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July 27, 2016


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The San Pedro Sun

The race for Miss San Pedro has begun!
Six beautiful island ladies have embarked on a journey for a chance to be the next Miss San Pedro 2016-2017. The first step of the fascinating experience was the official sashing ceremony which took place on Monday, July 25th at El Patio Restaurant. At this ceremony the candidates were presented to their sponsors; vying for the title this year are: Marisha Thompson sponsored by Jaguars Temple and Night Club, Beverly Rodriguez sponsored by Captain Shark’s, Karina Requena sponsored by Castillo’s Hardware, Lisandra Novelo sponsored by Ramon’s Village Resort, Marleni Diaz sponsored by Fidos Courtyard and Pier, and Heidi Sorto sponsored by La Sirene Resort Spa and Marina. The pageant is set for Saturday, September 3rd at the Honorable Louis Sylvester Sporting Complex. The San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) and Miss San Pedro Pageant Committee cordially invite everyone to the pageant for an evening of beauty and elegance where a new queen of the island will be crowned.

Ambergris Today

Nigel Belisle Leads San Pedro Lions Club
The San Pedro Lions Club installed its new board of directors to lead the club for the year 2016-2917. The post of Presidency now lies on the shoulders of Nigel Belisle, a well known community activist in this community. President Belisle took the lead in the aftermath of the recent fire in assisting the victims - a test he passed with flying colors. Nigel is graduate of San Pedro High School, a soft spoken and very friendly person. Secretary of the Club is Pamela Zetina and Vice President is Brittney O'Daniel. The ceremony held on Saturday, July 23, 2016, last was well attended by Lions, community invited guests and visiting Lions. The Caribbean Kings provided music for a lively party following the ceremony.

Six Beautiful Ladies Ready for Miss San Pedro Pageant
The momentum and enthusiasm for pageant night has been kicked up a notch for the Miss San Pedro Pageant as six contestants vying for this year’s title were officially announced and presented with their official sponsor’s sash. Pageant night has been set for Saturday, September 3, 2016, with Marleni Diaz, Heidi Sorto, Beverly Rodriguez, Karina Requena, Marisha Thompson and Lisandro Novelo already in high gear preparing for the show. The San Pedro Town Council says it has increased its budget for the pageant as it has become evident that the pageant is a huge success and that it is a great platform for the winner to take on more positive activities as a role model to her peers.

Reports of Jaguar Sighting in North Ambergris Caye
A resident of North Ambergris Caye, reported having spotted a jaguar in the Mata Grande area, 4.5 miles of the Boca del Rio Bridge around 2a.m. on July 26, 2016, while he was driving home. The resident said that he almost ran over the 4-5 foot animal, slamming on the breaks to avoid it. Many people are not aware that Ambergris Caye has a 12,000 acre wildlife reserve on the northern tip, which is part of Bacalar Chico. There is a lot of wildlife there including jaguar, puma and other wild cats. As development on the north of the island spreads, sightings will become more common and large wildlife may appear in residential areas more often, so it is important that the community works hand in hand with BWCN and the Forest Department to and to keep everyone safe, while preserving our precious wildlife for generations to come.

Moscow Ballet On Ice Brings Olympians and Cool Moves to Belize
Recent news reports about an ice skating show coming to Belize may have some people scratching their heads. Ice skating in the tropics? Yes! Believe it! Thanks a mobile ice surface called the Ice Equipment Complex (IPC), a public entertainment area can be transformed into a skating rink within hours. This is what will take place in Belize at two venues which include Belize City and San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye. First the show will set up at the Bliss Centre for the Performing Arts ahead for two shows: July 30 and July 31. The following week, the Moscow Ballet on Ice will set up its IPC in San Pedro at the R. Angel Nunez Auditorium.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Costa Maya Festival year 2001

Belmopan Day 2016
The Belmopan City Council is having their annual Belmopan Day this Saturday, July 30th, starting at 10:00am, at Mae Gordon Park. There will be fun and games, food, and great music from the New Sensation Band and Supa G.

Ms. Elisa Castellanos is our Belize Wonder Woman!
Elisa Castellanos wears many hats but is for sure a Leader. She is most passionate about her human rights advocacy work as the founding Executive Director of Tikkun Olam Belize - a non-profit organization that defends the rights of women sex workers and works toward the decriminalization of sex work through social and political activism, community building, and civil engagement.

BHA Scholarships ... Applications welcome !!
The Belize Hotel Association Scholarship Fund was established in 2011 with the purpose to provide educational funding for children of employees working with the BHA member hotels and businesses, who are unable to meet financial obligations for their child's high school or tertiary level education. To date, the BHA has financed, one year of tertiary level education for a student in Belize City, four years of high school to completion for one student in Caye Caulker, and is presently funding a student in Belize City for the past two years, who is now heading into the third year of her high school program. In addition, the BHA scholarship fund has assisted in subsidizing a member hotel's Children's Summer Camp Program in the Cayo District. Thanks to the immeasurable generosity of our Members and the local business community who offered gift certificates, cash, and gift packages for our raffles/auctions and through their purchases of our BHA umbrellas, the Belize Hotel Association is pleased to say that we are able to assist more students this year. If you wish to apply for this benefit, kindly send your applications to : The Belize Hotel Association, P.O. Box 248013 Cork Street, Belize City, Belize.

Good Governance and Anti-Corruption Measures
The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry issued a press release today encouraging Good Governance and Anti-Corruption Measures on behalf of the Government of Belize. In Pillar II of our Business Sustainability Agenda presented to all political leaders just before the 2015 general elections, the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (“the BCCI”) called for measures to combat corruption and strengthen the rule of law. Those measures are more important than ever today, if we are to rebuild Belize’s economy and her reputation as a safe and stable country. Anti-corruption laws, including campaign finance reform, must be implemented and applied visibly, impartially and indiscriminately from the top down and across the board. Belize has to adopt international conventions and implement laws that instill transparency in all facets of the government. It is imperative that Government take charge of Belize’s current security crisis by aggressively implementing changes that will restore citizens’ sense of safety and change the international perception of engraved corruption and the lack of rule of law in Belize.

Heroes don't wear capes
Volunteers of the Shipstern Conservation & Management Area say that forest rehabilitation is very hard work. It involves long and countless hours of planting every individual tree to replenish our forest stocks under merciless conditions. If you love nature then become a hero and join the many volunteers and movement to preserve and replenish our Belizean forest.

Rianne Gutierrez is Flor de la Feria
Congratulations, Rianne Gutierrez, on being crowned the 2016 Flor de la Feria pageant queen!  It was the 50th pageant, and they had many of the previous queens stop by.  The costumes they made based on the Maya site they represented were amazing, and Joanna Guerra won that hands down. There are 100's of pictures from the pageant on the Flor de la Feria page.

Channel 7

GSU Commander, Supt, Mark Flowers, Charged For Molesting Girl, Remanded To Prison
Tonight, Superintendent Mark Flowers, who was the Commander of the Gang Suppression Unit up until last week, is at the Belize Central Prison on remand. He was charged and arraigned this evening on the offense of unlawful sexual intercourse. This is after a 14 year-old girl reported to police that Flowers had sexual intercourse with her on 2 different occasions in January and March of this year. The girl is now four months pregnant. We have all the details for you tonight, including an extended sit down interview with the now accused and disgraced cop. He took all questions on the child molestation allegation - plus made some broad allegations against his boss, police minister John Saldivar, and we'll have all that for you. But, we start first with our story of how he finally handed himself in to police after eluding arrest since Monday. Daniel Ortiz has that story:

Flowers Rejects Sex Abuse Allegation
And so Flowers is on remand tonight - but he says he is falsely accused. The incident is alleged to have happened near his farm in Blackman Eddy where the child alleges that Flowers twice had sex with her against her will. It's a very disturbing allegation and today in the presence of his attorney Flowers told us it is completely false:.. Daniel Ortiz: "I have to be frank and ask you straight up, did you have any sexual relations with this young lady?" Mark Flowers, former GSU Commander: "Absolutely and unequivocally under any circumstances it's a no! It's a no!"

Flowers Bombshell: A Minister Made Them Do It
And, Flowers says that not only did the family set him up - they did so based on an inducement from a government minister. He doesn't call that Minister's name, but by inference it can be deducted who he is referring to. Here's how he put it:... Mark Flowers, former GSU Commander: "About 5 weeks or a little more ago, I posted up a picture with the Hon. Deputy Prime Minister on my Facebook page and I understand that and this is a mutual friend of the minister, the host and myself who is saying that it was said to the minister 'he say how could Mark Flowers be so disrespectful and posting up a picture with the Deputy Prime Minister, who as you defeated in the bid for the office of deputy party leader a couple weeks ago, which is nothing to do with being professional, nothing to do with policing."

Hon. Saldivar completely Rejects Flowers' Account
And so while Superintendent Flowers, who was with his attorney was careful not to name names, his rage is clearly directed against National security Minister John Saldivar. So, today we spoke to Saldivar by phone and we asked him how he responds to the allegations. Daniel Ortiz "The allegations that Mr. Mark Flowers has made is that you are the moving hand behind his being charged, that you supposedly paid the family $8,000 so that they would make a malicious complaint against him because you have a personal vendetta against him. Can you give us a response sir?" Hon. John Saldivar, Minister of National Security: "That has to absolutely ridiculous. I certainly don't even know the victims nor the parent or mother. I've never met them, don't even know their names and so any assertions that I may have been involved with the family is a complete fabrication from Mr. Flowers."

When It All Falls Down: From PM's Escort To A Jail Cell For Mark Flowers
And so it has come to this for Mark Flowers - a man who was the favourite of the UDP government - the man who provided the escort for the Prime Minister on the night of his re-election in November 2015. He was as publicly chummy with the UDP as a policeman can be - and tonight he is in jail. Today he discussed that trajectory:... Daniel Ortiz: "It seem as though you've been at the mountain top, at the highest heights in this administration - this UDP administration, being associated with the Prime Minister and it seems as though you have taken a very steep fall all the way to the bottom. How could this have happened? Everyone thinks you enjoy some sort of, not even comradery, some sort of protection because of your connections to the UDP administration and now you are saying that elements of that same administration is the one that orchestrating not only your exit, but you're criminal charging."

Luis Wade Leads Protest Saying "I Want My Country Back"
Tonight the headlines may be all about Superintendent Mark Flowers - but he too is part of the William "Danny" Mason story - and that's what took center stage in Belmopan this morning. That's when Plus Tv's Luis Wade led a protest under the banner: "I Want My Country Back". Wade is alluding to the forces which he believe colluded to kill his brother pastor Llewellyn Wade, and are now conspiring to bury the investigation. That's his take on this crime of the decade and today he proved that he's not alone in this belief. We went to Belmopan for his spirited protest:... "We want our country back, we'll take our country back" - that was the emphatic chant hollered out by the firebrands leading today's peaceful protest through Belmopan. They led a far more laid back crowd through Belmopan and took the message right up to the Prime Minister's Office - where plainclothes police blocked the door. But they couldn't block Raymond Rivers and Geovannie Brackett's outbursts:

Mason Complainant Lloyd Freissen Leaves Country
Well today the Mennonite at the center of the investigation has again left the country. 7News has confirmed that Lloyd Freissen flew out this afternoon - reportedly because he is still afraid for his and his family's safety. As we have reported, Freissen is the centerpiece in the entire case of Pastor Llewelyn Lucas. He is the one who alleges that Mason conned him out of three hundred thousand dollars - and then kidnapped him and his wife when he went to collect the money. In a 12 page statement, he told police that Mason introduced Pastor Lu as Mason's advisor and accountant - and the pastor was involved as a middleman in the transaction where Friessen paid Mason three hundred thousand dollars for a shipment of corn from Argentina which never arrived.

Mark Flowers and Mason? Ex GSU Commander Says He was Undercover!
So where does Mark Flowers fit into all this? He was the one seen on Mason's verandah in a very friendly embrace. He was known to have close ties with the reputed conman. So today we asked him what he was up to - and he told us a quite incredible tale. He says he was undercover!: Mark Flowers, former GSU Commander "I had reasons to go there, but I also had all of the communication that was sent to me and having spoken to Russell Blackett, because the information was first passed to him. I went to his office and he showed me the communication and a link on his computer that spoke to. I did not know him before then and I said that I will get in there." Daniel Ortiz: "So you were uncover?" Mark Flowers, former GSU Commander: "Yes, I told him, I promise him that I will get in there and I went in and I having been armed with all the information, I still have them and for some strange reason I delete a lot of the messages, but I didn't delete those ones."

Teenager Critical After Being Run Over By Cab
16 year old Tyrese Carcamo is tonight in a critical condition at the KHMH following a traffic accident on the George Price Highway. It happened sometime after 6 yesterday evening. Caracamo was riding his bicycle somewhere near mile 8 and a half on the George Price Highway, and was heading in the direction of Belize City when a taxi driver heading in the same direction collided into him. The head of the 16 year old minor crashed into the windshield of the vehicle which caused him severe head injuries. Police along with BERT personnel were at the scene shortly thereafter to attend to the victim and process the scene. Station Manager at Hattieville Police station Sergeant Keith Clarke told us what the investigations are revealing so far.

Scary City Fire
An entire family on Olivera Street in the Lake Independence area lost their home and all their belongings when their house was devoured by fire this morning. By the time the fire fighters arrived at the scene, it was already too late. The two story wooden structure was completely destroyed. However they did manage to contain it before it caused further damage. But not before another home owner lost her belongings when the same fire, scorched her apartment. She spoke to us about the damage today. Daniel Ortiz: "Do you all know how the fire started? How it spread? What happened?" Shelmadine Jones, Fire Victim: "I don't know I wasn't here, I went out." Daniel Ortiz: "The room that was destroyed, how does it affect your family? Is it a bedroom? A hall?" Shelmadine Jones, Fire Victim: "Bedroom." Daniel Ortiz: "Have you been around to see if they have any kind of water damage inside your home?" Shelmadine Jones, Fire Victim: "Water damage, my mattress and clothing got burnt."

Armed Home Invasion In Affluent Neighborhood Nets Major Cash Heist
Yesterday afternoon there was an armed home invasion and big money robbery at a home in the King's Park area of Belize City. It happened in broad daylight, around 2:30 when two men strode into the Sylvester home at the corner of "A" Street and Princess Margaret drive. The doors were apparently opened because there was some construction work ongoing at the house. Once inside the men - one Hispanic and one dark skinned - accosted homeowner, 75-year-old Maria "Maude" Sylvestre and her daughter and son in law, who were visiting from the US. They pointed a gun at them and ordered them to lie down on the floor where they were robbed of jewelry, an iphone and a camera. The gunman then reportedly told the homeowner 75 year old Maria Maude Sylvestre to show him the safe and open it. Police say he helped himself to assorted jewelries valuing $50,000.00, and $20,000.00 US dollars in cash. They stole a few more items and then assaulted the care taker as they went down the stairs. Both men then ran down Princess Margaret Drive. It's a major heist and a very disturbing one because of the location and the time of day. Today police held a press conference to say they are working hard to make arrests. They said they are beginning with those who had some inside knowledge of the house:..

The Volunteer Treatment
Yesterday we told you about the Volunteer Battalion Camp which is currently in its second week of training. They are joined at the camp by members of the Louisiana National Guard from the US, who are overseeing the two-week training program. We accompanied the Minister of National Security to Mountain Pine Ridge yesterday as he paid a courtesy visit to the troops. Emanuel Pech reports The Volunteer Battalion is currently 384 men and women strong. These volunteers are often recruited by the BDF, the Coast Guard and the Police for full time jobs.

Eight Men Against Molasses Management By BSI
As we showed you in our last segment, there was a protest in Belmopan today - and there was also one in Orange Walk. That's where cane farmers are trying to bring pressure against ASR/BSI to get them to absorb the loss for almost four thousand tonnes of molasses which went bad. All those molasses would have fetched nearly half a million dollars in sales revenue - and now that it's not going to be realized, the farmers say BSI should pay for the loss. BSI has resisted that completely, but the farmers today started putting on the public pressure with a protest. Now, when you hear of a protest in cane country, it often spells trouble, but todays quickly called protest did not measure up to that. IT was small with only 11 protestors and didn't cause any alarms to sound. But the message was clear. We have this courtesy CTV-3. Because of the history of violence in sugar related protests, Police did mobilize as did ASR's internal security teams - fortunately, none were needed since the crowd peaked at 8.

The War Of the Press Releases Continues
And so while today's protest sputtered - the issue of liability for the molasses remains on the front burner. The PUP made sure of that yesterday when they fired off a release blasting and blaming ASR/BSI for the bad molasses and insisting that that company should absorb the loss. Well the back and forth in press releases continued today with BSI firing back at the PUP saying, the release, quote, "can only be construed to confuse cane farmers and encourage divisiveness in the industry." It adds, quote, "The PUP's assertion of negligence or failure to follow standard procedures is strongly rejected by BSI. This is completely untrue and viewed as a grossly irresponsible statement." It concludes, quote, "BSI was not culpable for the Maillard reaction which occurred. This was a phenomenon resulting from a range of factors. As such any loss of revenue is a shared industry loss as there is no revenue to share."

Channel 5

Former GSU Head Arraigned for Unlawful Sexual Intercourse
Oh how the mighty have fallen. At five-thirty this evening, former Gang Suppression Unit Commander Mark Flowers was formally arraigned for two counts of Unlawful Sexual Intercourse and has been [...]

Flowers Remanded to Belize Central Prison
Flowers was brought to court just before four this afternoon, and there was the usual Police confusion which seems to surround all major cases. After about forty-five minutes of waiting [...]

Flowers Claims He Offered to take DNA Test
Flowers is not going down quietly. Today he provided a one-on-one interview on a number of explosive issues such as his relations with suspected murderer William “Danny” Mason; what he [...]

Former GSU Head Says He Had No Contact with Minor
While Flowers admits to meeting the minor in the summer of 2015, he maintains that he never had any physical contact with her.  As we mentioned, the report against him [...]

Is Minister of National Security John Saldivar Targeting Flowers?
According to Flowers, there is a move afoot to tarnish his reputation.  He believes that he is being politically railroaded because of a picture he posted on Facebook.  That image [...]

Flowers Says He Was Working Undercover at Mason Home
Following the sensational murder of Pastor Llewellyn Lucas, who was decapitated on July fifteenth, friends and acquaintances of alleged murderer, businessman William Mason have all disassociated themselves from him.  One [...]

Was New GSU Head Mason’s First Bodyguard?
Flowers, in his account of meeting Mason, told News Five that the accused murderer bragged about having GSU protection when he first arrived in Belize a few years ago.  That [...]

Saldivar Confirms Quantum of Mason Contribution to Bandits
Minister Frank Papa Mena, has admitted he received ten thousand dollars for his bye-election campaign in 2015 from William Mason. While everybody is keeping their distance with a pole a [...]

Flowers Says It Was Much More than $50,000
But Flowers tells an entirely different story than that of the minister.  According to Flowers, Mason made it known to him that he was part owner of the football club [...]

How Close Were Saldivar and Mason?
Central to what has been unfolding over the past week and a half is Belmopan Area Representative John Saldivar, whose name is repeatedly being called in the current saga.  Flowers [...]

Brazen Home Invasion Nets $100,000
A pair of thieves netted over ninety thousand dollars during a home invasion in Belize City on Monday afternoon.  Seventy-five-year-old Maria Sylvester, the Patroness of HelpAge Belize, reported to police [...]

Is The Neighborhood in Danger?
With the home of an affluent Belize City family robbed in broad daylight, does the aggravated burglary pose a threat to other well-off residents in that neighborhood?   Reporter “Should [...]

Cane Farmers Protest at B.S.I.
There was an impromptu protest this morning against ASR/B.S.I. Notwithstanding, the company set up barricades and the police showed up just in case. The protest was not advertised so only [...]

B.S.I. Responds to P.U.P. Release
On Monday, the People’s United Party chastised ASR/B.S.I. for the suggestion that the farmers will need to pick-up the bill for sixty-five percent of the losses incurred by the affected [...]

Belize City Fire Leaves Eight Persons Homeless
A total of persons comprising two families are victims of a fire this morning in Belize City. A family of eight lost everything when the blaze swept through her house [...]

Chamber Calls for Measures to Combat Corruption
The ongoing saga involving the relations between murder suspect, William Mason, and Cabinet Ministers as well as the beheading of Pastor Llewellyn Lucas won’t go away any time soon. The [...]

Protesters in Belmopan Want their Country Back
There was a candlelight vigil held in Belmopan on Monday night, a first step in what organizers say is a move to take the country back. We’ll have that for [...]

A Candlelight Vigil to Remember Pastor Llewellyn Lucas
Pastor Llewelyn Lucas, a common man who died the most gruesome of deaths in bizarre circumstances, was memorialized by friends and family at a candlelight vigil held in Belmopan on [...]

LOVE FM

Mark Flowers Says, “I Saw … I was There … I Know”
Earlier in our newscast we told you of some serious statements and allegations being made by Superintendent of Police, Mark Flowers. He made these statements today in a lengthy interview which is still being reviewed. His attorney, Richard Dickie Bradley, however spoke on the gravity of the allegations being made by Flowers. DICKIE FLOWERS “Listen […]

Dickie Bradley Says There Is Evidence of Corruption of Government Ministers
Richard Dickie Bradley has been retained by Mark Flowers as we have told you earlier. With that attorney/client privilege now in play, Bradley has become privy to the information that his client claims to have against several Government officials. This entire Mason saga is unprecedented in Belize and the extent of money laundering and corruption […]

No Money for the Belize Coast Guard
On May 17, the Belize Coast Guard issued an invite on social media for persons interested in joining their ranks. The deadline for applications was June 3, 2016 with the intention of having the applicants sit an examination followed by recruit training. On July 15, however, a notice went out informing applicants that the recruitment […]

Amandala

Decision on Orozco’s sodomy challenge due Wednesday
A landmark challenge to a clause in Belize’s Criminal Code which includes sodomy and bestiality as crimes punishable by 10 years in prison, met its first legal challenge some years ago, when Caleb Orozco, president of the United Belize Advocacy Movement (UNIBAM), an organization representing roughly 70 people from the LGBT community, launched a constitutional challenge, calling on the court to use its “legislative pen” to strike out any reference to sodomy as an unnatural crime. Orozco is asking the Supreme Court to declare that Section 53 is null and void and of no effect in relation to sex between consenting adult males. He is seeking an order to amend Section 53 to only retain the criminalization of bestiality (human sexual relations with animals). After a preliminary challenge which saw UNIBAM removed as claimant in 2012—after the churches successfully argued that UNIBAM has no legal standing to bring such a challenge alleging breach of fundamental constitutional rights—the matter went to full hearing from May 7 to May 10, 2013.

William Mason in hot, hot water!
Belizeans are still struggling to come to terms with the kidnapping and shocking beheading of Pastor Llewellyn Lucas, popularly known as “Pastor Lue,” which came to light last Friday night when Lucas’ head was discovered in the pan of a pickup belonging to, and driven by William Donny Mason, 46, who was born in Guyana but who, unaccountably, has a Belize birthpaper. In connection with Lucas’ horrible death, police today released a picture of a woman, Mason’s girlfriend, Melissa Ferguson, 56, whom they are seeking for an interview. Police believe that she may still in the country. The gruesome discovery and Mason’s arrest and exposure have been causing all kinds of problems for the Cabinet of Prime Minister Dean Barrow, because information has come to light that Mason, who was reportedly deported from Canada to Guyana sometime between 2007 and 2010 for a firearm offence, had been wanted by police reportedly in connection with the “attempted kidnapping” of a Canadian man and his wife in Belize.

Bella Regina Williams, 34, stabbed to death
Hours before she was murdered, Bella Regina Williams, 34, may have danced with her suspected killer at the La Cabana Restaurant and Discotheque in Belmopan, Senior Superintendent Howell Gillett told Amandala today. Neighbors told police that around 3:25 a.m. on Monday, a commotion and screams were heard coming from Williams’ yard at #2 Zultana Street in Las Flores, in Belmopan. According to Williams’ sister-in-law, about four hours later, Williams’ 12-year-old daughter discovered the body of her mother lying face down, and apparently dead. Williams, who was stabbed multiple times during the attack, was found soaked in blood at the entrance to her home.

Shot in the back while making panades
Nathan Underwood, 38, was gunned down as he was making panades in his kitchen at Nate’s Cool Spot located in Gardenia, at Mile 21 on the Philip Goldson Highway. The businessman was alone in his kitchen at around 10:30 p.m. on Friday when a gunman emerged from behind the establishment. Armed with a .9mm gun, the killer fired several shots into Underwood’s back through an open window. According to police, patrons at Nate’s Cool Spot saw a man fleeing the area after the shooting. Ladyville police said that they did in fact have information that may lead to the swift detention of the shooter. In reference to what they might know about the gunman, Assistant Superintendent Juanito Cocom said, “We have some leads we are working on, but we cannot divulge any information as yet; the investigation is very, very young.”

In the Mek Mi Rich case, BTL to pay cost of court of almost $59,000
In February, the Supreme Court found that Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) had pirated the concept of the SMS lottery texting game Mek Mi Rich from a proposal made to the company by Corozal businessman Curtis Swasey and the court awarded Swasey $25,000 in damages, but what was left was for the court to determine the cost of court that BTL must pay Swasey’s attorneys, Kareem Musa and Wayne Piper. BTL eventually paid Swasey last month after a Supreme Court marshall went to the company’s St. Thomas Street headquarters to crowfoot its assets to secure payment of the court judgment. Last Wednesday, the court arrived at a figure for the cost of the litigation, and Swasey’s attorneys were awarded cost of court of $58,790.10.

Ashcroft Alliance wants $70 mil more in US dollars
The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) is being asked to settle a dispute between the Government of Belize and the former owners of Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL), most notably the Ashcroft-affiliated company, Dunkeld International Investments Limited, over payments made earlier this month towards an arbitration award handed down in favor of the company last month. Amandala has been reliably informed that the Ashcroft group is demanding US$70 million more than what it had received in US currency. Under the settlement agreement of September 11, 2015, a “restricted portion” would be paid in Belize dollars and spent on projects in Belize, but the “unrestricted portion” would be paid in US dollars entirely for the enjoyment of the Michael Ashcroft group. The Government says that the Ashcroft group is now demanding more for the “unrestricted portion,” than had been agreed. “Apart from the foreign exchange implications, such a position would also short the Belize dollar portion reserved for the people of Belize,” the Government of Belize (GOB) said today via press release.

National Track & Field Championships this weekend
The Belize Athletics Association (BAA) invites all athletes and track enthusiasts once again to be a part of a National Track and Field Championship event. The event will be hosted at the Marion Jones Sports Complex on Saturday and Sunday, July 30-31. All athletes 16 years and older can participate in the events. Registration forms can be obtained from and returned to the BAA via email (belizeathleticsassociation@gmail.com) or from our Facebook page (Belize Athletics Association). Cost of registration is $10.00 per athlete. Events will include: 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 4x100m, 4x400m, Long Jump, Triple Jump, High Jump, Javelin, Shot put, Discus.

Male Volleyball team at U23 championships in Panama
Team Belize departed yesterday to compete at the U23 Central American Male Volleyball Championship in Panama. Team members are: Bryton Codd (captain), Zachary Garbutt, Alwyn Mahung, Ernan Caliz, Raluni Bernardez, Edgar Martinez, Anfernee Archer, Jiovanny Gonzalez, Raheem Flowers, Daril Avila, Yserri Palacio, Francis Haulze, Albert Humes (head coach), Delio Arruebarrena (Cuban coach), and Ben Ramos (manager)… Unfortunately, livestream information has not yet been available. Keep up with information posted on BelizeVolleyball facebook profile and group pages…

Another setback for Onan McClean Insurance Brokers U-17 Tournament
Uncertainty surrounds the football schedule of the Belize District Football Association (BDFA) under Chairman Billy Moguel. After a splendid 1st Division semifinal, though not stellar officiating, on Sunday, July 17; and fans eagerly anticipating the championship finals the following weekend; a BDFA release on Thursday, July 21, stated simply that “we will not be having any games this weekend” because “Association members will be travelling and others have work obligations.” Both 1st Division finals on Sunday and 4 scheduled U-17 games for last Saturday were cancelled. If that was not bad enough, considering the urgency of preparations for the U-17 Nationals next weekend, August 5-7, the BDFA had scheduled U-17 mid-week games, on Tuesday and Thursday of this week, in addition to the scheduled Saturday games. But this evening, even those mid-week games were apparently in jeopardy.

Winty J (Vincent Johnson) – my life, Final
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Editorial: Worse than Penner
We keep saying to you, Belize has a pretty good democracy. Belize has been able to change governments from time to time in free and fair elections. There is no violence in our electoral campaigning. Because the constitutional possibility of political change exists, Belize, unlike the countries in Central America around us, has succeeded in avoiding revolutionary violence. The major flaw in Belize’s parliamentary democracy is the nature of our campaign financing, which is wide open for anyone who can write a big check to acquire influence in the two major political parties, and at the same time secretive in that the political parties are not mandated to reveal the identities of their campaign financiers or the amounts they donate. The nature of Belize’s campaign financing makes a mockery of the universal adult suffrage we welcomed with such pride in 1954. The concept of “one man, one vote,” becomes a kind of joke when one man can write a check for one million dollars to one of the two major parties, as was famously revealed in the general election campaign of 1998. Such a check writer, in a real sense, has more than one vote.

From the Publisher
The Belize Cabinet’s recent decision to renew and upgrade its commitment to the Gang Suppression Unit (GSU), putting more boots on the ground, as it is said, is a case of now choosing the stick instead of the carrot. Where both the 2014 and the 2015 September celebrations were concerned, the Government of Belize chose the carrot approach in Belize City, which involved pumping some money into the Southside. But now the general elections are over, the ruling United Democratic Party (UDP) has a brand new five-year term, and there is no political pressure or incentive to use the velvet glove with the desperate youth. Hence, the iron fist of the GSU. There is always the need to control crime and violence in order to protect the financial bonanza for Belize City businesses, and increasingly the tourist industry, which the Centenary celebrations represent. But this year’s September celebrations are even more critical for the ruling party, because their administration has been much maligned of late.

Belize’s border areas targeted by illegal wildlife traffickers
Chief Forest Officer Wilber Sabido told Amandala today that the greatest problem with illegal wildlife trafficking in Belize, which also includes trafficking in timber and marine species, is seen along the country’s western and southern borders, which evidently serve as entry points for Guatemalans and Hondurans. Sabido delivered the opening address this morning at a three-day workshop on illegal wildlife trafficking being held at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza, and which was organized by Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), which represents a key enforcement and regulatory agency in the fight against illegal wildlife trafficking in Belize.

He Ain’t Heavy; He’s My Brother!
It has been one of the most troubling times for me as a Belizean in the diaspora to have been observing the touching moments of suffering among the Belizean people at home as black-on-black crime rocks the Belizean nation, and heinous crimes of brutality are being inflicted upon its citizens by forces almost strange and bizarre to the Belizean way of life. Belizeans were once, but still are a very peaceful and kind race of humanity that people all over the world continue to talk about in a positive light despite these horrors, trials, and tribulations that we as a people continue to face. We have to win this fight to secure our humanity that God Most High has blessed us with as a humble and kind people to the world.

32 Guatemalan canoes went to Sarstoon, National Security confirms
The Ministry of National Security has alerted the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of reports that 32 Guatemalan canoes were counted in the Sarstoon River area two weekends ago, when as many as 100 fishers were reported by Wil Maheia of the Belize Territorial Volunteers (BTV) to have been illegally fishing inside Belize. Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of National Security, Ret’d Colonel George Lovell, told us that he was unaware of the occurrence. He subsequently investigated the report which we shared with him from Maheia, as well as pictures Maheia took of the Guatemalans. Those photos, Lovell said, clearly demonstrated that there was illegal fishing in Belizean waters. In one photo, a Guatemalan man was shown fishing with a gill net right in front of the Forward Operating Base manned by Belize Defence Force officers in the area. Fishing with gill nets near a river mouth contravenes Belize law.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Shawn Cook, 25, is charged for stabbing incident at Ruba’s Bar in Lord’s Bank
Ruba’s bar, a popular bar and hang out spot in Lord’s Bank area, Ladyville is no stranger to violent crimes and on July 8, 2016, there was yet another incident where a man was stab during an altercation inside the bar. 28 year […]

Bradley Paumen and company to be tried for businessman hit
Chief Magistrate Ann-Marie Smith today said she had sufficient evidence before her to order businessman Bradley Paumen and fellow accused to be tried for various charges related to the attempt on the life of Michael Modiri. Linsburn Anderson and Bradley Paumen were charged […]

BSI: molasses loss is a joint industry loss; farmers say “NO!”
Sugar Cane farmers refuse to share the loss of costs after BSI lost close to 4,000 tons of molasses earlier this month. A handful of cane farmers held a peaceful protest at the junction of the Philip Goldson highway and the entrance to BSI, […]

Accused GSU boss hits back
Mark Flowers, former head of the GSU, was charged with 2 counts of unlawful sexual intercourse when he appeared today before the Chief Magistrate, Ann-Marie Smith. Flowers was remanded into custody until September 26 when disclosure is to be given. A case management has been […]

Cayo police investigating series of burglaries
Errie Anthony Manzanero, 33, from a Bullet Tree Falls address reported to police that on Sunday between midnight and 5:00 a.m. someone broke into his home and stole one black and brown single action shotgun valued $300; one single action 20 gauge ROSSI shotgun valued at $998 and […]

San Pedro police seize four pounds of weed
At around midday today, officials attached to the Special Branch and CIB San Pedro police department, acting on special intelligence, raided the apartment of Belizean painter, 37-year-old Kirt Jason Cruz in the San Pedrito area of town where they discovered 4 pounds of suspected cannabis. […]

Belize City Police investigating $96,000 mid-afternoon robbery
On Monday July 25, 75-year old Maria Sylvestre reported to police that sometime after 2:30 p.m., while at home located on‘A’ Street and Princess Margaret Drive with her daughter and her son-in-law, two male persons rushed inside the living room. Sylvestre reported to police that one of […]

Belize junior volleyballers taken to brink in opening match of C.A. championship
The Belize U-23 male junior volleyball team needed 5 of the last 6 points available to defeat Honduras in the opening match of the Central American championship in Panama. Belize won a tight encounter 25-19, 21-25, 25-23, 20-25, 15-11 and is level on 3 […]

BCCI calls on government to address corruption
The decapitation of Pastor Llewelyn Lucas and the revelation that his accused killer William Mason was very well connected to political figures and likely facilitated by some of them has caused concern about corruption and now the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) […]

Belize has reached a new low?
Belize’s socio-economy has been on a steady downward path since Independence in 1981…..but it has reached a new low, with the beheading of a pastor last week. This kind of gruesome apparent contract killing among white collar criminals is a first for Belize. “The […]

Cane farmers stage protest over molasses loss
Cane farmers in the Orange Walk district are currently staging a protest in front of the BSI/ASR compound over the ongoing dispute regarding the sharing of losses of hundreds of thousands of dollars in spoiled molasses. The farmers are reportedly protesting without a license […]

#IWantMyCountryBack vigil held in Belmopan
Last night in Belmopan approximately 400 residents of the Belmopan area took to the streets as part of the #IWantMyCountryBack candle-light vigil organized by religious leaders. The movement came to life on Facebook, started by outspoken Pastor Louis Wade, who also owns Plus TV. The vigil started […]

Mother of 3 viciously killed in Belmopan
Regina Williams, 34, a mother of three, was found dead, partially nude in front of her home in the Las Flores area of Belmopan yesterday morning00 […]

Sugar Cane Farmers in Orange Walk stage protest
Breaking Belize News has been reliably informed that police officers and BSI/ASR security guards have assembled at the entrance of the sugar cane factory compound in Orange Walk with barricades to prevent cane farmers from entering the area to conduct a protest. BBN was […]

Blogs

San Ignacio, Cayo, Belize: The Changes, The Restaurants and My Guesthouse
San Ignacio is a central hub for travelers crossing Belize – from the Cayes, from Tikal Maya Site in Guatemala. It’s THE central kick-off spot for “jungle activities” – caving, cave tubing, zip lining, hiking, and more. I haven’t walked through the town that slopes down a steep hill to the Macal River in almost exactly a year – and again, there have been quite a few changes. I’m going to start with all the new murals in town. They are absolutely gorgeous. What a great way to give a fresh new look to the whole town. These are SO gorgeous and WOULD make fantastic t-shirts.

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Belize family harassed in Bacalar in taxi dispute
On Thursday July 21 a family from Corozal, Belize was harassed and provoked at Bacalar by members of the local taxi union in Bacalar. The Belizean family visited Bacalar in a green car for pleasure and were intercepted by members of the union, which is affiliated with the PRI party of Gov. Roberto Borge Angulo. The family of five was reportedly forced to get out of the vehicle as they were accused of stealing customers. Local media reports add that residents in the area as well as tourists witnessed the family being verbally and physically harassed. The union members are reported to have also provoked the family into a full-fledged physical fight but after fifteen minutes the union members were able to verify that the Belizean taxi driver was indeed there as a tourist with his family. They were allowed to leave, the media adds, but no authorities arrived at the scene to assist the family.

CDB unveils new programme to assess poverty in the Caribbean
Across the Caribbean, policymakers rely heavily on the availability of timely, accurate and reliable poverty data to support national and regional development initiatives. Despite making considerable progress on how they measure poverty, many countries in the Region do not frequently update or report on key poverty indicators, and are not able to assess the non-income dimensions of poverty and human development. On Tuesday, July 26, 2016 in Saint Lucia, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) launched a programme designed to address these challenges, and improve the way its 19 Borrowing Member Countries (BMCs) assess poverty and gain access to data from these assessments. “The Enhanced Country Poverty Assessment Programme launched today responds to the pressing need for high-quality data on poverty. Understanding the causes of poverty, who it affects and how it affects them is at the core of making informed, evidence-based policy decisions and helping Caribbean countries make meaningful, measurable progress in reducing and ending poverty,” said Deidre Clarendon, Division Chief, Social Sector Division, CDB.

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    July 26, 2016


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    Specials and Events

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


    Ambergris Today

    $10,000 Towards School Supplies for Fire Victims by BTL
    On July 21st, 2016, BTL’s Chairman of the Executive Committee, Mr. Anwar Barrow, presented a handsome check of $10,000 to assist the affected families of the infamous fire that occurred in San Pedro just weeks before. Among the 27 families affected, many of them were children registered for the coming school year. In that light, BTL has collaborated with Belize Red Cross and Angelus Press Limited to facilitate school supplies at the value of $10,000 to all the affected children.

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    Philip Stanley Wilberforce Goldson
    "The time to save your country is before you lose it." - Today we remember Belizean writer, journalist, activist, politician, a national hero Philip S. W. Goldson (July 25, 1923 - October 3, 2001)

    Don't miss out on this year's International Costa Maya Festival!
    Thursday - August 4th is Pageant Night with eight beautiful contestants from Central America & Mexico vying for the title of Miss Costa Maya 2016! Friday - August 5th is Caribbean Night with International Soca Queen Alison Hinds performing her soca classics to get you dancing and prepared for this year's September Celebrations! Saturday - August 6th is International Night with Mexican Super Stars Super Lamas Band playing their catchy tunes like "Yo Quiero Chupar"! Get your tickets now!

    Poets Corner: Krucus
    By Abdulmajeed K. Nunez. Lewelyn Lucas is talking to us We’re bussing their krucus Faber throw Saldivar under the bus Barrow throw Papa Mena under the bus We need to follow the money fuss These investigators need to stop playing with us Mason supported campaign and sports Which media house will give Mason’s report with guarded escort? Or will they wait till he gets to the court? Everyone di play shaggy Distancing themselves from the bally They all know the reason They should all be charged for treason Now the commander of GSU is being investigated for an underage girl He allegedly screw This is turning into an interesting brew

    Police Department shows love to kids
    The Eastern Police Division launched a crime prevention educational initiative with 50 kids in Belize City called, "Getting to know your country". Many of the children will travel the country to get to know the country.

    Miss Belize -Universe Contestants
    Who will be the next Ms. Belize? The Journey has kicked off @Maruba Belize, All the Best to the delegates.

    Pueblo Nuevo ferry closed Tuesday July 26th, 2016
    The Pueblo Nuevo ferry on Ferry Road will be closed for repairs on Tuesday July 26th, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Chief Engineer, Ministry of Works, Corozal Town.

    Shyne Barrow repping Belize at Reggae Sumfest in Jamaica!

    Camp GLOW Belize 2016
    "10 days, 68 girls, and countless smiles later: Camp GLOW Belize 2016 was a success! So thankful for PCVs, work partners, guest speakers, and donors who all contributed to make this camp such a positive experience for the girls (and the adults too!) Without a doubt, this was one of my proudest moments as a Peace Corps Volunteer."

    Miss San Pedro 2016
    Here you have them! The six beautiful contestants for Miss San Pedro officially sashed by their sponsors. Marisha Thompson, Beverly Rodriguez, Karina Requena, Lisandra Novelo, Marleni Diaz, and Heidi Sorto. Don't miss out the grand night of the pageant on Saturday, September 3rd.

    Roving Caregivers Programme
    Graduation ceremonies were held on 23rd and 24th July, 2016 in 7 villages in the Toledo District for 80 children who completed the Roving Caregivers Programme. Ceremonies were held in the villages of Blue Creek, Midway, San Felipe, San Jose, San Miguel, San Marcos and Santa Anna and parents, village leaders and officials from the Ministries of Human Development and Education were in attendance to celebrate this event with the children. Earlier this month, on July 5th, similar ceremonies were held at the Port Loyola Library in Belize City for 44 children from South Side Belize City who also graduated from the programme. Along with their certificates, the young graduates received a child stimulation package comprising of a play dough set, a coloring book and a pack of jumbo crayons. Certificates of recognition were also given to parents who actively participated in the programme.

    Sexual Abuse of Minors Must Stop!
    One of Belize’s obligations to its children is to protect them from all forms of exploitation, abuse and neglect; particularly that of sexual abuse. This very statement became alive and profoundly explicit when Belize became the fifth country to ratify the United Nations convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) in May of 1990. That initiative was a bold testament to our country’s recognition of the importance of caring for our children and nurturing them to be responsible and productive citizens. In this light, Article 19 and 34 of the CRC states that, “Children should be protected from being hurt and mistreated in body or mind and to be free from all forms of sexual abuse”. Keeping this in mind, the recent numerous reports of sexual offenses against children and even infants by the media is more than heart breaking and severely troubling to the National Committee for Families and Children (NCFC).

    SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY
    OAS Scholarships 2016 - Master of Science in Public Health Nutrition, University of Technology, Jamaica. The scholarships are available to citizens or permanent residents of OAS member states other than Jamaica.

    Congratulations to the newly appointed president of the San Pedro Lion's Club, Mr. Nigel Belisle!
    He is always working hand in hand with the community especially when the need arises. We want to wish him the best on his term as president as we are more than sure he will succeed! Congratulations to the other members of the board: Vice Presidents: Brittney O'Daniel and Everette Anderson, Secretary: Ms. Pamela Zetina, Treasurer: Mr. Abel Guerrero Sr. an Membership Chair: Ms. Fatima Graniel. Keep up the great work!

    Caye Caulker Carnival Workshop
    July 31, 9am-3pm

    Moscow Ballet On Ice brings Olympians and cool moves to Belize
    Recent news reports about an ice skating show coming to Belize may have some people scratching their heads. But, thanks a mobile ice surface called the Ice Equipment Complex (IPC), a public entertainment area can be transformed into a skating rink within hours. This is what will take place at the Bliss Centre for the Performing Arts ahead of two shows: July 30 and July 31. The following week, the Moscow Ballet on Ice will set up its IPC in San Pedro at the R. Angel Nunez Auditorium. The IPC technology will allow Belizeans to enjoy scenes from “Swan Lake” and “Cinderella on Ice.” “This is truly unique,” said Karen Vernon of the Institute of Creative Arts. “Even if you’re not an ice dancing fan, you can’t miss the opportunity to take in such a unique production.”

    EMANCIPATION DAY 2016 ACTIVITIES
    Belize will join other Caribbean nations for August 1 commemorations. NICH Belize is partnering with the Kremandala media houses, the United Black Association for Development Educational Foundation (UEF), and Queen Street Baptist Church to provide opportunities and venues for reflection on Belize’s history of slavery and emancipation. Emancipation Day is celebrated in many former British colonies in the Caribbean in observance of the emancipation of slaves of African descent. Belize events Include: Sunday, July 31: 11 p.m. to midnight service at Queen Street Baptist Church Monday, August 1: At 6:00 a.m. brightly colored paper boats will be launched into the sea at Belize City House of Culture (Government House) Monday, August 1: At 10 a.m. the Museum of Belize will open the special exhibit “enSLAVEd: The RISE and FALL of Slavery in Belize” Monday, August 1: At 7 p.m. there will be lectures by Omitade Adediran and Dr. Kurt B. Young at the University of the West Indies Auditorium

    Emergency power interruption, portion Belize City, 5:00am to 8:00am Tuesday, July 26
    To replace load break switch damaged by motor vehicle impact on Monday. Affected areas: portion Orange St, West Canal from King St to Regent St West, Church St, Bishop St, Albert St, Regent St West, Regent St , King St, Dean St and South St.

    FCD’s Environmental Educator presented on the Beauty of Chiquibul at the Chaa Creek Eco Kids Summer Camp 2016

    Baby White-Fronted Amazons are hungry, hungry little babies
    From before they could even think of flying until this day where they fly to their hearts desire they have been eating quicker than we can make food for them! Closer to adulthood they are eating more and more of their fruits and seeds each day, though they all still enjoy their baby moosh. They started coming in batches June 9th adding up now to a count of 25! They are doing very, very well and we expect a great release when they are ready. Keep your eyes and ears open for updates on these cuties.

    Channel 7

    A Most Murderous Weekend Started in Gardenia
    Over the weekend, There were 3 murders: a bar owner was gunned down in Gardenia Village; a teacher was stabbed to death in Orange Walk; and a woman was bludgeoned to death in Belmopan. That leaves 3 separate families grieving for lost loved ones, but we start tonight with the killing of Hattieville Resident Nathan Underwood. He was the owner of Nates Cool Spot, a well-known bar which he moved from Hattieville Village to his home village of Gardenia 2 years ago. His family says that he was a hardworking businessman who was very friendly and likeable. So, they were stunned when they heard that a gunman shot and killed him in the ruthless fashion usually reserved for the notorious street figures of the criminal underworld. Our news team went looking for answers today, and Daniel Ortiz reports:

    Maskall Shooting Followed Closely Behind Gardenia Murder
    Around the same time that Ladyville Police were responding to the murder scene at Nate's Cool Spot in Gardenia, another team had to be dispatched to Maskall on the Old Northern Highway. Rosalind Milligan, whose family is from the Long Barracks in the St. Martin's area of Belize City, was shot while she was asleep in her bed. It is not certain at this time if the two incidents are connected, but Someone shot up Milligan's home, and police believe that they were targetting her husband. Today, we visited the house, and we founded it riddled with bullet holes. Apparently, the shooter or shooters aimed low, hoping to hit their target at the height of the bed. When the gunfire subsided, Milligan realized that she had been shot in the buttocks.

    Mother Of Three Bludgeoned To Death In Belmopan
    And turning now from Belize Rural to the west, a mother of 3 was viciously killed in Belmopan. Reports are that early this morning after 3:00, 34 year old Regina Williams' body was found thrown in front of her Las Flores home. Her skull had been crushed and reports say that it's her 13 year old daughter who found her body. When we spoke to Williams' mother today over the phone, she told us that Williams went to La Cabana Night Club last night and probably hooked up with the wrong crowd. The mother recounts the gruesome discovery of her daughter's body and describes the depths of her loss and anguish.

    Teacher Killed in Orange Walk
    And tonight the Capital City is also mourning the loss of a school teacher from Belmopan Comprehensive. Early on Sunday morning 39 year old Marcelo Azueta was killed close to his home in Orange Walk Town. Police received the call at dawn but said he was probably knifed to death sometime before that:... ASP Selvyn Tillett, OC, Orange Walk Police: "On Sunday the 24th of July 2016 at 5:15am, acting upon information received, Orange walk police visited an area on Saint Peters Street next to the football field where they saw the motionless body of a male person in an open area with a single visible cut wound on the right side of his neck. Investigations revealed that sometime around 3am that date, someone who was passing by heard a loud cry from the area where the body was found. Shortly thereafter they saw 2 male persons riding off on bicycles. Motive for this is unknown at this moment. The only leads which we are following is of these 2 persons who were seen fleeing the area. We have gotten descriptions of the person and the bicycles which they were riding, so hopefully we can trace down these individuals."

    Man Left Near Death In Lord's Bank
    Ladyville police got a strange call early this morning that a man was slowly bleeding out on the side of the Road in Lords Bank Village. He had been stabbed in the neck, and when they showed up they found the victim, later identified as Samuel Flowers, on Edwin Parks Avenue, right near to the basketball court. Police say that they had to rush Flowers to the hospital because he was slipping in and out of consciousness. They are hoping tonight that the Lords Bank residents can help them to find out who inflicted the life-threatening stab wounds on him. Here's what Ladyville Police know so far: ASP Juanito Cocom, OC - Ladyville Police: "This morning about 5:30am, police responded to a call that a person was seen laying on Edwin Parks Avenue. Upon the arrival, police discovered a dark male person on the ground bleeding profusely from his neck. We did not get much information on the person. We just know his name is Samuel Flowers and he is presently undergoing treatment at the Karl Heusner Hospital. He has stab injuries to his throat."

    Mason Gave 50K To The Belmopan Bandits
    William Danny Mason and four others are charged for the savage murder of Pastor Llewellyn Lucas, but the mystery of William Mason and his deep connections go much further - in fact, the more you dig, the dirtier it gets. Consider for example this fact: on the night was arrested, the first police unit sent to assist the arresting officer at a Bar in the Industrial site area of Belmopan? They actually turned back and left the arresting officer to fend for himself! And why? Well because they couldn't arrest a man who had done so much for them. Eventually, a second unit had to be sent to make the arrest. That's a fact which clearly illustrates how deep Mason's tentacles went into the corridors of policing and politics. His friendship with senior members of the UDP has been well publicized, and his area representative John Saldivar is the name that has been called most often. The Minister also admitted to receiving donations from Mason to fund his football club - the Belmopan Bandits. Today he confirmed to the media how much Mason gave - fifty thousand dollars. But in all the Minister's dealings with the now accused murderer, what did he truly know about the nature of Mason's enterprise? Today we asked him just that.

    Hon. Saldivar Regrets Ever Meeting Mason
    And from all that has been disclosed, we know that Saldivar introduced Mason to two of his Cabinet colleagues: Deputy PM Patrick Faber and Minister of State Frank Pawpa Mena. Saldivar, though, maintains that his dealings with Mason were strictly professional and kept to a bare minimum. But in hindsight, he says he would have never associated himself with a man of such questionable integrity and regrets ever meeting him. Hon. John Saldivar, Minister of National Security: "In hindsight I am sure that all of us are regretting that we met this gentleman and had any dealings at all to do with him. the question that has come up in my mind, if you want to ask, is what more could we have done in terms of finding more about the background of this gentleman? I personally had googled him name and saw nothing negative about it and if somebody had not seen it fit to alert us, somebody who either found it on the internet or knew of him before, to tip off somebody and said 'hey you need to look further into this', if somebody hadn't done that, I'd probably still be his friend today."

    Where Is Mason's Wife?
    And so while William DANNY Mason is spending his first few days of jail time on remand for the beheading of Pastor Lucas, his common law wife Melissa Ferguson is at large. Today police say they are looking for her as a person of interest in their investigation. But why now? We pressed National Security Minister Saldivar for an answer. Reporter "As the head of national security, didn't it raise any red flags for you when the police just started looking for his spouse/business partner girlfriend 5 days after this entire incident began unfolding?" Hon. John Saldivar, Minister of National Security: "I guess the police would have their reasons and I'll have to depend on their expertise in that area why 5 days after that they decided. They know what they are doing and I trust in what they are doing."

    Saldivar Hasn't Seen Video
    The murder case of Pastor Lucas does not go back before the courts until September. When disclosure does come the prosecution will use surveillance video to try and establish their guilt. As we told you, cameras as Mason's home allegedly captured the five of them taking away Pastor Lu and two others. We're told that there's additional surveillance video from Mason's ranch where men are seen carting away the headless body to be burnt. Today we asked Security Minister Saldivar - who was familiar with Mason and his home - if he has seen the video - or any other security video of interest emerging from the home: Reporter: "How do we ensure that that surveillance footage does not go missing?" Hon. John Saldivar, Minister of National Security: "I am sure that it will not go missing." Emanuel Pech: "Have you been made privy to that footage?

    New GSU Commander Coincidence Not Scandal says Minister
    We first reported it last week Thursday, but tonight, it's official: Superintendent Mark Flowers, has been replaced by Inspector Glenn Caliz as the commander of the GSU. Williams has recently been implicated in a carnal knowledge complaint. The mother of a 14 year old girl reported that Flowers had sexual relations with her underage daughter earlier this year. The girl is now pregnant. Flowers was also known to be friendly to suspected murderer William Mason. But according to the Minister of National Security none of these are factors that played into the decision to replacing him as the head of the GSU and the timing is mainly coincidental. Hon. John Saldivar, Minister of National Security "Both of those things. He was the acting commander I should say, because the commander at the time had been on vacation. I believe that commander has now returned, but the decision was made two weeks ago to replace the commander upon his return and that is what has also happened."

    PUP Says ASR/BSI To Blame And should Pay For Tonnes Of Bad Molasses
    The PUP has joined in the back and forth over who is to blame for the molasses debacle at BSI's Tower Hill Factory. And, not surprisingly, the opposition has come down squarely on the side of the farmers. They say ASR/BSI is to blame for the molasses going bad, and it is quote, "unjust, unreasonable and outrageous" to, quote, "charge the sugar cane farmers two hundred and eighty one thousand, two hundred and thirty three dollars ($281,233.00)." The release goes unto say, quote, "based on consultations…the PUP has confirmed that the Maillard Reaction was as a direct result of ASR's negligence and failure to follow standard procedures during the liquefying stage of the boiling process." End quote. We stress that ASR/BSI has at all points rejected such a characterization. But the PUP says it's all part of a bigger plan, to, quote, "undermine the sugar cane farmers by creating an unfavorable and frustrating environment with the final objective being the elimination of thousands of hardworking Belizeans." End quote.

    PM Travels For Bad Back Treatment
    Prime Minister Dean Barrow is out of the country until Friday. He left on Saturday to go and see Doctor's about his persistent back problem. Deputy PM Patrick Faber will act as Prime Minister until Barrow returns on Friday July 29th.

    Court: Gina Conned Man
    32 year-old Gina Conorquie Cherrington, a Belize City resident, is out on bail tonight after a former police officer said that she conned him out of 9 thousand dollars. Former Special Constable Goldburn Seguro reported to police that when he first met Cherrington, she claimed that she was working as part of the Boots Housing Project. She convinced him that she could get him one of the houses in that project, and so he paid her 9 thousand dollars in 6 different installments. Later on, the former cop realized that he had been scammed, and so he reported Cherrington to the police. She was arrested and charged with 6 counts of obtaining property by deception, and she was arraigned today before Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith. She pleaded not guilty to all charges, and was released on bail of $1,000. She must return to court on September 8.

    A Camp To Expand Horizons
    We've reported on all kinds of summer camps - but today the Eastern Division police launched one that offers an experience unlike any other. They're taking city kids out of their usual environment to other parts of the country. IT's a little acknowledged fact, but inner city children are often trapped in their neighborhoods because the adults in their lives can only move in certain areas due to turf wars. Today Chester Williams explained the vision for this program:.. ACP Chester Williams - O. C. Eastern South: "We believe that there are a number of young people in Belize City who have not had the joy of leaving Belize City and see how the different parts of the country look. Those children are those who would normally be under privileged and are at risk. This program is basically geared as a form of diversion for them to be able to let them see and appreciate what Belize is all about."

    Goldson, The Nationalist G.O.A.T.
    National Hero Phillip Goldson would have been 93 today. The ultra-nationalist, one time opposition leader, perennial Albert representative and Minister of Government, was born on July 25th. 1923 in Belize City. Those wishing to learn more about him can visit his former residence which has been transformed into the Goldson House for Democracy and Patriotism, on Orange Street, in Belmopan.

    Shyne At Sumfest, Mi Seh!
    Belize's Musical Ambassador has his critics - but you can't argue with results and this weekend he took one of the premier reggae music stages in the world alongside a legend. Shyne did a guest performance of his mega hit Bad Boys alongside headliner Barrington Levy on Reggae Night in Montego Bay. Shyne has been making the media rounds in Jamaica and according to news reports from there has expressed an interest doing a track with Vybz Cartel.

    Toledo Kids Get To Know The Environment
    Earlier in this segment we told you about the police summer camp which is trying to get city kids out into the districts. Well our next story is about out district kids to think about the environment. Here's more in a video form the Yaxche conservation trust:..

    The Few, The Proud, The Reserves
    Today our news team travelled to Mountain Pine Ridge to witness the camp of the Volunteer Battallions. They are the BDF reserves, made up of many retired military men but there are also a great number of men and women from diverse backgrounds including teachers and military hopefuls. This year the squad is increasing their numbers by 127 as recruit intake 37 takes on the final days of a two week battle training course held every year. Our team arrived late this evening and so we will have the full story for you tomorrow. But here is a summary of a brief ceremony that saw 78 volunteers who, after serving for four years, qualified for an incentive that keeps the numbers of the battalion healthy.

    Channel 5

    GSU Commander Mark Flowers, A Fugitive from Justice
    Mark Flowers, head of the infamous Gang Suppression Unit, is tonight a fugitive from justice, according to a police source. Over the weekend, an arrest warrant was issued for Flowers, [...]

    Dickie Bradley Says Flowers is Still Commander of the GSU
    According to Bradley, Flowers remains commander of the Gang Suppression Unit despite recent announcements that he has since been replaced by Inspector Glenn Caliz.  Bradley says his client is a [...]

    Belmopan Compre Teacher Slain in Orange Walk
    There were three murders over the weekend, in Gardenia, Belize District where a bar owner was executed; in Belmopan where a woman was likely raped and murdered and up north [...]

    Nathan Underwood is Executed Inside His Bar in Gardenia
    The life of thirty-eight year old Nathan Underwood was also cut short. The Hattieville resident was at his bar, Nates Cool Spot, when he shot dead. The establishment is located [...]

    Mother of 3 Killed in Belmopan; Her Body is Discovered by Her Daughter
    The most recent murder took place this morning and in the nation’s capital. A mother of three, Regina Williams was found partially nude in front of her house in the [...]

    American National Shot While in Bed in Sand Hill
    Heading back to the Belize District….just minutes after the murder of Nathan Underwood at mile twenty-one on the Phillip Goldson Highway, there was a shooting on the Old Northern Highway [...]

    Bradley Paumen Back in Court for Preliminary Inquiry
    American businessman Bradley Paumen, owner of Dark Knight Cave Tours, was back in court today.  Paumen is another person with high connections in government circles; so much so that he [...]

    A Pen Gun is Discovered in Carmelita
    We don’t normally hear of the use of a pen gun in the committal of crimes in Belize, but around eleven o’clock today, Orange Walk police were called out to [...]

    16 Year Old Arraigned for Murder of John Jay Rodriguez
    The well-known and loved artist John Rodriquez aka “John Jay” was killed in Dangriga in June of this year. His murder stunned the community; it occurred at the Harlem Square [...]

    Richard Smith Guilty of Aggravated Assault of His Stepson
    After more than a month in the hospital, police have charged twenty-three year old Richard Smith with four criminal offenses.  Smith was chopped by his fourteen year old stepson for allegedly [...]

    A Vigil in Belmopan to Highlight the Beheading of Pastor Lucas
    A candlelight vigil is underway in Belmopan and was organized by a group of religious leaders and concerned citizens, following the decapitation of Pastor Llewellyn Lucas a week ago.  Tonight’s [...]

    NCFC Says Sexual Abuse of Children Must Stop
    The recent allegations of sexual abuse against children prompted a reaction by the National Committee of Families which is citing Belize’s ascension to the United Nations convention on the Rights [...]

    Everything Quiet on South Side
    Interestingly, Eastern Division South did not see any major criminal activity over the weekend. In fact, it’s been three weeks since there has been any murder or violence triggered by [...]

    Chester Williams Says GSU Not Best Option to Curb Crime
    Earlier today, Assistant Commissioner of Police Chester Williams said that he is of the view that putting back the GSU in the streets to curb crime may not be the [...]

    Getting to Know Belize – A New Policing Effort of Eastern Division
    Eastern Division South has embarked on another community policing program for the summer. It targets underprivileged families and youths who are at risk of being recruited by gangs. Fifty participants [...]

    P.U.P. Sides with Farmers on the Issue of the Spoilt Molasses
    There is unease in the always volatile sugar industry tonight as millers and producers argue over who should pay, after hundreds of thousands of dollars- worth of molasses was destroyed [...]

    Basketball, Softball & Cycling in Sports Monday
    Good evening I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.   Certainly was a biggie at Birds Isle Friday night in Interoffice Basketball play as Heritage Bank Heatz challenged the [...]

    CTV3

    Pen gun Confiscated By Orange Walk Police
    As a result of the good relationship shared between the Orange Walk police and members of the community, today authorities were able to remove yet another firearm from the streets, this time a point twenty-two caliber pen gun. Superintendent Selvin Tillett- OC Orange Walk Police: “Due to the good relation with the police that we are trying to build here in Orange Walk a person found at Carmelita inform us about such situation and as a result police visited an open lot in the Carmelita Village where they found this pen gun, the informant told us that he suspected that something was being hidden in that yard and as a result we found a pen gun.”

    PUP Side With Cane Farmers
    Tonight problems continue in sugar land as the estimated price for the second payment to cane farmers is still under dispute. The contention between the miller and the producer arose after BSI/ASR announced that the loss in revenue resulting from 3,900 tons of damaged molasses due to Maillards Reaction will be shared between cane farmers and the sugar mill. As a result cane farmers will pay $281,233.00 equivalent to 65% or $0.22 per ton cane of the cost of molasses lost which amounts to $432,666. As previously mentioned the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association is in total disagreement with having to share the loss and have outlined a number of reasons why cane farmers should not bear the brunt of the cost.

    How Did John Saldivar Meet Mason?
    A week has gone by since the gruesome discovery of the decapitated head of well-known pastor Llewellyn Lucas, which sent a shockwave throughout the country of Belize. Since then a number of high ranking officials have been in the hot seat about their involvement with the person believed to be responsible for Pastor Luca’s death, including Minister of National Security, Honorable John Saldivar, who has had to answer a lot of questions in relation to Guyanese born Rajesh Oullet also known as William Mason. Despite all the questioning, Saldivar had not shared the story of how he met the con-man or who introduced him and when he was asked today, he didn’t seem to remember much details:

    Mason's Wife Not Under Police Surviellance
    Last week we told you about the Belize Police who is on the lookout for 48 year-old Melissa Ferguson, the female companion of accused murderer William “Danny” Mason. She was last seen Tuesday July 19th, leaving Mason’s Outback Ranch along the George Price Highway with suitcases. But the question surrounding this situation is why a person with possible vital information to share was able to get from under the noses of the police and go on the lam? Minister of National Security, Honorable John Saldivar responded to that question today. Honorable John Saldivar – Minister of National Security: “I guess the police will have their reasons and I have to depend on their expertise in that areas why five days after that is when they decided then they know what they are doing and I trust in what they are doing.”

    San Pablo's Bus Stop Vandalized
    On Saturday the peaceful sleep of the residents from the village of San Pablo here in Orange Walk Town was disturbed sometime after midnight by loud noises which came from an area near the Douglas junction. After residents living in the vicinity sprang out of their beds with the intention of finding out what the commotion was all about, it was brought to their attention that three individuals, allegedly UDP supporters, were destroying the bus stop building located within the area and managed to rip off the entire roof made of zinc material. According to the chairman of the village, Javier Sabido, the bus stop was built over two decades ago on a portion of land which is currently privately owned, but with permission from the owner. Sabido is alleging that this mischievous act was undeniably politically influenced.

    Belizeans Detained By ICE In Los Angeles
    Two Belizeans were arrested this past week in Los Angeles, California as part of an operation carried out by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) targeting criminal foreigners. According to a report on US news “Los Angeles Time” a total of 112 foreign immigrants were arrested in the operation of which 100 were men and 12 women with criminal histories ranging from violent crimes such as child sex crimes and assault to significant or multiple misdemeanors. The largest number of those taken into custody were from Mexico with a total of 89, but nationals from a total of 11 countries were detained, including seven from El Salvador; five Guatemalans ; two Belizeans, two from Honduras, two from Vietnam ; one from Egypt; one from the Philippines ; one from Tonga, one from the United Kingdom; and one from Azerbaijan.

    Teacher Murdered In Orange Walk
    Sunday morning welcomed Orange Walk residents with the sad news of a murder this time the victim resulted to be a 39 year old high school teacher who was stabbed to death. Tonight police are still seeking the motive behind the murder which played out in the early hours of Sunday Morning. Just before five o’clock, police were called out to St. Peter’s Street, In Orange Walk Town, where they discovered the body of a man in a pool of blood on the sidewalk in front of the Barracks football field. Marcelo Azueta, a high school teacher was found with one large cut wound to the right side of the neck believed to be inflicted by a shard object.

    LOVE FM

    BDF’s Battle Camp 2016 Sees 127 Added to Volunteer Element
    One hundred and twenty seven men and women have recently joined the Belize Defense Force Volunteer element. With the group divided into seven units, they have survived the first week of the annual battle camp at the Valencia Camp in the Cayo District. Today, the Minister of National Security, John Saldivar along with the BDF […]

    Bounty for BDF Volunteer Element Reinstated
    Seventy eight members of the Volunteer element of the Belize Defense Force were presented with an envelope, each containing nothing less than six hundred dollars. The money they received today is referred to as a bounty. The bounty program was halted eight years ago and after much lobbying for the finances, it has been reinstated. […]

    Young Girl Finds Mom Murdered in Western Belize
    The murder count increased by three since our last news report on Friday. The latest was reported in Belmopan where the body of a woman was discovered this morning. We get the details from correspondent Fem Cruz. FEM CRUZ ‘”Belmopan police are investigating the brutal murder 31-year-old, Bella Regina Williams whose body was found this […]

    Teacher Slain in Northern Belize
    Meanwhile Orange Walk Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the murder of a teacher in that municipality. The body of 39-year-old Marcelo Azueta was found yesterday morning. Officer in Charge of Orange Walk Police, Senior Superintendent Selvin Tillett shared what their initial investigations have revealed. SELVIN TILLETT “On Sunday July 24th at 5:15am acting upon […]

    Murder, Shooting and Stabbing in Rural Belize
    The first murder of the weekend was reported in the Belize District. 38-year-old Nathan Underwood, the proprietor of Nate’s Cool Spot in Gardenia Village was shot multiple times. Police say they have not established a motive for the shooting. Inspector Juanito Cocom shares the details. JUANITO COCOM “I have two unfortunate incidents to report this […]

    Freetown Stabbing Under Investigation
    A resident of Freetown Road, Belize City was stabbed on his right hand during an argument Friday night. The incident happened just after eleven o’clock when 30-year-old, Gilroy Smith engaged in an argument with Steve Logan and Janelle Gentle. The source of their argument is unknown but Love News understands that both Logan and Gentle […]

    Duo Nabbed in San Ignacio Robbery
    Two residents of Bullet Tree Falls in the Cayo District have been detained following a robbery. Assistant Superintendent, Daniel Iche shared the details. DANIEL ICHE “Today the 25th of July 2016 at 8:30am Mr.Erie Manzanero of Bullet Tree Falls in the Cayo district reported to the San Ignacio police that sometime between 5 am and […]

    NCFC Calls for Sexual Offences Against Children to Cease and Desist
    The National Committee for Families and Children have issued a statement condemning the increase in reports of sexual offenses against children. The NCFC says quote “Mere words alone cannot express our absolute condemnation of such heinous acts. As adults, we should be protecting our children rather than taking advantage of them. Children will be children […]

    PUP Representative Says ASR Should Take Full Ownership of the Spoilt Molasses
    The cane farmers and the Belize Sugar Industries have been in disagreement over the past week over tons of spoilt molasses that resulted from a Maillard Reaction. BSI’s stance was to incorporate shared responsibility for the losses and intends to charge the cane farmers sixty five percent which would amount to more than two hundred […]

    Minister Saldivar Speaks Business, Mason and the Bandits
    The Mason saga continues as investigators continue to gather their evidence, the prosecutors are building their case, citizens are speculating on what really led to all these events and the media continues to try and find answers to many more questions. While William Mason sits in Tango Ten at the Belize Central Prison along with […]

    The Reporter

    Shyne rocks Jamaica Reggae Sumfest
    Rapper Shyne returned home to Belize on Sunday after rocking the stage with Barrington Levy at Jamaica’s Sumfest 2016. Shyne and Levy performed their hit song “Bad Boys” as part of Levy’s set, which also featured performances of “Living Dangerously”, “Murderer” and “Prison Oval Rock” from Levy. Beenie Man was also featured on the set. Shyne was in Jamaica to perform at Sumfest but he also reached out to Vybz Kartel, who is currently serving 35 years in prison, for a collaboration on his new project. The “Bonnie and Shyne” rapper is working on his new album along with Jamaican producer Supa Hype. While in Jamaica Shyne did interviews with The Star and OnStage, where he revealed his latest album is a rap/dancehall mix. Shyne has also reached out to Popcaan for work on a new single. As for the Kartel collaboration, Shyne has already recorded his part and is waiting for a response from Kartel’s team to find a suitable verse from his unreleased material prior to incarceration.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Belize celebrates Philip Goldson’s 93rd birthday
    Today, July 25th is the 93rd birthday of national hero Philip Stanley Wilberforce Goldson and the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH), through the Goldson House For Democracy and Patriotism are celebrating the occasion. The Goldson House, located on 82 Orange Street […]

    Father jailed for attack on stepson
    23 year old Richard Smith will serve time of 2 of 4 criminal charges after his teenage stepson intervened to defend his common-law wife from abuse. On May 31, 2016, Smith and his partner, whose name we will not reveal to avoid any reference […]

    Attempted murder charge for stabbing
    Alfonso Castillo was stabbed twice last week on July 21, 2016 through Rhaburn’s Alley near Victoria Street, Belize City. Police have charged 24 year old Raheem Marsden with attempted murder, dangerous harm and use of deadly means of harm. In court, Marsden claimed he […]

    Accused swindler charged again
    32 year old Gina Cherrington, formerly Conorquie, has previously been convicted of running cons and has now been accused of going back to her old ways – and using a popular Minister’s name to attempt to cover her tracks. Cherrington has been charged with […]

    No charges yet for Mark Flowers
    Rumors flew hot and heavy beginning this morning that boss of the Gang Suppression Unit (GSU), Superintendent of Police Mark Flowers, was to be formally charged today for sexual assault offences in connection with a report by a 13 year old minor. But as […]

    Belizeans arrested in US Immigration sting
    Two Belizeans were arrested in California, USA as part of an operation carried out by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) targeting “criminal foreigners”. The Belizeans, who were not named, were among 100 men and 12 women with criminal histories who were […]

    Teacher slain in Orange Walk; police still have no motive
    Orange Walk Police are still trying to find out why a teacher was killed in Orange Walk on Sunday morning. Police report that officers were called out to Sylvester Street in Orange Walk Town around 5:00 that morning. There, officers found the lifeless body of a man […]

    Belizean family harassed and provoked in Bacalar Mexico
    On Thursday a family from Corozal was harassed and provoked at Bacalar in Mexico by members of the Roberto Borge Angulo taxi union in Bacalar, according to Mexican media. The Belizean family visited Bacalar in a green car for pleasure and were intercepted by the […]

    Police respond to shooting on Maskall Road
    Rosalind Milligan, 26, of Sand Hill village was shot at her home this weekend. According to police reports, officers received information that someone had been shot at their house on Maskall Road in Sand Hill village and when they arrived on the scene they […]

    Nathan Underwood murdered in Biscayne Village
    Nathan Underwood, 38, a resident of Biscayne Village was murdered on Friday at around 10:30 at his place of business. According to police, officers visited Mile 21 on the Philip Goldson Highway, Biscayne Village at Nate’s Cool Spot where they saw Underwood on the […]

    Body found in Belmopan
    Belmopan police are currently at the scene where a body was found. BBN has been reliably informed that the victim is suspected to have been murdered. We will keep following this story and will post an update as more details become available. © 2016, […]

    Learned Helplessness Is Inhibiting The Second Belizean Revolution
    By Charles Leslie Is this psychological disorder the factor that is inhibiting Belizeans from standing up and triggering the second Belizean revolution? Learned helplessness is behavior typical of an organism (human or animal) that has endured repeated painful or otherwise aversive stimuli which it was unable to […]

    Blogs

    The Sound of the Caribbean: Steel Pans!
    The steel pan music spot light in Belize is shared by five main groups: The Pantempters Steel Orchestra; Panerrifix Steel Band; Pandemonium Steel Band; The Allstars Steel Band, and the Dynamix Steel Band. In addition, several schools have their own bands as part of their music program. The ‘Pan Yaad Concert’ has been delighting Belizeans since 2009, as part of our September Celebrations (yes, Belizeans we celebrate our independence for an entire month!). The concert is held at the House of Culture in Belize City, and it is full of color, movement and patriotic spirit. Oh! How I love the Pan Yaad Concert! This year’s Pan Yaad Concert is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, September 18th. Mark your calendars, because this is an event you don’t want to miss! And wherever in the Caribbean you may be, and you hear those tinny sounds starting up, dancing is encouraged!

    The Chaa Creek Eco-Campers Have the Times of Their Lives
    The Lodge at Chaa Creek is an absolute gem in Belize in the midst of the most beautiful forest. And this year, I was lucky enough to be invited back for two nights of Eco-Kids Summer Camp. For 7 years now, 24 kids from every corner of Belize have been chosen based on an essay for Chaa Creek’s summer camp. They are not judged on spelling or grammar but on their heartfelt descriptions of why they are “Belize eco-kids”. How they respect the environment – the plants, the water and the sea and the animals, the importance of protecting mother nature in their backyards and Belize and how they can spread the word…I can think of few things as important. And few back drops as beautiful to convey the message. Their essays were chosen and they were invited to one week of amazing summer camp. So well organized, so jam packed with learning and fun – these 24 will go back to their villages and towns and, hopefully, become ambassadors at home and at school.

    Rent in Belize From $350 a Month
    Belize is a charming little country with one foot planted in the Caribbean, the other in Central America. In addition to an abundance of natural beauty, the offshore World Heritage Mesoamerican barrier reef, and a multitude of Maya ruins, Belize offers expats an outstanding residence program for retirees. Another plus, English is the country’s primary language. For these reasons—and others—an increasing number of expats are moving to this laidback, democratic country. Belize is comparable in size to Massachusetts. It’s easy to travel between its districts by bus, car, plane, or water taxi. You can drive from the northern border, across from Mexico, to the southernmost district of Toledo within a day. Take local flights and you can reach any region within an hour or two. In less than two hours you can travel by water taxi between the mainland and the primary cayes – Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker. If you’re seriously considering a move to Belize, be sure to take an initial trip to explore the entire country. After you’ve narrowed down your geographic options, spend several months renting—it’s the best way to explore Belize’s diverse districts and lifestyles in depth.

    Trading NYC for Caribbean Sunrises in Corozal
    "I used to watch the sunset on the Empire State Building. Now I watch the sunrise over the Caribbean, on the bay of Corozal,” says Nancy Naftchi-Medoro, 46. For Nancy and her husband Tony, 68, the move has changed their lives for the better.

    Swapping “Traditional” Retirement For Overseas Adventures
    My wife, Suzan, and I have been living and working abroad for 15 years now, and we can count the number of “traditional” retirees we’ve met on the fingers of one hand. That probably has a lot to do with the kind of people who decide to retire abroad in the first place. These are not traditional thinkers, so there is really no reason to expect them to have traditional retirements. You can certainly find what we think of as “traditional” retirees if you look hard enough…the folks who, after a lifetime of hard work, simply want an easy chair, a good book or some knitting, and a shady porch. But as I say, not many of those folks go abroad to find that porch. And the ones who do often discover that the attraction of the rocking chair wears pretty thin after a month or two. That’s when their traditional retirement ends and their new lives abroad begin.

    Helpful tips and issues with ATM use at Belize Banks
    You may or may not know that there is an an issue happening with foreign bank cards and ATM service in the Belize Banks right now. If you are an expat or traveler this applies to you. This information could save you from a few heart palpitations and stress. Not to long ago, I had my Canadian card swallowed at the Heritage Bank ATM and just figured I was having an off day. When I went to the bank I found out that it was a standard thing for now (not sure for how long) that any foreign cards that are unfortunate enough to make their way to the ATM will get snacked on by the plastic hungry Heritage machine. As I understand it, their official procedure is to send it back to the bank where the card is from. Thankfully I got there fast and was able to get my card back without involving Canada.

    Belize Eco-Kids Summer Camp – Waste Management & Sustainability Day 6
    The morning started off cold and fresh, and as the campers awoke they pulled on sweaters and made their way up to the campfire. After singing some camp songs to warm up, we had a delicious breakfast and moved straight to work – after picking up smooth round rocks and jagged square stones from the river, we cleaned them, dried them and then splattered them with paint and stuck googly eyes on them until they resembled something out of a Tim Burton movie! We cleaned the tables and laid the ‘interesting’ stones out in the clean sun to dry. As the day warmed up, we grabbed our backpacks and hiked through the sweating jungle to the lodge, where we were taken to the Ixchel Conference room so that Ms. Lucy Fleming, one of the founders of Chaa Creek, could give us a presentation about one of the greatest growing industries in the world – tourism!

    Ancient Foods – Pacaya
    Many times when we think about the ancient foods of the Maya, the first thing that comes to mind is corn, and rightfully so, corn was a major part of the ancient Maya diet, but they did not live on that alone. In fact, their diet was very wide and included a vast variety of plants and animals found in the surrounding forests. This brings us to the following question: Did the Maya clear forests completely? That may be true in the corn fields, but what about closer to their homes? If we visit a house of a present day Maya, we will find a variety of fruit trees, plants used in cooking such as spices or even those used for medicine. I believe that the ancient Maya were no different than what we are today and would have kept some plants around their huts or nearby.

    International Sourcesizz

    10 Top Places To Retire Overseas
    Do your clients dream of living a life of leisure in retirement on a beach or in the mountains outside the United States? “Today, retiring overseas is about launching a new life in a new country, starting over someplace sunny and exotic with white-sand beaches or Old World culture,” says Kathleen Peddicord, author and publisher of Live and Invest Overseas. “But there is no one way to determine the best place to retire for every person. That’s why our 2016 index rates the top destinations around the world that are each special for their own reasons.” The categories considered in the Live and Invest Overseas index represent the most important criteria that retirees consider when shopping the globe for the best place to live, including climate, cost of living, whether English is spoken, entertainment, environmental conditions, existing expat community, health care, infrastructure, real estate, residency options, safety and taxes. No. 10: Ambergris Caye, Belize. The largest island of the group, Ambergris Caye has the second largest barrier reef in the world, after Australia, and is a ring of white sandy beaches sitting in azure water.

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    July 25, 2016


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    Specials and Events

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    The San Pedro Sun

    Kids 4 Clean Water program returns to San Mateo
    It will be the fifth consecutive year that the “Kids 4 Clean Water” program has made its way to the San Mateo community in Ambergris Caye. From Monday, August 15th to Friday, August 19th, the week-long adventure will aim to teach children residing in San Mateo about water safety, environmental conservation, and health issues. Hosting the program is Belize Community Conservation (BBC) in partnership with Caribbean Student Environmental Alliance (SEA) and the Caribbean Youth Environment Network (CYEN). In San Mateo, the alarming issue of contaminated water has been a concern for many years. During the program, sanitation and hygiene has been the main focus, and is taught to the children and their families. They also learn about coral reefs, mangroves, and wildlife, as well as the importance of protecting these areas and animals.

    Police Report
    Found Drugs: On Wednesday, July 20th at noon, acting on Special Branch (SB) information, a joint team of SB and Criminal Investigation Branch personnel retrieved from San Pedro Town Tropic Air Cargo a small brown cartoon box containing a yellow plastic bag with two wrapped transparent parcel containing suspected Cannabis.
    $13,000 stolen from Mennonite: On Friday, July 15th at about 3:10PM, 46-year-old Heinrich Knelsen, Belizean Mennonite salesman of Shipyard Camp, Orange Walk District, visited the San Pedro Police Station to report that he was robbed. Knelsen stated that at about 1:10PM on the same date, while riding his bicycle out of the San Mateo Area heading to the bridge after collecting moneys owed by a local company for the sales of chicken, eggs, beans, and rice, he was intercepted by an assailant.

    Wolfe’s Woofer: The Recruiter
    “Hola, Don Dennis,” Rafael said. “How are you this morning?” “It’s a beautiful day, Rafa,” I said. “When I met you last night you weren’t wearing a uniform. I didn’t know you are a soldier.” “Ah, even us military kinds got to have days off. This week I am off work the whole week.” Since I retired from playing music, Sherry and I have been doing some traveling. We were in Merida, Mexico when we met Rafa in a bar. “What do you do in the military?” I asked. “I am a recruiter,” Rafael answered. “I am the best recruiter in the whole Mexican army. That’s why they give me a whole week’s vacation.” “What makes you so good?” I asked.

    With community support, fire victims prevail
    While some lost their homes, others lost their jobs at the businesses that were affected. One of the fire victims, Hermela Rodriguez, was formally working at a business that was affected by the fire. After weeks of unemployment, Rodriguez has been hired at the TikiTurtle Trading Company Gift Shop at Ramon’s Village Resort. El Dorado Store was also affected, but they have reopened their business on Black Coral Street across from the new Artisan’s location. Baltazar Vanegas, who owned Cortez Upholstery, was offered an apartment rent-free by a kind landlord, and has re-opened his upholstery shop on Black Coral Street across El Patio Restaurant. Romel Bardales had been operating a fruit and vegetable shop in the immediate area where the fire took place. He has now re-opened his shop named “Guayabano” downstairs of Martha’s Hotel on Ambergris Street. The San Pedro Lions Club is still continuing their relief efforts. On Wednesday, July 21st, they distributed 20 school bags (donated by Miss San Pedro High School Faith Noel) filled with school supplies, and donated them to the fire victims with school-aged children. Since their month-long food program ended on the 21st, they issued out Lino’s Meat Shop Gift Certificates, and oats. Social Services advises that if any family is still in need of food to come to the San Pedro Food Bank on Tuesday’s at the Lions Den.

    Doctor Love: Shocked
    Dear Doctor Love, For the last year of our six-year marriage I have noticed my wife has gotten distant from me. I tried to talk to her about it but she got in a bad mood and told me that I would not understand anyway. I asked if she was seeing someone else and she got so angry that I thought she would hit me. She told me she was not seeing anyone but she should be. She said if she did see someone it would not be someone who went fishing nearly every weekend without her. It would also be someone who would start a family before she is old enough to be a grandmother. And by the way they would take her out to dinner sometimes and maybe watch a movie with her. I work a fifty hour week to support us and because I don’t want her working. My fishing on the weekend is the most relaxing thing I do. It does not seem fair that I should give it up. I have offered to take her with me but she does not like fishing. She knows I don’t sit and watch romance movies like she likes and I prefer her cooking to any restaurant in town. And as far as children goes we are in our late twenties and we can wait a few more years. I came home yesterday and found a note from her saying she is gone and don’t try to find her. She will send her divorce papers through her lawyer. I know things have not been great between us but I certainly was not expecting this, Is it too late to save things? What should I do? /s/ Shocked

    Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

    Winner of Five -A-Side Football tournament
    Congratulations to Team Scorpions F.C! Champions of the 2016 Five -A-Side Football tournament!

    BTL HELPS SAN PEDRO FIRE VICTIMS
    On July 21st, 2016, BTL’s Chairman of the Executive Committee, Mr. Anwar Barrow, presented a handsome check of $10,000 to assist the affected families of the infamous fire that occurred in San Pedro just weeks before. Among the 27 families affected, many of them were children registered for the coming school year. In that light, BTL has collaborated with Belize Red Cross and Angelus Press Limited to facilitate school supplies at the value of $10,000 to all the affected children. Present at the Handing Over ceremony was the Director General of the Belize Red Cross Mrs. Lily Bowman, Mayor of San Pedro Town, Mr. Danny Guerrero, and representing The Angelus Press Ltd. was Mr. John Gillet.

    John Paul II JC 2016 Graduation
    Congratulations, JP 2 graduates! JP 2 JC had their 2nd graduating class. They have lots of great pictures from the graduation, which was held at their new building, which is coming along nicely.

    We Won't Pay! We Won't Pay!
    Comedy Hunger Theater is coming to Cayo! The Wildfire Art studio is teaming up with the Soul Project to bring the play 'We Won't Pay! We Won't Pay!' to town for 3 showings next weekend. It'll be Friday and Saturday at 7:15pm, and Sunday at 4:15pm, on the Soul Project stage.

    The Reporter

    Businessman shot dead at his bar
    A businessman was shot dead at his bar on Friday night. The incident haopened at mile 21 on the Philip Goldson highway. Police have released preliminary information stating that Nathan Underwood was shot at Nate’s Cool Spot. In a separate incident, Rosaline Milligan was also shot on the Maskall Road. Her condition and other details are not yet known.

    Medical experts predict Zika virus will be around for a few more years
    Experts from the Medical Research Council Centre for Outbreak Analysis and Modelling at Imperial College in London say the Zika virus isn’t going to subside for a few years. The scientists say the epidemic is likely to spread for two to three more years, and in a worst-case scenario, could become endemic in Latin America. They believe the epidemic will end only when the population reaches a stage of “herd immunity,” when there are no longer enough uninfected people for transmission of the virus. The researchers said in the journal Science that once this stage is reached, there would be a long period with few new cases until the emergence of a new generation who had not been exposed to Zika. The scientists used data modelling to predict that the next outbreak would take place in around 10 years’ time.

    Meteorologist says dust clouds in Sahara preventing storm formation
    A meteorologist with AccuWeather says dust from the Sahara is the reason why there has been inactivity in the Atlantic since Hurricane Danielle formed on June 20. Dust from the Sahara are being spun up in huge clouds by an unusually strong high-pressure system in the northeastern Atlantic Ocean. This, according to Ed Vallee, is the reason for the current inactivity. “The water temperatures are plenty warm, but the dry, dusty air is really inhibiting development,” Vallee said, adding that heavy wind shear, another tropical cyclone killer, is also occurring with the Saharan dust. But the busiest part of the season is still ahead, meteorologist John Gerard says. “Since we got off to a quick start, many assumed it was going to be an extremely busy season – and it still might be.

    Dispute leads to stabbing; two detained
    Belize City police have detained two persons in connection with a stabbing on Friday night. Police say that at around 11:15 p.m., Gilroy Smith, 30, a resident of Freetown Road, suffered a stab wound to the back of the right hand during an argument with another man and a woman. Police have detained Steve Logan and Janelle Gentle pending investigations.

    Police find body with stab wounds in Orange Walk
    Orange Walk police are investigating the circumstances of a body found this morning. Preliminary information is that the body had what appeared to be multiple stab wounds. The victim has not yet been identified and police investigations continue.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    William Mason’s wife being sought by police
    Partner to murder accused William Mason, Melissa Ferguson is being sought by Belmopan police for questioning in the Llewellyn Lucas beheading murder and kidnapping. She is said to live in Los Lagos outside Ladyville and has a recently renewed work permit and Social Security card from Belize. She was not at the Mason home on Intelco Hill in Belmopan when police searched it earlier this week. Among William “Danny” Mason’s many aliases is William Ferguson.

    Blogs

    Traveling from San Pedro to San Ignacio, Belize: So Different, Both So Beautiful
    From the reef to the jungle in Belize – easy peasy. Even taking the slowest, budget method (barring bike riding or walking), I was on the 7:30am San Pedro Belize Express water taxi ($46bzd RT) and I arrived in San Ignacio on the bus ($8bzd) before noon. Not bad. Not bad at all. I was headed to FABULOUS Chaa Creek Lodge just outside of San Ignacio to scoop their annual kids’ camp. Chaa Creek is truly one of my favorite spots on earth. It is rustically elegant, total lodge chic, perfect down to the smallest detail. Every Belizean should visit. If just for lunch. I deboarded in Belize City at about 8:45am and grabbed a taxi (there are about 25 drivers vying for your attention) to the bus station. $7bzd. I’d had coffee at home but my stomach was grumbling. Shockingly and reliably tasty – bus station pizza.

    Seasons of Friendship
    Sometimes I think...most times I don't...but sometimes I do. Lately I've been contemplating the cycles of friendship. I'm guessing the vast majority of people can identify with the situation of leaving your family or friends, or a part of them, for a new adventure in life. We've gone to college, prison, maybe moved for a job, chased a girl across the country...or a dream around the world. You think you can't wait to go home, to see your friends again and get back into that life; however as you've heard; "you can't go home again." It doesn't exist. Your spot with your friends doesn't exist. That life has past, and a new future is the only option. Like all things in this world, friendship is a cycle. We have so many hours a day, and so many minutes to spend in communication with people. Lives change, circles move, and I've seen the struggle to keep connections with people in circles that at the moment just aren't touching - and the cost is that the loss of connection with the circles they are touching. I'm just grateful to have loving friends that I know would welcome me back into their hearts like years hadn't passed. no matter how the dynamic needs to shift.

    International Sourcesizz

    How I Left A 12-Year Career In Silicon Valley To Work On A Beach In Belize
    Three months ago, I worked in San Francisco as a marketing leader for a unicorn startup. I earned a salary that let me do, eat, and buy whatever I wanted. Now, I live and work from a beach in Belize, earn half of what I used to, and couldn't be happier. After spending 12 years on a career path that just wasn’t the dream I'd imagined it would be when I started out on it, I knew it was time to try something else. I also knew that just making small changes probably wouldn't cut it—and that felt liberating. It opened up possibilities I hadn't considered. Here in Belize, I’ve traded oatmeal-colored walls in a Silicon Valley office building for a table under a palapa overlooking the Caribbean Sea—with water more cerulean than any paint color could possibly capture. (If I'm waxing a little rhapsodic here, well, I'm betting you would too!) I decided I'd stop snoozing an alarm clock five days a week and instead wake up naturally to sunlight and birds at 6 a.m.

    10 days in the USA: 12 Belizeans visit Fond du Lac, serve community
    On July 14, a group of Jaguar Scouts, from Belize’s twin cities Santa Elena and San Ignacio, arrived in Fond du Lac, ready to spend 10 days learning, sharing and helping. Ten years ago, Julie Boelter, a sixth-grade teacher in Mayville, was in Belize when she met Ces Flowers, the troop leader and adviser to a group of Jaguar Scouts, a co-ed scouting organization. Boelter, who was then a volunteer with Ascension Lutheran Church in Fond du Lac, initiated a partnership and the two organizations began working together. "It was a connection that God wanted," said Flowers. "We shared the same likes and motivations for molding youths, and that’s what drew us closer together." “It was a series of God-incidences,” Boelter said, laughing, “Like coincidences, but better.” Though Boelter isn’t a full-time volunteer with the church anymore, she still remains connected to this program.

    Videos

  • Eagle Ray, 2min. This is the complete footage of the eagle ray at painted wall, Belize. I was the last person to go across the reef to get down the wall. As I descended from 35' to 45', I looked up and saw the eagle ray coming over the reef to the edge of the wall. I immediately came back up to the reef, and followed the ray for 2 minutes. I didn't move too quickly, so as not to spook the ray. I was also exhaling slowly so the bubbles would not disturb the ray.

  • BELIZE 2016, 3min.

  • Lets go to Belize!, 1.5min.

  • Belize, blue hole/ nigalloo reef/Great barrier reef/ Cozumal island Mexico/ Tanja Ma ha cenote Mexico, 4min.

  • Belize Missions Trip 2016, 32min.

  • Belize, 5min. how u enjoy i had and amzing time and it was so much fun.

  • Belize Digital Story, 5.5min.

  • Macey and Elliott - Belize 2016, 10min.

  • Belize Sharks, 4min.

  • RIo On Pools Belize, 3min. Rio On Pools located in the Mountain Pine Ridge, Belize.

  • 1000 Feet Fall Belize, Central America, 4min. View of the magnificent 1000 ft fall in Mountain Pine Ridge. The total drop is actually 1600 ft. The second falls continues the 600 ft.

  • Belize sugar cane industry, 5.5min.

  • Belize Mission Trip 2016, 9min.

  • Belize 2K16 #NGSE, 3min. NatGeo Student Expadition 2K16.

  • Project San Martin Belize 2016, 5min.

  • Dancing with sharks in Belize, 7.5min.

  • Caribbean Queen Angelfish in Belize, 1/2min. The Caribbean Queen Angelfish in Ho Chan Marine Reserver, San Pedro, Belize.

  • Diving the Aquarium, Lighthouse Reef Atoll, Belize, 7min. Diving the Aquarium,Lighthouse Reef Atoll with Aqua Scuba Center in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize, Saturday July 16, 2016, with favorite dive buddy Bobbi Stevens

  • Diving Half Moon Wall, Lighthouse Reef Atoll, Belize, 12min. This video shows the best dive of the day at Half Moon Wall, Lighthouse Reef Atoll, Belize, diving with Aqua Scuba Center in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize, Saturday July 16, 2016

  • Belize, 5.5min.

    July 24, 2016


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    The San Pedro Sun

    Action Twenty 24 ministry holds annual sports camp
    Action Twenty 24 is back in San Pedro hosting their 5th annual Sports Ministry Summer Camp. The one week camp started on Monday, July 18th and culminated on Friday, July 22nd. Campers had the opportunity to learn skills in football, volleyball, basketball and baseball. Held in collaboration with Lighthouse Christian Radio, the camp hosted over 40 children ages 6-13 each morning at the New Horizon Seventh Day Adventist School, and in the afternoon at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium. According to camp organizer Chris Bonnett, one focus of the camp is to teach children great sportsmanship. “Our emphasis is on sports, as well as leadership skills. We teach the campers how to come together as a team, and work together effectively. We just want to show them how to love someone they don’t know and be respectful. I think with the word of God and leadership skills, they will make better decisions as they get older,” said Bonnet.

    San Pedro FC wins 3-0 vs Carlston FC in McClean Insurance U-17 football tournament
    The San Pedro FC scored three goals in six minutes to celebrate a 3-0 victory over Carlston FC of Belize City when the McLean Insurance Brokers Under-17 football tournament organized by the Belize District Football Association kicked off at the M.C.C. grounds in Belize City on Saturday, July 16. Jhoan Alvarez and Dixon Paguada led the San Pedro offensive supported by Arnold Flowers and Ian Pou on the wings, and Christian Medina and David James at midfield. The Carlston defenders Jamil Awayo, Shawn Norberto and Jonathan Casimiro held off their attacks for the first 15 minutes of play. The Carlston boys could not get the ball past midfield, as the San Pedro defence Eduardo Ack, Jorge Castillo and Wilson Cruz were there to break up the plays and share the ball out to their wingers. Arnold Flowers drove the ball solo up the left flank, and the Carlston’s goalie seeing his defenders outplayed, came out of his goal to meet Flowers’ charge. The wily Arnold, seeing the goalie was off his line, took advantage of the space to nimbly lob over the goalie’s head to bounce into the empty net: 1-0 in the 15th minute.

    SPTC hosts summer camp activities for island children
    Summer in La Isla Bonita usually means any number of camps set up to keep children active during the school break. Sports are a top choice of activity, and this year is packed with adrenaline, team work, and most of all, fun! On behalf of the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC), the San Pedro Sports Committee introduced a sporting summer camp that started on Monday, July 18th and will run until Friday, August 12th. Sports Coordinator Kent Bob Gabourel, along with Councilor in charge of Sports, Hector Alamilla, is hosting the camp. In its first week, around 30 children joined them at the Honorable Louis Sylvester Complex to practice the basics of football. The campers were taught how to line up on a field, control a ball, shoot, pass, and the general rules of the game. The camp is split in two sessions, one in the morning, and the other in the afternoon. Gabourel has indicated that the kids are very enthusiastic and willing to learn basic skills, while having fun. Since the camp runs for a month, different sporting activities will take place each week.

    Party with Costa Maya Beauty Contestants at Aquafino Island Resort & Spa!
    On Saturday, July 30th Aquafino Island Resort & Spa, on the western coast of Ambergris Caye, will be hosting this year’s Costa Maya Beauty Contestants for a swimsuit shoot and fashion show. Bikinis provided by Char Tolentino, and clothing provided by Top Notch will be modelled by the eight lovely delegates. The evening will include a poolside VIP cocktail party and catered dinner, with all proceeds benefiting The Inspiration Centre and the Ambergris Caye Rotary Club. Everyone is invited to attend this beauty show for a worthy cause. William Narod, presidents of Aquafino Resort & Spa extends a warm invitation to join in the party. “This party in paradise will feature a DJ playing your favourite music, as well as live entertainment provided by Julianie J. Ferguson. Some of San Pedro’s top restaurants, including Las Terrazas, El Fogon, Caroline’s, Pirate’s Treasure and Hidden Treasure will be catering the meal. We hope that this becomes an annual event, so please come enjoy an amazing evening with the Costa Maya Beauty contestants and distinguished guests from all over Belize, while helping local charities.”

    BTL Compensation Award Update
    The Government of Belize (GOB) informs that a dispute has arisen between the Government and the Ashcroft Alliance over the recent BTL compensation award handed down by the Permanent Court of Arbitration. GOB, after the most careful examination by a number of its experts, argues that the wrong rate of exchange was applied by the Arbitral Tribunal in arriving at its ultimate compensation figure. GOB also submits that the Tribunal’s calculation of interest was mathematically incorrect. Both mistakes by the Tribunal prejudiced GOB and resulted overall in larger sums being awarded than were justified. GOB has 30 days from the date of the award to seek rectification, and its overseas lawyers have now prepared and are filing the relevant application. For its part, the Ashcroft Alliance questions the currency split used by GOB last week in making the first half payment of the award. It will be recalled that the award was divided into two by the Tribunal, with 40% of the total representing the non-Accommodation Agreement portion and 60% representing the Accommodation Agreement portion. The latter, according to the Settlement Agreement, is payable in Belize dollars and can only be spent to fund projects in Belize for the benefit of the people of Belize. The 40% is payable in United States currency and belongs entirely to the Ashcroft Alliance as compensation for the acquisition of their BTL shares.

    Camp Starfish: Special fun for Special kids!
    School is officially over, and an array of camps have been sprouting across La Isla Bonita. Among them is the Ambergris Caye Camp Starfish, a free two-week camp focused on children with mental and physical disabilities. Camp Coordinator Dalia Alamilla is more than excited to be hosting the camp at the Lions Den on July 18th, 20th, 22nd, 25th, 27th, and 29th. Thanks to the $3,252 donation from the Blue Water Grill and The Phoenix, Camp Starfish offers activities that include story time, music & movement, arts and crafts, sensory activities and more! In addition, children from different districts will be attending the camp. A total of 28 campers have registered, but more are expected to participate throughout the week. This year, three special education teachers from Massachusetts and North Carolina, USA have offered their assistance to help out. Volunteers also include students from San Pedro High School and their Peer Group, six volunteers from Projects Abroad, and other community members who have expressed interest in wanting to help. If anyone else would like to volunteer, they are welcome to go to the Lions Den to join in.

    Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

    Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow Departs the Country
    The Office of the Prime Minister informs the general public that the Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow departs the country today, Saturday, 23rd July, 2016 for a scheduled medical consultative appointment relating to his back ailment. During the Prime Minister’s absence, the Hon. Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Science & Technology, Culture, Youth and Sports will act as Prime Minister. The Prime Minister will return on Friday, 29th July, 2016.

    Miss Hopkins 2016
    Introducing Miss Hopkins 2016 Winner - Johnisha Ariola- Join me in welcoming her to the ranks of Village leadership - Hopkins will keep empowering its women - Congratulations

    Muscle Hut Fitness Club
    Everyone is pumped up about Cayo's new gym. Yes, the Muscle Hut Fitness Center is open, and they have a great selection of equipment to work every major muscle group. They're right downtown too, and have a good view of the area from the 3rd of the Manzanero building. "San Ignacio has a new gym: Muscle Hut Fitness Club. It's right downtown, in the top floor of the Manzanero building. They have some great equipment there, and you can work out just about every body part. Membership is $75 a month, and you can also go to the Muscle Hut gym in Belmopan."

    The Reporter

    Citizenship programs in the Caribbean attractive to investors
    The economist points out that if the UK pursues an exit from the EU in keeping with the Brexit referendum results, there may be what she terms “implications” for travel and visa requirements for Citizenship-by-Investment passport holders, to the Schengen zone in particular. In general, she notes, opponents to Caribbean passport programmes believe that nationality is not something that can be sold; and the granting of rights and freedoms to persons without any historic or cultural affinity with the country is deemed by some to be unacceptable.

    Miss Belize franchise names 16 delegates for upcoming pageant
    After almost 10 years of dormancy, the Miss Belize franchise has named 16 delegates for the upcoming pageant in September. The young women will compete on September 10, to become Belize’s fairest lady to represent us at the most covetted beauty pageant in the world – the Miss Universe pageant. These young ladies represent every district. The National Institute of Culture and History (NICH). They were selected through an open casting call process in July. Opal Enriquez, the national director of Miss Belize Universe has expressed pleasure with the line-up, saying: “These young women are accomplished, intelligent and beautiful. “Belizeans can be proud to have such a strong group contestants – any of whom would represent us well on an international stage.” The Miss Belize pageant is set for September 10, starting at 7:00 p.m., at|the Bliss Centre for the Performing Arts.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Violent start to weekend in Belize District
    Police have confirmed two shooting incidents, one fatal, in the Rural section of Eastern Division. One Nathan Underwood, proprietor of Nate’s Cool Spot at Mile 21 Philip Goldson Highway, was apparently shot dead there, while one Rosaline Milligan was shot on Maskall Road. And, […]

    DPM Faber, acting PM til Barrow’s return
    Prime Minister Dean Barrow left the country today for a scheduled medical consultative appointment relating to his back ailment. During Barrow’s absence, Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber, also the Minister of Education, Science & Technology, Culture, Youth and Sports will act as Prime Minister. […]

    3rd Annual Sugar Fest held in Orange Walk
    The 3rd annual Sugar Fest is currently underway at the BSI field in Orange Walk. The event is organized as a fun day after the closing of the sugar crop for BSI employees, sugar cane farmers and their families along with the general public. […]

    Blogs

    A memorial bike ride through San Pedro warmly remembers Marcie
    Miles for Marcie Memorial/Cancer Awareness Bike ride this morning in San Pedro Town, Belize went from from the W.O.D. Cross-Fit Zone fitness box to the northern end of the concrete road and back again. A first-ever bike ride for a cause on the island and a promising start to an annual event. Marcie and Gerry Neumann moved to San Pedro two years ago and 15 months later Marcie was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Gerry, a really nice guy, is back on the island to stay. Friends of theirs from all over the US also rode today in memory of Marcie. Here are some more photos from the start of the ride:

    Videos

  • San Pedro Lions Club installs new members and Leo's, now it's time to dance!, 1min.

  • ISP Belize 2016, 12min. This video is about The University of Scranton's service trip to Belize.

  • Belize Scuba Diving July 2016, 3min.

  • BELIZE 2016, 10min. From Belize city to Corozal / Orange Walk, then Cayo District, with 2 Maya ruins visited and finally at Caye Caulker.

  • Leaving the island Virginia Caye to Hopkins with Easy Fishing in Belize, 2.5min.

  • Belize, 3.5min.

  • my trip to Belize, 5min.

  • Arsenio Belize Team Birthday, 12min.

  • Diving the famous Blue Hole, Lighthouse Reef Atoll, Belize, 2.5min. This is one diver's impression on a particular day in Belize. I'm sure Blue Hole is better on other days.

  • Diving Cypress Canyons and D and B, Ambergris Caye, Belize, 7min. Here, we're diving With Belize Pro Dive Center, Ambergris Caye, Belize, Tuesday July 19, 2016. Vance is on GoPro with favorite dive buddy Bobbi Stevens. There are just a few shots from Cypress Canyons, where a cowboy diver grabbed the nurse sharks, dove too deep, and ruined everyone's dive by letting his 10 year old son go into deco. Video segments after that are from D and B Canyons.

  • Belize Stingray, 1min. Stingray swimming/gliding along some soft corals. Filmed while diving the reef near Ambergris Caye in Belize.

  • Belize Grouper, 1/2min. Grouper filmed while SCUBA diving near Ambergris Caye in Belize.

  • Last dive at Ambergris Caye, Belize: Eagle ray, lone barracuda, and touching nurse shark farewell, 3.5min. This was our 3rd trip to Victoria Canyons, Ambergris Caye, Belize, Tuesday July 19, 2016 - where again the dive went deep, Bobbi and I skimmed the reef tops, and we saw the eagle ray there up close. Then I chased a lone baraccuda through an amusement park ride swim-thru, and experienced a touching nurse shark farewell (bye nurse sharks, sniff sniff - see you next time)

  • Belize Honeymoon, 4min.

  • Diving Tackle Box, Ambergris Caye, Belize, Monday July 18, 2016, 4min. This dive began with Luiz leading into the canyons but Bobbi and I went up to the reef top to see what the nurse sharks were up to.

    July 23, 2016


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    The San Pedro Sun

    Inter-office Football Tournament heating up
    The 6-a-side Interoffice Football League continues drawing football fanatics to the Honourable Louis Sylvester Sporting Complex weekly. Now halfway before its scheduled championship game, the tournament teams have been fighting for a chance to get to the finals. The next set of matches are scheduled from Thursday, July 21st through Sunday, July 24th at the Sporting Complex starting at 7PM. Fans are encouraged to come cheer for their favourite team.

    2016 Healthy Reefs Report Card: Belize Barrier Reef ‘endangered’
    On Thursday, July 7th, various entities dedicated to the important work of preserving and protecting Belize’s natural heritage presented the Belize Barrier Reef scorecard for 2016. The purpose of the evaluation is to get Belize’s Reef System off the World Heritage Site’s endangered category. The reef system has been on that list since 2009, and according to the results this year much more needs to be done before its removal from the vulnerable category. The Belize Barrier Reef runs parallel to the coast of Belize for about 185 miles and is responsible for 15% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). However, this great valuable natural resource is in danger. According to Valentino Shal from the World Wildlife Fund they are looking at all that needs to be done in order to get the Barrier Reef off the endangered list, while at the same time ensuring that it is a healthy and functioning resource. “The indicators of this score card are based on the exact same indicators that are included in the desired state of conservation report that we the World Heritage Committee and The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) gave to the government,” said Shal. He added that unless the government addresses the issues highlighted in the indicators, the reef will continue to be considered vulnerable.

    San Pedro Police Youth Cadets attend 19th Annual Summer Camp
    San Pedro Police Youth Cadet Corp members have returned to the island after attending the 19th National Youth Cadet Corp Summer Camp held in Trial Farm, Orange Walk District. The annual camp took place from July 9th to the 16th, under the theme ‘Be bold, be Strong, Survival, We are together, We can.’ Five local San Pedro cadets, accompanied by Police Constable Juan Choc from the Community Policing Unit and Woman Police Constable Arillee Young, joined cadets from around the country for some fun. According to Choc, the annual camp takes place in different parts of the country and serves as a good opportunity for the youngsters to interact with youth from around the country. “It also serves as a platform for our youth to get to know other cultures, while learning to appreciate and respect them,” said Choc. The five cadets from San Pedro Town were happy to participate in the activity and look forward for another camp next year. Zennon Anderson, Joey Everette, Ashley Garnett, Meberly Jimenez, and Lalvani Dominguez attended lectures on decision making and peer pressure as well as exercises in team building.

    GOB makes first payment towards BTL acquisition
    On Wednesday, July 13th, the Government of Belize (GOB) made the first payment of over $190 million dollars to the Ashcroft Alliance as part of the arbitration award for the nationalization of Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL). While the entire award was for $458.4 million, the GOB had already paid off $65 million in September 2015, decreasing the amount required for the first installment. After the GOB’s acquisition of some 45,199,996 of BTL’s shares in a span of eight years, the Permanent Court of Arbitration awarded the Ashcroft Alliance BZ $5.6547 per share, at an 8.34% interest per annum, along with a $4.4 million arbitration fee. Managing Director of Legacy Fund, Ervin Perez told the Amandala Newspaper that as of June 15, 2016, the amount of excess liquidity (in terms of hard cash) in the system is $451,802,000, up about $81 million from the same time last year. The GOB is currently making use of the increased liquidity of Belize’s financial system, and reports indicate that GOB was able to finance the payment by Treasury Notes sold to the Central Bank. Since the payment was made through domestic borrowing, the debt burden has increased to about 86%.29. Financial Secretary Joseph Waight shared that the Central Bank, the GOB’s fiscal agent, will purchase the Government’s notes and bills and then sell them to institutional investors such as commercial banks and insurance companies via a bid process.

    Basil Jones Summer Camp brings fun and education to youngsters
    Camp Basil Jones is in its third week of their youth education summer program at the Basil Jones Educational Centre in the Bacalar Chico Reserve. A group of 22 children enjoyed a long week of activities that included a balance of both fun and learning. The annual program which started on Monday, July 4th and will end on Friday July 29th is divided into four individual camps and spread over four weeks of unique educational summer experiences for children. Campers enjoyed in morning exercise, swimming, beach volleyball, football, basketball, kayaking, snorkeling, campfire, arts and craft, nature trail hiking, sea turtle beach clean-up, and traditional games like hopscotch, skipping rope, hide & seek, and even storytelling, poetry, dance and acting during talent show night.

    Leos work to improve San Pedro Catholic Church
    The San Pedro Leo’s Club has taken on a community rehabilitation project at the San Pedro Roman Catholic Church. With hopes of improving the church compound, the Leos got to work, painting the walls surrounding the church yard as well as renovating the main entrance door. Under the supervision of Leo’s advisors, Marina Kay and Pamela Zetina, as well as current San Pedro Lions Presidents, Fatima Graniel, 18 island youth took part in this project. From 8AM to 4PM on Sunday July 17th, the young community activists worked hard to improve the religious landmark of San Pedro. By the end of the work day, the Priest in charge of the San Pedro Roman Catholic Church expressed his gratitude for their contribution, pleased with the improvements made.

    New emerging destinations launch as tourism continues to rise
    As a part of tourism development, the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation (MTCA), with support of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), along with other stakeholders will be launching new Destination Plans in four areas of Belize: Toledo, Caye Caulker, Corozal and the Mountain Pine Ridge/Caracol/Chiquibul. The plans identify key tourism organization projects and priorities that are considered crucial for further sustainable development of tourism in each respective destination. The Destination Plans are a part of an ongoing process that was initiated in 2015, with the intention to bring together private and public stakeholders, and the community to develop an integrated approach to tourism development. This approach follows the recommendations of the National Sustainable Tourism Masterplan 2030 (NSTMP). It also highlights the need for greater involvement of multiple stakeholders in destination coordination and management, and encourages local stakeholder leadership within all aspects of tourism development including planning, branding and promotion, and quality management.

    Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

    PRESS RELEASE from the Forest Department
    The Forest Department is deeply saddened by the tragic death of Adriana Moody of Maypen village, who was fatally attacked by a crocodile while she was swimming in the Belize River around 3pm on the afternoon of Sunday July 17th. Although the specific reasons are uncertain for what we suspect is a morelet's crocodile attack, the Forest Department reports that this unprovoked incident may have been the result of one or a combination of five reasons: (a) hunting for food and limited natural food source; (b) defense of nesting sites; (c) the male Morelet’s heightened testosterone levels; (d) loss of fear towards humans, and (e) direct or indirect feeding of crocodiles. The Morelet's crocodile is the smaller of the two crocodile species found in Belize and can span over 8 feet in length (adult size range from 6 to 14 feet) and normally inhabits freshwater environments such as swamps, ponds, lakes and rivers. These crocodiles naturally prey on aquatic species, amphibians, reptiles and small mammals. A recent decline of their food source has forced crocodiles to seek alternatives, such as dogs and small mammals, whereby children may be at much greater risk than adults.

    Caye Caulker Carnival Group Workshop/ Registration
    clock Sunday, July 31 at 9 AM - 3 PM, Community Center. Come join our Carnival Group and learn to prepare your costumes and obtain materials for free towards making your costumes! Come and register and join in the fun for September! Hosted by Ms. Sandra Mahler - President of the Belize Carnival Association! Want to be in our September 19th Carnival Queen Competion? Show of your beautiful and creative costume while dancing to carnival music!! This is just our first workshop! Cant make it? Let us know and we can still register you! Call 630 - 3652 for more information or PM any CCVC member!

    Garifuna Summer Workshop
    Garifuna Summer workshop comes to a end. N.G.C in collaboration with the Stann Creek House of Culture- NICH

    Ancient World Week
    An incredible final day of the Ancient World Week event. A site visit to the the ancient Maya city of Aventura, located just outside San Joaquin Village, with Northwestern University's Dr. Cynthia Robin and students along with the University of Arizona's Dr. Laura Kosakowsky. We want to thank the Institute of Archaeology's(NICH) Sylvia Batty, Josue Ramos as well as Dr. Robin, Dr. Kosakowsky and Jorge De Leon for an enlightening experience over the past four days. A great thank you to each of our attendees. Also thanks to our sponsors getransfers Executive Services and the Corozal Junior College. We will continue to develop this annual event and look forward to presenting Ancient World Week 2017!!

    Paradise Theater playing this weekend
    The Huntsman: Winter's War, Mother's Day, Meet the Blacks, The Angry Birds Movie.

    The brutal murder and beheading of a beloved pastor in Belize
    By Wellington C. Ramos. On Saturday, July 16, 2016, I received a text from a family member that the police in Belmopan, Belize, had found the head of her relative Llewellyn Lucas, better known as “Pastor Lue” in a bucket in a vehicle belonging to a Canadian man. When I heard this I was shocked, amazed, angry, disgusted and in disbelief because I knew Pastor Leu when he was living here in New York City as a pastor and a real estate agent. I called her immediately to reconfirm if what she had texted me was in fact true and she said yes. I then said to myself what did Pastor Leu do to this man or other individuals to be killed so brutally? Then I also said to myself even if he did something to this man or other individuals, no human being has the right to take the life of another human being unless he or she is defending his, her or other peoples’ lives. I was so perplexed by this story that I even wondered why he was carrying Pastor Leu’s head in his vehicle.

    Blue suitcase found at Carlo and Ernie's
    The nice guys at Carlo & Ernie's Runway Bar found a small blue suitcase and are holding it at the bar for whoever may be missing some vital clothing items! If you know someone who lost their items (a guest, a visiting pal, etc), let them know!

    BTL Compensation Award Update
    The Government of Belize (GOB) informs that a dispute has arisen between the Government and the Ashcroft Alliance over the recent BTL compensation award handed down by the Permanent Court of Arbitration. GOB, after the most careful examination by a number of its experts, argues that the wrong rate of exchange was applied by the Arbitral Tribunal in arriving at its ultimate compensation figure. GOB also submits that the Tribunal's calculation of interest was mathematically incorrect. Both mistakes by the Tribunal prejudiced GOB and resulted overall in larger sums being awarded than were justified. GOB has 30 days from the date of the award to seek rectification, and its overseas lawyers have now prepared and are filing the relevant application. For its part, the Ashcroft Alliance questions the currency split used by GOB last week in making the first half payment of the award. It will be recalled that the award was divided into two by the Tribunal, with 40% of the total representing the non-Accommodation Agreement portion and 60% representing the Accommodation Agreement portion.

    Turneffe Atoll Trust US Executive Director
    Great op to work in two amazing locations: Montana (Bozeman no less) and Belize. Job Title: Turneffe Atoll Trust US Executive Director. Location: Bozeman, Montana. Deadline: August 15, 2016. Background The Turneffe Atoll Trust (TAT) was founded in 2002 as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization operating in Belize and the United States. Our mission is to drive conservation efforts at Turneffe Atoll in Belize leading to sustainable social and economic benefits for Turneffe and serving as a model for similar coastal marine environments elsewhere. TAT is guided by a dynamic and dedicated board with backgrounds in marketing, law, finance, tourism, philanthropy, wildlife conservation, business and communications, and operated by a small staff in the U.S. and Belize.

    San Pedro Town Council Soccer Camp
    San Pedro Town Council Soccer Camp was a week of fun it ended with a visit to The Ambergris Stadium where the kids got a little feel of the pitch. Special mention goes to Alex Sansores & Gerri Trejo for thier assistance. As the first camp comes to and end, the boys got a special treat by visiting and playing on the new Ambergris Stadium! Kudos Councilor Hector Tito Alamilla Jr. and Kent Bob Gabourel on organizing such an exciting camp!

    ECLAC team trains Belize public finance managers
    Twenty government officials from Belize benefitted from a one week workshop to build capacity in conducting public expenditure reviews (PERs), focusing on applications for education, health, agriculture and social protection. PERs are intended to align expenditures with government’s priorities. They are also intended to provide savings, either from expenditure reallocation or by reducing unproductive expenditures. In addition they improve fiscal management and can provide fiscal space especially when a country is experiencing high debt levels.

    Caye Caulker: BBQ Sale for a worthy cause
    Our family friend is very ill and we are raising funds to help pay his medical expenses. All orders will be sent on the water taxi. Please comment or inbox your orders. Thanks.

    International Costa Maya Festival
    Bring the Kids to the festival! FUN FUN FUN.

    The Farm House Deli in Belmopan
    There is a creation called "rum and raisin cheesecake" at the Farm House Deli. I pinched it. I yelled for my creator in vain. For some reason I said "oh my." "Ate some more. The flavors melted with the knowledge that it was all made from scratch. The staff was expectedly friendly because Ella Baron and Ian Anderson are awesome employers and I must say if you truly want great food and cheese you should visit this place in the capital. One simply does not go in without trying the desserts or the cheese that they make.

    Miss Belize Universe Pageant Contestants -2016
    The wait is over: Delegates for the Miss Belize Universe Pageant are selected! It has been nearly 10 years since a delegate from Belize graced the Miss Universe Pageant stage. September 10 will mark a turning point, when a panel of judges will select a young woman to represent Belize in the world’s premiere beauty pageant. Sixteen Miss Belize Pageant contestants, representing every district, were selected through an open casting call process in July: Misty Swazo, Corozal Theotisha Hall, Corozal Lianne Chi, Orange Walk Caroline Fox, Orange Walk Krystalane Wolfe, Spanish Lookout Marcia Moody, San Ignacio Kimberly Price, Santa Elena Shamra Palacio, Esperanza Lyanne Reid, Belmopan Moriah Lino, Belmopan

    Cellula Playing Cayo Welcome Center
    The Panamanian reggae band, Cellula, will be playing at the Cayo Welcome Center Saturday, July 23rd, starting at 7:30pm. Another great free concert. Thanks, NICH! "Coming to the Welcome Center through Nich, a Band from Panama that will be performing at 7pm. All are invited!"

    World Culture Band Rock CWC
    The World Culture Band was amazing! They rocked the Cayo Welcome Center. They played one really long, incredible set that got everyone moving to the beat. "The World Culture Band really rocked the CAYO Welcome Center on Saturday night."

    "enSLAVEd - The RISE and FALL of SLAVERY in BELIZE" at Museum of Belize
    We are excited to present the newest exhibition at the Museum of Belize - "enSLAVEd - The RISE and FALL of SLAVERY in BELIZE". To be launched on Emancipation Day, at the Museum of Belize.

    OUT AND ABOUT! U.S. Embassy Belize
    Ambassador Moreno recently traveled South to meet with some organizations helping youth in Belize. Here are some highlights.

    Channel 7

    Hulse Went Up The Hill, to Fetch A Lighthouse?
    Since the story of accused murderer, kidnapper, and conman William "Danny" Mason broke on Monday, we've been trying to find out just how connected he is to the Barrow Administration. So far, we've found out that he was well known to Police Minister John Saldivar, whose football club he contributed to. Prime Minister Dean Barrow disclosed that Minister of State Frank "Pawpa" Mena received a ten thousand dollar campaign contribution form Mason, which he now wants to give back. Then, Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber went to Mason's Intelco Hill Mansion for "congratulatory drinks" after his swearing in ceremony in early June. And, today, when we asked, Immigration and Natural Resources Minister Godwin Hulse confirmed reports we'd been receiving that he also went up the Hill along with DPM Faber. Now, this would seem to conflict directly with what Hulse told the media on Monday when he said that he'd never seen Mason before – and now we learn that he's been to visit his house? How does Hulse square that away? Today he explained:

    Taeger-Panton Bristles At Mason Question
    And while we had the opportunity, today, we asked Hulse's cabinet colleague, Tracy Taegar-Panton, if she ever came into contact with William Mason. We had been questioning all of her colleagues who granted press encounters this week. Though she answered when we asked, she made it plain that she didn't appreciate the topic being brought up: Daniel Ortiz: "Did you by any chance come into contact with Mr. Mason?" Hon. Tracy Panton - Minister of State - Investment, Trade & Commerce: "I can say categorically I have never had any interaction with Mr. Mason or any of his associates."

    Mason's Attorney Unfazed By Police Video of Abduction
    And while Tracy Taegar-Panton says that she has never met William Mason, her husband, Herbert Panton has to do so, and that's because he is Mason's attorney – and he seems to have a very big defence to mount. That's because on Wednesday, police revealed that they are in possession of surveillance footage confiscated from Mason's Intelco Hill Mansion in Belmopan. According to investigators, the video shows clearly how Mason and his other 5 defendants kidnapped Pastor Llewelyn Lucas, David Dodd, and another man while they were inside Mason's hilltop home on Friday, February 15. A few hours later, the cops found Pastor Lue's decapitated head inside Mason's truck. With the evidence seemingly piling up against Mason and the other 5, we asked Herbert Panton yesterday evening about the apparently tough cause he'll have to defend his clients against when they get their day in court. But, Panton was still confident that the men could be acquitted:

    A Crooked Birth Certificate For a Crooked Con
    So, as the William "Danny" Mason saga continues to unravel, there a number of unanswered questions. We've managed to unearth several aliases of his. His Guyanese passport says that he is Rajesh Oulette, and that would make the name "William Mason", just one of the assumed identities. He's known also as Canadian "Ted Oulette", as "Raj Ouellet" - a variation on the spelling on the Guyanese passport, and there are reports suggesting that he has also identified himself as Belizean "William Ferguson", and we know that police are seeking his wife, Mellissa Ferguson. Today, we asked Immigration Minister Godwin Hulse if he or the other Government Department heads have managed to find out just how he got hold of the fake birth certificate which says that he is from Crooked Tree. Hulse told us that the Attorney General's Ministry is still investigating that, but he knows for certain that Mason did not manage to get hold of a Belizean passport:

    Ashcroft Alliance Wants settlement in USD - Goes to CCJ
    The Barrow Administration and the Ashcroft Alliance are back in court tonight – and this time the argument is over US dollars. As we told you government paid the first half of the settlement last week Wednesday, 40% in US dollars, and 60% in Belize dollars. And, just as we told you at the time, the Ashcroft Alliance didn't like that breakdown one bit. They wanted the whole sum in US dollars, so the news tonight is that the Alliance has applied to the Caribbean Court of Justice to ask the court the interpret the settlement agreement with Government. But that's just one issue. Government is now saying that the Permanent Court of Arbitration made mathematical errors in its judgment, namely with the rate of exchange used and the calculation of interest. According to a release, quote, "Both mistakes by the Tribunal prejudiced GOB and resulted overall in larger sums being awarded than were justified." End quote. Government now has 30 days from the date of the award to seek rectification, and applications are being filed.

    BSI Scolds Caneros: "No Finger Pointing"
    Two nights ago we told you about the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association – they are saying that ASR/BSI should absorb all the losses – which is about half a million dollars - for the 3,900 tonnes of molasses that went bad in tanks at the Tower Hill factory. The farmers stand to lose 22 cents per tonne in their second payment as a result of this loss – and they aren't too happy about that. Well today ASR/BSI sent out its own release telling the famers that it's not a deduction from the price, but, quote, "rather a lost opportunity to realize proceeds from its sale." A release from ASR/BSI adds, quote, "The fundamental principle underlying the cane price calculation is a sharing of the value…from the sale of sugar and molasses…this extends to a sharing of both gains and losses." The release points out that BSI alone has to deal with the losses of handling and disposal of the molasses. The release closes, scolding, "It is…unhelpful to point fingers… it must be viewed as an opportunity to…work together…with a sense of shared responsibility."

    A Policy For Trade Optimization
    For the past five years, Belize's trade imbalance has been growing – that means that the country consistently imports more goods than it exports. The disparity is cause for concern, and though it is an issue that confronts many small nations, the Directorate of Foreign Trade wants to ensure that they are doing all they can to maximize access to export markets. To get the job done, the Ministry of Economy Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade and Commerce has put together a new trade strategy called the "National Trade Policy Framework". It's a 40 page document which takes an honest, hard look at all aspects of trade. After months of deliberation within the Ministry and Cabinet, it was finally unveiled this morning. 7News was there, and we spoke with the Director of Foreign Trade, and the Minister of State about it:

    Hulse On Campaign Finance Reform
    Earlier in the news, you saw our interview with Minister of Natural Resources Godwin Hulse about his trip up to the Mason Mansion on Intelco Hill. Though Hulse says that he has never met the man, we know that at least 5 of his cabinet colleagues were friendly to, or acquainted with Mason: so far three of them have publicly admitted to this. And while public perception is one thing, the fact of the matter is that politicians cultivate wealthy friends, because politics is a money game, and those who don't have it, can't play, or maybe, we should say, they can't win! Yesterday we asked the PUP leader about committing to campaign finance reform and accountability, and he gave us a feeble "wait and see" answer. But today we asked Godwin Hulse about it. Ever the reformer, how does he feel about limiting the influence that private business persons can exert on the political matrix?: Mike Rudon: "I want to ask you about the importance of that if you are a supporter of campaign finance reform. And also the integrity commission; there has been a call for the integrity commission."

    Grasping the Meaning of Prehistoric Graffiti at Xunantunich
    You might have thought you knew everything about the maya site of Xunantunich in San Jose Succotz, but for the past two nights, we've been showing you exciting new finds that have been made at that ancient city. Well, The final part of the Xunantunich feature series focuses on the discovery of a scribal room at the El Castillo structure. Archeologists were finally able to decode the graffiti on the walls of this room last week. Here's what we saw: The El Castillo structure stands 30 meters, or a hundred feet high at the south-eastern side of the central plaza. It is the second tallest building in Belize and it was once a palace that housed the royal Maya rulers of Xunantunich. While you can take in its grandeur on the ground level. As you mount the steps, you truly appreciate its towering magnificence.

    How Methodist Kids Spent Summer
    And while that’s how the archaeologists are spending their summer, kids from Methodist schools were doing it today learning about art and Spanish, and taking music lessons. They’re doing it right beside our studio where Emanuel Pech was pulled in by the sound of drums:…

    New Bookbags For Summer Campers
    And while those students are keeping their brains active during the summer break, 75 five school kids from Belize City will start the upcoming school year with some brand new school bags, thanks to the Belize City Council and Diamonds international. This small but meaningful donation was done to mark the culmination of the 2016 City Council Summer Camp Program. We spoke to the coordinators who told us what the kids learned this week. The program has been held annually for the past four years.

    Pastor Lu, They Reminisce Over You
    For the entire week, you've been hearing about the different parts of the William "Danny" Mason saga, including the most horrifying element that he is the mastermind behind the beheading of Pastor Llewelyn Lucas. Separate from the fine-tooth comb with which the media has been investigating Mason and his life in Belize, are the family and friends of Pastor Lue who are still trying to come to terms with his gruesome murder. Today, Plus TV Station Owner Louis Wade and Sharon Palacio, who is one of Pastor Lue's relatives discussed a candlelight vigil that they are putting together on Monday night in his honour. They told us why they want people from all over the country to join them: Sharon Palacio - Pastor Lue's Family Member: "As we know grieving is never easy. Losing a loved is naturally rough and the news we received and the way it happened it is beyond our comprehension so there's no way I can say that; it's something we can't describe, it is horrible. You can imagine that even people who are not directly related, the entire country is mourning, everybody is mourning so you can image the immediate loved ones. You can imagine the atmosphere. Words cannot describe nor cannot express."

    Classical Music Mastery At Pallotti
    The classically trained musicians who work at the Pallotti Music School are preparing for a grand concert. It's an event called the Piano and Violin Concert which happens on Sunday evening. This evening, the organizers gave us a preview of the musical spectacle they have in store: Alobi Young - Piano Teacher, Pallotti: "This weekend what we have planned is a piano and violin concert. We say piano and violin because it's basically just solo performances. We have a couple students who will also be on stage but for the most parts it solo performances. The thing is what I found in Belize is we have a lot of orchestral concerts; either the national youth orchestra Belize or Coral Society. All these guys they come out and they do group work but we never really had solo performances in Belize. And I find the only time we really have it is either when Franky Reneau, you know the great Franky he comes and he does his thing on the piano or he foreign musicians who come in on the violin or other instruments and they do their solo performances. And in Belize especially at Palotti we're one of the leading music schools, we have a lot of talented musicians here; talented teachers. We have Ms. Chelsea Thompson who will be playing with us. Ms. Cindy Burgos, they are both going to be doing violin solos. They are extremely talented and I think it's about time we started show casing Belizean talent, Belizean musicians. Not in cortex or orchestra but doing solo performances."

    Panama Reggae To Belize
    A popular Spanish-reggae band from Panama is here in Belize to perform for FREE this weekend. The band called “Cellula,” arrived in the City late this evening the bad leader stopped by our studio, and told this is his second time and he plans to make it memorable for his fans: The band performs on Saturday at the Welcome Center in Cayo at 7:30 pm and on Sunday at the Queen Elizabeth Park in Orange Walk at 6 pm. Again both concerts are being organized by the NICH and are absolutely free.

    Channel 5

    Godwin Hulse Gives His Account of DPM’s Reception at Mason Manor
    There has been a full week of solid coverage of the bizarre murder of Pastor Llewellyn Lucas. Five persons including the man alleged to be the murder mastermind, William Mason, [...]

    How Did Guyanese Born/Canadian National William Mason Become a Native Belizean?
    Before coming to Belize William Danny Mason, using multiple names, was known to be a grifter, a con man, and a scam artist without scruples. In Belize he was a [...]

    Frustration Over Rank Corruption at Vital Statistics Unit
    The birth certificate in question, obviously fraudulent, was actually issued by the Vital Stats Department which comes under the Attorney-General’s Ministry. That occurrence, we can tell you with certainty, is [...]

    Tracy Panton is Grilled About William Mason
    News Five also got the opportunity to speak to Minister of State in Economic Development Tracy Taegar-Panton. It seems that just about every other U.D.P. Minister hung out with William [...]

    Government is Headed to CCJ for Interpretation of B.T.L. Arbitration Award
    Just when you thought that the B.T.L. acquisition fiasco had been settled, the Ashcroft Group and the Government of Belize are headed back to the courts for an interpretation of [...]

    Godwin Hulse Weighs in on Campaign Financing
    Frank ‘Papa’ Mena received ten thousand dollars from Mason toward his by-election campaign. At least he says it was only ten thousand. According to Prime Minister Dean Barrow, no other [...]

    Government Vehicles Collide on Busy Highway
    After nine this morning, there was a traffic accident on the Phillip Goldson Highway in front of Enrique Martinez and Sons Limited. It involved two government vehicles, a Ford Ranger [...]

    Mobile Patrol Along Seven-mile Stretch to Haulover Bridge
    Now the last time we spoke with Senior Superintendent Flowers, traffic accidents were a perennial problem in the precinct four area.  Today it still remains the most prevalent issue officers [...]

    B.S.C.F.A. Says Farmers Shouldn’t Absorb Cost of Spoiled Molasses
    Up north, there is trouble in the sugar belt. Will sugar cane farmers in the north bear the brunt of financial losses from spoiled molasses?  Caneros are tonight incensed over [...]

    Homeless, Hungry Man is Sentenced to 5 Years for Burglary
    An elderly homeless man is spending his first night of a five-year prison term in jail tonight for causing damages of four hundred dollars during a break-in. Sixty-year old Codrington [...]

    Overnight Shootings in Belize City and San Pedro Leaves Teenager Injured
    Two persons were injured in separate shootings on Thursday night in Belize City and San Pedro.  In the Old Capital shortly after nine o’clock, gunshots rang out in the vicinity [...]

    National Trade Policy Framework is Launched in Belize
    Today the Ministry of Economic Development and stakeholders launched the National Trade Police Framework. That structure signifies approval by Cabinet to implement a comprehensive review to find common and fertile [...]

    CitCo Wraps Up Annual Summer Camp
    Summer camps have been providing an outlet for those energetic kids who are on holidays. In the city, students from numerous schools participated in a free summer program that entertained [...]

    2016 Expressive Arts Summer Program is Hosted by ICA
    Another summer camp dedicated to the expressive arts concluded today in Belize City. Hosted by the Institute of Creative Arts, the participants enjoyed sessions in arts, drama, dance and music. [...]

    Creative Arts Curriculum to be Piloted in Primary Schools
    Green also told News Five that after four years in the making, in the next school year, the creative arts curriculum will be piloted in primary schools.   Leroy Green, [...]

    Calypso Rose to be Honored at WOMEX
    Calypso Rose will be bestowed with the WOMEX 16 Artist Award in October of this year in Santiago De Compostela, Berlin. At age seventy-six, the legendary singer and composer from [...]

    Banda Cellula Visits from Panama
    The Cellula Band of Panama is in the country; the band arrived late this evening and will be performing two free concerts in Orange Walk and San Ignacio. Established in [...]

    PlusTV

    Farmers not accepting loss for Molasses problem
    On Wednesday, we told you about the press release issued by the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association , which in essence rejects BSI’s allegation that it is the quality of the sugar cane brought in by the farmers that caused thee molasses problem at the factory. The sugar cane farmers said that the...

    Four accused arraigned for Income Tax Robbery
    Four person were arrested , charged and arraigned in the Belmopan court today in connection to the robbery of the Belmopan Income Tax office on Trinity Boulevard last Friday. They are Ichelle Tablada, David Cruz , Richard Hyde, and Devon Brooks. It wasn’t a smooth process at court this evening, wi...

    William Mason’s girlfriend being sought by police
    In the meantime, Melissa Ferguson is wanted by Belize police. Who is she? The girlfriend of William Mason who lived with him at this Belmopan home and also helped with the horses on the Ranch. It is unclear if she is still in the country as the murder happened on Friday and Mason was found with the ...

    Lawyer of accused murderers of Pastor Lu says police need to get their ducks in a row
    Herbert Panton is also the legal representative for the five men accused of the murder of Pastor Llewelyn Lucas. It would seem like almost an open and shut case based on the evidence that the police appears to have; the head in Mason’s vehicle, and the surveillance footage of Lucas being bound and ...

    Confusion at Court, charges couldn’t stick on accused kidnapper
    That police statement has assisted police in further investigations and has also led to the arrest of another person,one Ryan Rhaburn. Rhaburn was taken to the Belmopan court this evening where he was to be arraigned arraigned for two counts of Kidnapping of Mennonite Lloyd Friesen and his wife. Ho...

    Call to Prayer for Chief Justice historical court decision
    Pastor Lance Lewis, the President of the National Evangelical Association of Belize, says that Belizean Christians need to pray more. This is in agreement to the call made by Senator for the Churches, Ashley Rocke, to have Christians gather at various locations across the country this Saturday for c...

    GSU Commander Replaced Following Investigation for Alleged Sexual Assault
    It’s unclear if allegations of sexual misconduct with a minor had anything to do with the removal of GSU Commander Mark Flowers from the Head of the Gang Supression Unit. However, as of Wednesday, Flowers was removed from that post. We know that on Wednesday morning, Acting Commissioner Russell Bla...

    Papa Mena says he will return William Mason’s money
    The saga of the Llewelyn Lucas’ murder continues as his murderer’s character and connection to high ranking individuals continue to be place under scrutiny. On Wednesday, we told you that Prime Minister Dean Barrow said that Dangriga Area Representative and Minister of State Frank “Pawpa” Mena admi...

    Shooting on Stann Creek Valley Road
    A 34-year-old man of Hope Creek Village reported that on Thursday 14th July 2016 around 8:30 p.m., he was driving alone in his car on the Stann Creek Valley Road heading from the direction of Dangriga to Hope Creek. When he reached the first bump after White Swan around mile 7 ½, a male person wear...

    Spanish Lookout Farmers give statement
    Lloyd Theissen and his wife told Plusnews the day after Llewelyn Lucas was killed, that Lucas had called him on Friday morning and told Thiessen that he, Lucas, would try to get back Thiesen’s money from William Mason who did not deliver on a shipment of corn that he had been paid some $300,000 to ...

    Amandala

    William Mason in hot, hot water!
    Belizeans are still struggling to come to terms with the kidnapping and shocking beheading of Pastor Llewellyn Lucas, popularly known as “Pastor Lue,” which came to light last Friday night when Lucas’ head was discovered in the pan of a pickup belonging to, and driven by William Donny Mason, 46, who was born in Guyana but who, unaccountably, has a Belize birthpaper. In connection with Lucas’ horrible death, police today released a picture of a woman, Mason’s girlfriend, Melissa Ferguson, 56, whom they are seeking for an interview. Police believe that she may still in the country. The gruesome discovery and Mason’s arrest and exposure have been causing all kinds of problems for the Cabinet of Prime Minister Dean Barrow, because information has come to light that Mason, who was reportedly deported from Canada to Guyana sometime between 2007 and 2010 for a firearm offence, had been wanted by police reportedly in connection with the “attempted kidnapping” of a Canadian man and his wife in Belize.

    Mason and 4 cohorts remanded for Pastor Lue’s beheading
    Five men accused of a bizarre homicide appeared this morning in Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith’s courtroom for a second attempt at charging them in court for the murder of Pastor Llewellyn Lucas, whose decapitated head was found in their possession when police searched a vehicle in Belmopan last Friday, July 15. The accused men — William Donny Mason, 46, aka “Ted Aoellett”, said to be the mastermind; and his co-conspirators Ernest Castillo, 20; Keron Fernandez, 29; Ashton Vanegas, 29; and Terence Fernandez, 30 — are all being represented by attorney Herbert Panton from the law firm of Lindo and Company. The men were arraigned on charges of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, kidnapping and conspiracy to commit kidnapping. They were all remanded to the Belize Central Prison.

    Income Tax office armed robbers remanded
    Five days after three impostor policemen held up and robbed the Belmopan Income Tax Office located on Trinity Boulevard and got away with about $29,000, along with the gun of the policeman who was on duty in the office and personal belongings of the clerks, Superintendent Howell Gillett, Commander of Belmopan Police, and his investigators, have wrapped up the case. Three men and a woman, who was accused of being the get-away driver, were arrested, charged and taken to the Belmopan Magistrate’s Court this afternoon. They were remanded to the Belize Central Prison until Friday, September 16. The accused are Devon Brooks, 23, of Cotton Tree; David Cruz, 21, of Roaring Creek; and Richard Hyde, 32, also of Roaring Creek; and Ishelle Tablada of Belmopan. They were all charged with robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, possession of an unlicensed firearm, 2 counts of keeping ammunition without a license, and handling stolen goods.

    “We need a Poverty Suppression Unit (PSU), not a GSU.” — Hon. Cordel Hyde
    “We don’t need a Gang Suppression Unit (GSU), we need a Poverty Suppression Unit (PSU),” said Lake Independence’s area representative, Cordel Hyde, who slammed the Minister of National Security, John Saldivar, at a PUP press conference on Wednesday, for his drastic crime-fighting techniques. At a press conference held on Monday at the Biltmore Plaza, Saldivar announced that his Cabinet would expand and immediately strengthen the Gang Suppression Unit (GSU) in response to the spike of crime that was experienced in the past few weeks. Critics viewed Saldivar’s approach as a state attack on people of low socioeconomic status, as the GSU is focused squarely on blue collar crimes as opposed to white collar crimes committed by those of higher social standing.

    Maya and GOB back before the CCJ
    The Toledo Maya and the Government of Belize were back before the Caribbean Court of Justice via teleconference from Belize City on Tuesday, July 19, 2016, as the court continues to play an important role in helping the parties resolve a land rights dispute that has been ongoing for decades. In January 2016, the Government of Belize, under the Attorney General’s ministry, appointed the Toledo Maya Land Rights Commission, headed by former Minister for indigenous affairs, Lisel Alamilla. Denys Barrow, SC, attorney for the Government of Belize, told us that in January 2017, the parties will make a further report to the CCJ, detailing how far they have reached in the process. Although he told us that he is not sure whether the Commission will have concluded its work by then, he told us that he expects that at the least, consultations will have been finished.

    Guatemalan fishers descend on the Sarstoon
    With the nation’s attention fully gripped by the case of the murder and beheading of Belizean pastor/political aspirant Llewellyn Lucas, it appears that the Guatemalans have seized the opportunity to enter Belizean waters to “rape and scrape” the fisheries resources at the Sarstoon, as Wil Maheia, founder of the Belize Territorial Volunteers (BTV), has put it. Maheia said that he visited the area yesterday with three Belizean-Americans, who were shocked when they saw roughly 100 Guatemalans fishing on the Belize side of the Sarstoon, some of them throwing their gill nets right in front of the Forward Operating Base (FOB), inaugurated by Belize earlier this year—supposedly to stem illegal activities in the area.

    Football updates from Orange Walk
    The quarterfinals of the Andrew Chavarria Tournament were held at the Technical Field on Sunday, July 17. In game 1, Grumpy Strikers dropped Black Wata, 1-0, on a goal by Erwin Guerra. Game 2 saw Crystal with the 1-nil victory over San Fran, courtesy of a goal by Freddy Grijalva. In game 3, it was the same score, as Sinbad clipped Young Stars, 1-0, with a goal from Marlon Garcia. And game 4 was 0-0 in regulation between Heart N Soul and Cholos, before Heart N Soul prevailed 3-1 in the penalty shootout. Semifinals for both Interoffice and Open are scheduled for this Sunday at People’s Stadium.

    FFB’s Road to the U-17 World Cup
    The Football Federation of Belize (FFB) is hosting nationwide U-17 football tournaments this week in anticipation of Belize’s participation in the U-17 World Cup Qualifiers to be hosted in Panama, November 2016. These tournaments, which are equivalent to tryouts, are being led by respective District Football Associations across the country, in an effort to expand the opportunities to all U-17 males to become members of Belize’s U-17 National Team. Following the culmination of the tournaments across the country a Grand National U-17 inter-district tournament will consequently be held in Belmopan from Friday, August 5, to Sunday, August 7, at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan. A National U-17 selection will be formed thereafter to represent Belize at the U-17 World Cup Qualifiers.

    Cricket Corner – Easy Does It moves on to the semifinals by winning over Sunrise
    Under the auspices of the Belize National Cricket Association, the cricket games continued over the weekend. On Saturday at Rancho Dolores, Excellence went up against home team Western Eagles. This is the first of a best-of-three in the semifinals. I must mention that these two always meet, and Excellence has always come out victorious. For this series, let’s see who will win. To put all in a nut shell, this first game Excellence won, but the Eagles put up a very good fight. Excellence batted first and made 132 runs. However, if the bowling was a bit better, the score would have been smaller. When 6 stumps fell, Excellence had a mere 52 runs. When the last man was in, the score stood at 99. Still, the Eagles allowed so many runs to be added. Well, that is cricket. When you make a mistake, you stand the consequences. In that inning, Brandon Broaster top scored with 55 runs; while Rasheed Broaster of Western Eagles took 3 of Excellence stumps.

    Editorial: The man in the mirror
    Our old people used to say, when you sleep with dogs you wake up with fleas. If our elected politicians are going to be running around with any foreigner who flashes money and offers drinks, then our elected politicians run the risk of ending up with egg on their faces, from time to time. There were several Government of Belize officials, including Cabinet Ministers, who were scrambling this week to distance themselves from their entanglements with the one “William Danny Mason,” who stands accused of orchestrating the beheading murder of Llewellyn “Pastor Lou” Lucas sometime on Friday afternoon/evening July 15, 2016. There are other crimes of which Mr. Mason is accused and will be accused, including kidnapping, extortion, embezzlement, and so on. He had documents for several aliases, including a Belize birth certificate for the village of Crooked Tree, even though he is basically Guyanese and Canadian. By now, had there been resources available for a media system like Kremandala, we would have had to send people to Guyana and Canada to build a lifetime dossier on William Danny Mason. He has become that big in Belize.

    From the Publisher
    Christian pastors played a major role in the modern black American civil rights struggle which began with the Rosa Parks incident in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a Baptist preacher who later won the Nobel Peace Prize, emerged as the voice and conscience of the civil rights struggle, and this was etched in stone after his “I have a dream” speech in August of 1963 at the historic “March on Washington” event. The civil rights struggle under Dr. King’s leadership featured Gandhian, non-violent activism, and, as Dr. Ivan van Sertima once pointed out, there was really no other kind of black activism possible at the time in the Deep South of the United States, those states which had formed the Confederacy and seceded from the Union in 1861. In the South, the white power structure represented the majority white population: that power structure and that white population were dedicated to violent repression of all forms of black protest.

    Letter to the Editor: Fix Moho Street, says handicapped California Dangrigan
    Dear Mayor Francis Humphreys, Dangriga Town Council, I left Dangriga, Belize on August 10th, 1960, and the streets were not paved. Then after 56 years and returning to my beautiful country on 3/16, I see that all looks the same. 56 years ago I was able to walk the streets easier, unlike now. I am handicapped and it has become harder to do so. I visited for two weeks and it was hard for me to commute and visit friends and family. I have paid taxes on time and am currently up to date, as some of my fellow neighbors. I believe that our streets should be better taken care of. I will not be returning, as it is difficult for me, until my street, 18 Moho Street, has been paved and rid of potholes and any other hazardous, unsafe parts on our street. I’m writing this letter on behalf of all fellow handicapped persons. It seems to me that our Belize Government is not fully prepared to accommodate handicapped people.

    Letter to the Editor: Belize and the global hegemonic dance
    Dear Editor, We live in a time of global change. The dominance of European over global affairs is waning. Islamic terroism, racial inequities, world trade, financial markets and military prowess are supporting historic geopolitical shifts. Islamic terrorism is a direct challenge to European dominance. If you look at the two recent terrorist attacks, the one in Orlando, Florida, and the one in Nice, France, there are making US and European defence useless. When they spent billions on airport security, terrorists attack urban centers. If they protect those, they will attack somewhere else, making the populace lose faith in their leaders. The United States, Canada, Europe and other European associates are spending trillions on their war on terrorism, which is a protracted war that will weaken their economy.

    “US support to UK in Falklands War was decisive!”
    Is an association of 35 American countries. The OAS seeks to provide for collective self-defense, regional cooperation, and the peaceful settlement of controversies. The OAS charter sets forth the group’s guiding principles. These principles include a belief in the value of international law, social justice, economic cooperation, and the equality of all people. In addition, the OAS charter states that an act of aggression against an American nation is regarded as an act of aggression against all the nations in the OAS… According to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, it says that the OAS was established on 30 April, 1948. In that case, it has been proven that after 68 years of existence it has not been able to comply with one of its principles which is equality of all people. That alone is a strong reason for the dismantlement of its membership, which did not take place because of the control the neoliberal Mafia could have imposed over these Third World countries with military dictatorship and aids for its supposed development which was invested in genocide actions and the establishment of huge corporations, drug-trafficking, organized crimes, trafficking of persons, tourism, prostitution, and all the rest that goes along with it. Cuba is the only free country of the Americas.

    The Special Agreement and the ICJ: Part 2
    The general consensus at this time is that the public education campaign by the government to get a YES vote at the proposed national referendum to take the Guatemala/Belize border dispute to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) will fail in achieving its objective. The main reason for this will be the wording of the Special Agreement (SA) and in particular Article 2 and Article 7(3), which is the question to be voted on at the referendum and reads: “Do you agree that any legal claim of Guatemala against Belize relating to land and insular territories and to any maritime areas pertaining to these territories should be submitted to the International Court of Justice for final settlement and that it determine finally the boundaries of the respective territories and areas of the Parties?” In layman’s language, said diplomatically couched question is: Do you agree that any or all of Belize’s mainland territory, its cayes and maritime areas can be given away to Guatemala by the ICJ to finally settle the Guatemalan Claim? No patriotic Belizean will vote YES to said question and as a consequence the referendum will result in a NO vote to go and settle said dispute at the ICJ.

    Fish on the plate getting smaller
    Fish is an important source of animal protein and contains nutrients that are essential for adult health and child development, and is not readily available in other food products. While, seafood consumption is not very high, in Belize compared to other countries, lobster and conch is an important export commodity for the growing tourist industry in Belize. Finfish, such as grouper and snapper, are important sources of protein for Belizeans. Overfishing, however, pressures fishermen to harvest less desirable species such as parrotfish and creates a burden on fishermen who depend on a constant supply of fish. While efforts are underway to improve fisheries management and improve seafood supply to tourism outlets, researchers from Columbia University in collaboration with Healthy Reefs for Healthy People, the Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (TIDE), the Belize Fisheries Department and Harvard University are continuing work to answer important questions.

    Property crimes increase 4-fold in Orange Walk
    Whereas much has been said about the high rates of violent crimes, not much has been said about the rate of property crimes in Belize—crimes which, in fact, make up nearly 90% of major crimes reported to police. However, there are rare cases in which property crimes turn deadly, as was the case some weeks ago, when a mentally challenged man launched an assault on a family in Yo Creek Village. The mid-year comparative crime statistics released by Belize police indicate that property crimes in Orange Walk, which make up more than 90% of major crimes in that district, have increased four-fold: from 23 cases reported in January to June 2016 to 98 cases reported from January to June 2016. These include 49 cases of theft, 35 cases of burglary and 14 cases of robbery.

    GSU Commander Mark Flowers under investigation for alleged sexual misconduct
    The Belize Police Department’s Gang Suppression Unit exploded on the streets of Belize City in their paramilitary uniforms, emblazoned with the letters “GSU”, in bold white letters on their olive green battledress, hiding their faces behind masks as they unleashed a new, American-style aggressive form of policing, quickly earning them mostly fear from the public because of their “Gestapo-like” tactics in their operations against citizens who are mostly poor and don’t have “strings” to the politicians and top police brass. After having three leaders since it became operational in April 2010, the GSU has had some successes, but it has likewise suffered some defeats, especially in the Supreme Court in several civil lawsuits in which judges have found that they had violated citizens’ constitutional rights. Presently, the GSU is about to enter another phase: on Monday, government announced that the unit will be beefed-up, as if they needed more “beef.”

    The Reporter

    Chester trying to solve south side crime with digital cams; asks US embassy and IDB to assist
    The streets of Belize City’s south side, plagued by gun violence and other crimes for the better part of 20 years, should see some improvement with the installation of new surveillance cameras in the coming months. Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Chester Williams sent proposals […]

    Brads applies for change of venue for Boledo and Lottery draw
    The Administrator of Brads Gaming, Kim Chee, has applied to the Lotteries Committee to change the venue of the live drawings of the nightly Boledo and the Sunday Lottery draw from the Public Building to Brads offices at the foot of the Belcan Bridge. This […]

    Hamanasi selected as Finalist for Eco-Excellence Awards
    Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort, located in Hopkins, was selected as a finalist in the Travel Category for the NCW Magazine’s 2016 Eco-Excellence Award. The Eco-Excellence Awards, now in its sixth edition, is the only of its kind award to recognize excellence in social and environmental sustainability […]

    UN Youth Report targets economic engagement
    The United Nations (UN), last week, released its World Youth Report on Youth Civic Engagement and discussed many issues today’s youth face in economical, political and community engagement areas. The UN World Youth Report gave unfortunate statistics of approximately 73 million young people being unemployed around the world, and in […]

    CitCo hosting public consultations on new seafront business proposal
    The Belize City Council is calling on members of the general public to participate in a public consultation regarding the construction of Mayan Cable Tubing, a proposed water park project along the seawall of Sandlighter’s Promenade. CitCo has been considering the proposal for months but now Mayor […]

    Taiwan assists Belize with $10 million towards overall development
    Belize has received a sizable sum of money from the Government and people of the Republic of China (Taiwan) towards the overall development of our country. In a handing over ceremony on Wednesday, Taiwan’s Ambassador to Belize, Benjamin Ho presented a cheque of US $5 […]

    Five men remanded for beheading Dangriga pastor
    Five men were remanded to the Belize Central Prison this week for the grotesque decapitation of Dangriga pastor, Llewellyn Lucas. Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Williams remanded Belmopan businessman William Mason, along with Ernest Castillo, Keron Fernandez, Ashton Vanegas, and Terence Fernandez, until September 7, on charges of: […]

    Crocodile kills child in Maypen Village
    Residents of the Maypen community are grieving after a crocodile attacked and killed an eight-year-old girl over the weekend. On Sunday July 17 at 3:25 p.m., Adriana Moody, was swimming in the Belize River along with her aunt, Indira Rhaburn, and three of her cousins, when the […]

    Labourer murdered in Cayo
    A fight between two groups of men in San Ignacio Town, Cayo on Monday night ended in one man being fatally stabbed and another seriously injured. Police say that shortly before 7:00 Monday night, they were summoned to Floyd Moro Street in the Santiago Juan […]

    Man accused of sexually assaulting an infant
    A thirty-one-year-old man, Jose Rivas, was arraigned in court on Wednesday for allegedly sexually assaulting an infant boy on Monday. A police report filed against Rivas accused him of penetrating the buttocks of a two-year-old boy. Police investigated the report and charged Rivas with sexual assault. He […]

    Wildlife Conservation Society celebrates fishers and secures fisheries
    Being a fisher is not an easy profession; it is one that requires love for the sea and all the uncertainties that come along with it. The recent passing of Sarteneja fisher, Mr. Eugenio Santos Sr. while doing what he loved at Turneffe Atoll reminds us of the dangers fishermen […]

    ROC position on the South China Sea Arbitration
    The award rendered by the tribunal at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the South China Sea arbitration is completely unacceptable to the government of the Republic of China. The tribunal’s decisions have no legally binding force on the ROC, for the following reasons: 1. In the text of the […]

    Editorial
    People of Southside Belize have welcomed the idea of Assistant Police Commissioner Chester Williams to install night vision cameras in strategic locations of high crime activity in southside Belize City to put a lid on street crime and gangland activity. We applaud this new initiative, and we thank the American […]

    GSU boss accused of child rape
    By Marion Ali Assistant Editor Superintendent Mark Flowers has been replaced as the Gang Suppression Unit’s (GSU) boss, while police investigate an allegation that he had sexual relations with a 13¬-year-¬old girl earlier this year. The report surfaced and was confirmed this week, while Flowers – ¬ a controversial figure […]

    Political connections cause more intrigue in Mason case
    Since the Belize Police Department and the media began investigating William Mason on charges of kidnapping and murder, several details have emerged, including Mason’s financing of political campaigns for government officials, and a new suspect in the case. Prime Minister Dean Barrow told the media this week that Mason had […]

    Hoop Dreams wins gold
    Belize’s Hoop Dreams basketball team won gold at the IV Copa Pioneros Under¬ 20 basketball tournament held at the 15,000 seat Poliforum and the Kuchil Bashal sports complex in Cancun from Thursday to Saturday, July 14¬17. It was the second year of participation for their […]

    Your loss not our loss
    The Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association (BSCFA) has cried foul and said the Belize Sugar Industries (BSI) Ltd. should bear the full cost of the $432,666 loss from the 3,900 tons of molasses destroyed by a chemical reaction in one of the molasses tanks at […]

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    GOB, Ashcroft Alliance challenging BTL compensation in separate cases
    According to the Government of Belize, it has found errors with the rate of exchange applied by the tribunal of the Permanent Court of Arbitration applied for the final figure of compensation due on Belize Telemedia Limited as well as incorrect calculation of interest, […]

    Questions for Gaspar Vega
    It seems everyone in the Government service this week has a “William Mason” story – did they know him? Were they at his house? Was he ever introduced to them, and did they discuss anything in relation to Government activity? One of the senior […]

    Accused kidnapper free, police must try again
    Belmopan Magistrate Ladonna John was not convinced that manager of William Mason’s Outback Ranch, Ryan Rhaburn, should be charged with the kidnapping of Mennonite businessman Lloyd Friesen and his wife, and so he was set free yesterday. Police are left to try again to […]

    San Pedro Police find gun in abandoned lot
    A joint team of Special Branch and CIB personnel conducted a search in an abandoned lot in the San Mateo Area of San Pedro Town this morning around 10:00 which led to the discovery of a 9-millimeter Smith and Wesson Pistol. According to police, […]

    A better way to protect the world from the next pandemic
    The growing concern over the Zika virus highlights a frightening reality. The world remains ill-prepared for a fast-moving virus. Over the past decade, Ebola, avian flu, swine flu and other pandemics have shown how vulnerable the world can be when major outbreaks […]

    Mexico bans gillnets, Oceana encourages Belize to do the same
    Mexico’s national fisheries commission permanently banned the use of night fishing and gillnets in the protected area of the gulf known as the Sea of Cortez. The ban has become necessary to protect the endangered vaquita marina porpoise, the smallest porpoise, in the upper […]

    Police nab suspects wanted for Income Tax robbery
    On Friday the department of Income tax was robbed just before closing time. New information reaching our news room is that all suspects are in police custody. According to police reports, a joint team of uniform officers and MIT visited an area behind Another World […]

    Blogs

    Sweet Business for Sale
    The ever loved DandE’s (named for Dan and Eileen) Frozen Custard & Sorbet Shop is now up for sale. It was established in 2005 and has gained a huge following of both locals (like myself) and visitors. Most people who go there have a favorite flavor or in my case several. I alternate between coconut, double rich chocolate, java Joe and chocolate mint for custard. Black cherry and raspberry for sorbet. I get everything with a fudge bulls eye (hollowed out hole filled with hot fudge) and sometimes add chopped nuts. The one I sampled and need to try more is sour-sop because it tastes like candy.

    Plan a Visit to Bacalar Chico National Park & Marine Reserve
    The Bacalar Chico Marine and Wildlife Reserve is a UNESCO World Heritage Site centered on the northern part of the island of Ambergris Caye in Belize. Measuring more than 12,600 acres (51 square kilometers) in size, the Bacalar Chico Marine and Wildlife Reserve covers an area that is part dry land and part the waters around the island. While the southern part of Ambergris Caye is one of the top tourist attractions in Belize, the northern part of the island forms the Bacalar Chico Marine and Wildlife Reserve and is largely a wild and undeveloped area, encompassing diverse habitats that include: beaches, forests, grasslands, and swamps. Because it is a protected habitat, there are no roads that lead to Bacalar Chico so visitors can only access it via the sea. Currently, overnight trips are restricted so visiting the reserve is only possible by day trips from San Pedro or other nearby areas when accompanied by a licensed tour operator. Fishing is restricted but diving and snorkeling is a popular activity.

    Who is your favorite Costa Maya Pageant Contestant?
    The International Costa Maya Festival® committee has been working hard behind the scenes in preparation for the annual festival. The dates are set: Thursday August 4th through Sunday August 7th, and entertainment for each night has been confirmed. As is tradition, the festival will take place at the Honorable Louis Sylvestre Stadium in San Pedro Town. The event will open with the highly anticilate Reina de la Costa Maya Pageant. Who do you think will be the winner?

    Snapchat Pen Lens Revealed
    Wow wow wow! Can I just say I’ve been waiting for Snapchat to do this? I’m so excited about their new lens! I mean, I love the fact that we can make emoji’s move in video, but I always said it would be cool if our drawings could move too, and now they can!!! Yay!!! Think of the possibilities of this! My family and I have already started creating story boards of all the cool ideas to snap for you. In the meantime, I will leave you with this quick video of me playing with the new pen lens. As always, remember I can’t snap with strangers, but please please please leave me a comment below and if you like my silliness share this post on Facebook. Your comments make my day! Happy Snapping!

    A Long Walk to Town, Changes on the Beach and The Palapa Bar
    JUST south of the Belize Yacht Club, White Sands Villas is under new management. This project, started about 7 years ago, was only completed for one or two beach front units. The rest is being gutted by new management. A bit of town. The former restaurant Lick’s is now Dock’s. MUCH BETTER NAME! The Tacklebox, now closed for almost 2 years now, is still under legal dispute…or so I hear. And a quick peek inside the Palapa Bar with her completed second deck.

    Belize Eco-Kids Summer Camp – Maya Traditional Healing Day 4
    The sky was grey and swollen as the campers rose, and light droplets occasionally fell to blot the campers’ T-shirts. As we trudged up to the kitchen, carefully planting our feet on the stepping-stones amidst the sea of mud, freezing cold and with damp clothes, we all decided it wasn’t going to be a fun day. And yet we couldn’t have been more wrong! We started off early with some campfire songs to get the blood pumping, then had a steaming hot breakfast that warmed up our bones. Now feeling warm and comfortable, we cleaned up the dining hall and proceeded straight to arts and crafts – using old rags, we created bean bags to use for tomorrow’s games. Most of the campers created pretty good bags, considering everybody had to sow their own sacks – the few that had trouble were helped by the councilors, and by the end of the hour-long class, everybody had a pretty decent bean bag that they happily threw around.

    Belize Eco-Kids Summer Camp – Organic Farming Day 5
    The sun was breaking out over the golden clouds as the camp stirred to life, and as the camper rose and trudged up to the dining hall, clean white rays fell on our faces and warmed our skin. By the time everyone had gathered around the campfire, we were all wide awake and the campers sang along loudly. By the time breakfast came, we were all ravenous and the sausage-and-eggs filled us up nicely. Then we grabbed our bean bags – the ones we’d created the day before – and used them in a basket-ball-like game, where we threw them into hoops. The winners got extra snacks, and then we started on Arts and Crafts!

    International Sourcesizz

    National Trade Policy Framework is Launched in Belize
    Today the Ministry of Economic Development and stakeholders launched the National Trade Police Framework. That structure signifies approval by Cabinet to implement a comprehensive review to find common and fertile ground between multi-lateral and regional trade rules and the development needs of domestic producers, exporters and stakeholders. News Five’s Mike Rudon was at the launch this morning and has the story. Mike Rudon, Reporting This periodic review is designed to look at the new rules governing trade between Belize and its trading partners – rules which speak specifically to the economic development of all member states. Trade environment is a critical factor in economic growth. Leroy Almendarez, Director-General, Foreign Trade “This framework now looks at – what it does it provides a frame, an environment, in terms of how we would want to address the challenges. This framework is diagnostic, and prescriptive, because it has certain prescriptions on how we can address some of the challenges that we have. It’s not only looking at the challenges, but how we address the challenges.”

    Cracking the Mighty Coconut
    People come back from Belize with strange mementos. Christina and Lucas Martell came back with a laptop full of sand, an animated short, and the beginnings of an animation company. Austin-based 3-D VFX and animation studio Mighty Coconut is only a couple of years old. "We're definitely the newest guys on the block," said Lucas. Yet it's already making an impact: the studio has already outgrown its first offices on South Lamar, moved up Burnet, taken over a converted house, and added additional space in a nearby office complex, with more staff joining. Next Wednesday, the team presents a night of locally produced animation with the Austin Film Society (see more about the event here). That may seem a long way from Belize's beaches, but it's really a short step. Lucas had spent six years working on his first short, 2009's spy spoof "Pigeon Impossible," when he and Christina started developing his follow-up, "The Oceanmaker." But rather than simply sit in a studio stewing over a laptop for months, the couple had a simple idea: Gather the best talent they could find, head down to the Caribbean, and engage in some oceanside animation.

    Videos

  • Diving in Belize, Ambergris Caye - Paradise Canyons, July 17, 2016, 15min. This dive seems to have had a preponderance of nurse sharks, yielding interesting videography, like watching carp in a Japanese garden pool. We ended with a remora joining us on our safety stop.

  • Bahamian Youth Choir Tours Belize with Carnival Cruise Lines, 3min. The Bahamian National Youth Choir annually partners with the Carnival Cruise Line for a tour of the region; from the Bahamas the group would board a ship and travel to the Cayman Island, Honduras and Cozumel. For the first time, the group included Belize in its tour and put off a one-hour musical showcase on Wednesday, featuring its singers and band. Folkloric songs, a disco medley, as well as spiritual and Caribbean-rooted music were all on display by the Bahamian Youth Choir ensemble.

  • Belize: Through the eyes of a GoPro, 3min. A video compiling clips from my two week vacation to Belize. Shot using the GoPro Hero 4 Black.

  • Diving in Belize, Ambergris Caye - Esmeralda Canyons, July 19, 2016, 13min. Bobbi and I did this as an afternoon 3rd dive of the day and were accompanied by among others a father and his young son.

  • BTV, 21min.

  • Kevin & Juliette Belize Wedding Film, from Jose Luis Zapata, 44min.

  • New Municipal Airstrip Belize, 4min.

  • Waterfall in Belize, 3.5min. One of my many adventures in Belize. I was too scared to go under the waterfall, but I had so much fun that day with my cousin and friend.

  • Diving Victoria Canyons, Ambergris Caye, Belize, 2016, 5min. This dive was mostly full of nurse sharks throughout except for an eagle ray at the beginning that did acrobatics for me, duly recorded

  • Diving Ramon's Canyons, Ambergris Caye, Belize, 2016, 4min. Diving Ramon's Canyons, Ambergris Caye, Belize. Nice way to spend the Sunday morning, July 17, 2016, with Pro Diving Belize taking us to see plenty of nurse sharks

  • Eagle Ray, Loggerhead, and Nurse Sharks at Tuffy Canyon, Belize 2016, 5.5min. Diving Tuffy Canyons, Ambergris Caye, Belize, on Monday July 18, 2016, we happened on an eagle ray that teased me into almost catching up with him, a loggerhead turtle that did let me catch up but became bored easily and wandered off, and a few nurse sharks, as usual.

  • Join the scrum in the chum - Feeding sharks and rays at Hol Chan, Belize, 8.5min. This time we were snorkeling off south Ambergris Caye, where our guide Santiago tossed bits of chum overboard so we could don our snorkels and join in the shark feeding in Hol Chan Marine Reserve Zone D Belize, Sunday July 17, 2016

  • Betting on chicken poop on Belize, 2min.

  • Diving Ambergris Caye - shallow, lazy diving in Hol Chan Marine Reserve Belize, July 17, 2016, 16min. One of the set 'tours' on Ambergris Caye is the 'combo' dive in Hol Chan Marine Reserve, which is mainly a snorkel trip for non-scuba day trippers, combined with a shark feed experience. As a dive Hol Chan is restrictive and subdued compared to deeper dives on the barrier reef, but it still presents some mellow fish tableaux and the occasional turtle (here a loggerhead and a hawksbill). I tried to capture the flavor in these videos, including the snorkelers hovering overhead.

    July 22, 2016


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    The San Pedro Sun

    Pro Divers and Scorpions FC in the lead to Five-a-Side finals
    The Island Citizen Sporting Club (ICSC) and San Pedro High School (SPHS) Five-a-side Football Tournament is coming to a close with the finals taking place on Sunday, July 24th at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium. The semi- final results determined which teams will be heading for the championship game and this time Scorpions FC and Pro Divers will be up for the challenge in hopes of capturing the coveted first place of the competition. With the semi-finals over, organizers tallied the points announcing the teams that would be competing in finals. Heading to the finals in the little league division are El Pescador, Bayern Munich B, Bayern Munich A, PSG, LIiverpool, FC America, Scorpion, Inter de Milan and Green Hornets. The senior teams will be playing for third place, followed by second and first place. The four senior teams are: Los Catrachos FC, Scorpions FC, Pro Divers and Boca Bombers.

    Human Rights Seminar held in San Pedro Town
    For the first time ever, a seminar on human rights was held in San Pedro Town on Friday, July 8th and Saturday July 9th at the Lions Den. The event was spearheaded by the Human Rights Commission of Belize (HRCB), and addressed many aspects pertaining to human rights, its functions as an organization, and informing attendees on their rights and where to seek assistance when these are violated. Although there was a low turnout, key members of the community from organizations such as the San Pedro Lions Club, Projects Abroad and the San Pedro Town Council attended the seminar. It is expected that members of these entities will spread the message to their relevant associates.

    Intoxicated BWS employee wrecks company vehicle
    30-year-old Nolan Garbutt Jr, Belize Water Services (BWS) Assistant Supervisor, has reported to The San Pedro Police that on Wednesday, July 20th at around 10:30PM he suffered a car crash. He stated that he left Pedro’s Inn in a work issued white Toyota Hilux 4 door truck (Lp/# 32797, Model KUN25L-HRMDH Frame MROFR220800648564) heading home driving in a southerly direction. Garbutt went on to state that when reaching Sea Grape drive, he heard a loud bursting sound, and as a result, he lost control of the vehicle and flipped over. When he got out of the vehicle, he observed that the front and the back bumpers were broken, both left front and back wheels were punctured, the top was bent and the four doors were bent in.

    San Pedro Cancer society holds successful blood drive
    During a blood drive organized by the San Pedro Cancer Society (SPCS) in collaboration with the Belize Blood Donor Service, a total of 38 pints of vital blood were collected. The drive took place on Saturday, July 9th at the San Carlos Medical Clinic on Pescador Drive with many community members turning out to donate blood; the drive was a grand success. The healthy turnout by willing donors from 9:30AM to 4PM kept the clinic busy all day. The blood collected will go towards the San Pedro Town blood reserve to be held at the Belize Blood Bank in Belize City. The fact that one pint of blood can save up to three lives is another reason to applaud such a great turn out.

    Tertiary Level Education issues addressed during ATLIB retreat
    Representatives from 11 of the 13 institutions that are members of the Association of Tertiary Level Institutions in Belize (ATLIB) convened on Ambergris Caye at the Bayan Bay Resort for a two day retreat. The retreat took place on Thursday, July 14 and Friday, July 15th and focused on quality assurance, and issues dealing with accreditation among the tertiary level educational institutions in Belize. Facilitating the presentations at the meeting was Dr. Pamela Dottin from the University of the West Indies, Barbados, who is closely aligned with the tertiary level accreditation program. Dr. Dottin held a series of discussion exercises that pointed out where educational institutions stand today since the 2015 ATLIB Professional Development exercise. According to the discussions there has been improvement, but it is an on-going process and through the different professional development training, there is the hope that a structured education system can be achieved.

    Louis Carter officially charged for shooting Dwayne Hyde
    23-year-old Louis Manuel Carter was officially arrested and charged on Thursday, July 14th in relation to a shooting incident which 30-year-old Dwayne Hyde was injured. According to San Pedro Police, Carter was positively identified by the victim leading to his swift detention. The incident, which occurred on Wednesday, July 13th saw two male persons reportedly entering the yard of 22-year-old Kimberly Humes; one of them was identified as Carter, and getting involved in an altercation with Hyde. The altercation resulted in Hyde being shot in his abdomen.

    Miss SPHS continues giving back to the community
    While school is closed and many students are enjoying the holidays away from the classroom, one student from San Pedro High School (SPHS) has been busy contributing to her community. Faith Noel, Miss San Pedro High School 2016-2017, has embarked on a series of projects aimed at benefiting her school and the community in general. After her first successful project collecting backpacks for the less fortunate students at her school, Noel tackled an ambitious project to raise funds for the building of five lunch palapas at SPHS. After approaching the community with this brilliant idea, the help was swift as donors were more than happy to assist. On Saturday, July 16th Noel handed over a cheque for the construction of the palapas at her school. Receiving the generous donation was Dean of Discipline Alex Nuñez, who thanked her and encouraged her to continue her good work. According to him, she is setting the bar high in community service and creating an excellent example for her future successor.

    Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

    Step By Step Tutoring Center Would like to extend a heartfelt gratitude to our sponsors for this year’s 2nd Summer Musical Camp
    Your commitment to our events are surely appreciated and we hope to continue providing you all with well-rounded family events. This year a total of 16 children were sponsored. To these sponsors Caye Caulker Children Fun Drive Sophie's Guest Rooms Step By Step Tutoring Center Carlos Perrote Wendy Auxillou-Othman Maria Price Fiona Coughenour thank you. These children are truly grateful for this experience. To our other sponsors Mr. Wayne Miller and the Caye Caulker Village Council Omolewa Osain Project Melanie Choj and M&N Hotel Fantasy Dining "wine n' dine on island time" Amor Y Cafe, Caye Caulker, Belize Almy Canto and Caye Caulker Condos Bambooze Beach Bar & Grill thank you for always supporting us. It means the world to us. Many more blessings to you all.

    Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Presents a Grant of US$5.0 Million to Government of Belize
    Today in Belmopan, His Excellency Benjamin Ho, Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) presented a cheque in the sum of Five Million US Dollars to the Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and Economic Development of Belize. The cheque is the grant from the Republic of China (Taiwan) to Belize for the year 2016 under the Bilateral Cooperation Program between the two countries. The purpose of the grant is to help the overall development of Belize, particularly in the development of transportation infrastructure.

    Launch of the National Trade Policy Framework
    The Directorate General for Foreign Trade is pleased to announce the launch of the National Trade Policy Framework, which was approved by Cabinet in August, 2015. Belize has enacted numerous laws and regulations governing diverse aspects of trade and engaged in regional economic integration processes without having a formal trade policy. As a member of both CARICOM and the World Trade Organization (WTO), Belize is often tasked with implementing policies that are both conducive to national development and compliant with international trade obligations. For Belize to effectively participate in these international systems, a comprehensive National Trade Policy must be developed to complement other domestic policies such as the National Export Strategy, Horizon 2030 and the National Agricultural Policy. The National Trade Policy Framework provides the conduit for the development of the National Trade Policy.

    Costa Maya Festival year 2000!

    Bahamas National Youth Choir
    If you were there, you know what a great show we had! If you missed it, here's a glimpse Bahamas National Youth Choir in Belize. The Bahamas National Youth Choir gave a free performance at Bliss Center for Performing Arts on July 20, as part of its annual tour. The packed house loved the show!

    ECLAC team trains Belize public finance managers
    Twenty government officials from Belize benefitted from a one week workshop to build capacity in conducting public expenditure reviews (PERs), focusing on applications for education, health, agriculture and social protection. PERs are intended to align expenditures with government’s priorities. They are also intended to provide savings, either from expenditure reallocation or by reducing unproductive expenditures. In addition they improve fiscal management and can provide fiscal space especially when a country is experiencing high debt levels. This project complements the recently launched ECLAC proposal for debt for climate adaptation swaps since it is designed to promote fiscal responsibility and build the fiscal resilience of the Caribbean; conditions that are integral to the success of the debt swap proposal.

    Miss Hopkins 2016
    Friday, July 22. Hopkins Basketball Court

    Coconut Recycling Interior Decoration Workshop
    After the coconut is well scraped with sand paper and steel brush you do the same with the drift wood. Then, you need to drill the coconut to the drift wood and varnish, wow awesome piece of art! What we do enjoy here at your BHOC is that not only our people come to learn a new skill but also it's that friendly conversation and those stories that takes us back to history and culture, uyyyy "they heard la llorona last night"

    Panamanian reggae band Cellula is giving a free concert!
    No need to look any further for something to do on Sunday! Your Sunday plan is right here: The Panamanian reggae band Cellula is giving a free concert! Sunday, July 24th at 6 p.m. | Queen Elizabeth Park.

    Garifuna Drum Making workshop
    Aug 1 - Aug. 4. Summer is winding down nonetheless, we have more summer programs to offer. Coming soon is the Garifuna Drum Making Workshop commencing the first week in August. We are looking for interested and committed individuals because the drums made will be used by the Garifuna Dance group we will form here in Orange Walk Town. Space is limited... sign up NOW!

    Dance lessons at Banquitas House of Culture
    Were well attended by males n females of all ages. Everyone is enjoying new steps and dances. Thanks to our instructors for having patience.

    Staff training at the EducationUSA Advising Center in Mexico City
    Our colleagues at the EducationUSA Reference Center in Belize City just returned from a staff training at the EducationUSA Advising Center in Mexico City! During the training, staff got insight into the day-to-day activities of a Reference Center. The Belizean public can now expect greater services such as one-on-one advising, pre-departure orientations, and much more at our EdcuationUSA Reference Center! Appointments can be arranged by calling the center @223-4248/9 or by simply visiting us @ The Leo Bradley Library ,Princess Margaret Drive. Come and let us help you reach your educational goals in the U.S.

    Channel 7

    Police Foul Up: Theissen's Kidnapper Gets Charged, Gets Free
    Last night, we told you about the Mennonite Businessman, Lloyd Thiessen, who returned back to Belize to make a formal complaint against the now infamous William Danny Mason. Now that Mason is in jail, the couple felt secure enough to report to police exactly what they endured, allegedly at the hands of Mason and his associates. As we told you the businessman says that Mason swindled him out of 300 thousand dollars, and when he tried to get him money back, Mason and his associates kidnapped him, threatened him and extorted him. Well, police charged Mason's Ranch Manager, Ryan Rhaburn, and after hours of uncertainty of whether or not they would or wouldn't arraign him they took him to before Magistrate Ladonna John in Belmopan. That arraignment failed twice today, and this afternoon during the second attempt, our newsteam was there to watch it fall apart:

    Cops Want To Talk To Mason's Wife
    And now Belmopan police are saying that William “Danny” Mason’s wife Melissa Ferguson is also wanted for questioning. Police have circulated this ID picture of her and say that she is a person of interest for Belmopan police. Now, her story is also interesting. Ferguson is a Canadian who has also been accused of shady business dealings in her home country – though the website with those allegations has been taken down. Ferguson has a Belizean work permit - which was recently renewed - and a social security card. Her ID says she is 56 and lives at Los Lagos. She was not at the Mason home on Intelco Hill in Belmopan when police searched it earlier this week. William “Danny” Mason who has many aliases also identified himself as William Ferguson.

    The Income Tax Five Go To Court
    Tonight, 19 year-old Devon Brooks Jr. Seen here in white, 23 year-old David Cruz Jr., seen here in Green, and 33 year-old Richard Hyde, who is the other older man in white, are at the Belize Central Prison after the were arraigned in the Belmopan Magistrate's Court the heist at the Income Tax Department on last week Friday evening, They have been charged with 3 counts of robbery for the almost 30 thousand dollars stolen at gunpoint. Cruz his mother, Stephanie Cruz, and Brooks have been charged with keeping unlicensed ammunition, and keeping an unlicensed firearm for a cop's gun found at their home. Brooks and Cruz are also charged with aggravated assault

    MIT Makes Major Weed Bust
    2 men were busted with weed after they tried to bribe MIT officers. Last night at around 8:30, Belize City resident Matthew Jason Ruiz stopped at a mile 54 checkpoint on the George Price Highway. Ruiz told the officers that he would “hook them up” if they let him pass through with his weed. These officers didn’t fall for it and ordered Ruiz and his passenger Juan Lagos to get out of the car. The officers searched the vehicle and found 55 pounds of weed distributed in 2 sacks. Both Ruiz and Lagos were charged with drug trafficking.

    San Pedro Police Get Over A Pound Of Weed At Tropic Air
    And San Pedro police also made a weed bust – their one was one and a half pounds, or just under a kilo. Yesterday at noon, special branch and CIB personnel retrieved a suspicious parcel from the Tropic Air Cargo section in San Pedro town. No one was observed going to pick it up, and the parcel was labeled as found property.

    Nine Year Old Subjected To Cruel act Of Molestation
    Last night we told you about the sickening case of a man who penetrated a 2 year old boy with his finger. Tonight there is another disturbing child abuse case to report where a man forced a 9 year old girl to perform oral sex on him. 28 year old Rashad Arnold was charged with rape today when he appeared before Magistrate Deborah Rogers. No plea was taken because the offense is indictable. He was denied bail and remanded to custody until October 3rd. The incident occurred yesterday and the mother reported that she only became suspicious after she saw both Arnold and her daughter coming out of the bathroom.

    Xunantunich, The Mystery Unfolds Part Two
    From a sacred burial site to a stone panel; what is the connection between these finds at Xunantunich? Well this part 2 story will unravel that link. The panel was found a week ago in two halves. It is only until the archaeologists shifted the halves in a readable position where they able to decipher the message. Courtney Weatherburne has the story: Hidden beneath the earth, at the foot of the burial site, was the second panel. The first panel was found last month. While that one was intact. This recent stone tablet was found in 2 halves. The first half was found last Monday and a date is inscribed on it, which tells us that this panel and the hieroglyphic stairway that it was once a part of, was built in 642 AD. The other 3 glyphs on this half reflect the 3 deities that oversaw the construction of the stairway.

    PUP Says Mark Flowers Must Be Arrested
    GSU Commander Superintendent Mark Flowers is under scrutiny tonight, and there had been speculation that he might have been charged today – but, as it turns out the case is not that straightforward. First, the 14 year old girl who has accused him of having sexual relations with her twice in the early part of this year, is pregnant. Sources tell us that Flowers is urging police and the human services department to subject him to a paternity test to prove that he is not the father of the child. Second, sources tell us that there was a prior complaint made by the child saying that he stepfather had fondled her, but that was made in Belmopan, while this complaint was made in the city. Now, both cases are being looked at together. Both incidents are alleged to have occurred at a village in the Cayo district. These factors explain why police are proceeding with caution.

    Are PUP Ready To Bell The Campaign Finance Cat?
    And while superintendent Flowers is under fire for the complaint of unlawful carnal knowledge that's presently against him, he's also being blazed up on Facebook for being one of the many police and politicians who went on top of Intelco Hill to visit Danny Mason. For sure, Mason was a friendly guy – he loved especially friends in high places in the police department and in Cabinet. As afar as the politicians go the issue is money. Mason seemed to have lost of it, and Frank Pawpa Mena accepted that he got a campaign contribution, while John Saldivar said he got one for his football team. The truth is – that the dirty little secret of modern politics is that campaign financing is a cash business, lots of cash for lots of politicians both red and blue. Yesterday we asked the PUP is they were willing to cut off the hands that also feed them:.. Jules Vasquez: "Very rich criminals launder money through financing. It's a great way to launder money and campaign financing is something that works in cash. Is the PUP prepared to take an ardent and hard line stand on campaign financing? Number one and on two integrity in public life through leading by example and saying here are out published financials; the government won't do it because they are X,Y and Z but we will do it because we are not those things. Thanks"

    The Very Few and Very Proud Coast Guard Seals
    21 men signed up for the Belize Coast Guard Seals training program this year, but only one made it through the grueling four month course. Today that single seals graduate joins a platoon of coast guard seals- an elite squad of military men who operate as the special forces of the Belize Coast Guard. This year's graduate whose name cannot be revealed for security reasons now joins the squad of elites- whose paramilitary training is enough to measure up to the US Navy Seals. The graduation ceremony this afternoon kicked off in the usual military style as the graduate was joined by members of the B-Sag and the US Navy in simulating a military combat scenario. CDR Elton Bennett - Assistant Commandant, Belize Coast Guard: "What you saw here today is culminations of 4 a month's exercise involving the Belize Coast Guard Seal and we started back in April with 21 potential candidates. During that 4 month period majority of the candidate class dropped out and we are down to one coast guard man who's graduating and be pinned with a coast guard seal trident today. The exercise was very difficult going through different phases of leadership and tactics; land, sea and air operations as you witnessed today so we're very proud of that one individual and it's a programme that we consider to be very important for the coast guard in conducting special operations."

    Hoop Dreams Cancun Hat Trick
    The Under 20 Hoop Dreams Belize captured the basketball dream this year again for the second consecutive time making it a total of three wins at the annual Copa Cancun basketball tournament. The Belize team faced a lot of formidable competition as it faced off against 6 of the finest under 20 basketball teams in Mexico. But the team pulled off another remarkable victory, bringing home the first place trophy. They were recognized and applauded today by the National Sports Council at brief ceremony inside Rogers's stadium in Belize City. Brads Neal - Coach, Hoop Dreams Belize: "The COPA Cancun tournament is a very fierce tournament. In our category we play which is U-20 none of our players are 18 years old so we are playing like 2 years ahead of our age category but the players basketball IQ their willingness to win, their drive and determination to excel and exceed at that level is innate it's something you see inside of them. We started the tournament very slow we lost our first game and we saw every game progressively the players got better the team got better. Everything that we did we got better at."

    BTL Gives To Island Schoolchildren Who Got Burnt Out
    About 34 families and more than a hundred people were affected in the fire that gutted nearly a dozen houses in San Pedro town last month. Among those affected were several school children. They lost everything in the fire and were going into the school year empty handed if it weren't for a generous donation from BTL. This morning the company handed over a check for $10 thousand dollars to the Belize Red Cross. These monies will directly assist school children of San Pedro whose belongings were destroyed in the fire. Anwar Barrow - Chairman, BTL Executive Committee: "BTL does a lot of support for the community and different initiatives different organisations throughout the year and when we saw what happened in San Pedro we wanted to be a part of it, we wanted to make a meaningful contribution and so we requested from the board a figure of 10 thousand Belize dollars and we are donating that specifically to help the school children of the victims going back to school in August and September."

    Calling All Tunesmiths and Songsters
    The annual National Song Competition is just around the corner, but those who want to enter have to do so within the next 24 hours. Yesterday NICH made an appeal to all the tunesmiths and songsters, to please send in their submissions… For the senior category this year, the first place prize is $10,000 dollars, and for the juniors, first place prize is $4,500.

    Channel 5

    An All Points Bulletin is Issued for Melissa Ferguson, Who is She?
    Police have tonight put out an all-points bulletin on Melissa Ferguson, said to be the longtime companion of conman turned alleged kidnapper and murderer William Danny Mason. According to various [...]

    Mason’s Attorney Questioned on Surveillance Video
    News Five learned about that surveillance video on Tuesday, but there was no mention of Melissa Ferguson, just the five men who are now arraigned and behind bars until a [...]

    William Mason’s Farm Manager also Faces Kidnapping Charges
    Canadian Lloyd Friesen, the Mennonite businessman who resided in Cayo until he and his wife were allegedly kidnapped by William Mason at gunpoint, is back in the country and has [...]

    Charge Against Ryan Rhaburn is Dismissed
    Today, Panton’s client, Ryan Rhaburn, literally ran to Panton’s vehicle when he was told that he was free to go. Panton says he could have foretold the freedom, though he [...]

    Income Tax Robbers are Arraigned for Belmopan Heist
    On Friday, at around five-thirty, the Income Tax Department in Belmopan was robbed in quite sensational fashion. According to the facts of the case three men entered the building, two [...]

    Campaign Financing, Is it Time to Enact Much Needed Legislation?
    William Mason wined, dined and made monetary contributions to U.D.P. ministers. The name of the Minister of National Security, John Saldivar, is popping up everywhere in the saga involving Mason; [...]

    Minister of National Security on Anonymous Video
    An internet video released on Monday went viral before it was removed on Wednesday. It’s from a Facebook user called Anonymous Belize, and it blasts ministers of government over the [...]

    P.U.P. Calls for an Investigation of Former GSU Commander
    Following an allegation of sexual assault against a minor, Superintendent Mark Flowers has been replaced by Inspector Glenn Caliz as head of the GSU. It all happened while Flowers is [...]

    Cordel Hyde Criticizes Decision to Deploy GSU into City Streets
    It was made known on Monday by the Minister of National Security that the Gang Suppression Unit has been given a new set of directives to tackle criminal elements in [...]

    Additional Police Presence Doesn’t Address Root of Crime Situation
    In the aftermath of the beheading of Pastor Llewellyn Lucas, Minister Saldivar announced that more police officers are being deployed into the streets of Belize City, in light of the [...]

    Taiwanese Ambassador Hands Over $5 Million Check to G.O.B.
    Last week, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs showed off Villa Fiore, which will serve as the Belize City offices of the Ministry as well as the offices of the Prime [...]

    Belize City Men Indicted on Separate Sexual Assault Charges
    There are two reports tonight involving the sexual abuse of minors.  The first is a despicable allegation of sexual abuse against a two year old child. The alleged perpetrator is [...]

    2 Men are Busted with Fifty-five Pounds of Weed in Roaring Creek
    The area of Roaring Creek on the George Price Highway has become a hotbed for crime and illegal activities. On Thursday night, members of M.I.T. were conducting a checkpoint at [...]

    Gillnet Fishing Unabated on the Sarstoon River
    Despite the presence of Belize Defense Force personnel at the forward operating base near the mouth of the Sarstoon River, enforcement of fisheries regulations does not fall within their purview.  [...]

    Coast Guard Graduates One More SEAL Recruit
    The training program for the SEALs of the Belize Coast Guard is one of the most intensive and rigorous. Many begin but only the fittest see the program to completion.  [...]

    Yadira Argueta to Compete in 2016 Costa Maya Pageant
    The 2016 La Reina De La Costa Maya Pageant will be held on August fourth on La Isla Bonita San Pedro. Seven delegates from all Central American countries and Mexico [...]

    Miss Belize Pageant to be Held on Tenth of September
    Meanwhile Belizeans across the Jewel are anxiously anticipating the Miss Belize pageant which will be held on September tenth.  The pageant takes place at the Bliss Center for the Performing [...]

    A House Collapses with an Elderly Couple
    An elderly couple in Belize City is facing challenging times. They are both unemployed and one is disabled making their life even more difficult. Adela Tablada and Wilfred Hamilton have [...]

    A Mother of Seven Needs Your Help to Cover Cost of Heart Surgery
    Thirty-nine year old Deborah Frazer is also asking for assistance. In April of this year, the mother of seven children was diagnosed with a heart condition and is in need [...]

    Bahamian Youth Choir Tours Belize with Carnival Cruise Lines
    The Bahamian National Youth Choir annually partners with the Carnival Cruise Line for a tour of the region; from the Bahamas the group would board a ship and travel to [...]

    CTV3

    BSCFA Demands Revision Of Estimated Second Payment To Cane Farmers
    The Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association is in disagreement with BSI/ASR when it comes to the sharing of loss in revenues as a consequence of the first Maillards Reaction experienced by the Sugar Mill damaging some 3,900 tons of molasses. Three thousand nine hundred tons of damaged molasses translates to a financial loss of $432,666 which BSI has included in its estimated cane price for the second payment resulting in farmers paying 65% of the loss and BSI 35%, according to the BSCFA. This means that instead of receiving $48.30…..the initial estimated second payment….cane farmers will get $48.08 a difference of 22 cents per ton of cane. And for the BSCFA, this is unacceptable says the CEO of the association Oscar Alonso since cane farmers are the ones who will feel the brunt of the loss and the commercial agreement does not provide for the inclusion of such loss of molasses in the calculation of the cane price to be paid to cane farmers.

    Cane Belongs To BSI...They Should Absorb Revenue Loss From Damaged Molasses, Says Mai
    While it is left to be seen if BSCFA’s demands will be met, primarily the one made for the estimated average price for the second payment to be revised, there are those who are already siding with the association. According to Orange Walk South’s Area Representative, Jose Abelardo Mai, who is also a cane farmer, says farmers should not absorb not one cent of the loss revenue since the commercial agreement stipulates that the moment the cane is weighed and ticketed at the factory scales it belongs to BSI. Honorable Jose Abelardo Mai – Area Representative Orange Walk South: “I don’t agree with that, first and foremost the molasses had already been processed in tanks it is there responsibility, we signed an agreement with them that once that sugar cane reaches the scale it belongs to BSI, it is their responsibility, they have to pay me for it.”

    O/W Cops Remove Firearm Off The Streets
    Orange Walk police have removed another unlicensed firearm from the streets of our town. The .357 Special Revolver with serial number 09972D with marking GUA was recovered on Wednesday around 1:00 in the afternoon during a search operation on Trinidad Street in Orange Walk. Since no one was in the area at the time of the discovery, the firearm was labelled and deposited as found property.

    Intensive Manhunt Launched For Mason's Girlfriend
    The Belize Police Department has launched an intensive manhunt for 48 year old, Melissa Ferguson, the female companion of accused murderer and kidnapper William Danny Masson. According to reports, Ferguson was last seen leaving Mason’s Outback Ranch at Mile 31 on Tuesday but police believe that she is still in Belize. Reports are that the interest of police in Ferguson arouse after she was seen in surveillance video playing a vital role in the death of Pastor Lucas. An international warrant for Ferguson’s arrest is expected to be issued.

    PUP Says GOB's Tactics To Combat Crime Has Failed Chat Conversation End
    Following the increase of violent crimes in our country for the first half of 2016 with the most recent being the brutal murder and decapitation of Dangriga Pastor Llewellyn Lucas over the weekend, national security minister John Saldivar unveiled a new plan to fight gang related crime in Belize, during a press conference held on Monday in Belize city. The new strategy proposed by Minister Saldivar includes putting even more boots on the ground, and giving the much-criticized GSU the go ahead to crack down on gangs within the city. During yesterday’s press conference held by the PUP in Belize City, the party’s Deputy Leader Cordel Hyde criticized the Minister’s new approach stating that, that is not the way to go.

    San Felipe Village Council Sworn In
    On Sunday July 10th, 2016, the residents of San Felipe Village here in the Orange Walk District elected a split village council to undertake the responsibilities of the entire community. The newly elected PUP chairman along with four PUP and two UDP councillors were officially sworn in today at the village in the presence of the Rural Development Officer along with a Justice of the Peace. And of course, a new council means that there are definitely new plans on the agenda. Margarito Andrades – Chairman, San Felipe: “El plan es para trabajar unidos con el pueblo para hacer proyectos para que tengamos a los jóvenes activos en el deporte y para ver de la limpieza de las esquinas de la comunidad porque estamos viendo que está muy sucio el aldea y tenemos el plan de qué y vamos a trabajar y buscar formas para conseguir un dump site apropiado para la aldea y hacer fajinas de vez en cuando para que tengamos una aldea más limpio de que lo estamos viendo ahorita y otra cosa es el cementerio porque el domingo pasado nos unimos juntamente con unos jóvenes de la iglesia católica, unidos con el concilio aldeano nos fuimos a limpiar e hicimos bastantes y eso son los proyectos que tenemos en plan y quisiera que con la ayuda de la gente.”

    More Grants From Taiwan
    The Government of Belize today received a total of 5 million US dollars from the republic of China, Taiwan under the Bilateral Cooperation Program between both countries. The cheque handed over to PM Barrow by His Excellency Benjamin Ho, Ambassador of the Republic of Taiwan is to be used in the overall development of Belize, particularly in the development of transportation infrastructure. The Government of Belize will use the funds to cover a part of the expenditures on key infrastructure projects, including the Belize City Southside Poverty Alleviation Project Phase II, the extension of the Southern Highway – Golden Stream, Jalacte to the Guatemalan Border in the Toledo District, and for the Santa Elena/San Ignacio Downtown Bypass Road Project.

    Calling all Orange Walkenos...District Team Needs Your Help
    On Monday we told you about the selection process for the under seventeen football tournament that is being carried out by the Orange Walk football federation in collaboration with the Orange Walk national football team. The Orange Walk selection is being trained to play in a national tournament where football teams from across the country will face off in hope of being drafted by the FFB to represent the country in a football match that will take place in November in Costa Rica. Today we visited the training camp where Alvaro Marin, member of the new Orange Walk football federation spoke to us about the progress of the players since the beginning of their training.

    LOVE FM

    PM Barrow speaks on allege government corruption
    Corruption in the Government is being cited as the reason for William Mason to be in possession of a Belizean birth certificate as was uncovered earlier this week. Prime Minister Dean Barrow spoke on the issue of the vital statistics document and the way forward. “On the basis of a false birth certificate Immigration has […]

    Belize Coast Guard Conducts Passing Out Ceremony
    The Navy Seals of the Belize Coast Guard has one new member today after he turned out to be the sole survivor in the seals training. Initially twenty one candidates were recruited but after the four month training period, only one recruit made it. Vice Commandant of the Belize Coast Guard, Elton Bennett spoke about […]

    Cane Farmers should Not Bear Loss For Spoil Molasses Says BSCFA
    Yesterday BSI/ASSR held a meeting at the conference room of Belize Sugar Industries Ltd in Orange Walk Town to present to stakeholders the results of the investigation on the loss of molasses due to what is referred to as the Millaird Reaction. BSI/ASSR estimates that as a result of the Millaird reaction and due to […]

    There’s No Interference For Belizeans To Navigate The Sarstoon River
    With other burning issues at the forefront the Belize Guatemala matter had been placed on the back burner. With the Prime Minister appearing as a guest on The Morning Show, we asked him to update us on the current status of the matter. “Well as far as I know our people are now going up […]

    One Person Arraigned For Kidnapping of Businessman Lloyd Theissen
    Ryan Rhaburn was arraigned in the Belmopan Magistrate’s court today for reportedly being involved in the kidnapping of Lloyd Thiessen and his wife. The kidnapping occurred about two months ago and is suspected to be spearheaded by William Mason after a business deal between them went south. Herbert Panton who is the attorney for Mason […]

    Four Persons, Including One Woman, Charged For Belmopan Income Tax Robbery
    Four persons were arraigned this afternoon in the Belmopan’s Magistrates Court in connection with the armed robbery of the Income Tax Department in Belmopan on Friday, July 15. In that robbery just under thirty thousand dollars were taken. Leeroy Banner is the attorney for one of the alleged culprits, Ixchel Tablada. Banner spoke to the […]

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    PUP calls for removal of Minister of National security
    The People’s united party today hosted a press conference in Belize City where they discussed the sensational and gruesome murder of Pastor Llewelyn Lucas, allegedly at the hands of a high rolling friend of several high ranking individuals. The Minister of National Security and Belmopan Area represe...

    MENA GOT CAMPAIGN FINANCING FROM MASON
    The allegations of area representatives and ministers being wined and dined by Mason makes for some very bad optics , according the Prime Minister, and he says they will have to deal with that. The Prime Minister almost bristled at the allegation made by the PUP at a press conference today that it w...

    Income Tax robbers caught and to be charged
    Belmopan Police are in the process of putting together charge sheets for several persons involved in the Income Tax robbery that happened in the capital city last Friday evening. As we reported, three male persons entered the building, two of whom were dressed in camouflage clothing. The security g...

    Prime Minister says cabinet ministers had no suspicious involvement with William Mason
    Prime Minister Dean Barrow, in a rare media visit, was guest on Love FM’s morning show on Wednesday morning and spoke about several issues, pressing among them is the murder of Llewelyn Lucas at the hands of William Mason who seemed to have developed relationships with several members of cabinet. Pr...

    Police recover video evidence in Llewleyn Lucas’ decapitation murder case
    The investigation into the murder of Llewelyn Lucas continues and police today revealed that they have gathered video evidence. As the country knows by now, Lucas’ head was found in the back of a pickup truck belonging to Mason Williams, a Guyanese born Canadian national who mysteriously owns a Be...

    Luis Kerr charged for attempted murder of Clifford Anderson
    12 days after his being shot and still clinging to life, police have charged the man they believe shot Clifford Anderson, 26, on July 8. 24 year old Luis Kerr a labourer of Fabers Road, Belize City, appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann-Marie Smith on charges of attempted murder, dangerous harm and u...

    BSCFA held a meeting due to the loss of Molasses
    The Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association , at a meeting held on Wednesday, was presented with BSI’s results of its investigations on the loss of molasses due to Maillard Reactionand the cane price estimate for the second payment to cane farmers. In its press release, BSI had said that “the Maillard...

    National Garifuna Council demands justice for Llewelyn Lucas
    The National Garifuna Council has also spoken on the issue saying that it extends condolences to the family and friends of Pastor Llewellyn Lucas in this time of bereavement. NGC says it is saddened by “..this gruesome act, not just to one of our very own, but to one of God’s creation. This i...

    H. E. Benjamin Ho, the Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Presents a Grant of US$ 5.0 million to Government of Belize
    On Wednesday July 20, His Excellency Benjamin Ho, Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) presented a cheque in the sum of Five Million US Dollars to the Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and Economic Development of Belize . The cheque is the grant from the Republic of Ch...

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    William Mason and 4 others in prison for the murder of Llewellyn Lucas
    After 2 arraignments, done on 2 separate days, accused murderers/kidnappers William Mason, Ashton Vanegas, Keron Fernandez, Terrence Fernandez, and Ernest Castillo are all at the Belize Central Prison. These men are charged with the kidnapping of 3 persons, including, Pastor Llewelyn Lucas, and they've also been charged with Lucas' beheading murder. Police say that they have quite an arsenal of evidence against all 5 men to prove that they are the ones who committed this heinous crime. Those evidence include the head of the victim, found in William Mason's vehicle on Friday night, July 15; the burnt remains believed to be Lucas' body on Mason's farm property near La Democracia, found a few hours later; the knife the cops believe to be the murder weapon found on the farm, found in less than 2 days; video evidence showing the moment when the three men were taken and duck-taped and blind folded and a written statement from an alleged kidnap victim who explained in detail that he, Pastor Lucas, and another man went to Mason's home in Belmopan on Friday, and that's where they were kidnapped.

    Who is collecting on behalf of Ashcroft in Belize?
    When we saw Eamon Courtenay on July 6 complaining bitterly that the Prime Minister took too long to settle the BTL matter, we noticed that he was so irate that it appeared to us that he was about to cry... and we almost felt his pain. And we say almost because his pain was one that was fake. You see, Courtenay was one of Ashcroft's attorneys and one who has been handsomely compensated. For him the settlement arrived at was not a good thing. The longer the case dragged on, the longer he would have been collecting legal fees. The Prime Minister, settling meant the end of his legal run. Or so we thought. The gravy train apparently continues for him. The Guardian has received copies of two transfers made by the Central Bank to the Belize Bank. The first dated July 13, 2016 transferred of BZD $33,039,412.03 to account number 311204 in the Belize Bank "For further credit to Courtenay Coye LLP A/C No. 69512" held with the Belize Bank for "50% Compensation and Interest due to BTL Employees Trust."

    Llewellyn Lucas’ final moments caught on tape
    Acting commissioner of Police, Russell Blackett has confirmed to the media that the police have in their possession surveillance video footage which shows the pastor Llewellyn Lucas’ final hours alive. He would not go into detail as to what exactly the video shows but the Guardian Newspaper understands that the video actually shows the exact moment when Lucas was taken by his killers. The video which was taken from William Mason, AKA Ted Ouellette’s home on Intelco Hill in Belmopan reportedly shows Lucas and two other men, presumably Mennonites arriving at the house at around 1p.m on Friday July 15. Thereafter the two Mennonites were taken into a room outside of surveillance range in the lower portion of the house. There is no video of what took place inside but the men were kept there for about half an hour.

    Olive branch withdrawn: Gang Suppression Unit Unleashed in Belize City
    The Gang Suppression Unit is now like that infamous bat vigilante from Gotham. They are not the heroes we want right now, but after all the good intention initiatives of ACP Chester Williams have failed to soften the hearts of the Belize City criminal minds, the GSU may be the heroes this city deserves. There have been 17 murders in Belize City since April and 17 non-fatal shooting incidents over that same span. The city is hot! The Ministry of National Security has been left with no choice. On Monday, July 18, the underground holding facility was opened and Belize’s most highly trained, highly paid and highly feared crime fighting unit was unleashed on the blood thirsty gangsters of Belize City. “The mandate of the Gang Suppression Unit has been renewed,” says Hon. John Saldivar, Minister of National Security, “to deal firmly and swiftly with gang leaders and members to bring them to justice, remove them from our neighbourhoods and communities and place them in jail and from being able to influence an entice our youth into a life of crime.”

    Upgrade to Hattieville barracks
    After almost 2 years of planning and budgeting, Hattieville Police have a brand new police barracks to house the officers attached to that station. The building was officially inaugurated on Wednesday, July 20, by Hon. John Saldivar, Minister of National Security; Acting Police Commissioner Russell Blackett; and Assistant Police Commissioner Edward Broaster, and the officers from the station who will make use of it. The new barracks is part of a strategy by the National Security Ministry to improve the housing that officers use while being stationed far away from their homes and families. Readers may remember that since last year, the Government had been working to secure a loan from the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI). The National Security Ministry intends to use a portion of that loan to make much needed upgrades to police barracks all over the country.

    Economic advice from an economic dunce!
    On Sunday last we had the unfortunate experience of reading an article that had been posted on the Breaking Belize News Facebook blog . What caught our attention was that the author of the article appearing on the blog was not written by a regular journalist. It was written by one Richard Harrison. We know of only one person with that name in Belize. That person is a failed businessman/politician who was beaten so badly that his party perhaps dumped him the day after the election. He was not even given a chance to go back and say thanks to those persons. Had he gone to do so he would have met up on the streets with the new candidate who had replaced him.

    Main points of the BTL Accommodation Agreement Signed between Belize Telecommunications Limited and Said Musa on September 19th 2005
    • The Musa administration sold properties to the tune of 19.2 million dollars to BTL. These properties formed part of the Intelco Company and included properties at the Burrell Boom Junction with the Northern Highway and properties in San Ignacio. • Under that agreement no persons other than BTL and Speednet Communications Limited would have or be granted any authority, permit or license in Belize to legally participate in the telecommunications business. • No one other than BTL had the right to operate any kind of telecommunication services in Belize. • BTL was given right to charge customers rates which would enable BTL to make its minimum rate of return of 15% per year • BTL was given the right to make payments for management services in a foreign currency without restrictions, and taxes. • BTL was given right to make foreign currency payments on dividends and interest on debt without incurring taxes. • GOB was to have the Belize Social Security Board withdraw Case No. 557/2002 against BTL (it is not yet clear which case this is).

    Clean your house before you worry about others’
    Why is it that the zinc fence feels that they have a monopoly on intelligence so much so that they are the only ones capable of addressing the country’s short comings? They can see all the problems but have no solutions. They are the constant noise makers in the market. This is why Sagis took them to court, cause they were busy making noise in the market instead of checking their change. Now they can’t run a newspaper and want to be the voice of the country. Instead of 89 paying attention to who the eat what, maybe he needs to be reminded of the trail of mismanagement he left before being fired as Chairman of UB. The loans from Atlantic Bank squandered on computers that never saw the inside of UB. He should be reminded of an article in the PULSE news paper of the past to which he responded on the mismanagement and misspending of UB funds.

    PRESS RELEASE
    Yesterday I informed my cabinet colleagues that over one year ago, in the last bye election season, I received a campaign contribution from a businessman I knew as Danny Mason. In the interest of full disclosure, I would like to inform the public at large that about a year and a half ago I met Mr. Danny Mason through Dr. Henry Canton when he visited Dangriga expressing interest in the Commerce Bight Port. I was later taken to his residence prior to the bye-election by Minister John Saldivar. Mr. Danny Mason, who was presented to me as a businessman, contributed $10,000 to my campaign. At no time did I promise to offer any special services or access by virtue of my position to Mr. Mason.

    Sick and Cold blooded for posting Lucas’ head on Facebook
    On Saturday last week most of us got up to the news that the head of a man was found in the possession of a Canadian man . We later found out that the murdered person was Pastor Llewellyn Lucas. Now it is not the first time that a head or any other body part of a murdered persons has been found in Belize, so for many of us the original shock soon wore off. We may have reacted in the manner in which we reacted to two murders out west where dismembered bodies were found in Roaring Creek village. Persons perhaps said, hopefully the police will solve this one so that justice is served and the family has closure, so let me leave that and get on with my Saturday chores.

    Nothing sweet about molasses this year
    The stakeholders in the Sugar Cane Industry lost a total of 3,900 tonnes of molasses last week which went bad, and that’s a total value of almost 433 thousand dollars. The farmers which make up the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association (BSCFA) say that the millers, Belize Sugar Industries Limited (BSI), and its majority shareholder, American Sugar Refineries (ASR), should bear the costs of the losses, not the farmers. A press release from the BSCFA says that on Wednesday, their representatives, along with members of the Corozal Sugar Cane Producers Association, and the Progressive Sugar Cane Producers Association sat down for a meeting with BSI officials, the Sugar Cane Production Committee, the Sugar Industry Control Board, and the Sugar Industry Research and Development Institute.

    Ronlee Petillo back to prison on murder charge
    Ronlee Petillo, 28, hit the streets on June 17, 2016, after being on remand for murder at the Belize Central Prison since 2011. Now he is back in jail after police charged him for yet another murder. According to police, Petillo was only able to be out of prison for 22 days this time before he killed again. Roger Banner, a 29-year-old resident of Roaring Creek, was murdered on Saturday, July 9, at around 9:15 p.m. as he was socializing with his girlfriend on West Canal. Three men walked up to Banner; one of them pulled out a gun and fired multiple shots at him. Banner was hit several times with one of the bullets entering his head. He died on the spot. It is believed that he was executed as a result of him owing for drugs.

    Presidente beer heist in Cayo
    Bunty Mulchandani, a 25 year old Indian Sales Manager for RC Imports of Belize City reported that on May 6, 2016 he had sent an order of 50 cases of Presidente Beers to Wing Sing Chinese Store situated on Buena Vista Street, San Ignacio Town, Cayo District with the company delivery truck. On July 4, 2016 he visited Wing Sing Chinese store to collect for the 50 cases of Presidente Beers, but was only paid for 30 and was informed by the proprietor that the company (RC Imports) merchandiser Mr. Elton Clifton Martinez of Esperanza Village, Cayo district, had arrived and taken 20 cases of Presidente Beers when it arrived at the store; leaving the 30 cases which he was being paid for. Complainant has stated that he had not given Martinez any permission to remove the 20 cases of beer from the Wing Sing store. The value of the missing beers is $1,080.00 Belize currency. San Ignacio Police are seeking Elton Martinez for the crime of theft.

    When you learn the true identity of a con-man
    William Mason has never committed a crime before, neither has Danny Mason. The records of these men are spotless. They are polite, engaging and very welcoming. Danny is always ready to support a worthy cause and William is always ready to volunteer his time for community service. Once you get to meet William or Danny, you can’t wait to introduce your friends to them because they make you feel like family and their home becomes your home. Better friends do not exist. They are brilliant and successful businessmen who are quick to share their secrets so you too can profit from an emerging market. They can link you with opportunities in the medical field. They can make real estate arrangements. They have farm lands available for sale. They are even experts at international trading. You begin to think “I am glad I met this man”.

    Dirty then... Dirty now...
    In 1985 the late Elijio Briceño was arrested and charged for drug trafficking in Florida. He was later found guilty and served time in a US Prison. The late Briceño at the time of carrying on his drug enterprise was a Minister of Government in Belize. He utilized his ministerial powers to commandeer air strips in Belize to conduct his illegal business. The late Briceño went on to amass serious wealth in Belize. How much of it can be attributed to drug activity versus legal activity is difficult to differentiate. In the United States, once a person mixes dirty money with clean money, everything becomes dirty. That individual’s banking privileges would be revoked and all funds seized. If the funds are dirty at the source, no amount of washing can make it legitimate. If it’s dirty at the beginning, it remains dirty at the end. The late Briceño on release from US prison came home to a hero’s welcome. Should not this man have been arrested and charged for abuse of his office and drug trafficking locally also? Instead he was allowed to keep the benefits of his ill gotten financial gains and material wealth. Today, whatever moneys he may have left in our banking system is still dirty.

    GST and the IMF Pressure
    Some quarters of the media have been touting the IMF’s recommendation that GST be increased from 12.5% to 15%. This may have been done with the intention to create alarm within the public. It is general knowledge that this recommendation is not one that sits well with the political directorate. The Prime Minister has always bucked the IMF when it comes to the suggestion of any increase, or introduction of new taxes. He has remained true to his promise to, in whatever way possible, lessen the cost of living for the Belizean public. To demonstrate his commitment, he has increased the quantity of zero rated items. That is, he has removed the 12.5% GST from those basic items that impacts the quality of life. Such items as washing machines and refrigerators that were taxable under the PUP administration are now zero rated. He has taken heat from the IMF for this. The IMF would like for there to be no zero rated items.

    Mexican expert for independent report on events in the Belize - Guatemala Adjacency Zone
    The Embassy of México to Belize informs that at the request of the governments of Belize and Guatemala, Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), undertook to deploy a team of experts with the purpose of integrating an independent report on the incident of April 20th, 2016, in which a Guatemalan minor Julio René Alvarado Ruano died, and his father and brother were injured. The independent commission will consist of specialists in the fields of criminal investigation, legal (criminal law) and forensic affairs, with knowledge of the mandates of the OAS and fluency in English and Spanish, will have duration of approximately two weeks. However, depending on the circumstances, it might be considered to have a complementary mission of two additional weeks.

    From leading newspaper to tabloid
    A tabloid is a newspaper, typically popular in style and dominated by headlines, photographs, and sensational stories. It now seems like the Amandala has joined the ranks of publications such as the Enquirer, Sun, Daily Mirror, News of the World, Globe and Daily Star. The Amandala surely is the most widely circulated Newspaper in the country and claims to be an INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER’ so as such they owe it to their readers/customers/BOSSES to be fair, truthful and precise in it's reporting of all stories. There should be no room for gossip, innuendos, lies, one-sided stories and POLITICAL MISCHIEF, in it's reporting. People spend their hard earned money to buy the Amandala newspaper and expect that the information contained in the newspaper is credible. Before it is said that we should not be criticizing, because we are a POLITICAL ORGAN let us say that we don't spread lies and half truths. Last weekend's issue of the Amandala carried a story entitled "Village Council results - UDP on top. The story was written by a POLITICAL REJECT one Micah Gooding. The fact that Micah had written the article was already an indication that the article could lack veracity. That was exactly what it turned out to be in the end. One huge pack of outright lies mixed with some half truth and a few dashes of the truth.

    Bulgarians say they don’t understand why they are being taken to court after being convicted
    In May of this year, two Bulgarian nationals who were caught stealing from the Belize Bank ATM through a fraudulent scheme continue to be brought before the court after an application was made to confiscate their personal belongings. These include cash, a car and other items which were taken from them by police during their investigation. The two appeared again on Tuesday before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser where they questioned the purpose of their having to constantly visit the court even after being convicted on May 20 when they were sentence to 12 months for 18 counts of theft from the bank. 28 year old Jeorji Petrov, and 25 year old Halid Yuksel Aptula were brought down from prison on Tuesday, the second time since last week for an application of forfeiting of their personal belongings that remain in police custody since the conclusion of their criminal case for theft.

    Luis Carter arraigned for San Pedro shooting
    San Padro resident Luis Carter, 23, is at the Belize Central Prison on remand after he was arraigned before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser for one count of attempted murder, one count of use of deadly means of harm and one count of dangerous harm with a deadly weapon upon Dwayne Hyde, 30. He was additionally charged with one count of aggravated assault with a firearm upon Hyde’s common-law wife, Kimberly Humes. According to reports, just after midnight on Wednesday morning, July 13, Hyde was followed by three men to his house in the Escalante Division of the D.F.C. area on the island. He made it home and his common-law-wife, Humes, opened the door for him. At this time, one of the men he identified as “Wizz”, or Luis Carter, entered the yard and the two got into a tussle. During the exchange, Wizz was stabbed three times: once to the neck, mouth and abdomen. During the struggle he shot Hyde once to the abdomen and threatened Humes with the gun.

    Ladyville’s “Celina’s” family arrested for crack cocaine
    Four members of the Celina’s family of the Ladyville area were dragged to court along with five friends on Monday, July 18, after the Gang Suppression Unit found 6 grams of crack cocaine in their yard during a search on Sunday, July 17. Elcelena Tulcey, 39, her brother, Amilcar Tulcey, 36, and two minor daughters, 14 and 17, were charged along with Messalina Garcia, 39, Danielle Gabourel, 26, Tanisha Gabourel, 30, James Lozano, 18, and Ceylon Foreman. According to GSU officers, at around 8:45 p.m. on Sunday, July 17, a team visited the home of Elcelena Tulcey based on intelligence that they were in possession of guns and ammunitions. When the officers entered the house, the owner of the house ran towards a room. It was the bathroom and she told the police officers that her minor daughter was inside using the facility. After the child exited the bathroom with her mother, the GSU officers began to search inside the bathroom.

    Elroy Hemmans Jr accused of robbing bus conductor
    Elroy Goldburn Hemmans Jr, 35, is in trouble after he was arraigned for allegedly robbing a bus conductor, Samir Martinez, of $300 inside the Belize City bus terminal on Tuesday, July 12. Hemmans appeared before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser on Thursday, July 14, and pleaded not guilty to a single charge of robbery. He told the Senior Magistrate that he is innocent of the allegations and that he can explain what happened. According to Hemmans, while riding the bus with his girlfriend they met a young man who began to insult them when he was short by one dollar for the trip. He said the man called the driver and they came at him with a broom stick so he started to run. That was when officers of the Strike Team detained him outside the terminal, said Hemmans.

    Three robbers storm into Tax Building in Belmopan
    Belize’s police are now seeking one main suspect in the robbery of the Income Tax Department in Belmopan, which occurred at about 5:50 pm last Friday. Police are also now analyzing video from surveillance cameras taken while the crime was committed. About three gun men, dressed in what appeared to be imported tactical uniforms as those used by the MIT and GSU, stormed into the tax building. The criminals then proceeded to steal $29,000.00 from the tax office. Police responded to the call for help on Friday and found a police officer tied up along with other members of the office. Police are exploring all angles to find out the identity of the robbers.

    Luis Kerr arraigned for Pen Road shooting
    Police have finally made an arrest for a shooting that occurred on the night of Friday, July 8, near the Pen Road basketball court. In a report to police, Clifford Anderson, 26, said that at around 10:30 p.m. he was walking through an alley near the basketball court when he was approached by a lone gunman who fired several shots at him. He was hit in the lower back and the bullet caused damages to his internal organs. Anderson had to undergo life saving surgery and was in a critical condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital for days. He has still not recovered but is doing better. The man police say was the trigger man that night is 24-year-old Luis Kerr. He was detained by police and arraigned before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith on Wednesday, July 20. Kerr was unrepresented when he appeared in court and was read three indictable offenses of attempted murder, dangerous harm and use of deadly means of harm with a firearm upon Clifford Anderson. Due to the nature of the offenses, no plea was taken and bail could not be granted to Kerr.

    Mentally challenge man gets 8 years for manslaughter
    A mentally challenged resident of Punta Gorda Town, David Ortiz, 25, is spending the first nights of an 8 year sentence behind bars after he accepted a plea deal for killing his stepfather in March of 2014. Ortiz was initially charged with the murder of his stepfather, David Benguche, 69. Allegations are that on March 27, 2014, without being provoked, Ortiz grabbed a knife and stabbed his stepfather twice to the upper part of the left shoulder which led to his death. Ortiz has been on remand since the incident occurred. On Tuesday, July 19, Ortiz appeared before Justice Denis S. Hanomansingh in the Dangriga Supreme Court to be tried by Judge without jury. Ortiz was represented by attorney Leeroy Banner and the prosecutor in the case, Crown Counsel Cecil Ramirez, offered a plea deal for the lesser charge to murder, being manslaughter. This was accepted by the defense and Ortiz pleaded guilty to one count of manslaughter.

    Pregnant woman remanded for stabbing boyfriend
    An expecting mother is at the Belize Central Prison on remand after she was arraigned for stabbing her common-law-husband in the chest. Double Head Cabbage Village resident Jordan Jones, 26, reported to Ladyville Police that on May 29 of this year, his girlfriend, Ernestine Noralez, 21, stabbed him once to the left side of the chest. The blade went near the heart and almost killed him. He was admitted to ward for a whole week of medical treatment. As a result of the report, Noralez was arrested and charged with three indictable offenses: attempted murder, use of deadly means of harm and dangerous harm.

    Police officer charged for shooting Nigel Castillo
    Police Constable Wallace Meighan, 19, has been charged along with Travaun Chee, 21, for attempted murder, dangerous harm and use of deadly means of harm with a firearm upon Nigel Castillo, 29, for an incident that occurred on Thursday, July 14. Castillo reported to police that he was at the basketball court located behind the Charles Barlett Hyde Building at around 9 p.m. on Thursday when he was targeted by gunmen. Castillo was shot once to the lower abdomen. When police responded to the scene of the shooting, they found Castillo bleeding from his injury and immediately rushed him to the KHMH for treatment. Police investigations later led to the recovery of a pair of firearms and the arrest of PC Meighan and Chee. The shooting is believed to have been triggered by an altercation that took place on the basketball court earlier that night.

    Roland Rivers walks from drug charges
    Roland Raheem Rivers, 34, is free from drug charges after the prosecution failed to present him with disclosure in time for trial on Thursday, July 14. Rivers was arrested and charged with drug trafficking after he escaped a potentially fatal traffic accident on February 5. He crashed a Ford Escape into a tree near mile 16 on the Phillip Goldson Highway just after noon on Friday, February 5. The vehicle was extensively damaged and Rivers suffered from minor injuries. He has since been treated and released from the Karl Heusner Memorial but that was only the start of the trouble for Rivers.

    Belize Coast Guard to play Belmopan Lightning Strikers for WestLine Female Football title
    The WestLine Female Football competition will come to an end on Sunday 24th July, 2016, out at the Norman Broaster Stadium in San Ignacio Town with the third place and championship games. In the third place game scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Real West Strikers will be going up against the Belmopan Lucky Strikers and this will be followed at 3:00 p.m. with the championship game that will feature the Belize Coast Guard against the Belmopan Lightning Strikers. On Sunday 17th July in the semi-final round, in game one, Belize Coast Guard defeated Real West Strikers by the score of 3-1 to advance to the championship round. The goals for the Belize Coast Guard were scored by Nataki Alvarez in the 9th and 35th minutes of play and Ingrid Campos in the 29th minute of play. Meanwhile, the only goal of the game for Real West Strikers was scored by Tiffany Gonzalez in the 63rd minute of play.

    Belize City Council Dragons stop Infotel in Firms Basketball Competition
    The Belize District Basketball Association Firms’ Competition continued over the last week with a number of games on the schedule. On Friday 15th July, in the first of two games played, the Belize City Council stopped the high flying Infotel by the score of 80-74 to improve to a 4-2 record. The top scorers for the Belize City Council Dragons were Andrew Vasquez who scored 21 points, he also grabbed 5 rebounds, dished out 2 assists and had 3 steals; Sydney Bradley who contributed 15 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals and Gabriel Taylor who scored 12 points, 6 rebounds and a steal towards the win. For the Infotel squad, the top scorers were Elvis Olivera with 38 points, 12 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 steals and Earl Johnson who contributed 14 points, while grabbing 9 rebounds, along with 4 assists and a steal in a losing effort.

    Belize Athletics Association to hold National Championship
    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 be held at the Marion Jones Sports Complex on the 30th -31st July, 2016. All athletes 16 years and older can participate in the events. Registration forms can be obtained from and returned to the BAA via email ( belizeathleticsassociation@gmail.com) or from our Facebook page (Belize Athletics Association). Cost of registration is $10.00 per athlete. Events will include: 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 4x100m, 4x400m, Long Jump, Triple Jump, High Jump, Javelin, Shot put, Discus.

    Sittee River Lucky Stars and Silk Grass Royale Girls wins in Stann Creek Softball
    The Stann Creek Softball Association 2016 Senior Female competition continued over the weekend with games in Independence. In the first game played, Sittee River Lucky Stars defeated Hopkins Beach Girls by the score of 21-10. The winning pitcher was Pinky Andrews and the losing pitcher was Delane Aranda. And in the second game of the day, Silk Grass Royale Girls defeated Seine Bight Flames by the score of 19-4. The winning pitcher was Sandy Depaz and the losing pitcher was Shannon Augustine. The competition will continue this Sunday 24th July at 3:30 pm in Seine Bight village between Independence United and Seine Bight Flames.

    Belize Softball Federation to hold Umpires Training
    The Belize Softball Federation has announced that it will be holding an Umpires Training for intermediate and advance umpires from August 4-8, 2016. The Training will be conducted by the Chief Umpire of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Softball Division Robert Stanton and will include both theoretical and practical work. The federation envision that this will be the spring board for umpires who have been involved in the game at the advance level for the past five years to move towards the International Certification for Umpires. The Federation is making an appeal to holders of a high school diploma, Associate Degree, or any higher degrees or teachers to make use of this opportunity to becoming a certified umpire.

    Leandra Guy spun shut out over Esperanza Wolverines
    The Cayo Softball Association 2016 Senior Female Competition continued on Sunday 17th July with three games on the schedule out at the Raymond Garbutt Sr. Softball pitch in Roaring Creek Village. In the first game played, the defending Cayo champions the Roaring Creek Grace Kennedy team behind the steady pitching of its ace pitcher Leandra Guy who spun a shut out win over the Esperanza Wolverines by the score of 7-0. The losing pitcher was Olivia Miralda. In the second game of the day, Camalote won over the Belmopan Capital City Emeralds by the score of 6-4. The winning pitcher was Tiara Bradley and the losing pitcher was Dominga Tut.

    Murder in San Ignacio
    A 33 year old construction worker in San Ignacio has died after an argument. On Monday July 18th 2016 about 6:50 pm upon information received, San Ignacio Police visited Floyd Moro Street, on the Santiago Juan Layout, San Ignacio Town, Cayo District, where they saw the lifeless body of a male Hispanic dressed in a blue shirt and blue dickies 3/4 short pants lying face up in a pool of blood on the dirt road. Initial investigation reveals that the deceased Edilberto Morales, a Belizean construction worker of Kontiki Extension, San Ignacio Town, was in the company of one of his friends walking along the street when they were involved in an argument with another male person from the same area. This male person then inflicted stab wounds to the deceased. During the confrontation between the suspect and the deceased, the deceased’s friend was also injured to the head and forehead as he tried to assist his friend.

    Young girl in Cayo missing over Facebook
    Rosa Mendez, a 43 year old Belizean domestic of Branch Mouth Road San Ignacio Town reported that on July 18, 2016 about 5:00 pm she was home along with her three daughters when an argument started between her and her daughter, Tishany Bradley. The 14 year old Belizean is a student at Mopan Technical High and the argument was over the social media phenomenon, known as facebook. Tishany Bradley got upset and walked out of the house and has not returned. She was wearing a short jeans pants, pink sleeveless blouse and blue sandals at the time. She is of fair complexion, has curly hair is about 5 feet 5 inches in height and weighs about 120 pounds. Anyone who knows the whereabouts of Tishany Bradley is asked to contact the nearest Police Station.

    WORDS OF LIFE with Barry Fraser
    As the media draws our attention to the confrontations at our southern border, let us reflect on what God’s Word has to offer us. In Proverbs 22:28 we are warned, “Do not move an ancient boundary stone set up by your ancestors.” God the Creator was here when the boundaries of Belize were set out. He is still here today, protecting our boundaries. In Acts 17:26 the Apostle Paul, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, declares, “From one man He (God) made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth, and He marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands.” God our Heavenly Father was involved in the establishment of Belize. We acknowledge our creator in our Constitution, and we have a National Prayer. As long as we keep Belize under the authority of God, He will protect our land.

    The Belize Times

    BELMOPAN BANDITS
    Everything that can go wrong continues to go wrong under the worst Prime Minister this country has had. Of the previous three Prime Ministers, Dean Barrow is in a class by himself. Corruption has become endemic in the sheer inability to manage the nation manifests itself in an ongoing series of the most disturbing events ever witnessed in Belize. The news over the weekend has shocked Belizeans at home and abroad to their bones. Persons driving around with the head of a public known Pastor Llewelyn Lucas. Never in the history of Belize has such an atrocity been committed before. Pastor Lu as he is popularly known had his head chopped off and placed in a sack in a five-gallon bucket. His body is suspected of being burnt on a farm. The alleged perpetrators are sitting at a bar casually relaxing, while the decapitated head is inside their vehicle, outside the bar.

    Who is Accused Murder Mastermind William Mason?
    The man accused, along with four others, of the grisly murder of Pastor Llewelyn Lucas, is allegedly a con artist and extortionist who has perpetrated schemes and milked persons out of money in the US, Canada, Africa, Guyana and now Belize. While he was known as William Mason in Belize, he has also been known by names such as William Ferguson, Danny Ouellett, Ted Ouellett, Raj Ouellett and Ramesh Ouellett. The BELIZE TIMES has been able to confirm that Mason was also a very close affiliate of Minister of National Security John Saldivar, who admitted in a press conference on Monday that he has been to Mason’s hilltop home on various occasions. According to Saldivar, “In terms of my direct involvement with him at some point last year he had made some contributions to my football club the Bandits, but that is the extent of it. I have not heard from or seen Mr. Mason since September last year. We do not at this time have any friendship”.

    The Story Behind Barrow’s Worthless Deal With Ashcroft
    In 2009, Dean Barrow and the UDP took BTL under the illusion of “nationalisation”. Barrow and the UDP refused to pay the owners knowing well that it would lead to many years of expensive legal battles. Still, Barrow chose to create a legal mess that lasted for almost 7 years, like an ugly sore. Now the Belizean People, not Barrow, not the UDP, have to pay $550M for BTL. BTL is only worth a little over $100M but Barrow agreed to pay Lord Ashcroft $550m for it. Sounds like “Puss Inna Bag”, right?

    GSU Boss Mark Flowers Accused of Carnal Knowledge
    Head of the Gang Suppression Unit, Mark Flowers, is currently under investigation after the Domestic Violence Unit of the Police Department received a report that he sexually assaulted an underage girl, said to be 14. The report was made by the child’s mother who told Police that it happened earlier this year. Acting Commissioner of Police Russell Blackett today confirmed those reports, claiming that they are dealing with the matter expeditiously but comprehensively.

    Killing Fields
    Belizeans are still reeling from the news of a man’s head being neatly cut off and found in a plastic bucket. What made the news more shocking is the fact that the decapitated person was a well known individual. Llewellyn Lucas was originally from Dangriga but grew up in Belmopan. He returned to his roots in the south long enough to present himself for political office in a constituency in that area. He contested the 2015 General Elections on a ticket for the newly formed Belize Progressive Party (BPP) but unfortunately, he did not meet with much success. On November 6th, after all the votes had been tallied, he posted these comments on his facebook page: “I want to take this opportunity to thank the five people in Toledo East who voted for me. I know the rest of the constituent don’t want me but that’s OK. They have the right to want whoever they want. As a man of GOD I have learnt to LOVE even my enemies muchless folks who don’t want me. My Dad didn’t want me, my ex-wife don’t want me, a lot of people don’t like or want me but JESUS CHRIST do and that’s all that matters to me!!!”

    Big Trouble!
    Prime Minister Dean Barrow was singing off a familiar song sheet today when he went on the airwaves to answer questions about possible relations between members of his Cabinet and conman/ international criminal “William Mason/Raj Oulett/Danny Mason”, whose extent of shady and criminal behaviour in Belize we are only learning about as the days go by. This is the same song sheet from which Barrow crowed when the Penner scandal broke in September 2014, followed by the visa scandal involving Cabinet members getting rich facilitating unethical “Government services”. “For God sake’s stop it”, Barrow said then and today, in a sorrowful tone, he hoped his Ministers were not too involved with the frightening character. Barrow admitted that the debacle is yet another political embarrassment for his administration. We believe his was a calculated understatement. The Prime Minister might best brace himself for much more that will be coming out in the William Mason/UDP affairs saga. John Saldivar was the first to confess that a healthy business relationship existed with “Mason”, followed by Patrick Faber who said he had drinks and a victory party at the man’s house.

    Eiley FC & Lake I Bombers clash in finals
    The Lake I Bombers and Eiley FC will clash in the Belize District Football Association’s First Division championship finals. Eiley FC eliminated FC Elite 3-2 in what has become a controversial playoff match-up over the weekend. Marlon Gutierrez had given FC Elite a 2-0 lead with goals in the 22nd and 50th minutes. Orlando Velasquez scored one for Eiley FC when he scored a penalty in the 55th minute and Kareem Flowers’ execution of a corner kick found Dalton Caytano, who headed in a 2nd goal in the 60th minute. Orlando Velasquez delivered the coup de grace with a world class goal to the far post that Elite FC’s keeper Carlos Castro could not get a glove on.

    BTL & Belize Bank Bulldogs win softball games
    Telemedia and Belize Bank Bulldogs both posted 2 wins in the 2016 Belize City female women’s softball competition at the Roger’s Stadium last Tuesday to Friday evening, July 12-15. On Tuesday, July 12, the Bulldogs outlasted the Beacon girls 9-8 in a tie-breaker 9th inning last Tuesday, July 12. On Wednesday, BTL shut down the Bulldogs 2-0 as Mary Flowers struck out 5 batters and the Bulldogs left 5 runners on base. BTL got 6 hits off Ashley Lucas’ pitching and Earline Belisle and Mary Flowers scored for BTL’s 2-0 win. On Thursday July 14, the Bulldogs outlasted BTL 10-9.

    Eduardo José Mayo Poot repeats as Mr. Spartan 2016
    The 3rd Annual Spartan Fitness Club (SFC) Bodybuilding Classic held at the Andres Campos Civic Center in Corozal Town on Sunday, August 16, 2015 was another successful presentation of bodybuilding and fitness in Belize.

    The Wonderer and Belizean Garbage
    I had the opportunity to wander around the sanitary landfill around mile 23, George Price Highway some months ago. So I decided to investigate the history of landfills in Belize. In 1999 an EIA was submitted for a landfill to be developed around Mile 27 but because the head of the Zoo was not comfortable with the closeness to her pets, she lobbied hard and tough with the government and finally the GOB decided to relocate the site. The Canadian company found another site west of Mile 22 on the same Highway. Another EIA was submitted in 2001 and it took some 14 years to finally complete a sanitary landfill (see photographs) plus transfer stations at San Ignacio, Belize City, Ambergris Caye and Burrel Boom. The waste is first separated at the transfer stations and what is not usable is transported to the landfill. I must say that I was impressed with what I saw. A clean operation!

    TIME WARP SEDI
    By Dolores Balderamos Garcia. I had told myself that I have written quite a lot about Hon. Wilfred ‘Sedi’ Elrington and that I will try to avoid expending more ink on him. But, you know, I just cannot help it. I feel impelled once more to comment on our esteemed Foreign Minister, and clearly it once again cannot be in a good light. He makes himself a lightening rod for further and further criticism. And with each new set of utterances from him we are left shaking our heads in disbelief and disappointment, incredulous as we must be. His boss, the Prime Minister, has obviously thumbed his nose at all Belizeans in forcing us to accept that Minister Elrington will remain as Minister for Guatemalan affairs (as well as all affairs foreign).

    Education & Nationhood, let’s get back on track
    By Hilairé A. Bennett. Voice of the common man. Amidst the recent Guatemalan fiasco there has been much criticism regarding the lack therefor within the education curriculum the teaching that would foster national cohesion and nation-hood. Political rhetoric continues regarding the need to form the educational system so that education for national development could be fully realized. A Belizeanization of education in respect of the Jewel. However, the conversation and criticism concerning the deficiencies in the educational system is nothing new within the process of decolonization the focus has always been in the structuring of the education in Belize towards national development.

    Ronlee Petillo, who has beaten two murder raps, remanded on new murder charge
    A Belize City man who has already beaten two murder cases, the last one as recently as one month ago, is back behind bars and accused of yet another murder. Ronleee Petillo, appeared in the Magistrate’s Court this afternoon, where Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser read a charge of murder to him in connection with the shooting death of Roger William Banner, which occurred in Belize City on the night of July 9. When Magistrate Fraser told him that as soon as he comes out, he is right back in prison, Petillo replied, “da so the Police dem work mommy.” He added, “I guess I just saal.”

    Cop and Construction Worker charged for attempted murder of neighbor
    Around 9:00 p.m., on Thursday, July 14, gunshots rang out in the area of the Lake Independence basketball court, located just behind the complex building (the Charles Bartlett Hyde building) from where a resident was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital suffering from a gunshot injury to the stomach. The shooting victim, Nigel Castillo, 29, told police that he was shot by one of his neighbors who happened to be a police officer. Following their investigation, Police charged one of their own for the shooting, and recovered two guns, one of which is a police-issued weapon that was issued to the mother of the policeman, who is also employed at the Belize Police Department.

    San Pedro resident facing attempted murder charge
    A construction worker and resident of San Pedro was remanded to prison this morning, after charges of attempted murder, use of deadly means of harm and dangerous harm were read to him when he appeared in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court. Luis Carter was arraigned before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser. No plea was required from him because the charges that San Pedro Police brought against him are indictable and will be sent to the Supreme Court after a preliminary inquiry is held. The charges that the Police brought against Carter are in relation to a shooting incident that occurred on Wednesday, July 13, when Dwayne Hyde, 30, was shot.

    High Court Drama for Beheading/Murder Suspects
    The murder of Dangriga pastor Llewellyn Lucas, 47, has sent shockwaves throughout Belize, and has sent a number of UDP politicians scrambling to disassociate themselves from the primary suspect, who is their own flimflam man, Williams Mason, a Guyanese native, whose Belmopan mansion and farm on the George Price Highway were frequently visited by senior UDP leaders. Yesterday, Monday, the police attempted to have Manson and four others who were along with him when police found the decapitated head of Lucas in his pickup truck on Friday, charged in the Belmopan Magistrate’s Court. Those charges were not read, however. In fact, the Magistrate ordered the accused men to be released after their attorney Herbert Panton submitted that the prosecutor had failed to give the men their disclosure, which is in keeping with the new guidelines laid down by the Supreme Court that recently came into effect.

    The BCCI’s Perspective on the BTL Arbitration Award
    The Belize Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BCCI), having reviewed the details of the BTL arbitration award, maintains the position it has held since 2009 that any nationalization should be an act of last resort since it undermines investor confidence. Further we reiterate our view that the BTL accommodation agreement was an egregious document and that no government should make such a commitment ever again. While the decision to negotiate the settlement of the acquisition of Belize Telemedia Ltd. is applauded, the BCCI cannot support the manner in which the negotiations were conducted.

    GOB’s Costly Mispriorities
    By Kevin Bernard, Mayor of Orange Walk Town.       My heart felt good when I looked at the proud faces of all these young Belizean athletes ready to go represent our country against athletes from all across the region. But my heart felt bad when I realized that our government and our Ministry of Sports could not finance one of the most important regional sporting events to be hosted in Belize. My heart felt good for my country when I realized that we would be hosting this prestigious event in which hundreds of people would be coming here, to our little jewel. But my heart felt bad when I think that we had to shuffle them all over the country because we have no proper sporting facilities anywhere in this country. I felt ashamed that we had to host the opening at the Marion Jones, which should have been a premier sporting facility but after years and years and millions and millions is still nowhere near adequate.

    Questions to Ministers!
    Who are the UDP Ministers who have visited the home of William Mason, aka Danny Mason, aka Rajesh Oullet? What was the GSU boss Mark Flowers doing at William Mason’s house when the Police informed the media that it was difficult to reach Mason’s property to carry out an arrest? Will the Ministry of Immigration carry out a thorough investigation to find out who was behind processing a false birth certificate for William Mason? Does former Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega know William Mason and did he have anything to do with Mason’s corn importation scams?

    Hard Knocks
    The Perfect Storm.... We told you it was coming. We warned you. The UDP is a ticking time bomb about to implode in a million tiny pieces. I swear…just too many egos, too few brains, very little competence and a freaking heaping helping of corruption. It’s a recipe for disaster. So said so done. Check what’s going on with this head-case William Mason. You watch what’s going to happen with that. It ain’t going to be nothing nice. You see whose names are going to be called when that canary starts singing its evil heart out. But it’s more than that. This is some scary stuff. Stuff we’re not used to. You just watch.

    PUP Leader calls for removal of John Saldivar’s as Minister of National Security
    The People’s United Party is appalled and seriously concerned regarding the information surrounding alleged criminal, conman and heavily politically-connected William Mason. The gruesome discovery of the head of Pastor Llewelyn Lucas in the possession of the said William Mason and three others has exposed major weaknesses in several critical government departments and an incestuous relationship between Mr. Mason, Minister of National Security John Saldivar, other Ministers of Government, UDP politicians, and several members of the Belize Police Department. The PUP is calling for the removal of Minister of National Security John Saldivar who admitted to having a business relationship with Mason, and also for a thorough investigation as to how this foreign-born individual with a shady past could have obtained a Belizean birth certificate, and multiple gun licenses, and why an investigation was never initiated when two Mennonite persons were allegedly kidnapped and extorted hundreds of thousand dollars by Mason two months ago. If the Police had investigated and arrested Mr. Mason then, Pastor Lucas would probably have been alive today.

    Kent Brooks Jr. Dies 11 Days after Shooting
    Kent Brooks Jr., 18, was shot on June 29th as he hung out with his friend Kieran Morrison in front of Morrison’s home on LaCroix Boulevard, behind the Charles Bartlett Hyde Complex Building. Morrison was hit multiple times and died shortly after before he could be rushed to the hospital. Brooks was hit to the lower back and rushed to the hospital in critical condition. Eleven days after, he passed away at the KHMH Sunday. Brooks’ family had been optimistic that he would pull through even though doctors only gave him a 20% chance of survival. The bullet which penetrated his lower back damaged several of his organs and he underwent several surgeries in an attempt to save his life.

    Murder Capital
    Belize continues to be one of the murder capitals in the world with high murder and violent crime rates. The number of murders in the country has increased in the first half of the year when compared to last year. This is according to the Police Department who released their statistics on crime last week. Tragically, the total number of murders from January to June 2016 is already at a whopping 74. Last year, for the same period, the total was 73. This total is one too many lives lost in our small, developing country. With a population of just 330,000 our society seems spiralling down into murderous chaos, with high crime and contagious social decay.

    Crisis en Corozal Norte!
    Saludos a la linda gente de Corozal Norte Mi Nombre es David Jesús Castillo, represento la Constituencia de Corozal Norte bajo el Partido Unido del Pueblo. Este mensaje es para hacer saber mi coraje sobre la situación actual de la empacadora y compañía de papaya. Este coraje no se extiende a su administración empresaria sino a nuestros líderes gubernamentales que fueron incapaces de buscar solución a este gran mal. En la temporada anterior previo a las elecciones generales del 4 de noviembre 2015 el Hon. Hugo Patt fue Ministro de Estado en el Ministerio de Recursos Naturales y Agricultura. Ahora presente Ministro de Gobierno Local, Empleo y Desarrollo Rural. A este honorable señor, líder y representante del área de Corozal Norte bajo este presente Gobierno UDP.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Belmopan Will Become The Next Murder Capital Of Belize: Here Is Why and What Needs to be Done
    Belmopan has now experienced two beheadings and body dismemberment in just over a year. Last year leading up to November 4th, 2015 general elections I warned that Belmopan will be the next murder capital of Belize if something is not done. Here’s Why […]

    VIP: GOB “has full responsibility for Pastor Lucas’ death”
    Vision Inspired by the People (VIP) in a press release demands that Government take “full responsibility” for the murder of Pastor Llewellyn Lucas, and further demands that it makes proper compensation to his family. According to the minor party, even after the Government, specifically […]

    GSU boss accused of sex crime
    Head of the Gang Suppression Unit Superintendent Mark Flowers is currently on vacation; but his fellow officers are busy investigating allegations of child molestation and possible carnal knowledge against him, by a 13 year old minor. Acting Commissioner of Police Russell Blackett and Minister of […]

    Correction: DJ Busch did not have firearm during confrontation
    In the story ‘ “DJ Busch” in trouble over fight’ published on July 1st, in the third paragraph it states, quote, “Busch was allegedly carrying a firearm and the two men began to fight.” We have been informed by attorneys for Mr. Busch that […]

    Employee of William Mason arraigned for kidnapping Mennonite businessman
    Ryan Rhaburn, an employee of William Mason is currently being arraigned at the Belmopan Magistrate’s Court for two counts of Kidnapping of Mennonite businessman Lloyd Friesen and his wife. Friesen and his wife were kidnapped two months ago by William Mason and his employees […]

    “Pawpa” Mena to offer Mason money “for charitable purposes”
    Dangriga area representative and Minister of State for the Public Service, Energy and Public Utilities Honorable Frank Papa Mena has announced that he will place the 10 thousand dollars he received as a political campaign contribution from now-accused murderer William “Danny” Mason into an […]

    Panamanian band to perform in Belize
    The Embassy of Panama and the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture are bringing another cultural experience to Belizeans. Both offices have arranged to bring the band Cellula, a pop and roots reggae band from Panama. The band is scheduled to play on […]

    Police launch hunt for Melissa Ferguson, companion of William Mason
    The Belize Police Department has launched an aggressive hunt for Melissa Ferguson, 48, the female companion of accused murderer William Masson. According to reports, Ferguson was seen leaving the Outback Ranch at Mile 31 on Tuesday and police believe that she is still residing […]

    Stann Creek burglars make off with shotgun
    Burglars made off with $1,235 worth of valuables from 56-year-old Ewart Murillo’s two-story wooden home located in Mullins River Village, Stann Creek District. Murillo reported to police that his residence was broken into between June 30 and July 15. Items that were stolen include: a […]

    Man escapes death after being ambushed
    A 34-year-old resident of Hope Creek in the Stann Creek district is lucky to be alive after he was ambushed30 p.m. According to the victim, he was driving alone in his car on the Stann Creek […]

    Dangriga police look for stolen motorcycle
    Dangriga police are currently investigating a stolen motorcycle report. According to 43-year-old Teodocio Vega, a Guatemalan nationalist from Hope Creek Village in the Stann Creek District, he had parked his red Honlei 200 GY5 motorcycle with license plate number DGA-M0659 valued at $4,000 in […]

    Orange Walk Cops nab revolver off the streets
    A .38 special revolver has been labeled as found property by the Orange Walk Police Department. Yesterday around 1 P.M., police conducted a search on Trinidad Street in Orange Walk Town and discovered the fire arm with serial number 09972D with marking GUA. No one […]

    Blogs

    Belize Eco-Kids Summer Camp – Maya Hike Day 3
    The campers awoke early, eager for a new day at Chaa Creek’s Belize Eco Kids Summer Camp. At six-thirty everyone was up and about, and by seven we were gathered around the campfire, where all the councilors tried to start a sing-along. Unfortunately, our voices were terrible and we ended up doing about thirty jumping jacks before they were satisfied and we were allowed to have breakfast, which was a delicious blend of eggs, tomatoes, beans and Johnnie cakes. After the food we played a game – John Wayne, Chaa Creek’s version of dodgeball. We weaved and dodged and got soaked in sweat as we powered up for the day, and by the end, everybody’s blood was pumping and they were raring to go.

    The Belize Zoo: THE Best Little Zoo in the World. Really.
    Yesterday we did a day trip for San Pedro to the Belize Zoo. It’s a long day – for sure…and can be facilitated by a wide array of tour groups but we were a group of 7 and only two of us would be returning. Five were headed back to California after a great week on the island…BYE GUYS! Let me interrupt for one moment – I LOVE THE BELIZE ZOO! After a night a rain, we were up early…so early I actually saw the sun rise. A minor miracle since the current sunrise time is 5:25am. We hopped on the water taxi to Belize City and had pre-arranged a van to pick us up, wait at the zoo, drop off family at the International airport and return us to the water taxi. Pick up at 9am and we were dropped off at about 2pm for the taxi to San Pedro. The Belize Zoo is located 29 miles outside of Belize City right on the Western Highway. A little bug spray, some comfortable shoes and you are ready to go. The zoo is solely populated with the animals of Belize – and all are either rescues or zoo births. The natural, jungle-like surroundings and how close you can get to the animals makes it absolutely amazing.

    International Sourcesizz

    Mexico bans night fishing and gillnets to save Vaquita Porpoise
    Mexican authorities are banning night fishing and gill nets in an area inhabited by the endangered vaquita marina porpoise in the upper Gulf of California. The national fisheries commission said fishermen in the protected area of the gulf, which is also known as the Sea of Cortez, will also have to leave and return from specially designated docks, to help enforce the measures. It said that gillnets, the use of which was already suspended in the area, are now prohibited permanently. The vaquita is the world’s smallest porpoise, and only around 60 remain in the Gulf, the only place in the world they live. The vaquitas are threatened primarily by gillnet fishing for the totoaba fish, another endangered species in the area that is hunted for its swim bladder, which is considered a delicacy in China. Environmentalists praised the new measures Wednesday.

    Videos

  • Trip to Caye Caulker, Belize, 3.5min.

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  • Belize 2016, 3min. Highlights of my week serving in Belize. This was a life changing experience and I am so blessed I was able to come this year.

  • Better Belize 2016, 8.5min.

  • Belize 2016, 7min. Pictures from dive vacation at Turneffe Island Resort June 2016.

  • William the Great opening a coconut in Belize, 4min.

  • "Ambulance" on Caye Caulker, 1/2min. TRUE STORY: My mom had to be medically evacuated off the island (Caye Caulker) yesterday. This is how she had to be **ambulanced** to the waiting air ambulance -- at the back of a garbage trailer being towed.

    July 21, 2016


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    The San Pedro Sun

    New Caye Caulker Village Council officially sworn in
    After winning the recent Caye Caulker Village Council elections in a landslide, elected Chairperson Enelda Rosado and six Councilors were officially sworn in as the new Caye Caulker Village Council for 2016-2018. The official ceremony took place at 1PM on Friday, July 15th at the Caye Caulker Community Centre. The new governing body, headed by Chairperson Rosado comprises of Councilors Seleny Villanueva, Miguel Angel Neal, Hans Badillo, Elizabeth Usher, Myrna Vanina Sosa and Juan Gabriel Cantun. As the Council starts its three-year-term, Rosado spoke to The San Pedro Sun about their plans for ‘La Isla Carinosa.” “We have a lot of issues on the island, however, one of our priorities is which we hope to accomplished at the end of our term is to have a polyclinic properly functioning on the island with medical attention 24/7,” said Rosado. “This will assist us with any emergency situation on the island very effectively.” Rosado also spoke about other major issues affecting Caye Caulker, including the improper disposal of garbage, as well as the waste from sewage systems. “We really want to implement a system to properly collect the waste and get it off the island. With all these diseases all over the place, keeping the island clean is also a top priority,” said Rosado.

    International scammer charged in gruesome crime
    Belizeans are in still in shock over the gruesome Friday, July 15th discovery of the head of a well know pastor in the pan of a pickup truck in the Belmopan area. The incident occurred at around 8:45PM, when Belmopan Police conducted a search of a black Ford F150 pickup truck belonging to 46-year-old nationalized Belizean, William Mason. The search led to the discovery of a 9-millimeter pistol with five live rounds, a magazine containing four .9mm live rounds, a pump action shot gun and a pouch with eight live cartridges of ammunition and the severed head of 47-year-old Pastor Llewellyn Lucas of the Stann Creek District. As if the discovery was not alarming enough, the events that followed has revealed a number of criminal acts involving Mason. The Belize Police Department is now investigating this matter, which only seems to be grow more controversial each day.

    Ambergris Today

    Belize On Top of Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards Survey
    Every year for their World’s Best Awards survey, Travel + Leisure Magazine asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise lines, spas, airlines, and more. Belize once again shines in the 2016 awards with top destinations like Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker and Placencia showing a strong presence in the top lists. The top five resort hotels in Central America include Matachica Resort & Spa in Belize, where it says T +L readers could see the barrier reef from their thatched-roof casitas or the private hot tub outside their villas. Mata Chica Resort tied at the #3 spot while the Turtle Inn, Placencia made it to the #5 spot.

    Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

    H. E. Benjamin Ho, the Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Presents a Grant of US$ 5.0 million to Government of Belize
    On July 21, 2016 in Belmopan, His Excellency Benjamin Ho, Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) presented a cheque in the sum of Five Million US Dollars to the Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and Economic Development of Belize. The cheque is the grant from the Republic of China (Taiwan) to Belize for the year 2016 under the Bilateral Cooperation Program between the two countries. The purpose of the Grant is to help the overall development of Belize, and particular in the development of its transportation infrastructure. The Government of Belize will use the funds to cover a part of the expenditures on key infrastructure projects, including the Belize City Southside Poverty Alleviation Project Phase II, the extension of the Southern Highway – Golden Stream, Jalacte to the Guatemalan Border in the Toledo District, and for the Santa Elena/San Ignacio Downtown Bypass Road Project.

    A message from Pastor Lucas' family
    Please be informed that we will be hosting a candle light vigil for Pastor Llewellyn Lucas on Monday July 25th 2016 comnencing at 6pm. We will assemble at the Maybeline Gordon Park at 6pm then proceed as a group around the entire Ring Road. Please share widely to all family and friends about our vigil for our beloved Pastor Llewellyn. I will announce date and time of Funeral services later today.

    Newly discovered panel at Xunantunich
    A week ago we told you that a second section of the panel at Xunantunich was discovered on the right side of Structure A9 here are some recent images that tour guide Eddy Estrada took of it now that it has been all cleaned up.

    Cayo Art Collection 2016
    The SISE House of Culture is kicking off their 2016 Cayo Art Collection exhibit this Friday, July 22nd, at 6:00pm. Come see all the amazing art from Cayo artists. They always get a stunning collection. "Consider this your personal invitation to the San Ignacio & Santa Elena House of Culture (NICH)"

    Kids at work!
    This group is working on a mural at the Department of Youth Services in Belize City. Looking good!

    Beltraide Dare To Be Here-Job Creation Fair
    This initiative is for new innovative entrepreneurs who are interested in growing their business. The program will ONLY consider start-up businesses ideas. Kindly note that the grant application process is highly competitive. A panel will select the most suitable grantee. Maximum grant amount $5000. Note prizes available for 2nd and 3rd place business idea.

    IMayorista Corporativo FAM TRIP
    The Belize Hotel Association, in collaboration with Tropic Air was pleased to host a FAM trip to San Pedro, Belize for IMayorista Corporativo and three other travel agents from June 24-27, 2016. IMayorista Corporativa is a prominent Wholesaler, that is based in Merida, Mexico and they are actively promoting Belize as one of their new top destinations. Their highest season for sales are the summer months, which is the low season for tourism in Belize, resulting in maximum benefits for both the Mexican traveler, and our local market. Tropic Air provided complimentary round trip flights from Merida to the Phillip Goldson International Airp ort and then on to San Pedro for the four agents. During the days they were in San Pedro, Tessie Tonaco, Marketing Director of the BHA took them on various site visits to our member hotels, as well as a snorkel trip to Hol Chan and Shark Ray Alley, and they also enjoyed a wonderful fun filled evening at the San Pedro Lobsterfest.

    Splashers
    Hi guys sorry I didn't have time to update the website or make a painting for this week. So I decided to paint something I did before. This is a painting from 2008! I think it would be a great painting for this week. Let me know who is coming. I don't have the Facebook app on my phone, so the best way to sign up is via email or text.

    VISIT BELTRAIDE BOOTH AT SUGAR FEST 2016 ON SATURDAY JULY 23rd!
    2016 to be held this Saturday, 23rd July at the BSI Field in Orange Walk Town. The booth will feature an array of displays and product sampling courtesy of clients of the Small Business Development Centre Belize, (SBDCBelize), a unit of Beltraide. These include body scrub products from K & K Naturals, pepper sauces from Papanero and Tambranero, Mayan crafts from Epie Maya Tour and honey products from Perla’s Honey among many others.

    Beltraide participates in Taipei Food Show
    EXPORTBelize, a unit of Beltraide, participated in the 2016 Taipei International Food Show from June 22 – 25, 2016 at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center in Taipei, Taiwan. In addition to EXPORTBelize, two other Belizean companies also participated in the food show – L&R Liquors and Caribbean Premier Products. Some of the products on display included pepper sauces, beer, rum and natural juices. The Taipei Food Show featured buyers from over 100 countries passing through the show and having opportunities to sample food & beverages from over 36 national pavilions. Exhibitions included fresh fruits & vegetables, preserved fruits and vegetables, poultry, seafood, meat & processed meats, edible oils, dairy products, organic and vegetarian foods, frozen prepared foods, canned food, baked food, biscuits, wine & liquor, coffee & tea, juice & soft drinks, condiments & confectionary and ice cream.

    Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington in Nicaragua for the Commemoration of the 37th Anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution
    Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington is in Managua, Nicaragua this week as a specially invited guest of President Daniel Ortega on the occasion of the commemoration the 37th anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution. This event is noteworthy given that in 1980, Nicaragua took on a significant role in the world when the Sandinista National Liberation Front defeated the dictatorship of General Somoza. As a result, the Sandinista Revolution led to profound and lasting changes in Nicaragua, among them were the reduction of illiteracy and greater participation of women, youth and the rural population in Nicaraguan society. While in Nicaragua, Minister Elrington will have an opportunity to explore opportunities to further Belize-Nicaragua cooperation in the area of tertiary level education, social development and cultural aspects.

    Letter: Concern over CARICOM's shortsightedness involving Guatemala's aggression
    Dear Sir: During the 37th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the regional grouping demonstrated a most disturbing example of digressive group-think by embracing the government of Belize’s ill-conceived intent to appease Guatemala and certain factions within the international donor community by endorsing to take the matter of the unfounded claim to Belize’s sovereign territory to the ICJ. To compound matters, their decision was taken amid the ever-increasing and unprovoked Guatemalan aggression towards Belize, as is evidenced by the unilateral annexation of Belize’s side of the Sarstoon River. It is for these reasons, the Belize Progressive Party (BPP) expresses grave concern involving CARICOM’s short-sightedness on this matter of national and regional concern. The blind-faith acceptance of such a misguided approach, which places Belize’s territory at serious risk and ultimately questions the essence of Belize’s national identity and nation-state status, is both entirely disconcerting and unacceptable. The notion that arranging a protocol with Guatemala to define Belize’s access to the Sarstoon River is entirely and utterly inconceivable, given that prior to Guatemala’s increased aggression, no such arrangement was in place.

    PRESS RELEASE From Frank Mena
    Yesterday I informed my cabinet colleagues that over one year ago, in the last bye election season, I received a campaign contribution from a businessman I knew as Danny Mason. In the interest of full disclosure, I would like to inform the public at large that about a year and a half ago I met Mr. Danny Mason through Dr. Henry Canton when he visited Dangriga expressing interest in the Commerce Bight Port. I was later taken to his residence prior to the bye-election by Minister John Saldivar. Mr. Danny Mason, who was presented to me as a businessman, contributed $10,000 to my campaign. At no time did I promise to offer any special services or access by virtue of my position to Mr. Mason. The horrendous scenes unveiled over the last few days have been deeply troubling to me, my family and to all Belizeans. To that end, I am publicly returning all of the $10,000 contribution I received for my campaign from the man who I believed to be businessman Mr. Danny Mason. Please know that when I accepted this campaign contribution, I had no reason to believe that Mr. Mason was who he is now known to be. I'm placing the $10,000 into an Escrow account to be used for some kind of charitable purpose. In closing, let me offer my sincerest condolences to the family of Pastor Lu. May his soul Rest in Peace.

    Rotaract Fill A Backpack 2016
    The Rotaract Club of Benque is having their 3rd annual Fill A Backpack school supply drive. If you can help them out, call them at 621-5969. "Donations are welcome towards our 3rd Annual Fill-a-Backpack project. It will be distributed for San Jose Succotz and Benque Viejo primary school students. Send us a message, or contact any Rotaractor from our club."

    Belmopan Mural Unveiling
    Independence Park in Belmopan has a new mural. Thanks, Oceana Belize and Belize Coalition to Save our Natural Heritage! "The Belize Coalition to Save our Natural Heritage and Oceana are proud to highlight an ongoing, national mural project depicting Belize’s Caribbean Sea in every major municipality... These murals were done by artists and volunteers from each community and supported by various businesses and individuals. The colorful displays showcase our natural wealth and should remind everyone of the importance of remaining vigilant in the struggle to love and protect these living factories that provide us with clean air, clean water, food and a sense of self."

    Backpack Drive for Primary Students
    Do something positive at all times. Stann Creek Youth Council is always grateful to do good. Still in need of exercise book and pencils if anyone would like to help let me know it would be greatly appreciated.

    HE AIN'T HEAVY, HE'S MY BROTHER!
    It has been one of the most troubling times for me as a Belizean in the diaspora to have been observing the touching moments of suffering among the Belizean people at home as black on black crime rocks the Belizean nation, and heinous crimes of brutality are being inflicted upon its citizens by forces almost strange and bizarre to the Belizean way of life. Belizeans were once, but still are a very peaceful and kind race of humanity that people all over the world continues to talk about in a positive light despite these horrors, trials, an tribulations that we as a people continue to face. We have to win this fight to secure our humanity that God Most High has blessed us with as a humble and kind people to the world.

    14th National Tourism Awards
    Would you want to be part or nominate an outstanding Tourism Partner? Email us at tourismawards@travelbelize.org

    Stakeholders Preparadness for European Market
    Aug 13, The Ramada Belize City Princess. Mark your Calendars!

    Group from San Pedro High School traveled to Harbor College in Los Angeles
    People to People Ties - Today we would like to highlight the experiences of a few Belizeans' travel experiences in the U.S. Recently a group from San Pedro High School traveled to Harbor College in Los Angeles to work on a theatrical production called, "OUR WORLD," which deals with environmental and social issues. While in the U.S. the group worked with Mr. Larry and Mrs. Debbie Heimgartner and Mr. Juan Baez, director of the Arts and theatre from Los Angeles Harbor College. Their principal Ms. Maria C. Flota said the trip was “life changing”.

    "The Energy of Nature Vs. The Nature of Energy Conference"
    Find out more about "The Energy of Nature Vs. The Nature of Energy Conference" Part II and register to attend for free! It is happening on July 27th at the Radisson Fort George Hotel from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm.

    Channel 7

    The Man Mason Kidnapped Gives Police His Statement
    Tonight, the William Danny Mason saga continues to unfold – and there are at least two major new revelations – one, about a video of the kidnapping of Pastor Llewellyn Lucas and others, and second, about the story of another UDP elected official who got a donation from Mason – and now wants to give it back! But first we'll tell you about Lloyd Theissen. He's the Mennonite businessman who ran away to Canada after William Danny Mason kidnapped him and his wife – and that's the unofficial report police keep saying they got weeks ago. Well, now that Mason is in jail, Theissen returned to the country yesterday and made an official compliant to police - it is the first he has made.

    Pastor Lu's Kidnapping Captured On Surveillance Camera
    And while police are looking at additional charges, the ones they have laid already got a major boost with surveillance video of the entire kidnapping of Mennonite David Dodd, Pastor Llewellyn Lucas, and another man, which happened on last week Friday afternoon. As we have reported, William "Danny" Mason, is known to have an elaborate surveillance system set up at his mansion on Intelco Hill in Belmopan. But, it appears that this system he set up to secure his property, has become a part of his undoing. Police think that he either forgot to turn off those cameras, or he forgot to destroy the surveillance evidence of the crime caught on tape. While searching through Mason's property for evidence, the cops came upon the surveillance footage of that day, and those who've seen it say that it gives a play-by-play look the kidnapping of the 3 victims by Mason and his 4 fellow accused, Ashton Vanegas, Keron Fernandez, Terrence Fernandez, and Ernest Castillo. It also confirms the details of the kidnapping that one of the victims gave police.

    PM Says Papa Got 10k From Mason, Papa Gives It Back
    And while police are building their case, Prime Minister Dean Barrow was doing his own investigation yesterday when he had his Cabinet meeting. The PM had to ask his ministers who all visited the Mason Manor, and who all received donations. This morning after appearing on LOVE FM, he disclosed that Dangriga Representative and Minister of State Frank Pawpa Mena did receive campaign financing. This revelation came as part of a wider conversation about who all had been to the house on the hill, cap in hand:… Jules Vasquez: "Sir we know that at least two of your cabinet have conceded that they socialize at the home of this gentleman Mr. Mason. We know that at least 3 others we received reports senior ranking ministers were regulars at the house. Are you concerned about this?" Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister: "Of course I'm concerned because naturally there are certain conclusions, wrong conclusions I think being drawn in consequence. But as long as the acquaintanceship ministers had with him did not result in any kind of impropriety engaged in or sanctioned by ministers; we will just have to take the licks that the fact that optically it is not an ideal situation brings."

    Saldivar, the Mason Intermediary to Cabinet?
    And the media did have a chance to pursue some points with Police Minister John Saldivar today. Earlier we showed you how his Cabinet colleague, Frank "Pawpa" Mena, has publicly declared that it was Saldivar who introduced him to Mason. And last night, we told you how Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber said the same thing via text message. So today, when we met him at another event, we asked him about the political blowback following the revelations that he was one of the high-ranking UDP ministers who Mason had befriended. Here's how that conversation went: Mike Rudon - Channel 5 News: "We have been able to find out that Mr. Mason's business was extortion. That for many years he was in the business of extortion using information received against people to get money from them. Let me ask you point blank were you ever a victim of such an extortion attempt by him or anybody that you know of the cabinet ministers who we have discovered use to go to his home?"

    Cops Explain Delay In Searching The Mason House
    And we also asked both Acting Police Commissioner Russell Blackett and Police Minister John Saldivar why exactly did police take so long to make a move and arrest William Mason. As viewers are aware, Blackett said in Monday's police press conference that the cops had been looking at Mason for at least 2 months based on other informal reports and suspicions of kidnapping, and un-reported allegations of extortion. But, if the police were as muscular and on point as they were when they blocked the media form the Belmopan and Belize City courthouses, Mason would have already been in police custody, and Pastor Lue might not have lost his life. So, what do the police say about that? That's what we asked both the minister and the acting top cop:

    PUP Calls For Saldivar's Removal, Independent Investigator
    And the PUP says that both Saldivar and Blackett's police department have to go. The party held a press conference today to say that Saldivar is compromised by his past connection to Mason, and that also comprises the police department. PUP Leader John Briceno explained why the cops cannot investigate their own boss:… Hon. John Briceno - Leader of Opposition: "Minister Saldivar confessed that Mr. Mason had helped to sponsor his very expensive Belmopan Bandits semi-pro football team but insisted quote "He has never contributed to my political campaign." End of quote. We won't argue with national security Minister Saldivar with financing his semi-pro team isn't part and parcel of financing his political campaign but in September of last year both the police and Minister Saldivar had an opportunity to bring in Mr. Mason for questioning and possible arrest and expulsion from Belize and they didn't. If they had we submit Pastor Lucas would probably be alive today."

    Man Accused Of Molesting Infant Boy
    31 year-old Jose Rivas, better known as "Rojo" is at the Belize Central Prison after he was taken to court for sexual assault on a 2 year-old boy. Rivas is being accused of fondling the toddler. According to police the heinous act happened on Monday when Rivas allegedly touched the child in a sexual way and used a finger to penetrate his buttocks. Police investigate the report and they charged Rivas with sexual assault. He was arraigned today before Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith, who remanded him into custody until October 20. Police must provide him with disclosure on that date, and on November 29, the court will hold his preliminary inquiry.

    GSU Commander Flowers Under Serious Scrutiny
    Last night, we told you about the reports we received that GSU Commander Mark Flowers was implicated in a carnal knowledge complaint. Well, his police bosses confirmed to us today that indeed a report has been made. As we told you last night, the mother of a 14 year-old girl has made a report to the Domestic Violence Unit that Flowers had sexual relations with her under-aged daughter earlier this year. Acting Police Commissioner Russell Blackett told us that indeed they have received that report, and they are first checking to see if it has not been made due to malice. He assured us that if the investigators are convinced that the crime happened, Flowers will face criminal charges:

    Capital Cops Catch Income Tax Heist Crew With Cash
    It shocked Belmopan residents on Friday July 15th when three armed men stormed into the Income Tax office at 5:50, held everyone at gunpoint, tied up the staffers and a policeman, took the cop's gun, and then left with thirty thousand dollars from the cash drawer. Well, last night the thieves are the ones who were stunned when Belmopan police moved in on them at the San Ignacio hideout. With help from the community and surveillance video – which captured the getaway vehicle, police were able to nab the four suspects along with weapons and cash last night. The officer commanding in Belmopan told us more:… Sr. Supt. Howell Gillett - OC, Belmopan Police: "The suspects left along enough personal particulars and I won't get into any further details in relation to that. That we were able know who these people were and we have all suspects in custody; 4 people total 3 men and 1 woman. We believe the woman was the driver of the vehicle at the time and the 3 men were the persons who robbed the income tax department and held up the police and the staff members. So far we been in operation last week in the San Ignacio area we were able to confiscate one rental, two motorcycles, a large cash of Belizean currency, one 9 millimetre pistol, the 38 revolver that was stolen from the police the officer at the time."

    3900 Tonnes Bad Molasses Cost Half Mil, BSCFA Says BSI Must Eat The Loss
    For a week now we've been reporting on the molasses that went bad in storage tanks at the Tower Hill factory in Orange Walk. We've been covering the environmental side of the story – because disposal of the large volume of molasses poses environmental hazards. But tonight we finally know how much molasses went bad – and we've learned it from the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association – to whom it means the loss of major earnings. Today the Association issued a one thousand word press release saying that 3,900 tons of molasses was affected, equivalent to a loss in value of four hundred and thirty two thousand, six hundred and sixty six dollars ($432,666).

    PUP Says GOB Antidote To Crime Is Tried and Failed
    On Monday, national security minister John Saldivar unveiled a new plan to fight gang related crime in Belize. It got overshadowed by the "Pastor Lu" beheading, but on any other day that plan would have raised many eyebrows. And that's because the Saldivar strategy is to put even more boots on the ground, and the give the much-criticized GSU the green light to go even harder after gang targets. PUP Deputy Leader Cordel Hyde criticized the new approach today:… Hon. Cordel Hype - PUP Deputy Leader: "If you listen to the minister of national security on Monday it's the same old solutions to a very serious problem. We're talking about hundreds of lives that has been lost on the Southside and their solution is more boots on the ground. They boast that they've added 850 additional police officers since 2012. Half of those have been deployed to Belize City. All the equipment in the world they boast of in terms of getting for the police. So the police is better equipped but yet still this problem persists." "It's not that the persons on Southside are some psychotic beings as the prime minister seems to think."

    Man Charged For City Shooting
    Belize City resident Clifford Anderson was shot 12 days ago on the Pen Road basketball court – and tonight his alleged shooter has been charged. He is 24 year old Luis Kerr, a labourer of #4374 Fabers Road. Kerr was read charges for attempted murder, dangerous harm and use of deadly means of harm with a firearm upon 26 year old Clifford Anderson. No bail could be granted to Kerr who denied bail and remanded into custody at the Belize Central Prison until October 20, 2016. Anderson was hit in the back, his lower back and the gunshot caused damages to his internal organs.

    Tomb Uncovered At Xunantunich
    Last month we showed you the panel found at Xunantunich and the rich story inscribed on it. Well, there have been more remarkable discoveries at Xunantunich including another panel. It is a lot to condense in one story so we have split this feature series into 3 parts. The first part is about the discovery of a tomb with the skeletal remains of a Maya ruler. The archaeologists say the tomb probably dates back to the Late Classic Period but more tests need to be done to confirm the time period. Courtney Weatherburne and Codie Noralez traveled west yesterday to see this sacred burial site. Dr. Awe told us that they plan on conserving the tomb, making a replica of the skeletal remains and later installing a Plexiglas so tourists can get to see the tomb from above. Tune in tomorrow for part 2, as Courtney Weatherburne delves into the interesting story of the second panel, how it is linked to the first that was found and what it likely says about the Maya ruler.

    Bahamas Choir Makes A Magical Sound
    A singing and dancing troupe from the Bahamas was in Belize earlier today for a spectacular one hour performance – which was about the nearest thing you’ll get to a Broadway performance in Belize City. The group is called the Bahama National Youth Choir. Every year they go on a very unique musical tour. They hop onboard a cruise ship and grace the stage in whatever country the cruise docks for the day. Belize happened to be on the line up for the first time this year. So, they dropped in at the Bliss Centre in Belize City as part of their third leg of this annual tour. After their performance in Belize they hopped on the cruise again which is now enroute to Cozumel Mexico, for the final leg of their annual tour.

    Maya Case At CCJ
    Yesterday via teleconference, the Maya Leaders Alliance and the Maya Communities named as claimants in the Maya Land Rights case went back before the judges of the Caribbean Court of Justice. They were there along with the legal representative of the Government to give an update to the court on how far along the Government is in implementing a system which officially recognizes and protects communal land rights. The Land Rights Commission, set up by the Government of Belize, has only just started preliminary consultations with the 39 Maya communities, and they're a months away from arriving at a suitable system. So, the Government attorney communicated that to the CCJ, and when they were given their opportunity to address the CCJ judges, the Maya Leaders made sure to mention their grievances with the Government related to the Jalacte and Santa Cruz. As viewers are aware, the Maya from Jalacte have complained that the Government ejected Maya farmers to widen the Jalacte Road and to set up the Agricultural Ministry's Outreach Station. Of course, the Santa Cruz villagers remain upset about the fact that Rupert Myles squatted on the research for the UxBenka Maya Site. After the hearing, we spoke with MLA representative Cristina Coc about the issues raised:

    More Human Traffic At Crooked Tree Junction
    Tonight, 8 Hondurans, all believed to have been smuggled into the country as part of a human trafficking ring, are at the Belize Prison. That's after they've been charged by the Immigration Department for illegal entry. They are Vicente Romero Pinedo, Juan Francisco Valeria Romero, Angel Alvarado Carcamo, Samuel Perez Garcia, Silvinio Rodriguez Martinez, Luis Pineda Cruz, Reina Isabel Aguilar Garcia and Alba Luz Aguila Portillo, all of whom claim to be farmers living in the village of Crooked Tree. They were busted by Eastern Division Rural Police, and today the Commander told us how the cops learnt that they were here: ACP Edward Broaster - OC, Eastern Division Rural: "Yesterday our officers stationed at Crooked Tree intercepted 9 Honduran nationals; 3 female and 6 male who were in Belize illegally waiting to be transported further north and they were brought in and handed over to the immigration authorities."

    Thanks to Taiwan
    The Taiwanese have given the government of Belize another gift. This one is 5 million US dollars to assist with infrastructure programs, namely the Belize City Southside Poverty Alleviation Project Phase II, the extension of the Southern Highway – Golden Stream, Jalacte to the Guatemalan Border in the Toledo District, and for the Santa Elena/San Ignacio Downtown Bypass Road Project. The cheque was handed over by ambassador Benjamin Ho to Prime Minister Dean Barrow yesterday in Belmopan.

    Sedi Salutes The Sandinistas
    In other diplomatic news, Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington is in Managua, Nicaragua this week building on Central American friendships. A press release says he is a special guest of President Daniel Ortega to commemorate the 37th anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution. A press release says that while in Nicaragua, Elrington will explore opportunities to further Belize-Nicaragua cooperation in the areas of tertiary level education and social development. Nicaragua currently holds the presidency of SICA.

    No More Hard Day's Nights For Hattieville Cops
    The cops at the Hattieville Police Station have a new barracks to make use of after a hard day's work. It was officially inaugurated today by the top police brass, and we asked the Police Minister about those other police formations around the country which continue to suffer in rundown barrack buildings which are in dire need of repairs. He told us that those other stations need only wait a little longer for repairs: The National Security Ministry spent just under 90 thousand dollars for the Hattieville Barracks.

    Channel 5

    Surveillance Footage Captures Abduction of Men from Intelco Hill
    There are more details tonight of the kidnapping and gruesome murder of Pastor Llewellyn Lucas coming from the Minister of National Security, the Police top brass as well as the [...]

    Saldivar Says He wasn’t Extorted by William Mason
    This morning, we continued to grill Minister John Saldivar on his involvement with William Mason, who allegedly contributed up to fifty thousand dollars to the Belmopan Bandits team sometime in [...]

    Did Patrick Faber Throw John Saldivar Under the Bus over Mason’s Introduction?
    So the Police knew about Mason’s past since last year. And the conman slash extortionist slash kidnapper has been under active investigation for a violent kidnapping at gunpoint of Mennonite [...]

    Minister of Police Attempts to Clarify Delay in Arresting Mason for Kidnapping
    Deputy Prime Minister Faber was able to enjoy drinks at Mason’s home on June seventh because police were investigating a serious allegation of kidnapping against him, but never picked him [...]

    PM Barrow Says Mason Debacle Doesn’t Look Good for U.D.P.
    The Barrow administration is faced with an embarrassing situation, following the murder of Pastor Llewellyn Lucas.  In the aftermath of the ghastly homicide last Friday, it has come to light [...]

    Speculation of Gapi Vega’s Involvement in Introducing Mason to Friesens Debunked
    Back to the Prime Minister…According to the P.M., the issue of Mason’s connection to members of cabinet came up during their weekly meeting on Tuesday.  As we have reported, Lucas [...]

    PM Confirms that Police were Shadowing William Mason AKA Ted Ouelette
    On Monday, at a press conference held by the Ministry of National Security, it was revealed that police had been pursuing Mason for several weeks, following a report of an [...]

    P.U.P. Demands Removal of John Saldivar and GSU Commander from Respective Posts
    The People’s United Party came out swinging today, strongly criticizing the Barrow administration, as well as the Belize Police Department in a press conference at Independence Hall.  The P.U.P. has [...]

    Was Mason Protected by Law Enforcement?
    So, did Mason act with impunity because he may have been protected by higher-ups in law enforcement?  Here’s the prime minister’s response to that question.   Prime Minister Dean Barrow [...]

    PM Questions the Issuance of Mason’s Birth Certificate
    Throughout the unfolding ordeal, several questions have been asked about Mason’s Belizean citizenship.  Despite the many assumed names: William Ferguson, Ted Ouellet, Raj Ouellet, Danny Ouellet and Ramesh….Mason was in [...]

    John Briceño Says Police and Immigration Departments Goofed Up
    The issue of Mason’s licenses to lawfully have in his possession an arsenal of weapons was also brought up today.  Opposition Leader John Briceno questioned the acquisition of those gun [...]

    Was Russell Blackett a Regular at Casa de Danny Mason?
    Perhaps the explanation of the Police reticence in grabbing Mason for two months seems incredible because high-ranking Police officers seemed quite comfortable and cozy on that very same property. By [...]

    Blackett Explains Police Handling of High-risk Prisoners
    And finally on our coverage of Mason for tonight, we asked about the obvious presence of elite Police units during the attempted arraignment of the five men on Monday in [...]

    GSU Commander Replaced Following Investigation for Alleged Sexual Assault
    GSU Commander Mark Flowers has been pictured grinning from ear to ear, cozily hugging William Mason, but depending on the outcome of an investigation currently underway, he won’t be smiling [...]

    P.U.P. on B.T.L. Arbitration Award
    The B.T.L. arbitration award, as well as the economic impact of having to dole out hundreds of millions of dollars to compensate for the nationalization of the utility company, remains [...]

    John Briceño Breaks Down B.T.L.’s Acquisition Cost
    Briceño, during the press conference, also broke down the arbitration award into annual payments, calculating the figure retroactively to the 2009 nationalization of the utility company.   John Briceño, P.U.P. [...]

    Alleged Culprits in Income Tax Heist are Detained
    There was a robbery last Friday evening at the Income Tax Department in Belmopan. Sometime around five-thirty p.m., as employees were wrapping up for the day, they were held up [...]

    Rural Eastern Division Police Crack Human Smuggling Ring
    The Rural Eastern Division police were able to crack what seems to be another smuggling ring in the Belize District. On Tuesday afternoon around three o’clock, officers stationed at Crooked [...]

    Fourteen-foot Croc Killed in May Pen Following Drowning of Minor
    On Sunday, a fourteen-foot crocodile attacked and killed eight year old Adrianna Moody as she swam with cousins and an aunt in the river that traverses the village of May [...]

    A New Police Barracks is Inaugurated in Hattieville
    Today, the rank and file of the Belize Police Department gathered in Hattieville for the opening of a project two and a half years in the making. It’s a new [...]

    Summer Camp at YWCA
    Secondary and primary school students are on holidays and away from the classrooms. But there is a way to keep them occupied in ongoing programs. The YWCA is hosting various [...]

    LOVE FM

    Frank Mena says he received 10K from William Mason For His Campaign
    So …. Prime Minister Barrow says his Cabinet ministers are not associated with the untoward dealings of William Mason and has admitted that Ministers Saldivar and Mena were recipients of financial aid in sports and politics. A few minutes ago, Minister Frank Pawpa Mena sent out a release speaking of the ten thousand dollars he […]

    Crocodile that killed eight year old girl captured and killed
    The 14-foot crocodile believed to have killed the 8-year-old girl was killed. ACP Edward Broaster explained how it happened. “The body of the crocodile was discovered yesterday at about 6:45pm in the river in the Maypen village area.” Reporter: Can you confirm how the crocodile died? Edward Broaster: “Gunshot wounds.” Reporter: How have you all […]

    GSU Commander Accused Of Carnal Knowledge
    The command of the Gang Suppression Unit is on leave but while he is away there is an allegation that has been made involving him and a 13-year-old child whom he had unlawful sexual intercourse. Deputy Commissioner Russell Blackett spoke of the allegation. “I must tell you that yes I was called by the commander […]

    Belmopan Income Tax Robbers Apprehended
    Last Friday, July 15, the employees at the Belmopan Income Tax office were held up at gun point by three robbers. An estimated thirty thousand dollars plus valuables belonging to the employees were taken. The police officer on duty was tied up and his point thirty eight revolver taken. The Belmopan Police has reported this […]

    PUP Nationalization Of BTL Was Political Mileage
    The BTL Arbitration Award was in the headlines for a number of days, emphasizing on the almost half a billion dollars that would have to be paid out. In the PUP press brief conducted today, the issue was once again brought up. This time, the PUP questioned the Prime Minister on his secret meeting with […]

    PUP Says Quality Of Life Is Deteriorating
    For weeks we have been hearing the educated and the politicians and the activists speak of the dent in the economy that is anticipated due to the high cost of the arbitration award. Today, the PUP painted a dismal picture of Belize’s economic future. “Since 2009 the Belizean people have not seen their quality of […]

    Barrow Speaks About Mason And Alleged Relationship With Cabinet Members
    Prime Minister Dean Barrow was the guest on The Morning Show today. While two hours of his undivided attention would seem sufficient to cover a wide range of issues, it wasn’t nearly enough to discuss four of the top burning national issues, being, the BTL Arbitration Award, the murder of Pastor Llewellyn Lucas, Crime and […]

    PUP Says John Saldivar received finance from Mason
    The relationship between National Security Minister, John Saldivar and the accused murderer, William Mason is one of the highlights in this case and with that has come speculations that there may be a cover up of some sorts. PUP Party Leader, John Briceno spoke of the financial contributions received by Saldivar. “Our reliable information says […]

    Leader of the Opposition Says Recent Killing “Should Jolt Everyone”
    Leader of the Opposition led a PUP press conference this afternoon at Independence Hall in Belize City. One of the issues addressed was the recent killing of Pastor Llewellyn Lucas. Briceno says that this recent killing should jolt everyone to the point where justice is demanded. “We asked you here today because a Belizean; a […]

    PM Barrow Expresses Outrage About Pastor Lucas’ Homicide
    Earlier this year there was the discovery of a headless torso found in the river in the Belmopan area. It was a gruesome scene as the body was already in a state of decomposition. The discovery of a human head, however, is unprecedented in Belize and with that Prime Minister Dean Barrow expressed outrage at […]

    PlusTV

    Mason had friends in high places
    At Monday’s press conference held by the Minister of National Security, the media asked a barrage of questions regarding Mason’s apparent ties to numerous high ranking government officials and his ties specifically to the Minister of National Security whose football club Mason sponsored financially...

    Pastor Lue’s accused murderers arraigned
    The nation of Belize is still reeling from the cruel and gruesome murder of Pastor Llewelyn Lucas. Lucas’ head was found in the back of a truck belonging to Canadian William Mason; the rest of his body found burned on a ranch also belonging to Mason. The five men charged in the murder of Pastor Lle...

    Bulgarians back in court for confiscation challenge
    28 year old Jeorji Petrov, and 25 year old Halid Yuksel Aptula have already pleaded guilty to multiple counts of theft and are serving a concurrent 12-month prison sentence. In May of this year, the Bulgarian nationals were caught stealing from the Belize Bank ATM through a fraudulent scheme; now ...

    San Pedro Columbia Village council demands works done in community
    Oscar Requena, the Area Representative of Toledo West, along with the San Pedro Colombia village council, held a small protest at the Ministry of Works compound in Punta Gorda. He says the community feels that it is being neglected while Government equipment is being used for private initiatives. O...

    Man stabbed and killed in San Ignacio; suspect on the run
    There is another murder to report on tonight, which also happened in the Cayo District. According to police, on Monday July 18th , police were called out to Floyd Moro Street, in the Santiago Juan Layout of San Ignacio Town. On the dirt road, lying face up in a pool of blood, was the body of 33 y...

    Bomb threat at Cayo store
    There was a bomb threat in the San Ignacio area on Monday. ABC store was evacuated and searched following the 911 call to police. Superintendent Richard Rosado told us more. Supt. Richard Rosado, Superintendent of Police “On Monday the 18th of July 2016 a caller called the police via 911 and stated...

    Why was Lucas’ head saved and where was it going?
    One of the burning questions in the Llewelyn Lucas murder case that has not been answered as yet is the reason for the head being in the truck, since according to police, Lucas was killed on the ranch, his head removed, and the rest of his body burned. The head found in the truck was cleaned up, ac...

    Mentally challenged P.G. man admits manslaughter in stepfather’s death
    25 year old David Ortiz of Punta Gorda Town has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter in the death of his stepfather, 69 year old David Benguche in March of 2014. Ortiz, found to be mentally challenged, was today handed a sentence of 8 years in prison by Supreme Court Justice Dennis Hano...

    Was Pastor Lucas reaching out for help before his death?
    In the case of the murder of Pastor Llewelyn Lucas, it appears that he was trying to reach out for help in regards to some trouble he was in. We have come to that conclusion since earlier on Friday, the same day his head was found in William Mason’s truck, Lucas had made an early morning stop at Pl...

    DETAILS OF MASON ARRANGEMENT
    Details continue to surface in what may be considered the most heinous crime in Belize’s history, that of the decapitation of Pastor Llewellyn Lucas by several accomplices including a man with a dubious past, who currently goes by the name William Mason. The other accused are Ernest Castillo, Ashton...

    Western Union in Orange Walk robbed
    There was a robbery in Orange Walk on Monday afternoon at a Western Union located at # 47 Belize Corozal Road. Police say that a 25-year-old cashier reported that on 18th July, at 12:15 p.m. he was working at Western Union attending to customers when a male person of Hispanic descent , wearing a str...

    BTV says Guatemalan Fishermen continue unabated
    The Belize Territorial Volunteers took a trip to the Sarstoon River today and says that the Guatemalan fisher folks continue to fish in Belizean waters unabated. BTV leader Will Maheai spoke to his camera crew earlier today after they discovered a gill net in Belizean waters. Will Maheai,Belize Terr...

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    Go Joven Belize holds first youth forum
    Go Joven Belize, a non-government organization based in Belmopan, held its first youth forum today at the Center for Employment Training conference room in San Ignacio Town. Go Belize, as it is also called, was established in 2011 and is focused on youth leadership development […]

    GOB: William Mason alleged victims did not file police reports
    Police could not act on various reports in which William Mason, murder accused, was a suspect because his victims did not file police reports, ensuring that there was nothing on record suggesting him as a threat to public safety. Prime Minister Dean Barrow told […]

    Police announce new evidence against William Mason as P.M. deals with “optics” of associations
    Prime Minister Right Honorable Dean Barrow warned against “jumping to wrong conclusions” based on the reports that several of his area representatives and ministers were being wined and dined by now accused murderer and con artist William Mason. Meanwhile, police say that a videotape purporting […]

    San Pedro CIB nab 764 grams at airstrip
    A little after midday today law enforcers and detectives retrieved from the San Pedro Town Tropic Air Cargo a small brown box containing a yellow plastic bag containing two wrapped transparent packages containing suspected cannabis. Officers also discovered a black plastic bag containing two […]

    PUP: Opportunities missed to stop William Mason
    The People’s United Party (PUP) says Government and the Police Department have some serious explanations to make concerning its associations with murder accused William Mason. Party Leader John Briceño pointed fingers at Minister of National Security John Saldivar; the top echelon of the Police […]

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    The general situation for today is for relatively moist and unstable conditions to prevail over the sea. The 24-hour forecast is for sunny skies with cloudy spells during the daytime and at times in the night. A few showers and isolated thunderstorms will occur […]

    Blogs

    16 pics of Caye Caulker and San Pedro Lobster Festival
    Lobster season in Belize is 8 months long and always starts off with countrywide celebrations honoring the fishermen and the environmental reasons for the season. I managed to attend two lobster festivals again this year. I had a great time at each one as always and both were a little different than the time before. I also caught the fair a few times with a few different people and included my 2 favorite pics from that as a bonus collage below. I will start with the last lobster fest first. I’m thankful for Ecologic Divers owner and good friend Kendall’s invitation to join mutual friends Aimee and Kenny on the Impromptu – Ecologic Cats. I was ready for a relaxing social sail and excited to see who else was on the boat. Other than 2 Karen’s I had no idea who else was coming to the party. It turned out to be a great mix of a few more people I knew and many I did not. I have always liked Caye Caulker Lobsterfest because it is daytime and it’s smaller in size. Caye Caulker is also such a cute colorful island and is always fun to visit especially by Catamaran.

    Belize Eco-Kids Summer Camp – Day 2
    We awoke early, when the morning was still cool and fresh and the sunlight had barely broken out from behind the trees. The campers crowded around the campfire and rubbed sleep out of their eyes as the Camp Director, Levi Baldwin, told us what we were doing for the morning. Armed with backpacks filled with water and long pants tucked into thick boots, we walked for ten minutes to the end of the road, where a Chaa Creek vehicle picked us up. Bumping around, we were jostled to the real starting point of the camp birdwatching hike, where we met our two guides. They quickly proved themselves extremely knowledgeable and we almost immediately spotted a large yellow-breasted thrush. As we continued through the cool, dense jungle, we saw loads of birds and their nests, including a large swarm of spiraling vultures, woodpeckers, parrots and thrushes.

    Belizean Resorts among the Best Resort Hotels in Central America
    Belizean tourism partners seem to be at forefront of 2016 award season, as more chic resorts have received international top honors. This time its Matachica Resort and Turtle Inn who have been listed in the top five The Best Resort Hotels in Central America by Travel+Leisure. This honor is bestowed upon establishments based on the service, cuisine, location, the rooms and facilities, and overall value offered to guests. It’s the remarkable reviews from each and every guest that ultimately decides the honorees for this title. While both the first and second spots where secured by resorts in Costa Rica – Nayara Springs and Nayara Hotel, Spa, & Gardens were listed as first and second Best Resort Hotels in Central America, respectively – Belize did not fall behind as we captured the third and fifth spots. Hurray!

    The Island Dream Served with a Straw
    Sun in your face, sea mist on your skin, the gentle tropical breeze refreshing your body. You either take time to relax during a sunset dinner cruise, enjoy an adventurous snorkeling cruise or party hard during an all-you-can-drink booze cruise. It’s your Island Dream on board the YOLO!!! I have to say, that the YOLO catamaran boat tours are one of the best on Ambergris Caye. Take the ‘Island Dream’ cocktail that I ‘literally’ keep dreaming of every day. It’s a darn good cocktail made with fresh watermelon infused with Belizean rum. It packs a good PUNCH!! It’s fresh, fresh, fresh..one of my favorite on the island. The YOLO crew cannot see your glass run empty; nope that does not happen on board. It’s the Island Dream served with a Straw and then some. You Only Live Once (YOLO)! But who says you can go island cruising only one time? I have been on cruise aboard the YOLO of Island Dream Tours on various occasions and needless to say all my experiences have been memorable. From spending an entire day in the sun, swimming with the sharks and rays at Shark Ray Alley, exploring the canyons at the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and exploring Caye Caulker on their snorkel cruise to marveling at the beauty of a Belizean sunset cruising along at the speed of YOLO next to the barrier reef. A true Island Dream!

    ACTUN TUNICHIL MUKNAL– ATM – MY BELIZE JUNGLE CAVING ADVENTURE!
    The ATM cave is located 7 miles off the Western Highway, in the village of Teakettle. The scenery from Belize City to the village, is quite striking. The terrain changes as you make your way along the winding highway; from flat lands, to valleys and then to mountains of rich vegetation. Along the way, you can even get a glimpse of the thousands of years old – Sleeping Giant. The village itself provides much history and was part of a thriving Mayan Civilization. These stories and more are shared by our knowledgeable guide, Brainard. The road is rocky, however the air conditioning inside the van, made it bearable. After about 7 miles and 45 minutes we arrived at our disembark point. The ATM Cave tells the wretched tale of a civilization, plagued with drought, and other unfavorable conditions – becoming more and more desperate in their attempts to appease the Gods – and bring forth rain and good conditions for farming. Seen as a gateway to the underworld, the caves instilled fear in the souls of the community members. For eons of years, entering these caves was strictly prohibited. Not only was it prohibited, but also the residents feared curses upon the family lines of anyone who would dare to enter.

    International Sourcesizz

    Saharan Dust Slows Down Storm Activity In Hurricane Season’s Second Month
    Even before the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season started, the storms were forming. First there was Alex in January, then Bonnie in late May, then Colin and Danielle in June. Since Danielle’s June 20 formation, there has been calm in the Atlantic. And meteorologist with AccuWeather, Ed Vallee says Sahara Dust has something to do with that. An unusually strong high-pressure system in the northeastern Atlantic Ocean is kicking up plumes of Saharan dust. Tropical systems need sea surface temperatures of at least 80 degrees, as well as moisture in the atmosphere to feed. So the dry Saharan dust is starving potential systems. “The water temperatures are plenty warm, but the dry, dusty air is really inhibiting development,” he told the Palm Beach Post. Vallee added that heavy wind shear, another tropical cyclone killer, is also occurring with the Saharan dust.

    NOAA Outlook for Central America July 21 - 27, 2016
    Over the last 7 days, rainfall was below average for most areas of Central America. Many locales only received less than 25mm of rain for the week. These included many parts of central Guatemala, central Honduras, and western Nicaragua. For some, those totals equate to less than a quarter of what they would normally receive for the period. Areas that did receive heavier rain (>150-200mm according to TRMM) include southern Guatemala and southeastern Nicaragua. While this was abnormally wet for parts of southern Guatemala, It was still slightly less than average for Nicaragua. Repeated weeks of poor rainfall performance are enlarging longer-term moisture deficits, both in magnitude and in coverage. Many local areas are now observing less than 50% of average rainfall over the last 30 days.

    Facing long odds, HU alum Brandon Jones is ready for his first Olympics
    Unlike most of the competition he'll face in Rio de Janeiro, Brandon Jones is new to all this. Not only will this be his first taste of the Olympics, he's also not used to dealing with the press. "This is the most publicity I've received in my career," Jones said following a Tuesday morning workout at Hampton University. "I've gotten some articles in previous years in Belize, but U.S.-wise, I've never received much publicity. "It's surreal. It's pretty awesome." Belize, nestled along the eastern coast of Central America with a population of about 370,000, is the country Jones will represent in Brazil. His event is the 200 meters, where he'll go against (among others) LaShawn Merritt, Justin Gatlin and Usain Bolt.

    Dig in! Culinary blade fragments a prized find on Schneider’s archaeological dig
    At the same site where Maya people were digging in to their daily meals, Rachel Schneider was eagerly digging in to the dirt two millennium later. The place? Chan Chich, a site tucked away in the jungles of northwest Belize. The purpose? Continuing investigations of an important ancient Maya city. Schneider didn’t mind the hot, humid weather, especially when the gruelling excavation work produced a unique find that would give her a glimpse into the lives of the Maya people who inhabited the site between 1000 B.C. and A.D. 850. Schneider uncovered two small blade fragments made of obsidian. This was a “big deal,” she said, because along with traces of ash from a fire, the artifacts are good evidence that the Maya people were processing food on the site and using the blades to cut the food.

    A Chocolate Lover Works to Support Cacao Farmers
    It wouldn’t be my idea of an idyllic summer vacation. But Joy and Jared Thaler just returned from Belize where they learned to harvest cacao beans with machetes. “You have to be careful not to nick certain parts of the tree,” Ms. Thaler explained as we sat at 2beans, an espresso bar and chocolate shop on Park Avenue between East 40th and East 41st streets, just south of Grand Central Terminal. Their trip wasn’t purely recreational, however. Ms. Thaler is founder of CocoaCompassion, a company that supports smallholder cacao farmers and is trying to foster conditions that will guarantee them a living wage. The company recently came out with its first chocolate bar from cacao beans grown in Belize. It’s 70% cacao with Peruvian pink sea salt and costs $8.

    IOC AWARDS 2018-2020 BROADCAST RIGHTS IN THE CARIBBEAN
    IMC has acquired the broadcast rights on all media platforms in all languages in the following 22 territories: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Commonwealth of the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Cooperative Republic of Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago, and Turks and Caicos. IMC will partner with broadcasters across the region and leverage all of Digicel’s platforms to deliver live coverage and highlights of the Olympic Games via free-to-air and cable television, as well as all mobile, streaming and other digital media platforms. In addition, the IOC and IMC will work together on distribution and content creation for the IOC’s soon-to-be-launched Olympic Channel. IOC President Thomas Bach said: “We are pleased that we will be working again in the future with IMC in the Caribbean. This partnership will ensure fantastic coverage, including on free-to-air television, of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 and the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. We are also excited to be working with IMC on the future development and distribution of the Olympic Channel in the region.”

    Banks abandon the Caribbean, local bitcoin exchange experiences 33% increase in users every month since February
    Smaller, poorer countries are being abandoned by big banks in an exodus commonly referred to as “de-risking” or “de-banking.” In the Caribbean, where many small countries with poorer populations reside close to each other, the problem is getting so bad that local businesses regularly have a hard time receiving remittances and paying suppliers outside of their own country, even when their trading partner is just the next island over. The growing trend in the Caribbean is the topic of a recent report by the IMF, and the subject of a talk by IMF director Christine Lagarde on Monday, at the US Federal Reserve. According to Madame Lagarde, at least five Caribbean countries were ‘de-risked’ as of this May, with 16 or more international banks withdrawing their correspondent banking relationships. This land-locks the money on some of these island nations, cutting residents and businesses off from foreign trade. Belize is most affected by the trend, but most of the Caribbean is deeply affected.

    Videos

  • WCOPA 2016 -BELIZE -PARADE OF NATIONS, 9min. The 20th Annual World Championships of Performing Arts 2016 (WCOPA) will present the WORLDSTARS “Parade of Nations”

  • Carnival Magic 2016 7 Day Western Caribbean (Part 3) Belize - Barrier Reef / Starfish Island, 7min. Western Caribbean cruise on the Carnival Magic. This Cruise departed from Port Canaveral on June 18th 2016. Join as we Snorkel on a Barrier Reef and relax on Starfish Island!!

  • Mexico-Belize, 9min. Travesia por parte de Mexico y Belize durante enero/febrero 2016.

  • Trip to Caye Caulker, Belize, 3.5min.

  • Belize CRE 2016 Scuba diving, 11min.

  • Bahamas National Youth Choir, 1min. They arrived on Carnival Cruise Line and brought smiles to a packed house at Bliss Center for Performing Arts... Thank you Bahamas National Youth Choir! (You may recognize the song at the end of this video)

  • Belize Trip 2016, 8min.

  • Land Of Make Belize, 5min. Spent 10 days in Belize with my big bro Matt scuba diving in the Belize Barrier Reef, the Blue Hole, swimming with sharks and manta rays, bicycling around the whole island, finding ALL the bars with swings, exploring the Mayan Ruins of Tikal!

  • Zip Lining in Belize, 11min.

  • Dance Rehearsal 360 San Pedro Belize, 3.5min.

  • Conservation in Belize: Our Shared Natural Heritage, 12min. A playful take on current projects and collaborations taking place in Belize to help keep the tourism industry there sustainable and eco-friendly. Presented by WWF in coordination with Peninsula International Academy and Sea to Shore Alliance.

  • Filming Belize, 8min.

  • DOLPHINS LOCAL DIVE SAN PEDRO BELIZE, 1.5min. JULY 19, 2016 GREAT DAY OF DIVING.

  • Landing in San Pedro, Belize, 2min.

  • Sharks and Dolphins Local Dive San Pedro Belize, 3min. Dive 2 with Belize Pro Dive Center. Yes..Dolphins and plenty of Nurse Sharks, great viz, awesome dive! July 19, 2016


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