adolph Lucas. He told the court that Henry is entitled to bail on two grounds. He submitted that under Section 5 and 6 of the constitution, all citizens have a fair trial within a reasonable time. In this case, Henry has been on remand for 6 years for the murder of Edward Lord Jr.

    Shooting Victim Aaron King Recovering
    On Monday we told you about the shooting involving Aaron King. King was shot a total of three times while at a party on Sunday. When last we reported on him, he was in critical condition at the KHMH on Monday. Today his sister Shakera Young told us he is doing ok and is in stable condition right now.

    Pink Eye Plentiful
    The Ministry of Health is warning the public to be on the lookout for pink eye - because there's an increased number of cases being reported, especially in the Belize, Orange Walk and Corozal Districts. By now, most of us are familiar with the symptoms of pink eye which include redness in the white of the eye, watery eyes, itchy eyes, and blurred vision. But most importantly, it's highly contagious, so if you or someone you know is experiencing any of the symptoms you should seek help from your nearest healthcare facility and stay away from public places until the infection begins to clear.

    PUP Leader Gives Ambassadors An Earful
    He may be giving his national address tomorrow, but today at the Biltmore Plaza Hotel, Opposition Leader John Briceno gave a preview to the Resident and Non-resident Ambassadors and other members of the Diplomatic and Consular Corps on what a PUP release calls "the true state of the Nation." The ambassadors visit Belize annually for the Independence Day Ceremonies, and, it seems, Briceno gave them an earful of the world according to John! According to a PUP release, quote, "diplomats were briefed on the rampant corruption in public office, the refusal of the Government to allow the Public Accounts Committee and the Integrity Commission to perform their proper functionsthe threat to our democracy by the armed forces attacking the media and the members of Opposition at peaceful demonstrations..." you get the idea, the full blue bill and receipt. The address also referred to recent developments between Belize and Guatemala.

    When Will PUP Have a City Slate?
    So, while the Opposition Leader had a lot to say to the Diplomatic Corps about what the PUP says is "the true state of the Nation", yesterday he couldn't tell us exactly when his party is going to launch their City Council slate for Belize City. The March 2018 Municipal Elections are getting closer, and voters of Belize City, the UDP stronghold, still doesn't have an option from the PUP to consider as yet. So, we asked John Briceno what's the hold up, and here's what he had to say: Hon. John Briceno - Leader of the Opposition: "As I've been saying, over and over, Daniel, and maybe you might not believe it, but we do have more than 10 candidates. But, for us, I know that Belize City is the garrison of the UDP. I mean, they have spent over 200 million dollars of our tax payer's money in Belize City, and they want to make sure that they have an impregnable fort."

    BTIA Tells Hoteliers Not To Buy Off-season Conch
    On Monday, we show you the huge conch bust made by the Fisheries Department working with the Belize Audubon Society. Well, tonight, the Belize Tourism Industry Association is congratulating them for the confiscation of 8,980 pieces of out of season conch weighing 1,500 pounds. The BTIA says, quote, "While we are pleased with the results of this conch bust, we recognize that much more needs to be done to protect our fisheries resourcesWith only 13 enforcement officers and limited fuel, the Fisheries Department will not be able to meaningfully deter and eliminate illegal fishing over the long term."

    US Child Labour Survey Shines Red Light on Belize
    The US Bureau on International Labour Affairs today issued its 2016 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labour. Right off the bat, Belize is listed as a country that made minimal advancement in eliminating child labour. All other countries in Central America were judged to have done better. The report found that the minim age for work - which is below the age of 14 - does not conform to international standards. The international standard is 15 years. It adds that prohibitions on child commercial sexual exploitation are inadequate in Belize. The report notes that, quote "Children in Belize perform dangerous tasks in agriculture. Children also engage in the worst forms of child labor, including in commercial sexual exploitation, sometimes as a result of human trafficking." End quote. It adds that, quote, "Children in Belize are increasingly being trafficked for commercial sexual exploitation in areas frequented by tourists or seasonal workers, such as truckers and citrus workers." End quote.

    Senate Inquiry "Paying The Press?"
    The Senate Special Select Committee conducting the inquiry into immigration Irregularities is pushing for total transparency in immigration affairs. But it hasn't been operating by that same standard. We say that because last week, the Business Senator let it slip that his brother Pete's cable company, CCV was being paid one thousand five hundred dollars per session of the hearings to broadcast the event exclusively on his cable network. Now, they do a fine job - even if only their subscribers and those of their affiliates - which is about 75% of the country can see it. But, fair is fair, $1,500 per session is far below the market rate - basically, they're doing it on the cheap. But, the facts remain, no other media house was asked to bid, and as a general rule, no one else gets paid to cover meetings in the National Assembly building. And besides all that, weren't we all told in September that the business Senator's brother was not being paid to cover the meetings? That's what PUP Senior Senator Eamon Courtney said after the UDP Guardian printed otherwise:...

    Shoes For Students
    School is back in session and most kids had no problem getting equipped with all the gear they need for school. But some are not so lucky - and can't even afford a pair of tennis shoes. High School Teacher Ruby Reyes observed this and was inspired to start the change. She told us how she got over a hundred pairs of sneakers for deserving kids: Ruby Reyes, Shoe Drive Organizer: "The shoe drive is basically an initiative from what I saw in the big falls community. I thought there for four years and I saw the need for school shoes and then I left unfortunately and then I came here at SCA and SCA has this sort of charity program whereby they assist students in need like with uniform and school supplies and I wanted to do something similar like that for my community."

    Hilary's Favorite Hot Sauce
    Defeated US Presidential Candidate Hilary Clinton's new book, named, "What Happened" tells all about her campaign, the eventual loss to Donald Trump and the devastating aftermath. And while that's for the fans of US politics to devour - one thing did catch our eye. On page 203, Clinton talks about her favorite pepper sauce, which just happens to come from Belize. She writes, quote, "Several of us put hot sauce on everything. I've been a fan since 1992, when I became convinced it boosted my immune system....We were always on the lookout for new concoctions....Julie the videographer came back from vacation in Belize with four little bottles of the best hot sauce any of us have ever had: Marie Sharp's. We immediately loved the red habanero pepper flavor the most. Everyone quietly jockeyed for that bottle, then handed it over sheepishly when confronted. Eventually we realized we could just order more, and peace returned."

    A Cacao Committee
    When we talk about Belize's leading industries, Cacao isn't the first thing that comes to mind. But it is thriving. In March of this year we told you just how interested Europe is in using Belizean cacao to make their chocolates. It is a huge endorsement for the industry and that means the cacao farmers have to ensure that they are ready to take it to the next level. And to make this happen, a group of stakeholders formed the first ever Belize National Cacao Committee last week Thursday in San Pedro Columbia Toledo. In a release it states "The newly-formed committee is tasked with moving the cacao industry forward in an organized and unified manner by determining the needs of the cacao industry, in consultation with stakeholders, and lobbying the government to secure policies to support those goals." One of the members told us more.

    South Korea Cares
    On Monday, the Government of Belize received a donation of office equipment and two new vehicles from the Republic of Korea..The donation is specifically for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the hope is that it increases their capacity. CEO Pat Andrews told us more: The Republic of Korea and Belize are also commemorating 30 years of established diplomatic relations this year.

    Frankie's Freedom
    And we close tonight as we always do on the 20th...with the grandeur of Frankie Reneau's extravagant, extended rendition of the national anthem. Enjoy, and stay tuned to Channel 7 tonight for all local programming which culminates in the Flag Raising at the memorial park. And join us tomorrow in Belmopan for the Independence Day Official Ceremonies... And from all of us here at channel 7 have a great Independence Day, and we'll see you back here on Friday.

    Channel 5

    Chamber Intervenes to Stop Freeze in Senate Allocation
    On the eve of independence, the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry has sent a strong letter to Prime Minister Dean Barrow, asking that he retract the financial ceiling for [...]

    D.P.P. Wants More from Integrity Commission on Late Declarations
    Earlier this year, the Integrity Commission’s decision to require declarations filed dating back only to 2016, not to 2012 as originally asked for, raised ire from the Opposition, which questioned [...]

    Foreign Minister Wants Verification of Sarstoon B.T.V. Incident
    The issues of sovereignty and territorial integrity are ever present in the minds of Belizeans at this time. This morning, the Foreign Minister of Belize, Wilfred Elrington, met with visiting [...]

    I.C.J. Still the Only Way
    There is still no protocol on the Sarstoon, even though the Foreign Minister was told by his then counterpart, Carlos Raul Morales that one would be concluded. But Elrington believes [...]

    Sedi Disparages Eamon; Says Guats Will Stay the Course
    The Foreign Minister has been a lightning rod for years. Many have called for his removal for statements he has made such as “artificial borders” and most recently, his persistence [...]

    What Does Opposition Want?
    The Opposition withdrew from talks with Guatemala because it was not kept wholly in the loop and has said that it had no confidence in the conduct of the FM [...]

    Belizeans Tell News Five What the Jewel Means to Them
    Most of Central America and Mexico celebrate independence this month. The youngest of the bunch, Belize, became an independent nation back on September twenty-first, 1981. In a few hours, the [...]

    P.U.P. Wants ‘Best’ Team for City Municipals
    The race to the 2018 municipal elections will resume in earnest in the coming weeks. While the People’s United Party has candidates in place in the north and west, all [...]

    Elrington Says U.D.P. Handling Corruption Better than P.U.P.
    Charges of rampant corruption continue to plague the Barrow administration, amid ongoing scandals involving former Minister of Natural Resources Gaspar Vega.  But the Prime Minister Barrow has responded saying, “What [...]

    Opposition Says Dissident Ministers Must Leave Cabinet
    But Opposition Leader John Briceño believes that the current administration is the most corrupt and incompetent the country has ever seen. He says it was the antithesis of their platform [...]

    Where is the Plan to Fight Crime?
    John Briceño has unfailingly linked the issue of crime to economic activity and opportunity or the lack thereof. But with the resurgence of major crimes, particularly in south side Belize [...]

    Meetings Held, But No Resolution on Petrocaribe Stoppage
    News Five has confirmed with the local Petrocaribe office that meetings took place this week hoping to hash out a solution to delivering fuel from Venezuela under the Petrocaribe Accord [...]

    Environmentalists Hit Back as Sedi Champions Offshore Drilling
    At Monday’s University of Belize lecture on security threats to Belize, Minister of Foreign and Home Affairs Wilfred Elrington made pointed comments at the environmental lobby against offshore drilling for [...]

    Death Toll Rises in Mexico Quake; Belize Authorities Looking for Our Own
    More than two hundred and twenty people, including twenty-one school children, are dead in Mexico after Tuesday’s seven point one earthquake. The deadly quake toppled buildings and cut off power [...]

    Dominica Counts Cost of Hurricane Maria
    Within a span of fifteen hours, Hurricane Maria went from a category one to a category five storm. The catastrophic storm hit the island of Dominica on Monday night – [...]

    “The Puerto Rico and the San Juan That We Knew Yesterday Is No Longer There…”
    After the hurricane devastated that island, it moved over towards the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico where it made landfall on Puerto Rico shortly after six this morning as [...]

    Independence Eve, 36 Years Ago
    Back in 1981, the then Premier of Belize, the Right Honorable George Price’s led this country to independence and at midnight, for the first time, the red, white and blue [...]

    A Visit to the 21st Expo Belize Marketplace
    The twenty-first anniversary of the Expo Belize Market Place was a landmark event with a whopping one hundred and four companies utilizing one hundred and ninety booths. The figures are [...]

    CTV3

    Corozal Police Seeks Advice From DPP On charges For Fatal Traffic Accident
    Corozal Police authorities have indicated to CTV-3 News that they are awaiting on legal guidance from the office of the Director of Public Prosecution to know whether they will proceed with charges against 41 year old Francis Sharp in relation to the traffic accident that occurred on September 9th, which claimed the life of a Corozal Town mother of two while injuring two others. 40 year old Claudia Arana Martinez, one of the victims, passed away on Friday September 15th morning at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in Belize City due to serious injuries she sustained.

    BPP & PUP Chastise GOB For Inaction At Sarstoon
    The main Opposition, People’s United Party, also released a statement on the issue, stating its [quote] “strongest condemnation of the actions of the Guatemalan Armed Forces and the inaction of the Government following the blatant harassment of Belizeans within out territorial waters” [end quote]. The PUP notes in its statement that Guatemalans stationed at the Sarstoon have maintained operational control of the entire Sarstoon River, and the Government of Belize through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has committed a gross error in allowing this to happen. The PUP adds that on various occasions SATIIM rangers have been turned back from routine patrols of the Sarstoon Temash National Park.

    Chunox Fishermen Charged for Undersized Lobster
    On Saturday September 16th thirteen fishermen from the village of Chunox in the Corozal District were caught by a team of officers from the fisheries department in possession of over one hundred undersized lobsters. The officers were conducting patrol around the lighthouse atoll when they spotted the vessel and proceeded to execute a search which resulted in the discovery of 121 lobsters not exceeding the prescribed 4 ounces. All thirteen men were charged for the undersized lobsters, today in court however Thirty one year old Delcio Tun, one of the fishermen caught assumed possession of the lobsters and pled guilty to the charge of possession of undersized lobsters.

    Ambassador Of Belgium Presents Credentials To GG
    His Excellency Antoine Evrard, Ambassador of Belgium, presented his Letter of Credence today to the Governor General of Belize H.E. Sir Colville Young at the Belize House in the City of Belmopan. Ambassador Evrard expressed his pleasure in being in Belize during the 36th anniversary of independence, and conveyed his country’s commitment to continue to strengthen bilateral relations with Belize. The Governor General accepted his credentials, welcomed him to Belize and expressed his gratitude to Belgium’s commitment to Belize.

    GAF Harasses Participants Of Sarstoon Eco-Challenge
    The second annual Sarstoon Island Eco Challenge took place on Saturday September 16th. This is a canoe race which sees paddlers leave from Barranco towards the Sarstoon Island. The winner is the one who circles the Sarstoon Island first, along the Belize side of the Southern Channel, and does it in the shortest time period. The event also seeks to raise awareness not only of the geographic location of the island, but also of the vulnerability of the environment. This year’s event didn’t occur with less controversy than last year as there are reports that up to five Guatemalan Armed Forces boats showed up, entered Belizean waters and intimidated the participants in the race. According to one of the Belize Territorial Volunteer leaders David Espadas, although it’s not his first time in the Sarstoon area, and neither was it the first time the Guatemalan military show their presence, it still made him a bit nervous.

    LOVE FM

    Will Petrocaribe keep rolling?
    Love News has confirmed with a high government official that PetroCaribe is back on track. According to our source, the Venezuelan delegation met with Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Dean Barrow yesterday and it is safe to say that the suspension is expected to be lifted pretty soon. The delegation left today and we […]

    Integrity Commission calls on elected officials to submit financials
    The Integrity Commission of Belize has still not received the full cooperation of persons in public office as many are yet to declare their financial affairs for 2016. That is what the Commission announced today in a press release. On July 15, the Commission gazetted a list of these individuals. These included ten members of […]

    Opposition Leader says Government has no clue in fighting crime
    Crime in the country continues on an upward trend and the number of violent crimes in Belize City alone has seen a surge over the last weeks. To date, there are ninety-seven murders. The statistics are concerning, but not for Minister of Home Affairs Wilfred Elrington. In his address at the University Of Belize at […]

    Opposition Leader gears up for Independence Day speech
    It is the eve of Belize’s Independence and as is customary, the country’s Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition will gather in Belmopan to address the nation at the Independence Day Celebrations. On Tuesday, Opposition Leader John Briceño explained why he missed the September tenth ceremonies. He will, however, be present for tomorrow’s […]

    UNDP host member of diplomatic corps
    Every year United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, and UN Agencies host international diplomats in Belize. The purpose is to bring diplomats such as ambassadors and representatives from cooperation agencies to discuss how to jointly advance the development of Belize. UNDP Country Representative, Christian Salazar, told us more. Christian Salazar – UNDP Country Representative “This was […]

    CARICOM Consular Corps to send aid to Hurricane victims
    As Hurricane Maria continues its destructive path across the Caribbean, some members of the CARICOM Consular Corps have mobilized in order to assist affected Caribbean citizens. The group has collected canned goods, clothing, baby diapers and toiletries. The items will be shipped immediately through the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency. The corps includes the Consul […]

    International delegation visits Adjacency Zone
    Yesterday, a delegation of European Union Ambassadors visited the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States Office in the Belize-Guatemala Adjacency Zone. The objective of the visit was to learn firsthand about the work of the OAS Adjacency Zone office and receive a briefing on the most recent developments in the process by the […]

    Prosecution not ready, Doehms’ case pushed back
    A further disclosure session was scheduled for today in respect to the case involving David and Anke Doehm. The American couple was charged for child cruelty after an autopsy on Anke’s adoptive daughter, 13 year old Faye Lin Cannon revealed that the little girl was sexually and physically abused. The disclosure session was unable to […]

    UB Professor talks about recession
    According to the Statistical Institute of Belize, Belize’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was up point eight percent for the first quarter and by one point one percent for the second quarter. This is an indicator that the country is finally bouncing back from a recession with the GDP up for the second consecutive quarter in […]

    The fight for Minimum Wage continues
    The Statistical Institute of Belize noted that for the month of July, the cost of transport went up by 6.3% and the cost of water, housing, electricity, gas and other fuels by 0.4%. Dr. Leroy Almendarez of the University of Belize explained how people in the minimum wage bracket might be affected. Dr. Leroy Almendarez […]

    Amandala

    A murder-suicide no one can explain
    The management and officers of the AAA Security Company, located at Mile 2 1/2 on the Philip Goldson Highway, are in a state of shock and disbelief after a double death occurred in the company office at about 7:30 Friday evening. The owner of the company, Robert “Bobby” Godfrey, 66, and the company manager, Delsie Smith, 50, both died of gunshot injuries. Police believe that Godfrey shot Smith in the temple, and then shot himself in the temple. A company employee who has been working with Godfrey for over 10 years told us that he was at the office, along with Godfrey, Smith, and a female security officer (the despatcher) shortly before the shooting, and they were all talking and laughing. He said that on the surface, nothing appeared out of the ordinary.

    After 3 years, still no justice for Danny Conorquie
    It has been said time and again that Danny Conorquie, the 20-year-old Special Constable of the Tourism Police Unit who was gunned down in cold blood at the Caracol temple in western Belize on September 25, 2014, should not have died in vain, but the sad reality is that three years after his broad-daylight execution in the sight of visiting tourists and tour guides, no suspect has even been named for his murder. Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Patrick Andrews, indicated to Amandala today that the investigation which Belize had requested the Organization of American States (OAS) to conduct into the Conorquie execution has met a major snag – that is, the Guatemalans are “stalling,” because they want a reinvestigation into the April 20, 2016 shooting death of Julio Rene Alvarado, 14, the Guatemalan minor who was shot dead after Belizean soldiers and rangers from Friends for Conservation and Development came under hostile fire in an operation to curb illegal activities on the Belize side of the border.

    Regular gas jumps 92 cents
    The Government of Belize, via the Belize Bureau of Standards, has announced that pump prices will increase for regular gasoline and diesel as of midnight tonight. Roughly two weeks ago, the Ministry of Finance had said that there was an impending price increase due to supply shortages caused by Hurricane Harvey, which required Belize to buy fuel overland from Central America. No price change had since taken effect – that is, not until this latest announcement.

    Bar Association’s ultimatum to Chief Justice Benjamin: deliver, resign or be removed!
    The Bar Association of Belize has passed a resolution on the longstanding controversy over the extensive backlog in undelivered judgments from the bench of the Chief Justice of Belize, Hon. Kenneth Benjamin. According to the Bar, 28 judgments are outstanding, and if the Chief Justice fails to deliver any of them according to the schedule which he had sent to them on September 14, 2017, they invite his immediate resignation. The Bar says that parties have had to wait two to five years for the delivery of those judgments, which have now been programmed to be delivered between now and December 2017. Among them are the Ramon Cervantes and Gaspar Vega case; litigation between Consolidated Water and the Public Utilities Commission for the supply of potable water on San Pedro, and the challenge of Glenn Tillett to the Belize Social Security Board and its former chairman, Lois Young.

    Lennox Samuels, conflict reporter, pursued news even into war zones
    Lennox Samuels, a veteran Belizean journalist who led a very successful career in the USA, has traveled widely to pursue his stories, even into war zones. Samuels, who became a conflict reporter, told Amandala today that he has been to some 99 countries and reported from several dozens of them. The top places he likes are Sydney, Paris, Bangkok, Hong Kong, London, Istanbul, and New York. “I think that traveling has helped my reporting ability,” said Samuels. “The sort of research that a lot of people have to do is wired into me already,” he added.

    A chat with Cador – Belize City football star of the 1960s
    (My former Diamond-A teammate Solomon Usher informed me of his presence in the old capital, and I met Cador at his family home, corner Collet Canal and Cemetery Road, on Wednesday evening, September 13. Unfortunately, much of the recording of our football discussion was lost due to noise interference from heavy traffic in the neighborhood. But I did manage to capture a few gems. Cador, who now resides in Los Angeles, is on a one-month visit back to the Jewel.) What makes a football “star”? What qualifies one, from among the legions of actors on the football stage in any generation, to be called a “football star”? Is it, to be accomplished in all aspects of performance on the field relative to one’s particular position or assignment? To be well known by name or nickname, and highly respected across the spectrum of football fans? To be recognized and deemed qualified by the decision makers of the sport to be a member of the “All Belize” team (as the Belize City selection was known in those days)? To be one sought after by top teams to join their ranks, and then jealously held on to, and reluctant to see one lured away by another top team in the competition? Or perhaps all of the above? And then some.

    Week 6 in the books for PLB 2017-2018 Opening Season
    Already, six weeks have been completed in the Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2017-2018 Opening Season, and defending champions Belmopan Bandits SC (yes, the league says that’s their name again) extended their lead in the standings, after their second consecutive shutout victory. (See standings below) Freedom Fighters FC from PG had a promising start, winning their opening game of the season, but have faded since, losing their next five encounters. Unless things turn around quickly for the young PG squad, their playoff hopes will be fast disappearing. It’s a double round-robin competition, so one game remains to complete the first round.

    OWFA Amateur 1st Division finals game 1 results
    Both third place and the championship in the Orange Walk Football Association (OWFA) Amateur 1st Division Tournament will be decided by a best-of-two games series. First round games of the finals were played on Sunday, September 17, at the Louisiana Football Field. In game 1 for third place, Progresso United FC crushed Trinidad FC, 6-1, with goals from Alex Diaz (16’), Roque Sedacy (38’ & 58’), Ismar Bustillos (47’), Hector Carlos (75’) and Emil Carlos (86’); while the lone goal for Trinidad FC was by Ismael Tillett (24’).

    Kulture crumbles; National Over-40 semifinals game 2 this weekend
    Things fell apart for Kulture Yabra Veterans on Sunday in Independence, where they fell 4-0 to home standing Mango Creek Veterans. To make matters worse, Kulture defenders Reuben “Postman” Crawford and George “Pele” James both received red cards, and so will not be available for the semifinal game 2 this Sunday at the MCC. Mango Creek got a goal each from Benigno Espinosa (74’), Wilmer Garcia (57’), Jose Leiva (83’) and Manuel Zavala (1’); and, except for a miracle from the struggling Kulture, Mango Creek will wrap up things this Sunday to secure their spot in the National Over-40 finals.

    Editorial: Mr. Barrow’s real bosses
    On Thursday morning, September 21, 2017, which will be the 36th anniversary of Belize’s political independence, Prime Minister, the Right Hon. Dean O. Barrow, will tell a live audience of Belizean dignitaries and foreign diplomats in Belmopan, and a nationwide audience via radio and television, how good things are in Belize, relatively speaking, and how well the economy is doing. Prime Minister Barrow will highlight and extol all the investments his government has been making these last few years in constructing public buildings and improving national infrastructure. The financing for these investments in buildings and infrastructure has come mainly from the controversial Petrocaribe loan agreements, involving Venezuelan petroleum products for Belize at preferential consignment rates with extended periods for payback. Prime Minister Barrow will tell us about his three most prominent foreign investment projects over the last few years – American Sugar Refining in the north, Santander in the west, and Norwegian Cruise Lines in the south. He will speak glowingly of investment contracts recently signed for the Michael Feinstein Stake Bank cruise port project and another, more murky cruise port project just a few miles west of Stake Bank along the Belize District mainland near the Sibun River outlet to the sea.

    Queen of The Bay history from Edison Staine, J. P.
    Dear Mr. Editor, Kindly grant me the space during the celebration season to share some history with readers. The picture I took when I was 18 years old and fresh out of Wesley College. Two queens came from the Northside, Beulah Vasquez and No. 3 Effie Meighan, Barrack Road and Craig Street, respectively. Respectfully, C.E. Staine

    Right to the Point: Turning 36! – Belizeans need to mature for Belize to mature
    We have been shaken by less than a hurricane, less than a tsunami, less than an earthquake…we have been hit by small-mindedness, pettiness, bitterness and the usual lack of maturity and propriety, but its devastation is more catastrophic, and though it is not seen, it permeates our national psyche and the philosophy of entitlement by our so-called leaders. The banal egos of leaders struck again and this time it was the feature at the height of the National September Celebrations. But while our true lack of leadership, decorum and civility was exposed, it reminded me of how each person, each incident, each event, is a sober reflection of what has become the norm here and how we war with each other, become combative and unable to resolve conflict without the drama. It also highlights the male versus female ongoing battle and the attacks to humiliate and degrade each other, not realizing that in the process we also degrade ourselves, our family, our communities, our organizations and our country. We fail to analyze things and instead act on impulse, emotion, spite, malice, and the seven deadly sins! One of the criteria is being narcissistic!

    A few facts about: LAND OF THE GODS
    The lyrics for Land of the Gods were written 78 years ago in the late 1930’s by Samuel A. Haynes and set to music by Dr. Selwyn Walford Young, both now deceased. Both gentlemen were alive when Premier George Price arbitrarily decided to use their work as the national anthem of Belize. Both Haynes and Young were annoyed with the change and usage of their art without consultation or without permission from the author or composer. They have expressed their sentiments to me during conversations and also in correspondence from them. During the years when Samuel Haynes was growing up in Belize there were five major Maya cities and 32 smaller communities between the Sarstoon and the Rio Hondo. Therefore it should be to no one’s surprise that he should write about “The Land of The Gods”: the Mayas had many gods. The God of the Yucatec Maya of Northern Belize and Yucatan is Kinich Ahau, the God of the Sun, and the God of the Kechi (or Quiche) of southern Belize and the Peten is Huracan, the God of Storms, now called “hurricane”. Throughout the past centuries what is now Belize had the most hurricanes in all of Central America, and using the science of geology we can tell the appropriate dates of the most disastrous ones, e.g. 250 BC Gales Point Manatee was formed by that one or in 1465, Northern and Southern Lagoons in the middle of the country were also formed. Why is it that in the year 2017 the God of our Quiche ancestors is so mad? Is it because of global warming by humans which is causing climate change and environmental damage?

    Why infrastructure is critical
    Most Belizeans have no knowledge about political economy. Yes, we know the imperial British System of “buy cheap, sell dear” – the colonial neo-liberal system that preaches that stealing is okay and normal, that man can only get ahead at the expense of others. Belizeans really believed that they are inferior to the “bacra-man” and following “massa” think that mankind is no different from the dog-eat-dog world of wild animals. When we accept empire and geopolitics, we accept the British ideology that the common aim of mankind is impossible. We accept that human poverty and want is the normal, that China’s President Xi Jinping’s call for a “win-win” as the common aim of mankind is ridiculous and foolish. Yet, China in the last 25 years, according to the World Bank, has moved over 700 million people out of poverty. A historical record. In 1952 average wages per year in China were about USD $ 84.30/person. In Belize it was about USD $ 430/person. The United States was USD $ 5,900/person. Today (2016) it is USD $ 4,630/person in Belize; USD $ 45,780/person in USA; and some USD $ 10,945/person in China. USA increased by 7 times, Belize by 10 times, and China by 135 times.

    Belize suspends PetroCaribe fuel imports
    In an announcement made earlier this week, the Alba PetroCaribe office, a joint venture arrangement between the Government of Belize and the Government of Venezuela, announced that they had decided to suspend imports from Venezuela, as supply problems have actually been causing prices on the domestic market to remain high. According to a news release from the company, it has decided to suspend purchases of petroleum products from PDVSA (the Venezuelan state-owned oil and natural gas company) under the PetroCaribe Agreement with immediate effect. “We have been encountering a number of problems with maintaining a reliable supply of products from PDVSA. This has, among other things, resulted in much higher unit costs of freight when Puma has been forced to make last-minute arrangements to truck products overland and when vessels are brought in half-loaded,” it explained.

    Donald Trump’s first presidential listing of major drug transit countries includes Belize
    US president Donald Trump, in a memo released two days ago, has listed Belize as one of 22 major drug transit or major illicit drug-producing countries for fiscal year 2018. This is the first list being issued under Trump’s presidency, but Belize appeared on lists previously issued by Trump’s forerunner, Barack Obama. In the International Narcotics Control Strategy Report released back in March this year by the United States Department of State, Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, Belize was listed as a source of precursor or essential chemicals used in the production of illicit narcotics. Belize was also listed as a major money laundering jurisdiction.

    San Lazaro woman, 45, missing since Friday
    A resident of San Lazaro village in the Orange Walk District has been missing without a trace since last week. Her family fears the worst. Miriam Vasquez Alcoser, 45, was reported missing by her husband, Juan Alcoser, on Friday, September 15. She is 4 feet 5 inches tall, weighs about 130 pounds and is of fair complexion. She has long black hair, and was last seen wearing a black blouse, short blue jeans pants and a pair of black sandals.

    Body of woman, 78, found decomposing near dumpsite
    –On Friday morning, the body of a 78-year-old woman, who had been reported missing since Friday, September 8, was found decomposing near the old dumpsite in San Mateo, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. She was buried onsite after an onsite post-mortem exam. The deceased woman, known only as Mrs. Julia, who lived alone in San Mateo, was found Friday morning by a neighborhood watch group that was searching to find her. Police said that last Friday, September 15, her neighbor, Mario Flores Peña, found items which he knew belonged to the elderly woman by the rubbish dump where he goes to feed some dogs every day. He told police that Mrs. Julia went to the area frequently, since she lived about 100 meters from the dump.

    The Reporter

    Death toll climbs to over 200 in Mexico quake
    The death toll in the earthquake near Mexico City on Tuesday has climbed to 230, with people still reported missing. At least 38 buildings collapsed in the capital alone, including a 4-storey school building, where 21 children and four adults died. The students and teachers […]

    Briceno talks PetroCaribe
    For the foreseeable months, Belize’s fuel supply will not be coming from Venezuela and this change has already seen the price of fuel increase over the past few weeks. The change came when ALBA Petrocaribe Belize Energy Limited (APBEL) announced last week that it was […]

    Taiwan gives to September celebrations
    Belize’s September celebrations usually receives a boost every year from our Taiwanese friends and 2017 is not different. On Friday, Taiwan’s Ambassador to Belize, Charles Liu, handed over a cheque for $100,000 to Minister of Education, Patrick Faber as Chairperson of the September Celebrations Commission. […]

    Fire destroys house at Mahogany Heights
    A fire destroyed a house at Mahogany Heights on Tuesday Police sah they responded to a report of the fire on Back Street shortly after midday on Tuesday and saw an unoccupied bungalow plycem house measuring 30′ by 30′ engulfed in flames. Fire fighters extinguished […]

    Huge bust by Fisheries Department
    Over the weekend a joint raid between the Belize Fisheries Department and the Belize Audubon Society at various fishing camps on the Lighthouse Reef Cayes yielded a sizeable amount of conch. More than 1,500 pounds of out-of-season conch, found hidden in several containers. Hampton Gamboa, […]

    Sharon Fraser appointed Chief Magistrate
    The Judicial and Legal Services Commission has appointed Ms. Sharon Frazer to be the new Chief Magistrate to succeed retiring Chief Magistrate, Ann Marie Smith. The appointment takes place with effect from September 1. Chief Magistrate Fraser is a veteran public Officer who entered the […]

    Landowner barred from his land holdings hopes Court will award him right of way
    Michael Modiri, 58 is a Persian/American businessman who owns land in Frank’s Eddy on the Sibun River. But for years he has not been able to gain access to his land because American landowner, Bradley Paumen, who controls the only road leading to Modiri’s land, […]

    Emil Gillett to visit NASA Space Center
    Belizean student Emil Gillett, a Chemistry and Biology major at Lone Star College at the University Park campus in Spring,will have the singular honor this autumn of visiting the Johnson Space Center operated by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (N.A.S.A.) as part of NASA’s Community College Aerospace Scholars project […]

    Hurricane Maria hammers Leeward Islands already ravaged by Irma
    Maria, a Category 3 strength hurricane, followed closely in Irma’s path and hammered the Leeward Islands on Monday evening, leaving even more widespread damage to the islands only two weeks after Irma’s wrath. Maria dumped heavy rains on Barbados as it churned pass the northern […]

    2017 among hottest years on record
    The summer months in this hemisphere went on record as the third warmest ever, with August being the second hottest to date, according to scientists from the US-based NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information. August 2017 was 1.49 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th-century average of […]

    Venezuela drops US Dollar for Chines Yuan
    The Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela has stopped selling oil in US currency and started selling in Chinese Yuan. Last week the Venezuelan govenrment officially printed its first set of oil prices in yuan. The price as of Firday was was 306.26 yuan the equivalent […]

    PUP concerned over SSB investments
    The opposition, People’s United Party (PUP) says it is concerned over recent revelations that over 80 percent of $458 Million of the Social Security Board’s (SSB) investment portfolio is held in government interests. In a press release last Thursday, the PUP says that upon reviewing […]

    2 UDP heavyweights speak out against corrupt Ministers
    Since the Vega land scandal re-emerged last month, two sitting senior government ministers have come out publicly to speak out against corruption and against undesirable UDP representatives. Last Friday, Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber made it clear when he told the media that there are […]

    Belize City hit and run victim in critical condition
    A cyclist remains in a critical condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) after he was the victim of a hit and run accident in Belize City over the weekend. Around 5:15 p.m on September 16th, Belama resident, 47-year-old Noel Reyes was rushed to […]

    Two detained for San Pedro grenade explosion
    Two persons, including a minor, have been detained for questioning by San Pedro Police in connection with the detonation of a grenade in a residential area of the island over the weekend. The detonation of the grenade is a serious safety concern as the incident […]

    Dangriga man reported missing
    A woman from Dangriga Town is seeking the public’s assistance in trying to locate her common-law husband who has been reported missing for over a week. Reports confirm that on September 6th, 35-year-old Shaun Bennett of a Wagierale area , left his home en route […]

    Editorial
    The call from the Belize Bar Association for the resignation of Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin comes as shocking news. The Bar Association wants to see him gone because, it says, he is too slow in dealing with the ever increasing backlog of cases in the Supreme Court. During the last […]

    Guatemalans harass Belizeans again!
    Civil society partners, political third parties, and the opposition People’s United Party (PUP) have condemned the recent harassment of Belizeans on the Sarstoon river by Guatemalan Armed Forces (GAF). The Belize Territorial Volunteers (BTV), Belize Network of NGO’s, the Belize Progressive Party (BPP), and the […]

    Regular gas now a whopping $11.13 per gallon
    Just in time for the Independence Day holiday, drivers were dealt another blow this week, as Belize’s already high gas prices got another increase, sending regular fuel to over $11. The latest adjustment, effected at 12:00 a.m., on September 20, raised Regular fuel by a […]

    Remembering the father of Independence
    The sixth wreath-laying ceremony, remembering the accomplishments, life and work of the late George Price – father of the nation – this year carried with it an extra bit of fervor. It came when former Prime Minister, Said Musa, reflected on Price’s vision for a […]

    Belize City bloodbath: Five shootings, three dead, three critical
    Belize City recorded one of its most violent weekends with five shooting incidents, resulting in the death of three individuals, while three others are listed in a critical condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH). In the first and perhaps most shocking murder, last […]

    IMF says Belize economy in bad shape
    The International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) recently completed Article IV Consultation, shows that Belize’s economy has a weak outlook, marred by high public debt and insufficient measures to address it. In the Executive Board’s conclusions, the IMF pointed out that Belize’s macroeconomic outlook is weak, and […]

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    United States Department of State wishes Belize a Happy Independence Day
    The United States Department of State has issued a statement congratulating Belize on its 36th anniversary of Independence from Great Britain. The statement in its entirety is below: “On behalf of the Government of the United States, we send our best wishes to the people of Belize on your Independence Day, September 21st.

    BTIA congratulates Fisheries Department on conch bust
    The Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) issued a release today congratulating the Fisheries Department on their recent sting of operations that resulted in the confiscation of 8,980 pieces of off-season conch. As reported on the media, about 1,500 pounds of conch was found within different fishing camps in the Lighthouse Reef Atoll this past weekend. The BTIA believes that this type of illicit fishing activity is not a one-time operation and it is very organized and supports the illegal trade with Honduras.

    CARICOM Commends Belize’s Contribution to the Caribbean Community
    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has commended the “invaluable contribution” of Belize as it marks its 36th Independence Anniversary. Belize celebrates its Independence from Great Britain on Thursday, September 21 under the theme “Belize: Confronting Challenges! Celebrating Triumphs! Renewing our Resolve!” In a congratulatory message sent to Prime Minister of Belize, Dean Barrow, CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque commended his leadership in the CARICOM Quasi-cabinet for Justice and Governance.

    Taiwan gives NICH grant of $100,000
    On Friday, September 15, the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) was the recipient of a BZ $100,000 donation from the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to assist in various programs of the National September Celebrations.

    Integrity Commission sends list of non-compliant government officials to DPP
    Today, the Government of Belize (GOB) issued a release stating that the Integrity Commission of Belize, in accordance with the Prevention of Corruption Act #21 of 2007 has duly informed all those persons in public life of their duty to file their declaration of their financial affairs for the year ending 31st December, 2016.

    Former Foreign Affairs Minister to current Minister: Shut up!
    The current and former ministers of Foreign Affairs, Wilfred Elrington and Eamon Courtenay, have publicly disagreed on whether or not Belize’s borders are internationally recognized. Current Foreign Affairs minister Elrington believes Belize’s borders not recognized internationally. Courtenay, however, believes the borders are indeed recognized.

    Police find cocaine, ammo and pipe in Belize City
    Yesterday, Belize city police conducted an Anti-Drug operation in the Belize district, which led to the discovery of 901 grams of cannabis, 0.5 grams of crack cocaine and 15 GFL .38 live rounds and a 6-inch glass pipe.

    Libertad man charged for .45 pistol
    Last night, Belize city police conducting mobile patrol on George Street stopped and searched 23-year-old Santiago Victor Romero Jr. of a Libertad Village address, Corozal.

    House burns in Mahogany Heights
    Shortly after mid-day yesterday, police responded to information of a house fire on Back Street, Mahogany Heights and visited the area where they saw a bungalow plycem structure with zinc roof measuring 30 feet by 30 feet engulfed in flames.

    Spanish Lookout Celebrates Belize Independence!
    Three schools of Spanish Lookout; Jireh Fundamental Education, EMMC School, and Rose Glenn School, came together and spearheaded the first Independence parade in Spanish Lookout on Wednesday September 20 2017 to celebrate Belize’s 36th Independence Day.

    Maria ravages Dominica; blasting Puerto Rico
    Category four hurricane, Maria, is currently tearing through Puerto Rico with flooding rain, damaging winds, and storm surge flooding. Maria made landfall after ravaging the Virgin Islands and Dominica.

    “Challenging time for Belize’s economy,” says IMF
    According to the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Article IV Consultation, Belize’s economy will be going through a challenging time in the short to medium term. The IMF’s Executive Board for the consultation highlighted public debt, along with insufficient measures to manage that debt, low growth, and the loss of correspondent banking relationships (CBR)’s as key issues Belize’s economy must grapple with.

    Blogs

    2017 Carnival Held in Corozal
    Its Carnival Season and Belize is celebrating its 36th years of Independence Day on September 21, 2017. Festivities are being celebrated throughout the month of September in Corozal and around Belize. Today was one of the main activities being held in Corozal and that was the CARNIVAL PARADE 2017. Every year, eager spectators stop and peer down the Corozal streets while the Carnival parade is moving down the streets of Corozal. Soca music filled the air and spectators danced and enjoyed the festive spirit that filled Corozal Town. The parade went to the Corozal Civic Center for its judging. floats had various colors, creativity, music, entertainment, sweets, and more. If you haven't made it yet for tonight's event, you still have a chance to come out and enjoy Culture night and fireworks at the Civic Center. If you missed Carnival Parade here are some pictures of the event.

    Wildlife institute in Belize
    Now's the time to register for 2018 internships and clinical rotations.

    International Sourcesizz

    United States Department of State wishes Belize a Happy Independence Day
    "On behalf of the Government of the United States, we send our best wishes to the people of Belize on your Independence Day, September 21st. Our countries enjoy a long-standing and strong friendship, rooted in shared values and commitment to keeping our citizens safe, supporting democratic institutions, defending human rights, and promoting economic prosperity. On this 36th anniversary of your nation’s independence, we wish all Belizeans a peaceful and prosperous year."

    Videos

  • Never seen jellyfish of this size so far. M&M dock in Placencia, 1/2min. Yea its a moon jellyfish. They grow a good size ive seen some about 10-12" across

  • Belize 2017 Vacation, 2.5min. Ambergris Caye, San Pedro, Belize 2017 Vacation | GoPro Hero 5.

  • Settlement Day - Dangriga, Belize 2016, 9min. Settlement Day November 2016, our vacation to Belize.

  • Belize’s 36th Independence Anniversary, 3min. It’s the eve of Belize’s 36th Independence Anniversary and Belizeans are expressing their patriotism in all forms and manners. This morning we found the students of Church of Christ primary school taking their patriotism to the streets while students of Corozal Community College gathered for an annual celebration.

  • Students of Corozal Community College gatheredat the school auditorium, 5min. As for students of Corozal Community College gathered for their 19th annual Patriotic Assembly at the school auditorium.

  • Six years since the Father of the Nation, the Rt. Hon. George Cadle Price passed away, 6min. September 19th marked six years since the Father of the Nation, the Rt. Hon. George Cadle Price passed away only two days away from celebrating Belize’s 30th year of independence. Though Mr. Price has departed, his legacy remains and continues to hold a special place in the hearts of many Belizeans as they admire the humble and exemplary life he lived.

  • In light of Belize’s 36th birthday which is only a few hours away, 7min. In light of Belize’s 36th birthday which is only a few hours away, Orange Walkenos are pumped and ready to welcome this year’s celebration and have prepared to do so in their own unique way which for the majority, involves participating in the official flag raising ceremony, looking forward to the fireworks at the stroke of midnight and of course viewing the annual parade which will kick off tomorrow afternoon. Today our news team hit the streets and caught up with Mayor Kevin Bernard as well as a few individuals from the community who shared with us their excitement and expectations for this September Celebrations.

  • Recounting the Journey to Independence - Visual Timeline, 41min.

  • Youth & Patriotism - How to Bridge the Divide, 38min.

  • Coral Bubbles - Iced Cold Drinks for Independence Weekend, 13min.

  • Frankie's Freedom, 9min. Frankie Reneau and the "Project Orchestra String Quartet"

  • Belize Independence Day Eve Celebrations, Ambergris Caye, 47min.

  • ‘Weh Septemba Means to Me', 3min. SEPTEMBER. It's the most festive month of the year and we have already experienced a full array of events, including the Queen of the Bay Pageant, the Battle of St. George’s Caye Day and the Tribute to Belizean Patriots. Tomorrow we celebrate the most significant event of all these and that's the anniversary of our nation's independence. Belize Now went searching to find out from Belizeans, ‘Weh Septemba Means to Me'!

  • Walshy Fire is in San Pedro and is inviting every one to come out and celebrate Belize’s Independence!, 1/2min.

  • Mating Bottlenose Dolphins Belize, 2.5min. Dolphins usually appear to be having a very good time with smiles on their faces. Come with us a we swim with a couple of mating bottle nosed dolphins of the coast of Belize, for the beauty of courtship!

  • Our Belize Visit 2016, 11min. This is a revisit of our Belize Visit of 2016. The soundtrack has been updated. We visit the birthplace of my spouse in Belize every so many years and I enjoy the fellowship of family and the beautiful surroundings. We made this special visit in the Spring of 2016 to say good-bye to a cherished matriarch and visit friends and family. Salud to mi familia!

  • Celebrating our independence day 2017 Belize, 4min.

    September 20, 2017


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    The San Pedro Sun

    Copa San Pedro 2017 hosts second week of games
    On Thursday, September 14th, Copa San Pedro 2017 resumed at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town. Six games took place during the second week of the tournament, with the first two games played on Thursday, September 14th. At 7pm, Jokers F.C defeated Terror Squad 3-0 in an intense game. At 9pm Legends F.C went against San Mateo F.C, with a massive 8-1 blowout, Legends F.C won the game. Copa San Pedro continues this weekend with four more games. The first two games are scheduled to be on Friday, September 22nd with G. Strikers facing Boca Bombers at 7pm. At 9pm, Sandy Point goes against One Shot One Kill. The last two games of the third week of Copa San Pedro are scheduled for Sunday, September 24th, starting at 5pm with Martha’ s Ice VS Terror Squad, while the second match begins at 7pm with United F.C VS Legends F.C. All islanders are invited to come out and support their favorite team this weekend.

    Ambergris Caye honours Central America and Mexico’s independence at Noche Centro Americana
    The independence celebrations of the Central American communities of Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico were honoured on Saturday, September 16th at Noche Centroamericana at the Honourable Louis Sylvestre Sporting Complex. The event, organized by The San Pedro Town Council in collaboration with Reef Radio, is the only one of its kind in Belize and showcases each country’s culture, food, and music. This year’s celebration marked the 196th anniversary of the Central American independence from Spain. As part of the event, children were treated with piñatas courtesy of the Embassy of Honduras, before the formalities of the evening’s program began. The official ceremony started promptly at 8PM with the raising of the flags from each of the participating countries, including Belize.

    Another home win: San Pedro Pirates defeat Police United
    The game started at 3pm, and Police United F.C came determined to win, however the island team was not an easy rival, and within the first 11 minutes of the match, Pirate’s Luis Valdez scored the first goal. Police United retaliated, with Camilo Sanchez finding his target at the 15th minute. The early scoring only added to the intensity, and both teams fought for another goal. At minute 20, a penalty shot in favor of the San Pedro Pirates, saw another goal find its mark, courtesy of Jesse Smith. Fans loudly cheered on their teams demanding more goals. The Pirate’s Hector Martinez delivered a third goal at minute 29. As the first half came to an end, the San Pedro Pirate’s took their break leading 3-1. Just a couple minutes into the second half, Police United’s Danny Jimenez scored a second goal for his team. The match continued with cross and pass on the field, both teams striving to net another goal. Down by one goal, Police United had several attempts, but none found the goal. At the final whistle, the home team San Pedro Pirates had the victory 3-2.

    Ambergris Today

    Belizean Teen Selected To Travel To NASA Space Center
    Nineteen-year-old Burrell Boom resident, Belizean national Emil Gillett, studying at Lone Star College (University Park Campus) in Spring has been selected to travel to NASA’s Johnson Space Center this fall to participate in the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars project (NCAS). Gillett has been selected as one of 304 community college students from across the U.S. to be part of NCAS. The five-week scholars program culminates with a four-day on-site event at Johnson Space Center and offers students the opportunity to interact with NASA engineers and others as they learn more about careers in science and engineering. While at NASA, students form teams and establish fictional companies interested in Mars exploration. Each team is responsible for developing and testing a prototype rover, forming a company infrastructure, managing a budget, and developing communications and outreach.

    Misc Belizean Sources

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    Belize Benefits from the Republic of Korea’s Development Assistance Programme
    On Monday, September 18th, the Government of Belize received a donation of office equipment and two vehicles from the Government of the Republic of Korea through an official Development Assistance Programme for the fiscal year 2017. Presenting the donation on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Korea was His Excellency Lee In-ho, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea in El Salvador, and receiving the equipment and vehicles on behalf of the Government of Belize was His Excellency Patrick Andrews, Chief Executive Officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belize.

    San Pedro: Color After Party following the parade!
    And the paint powder has arrived! Don’t miss the Color After Party at the Central Park after the parade!

    Banquitas House of Culture 15th Anniversary
    Help us congratulate the Banquitas House of Culture (NICH) for its milestone today, in marking its 15th Anniversary of providing services of cultural promotion and preservation in the Orange Walk community for over the years and many more to come!

    Patriotic Day" - so-named to honor the Rt. Honorable George Cadle Price - September 19, 2017
    The Right Honorable Geroge Cadle Price. He wasn't able to become a priest because he was to dedicate his life to the people and country of Belize. We honor him for his life's work. He spent his latter years interceeding to the Lord for the Belizeans. He is not resting in peace - he is running around in Heaven meeting people who have gone before him and most of all - he is praising the Most High God! What was amazing about him was the fact that he remembered everyone he met. He could even tell you who your parents were.

    Caye Caulker Block Party
    Getting the Central Park ready for the block party today. We going to party until 4a.m.

    Full Moon Party on Caye Caulker
    So the date is set, 6th October for KoKo Kings next Full Moon Party -Guest DJs @fyah_jaro @djrasfyahstatah and our DJ @julian_bluewave_belize. We are proud that this event is becoming iconic for its beautiful location and our first class entertainment - so don't miss out!!!

    Government of Belize to Join Relief Efforts for Dominica
    The Government of Belize expresses our distress and sympathy in learning of the damage inflicted upon Dominica and the other Leeward Islands by the deadly Hurricane Maria, a Category 5 storm. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of this devastating storm who may have lost loved ones and who have had their homes and properties destroyed. While the level of devastation is still yet unknown, the Government of Belize stands ready to join with other CARICOM nations to coordinate and support relief efforts in any way possible within our human and financial resources.

    National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) Receives a Grant of BZ$100,000.00 from the Republic of China (Taiwan)
    On Friday, September 15, the National Institute of Culture and History was the recipient of a BZ $100,000.00 donation from the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to assist in various programs and National September Celebrations. Receiving the cheque on behalf of the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH), was the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Education, Youth, Sport and Culture and Chairman of the National Celebrations Committee, the Honorable Patrick Faber. Handing over the cheque on behalf of the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) was Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to Belize, His Excellency Charles K. Y. Liu. Present at the event were Chief Executive Officer with responsibility for Youth, Sports and Culture, Mrs. Adele Catzim-Sanchez and Mr. Greg Vernon, Acting President of the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH).

    San Pedro Town Council closed Sept 21 & 22
    The San Pedro Town Council hereby advises the general public that its offices will be closing on Thursday, September 21 and Friday, September 22, 2017. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.

    BelizeINVEST, BELTRAIDE, facilitates Belize American Chamber of Commerce of Florida Trade Mission
    In an effort geared towards stimulating FDI growth, BelizeINVEST, a unit of BELTRAIDE, in collaboration with the Belize American Chamber of Commerce of Florida, facilitated an inbound Trade Mission on Friday, September 15th, 2017 at the Biltmore Plaza in Belize City. The mission served as an ideal platform for participants to raise key questions regarding the investment process, and applicable incentives offered at BELTRAIDE in supporting business growth, and consequently economic growth in Belize. Meetings were also held at Atlantic International Bank, where the participants received tailored support and advice on opening the relevant bank accounts for their respective developments in country.

    Travel Trade Schedule 2017-2018
    The main focus of the Travel Trade team is to build and foster relationships with the international travel trade, i.e. tour operators, wholesalers and travel agents. This is in line with the National Sustainable Tourism Master Plan (NSTMP). The team organizes and attends a series of trade shows, consumer expos, road shows whilst conducting sales presentations and webinars throughout North America, Europe and South America. Familiarization tours are also a supplement to its marketing efforts. These approaches are based on the Return on Investment (ROI) for each market, based on leads. It is through these avenues that the allurement of Belize is shared with a wide audience of travel agents, travelers and investors.

    NATIONAL SERVICE DAY
    On September 19th we celebrate NATIONAL SERVICE DAY in honour of the life and legacy of our great Leader RT. HON. GEORGE PRICE. May his spirit of service and humility live on in each of us.

    Sugar City Jouvert 2017!

    BSI Breaks Ground for Significant Investment to Keep Belize Sugar Industry Sustainable
    All over African, Caribbean and the Pacific, sugar producing countries are preparing for significant market changes. The elimination of quotas constraining beet sugar production in the EU market, In just five weeks time (Oct 2017), means the pricing preferences traditonally enjoyed in the EU market will be thing of the past.

    Looking to start your own water or oil company?
    This is a great initiative by Belize Coconut Water. We can help supply a regular quantity of dried or green coconuts. .50 a piece in quantities of 3k or more.

    Infection Prevention Control Training
    A two days training concludes today for health personnel on the basic practice on Infection Prevention Control in the use of PPEs (Personal Protective Equipment). We continue to welcome training in this area through the assistance at this time from CARPHA (Caribbean Public Health Agency) and the Inter Development Bank. The aim is to promote the proper selection of PPEs under various public health scenarios. For more information contact: Licensing and Accreditation Unit, Ministry of Health.

    Banquitas House of Culture celebrating their 15 years
    Our Northern Maya people were present at the event, Maya from Cristo Rey (CZ), Yo Creek(OW), San Jose Nuevo Palmer (OW), Corozal town and more. Thanks Banquitas for the support.

    Returcing mural at the Corozal Town Hall
    In commemoration of National Service Day, the House of Culture with local artist Ben Cal retouched Manuel Villamor's Historical Mural at the Corozal Town Hall. Water damage is an ongoing issue in preserving this national masterpiece, but a little paint and protective sealant goes a long way in the preservation of our tangible heritage! Maestro Villamor's final restoration was in 2012 at age 84, during his restoration, Manuel painted himself into the mural peeking out from behind the sapadilla tree on the far right side.

    Belize Pelagic confirmed for October 9 and 10
    Inbox to reserve your spots. First ever east of Half Moon Caye beyond the reef. BZ City - Half Moon Caye.

    Channel 7

    Opposition Leader: What Happens At Tower Hill, Stays At Tower Hill
    Opposition Leader John Briceno has had 2 weeks to reflect on the confrontation with police at the Tower Hill Bridge in Orange Walk, and it appears that the Opposition Leader, John Briceno, will let the matter rest. Today, we met him at the annual Wreath Laying Ceremony for National Hero George Price, and we asked if he will sue the the police for realizing tear gas and clubs without first reading the riot act. That's after Briceno and his supporters segued from an anti-corruption protest and rally in Orange Walk town to block the Tower Hill Bridge. Well, today, the Opposition Leader said that he's willing to call it even because his party's point has been made. Here's how he explained it:

    Opposition Leader Says He Would Not Sit With Those Who Tear-Gassed Him
    And the Opposition Leader says that after he got tear gassed on that Wednesday, he couldn't couldn't bring himself to come out and be in the company of the UDP Government officials at the Sunday 10th Ceremonies four days later. He bristled when we ask him about his noticeable absence in Memorial Park for the official ceremonies: Daniel Ortiz, reporter: "Any specific reason why you were absent from the 10th Celebration?" Hon. John Briceno, Leader of the opposition: "You expected me to sit down beside these people and smile after they have already thrown tear gas on top of me? When they threw a tear gas, and then, the police actually kicked that can right between my legs, when I was giving an interview, when I already left from there where they told us to leave, because they were using tear gas and I didn't want to get hurt.

    L.O.O. Says Gloves Are Off On Independence Day
    But, Opposition Leader John Briceno says that he certainly isn't going to miss the Independence Day Celebrations in Belmopan on Thursday. That's because he will take the opportunity to blast the Barrow Administration for every embarrassing moment that has been exposed the evening news over the last few months. Now, the Independence Day speech is usually observed as an opportunity for unity, not political divisiveness. But, this morning, Briceno told us that on Thursday, the gloves come off: Orson Picart - KREM News: "Can you give us an insight as to the premise of your speech, coming up? I think Belizeans would like to know." Hon. John Briceno - Leader of the Opposition: "Well, I don't think it's going to be on a lighter note because it is a serious matter that we are facing right now, that this government has become the very same thing that they condemned, coming into 2008."

    PUP Leader Says UDP To Blame For What Happened On Sarstoon
    And one of the many topics he may choose to explore is the recent encounter that the Belize Territorial Volunteers had with the Guatemalan Armed Forces at Sarstoon River. We showed you how the volunteers held their second annual Sarstoon Island Eco-Challenge and got the attention of the Guatemalan Navy when they took a patriotic stance on Sarstoon Island where they sang the Belizean National Anthem. Belizeans were incensed by images of the Guatemalans attempting to restrict the movement the eco-challenge participants and the Tide vessel which had Coast Guard officers. Well, keeping to PUP Party line, the Opposition laid blame at the foot of the Barrow Administration:

    L.O.O. Supports Bar Assoc. In Position on CJ
    And while the Opposition Leader was hyper-critical of the Barrow Administration, he spoke more carefully when he commented on the Bar Association's strong stance against the Chief Justice. As we told you, the Bar, at their last Friday meeting, passed a resolution to call for the Chief Justice's removal if he fails to deliver judgements on a schedule he put out last week. Briceno told us that he supports that position: Hon. John Briceno - Leader of the Opposition: "I have a great respect for the Chief Justice, and I think that he is an honorable man, but the reality is that there are these judgments that have been outstanding for so long. I am one of the victims - or my company is one of the victims, Centaur, when Gaspar Vega also accused us - wrongly so that we aired the event that happened in Orange Walk Town, and we've been waiting for that judgment.

    Police Minister says Corruption is Bigger Issue Than Violent Crime
    Yesterday, Minister Of Home Affairs Wilfred Elrington addressed the University Of Belize at a security forum, named "Exploring Security Threats at Home and Abroad". Now, you can almost always count on Elrington for controversial remarks. And yesterday at the UB Jaguar Auditorium in Belmopan, he did not disappoint. Echoing his brother Hubert from, like, 20 years ago when he was in office, Wilfred Elrington said domestic crime is not really a big problem: Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Home Affairs: "The crime - criminality. Really and truly that's not my preoccupation at all. When I compare the situation in Belize with what exists in El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, places like Iraq and Syria and in other countries, Belize is a very safe country in terms of criminal activity. The numbers of criminals are few and people who are normally impacted by them are normally are their own colleagues and friends who they prey upon and kill in a senseless way. I don't see that as a big problem."

    Elrington Says Conservation is For The Birds, Belize Need Food and Money!
    And Elrington's views on conservation, generally, and a moratorium on offshore drilling are also out of line with the Government position. He said Belize can't afford to ignore the possibility of offshore oil reserves when it is so poor:... Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Home Affairs: "We can't pay for hospital. We can't pay for education. We can't pay for schools, but we are not supposed to touch the petroleum. We are not even to find out what is there, because the attitude is don't touch it. I don't know why it's being left there. The history has shown that you can exploit petroleum. But we are not into find out what we have. Because somehow or the other that's going to hurt us. That's going to destroy the reef. In this day and age we have got to think for ourselves. Because if you are starving, but it is content first to starve so as to ensure that the fishes are there - that the manatees are going to survive, why the human beings are dying. I can't rationalize it."

    Dominica Mauled By Maria
    "We have lost all what money can buy and replace..." Those were the words of Dominican Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit after a powerful Category 5 storm, Hurricane Maria tore through the small island state last night with winds of over 160 miles per hour. Tonight, no one knows the full extent of the damage to the place called "The Nature Isle" because communications are limited, and transport is hampered by damage to road infrastructure and fallen trees. In a Facebook post last night, Prime Minister Skerrit called the physical damage caused by the storm, mind boggling. He added, quote, "So, far the winds have swept away the roofs of almost every person I have spoken to or otherwise made contact with. The roof to my own official residence was among the first to go and this apparently triggered an avalanche of torn away roofs in the city and the countryside."

    Noted Dominican QC Details Harrowing Night
    Another perspective on the devastation comes from the regionally famous attorney, Queen's Council Anthony Astaphan. He represented Belize and other Caribbean states in major cases across the Caribbean. This is the video message he sent to friends last night when the storm winds let up:... And this morning, via telephone, Astaphan added to that with a phone call to ABS television in Antigua: Astaphan is currently representing GOB in the UHS appeal to be heard shortly by the CCJ.

    Maria and The Howling Winds
    And here's another account of the storm from Dominican Sam Christian:... And, so while the days to come will detail the damage report in Dominica, Hurricane Maria isn't done yet. Tonight the storm is a very dangerous Category 5 storm with winds of 175 miles per hour. It's about 60 miles south east of St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands, and 160 miles south east of San Juan Puerto Rico. Both islands are under hurricane warning - and tonight, residents are bracing for life threatening storm surge and rainfall, along with devastating winds.

    Powerful Quake Rocks Mexico City and Morelos
    And while Hurricane Maria's death toll has yet to be tabulated, in Mexico City tonight, the death toll from a powerful earthquake is already at 120 and counting. This afternoon, the 7.1 magnitude quake toppled buildings, and trapped residents and workers, sending people flooding into the streets. There are scores reported dead in the state of Morelos, close to the epicenter of the quake, and dozens in Mexico City. That number is sure to climb as rescuers are still frantically digging out people trapped beneath heaps of rubble. The earthquake struck shortly after 1:00 about 100 miles from Mexico City. More than 40 buildings in Mexico City collapsed, including at least two schools. Today's earthquake struck on the 32nd anniversary of the 1985 quake that killed as many as 10,000 people.

    IMF Concludes Article IV Consult, Not Impressed With GOB Finance
    The IMF today released its report on the conclusion of its Article IV consultation with Belize, and the news, to no one's surprise, is not good. The IMF warns, quote, "The economy continues to face multiple challenges. The macroeconomic outlook remains weak. Public debt remains elevated, at around 100 percent of GDP..." They add also that, quote, "the medium term outlook is relatively weak with high debt, and large external imbalances." And what's the fix? Well, it's the IMF one size fits all solution of taxation and retrenchment. The report advises a broadening of the base of the General Sales Tax - meaning fewer deductions, and, quote "reform of the civil service to help stabilize employee headcount and to contain the wage bill." From that you can read "retrenchment". The Barrow Administration has generally ignored the IMF's prescriptions.

    Opposition Leader says He's Not Surprised At IMF
    Today, the opposition leader said he had not seen the IMF report, but said he could forecast their outlook because of the sagging economy:... Hon. John Briceno - Leader of the Opposition: "I'm not surprised, because nothing has gotten any better. I mean, the economy continues to stagger. It's not moving in the right direction. We are not addressing the fundamental issues of the economy, sitting down with the productive sector and seeing what we can do to get them out of that situation. I know Minister Finnegan likes to say that I am worried about the rich people. It has nothing to do with the rich people. It's the productive sector that creates employment and brings hard earned currency into this country. And if we just ignore them, then, what's going to happen?"

    Fuel Price Up For Third Time In a Month
    And while Briceno wants financing for the productive sector, a break on gas prices wouldn't be bad either. Those prices are going to climb again at midnight - the third increase in a month. This time, premium's price is remaining the same at 10.99 per gallon, but regular is going up by a whopping 92 cents, making it more expensive than premium at $11.13 per gallon. So - if you use regular - fill up tonight, or just buy premium tomorrow. Diesel is also going up by 37 cents per gallon. Government and recently warned that fuel prices would be going up because of Hurricane Harvey and the damages it did to oil refineries in Houston- which caused prices to go up.

    LOO Says Petrocaribe Opportunity Was Squandered
    And Belize is sourcing expensive fuel from Houston - because the supply from Petrocaribe had become unstable - due to domestic problems in Venezuela. That's why the government said it was forced to pull out of the program recently. The Leader of the opposition says he doesn't buy it - he said that the Government squandered its opportunity: Hon. John Briceno - Leader of the Opposition: "They could say whatever it is that they want. The fact of the matter is that the Venezuelan Government has not been happy with how this Government has been spending the Petrocaribe monies. I signed that agreement in 2006, in Kingston - no, in Jamaica, I think Montego Bay, along with the late president Chavez. And the whole concept behind Petrocaribe was that here Venezuela felt that they have all this larges, that they've blessed with this petroleum, and they wanted to assist the region, Belize being one of the countries in the region. And the sole purpose behind this was to fight poverty, to reduce poverty. And the Venezuelan Government, as I have been made to understand, they have not been pleased, because they have seen the reckless spending."

    "MissEmma" Drops The Bomb On Z
    In a story we promised to bring you last night - but didn't have time to - MisEmma - meaning Emma Bointon - who organized the Queen of the Bay Pageant for 15 years, before handing it over due to failing health, has weighed in on the recent dispute. In a statement that she recorded for distribution, MissEmma says that the mandate for her to organize the pageant came from the Loyal and Patriotic Order of the Baymen - and that it is not a beauty pageant. She explains why she feels Zenaida Moya - who chaired the Queen of the Bay Committee - as taking it in the wrong direction:...

    Briceno Stands With the Queen In the North
    And, of course, we had to get the leader of the opposition to weigh in on this one. He is from Orange Walk - and so is the jilted queen designate Esmeralda Cal. She got the bad part of the deal in a bizarre double crowning on the Tenth day, and Briceno wasn't even there to defend her. Today, he said he stands with his Reina Del Norte:... Daniel Ortiz, reporter" "How would you have addressed that situation? And seeing as how this is a fellow northena what's your position on this particular issue?" Hon. John Briceno - Leader of the Opposition: "Why are you doing this to me? Because you know I will be with my northena. As from what I understand - and I have not seen the evidence - as I understand, Ms. Cal actually won the pageant. She won almost all of the awards, and then, the big prize, she didn't win it?"

    Preventing Infection Amongst The Health Experts
    Today was the second day of a two-day health workshop at the Biltmore in Belize city.The workshop is about preventing the spread of communicable diseases amongst healthcare professionals. This morning found out why the training is important. Englebert Emmanuel, Director for Licensing and Accreditation Unit - Ministry of Health: "In terms of looking at precaution measures a health professional would take within health facilities as it relates to specific health event, how to protect ourself and how we would react to certain events in terms of the different protective gears that we would use." "It is a training that will equip us in terms of understanding the specific health events and the relevant precaution measures that we need to take within hospital setting or within our health facility as we give attention to those patients and also in terms of how we further dealing with our health professionals who probably get exposed and who require certain protection at the end of the day."

    ASR Maes Major Investment Despite BSCFA Holding Out
    With our without the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association, The ASR Group, which owns and operates the Belize Sugar Industries, is making a 22-million dollar investment in the local sugar industry. They want to increase the quantity of direct consumption sugar that it currently produces. This type of sugar sells for a higher price than the raw sugar that Belize currently exports to the European market. ASR/BSI held a ground breaking event at their Towerhill Facility today, and here's what the company's representative had to say about the investment and the fact that they must move ahead without the biggest growers group:

    Opp. Leader Commends ASR
    Today opposition leader Briceno said that he supports the investment - but didn't urge the BASFA to do the same:... Hon. John Briceno - Leader of the Opposition: "I think it is a good investment, and it's an investment that I support, and I am happy that it's being done. Because as you know, come November, we are going to lose the preferential markets that we had in Europe. So, the price of sugar is going to be sold at the world price - or most of our sugar is going to be sold at the world price. So, we need to find other markets, or do other stuff. By doing the direct consumption sugar, what we're doing is that we're adding value. We are not selling the raw sugar, but we're processing it further. So, that then, we can sell that sugar at a higher prices in CARICOM, and I'm being told yesterday that there is a lot of interest from Mexico, and Guatemala that would like to buy that direct consumption sugar, because we produce a really high quality sugar. So, it's a good thing for the industry. It's good for the farmers, good for BSI, and good for Belize."

    CDB Gives Money For Childhood Obesity Program
    Of course, all that sugar could give you diabetes - a leading cause of illness and death in Belize where like many other countries obesity is a major health problem. And the concern goes beyond adults, many Belizean children struggle with obesity. Well, the Caribbean Development Bank is trying to help. The CDB has approved a grant of $150,000 US dollars to the Healthy Caribbean Coalition. The coalition in turn will assist Belize along with the Bahamas, Barbados and Jamaica develop childhood obesity prevention programs. The grant was signed in Barbados on Monday September 18th. In a release sent out today it states "Childhood obesity is associated with a wide range of health complications and an increased risk of premature onset of illnesses, including diabetes and heart disease. Preventing childhood obesity is a key strategy for reducing the incidences of Non communicable diseases in the Caribbean." The programs are expected to be implemented in all 4 countries by 2019.

    LOO Disappointed in Police On Amy Forte Case
    Last night, we showed you what the Acting Police Commissioner, Noel Leal, had to say about the Amy Forte investigation. The acting top cop said that although she asserted to the Prime Minister that her signature was forged in a land sale to Andre Vega, but she has not come in to make a formal complaint to the police. So, with no complainant, police say that it makes no sense to investigate whether or not someone committed fraud in that land deal. Well, today, when we asked the Opposition Leader about that position from the police, he said that he was very disappointed with the Department.:

    Remembering The Father of The Nation
    We've shown you quite a bit of our interview with Opposition Leader John Briceno as he discussed a number of national issues. But, that encounter happened today after the annual Wreath Laying Ceremony for National Hero George Price. Every year on the anniversary of his death, the PUP go to his grave at the Lord Ridge Ceremony to pay their respects. We were there for the ceremony, and here's what the keynote speakers had to say: Darrell Bradley, Mayor - Belize City: "It is humbling for me to stand here today at the feet of the greatest Belizean, the Rt. Hon. George Price lived a life of singular devotion to Belize. As a civic activist, agitator and leader of the independence movement, chief drafter of the constitution, 2 time mayor of Belize City, 1st and only Premier and first prime minister George Price devoted more than 50 years of selfless service to the formation and advancement of this our beloved Belize."

    Working Like Price
    And apart from wrath laying, to live on in the spirit of Mr. Price, it's also the National Day of Service. PUP Standard Bearer Gilroy Usher invited us out to the Port Loyola division to get a glimpse at some of the service work that is being done in the Jane Usher area: Gilroy Usher, PUP Standard Bearer - Port Loyola Division: "We are cleaning the Jane Usher area. Well, we are cleaning specifically Curl Thompson Street in the Jane usher area and I am happy to see that over 25 residents of the area have come out to voluntary help clean up the place. Now, this cleanup was very necessary because right down cult Thompson Street there is a garbage dump that is in the heart of the community and it is very unsightly and it was a health hazard and in addition to that we are also cutting the overgrown grass along Curl Thompson Street."

    St. Lucian Cruise Ship Worker Goes Home, Clear of Drug Charge
    In June we told you about Twenty-four year old St. Lucian Jamal Celise, who worked on the Norwegian cruise ship, Escape but was charged with drug trafficking after two kilos or about four and a pounds of cocaine were found in the cabin he shared with two other seamen. Well, he was given his freedom today by Justice Courtenay Abel. The issue was whether Celise's detention was unlawful and to prove that it was unlawful his attorney, Anthony Sylvestre made an application for a writ of habeas corpus. The basis of it was that there was no evidence against Celise to support the charge. Celise had given a statement to the police but it was not given under caution, consequently, it was not evidence. Justice Abel ruled that the evidence was not sufficient to justify the detention of Celise and any further detention was unlawful.

    The AG and The Alcaldes
    In the Toledo District, village Alcalde's have judicial power - where they can convene trials for minor matters in their villages. But, there's a lot to be desired in terms of formal training and orientation, and that's why over the weekend, officials from the Attorney General's Ministry took a road trip to PG to offer training to the Toledo Alcaldes Association. Attorney General Michael Peyreffite explains what it was about. Seventy-eight Alcaldes and Second Alcaldes attended .

    European Ambassadors to "AZ"
    As we have reported, the European Union has bailed out the OAS Adjacency Office with a tranche of funding. And today, a delegation of European Union Ambassadors, visited what they call the Belize-Guatemala Adjacency Zone at the Benque Viejo border. OAS Secretary General's Special Representative for Belize-Guatemala Affairs, Magdalena Talamas briefed them on the work of the Adjacency Zone Office. The delegation included The Eu Ambassador, the British High Commissioner, and Belize's Ambassador of Belize to the European Union along with the Ambassadors of Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Spain.

    Making Music With Machel
    Today SJC's music students got a very special visit from Soca superstar Machel Montano. As we told you Montano has been in Belize since last week and Music Ambassador Shyne Barrow has been giving him a country tour. Well, this afternoon Montano and his entourage descended on the SJC compound and students huddled close to get a glimpse of him. Now we are used to seeing Montano take the stage but today he took the piano and the guitar to get his message to the music students. It was like a private pre-concert experience and 7News was there to capture it. And of course you can see a lot more of Machel at his concert tomorrow night at the Hour Bar. Before going to SJC, Machel visited St. Catherine's Academy.

    Preparing For The Worst
    In one week, on September 26th, BECOL will have a dam break Simulation Exercise. Now, we stress this is only a test - so don't be alarmed. But those in the area of the Dam and the Macal River will hear the blaring Early Warning System sirens for an extended period of time. Today, a briefing was held in advance of a simulation exercise to prepare for the eventuality of a dam-break in the Cayo District. The briefing was held inside the Training Room at the NEMO Headquarters in Belmopan.

    EXTRO...
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    Channel 5

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    Wilfred Elrington Says Corruption is More Worrying than Crime
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    Current and Former Foreign Affairs Ministers Clash on Border Issue
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    Eamon: I Will Challenge Franz Parke if Appointed to Court of Appeal
    Senior Counsel Eamon Courtenay, himself a former president of the Belize Bar Association, has raised serious objections to the proposed appointment of Franz Parke as a justice on the Court [...]

    More Questions than Answers in Tragic AAA Security Murder-Suicide
    There are still more questions than answers in the murder-suicide of businessman Robert Godfrey of Triple A Security and his long time employee Delsie Smith over the weekend. The allegation [...]

    Family Holds to Faith as Aaron King Remains in Recovery
    Three persons remain hospitalized at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital following a weekend of gun violence in the Old Capital. One of the victims, Aaron King, we can confirm from [...]

    Opposition Leader Didn’t Feel Like Celebrating Tenth
    He wasn’t noticed in all the chaos over the simultaneous crowning of two Queens of the Bay, but Opposition Leader John Briceño was officially absent from the Tenth of September [...]

    P.U.P. Tells Government to Stop Appeasing ‘Brazen’ Guats
    In diplomacy, ‘appeasement’ is a dirty word dating back to Neville Chamberlain and his accommodation of German dictator Adolf Hitler’s expansionist ideals, which led directly to the Second World War. [...]

    When Will Government Respond to Military Clash with B.T.V.?
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    6 Years On, Honors Accorded to George Price by Family, Party
    It has been six years since the death of the Right Honorable George Cadle Price, architect of Belizean independence. In recognition of his service to his nation, September nineteenth has [...]

    Emma Boiton is Back to Fight for Queen of the Bay
    The Queen of the Bay controversy dominated social media and local chatter for days. At the centre of it all was Zenaida Moya who performed an epic crowning of Orange [...]

    Korea Helps Belize’s Foreign Affairs Ministry
    This year, Belize and Korea are commemorating thirty years of diplomatic cooperation. To recognize this milestone, on Monday the Republic of Korea sent a delegation to Belize bearing a four [...]

    I.M.F. Wraps Up Belize Consultation; Opposition Asks Who Will Help Productive Sector
    The International Monetary Fund has issued its final report on its annual Article Four consultation with Belize which took place in June. Despite Prime Minister Dean Barrow’s insistence that Belize [...]

    Training Begins on Infection Prevention
    Day one of a two-day training of trainers’ workshop by the Caribbean Public Health Agency was held today at the Biltmore Plaza. Local medical practitioners from across the country are [...]

    Mexico City Reels from 7.1 Earthquake
    Following an eight point oh earthquake off Chiapas and Oaxaca, Mexico twelve days ago, a seven point one magnitude earthquake killed over a hundred people in Mexico City and surrounding [...]

    Dominica Appeals for Help after Category Five Maria Hits
    Hurricane Maria, a category five storm, made landfall on the island of Dominica on Monday night. Not much is known as yet about the extent of the damage, as initial [...]

    Bodybuilders Prepare for Regional Championship in Mexico
    It’s been over two decades since Belize last had representation in the Central American and Caribbean Fitness Championships organized by the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness. But the Belize [...]

    LOVE FM

    Pain at the Pump
    Fuel Prices will increase effective tonight at midnight. Regular gasoline will increase by ninety two cents, from ten dollars and twenty one cents to eleven dollars and thirteen. Diesel will increase by thirty seven cents from nine dollars and twenty six cents to nine dollars and sixty three cents. Premium gasoline will remain at ten […]

    John Briceno says “The economy continues to stagger”
    The International Monetary Fund’s Executive Board has concluded its 2017 Article IV Consultation with Belize and the report states that the economy continues to face multiple challenges. In short, the IMF states that the country’s macroeconomic outlook remains weak and public debt remains elevated. Despite having achieved a restructuring of its debt with external bondholders, […]

    Leader of the Opposition says appeasement is not the way to solve border dispute
    On Saturday past, the Guatemalan Armed Forces tailed participants of the Belize Territorial Volunteers Eco Challenge on the Sarstoon River and traversed into Belizean waters. The participants, about thirty of them, were well into the challenge when they reached the mouth of the Sarstoon River and were met with five Guatemalan gunboats. Part of the […]

    CEO of Defence fears that BTV continuous trips to Sarstoon may provoke Guatemala
    Government officials have received reports of what transpired over the weekend between Guatemalan Armed Forces and Belizeans. As we have reported, the Belize Territorial Volunteers, BTV, held its second annual Sarstoon Eco Challenge. During the event, participants were intercepted by Guatemalan Armed Forces. We asked CEO, Felix Enriquez about it. Felix Enriquez, CEO, Ministry […]

    Bar calls for the Chief Justice’s resignation
    On Friday members of the Bar Association of Belize met to discuss the backlog of cases sitting on the desk of the Chief Justice, Kenneth Benjamin. The Bar is not satisfied with the CJ’s performance and they want him to rule on twenty eight outstanding cases by December of this year. If he does not, […]

    Leader of the Opposition not surprise with the way Forte’s case is being handled
    The Police department has said that they need Amy Forte to file a formal complaint to be able to proceed with the investigations into the allegation of forgery on land papers she has cited, in a letter through her lawyer, to the Prime Minister. What appears to be Forte’s signature, appears on land documents that […]

    Where is an influx of Grenades into the country coming from?
    Over the past few weeks we have been reporting on an alarming number of explosives found in Belize City, Corozal and the most recent which was detonated in San Pedro Town over the weekend. While there has been no report of any injuries, the cause for concern is mounting and the Belize Police Department’s intelligence […]

    Safe so far from Hurricanes, but other Caribbean countries not so fortunate
    The Government of Belize is joining efforts with Caribbean countries to assist Dominica after Category 5 Hurricane Maria ravaged the island nation. The category 5 hurricane ripped through Dominica and has left widespread devastation in its wake. GOB’s release state quote “our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of this devastating storm who […]

    Father of the Nation remembered
    National Hero and Father of the Nation George Cadle Price was remembered today as the nation observed National Service Day. He died on September 19, 2011 and since then the People’s United Party, the party he led for decades, has observed the day with a Wreath Laying Ceremony at his graveside at the Lord’s Ridge […]

    Belize has dig itself out of a recession, but can it be sustain?
    According to the Central Bank of Belize, the economy is expected to grow by approximately two point four percent in real terms during 2017. This comes after Belize’s economy slumped into a recession during the second half of 2016, at this point we would have finally managed to dig ourselves out of that recession with […]

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Gas prices hike at midnight
    BBN has learnt that as of midnight tonight, the cost of fuel will see another hike. Regular fuel will go up by 92 cents for a total of $11.13 per gallon. Diesel will also see an increase of 37 cents for a total of $9.63 per gallon.

    EU delegation visits OAS/ adjacency zone office
    Today, a delegation of European Union Ambassadors, led by Malgorzatta Wasilewska, visited the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States Office in the Belize-Guatemala Adjacency Zone (OAS/AZ).

    Government of Belize to join relief efforts for Dominica
    The Government of Belize (GOB) today said that it expresses distress and sympathy in learning of the damage inflicted upon Dominica and the other Leeward Islands by the deadly Hurricane Maria, a Category 5 storm.

    GOB wishes all Belizeans a Happy National Service Day!
    The Government of Belize wishes all Belizeans a happy National Service Day! Today, Belizeans across the jewel engaged in community service projects in their respective communities in honor of the Father of the Nation, George Cadle Price, who passed away on this day 6 years ago.

    CCRIF reaches US$100 million milestone in payouts
    CCRIF SPC (formerly the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility) announced today that since its inception in 2007, it has made payouts of a little more than US$100 million to 12 of its 17 member countries – all within 14 days of the event.

    Belcar donates to Belmopan feeding program
    Today, the Belmopan Police entered into a one year agreement with BelCar Export/Import Company Ltd. The agreement is a commitment by Belcar to donate 50 pounds of beans monthly to the Belmopan Police Feeding Program.

    Jamaican artist ‘Turbulence’ arrives in Belize
    Jamaican reggae artist, Turbulence, known best for his single, “Notorious,” has just arrived at the Philip Goldson International Airport minutes ago. He was brought into the country by T and Tate in collaboration with Synergy Promotions for a Belizean concert.

    Powerful 7.1 Mag Earthquake shakes Mexico
    A powerful 7.1 magnitude earthquake shook Mexico shortly after noon time today. The quake swayed buildings and hit the country on the anniversary of a major quake that hit them in 1985. The seismological agency in Mexico reported that the centre was east of the city in the state of Puebla. That municipality is about 40 miles southeast of the capital.

    9 Belizean youths head to Russia
    Nine Belizean youths have been selected to participate in the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students (WFYS) which will be held from October 14-22, 2017 in Sochi, Russia. The WFYS will unite 20,000 young leaders from more than 150 countries and aims to consolidate the international youth community, strengthen international ties, as well as promote international and intercultural cooperation.

    Belize benefits from the Republic of Korea’s Development Assistance Programme
    Yesterday, the Government of Belize (GOB) received a donation of office equipment and two vehicles from the Government of the Republic of Korea through an official Development Assistance Programme for the fiscal year 2017. According to a GOB press release, presenting the donation on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Korea was His Excellency Lee In-ho, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea in El Salvador, and receiving the equipment and vehicles on behalf of the Government of Belize was His Excellency Patrick Andrews, Chief Executive Officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belize.

    First National Research Conference Call for Papers
    The National Institute of Culture and History (NICH), The University of Belize, Galen University, and the University of the West Indies have officially announced the hosting of the First National Research Conference to be held on March 21 and 22, 2018 at the University of Belize, Belmopan Central Campus in the Jaguar Auditorium.

    Deputy ComPol tells Chester and Marco to, “hold it down”
    Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Chester Williams, has retained the legal services of Andrew Marshalleck who has written Senior Superintendent, Marco Vidal, asking that he apologize for comments made last week in which he hinted that Williams was in some sort of collusion with criminals.

    Burrel Boom teen to travel to NASA space center
    A Belizean national studying at Lone Star College (University Park Campus) in Spring Texas, has been selected from among 304 college students to travel to NASA’s Johnson Space Center this fall. He is Burrell Boom resident, Emil Gillett, 19.

    Gunshot victim and his attacker both hospitalized
    Aaron King was shot at a party on Sunday night in Belize City. According to police reports, at around 10 p.m. he was at a residence in Buttonwood Bay when two men on bicycles approached him.

    New Chief Magistrate appointed
    On September 1, 2017, Sharon Frazer was appointed Chief Magistrate of Belize. Her duties include the administration of the 10 Magistrate Courts countrywide. Frazer was promoted in July to the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court in St. Lucia. She joins Godfrey Smith who is also a judge on that court.

    Blogs

    Reviving the ancient ball game Pok-A-Tok
    While some sports are more common than others, there are those that are literally ‘ancient’. One such game is the Pok-A-Tok, which record show may been played as a ritual some 1400 years BC by the Maya. When you think about a game played so long ago, you’d assume the practice is long extinct. Thanks to a group of young Belizean men, this ancient Maya ball game remains alive! The Yucatec Maya group Ek Balam, originated in the Yo Creek Village in Orange Walk District as a group of individuals fighting to preserve their cultural traditions. One such tradition is the Pok-A-Tok. Ek Balam’s Pok-A-Tok team is composed of individuals as young as 13, and they have even participated in an international exhibit tournament (which they won).

    Meat Pies, Pizza and Coffee in Corozal
    Are you a person who loves coffee living in Corozal and you are not sure where to go in Corozal? Then, don't worry, because I have a couple of scoops information to guide you where to get your best coffee, pizza and Meat Pies in town. Yes! And I know that nobody can't be without coffee. Especially, those coffee lovers in Corozal. So, here is my Saturday scoop with Meat Pies and Coffee around Corozal. Belizean's love Meat Pie's, especially those famous Darius meat pie's in Belize City. Meat Pies are famous in Belize because of that thick crust, (very mild spicy sauce) meaty sauce inside after you have that big first bit. But, nothing like some homemade meat pies right here in Corozal town. I found two places that sell Meat Pie's and you don't haft to travel to Belize City to get the Meat Pies. The first place is located at 4th Avenue and the other one is located at 5th South. Below are some photos to where you can visit in the mornings for some meat pies. They are open very early in the mornings and sells out quick. So, come out with your pajamas and buy yourself some meat pies.

    International Sourcesizz

    Belize Gives Up Trying to Buy Venezuelan Oil after Multiple Defaults, Terminating PetroCaribe Alliance
    The government of Belize has decided to suspend its purchase of petroleum from Venezuela due to “inconveniences” caused by continuing defaults. Alba PetroCaribe Belize Energy Limited (Apbel) released a statement this week announcing the suspension of its long-standing agreement with Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA. Belize’s oil company said that the decision to stop the program came after a “consultation with the government of Belize.”

    Tri-City Rotary club drops math delivery on Belize school
    A long-distance connection is bringing 400 slightly used books to the hands of students in Belize. Seeds of the journey were planted during a conversation between Columbia Center Rotary past President Peter Kalunian and Kennewick School District administrators. Kalunian was part of a group from the club receiving a community leadership award in June. At the time, he asked what became of the textbooks when the district finished with them. The administrators told him the books are usually surplused and sold to individuals or other school districts. The district was in the middle of replacing its K-5 math books, and Kalunian asked if the district would be willing to donate them. The club has been working with a school in Belize for the past 10 years. “We’re glad we could partner with Columbia Center Rotary to bring the power of education to another community,” Kennewick officials said on its Facebook page.

    Men's National Softball Team Splits Double Header
    The men's national softball team split another double header yesterday, dropping to an even .500 mark with a 2-2 win-loss record at the WBSC 10th Pan Am Tournament in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. #The team, managed by Perry Seymour, lost 8-1 to Canada in their opener but bounced back to thrash Belize 8-0 in the other game. #In their game against Canada, Thomas Davis, who has recovered from the injury he sustained in a team practice here, got the starting nod, but after the team got off sluggishly in the first inning giving up four runs to fall into a hole, Martin Burrows came in and completed the game. #Against Belize as they avenged their earlier defeat, Desmond Russell from Grand Bahama cracked another home run and Sherman Ferguson belted two, including a three-run walk off homer. Lyle Sawyer from Abaco was the winning pitcher.

    CARICOM Consular Corps mobilize hurricane relief
    As Hurricane Maria bears down on the Caribbean for what is reported to be another damaging hurricane, some members of the CARICOM Consular Corps on Sunday, Sept. 17, mobilized the community to aid citizens devastated by Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean region, by collecting canned goods, clothing, baby diapers and toiletries, that will be shipped immediately through the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency, said Consul General of Guyana to New York Barbara Atherly. The corps which included Consul Generals of St. Lucia, Jeremiah Hyacinth; St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Howie Prince; Dominica Consulate representative, Sheldon Peter Anthony, and Deputy CG of Belize, Michelle Longsworth, welcomed donors, during an afternoon of music and refreshments at the Friends of Crown Heights Hall on Hegeman Street in East New York.

    TSL 2018 International Schools Essay Competition and Debate
    Global essay competition and debate invites schoolchildren (primary and high school) to explore practical ways to conserve and sustainably use our oceans, seas and marine resources. Submit entries for a once in a lifetime experience to show your love for our reef.

    7.1-magnitude Mexico earthquake: Live updates
    What happened: A 7.1-magnitude earthquake hit southeast of Mexico City -- the country's capital -- Tuesday afternoon local time. Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said the country is facing a "national emergency," with hundreds of people killed across three states. Who is affected: At least 216 people died in Mexico City, including many children after an elementary school collapsed on top of them. Dozens of people are still missing. Thousands of soldiers, rescuers and civilians are taking part in rescue efforts across central Mexico.

    Fodor's Adventurous Cayo Vacation
    Fodor's Travel has a travel article all about Cayo, entitled 'I Thought I Would Die Many Times on This Adventure Through Belize,' and it's definitely worth a read. They saw quite a few different sites around Cayo, and they have great things to say about the San Ignacio Resort Hotel and Mountain Equestrian Trails. They also loved the Green Iguana Conservation Project and Cahal Pech, of course. "A trip to San Ignacio, Belize, isn’t just a vacation — it’s a heart-pounding escape. I don’t necessarily consider myself an adventurer. At a young age, movies served as my adrenaline fix: beefy heroes jumped from ledges, confronted threatening wildlife, and uncovered mysterious secrets. I never considered I might one day come close to experiencing anything as remotely exciting. But after having the opportunity to explore San Ignacio, Belize, go ahead and put me on the same page as the leading heroes of Hollywood. I didn’t quite fall into a pit of insects, face off against bandits, or escape the lair of a weird alien. But there were tarantulas! Dark, tight caves and ancient Mayan ruins!"

    Videos

  • Cahal Pech Village Resort (Belize), 3min. Promotional video for Cahal Pech Village Resort in Belize

  • Everett & Maria Belize Wedding Film, 12min. Destination Wedding at Indigo Beach Resort in Ambergris Caye Island, Belize. by Jose Luis Zapata

  • Whale Shark Aggregation in Belize, 10min.

  • Belize 2014, 21min.

  • BANQUITAS HOUSE OF CULTURE CELEBRATES 15 YEARS OF SERVING THE NORTHERN COMMUNITY, 7min. The Banquitas House of Culture which is situated along the banks of the New River and near the San Estevan Bridge here in Orange Walk Town was established fifteen years ago in 2002 with the aim of promoting and preserving our jewel’s diversity of cultures and their histories…concentrating specifically within the northern region. To commemorate its fifteenth anniversary, today the organizers hosted a special ceremony with the objective of celebrating and highlighting a few of the House of Culture’s many achievements over the past years. Our news team was present at the event and filed the following story

  • THE LIFE OF BELIZE’S NATIONAL HERO GEORGE CADLE PRICE, 2.5min. The Father of the Nation George Price passed away six years ago. Having led the People’s United Party for four decades from the days of a colonial outpost, to self-suffrage, internal self-governance; and his greatest achievement…Independence in 1981, today as Belizeans honor him through National Service Day we take a look back at the Father of the Nations life and legacy.

  • Talk Ah Di Town September 14, 2017, 27min.

  • National Issues, 57min.

  • National Service Day Commemorated, 20min.

  • Scouts Association of Belize - Flag Protocols, 11min.

  • Making Music With Machel, 3.5min.

  • Belize 2017, 3min.

  • Drone Footage - Incredible Cahal Pech Village Resort Belize, 3min.

  • Backpacking Belize | SOLO FEMALE TRAVELER | Ep. 33 | San Ignacio, 3min. Where to go in backpacking Belize? San Ignacio! San Ignacio is located in Western Belize and is a backpacker pitstop on the way to Flores, Tikal, Guatemala. San Ignacio is a great location if you want to visit the world famous cave: the Actun Tunichil Muknal cave. The ATM caves is a must do experience adventure in Belize! The ATM caves were a sacred Mayan place where you will be able to find Maya skeletons. San Ignacio is not only close to the Guatemalan boarder but also a great jumping point to attractions such as the Maya ruins of Caracol, Xunantunich, Cahal Pech, and El Pilar as well as the Chaa Creek Nature Reserve, and the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve.

  • Belize Carnival 2017 Best Highlights, 13min. A compilation of the Belize Carnival 2017 best scenes. The original ambient sound is used to maintain the authentic carnival spirit.

  • Belize - San Ignacio - Iguana Rescue - October 2016, 12min.

  • Chicago Booth Couples Belize RW 2017, 4min. The BEST week of my life!!!!

  • Police Check Point Talk Show Sept. 19, min.

    September 19, 2017


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    The San Pedro Sun

    Bomb experts confirm grenade explosion in San Mateo Area
    The residence of 39-year-old Amancia Martinez in the San Mateo Sub-division north of San Pedro Town was shaken by the detonation of a grenade on Saturday, September 16th. The explosion did not injure anyone, but left a large hole in the ground beneath the steps of the residence and splattered mud in the immediate vicinity. The initial investigation has led to the detention of three persons (two adults and one minor) for questioning, while bomb experts from the Belize Defence Force (BDF) have been assisting the police as the investigation continues. The official report states that around 8:20PM, Martinez was inside her home when the explosion took place. The initial investigation also revealed that two persons allegedly threw the grenade into her yard and were seen fleeing from the area. The blast of the detonation was heard almost a mile away.

    Belizean Medical Students on successful spiral with Washington University of Health and Sciences!
    Caribbean Students from all over the world are mastering the art of healing, and one university producing these students is located right here in our beautiful Belize!! Washington University of Health and Sciences is located on San Pedro, Ambergris Caye and is home to students from all over the world, including our very own Belizeans. Falen Miles, a born and raised Belizean, is currently preparing for graduation! He is now on the last leg of clinical core clerkship and electives in Hazard, Kentucky (USA). Falen entered entered the medical school to complete his Basic Sciences MD1 – MD4, on the WUHS campus in San Pedro, followed by Introduction to Clinical Medicine and Clinical Sciences in affiliated hospitals within the United States. Falen is currently completing his last semester and is one of the schools top students, ranking high scores in United States Medical Licensing Examinations, Step 1 and Step 2. He has set the standards high for his fellow WUHS medical students and was nice enough to visit the San Pedro Campus a few weeks ago to give an inspirational talk to his fellow medical student colleagues, leaving them nothing short of eager and excited to follow in his footsteps. WUHS is proud to have Falen as one of their successful Belizean Medical Students!

    Implementation of UNCAC: Attorney General’s Ministry Reports on Status
    Since acceding to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) on the 12th of December, 2016, significant preliminary steps have been taken towards implementation. The Government of Belize through the Attorney General’s Ministry, the designated Focal Point for UNCAC, has made a concerted and devoted effort to assess the legal and institutional framework in Belize, with the aim of identifying and strengthening anti-corruption regimes in Belize. Contextually, Belize is considered as a country with an economy in transition, as such, any plans and programmes to combat corruption has to be measured in line with Belize’s capacity financially, technically and otherwise. Nevertheless, the Government of Belize on a voluntary basis has subjected Belize to the implementation review mechanism established by the Conference of the State Parties to review and monitor implementation of the UNCAC (the Mechanism). The Mechanism includes a review process that is intergovernmental in nature.

    Ambergris Today

    Bomb Experts Investigating Explosion In San Pedro
    Amancia Martinez, resident of the San Mateo Area, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, reported that about 8:20p.m. on Saturday, September 16, 2017, she was inside her home when she heard a loud bang and felt her house shake. Police reports indicate that personnel visited the residence of Amancia Martinez, 39, where cops observed a hole in the ground beneath the steps of her home. Holes were also seen in the steps and there was mud from the ground splattered in the immediate vicinity.

    Belize’s Blind Hero Rowan Garel Honored In Taipei, Taiwan
    Belize’s visually impaired hero Rowan Garel arrived in Taiwan on Thursday, September 14, accompanied by his mother Milagro Garel. The pair is there for a week of activities to celebrate Rowan being a recipient of the Chou Ta-kuan Cultural and Educational Foundation’s 2017 Global Fervent Love of Lives Medal. Chou Ta-Kuan, a young Taiwanese poet who lost his battle to cancer in 1997 at the age of 10, had great enthusiasm for life. In one of his poems he wrote, “I still have one leg; I can stand on the earth!” For the past three years, the Foundation has held workshops, seminars, conferences and camps to communicate Ta-kuan’s belief to the public.

    Misc Belizean Sources

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    Splashers
    Come paint with us this Friday at Crazy Canucks Beach Bar. We will be painting "Sailing away in a Palm Pod".

    Let the Love of Taipei Move the World – Belize’s Blind Hero Award Ceremony and Book Launching Press Conference in Taipei, Taiwan
    Belize’s visually impaired hero Rowan Garel arrived in Taiwan yesterday, Thursday, September 14, accompanied by his mother Milagro Garel. The pair will be here for a week of activities to celebrate Rowan being a recipient of the Chou Ta-kuan Cultural and Educational Foundation’s 2017 Global Fervent Love of Lives Medal. Today, the Chou Ta-Kuan Cultural and Educational Foundation and Taipei Municipal Xing An Elementary School hosted the “Let the Love of Taipei Move the World - Belize Blind Hero Rowan Garel Award Ceremony and Book Launching Press Conference.” H.E. Diane C. Haylock, Ambassador of Belize to the Republic of China (Taiwan) was invited to speak at this event. She remarked that, “Meeting Rowan left a lasting impression on me of one who was wise beyond his years; one who exemplifies positivity, humanism, consciousness; and one who bravely, boldly, courageously face adversities in life.”

    Presentation of Credentials
    His Excellency Antoine Evrard, Ambassador of Belgium, presented his Letter of Credence today to the Governor General of Belize H.E. Sir Colville Young at the Belize House in the City of Belmopan. Ambassador Evrard expressed his pleasure in being in Belize during the 36th anniversary of independence, and conveyed his country’s commitment to continue to strengthen bilateral relations with Belize. The Governor General accepted his credentials, welcomed him to Belize and expressed his gratitude to Belgium’s commitment to Belize.

    Hon. Sen. Michael Peyrefitte, joined by Senator Hon. Macario Coy visits Belize Defence Force troops
    Yesterday, Sunday, September 17th, the Attorney General, Hon. Sen. Michael Peyrefitte, joined by Senator Hon. Macario Coy, made a courtesy visit to the Belize Defence Force troops stationed at the Tree Top military outpost at Belize’s western border with Guatemala. Hon. Peyrefitte thanked the BDF personnel on duty for their devotion to Belize’s security and territorial integrity, and conveyed the Government’s appreciation for the invaluable service of all the men and women in our security forces.

    Caye Caulker Signage Launch!
    The Caye Caulker Village Council is cordially inviting the public to our Signage Launch! Sept. 22nd, 1:30-3:30, Near Ocean Ferry Pier

    Cultural Sundays in Dangriga Town

    I Am Belize Scholarship Award Ceremony
    Feelgood news of the day. The Belize Natural Energy Charitable Trust has teamed up with Restore Belize to fund the 'I Am Belize' Scholarship Progamme, and they had an awards ceremony to recognize the thirty-six high school students who received the scholarships. Thanks, BNECT and Restore Belize! "An Award Ceremony was held on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at the Coastal Zone Management Training Room in Belize City to recognize thirty-six high school students who are scholarship recipients of the “I AM BELIZE” Scholarship Program implemented through RESTORE Belize. Fifteen new recipients were selected and twenty-one students will continue under this program. The objective of the program is to provide scholarships to students from disadvantaged communities who would otherwise be unable to attend high school. The scholarship covers tuition, books, uniforms, tutoring, scholarship club membership as well as internship for fourth form students."

    BTB's Tourism Industry Conference
    Friday, October 20 at 8:30 AM - 4 PM, The Ramada Belize City Princess. Newtown Barracks, Kings Park · Belize City. Hosted by Belize Tourism Board

    NOTICE IN CRUISE SHIP CALLS/SEPTEMBER 21ST CELEBRATIONS
    Dear Stakeholders. Happy Independence Day in Advance! On September 21st, 2017, the Belize City Uniformed Parade coincides with a one-cruise ship day. In light of this, we need to inform our stakeholders on the necessary changes for operations on that day. The Route Starts at the Memorial Park, North Park Street, North Front Street, North Front Street Contrary to traffic, over Bel-China Bridge, down Youth for the Future Drive, Vernon Street, Magazine Road, Dolphin Street, Fair-weather Street, Queen Charlotte Street and ending at the Yarborough Green. Loading for Tour Operators: Our suggested pick up/drop off and route for all contracted tours are as follows: 1. Must pick up before 9:30 a.m. at Terminal 4 2. Tours should go through North Front Street instead of the Marine Parade route 3. Drop off will be as per normal as traffic will have dispersed. All other operators will be allowed, as per usual, to load after 10:30 a.m. when the parade has departed and the streets are cleared, with entrance access through Marine Parade. Blocked off areas include Albert Street and Regent Street.

    Volunteers: Belize Health 5
    We are proud to introduce our newest cohort of Volunteers: Belize Health 5 (BH5). Congratulations to these 21 dedicated and visionary individuals for a successful Pre-Service Training and lovely Swearing In Ceremony. We look forward, with great anticipation, to the work they will advance with their communities over the next 2 years. We'd also like to extend tremendous gratitude to all the PST host families and communities for their hospitality and support. We could never have done this without them! A special thank you to the Ical family, for having hosted trainees in their home for 5 years! Thank you!

    Street closure. Tuesday 19th September in San Pedro
    Sandpiper Street will be closed to all vehicles from 8:00am to 12:00md. WASA will be carrying out repairs. Please find an alternate route during this time, Thank you.

    Georgetown Technical High School 10 year anniversary
    Georgetown Technical High School - GTHS had their 10 year anniversary, and the Institute of Archaeology was present, with people learning about sites and artifacts and even tossing the atlatl and practicing their 'hunting' skills. We made new friends and were embraced by the warmth of the school and the community. Thank you GTHS!

    Caye Caulker Independence Day Parade

    Belize Signs Visa Waiver Agreement for Holders of Diplomatic and Official/Service Passports with the Republic of India
    Today, the Government of Belize and the Government of the Republic of India signed a Visa Waiver Agreement for holders of diplomatic and official/ service passports as a means of deepening bilateral relations. Signing on behalf of the Government of Belize was Minister of Foreign Affairs and Home Affairs Hon. Wilfred Elrington, and on behalf of the Government of the Republic of India was the High Commission of the Republic of India to Belize, His Excellency Muktesh K. Pardeshi. The Visa Waiver Agreement is limited to holders of diplomatic and service/official passports to enter, exit from and transit through the Republic of India and Belize without visas for a thirty-day period. The Agreement will facilitate official travel for Belizeans, especially those attending exchange programs offered by the Government of the Republic of India throughout the year.

    Training and Swearing-in Ceremony Held in Punta Gorda Town for Toledo Alcaldes
    On Saturday, September 16th, officials from the Attorney General’s Ministry, including the Attorney General, Hon. Michael Peyrefitte, and the Solicitor General, Nigel Hawke, travelled to Punta Gorda Town where a sensitization training was held for the Toledo Alcaldes Association, followed by an official swearing-in ceremony for the First and Second (Deputy) Alcaldes. Seventy-eight (78) Alcaldes and Second Alcaldes attended the training, where Solicitor General Hawke, joined by Crown Counsels Agassi Finnegan and Marcia Mohabir, presented the Inferior Court Act (the guiding law for Alcaldes), discussed the powers and limitations of the Alcaldes, and presented the way that Alcalde-initiated proceedings are to occur. After the presentations from the Ministry, questions and concerns from the participants were raised and addressed. Following the highly interactive training, the Attorney General was satisfied that the Alcaldes were fully prepared to be sworn in, and proceeded to initiate the Alcalde Oath of Allegiance and Office. The Alcaldes were subsequently presented with their official certificate, perfecting their appointment. The ceremony was a historic one, as it marked the first time that an Attorney General performed the swearing-in.

    Ministry of Natural Resources Issues Warning of Unauthorized Persons Posing to be Agents of the Ministry
    The Ministry of Natural Resources hereby informs the public of persons posing to be agents of the Ministry of Natural Resources. These persons are claiming to be authorized to sell national land and collect monies on behalf of the Ministry and Government of Belize. The public is advised that the Government of Belize does not make use of agents to sell national land or to collect monies on its behalf. Anyone wishing to lease, purchase or make any other application pertaining to national lands must visit the main office of the Lands and Surveys Department of the Ministry of Natural Resources in Belmopan or any of the district offices to fill out the necessary forms. The public is further reminded that all payments of monies to the Government of Belize in respect of any application or services rendered at the Lands and Surveys Department are to be made only at the cashier at the main office in Belmopan or one of the district offices and an official Government of Belize receipt will be issued.

    San Pedro Parade Route
    As last year, we proceed with the same route for this year's Independence Jump Up Parade. Starting at 10:00 a.m.from the Boca del Rio Park and ending at the Central Park.

    Caye Caulker Independence Eve Block Party

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    Beltraide has announced their 2017 Hackathon. Last year, Sacred Heart Junior College took 2nd place, and Galen University took 3rd place. Check out their website for more information. "The time has come once again for all Belize's talented app developers and computer programmers to come together and show the world what solutions you can come up with when presented with a problem. Business Hackathon 2017 is coming fast so make sure you check out the official sign up page to join the competition with over $7,000 in cash prizes for the top 3 winners.

    King of Soca Machel Montano is the happiest man alive
    As he explores Belize's beautiful marine environment. We look forward to the fete Wednesday night!

    Channel 7

    Murder/Suicide At Security Company
    It was another violent weekend in the city with at least 6 persons shot, 3 of them dead, and a grenade exploded on San Pedro. We start off with a shocking and bizarre death investigation that has left two families broken. On Friday night at 8:30, 50 year old Delsie Smith and 66 year old Robert Godfrey were found dead, each with a gunshot wound to the head at their workplace, Triple A security. The information so far is that Godfrey allegedly shot Smith and then turned the gun on himself. But, it is a sensitive case because no one really knows for sure what exactly happened and why. Courtney Weatherburne has more:

    Cops Say Answers Aren't Easy To Come By In Murder/Suicide
    And police don't have any concrete answers at this point either. They say they have to wait on the post mortem and other key elements in this investigation before they move forward. ACP Joseph Myvette, Head, NCIB: "Starting with the first incident which occurred on Friday night, which is a death investigation. Police responded to a call at the Triple A offices on the Phillip Goldson highway, where upon arrival police observed the bodies of two persons who were later identified as Delsie Olivia Smith 50 years and Robert Godfrey 66 years, both with gunshot injuries. Ms. Smith had an apparent gunshot injury to the right temple while Mr. Godfrey had an apparent gunshot injury to the left side of head."

    Deadly Grenade Thrown on San Pedro, No One Hurt
    And from the tragic story of that apparent murder/suicide, we take you now to San Pedro Town, where a grenade and exploded in a residential community on the island. The dangerous explosive was thrown in the yard of a family, located in San Mateo, one of the poor communities on the outskirts of the busy downtown area. On Saturday night, the loud blast of its explosion was heard about a mile away, alarming residents. At the yard where the grenade was thrown, it tore a hole in the ground under the house which was on stilts, sending shrapnel into the bathroom.

    Another Murder on Antelope Street Extension
    And turning back now to Belize City, there was a murder on Saturday night at around 9:55 pm. Honduran Santos Miguel Bernades was killed on Antelope Street Extension. He was socializing at a friend's house when a gunman fired two shots that killed him. This morning we spoke to his sister about the senseless killing: Atanasia Oliva, Sister of Deceased: "I hear is he was playing he was playing in yard in the Antelope street you know and that one guy just pass and shoot out well do a shooting and you know the other people just bend down and he looks back and the other guys just shoot him again. Right there he died on table."

    Cops Don't Know Who Killed Bernardes
    AT their press conference this afternoon, police didn't have much more to add on the the murder of 51-year-old Bernardes. ACP Joseph Myvette, Head, NCIB: "Our investigation revealed that Bernades along with others were gathered when a lone gun man rode up on a bicycle and fired 2 shots, one of which caught Bernardes to the left temple. Police investigation into this matter also continues." The police have no suspects at the moment but they continue to work on the case. This is at least the third murder in the Antelope Street area in 2017 - there have also been other shootings.

    Man Shot At Northside Party
    Aaron King was at a party yesterday in the Buttonwood Bay area when he was shot a total of three times, twice in the chest and once in the right shoulder. King was rushed to the KHMH where he is in a critical condition tonight. We met his family there this morning and his sister spoke to us about the senseless shooting. Shakera Young, Sister of Aaron King: "While at the party two men came on bikes identified as the young man listed and first they rode past and then they said they called my brother by his name one of them and he came off the bike and he shot my brother at close range and when my brother ran he ran down behind him yes and then he shot him two more times."

    Gunman Shot By Licensed Gunholder
    The police today said they were able to detain the one suspect at the scene. Here's the head of the National Crimes Investigation Branch, ACP Joseph Myvette with more details. ACP Joseph Myvette, Head, NCIB: "King reported that whilst outside a yard where a social event was being held, he was approached by a person riding a bicycle who fired several shots at him causing the injuries. A person who was at the function having a license firearm then fired several shots at the suspect who was later identified to be one, Moses Babb, who also received apparent 2 gunshot injuries to the abdomen area. Police investigation into this matter also continues."

    Sheffield Shot On Pitta Street
    A 30 year old city man is holding on to life at the KHMH after he was shot up on Saturday night after 8:00. Sheffield Ysaguirre was riding along Pitta Street when a gunman fired at him. He was struck to the stomach. Police told us what they know so far. ACP Joseph Myvette, Head, NCIB: "One Sheffield Ysaguirre reported that whilst riding his bicycle in the area of Pitta Street, he was followed by a male person who fired several shots at him which caused him to reviewed several gunshot injuries to the abdomen. Police responded to the area where 8 expended shells were retrieve from the scene. We are seeking one suspect in relation to this investigation."

    Well Known Ducey Quick To Fire Back At Gunmen
    And then on Sunday morning, 51 year old Joseph Ducey was shot at his Police Street home. 2 men approached him and one of them at the well-known Haitian Belizean Taxi Driver and court translator fired at him but he fired right back and scared them off. Police gave a bit more details. ACP Joseph Myvette, Head, NCIB: "On Sunday the 17th September sometime around 11am, one Joseph Ducey, 51 years old of a Police Street address reported that whilst inside his yard he was approached by 2 male persons, one of whom fired a shot at him. He then returned fire with his licensed firearm and the both persons then made good their escape. Police investigation into this matter also continues."

    Bar Association Passes Stern Resolution Accusing CJ of "Misbehavior"
    For weeks we've been reporting on the Bar Association's growing impatience with Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin. Well, things have come to a head. On Friday the Bar membership passed a unanimous resolution calling for the Chief Justice to resign if he cannot deliver judgments on schedule. Now, that is a very, very, strong ultimatum to publicly put upon the head of the Judiciary. And, today the President of the Bar told us it was not a resolution lightly taken - she outlined its three points:... Priscilla Banner, President - Bar Association: "The Bar Association unanimously resolved, actually 3 items after some recitals. The first was to call upon the honourable Chief Justice to deliver the judgements in accordance to a timeline that his lordship himself had set. The second part of that resolution was if there was a failure by the honourable Chief Justice to deliver those judgements in accordance with the timeline..."

    Guatemalan Navy Again Comes Over to Belize Side
    The Guatemalan Armed Forces did it again on Saturday - they came into Belize's territorial waters. The event was the Belize Territorial Volunteers Eco Challenge where the volunteers went in canoes and Kayaks around the Sarstoon Island. They also sang the anthem on the island - making it both emphatic and symbolic that the island is in Belizean territory. Will Maheia told us that seems to have charged up the Guatemalan Navy who then swooped in to come alongside the canoes. They also stopped a TIDE vessel and escorted it to the BDF Forward Operating Base on the Belize side - but that's because there were two coast guard officers with their weapons in that vessel. The Prensa Libre newspaper - with little ragged for the truth - framed that one in a headline, as, quote, "Belizeans try to invade islet in Sarstún river." It says the Guatemalan Navy, quote, "carried out an operation in defense of national sovereignty."

    Fisheries Sting Caught Major Out of Season Conch
    Tonight the Fisheries Department has almost nine thousand out of season conch which they busted in an operation over the weekend. Based on information, the Fisheries enforcement team went to bust some fishing camps at various cafes on the Lighthouse Reef Atoll. But when they got to the camps, they just found 20 idle fisherman who claim they hadn't caught much. Supervisor of Enforcement Hampton Gamboa told us more:... Hampton Gamboa, Fisheries Supervisor of Enforcement: "We went to Lighthouse Reef to conduct search of particular fishing camps. Upon doing that visiting these fishing camps we notice as enforcement officers there wasn't enough product for the amount of days the individuals said they were on site. Upon searching mangrove area approximately a mile away from the fishing camp, we found a freezer hidden within the mangroves.

    DELCIO TUN CHARGED
    And, in that weekend operation - the Fisheries Department also caught 13 fishermen form the Corozal District on a sailing boat with over a hundred undersized lobster near Lighthouse Reef. Today in court, only one of them, 31 year old Delcio Tun, from Chunox Village pled guilty to the charge when he appeared today before Magistrate Aretha Ford. Tun was fined $250 plus $5 court cost and he was given until October 18 to pay. If defaults on payment he will serve 2 months. In addition to that he was fined $20 for each lobster, which amounted to $2,240. The charge was withdrawn from the others.

    Family Loses Everything In Fire On Sunflower, Arson Suspected
    At around midnight on Sunday the fire department and police responded to fire at the home of Robert Garden and his wife on Sunflower Street in the Saint Martinis area. The couple made a hasty escape but lost all their belongings. Garden told us more about the fire. As you heard, they lost everything, and if you would like to donate clothes and other items to the family you can call Garden at 661-9053. The Fire Department today told us it has the appearance of arson because the fire started on the verandah. The fire investigation is still not finished.

    Noel Reyes Knocked Down, Left Critical In Hit And Run
    On Saturday construction worker Noel Reyes was riding his bicycle home from work when he was knocked down on Coney Drive in Belize City. The driver who knocked him down fled the scene. Reyes was badly injured and remains in critical condition at the KHMH. We were able to get some more information on the incident from his wife this morning at the hospital. Denia Rodriguez, Wife: "Noel had an accident. I didn't know anything until 12 when the neighbor called me and told me about the news. I came here and wanted to know what is happening. The neighbor told me that the person that hit him fled the scene."

    Police Say they Are Keeping Vidal/Williams Dispute "In-House"
    On Friday night's news, we told you how the former Eastern Division South Commander, Chester Williams, sent a "lawyer letter" to the current commander, Marco Vidal, threatening a lawsuit. It's because of comments Vidal made last week suggesting Williams had accommodated criminals in the way he policed the Belize City Southside. The incident is bringing negative public attention to the police department since this is quarrel between two senior officers. And today, when the press asked the Acting Commissioner about it, he said that both he and the CEO of Home Affairs have spoken to both officers to keep the dispute in house, and out of the public domain. Here's his brief but candid remarks on the topic:

    Is There The Threat of More Grenade Mayhem?
    Earlier in the news, we told you about the grenade which detonated in San Pedro on Saturday night. While this the first grenade to have actually detonated in Belize in years, but it's the 4th explosive device that police have come across this month. So, are the criminal elements escalating their means of warfare? That's what the media asked the Acting Commissioner today, and here's how he responded: Deputy ComPol Noel Leal, Acting Commissioner of Police: "From the Corozal and the Vernon Street one, I have not had any information to indicate that it is the criminal underworld. I am not sure yet about the one in San Pedro, but as the investigation proceeds it will tell us who or why there was an explosive at that house and what was the intention. But as far as I am concern up to this time I have gotten no information to indicate that there was anything from the criminal underworld ramping up or stepping up."

    Cops Insist September Will Remain Safe
    One specific point which the Acting Police Commissioner kept on stressing is that these 4 explosives were not meant as any intended attack against the events planned for the September Celebrations. Today, he said that the public will see new security measures being put in place for the Independence Day Celebration activities all over the country. Here's how he described it: Deputy ComPol Noel Leal, Acting Commissioner of Police: "So far the intelligence is not showing that it was intended for any mass casualty or any people who are assemble let's say for parade or whatever kind of social activity. It is not intended for that and I am glad to report that so far none of these incidents seems to have been targeting people currently involved or participating in the September celebrations in mass."

    Amy Forte Fraud and Forgery Case Went From Sizzle To Stall
    Among the other questions that the Acting Police Commissioner took today was an inquiry into the latest developments in the Amy Forte fraud and forgery investigation. 3 weeks ago, she wrote the Prime Minister demanding that a land conveyance deed in her name, purportedly signed by her, be canceled because she never sold any land to Andre Vega, son of the Former Minister of Natural Resources, Gaspar Vega. Since then, the police have been waiting for her to come in and make a formal report to them so that they can begin to investigate what she alleges as Fraud. But, that hasn't happened, and police say that the case has gone nowhere yet, because there is no complainant.

    Welcome Machel!
    He may be performing on the 20th night but Trinidadian Soca Superstar Machel Montano has been in Belize since last week. He's been the guest of Musical ambassador Shyne and has been touring the country, having fun and meeting musicians. But he's in the city this week where his legions of fans are anticipating his 20th night Soca Jazz Festival. Today we spoke to "Mr. Fete" himself along with the Music Ambassador who played an integral role in bringing Montano to Belize this time around. Here is what they had to say about the highly anticipated performance.

    New Chief Magistrate Is Official
    In July we told you about Chief Magistrates Anne-Marie Smith's promotion to the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court in St. Lucia. She joins Belize's Godfrey Smith who is also a judge on that court. Now we had told you that one of the likely candidates to get the Chief Magistrate position is Sharon Fraser and Frazer was appointed on September 1st. In a release sent out today it states that "she is now tasked with the administration of the 10 magistrate's courts countrywide. It goes on to discuss her qualification and experience.

    Hurricane Maria Mashes Up Dominica
    And while we are lucky enough to be looking forward to Independence Day celebrations on the 21st., our eastern Caribbean brethren are not anywhere near that tonight. At this hour a "potentially catastrophic" Hurricane Maria is now a Category 5 storm, packing 160 miles per hour winds -- with even higher gusts -- as it nears Dominica. At 6:00 pm, the storm was about 15 miles east southeast of Dominica, and so that means right now it is pounding that small island state - and that will continue for the next few hours. Our thoughts are with them and the wider Caribbean tonight as the storm next takes aim at the US territory of Puerto Rico - which is still recovering from Irma.

    EXPO Crowd Was Less
    This weekend thousands flocked to the ITVET compound for the 21st Expo Belize Market Place. 104 companies occupied 190 booths and according to the Chamber of Commerce, they attracted over 14,000 visitors - which we note is down from last year's report of over 15 thousand visitors, and the previous year's 16,500 visitors. On the upside, the number of booths increased from the previous year.

    Channel 5

    Shocking Murder-Suicide at AAA Security
    Two people were killed in a shooting that police had described as murder-suicide on Friday night. The shocking incident occurred inside the offices of AAA Security on the Philip Goldson [...]

    Honduran Killed Without Warning in Belize City
    There was more bloodshed in the city. Twenty-four hours after the murder-suicide at AAA Security, fifty-one-year-old Santos Miguel Bernardes was executed. The sanitary engineer was playing domino at his neighbor’s [...]

    Aaron King Shot at Buttonwood Bay Party
    As the weekend progressed, party goers at an event in Buttonwood Bay scattered in fear of their lives. Among the guests was Belize City resident Aaron King. One of two [...]

    American-Model Grenade Strikes San Pedro Home
    On the prime tourism island of San Pedro, residents in the area of San Mateo escaped grave injuries when a high explosive fragmentation grenade was thrown beneath the house of [...]

    Ambergris at War?
    Commander Jones says the fragmentation grenade sent shrapnel flying across a fifteen meter radius, shaking a number of houses in the immediate area of the blast.   Brig. Gen. David [...]

    Chiding Chief Justice, Bar Association Awaits Overdue Judgments
    Chief Justice of Belize Kenneth Benjamin has set a timeline to clear up the backlog of close to thirty overdue judgments on his desk. Reports to News Five are that [...]

    Lawyers’ Group Hopes C.J. Will Keep His Word
    But what is behind the situation? Is it simply that the Chief Justice, contending with a court operating on a slender thread of resources and facing an increasingly litigious society, [...]

    Guats Strike at Sarstoon Eco-Challenge Participants
    Over the weekend, Belizeans were harassed and turned back from traversing the Sarstoon River and circling the island during an organized canoe race at Belize’s southern boundary. The Belize Territorial [...]

    B.T.V. Calls on Government to Intervene
    This, of course, is not the first time that the B.T.V., or even the Belizean military and press including this station, have encountered Guatemalan military actively seeking to stop Belizeans [...]

    More Shootings in Belize City; Suspect Sought for Scheffield Ysaguirre
    Just after eight o’clock on Saturday night, some two hours before the execution of Santos Miguel Bernardes, several shots rang out near the corner of Pitter and Elston Kerr Streets, [...]

    Police Look for Shooters of Joseph Ducey, Who Shot Back
    There were a total of five shooting incidents over the weekend in which three persons were killed and three others remain in critical condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. [...]

    Sharon Frazer Takes Bench as Chief Magistrate
    The Judicial and Legal Services Commission has appointed Sharon Fraser as the new Chief Magistrate effective September first, 2017. Magistrate Fraser is now tasked with the administration of the ten [...]

    Williams Versus Vidal: Senior Cops Told to Calm Down Confrontation
    On Friday, Senior Superintendent Marco Vidal was served with a letter from attorney Andrew Marshalleck on behalf of Assistant Commissioner of Police Chester Williams.  Williams and Vidal are at odds [...]

    Wasani Castro Avoids Charge after Apologizing to Police for Outburst
    Another near brush with the law for Wasani Castro; he was picked up by police on Sunday at the ITVET compound where he was attending the annual expo.  According to [...]

    No Conch Till October; Fisheries Seize Haul in Turneffe
    The Fisheries Department and Belize Audubon Society carried out a joint operation Friday and Saturday which netted almost two thousand pounds of illegally harvested conch – of a market value [...]

    Help Needed for Construction Worker Struck Down by Hit and Run Vehicle
    There was a near fatal hit and run on Saturday near our offices on Coney Drive. A forty-seven-year-old construction worker was knocked off his bicycle by a driver, who never [...]

    A.S.R./B.S.I. Ready to Go on DC Sugar Project
    The long-awaited upgrade to the Tower Hill sugar factory is to get underway despite misgivings from a major corner of the industry. After a record-breaking crop year, and ahead of [...]

    Fire Wipes Out Family on Sunflower Street
    A fire in the city has left a family of four on Sunflower Street homeless. On Saturday night, two members of the family were at home when a fire erupted [...]

    Orange Walk Housewife Vanishes
    Have you seen Miriam Vasquez Alcoser? The forty-five-year-old resident of San Lazaro Village in Orange Walk has been missing since last week. Last Friday, Juan Alcoser told police that his [...]

    Where Did Dangriga’s Shaun Bennett Go?
    And a man is also missing in the south. Thirty-five-year-old Shaun Bennett left his home in the Wageirale Area in Dangriga on September sixth and hasn’t returned since. His common-law-wife [...]

    Sports Monday’s Best from the Football Field
    Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.   [Highlights of the weekend sporting activities…]

    CTV3

    Corozal Police Seeks Advice From DPP On charges For Fatal Traffic Accident
    Corozal Police authorities have indicated to CTV-3 News that they are awaiting on legal guidance from the office of the Director of Public Prosecution to know whether they will proceed with charges against 41 year old Francis Sharp in relation to the traffic accident that occurred on September 9th, which claimed the life of a Corozal Town mother of two while injuring two others. 40 year old Claudia Arana Martinez, one of the victims, passed away on Friday September 15th morning at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in Belize City due to serious injuries she sustained.

    BPP & PUP Chastise GOB For Inaction At Sarstoon
    The main Opposition, People’s United Party, also released a statement on the issue, stating its [quote] “strongest condemnation of the actions of the Guatemalan Armed Forces and the inaction of the Government following the blatant harassment of Belizeans within out territorial waters” [end quote]. The PUP notes in its statement that Guatemalans stationed at the Sarstoon have maintained operational control of the entire Sarstoon River, and the Government of Belize through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has committed a gross error in allowing this to happen. The PUP adds that on various occasions SATIIM rangers have been turned back from routine patrols of the Sarstoon Temash National Park.

    Chunox Fishermen Charged for Undrsized Lobster
    On Saturday September 16th thirteen fishermen from the village of Chunox in the Corozal District were caught by a team of officers from the fisheries department in possession of over one hundred undersized lobsters. The officers were conducting patrol around the lighthouse atoll when they spotted the vessel and proceeded to execute a search which resulted in the discovery of 121 lobsters not exceeding the prescribed 4 ounces. All thirteen men were charged for the undersized lobsters, today in court however Thirty one year old Delcio Tun, one of the fishermen caught assumed possession of the lobsters and pled guilty to the charge of possession of undersized lobsters.

    Ambassador Of Belgium Presents Credentials To GG
    His Excellency Antoine Evrard, Ambassador of Belgium, presented his Letter of Credence today to the Governor General of Belize H.E. Sir Colville Young at the Belize House in the City of Belmopan. Ambassador Evrard expressed his pleasure in being in Belize during the 36th anniversary of independence, and conveyed his country’s commitment to continue to strengthen bilateral relations with Belize. The Governor General accepted his credentials, welcomed him to Belize and expressed his gratitude to Belgium’s commitment to Belize.

    GAF Harasses Participants Of Sarstoon Eco-Challenge
    The second annual Sarstoon Island Eco Challenge took place on Saturday September 16th. This is a canoe race which sees paddlers leave from Barranco towards the Sarstoon Island. The winner is the one who circles the Sarstoon Island first, along the Belize side of the Southern Channel, and does it in the shortest time period. The event also seeks to raise awareness not only of the geographic location of the island, but also of the vulnerability of the environment. This year’s event didn’t occur with less controversy than last year as there are reports that up to five Guatemalan Armed Forces boats showed up, entered Belizean waters and intimidated the participants in the race.

    LOVE FM

    House goes up in flames
    A house was destroyed by fire yesterday morning. At around midday Belize City Police were called out to Sunflower

    Street where they observed a 16 by 24 wooden structure engulfed in flames. The home owner, 53 year old Robert Gordon reported to police that he and his wife were at home when they were alerted […]

    Acting COMPOL of Police Noel Leal to Vidal and William cease and desist
    Assistant Commissioner of Police Chester Williams is demanding that Senior Superintendent of Police Marco Vidal apologize for statements made last week. In an interview with the press on Tuesday, Vidal alluded that ACP Williams is allegedly involved in some sort of criminal collusion with gang members. Listeners might recall that it was under ACP Williams […]

    Bar gives Chief Justice an ultimatum
    The Belize Bar Association has given the Chief Justice an ultimatum. CJ Kenneth Benjamin must deliver 28 judgments by December 17, 2017 or resign. If he fails to do both, the Bar is prepared to file a complaint with the Judicial and Legal Services Commission seeking his removal. Members of the Bar Association met on […]

    They came from far and near over 14,000 to attend Expo
    The ITVET compound in Belize City came alive this week with the annual Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry annual Belize Expo Market Place. According to the BCCI, 104 companies participated and more than fourteen thousand people visited the expo. President of the BCCI, Nikita Usher gave the welcoming remarks at the opening ceremony on […]

    Lord Laro in Belize to celebrate Belize’s 36 anniversary of Independence
    Calypsonian Lord Laro is no stranger to Belize and is back again just ahead of Belize’s 36th anniversary. Laro is in Belize at the invitation of the San Ignacio & Santa Elena Town Council. Mayor Earl Trapp spoke with Love News. Mayor Earl Trapp “Basically the idea of bringing Mr. Laro to Belize was basically […]

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Attorney General visits 3 top military outposts at Belize’s western border
    Yesterday, September 17th, the Attorney General of Belize, Michael Peyrefitte accompanied by Senator Macario Coy made a courtesy visit to the Belize Defence Force (BDF) troops stationed at the tree top military outpost at Belize’s western border with Guatemala.

    Defence Minister visits Mexico
    Belize’s Minister of Defence, John Saldivar was recently in Mexico City, along with Belize Coast Guard Commander Admiral John Borland and Belize Defence Force Deputy Commander Colonel Stephen Ortega, where they were guests during Mexico’s national celebrations.

    Maria upgraded to “Catastrophic” Category 5 Hurricane
    The National Hurricane Center (NHC) upgraded Maria this evening to a catastrophic category 5 hurricane. Maria is currently lashing the Leeward Islands. The NHC reported that the eye of Hurricane Maria and the intense inner core is nearing Dominica.

    Belize signs visa waiver agreement for holders of Diplomatic and Official/Service Passports with India
    Today, the Government of Belize (GOB) and the Government of the Republic of India signed a Visa Waiver Agreement (VWA) for holders of diplomatic and official/ service passports as a means of deepening bilateral relations.

    78 alcaldes trained and sworn in
    On Saturday, September 16, officials from the Attorney General’s Ministry, including the Attorney General, Michael Peyrefitte, and the Solicitor General, Nigel Hawke, travelled to Punta Gorda Town where a sensitization training was held for the Toledo Alcaldes Association, followed by an official swearing-in ceremony for the First and Second (Deputy) Alcaldes.

    PUP condemns Guatemalan forces harassing the Belize Territorial Volunteers
    The People’s United Party (PUP) issued a statement of outrage today, regarding the harassment of the Belize Territorial Volunteers (BTV) by Guatemalan Armed Forces over the weekend. The PUP noted that they have reviewed video footage showing four Guatemalan gunboats entering and remaining in Belizean waters, while Belizeans participated in the BTV’s 2nd Annual Sarstoon Island Eco-Challenge.

    Ministry of Natural Resources warns of false “land agents”
    The Ministry of Natural Resources issued a press release today informing the public of persons falsely posing to be agents of the Ministry of Natural Resources. According to the release, there are persons claiming to be authorized to sell national land and collect monies on behalf of the Ministry and Government of Belize.

    BELTRAIDE launches Business Hackathon 2017
    The Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) and Belize Electricity Ltd. are encouraging Belizean app developers and computer programmers to participate in the Business Hackathon 2017.

    Belgian Ambassador presents credentials to Governor General
    The Ambassador of Belgium, Antoine Evrard presented his Letter of Credence today to the Governor General of Belize, Colville Young at the Belize House in Belmopan city.

    Maria becomes dangerous Category 4 hurricane
    The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is reporting that Maria was just upgraded to a category 4 hurricane. The NHC reports that Maria is a dangerous hurricane and the eye and intense inner core is expected to pass near Dominica over the next few hours.

    The Latest News Stories on Belize, Central America & The Caribbean. Letter to the Editor
    Dear Editor: This weekend, postings in social media in Guatemala went viral denouncing the decision of congress in favor of legal reform which would shield politicians from future investigations for illicit campaign financing. Hashtags have been posted from Saúl Bistro, one of the most exclusive restaurant chains in Guatemala City which have declared non-grata the 107 congressmen who voted in favour of the reform, stating “…we don’t accept people that nurture impunity”.

    BPP congratulates Territorial volunteers; condemns Guatemalan authorities
    The Belize Progressive Party (BPP) issued a release today congratulating the Belize Territorial Volunteers (BTV) and its organizers and sponsors on the successful completion of the 2nd Annual Sarstoon Island Eco-Challenge over the weekend.

    Belize Network of NGO’s demands GOB to send protest note to Guatemala
    The Belize Network of NGOs (BNN) said today in a release that it is gravely concerned about the encroachment of Guatemalan Armed Forces into Belizean territory over the past weekend. The BNN said that this act of belligerence by the GAF is unacceptable, and endangers the safety of Belizean citizens who have the ri

    Bloody weekend in Belize City: Four dead, one critical
    Belize City recorded yet another bloody weekend. Three persons were killed with another committing suicide after committing murder. The first to be killed was Delsie Olivia Smith, 50.

    Hurricane Maria now major category 3 hurricane
    Hurricane Maria has been upgraded to a category three hurricane. Maria is the strongest system […]

    Hurricane Maria intensifying
    The National Hurricane Center (NHC) reports that a Hurricane Hunter aircraft found that hurricane Maria, which is presently a category 2 storm in the Atlantic is intensifying. According to the NHC, Maria could become a major hurricane later today. As of this morning, the center of Hurricane Maria was located near latitude 14.6 North, longitude 59.7 West.

    Blogs

    Tue, 19 Sep 2017 — National Service Day
    National Service Day was officially declared to be held on September 19th, a day to commemorate the passing of the Late George Price who died in 2011. The Right Hon. George Price led Belize to independence on the 21st of September 1981 after starting the peaceful, constructive Belize Revolution in 1950. In Memory of Rt. a Hon George C. Price. George Cadle Price, PC, OCC (15 January 1919 – 19 September 2011), was a Belizean statesman who served twice as the head of government of Belize from 1961–84 and 1989–93. He served as First Minister and Premier under British rule until independence in 1981 and was the nation's first prime minister after independence that year. He is considered to have been one of the principal architects of Belizean independence. Today he is referred to by many as the "Father of the Nation." Price effectively dominated Belizean politics from the early 1960s until his 1996 retirement from party leadership, serving as the nation's head of government under various titles for most of that period.

    International Sourcesizz

    Southwest Iowa residents travel to Belize on mission trip
    Paul Whisnant, then a 19-year-old college student, went to Belize in 1990 to start a mission to teach Belizeans about Jesus. Now in it’s 28th year, Whisnant still directs International Servants, nonprofit Christian mission group based in Texas. Clarinda resident Rich Van Dellen started what would become the Southwest Iowa Team to serve Internationals Servants in 2011. The Southwest Iowa Team ranged from two to eight members until, in 2016, it jumped to 16 members. The team has always been support for another group, The Clarinda Journal-Herald reported. It was Van Dellen’s dream to do at least one mission when he was 80 and to lead a team that was large enough that it would be the entire team for that mission.

    Belize Suspends Oil Shipment Under PetroCaribe Programme
    The Alba PetroCaribe Belize Energy Limited (APBEL) says it has suspended the long-standing agreement with the Venezuelan state oilcompany Trafigura/Puma and Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) under the PetroCaribe programme. APBEL said in a statement that the decision to suspend the programme followed "consultation with the government of Belize, Trafigura/Puma and PDVSA" and that APBEL has decided to "suspend purchases of petroleum products from PDVSA under the PetroCaribe Agreement with immediate effect". PetroCaribe is an oil-buying arrangement that many Caribbean countries have with Venezuela to purchase oil on conditions of preferential payment. The consortium was launched in 2005 and eight years later, PetroCaribe agreed on links with the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA) to go beyond oil and promote economic cooperation.

    Archaeological Society Presents Program By Dr. Jaime J. Awe
    The next monthly meeting of the Verde Valley Chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society, will be held on Thursday, Sept. 28, in the Community Room at the Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road, Sedona, at 7 pm. Dr. Jaime J. Awe will be the evening’s speaker who will present: Let’s Talk of Graves, Eccentrics and Epitaphs: The Socio-Political Implications of Recent Discoveries at Xunantunich, Belize Ongoing investigations and conservation efforts by a joint Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance (BVAR) and Belize Institute of Archaeology Project at Xunantunich have resulted in several significant discoveries at this major western Belize site.

    Swimming with Sharks (and Stingrays)
    BU Today reached out to Kate Donnellan (CAS’18) to learn what she was working on this past summer. Donnellan is a student in the BU Marine Program (BUMP) and is embarking on a third marine semester to complete her research on the queen conch (a large sea snail with a distinctive shell) in Belize. She also recently interned at an aquarium in New Zealand through BU Study Abroad and worked with two massive stingrays named Molly and Penny. We spoke with Donnellan about her internship experience Down Under.

    Declining queen conch populations are fragmented and that's changing the conservation game
    The queen conch, a marine mollusk prized for its edible meat and its glossy shell, is one of the most economically and culturally important species in the Caribbean. In the past few decades, intense international fishing driven largely by the demand for export to the United States, has led to declining populations that threaten local fisheries in countries throughout the Caribbean. Some countries have closed their queen conch fisheries, and international trade of the species is restricted by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). But scientists and conservation organizations still have had difficulty determining what it will take for depleted conch populations to recover. To provide a vital scientific foundation for conservation efforts, an international team led by scientists with the Smithsonian's Marine Conservation Program—part of the National Museum of Natural History's Smithsonian Marine Station in Ft. Pierce, Fla.—has conducted a genetic analysis comparing queen conch at 19 sites throughout the Caribbean.

    Pink Eye outbreak started in Chetumal, Quintana Roo School
    Epidemia: Brote de CONJUNTIVITIS en la escuela secundaria Armando Escobar Nava. Padres de familia reportan un grave brote de conjuntivitis dentro la escuela secundaria Armando Escobar Nava. Refieren que desde la semana pasada, varios de los niños ya contrajeron la infección ocular al estar en contacto con otros niños de su mismo grupo y que el caso se agrava ya que el director Jesús Antonio Martínez Solís no hace nada para evitar que se propague permitiendo el acceso al plantel a niños que visiblemente llegan con la enfermedad. También culpan a otros padres de familia que irresponsablemente siguen mandando a sus hijos a la escuela en esas condiciones. Mencionaron que solicitaran a las autoridades sanitarias tomen cartas en el asunto.

    Videos

  • Here's Episode one of our brand new series, "Belize's First Line of Defence"!, 15min.

  • Confronting Challenges, Celebrating Triumphs, Renewing our Resolve!, 73min.

  • Nationalism & Patriotism & the Church, 24min.

  • Dj Loona in Club Elite. Belize city, 2min. Dj Loona from Kazakhstan live performance in Club Elite.Belize city.

  • Check out this tour in Pocoboch, Yucatan, where you prepare the traditional and delicious, 10min. Checa este toquetour en Pocoboch, Yucatán, donde preparan el tradicional y delicioso relleno negro, conoce su cocción en pib, su cultura, sus tradiciones...te encantará!! no olvides visitar el canal de youtube donde encontraras recetas de cocina, tips de cocina y toquetours como éste, dale click here.

  • BSI /ASR LAUNCHES DIRECT CONSUMPTIONS SUGAR EXPANSION PROJECT WITHOUT THE BLESSING OF THE BSCFA, 8.5min. Over the next 18 weeks the Sugar Industry will witness the investment of 22 million dollars. It’s an investment that is being carried out by BSI/ASR at a time when the industry is bracing for the full impacts of October 2017 when the prices of sugar in the European Union Market will be at par with those of the world market. For the investment to take place BSI/ASR proposed changes in the current commercial agreement and despite the fact that unlike the other two cane farmer association’s the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association is yet to jump on board, the milling company launched its direct consumptions sugar expansion project today.

  • Ms Emma Boiton speaks!, 5min. She says former interim coordinator Zenaida Moya was removed because she was taking the QoTB pageant in the wrong direction!

  • I Belize in Love, 3min. Lorin and GG workout on the pool bridge

  • Diving Adventures in Belize. Part 3: Manatee, Tarpons & Nurse Sharks., 12min. Diving Adventures in Belize. Part 3: Snorkeling with Manatee, feeding Tarpons, Nurse Sharks, Sea Horses and more.

  • Diving Adventures in Belize. Part 3: Manatee, Tarpons & Nurse Sharks., 1.5min. Belize in America interview with Lova Boy - Let's talk about Belizean Music and Belizeans Musicians

  • You Better Belize It!, 2.5min. September 2017. Just going with the fro in San Pedro, Belize.

  • Ramon's Village Belize, 1min. A typicla morning walk to breakfast.

  • GUATEMALA BELIZE DIARY - DRONE MAVIC PRO - GOPRO - BACKPACKING - TRIP, 4.5min.

  • 26 Adventurous Hours Around Half Moon Caye, Belize, 8min. Thanks so much SeaStar Belize for organizing this amazing overnight trip to pristine Half Moon Caye.

    September 18, 2017


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    The San Pedro Sun

    Basil Jones Summer Camp Fosters Stewardship of the Environment
    The Northern Belize Coastal Complex (NBCC) is a river-to-reef seascape of connected protected areas in northern Belize. Water flows from the Rio Hondo and New River and coastal lagoons of the mainland into the Corozal Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, and on to the reef of Bacalar Chico, Hol Chan and Caye Caulker Marine Reserve. Guinea Grass is a community that shares and enjoys the New River. The New River empties into the Corozal Bay. Guinea Grass is poised to keep as much forest cover as possible, maintain the 66 feet (riparian) vegetation, and ensuring that garbage is disposed of correctly to keep our watersheds healthy. Children from The GREENE (Guinea Grass Response for Education & Enforcement of the Natural Environment) Project were provided a firsthand experience to learn of the primary ecosystems of the coastal and marine environment and to observe how garbage affects marine life at Bacalar Chico National Park. Twenty-five (25) children of the River to Reef Ambassador’s Program traveled to Basil Jones Camp from August 28- September 1, 2017 to learn about the conservation and threats to Belize’s Barrier Reef.

    Misc Belizean Sources

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    Belize Carnival 2017 Seniors
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    Winter Equinox Maya Ceremony
    Come join us and be a part of this sacred ocassion. Stimulate your soul. Inspire to strive towards this journey to enlightenment. Become one with the universe. Walk the inner path of the spiritual sun in our own lives. If interested, Call Ernesto and Aurora Saqui at 670-7043 or 626-5509 or email us at nuukcheilcottages@gmail.com or nuukcheil@yahoo.com. A Charge of $25.00 BZD per person is required to cover expences.

    Coney Drive Hit and Run Accident
    On the 16.09.2017 about 5:15 p.m. police visited the KHMH where they observed 47 Noel Reyes suffering from head and body injuries in an unconscious state as a result of a road traffic accident. Reyes was riding his bicycle on Coney Drive when a vehicle hit him from behind causing his injuries. The driver of the vehicle did not stop to render assistance and Reyes is listed in a critical condition at KHMH. Police are investigating.

    US Embassy at EXPO 2017

    Murder in the city
    On the 16.09.2017 about 9:55 p.m. Police visited an area on Laura Dunn street in Belize city, where they observed 51 year old Santos Miguel Bernardes with one apparent gun shot wound to the left temple. The Initial investigation reveals that at 9:50 p.m. Bernardes and others were socializing inside a yard, when a man entered the yard and fired several shots at the gathering, causing the fatal injury.

    Weekend shooting
    On September 16, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. police visited the KHMH where they observed 30 year old Sheffield Ysaguirre with multiple gunshot wounds to the stomach. The Initial investigation reveals that Ysaguirre was walking on Elston Kerr Street when a person fired several shots at him. Ysaguirre is admitted at the KHMH in a critical but stable condition.

    Minors questioned in relation to loud bang and hole on hair braider's steps on San Pedro
    On Saturday 16th September 2017 about 8:20 p.m. there were reports of an explosion in the San Mateo Area of San Pedro Town. Police visited the residence of Amancia Martinez, a hair braider of San Mateo Area, San Pedro Town where they observed a hole in the ground beneath the steps of the house and mud splatter on top of the steps and what appears to be holes in the first and second steps. Amancia Martinez reported that about 8:20 p.m. while inside her house, she heard a loud bang and felt the house shake. After a while she went outside to inquire what had happened. Two minors were seen throwing an object in Martinez's yard and then ran off. The BDF bomb expert is assisting the police in the Investigation.

    Cluck & Moo - Grand Opening in Corozal Tuesday
    September 18th at 11:00 a.m. Come check out Corozal's new spot for amazing burgers and wings-all made fresh and to order! 3rd Street South, Corozal. Nearby the bus terminal.

    Teamwork and Partnership!
    The Belmopan Police and the US Marines have teamed up to offer haircuts to some 50 kids in the Belmopan jurisdiction. "This is our way of giving back to the communities we serve. I dare to say that this is the first of it's the first of its kind partnership," Sr. Supt. Howell Gillett.

    The Reporter

    Expo Belize Market Place winds down
    Bomb experts from the Belize Defence Force are currently in San Pedro town investigating an explosion which occured last night. Initial investigations reveal that at around 8:00 p.m., Saturday night, an explosion occurred at the residence of Amancia Martinez, 39, in the San Mateo area of the island. Police say that when they visited the scene, they observed a hole in the ground beneath the steps, as well as holes in the first and second steps of the house. Martinez told investigators that she was inside her house when she heard a loud bang and felt her house shake. Residents told police they saw two youths fleeing the scene after they threw an object inside the yard. Police and BDF officials are currently investigating the incident.

    BDF bomb experts and police investigate explosion in San Pedro
    The 2017 edition of the Expo Belize Marketplace is winding down at the IT Vet compound on Freetown Road in Belize City. The two-day event is labelled as one of the largest consumer trade shows in the country that offers visitors deals, services and promotions from various businesses. The Expo is organized by the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Apart from offering incentives to customers, it offers visitors the opportunity to appreciate arts, entertainment, and displays from the commerce industry, manufacturing and services sector. According to the Chamber, over 200 booths were a part of this year’s event, signifying a growth in numbers.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Early morning fire leaves one family homeless
    Shortly after 12:00 a.m. today, police responded to a house fire at #6690 Sunflower Street in Belize City. There, officers observed a 16×24 wooden structure totally engulfed in flames.

    Lords Bank bus driver beaten with gun and robbed
    On Saturday night two armed robbers held up a Lords Bank bus after injuring the driver and a conductor. The bus driver, 21-year-old Set Beltzasar told police that at around 8:00 p.m. he was driving his bus on Egbert Quilter street when he slowed down. At that time, two mask men armed with a firearm quickly made their way on to the bus.

    Fifty-one-year-old man shot in the head dead
    A Belize City man is dead after a gunman entered his residence and shot him once to the head. According to police reports, just before 10:00 last night, Miguel Bernardez, 51, was socializing with friends at his residence on Laura Dunn street in Belize City when an unknown assailant entered the yard and fired a barrage of shots causing everyone to dash for cover.

    Man shot on Elston Kerr Street in Belize City
    A Belize City man is lucky to be alive after a gunman opened fire on him last night. According to police reports, at around 8:00 p.m., Scheffield Ysaguirre, 30, was walking on Elston Kerr street when a man fired several shots in his direction causing injuries to his stomach.

    Explosive device detonates in San Pedro yard
    An explosive device detonated sometime around 8:20 last night in the San Mateo area of San Pedro town. Police visited the residence of Amancia Martinez, 39, where cops observed a hole in the ground beneath the steps of her home. Holes were also seen in the steps and there was mud from the ground splattered in the immediate vicinity.

    Dangriga man reported missing
    Valerie Williams, a Belizean babysitter of the Wagierale area in Dangriga Town, reported to police that at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 6 her common-law husband Shaun Bennett, 35, left home to an unknown destination and has not been seen or heard from since.

    Florida based NGO linking US investors with Belizean business
    The Belize American Chamber of Commerce of Florida (BACCOF), is holding stakeholder meetings to establish links between investors in the United States and Belizean businesses. BACCOF is holding meetings with the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI), the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE), the Belize City Council, the United States Embassy, and potential investors.

    Blogs

    Art in The Park
    On September 15th, 2017 the Corozal town came out to enjoy a night of enjoyment. The Art in the Park was filled with people from all over. I saw more varieties of stuff you can eat and local pieces of jewelry. Like the Kambi's Marisquesita, Miss Deb's, Local Jewelry, Hats, coffee, homemade cookies, local Art painting, woodwork, caramels, macarons, Cupcakes, Northern Heat Pepper sauce, Chill's Creation, Karaoke, Dj after party, Jouvert for adults and lots more. September Celebration continued for Art in the Park for those who like the Dj and Jouvert. This was the main event for the night. If you do not know what is Jouvert, It is a colorful painting where you get wet with water and paint at the same you jump up the way around town until you're soaking wet and painted it you can't no more. This was one of my fun night I had ever enjoyed. Even music played until 10pm. Dj played excellent music 4am.

    International Sourcesizz

    8 endangered UNESCO sites to see now in the Americas
    UNESCO's list of "World Heritage in Danger" is an exclusive club of 55 destinations, dominated by war-torn countries and terrorist hotspots. Stretching from the Florida backwoods to an ancient Peruvian city and ghostly Chilean mines, these eight sites are some of the Americas' most extraordinary places. But they're also sites that UNESCO has found are threatened by "serious and specific" perils, whether human or environmental. These eight UNESCO sites underscore the importance of preservation efforts in our backyards -- and invite adventurous travelers to explore them before they further deteriorate. Stretching nearly the entire length of Belize's Caribbean coast, the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve massive reef system is the largest in the Northern Hemisphere, a chain of coral and sand that's visible from the International Space Station. From water level, a detailed world comes into focus. Hundreds of cayes lie just above the surface, a constellation of mangrove and sand islands with a coral foundation, and the undersea landscape is remarkably varied.

    Videos

  • Corozal JUVERT Block Party. DJ Karlo Romero in the House., 16min.

  • Hope for Belize’s Hicatee Trailer, 1.5min. BFREE has teamed up with the Turtle Survival Alliance and Carol and Richard Foster to make everyone more aware of the need to protect the few HIcatee turtles that are left. The documentary will be out on October 2nd. "This trailer shares a brief introduction to the film, ‘Hope for Belize’s Hicatee: Central American River Turtle’ a 16-minute natural history film that will be released on October 2, 2017. The Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) along with Belize Foundation for Research & Environmental Education (BFREE) and Emmy-award winning filmmakers, Richard and Carol Foster, have teamed up to create this film. ‘Hope for Belize’s Hicatee: Central American River Turtle,’ features a critically endangered turtle species being intensely harvested for its meat. The film highlights the cultural significance of the hicatee in Belize, the environmental pressures propelling it toward extinction as well as the current work being done in Belize to save the species. The hicatee is disappearing, but together we can save it."

  • Mayan Ruins in Belize, 2.5min.

  • Tackle Box Canyon Ambergris Caye Belize, 1min. Diving with Sharks in Belize with Ramon's Village Divers.

  • Scuba Diving Belize - Half Moon caye Wall, 10.5min.

  • Belize Day In Dallas, 2min.

  • Pelican 2017 Belize Bird Rescue, 1.5min. Belize Bird Rescue Pelican 2017.

  • Belize 2017, 8min. Honeymoon - San Ignacio & Ambergris Caye.

  • Our Honeymoon—Belize 2017, 26min.

    September 17, 2017


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    The San Pedro Sun

    Copa San Pedro 2017 football tournament gets underway
    On Thursday, September 7th, the Copa San Pedro 2017 began at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town. Forming part of this year’s Copa San Pedro are Martha’s Ice, United F.C, Legends F.C, Boca Bombers, Jokers F.C, San Mateo F.C, Assassin F.C, Sandy Point, Victoria House Jr., Terror Squad, G. strikers and One Shot One Kill. Six games kicked off the newest football tournament, with the first two games played on Thursday, September 7th. At 7PM, Terror Squad faced Sandy Point, emerging victorious with a 3-2 score. 9PM Legends F.C against One Shot One Kill with a whopping 13-0. The following day saw two games as well. At 7PM, Boca Bombers took on Jokers F.C, with the Boca Bombers winning 5-3. The second game saw San Mateo F.C emerge victorious, 3-1, against G. Strikers. The last two games of the second week of Copa San Pedro are scheduled for Sunday, September 17th, starting at 5pm with Martha’s Ice VS Sandy Point, while the second match begins at 7pm with United F.C VS Strikers. All islanders are invited to come out, and support their favorite team this weekend.

    GOB Responds after Local Airlines Suspend Flights to Caye Caulker
    Effective October 1, 2017 the local airstrip on the island of Caye Caulker will be closing for an estimated eight months of renovations. During that time, the island will only be accessible via boat. The announcement was made by the Government of Belize (GOB) and the Belize Airports Authority (BAA), after both local airlines, Tropic Air and Maya Island Air announced on Tuesday, September 12th that they were suspending their services to the island due to the severe deterioration of the airstrip. Businesses and residents on Caye Caulker are quite concerned about the negative impact the closure of the airport will bring to La Isla Cariñosa. Tropic Air and Maya Island Air issued a joint press release on Tuesday announcing the suspension of flights over safety concerns at the Caye Caulker local airport. Hours later, the BAA responded by announcing that they had taken the final stages of securing the necessary funding to begin the reconstruction of the runway. They claimed that plans for the airstrip renovation have been ongoing since 2016, when consultants were engaged to conduct feasibility studies for the repairs of the Caye Caulker airport. After taking the decision to reconstruct the airport, a comprehensive design was commissioned.

    San Pedro Pirates lose 3-4 against Dangriga Wagiya F.C
    On Sunday, September 10th, the Dangriga Wagiya Football Club hosted the San Pedro Pirates Football Club at the Carl Ramos Stadium in Dangriga Town during the fifth round of the Premier League of Belize (PLB). The Pirates and Wagiya gave their best, but at the final whistle, it was a victory of 4-3 for the home team. The game started at 4pm, with both teams going on the offensive. Within the first three minutes of the match, Pirate Hazale Requena scored the first goal. At the sixth minute, the island team netted another goal, courtesy of Aloisio Texiera. Dangriga’s Wagiya went on the offensive as well, with Byron Chavez scoring a goal in minute nine. The pressure was on the home team, as the island team was leading. At the 34th minute of the match, Byron Chavez met the challenge and scored again for the Dangriga Wagiya. Horace Avila Jr. found a way to net one more goal before the first half drew to an end and Dangriga went to break, leading 3-2.

    Misc Belizean Sources

    mzz

    Explosion in San Mateo
    San Pedro Police are investigating an explosion that occurred at a residence in the San Mateo Subdivision, just north of the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge. Reports are that an unidentified explosive device was hurled into the yard of a residence while its occupants were getting ready to sleep. No one was injured and police have detained two minors for questioning.

    Soca superstar Machel Montano pays a visit to Caye Caulker and Koko King
    Aye this boy always has to be the first!!!!

    Taste of the South
    TOP CHEF COMPETITION, TOP BARTENDER COMPETITION!!! Sign up for both our food and beverage competitions as we are looking for 6 contestants, 3 for each category to compete against each other for $100, and the prestige to be called Georgetown Technical High School's 1st Ever TOP CHEF and 1st Ever TOP BARTENDER! 3 Food and Beverage critics will use rubrics in order to judge your production. As it relates to the TOP CHEF COMPETITION, you will each be given a basket with all necessary ingredients which you will use to create 1 gourmet meal for 3 judges (including the GREAT Mr. Fer'minh Cho'c will be there) to taste your meals within 1 hour and a half. Our world class Culinary Arts Kitchen awaits you!! I.H.S Students, Julian Cho, Ecumenical, ANRI, GT Tech, Dellile Students; especially, current students, past students. you all are welcome! As it relates to the TOP BARTENDER COMPETITION, as soon as the food competition is over, the beverage competition will begin, whereby you are to produce 3 cocktail/mixed/frozen drinks using local alcoholic beverages. To enter you must be 18 & over and must not be currently enrolled at any primary/high school. Rules and conditions will be shared with you prior to the competition. FREE ENTRY!!!

    Training Alcaldes in Toledo
    The Attorney General's Ministry is training Alcaldes in Toledo, presenting the scope of their jurisdiction and how proceedings are to occur. This afternoon, the Alcaldes will be officially appointed by the Attorney General, Hon. Michael Peyrefitte.

    Murder/Suicide in Belize City
    On the 15. 9. 17 about 8:30pm police visited AAA Security Services Corp. Ltd headquarters 2 1/2 miles on the Phillip Goldson Highway where they observed on the lower flat of the building a female identified as Delsie Olivia Smith 50 years Belizean Manager of AAA security and a resident of Hattieville with an apparent gunshot wound to the side of the head and Robert Godfrey 66 years Belizean business man and owner of AAA Security services was seen lying on the floor motionless with an apparent gunshot wound to the side of the head. Initial investigation reveals that on the 15. 9. 17 about 7:30pm both deceased were inside the building when Mr. Godfrey took a . 38 Revolver that he had on his person and fired a single shot at Ms.Smith which caused the fatal injury, thereafter he placed the firearm to his head and fired a single shot that cause his fatal injury. Police recovered (1) . 38 Smith and Wesson Special Revolver (2) expended shells and (3) live rounds of ammunition. investigation continues.

    Miriam Vasquez Alcoser missing
    Please be on the look out for 45-year-old Miriam Vasquez Alcoser of San Lazaro village in Orange Walk. She was reported missing by her husband Juan Alcoser on Friday 15th September, 2017. Description: 4 ft 5 inches tall; about 130lbs; fair complexion and long, black hair. Miriam was last seen wearing a black blouse ,short blue jeans pants and a black sandals on Wednesday, 13th September, when she left her house in San Lazaro. If seen, kindly call 911 or the Orange Walk Police Station at 322-2022.

    San Pedro Jouvert 2017
    Thursday Sept. 21st, kicks off at 5am at the Hon. Louis Sylvestre Sports Complex

    FCD donated 2018 Toyota Hilux
    As a result of the Toyota Chiquibul Challenge 2017, FCD was donated a 2018 Toyota Hilux. We are grateful to Belize Diesel & Equipment Ltd. for coordinating the Challenge, and we are honoured by the many sponsors that made this donation possible. They are truly champions of the Chiquibul!!!

    The Reporter

    One person shot in Collet
    Police are looking for a suspect after a youth was reportedly shot at around 8:00 tonight in the Antelope Street Extension area of Belize City. Residents heard two sets of gunshots – the first of about six shots – followed by a second round of about four more shots. The alleged gunman then reportedly ran through a yard to flee the scene.

    Mexico celebrates 207 years of independence
    Independence day celebrations and festivities took place today in Mexico, as the country celebrated it’s 207th anniversary of independence. The official Mexican Independence Day is observed annually on September 16th, and is celebrated with official ceremonies, fireworks, fiestas, food, dance and concerts, among other activities. Flags, flowers and decorations in the colors of the Mexican flag – red, white and green – flank public areas, cities and towns, followed by chants of “Viva Mexico” or “Viva la Independencia”. Councillor of the Mexican Embassy in Belize, Hugo Juarez Carrillo said that Mexican embassies and consulates worldwide host official ceremonies to mark the historic event.

    Belize City businessman shoots manager dead, then himself
    A well-known Belize City buisnessman is dead after he allegedly shot and killed his female employee and then turned the gun on himself. Robert Godfrey, the owner of AAA Security company on the Philip Goldson Highway, reportedly shot and killed his company manager, Delsie Smith, and then shot amd killed himself. The incident happened shortly after 9:00 on Friday night at the security office.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    UDP plagued with infighting
    Deputy Leader of the United Democratic Party (UDP), Patrick Faber, has declared publicly that ongoing infighting between party members is affecting the party’s political standing. “All is not necessarily well in the UDP,” Faber said. “There are many of us in the UDP who are not satisfied with some of what has happened, a lot of what has happened.”

    FCD gets brand new hilux
    Yesterday, Rafael Manzanero, the Executive Director of Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD) received the keys to a new 2018 Toyota Hilux.

    Belizeans honored at Belizean Patriots Tribute
    Twenty-two Belizeans were honored last night at the Bliss Center for the performing arts. The citizens were awarded for their outstanding contributions to the community at the annual Tribute to Belizean Patriots ceremony.

    Fair weather to continue
    The 24-hour forecast is for generally fair weather to prevail. Sunny skies with a few cloudy spells are expected today with cloudy skies tonight. Isolated showers are expected over inland areas this afternoon and a few will affect the south and coast tonight. The wind will blow from the east to northeast at 5-15 knots.

    Chester ready to sue
    Assistant Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams is threatening to sue Commander of Easter Division South, Marco Vidal, if Vidal does not issue an apology for statements he made to the media this week.

    Police confirms murder/suicide at AAA Security firm
    Last night around 8:30, police responded to AAA Security Services Corp. Ltd headquarters located at 2 1/2 miles on the Philip Goldson Highway where cops found the company’s manager, Delsie Olivia Smith, 50, dead with a bullet wound to the side of her head.

    Orange Walk woman missing
    According to police reports, Miriam Vasquez,45, of San Lazaro Village, Orange Walk is reported missing. Vasquez was reported missing by her husband Juan Alcoser yesterday. Vasquez is 4 ft 5 inches tall and weighs about 130 pounds.

    Belize Network of NGO’s in solidarity with Bar Association
    The Belize Network of NGOs (BNN) issued a press release stating that it stands in solidarity with the Bar Association of Belize regarding government’s appointment of Franz Parke as a Justice of the Court of Appeal.

    September Celebrations – What are we celebrating?
    By Julio Gonzales: September has taken on a new meaning. No more talk of Baymen, Independence, patriotism and Hip Hip Hooray. Over the years, September has become synonymous with grenade explosions on parade routes, kidnappings, robberies and gun violence.

    Father of the Nation commemorated
    By Zoila Palma: Tuesday, September 19, will mark the sixth year since the death of the Nation’s Father, Right Honorable George Cadle Price. The date is set aside as National Service Day in Belize to commemorate his legendary service to Belize.

    AAA Senior supervisor murdered
    Last night BBN reported that a well-known businessman shot and killed his employee and then killed himself. The incident occurred shortly before 9:00 last night. Robert Godfrey, owner of AAA security on the Philip Goldson Highway allegedly shot and killed his Senior Supervisor, Desiree Smith.

    International Sourcesizz

    Belize suspends oil shipment under PetroCaribe programme
    The Alba PetroCaribe Belize Energy Limited (APBEL) says it has suspended the long standing agreement with the Venezuelan state oiled company Trafigura/Puma and Petroleos de Venezuela S.A. (PDVSA) under the PetroCaribe programme. APBEL said in a statement that the decision to suspend the programme followed “consultation with the Government of Belize, Trafigura/Puma and PDVSA” and that APBEL has decided to “suspend purchases of petroleum products from PDVSA under the PetroCaribe Agreement with immediate effect”. Officials from the Government of Belize, Trafigura/Puma and Petroleos de Venezuela S.A. and APBEL are expected to meet later this month to determine the possibility of resuming supply from Venezuela in the future.

    The Birth Of Multicultural Britain
    Remembering the first wave of Caribbean pioneers to the UK. ON WEDNESDAY June 23, 1948, The Times newspaper reported the arrival of MV Empire Windrush under the headline ‘Jamaicans arrive to seek work’. The article said: “Of the 492 Jamaicans who arrived at Tilbury on Monday to seek work in this country, 236 were housed last night in Clapham South Deep Shelter." “The remainder had friends to whom they could go with and prospects of work. The men had arrived at Tilbury in the ex-troopship Empire Windrush. Among them are singers, students, pianists, boxers and a complete dance band. Thirty or 40 had already volunteered to work as miners." The report was not entirely correct. There were also settlers from other countries in the Caribbean including British Guiana (now Guyana), Trinidad, Bahamas and British Honduras (now Belize).

    Archaeologists Search Ancient Pyramid for Clues to Maya Underworld
    At the spring and fall equinoxes, the setting sun casts serpent-like shadows along the northern stairs of El Castillo, or “the castle.” Built more than a thousand years ago by the ancient Maya, the pyramid towers 100 feet over the ruins of Chichén Itzá, a World Heritage site and popular tourist destination on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Adventurers and archaeologists have explored the ruins for more than a century, but mysteries endure. Is there a watery labyrinth beneath the great pyramid, as local legends hint? Are there hidden chambers in the heart of the monument, as some archaeologists suspect? Seeking clues, a multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers is launching the first comprehensive investigation of Chichén Itzá in 50 years. “Something on this scale has never been attempted, but we’re confident that it will help us understand this site in a way that wasn’t possible before,” says Guillermo de Anda, an underwater archaeologist with Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History and director of the Great Maya Aquifer Project. “With this data, I believe we will conclusively find out if the local legends of an elaborate underworld are true.”

    Videos

  • Morning Matters With Zenaida Moya, 60min.

  • Ocean Academy at the September 2017 Caye Caulker Children's Rally, 1min.

  • Official Swearing in of Toledo Alcaldes, 1min.

  • Who wants to see a collab with Supa G, Tanya Carter, and Machel...???, 3min. At Junie Mar's studio.

  • Kids Jouvert in Corozal, 2min.

  • Belize - The Southeast Coast, 1min.

  • The Magical Whale Shark Rendezvous at Gladden Spit, 7min.

  • Creation of the Belize Logo, 1.5min.

  • Belize, Caye Caulker Island, 4min. Caye Caulker is a small limestone coral island off the coast of Belize in the Caribbean Sea measuring about 5 miles (8.0 km) (north to south) by less than 1 mile (1.6 km) (east to west). The town on the island is known by the name Caye Caulker Village. Caye Caulker is located approximately 20 miles (32 km) north-northeast of Belize City, and is accessible by high-speed water taxi or small plane. In recent years the island has become a popular destination for backpackers and other tourists. There are over 30 tiny hotels, and a number of restaurants and shops.

  • 2017 Belize National Carnival - Senior King & Queen Competition, 7min. Belize National Carnival - 2017 Senior King and Queen Competition, Date: 2 September, 2017 18:00 - 23:00. Place: Marion Jones Sports Complex, Belize City

  • Carnival Drean day 5 Belize, Belize, Belize, 8min. To the top we shall go!

  • Magnetic Hill, Mile 29 on Hummingbird Highway, Belize, 1/2min. The Magnetic Hill or Gravity Hill at exactly Mile 29 on the Hummingbird Highway is a truly unique experience. When the vehicle is in neutral it will be pulled back up the hill instead of rolling down.

  • Snorkeling at Hol Chan, Belize, 2.5min. Sailed to Hol Chan biological reserve for some snorkeling with E-Z Boy Tours. The reserve is located west of Ambergris Caye but easily accessible from Caye Caulker as well. This video includes a green moray eel, nurse sharks, and horse eyed jacks.

  • The Great Blue Hole Belize, 5min. Diving Belize Paradise: The Great Blue Hole with Reef Sharks & Nurse Shark in San Pedro.

    September 16, 2017


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    The San Pedro Sun

    72nd Queen of the Bay Coronation ends up in double crown controversy
    On Sunday, September 10 th, the official crowning ceremony for Queen of the Bay (QOB) was held at the Fort George Memorial Park. The event was mired in controversy, however, as for the first time in 72 years, two young women were crowned simultaneously on the same stage. As Miss Stann Creek Aliyah Ysaguirre was being crowned the 72nd National QOB, Zenaida Moya, National QOB Committee Chair walked up and crowned Miss Orange Walk Esmeralda Cal as well. The Mistress of Ceremonies immediately called on police to escort Moya off the stage, as the official 72nd National QOB is Miss Stann Creek Aliyah Ysaguiire. What transpired onstage was a result of conflicting announcements, which all began when Moya allegedly requested a second round of judging, long after Ms. Ysaguirre had been declared the winner. The National Queen of the Bay Committee issued a press release on Friday, September 8th, informing the public that on Thursday, September 7 th, Orange Walk Queen of the Bay Committee formally requested an investigation into the final scores, in which their candidate was named first runner up in the 72nd QOB pageant held on September, 2nd. The release stated that the judges held a meeting immediately, and reviewed over their scores as requested by the Orange Walk Committee.

    Conservationists call for the ban on gillnets after female Tiger shark found tangled in one dies
    The death of a female Tiger shark is being linked to the irresponsible use of a gillnet. The discovery was made by a local San Pedro Town tour operator, who was travelling back to the island after a trip to Lighthouse Reef Atoll. Despite their efforts to assist the shark entangled in the net, it was too late to save the magnificent animal. This latest incident has conservationists calling on the government to ban gillnet and long line fishing in Belize. According to MarAlliance, a non-governmental organization based in San Pedro Town, the net had no tag, indicating that it was not registered and therefore, illegal. The net was also far longer than regulation, which reveals that shark fishing is taking place, despite the fact that the shark fishing season is currently closed. “Nets are difficult to enforce and they indiscriminately kill both protected and unprotected species,” said MarAlliance. “Live sharks are worth so much more to Belize, marine health, and so many Belizean families and businesses through the tourism dollars they bring. Dead sharks are generally exported as fillet and fins by a handful of fishermen.”

    Former San Pedro Police Officers charged with extortion
    Two police officers attached to Precinct Three in Belize City were arraigned on extortion related charges on Friday, September 8th. The duo, identified as Sergeant Lenancio Bol and Police Constable Daniel Requeña managed to meet a $2,000 bail after appearing before Magistrate Aretha Ford and were set free. This is the second time Requeña has been in trouble with the law for the same offense. The official report states that the accused police officers, on Tuesday, September 5th, demanded a sum of $800 dollars from one Estefania Gomez. According to Gomez, she visited the Queen Street Police Station at around 11:30PM and reported that hours earlier, while at work, she received a call from a friend who informed her that three of her female friends were being detained by police. Gomez was told that they were being held for not having legal papers to remain in Belize. When Gomez arrived at the Precinct, Bol told Gomez that he would be handing over the women to the Immigration Department.

    Ambergris Today

    Children Participate In River To Reef Ambassador Program On Ambergris Caye
    Children from The GREENE (Guinea Grass Response for Education & Enforcement of the Natural Environment) Project were provided a firsthand experience to learn of the primary ecosystems of the coastal and marine environment and to observe how garbage affects marine life at Bacalar Chico National Park. Twenty-five (25) children of the River to Reef Ambassador’s Program travelled to Basil Jones camp from August 28- September 1, 2017, to learn about the conservation and threats to Belize’s Barrier Reef. This training course also included the life history of sea turtles, visit the coral reef, littoral forest, mangrove ecosystems, and threats to coral reef and marine life.

    Mrs. Julia Martinez passes away
    Our community is saddened to learn about the passing of Mrs. Julia Martinez. She was a hard working woman, inspirational and admirable. Ambergris Today shares deepest condolences to her family. This article published in 2011 depicts Mrs. Julia's perseverance, strong will, dedication and love. May she Rest in Peace.

    Misc Belizean Sources

    mzz

    Mr. Pedro Salazar Sr. honored at the Tribute to Belizean Patriots award ceremony
    Outstanding Belizeans were honoured on Thursday, September 14th at the annual Tribute to Belizean Patriots ceremonies. Among the honorees was Ambergris Caye’s very own Pedro ‘Pete’ Salazar Sr., who was bestowed with the Meritorious Service Award. The award ceremony is part of the September Celebrations, and was held at the Bliss Centre for Performing Arts in Belize City. 21 other Belizeans were also awarded for their work towards the betterment and development of their communities and the country. Presenting the awards to the recipients was Governor General of Belize, His Excellency Sir Colville Young. We join the island community in congratulating Don Pedro Salazar Sr.!

    Partnering with Belize Fishermen to Protect Livelihoods through Climate Adaptation
    More than 30 officials from government institutions and NGOs attended a 2-day training on climate adaptation measures to improve livelihoods for the fisheries and aquaculture sector in Belize. This course was sponsored by the USAID - US Agency for International Development and the Organization of Fisheries and Aquaculture of Central America (OSPESCA). The training helped participants define adaptation measures and local actions in fisheries and aquaculture ecosystems. The participants also learned how to use “Clima Pesca,” a free digital tool for managing climate information that was developed by #USAID. This training is one of many examples of partnership with Central American countries and the Dominican Republic in adapting more easily to climate variability.

    Missing Person
    Twelve year old Lucera Constantino has been missing since last week Friday. Her mother Rosa Rivero says that she was kidnapped by a man she knows as Luis Cinteron. Friends and family have been searching for her since last week. If you have any information regarding her whereabouts please contact the nearest police station.

    Caye Caulker Humane Society closed next Saturday?
    Hello Caye Caulker pet owners, it is POSSIBLE that the CC Humane Society will be closed next Saturday, 23 September, due to shortage of staff. In case of an animal medical emergency please contact Animal Medical Centre in Belize City: 223 3781 or 501 223 5847, Emergency # 610 3481. If we do have to close on the 23rd, we will be back open for our usual hours of 9AM - 11AM on 30 September. We will also be open today, 16 September. Thanks for your understanding!

    Belizean Patriots Awards Ceremony
    The Tribute to Belizean Patriots Awards Ceremony 2017 was held on September 14th at the Bliss Institute for Performing Arts in Belize City. The event is held every year as a part of the official September Celebrations activities. It's an occasion to honour Belizeans who have dedicated their lives to serving the country. Twenty-two Belizeans were honored for their service to Belize over the years. Twenty of the honourees received a Meritorious Service Award, while two received the Order of Distinction.

    Attorney General’s Ministry Reports on the status of the Implementation of UNCAC
    Since acceding to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) on the 12th of December, 2016, significant preliminary steps have been taken towards implementation. The Government of Belize through the Attorney General’s Ministry, the designated Focal Point for UNCAC, has made a concerted and devoted effort to assess the legal and institutional framework in Belize, with the aim of identifying and strengthening anti-corruption regimes in Belize. Contextually, Belize is considered as a country with an economy in transition, as such, any plans and programmes to combat corruption have to be measured in line with Belize’s capacity financially, technically and otherwise. Nevertheless, the Government of Belize on a voluntary basis has subjected Belize to the implementation review mechanism established by the Conference of the State Parties to review and monitor implementation of the UNCAC (the Mechanism). The Mechanism includes a review process that is intergovernmental in nature.

    Flying Piñata in San Pedro!
    Don't miss the Flying Piñata after the parade at the Central Park! It's going to be fun!

    Claudia Arana passes away
    The Corozal Sports Council is in its deepest agony for the loss of an extraordinary Sports Athlete her talent extended beyond frontiers as she was well known on her position of play ,her love for volleyball was a day to day life as she always made her presence in female volleyball being part of the Lady Devils and also playing in the Coed Volleyball. Interoffice tournaments in 2015-2016 she captured the MVP in her category she continued the love of her sport by leading her Daughter in achieving the FEMALE MVP in the District Primary School level with the Guadalupe. RC.Its breaks our heart to accept that you will no longer be with us my Dearest Claudia Arana the sets are over and the game has ended as we extend a heartfelt sympathy to the Arana family not to say goodbye but to say until we meet.RIP_#1volleyballqueen

    Power interruption Stann Creek and Toledo Districts, on Saturday, September 16 from 6:00am to 2:00pm
    Affected areas: entire Placencia Peninsula including Plantation, Maya Beach, Forest Lagoon Estate, Seine Bight and Placencia; Red Bank, Maya Mopan, Santa Rosa, San Roman, San Pablo, Georgetown, Santa Cruz, Maya King, Cowpen, San Juan, Independence, Savannah Road, Big Creek Road, Monkey River, Bella Vista, San Isidro, Trio and Bladen. Other portions of the Toledo District will experience a brief power interruption from 2:00pm to 2:15pm. BEL to conduct maintenance and testing of equipment at the Independence Substation, Savannah Switching Station and Placencia Substation; and to relocate controls for voltage regulators at the Placencia Substation.

    Xate stock assessment
    The third xate stock assessment will be conducted in the Chiquibul Forest thanks to a grant provided today by the Belize Nature Conservation Foundation. The results will help us know what is the status of xate populations in the Chiquibul.

    San Pedro: Work in streets over the weekend
    Public notice: Please be advised that Saturday the 16th Sept, workers will be on Caribena St early in the morning starting at 5am for about 3 hours. Then on Sunday the 17th they will be running lines under the street. This work will slow down traffic flow so please be patient and watch out for the workers. Thank you.

    This Day In History
    September 15th, 1779 - Notwithstanding the Treaties of 1667, 1670 and 1763, His Majesty's Subjects, without any provocation having been offered on their part, and without any notice having been given on the part of Spain, of any difference or War existing between the two Crowns, were attacked at St. George's Key, in the most hostile manner bv His Catholic Majesty's forces, and subjects; and not only robbed of all their property, and effects; but their persons seized and treated in the most ignominious manner; some were blindfolded, others put in irons, and all of them who were captured, were marched up the country to Merida, and afterwards countermarched, and shipped off to the Havana in Cuba; and there detained as prisoners until the month of July 1782, when the survivors were permitted to return to Jamaica. Such of the Settlers that escaped on board His Majesty's ships Badger and Racehorse, that fortunately appeared in the evening, were taken to Jamaica, but the greatest number settled at Ruatan.

    Channel 7

    ACP Chester Sends Lawyer Letter To Sr. Supt Vidal Threatening Suit
    All this week we've been reporting on the serious beef between the two senior police officers: Chester Williams and Marco Vidal. ACP Williams is the former Southside commander, and "Senior Supe" Vidal took over from him two and a half months ago. Williams had forged a gang truce in April, and crime in the city - especially gang crime - had taken a sharp downturn. And then in August, it all flared up again. So, the finger was pointed at Vidal. Had the former GSU commander riled things up in the street again with his hard charging tactics? Vidal has rejected this narrative as bogus and oversimplified. And, on Tuesday at a press briefing he went a step further when he said that the apparent peace created under Chester Williams command - was not peace at all, but an accommodation to the criminal element. Here's how he put it:

    DPM Faber: "All Is Not Well In the UDP"
    "All is not well with the UDP" - that's what the Deputy Leader Patrick Faber had to say today when we asked him about the prospect of Gaspar Vega running again for the UDP in Orange Walk North. Vega, flanked by Minister John Saldivar and Minister of State Dr. Angel Campos made the blockbuster announcement one week ago in Orange Walk. That prompted Faber to post a not-so-subtle message on his Facebook saying, "I do not support or defend corruption...". Today - in his first interview after making that eyebrow-raising post - we asked him to expand on his thoughts about a possible Vega comeback... Hon. Patrick Faber, Deputy Leader - UDP: "For me, all is not necessarily well in the UDP. I think that is no secret to anybody. I am not telling any tales out of school there. There are, ah, many of us in the UDP who are not satisfied with some of what has happened, a lot of what has happened. And, ah, not to create any kind of disunity but, we have always been a party that boasts our integrity and our honesty, and where that is not found, ah, I feel, ah, compelled, to, to, ah make sure that that is flushed out."

    Barrow Admin Says It Must Part Ways With Unreliable Venezuelan Fuel Supply
    And while the UDP will continue to publicly ventilate those inner divisions - the position on Petrocaribe is much more reserved. As we told you last night, APBEL - short for ALBA Petrocaribe Belize Energy Limited - announced that it is immediately suspending purchases of petroleum products from Venezueala's national oil company, PDVSA (pede-vesa) under the PetroCaribe Agreement. Today, Deputy PM Faber explained that with the difficulties in Venezueala, it's just become too difficult to use PDVSA as a reliable source of fuel. Hon. Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister: "Venezuela as a source for petrol is now very problematic, so much so that in fact on quite a few occasions now we have had to import fuel by road and of course this causes the price to fluctuate and we're not able to have as great a control as we would normally have. So if that supply, is unsteady then it's not the most reliable thing for us to rely on."

    DPM Faber: Call It A Wrap On Senate Hearings
    Deputy PM Faber also commented on the Government's plan to end funding for the Senate hearings after November. It has provoked sharp criticism from the teachers union - which pushed for the hearings in the first place. Today, DPM Faber re-iterated the position he first put out there months ago - that the hearings must have an end, and it's about that time: Hon. Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister : "Whatever could have been achieved out of it has been achieved. There is no reason as I have said on the record before for us to continue with this issue. Let us now see how we could make improvements, and you know those improvements in terms of immigration as you saw with the bringing of the Director of Immigration to the inquiry, those improvements have already been started. We need to continue and make sure that we fix things."

    Faber Makes Allegations Against Moya
    And Faber also discussed the recent Queen of the Bay crowning controversy. As minister of Culture, he's the chairman of the September Celebrations Commission - and he's also the person who chairperson of the Queen of the Bay Committee Zenaida Moya has implicated as the trouble maker leading up to the fiasco on the Tenth. Today Faber said he won't respond to the insults - except to say that the Queen of the Bay is for everybody, not Ms. Moya:... Hon. Patrick Faber, Chairman - September Celebrations Commission: "I stress that in fact we did not decide on who the Queen of the Bay was; the judges ultimately did that, along with the then reigning queen. It is unfortunate the circumstances that have happened. In fact, you know that there were personal attacks made against me, I will not get into that. I think we should rise above the fray."

    Moya Rejects Faber Allegations
    Just before the break, you heard Chairman of the September Celebrations Commission Patrick Faber allege that chairperson of the Queen of the Bay Committee Zenaida Maya is trying to register the Queen of the Bay name as her own. Well, Moya called us in the news to say that's completely false. She says that it's an attempt being made by former queens and her Committee only became aware of it this week. She says she has nothing to do with this effort and she showed us messages which express the wish of Pageant Coordinator Emma Boiton that it not be registered because it is a patriotic entity.

    Mother Of Two Dies After Accident
    A 40 year old mother of two died this morning six days after she was knocked down along with her 8 year old son. On Saturday evening at 6:45, Corozal resident CLAUDIA MARTINEZ ARANA and her son were passengers on a motorbike when a car knocked the bike from behind. All three persons on the bike were violently flung unto the pavement. MARTINEZ had no helmet on and suffered major head injuries. She was almost immediately transferred to the KHMH where her brain was swollen and she did not regain consciousness. She died early this morning. Her son was released from the Northern Regional Hospital earlier this week and his prognosis is good. Police have not reported the accident and could not say if the driver will now be charged for manslaughter and other offences.

    GOB Says UNCAC On Target
    For the past few weeks, the social partners have been grumbling about the slow progress with UNCAC, the United Nations Convention Against Corruption. It was signed in December of last year - but the unions and the Chamber say they have yet to see any convincing follow up. Well, today the Attorney General's Ministry sent out a release that's over a thousand words long to say just what they've been doing with UNCAC. The release recounts in lavish detail every inch of progress towards implementing a technically complex convention. The bottom line? Belize will be reviewed in what's known as "the First Cycle," by Haiti and from the regional group and Tuvalu from the international group. That review started on July 25th., and over the last 6 weeks the Attorney General's Ministry has been engaged in, quote, "a rigorous analysis of the legal and institutional framework of Belize." The due date for a Self-assessment Checklist is in ten days. A press release says, quote, the Government of Belize has made several successful steps towards the implementation of the UNCAC."

    K9 Makes Busts On Partridge
    Multiple police units continue to operate on the southside, and this morning it was the Special Assignment Team, the K9 unit, and the Gang Suppression Unit on Patridge street extension. The K9 named Bosco made the big find when he picked up a scent on an abandoned red Nissan Frontier Pick Up. Inside police found a 9 millimeter Ruger handgun with 13 live rounds. The firearm will be sent for ballistic testing to see if it was used in any crime. A black plastic bag with 87 live rounds was also found under the spare tire of the vehicle. An additional search was also done on Partridge extensions where the cops found over a pound of weed.

    Revolver Off Streets
    And yesterday, the police were on Iguana Street where they found guns and ammo. At 5:15 the Special Assignment Team searched an abandoned lot located on Iguana Street where they found thirty-two rounds of 9 millimeter ammunition. The team also searched the gang hotspot of Banak Street at 6 this morning where they found one 38 revolver.

    Hattiville Hydro
    And, rural police found 8 pounds of weed in Hattieville yesterday evening. A team searched through some bushes in the Windmill area and found the big stash wrapped in plastic. All these items we've reported on were deposited as found property.

    Hilux For Chiquibul
    The Friends for Conservation and Development, which co-manages the Chiquibul National Park, has received the donation of a brand new, 2018 Toyota Hilux pickup. It was donated to the FCD by a group of private citizens and companies, who want to help them in the battle to curb Guatemalan encroachments and poaching of the park's natural resources. So, these concerned individuals and corporate entities began their fundraising efforts with a site visit to the Chiquibul for themselves. And after weeks of putting the money together, the local Toyota dealers, Belize Diesel and Company matched their funds to bridge the gap, so that they could hand over the 80-thousand-dollar vehicle to the committed conservationist group. That happened today at Belize Diesel's Belize City office, and we got a chance to speak with both the donors and the recipients. Here's what they told us about how the pickup will be used:

    Broward Businessmen In Belize
    For the next 3 days, the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry, BELTRAIDE, will be meeting with the Belize American Chamber of Commerce of Florida, and potential international investors who are looking to do business in Belize. The Belize American Chamber of Commerce of Florida comprises Belizean Americans who want to contribute to the country's economic development. It was formed 4 year ago, and they've been vetting entrepreneurs out of Florida, who would like to inject foreign direct investment in Belize. So, the Belize American Chamber of Commerce is acting sort of like the matchmakers, pointing these business owners to the right authorities in Belize to bring potential investments closer to becoming reality. It's all a part of the Broward-bound Belize Trade Mission, and today, the local and American trade officials met for the first of the 4-day round-table session, and 7News stopped by. We got a chance to speak with a few of the leading personalities of the Belize American Chamber of Commerce of Florida. Here's what they had to tell us:

    Police Pulled Up To His Bumper
    This morning during the hustle and bustle of the morning traffic a fender bender occurred right here on Albert Street. A cop driving a white Tourism Police truck rear ended Luke Collymore's car. Collymore said that it was not your usual kind of fender bender. He claims the officer seemed to have done this intentionally. Collymore gave us his account of the accident:... Luke Collymore, Rearended by cop: "Dropping my children to school as I do every morning. Upon reaching here there were three vehicles in front of me. I couldn't move and the police got behind me. The first thing they did was they blew the horn and I lift out my hand and I pointed in front of me and the guy put on the siren when he put on the siren he decided you are not going to move so he ran into me." "My child was in the car, my baby." "He got upset and then this lady came and I was cussing because listen to me when you just hit my car that my child is in intentionally, he was lucky I was just cussing because that is how I get."

    Toledo Women's Groups Get Money Training
    This week, the Ya'axche Conservation Trust is offering training to 12 members of established women's groups in Indian Creek and Golden Stream villages. They're learning about financial management and book-keeping to increase the capacities of their groups which currently provide catering services and sell arts and crafts. Here's how the trainer and two of the participants explained it:.. The training is funded through a 4-year project from EuropeAid. More training workshops will continue into next year, involving other community-based organizations in the Toledo District.

    School Rally And What September Means
    All across the country this morning, School Rallies were held for primary school children. It's the largest collective celebration of patriotism that we have in the country, and we wondered what knowledge and patriotic sentiment really lies behind those bright smiles and waving flags. Sahar Vasquez asked a few of the kids about what September means to them. Sahar Vasquez, reporter: "What is your favorite part about September?" Sincere Arnold, Trinity Methodist School: "That we get to wave our flag and we get to celebrate our beautiful country." Sahar Vasquez: "How do you feel about celebrating Belize's 36th birthday?" Jude Williams, Queen Square Anglican: "I feel great about it and I feel awesome because nothing bad didn't happen this year."

    Belizean Honored
    And also, last night there was adult patriotism on display at the tribute to Belizean Patriots. The annual event held at the Bliss Center recognizes outstanding - (and ruling party friendly) - Belizeans with medals denoting the order of distinction and the meritorious service award. Here are this year's 22 recipients as read by the Cabinet Secretary and representative of the Governor General: The National Awards and Honors Committee chaired by Phillipa Bailey makes the selections.

    Taiwan Donates To NICH
    A week ago, Taiwan donated $100,000 to the police department. Well they gave another 100 grand to NICH today. Now the money will certainly go a long way during the September celebrations with the host of events that NICH has organized. But the donation goes beyond just helping out with events. NICH will use the money to enrich a number of musical and cultural youth programs. We dropped by to find out about the significance of this donation. H.E Charles Liu, Taiwanese Ambassador, Belize: "On behalf of the Government of the Republic of China/Taiwan, I feel very great to present a contribution of the sponsorship of $100,000 Belize dollars for the project that NICH has been working on. This contribution is only the symbolism of the friendship between Taiwan and Belize."

    Sing It For Soundfest
    And Taiwan and NICH aren't the only ones trying to keep Belize's music and culture alive. Tony Wright and the Association for Belizean Artists First are hosting the 16th Sound Fest tonight at the Birds Isle. The event was designed all those years ago as the antidote to all the soca music that takes over Belize during this festive month, so, of course it's all about Belizean music. Artists like King Rancho, Lady Zoila Clark, Kurly Miller and Ben Mckoy among others will be taking the stage tonight. We spoke with Wright earlier about the purpose of the fest. Tony Wright, President - Belizean First Assoc.: "We had some people over there for the September Celebrations back in 2002 and they had a program for the event. And when they showed me the program it had nothing for Belizean artists and so when I pointed out to the ladies they said if you are so passionate about it why don't you do something about it. And so I met Leroy "Bass" Castillo right after that and I talk to him and we started the first Soundfest. We felt that Belizean artists are not getting what they really due. I grew up in a Belize where when September comes around, every pan that was knocking and every drums that were beating was for us."

    They Wowed The Kids
    And keeping it on music today the Children's Rally, we saw Gariff and Jamir Valentine performing and the kids went wild for these young stars. They were the runner-ups for the national song competition and after their performance, we got to speak with them and their dad about the hit song. Sahar Vasquez, reporter "What was your song named?" Jamir Valentine, Second Place National Song Competition 2017 "Belizean Brukdown." Sahar Vasquez "How do you guys feel about performing on stage, do you get nervous or do you enjoy it?"

    Frankie Eena Classical Style
    And that's all we have for you tonight - thanks for joining us - with your news I am Courtney Weatherburne We leave you tonight with highlites of Wednesday night's "Evening of Folk and Classical Unit" featuring Frankie Reneau and the "Project Orchestra String Quartet".

    Channel 5

    DPM Says Suspension of Petrocaribe Will Not Hurt Belize-Venezuela Relations
    Tonight, the Petrocaribe initiative remains in limbo following an announcement of the immediate suspension of the program.  A meeting between two officials representing the Venezuelan government and Petroleos de Venezuela [...]

    Opposition Leader Says Venezuela May Be Backing Away from Belize
    Meanwhile, APBEL General Manager John Mencias has told News Five that the problems with shipments have been ongoing for months now and provoked much complaint from the Government to both [...]

    Is Your Social Security Money Compromised by Government Investments?
    The Social Security Board – it’s the safety net for Belizeans in time of need, whether through sickness, pregnancy, injury or even death. In recent times S.S.B. funds have been [...]

    P.U.P. Proposes Some Modest Reform to Social Security
    Briceño described the Government’s treatment of the S.S.B. as a piñata, always available for ready cash on demand. But with calls for increased contributions from workers, what, if anything, can [...]

    Queen of the Bay is for All
    The spectacle that was the simultaneous coronation of Aaliyah Ysaguirre and Esmeralda Cal as Queen of the Bay 2017 endures as the topic of choice in just about every forum.  [...]

    September Celebrations Commission Not Behind Termination, Appeals for Unity
    The humiliation playing out onstage at the Fort George Memorial Park on Sunday ended in Moya’s immediate termination on live television, though she says she cannot be fired.  Today, Faber [...]

    Senior Lawyer Makes Case Against Franz Parke for Court of Appeal
    Information reaching News Five is that Prime Minister Dean Barrow has formally advised Governor General Sir Colville Young to appoint Franz Parke as a Justice of Appeal, although the appointment [...]

    Michael Modiri Headed Back to Court in Land Dispute
    Justice Shona Griffith has set a date for trial in October in the long-running case of businessmen Michael Modiri and Bradley Paumen over access to land in the Franks Eddy [...]

    Chester to Vidal; Apologize or Face Legal Action
    Senior Superintendent Marco Vidal has been served with a letter from attorney Andrew Marshalleck on behalf of Assistant Commissioner of Police Chester Williams for alleged slanderous comments made during a [...]

    U.D.P. First Deputy Admits ‘All is Not Well’ Following Vega Scandals
    Former Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega and his family are embroiled in a seemingly endless land scandal, a different episode surfacing in the media virtually every week.  The excessive land [...]

    Faber Warns: Don’t Drag Out Senate Inquiry
    Funding for the ongoing senate inquiry into findings contained within the Auditor General’s Special Report on the Immigration and Nationality Department comes to an end in November.  That follows an [...]

    John Briceño Accuses Government of Hypocrisy over Allocations
    The Prime Minister’s decision to stop allocations of funding to the Senate Special Select Committee on Immigration past November appears to be final. But not if the social partners and [...]

    Still No Word from P.M. on Land Reforms
    Two weeks ago Opposition Leader John Briceño wrote Prime Minister Dean Barrow in the wake of the Amy Forte/Darlene Padron argument over the deed of conveyance for land on Caye [...]

    Education Minister Says Threats to Schools Treated Seriously
    The faculty and staff, as well as the student body at Saint Martin de Porres School, returned to the compound this morning, following a bomb threat on Thursday.  The ominous [...]

    “Nine” and Rounds Removed from Partridge Street
    A nine millimeter and one hundred live rounds of ammunition were taken off the streets this morning. A joint operation by the Special Assignment Team, K-Nine Unite and the Gang [...]

    Annual Taiwan Contribution Comes for September Celebrations
    NICH got a hundred thousand dollar boost today. The Taiwan Government handed over a cheque to help with cultural and artistic development. The monies will be used for a number [...]

    Brand New Hilux Headed to Chiquibul
    Today, Executive Director of Friends of Conservation and Development, Rafael Manzanero was handed the keys to a brand new 2018 Toyota Hilux pickup truck. The handing over took place this [...]

    F.C.D. Steps Up Patrols for Gold Panners
    It is no secret that incursions into the Chiquibul by Guatemalans have been denuding our rich forest. While harvesting xaté is now almost non-existent, Rafael Manzanero says that the issue [...]

    Saving the Scarlet Macaw
    There have been active efforts by the FCD and other environmental organizations to replenish the scarlet macaw population in the forest. Earlier this week, the season for scarlet macaw closed [...]

    Beat the Pan in City, Belmopan
    September is not complete without the sweet sounds of the pan at PanYaad.  The annual highlight on the celebrations calendar will take place on Saturday night at seven-thirty inside the [...]

    Best Deals at Expo this Weekend
    The 2017 Belize Expo Marketplace takes place over the two-day weekend. Annually thousands of Belizeans converge in the Old Capital at the ITVET Compound on Freetown Road to take advantage [...]

    Sound Fest Reunites Top Belizean Artists
    The annual Belize Sound Fest has been ongoing since 2002. The brainchild of musical icon Tony Wright brings together Belizean musicians and artists for a night of bram and patriotic [...]

    Nation’s Youngest Salute Belize
    Primary school students from across Belize City converged on the Holy Redeemer Parish Hall this morning for the annual Children’s Rally.  The event is a fixture on the September Celebrations [...]

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    BNTU criticizes Government decision to end Senate Hearings
    When the Government of Belize announced that it would no longer finance the Senate Hearing past November, citing budgetary constrictions due to the newly reconstituted Integrity Commission and implementation of UNCAC, the Belize National Teachers Union fired off a release criticizing the Government’s decision, saying that no works or results have been seen as it […]

    BSI will make big payout
    The Belize Sugar Industry/ASR group will be paying well over six point five million dollars in dividends to employees in the coming weeks. Love News has confirmed that report and understands that this is the first payment made to BSI employees since American Sugar Refineries took over a majority of the shares in the company. […]

    Faber says the suspension of PetroCaribe is timely
    In yesterday’s newscast, we told you that the Government of Belize has decided to suspend all purchases of petroleum products from Petróleos de Venezuela, PDVSA, under the PetroCaribe Agreement effective immediately. Deputy Prime Minister, Patrick Faber spoke to the media about the matter. Patrick Faber – Deputy Prime Minister “Well what I understand to be […]

    Faber says Senate Hearings have served its purpose
    This week the Senate Select Committee resumed its duties in Belmopan after taking a break. It has been reported that the Senate Hearings might soon come to an end, after Prime Minister Dean Barrow sent a letter to the clerk of the National Assembly in which he indicated that the Government is unable to financially […]

    Faber comments on Vega’s announcement of returning to politics
    Former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Natural Resources and Minister of Agriculture, Gaspar Vega, resigned as the Deputy Prime Minister in October 2016, after a land scandal revelation came to light. Prime Minister Dean Barrow, broke the news during a press briefing on October 17, 2016, and expressed regret over Vega’s resignation. From then […]

    Patrick Faber comments on Queen of the Bay Drama
    The drama that unfolded on Sunday during the installation of the 72nd Queen of the Bay is still being talked about. The events which played out in front of dignitaries including the Governor General and the Prime Minister, saw the former national coordinator, Zenaida Moya go head to head with the September Celebrations Commission chaired […]

    Executive Director addressed the illegal activities in Chiquibul
    Over the past few weeks rangers of Friends for Conservation and Development, FCD, with the help of BDF Soldiers, have managed to capture and arrest a number of Guatemalans who have illegally entered the country. These Guatemalans set up camp within the Chiquibul Forest and conduct gold panning. As of recent, FCD has changed its […]

    Friends for Conservation gets new ride to assist in their conservation works
    Friends for Conservation and Development is a non-governmental and a non profit organization, which means that most of its funding is generated through sponsorships and fundraising. Belize Diesel and Equipment Limited realizes the important work that FCD does. With that in mind, the company led a fundraising campaign to have a 2018 Toyota Hilux donated […]

    BACCOF meets with Stakeholders in Belize
    The Belize American Chamber of Commerce of Florida is meeting with representatives of BELTRAIDE, BCCI, US Embassy, Belize City Council and persons seeking to invest in Belize. The BACCOF is an NGO that creates opportunities for persons interested in doing business in Belize. Michael Young, Executive Director and Rishma Eckert, General Counsel, both with the […]

    Minister of Education addresses bomb threat at St. Martin’s School
    In yesterday’s newscast, we told you that most of the students who attend St. Martin’s De Porres Primary School stayed away from classes due to an inferred threat on social media. The Principal of St. Martin’s De Porres Primary School, Anne Palacio said that as soon as she got the message, she immediately took action […]

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    Marco takes on Chester!
    A legal battle between two senior police officers looms over the Belize Police Department after Southside Commander, Senior Superintendent Marco Vidal, made some scathing comments about the work ethics of his predecessor, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Chester Williams. ACP Williams on Tuesday posted to social media, “I am appalled by the comments aimed at discrediting me in the news today. Before and after my transfer from southside, I have refrained from saying anything negative about my successor, and I intend to maintain that.” He continued, “I serve in an organization in which professionalism is paramount and do not intend on venturing into no personal attacks on my successor, who happened to be my subordinate, or anyone else.”

    Belizean-American, Georgia Barnett, survived the World Trade Center terrorist attack on 9/11
    In the United States, today marked the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack in which 17 terrorists, whose affiliations were traced to the extremist terror network of al-Qaeda, used four commercial airliners to crash into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City and the US Pentagon building in Washington, DC., killing almost 3,000 persons, and changing forever the lives of those who were inside the buildings and survived the attack. Among the survivors of that unprecedented terror attack on the US was Belizean-American Emma “Georgia” Barnett, who escaped from the north tower with some of her co-workers, before the edifice that decorated the New York City skyline came tumbling down in a heap of dust, rubble, and mangled steel, sending hundreds of people fleeing from what later became known as “Ground Zero.” Barnett, now 65, was 49-years-old at the time.

    “In the Paint” Kobe to Jarrell – “Keep shooting that thing, young fella; you putting Belize on the map.”
    Those are the words of Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, ordinarily known in basketball circles as the “Black Mamba,” to Jarrell Velasquez, 25, one of Belize’s brightest and rising basketball star, following a friendly basketball game played Wednesday night in Shen Zhen, China between Jarrell’s team, Five-Star Sport, and a friendly opponent. In that game, Jarrell exploded for 40 points, and his impressive performance did not go unnoticed under the watchful eyes of the Mamba, who after the game could not help himself in acknowledging the exceptional skills displayed by the youngster. His compliment, according to Jarrell, was reinforced further, as he was fortunate to have dinner with Kobe after the game. Jarrell is in the first year of a three-year contract with the foreign company, Five-Star Sport, which offers training in basketball to kids and youths on a global front. “I did so well on my first one-year contract, that the company signed me up to a three-year extension,” said Jarrell. He continued, “I have about 10 to 15 kids in my group, and aside from teaching just basketball, we also teach them to speak English.”

    Dead man found in river identified as Dean Bennett of San Ignacio
    Yesterday, an unidentified corpse was recovered from the Macal River not far from the new bridge (which is unnamed) in Santa Elena. Police said that when the corpse was recovered, it was in a state of decomposition and had stab wounds in the chest, abdomen and back. A post-mortem exam was conducted, which certified that the death of the unidentified man was caused by stab wounds to the left side of the chest. Police believed that the man was murdered and disposed of in the river. Police saw the name “EMMANUEL” tattooed on his hand and the name “DEANE” tattooed on his shoulder, and images of a rosary and a cross were tattooed on the dead man’s chest. Public assistance was solicited to identify the unknown person.

    Virginia Garnett has triplets: Marlon, Malrick and Miracle
    Triplets are very rarely born in Belize, and a young single mother, Virginia Garnett, 20, considers herself blessed to have given birth to two boys and a girl: Marlon, Malrick and then Miracle. The babies were born healthy at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 4, at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH). Amandala visited the home of Garnett and her babies, where we learned more about her experience. The happy mom told us that back in April, she went to the clinic to get a check-up and that is when she found out that she was pregnant. However, her mom, Luwiena Garnett, had already suspected that was the case. Virginia used to help her mom prepare food at their shop in the Gungulung area, but business slowed down a lot and so the shop is no longer in operation.

    Lake draws, 1-1, with Kulture in Over-40 back match; semifinals begin this weekend
    Kulture Yabra Veterans were almost upset on Sunday at the MCC in their back match against Pickstock Lake-I, who held a 1-nil lead until late in Sunday’s match to draw the curtain on regular season. Lilly White (Edward Charles Rubio) reports are that Jermaine “Bowfoot” Zuniga gave Lake the go-ahead goal in first half; and could have made it 2-nil, but failed to convert a penalty after Lilly White was fouled in the area. With about 4 minutes remaining in regulation, Magic (Maurice Francis) came through for Kulture to secure the 1-1 draw. The 1 point gained from the draw by Kulture assured them “home court advantage” over third-place Mango Creek Veterans, who were tied in points with Kulture before the back-match draw.

    A different world; Belize’s “Greek” returns from USA
    We had received reports that former Belize City 1st Division football star of the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, Christopher Luben, known to fans as “the Greek,” was back in his old home town some 34 years after leaving the Jewel; and on Saturday, after watching the BDF vs Bandits game at the MCC, we met and had a long chat with the Greek. We had gotten the impression that all his 34 years away had been spent locked up, but the Greek told us that, after leaving Belize in 1983, he played ball in Los Angeles, while he was getting involved in the drug business, to which he had been introduced by a Belizean elder. His major crossroads with the law occurred in 1988, when he began what turned out to be 29 years in an American penitentiary. It has been said that home is a place where, when you go there, they have to let you in. And for sure, the Greek is glad to be back on Belizean soil where he is free, as opposed to being confined to an institution in the U.S. But it will not be easy for the baller who was once a young star on the local football scene.

    OWFA 1st Division Amateur semi-finals results, finals schedule
    The Orange Walk Football Association (OWFA) 1st Division Amateur Opening Season has completed its best-of-two games semi-finals series at the Louisiana Field over the past week. Round 1 of the semi-finals took place on Wednesday and Thursday, September 6 and 7; and Round 2 games were held on Sunday, September 10. Round 1 results In Round 1 on Wednesday, it was Sinbad FC with the 3-2 victory over Progresso United FC. Shaking the net for Sinbad were Jason Williams (20’ & 35’) and Jevon Ico (53’); while Progresso got one goal from Alex Diaz (45’) along with an auto-goal by Sinbad’s Alejandro Carrillo (80’ auto goal).

    BDFA Interoffice Football final reg. season results; knockout playoffs this week
    The Belize District Football Association (BDFA) Interoffice Football Competition 2017 competed its regular season schedule last week with games on Wednesday and Thursday, September 6 and 7, at the MCC Grounds. In the opener on Wednesday, Brodies won, 2-0, over Tourist Village/Transparent BPO with goals from Travyon Martinez (10’) and Alex Salvida (47’). And in the nightcap, Ramada Eco Nature bombed KHMH, 8-0, with goals from Steven Baizer (8’, 13’, 40’ & 52’), Elber Perez (67’), Carlos Castro (29’ & 60’) and Antonio Barrera (65’).

    Editorial: The facts versus the arguments
    The administration of justice was tight in colonial British Honduras. There was never any doubt in the mind of a witness who testified in a Supreme Court trial that he or she was safe, protected by the power of the colonial government. When it came to the republics immediately around us — Mexico to the north, Guatemala to the west, and Honduras in the south, our grandparents and great grandparents were convinced that their justice systems were inferior, at times actually haphazard. In more remote communities in these republics, the people were known to take the law into their own hands on occasion. In fact, we know such community justice is still the order of the day sometimes in Guatemala, and, we suspect, in Mexico and Honduras. There was no community justice or vigilante justice in British Honduras in the twentieth century. Way back in the nineteenth century, justice was dispensed by an established team of magistrates. There were no attorneys in the settlement of Belize in the nineteenth century. But, justice was organized, never spontaneous or gratuitous. We are not saying colonial justice was fair. There were laws on the books which were discriminatory and oppressive, in the first instance. But, we are saying justice was organized.

    From The Publisher
    My first reaction was to have them take me to court so that I could have a public forum to explain just how unjust AMANDALA had found the social security laws to be; but as an older and less aggressive person, I last week made a verbal commitment to begin payment. I feel more than ever that the law is cruel and oppressive, nevertheless, especially to a small business like AMANDALA, and I will now tell you why. Ever since the law was implemented about 8 or 9 years ago, our workers and the newspaper began to pay our fees. The first time there was a claim from one of our workers, it had to do with pregnancy, and the benefits were not huge, but we could live with them, as I remember.

    Angry woman
    Dear Editor, I am a Belizean woman. Sometimes I’m an angry woman. But I’m not as angry as I should be watching a policeman manhandle a woman journalist, grabbing her by the waist, dragging her by her breasts and forcing her to the ground. For God’s sake, stop it. I’m not as angry as I should be watching policemen brutally go after the only woman journalist on the scene and not even a “knack seh” on the large, robust men journalists. I’m not as angry as I should be when a high ranking police officer will put on Facebook that he hopes Marisol learns her lesson, a flashback for all those women who had been beaten to their senses and “learnt” their lessons too. No, I’m not as angry as I should be. I’m not as angry as I should be with the Prime Minister defending Yellowman when he assaulted Marisol. The silence of the women Ministers in government, the Women’s Commission and the Women’s Department remains deafening.

    Franz Parke – What it is, is what it is!
    The Prime Minister of Belize, Rt. Hon Dean Barrow, has advised the Governor General to appoint Franz Parke to be a judge on the Court of Appeal of Belize. As I write this, he has not yet been appointed. There is still time for the Prime Minister to withdraw his advice to the Governor General, and stop the proposed appointment. Who is Franz Parke? Mr Parke is a Jamaican who has been living in the United States of America since 1980 – 37 years. He graduated with Prime Minister Barrow from law school way back in 1975. He served as an entry level criminal prosecutor in Jamaica from 1975 until 1980 when he migrated to the USA. Since then he has never practiced law in the Caribbean or any Commonwealth country. In the United States, Mr Parke worked in the accounting field from 1980 until 1987. Since 1988 he has been a licensed mortgage broker. So between 1980 and 1990 he did not practice law anywhere. In 1990, he qualified to practice law in the United States of America. He then practiced as Assistant State Attorney in Florida from 1990 until 2001 – prosecuting criminal cases. He started practicing privately in 2002 and has been doing so in Florida up until now.

    A tale of three strikers – Amandala FLASHBACK!!!
    In the year 1973, the St. Martin de Porres Primary School football team won the Belize City competition sponsored for primary schools by the Belize City Football Association. When football is vigorous in the city, it is reflected in well organized and competitive primary school competitions. 1973 was such a year, and that St. Martin de Porres team, managed by Lloyd Flowers, was a historic team primarily because the two young men who are today the greatest rivals for the city title of Superstriker no. 1 played together as teammates on that championship squad. Yes, fifteen years ago Ricky Gongora and Turo Leslie were teammates. Today heated arguments rage amongst their supporters as to who is the superior striker, and the arguments become more heated when they include, as they generally do, the question as to which is the better team – Gongora’s City Champions Duurly’s, or Leslie’s National Champions Coke Milpros. The atmosphere of emotional opinion which surrounds the two, still young men, is so intense it threatens to engulf the two men, and affect the way they view each oth4er and their respective talents.

    SSB can do better
    Otto von Bismarck, the German chancellor who introduced a welfare system for the working classes in 1883 (Wikipedia), deserves respect for recognizing the need for this safety net within the callous capitalist system. Without social security, most elders in a capitalist country would be at the mercy of the world. Equally as important as the relatively small retirement pension it guarantees, social security gives dignity to employed people (employees) during their working years. An injured or sick person doesn’t have to beg their employer to help them survive until they are fit to work again. The social security system, like the credit union, is there to take care on rainy days. It has been a pleasant run for our SSB since it came into being on June 1, 1981. But there are a few rocks in the road ahead. An actuarial performance analysis of the scheme (as at December 21, 2015) done by Hernando Pérez Montás of ConsultoresActuariales, S.R.L. (hereafter referred to as CASRL), and a report by the IDB (prepared by Waldo Tapia), have shown our SSB where the rocks in the road are, and made some suggestions about the way forward.

    RIGHT TO THE POINT: Pro-corruption supporters emboldened
    “Corruption is the abuse of entrusted power for private gain. It can be classified as grand, petty and political, depending on the amounts of money lost and the sector where it occurs,” says Transparency International. Interestingly, I have seen some posts and comments about the PUP standing up against corruption, and those who just can’t see beyond the political parties, shy away from accepting the corruption of this government by quickly pointing the finger at the PUP’s past corruption as if to justify this government’s own corruption by overshadowing it with the previous government’s corruption. But I pause here to say several things: 1. The PUP was voted out because of this very corruption, Said Musa was even taken to court for at last one case involving Venezuela money; 2. The UDP took government and is yet to investigate any corruption against the PUP despite while in opposition revealing many such claims; they have refused to bring them to justice for us the people;

    Witness to Daniel Sosa’s shooting death in Hilmar Alamilla’s vehicle executed on San Antonio road
    UDP henchman Hilmar “David” Alamilla, 42, was charged for the July 29 murder of Daniel “Danny Boy” Sosa, 24, who was shot once in the head inside Alamilla’s vehicle. The shooting incident, which occurred just after the men left a popular night club in Orange Walk Town, was witnessed by two persons, who gave statements to the police in Orange Walk Town about what they saw that fateful night. Gustavo Hernandez, 21, was one of those two persons. However, he was executed on Sunday, September 10. Now there is only one witness left to tell the tale.

    Case against accused murderer will crash if key witness is not located
    An accused murderer who has been on remand for over six years will most likely go home if a key prosecution witness is not located by next Tuesday, when the case is scheduled to continue. The trial of Nelson Leroy Henry, 30, accused of the June 29, 2011 murder of Edward Emmanuel Lord, Jr., was scheduled to begin this morning in the Supreme Court of Justice Adolph Lucas, who is hearing the case without a jury. Henry is being defended by attorney Oscar Selgado, who did not have to say anything this morning because the prosecution’s case, which is being presented by Crown Counsel Janelle Tillett, ran into early difficulty when its main witness was a no-show at court. Tillett told Justice Lucas that her main witness could not be located.

    PM Barrow announces “death knell” for Senate Select Committee
    Operatives and officials of the United Democratic Party (UDP) have long clamored for the discontinuation of the Senate Select Committee hearings. The hearings have been so distasteful to the ruling party that their chairman, Alberto August, along with Brian “Yellow Man” Audinett and other party supporters, had disrupted one of the sittings in May. It has indeed been uncomfortable for the party that came to power on a mandate of transparency and accountability, to see its own, prominent UDP figures like Elvin Penner, Anthony “Boots” Martinez, and Edmund “Clear Di Land” Castro, squirming before the committee as massive irregularities and illegalities documented in the Auditor General’s special audit of the Immigration Department for the period 2011-2013, were discussed.

    http://amandala.com.bz/news/bar-opposition-oppose-appointment-franz-parke-court-appeal-judge/
    With the departure of Court of Appeal justice Christopher Blackman, there is a vacancy for a new judge, and reports to our newspaper indicate that the Government wants to appoint Jamaican lawyer Franz Parke to the post. Parke was appointed to the Court of Appeal back in June 2015, but indications are that the appointment was temporary. At the time of his swearing-in, it was reported that he had been admitted to practice law in both Jamaica and the United States. We have not found any record of anyone publicly raising any objection then, but the Bar Association of Belize and the Opposition People’s United Party are now opposing his new appointment, as questions are being raised over whether the attorney is qualified to sit on the Belize Court of Appeal.

    The Reporter

    Belize listed by US president as major drug transit country
    Belize as well as several Caribbean and Central American countries have been listed by the President of the United States as a Major drug transit or Major illicit drug-producing country for the 2018 fiscial year. President Donald Trump made the indication earlier this week via […]

    Elderly woman found dead near dump site in San Pedro
    A search conducted near the old San Pedro dumpsite on Thursday evening resulted in the discovery of the badly decomposed body of an elderly woman who was reported missing. The body of Mrs Julia Martinez was recovered by a search party maze up of members […]

    Zenaida outshadows Queen of the Bay
    Queen of the Bay designate Aaliyah Ysaguirre was crowned the 72nd Queen of the Bay at the annual St. George’s Caye Day ceremonies at Memorial Park on Sunday morning, September 10. Her coronation effectively quashed the unprecedented storm of controversy sparked when Queen of the […]

    Key witness in high profile murder trial executed
    Gustavo Hernandez, a key witness in the July murder of Daniel Sosa, was gunned down over the September celebrations weekend. Hernandez, one of two people who were in the vehicle along with Sosa on the night he was killed, got shot around 5:15 a.m. on […]

    KHMH’s triplets showered with gifts from corporate sponsors
    A Belize City resident and first time mother who birthed triplets last week was showered with gifts and donations during a small handing over ceremony at the Karl Heusner Memoral Hospital (KHMH) on Wednesday. The KHMH staff, after realizing that the family was in need […]

    Irma causes multil-billion-dollar damage in Caribbean
    The islands devastated in the Caribbean by Hurricane Irma could be facing a whopping US$10 billion-plus repair bill. Disaster risk experts from the Center for Disaster Management and Risk Reduction Technology (CEDIM) in Germany have reported that Irma has caused more than US$10 billion in […]

    Elrington and Aragon say Vega’s constituents will decide his fate
    At last week’s United Democratic Party’s (UDP) rally in Orange Walk, two Ministers of Government, John Saldivar and Angel Campos turned out to support Gaspar Vega, when he announced he would run again for his party in the Orange Walk North division. The former Minister […]

    Belize DOE gives 18 refrigeration A/C scholarships to ITVET students
    Belize continues to fulfil its commitment to reduce and mitigate Climate Change and to protect the ozone layer against ozone-depleting refrigerants, by awarding 18 scholarships to refrigeration and air conditioning student technicians to complete their second year of training at Institutes of Technical Vocational and Employment Training (ITVET) centers across […]

    The Billion-Dollar Question: How to fill Belize’s Credit Gap? Part 2
    In the last “The Business Perspective” we commenced a discussion on the seemingly perennial constraint to small businesses, that is, the limited access to finance. As underscored last week, while the financial system is still characterized by excess liquidity—albeit somewhat reduced due to the issuance of treasury bills and notes—bank […]

    Guatemalan congress votes for president keeps immunity
    Guatemalan President, Jimmy Morales, has managed to keep his immunity from prosecution following a vote by his country’s congress on the matter. On Monday, legislators overwhelmingly voted for Morales to keep his immunity – a measure that protects him from an investigation on campaign financing […]

    Honorary Consulate of Belize in Chetumal officially re-opened
    The Government of Belize, via a press release on Wednesday, announced the official re-opening of the Honorary Consulate of Belize in Chetumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico. The release also serves to inform the public that Mr. Luis Montero Maldonado has been appointed as Honorary Consul of […]

    Belmopan police investigate traffic fatality
    Belmopan police are currently awaiting directives from the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions on whether to lay charges against a Camalote woman who allegedly knocked down and killed a cyclist in that city on Tuesday afternoon. The accused Katherine Penner, told police that […]

    Authorities foil suspected human trafficking attempt
    The Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) and the Belize Immigration Department were called into action last Wednesday after Orange Walk police stopped a cab, that was ferrying three undocumented Guatemalan nationals and a load of unaccounted US currency. On September 6th, the FIU confiscated approximately US […]

    Sophisticated remote explosive device discovered in Corozal
    A sophisticated remote explosive device which surfaced over the weekend in Corozal Town, has raised serious safety concerns, as officials have confirmed that the deadly contraption is the first of its kind to surfaced in the country. While details of the discovery were not made […]

    Editorial
    The tidal wave of criticism, the hoots and jeers which have exploded around former Mayor Zenaida Moya for her role in the September Tenth crowning of a rival Queen is well deserved. She had no authority whatsoever to do any of the things she did: that is, create an unauthorized […]

    BNTU threatens strike if Senate investigation ends
    The Belize National Teachers’ Union (BNTU) warned Prime Minister Dean Barrow this week that it may resume strike action if more funds are not allocated to the Senate Special Select Committee to continue its investigation. BNTU President/Senator Elena Smith, explained that the strike action instituted […]

    Murder victim dumped in river identified
    A man who was fished out of the Macal river in an advanced state of decomposition on Tuesday has been identified as Dean Emmanuel Bennett, 20. Police say he was stabbed multiple times and likely thrown in the river. The news has left his family […]

    Elderly man perishes in fire
    An elderly man died inside his Gordon Street home in Belize City on Thursday morning as a deadly blaze swept through his wooden house, even as showers drenched the city. Santiago Gonzalez, 68, was pulled lifeless from the remains of the burnt building sometime after […]

    PetroCaribe all dried up?
    Belize has suspended buying fuel from Venezuela with immediate effect, leaving the often controversial and politically polarizing PetroCaribe treasure trove, all but dried up and far from its glory days of “rolling”. Alba PetroCaribe Belize Energy Limited (APBEL), the company in Belize that buys fuel […]

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Well known businessman murders employee; commits suicide afterwards
    A well known business man killed his employee tonight and then turned the gun to himself. Robert Godfrey, the owner of AAA security company on the Philip Goldson Highway has died. According to reports, shortly before 9 tonight, Godfrey shot his senior supervisor, a female employee and then took his own life.

    Belmopan police launch their breakfast school program in Cotton Tree Village
    Today, the Belmopan Police Formation began their breakfast in school program at St Joseph RC Primary School in Cotton Tree Village. About one hundred and forty students will benefit from this new initiative receiving breakfast (cereal) before class time.

    Belize City police find 32 bullets
    Yesterday evening around 5:15, members of the Special Assignment Team conducted searches on an abandoned lot on Iguana street, Belize City.

    Belize City police remove another gun off the streets
    This morning around 6, the Special Assignment Team conducted searches in the Banak Street area of Belize City. The officers found a .38 revolver.

    Former police officer refuses to cooperate in murder case
    In June 2011, Edward Lord Jr was gunned down on Mahogany street, Belize City. Police had apprehended Nelson Henry,30, and at the time Magistrate Sharon Frazer believed that they had sufficient evidence to charge Henry for the murder. The trial began in April 2012 at the Supreme Court. Yesterday morning, Henry appeared before Justice Adolph Lucas but things changed since former police special constable Catherine Parchue,33, refused to testify.

    US Marines donate to needy students in Southern Belize
    Yesterday, the United States Marines stationed in Belize met with representatives from Bella Vista Primary School in the Stann Creek District. The purpose of the meeting was to donate 245 footwear and 100 school bags to needy students.

    Senior BDF officer humiliated by Guatemalans
    Information to our newsroom is that Belize’s Military Attache to Guatemala, Lieutenant Colonel Ricardo Leal was detained by Guatemalan soldiers last week. We understand that he was in his Toyota Rav4 when he was pulled up to a check point in Peten. The officers manning the checkpoint accused Leal of being intoxicated.

    Blogs

    Celebrating Independence Day the Belizean Way
    Each year, 183 countries across the globe celebrate their own unique day of independence. For each country, their respective independence day commemorates the anniversary of their independence or statehood, usually after ceasing to be a group or part of another nation or state. Most countries observe their respective Independence Day as a national holiday, each reveling the occasion with rich, cultural diversity that is uniquely their own. Should you be visiting a new land during such festivities, chances are you will experience ethnic merrymaking at its best. Belize is no different when it comes to Independence Day, and you are in for a real treat if you’re here to celebrate our special day! In Belize, September 21st celebrations also include pomp and circumstance, a 21-gun salute, special ceremonies, parades and fireworks, but wow, I’m willing to bet you’ve never seen anything as energetic as a Belizean Independence Day ‘Jump Up’ Parade before! Colorful floats, beautiful costumes, booming Soca music and spirited revelers dance through the streets of towns and villages across the country. There’s no denying this is our favorite time of year, and the music and cheer in the air is infectious. Parties the night before, and throughout the day include live music, entertainment, great food and fun for everyone.

    Getting the Scoop: A Mediterranean FEAST in Belize City
    While the city does have sights – like historical though slightly crumbling Fort George area – and exploding cultural energy, to the first time visitor (and sometimes to those who have visited for years) it can definitely seem a bit chaotic and very overwhelming. Just this week I was introduced to Chef Roger – a Lebanese chef and caterer who is making AMAZING Mediterranean foods in his home in the Buttonwood Bay area of Belize City. He started doing take away shwarma or gyros on Saturdays for friends and family. Fresh homemade cheese and tabouleh, nuts and pickled vegetables, falafel and pita and kebabs of all sorts, pita, hummus and babaganoush and the piece de resistance – a garlicky spread, just oil and garlic and lime…whipped together into something that I want to eat on EVERYTHING.

    TOP THREE THINGS TO DO IN BELIZE
    Located in Central America, the tropical country Belize is famous among travelers for its beautiful beaches, picturesque islands, and its mysterious ancient Mayan ruins. From travel-bloggers, backpackers to luxury tourists, thousands of people from all over the world flock over to the tropical paradise of Belize every year. The plethora of activities that you get to experience when you travel to Belize makes it one of the go-to destinations of Central America. Belize is the perfect destination to spend a vacation experiencing the ancient culture and rich history of Mayan civilization. And after you have got your archeological-fix, take a long walk into the sunset along the coastline, explore the deep blue sea while scuba diving or spend some relaxing days in one of the Garifuna villages. Here are the top three activities which you must indulge in when you travel to Belize.

    Caye Caulker, Belize
    Caye Caulker, a five-mile long island off the coast of mainland Belize, is a charming Caribbean island where “go slow” is the motto. This island is known for its stunning seascapes, diverse water sports, eco-tours, and friendly community. It takes only 30 minutes by water taxi to reach Caye Caulker from its big sister Ambergris Caye. While it is much smaller, with less than 2,000 residents compared to Ambergris’ 20,000, it’s just as beautiful on this island and the pace is much slower. Caye Caulker is 10 years behind Ambergris Caye. The streets are still composed of packed sand, and you won’t need to dodge traffic here. You’ll see a few golf carts, but no cars or trucks. This charming island is graced with pastel-colored B&Bs, bars, and cafés. The lifestyle is laidback and low key. It’s a perfect spot for those who wish to live on the Caribbean Sea, surrounded by nature… Artists and writers, who seek creative inspiration, will find plenty here, given the spectacular natural environment.

    The Maya Culture of Belize
    For more than 4,500 years, the Maya people have lived in Belize. Although their origins are lost to the mists of history, the great Maya civilization that emerged around the year 250 AD stretched from Mexico all the way down to El Salvador. Long before the arrival of the Europeans, the Maya built an advanced civilization, creating complex calendars, building enormous stone cities in the jungle, and building a society with millions of citizens. The Classic Period of the Maya civilization lasted until around the year 1000 AD. After that, the civilization fell into decline for reasons that are still unclear. Some archeologists believe that climate change led to crop failures, flooding, or other natural disorders. What is known is that most of their biggest cities had been abandoned by the time the Spanish arrived in the 16th century, although the remaining Maya offered stiff resistance to colonization.

    Pelicans & Belikins – Belize Weddings
    Before we share this simply adorable wedding on the adorable island of Caye Caulker, in the adorable country of Belize, we thought we should explain what a Belikin is. Quite simply, Belikin is the beer of Belize. The fact that it rhymes with pelican means that you’ll see both in this blog. The dress. It’s almost like it decided to visit Belize on its own and hang out on the beach. As dresses don’t drink and we couldn’t risk getting bird poop on it for the sake of a photo, we’re sorry to disappoint you with no birds or beers quite yet. Be patient. We’ll get to them soon enough.

    The West India Regiment
    The British army was the biggest purchaser of slaves. These men formed and served in the West India Regiment. In the late 1790s, Britain was defending several of its territories around the world and they were stretched thin. Between the years of 1775 and 1783, there was the American War of Independence, Anglo French War, Anglo Spanish War and the 4th Anglo Dutch War. Britain was having difficulty in the Caribbean as well. Many of the infantry men that were shipped from Britain had not adjusted well to the climate and were dying from heat exhaustion and deceases like yellow fever. The high mortality of troops led that army to form the West India Regiments in Jamaica in 1795, just prior to the Battle of St. George’s Caye. From there, they were deployed to various parts of the Caribbean. There were several regiments formed. Members of the regiments 1st through 6th were garrisoned in St. George’s Caye. These were comprised of white officers while the infantry was comprised of black slaves that were purchased for that specific purpose. Between 1795 and 1807, estimates suggest that some 13,400 slaves were purchased for the West India Regiments.

    CHAA CREEK CARES: SEPTEMBER PACK-A-POUND
    Everyone’s heart is warmed up by something, be it cute puppies, or people in love, we all have something that upon seeing it fills us with joy. Here at Chaa Creek, it’s hard to peg down a single thing that makes our souls soar, but one of them is definitely the look of surprise on a child’s face after an unexpected act of kindness. Thinking ahead of the curve, the Pack-a-pound team at Chaa Creek collected and stowed away school supplies all summer in order to set out as soon as the school year starts. The school selection process is on a need basis and the school visited this time was a new school the team discovered just before the start of summer. The last words said in the conversation were “We’ll be back, so expect us soon”.

    The Atolls and Outer Cayes of Belize
    One of the most beautiful and picturesque areas of the Belize Barrier Reef is the outer cayes (in Belize, islands are called "cayes," pronounced "keys") and atolls. With over 450 islands on the outer part of the great Belize Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the second-largest barrier reef in the world, this part of the reef is home to some of the best scuba diving and snorkeling sites on the planet. Atolls are ring-shaped coral formations that are located on the upper slopes of gigantic submarine volcanoes, many of which have islands in their interior. These formations and the dozens of islands strung along the outer portion of the Belize Barrier Reef are home to exclusive resorts and some of the most popular destinations in the country, including Glover's Reef, the Turneffe Islands, and Lighthouse Reef.

    Celebrate Garifuna Settlement Day in Belize
    Since 1943, the entire nation of Belize has celebrated Garifuna Settlement Day on November 19, a festive and joyous celebration of the Garifuna culture. More than 200 years ago, the Garifuna began arriving on the shores of Belize in dugout canoes, fleeing westward from British persecution in their original homeland on the island of St. Vincent in the Caribbean. Formed after the intermarriage between enslaved Africans and indigenous islanders, the Garifuna were recognized by the United Nations in 2001 for their unique contributions of language, music, and dance to the intangible heritage of humanity. Garifuna Settlement Day begins at the break of dawn with recreations along the coast of their historic canoe landings. The black, white, and orange Garifuna flag is proudly hoisted, accompanied by plenty of drumming, music, food, and parades in Garifuna centers like Dangriga, Hopkins, and the village of Seine Bight. There are also performances by Garifuna elders, keepers of their people's long oral history.

    Rum, Rice and Ribs (Bone Crunch Competition) Held in Corozal
    This event was sponsored by the Corozal Sailing club. This nonprofit is to raise funds to upgrade the Civic Center and for Scholarship's ages 6-12. It's once again here in Corozal, one of the exciting event Rum, Rice, and Ribs (Bone Crunch Competition) Held in Corozal. On, September 15, 2017, everyone gathered at the Corozal Civic center to attend the first ever Rum, Rice and Ribs. It commenced at 5pm, Surprisingly, the Civic Center was well attended by locals. More than 15 booths came this night to participate in a competition to showcase their products in Corozal. This was to promote the best meat in the house. Here' how it worked. At the entrance, you had to buy a 5$ ticket, and you have 20-25 booths to sample each of their products and score them from 1-10. At the end of the event, whoever gets the most points is the winner. This event is about a chicken foot eating competition. Competitors will have to eat as many feet as they can in ten minutes. However chicken foot is not the only thing on the menu. Other, sampling such as Chilli beans, Cold Frappe, Cheese Dip, Northern Heat, Marry Sharp, Corozal Animal Program, Travellers, Caribbean Rum, Magil's Mexican Products, Pastries, Madisco, and many other locals were giving out free samples to the public. This was the first ever Rum, Rice and Ribs chicken competition for everyone to enjoy.

    The bright side of rainy days in San Ignacio
    One of the many reasons to love Belize is the variety of activities available. Not only to different ages or sense of adventure; but also, on weather changes. You don't need to be disappointed on rainy days, in fact you might just end up lovin' it. Cozying up with a hot cup of (can't-start-the-day-without) coffee sounds enticing but these activities just might tempt you to get out of bed: Keeping it cozy… Take your partner [or your reading] to a livelier ambience while enjoying delicious cocktails, appetizers or choosing from the irresistible menu at our on-site restaurant & bar. The views are a bonus!

    International Sourcesizz

    Belize government imposes moratorium to protect world's second largest reef
    Marine conservationists and environmental activists in the Central American country of Belize are celebrating the promise made in August by that country's prime minister to enact legislation banning offshore oil activity around the Belize Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to more than 500 species of fish and 60 species of coral. The announcement of legislation to enforce a moratorium by Prime Minister Dean Barrow follows public outrage and mobilization by the NGO Oceana Belize, after a ship owned by the multinational firm TGS was spotted conducting seismic soundings for oil around the barrier reef late last year, according to an Oceana press release. TGS has its operational headquarters in Houston, Texas, and conducts seismic surveys and gathers data for oil and gas companies worldwide

    Caribbean Photo of the Week: Sunrise on the Sittee River
    The latest Caribbean Photo comes from Caribbean Journal reader Steve Lefler, who sent in this stunning shot of sunrise from his home on the Sittee River in Belize.

    Belize Independence day celebration-Inglewood Ca. on Sunday the 17th of Sept 2017 at noon
    Belize Independence day celebration will be Held this Sunday Sept.17th, 2017, in the City of Inglewood- Nutwood street, between Labrea and Market.. All Belizeans and friends of Belize are urged to attend.. We are projecting record breaking attendance, so please be early...

    OAS appoints independent panel to investigate possible crimes against humanity in Venezuela
    Organisation of American States (OAS) Secretary General Luis Almagro has appointed three international experts to assess whether the situation in Venezuela should be referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for consideration. The General Secretariat will gather information impartially through a process supervised by former prosecutor of the ICC, Luis Moreno Ocampo. The process will include public hearings to be conducted at OAS headquarters and information submitted by more than 50 organizations that have been conducting research and/or investigating circumstances of the crisis in Venezuela. The information obtained will contribute to a final report, to be reviewed by the independent panel for recommendation to the secretary general.

    Venezuela publishes oil prices in Chinese currency to shun U.S. dollar
    Venezuela published the price of its oil and fuel in Chinese currency on Friday in what it called an effort to free the socialist-run country from the “tyranny of the dollar,” echoing a plan recently announced by President Nicolas Maduro. Maduro last week said his government would shun the dollar after the United States announced sanctions that blocked certain financial dealings with Venezuela on accusations that the ruling Socialist Party is undermining democracy. The global oil industry overwhelmingly uses the dollar for pricing of products.

    Videos

  • Children rally 2017 in Corozal., 7min. After the parade everyone went to there respective schools.

  • Children rally in Corozal, 2min.

  • Video from itravelbelize, 1min. We love our home and that's why we've made it our mission to share Belize with YOU and the world!

  • I Am Belize, 1min. Infant 1 students of Sacred Heart infant School dance "I Am Belize" @ their School Rally 2017 as part of the September celebrations

  • Belize Battle of Saint George's Caye Celebration, 3min. Belize 10th of Sept. Celebration, Inglewood Cal. 2017 Starring Michael Wagner.

  • Belize's 10th- of Sept. Celebration in Inglewood Ca. 2017, 5.5min. Belize 10th of Sept. Celebration in Inglewood 2017, Dell on stage..

  • CARNIVAL IN THE CITY! Belize Carnival 2017, 8min. Check out some cool highlights from the carnival in Belize City from over the weekend. We went to Belize City to enjoy the carnival thats held as part of Belize's Independence activities. I was there to catch it on film. Enjoy

  • BREDDA DAVID---THE REAL STORY!, 25min. No other Belizean artist in the entire scope of Belizean music history has done what the legendary Belizean musical icon, bredda David has done for music in Belize. bredda David has become the quintessential Belizean artist whose migration out of Belize in the 1960's to the United States to established a credible musical accomplishment, and later returned to Belize after many years to developed a pulsating Afro-Belizean style of music called Cungo. In this Belizean Legend expose, the talented Belizean artist explores the realms of Cungo music with Belizean Legends host, Bilal Morris, and takes his viewers through memory lane of the Afro-Belizean struggle to survive slavery and colonialism into the British Mahogany Camps in the former British Honduras where the music of Sambai created by runaway slaves were established in a village called Gales Point Manatee. bredda David makes a striking distinction between the music of Belize's other Afro-Belizean people, the Garinagu, and that of the Afro-Belizean people the Creoles whom have become the originators of the Sambai that later merged into the Brukdong. He credits the renowned Belizean Brukdong artist, Mr. Peters, whom he worked with on his repatriation back to Belize, for assisting him in the development of the Cungo sound, and being the Father of Afro-Belizean (Creoles) music.

  • BELIZEAN BRUKDONG "PREACHAMAN" MICHAEL NAVARETTE, 25min. This feature on the Neo-Brukdong Belizean artist, Michael Navarette, aka "Preachaman", comes at the right time and on the right place right here on the "Belizean Soul" we call here Belizean Legends. Not only was it most appropriate for a Belizean of East Indian heritage to have been embracing his Creole culture and music we Belizeans called "Brukdong", but that Navarette chronicles in this documentary series on his music how he has embarked on a journey to bring together through music and culture the unity between Belize's two black groups, the Belizean Creole and Garinagu.

  • "ELJAI" RISING! (PART ONE), 27min. As Eljai continues to break down barriers in reggae music through his many world tours in the U.S., the Caribbean, Africa, and now into Europe next year on a 2017 world tour, the Belizean reggae superstar discusses his musical life with Belizean Legends Bilal Morris, and brings a special message to his many fans in Belize, Los Angeles, Africa, the Caribbean and other cities in the U.S.

  • "ELJAI" RISING! (FINAL PART), 11min. The long awaited exclusive interview with the soulful Belizean stylist of reggae music, Lloyd Carlton McFarlane, aka Eljai is here. The two part feature on the Belizean reggae artist is a must see that chronicles the talented Belizean musical artist's transformation from the Belizean ballad singer for the bands "The Dominators" and "Belize", and onward to become one of reggae music's most rising musical artist today in the United States, the Caribbean, and Africa.

  • CLASSIC DELL SMART, 30min. The silky alto touch of Belizean vocalist and balladeer, Dell Smart of Dell & The Sensations has touched the spirit of many a Belizean music lovers over the years. Dell's popularity grew as he sang lead for the legendary Belizean band in Los Angeles, Dell & The Sensations, to become one of the first Belizean bands ever to pioneer Belize's musical prominence as a band in the Los Angeles Belizean community and the Belizean diaspora in the United States. Dell's vocal pitch and quality is rare, and his melodic and harmonic voice has captured a unique sound ever since he began to sing covers in Belize as a youth growing up in one of Belize's prominent villages, Gales Point Manatee.

  • Belize Dual Citizens Rights, 1min. Dual nationality and Belize

  • THE HIGHLIGHTS OF CHILDRENS RALLY ON INDEPENDENCE DAY FESTIVITIES, 7min. Today, students, parents and teachers from across the country got a jumpstart on Independence Day Festivities, and with displays of patriotism and pride the annual school rally was in full effect. Here in Orange Walk the streets of town were invaded by a sea of red, white and blue as hundreds of students celebrated the jewel’s 36th birthday. Our news team was present at today’s celebration capturing all the highlights.

  • Pan Yaad 2017 - September 16th Marion Jones Complex, 19min.

  • Digital - Promotional Segment, 18min.

  • Bruk it Down Jenny - Alcoholism in Celebration Season, 36min.

  • Embassy of Mexico to Belize - Mexican Independence Day, 21min.

  • Belize Now | Episode 34 - Friday, September 15th, 2017, 29min. In tonight’s headlines: Belizean patriots are honored for their contributions to the building of our nation and the Ministry of Defence talks about its new show, “Belize’s First Line of Defence”. These stories and more on this week’s edition of Belize Now. Thanks for joining us on this Friday, September 15th, 2017!

  • A Tender Operation, 1min. Tenders run between Carnival Glory, Carnival Magic (left) and Carnival Breeze (right) and Belize City to the west.

  • Belize Carnival 2K17, 5min.

  • Belize National Carnival - 2017 Junior King and Queen Competition, 7min.

  • 36 balloons for Belize's 36th birthday, 1min. In commemoration of Belize's 36th birthday, the children of Infant 1 @ Sacred Heart Infant School release 36 balloons during the school's rally September 15, 2017.

    September 15, 2017


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    The San Pedro Sun

    Missing woman found dead in southern Ambergris Caye
    After missing for several days, a woman known only as Ms. Julia was found dead on Thursday, September 14th in southern Ambergris Caye. She had been reported missing on Saturday, September 8th by a gentleman named Mario Flores Peña, who stated he last saw her the day before. Peña found her items behind a residence at the old dump where he goes to feed some dogs every day. He told police that Mrs. Julia frequented the area, and upon stumbling onto a couple of items belonging to her, he made a report to the police. According to him, Mrs. Julia lived approximately 100 metres from where he feeds the dogs. Since Saturday, police and volunteers have been combing the area in search of the lady, but it was until Thursday, September 14th that her lifeless body was found by members of the Southern Ambergris Neighbourhood Watch.

    Misc Belizean Sources

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    Happy Anniversary La Isla Carinosa Academy
    On 14th September 2015, LICA opened its door to commence a great educational program. This is now our 3rd year in operation. We are very excited to be continuing this venture of offering a high quality education to our students. We have many wonderful activities planned for this year. We must extend sincere appreciation to all our teachers who have dedicated their time and energy to make this a great program. We must thank our parents for their trust in us and all the positive feedback we have received from them. We thank our wonderful students for working and keeping up with our LICA standards. Finally, I must thank my wife, Valerie August and my sister, Celi Marie August, for the amount of work they put into keeping LICA moving forward. Thanks to everyone. You all make me LOVE this school with a passion.

    Belize National Climate Change Office opening
    Belize is currently aiming to implement its REDD+ Readiness Project which is funded by the World Bank. Currently, we are in need of a Programme Director and a Technical Coordinator. Attractive salary packages are being offered for both positions. If you are interested, request the TORs by emailing me at cco.cc@environment.gov.bz

    Mexico, Belize, & C.A. Independence Celebration
    Come out this Saturday at the Hon. Louis Sylvestre Sports Complex!

    Progress on Belize City Centre
    Today, Christy Maestre, General Manager of Belize Infrastructure Ltd., took the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Youth, Sports, and Culture Hon. Patrick Faber, NSC Director Ian Jones, two other NSC Reps, and Representatives from the Belize Basketball and Volleyball Federations on a tour of the Belize City Centre (Civic Centre). Upon completion, the sporting arena will house a parking lot, outdoor courts, docking area, ticket area, concession stands, inside court with seating capacity of 4500, bathroom facilities, changing rooms & shower areas for teams, and office space, among other things.

    Wwatershed management plan for Belize
    The University of Belize and WWF will develop the first ever watershed management plan for Belize. Belize City, September 12, 2017 – The University of Belize through the Natural Resource Management Program from the Faculty of Science and Technology and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), will develop a Management Plan for the Belize River Watershed (BRW). The plan will be the first of its kind in Belize and serves as a model for future watershed management.The project will take a multidisciplinary approach in collecting and consolidating data pertaining to the Belize River Watershed. Through scientific research, stakeholder consultations and community engagement, a sustainable management plan will be produced by identifying long- term monitoring programs and bolstering policies for the protection of Belize’s freshwater resources. This project will also support data collection and finance three (3) student research fellowships along with the purchase of areal monitoring device and laboratory equipment.

    Hoy “168 Aniversario de la Muerte de DON JACINTO PAT”/Today “168th Anniversary of the Death of Mr. JACINTO PAT”
    La muerte es la muerte. Un cuadillo es un cuadillo… pero la muerte de un cuadillo; levanta y despierta a su pueblo por sus luchas … no solo en sueños y ni a corto plazo. Marcos Canul Vive! Jacinto Pat Vive! Y nosotros no debemos sentarnos en espera hay que levantarnos y seguir nuestra lucha, no pedemos ver caer nuestro pueblo y nuestra cultura. Por esta y otras razones el 2 de Sept. 2017 durante la Primera Conmemoracion a Marcos Canul (Icaiche Maya - 1 de Sept. 1872) dije estas palabras “Un hombre de origen Maya, un hombre de palabra, un hombre que dispuso su vida bajo el plumo y el machete! para futuras generaciones! … Para entender profundamente su historia tendríamos que abarcar por la Guerra de Castas y la presencia de los ingleses en Honduras Británica ahora nuestro país Belize. Tendríamos que entender el impacto de la Revolucion Mexicana y el Porfiriato de Porfilio Diaz, tendríamos que entender la importancia de tratados territoriales y concesiones tendríamos que someternos en las estrategias de guerra para la resistencia y sobrevivencia del Pueblo Maya!”

    36th Independence celebration in San Pedro
    The San Pedro Town Council presents Belize's 36th Independence Eve celebration at the Hon. Louis Sylvestre Sports Complex! All the way from Jamaica, the San Pedro Town Council and Belize Telemedia Limited, bring to you Walshy Fire from Major Lazer to hype up the celebrations! There will be lots of food and drinks and a spectacular fireworks display! Don't miss out the after party with San Pedro's very own, Caribbean Kings to dance the night away with your favorite songs! And the next day.....Independence Jump Up Parade starting at 10 am from the Boca del Rio Park and ending at the Central Park! San Pedro ARE YOU READY????

    Rum, ribs and rice competition in Corozal
    Rum, Ribs and Rice Competition happening tommorrow at the Corozal Civic Center. Commencing at 5pm.

    Corozal Jouvert 2017 Block Party and Parade
    Mark your calendar for Saturday September 16th with a marathon of events! September Celebrations events begin with a Children's Jouvert at 3pm in front of Town Hall. At 5pm we kick off the 8th anniversary edition of Art in the Park through to 10pm. At 10pm the Block Party begins in front of the Town Hall through to 4am. At 4am Jouvert 2017 begins!!!

    Power interruption Stann Creek & Toledo Districts, on Saturday, September 16 from 6:00am to 2:00pm
    Affected areas: entire Placencia Peninsula including Plantation, Maya Beach, Forest Lagoon Estate, Seine Bight and Placencia; Red Bank, Maya Mopan, Santa Rosa, San Roman, San Pablo, Georgetown, Santa Cruz, Maya King, Cowpen, San Juan, Independence, Savannah Road and Big Creek Road; and the entire Toledo District. BEL to conduct maintenance and testing of equipment at Independence Substation, Savannah Switching Station and Placencia Substation; and to relocate controls for voltage regulators at Placencia Substation.

    Travel Mart Latin America
    Travel Mart Latin America (TMLA) is a 2-day B2B tourism trade show taking place in Guayaquil, Ecuador. The event brings together Travel Agents and Tour operators (Buyers) originating from South America, North America and Europe to meet with over 250 Supplier companies/organizations from Central and South America.

    Paradise Theater playing this weekend:
    Baby Driver, Transformers, Pirates of the Caribbean, 47 Meters Down.

    Channel 7

    Dean Bennett Dead, Brother Daniel Missing
    Last night we told you that police needed the community's help to determine the identity of a man who had been murdered and dumped in the Macal River. He floated up to the surface on Tuesday afternoon. Well, one Santa Elena family only needed to hear the police give the physical description of his tattoo and other identifying marks to know that it was their loved one, 20 year old Dean Bennett. According to the family, it seems that sometime in the last few days, someone settled a score with him - by stabbing him to death. As Courtney Weatherburne found out - it's a heavy blow for his family - because his 18 year old brother Daniel disappeared in March and now, Dean is confirmed dead. Here is that story.

    Another Lost To Fire
    Another person has perished in a house fire - this time it's a 67 year old man. He died when at around 9:00 this morning when he was trapped in a burning house on Gordon Street - which is in the Lake Independence area. The fire department police rushed to the scene but by the time they got there it was too late. Sahar Vasquez has the story: Sahar Vasquez reporting: This morning around 10:00, Santiago Gonzalez's lifeless body was taken out of what was left of his place of residence. It has not been confirmed yet what Gonzalez was doing at his home at the exact time of the fire but unfortunately, he did not make it out. Orin Smith, Station Officer- National Fire Station: "The body did not appear to have any burn damage he may have been overcome by smoke inhalation. However an autopsy would confirm that."

    Belize Bids Petrocaribe "Buh-Bye"
    It was a good long run for the Barrow administration, but, tonight, it's official: the Government is saying goodbye to the Petrocaribe program - for the time being, at least. Why? Well, with the instability in Venezuela, getting fuel from their state owned oil company, PDVSA, has proven increasingly difficult, and it's driving up pump prices. An official release from the Alba Petrocaribe office says "APBEL has decided to suspend purchases of petroleum products from PDVSA under the PetroCaribe Agreement with immediate effectwe have been encountering a number of problems with maintaining a reliable supply of products from PDVSA. This has, among other things, resulted in much higher unit costs of freight when Puma has been forced to make last-minute arrangements to truck products overland and when vessels are brought in half-loaded. We have also been informed by PDVSA that, at times, they have had to purchase on the spot market to meet their commitments to us: This is definitely not what was intended by the PetroCaribe program. We are very grateful to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and PDVSA for all they have been trying to do to keep their promises to us under the PetroCaribe Program; but it does not make sense to force this arrangement under these circumstances."

    How Un-diplomatic! Belize's Military Attache to Guatemala Humiliated By Guats
    There's some diplomatic friction between Belize and Guatemala tonight, and a high ranking BDF Soldier is in the middle of it. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that Belize's Military Attache to Guatemala, Lieutenant Colonel Ricardo Leal was detained at a military checkpoint in Peten last week. The Guatemalan soldiers accused him of being intoxicated and took his Toyota RAV4 to their Ministry of Defence compound where it was impounded. We are told Leal may have also had to surrender his 9 millimeter pistol to the Guatemalans. Leal returned to Belize for a debriefing and the ministry has confirmed that he is now back at the Belize embassy in Guatemala City as of Monday. They stress that there are no pending charges on Lt Col Leal and there is no evidence that he was intoxicated.

    Is The Bar Assoc. Sharpening Spears For CJ?
    Is the membership of the Bar Association sharpening their spears to go after Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin? The Bar will meet tomorrow night and whispers in the legal community say that there is a move afoot to pass a no confidence vote against Chief Justice Benjamin - as a first step towards pushing for his removal. Now, even discussing the removal of the head of the judiciary is no small matter - and it's left to be seen if the bar membership pushes on, or chickens out. But, relations are already very frayed between the CJ and the Bar because, as we first reported in July, there are over two dozen pending judgements which Benjamin has not delivered - some of them delayed more than five years. The Chief Justice gave a firm undertaking in July to get rid of the backlog by the end of September, but it seems the Bar is not convinced that he has been keeping to his commitment. The bottom line is Benjamin has made promises to deliver judgements before, and he has failed - so confidence is low and patience has worn thin.

    Grenade Scare At City School Sends Hundreds Home
    Today, hundreds of students at St, Martin De Porres Primary School in Belize City missed school because of an idle threat that a grenade would be thrown. Of course in a city where grenades have exploded before, every threat has to be taken seriously, and police did just that. But, as we found out this morning at 8:30 when the school bell rang, not even a heavy police presence was enough to convict parents to keep their kids in school:... Jules Vasquez reporting: Today wasn't just another school day for St. Martin's De Porres. Police set up a tent on the street, and all vehicles passing on Partridge Street had to go through a vehicular checkpoint. We saw an officer on patrol inside the school. This is all because of a grenade threat, posted on Facebook:

    Murder Trial On Verge Of Collapse After Former Cop Refuses To Cooperate
    30 year old Nelson Henry, charged with the 2011 murder of Edward Lord Jr. and on remand for 6 years, went on trial this morning in Justice Adolph Lucas's courtroom. But, things took an unexpected turn when the main witness, former police special constable 33 year old Catherine Parchue refused to testify. She remained silent when Crown Counsel Janelle Tillett asked her questions. The only thing she did have to say was that it was not her signature on a statement she allegedly gave the police. Parchue was the diarist at the Mahogany Street Police Sub-station on the day of the murder.

    Santa Barbara Fire Caused By
    At the top of the newscast we told you about a 69 year old who perished in a fire in the city this morning. That's the second death by house fire in five weeks; on August 7th Santa Barbara Street also witnessed a deadly fire which claimed the life of a toddler. Today, the Fire Department confirmed what caused that blaze. Orin Smith, Station Officer - National Fire Service: "The investigation on Santa Barbara Street is concluded. The result is classified as electrical. We did find evidence of an electrical fault. We found no other evidence to indicate that the fire could have been by any other means." The fire left four families without a home.

    What Does A New Office Mean For Immigration Dept Records?
    Last night, we brought you coverage of the Senate Hearings on Immigration where Immigration Director Diana Locke returned to testify for a second time. She was discussing the changes implemented since 2014 up until the present moment to correct weaknesses in the Department's systems. Well, one big change that is coming is that the Immigration Department will be moving to another office. Now, the last time this intended shift to a new location made our newscast was when the Ministry of Immigration was considering buying Senate President Lee Mark Chang's building in Belmopan. They've since moved on from that option, and a decision has been made they will move in with the Refugee Department that is currently renting office space. The problem with that is that they are getting reduced space in a time when they need more than what they currently have at this present office. The department is running out of space to store all the passport applications that are in their possession, and the Department is considering destroying some records, if they have the legal mandate to do so.

    Hon. Aldo Says Inquiry's Work Soon Finished
    So, after yesterday's senate hearings, we took the opportunity to question the Chairman, Aldo Salazar, about the Prime Minister's decision that he will not provide the Senate Select Committee with anymore funding, if their work continue past November. The Government has provided 2 more disbursements which will cover all of the Committee's expenses for the next 2 to 3 months, and after that, they will get no more money. We've told you how the Belize National Teachers Union is not happy about that, and so, we asked the Chairman what he thinks of the Prime Minister's position. Not surprisingly, he's in support of it. We've been telling you for months now that Chairman Salazar was ready to end the Hearings, believing that it has concluded its work. So, when we asked him about, he said that 2 or 3 months is more than adequate time for the Committee to finish up whatever work the other members believe is outstanding:

    Business Senator Flatly Rejects PM's Timeline
    But Business Senator Mark Lizarraga does not agree with the Committee Chairman that their job is done, or is finishing. When the press asked him about his views on the November deadline to finish up the hearings, he said that he was disappointed with the Prime Minister's decision: Hon. Mark Lizarraga, Business Senator: "I was very disappointed, quite frankly, that we seem to find monies just about for everything else under the sun, and we can't seem to find monies to continue what I consider to be a very important process. Priorities in this country, for the most part, are given to those projects or areas that carry the most political weight. I was disappointed to hear today, for example, from the Director of Immigration that some of the items that she needs to strengthen her department were not approved in her budget last year. Here we are in the middle of this very important exercise, and she's being denied the resources that she needs to strengthen a vital part of our national security. I have shared it with those I represent, and I guess we're gonna see where it goes. We still have quite a bit to do. I know that there are those that would like to see the work wrapped up as quickly as possible. But I don't think that the majority of us are in any way desirous of rushing through and finishing just for the sake of finishing."

    Man Maimed In Beatdown
    He allegedly beat a man so badly that he caused him to go blind, and now 23 year old Oscar Revelo, from Ladyville, faces a charge of maim for it. No plea was taken when he appeared today before Magistrate Aretha Ford because it's a Supreme Court matter. Revelo was denied bail and remanded until October 27. The incident occurred in July when Edward Quilter says Revelo beat him on his head with a pistol. Quilter said the beating has left him completely blind in his left eye.

    Mayflower Marijuana
    Southside police continued to keep up the pressure on gang hotspots. This morning at 6:30 members of the Special Assignment Team along with the K9 Unit searched the Mayflower area. They found a plastic bag with 8 live .38 rounds and another bag with about an ounce of weed. No one was in the area so the items were deposited as found property.

    Cannabis In Columbia
    And, from the Southside of the City to Southern Belize, yesterday, Punta Gorda police searched an area seven miles North of San Pedro Columbia Village in the Toledo District. They found one 16 gauge shot gun and eight cartridges. They also found 28 pounds of compressed marijuana. The items found were deposited as found property.

    Restore Keeps Kids In School
    The I AM BELIZE Scholarship Program has been running for 7 years now, and for this school current year, Restore Belize has awarded 36 high school students with full scholarships. Without this scholarship, they wouldn't have been able to afford to attend classes. But, the scholarship program goes beyond simply paying the bills. The folks at Restore Belize provide the recipients with a mentorship program all the way to the end of 4th form, when they graduate. 7News stopped by the Restore Belize office to meet a few of this year's recipients:

    New Gun License Charges Proposed
    There's a proposed new schedule of gun license fees which was released today. A few notable areas are: it proposes to increase charges for gun licenses from zero dollars to 300 dollars, a gun repair license would also increase from zero dollars to 50 dollars, a special protection license for a Belizean would increase by 200% to 225 dollars, a shotgun holders license would increase from five dollars to 25 dollars. A press release from the Ministry says that in addition to the changes in fees, the Ministry is recommending further amendments to the Firearms Act to increase penalties for certain firearm related offences.

    Channel 5

    Petrocaribe Purchases Suspended! Local Agent Says Venezuela Supply Not Reliable
    A release issued late this evening dropped a bombshell – Petrocaribe has stopped rolling, for now and quite possibly forever.  The decision comes on the heels of an announcement by [...]

    Who Killed Dean Bennett in Cayo?
    The body of a John Doe retrieved from the Macal River on Tuesday has now been identified as twenty-year-old Dean Bennett.  Bennett was last seen alive on Sunday night in [...]

    Gordon Street Homeowner Burnt Out; Watchman Dies in Flames
    There was a deadly fire in the city this morning in which a watchman perished. The fire started at around nine a.m. in a two-storey wooden building at the rear [...]

    St. Martin de Porres R.C. Principal Gets Rude Welcome with Grenade Threat
    Police circled the area of Saint Martin’s school in Belize City since six this morning.  Parents kept most of the seven hundred students away from the school since it is [...]

    More Land Shenanigans, This Time Sea-Front Land in Gales Point
    News Five has received further information of land grabbing, allegedly by members of the Vega family and their supporters. This time, it concerns lands on the coast in the village [...]

    Trump Names Belize among Major Countries for Drug Transit
    The U.S. President, Donald Trump, has placed Belize on a list of Major Drug Transit or Major Illicit Drug Producing Countries for Fiscal Year 2018.  The presidential determination was made [...]

    Fixing the System for Visa Fees and Security
    Tonight, we have more from the Senate Special Select Committee’s public hearings with Director of Immigration Diana Locke on Wednesday. The Auditor General’s Report cited multiple instances where fees for [...]

    Did Cabinet Have Authority to Direct Policy on Document Checks?
    The Immigration Department has a backlog of files for persons seeking renewal of their immigration documents, mostly passports.  But in the case where the files are missing, or the source [...]

    Vital Stats Leadership Could Be Called Before Special Senate Select Committee
    On Wednesday, Director of Immigration Diana Locke gave an example of how the humble birth certificate is the gateway to all things Belizean. If parents of foreign nationalities can claim [...]

    15 Months On, Search Continues for Krystal Mitchell’s Killer in Belize
    It has now been fifteen months since the murder of thirty-year-old Krystal Mitchell, who was found dead at the apartment of an acquaintance in San Diego, California. The divorced mother-of-two [...]

    Red Cross Solicits for Caribbean Hurricane Victims
    The Red Cross would like your help to reach out to the Caribbean islands affected by Hurricane Irma. Over a million people have been impacted and countries are still assessing [...]

    36 Scholarships from Restore Belize
    Thirty-six students won’t have to worry about the cost of education for this school year. Thanks to the annual “I am Belize” scholarship award, the high schoolers’ tuition, uniform and [...]

    Canoeists to Circle Sarstoon Island for B.T.V. Eco-Challenge
    September is a month of celebration for all Belizeans, as we commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of St. George’s Caye, as well as the annual observation of Belize’s independence.  [...]

    Support Coming In from Diaspora
    Since its inception and inaugural voyage a year ago, the BTV initiative has seen support from Belizeans in the Diaspora.  Heading a team of fundraisers from California is Belizean/American volunteer [...]

    Ladyville Girl Stripped from Family over “Revenge”
    A twelve-year-old girl is missing. Lucera Constantino, a standard five student of Ladyville left home on last Friday in the company of a twenty-four-year-old man identified as Luis Sinturion. According [...]

    Healthy Living: Soaking Up the Sun Responsibly
    With all the festivities taking place this month, Belizeans will be spending more time outdoors. It means exposure to the sun will be more than usual and while it can [...]

    CTV3

    Gun License Fees To Be Increased
    In an effort to minimize the number of illegal firearm and ammunition currently on the streets of our country, the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Belize Police Department today issued an advisory to all gun dealers and holders informing them of new fees being implemented for firearm certification. The proposed increase which is expected to come into effect in the coming months will be added as follows: License Carrier permit which is currently free of cost now has a proposed fee of three hundred dollars, Gun Repair Licenses which is also free of cost will now see a proposed fee of fifty dollars while Special Protection Licenses for Belizeans which currently holds a fee of seventy five dollars will carry a fee of two hundred and twenty five dollars and Special Protection Licenses for non-Belizeans is proposed to increase from five hundred dollars to one thousand five hundred dollars.

    Special Treatment Offered To Guatemalan, No Need To Apply For Extension
    One other interesting matter that came up in Wednesday’s hearing is an anomaly between what is policy and what is practice when it comes to Guatemalan tourists in Belize. Under the SICA framework, movement through Central America is allowed which means that in Belize Central American nationals can enter freely. However, after 30 days they are required by our Immigration laws to apply for a permit in order to extend their stay. But Guatemalans seem to enjoy special treatment as they do not end up applying for any extension, and it seems, our Immigration authorities do not budge to enforce the rules.

    Are Senate Hearing Costing Belizeans?
    A cloud of uncertainty looms over the future of Senate Select Committee hearings following an August 3rd letter from Prime Minister Dean Barrow to the Clerk of the National Assembly Eddie Webster that no more funding would be provided to the Committee hearings beyond November. Webster had written the PM on July 20th and again on July 21st, requesting funds to pay for the Committee’s outstanding bills as of July 31st and to cover the cost of the sitting from September to November. While the cost of the Senate hearings has never been made public, the PM’s response letter revealed the cost being $146,000 from November 2016 to July this year, and $124,202 proposed for the next three months.

    Petro Caribe Will No Longer Roll It
    The Party is over and we’re not talking about anything related to the September celebrations. The PetroCaribe party and it’s sourcing of cheap oil and easy money for the Barrow Administration is over. Today Alba Petrocaribe Belize Energy Limited (APBEL), the Belizean company through which Belize buys Petrocaribe fuel from Venezuela, issued a notice to stakeholders in Belize’s fuel sector which informed that it has suspended purchases of petroleum products from Venezuela’s fuel supplier, PDVSA (pronounced Pedevesa). The notice indicates further that APBEL has been facing problems maintaining a reliable supply of fuel from Venezuela, and it has, at times, resulted in higher fuel costs when Puma, the main fuel supplier in Belize, has had to make last minute arrangements to make up for the shortfall.

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    Firearm holders will soon see a hike in firearm license fees
    If you are a holder of a firearm license, a gun dealers’ license or a sport Hunters Licenses then be informed that the fee to possess those licenses will increase. A notice was issued this afternoon in which the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Belize Police Department announced that the new fees will be […]

    Boom threat keeps children away from school
    Even though, today is a normal school day, most parents whose children attend St. Martin’s De Porres Primary School chose to keep their children at home, due to an inferred threat via social media. This morning we spoke to Principal Anne Palacio. Anne Palacio – Principal “I got a message through my Facebook page yesterday […]

    Mother says daughter was kidnapped
    Twelve year old Lucera Constantino has been missing since last week Friday. Her mother Rosa Rivero says that she was kidnapped by a man she knows as Luis Cinteron. Rivero and her friends have been searching for Lucera since last week. Rosa Rivero – Mother “From yesterday I’ve been really tired. From Friday to yesterday […]

    PUP says “GOB is using the people’s monies to advance its political agenda”
    The People’s United Party has expressed concern over the recent revelation that eighty percent of the Social Security Board’s investment portfolio of four hundred and fifty eight million dollars is held in government interests including loans, statutory boards and government-controlled institutions such as the National Bank. The PUP says quote, “Government is using the people’s […]

    Senator & BNTU would not like to see the Senate Hearings derail
    Mark Lizarraga – Senator “I think it’s a matter of prioritizing. I think at the end of the day I make $130 every time I come here that is for my fuel and my time, they feed us a plate of food, other than that we pay the press whatever that cost is to broadcast. […]

    Visa Waiver causes loss of revenue for Belize
    Belize has several visa waiver programs ongoing. Citizens from countries like El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala enter Belize visa free. And while it does attract a large amount of tourists and business men and women, it represents a loss of revenue for the Government of Belize. The matter was raised by Senator Eamon Courtenay during […]

    Locke says Vital Statistics Unit is the biggest challenge for the Department
    Since her appointment as Immigration Director, Diana Locke has been making significant changes within the Department. According to Locke, the Department’s biggest challenge is the Vital Statistics Unit. Diana Locke – Director of the Immigration Department “We at the passport section, we have many challenges with the documents issued by vital statistics particularly changes in […]

    Education key to the prosperity of a nation
    Restore Belize held its seventh annual scholarship award ceremony today. Guest speaker was John August, Director of Belize National Energy Charitable Trust, one of the organizations that assisted in making the programme possible. August said the future for a better and more prosperous Belize lies largely in education taking its rightful place in the development […]

    22 Belizeans to be awarded at Tribute to Belizeans Patriots
    Tribute to Belizean Patriots- National Honors and Awards Ceremony will be held tonight at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts in Belize City. In total twenty two persons will be receiving honors and awards. Twenty persons will be receiving the Meritorious Service Award including twin brothers Sebastian and Fabian Cayetano. Two persons, Betty Flinchum […]

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    Belizean caught in El Salvador with half million U.S. Dollars
    A Belizean and a Panamanian have been caught in El Salvador with half a million US dollars in what the Salvadoran authorities believes are proceeds of money Laundering. Belizean, Oscar Lesby Itza, and Panamanian, Adam Enrique Gutierrez Moralez, were stopped by the Salvadoran law enforcement at the Oscar Romero Airport in San Salvador on Friday, September 8. The cops reportedly saw them acting suspicious, and they decided to conduct a thorough search on them. The officers searched all their bags and found 499,660 US dollars in bundles of 20 and 50-dollar bills. They have since been charged with money laundering by the Salvadoran Financial Intelligence Unit.

    Unfinished remote explosive found in Corozal
    Police are looking into a very worrying case in Corozal where an explosive device was being constructed. If it was in its finished state, it could have been detonated remotely. That type of apparatus has not been discovered in Belize before and the experts are concerned about the escalation of that type of threat. That device ended up in the hands of the police in Corozal after a civilian handed it over to them on Saturday, September 9. The BDF retrieved it, and it was examined by Brigadier General David Jones, the BDF Commander, the country’s foremost bomb expert. Describing it to the media, General Jones said, “The device did not have explosives, but it is definitely someone attempting to make a sophisticated improvise explosive device or a more sophisticated bomb which would be the first that we’ve seen being constructed in Belize… It had a capacitor, it had a sensor and a cellphone attached to it.

    Two new pre schools and two new schools for the south
    On Thursday, September 7th, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Hon. Patrick Faber, was busy in the southern part of the country as ribbons were cut for the opening of two new pre schools, a new primary school and a new extension to an existing primary school. Financed by government through the Social Investment Fund, Santa Cruz received a new pre-school along with a new primary school. The village of Santa Cruz is a growing one in the Stann Creek district and residents have long been clamoring for a school of their own and the government made good on a promise to construct such a school and pre school in that community.

    New Health Center opened in Santa Elena
    “It is our dream that in the future Santa Elena will have its own full-fledged hospital capable of addressing {to applause} all our health needs.”- Hon. Rene Montero Minister of Health, Hon. Pablo Marin was happy to share in the celebration with his cabinet colleague, Hon. Rene Montero, in the official inauguration of the Santa Elena Health Center last Friday morning. Health services are now being accessed today at the Center. The Government of Belize has funded the rehabilitation of the Santa Elena Health Center Project at an estimated cost of $270,000.00. With a one-storey concrete building, the residents of Santa Elena have begun to get the services at the Out Patient Services, Child Care Clinic and Pharmacy. It will be opened from Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m

    Police receives grant of BZ$100,000.00 from Taiwan
    On 7th September, the Government of Belize and the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) signed a Cooperation Agreement aimed at developing police cooperation and combating transnational crimes. Signing on behalf of the Government of Belize was Minister of Foreign Affairs and Home Affairs, Hon. Wilfred Elrington, and on behalf of the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) was Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to Belize, His Excellency Charles K. Y. Liu. The Agreement sets out the framework for police cooperation between both governments. The scope of cooperation includes the exchange of personnel visiting for study and training programs, sharing of information in the area of law enforcement, cooperation in combating transnational crimes and the implementation of other areas of cooperation.

    Drama at Queen of the Bay
    In perhaps one of the more surreal moments of this year’s September celebrations, the Queen of the Bay coronation took place. After the addresses, it was time for the crowning and in an unprecedented manner, Zenaida Moya, through Dr. Candice Pitts, led a proclamation of her own- declaring the Orange Walk delegate, Esmeralda Cal, as the Queen of the Bay. Immediately after, there was another declaration read by Neil Hall where Aaliyah Ysaguirre was also declared as the Queen of the Bay. What followed was even worse: while the reigning queen removed her cape, crown, and scepter and recited the words of transition to pass on the title to the new queen- in the background, Zenaida Moya did the same on Cal. She had a scepter, a crown and a cape of her own which she placed on Cal.

    18 scholarships for refrigeration students
    Eighteen students received scholarships to study Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (RAC). The National Ozone Unit, within the Department of the Environment (DOE), hosted an award ceremony on September 13th, 2017 at the Institute for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ITVET) Conference Room (Belize City). Each scholarship is set to cover the cost of tuition for each recipient for the completion of the second year of their RAC programme, and upon graduating, each recipient will receive a basic toolkit for start in the field. The scholarship recipients were chosen from 3 designated institutes across the country based on their active partnership with the Association of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technicians (ARACT) – ITVET Belize City, ITVET Orange Walk and Cayo Center for Employment Training (CET). The scholarships were distributed among the 3 institutes and recipients were selected based on an application process via these institutes.

    64 Police officers trained in Human Trafficking Identification and Referral
    The Anti-trafficking in Persons (ATIP) Council of Belize in collaboration with the Belize Police Department is conducting a series of trainings to build the capacity of Police Officers attached to the Domestic Violence Unit and Criminal Investigative Branch. The objectives of the sessions are to provide officers with a clear understanding of human trafficking and its related issues to build the capacity of police officers in victim identification and referral. So far, 64 officers have been trained in one-day workshops held in northern, eastern, and western areas of the country. Workshops will continue until all Domestic Violence Unit and Criminal Investigative Branch Police Officers have been trained. The next session takes place in the south on September 29th, 2017, where it is expected that 20 additional officers from Stann Creek, Independence and Toledo will be trained. The series of countrywide workshops form part of the ATIP Council 2017 plan of action to scale up the country’s national response to human trafficking.

    More children from Belmopan to benefit from feeding program
    The children from Belmopan will continue to benefit from a feeding program being coordinated by their local Police. On Thursday of last week Howell Gillett, Officer Commanding Belmopan Police signed to an agreement with Recino’s Imports from San Ignacio, which will now see 140 students of two primary schools from the Belmopan Police Jurisdiction receiving breakfast cereal. Belmopan Police already had a midday program that fed 75 kids, but in their interaction have discovered that there were kids who were not eating before coming to school.

    BNTU wants senate probe to continue until ‘nomoh nomoh’
    The executive of the Belize National Teacher’s Union (BNTU) ,appears to be getting ready for a face off with the government once again. This time though it is unlike last year when trade issues were bunched with partisan politics. There is no sort of trade issue on the table at this time. This time it appears to be plain old partisan politics at play. Last week the Prime Minister, in his capacity as Minister of Finance, had responded to two letters from the Clerk of the National Assembly / Secretary for the Senate Special Select Committee. The Clerk had written the two letters to the Minister of Finance on behalf of the committee requesting more finances for the committee. The Prime Minister wrote back to the Clerk, informing him and by extension the committee, that both amounts of monies requested would be extended to them.

    Caye Caulker runway upgrade underway
    Tropic Air and Maya Island Air domestic airlines announced that effective October 1, 2017, they will be suspending all scheduled flights to Caye Caulker due to the present state of the runway on the island. The deplorable state of the present runway creates a hazardous environment and the airlines are taking this safety measure to mishaps as it related to public flight safety and service. This notice has been publicized to the Caye Caulker Village Council as well as the Belize Airports Authority (BAA). A request has been issued for an urgent renovation of the runway as the high season on the island quickly approaches. Those requests have not gone unheard as the BAA is in the process of procuring sufficient funds to carry out the project. An announcement was made on September 12, 2017 that the BAA and the Social Security Board (SSB) are in the final stages of working together for upgrades to the runway.

    Re-Opening of the Honorary Consulate of Belize in Chetumal
    The Government of Belize has officially re-opened the Honorary Consulate of Belize in Chetumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico. The office is headed by the newly appointed Honorary Consul Mr. Luis Montero Maldonado. The re-launch took place in Chetumal on Friday, 8th September 2017 at an event presided over by H.E. Patrick Andrews, Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Accompanying C.E.O. Andrews were Mr. Miguel Martin, Chief of Staff in the Office of the Governor of the State of Quintana Roo; Mr. Luis Torres, Mayor of the Municipality of Othon P. Blanco; and H.E. Oliver del Cid, Ambassador of Belize to Mexico. The event was also attended by dozens of federal and municipal officials, as well as members of academia and the private sector in Chetumal.

    Record payments for citrus
    On Friday, September 15th, citrus growers in Belize will receive their final payment on products delivered this year and it is a record breaker. According to a release from the Citrus Growers Association, payment for orange deliveries will be $2.5326 per pound solid while grapefruit will be $2.8933 per pound solid. The CGA says that these prices are the highest ever paid to growers for both Orange and Grapefruit. Final payment for fruit delivery will be $.3674 per pound solid for orange and $.5161 for grapefruit.

    Governor General receives donation of musical instruments
    On September 12th, at the Belize House in Belmopan, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Belize H.E. Mr. Harald Peter Klein made a donation of musical instruments to the Governor General of Belize H.E. Sir Colville Young. The musical instruments which included a clarinet, an oboe, a trumpet and a saxophone will benefit the Governor General’s Music in the Schools Programme. The Ambassador was joined by his Honorary Consul Ms. Kay Menzies.

    Ministries of Human Development and Defence launch Belize Youth Challenge Programme Recruitment Drive
    The Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation, and Poverty Alleviation and the Ministry of Defence have joined forces to launch a youth intervention project entitled the Belize Youth Challenge Programme (BYC). The mission of the programme is “to intervene in and reclaim the lives of at-risk youth to produce programme graduates with the values, skills, education and self-discipline necessary to succeed as adults.” The new 2-year pilot programme is an upgrade and strengthening of the National Youth Cadet Service Corps and is modelled after the Youth Challenge Programme run by the Louisiana National Guard in the USA.

    Machel arrives early to assist Belizean musicians
    Soca superstar, Machel Montano, will be the headliner at this year’s 4th annual Soca and Jazz Festival scheduled for Wednesday September 20th at the Hour Bar Field. His appearance is a few days away yet Montano is already in Belize and he will be making the most of it. Music Ambassador, Shyne Barrow, who’s office is the major sponsor for Montano’s visit, told the Guardian that Montano will be holding meetings with Belizean artists to help them in their craft. Among those meetings will be a lunch in Belize City next week.

    MOU signed for Port of Magical Belize.com Cruise Ship Docking Facility
    The Government of Belize signed a Memorandum of Understanding Thursday, September 7th, 2017, with Portico Enterprises Limited (the “Developer” doing business as Port of Magical Belize.com), to construct a world class Cruise Ship Docking Facility on a parcel of land located along the coastline just south of the Sibun River in the Belize District (the “Project”). The Port of Magical Belize.com Cruise Ship Docking Facility, being led by David Gegg and Gulab Sharma, proposes to construct a cruise docking facility to accommodate four Oasis class cruise vessels in Phase I, inclusive of a marina, 120,000 square feet of retail space, a water park and pool area, an arts and craft centre, an aquarium and an indigenous cultural centre. Phase II of the project will include two (2) additional berthing docks, a Five (5) Star 300 room hotel and a water theme park.

    New NEMO Deputy National Emergency Coordinator
    Mr. Colin Gillett has been named as the new Deputy National Emergency Coordinator for the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO). Mr. Gillett holds a Master’s Degree in Natural Resource Management from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados. His work experience includes Director of the Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute, Project Coordinator for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Belize, and Private Consultant in Project Management and Logistics.

    PUP prepare to strike again!
    Feeling that the near riotous event of last week was a success, the PUP have been holding meetings with chief agitators, Oscar Requena and Servulo Baeza, in the hopes of riding what they saw as a successful event. The problem with the meetings is that both men who are expected to lead the charge for the PUP are so dense that during most of the meetings all Johnny Briceno could do was hold his head in disbelief of what was being proposed to be the next course of action. For his part Briceno's brother and advisor to Johnny, too, buried his head in his lap and hoped that the meeting would come to an end very quickly. The two cavemen masquerading as the brain thrust of the PUP have very little to contribute to any real change to what is being offered by the PUP.

    Red Cross advises how to assist after Hurricane Irma
    :Irma, the strongest Atlantic hurricane in more than a decade has battered millions of people in the Caribbean. At least 34 people are believed to have been killed. The Category 5 hurricane has cut a swath of destruction through half a dozen Caribbean nations and overseas territories. Reports from Barbuda suggest that nearly every building has been damaged or destroyed, causing approximately 1,800 persons to be without shelter, while hundreds of thousands of people in Puerto Rico are without power according to authorities. Further reports of severe destruction have been received from the British Virgin Islands and Anguilla, as well as Saint Martin and St. Barts (Saint Barthélemy), St. Kitts and Nevis, and Cuba.

    Remembering St. George’s Caye Day
    With the festivities of the Tenth now over, the Belize Archives & Records Service BARS would like to share with us some factual information surrounding St. George’s Caye Day. Just as in every 10th celebration, it serves us well to remember the great sacrifices of our forefathers. Many Belizeans who have read about the engagement between the Settlers and the Spanish might recall that there were defensive Forts at the Belize Settlement. Apart from the most commonly known Fort Balccares and Fort Lindsay located on either sides of the Haulover, there were also forts at present day Belize City. There were Fort Barrow, Fort Wexford and Fort Dundas. Fort Barrow was located around the area of the old hospital on the Northside, while Fort Wexford and Fort Dundas were on the South. Fort Wexford was located on the property belonging to Thomas Paslow who financed the fitting out of the house, as well as, the cannons and swivels in the yard and on the wharf.

    Triplets at the KHMH
    On the morning of Tuesday September 5 a set of triplets were delivered at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. The two boys Marlon, Malrick and girl Miracle were brought to the world by way of C-Section and weighed an average of 5lbs. On Wednesday of this week the triplets were officially introduced having been born to 20 year Virginia Garnett who saw the C-section performed on her by Dr. Jose Guerra. The birth of one child presents its challenges and more so the birth of three. With those challenges in mind, that the KHMH solicited the help of the business community to aid with supplies necessary for the care of the babies.

    The University of Belize and WWF will develop the first ever watershed management plan for Belize
    The University of Belize through the Natural Resource Management Program from the Faculty of Science and Technology and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), will develop a Management Plan for the Belize River Watershed (BRW). The plan will be the first of its kind in Belize and serves as a model for much needed future watershed management. The project will take a multidisciplinary approach in collecting and consolidating data pertaining to the Belize River Watershed. Through scientific research, stakeholder consultations and community engagement, a sustainable management plan will be produced by identifying long-term monitoring programs and bolstering policies for the protection of Belize’s freshwater resources.

    Shooting after j’ouvert leaves 6 injured
    Despite the best efforts of the police to secure all the September Celebrations events, there was a mass shooting a few hours after the September 9 Carnival J’ouvert where 6 participants were injured. Police believe that the intended target was a man who was acquitted of murder only the day before. Participants in the early morning event say that the officers were out in big numbers, trying to protect the hundreds of revelers who came out on that Saturday. The event concluded peacefully, and at around 6 a.m., 1 gunman, riding on a bicycle, approached a group of people leaving the area where the j’ouvert ended. The shooter immediately opened fire into the crowd, which was passing the corner of Kelly and Wilson Streets, and several persons were injured. A 17 year-old male was injured to the left leg. A 15 year-old male was also injured to the left leg. Another 15 year-old male was injured to the right leg, and the one of his toes. A 15 year-old female suffered an injury to the abdomen, and the right wrist.

    Accident leaves one dead and one in trouble with the law
    Just after midday on September 12, 2017, police visited the junction of Cemetery and East Ring Roads where they observed Jose Cucul in a drain on the right side of the road with head and bodily injuries. Preliminary investigation reveals that Lathraine Penner of Camalote Village was traveling in a van when a cyclist made a left turn into her path which caused a collision between the cyclist and the vehicle. Cucul was rushed to the Western Regional Hospital where he later died. Penner has since been served with a notice of intended prosecution as police investigation continues.

    Words of Life with Pastor Barry Fraser
    We have authority over illness. In the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 10 verse 8, Jesus tells us, his followers, to “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.” One of the most misunderstood doctrines of Christianity is about where we draw the line between God’s part and our part in establishing things on earth. The Bible teaches us in the book of Genesis, that as soon as God completed the earth, He handed the keys over to us. So from that moment His part was to fill us with His wisdom and our part was to use it to do things on earth exactly as He had already planned it. But when man sinned and cut the cord we no longer had Him to show us what to do. So we began to do things our way, or the devil’s way, which made everything descend into the chaos we have on earth.

    Akeem Augustine, acquitted of murder, becomes victim of attempted murder
    After being on remand for 4 years 6 months, 22-year-old Akeem Augustine is a free man. Augustine was accused of the murder of Ardon Belgrave who was shot execution style on March 19, 2013. The acquittal took place on Friday, September 8, 2017 before Justice Adolph Lucas in the Belize City Supreme Court where the evidence presented by the DPP was not convincing enough. Also according to Judge Lucas, there were serious inconsistencies in the testimony of the crown’s main witness Christopher Gillett. Augustine, who was represented by attorney Stevannie Duncan, was found not guilty of murder. Less than 24 hours after his acquittal, on the morning of J’ouvert, Augustine was targeted by a gunman in the Cinderella Plaza area. He received a gunshot injury to the toe. Five others were injured in the same incident.

    Big burglary in Belmopan
    Brodam Santos, a 24-year-old man of Lomas Las Flores area, Belmopan, reported that between 9:00 p.m. on Saturday September 9, 2017 and 4:00 a.m., Sunday September 10, 2017 while he was out, someone broke into his house and stole an assortment of items that includes electronic items, tools, goods and cash among others, all to a total value of $16,066. Police investigations continue.

    Construction worker fined for weed
    A Belize City construction worker en route to San Pedro on September 9, 2017 was found in possession of cannabis while at the San Pedro Express Water Taxi terminal. He is 19-year-old Dornell Talbert of Belize City. Talbert, who was unrepresented before Magistrate Aretha Ford, was read two criminal charges, one count of possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply 61.1 grams of cannabis, a charge of drug trafficking for this amount, and a charge of possession of a controlled drug where he was found with 41 grams of cannabis. In court on September 12, 2017, he pleaded guilty to possession. He was fined $600 to be paid by November 12, 2017 in default of 6 months’ imprisonment.

    Darwin Martinez receives gunshot wounds
    On September 10, 2017 around 10:15 p.m., police visited the KHMH where they saw 26-year-old Darwin Martinez, a graphic designer of Mayflower Street, suffering from a gunshot wound to the left upper back and one to the left upper chest area. Investigation reveals that a few minutes earlier, Martinez seated at the front passenger seat of a car along with his uncle, driver of the vehicle, and while passing on Ebony Street, he heard several shots. He later realized that he had been shot.

    Deaf man remanded to prison over alleged gunplay
    A deaf man who was taken into police custody for an alleged gunplay is now on remanded at the Belize Central Prison. He is 41year-old Gaylon Foreman, a resident of Ladyville. He was charged with a single count of aggravated assault with a firearm upon Lion Bennett which is alleged to have occurred on May 5, 2017 in Ladyville. Foreman, represented by attorney Simeon Sampson, appeared before Magistrate Aretha Ford on Friday, September 8, 2017. Given his disability, a translator was provided. She signed the charge being read against him to which he pleaded not guilty. Due to the nature of the offense, he was denied bail and remanded to the Belize Central Prison until November 8, 2017.

    Estranged common-law-husband is fined for wounding
    Daniel Magdaleno, a 41-year-old resident of Ladyville, was taken to court on Thursday September 7, 2017 after he was accused of wounding his estranged common-law-wife during a misunderstanding. Magdaleno appeared unrepresented before Magistrate Aretha Ford where he pleaded guilty to the charge. Since it was his first offense for such a charge, Magistrate Ford imposed a non-custodial sentence where he was fined $600 to be paid by November 30, 2017 in default of 6 months’ imprisonment.

    Police officers accused of extortion
    Two police officers posted at the Queen Street Police Station are out on bail after they were arraigned before Magistrate Aretha Ford on September 8, 2017 for a single charge of extortion. The men have been identified as 37-year-old Sgt. Lenancio Bol and 30-year-old PC Daniel Requena. In court they were represented by attorney Simeon Sampson. The allegation against the men is that on September 5, 2017 in Belize City as police officers, they demanded $800 for themselves from Estefania Gomez.

    John Doe found floating in the Macal River
    Shortly after 2 p.m. on Tuesday, September 12, 2017, the lifeless body of an unidentified male was retrieved from the waters of the Macal River near the New Bridge. According to police, it appears to be a case of homicide as the body was seen with what appears to be stab wounds to the upper body as well as hand. The body is of a dark complexion and remains unknown as a missing person’s report has not been filed in San Ignacio as yet. The body of John Doe, which was dressed in only black trousers, was found in a state of decomposition. A post mortem examination certified that the person bled to death. Police have revealed that the person had a tatoo of a rosary on the chest as well as the name Diane encircled with thirteen stars on one of the shoulders.

    Kevin Bodden receives bail for charge of wounding
    Kevin Bodden, a 24-year-old former murder suspect of Belize City, is out on bail after he was arraigned in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court on September 13, 2107 on a single charge of wounding of a woman. Bodden, who was unrepresented, appeared before Magistrate Carlon Mendoza where he pleaded not guilty. The allegations against Bodden are that on September 9, 2017, he intentionally and unlawfully caused a wound to Sherilee Barrow of Belize City. Barrow told police that she was at a friend’s house where Bodden, who is her neighbor, approached her and punched her in her mouth causing it to bleed. She visited a doctor and her injury was classified as wounding.

    Police shoot chopping suspect
    On September 10, 2017 around 4:35 p.m., police responded to a chopping incident at Mile 25 on the Hummingbird Highway where 49-year-old Ricardo Oh reported that he was chopped by 32-year-old Florentino Coc who was several feet away under a shed. When he was approached by the police, Coc picked up a machete and advanced toward the police in a threatening manner. Despite being cautioned and despite two warning shots being fired, he did not relent. It was not until he was shot in the right leg that he stopped.

    Possession of firearm and ammunition lands man in jail
    A warehouse clerk employed with James Brodie’s Ltd. was busted over the holidays in possession of a firearm. The 32-year-old man, Darren Dawson, was arraigned before Magistrate Aretha Ford on a charge of kept firearm and kept ammunitions without a gun license on September 12, 2017. In court, Dawson pleaded not guilty to both charges but due to the nature of the offenses, bail could not be granted and he was remanded into custody at the Belize Central Prison until November 27, 2017.

    Man spends birthday in detention for weed possession
    On September 8, 2017, police of the Rural Quick Response Team stormed into the home of 28-year-old Jake Cadle, a resident of Crooked Tree Village, where they found 2 bags of cannabis under a Lasko Fan in his room. Cadle spent the beginning of his birthday in lock down and after being processed, he was brought to be arraigned in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court. Cadle who was unrepresented appeared before Magistrate Sharon Fraser in court where he was read a single charge of possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply to another person or persons for the purpose of drug trafficking. He was found with 132 grams of cannabis.

    Smuggling weed in a sub sandwich
    Jamie Williams, who was out on bail after he was accused of burglarizing the home of a secretary employed with the Government of Belize, was busted trying to smuggle weed inside a cell block to his friend Elden Flowers, currently on remand for murder. Williams was arraigned before Magistrate Carlon Mendoza on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 where he was represented by attorney Oscar Selgado. In court, Williams pleaded not guilty to a single charge of possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply. Since there was no objection to bail by the prosecutor in the case, he was offered bail in the sum of $700 plus one surety of the same, which he was able to meet. Williams is due back in court on November 30, 2017.

    Witness to shooting killed in Orange Walk
    Gustavo Hernandez, a 21 year-old Orange Walk resident, was killed in a shooting on St. George’s Caye Day. He was one of 2 men who witnessed the high-profile killing of Daniel Sosa, and so, it has been speculated that he was executed because his killer wanted to ensure that he wouldn’t testify in the case. A female companion, who witnessed his murder, came forward to the press to give a chilling account of the attempt made on his life. It happened at just after 5 a.m. on Sunday, September 10, on the San Antonio Road. He was walking a woman to her house, and according to police they were in the company of other persons. This female companion, who asked for her identity to be withheld for fear of her life, explained that they had a disagreement while walking on the road. She was insisting that it was not necessary for him to accompany her, but chose to do so anyway. She says that as they were about to cross the highway, he grabbed her to alert her that a gunman was chasing him.

    Bandits Sports blank Verdes FC in Premier League competition
    The Premier League of Belize 2017-2018 Opening Season Football Competition continued over the last weekend with four games on the schedule. On Friday 8th September, 2017, at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan, Police United FC edged out the Belize Defence Force FC by the score of 2-1. The host team Police United FC, was the first to get onto the scoreboard when Daniel Jimenez scored the 1st goal of the game in the 21st minute of play to give his team a 1-0 lead. The first half of the game ended 1-0 in favour of the Police United FC. The Police United FC took the lead well into the second half of the game until Victor Moralez was able to penetrate the defence and scored the equalising goal for the Belize Defence Force FC in the 68th minute of play to tie the score at 1-1.

    Dragons and Belize Bank Bulldogs in the finals of the Belize District Firms’ Basketball competition
    The Belize District Basketball Association Firms’ competition will commence its championship round on Friday 22nd September, with the first game in the best of three series at 8:00 pm at Swift Hall in Belize City between the top seed the Dragons and the number two seed the Belize Bank Bulldogs. The second game on the series is scheduled for Saturday 23rd September at 8:00 pm at Swift Hall in Belize City, and if a third game becomes necessary, that game will be played on Friday 29th September, 2017, also at Swift Hall.

    Hon. Edmond ‘Clear the Land’ Castro T- 20 Cricket Tournament
    The ‘Clear the Land’ T-20 Cricket Tournament will continue on September 16 and 17in Belize Rural. On Saturday at 9:00 am out in Sand Hill, it will be Kenroy Roca from Double Head Cabbage Excellence vs Randy Rhaburn from Flowers Bank Rural Mix and at 11:30 am Dirk Sutherland from Rancho Dolores Western Eagles vs Garrett Joseph from Lord’s Bank Sunrise. Later in the afternoon at 2:00 pm, it will be Maurice Leslie from Sand Hill Bright Stars will go up against Lawrence Bonner from Crooked Tree Brilliant. The tournament will then continue on Sunday in Lemonal Villagw with the following games at10:00 am Satish and Lionel Russell from Bermudian Landing Berlan vs Norman Revers from Isabella Bank Uprising then at 2:00 pm it will be Conway Young from Bermudian Landing Summer Fever going up against Ike Reynolds from Lemonal Easy Does It.

    Sandhill Blue Hawks lead in Leal’s Football competition
    The 2017 Leal’s Football Cup Tournament continued on Monday 11th September, with four games out in Sandhill. In the first game of the day, Corozalito defeated Sandhill New Site Warriors by the score of 6-0. The goals for Corozalito were scored by Clinton Gill (2), Tyriq Ciego (2), Denmark Gill and Tyrell Estrada. In game two, Ladyville FC won over HVYSC via the default route. All 3 goals were awarded to the team’s captain Keron James. In game three, Sandhill Blue Hawks and Lucky Strike played to a 1-1 draw.

    Titans and Mahogany Masqueraders prevail in carnival 2017
    The post-J’Ouvert carnival road march, despite its new route from Caesar Ridge Road to the Marion Jones Stadium, was just as packed as it has been in previous years. Spectators filled the streets along the route and many of them even joined in the bacchanal. There were a total of 13 carnival groups, 6 senior and 7 junior groups, that marched in the competition and show. At the end of the day, all the groups performed to the best of their ability and presented their themes to spectators as well as judges that were dotted along the carnival route. At the culmination of the road march, the 13 bands and an audience gathered at the Marion Jones Stadium where the winners were announced. Titans Mas Band placed first in the senior category and was followed by Mother Nature’s Creation and Soca Moca placing second and third, respectively.

    Youth Talks - When You Feel Left Behind...
    What’s wrong with me? This is nuts. I should be so much further ahead by now.” Do you ever feel like you are nowhere near as successful as you want to be; that you are just lagging in life? Based on your age, the ultimate vision you have for your life and the work you are putting in, sometimes you can’t help but feel left behind. Like, desperately behind. Looking around at friends and colleagues and even those who may have graduated the same year as you, pretty much confirms it. Just about everyone is leaving you in the dust. The proof? They’re establishing themselves in the same careers you’d hoped for, married, with their perfect child that they post non-stop. They are essentially living your dream life — just better, faster and first. Meanwhile we (you and I), out here making a tragic mess of adulting.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Petrocaribe program comes to an end
    Yesterday evening, Alba Petrocaribe Belize Energy Limited (APBEL) announced that the long standing agreement with the Venezuelan state oiled company Trafigura/Puma and Petroleos de Venezuela S.A. (PDVSA) under the Petrocaribe program has been suspended. The official release says that, “after consultation with the Government of Belize, Trafigura/Puma and PDVSA, APBEL has decided to suspend purchases of petroleum products from PDVSA under the PetroCaribe Agreement with immediate effect.”

    Benquenos irate over Guatemalan riders entering Belize to celebrate Guate’s Independence Day
    Some pictures have been circling on social media of Guatemalan bands parading through Benque Viejo Town with the Guatemalan flag for the Tenth of September Celebrations which took place this weekend. Belizeans have been expressing their disappointment in allowing the Guatemalan flag to be displayed during national celebration activities in Belize.

    Police find weed and ammo in Belize City
    This morning around 6:30, officers of the Special Assignment Team along with the K9 Unit conducted searches in the Mayflower area of Belize City where they found a black plastic bag.

    San Ignacio Police: Body found in Macal River is Dean Bennett
    This evening, BBN reported that the family of a San Ignacio man was applying at the Ministry of Health to exhume the body that was found floating in the Macal River 2 days ago because they believe that it is their relative whom police found in the river.

    Elderly man killed in house fire
    By BBN Staff:An early morning fire on the south side of Belize City has destroyed a two storey wooden home and claimed the life of an elderly man. At around 9 a.m., fire officials were called to 8467 Gordon Street, in the Lake Independence area where the house had been engulfed.

    PUP says GOB using social security funds to advance political agenda
    The Opposition, People’s United Party (PUP) issued a press release today stating that the recent revelation that over 80% of $458M of the Social Security Board’s (SSB) investment portfolio held in government interests is of serious concern to them and should also be of concern to all Belizeans.

    Body of man found in San Ignacio could be Dean Bennett
    The family of Dean Bennett, a San Ignacio man who went missing on Saturday, September 9, 2017 is applying at the Ministry of Health to exhume a body that was found by San Ignacio Police on Tuesday, September 12 to determine if the body is that of Dean Bennett.

    Proposed new fees for firearm licenses, GoB also considering increased penalties for firearm crimes
    The Ministry of Home Affairs and the Belize Police Department have issued a statement advising holders of Firearm, Gun Dealers, Sport Hunters and the general public of the proposed increase and application of new fees and the requirement for firearm certification.

    Aldo Salazar doesn’t want to quarrel with PM Barrow
    The Senate Select Committee met again this week but from all indications the hearings will be suspended before the year is finished. Last week, Prime Minister Dean Barrow indicated that the Government of Belize would not be able to provide funding for the hearings past November due to budgetary deficits.

    Hip hip Hooray?
    By Lisa Shoman: Brig. Gen. David Jones: “The device is well constructed. It had a capacitor; it had a sensor and a cell phone which denotes that it would have been set off remotely. So this device definitely is above the level of what we’ve seen before in Belize. It is something that can be placed at a house or in a vehicle and you can actually set it off by just dialing a number on the cell phone.”

    Ya’axché Conservation Trust offers financial management training to women’s groups
    The Ya’axché Conservation Trust’s work in southern Belize has focused on empowering communities since 1998. As part of the organization’s ongoing work of building capacity for local community-based organizations, Ya’axché has offered trainings in topics such as leadership, teamwork, finances, and cooking to several local women’s groups over the years.

    NEMO announces new deputy national emergency coordinator
    Yesterday, the Government’s Press Office announced that Colin Gillett has been named as the new Deputy National Emergency Coordinator for the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO).

    GOB, BEL, and PUC make commitment to energy future
    Yesterday, September 13th, Frank Mena, the Minister of State in the Ministry of Public Service, Energy, and Public Utilities; Jeffrey Locke, Chief Executive Officer of Belize Electricity Limited (BEL); and John Avery, Chair of the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) expressed their commitment to providing reliable and sustainable energy through participation in the Belize Consolidated Project Plan (CPP).

    Blogs

    Venti Non-Fat Latte with 2% Foam? Flight Cafe Opens in San Pedro
    So I had to go to San Pedro’s new spot – The Flight Cafe – for the “soft opening” this past Tuesday. ESPECIALLY since it is owned and operated by the lovely folks who opened the new French bakery just this spring this year. The baguettes, sandwiches and croissants are changing the way people eat on Ambergris Caye. Located just across the street from the Tropic Air terminal in the San Cas building. JUST behind Delices De France – known to me as THE French Bakery. A huge coffee list with some items I’ve never heard of – they must not be in the Starbucks dictionary! I had to immediately look them up so I don’t seem like a TOTAL rube.

    Love Shopping and Travel? Popular Belize Business for Sale Includes Both
    Most people would think owning a souvenir shop that also catered to large wedding parties would be a seasonal desk heavy job. For owner Lara Goldman it was an opportunity to travel the country as she continuously built her inventory. She sought out over two dozen great Belizean artists and vendors in each district and got to know their story. As a result, shelves of both 12 Belize locations are filled with colorful creative and stylish items. The business is doing well and the accounting shows, steady continuous annual growth. Lara’s main reason for selling is that she owns and operates two other successful businesses – Romantic Travel Belize and Lemon Crush. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to be a little less busy, especially when you live on a tropical island.

    International Sourcesizz

    On tiny Barbuda, a 300-year-old civilization has been ‘extinguished’
    Barbuda is barely 60 square miles. Hurricane Irma, the Category 5 tropical cyclone that swallowed it Sept. 6, was nearly 400 miles across. All 1,800 residents now are homeless, having been evacuated to the sister island of Antigua. “The damage is complete,” Ronald Sanders, Antigua and Barbuda’s ambassador to the United States, told PRI’s the Takeaway. “For the first time in 300 years,” he said, “there’s not a single living person on the island of Barbuda — a civilization that has existed on that island for over 300 years has now been extinguished.”

    Here's What Happens To All Of The Flooded Cars After Hurricane Harvey
    There are estimates that as many as half a million cars were damaged from the flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey along the Texas Gulf Coast, and many people are wondering what happens to those cars now. While some believe that they will be dragged off directly to junkyards or maybe even crushed, the process of recovering these vehicles is a lot more complex. Cleanup efforts have already started and insurance adjusters, truck drivers, and auction representatives are already on the ground and working on processing these cars. Let’s jump into the process and see how all of these cars will be moved from the street to their final destinations.

    Eyes on the water in Belize
    "A sudden splash breaks the warm silence of the lagoon. As soon as the net touches the surface, Emelly Miralda starts pulling it in at a fast but steady pace. A glittering mass of sardines emerges from the water, some of them tangled in the mesh, others flopping violently. "She loosens the net and a downpour of silver fish falls inside the small boat. A barracuda the size of her leg already lies lifeless on the floor. "Her husband thrusts a long stick into the lagoon to keep the boat still. Three of their four children, chins and cheeks cupped in their hands, watch closely as their mother frees the few remaining fish from the net. A 10-month-old baby sleeps in a cradle. “Only a female can do this,” she brags with a grin. "Miralda hopes to teach her kids how to fish one day—it’s a skill and a way of life she fears will become more difficult as illegal fishing, climate change, and unchecked tourism continue to hurt fish and coral populations. As she talks, Miralda sets aside a few sardines to use later as bait." Read the full story from " Eyes on the Water in Belize" in the World Wildlife Magazine, Summer 2016 issue.

    Videos

  • Unbelizeable Caye Caulker, 4min. A group of friends celebrates a birthday milestone in Caye Caulker, Belize. Fusion of video footage captured via smartphones, GoPro cameras, drones, and a DSLR camera with underwater housing.

  • Dangriga - Belize, 1.5min. Dangriga é a capital do distrito de Stann Creek, Belize. No último censo realizado em 2000, sua população era de 8.814 habitantes. Em meados de 2005, a população estimada da cidade era de 10.800 habitantes.

  • Scotia Bank & Caribbean Motors, 18min.

  • George Town Technical High School, 19min.

  • Belize International Film Festival Media launched, 24min.

  • Cuban Embassy discuss recovering from Hurricane Irma, 18min.

  • Belize Day 2 reef Dive 6, 6min.

  • belize diver day 3 playground 2 dive 7, 6min.

  • Belize Chinaman wall 2 Day2, 1.5min.

  • Belize: An underwater world of mystery and danger, 2min. Belize has some of the most spectacular and thrilling scuba diving in the world. Its reef is home to sharks, sea turtles, stingrays, eels, octopus and an endless assortment of beautiful fish. those daring enough to venture beneath the waves will get to truly experience the wonder and mystery 60 to 80 feet down.

  • Belize Barrier Reef Snorkelling- The Wheelers on the Bus, 6.5min. Taking the kids snorkelling in the second biggest barrier reef in the world. We saw sharks, rays, manatees and millions of beautiful fish. Belize is amazing.

  • Belize Independence 2017, 2min.

  • Belize Water Park - San Pedro Ambergris Caye, 2min. El Diablo Bar & Water Park located at the end of the dock at Caribbean Villas Hotel is the coolest place to hang out with the kids.

    September 14, 2017


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    The San Pedro Sun

    2017 Carnival Road March attracts thousands in Belize City
    The 2017 Carnival Road March was held in Belize City on Saturday, September 9th, and saw thousands of Belizeans lined up along the designated Carnival route. It is one of the many anticipated events during the September Celebrations, and features Belize’s vibrant culture and heartfelt patriotism. This year the colorful road march ended at the Marion Jones Sports Complex where several participating bands were awarded for their outstanding performance. Despite the grueling temperature and humid atmosphere, spectators from all around the city and country convened along the parade route. The different participating groups in this year’s event put on another memorable show, complete with elaborate costumes. It was a live jamboree on the streets of the city, with blaring speakers playing Soca beats, while both junior and senior bands, and steel pan bands mounted on large double deck trucks did their best to charm the judges along the route.

    Ambergris Today

    Hol Chan Office Pays Tribute To Belize Barrier Reef
    Madi was so excited to see a new mural in town depicting Belize’s Barrier Reef. Hol Chan Marine Reserve Office commissioned the talented work of local artist Eruterio Carillo of Chuy Arts to bring the colorful underwater world to life on the building’s walls. It took four and a half days to complete with the staff constantly giving the poor artist additional things to add in, even an additional wall to paint, but the results are amazing, says Hol Chan. Well the final product is wonderful and Reef Warrior Madi approves with with a huge smile and a big thumbs up! The Hol Chan staff hopes that the San Pedro community will enjoy the mural, take selfies and maybe feel a little more connected to the reef each day as they pass by.

    Belize Red Cross Opens Hurricane Irma Disaster Fund Accounts

    Belizean In US Coast Guard Providing Assistance During Hurricane Irma
    Meet Kareem Orio, he is a Marine Science Technician (MST) in the United States Coast Guard, currently stationed in Puerto Rico. He grew up in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye attending both San Pedro Roman Catholic School and San Pedro High School. He is son of Alva Rubio a primary school teacher at San Pedro R.C. School. He recently shared these images on his Facebook profile page where he participated in fly overs on board a US Coast Guard helicopter in Puerto Rico before, during and after the threat of Hurricane Irma that just recently ravaged the lesser and greater Antilles in the Caribbean. Kareem told us that his job as a MST is ensuring safety and security of US ports by conducting Vessel Inspections, Container Inspections, Facility Inspection, Waterways Management and Environmental Protection by responding to Oil discharge and Hazmat release.

    Government Responds After Airlines Complain About Caye Caulker Airport
    Irma, the strongest Atlantic hurricane in more than a decade has battered millions of people in the Caribbean more. At least 34 people are believed to have been killed. The Category 5 hurricane has cut a swath of destruction through half a dozen Caribbean nations and overseas territories. Reports from Barbuda suggest that nearly every building has been damaged or destroyed, causing approximately 1,800 persons to be without shelter, while hundreds of thousands of people in Puerto Rico are without power according to authorities. Further reports of severe destruction have been received from the British Virgin Islands and Anguilla, as well as Saint Martin and St Barts (Saint Barthélemy), and St Kitts and Nevi, and Cuba. BAA to Secure Funding for Reconstruction of Caye Caulker Municipal Airport - In a press release issued by the Belize Airports Authority, the government of Belize responds to the joint release from both Tropic Air or Maya Island Air over safety concerns at the Caye Caulker Municipal Airport. After announcing that both airlines will suspend flights to La Isla Cariñosa effective October 1, the Belize Ports Authority released information announcing the final stages of securing the necessary funding from the Social Security Board (SSB) to begin the reconstruction of the runway. BAA states that in 2016, consultants were engaged to conduct feasibility studies for the repairs of the municipal airport in Caye Caulker. Based on the results of the study, the BAA subsequently took the decision to reconstruct the facility in line with the long-term vision of the Authority. Hence, a comprehensive design was commissioned.

    Misc Belizean Sources

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    Belize Youth Challenge
    Are you or someone you know up for the challenge? Contact the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation & Poverty Alleviation for more info today! Are you up to the challenge? We're looking for Belizean males 15-17 years who want to: Make a positive change in their life, Develop themselves physically and mentally.

    Come check the Belize ID at Corozal NICH

    Two power interruptions, portion Toledo on Thursday, September 14 from 6:00am to 7:00am and from 3:00pm to 3:30pm
    Affected areas: entire Punta Gorda, Cattle Landing, Hopeville, Silver Creek, Big Falls, San Pedro Colombia, San Marcus, Blue Creek, Aguacate, Mafredi, Crique Hute, Jordan, San Antonio, Jacintoville, Laguna, Machaca, San Felipe, Santa Ana, Midway, Barranco, Eldridgeville, Forest Home, San Miguel and surrounding communities. BEL to conduct maintenance and testing of equipment at Punta Gorda Substation.

    Parades on Friday in San Pedro Town
    Friday the 15th September, there will be two parades happening, at 9:00am, the Roman Catholic School will be hold a parade from the RC school aound the town. Please be prepared for some delays and take extra care because of the children. At the same time the Adventist school will parade in the Escalante area. Please follow instructions given by the wardens and keep our children safe. San Pedro Traffic Department

    4th Annual Soca & Jazz Festival
    What do you do when the undisputed KING of Soca, Machel Montano chooses Koko King for a day of relaxation before the upcoming 4th Annual Soca & Jazz Festival?? We welcome him and show him how we do it here on Caye Caulker! September 16th - Machel Montano will be at Koko King for the afternoon. Entertainment by the 2017 Carnival Queen - Khadeja Tunn alongside our very own DJ Julian playing the hottest in Soca. Happy hour all day | 7 beer-buckets specials! Don't miss the opportunity to meet the King of Soca!! Machel will NOT be performing in Caye Caulker but do not miss his live performance on September 20th at the Hour Bar Field in Belize City.

    Vacancy for: Project Coordinator - Public Health, Based: San Pedro, Belize
    At Projects Abroad, we’re passionate about travelling with a purpose. We love travel, and we love making a positive difference in communities around the world. We have projects running in dozens of countries, where we send volunteers to help with anything from medicine and healthcare to education and conservation. We don’t just dream about making a difference in the world. We do it every day. Our fundamental mission is to provide support to critical areas and promote a cultural exchange that will benefit both our volunteers and the communities in which they work.

    2017 Annual Culture Day!
    It is here again!!! Bigger and Better. On behalf of myself and the mayan community of Independence Village, we are hereby expressing our invitation to the public for the annual culture day on 16th September, at the Triangular Park. Please visit the Mayan booth for your delicious local dishes, such as Caldo, boyos, indio tamal, caldo pork with potch, sweet corn tortillas and the famous Cacoa drink to quench your tirst. We will also have live marimba music performance, so make it a fun day. Lets come together to celebrate our rich culture.

    Karaoke NIGHT 2017 - September Celebrations Event
    Saturday, September 16 at 6 PM, Central Park Caye Caulker.

    Government of Belize, BEL, and the Public Utilities Commission Make Commitment to Energy Future
    Today, September 13th, the Hon. Frank Mena, Minister of State in the Ministry of Public Service, Energy, and Public Utilities; Jeffrey Locke, Chief Executive Officer of Belize Electricity Limited (BEL); and John Avery, Chair of the Public Utilities Commission expressed their commitment to providing reliable and sustainable energy through participation in the Belize Consolidated Project Plan (CPP). The Belize CPP is a roadmap that will outline how to meet the electricity needs of Belize and its consumers over time. Providing access to reliable and affordable electricity is a priority for all parties. The CPP will ensure that sustainable options for electricity are pursued in the optimal approach for Belize while harmonizing the efforts of these three leading organizations.

    New NEMO Deputy National Emergency Coordinator
    Mr. Colin Gillett has been named as the new Deputy National Emergency Coordinator for the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO). Mr. Gillett holds a Master’s Degree in Natural Resource Management from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados. His work experience includes Director of the Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute, Project Coordinator for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Belize, and Private Consultant in Project Management and Logistics. In his new position, Gillett serves as Deputy to NEMO’s National Emergency Coordinator (NEC), Colonel (Ret.) Shelton DeFour, who stated, “We have an extensive public education and preparedness programme, and the new Deputy National Emergency Coordinator will assist with the management and administration of the staff and headquarters’ functions in order to enable the Head of Department to implement NEMO’s disaster and emergency strategies and programmes.”

    St Martins School Threat?
    The Belize Police Department has observed indications of a possible threat being circulated on social media concerning a St Martins School for today (Thursday). The Department wishes to advise that stringent security measures will be in place today and thereafter at St Martins School to ensure the safety of all students and teachers.

    HOGAN
    Watch HOGAN this Friday, September 15th at the Bliss Centre right after the Belize International Film Festival announces the OFFICIAL SELECTION for its 12th Edition of BelizeIFF in November. The fun begins at 8 pm at the Bliss. Boxing fans, don't miss Hogan as he goes up against the Guatemalan!!

    Reverend Al Sharpton Rocks the Belize Flag for September

    Triplets born at Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital
    This morning, the Office of the Special Envoy for Women and Children visited the Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (PICU/NICU) at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital to make a donation to Belize's most recent mother of triplets. The new mother was all smiles and even shed a few tears of joy as she expressed her gratitude to the various organizations who donated items ranging from strollers and playpens to bath products, toys, clothes and food items. If you would like to make a donation to the first time mother, you can call Mr. Tylon Tillet at telephone number 6150223. All donations accepted!

    Independence day Carnival Parade Route

    2008 - Aug 2017 Airport Tourist Arrivals to Belize

    New Mural in Corozal
    A beautiful collaboration with two CSAM artists, Elvis Eddie Aldana and Vianay Bautista! The mural is located at Her Majesty's Prison historical landmark on 2nd Street South.

    SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES FOR ITVET/CET STUDENTS - INTERNATIONAL OZONE DAY
    Over a dozen students will be receiving scholarships to study Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (RAC). The National Ozone Unit, within the Department of the Environment (DOE), will be hosting an award ceremony on September 13th, 2017 at the Institute for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ITVET) Conference Room (Belize City) at 10:00 a.m. Each scholarship is set to cover the cost of tuition for each recipient for the completion of the second year of their RAC programme, and upon graduating, each recipient will receive a basic toolkit for start in the field. The more than dozen scholarship recipients were chosen from 3 designated institutes across the country based on their active partnership with the Association of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technicians (ARACT) – ITVET Belize City, ITVET Orange Walk and Cayo Center for Employment Training (CET). The scholarships were distributed among the 3 institutes and recipients were selected based on an application process via these institutes.

    September Celebrations Full Moon Concert
    The SISE HoC is having a Full Moon concert to celebrate the September Celebrations this Friday, September 15th, at the Cayo Welcome Center. The Paranda Blues Band will be performing. "Greetings from the San Ignacio & Santa Elena House of Culture (NICH). You are cordially invited to join us for a full Moon/September Celebrations concert at the Cayo Welcome Center, this Friday September 15th at 7 pm."

    Movie night Thursday, September 14 at the Governor General Field
    Good afternoon Belmopan! Mark your calendars for movie night Thursday, September 14 at the Governor General Field. Movie starts at dark. Come and enjoy free popcorn and the movie Friday Night Lights.

    Friday, September 15th, Belize International Film Festival Media Launch and Screening
    The first 25 People to 1. Like our page and 2. Share this post starting at 10:00 AM, will receive a complimentary ticket to the Belize International Film Festival Media Launch and Screening of the thrilling and motivating Movie "Hogan"!

    Channel 7

    Cops Need Help To I-D Body Found In Macal
    Cayo police need your help to identify the body of a murder victim. The body was found floating in the Macal river near the New Santa Elena/San Ignacio bridge yesterday afternoon. The post mortem shows that the dark skinned man was stabbed to death and left for dead underneath the new Cayo bridge. Police today called on anyone with information to assist: ASP Daniel Iche, Deputy Officer, San Ignacio: "San Ignacio police visited the bank of the Macal River about 500 yards down from the new bridge where the body of a male person was seen floating face down in the middle of the river. The body was retrieved and it was in a state of decomposition. It was dressed only in a long black pants without shirt. He was seen with a cut wound to upper left side of his back, a cut wound to the forehead and a stab wound to the right upper chest and a stab wound to the right hand. The person is yet unidentified."

    Father of 10 Knocked Down and Killed
    A 45 year old father of 10 is dead after he was knocked down and killed. It happened yesterday at noon. Jose Cucul was on his way to his Maya Mopan home on his bicycle when an oncoming van rammed into him. His skull was cracked from the impact - and he died shortly after at the western Regional Hospital. Courtney Weatherburne has more on this tragedy. After only 2 months, Jose Cucul's farm is flourishing. His corn, beans and cassava are all thriving. But Cucul won't be able to enjoy the produce of his labor. He was knocked down and killed yesterday afternoon at the intersection of the Ring Road and Cemetery Road.

    Police Looking For Guatemalan In Murder of Salvadoran
    Cayo police are also trying to make head way in the Buena Vista barroom brawl murder. Salvadoran national 22 year-old Jose Ulysess Sibrian was stabbed to the chest over a drink on the 10th September. Police say they are looking for a Guatemalan national. ASP Daniel Iche, Deputy Officer, San Ignacio: "It is based out of a misunderstanding that started from a bar within the village where the deceased had bought a drink from the bar and the other guy came in, took away his drink and drank it. There is where the misunderstanding developed and it continued on the street." "No one has been charged as yet. We are looking out for one Hispanic male person in that investigation."

    Sr. Supt Vidal and ACP Chester At Daggers Drawn
    Last night on the news, you saw the City's Southside Commander Senior Superintendent Marco Vidal make some extraordinary claims about his predecessor, Assistant Commissioner Chester Williams. When asked about the period of peace between rival Southside gangs that Williams had created between April and July - Vidal said it wasn't peace at all, and went on to explain it as a kind of accommodation with certain gangs that a senior officer, ACP Williams was involved in. That's an allegation of criminal complicity, and here's how he put it yesterday:... Sr. Sup. Marco Vidal: "In terms of any peace having been, between whatever period you want to put it, as a journalist, if you would go in and speak to the very people who speak about peace, you would know that there was no peace and there was a number of underlined issues that prevailed during that same time. My policy is that I don't give any persons any break, in terms of breaking the law. If the criminals are not happy with that then we will enforce the law. And that's it." "There were some persons allowed to do some things and others not allowed to do the same thing."

    Belize Red Cross: If You Want To Help Irma Victims, Donate Money
    For the past few nights we've been showing you the massive devastation that Hurricane Irma caused in the northern Caribbean and Cuba - killing at least 44 people and leaving thousands homeless. If you're wondering how you can help, the Belize Red Cross says don't send canned food and blankets, give money. In a release issued today the Belize Red Cross says, quote, "at this time, the Belize Red Cross is not able to assist with the collection and distribution of in-kind donations. In the meantime, donations can be made to the disaster fund accounts at the following banks in Belize. Funds collected will be transmitted to the IFRC to assist with the disaster relief efforts in the affected areas." Those accounts are in the Belize Bank, Atlantic Bank, Scotiabank and Heritage Bank. And, indeed, the need is great. On the small island of Barbuda alone, 90% of the housing stock has been destroyed, leaving 1,800 persons without shelter. In Cuba 10 died and hundreds of thousands of people there and in Puerto Rico are without power - and could be so for weeks. The British Virgin Islands and Anguilla, as well as duty and French Saint Martin and St Barts as well as St Kitts and Nevis suffered substantial damage.

    Cuba and The Ethic of Disaster Preparedness
    And while those Caribbean countries face formidable rebuilding efforts: they have help, St. Martin is a French Colony, Anguilla is a British overseas territory, and other countries like Turks and Caicos will get a 13 million dollars payout from the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility, and other CARICOM countries will get special support form the Caribbean Development Bank. And Cuba was definitely the hardest hit as Irma sat on the islands coastline for 48 hours with Category 4 and 5 winds. It smashed dozens of hotels, and left millions without power, while destroying thousands of acres of sugar cane. Indeed, paying for the reconstruction will be a challenge: But Cuba stands alone: the US Embargo - which President Trump renewed hours before Irma made landfall, prevents Cuba from joining the IMF and the World Bank, as well as other regional lending institutions that grant infrastructure loans.

    Dos Pistolas en Pedro
    Police have taken some more firepower off the streets in San Pedro. Today at around midday a joint Gang Suppression Unit, Special Patrol Unit, and San Pedro Police operation was conducted in the San Mateo area - which is the island's large slum. This led to the discovery of a .45 pistol and a .380 pistols along with magazines and nine .380 rounds. No one was present at the time of the find so the items were deposited as found property.

    Immigration Hearings Continue
    The Senate Hearings on Immigration resumed last week Wednesday after a month's break with the testimony from the current Immigration Director, Diana Locke. The Senate Select Committee wanted to hear from her what changes have been implemented at the department to ensure that there can be no more systematic abuses - the kind which pertained during the Audit Period of 2011 to 2013. Well, they called her back today for a second session, and they questioned for an additional 3 hours about what Immigration looks like today. It was mostly housekeeping, but some of it was very important. That's because the hope is that the changes will prevent visa foils from being stolen like they were in December 2012. There is a new scanning protocol to create a searchable archive of all new passport applications that come to the department. This will make it harder for files to mysteriously disappear, like the infamous Won Hong Kim application.

    Director: What To Do With Fraud Cases?
    But, the Immigration Department is uncertain about what to do with the cases where persons are seeking renewal of immigration documents, but their files are missing, or the source documents look suspicious. The new director is hoping to clean things but, she says that there are a number of files sitting on her desk and she has no idea what to do them. She told the Senate Committee today that she wants to see what they have to say on how to proceed with these types of applications: Hon. Mark Lizarraga - Business Senator: "In the cases where you have found documents to be false in your time since you've been there, have you taken away status? What have you done?" Diana Locke - Director of Immigration: "I cannot take away status from anyone, especially if you hold a passport with nationality. That - as I said, a decision has to be taken at another level as to what happens from there. We have basically - "

    Cabinet Decree: In Case of Uncertainty About Authenticity
    If Locke was to follow her directives from the Cabinet, however, applications like those would have already been processed. Immigration Minister Godwin Hulse sent a letter to Acting Director Maria Marin in 2014, informing her of a Cabinet policy. It basically says that if the Immigration officers can't find the file of source documents for persons who have immigration documents for 5 years or more, the department must not delay the processing or renewals for these applicants for more than 2 weeks. The Senate asked the director about that today, and here's what she had to say: Hon. Mark Lizarraga: "So, going back to a ledger that may have been falsified, and just looking for a name, and a number, how would that help to verify?" Diana Locke - Director of Immigration: "A name a number and a file." Hon. Mark Lizarraga: "A name a number and a file."

    A Citizen's Identity Database
    And, Immigration Director Locke is hoping that the government will soon launch a new type of identification system which should hopefully insulate against fraud and forgery. She mentioned it again today in her testimony saying that this National ID System will allow for departments such as Vital Statistics, Social Security, Immigration, and Elections and Boundaries to verify the identities of citizens from one universal database: Diana Locke - Director of Immigration: "I do recognize that the Government is trying to - as I indicated the last time - look at a national identification system. And I think that from what has been presented to us, as the initial stages. I think it's a good idea. I think it would remove a lot of the issues that we independently face right now, because we're all going to be verifying against one source of data. And so, I think that is something that I would hope can actually be implement, because I think that this would help us to take this process much further along, and able to generate documents that can be considered secure."

    Interconnection of Agencies Is the Future
    That National Identification System is still in its early phases, and so, these departments are looking at a more immediate fix. Representatives in charge of Vital Stats, Social Security, Immigration and Elections and Boundaries have met to discuss interconnectivity of all of their databases. That would allow for the triple checking of the identities of persons applying for documents from each these separate entities. The Director told the Senate Committee that she hopes that this interconnection will take place very soon: Diana Locke - Director of Immigration: "Since my arrival at the department I have had the opportunity to sit in a meeting with the registrar general, representatives from Social Security and from Election and Boundaries where we have discuss the challenges that we all faced - where documents originate from, what are the things that we are seeing. At the department we have the passport section maintains a file of all the documents that we come across that we have concerns about. We have a connection with the Vital Stats where, not an electronic connection, but we have the option to pick up the phone and verify things we them if we have doubts with anything."

    Is Vital Stats The Weakest Link?
    In the quest to pass themselves off as Belizeans, persons seeking to get immigration documents often start with the forgery of birth certificates. Here on this newscast, we've shown you many cases where fraudsters manage to get a fraudulent birth certificate, with the stolen ID of dead Belizeans. After that, all doors open up, and they get passports, nationalities, Social Security Cards, voter's ID cards, driver's licensesthe whole nine yards. And that's why today, the Senate decided that they will call officials from the Vital Statistics Unit to explain how their system works, and how it can negatively affect the Security of Immigration. Here's the conversation on that topic with Director Locke: Hon. Eamon Courtenay - PUP Senator: "The integrity of your system to a large extent is dependent on the integrity of Vital Stats?" Diana Locke - Director of Immigration: "That is correct."

    Belizean Caught With A Cool Million in Salvador
    A Belizean caught with half a million US dollars in cash in El Salvador has ties to the Benque Viejo Free Zone, sources tell us. Belizean Oscar Lesby Itza and Panamanian Adam Enrique Gutiérrez Morales were caught at the Oscar Romero Airport in San Salvador on Friday. Police saw them acting suspiciously, checked their bags and found $499,460 dollars in bulging packs of $20.00 and $ 50.00 dollars bills. Salvador's Financial Investigation Unit charged them for money laundering.

    A Triplet's Tale
    Miracle, Marlon, and Mallory are the names of triplets that were born last week Tuesday at the KHMH. It was a roller coaster pregnancy, but the new mom was beyond proud to show everyone her newest additions. The media was invited to see the babies: Sahar Vasquez reporting: This morning tears of joy rolled down the face of Virginia Garnett. After a difficult pregnancy, Garnett gave birth not just to one child, but three last week Tuesday at the KHMH in Belize City. Virginia Garnett: "I feel happy right now. I feel happy. I feel emotional. My tears bringing down are tears of joy and I just want to thank everybody and God. My three babies and I will try m best to do anything for them."

    Sweet Pain Band Stand Up For Stand Creek Queen
    The popular Punta Rock party band "Sweet Pain" has a viral hit on their hands with their new song, named "Goh Frahn Ya". It talks about the now legendary mix-up over the two Queens of the Bay on Tenth Day - one of whom just happens to come from Sweet Pain's hometown of Dangriga. The catchy tune has the currency of Calypso music - which - decades ago - used to lampoon the news of the day - mixed with the relentless rhythm of Punta. And, it all comes at the expense of Chairperson, or maybe that's former chairperson, of the Queen of the Bay Committee Zenaida Moya. Vida - one of the leader singers for Sweet Pain told us that he came up with the song as he watched the debacle of the double crowning on TV on the Tenth morning. By the time the tenth parade came to his hometown of Dangriga in the afternoon, he debuted the song. He told us more via phone today - but first, here's a few seconds of the song, if you haven't heard it yet.

    Scholarships To Save The Environment
    This morning the Department of Environment awarded eighteen lucky students with scholarships to further their studies in air conditioning and refrigeration. The students will be advancing their knowledge in this technical field as well as being educated on how to make these AC and refrigeration units friendly to our environment. We spoke to Environment minister Omar Figueroa and two of the scholars about this opportunity and what this small gesture means for the environment. Hon. Omar Figueroa, Minister of State Agriculture. Fisheries, Forestry, Environment, & Sustainable tourism: "The government of Belize has provided 18 scholarships to deserving Belizeans. We are doing it through the department of environment because of course it focuses on refrigeration and air conditioning and it is extremely important for this field to be managed properly for the students to understand the technical aspect of refrigeration and for them to have proper tools so that we minimize leakage of harmful chemicals into the atmosphere so this scholarship I think will come a long way to allowing us to better meet our commitments to the Montreal Protocol by containing and minimizing the leakage of these chemicals to the atmosphere."

    The Jaguar's Tale: Lessons Learned
    In July, we told you about the livestock-eating wild jaguar caught on a farm in the Northern Lagoon area of the Belize District. The Belize Zoo and the Forest Department were called in, and extracted the Jaguar. But it died shortly after it arrived at the zoo. Today we asked Minister Figueroa - who is a jaguar expert about the ordeal. Hon. Omar Figueroa, Minister of State Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, Environment, & Sustainable tourism: "There is a lot of lessons that we need to learn when we have these types of incidents. No one should attempt to capture a jaguar if you don't have the expertise. If there is a threat of a jaguar to a farm you need to call the forest department you need to call the people that have the expertise to deal with it."

    What Community Wants From Cops
    This afternoon the police conducted another meet and greet in the Precinct 1 and Precinct 4 areas. While they were touring the precinct 1 areas we got some insight on the meet and greet from Deputy Division Commander for the south of Belize City, police Superintendent Daniel Arzu along with a resident. Supt., Daniel Arzu - Deputy Division Commander: "We are focusing on the entire area behind the Raccoon Street Police Station and so far, as what we would normally expect, the residents are quite cooperative with us and we are grateful for how they receive us because there is this need to dialogue and to foster the relationship between the police and the community and that is practically what we are doing this afternoon. What we are doing here is to sensitize the residents to find out from them how best they can give us some suggestions as to how we carry out our functions and that's something that we are quite receptive of because the reality is we want to bridge the gap and we also want to reduce crime at all costs and part of our tool is the community in these crime fighting measures."

    BTV, Around The Island
    The Belize Territorial Volunteers are going back to the Sarstoon this Saturday September 16th. But, this time they say they are not trying to bait the Guatemalan Navy; they're doing an Eco-challenge. It's a Kayak and canoe race - and co-organizer Mario Lara told us more:.. Mario Lara, BTV: "It's a kayak, canoe race around Sarstoon. We're starting at Barranco Village, we're going to go around Sarstoon island- which belongs to Belize- and then we're going to go back to Barranco Village." Jules Vasquez- Reporter: "Critics would say that it is a provocation disguised as a fun day." Mario Lara, BTV: "Sarstoon is squarely in Belizean territory so we're not thumbing the nose at the Guatemalans. Yes, we are standing up for Belize's territorial integrity but not in a disrespectful manner. We're doing it in a very safety conscious, solidarity, kind of patriotic manner."

    Farewell To The Flash, The Flesh, The Glitter and the Grind of Carnival 2017
    Last night we left you with footage of the Tenth Parade, tonight it's the carnival, as we say farewell to the flash, the flesh, the glitter, and the grind that is the carnival road march. Join us as we take one last look, goodnight.

    Channel 5

    “John Doe” Surfaces Near New Bridge over Macal River
    There is a second murder in less than forty-eight hours to report in the west. On September tenth, Jose Sibrian was stabbed to death following a confrontation at a bar.  [...]

    Body Shows Tattoos of Rosary, Names “Dian” and “Emmanuel”
    But the identity of the victim remains a mystery and police is turning to the public for assistance as well as their counterparts in Guatemala to determine who is John [...]

    Hispanic Man Sought in Buena Vista Murder
    The first murder victim in the west for this month lost his life on the tenth. Police are yet to crack that case in the murder of Jose Sibrian, a [...]

    Chester Williams versus Marco Vidal: Will Senior Cops Land in Court?
    Is there a bitter sibling rivalry brewing within the ranks of the Belize Police Department that may very well end up in the Supreme Court?  Since succeeding Assistant Commissioner of [...]

    Southside Boss Clams Up over Lawsuit Threat
    We caught up with Senior Superintendent Vidal this evening during a Meet and Greet event on Curassow Street in Belize City and asked for a response to Williams’ Facebook post [...]

    Father of 9 Killed Along Belmopan Ring Road in Traffic Mishap
    A father of nine perished in a traffic accident at the intersection of Cemetery Road and East Ring Road in the nation’s capital.  The accident happened on Tuesday afternoon and [...]

    Maya, Tropic Adamant over Caye Caulker Flight Suspension; Repairs Will Take Months
    Both local airlines, Maya and Tropic Air, have announced the suspension of flights to Caye Caulker beginning this October.  The airstrip at La Isla Carinosa is in terrible state with [...]

    Senate Chair Says Inquiry is “Adequately Financed”
    The Senate Special Select Committee on Immigration hosted Director of Immigration Diana Locke for the second consecutive week and we will have highlights of her testimony shortly. But the bigger [...]

    Minister & C.E.O. Next to be Called
    As for further witnesses to be called, the Committee’s schedule is known for at least its next meeting on September twenty-seventh, when Director of Immigration Diana Locke continues her testimony [...]

    Business Senator Details “Minimal” Expenses
    While there has been no public comment from the business and private sector despite being apprised of the Prime Minister’s letter, the Senator representing them on the Committee, Mark Lizarraga [...]

    How Will Final Report Be Written?
    The final report of the Senate Special Select Committee will be highly anticipated. It has already been guaranteed that it will not likely lead to criminal charges unless there is [...]

    Triple the Joy for New Mom at K.H.M.H.
    A Belize City first time mom delivered triplets last week. Two boys and a girl were delivered by Doctor Jose Guerra at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.  Today the young [...]

    Guats Get Away with Free Residence in Belize
    Minister of Immigration Godwin Hulse has been on record commending the high number of Chinese seeking visas to “visit” Belize. Of course, these persons pay as much as two thousand [...]

    Warning over Documents Presented by Foreign Nationals for Belizean Children
    The Committee has expressed interest in bringing in the top person at the Vital Statistics Unit; a division of the Attorney General’s Ministry that is responsible for recording and registering [...]

    The Do’s and Don’ts of the Visa Vetting Committee
    This afternoon, with Senator Mark Lizarraga in the chair on behalf of Aldo Salazar, there was further probing into the processes of the Department and in particular the Visa Vetting [...]

    Mark Lizarraga Deplores Police “Thugs”, Incivility after O.W. Protest
    An indelible stain on the nation’s consciousness was left by protests a week ago tonight in Orange Walk Town against the handling of another complex Ministry – natural resources. There [...]

    Can Government Account for Spending from Increased Fuel Revenues?
    For a country that imports far more than it exports and has for all of its existence, fuel is particularly important. Belize has for the past decade or so taken [...]

    Police on the Meet and Greet Beat
    In the weekly police meet and greet, we caught up with Regional Commander of the Eastern Division South Marco Vidal on the south side of the city. Vidal and other [...]

    CTV3

    BNTU Orange Walk Branch Award Members Of The Community And Elects New President
    The Belize national Teachers Union has been in existence for the past 47 years and is one of the largest unions currently in our country. The union was formed with the objective of looking out for the rights and benefits of teachers in our country. Every two years the different district branches of the union hold an election to select their executive members. Earlier today members of BNTU Orange Walk gathered at Gala Lounge where the new board was elected. After holding the post as BNTU Orange Walk President for the past seven years, Otilio Munoz was today replaced by the new president, Keith Agustin.

    LOVE FM

    The Ministry of the Environment helps students to realize their dreams
    This morning, the Ministry of the Environment’s National Ozone Unit hosted an award ceremony at the Institute for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ITVET), where eighteen students were given scholarships to further their studies in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, RAC. Also, the scholarship award ceremony was held to commemorate International Ozone Day 2017, which […]

    Colin Gillett is the new Deputy National Emergency Coordinator
    Colin Gillett is the new Deputy National Emergency Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO). His appointment to the post became effective on September 4. Gillett serves as Deputy to the National Emergency Coordinator, Ret. Colonel Shelton DeFour. In his capacity as the Deputy National Emergency Coordinator, his duties include assisting with the management […]

    Is there tension between Southside Commander and his predecessor?
    In a press briefing on Tuesday, Commander of Southside Belize City Senior Superintendent Marco Vidal, though not directly, alluded that his predecessor was facilitating criminals. In other words, that some gang factions were allowed to run their drug business while others weren’t. Sr. Superintendent Vidal said this after the situation in some areas within the […]

    Career Opportunity to be a Translator
    There is a new online course being offered for those looking for a career in translation. If you have the desire to be a professional translator, this is your opportunity. Lennox Lamb, the Administrator of Speak Out, spoke with Love News about the course. Lennox Lamb, Administrator of Speak Out “A nine month course is […]

    First ever watershed management plan
    The Natural Resource Management Program from the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Belize and the World Wildlife Fund will develop a Management Plan for the Belize River Watershed. A release from the University says the plan will be the first of its kind in Belize and serves as a model for […]

    Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany donates to GG
    On Wednesday morning Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Belize His Excellency Harald Peter Klein donated musical instruments to the Governor General of Belize His Excellency Sir Colville Young. The donation was made at the Belize House in Belmopan and includes a clarinet, trumpet, saxophone and an oboe. A press release from the […]

    Senior Supt. Vidal comments on the effectiveness of Meet & Greet
    The Belize Police Department continues its weekly meet and greet sessions every Wednesday with the public across the country. It has been a little over two months since the transfers became effective and today we asked the Commander of south side Belize City, Senior Supt. Marco Vidal how successful the meetings have been and whether […]

    Police take weapons off the street
    Around midday today a joint GSU, SPU and San Pedro Police conducted an operation in the San Mateo area in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye which led to the discovery of a point forty five and a point three eighty weapon with magazines and nine point three eighty rounds. No one was in the area so the […]

    Caye Caulker to get new airstrip
    The Belize Airport Authority has announced that it is now in the final stages of securing funds from the Social Security Board to reconstruct the Caye Caulker Municipal Airport runway as the design has been completed. The Authority is expecting funds to be approved by the end of September. The project is expected to start […]

    Darnell Talbert charged for Drug Trafficking
    Nineteen year old Darnell Talbert, a construction worker of King Street, was charged with drug trafficking and possession of a controlled drug when he appeared before Magistrate Aretha Ford yesterday. Talbert pled not guilty to drug trafficking for sixty one point one grams of cannabis but guilty to possession of forty one grams of cannabis. […]

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    San Ignacio police need public’s assistance in identifying body found floating in Macal River
    The body of a dark complexion man was found floating in the Macal River yesterday. An on-site post mortem examination was conducted at the scene because of the state of decomposition. The medical officer certified the cause of death to be due to multiple stab wounds.

    Mexican embassy to commemorate anniversary of Mexico’s Independence
    On September 15, 2017, Mexico will celebrate the 207th anniversary of the beginning of its War of Independence.Mexico’s war began with the call made by Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, the Father of the Country, to the people of Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato, to follow him in the search for Liberty, Independence and Sovereignty.

    BTEC’s Job Preparedness Training Makes its Way to Cayo
    The Belize Training and Employment Centre (BTEC) announced that it is taking its Hospitality Job Preparedness training to the San Ignacio/ Santa Elena Towns in Cayo. The sessions include training in the areas of hospitality, including wait staff, housekeeping/janitorial, and front desk/reception.

    Belize Airport Authority to reconstruct Caye Caulker runway
    Yesterday, BBN reported that Tropic Air and Maya Island air issued a joint release informing that due to the condition of the runway in Caye Caulker, both airlines are suspending all flights to Caye Caulker effective October 1.

    IDB and GOB discuss sustainable development through strengthened transport planning
    The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Infrastructure and Energy Sector Manager, José Agustín Aguerre visited Belize last week to meet with top government officials and discuss ways of improving transport infrastructure in an inclusive and sustainable way.

    Blogs

    Visiting the Belizean ID Exhibit 2017
    Belizean ID Exhibit is being displayed over at the Corozal House of Culture NICH. This exhibit is to showcase the public about the history of Belize. On Thursday, September 7th, 2017 the Corozal House of Culture did a short ceremony to talk about the cultural Identity of the Belize’s cultural people. Schools participated in this event to learn about the Belizean ID. During my visit to the Corozal House of Culture, I saw a variety of information about the History of Belize. Where did the people came from, who are they? What is Belize ID? This exhibit is a mere attempt at engaging all Belizeans to answer the following and pose some new questions about our Belizean identity.

    International Sourcesizz

    Belize Named by Forbes to List of Best Countries for International Real Estate Investors
    There are a few key locations that international real estate investors will consider placing their money. But how and why are they choosing these specific locations? The experts on the Forbes Real Estate Council, some of the best international real estate investors in the U.S., made their list of the top nine places to put your money in real estate. Belize was among the list of nine countries identified by Forbes. The small Caribbean country is easily overlooked by some investors. Other countries on the list like the Bahamas or Great Britain have been top investments for decades. But Belize has caught the attention of top international real estate investors for its stable growth and strong tourism, while still maintaining the native culture. One of the big determining factors for a successful real estate investment is location. Consider the location of Belize. The country is only a 2.5-hour flight from Dallas, one the biggest cities in the U.S., and only 2 hours from Miami and Houston. Belize is also a destination for all ages. International Living Magazine listed Belize as a top location for retirees because of the tax incentives. In addition, the country offers plenty of adventures for adults and kids – beach activities, jungle cruises, ziplining, Mayan ruins, and more.

    Mayan child sacrifices buried with ‘supernatural’ obsidian
    From building cities aligned with stars to purposefully crossing their babies’ eyes, the Mayan civilisation was known for its strange rituals. And a new study has shed light on perhaps one of the weirdest rituals undertaken by the ancient civilisation – child sacrifices. Researchers have discovered 42 obsidian ritual stones in the ancient Mayan city of Ceibal, Guatemala, some of which were found in the graves of child sacrifices. The findings suggest that the precious rocks were thought to hold spiritual or ‘supernatural’ powers for Mayan people.

    Foreign Service Officer Applications wanted
    The Embassy of the United States of America hereby announces that applications for the position of Foreign Service Officer (FSO) are now being accepted from U.S. citizens by the Department of State. One of the first steps in becoming an FSO is to take the Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT), which is offered worldwide at various locations and only to U.S. citizens. The FSOT will be offered in Belize at the U.S. Embassy in Belmopan on Tuesday, October 3 and Wednesday, October 4, 2017. The registration deadline for candidates intending to test overseas is September 27, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. FSOs are at the forefront of all U.S. Embassies, Consulates, and Diplomatic Missions around the world as well as in Washington, D.C. These Officers are instrumental in the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy. If you are a U.S. citizen and are at least 20 years of age and interested in serving as an FSO, please visit the Department of State website at http://www.careers.state.gov/ for information on eligibility, application, registration, testing, and more career information.

    ‘Gringo’ missionaries arrested on sex and drug charges in Honduras
    Two US missionaries were arrested in Honduras on pornography and narcotics possession charges, after their house was raided by police authorities on the popular tourist island of Roatan. The operation took place in the early hours (6:00 am local time) last Wednesday, September 6. The two men, identified as David James Waschko (39) and Philip J. Waschko (88), are both from Pennsylvania. The double arrest was undertaken by members of the National Police under the direction of the DPI (Dirección Policial de Investigaciones). Both men are accused of “unfair deprivation of liberty, trafficking in persons and pornography”.

    Videos

  • Senate select hearings have resumed, Special Senate Select Committee meeting Live from National Assembly Chamber, Belmopan.

  • "Dent" the Keel-Billed Toucan - Rescue Highlight, 2.5min. While passing through the Belize Bird Rescue earlier this year, I had the chance to meet this curious little keel-billed toucan with a dent in his beak, and even got the opportunity to feed him! Dent has since been re-released thanks to our friends at the Belize Bird Rescue, and is doing well!

  • Diving Adventures in Belize. Part 2: Blue Hole and Red-footed Booby, 17min. Diving in Belize: The Great Blue Hole, visiting Half Moon Caye, diving with Reef Sharks, Dolphins, Sea Turtle, Grouper and more.

  • Carnival Montage 2017, 4.5min.

  • Leader of the Opposition - National Issues / Independence Reflection, 48min.

  • Belize Security Threats Home & Abroad, 20min.

  • Belize Chamber of Commerce & Industry 21st Expo Belize Market Place, 17min.

  • Belize Massage [San Pedro, Belize], 3min.

  • CRAZY BELIZE UNDERWATER FOOTAGE!!!, 4min. For my first video I thought I might take y'all to the underwater paradise that is Belize.

  • Our Epic Trip to BELIZE!, 3.5min. A little highlight video from our trip to Belize! We split our time between San Pedro and Caye Caulker! I had such an amazing time ...

  • DRIVING THE COUNTRY SIDE OF BELIZE, 8min.

  • A Taste OF Belize With Caribbean Flavors Recipe for Jamaica/Sorrell Drink, 9min. Here is the recipe to make a very healthy drink (Sorrell Drink, Jamaica, Hibiscus,) by Sandra

  • Belize Aggressor 2016, 14min.

    September 13, 2017


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    The San Pedro Sun

    Elderly lady reported missing in San Pedro Town
    An elderly woman known only as Mrs. Julia, has been reported missing since Saturday, September 9th. The report was made after a couple of items belonging to her were located near the old dump site south of San Pedro Town. However, she is yet to be found. The report from the San Pedro Police states that on Saturday around 11AM, a Mario Augusto Flores Peña visited the station to make the report. According to Peña, he found the items behind a residence at the old dump where he goes to feed some dogs every day. He elaborated that the items were a Samsung flip open cell phone, a key, a yellow cap, and a white nylon purse, which he identified to be the belongings of the elderly lady. Peña also told authorities that Mrs. Julia lives approximately 100 metres away from where he feeds the dogs, so it was not strange to him to find her items, since the lady usually goes there to bathe and cook, due to the many mosquitoes at her place.

    64 Police Officers Trained in Human Trafficking Identification and Referral
    he Anti-trafficking in Persons (ATIP) Council of Belize in collaboration with the Belize Police Department is conducting a series of training to build the capacity of Police Officers attached to the Domestic Violence Unit and Criminal Investigative Branch. The objectives of the sessions are to provide officers with a clear understanding of human trafficking and its related issues to build the capacity of police officers in victim identification and referral. So far, 64 officers have been trained in one-day workshops held in northern, eastern, and western areas of the country.

    Ambergris Today

    Angry Woman By Valerie Woods
    I am a Belizean woman. Sometimes I’m an angry woman. But: I'm not as angry as I should be watching a policeman manhandle a woman journalist, grabbing her by the waist, dragging her by her breasts and forcing her to the ground. For God sake, stop it. I'm not as angry as I should be watching policemen brutally go after the only woman journalist on the scene and not even a "knack seh" on the large, robust men journalists. I'm not as angry as I should be when a high rank police officer will put on Facebook that he hopes Marisol learns her lesson. A flashback for all those women who had been beaten to their senses and "learnt" their lessons too. No, I'm not as angry as I should be.

    Local Airlines To Suspend Flights To Caye Caulker For Safety Reasons
    In a joint press release, both local Belize airlines Tropic Air and Maya Island Air are informing the public of the suspension of all scheduled flights to the island of Caye Caulker effective October 1, 2017. The press release states: “The present state of the runway at the island’s airstrip exhibits severe deterioration. As a result, this precautionary measure is necessary to avoid safety and operational challenges beyond acceptable margins for public flight service.”

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    Tropic Air Belize and Maya Island Air suspend Caye Caulker Flights
    This information has been shared with the Belize Airports Authority and Caye Caulker’s Village Council accompanied by a request for urgent renovation of the runway in order to meet the island’s approaching tourism high season. Air service will resume to Caye Caulker immediately after completion of necessary renovation works to rehabilitate the island’s airstrip. Travelers with itineraries, reservations or tickets to Caye Caulker should contact their respective carrier for information regarding the status of the journey and available alternatives to reach this popular island destination.

    Re-Opening of the Honorary Consulate of Belize in Chetumal
    The Government of Belize has officially re-opened the Honorary Consulate of Belize in Chetumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico. The office is headed by the newly appointed Honorary Consul Mr. Luis Montero Maldonado. The re-launch took place in Chetumal on Friday, 8th September 2017 at an event presided over by H.E. Patrick Andrews, Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In his remarks, C.E.O. Andrews underscored the importance of the re-opening of the Honorary Consulate to serve the needs of Belizean visitors and students who travel to Quintana Roo on a regular basis, as well as to promote cultural, trade, investment, and academic exchanges between Belize and Mexico.

    SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES FOR ITVET/CET STUDENTS - INTERNATIONAL OZONE DAY
    Over a dozen students will be receiving scholarships to study Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (RAC). The National Ozone Unit, within the Department of the Environment (DOE), will be hosting an award ceremony on September 13th, 2017 at the Institute for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ITVET) Conference Room (Belize City) at 10:00 a.m. Each scholarship is set to cover the cost of tuition for each recipient for the completion of the second year of their RAC programme, and upon graduating, each recipient will receive a basic toolkit for start in the field. The more than dozen scholarship recipients were chosen from 3 designated institutes across the country based on their active partnership with the Association of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technicians (ARACT) – ITVET Belize City, ITVET Orange Walk and Cayo Center for Employment Training (CET). The scholarships were distributed among the 3 institutes and recipients were selected based on an application process via these institutes.

    Statement from Senator Osmany Salas on Queen of the Bay Pageant
    "This is all I will say about the Queen of the Bay fiasco: It is indicative of the mediocrity, unprofessionalism, complacency, and lack of citizenship that permeates every facet of Belizean society, including our public institutions. Which leads me to the attack by the Police on Marisol Amaya. For all intents and purposes, that was an attack on the press -- the fourth estate -- and it is not unprecedented. That should be a matter of grave concern to all of us. While I was happy to see a statement from the Special Envoy for Women and Children and from the National Women's Commission condemning the "manhandling" of Amaya by the Police, I am very concerned that no statement has come from the Office of the Prime Minister on the matter.

    Belize Fishing Report, Sept. 3rd - Sept. 10th 2017
    Probably one of the best weeks ever for this fishery. Ahead of the hurricane reaching Barbuda and the Dominican the fishing has been out of this world. Storms typically bring good fishing days but a storm of this magnitude coupled with great weather has created a record breaking week.

    New mural at Hol Chan office
    Pass by the Hol Chan office and check out the finished mural. It took four and a half days to complete with the staff constantly giving the poor artist additional things to add in, even an additional wall to paint, but the results are amazing. Thanks to Chuy Art, for a job very well done. Mural by Eruterio Carillo of Chuy Arts.

    Belize Airports Authority to Secure Funding for the Reconstruction of the Caye Caulker Municipal Airport
    The Belize Airports Authority (BAA) is pleased to announce that it is in the final stages of securing the necessary funding from the Social Security Board (SSB) to begin the reconstruction of the runway at the Caye Caulker Municipal Airport. In 2016, the Belize Airports Authority engaged consultants to conduct feasibility studies for the repairs of the municipal airport in Caye Caulker. Based on the results of the study, the BAA subsequently took the decision to reconstruct the facility in line with the long-term vision of the Authority. Hence, a comprehensive design was commissioned. The design is now complete and contractors have submitted bids for the construction works. The rigorous bid evaluation process is ongoing and expected to be completed on or before September 15, 2017.

    Governor General Receives Donation of Musical Instruments
    his morning at the Belize House in Belmopan, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Belize H.E. Mr. Harald Peter Klein made a donation of musical instruments to the Governor General of Belize H.E. Sir Colville Young. The musical instruments which included a clarinet, an oboe, a trumpet and a saxophone will benefit the Governor General’s Music in the Schools Programme. The Ambassador was joined by his Honorary Consul Ms. Kay Menzies.

    Tribute to Belizean Patriots Awards Ceremony 2017
    Thursday, September 14, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. at the Bliss Institute for Performing Arts in Belize City

    THE NCC ISSUES PRESS RELEASE TO APOLOGIZE FOR WHAT TRANSPIRED AT THE TENTH OFFICIAL CEREMONY ON SUNDAY RE: Queen of the Bay
    On Saturday September 9th, the National Celebrations Commission requested a meeting with the Queen of the Bay Committee to discuss the coronation and the decision of the judges. Only two (2) of the members of the Queen of the Bay Committee showed up which was to be a preliminary meeting before a larger meeting with judges and district coordinators. The Commission found it unfortunate that Miss Moya was disrespectful and uncooperative and left the meeting without convincing the commission that a queen other than the Dangriga Delegate decided upon by the judges on September 2nd, ought to be crowned. After consultation and discussion with the judges, majority of the District Coordinators along with coordinator representatives from Orange Walk, agreed that there was not sufficient proof of the judges' intent to overturn the results of September 2nd. The National Celebrations therefore upheld the decision of September 2nd.

    Belize Heroes, Patriots and Benefactors Exhibition Launch
    Join us for the Belize Heroes, Patriots and Benefactors Exhibition Launch, today September 13th, 2016 starting at 9:00 a.m. For large groups please make booking arrangements prior to your visit, exhibit runs through October 17th, 2017 Image may contain: text

    Rock 4 All: A tribute to Saul Pech
    Are you ready to Rock???

    VACANCIES!!!
    Corozal ITVET is seeking dynamic individuals to join its team in the following capacities:

    A manatee calf rescue in Corozal Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
    Yesterday morning started with a message from a local fisherman from Sarteneja about a manatee that had entered his beachtrap….and a request for help to remove it. The Wildtracks Team loaded the vehicle with equipment and headed for Sarteneja, and the waiting boat. The manatee turned out to be a calf – approximately 9 to 10 months old - so not yet weaned. A search of the area revealed no adult manatee – a calf this size would always be with its mother in the wild. She shows signs of dehydration and has some raspy breathing, but is generally in good shape, and it is hoped that she will make a speedy recovery. The decision was therefore made to bring her back to Wildtracks. Corozal Bay Wildlife Sanctuary was established specifically to protect its population of Antillean manatees...but every so often they need a helping hand. The beach traps provide fishermen with one of the most sustainable fishing method, catching fish live so that they can be sorted by size and by-catch thrown back alive. These large, heart shaped traps are also manatee-safe. They do, however, occasionally "catch" a manatee, which may then need help to find the way back out.

    Road buckles in Corozal
    That is why it is important that when you build in Corozal, especially along the coast, that you pile drive. In many instances, the roads cave in with just the weight of a delivery truck. Very important note.

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    Murder Witness Killed In OW - Family Says He Was Lured To His Death
    The Tenth of September long weekend is over - and in its wake, there are two murders and one crazy shooting to report. We start in in Orange Walk Town where the story is about the execution of 21 year-old Gustavo Hernandez. Many in the north believe that he was killed because he was one of the witnesses to the shooting death of 24 year-old Daniel Sosa. You'll remember that explosive case from the end-of-month weekend in July where Sosa was shot in the head inside the vehicle of the prominent UDP, Hilmar Alamilla. Well Hernandez was in the vehicle when it happened, and he would have been called by the prosecution to testify against Alamilla, who's awaiting trial for murder. Hernandez was one of 2 men who gave police statements that Alamilla pulled the trigger on his own friend. But now, he won't testify because on St. George's Caye Day, someone shot Hernandez to death, and his family believes that he was silenced because he knew too much.

    Police Say There's No Evidential Support For Family's Claims
    So, while the family has its very strong suspicions, the Orange Walk Police commander isn't so sure that the two cases are connected. He gave a press briefing this afternoon, and said that police have no information to support that: Reporter: "A motive for this murder sir." Sr. Supt. David Chi - OC, Orange Walk Police: "I have a motive but I will not revealed it." Reporter: "Is Hernandez' murder related to the shooting of Daniel Sosa?" Sr. Supt. David Chi - OC, Orange Walk Police: "I have no information on that."

    Parallel Crowning of Queens
    And while there are other cases of weekend violence to report, we'll take a detour now, for something completely different. It's the Queen of the Bay - a decades-old beauty pageant that rarely makes headlines. But it is tonight - and that's because of a completely unprecedented event that happened when the new Queen was crowned at the official ceremonies on the Tenth of September. First, though, for some context. One week ago we reported that Stann Creek's Aaliyah Ysaguirre had won the Queen of the Bay Pageant. So she was the Queen Designate who would be installed with the usual pageantry at the official ceremonies on the tenth September - as per tradition.

    Mass Shooting After J'ouvert
    The Tenth of September long weekend began in earnest at 4:00 on Saturday morning when hundreds of city residents woke up, put on their rags, and went out into the pre dawn debauchery of j'ouvert. It's a celebration of the carnival spirit, and also a surrender to the reckless abandon of a road march - where anything can happen. But, j'ouvert goers always hope and pray that the "anything" doesn't include gun violence - and to ensure things stay as safe as possible, police are everywhere. But where were they right when they j'ouvert ended and a gunman flashed into a crowd of revelers going home and opened fire? Our colleague Rhonda Crichton was on the scene right after the shooting - and her footage left us asking questions about police readiness:...

    Army General Concerned About Corozal Explosive Device
    And while Belize City police are investigating that mass shooting at the J'ouvert, police in Corozal are trying to figure out a sophisticated device which looks to be parts of a remote explosive apparatus. It was found over the weekend, and the BDF Commander, David Jones, says that its existence in Belize a cause for concern. This evening, he granted us an interview via phone to share his views on the discovery of this apparatus which was only missing 2 pieces to become a fully usable explosive. Here's what he had to say: Brig. Gen David Jones - Commander, BDF: "I was informed that a device was found in Corozal. I believe it was on Saturday. One of our officers were given the device from a police officer who subsequently I got it Sunday morning. The device did not have explosives, but it is definitely someone attempting to make a sophisticated improvise explosive device or a more sophisticated bomb which would be the first that we've seen being constructed in Belize."

    Irma Mashed Up Caribbean, Recovery May Take Years
    Hurricane Irma is no longer a storm tonight and the remnants of this superstorm are lingering over the southeastern United States. But the effects of this storm will continue to be felt for many years in Caribbean island states where over 30 persons were killed. Countries like Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Turks and Caicos, the Bahamas, St. Martin, and the British Virgin Islands were thoroughly battered by the storm - and now they are trying to put back the many broken pieces of tier lives, their homes and their communities. In Barbuda, for example, an estimated 90% of the homes were destroyed. We have these interviews from Barbuda courtesy ABS TV:... The Caribbean Development Bank is in the process of providing Emergency Relief Grants of $200,00 US dollars each to Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, the British Virgin Islands and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

    Irma Sat Over Cuba For 48 Hours
    And while those small island nations were thoroughly battered by the storm, Cuba arguably got it worse than anyone else. The storm sat over the island from 9:00 pm on Friday - when it landed as a Category 5 storm, until it left on Sunday afternoon as a Category three. In those 48 hours, Cuba took a historic pounding. Today we went to the Cuban Embassy where we spoke to the Minister Counselor about the storm, and the recovery:... Orestes Hernandez - Minister Counselor, Cuban Embassy: "We were waiting for Irma maybe in different ways. We were just waiting that she might be, or it might be, crossing to the north of the island but not with that force - it was four and five." Jules Vasquez - Reporter: "And for hours." Orestes Hernandez: "And it took two days, forty-eight hours from the eastern side of Cuba to Matanza's providence, when she turned and go out north. So it took forty-eight hours just blowing everything and destroying most of our provinces. I mean, it affected from the north to the south..."

    BNTU Scolds PM For Cutting Funding For Senate Hearings
    In last week Thursday's newscast, we told you about the letter which the Prime Minister wrote to the Clerk of the National Assembly Clerk, informing him that the Government will not be providing any more funding for the Senate Select Committee, if it continues past November. Well, the Belize National Teachers Union - which forced the hearings - has condemned that decision. Their statement says, "The Prime Minister has now 'claimed' GOB's inability to continue funding the work of the SenateCommittee, beyond November 2017, by citing financial constraints due to the institution of the Integrity Commission and UNCAC. However, we are yet to see work and results coming out of ANY of the two aforementioned entities..." End quote.

    Barroom Brawl Murder Out West
    Earlier in the news, we told you about the murder in Orange Walk, and the shooting after the Jouvert, but there was another murder. That one happened in Buena Vista Village in Cayo. Police were called out to that village at around 8:50 p.m. on St. George's Caye Day, where they found the body of 22 year-old Jose Ulysess Sibrian, a Salvadoran villager. Their investigation says that he was socializing at a local bar. He got into an argument with another man, who stabbed him in the left side of the chest. Police are looking for one suspect.

    City Shooting Leaves Man With Shoulder Injury
    Reports this weekend on social media and WhatsApp were that there had been all kinds of violence, and mayhem in the city. But really, police say that apart form the j'obvert mass shooting, they only have the report of one other shooting. The Southside commander told us about it today:... Sr. Supt. Marco Vidal - Southside Commander: "There was an incident involving Mr. Darwin Martinez, who was accompanied by one of his relatives who was driving his vehicle and they were on their way from an activity heading to Sibun Street. So at the corner of Ebony and Sibun, that is where shots were fired and Mr. Martinez received injuries to his upper shoulder. He has since been discharged from the hospital and we are in the process of getting statements and carry on with the investigation. Well, from what we have gathered it appears to be a random shooting, targeting pretty much anybody in that area. It wasn't targeted at any rival gang, it was in fact just random shooting that they were doing."

    Caught With A Gun At Carnival
    Police also recovered a weapon on Carnival day, right on the route of the carnival, after the parade had started. Vidal told us about it:... Sr. Supt. Marco Vidal: "During that Carnival parade there were several operations going on simultaneously and as a result of that operation one person was found with a pistol and he is expected to be charged this morning, or arraigned before the court this morning." Thirty-two year Darren Dawson, a warehouse clerk at Brodies was charged with kept firearm and ammunition without a License.

    Southside Commander Makes Startling Suggestions About Predecessor's Law-Abiding Ethics
    And so while there were no gang related murders over the weekend - the Southside commander says the city remains tense. And he admits that it's because gang rivalries have erupted again. Now, his predecessor, Chester Williams had worked out a gang truce in April, and everything seemed calm - but today, in surprisingly candid and bold remarks, said that if you felt things had cooled down, it was a fooling feeling:... Sr. Sup. Marco Vidal: "Currently the situation in some areas is very tense because the rivalries have erupted and we intend to continue with our operations to ensure that we can nip it in the butt." Jules Vasquez, Reporter: "Would you say it is due to, it is owing to the difference in strategy, a difference in approaches taken by yourself as oppose to the previous commander who was constantly involved and advertising mediation activities, which you have said the state has no mediation to do."

    Putting the Military On Parade
    So, at the top of the news we've told you about the controversial 10th Ceremony, two Queen of the Bay designates were crowned. But, while that September ceremony became a sort of public spectacle, there were others which went off smoothly. Those included a Military Parade on Saturday September 9th in Belmopan by the Security Forces under the Ministry of Defense, which was re-activated after a 10-year pause. Today, via phone, the BDF Commander told us that he is happy that it is returning, so that the public can familiarize themselves with the different units within the BDF and the Coast Guard:

    Keeping the Tenth Alive
    And while that was the ninth in Belmopan, on the tenth in Belize City it was the official ceremony - which apart from the fight between competing queens, followed a staid script written by Simon Lamb many decades ago:... Darrell Bradley, Mayor - Belize City: "219 years ago, our forefathers stood up to defend our Belizean homeland. Fearful and outnumbered, they stood together unified in defense of freedom. So as we gathered here 219 years later, it is fitting that we should recognize that freedom is never given. Freedom is earned through sweat and sacrifice." Hon. Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister: "It was 219 years ago on September 10th, 1798 that the governor of Yucatan and the Spanish armada retreated from our waters. Their mission a complete failure. In the meantime our victory marked a future with much promise as Belize became a nation in the making."

    J'ouvert 2017 - Welcome to Mudville
    And while the Tenth was pretty stiff - the j'ouvert on the morning of the ninth was the opposite. It was as wild and loose as it could be. 7News was out on the city street from before four AM - and Angel Noble got the shots while Wilson Grinage got the mud - here's how it looked:..

    Carnival Winners Grateful
    Of course, j'ouvert was the appetizer for the main course of the carnival road march. There were a total of 7 junior bands and 6 senior bands, but in the end only two could be declared winners. For the seniors, it was Titans and for the juniours, it was Mahogany Masqueraders. We spoke to the bandleaders today:... David Matus, BandLeader - Titans: "Overall it's a great feeling, that like you said for the past 2 years we were not able to place where we think we should have been placed for the past 2 years. But I think 2017 set it all. We were ready and we came down with a real different show this time and I think the band nailed it at the judging point. I think they came with the A game and they took it away. So that was where they workouts paid an important part for us this year. A part from beautiful costumes we had that on lock."

    How Was The New Route?
    And what about that new Carnival route? Well, the juniors and senior winners differed on that:.. Notably, the carnival reached the Marion Jones stadium almost an hour later than it used to reach the BTL Park on the old route.

    Tropic Air and Maya Growl, GOB Responds
    Today, Tropic Air and Maya Airlines put out a very rare joint press release saying they were suspending all scheduled flights to Caye Caulker effective October 1, 2017. They say that this is following up on request for urgent renovation of the runway to meet the island's approaching tourism high season. Service will resume after rapids are made. Well, by news time the Belize Airports Authority fired off a press release saying help is on the way. The Release says that it is in the final stages of securing funding form the Social Security Board to begin reconstruction of the runway. The project will cost over 7 million dollars and has been in the design state since 2016. Bid are being evaluated and that should be finished by the end of this week.

    CLOSE WITH TENTH
    And that's 7news for tonight Thanks for watching, I am INDIRA CRAIG. WE LEAVE YOU TONIGHT WITH HIGHLITE SOF THE TENTH PARADE.

    Channel 5

    Controversy Boils Over; 2 Queens of the Bay Crowned Simultaneously
    The official Tenth of September celebration was reduced to a mockery of the prestigious Queen of the Bay. It all played out on live television from the Memorial Park where [...]

    Coordinator Zenaida Moya Sticks to Guns
    In the aftermath of Sunday morning’s national embarrassment, and indeed even before, social media has been blowing up with recriminations between members of the judging panel and other observers.  Persistent [...]

    Boiton Wants Zenaida Out; ex-Mayor Says No
    The icing on the cake on Sunday was an announcement of a letter from Emma Boiton, long-time pageant coordinator, who effectively terminated Moya’s tenure as coordinator under the authority of [...]

    Zenaida & Patrick Clash over Right to Name Queen
    Earlier you heard the members of the National Committee’s comments regarding their meeting with Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Patrick Faber on Saturday. Faber has confirmed to News [...]

    Stann Creek Committee Says Pageant was Unfairly Re-Judged
    On Saturday afternoon, the Stann Creek District Queen of the Bay Committee held a press conference in Belize City at the Biltmore Plaza. The Committee felt, at least at that [...]

    NICH Makes Public Apology
    Now…at news time, the National Celebrations Commission issued a statement apologizing to the various dignitaries present on Sunday, both Esmeralda Cal and Aaliyah Ysaguirre and the people of Belize for [...]

    Witness in High Profile Murder in Orange Walk is Slain
    There is a troubling murder to report tonight; a witness in the murder of Daniel Sosa was killed execution style in Orange Walk. Full disclosure in the case against highly [...]

    Police Say Link to Daniel Sosa Murder is Not Only Angle in Case
    While we were unable gather officially from police the motive for this latest homicide, the Officer Commanding Orange Walk Police, Superintendent David Chi acknowledges that the murder of a key [...]

    Murder Accused Targeted Among 6 Shot in Cinderella Plaza
    Police presence was heavy at major events over the weekend, but that did not avert any violence. Not for Akeem Augustine who was set free of a murder charge on [...]

    Darwin Martinez Sustains Injuries in Shooting
    Shortly after ten o’clock on Saturday night, gunshots rang out on Ebony Street, at its intersection with Sibun Street, where passengers inside a vehicle were being targeted by a pair [...]

    Explosive Found in Corozal Town
    An explosive device was retrieved in Corozal Town over the weekend when police in that jurisdiction were handed a sophisticated bomb, complete with a remote detonator.  While an actual charge [...]

    Buena Vista Man Killed after Brawl
    A Salvadoran national was killed in the Cayo District over the weekend. He was at a bar when another man took his drink and consumed it. A fight ensued outside [...]

    Body Retrieved This Evening from Macal River
    San Ignacio Police are on the scene at the moment where a body was found in the Macal River. Sometime after three this afternoon the body of a man was [...]

    Brodie’s Clerk Found Along Carnival Route with Gun
    Throughout the many festivities on carnival day, the Belize Police Department was working overtime to keep criminals at bay.  Along the parade route officers kept a watchful eye for suspicious [...]

    Are Police Responsible for Rise in Gang Rivalry?
    Did the police department intentionally turn a blind eye to certain criminal elements and allowed them to carry on with illicit activity in return for keeping the peace in Belize [...]

    Airlines to Suspend Flights to Caye Caulker
    This morning, Tropic Air and Maya Island Air announced that they will suspend all scheduled flights to Caye Caulker effective October first. That’s because the runway at the airstrip on [...]

    Teachers’ Union Sends Warning over Senate Committee
    Last week News Five shared correspondence from Prime Minister Dean Barrow indicating that after the current allocation runs out in November, the Government would not continue to fund the Senate [...]

    Titans & Mahogany Masqueraders Take Carnival
    The 2017 Carnival Road March got off without a hitch. Thirteen bands, seven juniors and six seniors battled in various themes and revelry as they took on that two mile [...]

    Premier League Tops Post-Holiday Sports Monday
    Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.   [Highlights of the weekend sporting activities….]

    OnlyinBelize campaign
    September is the perfect time of year to roll out our #OnlyinBelize campaign. Post those unique Belize moments and use our hashtag #onlyinbelize & #news5live. You may see your photo featured on our page and newscast!

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    Two Women And One Minor Injured In Traffic Accident
    Three persons including an 8 year old boy were seriously injured following an accident on Saturday evening in Corozal Town. The accident happened on San Andres Road, right at this junction that leads to the Baeza Layout area between a motorcycle and a vehicle. Corozal Police have released very little information about the incident, but we understand that 26 year old Melanie Requena was driving the motorcycle with two other passengers, 40 year old Claudia Arana Martinez and her 8 year old son. The motorcycle was travelling from San Andres Road into the cutoff when they were reportedly hit from behind by an incoming vehicle.

    BNTU Threatens PM With Strike Action If Senate Select Committee Is Sabotage
    The Belize National Teacher’s Union has reacted to the Prime Minister’s notice letter to the Clerk of the National Assembly, Eddie Webster, which informs that his Government will no longer provide any more financial support to the work of the Committee. The PM’s letter, dated August 3rd, followed a correspondence by Webster, in which he requested $124,202 to cover the cost of the Senate Select Committee’s hearings operation through to November 2017.

    Guatemala Congress Voted To Keep Jimmy Morales Immunity
    The Guatemalan congress has voted against the lifting of President Jimmy Morales’ immunity from prosecution, blockings further legal action against the President as a result of allegations by the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala, which is known as CICIG. The head of CICIG, Ivan Velasquez, has made corruption accusations against Morales’ campaign. The specific allegation is that about $825,000 in financing for Morales’ 2015 Presidential campaign was hidden and that other expenditures had no source of funding.

    Homemade Bomb Found In Corozal Town
    Corozal Town is making major news tonight after what seems to be an improvised explosive device was found in a yet to be disclosed area of the town on Saturday evening. Police authorities have disclosed very little, except for giving confirmation that that the device wrapped in a bag was found. From the photos we’ve seen, the device seems to have been assembled with a number items including a phone, which normally is the trigger. Now, an I.E.D.…found in Corozal Town?? That takes strange and scary to a whole new level for the normally quiet, peaceful municipality.

    Honorary Council Re-Opens In Chetumal Quintana Roo
    In December 2016, Jorge Valencia’s term as Belize’s Honorary Consul to Chetumal came to an abrupt end. His responsibilities included helping tourists with visa application to Belize and assisting Belizeans who travel across the border with tourism and commerce information and who might find themselves in trouble. Since Valencia’s contract ended last year, the office of the consulate was nonfunctional and all queries were directed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. That has since changed with the re-opening of the Honorary Consulate headed by the newly appointed Honorary Consul Mr. Luis Montero Maldonado.

    LOVE FM

    Another explosive found raises serious concerns
    Authorities are seriously concerned over the recent assessment of what has been classified as a remote controlled explosive device. That device, though not fully assembled, was reportedly handed over to Corozal Police sometime late last week. The device was then taken to the Belize Defense Force on Saturday night for analysis. Today, Brigadier General David […]

    Eye-Witness to Murder Executed
    Police in Orange Walk are investigating the fatal shooting of 21 year old Gustavo Hernandez. He was shot early on Saturday, September 10. Hernandez was walking one of his female friends home on San Antonio Road when a masked gunman rode up to him and shot him. He was rushed to the Northern Regional Hospital […]

    BNTU says No Way to derailment of hearing
    The Belize National Teachers Union says it will not sit idly by and allow the Senate Select Committee hearings to be derailed before it comes to its natural conclusion. The BNTU is responding to the recent correspondence from the Prime Minister to the Senate Select Committee in which he stated that the Government would be […]

    MLA & TAA say the attack against media is a violation of Human Rights
    The Maya Leaders Alliance (MLA) and the Toledo Alcaldes Association(TAA) are the latest organizations to condemn last week’s incident which took place in Orange Walk at a PUP demonstration where journalist Marisol Amaya was man-handled by the police. The release said that the act conducted against Amaya is a violation of Human Rights. Further, the […]

    No Flights to Caye Caulker in October
    Effective October 1, Tropic Air and Maya Island Air will suspend flights to Caye Caulker due to the deterioration of the island’s airstrip. A release from the airlines stated that the temporary suspension of the flights have become necessary to avoid safety and operational challenges beyond acceptable margins for public flight service. Further, it stated […]

    Not one but Two Queens of the Bay
    The scandal surrounding the coronation of the 72nd Queen of the Bay continues to garner national attention. Over the weekend, the public saw two young women crowned as the 72nd Queen of the Bay, one recognized by the National September Celebrations Commission and the other, after a revision of the scores, was recognized by the […]

    What went wrong with the Judging of the Queen of the Bay?
    Throughout the course of the weekend, when Love News spoke with Moya on the matter, she has maintained that the subjective score by each judge was not tampered with, and stressed that what affected the final tally was where the appropriate deductions were applied. We asked whether the Committee, since it was conducting a revision, […]

    After Queen Drama – Moya receives letter of ejection
    And while Moya speaks of taking steps to improve the judging system of the Queen of the Bay pageant, there is the matter of her removal as Coordinator of the event. As we have reported, Moya was handed a letter signed by former Coordinator Emma Boiton requesting she remove herself as Boiton would resume the […]

    Celebrations left a number of persons injured
    The September celebrations continued over the weekend in Belize City. While it did not result in any one being killed, it was not for lack of trying as there were several shooting incidents that occurred. The first one occurred shortly after Jouvert, where several persons got shot. This morning the police department held a press […]

    Military Parade – a Spectacular Event!
    On Saturday, September ninth, the first ever Military Parade was held in Belmopan. Correspondent Fem Cruz spoke with Minister of Defense John Saldivar on the new event he said will hopefully become an annual one. Minister of Defense John Saldivar “This is the first of its kind military parade that the Belize Defense Force and […]

    The Reporter

    Editorial
    The Social Security Board announced this week that it is running out of money! It is losing money at the rate of a million dol- lars a month more or less. ! About half of this million is going to pay a pension to people who have retired and are now drawing monthly sums from their Social Security insurance. This is the fastest growing area of expense because men and women are living longer and more and more pensioners are being added every year. . In Belize there are more than 100,000 people who pay Social Security every week on what they earn. The businesses and enterprises who employ these 100,000 men and women are required by law to deduct this money from their salary and to pay it in to the Social Security Board at the end of each month.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Body found in Macal River unidentified; post mortem to be conducted
    According to police reports, a body was found shortly after 2:00 today in the Macal River. The body was retrieved a short distance from the new bridge. Police believe it to be a case of murder as the body was reportedly found with stab wounds and was in a state of decomposition.

    Governor General receives donation of musical instruments
    Today, the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Belize H.E. Mr. Harald Peter Klein made a donation of musical instruments to the Governor General of Belize H.E. Sir Colville Young at the Belize House in Belmopan City.

    Body found in Macal River near Trapiche
    Confirmed reports to BBN indicate that a body was found in the Macal River in the outskirts of Trapiche in Santa Elena Town a short time ago.

    Chamber of Commerce holds Expo Belize Market Place 2017
    The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) today announced the dates of its annual Expo Belize Market Place. This year’s Expo will take place on September 16th and 17th from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the ITVET Campus on Freetown Road in Belize City. The Expo will offer BCCI’s membership a wonderful opportunity to update the Belizean public on its accomplishments and services.

    Man dies in fatal traffic accident in Belmopan
    According to police reports, after midday today, Belmopan police visited the junction of Cemetery Road and East Ring Road in Belmopan, Cayo District where they observed a man in a drain on the right side of the road with head and body injuries. The man was identified as Jose Cucul.

    BNTU blasts GOB for pulling funding from Senate Special Select Committee
    The Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU) issued a bold statement today to Prime Minister Dean Barrow, registering its contempt with a correspondence sent by him to the Senate Special Select Committee. In that correspondence, according to the BNTU, PM Barrow indicated that the government would no longer be able to continue funding the work of the committee beyond November 2017.

    Maya Leaders and Toledo alcaldes condems use of police force on Marisol Amaya
    Today, the Maya Leaders Alliance (MLA) and the Toledo Alcaldes Association (TAA) issued a release condemning the force used by police on KREM News Director, Marisol Amaya. The release says that the Maya leaders and the Toledo Alcaldes hold sacred the belief in human rights and fundamental freedoms of all Belizeans.

    “No peace under Chester’s watch,” says Vidal
    New Commander of Police Eastern Division South, Senior Superintendent Marco Vidal, believes that the era of gang mediation led by former Southside Commander, Chester Williams, did little to effectively stop the violence in Belize City. “If you would go in and speak to the very people who speak about peace, you would see that there was no peace. And there were a number of underlying issues that prevailed in that same period,” Vidal said.

    “Augustine was the target,” says police
    Police have confirmed that Akeem Augustine, the man recently acquitted for the murder of Ardon Belgrave, was the intended target in the post-jouvert shooting on Saturday morning, where six people were injured. Superintendent Hilberto Romero, explained that two men on bicycle approached Augustine while he was traveling with a group on Kelly street in the Cinderella Plaza area. One of the two pulled out a gun and opened fire, injuring the entire group, which included four minors: three male and one female.

    Latest update on Hurricane Jose
    The National Hurricane Center (NHC) continues to monitor closely Hurricane Jose that is located in the Western Atlantic Ocean. Jose is currently a category one hurricane and is moving slowly eastward with little change in strength. As of this morning, the center of Hurricane Jose was located near latitude 27.5 North and longitude 68.3 West.

    Police raid in Ghost town leads to discovery of bullets
    September 11th, was a day set aside to commemorate the Battle of St. George’s Caye. However, instead of resting on their laurels, officers in Belize City conducted a raid of the Mayflower area, also known as Ghost Town.

    Bella Vista family homeless after September 10th fire
    A family in the Toledo District is homeless after their home burned to the ground on September 10th. Esmeralda Ical, 19, a house wife of Bella Vista Village, told police that at around 8:30 p.m. she was at her neighbor’s house when she noticed that her house was engulfed in flames.

    Burglars raid Belmopan home over the weekend
    Burglars in Belmopan made off with over $15,000 in valuables over the weekend. Brodam Santos, 24, told police that between Saturday night and Sunday morning while he was away someone broke into his home in the Lomas Las Flores area of Belmopan.

    Macaw season concludes
    The Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao cyanoptera) representing Belize’s largest parrot species is locally endangered due to poaching and is listed in the Wildlife Protection Act as a species of conservation concern. For Belize, it is estimated that the population are around 200 individuals (Matola & Sho 2002). Nationally, the Chiquibul Forest is the key foraging and breeding habitat for the species.

    SSB increases online presence
    The Social Security Board (SSB) is making itself more accessible to Belizeans by increasing it’s online presence. This morning the SSB announced the launch of its first social media account via Facebook, and it’s online portal, which allows employers greater convenience in making payments.

    Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales keeps immunity, escapes corruption investigation
    Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales will keep his immunity from prosecution in an ongoing probe into corruption by his government over unaccounted campaign financing after Guatemala’s congress voted overwhelmingly on Monday in Morales’ favor.

    Witness in Daniel Sosa’s murder killed over the weekend
    On Sunday, BBN reported of a man that was shot to the forehead in Orange Walk. Gustavo Hernandez, 22, was found on the San Antonio Road around 5:30 Sunday morning.

    Belmopan man cut to the throat
    This morning around 1:10, Belmopan police visited the San Martin Area where they saw a man with a large cut wound to the throat. The man was identified as Concordio Cucul,28.

    Blogs

    My Life in Belize August Wrap-Up: Highs, Lows, Books, Shows and Eats
    August was relatively quiet as things slow down on the Caye and in Belize. Here’s my August wrap-up brought to you a bit late – my first full month of being 44. Best trip: This was my only trip this entire month – 3 nights spent at Cayo Frances Farm & Fly on the West Side of Ambergris Caye. There is a full time resident camp manager – but he headed home to Corozal for a one week vacation. I spent three days in the middle of nowhere on Ambergris Caye. It can be done! Best Food Eaten: Sushi Lunch for my birthday at Jyoto Restaurant and Sushi Bar Really REALLY gorgeous sushi for a very reasonable lunch prix fixe price. I need to do this again very very soon.

    8 Facts About the Placencia Sidewalk that May Surprise You
    For most visitors to southern Belize the word “history” is synonymous with the thousand-year-old cities of the ancient Maya. But in the charming village of Placencia there is a historical monument that while hardly ancient, continues to fascinate with every footstep. 1. The Placencia sidewalk started as a personal walkway for a high maintenance bishop! Okay. Maybe Bishop Dunn was a sweet and humble chap but his feet were far more tender than those of the local barefoot fishermen. So, he requested that a concrete walkway be constructed from his house to the nearby Anglican church and school. Little did he know that this need for comfort would be the beginning of the village’s first economically vital “road” and later a reason for girls to don heels and wedges for the otherwise arduous trek to the club.

    International Sourcesizz

    Irma turns Caribbean island paradises into nightmares
    Strung like beads along the northeast edge of the Caribbean, the Leeward Islands are tiny, remote and beautiful, with azure waters and ocean breezes drawing tourists from around the world. The wild isolation that made St. Barts, St. Martin, Anguilla and the Virgin Islands vacation paradises has turned them into cutoff, chaotic nightmares in the wake of Hurricane Irma, which left 22 people dead, mostly in the Leeward Islands. Looting and lawlessness were reported Saturday by both French and Dutch authorities, who were sending in extra troops to restore order. The Category 5 storm snapped the islands' fragile links to the outside world with a direct hit early Wednesday, pounding their small airports, decapitating cellphone towers, filling harbors with overturned, crushed boats and leaving thousands of tourists and locals desperate to escape.

    Mexico & Central America's Leading Boutique Resort 2017
    Ka'ana Threepeat at World Travel Awards

    Videos

  • Carnival Road March (September 9, 2017), 4hr.

  • Day three of Carnival mas camps, 6.5min.

  • The final night of mas camps, 6min.

  • Girls reaction to belize trip, 7min.

  • Kaya - Marine Conservation Project in Belize, 1.5min. Volunteer in Latin America and learn about marine conservation in Belize with PADI certification. You will gain an internationally recognised diving qualification and help improve the habitats of marine wildlife. Based on a tiny private island in the Sapodilla Cayes, off the coast of Placencia, this award winning marine conservation project has worked in conjunction with the fisheries department for the past 7 years researching issues affecting the world’s second largest coral reef.

  • ZENAIDA MOYA Breaks the Silence, 3hr. Ms. Moya on a televised "Talk Show" tells Ernesto Vásquez of Love Fm that she felt that the Honorable Minister acted hostile towards her and felt her safety was compromised when an intoxicated #DPM "talked-down" to her in a closed door meeting recarding his decission to crown Ms. Stann Creek as the Queen of the Bay.

  • Belize delegation discuss the World Festival of Youth and Students 2017, 21min.

  • Ministry of Human Development and Social Transformation launch Belize Youth Challenge Program, 21min.

  • Ya'axche Conservation Trust discuss partnership to mitigate human jaguar conflict, 32min.

  • Bert Belize Carnival Safety Tips, 23min.

  • Belize National Carnival Commission, 28min.

  • Grace & You Carnival Wine Shrimp, 19min.

  • Belize National Teachers Union, 35min.

  • US Embassy in Belize Remembering 911, 16min.

  • Freedom of Press, 39min.

  • Parallel Crowning of Queens, 8min.

  • Ep2 Kiteboarding and Snorkeling in Belize - BusyFindingTime, 17min. Our visit to San Pedro, Belize on Ambergris Caye over 4th of July, 2017.

  • Police Check Point Talk Show, 60min.

    September 12, 2017


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    Specials and Events

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    The San Pedro Sun

    Miss San Pedro 2017 Coronated at St. George’s Caye Day Parade
    Newly elected Miss San Pedro 2017-2018, Virginia Vasquez was officially presented with her crown and scepter on Sunday, September 10th at the Honourable Louis Sylvestre Sporting Complex. Vasquez was crowned by outgoing Miss San Pedro Lisandra Novelo before a large crowd of students and citizens. The coronation was part of the 219th anniversary of the Battle of St. George’s Caye. After the coronation ceremony, Vasquez and the other Miss San Pedro contestants joined a citizens and uniform parade through the streets of San Pedro Town. At the official ceremony, Mayor Daniel Guerrero welcomed everyone to the first event of the country’s September Celebrations. The festivities this year are held under the theme ‘Belize: Confronting Challenges! Celebrating Triumphs! Renewing our Resolve!’ Guerrero reminded everyone that just as the Baymen faced struggles against the Spaniards over 200 years ago, Belize now faces challenges ahead. “Just like the Baymen collectively confronted their challenges, we must ensure that as a young nation, we work together and continue building our country,” said Guerrero.

    Hol Chan Marine Reserve continues their annual sport-fish tagging program
    The Hol Chan Marine Reserve once again conducted their sport fish tagging program for bonefish, permit and tarpon as part of their research and monitoring program. This program was first launched in 2016, and is conducted from April to November. So far in 2017, they have tagged 150 bonefish and about 70 permits. The purpose of tagging is to study and collect scientific data necessary to identify growth rates, migration areas, breeding locations and determine levels of sustainable fishing. “Since bonefish, permit, and tarpon are important species for our tourism industry, we wanted to study them in more depth. When a tagged fish is caught, we record its measurements and location. That way it is possible for us to develop more ways to protect them,” said Hol Chan Manager Miguel Alamilla.

    St George's Caye Day celebrations and Miss San Pedro coronation in San Pedro!
    Miss San Pedro coronation and parade. Happy 10th of September to all Belizeans at home and a broad! Hip hip hurray!

    Wolfe’s Woofer: Even Trade
    “What are you having, Mario?” I asked. “Two garnaches and a tamale.” My sometimes helper and I were eating lunch at Lupe’s at the big picnic table. A group of workers from a nearby construction site came over to eat and Mario called to one of them. “Hey, Rafa,” he said. “Come over and eat with us and let’s talk about money.” When Rafael got in line to order I asked, “What was that all about?” “I keep Rafa’s bicycle at my house because he got no place to keep it. He pays me five dollars a week and I look out for it. Only thing is, he don’t pay me for a long time now.” When Rafael sat down Mario said, “Rafa, you got five dollars for me this week? It’s adding up all the time.”

    A story of recovery on World Suicide Prevention Day, September 10, 2017
    arla, a 33-year-old hairdresser living in the Stann Creek District became suicidal about 5 years ago. At that time, she was in a dark place where she just “did not feel normal”. She describes experiencing racing thoughts, constant crying and an immense sadness “I felt isolated, like nobody cared” and pretty soon she began to think that no one would hurt her if she were dead. She attempted to take her own life several times and felt that Depression was taking over her life. She knew she needed help and eventually she reached out to a psychiatric nurse practitioner (PNP) at the mental health clinic at the Southern Regional Hospital.

    Doctor Love: Friendless
    Dear Doctor Love, I am sixteen years old and I have been best friends with this girl for all of my life. We have always been inseparable until she met this other girl and now she hangs out with her all of the time. I thought the things we told each other were only between us but I found out the other day that she is telling the new girl all of our secrets. They make fun of me and giggle behind their hands and point at me and this hurts very much. I am so heartbroken because school is starting and now she and I are not best friends anymore. I don’t know why she is doing this to me. We have never even had a fight, so why is she making me feel so bad? Are we friends anymore? /s/ Friendless

    Ambergris Today

    Two Sharks Killed By Illegal Gill Nets
    Disturbing video footage of a15-foot tiger shark that died after being caught in an abandoned gill net has triggered conservationists and residents to join the support in renewing the call to ban gill net and long line fishing in Belize. The tiger shark is one of two that were discovered this past week. The San Pedro tour company, Amigos del Mar, came across a 500-foot net that contained the two dead sharks; one of them that was believed to be a pregnant female tiger shark. Amigos del Mar was traveling back to Ambergris Caye from a trip to Lighthouse Reef Atoll. They immediately contacted MarAlliance to report the incident. MarAlliance indicated that the net had no tag denoting it was not registered, it was longer than regulations require in Belize and also reveals that shark fishing is taking place during the closed shark fishing season, all illegal acts.

    Justices Of The Peace Cannot Charge For Services
    The Attorney General’s Ministry has issued a release stating that it continues to receive reports of Justices of the Peace soliciting remuneration for services they provide. The Ministry reminds the public that Justices of the Peace are wholly disallowed from requesting or accepting any form of consideration for the duties (which they have signed an Oath of Allegiance and Office) they are to provide voluntarily, without fear or favor, affection or ill-will, as a civic duty. The Ministry informs that any Justice of the Peace found to be guilty of soliciting any form of consideration from citizens will be removed, Pursuant to Section 3 s. 4(b) of the Justice of the Peace Act (Revised Edition 2011) which states:

    Miss San Pedro And St. George's Caye Day Celebrations
    San Pedro’s newest beaty ambassador, Miss San Pedro 2017, Virginia Vasquez was officially presented with her crown and scepter to commence her reign during today’s 10th September/St. George’s Caye Day celebrations. The celebrations are part of the country’s official September Celebrations leading up to Independence Day on September 21. The program included short speeches by San Pedro Mayor Daniel Guerrero, Area Representative/Minister of Tourism Manuel Heredia. Belizean artist Jael August entertained with her rendition of the National Anthem of Belize and a few Belizean songs. After the ceremony a student parade ensued through the streets of downtown San Pedro culminating at Central Park were residents enjoyed a beautiful day by the beach.

    Misc Belizean Sources

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    Bringing in the 10th Sept in style
    The Full Moon party never disappoints!!

    Harvest Caye animal evacuation plan?
    As we all are trying to help those devastated in the Caribbean by Hurricane Irma and are anxiously watching the storm approaching Florida, we think about what would happen to those poor wild animals, being kept for profit on Harvest Caye by Norwegian Cruise Lines. As you all probably know, the coast of Belize is particularly vulnerable to hurricanes and tropical storms. As we understand, the plan they have put into place is to evacuate the animals onto the property of one of the founders of the Harvest Caye animal side show, which requires many miles of travel. This would have to be done well in advance of any storm as Harvest Caye would be evacuated of all people and there would be no one left to care for the animals. According to some of the leading experts on captive wildlife, what we’re seeing in Florida is the best model for the welfare of the animals. They have proper facilities on site with staff to care for the animals in situ as the stress of moving the wildlife to another site would prove more dangerous to the animals than the storm itself. In a statement Wednesday, the Miami Zoo said it would not evacuate animals "since hurricanes can change direction at the last minute, and you run the risk of evacuating to a more dangerous location."

    LUCERO BRINDIS CONSTANTINO MISSING
    LUCERO BRINDIS CONSTANTINO, age 13, of LADYVILLE, was last seen Friday morning (08 Sept), wearing black top and long jeans. She was seen with LUIS CENTURION. Her family and friends are hoping to find assistance in searching for her and would like to put together a search team to search an area of bushes nearby. The police aren't taking the case seriously and have left them with little option. Please get in touch if you have any information or can volunteer to help. Thanks.

    Man shot in the head on Sept. 10th
    On September 10th, 2017 at 5:30 a.m. police visited an area on San Antonio Road, Orange Walk where they saw 22 year old Gustavo Hernandez with a gun shot wound to his forehead. The Investigation so far revealed that sometime around 5:15 a.m. Gustavo Hernandez was walking on the road when he was shot at by a man. The shooter then rode off on a bicycle. Hernandez was transported to KHMH in a crtical condition. Police investigations continue.

    Two queens crowned on stage
    Congrats Miss Stann Creek, Queen of the Bay. What was won was justice. The Usher sisters and past queens stood up for justice for a legacy that is part of our history and culture. This is not a privately owned pageant such as the Miss Universe, this is a Belize pageant that is about who we are as a nation. We live in a country where justice is fleeting and so we cling onto any small gesture that good prevails over evil, and decency over corruption. There is no lack of mistrust in the justice and political system but people power went into overdrive with press conferences in Belmopan and Belize City, social media posts and media contacts and in this case we should examine the example set forth by Sherima Guity with the support of her sisters Reena Ordonez and Taryn K. Usher and past queens.

    PRESS RELEASE FROM PAST QUEENS OF THE BAY
    As past Queens of the Bay, we are disturbed and appalled by the press release issued by the National Queen of the Bay Committee. On the night of the national pageant, September 2nd, 2017, the judges assessed the candidates using the rules and regulations that were agreed upon by the committee and district coordinators, and the scores were tabulated and given to the judges for their consent; of which four out of seven judges signed the final results. For this reason, WE believe that it CANNOT be considered a miscalculation because it was given consent and approval on the night of the pageant. To ask the judges to reassess their scores of the pageant in a private meeting is outright disrespectful as it not only questions the integrity, but also the competence of that person to act in such capacity as a judge. Judges are selected because of their recognized expertise.

    Results for Carnival Road March 2017
    JUNIOR BAND WINNERS 2017: With 494 points in THIRD place is TRENCHTOWN MASQUERADERS. With 559 points in SECOND place is BLACK PEARL CARNIVAL BAND. With 563.5 points in FIRST place is MAHOGANY MASQUERADERS. Winner of 2017 Belize Carnival Junior Road March is Mahogany Masqueraders. SENIOR CARNIVAL BAND: SENIOR BAND WINNERS 2017: With 523 points in THIRD place is Soca Moca Carnival Band. With 538 points in SECOND place is Mother Nature’s Creation. With 595 points in FIRST place is Titans Mas Band. Winner of Belize Carnival Senior Road March 2017 is: TITANS MAS BAND.

    Cayo September Celebration Concert 2017
    The big Cayo September Celebration Concert will be on Wednesday, September 20th, at the Sacred Heart College auditorium. Lord Rhaburn and Lord Laro are both coming back to play at the event. "Our 2nd annual September Celebration Concert is just around the corner. Performances by International Artists Oscar B and Lord Laro, local artists, Lord Rhaburn and Kurl Miller. It will be night of celebration! Tickets on Sale, September 1st. $50 regular entrance, VIP $100."

    SSBA Basketball Summer Camp Finale
    A huge thank you to everyone involved with this year's SSBA Summer Youth Basketball Camp! Mark O'Brien got some pictures and video of the grand finale, which was held at the SHC auditorium. "Successful end to our SSBA Summer Youth Basketball Camp. Thanks to the sponsors, all who assisted and those that came out to support. Basketball is back!!!"

    September 10th Ceremony & Citizens Parade 2017

    South Ambergris Caye Neighborhood Watch Meeting Wednesday SEPTEMBER 13, 2017 @ 7:00pm
    COZY COCONUTS BEACH BAR and GRILL. Agenda: (subject to change): 7:10 Treasurer’s Report, 7:20 Incident Report, 7:30 Neighborhood Updates, 7:40 Upcoming EC Elections, 7:50 New Business, 8:00 Open floor. PLEASE PLEASE ATTEND AND BRING A NEIGHBOR!

    Roque Aguilar Jr. passes away
    Condolences to the Aguilar family. May Roque R.I.P.

    Splashers
    Come paint with us this Thursday at Crazy Canucks Beach Bar. We will be painting "Sipping In Paradise".

    Man found with cut throat
    On the 11. 9. 17 at 1:10 a.m. police visited the San Martin area where they saw a 28 year old Concordio Cucul of Belmopan with a large cut to the throat. Police have no information on the incident that resulted in his injury. He is listed in a critical condition at the hospital.

    SHOOTING INCIDENT
    On the 10. 9. 17 at 10:15 p.m. police visited the KHMH where they saw 26 year old Darwin Martinez, a graphic designer of Mayflower Street suffering from a gunshot wound to the left upper back and to the left upper chest area. The police investigation revealed so far that at 10:00 p.m. Martinez was inside a black Saturn car seated in the front passenger seat along with his uncle, the driver. While driving on Ebony Street at the turn into Sibun Street he heard several shots and realized he had been shot. The victim listed in a stable condition at the KHMH.

    Murder in Cayo
    On the 10. 9. 17 at 8:50 p.m. police visited Buena Vista, Village, Cayo where they saw the body of 22 year old Jose Ulysess Sibrian, a Salvadoran National who lived in Buena Vista, Cayo. The body had a stab wound to the left side of the chest and side. Earlier in the night he was socializing at a local bar when he and and another started to argue and he was stabbed.

    Police shoot man accused of chopping
    On 10.09.17 at 4:35 p.m. police responded to a chopping incident at mile 25 on the Hummingbird Highway. 49 year old Ricardo Oh reported that he was chopped by 32 year old Florentino Coc who was several feet away under a shed. When he was approached by the police, Coc picked up a machete and advanced towards the police in a threatening manner and despite being cautioned and the firing of two warning shots he did not relent. Only when he was shot in the right leg did he stop. He was arrested and taken to the Southern Regional Hospital for treatment.

    The Reporter

    Police investigate murder and other crimes
    Police are investigating a number of violent crimes that occurred over the extended 10th weekend across the country. Just before 9:00 on Sunday night, police were called out to Buena Vista village, Cayo where they found the body of Jose Ulyses Sibrian, 22, a Salvadoran who lived in Buena Vista. Sibrian’s body had stab wounds to the left side of the chest and side. Police say Sibrian was socializing at a local bar and got embroiled in an argument with another man, which resulted in the stabbing. Police are seeking the man pending investigations.

    Witness in Daniel Sosa murder killed
    Police have confirmed that Gustavo Hernandez, the witness in the murder of Daniel Sosa, was shot dead over the weekend. Police say that they found Hernandez, 22, with a gunshot wound in his head at around 5:30 Sunday morning on the San Antonio Road, Orange Walk. Authorities took Hernandez to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital for treatment, where he died from his injury 13 hours later. Police say that he was walking on the road at around 5:15 Sunday morning, when a gunman on a bicycle approached him and fired the shot which caused his injury, then fled the scene.

    Police shoot machete-wielding man
    Police say they were forced to shoot a man in the leg this weekend after he allegedly accosted them with a machete. According to police, officers responded to a call about a chopping incident near Mile 25 on the Hummingbird Highway. They say that upon arrival, they saw Florentino Coc, 32, under a shed near the scene. Coc, police allege, had chopped Ricardo Oh, 49, and when they tried to approach Coc, he picked up a machete and charged towards them, in a manner the police described as “threatening”.

    Irma slams into southwestern Florida
    Hurricane Irma slammed Marco Island off Florida’s west coast today, with winds of up to 120mph but has since been downgraded to a category 2 storm. More than 2.5 million homes in Florida are without power, and parts of the city of Miami are under water. About 2ft of water has been seen in Miami’s financial district, where one major street resembled a river, but the worst damage is expected on the west coast. Some 6.3 million people in Florida were urged to evacuate. Irma has already devastated parts of the Caribbean, killing at least 27.

    Two crowns, one queen!
    Two women were crowned Queen of the Bay (QOB) today at the launch of the September Celebrations, but only Ms Dangriga, Aaliyah Ysaguirre will be recognized as the official queen. During the coronation of Ms Ysaguirre this morning at the Memorial Park, National QOB Committee Chair, Zenaida Moya, went on stage with a separate crown, scepter and sash to pronounce Orange Walk Queen, Esmeralda Cal, Queen of the Bay at the same time outgoing QOB Christalyn Castillo was doing the official handing over to Ysaguirre. The Mistress of Ceremonies, Shari Williams eventually had to ask the police to escort Moya off the stage, and Ms Orange Walk went with her. Following the display, carried on live television, Ms Emma Boiton, original coordinator of the QOB Committee, issued a letter announcing that Moya had been dismissed immediately from her post as Committee Chair.

    Titans Mas Band wins carnival competition
    Titans Mas Band has emerged the winner of the senior division for Carnival Road March competition 2017. Titans, who appeared as the fourth senior band in the carnival line-up, secured the victory with 595 points for their presentation entitled, “Celebration of Life.” Mother Nature’s Creation came in second with 538 points, while Soca Moca Carnival Band, third with 523. In the Junior band division, the Mahogany Masqueraders took first place with 563.5 points, while Black Pearl and Trench Town Masqueraders took second and third with 559 and 494 points respectively. Bands scored points for: the durability of their costume, creative use of colors and carnival spirit, and for their performances in mass camp inspections held before carnival day.

    Controversy deepens over who is Queen of the Bay 2017
    The controversy has deepened over who is Queen of the Bay 2017, after the National Queen of the Bay Committee says it will still crown Ms Orange Walk, despite an overruling late Saturday night, that Miss Dangriga is the queen. The September Celebrations Committee issued a press release late Saturday night following a meeting with the National Queen of the Bay Committee, and with the majority of the judges. At the close of that meeting, the September Celebrations Committee, headed by Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber, declared Ms Dangriga, Aaliyah Ysaguirre as the winner. That declaration overruled an initial announcement late Friday by the National Queen of the Bay Committee, headed by Zenaida Moya. That decision was that based upon a review by the judges of their scoring on pageant night, Ms Orange Walk, Esmeralda Cal is the true winner. Despite the overruling late Saturday night by the September Celebrations Committee, reinstating Ms Dangriga as the Queen of the Bay for 2017, the Queen of the Bay Committee maintains that Miss Orange Walk is the winner and that she will be crowned during the Tenth ceremony this morning in Belize City.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Belmopan man cut to the throat
    Last night around 8:50, San Ignacio Police responded to an incident in Buena Vista Village where they saw the body of a man with stab wounds to the left side of his chest and side. The man was identified as Jose Ulysses Sibrian, 22, a Salvadoran residing in Buena Vista, Cayo District.

    Graphic designer shot in Belize City
    According to police reports, last night around 10:15, Belize City police visited the KHMH where they saw Darwin Martinez, 26, a graphic designer of Mayflower Street suffering from gunshot wound to the left upper back and to the left upper chest area.

    Man stabbed to death in Buena Vista; Police seek one man
    Last night around 8:50, San Ignacio Police responded to an incident in Buena Vista Village where they saw the body of a man with stab wounds to the left side of his chest and side. The man was identified as Jose Ulysses Sibrian, 22, a Salvadoran residing in Buena Vista, Cayo District.

    Queen of the Bay controversy continues
    Following this morning’s historic display at the Queen of the Bay’s coronation, the national Queen of the Bay (QOB) Committee Chair Zenida Moya has been terminated, and the Orange Walk Committee is coronating its own Queen. The original national QOB Committee Chair Emma Boiton, issued a letter to Moya this morning, thanking her for her services as coordinator and relieving her of the post with immediate effect.

    Attorney General’s Ministry remind JP’s of code of conduct
    The Attorney General’s Ministry issued a release on Friday, September 8, 2017 in response to reports received of Justices of the Peace soliciting remuneration for services they provide.

    Orange Walk man shot to forehead this morning
    This morning around 5:30, police visited an area on San Antonio road in Orange Walk where they saw Gustavo Hernandez,22, with a gunshot wound to his forehead.

    Corozal police find explosive device at night club
    According to reports, shortly after midnight last night, police found an explosive device in a night club in Corozal Town. Police and personnel from the Belize Defense Force (BDF) were called to the scene.

    Two queens of the Bay?
    For the first time in 72 years, two Queens of the Bay (QOB) were crowned simultaneously on the same stage. Days of controversy came to an explosive conclusion this morning at the Fort George Memorial Park when the QOB Committee Chair Zenaida Moya walked up and crowned Ezmeralda Cal, at the same time the official QOB, Aaliyah Ysaguirre was being crowned.

    Early morning double shooting at fish market in Belize City
    The September shooting spree in Belize City continues on the 10th of September with the shooting of 2 brothers early this morning. The incident occured at the fish market in Conch Shell Bay.

    Belizeans celebrate Saint George’s Caye Day
    By Zoila Palma: Today, Belizeans across the jewel celebrate the anniversary of the Battle of St. George’s Caye. The Battle of Saint George’s Caye is commemorated because in the 1500’s, the Spaniards made constant attempts to control the region of the Yucatan coast which included Belize. By the mid 1600’s, shipwrecked British sa

    Illegal net kills two sharks
    Two sharks were found dead this week as a result of out-of-season shark fishing. Channel 7 news reported that a San Pedro tour vessel came across a 500-foot net, which contained the two dead shark, one of which was believed to be a pregnant female tiger-shark. The net, which is far longer than Belizean regulations allow, did not have any markings, leaving authorities with questions as to who could have cast the net, or when it was cast.

    Police officers charged with extortion are out on bail
    Two police officers are out on bail, after being charged with a single count of extortion. Magistrate Aretha Ford released 37-year-old Sergeant Lenancio Bol, and 30-year-old Constable Daniel Requena, on bail valued at $2000, for taking an $800 bribe from oneEstefania Gomez. Both men are scheduled to return to court on November 14.

    All eyes on Queen of the Bay crowning ceremony
    After multiple press releases circulating contradictory information on who will be crowned Queen of the Bay this morning, Belizeans are anxiously awaiting the ceremonial launch scheduled for 9 a.m. Yesterday the National Celebrations Commission issued a release saying that the 2017 pageant winner Aaliyah Ysagguirre would be crowned; however, around 3 a.m. today, the Queen of the Bay Secretariat issued its own release, saying that Esmeralda Cal would receive the crown.

    Blogs

    Happy September 10th! A Parade, Immigrant Life – A Sunday Morning in San Pedro
    There is always celebration and HUGE fireworks on the eve before. But last night…at about 8:30pm, torrential rains hit and the party was cancelled. This morning a parade was scheduled – the uniform parade – and I headed to town. Spoiler alert: With all the wind being sucked into gigantic Hurricane Irma thousands of miles away, it is HOT right now. And I didn’t make it to the parade. But here is what I saw this Sunday morning, September 10th in San Pedro town. The kids were supposed to be at the football field by 9am. Let’s just say that my arrival at 9:30 meant I was WAY early. A few of the souvenir vendors were open. I keep meaning to buy one of these woven straw bags for grocery shopping. Retro-chic.

    2017 Fireworks Display in Corozal ; A Saturday evening Celebration At Maimi Beach
    On, Saturday, September 9th, 2017 the Corozal people came out to enjoy September Celebration night eve at Maimi Beach, Corozal. This main event in Belize is celebrated a day before September 10. To respect the National Holiday of Belize. In Corozal, the main event was where everyone had gathered to await the fireworks at Maimi Beach. Also, live music was being played for people to enjoy. A number of people came out to either dance, sing or just watch everyone else. This band played until the Wee hours to celebrate Sepemtmber month. At 12midnight, the colorful fireworks display was lite up. I started recording the fireworks display and during my recording, I enjoyed watching the fireworks. I saw Children and adults from all ages enjoying the fireworks. some gathered in front of the Mirador Hotel and some stay at Maimi Beach. It was great to see this event happening in Corozal and I hope the town keeps up the good work for the town to enjoy. Here are some pictures and videos of last nights event.

    Battle of Saint George's Caye held in Corozal 2017
    The Battle of St. George's Caye was a short military engagement that lasted from 3 to 10 September 1798, off the coast of what is now Belize. However, the name is typically reserved for the final battle that occurred on 10 September. The Spaniards had previously attempted to expel the British settlers and their slaves on six occasions, most recently in 1779. September 10, 1798, marked the final Spanish attempt to take over the area. Today, the Battle of St. George's Caye is a national public and bank holiday.

    Mini Parade in Corozal as part of the September Celebration 2017
    The month of September is usually the fun part of your visit while being in Belize. I went to take pictures of a mini parade in Corozal. And, this mini parade is to collaborate the month of September to showcase the celebrations of Belize. 25 motorist came out for the parade. And, at midnight tonight there will be fireworks at Miami Beach.

    10 Things You Need to Know About The Battle of St George’s Caye
    Every year on September 10th Belize celebrates St. Georges Caye Day, the day that a heroic crew of British settlers, buccaneers and slaves defeated the Spaniards from occupying the territory of Belize. Many people in Belize and the world might not know or understand the significance of this day; thus, we decided to compile 10 important facts that you need to know of the Battle of St. George’s Caye.

    A Trip to the ATM in Belize — A Five Star Adventure Tour
    This is not an ATM to make your cash withdrawals or deposits. Rather, it’s a depository for history, spirituality, geology, and life sciences. ATM is the name for the highest rated adventure tour in Belize. It stands for Actun Tunichil Muknal or the Cave of the Crystal Sepulcher. Sounds a bit like an Indiana Jones adventure, and in reality, it is. The archaeological site was inhabited between 200-900 AD. At one time, the population in the surrounding area reached 12,000 to 15,000 people. Now, it’s fairly sparsely inhabited. One of the things that makes Belize unique is its underworld or Xibalba. Caves were sacred sites for the Mayan ceremonies to take place. Today, many of those caves are turned into natural adventure spots. Places to go cave tubing. Or, like ATM, a triathlon site for cave diving/swimming/hiking and trudging through rivers. “Belize is like a Swiss cheese,” says our guide, Carlos the Caveman. “We have the longest underground water system.” Water sinks through the limestone to form caves, he explains. “ATM was discovered many moons ago by our ancestors. We had respect for caves.” He says the older generations told their children and grandchildren not to go into caves, as there are spirits within.

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    I Had to Go on a 10-Day Vacation With a Stranger From a Dating Site — After Realizing at the Airport it Wasn't a Match
    “I need a vacation partner. Wanna come?” he wrote. “Sure, where are we going?” I replied, amused but also intrigued. I had been messaging with this guy who I had matched with on Tinder, and after about a week of chatting, he popped that question. We were 1,500 miles apart and had never met. We had crossed paths on the app while I was traveling for work and now I was back home. Since we lived in separate cities, one of us was going to have to travel if we were ever going to see each other. So why not meet in the middle? Actually nowhere near the middle — more like neutral territory, a.k.a. Belize. First dates usually involve awkward conversation and a couple of drinks. Ours would include passports and an awkward airport layover. We traveled up and down the country, zig zagging from the coastline to the interior jungle regions, even crossing into Guatemala to visit the Tikal Mayan ruins. It was the kind of trip that would put any couple (or wannabe couple) to the relationship test, with long bumpy car rides, unpredictable weather, and spotty Wi-Fi connections.

    How Global Warming Could Push Hurricanes to New Regions
    Many scientists say there's little doubt that global warming intensified Hurricane Harvey's rainfall and may have contributed to the intensity of Hurricane Irma, which has already set numerous records for Atlantic storms. But beyond individual hurricanes, scientists are also studying how climate change could change the paths of storms. That could bring new risks to regions like Western Europe, the American northeast, and even Southern California, according to climate scientists who study exactly how hurricane paths will change in the decades ahead. Hurricane Harvey's stall over the Texas coast may have been an early sign of just such a shift. Climate scientists say that changes in the jetstream may have been at least partly responsible for Harvey's disastrous rains, and may also have been a factor when Superstorm Sandy turned westward over New York in 2012, rather than veering eastward like most tropical systems at that latitude.

    Watch the Ancient Art of Chocolate-Making
    The Maya, Toltec, and Aztec people started cultivating the fruit of the cacao tree more than 3,000 years ago. Considered the “food of the gods,” the chocolate-making tradition originated in the Maya world, which encompasses modern-day Guatemala, Honduras, Belize, Mexico, and El Salvador. Cacao—from the Olmec ka-ka-w—was traded as currency and valued for its purported medicinal and aphrodisiacal qualities. The beans were roasted, ground, and brewed into a bitter hot chocolate drink that was used in religious ceremonies, buried in the tombs of dignitaries, and used to worship Ek Chuah, the Maya god of merchants and patron of cacao. It wasn’t until Spanish conquistadors arrived in the 16th century that sugar and milk were added to the mix. Chocolate eventually made its way to Europe, and in 1585 Spain received its first recorded shipment of cacao beans, where it proliferated in the Spanish court.

    Videos

  • Steel Band hyped up the Carnival!, 1min. Listen to the sounds of the Caribbean culture!

  • Citizen's parade - 10th parade, 18min.

  • Queen of the Bay, 1hr45min.

  • The video of the moment the QOTB ceremony went viral, 8min. Here is a video of the spectacle that happened at Queen of The Bay crowning at the Official 10th of September Celebrations for Saint Georges Caye Day. I apologize for the quality because I took the video with my phone. I just had a sick feeling in my stomach that something was going to happen so I recorded it and could not believe what I was seeing.

  • Up to the Maya top, 2min. Escape Belize has a great drone video showing the way to Cahal Pech. Definitely worth a watch.

  • Belize Carnival 2017 #2, 10min.

  • Belize Technology Report ( episode 4), 34min. As seen on television in Belize. Representing New Buildings Ltd. & its sister companies. Internal commercials are all Mennonite owned businesses. Produced, filmed, scripted, narrated and hosted by Steve ODell. Second narration and GFX by Roseanna ODell.

  • Belize Island Girl - Highlights: Caye Caulker, Ambergris Caye, Hol Chan, Shark Ray, 8min.

  • Belize Island Girl - Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Shark Ray Alley, Ambergris Caye, 4min.

  • Belize Island Girl - Sailing to Caye Caulker,4min.

  • Paradise in Belize, 3.5min. Cay Caulker, San Pedro, Belize City and everything in between.

  • Belize - Ambergris Caye snorkel w Scuba Steve - October 2016_1, 10min. First time in Belize, amazing trip. Scuba Steve is the MAN... and a master diver.

  • Zip lining in Belize, Harvest Caye, 5min. This was third and final run of the course. AKA the "Superman" run.

  • Fly Fishing Belize, Turneffe Atoll, 4min. Fly Fishing Belize (tarpon, permit, bonefish)

  • In case you missed it: September 10th Celebrations & Coronation of Miss San Pedro, 45min. September 10th Celebrations & Coronation of Miss San Pedro

  • Southern Belize Home Construction, 3min.

  • Belize Aquaculture, 18min.

  • Beautiful house reef in Belize, 4min. We love house reefs, where we can snorkel right from the shore. Tranquility Bay Resort at Ambergris Key was excellent. We spent 5 days with kayaks and snorkel-gear from morning until late evening. We anchored with the kayaks and explored the beautiful reef starting from meters from the pier. It was so good that we didn't spent any money on the quit expensive boat trips.

  • Should You Eat Street Food on Ambergris Caye in Belize? Watch This!, 2.5min. Hey Everyone, It's William Narod, The Paradise Guy, here on beautiful Ambergris Caye, Belize. On today's video, I take you along for a weekend tradition of enjoying some roadside barbecue or street food with the family. Not only is this an inexpensive treat, it is delicious too.

  • Backpacking Belize | SOLO FEMALE TRAVELER | Ep. 30 | Caye Caulker pt.1, 3min. Where to go in backpacking Belize? CAYE CAULKER island of course (pronounced Key Caulker btw) ! This tropical paradise is a must for backpackers as the island's chill vibe will sooth away any hangover that you might have caught will traveling and partying in Mexico (especially Tulum ;) ). How to get to Caye Caulker? Easy! It's only 45 minutes away from Belize City and easily accessible with the water taxi.

  • Belize Carnival 2017 Junior Bands, 8min. The Belize Carnival 2017, Saturday 9th September featuring all Junior Bands.

  • Belize 2016, 8min.

  • Belize Carnival 2017, 4min. The Belize Carnival 2017 featuring PanTempters Steel Band.

  • Belize Carnival 2017 #5, 14min. The Belize Carnival 2017, Saturday 9th September. On Baymen Avenue winding up...Featuring Fantasy Karnival Belize, Titan Mas Band, Soca Moca and Belizean Jewels. Titans won this year's road march and was crowned 2017 Band of the Year.

  • Nurse Shark Belize, 4min.

  • Belize's September Celebrations, 6min.

  • "How To Belize" at Mahogany Bay Village, 3min. The past month and a half I spent in Belize have been nothing short of amazing... the people, the culture, everything.

  • Belize Carnival 2017 #4, 6.5min. The Belize Carnival 2017, Saturday 9th September on Youth For The Future Drive. This video features Soca Moca Carnival Band, 3rd place winner.

  • Belize 1930's, 12min. Getting a glimse of Belize City in the 1930's using the Huntley's Film Archives. At around 8:26 you will see the ferry that was used before the Haluover Bridge was built. The area and the bridge was called Haulover because that is where the logs were hauled over after floating down the river. Driving over the Haulover Bridge going North on the right hand side on the banks of the river, one will notice a slab of concrete. I always wondered what that was used for. According to the film ( at 8:26), that was where the ferry docked as it came across the river. Other interesting shots in the film is the Government House with some of the other buildings that were on the property before the 1931 hurricane. Loyola Park before and after the same hurricane. After effects of Hurricane. Damage after. British colonial car loaded onto ferry. Railway. Belize City devastated. Choppy waves at sea from boat. Wind bending palm trees. Empty small boat bobbing. Ships launch. Still pictures of devastation and panoramic sweeps.


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